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The Statehouse News Bureau was founded in 1980 to provide educational, comprehensive coverage of legislation, elections, issues and other activities surrounding the Statehouse to Ohio's public radio and television stations. To this day, the Bureau remains the only broadcast outlet dedicated to in-depth coverage of state government news and topics of statewide interest. The Bureau is funded througheTech Ohio, and is managed by ideastream

The reporters at the Bureau follow the concerns of the citizens and voters of Ohio, as well as the actions of the Governor, the Ohio General Assembly, the Ohio Supreme Court, and other elected officials. We strive to cover statehouse news, government issues, Ohio politics, and concerns of business, culture and the arts with balance and fairness, and work to present diverse voices and points of view from the Statehouse and throughout Ohio. 

The three award-winning journalists at the bureau have more than 60 combined years of radio and television experience. They can be heard on National Public Radio and are regular contributors to Morning EditionAll Things Considered and Marketplace

Every weekday, the Statehouse News Bureau produces in-depth news reports forOhio's public radio stations. Those stories are also available on this website, either on the front page or in our archives. Weekly, the Statehouse News Bureau produces a television show from our studios in the Statehouse. The State of Ohio is an unique blend of news, interviews, talk and analysis, and is broadcast on Ohio's public television stations

The Statehouse News Bureau also produces special programming throughout the year, including the Governor's annual State of the State address to the Ohio General Assembly and a five-part year-end review. 

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7:08 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

State Executes 49th Inmate Since 1999

Convicted murderer Brett Hartman was executed today with a lethal injection.

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News
9:19 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Ohio Cutting Food Stamps

869-thousand Ohio households currently receive food stamps, but some are about to see their allotments cut.

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News
11:19 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Abortion Legislation On Horizon

An Ohio House committee is scheduled to take a possible vote on a bill that could put Planned Parenthood in the back of the line when it comes to money for family planning services.

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Election Coverage
6:44 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

State Lawmaker Discusses "Triple Flipper" Status

In 1992, Ohio voters put term limits into the state constitution for state legislators.

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Election Coverage
7:13 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

What does continued GOP control of General Assembly mean for tax cuts

Democrats may have won the presidential race and a US Senate contest in Ohio... but voters here also decided to keep Republicans in firm control of the Ohio House and senate.  What is the GOP majority likely to do with that continued hold on power?  And can the minority Democrats do much to influence them?  Those are the questions that statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen has been asking.

Election Coverage
1:07 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Brown Defeats Mandel In Expensive Race

Democrats will continue to control the U.S. senate next year, and one big reason is – the re-election victory of incumbent Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown.

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Election Coverage
7:17 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Obama Wins With Help From Ohio

President Barack Obama won re-election to a second term last night. Ohioans elected Obama over Republican Mitt Romney by a two-point margin.

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Election Coverage
8:12 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Ohioans don't feel all the extra campaign attention was helpful

Some 200 million dollars will have been spent in Ohio to try to sway voters in the presidential, Senate and congressional races. Tuesday, those voters took over. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, many didn’t feel particularly illuminated by the deluge of information.

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Election Coverage
9:25 am
Tue November 6, 2012

In-Person Voting Numbers

The in-person absentee voting period ended yesterday, with nearly 70-thousand people voting early in Franklin County.

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Election Coverage
10:04 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Long Lines For Early In-Person Voting

Inside the Franklin County Early Voting Center at 1700 Morse Rd.
Credit Ohio Public Radio

Early in-person voting centers across Ohio are reporting long lines. The centers will be open one last day before election day itself. In Franklin County, the center at 1700 Morse Rd. will be open until 2 p.m. today.

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Election Coverage
9:55 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Churches Push Early Voting On Both Sides

The close race for president in Ohio and nationally could boil down to how well each side has mobilized church-goers.

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Election Coverage
6:48 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Obama And Romney In Central Ohio

President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney are in the middle of whirlwind tours throughout Ohio this weekend.

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Election Coverage
9:17 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Ann Romney Stumps In Ohio

Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, headlined a "Women for Mitt" rally yesterday at the Aladdin Shrine center in Columbus,


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Election Coverage
9:01 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Presidential And U.S. Senate Candidates Cross Paths


As the major party presidential candidates have come through Ohio, their paths have crossed with the candidates in the US Senate race.

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Election Coverage
5:22 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Political tourists visit Ohio

Ohioans have been living the battleground state lifestyle for months. For the next few days, a few tourists are coming from the UK to Ohio just for that experience. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

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Election Coverage
9:11 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Candidates and surrogates making the most of Ohio appearances

Two new polls show the presidential race is tight in Ohio, but both polls give president Obama a slight edge.  the CBS/Quinnipiac/New York Times poll shows Obama with a 5 point lead, while the Ohio Poll by the Univversity of Cincinnati shows him 2 points ahead of challenger Mitt Romney.  Jim Messina, campaign manager for Obama says the the Romney campaign is propped up with inaccurate information.

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Election Coverage
8:54 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

GM complains Romney ad is misleading

Earlier this week, the company that makes Jeeps criticized a Mitt Romney campaign ad airing in Ohio as misleading. Now, a SECOND automaker is saying the same thing about ANOTHER Romney ad. The arguments are over new auto jobs and where they’re being created. Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen reports.

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News
12:50 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Cleanup/Power Restorations in Northern Ohio Continue

Thousands of northern Ohio residents are still without power and hundreds of schools closed for a second day as the region cleaned up from Sandy.

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Election Coverage
12:39 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Undecided Voters Starting To Make Decisions

Voters who’ve been undecided in recent weeks are coming down to the wire to make a decision in the presidential race.

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Election Coverage
4:44 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Flap over Jeep jobs part of presidential positioning on auto industry

A dispute over Ohio auto jobs continues to swirl in this key battleground state in the presidential election... with election day just a week away.  A top auto company executive is strongly restating that Jeep has no plans to move Toledo auto jobs overseas... despite a claim to the contrary by Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, and despite new ADS by Romney's campaign that hint at it. Ohio Public Radio's Bill Cohen reports.

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