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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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Election Coverage
9:43 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Ryan Stumps In Ohio

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says the idea that Mitt Romney would raise taxes on the middle-class is a misperception being spread by negative ads from the Obama campaign.

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4:30 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

State Representative Clayton Luckie indicted

Another Ohio legislator has been indicted on corruption charges.

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1:01 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

State Lawmaker Faces Corruption Charges

A state lawmaker has been indicted on 49 charges of theft in office, money laundering and corruption related to the use of his campaign funds.

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12:52 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Obama Rally At OSU

No Republican has ever been elected president without carrying Ohio, so it's no wonder both major party candidates keep campaigning here.

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12:48 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Romney Rally In Cuyahoga Falls

An enthusiastic crowd braved chilly temperatures last night in Cuyahoga Falls to hear Mitt Romney promote his plan for fiscal austerity.

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12:43 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Husted Appeals Ruling On Early Voting

Ohio’s top elections chief is asking the nation’s highest court to overrule last week’s federal appeals court ruling on early, in person weekend voting.

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News
9:32 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Columbus Casino Opens

Ohio's largest casino opened yesterday, nearly three years after voters approved the construction of four casinos in the state.

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Election Coverage
7:37 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

African-American vote in presidential election

Throughout the presidential campaign, analysts have said the black vote will be crucial to an Obama re-election. After the 2010 midterms, as the country began to turn its attention to 2012, some questioned whether Mr. Obama acted in the best interests of African Americans - and whether he has perhaps taken their vote for granted. For Ohio Public Radio. WCPN's Bill Rice reports. 

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Election Coverage
7:26 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Early Voting Restored But Not Mandated In Ohio

Another major court ruling declares that Ohio may not ban early in-person voting on the three days just before election day itself.

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Election Coverage
9:24 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Elections Panel Approves Issue 2 Deal

The Ohio elections commission has now approved a settlement between backers of the group pushing the redistricting issue on the November ballot, the Ohio Republican Party, and another opposition group.

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News
7:23 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Auditor finds evidence of school districts data scrubbing

State Auditor David Yost, delivering attendance scrubbing preliminary report
Bill Cohen, OPR

Ohio’s Auditor says a preliminary probe has found evidence of major irregularities in the way five school districts have changed the enrollment status of some students. 

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Election Coverage
9:29 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Campaign Donations Dominate SUPCO Forum

An accusation of improperly accepting campaign donations was one highlight of Wednesday's forum with four of the six candidates for Ohio Supreme Court.

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1:13 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Unclaimed Funds Payouts Increase

There’s been a big increase the past year in the number of Ohioans who’ve claimed long-forgotten checking or savings accounts, uncashed checks or insurance policies, and forgotten utility or rent deposits.

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Election Coverage
1:03 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Campaigns Use Different Strategies As Early Voting Begins

Early voting is now underway in Ohio. The campaigns have two different methods in this early voting season with one common goal – getting their voters out in bigger numbers.

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Election Coverage
5:56 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Pool of undecided voters shrinking

The first Presidential debate is tomorrow. But most polls show most Ohioans have already made up their minds when it comes to which candidate they’ll vote for. There is a small group of undecided voters but as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, it’s hard to reach them…..and it could be hard for the candidates to reach them too. 

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9:41 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Gambling Addiction Survey Completed

Ohio Addiction Services officials have complated a survey on gambling addiction, designed to see if new casinos and video slot machines placed at horse racing tracks will fuel more addiction in the future. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports. 

Election Coverage
4:28 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Absentee ballots are going out

Nearly a million Ohioans have returned absentee ballot request forms, asking for paper ballots from county boards of elections. And for those who’d like to cast a ballot early in person, voting starts tomorrow/today (Tuesday October 2nd) at locations specified by local boards of elections. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles says Ohio’s top elections official thinks early voting is looking good so  far.

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12:40 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

State Minimum Wage To Increase In January

Ohioans who work for the state’s minimum wage will be getting a pay hike next year.

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6:57 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

High Court Declines To Intervene In JobsOhio/Goodman Dispute

The Ohio Supreme Court has decided not to get involved in an unusual case where a state agency sued another state agency's director.

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6:52 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Historic Settlement Reached With Bank Of America

A $2.4 billion class action lawsuit has been settled against one of the nation’s largest banks in favor of investors who lost billions…including two of the state’s largest pension systems.

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