Ohio Politics 

Our political team covers the goings on from the White House to the Statehouse.

Ohio Senate OKs transportation budget.

  • 9:33 am Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

By Laura Bischoff

The Ohio Senate on Wednesday voted 33-0 in favor of a $7.86 billion transportation budget bill that includes $5.6 billion for highway construction and maintenance projects.

This leaves the state gas tax at 28-cents per gallon — unchanged since July 2005. But fees Ohioans pay for license plates are likely to increase. The legislation allows counties to ask for local voter approval for an additional $5 plate fee to help fund road and bridge projects.

Related: Lawmaker wants to cancel state gas tax in favor of $140 plate fee

Both the House and Senate versions of the bill include changes [More]

Do you think people seeking unemployment benefits should be drug tested

  • 10:27 am Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

An effort is underway to expand the number of  unemployment benefit applicants who need drug tested

The Associated Press is reporting that the Senate sent President Donald Trump a plan to make the change and the White House says Trump will sign it.

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Here’s the full story from the AP: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/national-govt–politics/congress-sends-trump-drug-test-measure-for-unemployed/39AFCau7JMyCijBOk0DRZM/?ecmp=daytondaily_social_twitter_2014_politics_sfp

Sen Portman plans to back Gorsuch for Supreme Court

  • 7:54 pm Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

By Jessica Wehrman

Washington Bureau

Sen. Rob Portman says he will back Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

The two met Wednesday in Portman’s office in what the Ohio Republican called “an engaging and productive meeting.”

“I expressed my belief that the job of a Supreme Court justice is to fairly and impartially apply the law, and to protect the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, not to legislate from the bench,” he said. “I believe that is exactly what he will do should he be confirmed to this important position. Judge Gorsuch has an outstanding record as a fair-minded, independent, and universally-respected judge, and, after [More]

Do you think Ohio elected officials should be punished if illegal immigrant kills, injures someone in their city?

  • 3:31 pm Monday, February 6th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, want to punish elected officials in Ohio inf an illegal immigrant kills or injures someone after the city declares itself a ‘sanctuary city.’

The move comes just days after Cincinnati declared itself a sanctuary city welcoming immigrants.

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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]