Jo Ingles (Ohio Public Radio)

Jo Ingles is an award-winning journalist who began her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s. Through the years, she’s worked in both radio and television as a reporter and production assistant. She’s assisted in the production of a presidential debate for ABC Television news, reported for a major commercial radio station in Louisville, and then came back to her native Ohio to begin working at the WOSU Stations in Columbus Ohio in 1989 to begin a long resume of work in public radio.

After working for more than a decade as a general assignment reporter at WOSU-AM, Jo was hired by the Ohio Public Radio/TV News Bureau where she’s worked for the past 11 years. She’s covered everything from tax hikes to Supreme Court proceedings to educational policies. Jo lives in southern Delaware county with her husband Roger and two children.

Two $1 Bills
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Ohio’s minimum wage is set to increase on January 1st.
 
A voter approved constitutional amendment a few years ago means the required pay for most minimum wage workers will increase by five cents an hour - or about $2.00 for a 40-hour week. The increase is tied to inflation.

Andy Chow

There weren’t any surprises inside the Ohio Statehouse today as the state’s 18 electors have cast their ballots for Republican President-Elect Donald Trump. But it wasn’t a day without controversy.

When the state’s electors arrived for their noon gathering at the Statehouse, they were greeted by about 200 protestors.

They chanted and carried signs, most of them hand-made. And their message was clear – anyone other than President-Elect Donald Trump. Ann Morris of Columbus was one of them.

Text of Gov Kasich’s veto on Heartbeat bill
Andy Chow

Gov. John Kasich has signed one abortion ban, but vetoed another one. 

Kasich used his line-item veto power and struck down the so-called “Heartbeat Bill”, which would ban abortion at the point a fetal heartbeat could be detected. But he left the child abuse bill that ban was attached to intact.

If the Heartbeat Bill had become law, it would be the strictest abortion ban in the country, and many critics said it was unconstitutional. But Kasich signed another ban that would outlaw abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Jo Ingles

A bill that would ban abortion at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected was passed late last night in the Ohio House. That vote came a few hours after it was suddenly approved in the Senate. And it got through the legislature in an unexpected way.

After years of trying to get the so-called Heartbeat Bill passed, and more than a year after it passed the House, Janet Folger Porter of Faith2Action was giddy after the Senate passed it 21 to 10.

Abortion protestors at Ohio Statehouse recently
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A decision by the Ohio Department of Health to order a Dayton area abortion clinic to shut down is drawing criticism and praise. Abortion opponents say it’s a step in the right direction but supporters of legal abortion say it is politically motivated over-reach by a state agency.

NARAL Pro Choice Ohio’s Gabriel Mann condemns the decision by the Ohio Department of Health to revoke an operating license for a Dayton area abortion clinic, “Well, this definitely appears to be a witch hunt.”

Ohio Senate

The GOP gained a seat in the Senate this fall, so there will be 24 Republicans and nine Democrats in the 33 member chamber. And when the new session of the General Assembly starts in January, it will have some new leadership.  

Republican Senator Larry Obhof will lead the Senate next year as term limited President Keith Faber takes a seat in the Ohio House.  Obhof, who has been in the Senate since 2011, will be the first Senator from Medina County to lead the chamber since the 1860s.

Columbia City Blog

The Ohio Republican Party is taking issue with the Ohio Democratic Party over its slate card that has been sent to Ohio voters.

The Ohio Republican Party has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission alleging the Ohio Democratic Party violated the Federal Election Campaign Act in slate cards and sample ballots it sent out in several counties, supporting Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates.

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Trade has been a top issue in the ads and debates in this US Senate race. And it’s somewhat ironic that Portman’s view on trade is closer to that of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and Strickland’s view is more like Republican nominee Donald Trump. Portman is the former U.S. Trade Representative under former President George W. Bush, and when he was in Congress, he voted for the big trade deal for many watching this race, the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA.

It is currently a felony to take a picture of your ballot in Ohio. Some lawmakers plan to sponsor a bill to allow voters to take those pictures if they want.

It’s been several years since the state’s “ballot sharing” ban was changed. Attorney General Spokesman Dan Tierney says that ban, which includes taking pictures of ballots, was not meant to stifle free speech of voters, “It was intended to protect voters who may try to intimidate them to vote a certain way.”

Both Democrats and Republicans have launched major voter turnout efforts in advance of the November 2014 election.  vote election voters
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Ohio is used to getting a lot of attention when it comes to electing presidents. It’s been called a bellwether state. But is it?

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