Democratic candidates for Ohio governor hold debate highlighted by jabs and policy differences

It took several months and a few debates, but the Democratic candidates for governor finally delivered something that’s been sorely lacking in the race – an actual debate. The candidates mostly did what they needed to do. Former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray staved off attacks from the other candidates. Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich […]

Republican candidates for governor support arming teachers, split on bump stocks

Both Republican candidates for Ohio governor say they support arming teachers as part of an approach to prevent further school shootings. There is, however, a difference of opinion between Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor on bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to be effectively converted into automatic weapons. DeWine […]

Ohio congressional redistricting reform approved as Issue 1 on May ballot

It’s official — Ohioans will vote May 8 to change how the state draws congressional districts to a process supporters say will be more fair, transparent and bipartisan. The General Assembly’s proposed constitutional amendment will be Issue 1, the only statewide issue on the May primary election ballot. The Ohio Ballot Board, a bipartisan panel […]

Warner running for Common Pleas Court Judge

Jason Warner, who currently serves as Magistrate of the Marion Municipal Court, has announced that he is running to become Judge of the Marion County Court of Common Pleas. He is running to fill the seat that will be open as a result of Judge William Finnegan’s decision not to seek re-election. Magistrate Warner says […]

LWVMarion hosting informational meeting on Ohio’s medical marijuana laws

League of Women Voters Marion will host a Community Forum for the public, “Medical Marijuana in Ohio: the Law – the Process,” on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in Marion Public Library’s Downstairs Meeting Room, 445 East Church Street. Guest speakers will be Jeff Ratliff, local attorney, and Chip Kepford, farmer/businessman. According to […]

Ohio lawmakers approve congressional redistricting changes, plan to appear on May ballot

Ohioans will vote in May to change how the state draws its congressional districts to a process that supporters say will lead to fairer, more competitive districts. The Ohio House on Tuesday approved Senate Joint Resolution 5 in a 83-10 vote, sending the proposal to be filed with the secretary of state’s office for the […]

Riordan McClain sworn in as State Representative of the 87th Ohio House District

Riordan McClain was sworn in as state representative of the 87th Ohio House District after the House Republican Caucus voted to appoint him to fill the vacant seat during today’s House session. “Riordan McClain’s experience in the private sector and financial management will surely prove to be a valuable asset to our caucus,” said Speaker […]

Following appointment of DeGenaro, Ohio Supreme Court 100 percent Republican with female majority

Youngstown-area appellate court Judge Mary DeGenaro will fill a spot on the Ohio Supreme Court vacated this month by William O’Neill, returning the court to complete Republican control. Gov. John Kasich announced Thursday he chose DeGenaro, a Republican elected in 2000 to the Seventh District Court of Appeals, to replace O’Neill, a Democrat resigning to […]

Poll: Cordray narrowly leading Democratic race, DeWine up big

A new statewide poll of the gubernatorial race shows former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray narrowly leads the wide-open Democratic side of the race, while Attorney General Mike DeWine is running away with the Republican primary. The poll was commissioned by the 1984 Society, a nonprofit, bipartisan group of former Ohio Senate employees and senators […]

Ohio redistricting advocates oppose lawmakers’ proposed changes

Backers of a ballot measure to change how Ohio draws congressional districts are moving forward with little hope state lawmakers will draft a better plan. The congressional redistricting reforms proposed last week by Republican Sen. Matt Huffman would make it impossible to draw districts such as the “snake on the lake”-shaped 9th district. But critics […]