The Senate has approved Ohio Governor John Kasich's plan to hand over job creation functions to a non-profit corporation after lawmakers changed the measure to address some concerns about ethics and public access. On a 31-2 vote, the Republican-led Senate passed the bill to create the new JobsOhio entity. The House passed a different version of the bill and would have to agree to the changes before it goes to Kasich's desk for a signature.
Emily McCord speaks to Ohio Public Radio's Bill Cohen in this weeks "PoliticsOhio". Cohen describes the scene at the statehouse this week as workers came out to hear the details of the GOP-proposed Senate Bill 5. He explains what those changes would mean for labor unions and government workers if the bill passes. *Theme music by BJSR
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The last speaker of the house that came from Ohio was Nicholas Longworth. Like Boehner, he was a Republican from the Cincinnati area. He faced similar challenges during his time in office and was known for working with both sides of the aisle. Boehner has said that Longworth is an influence for him and that could be an indication of how he will lead congress, according to Dan Birdsong, a political science professor at the University of Dayton.
US diplomat Richard Holbrooke, died last night at the age of 69.President Obama called Holbrook a "true giant of American Foreign Policy". He served as the Presidents special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan and his career spanned decades, working with every Democratic President since John F. Kennedy. In Dayton, he is best remembered as the architect of the Dayton Peace Accords.
"It's a loss for the country, it's loss of Dayton. We loved him and he loved us right back," says Dayton City Commissioner Matt Joseph.