Summer break for state lawmakers is well underway, but Gov. John Kasich is still working his way through all the legislation they sent to his desk before they left. Gov. Kasich signed more than a dozen bills, including a sweeping education bill and a crackdown on human trafficking and creates a fund to help victims. Democrats are cheering the results of an independent poll of three swing states, showing President Obama leading Mitt Romney in Ohio.
The U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold President Barack Obama's health care overhaul was all anyone in politics was talking about on Thursday, and the issue has been very important in Ohio. Last fall voters overwhelmingly approved Issue 3, the so-called Health Care Freedom Act, which states that Ohioans can opt out of a government run health care system. And Ohio played a key role in the case against the law. Ohio's Mike DeWine was among the 26 attorneys general who brought the case to the high court. Among the supporters of the Affordable Care Act are the members of the coalition Progress Ohio, and its executive director Brian Rothenberg.
Over the years, there has been a lot of conversation about the way the boundaries for lawmakers' districts are drawn in Ohio, and last year's bitter and protracted battle over the Congressional map spared a new move to change the process. A group calling itself Voters First has drafted a constitutional amendment to create a citizens' commission to draw the maps. The group has gotten an unusual endorsement - from the Libertarian Party of Ohio. But the coalition has only until July 4 to collect signatures to get the amendment onto this fall's ballot. Voters First chair Catherine Turcer and and Kevin Knedler of the Libertarian Party of Ohio.
June 29, 2012