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Republican, Democratic lawmakers alike call for Kasich to declare state of emergency over heroin

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(November 18, 2016) — Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Ohio can agree on one thing: They want Gov. John Kasich to declare a state of emergency over the state’s heroin and pain pill epidemic.


Ohio’s political future might lean Republican

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(November 12, 2016) — Ohio has long been considered to be a presidential bellwether. That means Ohio picks the winner of a presidential election, and picks the winner by a similar margin as the country as a whole. And the state is pretty consistent at it: before this November election, the state failed to be on the winning side only two times since 1896.


Incumbent Rob Portman bests Dem. Ted Strickland for Ohio U.S. Senate seat

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(November 8, 2016) — Ohio Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has won re-election over Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland in a race Democrats once considered a good opportunity to pick up a Senate seat.


Tesla owners wouldn’t be able to drive on most roads if this bill passes

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(November 6, 2016) — The future of driverless or “autonomous” cars is getting ever closer for Ohioans, with many car companies expecting to produce self-driving cars by 2020. But with new technology comes new regulations.


Can Clinton and Trump sway young voters? These college students aren’t so sure

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(November 1, 2016) — Millennials and younger generations have had trouble bringing themselves to vote for either major party presidential candidate in this years election — in fact, millennials viewed Voldemort, the evil wizard who terrorized Harry Potter, more favorably than either Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in a Time Magazine poll earlier this year.


Ohio lawmakers and lobbyists battle over cost of renewable energy

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(October 30, 2016) — Renewable energy could save Ohio residents hundreds of dollars a year. That is, if state lawmakers and lobbying groups can agree on how and when to invest in it here.


Bill introduced could make ballot selfies legal

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(October 26, 2016) — It’s Election Day. You go into your local polling station to cast a ballot and snap a selfie with your filled-in ballot. Then you tweet it (or Snap it or post it on Facebook, Instagram or another social media platform). You just inadvertently committed a fifth-degree felony.


Cincinnati mistakenly uses sewer funds to pay police

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(October 25, 2016) — More than $100,000 of Metropolitan Sewer Districts funds were used by the City of Cincinnati to pay the salaries of various city employees, according to an audit report released Tuesday by Ohio State Auditor Dave Yost.


Snow plow truck outposts are getting old, with little future money to renovate

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(October 14, 2016) — Ohioans hopefully dont have to worry about winter weather for another month or two, but when it comes, they might hit with an unexpected problem.


Democrats gather in Columbus as Obama talks policy, Trump

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(October 13, 2016) — Over 2,000 Democrats came together Thursday night to downtown Columbus for the annual Ohio Democratic Party Dinner to hear a man who only has 98 days left at his job, though many of them might wish he were staying longer.


Trump ‘greedy’ for not paying taxes, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown says

By Kaitlin Fochesato
Columbus Dispatch

(October 6, 2016) — Late this morning, a U.S. Supreme Court justice stopped by the Statehousealbeit just on a t-shirt. Tanisha Robinson is the founder of Print Syndicate, a company that translates memes and online trends into t-shirts and more. Robinson was sporting her best-selling t-shirt in the Ladies’ Gallery of the Statehouse: a print of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wearing a crown with the proclamation, “Notorious RBG.”


Strickland calls Teamsters’ endorsement of Portman a payoff

By Kaitlin Fochesato
Columbus Dispatch

(October 6, 2016) — Former Democratic Gov. Strickland hurled a new accusation Wednesday against his opponent for the U.S. Senate, Republican incumbent Rob Portman: The senator may have done something illegal.


Jon Husted says bogus election fraud article offends him as ‘a Christian’

By Kaitlin Fochesato
Columbus Dispatch

(October 6, 2016) — Secretary of State Jon Husted is now voicing his displeasure with an article claiming “tens of thousands” of fraudulent Hillary Clinton votes had been found in a warehouse somewhere in Franklin County.


Lawmakers race to change Ohio’s renewable energy standards

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(October 6, 2016) — Time is running out for Ohio Republicans who want to change the states renewable energy standards, and a battle with Gov. John Kasich over what those changes might look like remains.


E-poll machines should work well this year, board of elections says

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(October 5, 2016) — New technology may have hampered the November 2015 general election in Hamilton County, but officials say they are confident that this year everything will go smoothly.


Fantasy football: Proposed bill clarifies some sites are illegal

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(September 30, 2016) — Online daily fantasy sports sites like DraftKings and FanDuel brought in nearly $3 billion combined in revenue in 2015 and are becoming increasingly popular among sports fans across the United States, including Ohio.


Women in central Ohio suburbs in spotlight in presidential campaign

By Kaitlin Fochesato
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 30, 2016) — From average voters to political pundits, everyone has been looking for hints of how this unprecedented presidential election will end, particularly in bellwether Ohio. Less than 40 days before the election, central Ohio might offer a key demographic: suburban women.


State Democratic leaders call on the governor for help in opiate epidemic

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(September 28, 2016) — State Rep. Greta Johnson, D-Akron, walked up to the podium in the Ohio statehouse Wednesday and repeated her statement four times:

Today, two or three people are going to die from overdoses in Summit County.


Former Ohio State doctor gets $100,000 in age discrimination settlement

By Kaitlin Fochesato
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 26, 2016) — Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will pay $100,000 as part of a settlement unveiled Monday to a former doctor who alleged age discrimination in a 2015 lawsuit filed in the Ohio Court of Claims.


Anne Holton, Tim Kaine’s wife, stops in Columbus on tour of Ohio

By Kaitlin Fochesato
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 22, 2016) — A class of about 16 preschoolers had a new friend to play with Thursday afternoon: Anne Holton, wife of the Democratic nominee for Vice President Tim Kaine.