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Ohio Supreme Court denies county party's election complaint

Oct. 27, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court denied a complaint on Tuesday from a county Democratic Party that argued its party chairman was denied a vacant seat on the county elections board by Secretary of State Frank LaRose, who cited unproven vote fraud allegations from 2016. The court in a one-page motion...

FILE - In this March 5, 2019, file photo, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Every Tuesday for months, DeWine interrupts his remarks on pandemic stats and safety measures and pleads with fellow Republican lawmakers to act on his legislation addressing gun violence in the state. DeWine proposed the bill after a mass shooting in Dayton in 2019. A key element is boosting penalties for felons committing new crimes with guns. The governor says the need has only grown more dire since Dayton. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

Ohio governor has been pleading for action on gun violence

Oct. 27, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Gov. Mike DeWine uses his twice-weekly bully pulpit to detail Ohio's fight against the coronavirus, the Republican chief executive has also continued his so-far unsuccessful crusade against gun violence. After laying out pandemic stats and and warnings about masks and social...

2 major Ohio cities sue to block nuclear bailout fee

Oct. 27, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two of Ohio's major cities are attempting to block the law at the center of a $60 million federal bribery probe from going into effect Jan. 1. Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein and Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley filed a complaint Tuesday, citing the need to save the state's electric...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Oct. 26, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Akron’s police auditor can’t deliver transparency without more help Akron Beacon Journal Oct. 18 As the only city in Ohio with a police auditor, one might think Akron is on the cutting edge of providing citizens with...

Ohio legislative board approves $420 million in pandemic aid

Oct. 26, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Small businesses, bars and restaurants, low-income renters, arts groups, and colleges and universities are among those eligible for about $420 million in federal pandemic dollars approved by an Ohio legislative budget panel Monday. The pandemic aid passed by the state Controlling...

\FILE-This Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 file photo shows Kate Schroder, Democratic candidate for Ohio's 1st Congressional District, speaking during a debate with Republican incumbent Steve Chabot, in downtown Cincinnati. First-time candidates in two southwest Ohio congressional districts are giving Democrats hope for a first, unseating a Republican incumbent under the state's current map.  (Sam Greene/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, File)

Democrats hope to unseat GOP congressional members in Ohio

Oct. 24, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — First-time candidates in several congressional districts around Ohio are giving Democrats hope for another first: unseating a Republican under the state’s current map. The GOP-dominated redistricting that took effect with the 2012 elections gave Republicans a 12-4 advantage in the...

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Republican Ohio state Rep. Larry Householder sits at the head of a legislative session as Speaker of the House, in Columbus. Householder's name will be on the ballot Nov. 3, 2020, as the disgraced lawmaker intends to serve his district for another term despite facing federal bribery charges for his alleged involvement in a $60 million bribery scheme that shook the Statehouse this summer and led his party to remove him from the House speaker role. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Ohio files complaint on ex-House speaker's campaign spending

Oct. 23, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a complaint Friday with the state Elections Commission over the former Ohio House speaker's use of more than $900,000 in campaign contributions to pay attorneys defending him in a federal racketeering case. Yost said in the complaint that Rep. Larry...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine gives an update at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland on the state's preparedness and education efforts to limit the potential spread of the coronavirus. On Friday, Oct. 23 DeWine and the leaders of the House and Senate announced $429 million in aid to individuals and businesses struggling from the economic strain of the coronavirus. The money includes grants to bars and restaurants, help for low-income renters, assistance for arts and nonprofit organizations, and aid for colleges and universities. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Ohio announces pandemic grants, governor denounces threats

Oct. 23, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Small businesses, bars and restaurants, low-income renters, arts groups, and colleges and universities are among those eligible for $429 million in federal pandemic dollars being released by the state next week, Gov. Mike DeWine and his fellow Republican legislative leaders announced...

This Saturday, March 14, 2020 file photo, shows a view of a ballot box on a counter prepared for early voting at the Warren County Board of Elections, in Lebanon, Ohio. Ohio and Republican groups including the Trump campaign are defending a GOP election chief's directive limiting ballot drop boxes in the critical presidential battleground to one per county. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster, File)

What you need to know about Ohio's drop box restrictions

Oct. 23, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — How many drop boxes can each Ohio county set up for collecting absentee ballots cast in the November presidential election, and where can they be located? It's a seemingly simple question with a complicated answer. A flurry of sometimes conflicting court rulings on Republican...

FILE - In this April 27, 2010, file photo, U.S. Senate candidate Jennifer Brunner, D-Ohio, speaks with supporters in Toledo, Ohio. Brunner, a state appeals court judge in Columbus, is a former county court judge who served as Ohio Secretary of State from 2007 to 2011. Brunner is running against Republican Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judi French. (AP Photo/John Seewer, File)

Democrats hope to break Republican hold on Ohio high court

Oct. 21, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democratic challengers are hoping to upend Republicans' majority on the Ohio Supreme Court in a pair of races this November that feature familiar debates over the role justices should play in interpreting state law. A coalition of major business groups have endorsed the two Republican...