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DeWine Rejects List Of PUCO Nominees

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is asking for a new list of candidates to potentially chair the state’s utilities regulatory agency. The former chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio resigned after the FBI raided his home. DeWine rejected the four candidates named by the PUCO Nominating Council. But he… Read More

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DeWine Asks Biden For More COVID-19 Vaccine, National Strategies

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The transition from a Trump to Biden administration means changes for the nation’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says there’s one glaring issue the state needs help with moving forward. President Joe Biden and his staff have reached out to states to find out what changes… Read More

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DeWine Lays Out Plan to Vaccinate Elderly, School Personnel

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — As Ohio continues to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, Gov. Mike DeWine outlined plans to add recipients in group 1B in the coming weeks. He also said he’s disturbed by reports that some counties, including Erie County in northern Ohio, have vaccinated people not included in the 1A group. “Every time we vaccinate… Read More

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Ohio Governor's Office shows Sam Randazzo, of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Governor Was Warned Of Would-be Regulator’s Ties To Utility

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine disregarded cries of alarm in early 2019 from consumer and environmental advocates, concerns echoed in a previously undisclosed last-minute plea from GOP insiders, when he was selecting the state’s top utility regulator — a man now under scrutiny as a wide-ranging bribery and corruption investigation roils Ohio. Nearly… Read More

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Ohio Counties Avoid Turning ‘Purple,’ But DeWine Cautions There Is ‘No Place To Hide’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WVXU) — Despite much speculation, not a single Ohio county turned “purple” on the state’s coronavirus health advisory scale Thursday, however, the previous day the state saw its highest single-day increase in cases ever – 3,590. As of Thursday, cases in the state totaled 208,937; deaths 5,275; hospitalizations 18,800; and ICU admissions 3,816…. Read More

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DeWine Has Been Pleading For Action On Gun Violence

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Gov. Mike DeWine uses his twice-weekly bully pulpit to detail Ohio’s fight against the coronavirus, the Republican chief executive has also continued his so-far unsuccessful crusade against gun violence. After laying out pandemic stats and and warnings about masks and social distancing safety measures, the governor typically also pleads with fellow… Read More

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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Warns Ohioans After COVID-19 Recovery

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Updated: 3:40 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who recently recovered from COVID-19 after a stay in a hospital intensive care unit, implored Ohioans yesterday to keep their guard up against the virus. “I came out of this ok, and I’m very fortunate,” he… Read More

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Governor Says Aid For Ohio Renters, Businesses Coming Soon

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he hopes by next week to provide details of an economic aid package for small businesses, nonprofits and people struggling to pay rent. The governor said at his Tuesday news briefing it’s unclear how long the economic downturn will continue and he knows people need help…. Read More

President Donald Trump removes his mask as he stands on the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md. Trump announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2.

DeWine: ‘I Wish The President Would Wear The Mask More’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Gov. Mike DeWine says that President Trump’s diagnosis and hospitalization should be a reminder that “no one is immune” from COVID-19. “Ohioans should ask: What are the enduring lessons that we have learned from the president and First Lady’s illness?” DeWine said. “What lessons are relevant to each of us?” DeWine opened… Read More

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Ohio National Guard Will Help Provide Security For Presidential Debate In Cleveland

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Members of Ohio’s National Guard have been called in to help with the upcoming presidential debate in Cleveland Tuesday. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said 300 guard members are being deployed to help local law enforcement with security for the event. “Cleveland officials sent a formal request for us to make… Read More

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 Expected To Meet Trump During Campaign Stop

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DAYTON, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine says he’ll meet President Trump at a rally Monday. DeWine will likely greet the president at the Dayton airport near the governor’s home in Cedarville, but he won’t be at Trump’s rally at an airport in Toledo. DeWine got booed by the crowd at Vice President Pence’s… 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

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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

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DeWine To Announce Plan For High School Sports

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is ready to announce his plan for fall high school sports during the coronavirus pandemic. The governor has hinted that sports will go ahead with restrictions and many decisions left up to parents, schools and local health departments. The Ohio High School Athletic Association also suggested last… Read More

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DeWine Says Racism Is A Public Health Crisis

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) called racism a public health crisis while releasing a report from a task force created to look into how COVID-19 is hitting people of color disproportionately. The minority health strike force identified dozens of issues to address disparities when it comes to health issues for people of color, known… Read More

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Ohio Accepts Plan For $300 In Federal Unemployment Aid

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine has accepted a White House proposal for Ohio unemployment claimants to receive $300 in weekly unemployment compensation assistance with no state money involved. Dan Tierney is a spokesman for the state’s Republican governor. Tierney says states received two options for unemployment funding late Sunday. One provides claimants with… Read More

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, left, and his wife Fran, walk into their residence after he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Bexley, Ohio.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Again Tests Negative For Coronavirus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fourth COVID-19 test result for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine came back negative Saturday after the governor received conflicting positive and negative results ahead of a scheduled meeting with President Trump on Thursday. The governor and first lady, Fran DeWine, were tested at Ohio State University “out of an abundance of… Read More

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DeWine’s Conflicting COVID Results Bring Attention To Tests In Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There have been over a thousand new confirmed coronavirus cases in each of the last four days in Ohio, and Friday’s 33 confirmed new deaths is the highest number in a week. And attention has turned to testing after Gov. Mike DeWine got a positive result from a rapid… Read More

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, left, and his wife Fran, walk into their residence after he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Bexley, Ohio.

UPDATE: Gov. DeWine Tests Negative For COVID-19 After Second Test

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOUB | AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has tested tested negative for COVID-19 after testing positive earlier the same day. DeWine’s office sent out a statement Thursday night saying he, his wife Fran and his staff members were issued PCR tests upon his return to Columbus and the results from Wexner Medical… Read More

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Tests Positive For COVID-19

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UPDATE [10:33 p.m.] Gov. DeWine has tested negative for COVID-19 after receiving a second test upon returning to Columbus. Read more by clicking here.   —————————————————————- [1:06 p.m.] COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) —Gov. Mike DeWine announced that he has come back positive for COVID-19 after taking a test Thursday. DeWine was tested in order to greet… Read More

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E-Warrant Program Intended To Improve Gun Sale Background Check Accuracy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The anniversary of the mass shooting in Dayton is reviving conversations about gun regulations in Ohio. While lawmakers have refused to move Gov. Mike DeWine’s (R-Ohio) gun regulation proposals, his administration is rolling out a program that he says can improve the accuracy of background checks. An e-warrant program in… Read More

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Students In Ohio’s K-12 Schools Must Wear Masks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday added another statewide health order requiring all children in grades K-12 to wear masks while in school, with certain exceptions. The previous order was for third graders and older. DeWine said the aim is providing safe schools for students and employees when schools return to in-person classes…. Read More

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Ohio Pharmacy Board Reverses Decision On Hydroxychloroquine

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state pharmacy board changed its decision to ban the use of hydroxychloroquine for treating COVID-19. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) called for a more thorough investigation into the drug. DeWine says Ohio’s pharmacy board should have held a full hearing before ruling that hydroxychloroquine cannot be used to treat… Read More

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DeWine Joins Call For Dark Money Transparency

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The effort to shed more light on campaign contributions is gaining momentum with the support of Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio). He says these so-called dark money groups that donate millions of dollars into political expenditures need more transparency. As DeWine points out, it’s not against the law for independent expenditure groups to make political… Read More