Early voting numbers in Clark County for the November 5 general election have been low so far. With no hot button issues like casino approvals or collective bargaining limits, this year's election isn't likely to drive many people to the polls.
Clark County's ballot does include school levies, tax issues and municipal races, but Board of Elections Director Matthew Tlachac says voters shouldn't overlook local races and levies.
The government shutdown is over, and lawmakers agreed to fund it until January 15th* and raise the debt ceiling through February 7th. Republicans like Ohio Senator Rob Portman are now looking towards future negotiations.
The House and the Senate approved a bill that ended the federal government shutdown and gave the Treasury an extended debt ceiling. The Senate approved the measure 81-18; a deal which originated from the leaders of Republican and Democratic Senators. Hours later, the House approved it as well, with most Republicans opposing it. The final vote was 285-144.
Opponents of the nonprofit job-creation entity JobsOhio believe wording in an independent audit provides new ammunition for their legal arguments.
Accounting firm KPMG deemed JobsOhio a "component unit" of the state of Ohio in the financial review released Friday. To plaintiffs in two separate lawsuits against Gov. John Kasich's signature economic program, that's proof JobsOhio is not private but is associated with the government.
That is a key distinction because Ohio's Constitution prohibits a private entity from using public money.
Ohio lawmakers are scheduled to hear more details about how several proposals would change the Medicaid health program for the poor and disabled.
One bill before a House committee would expand the program's eligibility, while another would roll it back for certain people, such as parents and pregnant women. The measures' sponsors are expected to testify on their plans this morning.
A Senate committee also is scheduled to hear initial testimony on a bill creating an oversight body to keep Medicaid growth in check.