Early returns show that Ohio's new law limiting the collective bargaining abilities of 350,000 unionized public workers has been defeated after an expensive union-backed campaign that pitted firefighters, police officers and teachers against the state's Republican establishment.
The law hadn't taken effect yet. It was thrown out Tuesday amid high turnout in a year without a presidential election. Current union rules will stand until the GOP-controlled Legislature plans its next move.
Early returns showed Ohio voters opposing a constitutional amendment raising the age limit for judges from 70 to 75.
With 8 percent of the vote counted, nearly 61 percent of voters had rejected raising an age cap of 70 that has been in place for nearly 40 years. The 1973 law stemmed from a philosophy that age can affect judgment.
Ten percent of sitting judges, including two Supreme Court justices, would face the current age limit within the next six years.
Emily McCord speaks to Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles, who has been covering the latest over the congressional redistricting map. Democrats have started a referendum drive on this GOP passed map. Republicans are negotiating with Democrats to pass another map through an emergency clause, but so far, those talks haven't been successful. Ingles reports on the latest proposal.
Two seats are up for grabs on the Dayton City Commission, with four candidates vying for the spots. Long-term incumbents Dean Lovelace and Matt Joseph have both been in office throughout the recession, while opponents Mark Manovich and William Pace are running for the first time. Dayton Daily News Reporter Jeremy Kelley has been coving the City Commission race, and he says the big question is whether voters feel the incumbents could have done more to improve Dayton’s economy.