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Gov. DeWine Tests Positive, Then Negative for Coronavirus

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Gov. DeWine Tests Positive, Then Negative for Coronavirus

By Marty Schladen After earlier testing positive for coronavirus, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s office Thursday night said he had tested negative for the novel coronavirus. DeWine, 73, received a routine test that morning before meeting President Donald Trump in Northern Ohio. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted tested negative, DeWine said, and accompanied Trump on a tour of […]

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House Bill Suggests State Rainy Day Funds for ‘Eviction Crisis Response’

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal House Bill Suggests State Rainy Day Funds for ‘Eviction Crisis Response’

By Susan Tebben The coronavirus pandemic’s effect on the local economy continues, and two state representatives are trying to tap into the state’s rainy day fund for an “eviction crisis response.” In a bill introduced on Monday, $270 million would be used for immediate, one-time rent relief, according to the sponsors, state Rep. David Leland, D-Columbus; […]

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State Campaign Finance Reform Bill Could Make Nonprofit Political Spending Public

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal State Campaign Finance Reform Bill Could Make Nonprofit Political Spending Public

By Tyler Buchanan If you can follow the money, state Rep. Gayle Manning reasons, you can follow what’s going on. That’s the main drive behind a new bill proposed by Manning, R-North Ridgeville, and Rep. Jessica Miranda, D-Forest Park, which seeks to reform Ohio’s campaign finance landscape through shining light on anonymous political spending. Their House Bill […]

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Ohio House Elects Lima Representative to Replace Householder

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio House Elects Lima Representative to Replace Householder

This article was originally published on Thursday, July 30, 2020. By Ohio Capital Journal Staff The Ohio House of Representatives voted Thursday to remove Speaker Larry Householder as the chamber’s leader, then hours later elevated state Rep. Bob Cupp to serve as the next Speaker of the House. Cupp, 69, a former Ohio Supreme Court justice, […]

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This Community Organization Says Mayor Ginther Continues to Ignore Them

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman This Community Organization Says Mayor Ginther Continues to Ignore Them

When it comes to service work, food banks, clothing drives, affordable housing developments and the like are typical of faith-based organizations. But 24 years ago, those efforts didn’t seem to go far enough for local clergy and their congregations. A diverse group of religious organizations came together out of frustration that the root causes of […]

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Write-in Candidates Looking to Replace Larry Householder

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Write-in Candidates Looking to Replace Larry Householder

By Tyler Buchanan Jay Conrad voted for Larry Householder just two years ago. Now, Conrad wants to replace him. “I was angry,” he said about Householder’s recent arrest for alleged involvement in a bribery scheme. “I was frustrated. Super disappointed. I voted for Larry personally in 2018. To me, it was almost like a slap in the face.” […]

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Update: City Officials Propose 10pm Closing Time for Bars, Nightclubs and Restaurants

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Update: City Officials Propose 10pm Closing Time for Bars, Nightclubs and Restaurants

Update 7/27: Columbus City Council passes ordinance to restrict restaurant, bar and nightclub hours, now set to close at 10 p.m. Update 7/28, 1 p.m.: A number of local businesses, including 16-Bit, Pins Mechanical Co., Late Night Slice and over two dozen others, have filed a lawsuit against the City of Columbus. Update: 7/28, 5 […]

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