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Protestors hold up signs in support of reproductive rights

Where do Mike DeWine and Nan Whaley stand on the details of future abortion proposals?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The nominees for Ohio governor have made abortion a top campaign issue, but when it comes down to details, it’s unclear how far either would go to protect abortion rights or expand restrictions. The political landscape has changed drastically in the last week with the U.S. Supreme Court stripping… Read More

A person pulls a gun out of a bag

Gov. DeWine signs a bill allowing armed school employees

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio school districts could begin arming employees as soon as this fall under a bill signed into law Monday by GOP Gov. Mike DeWine. The law, as enacted, requires up to 24 hours of training before an employee can go armed, and up to eight hours of annual training. The training programs must… Read More

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine addressed the infant formula shortage during a press conference at Kroger on the Rhine on June 6, 2022.

DeWine asks USDA to ‘make it easier’ for WIC families to find baby formula during shortage

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CINCINNATI, Ohio (WVXU) — The Ohio Department of Health is working with the United States Department of Agriculture to get waivers for families enrolled in WIC so people have more baby formula options during the national shortage. Ohio is working with the USDA to temporarily remove requirements for families enrolled in WIC who use special… Read More

Perry Nuclear Power Plant

Ohio Democratic Party sues DeWine over FirstEnergy, nuclear bailout law records

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration, saying they’re breaking the state’s public records law in turning over documents with information blacked out. The lawsuit demands those documents related to the House Bill 6 corruption scandal be turned over without the redactions.Democrats are searching… Read More

Governor Mike DeWine and Fran DeWine visit Heritage Hall College of Medicine on Monday, April 12, 2021, in Athens, OH.

Ohio Gov. DeWine wins GOP nomination for 2nd term in office

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has won his party’s nomination for governor. DeWine on Tuesday topped three far-right opponents, including ex-U.S. Rep Jim Renacci. The four-way Republican primary played to DeWine’s advantage as voters upset with his strict pandemic policies split their support among his challengers. DeWine will be a favorite… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine signs SB263 into law on January 6, 2021.

Gov. DeWine faces a test of the far right’s sway in Primary Election

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine is facing a test of the far right’s sway as he seeks another term in office. DeWine remains the favorite in Tuesday’s primary despite losing the backing of some conservative groups who were angry over his aggressive pandemic policies. He’s up against three far-right challengers in… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine signs SB263 into law on January 6, 2021.

DeWine supports constitutional amendment to change rules for setting bail

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The push to put a constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot gained the endorsement of Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, who said public safety should be considered when judges are setting cash bail. State lawmakers are holding committee hearings on a resolution that would put the issue on the… Read More

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Ohio joins states with no concealed carry license requirement

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ATHENS, Ohio (OVR) — Every year at tax time Mike Linscott knows that business is soon to pick up at River’s Edge Outfitters, his family-run firearm and archery supply store in Canaanville, Ohio. This year there’s a larger increase than usual at this profitable time, which he says could be due in part to a… Read More

The Ohio Redistricting Commission in a meeting at the statehouse

Time is ticking for the Ohio Redistricting Commission as it decides whether to pass new legislative

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Today is the deadline for the Ohio Redistricting Commission to pass a fourth set of legislative maps to satisfy the Ohio Supreme Court. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he thinks the maps should be passed by midnight tonight. “The court order says we are supposed to approve a map…. Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) delivers his State of the State address in the Ohio House chamber.

Declaring ‘This is our moment’, DeWine lays out State of the State to mixed reaction

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — For only the second time in office, DeWine delivered a State of the State address, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced him to cancel the event for the last two years. Members of the Ohio House, Ohio Senate, Ohio Supreme Court, and state offices filled the House chamber as DeWine… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine delivers his first State of the State address

As he prepares for his State of the State address, DeWine says his goals have not changed

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — After the pandemic caused a two-year hiatus, DeWine will deliver his second State of the State address to Ohio lawmakers. DeWine’s last State of the State speech was in March 2019 when he emphasized the importance of investing in programs that support early childhood development, public health, and workforce… Read More

Ohio gubernatorial candidates Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine met for their final of three debates on Monday night, October 8, 2018 at Cleveland State University.

Ohio gubernatorial debate for Republican candidates is called off

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The commission is moving forward with debates for other high-profile races, but the GOP gubernatorial debate was canceled because candidates declined to participate. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) was the first to drop out. He announced last week that he would not be taking part in the debate. Dan Moulthrop,… Read More

Ohio gubernatorial candidates Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine met for their final of three debates on Monday night, October 8, 2018 at Cleveland State University.

DeWine declines to participate in first major debate among candidates for Ohio governor


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine has declined an invitation to debate his opponents in the Republican primary race for governor. DeWine’s campaign spokesman Brenton Temple wrote to the Ohio Debate Commission’s Jill Miller Zimon: “We will respectfully decline the invitation to participate in the Ohio Debate Commission’s Primary debate.” No reason… Read More

Huntington Park in Columbus from the outside of a gate

No Opening Day at Ohio’s MLB ballparks, but the minor leagues will still play ball

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — While the major leagues won’t be playing ball on Opening Day March 31 because talks have broken down between the MLB and the players association, there is some good news for baseball fans. There will be baseball in Ohio in the early spring. Gov. Mike DeWine is a longtime… Read More

Voter rights advocates scrutinize the Congressional district map proposed by Republican lawmakers.

DeWine approves new Ohio Congressional map that gives GOP advantage in most districts

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — In a statement released Saturday, DeWine said “When compared to the other proposals offered from House and Senate caucuses, both Republican and Democrat, the map in S.B. 258 makes the most progress to produce a fair, compact, and competitive map.” DeWine goes on to tout the map’s city and county… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine at a press conference

New Vaccination Scholarships Incentives Announced By Ohio Gov. DeWine

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Updated: 3:46 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced a new round of vaccination incentive programs Thursday, although it is not clear if other incentives offered earlier this year increased vaccination rates. Younger Ohioans could receive up to $100,000 as part of a new scholarship vaccination incentive from the Ohio… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. DeWine Says Ohio Hospitals Are Filling Up With 30-To-50 Year Old Unvaccinated Patients

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — The number of Ohioans hospitalized with COVID-19 is climbing to levels the state hasn’t seen since the deadly surge over the 2020-2021 winter, and doctors are particularly concerned about a spike in patients under the age of 50. In the past 24 hours, the state reported 459 new COVID-19 hospitalizations –… Read More

Kids were in masks in Worthington Kilbourne High School when the district reopened for in-person learning in March 2021. All K-12 students and staff in the district are required to wear masks after a mandate went into effect August 25, a week after school started for the year.

Key Lawmaker Says A Mask Mandate For All Ohio Schools Wouldn’t Stand

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Children’s hospitals say they’re worried about rising cases of COVID in kids, with nearly half of all Ohio students not required to wear masks in schools. But that’s unlikely to change unless local officials make decisions to do that. There won’t be a statewide mask mandate for Ohio schools,… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine wearing face masks on June 23, 2020.

DeWine Says He Would Issue A Statewide Mask Mandate If He Could

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday said he would have issued a statewide mask mandate to slow spiking cases of the coronavirus if the Legislature hadn’t tied his hands through a strict restriction on public health orders. DeWine, a Republican, said he fears a fight with fellow GOP lawmakers, including one that… Read More

Governor Mike DeWine and Fran DeWine visit Heritage Hall College of Medicine on Monday, April 12, 2021, in Athens, OH. DeWine toured the facility and watched as three OU students were given the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and then spoke to the media about the vaccination efforts and supply in Ohio. "Our way to get back to normal is the vaccine, it's the only way to get back."

DeWine Calls Biden’s Vaccine Mandate A ‘Mistake’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) said President Joe Biden’s move to mandate vaccinations at businesses is a mistake saying a federal requirement is not the right approach. Biden announced businesses with more than 100 workers must require COVID vaccinations or regular testing of staff. DeWine has been touting the effectiveness… Read More

Sam Randazzo, now-former PUCO chair, testifies in the House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight

Lawmaker Disputes DeWine’s Claim That Randazzo’s FirstEnergy Ties Were Clear

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — FirstEnergy said it paid a bribe of more than $4 million dollars to Sam Randazzo before he became chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says he didn’t know about the bribe until late 2020, but insists that Randazzo’s past work with FirstEnergy was common… Read More

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

DeWine Learned Of FirstEnergy Payment To Former PUCO Chair Before He Resigned

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine has made his first public comments since last week’s plea deal from FirstEnergy in the federal corruption case involving the nuclear power plant bailout law known as House Bill 6. DeWine was asked what he knew about the connection between the Akron-based utility and the person he appointed to… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse in Spring

DeWine Signs Ohio’s New Two-Year Budget With 14 Vetoes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Nearly two hours past the midnight deadline, Gov. Mike DeWine put out a statement saying he signed the two-year, $75 billion state budget – while striking out 14 items. Most of the vetoes were technical and specific, but others were more notable. (Read DeWine’s full veto statement here.) DeWine struck the… Read More

Gov. DeWine receives his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

DeWine Looking For Incentives To Boost Ohio Vaccine Numbers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There are 4.6 million Ohioans who have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, that’s 39% of the state’s total population. State officials are looking at how to create incentive for people who have yet to get the shot. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says the state… Read More