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Federal judge nixes Ohio's push for early redistricting data

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the state of Ohio that tried to get the U.S. Census Bureau to provide data used for drawing congressional and legislative districts ahead of i...

Neil Clark, lobbyist named in $60M Ohio bribery probe, dies

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A longtime Ohio lobbyist who had pleaded not guilty in a sweeping federal bribery investigation died Tuesday, a former U.S. attorney said. Neil Clark had pleade...

Voter outreach led to big drop in rejected mail ballots

ATLANTA (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic triggered an unprecedented surge in mailed ballots last year, raising concerns that a flood of first-time absentee voters would lead to another record: more bal...

Timing key in consulting deal between FirstEnergy, regulator

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Shortly before a utility lawyer and lobbyist was appointed Ohio’s top regulator of electric and power generating companies, he received $4.3 million from top executives at one of...

DeWine faces choppy political waters 1 year into pandemic

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — At the beginning of 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine was working on plans to battle algae blooms in Lake Erie, crack down on distracted driving, and figure out a way to save an Ohio m...

What's in an adjective? 'Democrat Party' label on the rise

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two days before the assault on the U.S. Capitol, Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano, a Republican, said supporters of then-President Donald Trump's claims of election fraud w...

At divided time, Ohio unites behind statue of John Glenn

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Political divisions these days may be deep, but Ohioans never cease to agree on John Glenn. Both Republicans and Democrats on a state panel heaped praise on the...

Pro-Trump former GOP chair joins US Senate race in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An ally of former President Donald Trump who recently stepped down as chair of the Ohio Republican Party announced Thursday she is joining the race for the U.S. Senate seat that ...

GOP's Josh Mandel joins race for open Senate seat in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Josh Mandel, a Marine veteran and former state treasurer, says he will make a third run for the U.S. Senate in Ohio, taking a pro-Trump message in a bid for the seat b...

Pro-Trump GOP chair steps down in Ohio, may seek Senate seat

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio Republican linked closely to Donald Trump stepped down Friday as the party’s chair, a signal of her interest in running for the U.S. Senate for the seat being left by the GOP...

Dr. Amy Acton leaves nonprofit to explore run for US Senate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dr. Amy Acton, the former state health director who became the face of Ohio's early pandemic response, is stepping down from her nonprofit position to “carefully explore” running...

In Ohio, open Senate seat sparks debate on gender, diversity

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An open Senate seat in Ohio has set off a round of jockeying among ambitious Democrats and a spirited debate over who is best poised to lead a party comeback in a one-time battle...

Early warning signs emerge for GOP after US Capitol riots

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In the 36 hours after last week’s deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, 112 Republicans reached out to the election office in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to change their ...

Virus, policing topped 2020 issues in state legislatures

Responses to the coronavirus pandemic and police brutality dominated legislative sessions in 2020, leading to scores of new laws that will take effect in the new year. Virus-related ...

Despite smooth election, GOP leaders seek vote restrictions

ATLANTA (AP) — Changes to the way millions of Americans voted this year contributed to record turnout, but that's no guarantee the measures making it easier to cast ballots will stick around for futur...