Ellen Belcher

Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews former U.S. Sen. George Voinovich. A self-proclaimed "deficit hawk," Voinovich is still preaching that the country needs to both cut spending and raise taxes. He has endorsed Republican Mitt Romney even though Romney supports extending the Bush tax cuts that Voinovich says are so unaffordable. Voinovich explains that contradiction. He also talks about the U.S. Senate race between Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and state Republican Treasurer Josh Mandel, a contest that is tightening according to the latest polls.

Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews Attorney General Mike DeWine about the $75 million he's awarding to counties in Ohio to tear down the tens of thousands of homes that have been foreclosed on and abandoned.

Montgomery County is eligible for $4 million; Greene County could get $700,000 and Clark County could take in $1 million.

Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews state Sen. Peggy Lehner, a Republican from Kettering, about Ohio's decision to adopt a new grading system that many schools say will result in their getting poor report cards.

Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews Bill Hershey, the former Dayton Daily News Statehouse Bureau Chief and now an occasional columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal, about the efforts to dump both the chairmen of Ohio's Republican and Democratic parties.

Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews Secretary of State Jon Husted, Ohio's chief elections officer and a former state lawmaker from Kettering.

Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews State Rep. Teresa Fedor, a Democrat from Toledo, about human trafficking in Ohio.

Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews Richard Vedder, the author of a new study advocating that Ohio become a "right to work" state. Next year Ohioans could vote on whether employers can require their workers to join a union to get and keep their jobs.

Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews Tom Stewart, a proponent of the controversial drilling process known as fracking.

Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews Jack Shaner, a lobbyist for the Ohio Environmental Council. Shaner talks about Gov. John Kasich's new energy plan and insists that Ohio's "fracking" regulations are woefully weak.

Ellen Belcher, who is filling in for Emily McCord, interviews Jim Rokakis, one of Ohio's top experts on the foreclosure crisis and land banks. In Cuyahoga County and elsewhere across the country, communities are creating land banks to take possession of abandoned properties and to demolish the eyesores. Once a property is cleared, the land bank works to redevelop space that previously was a drag on the neighborhood -- and tax rolls. Montgomery County is in the process of creating its own land bank.

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