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Ohio’s New Plan for K-12 Education: “Each Student, Our Future”

September 7, 2018 | 0

The Ohio Department of Education recently announced its decision to roll out a new, five-year plan to transform the state’s approach to K-12 education. “Each Student, Our Future” was developed over the past year by various interest groups including educators, parents, business leaders, and state legislators to better prepare students for success after graduation. The…

Dock-less Electric Scooters Appear in Ohio Cities Seemingly Overnight

August 27, 2018 | 0

Bird Rider’s electric scooters appeared on the streets of Columbus in early July and immediately began drawing attention. Bird currently operates in Downtown Columbus, the Arena District, and the Short North.  The electronic scooters have also been introduced in Cincinnati. Bird dropped scooters in Cleveland in early August, but they were later pulled from the streets after…

The 2018 Post Election Conference has a New Location!

August 16, 2018 | 0

The 2018 Post Election Conference will have a new location. We will still be at the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC), but the event will be held in a different ballroom and different breakout rooms than previous years. The majority of the conference will take place in the Union Station Ballrooms at the GCCC.  All…

A look at Issue 1: An Amendment to Reduce Penalties for Crimes of Obtaining, Possessing, and Using Illegal Drugs

August 15, 2018 | 0

Concern about overcrowding in Ohio’s prisons from non-violent drug offenders has led a group to propose a ballot initiated constitutional amendment. Backed by a coalition of civic, law enforcement, faith and business leaders, the initiative will appear on the ballot as Ohio Issue 1 this November.  The initiative’s sponsors were able to secure the necessary…

Balderson Wins Narrow Victory in OH-12 Special Election  

August 8, 2018 | 0

  State Senator Troy Balderson emerged victorious over Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor in a nationally watched special election on Tuesday, August 7 to fill the open seat left when Representative Pat Tiberi resigned earlier this year. Democrat Danny O’Connor opened an early lead based on a strong performance in early and absentee voting, but…

Immigration has Made Its Way into Ohio Politics

August 3, 2018 | 0

Immigration has made its way into Ohio’s politics, but how much has immigration impacted the state? Immigration and Ohio are not often thought of in the same context, but as the issue increasingly plays a larger and larger role in national politics, the debate has found its way to the state. In the recent Republican…

Glenn College Researchers Say Gubernatorial Candidates Should Prioritize Economy

July 23, 2018 | 0

What should Ohio’s gubernatorial candidates be talking about?  A paper by researchers at The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs, emphasizes that the future of Ohio’s economy should be a top priority for the gubernatorial candidates and other politicians seeking election this November. The paper called, Toward a New Ohio, takes an…

Eastern Ohio Stands to Benefit from Energy Investment

July 18, 2018 | 0

In recent years, Eastern Ohio has often made the news for the wrong reasons: industrial decline, job loss and unemployment, and the ravages of the opioid epidemic.  However, area leaders hope a series of investments by the energy and manufacturing industries will help the region get back on track. Among the projects that leaders have…

Beatty and Stivers’ Civility and Respect Caucus Hopes to Bring Bipartisan Efforts to the Forefront

July 12, 2018 | 0

Civility is a buzzword in today’s political arena, as member’s abilities to engage in bipartisan efforts have become more crucial to accomplishing policy goals in such a divisive climate.  Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH) hope to be at the forefront of this movement towards more respectful dialogue, through their creation of…