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6:31 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Lawmaker Agrees To Give Up Powerful Chairmanship After Charges

State Rep. Peter Beck (R-Mason)

The speaker of the Ohio House says a southwest Ohio lawmaker has agreed to give up his powerful committee chairmanship after a new indictment.

Speaker William Batchelder, a Republican from Medina, says Republican Rep. Pete Beck will relinquish chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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11:09 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley Focuses On Education In First State Of The City

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley gives her first State of the City.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley kept her focus on jobs and education at her first State of the City speech Tuesday.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming to the U.S., Mayor Whaley started by channeling the Fab Four to sum up the state of the city.

“I could try to convince you that everything in Dayton is 'ob-la-di, ob-la-da' if we could just ‘let it be,’” she said. “But my commission colleagues would probably tell me—you can’t do that.”

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Politics
8:04 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Ohio Cities Send Reps To Check Out GOP Convention

Representatives of Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland went to Washington to chat with Republican officials who will choose the site for their 2016 convention.

The three Ohio cities are in the running to host the convention, and the meetings Monday were informal sessions for GOP officials to answer questions about the process.

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges said the meetings were an opportunity for the cities to "get the real lowdown on what it's going to take," according to The Columbus Dispatch.

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Politics
3:53 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Pepper, DeWine Trade Barbs As Political Season Kicks Into Gear

David Pepper is officially in the race against Republican incumbent Mike DeWine for Ohio's next attorney general, and he has harsh words for his his opponent. Pepper is using a recent report by the Dayton Daily News as ammunition; it found several instances where DeWine received campaign contributions from law firms seeking state work. The Democrat says this is evidence of a "pay-to-play" system.

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Politics
7:04 am
Thu February 6, 2014

With Filing Deadline Over, The Ballot Is Set For Fall Election

It’s official: the five Republicans and five Democrats who have been talked about for the five executive offices on the fall ballot have filed their paperwork, so the campaigns will soon begin in earnest.

The marquee race is of course Republican John Kasich against Democrat Ed FitzGerald for governor. Democratic strategist Sandy Theis says the fact that Kasich has raised five dollars for every dollar FitzGerald has campaign cash doesn’t mean much at this point.

“God, no, it’s not over," says Theis. "It’s very, very early. The incumbent always has a fundraising advantage.”

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