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8:04 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Tea Party Activist Nixes Kasich Primary Challenge

An Ohio tea party leader says the movement is working to recruit a new primary challenger to Republican Gov. John Kasich after their first contender backed out of the race late Saturday.

Tom Zawistowski tells The Associated Press that leader and activist Ted Stevenot's withdrawal less than a week after entering the contest was personal.

Zawistowski said tea party supporters still hope to field an alternative to Kasich by the Feb. 5 deadline.

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Politics
6:04 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Energy Bill Stirs Major Debate in Statehouse

Maybe it didn’t get as much public attention as some of the other hot-button topics like abortion and gun laws, but inside the Statehouse, the energy bill was one of the most contentious issues of 2013 with an aggressive battle between Ohio’s top utilities and a variety of advocates in the debate over the state’s energy policies. 

Just the rumor of changing Ohio’s energy efficiency policies at the end of 2012 set off a whirlwind of activity on Capitol Square.

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Politics
5:04 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Second Democrat Plans To Enter Race For Ohio Governor

A longtime Cincinnati-area officeholder says he plans to run for Ohio governor, setting up a Democratic primary with the county leader from Cleveland.

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune says he's hearing from rank-and-file Democrats a desire for a choice in the May 6 primary. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald has been considered the Democrats' presumptive nominee as they seek to take the governorship back from Republican Gov. John Kasich in 2014.

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Politics
9:46 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Ohio's Three Largest Cities Seek Political Conventions

Ohio's three largest cities all have hopes of landing a Democratic or Republican national convention in 2016.

Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati officials all figure that Ohio's importance as a presidential swing state will help their cause. All three say they have good facilities, hotel space and transportation links for hosting such large conventions.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the capital of Columbus has gotten an early jump, and Cincinnati is a latecomer in the competition.

Politics
7:35 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Looking Back on Year 2 For JobsOhio

The second full year of operation for the state’s public-private economic development organization was nearly as rocky as its first one. Gov. John Kasich has made it clear many times that he stands behind his keystone creation JobsOhio.  At his final public speech in December, he called it “the most important economic development tool in America.” 

“JobsOhio went through some political nonsense, and that – we’ve kind of cleared the brush on that, I guess they’ve kind of given up on that. And now this organization is starting to grow.”

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