The fall ballot is set, with three statewide issues. But one of them is being challenged by a group that says it doesn't belong there. Brian Rothenberg with Progress Ohio talks about the challenge to the signatures collected by tea party organizations and other groups who want a constitutional amendment that would allow Ohioans to opt out of the federal health care law. He also talks about the next step for opponents of the recent election reform package - Attorney General Mike DeWine has ruled Fair Elections Ohio can't collect signatures till it makes some changes in petition language.
A voice from the other side of the political spectrum has also been speaking out recently. Ohio's former secretary of state and onetime candidate for governor Ken Blackwell appeared before a small crowd at the Columbus Metropolitan Club last week, promoting a new book and talking about his thoughts on the US Senate race next year - a race he bowed out of, but still has strong feelings about.
Ohio's huge prescription drug abuse problem has getting more financial help from the state and the federal government. In April, Gov. John Kasich announced that $36 million dollars in state and federal money will be poured into the fight against prescription drugs. And the state has helped open The Second Chance Center at the Counseling Center in Portsmouth, which can house 40 men who are undergoing rehabilitation programs and job-training. The directors of two key agencies talk about how the money will help - Orman Hall is the director of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. And Kevin Miller is the executive director of the Rehabilitation Services Commission.
It's certainly not too early to think about the presidential election of 2012. With that in mind, a group called National Popular Vote is pushing the states to pass legislation that would change the way electoral votes are awarded to the candidates. Tom Golisano founded the payroll processing an company Paychex, and he's the spokesperson for the group, which includes politicians and lobbyists in both parties.