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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.

Antioch College President Roosevelt and former Ohio Governor Bob Taft are both the great-grandsons of American Presidents. Roosevelt's great grandfather was Theodore Roosevelt, President from 1901 to 1909. He was succeeded by William Howard Taft of Cincinnati.

The relationship between the two men is chronicled in The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism, by Doris Kearns Goodwin, published in 2013. They two were allies; Taft served as Roosevelt’s Secretary of War, but later clashed and Roosevelt ran against Taft in 1912.

Ohio Lawmaker Gets Probation In Ethics Case

Dec 11, 2014
Representative Dale Mallory - District 32
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A Cincinnati lawmaker who pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor ethics law violations has been sentenced to probation.

The charges against Democratic state Rep. Dale Mallory were related to taking Cincinnati Bengals tickets from lobbyists and failing to properly report them on required disclosure forms.

Mallory was sentenced Thursday in a Franklin County courtroom to one year of probation and $600 in fines. A jail sentence was suspended. He was convicted in October.

Active Military Exempted From Conceal Carry Law

Dec 3, 2014
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Ohio lawmakers have amended a gun bill to exempt active military members over the age of 18 from the state's concealed weapons permitting law.
 
Sen. Joe Uecker, a Republican from Loveland in southwest Ohio and the bill sponsor, says military members already have extensive firearms training.
 
Uecker also cited recent reports that the group calling itself the Islamic State has publicly encouraged attacks against law enforcement and military service members.
 
The Senate Civil Justice Committee approved the change Wednesday but did not vote on the bill.

Dayton city officials are searching for a new city manager. Current manager Tim Riordan announced his resignation this fall.
City of Dayton Website: Jim Witmer/Dayton Daily News

Dayton is searching for a new city manager, and taking public input this month on what residents want from a manager. This job, unlike the mayor, isn’t an elected position.

So what exactly does a city manager do?

Current manager Tim Riordan is basically Dayton’s chief executive. Elected officials—mainly the city commissioners—mull over proposals, pass them and then task Riordan with actually carrying them out. But he also lobbies lawmakers in the statehouse and takes part in union negotiations. And he says that’s not all.

 

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Republicans have picked an Air Force veteran to be the next leader of the Ohio House.
 
State Rep. Cliff Rosenberger, of Clarksville in southwest Ohio, is slated to replace term-limited House Speaker William Batchelder in January.
 
The GOP caucus elected its leadership team for the next General Assembly Wednesday.
 
House Finance chairman Ron Amstutz (AHM'-stuts) will be speaker pro tempore, the No. 2 ranking Republican. Other leaders will include Barbara Sears, Jim Buchy (BEE'-kee), Mike Dovilla and Dorothy Pelanda.
 

Television Ads Pick Up In Ohio's Down-ticket Races

Oct 2, 2014
Juliet Fromholt

Television ads pick up in Ohio's down-ticket races

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Former Congressman Jim Traficant died Saturday after a tractor he was riding flipped over on his family farm. The fiery and colorful Democrat from Youngstown, Ohio, is one of only four members ever to be kicked out of Congress. That was in 2002, after he was convicted of bribery and racketeering.

Before he was convicted and expelled from Congress, Jim Traficant was best known for his improbable hair piece and his outlandish suits. And the broadsides he launched at Republicans, his fellow Democrats and big government.

Family Attorney Says Traficant 'Very Critical'

Sep 25, 2014

An attorney for the family of former U.S. Rep. James Traficant says Traficant remains in "very critical" condition after being injured in an accident on his farm outside of Youngstown in northeast Ohio.
 
Heidi Hanni says Traficant is being kept as comfortable as possible and confirmed that he is not conscious. She disputed reports that the former congressman from Ohio is being kept in a medically induced coma. She says he is being sedated for a number of reasons, including pain management.
 

State Lawmaker From Dayton Dies Unexpectedly

Jun 26, 2014
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An Ohio state lawmaker who represented southwest Ohio has died unexpectedly during the Legislature's summer recess.

State Rep. Terry Blair, a third-term Republican from Montgomery County, was running for re-election this fall.
 
House Speaker William Batchelder made the announcement about Thursday's death of the 67-year-old Blair, who chaired the House State and Local Government Committee. Batchelder's office said Blair was battling an illness, according to his family.

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