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Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jan. 24, 2022 15:00 PM EST

Cleveland Plain Dealer. January 23, 2022. Editorial: Yet more evidence from FirstEnergy that Ohio’s utility regulation is broken In the latest development in Ohio’s utility regulation mess, an audit commissioned by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has found...

Opponents of Ohio legislative maps must object by Tuesday

Jan. 24, 2022 12:51 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voting-rights and Democratic groups displeased with Ohio's latest round of legislative district maps have until Tuesday to object. Advocacy groups and Democrats voiced strong opposition to the newly drawn boundaries, which the Ohio Redistricting Commission...

Ohio partisan divide again thwarts 10-year legislative maps

Jan. 22, 2022 20:41 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Redistricting Commission failed for a second time on Saturday to reach the bipartisan consensus necessary to pass 10-year maps of state legislative districts based on 2020 census totals. Despite being scolded by the state’s high court, the...

Activist and tech exec Traci Johnson launches US Senate bid

Jan. 22, 2022 11:11 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democrat Traci Johnson has joined the race of U.S. Senate in Ohio, pledging to energize the party's urban and suburban base by working to quell political divisions, address gun violence, and fight for affordable wifi, voting rights and the environment. The...

Groups that won suits over Ohio maps submit their own plan

Jan. 21, 2022 16:41 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The winners of lawsuits challenging Ohio's gerrymandered legislative maps submitted their own plan for new lines to the state's redistricting panel Friday, signaling a possible path to ending legal wrangling as 2022 elections approach. “Our teams worked...

Governor: Put brakes on proposal to halt added Ohio gas tax

Jan. 20, 2022 09:46 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine wants lawmakers to put the brakes on a proposal to halt the collection of Ohio's newly increased taxes on gas and diesel fuel. The Republican governor and GOP lawmakers reached a deal in 2019 to boost Ohio's tax on gas by 10.5 cents a gallon...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jan. 18, 2022 17:33 PM EST

Cleveland Plain Dealer. January 14, 2021. Editorial: An opportunity to do redistricting right, and in the public eye Although disfigured with a touch of partisan sniping and a clear conflict of interest, the Ohio Supreme Court made the right call Wednesday –...

Ohio redistricting panel gets back to work after map tossed

Jan. 18, 2022 11:49 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A scolded Ohio Redistricting Commission returned to work Tuesday to re-draw maps of Ohio legislative districts, its members pledging more transparency this time around as they face a looming deadline. In what was perhaps a gesture of bipartisan cooperation,...

Rep. Emilia Sykes joins competitive US House race in Ohio

Jan. 18, 2022 10:37 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fourth-term state Rep. Emilia Sykes said Tuesday that she’s running for Congress, setting up a likely faceoff in a potentially newly competitive northeast Ohio district against Trump-backed Republican Max Miller. “I've got some big news — I'm running for...

Jim Obergefell, face of gay marriage, to run for Ohio House

Jan. 18, 2022 10:25 AM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Gay rights advocate Jim Obergefell, whose name was atop the U.S. Supreme Court case legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, announced Tuesday that he's running for a seat in the Ohio legislature. Obergefell, a Democrat, said he wants Ohio to be a place where...