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Statewide News
11:43 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Changes to Ohio RNC delegate selection process

Ohio will be part of the Super Tuesday presidential primary in March 2010. Attempts to move that primary to May were unsuccessful so that means the Ohio Republican Party had to make a change to its bylaws in the way it handles delegates to the national convention next summer. It’s doing that because of rules set by the national party. So, as Ohio Republican Party Chair Kevin DeWine explains, instead of allowing the winner of the Ohio primary to get all of the delegate votes, the State’s Republican party will now have to allow proportional delegates.

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Statewide News
7:06 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Most Ohio Union Workers Affected by Insurance Rule

School and local government employees belonging to more than 550 health insurance plans across Ohio will see their share of health care costs rise if voters approve a collective bargaining law this fall, state data show.

Opponents say the union-limiting bill will hurt tens of thousands of average workers around the state.  Supporters argue having employees pay a bigger share of their health care costs will save government money and align more fairly with the private sector.

The new law will require public employees to pay 15% health-care costs.

Statewide News
4:05 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

20 Ohio Counties Get Funds to Help Disabled Vote

Polling sites in 20 counties will get permanent upgrades to assist Ohio voters with disabilities under newly released federal grant money.

Secretary of State Jon Husted said Tuesday that about $100,000 in grants will go to county boards of elections to improve access for voters with disabilities.

The funds were made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Help America Vote Act.  Individual grant amounts range from $40 to $15,000 for improvements in 92 precincts.

Statewide News
12:12 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Ohio Early Voting Begins

Ohioans can cast an early ballot for the Nov. 8 election starting Tuesday. 

Voters this fall will decide whether the state should toss out a law governing public employee unions that was passed this spring. The measure limits the collective bargaining abilities of more than 350,000 teachers, nurses, firefighters, police and other public workers around the state.

Another question facing voters is whether the state's constitution should be amended to prohibit governments from requiring Ohioans to buy health insurance.

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Statewide News
8:41 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Federal grant allows Ohio cities to rehire police

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A $16 million federal grant allows eight Ohio police departments to rehire officers laid off due to budget cuts.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Justice allows 67 laid-off Ohio police officers to resume their jobs for at least three years.

The money will cover full salary and benefits for the rehired officers.

The biggest winners in Ohio are Cincinnati and Cleveland which received $6.8 million and $5.8 million respectively to recall 25 police officers each.

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