Politics

Politics, Election Reform
8:46 am
Fri August 19, 2011

OH election law foes clear hurdle in repeal effort

Opponents of Ohio's elections overhaul have been cleared to move forward with their effort to ask voters to repeal the law.

Among other changes, the law shortens the state's early voting period and bans in-person early voting on Sundays.

The state's top elections official said Thursday that the Fair Elections Ohio group has the 1,000 valid signatures needed to continue with its effort. Attorney General Mike DeWine has also approved the group's summary language of the legislation, which will be used on future petitions.

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Politics, Business & Technology, Statewide News
8:11 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Officials Outline Duties of Nonprofit JobsOhio

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Business loans and certain grants once handled by the state Department of Development will soon be taken over by a nonprofit organization.

State officials outlined some job-creation functions that will move from the state-run department to the semiprivate JobsOhio during a meeting Tuesday with business leaders and elected officials in Dayton.

The west-central area is one of six economic development regions that the state will be divided into under JobsOhio.

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Politics
10:00 am
Fri August 12, 2011

High court: Ohio healthcare signatures valid

Columbia City Blog

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a liberal policy group's lawsuit challenging certification of a fall ballot measure that seeks to exempt the state from parts of the federal health care overhaul.

The court's decision clears the so-called Health Care Freedom Amendment for the Nov. 8 ballot.

Politics
8:54 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Protest Held outside Boehner's Ohio Office

WEST CHESTER, Ohio - About 100 demonstrators protested outside the Cincinnati office of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner - with some later going to a Columbus country club after hearing he might be there.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that on Tuesday the protesters stood outside the West Chester Township office chanting.

The newspaper reports that a woman kicked the office door, which was locked, but police made no arrests.

The Service Employees International Union says demonstrators want Boehner to focus on jobs for his district.

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Politics, Statewide News
8:44 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Senator Portman Endorses Ohio State Treasurer for Senate

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel
Ohio Treasurer of State Website

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's junior senator is endorsing Republican state treasurer Josh Mandel in the 2012 race for U.S. Senate.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says in a statement released by Mandel on Tuesday said that he would provide the necessary focus on jobs and the economy. Portman says he has helped Mandel and will continue to do so.

Mandel faces former state Sen. Kevin Coughlin. So far, Coughlin is the only announced candidate in a GOP primary that will decide who faces incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown.

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