Ohio two political party leaders spar over the state's biggest issues.
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Last week Gov. John Kasich announced he’s running for president. Next week the top 10 Republican candidates will debate in Cleveland. These two big political events are keeping the state’s two major political parties busy.

It’s easy to understand why Ohio Republican Party Chair Matt Borges is looking forward to the debate: two new polls suggest that Gov. Kasich will make the cut. But Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper said he’s excited about the debate too, and the opportunity it will bring his party to talk about Kasich.

Office of Governor John Kasich

Gov. John Kasich is ready to run for president – he’s scheduled his campaign kick off for a few weeks from now at his alma mater. 

Kasich was back on Sunday morning TV – this week on CBS’ Face the Nation – and was once again asked about when he might officially join the crowded Republican presidential field. 

“We’re getting awfully close to making a decision,” Kasich said.

State Senate OKs Testing Protections For Ohio Students

Mar 4, 2015

Ohio senators have passed a bill to bar schools from using the results of new proficiency tests to determine a student's advancement to the next grade level.
The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday on the legislation, which also ensures that schools don't lose state aid for students not taking standardized tests this school year.
The measure also prohibits using the results of new state math and English assessments to make course credit decisions. It further prevents schools from sharing individual test scores with outside sources without parental consent.

In Ohio, Mixed Reactions To Netanyahu's Speech

Mar 4, 2015
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio's 8th District, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Following his address to Congress Tuesday, Cleveland-area critics and backers of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are speaking out about his warning on Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

Members of Congress, including many Republicans, gave Netanyahu a rousing ovation after his controversial address to Congress Tuesday.  In his 45-minute speech, the Israeli Prime Minister urged the U.S. to stop any potential deal-making with Iran, expressing concerns it could open a window for the country to develop an arsenal of atomic weapons.

Ohio's Strickland To Focus US Senate Bid On Opportunity

Feb 25, 2015
Former Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland
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Ohio Democrat Ted Strickland says his run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Rob Portman will focus on expanding job and educational opportunities for average people.
The former governor announced the run, as expected, on Wednesday. His entry adds a formidable statewide name to what is expected to be one of the most watched and expensive of next year's Senate races.

Rethinking Cuba Libre

Feb 10, 2015

This month History Talk hosts Patrick Potyondy and Leticia Wiggins explore the political climate of a nation that's remained on distant diplomatic terms with the United States though it's only 90 miles away from the U.S.'s southernmost point. But U.S. - Cuba relations could be in for a dramatic change since President Obama's mid-December announcement.

Doctor: Too Soon For Prognosis On Toledo Mayor's Recovery

Feb 2, 2015

A doctor in Ohio says the mayor of Toledo is still in critical condition a day after he suffered cardiac arrest while driving during a snowstorm.
The mayor's condition hasn't changed and he remained heavily sedated Monday.
Mayor D. Michael Collins has been in intensive care since he was found unconscious after crashing his SUV into a utility pole Sunday. Two passers-by broke out a window to reach the mayor before performing CPR.
His doctor says it's too early to know the timing or likelihood of his recovery.

Sherrod Brown

Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is grinding the ax of tax reform in advance of Tuesday’s State of the Union address. Brown wants to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) under a proposal he’s calling the “Working Families Tax Relief Act.”

GOP-controlled Ohio Legislature Opens 2-year Session

Jan 5, 2015

The new leader of the Ohio House says he's putting together a six-year plan to tackle education issues, workforce development and other policy matters.
Republican Rep. Cliff Rosenberger, of Clarksville in southwest Ohio, was sworn in Monday as Ohio House speaker. He replaces longtime Rep. William Batchelder, who retired last month due to term limits.

Ohio statehouse

Ohio lawmakers have finally come to a bipartisan agreement on redistricting that many are calling historic. The process of drawing lines for legislative districts has been controversial in the past, but an agreement passed in the Senate Friday will be sold to Ohioans as a way to make that process more fair.

“This is the most significant bi-partisan activity that I have been involved in in my time here in the House and the general assembly,” said Democratic State Representative Vernon Sykes, who’s leaving after 26 years in the statehouse.