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President Donald Trump stands with gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine as he speaks during a rally, at the IX Center, in Cleveland, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018.

DeWine Says He Wants The Votes Of Ohioans To Be Counted

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — News pundits are speculating that if Democrat Joe Biden wins the election, President Trump might claim voter fraud and work with states to have their electoral votes awarded to him. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said if that happened, he would not work with the Trump campaign to hand the… Read More

Hot dogs cooking on rollers

Gas Station And Convenience Store Buffet Foods Are Back

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — If you’ve been missing picking that perfect donut out of the glass case to go with your morning coffee, your wait should soon be over. The state has given the green light to retailers to once again sell buffet style and to-go self-serve items that went away months ago to… Read More

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown on the left and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman on the right

US Senators Explain Their Changed Positions On Confirming A Supreme Court Nominee In 2016 And Now

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republican Ohio US Senator Rob Portman has been called a hypocrite in recent days for not doing what he called for in an op-ed back in 2016 – holding off on confirmations for a US Supreme Court justice replacement in a presidential election year. Democratic Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, who urged confirmation… Read More

Few people wore masks at this Women for Trump event in Columbus recently

Gov. DeWine Explains Why Mask Mandate Isn’t Being Enforced At Political Rallies

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Pictures of people at political rallies in Ohio recently have shown most of them unmasked, in large crowds. The state’s mask mandate has gone unenforced at those events. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said the state hasn’t enforced the mask mandate in churches because he respects the freedom of religion… Read More

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Court Rules More Ballot Drop Boxes Could Be Installed For November Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A Franklin County Common Pleas Court has ruled additional drop boxes can be installed prior to the November election if Secretary of State Frank LaRose wants them. Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper says the ruling is a win for voters who don’t want to mail their ballots and  live far away… Read More

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Bid By Ohio’s Secretary Of State To Make Ballots Postage Paid Is Rejected

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A panel of lawmakers has shot down a request by Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State that would have allowed his office to pay for postage for mail-in ballots. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose wanted approval from the Ohio Controlling Board to take $3 million dollars from a fund his… Read More

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Some Influential Ohio Republicans Form “Operation Grant” To Elect Joe Biden

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Former Ohio Governor John Kasich has been criticizing President Trump since losing to him in the presidential primary back in 2016. Now, he’s not alone. A new group of Ohioans who have been influential in Republican party leadership say they’re coming together for one purpose – to defeat President… Read More

Rob Portman

Portman Questions Report That Trump Called Veterans “Losers”, “Suckers”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Statehouse News Bureau) — The story in The Atlantic quoting anonymous sources saying President Donald Trump referred to American soldiers who lost their lives in service as “suckers” and “losers” is still getting widespread reaction. But Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senator is casting doubt on whether Trump said what’s been confirmed by several news outlets. President Trump has denied making the comments. So, when Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) was… Read More

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman

U.S. Senator Rob Portman Explains Why He Will Vote For COVID-19 Aid Package

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman says he’ll vote for a COVID aid package when it comes to the Senate floor tomorrow even though it doesn’t contain everything he’d like. Portman said he wishes the package would include business tax credits and aid for them to purchase PPE, along with additional funding for state and… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine gives a coronavirus update from his home on August 20, 2020.

Gov. DeWine Calls Internet Rumor “Garbage” and “Ridiculous”

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine says he generally doesn’t address rumors. But he says he’s hearing from Ohioans who are worried about one that’s spreading on the internet and even being repeated by some Ohio lawmakers. He said it’s important to set it straight. Gov. Mike DeWine says there is no truth… Read More

A poll worker helps a voter to a machine at Franklin County's early voting center in Columbus on Sunday, March 15. In-person voting for the March 17 primary was cancelled the next day and the mail-in deadline was extended to April 28.

There’s A Way To Track Your Ballot In Ohio Other Than Illegally “Voting Twice”

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — In North Carolina Wednesday, President Trump told voters to cast a ballot by mail then go to vote in person later. He says if they are declined the right to vote, they’ll know their mail-in ballot counted. But it is illegal for voters in Ohio to do that. Jen Miller… Read More

A row of desks in a classroom with a backpack hanging up on the back wall

Gov. DeWine Finalizes New COVID-19 Reporting Requirements For K-12 Schools

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As many Ohio kids go back to in-person classes, Gov. Mike DeWine says it’s important for Ohio’s students, parents and communities know about coronavirus spread. So, he’s signed an order to require better reporting in schools starting next Tuesday. DeWine’s order requires three things: “One for parents to notify schools if… Read More

Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie makes a surprise appearance and introduces Donald Trump to a large crowd in Columbus, Ohio for a Donald Trump rally on March 1, 2016. "America needs strength in the oval office again...," said Governor Christie.

The Traditional Campaign Season Begins But It Might Look Different This Year

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Labor Day marks the point when campaigns ramp up visits to states. The itineraries for in-person campaigning haven’t been finalized yet. Republican President Donald Trump has been to various parts of Ohio a few times this summer. Democrat Joe Biden’s hasn’t been campaigning much in person anywhere but he’s… Read More

A sign outside of the Nelsonville voter precinct lets people know where they can vote.

Groups Begin Hunt For Voters Who Could Be Removed From Rolls After Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s Secretary of State has released the list of nearly 116,000 voter registrations that are in danger of being removed after the November election if those voters don’t vote or update their registration. Now it’s up to community groups to help find these voters. Several groups will try to… Read More

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Study: Cutting Public Jobs Due To Pandemic Slows Economic Recovery

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — State agencies were forced to make cuts at the end of Ohio’s fiscal year in June to deal with coronavirus impacts. And in most cases, those have carried over into this current year’s budget. Now a liberal leaning think tank says continuing at that level will slow the economic recovery even further. The study… Read More

A line of USPS trucks

LaRose To Ask Controlling Board To Okay Mailing Costs For Ballot Applications

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s Secretary of State is asking a panel of lawmakers that controls state funds to allocate money for his office to pay for absentee ballot requests. The process being used has been used before. When former Ohio Governor John Kasich wanted to expand Medicaid in 2013, he did it… Read More

Larry Householder leaving federal court after arraignment

Bill Would Require Ohio Lawmakers Convicted Of A Crime To Make Restitution

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — While Ohio House members removed former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder from his leadership post amid a public corruption investigation into his activities, he remains an active member of the general assembly. Now, some of his colleagues are now pushing a bill that could make him pay restitution for his… Read More

Sen. Sherrod Brown gives his victory speech at the Ohio Democrats 2018 Midterm Election Night Watch Party at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio on November 6, 2018.

Sen. Brown: Senate Needs To Deal With Postal Service Issues Now

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The U.S. House is being called back to Washington to deal with issues involving the United States Postal Service. Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown says the Senate should be called back too. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he wants the U.S. Senate to address controversial cost cutting measures in the United… Read More

Drop box behind Delaware County Bd of Elections

Decision To Not Add New Ballot Drop Boxes Draws Controversy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Counties will have just one ballot drop box for this upcoming fall election, according to a decision announced by Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose. But heated and mostly partisan debate continues over the decision, especially given changes being made right now by the United States Postal Service. In… Read More

Liquor Bottles

More Than Half Of The State’s Bars And Restaurants Could Be In Jeopardy Of Closing Soon

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — More than half of the state’s restaurants and bars could be out of business soon, according to a survey by the Ohio Restaurant Association. Owners of those establishments say the restrictions put on them because of COVID-19 are hurting their businesses. And they fear it will get worse. The… Read More

The entrance to Continuing Health Care in Gahanna, where two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 tests, but no residents have.

Ohio’s Nursing Homes Are Running Out Of Personal Protective Equipment

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s nursing homes don’t have enough personal protective equipment to last another week. That’s the finding from a federal agency that deals with Medicare and Medicaid services. A spokesman for a union that represents health care workers in nursing homes says those facilities have been hit the hardest by… Read More

Food from a foodbank

Ohio National Guard Is Continuing To Help The State’s Foodbanks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio National Guard members have been helping foodbanks out with distribution. The Guard was supposed end its mission this month, but there’s news it will continue to help in a reduced capacity. The Ohio Association of Foodbanks’ Joree Novotny says it’s been hard… Read More