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Take our poll: Should Ohio raise sales, cigarette, beer taxes to pay for income tax cut?

  • 4:40 pm Monday, January 30th, 2017 by Staff Writer

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich today proposed a 17 percent cut in income taxes through a dozen changes, including increasing the exemptions allowed for families making less than $80,000. Kasich also wants to simplify the state tax code by collapsing the number of tax brackets.

Our Columbus Bureau reporter Laura Bischoff has all of the details:

The governor, once again, is proposing higher tax rates for oil and gas producers — an idea that has not gotten traction from lawmakers in previous years.

He is proposing increasing the state sales tax to 6.25 percent, up from the current 5.75 percent, [More]

Should cities be allowed to use red-light, traffic cameras?

  • 4:03 pm Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

Laura Bischoff in our Columbus Bureau is reporting that Dayton’s fight over red light cameras is headed to the Ohio Supreme Court.

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Here’s some of her report:

Love them or hate them, the argument over red light cameras in Ohio will resume next week when the Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on a lawsuit launched by the city of Dayton against the 2014 state law that effectively bans the electronic traffic cops.

Dayton is arguing that three elements of the 2014 law are unconstitutional because they undercut local municipalities’ home-rule authority to self-govern. A [More]

Clinton wins popular vote by 2.9 million: Should we keep Electoral College?

  • 6:05 pm Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 by Staff Writer

By Lisa Lerer
Associated Press

Hillary Clinton received nearly 2.9 million more votes than President-elect Donald Trump, giving her the largest popular vote margin of any losing presidential candidate.

Certified results in all 50 states and the District of Columbia show Clinton winning nearly 65,844,610 million votes — 48 percent — to Trump’s 62,979,636 million votes, or 46 percent.

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Clinton is the fifth presidential candidate in American history to win the popular vote and lose the Electoral College. Democrat Al Gore, the only other presidential candidate this century to come up short in the Electoral College but claim a popular [More]

Magazine says Rob Portman had best congressional campaign of 2016

  • 2:46 pm Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 by Staff Writer

The race for the U.S. Senate seat in Ohio this year was supposed to be one of the most competitive in the nation. It turned out to be a dud.

Polls earlier in the year showed Republican Sen. Rob Portman neck-and-neck with former Gov. Ted Strickland. Portman ended up winning the race 58-37 percent.

The National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar named the Portman campaign the best in the nation for 2016.

“Portman’s campaign was so effective that he barely needed to even worry about reelection after Labor Day,” Kraushaar wrote.

Portman even did better in the state than Republican Donald Trump did, pulling seven [More]

Take our poll: Should Trump administration pursue charges against Hillary Clinton?

  • 11:22 am Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 by Staff Writer

By Laurie Kellman

Associated Press

President-elect Donald Trump “doesn’t wish to pursue” further investigations into Hillary Clinton‘s email practices, a top adviser said Tuesday, a turnaround from all the campaign rallies when Trump roused supporters to chants of “lock her up.”

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“I think Hillary Clinton still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don’t find her to be honest or trustworthy, but if Donald Trump can help her heal then perhaps that’s a good thing,” Kellyanne Conway said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

That comes after months of Trump nicknaming his Democratic rival “Crooked Hillary,” questioning whether the [More]

New poll says it’s tied in Ohio: Who would you vote for

  • 9:03 pm Thursday, October 20th, 2016 by Staff Writer

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The poll of 500 likely voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent. The two polls show the presidential race in Ohio is extremely close.

But the poll indicates Trump is losing ground among independent voters. In last month’s poll, Trump held a 27-point advantage among independents compared to a smaller 6-point lead in the new poll.

“If Clinton takes the lead among independents, she wins Ohio,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Research Center in Boston.

The poll also showed Republican Sen. Rob Portman leading 46-to-31 percent over former Democratic governor Ted Strickland.

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