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Moderate Democrats have demanded that the $1400 stimulus checks be targeted at low and moderate income people. The change, if adopted, means the House will need to vote again on the package next week.
The Senate will debate a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill and aim to pass it using a process that avoids a Republican filibuster. A battle over efforts to raise the minimum wage still splits Democrats.
Natural gas utilities face a bleak future in a world increasingly concerned about climate change. An NPR investigation shows how they work to block local climate action and protect their business.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Legislation to help expand high-speed internet access in underserved and rural areas of Ohio is getting bipartisan support and fast-tracked consideration at the Statehouse as the coronavirus pandemic increases pressure to address that digital divide. A measure to direct $210 million toward increasing broadband access passed the House on Thursday with… Read More
KENT, Ohio (WKSU) — In laying out his proposed budget this month, Gov. Mike DeWine specifically said that the state legislature should do the heavy lifting when it comes to school funding. The state Supreme Court has been saying the same thing — for over 20 years. Our education series, “Learning Curve,” examines a $2 billion… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An ally of former President Donald Trump who recently stepped down as chair of the Ohio Republican Party is joining the race for the U.S. Senate seat that the GOP’s Rob Portman is leaving. Jane Timken announced her decision Thursday. It sets up a 2022 primary that already includes former state… Read More
Seven Republicans joined with all Democrats and independents to vote to convict the former president for inciting an insurrection, but the tally is short of the two-thirds vote needed.
Warning: Some video shown during the trial may contain graphic images of violence and profanity. WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial continues for a fourth day beginning at noon EST on Feb. 12. With House Democrats having concluded presenting their evidence against Trump, his defense team now takes over, making the… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the cost of providing security after the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol breach was more than $2.4 million. Lt. Craig Cvetan is spokesman for the patrol. He said the extra security needed to patrol state facilities in the aftermath of the breach included $2.3 million in… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Representatives of minor political parties in Ohio are conferring on whether to appeal after suffering their latest blow in a legal battle for more visibility and access in state elections. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati late Wednesday upheld a lower court’s finding against the Libertarian Party of… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republicans have their first official candidate for the 2022 US Senate race. Former state treasurer Josh Mandel is launching his third try at that office. Josh Mandel has been out of office since 2018, when he was term limited as state treasurer. But it’s not a big surprise that… Read More
Warning: Some video shown during the trial may contain graphic images of violence and profanity. WASHINGTON, D.C. (PBS NewsHour) — President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial continues for a second day beginning at noon EST on Feb. 10. House Democrats will present evidence demonstrating why they believe Trump should be convicted for his role in… Read More
Warning: Some video shown during the trial contains graphic images of violence and profanity. WASHINGTON, D.C. (PBS NewsHour) — Former President Donald Trump faces his second impeachment trial in the Senate on Feb. 9, when lawmakers will begin the process of considering whether to convict him on a charge of incitement of insurrection following the… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill to repeal a bailout of two aging nuclear power plants at the heart of a federal $60 million bribery probe has been re-introduced in the Ohio House by its Republican sponsor. The legislation known as HB6 was signed into law by GOP Gov. Mike DeWine in 2019. The Justice… Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Statehouse News Bureau) — President Joe Biden has said he doesn’t think an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour will pass in the latest COVID relief bill. But Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Senator says it needs to be passed somehow because it’s long overdue. Sen. Sherrod Brown says the minimum wage hike is a popular idea. “The support… Read More
Congressional committees now move to the to the next stage of finalizing the details of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion bill. Democrats are using process that could approve it with a party-line vote.
Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 remains a priority of President Biden and Democrats after the Senate approved an amendment prohibiting a wage increase during the pandemic.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A legislative panel has taken no action on impeachment petitions against Kentucky’s governor and attorney general. The House panel met behind closed doors for more than 3 1/2 hours Wednesday. Once the lawmakers reconvened, the committee chairman said that motions filed in conjunction with the petition seeking the ouster of GOP… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An open Senate seat in Ohio has set off a scramble among state Democrats and a spirited debate over whether the nominee should be a white man or a candidate who better represents the party’s diversity. Those discussions come as Dr. Amy Acton, a former state health director who was the… Read More
The Food and Drug Administration gave emergency authorization to Ellume’s rapid test in December, after it showed 96% accuracy in a U.S. clinical study.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost plans to run for reelection next year and said Monday he won’t seek the U.S. Senate seat that fellow Republican Rob Portman is leaving. Yost explained his decision on Twitter, saying he loves his current work as the state’s top prosecutor. “At this moment in history,… Read More
The senators are asking to work with President Biden on a coronavirus relief package that they believe could be approved “quickly by Congress with bipartisan support.”
President Biden’s Iran policy is significantly different from that of his predecessor. But there are some things started by former President Donald Trump that Biden plans to build on.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Statehouse News Bureau) — A big development in the upcoming race for US Senate in 2022, with Republican incumbent Rob Portman saying he’s no longer running. One high profile possible candidate is out. A spokesman for Congressman Jim Jordan (R-04, Urbana) says he won’t be running for Portman’s seat. But the spokesman says Jordan,… Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Statehouse News Bureau) — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says forgoing a run for re-election does not change his approach to the upcoming impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. Some believe not running for another term takes political pressure off of Portman if he wanted to vote to convict Trump in the… Read More