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Republicans Try To Regroup In Ohio For Trump

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio Republicans are downplaying a disruptive week as they head into the GOP’s national convention. Last week, one of their best-known politicians threw his support behind Democrat Joe Biden, their Republican state attorney general challenged the Trump administration, and President Donald Trump himself took on an iconic Ohio company in an area of… Read More

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose

Elections Chief Urges But Won’t Require Masks For Ohio Vote

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Health safety guidelines that Ohio’s elections chief sent to county boards Wednesday recommend but do not mandate mask-wearing and other preventive measures for those voting in person this fall. Secretary of State Frank LaRose said those voters who choose not to wear a mask will be given options, including voting outside… Read More

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Latest Ohio Opioid Deal Aims to Appease Cities, Counties

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Local governments would get more authority over how Ohio’s share of a national opioid settlement is spent – but their guaranteed percentage would remain at 30% – under an updated draft of the deal for divvying up the money that is being negotiated with the governor and attorney general. Some municipalities… Read More

Josh Mandel

Future of Ohio Bitcoin Program, Deemed Illegal, in Limbo

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Resuming Ohio’s attempt to allow cryptocurrency in certain tax payments is up in the air after the state’s top lawyer found a Bitcoin program launched by the former state treasurer was illegal. Republican Attorney General Dave Yost found then-Treasurer Josh Mandel skirted state law when he launched the OhioCrypto.com website last… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio Governor Convenes Talks With Lawyers in Opioid Lawsuits

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he has convened a meeting with the state attorney general and lawyers for cities and counties involved in the national opioid litigation to discuss how millions in settlement dollars might be spent. The Republican governor told The Associated Press he expects about 90 people… Read More

President Trump touted coal’s “comeback” at a WV rally.

Is Ohio in Play? GOP Tilt Working Against Democrats

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Chris Gagin says he hasn’t changed much politically, even as so much around him has. The attorney from rural Belmont County, Ohio, became a Republican in 2013 after Democrats embraced environmental policies that he believed were detrimental to the area’s coal mining and fracking industries. As an anti-abortion-rights, pro-gun conservative, he… Read More

Judge Dan Polster in his office

Drug Stores Trying to Remove Judge from Opioid Litigation

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group of drug retailers and distributors asked an Ohio federal appeals court Tuesday to disqualify the judge overseeing national opioid litigation after the judge himself denied their requests. Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid and drug distributors AmerisourceBergen, McKesson and Cardinal Health told the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in… Read More

Judge Dan Polster in his office

Judge in Opioid Litigation Won’t Remove Himself from Case

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The federal judge in Cleveland overseeing national opioid litigation denied the requests Thursday of several drug companies that he remove himself from the case. U.S. District Court Judge Dan Polster said in his order that he has done nothing over the past two years to favor cities and counties seeking money… Read More

Gov. John Kasich

Duo Hopes to Push Opioid Settlement Toward Hospitals

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich are creating a nonprofit that will fight to steer cash from any national opioid settlement to hospitals, rather than to local and state governments already sparring for control of the dollars. Gee and Kasich say Citizens for Effective Opioid… Read More