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I am the Capital Bureau chief at the Ohio Statehouse for the Dix newspaper chain and The Youngstown Vindicator. I cover Ohio politics, legislation, etc., for newspapers in Wooster, Ashland, Defiance, Ravenna, Alliance and Cambridge. I've been a full-time, professional newspaper reporter and/or editor since 1993. I spent my first seven years working as a staff writer, business editor and (for a very short stint) interim managing editor at The Tribune in Ames, Iowa, a little paper that was co-owned by Pulitzer-winner Michael Gartner. I worked another seven years as business editor, farm editor, county government reporter and special projects editor at The Daily Record in Wooster (part of the Dix chain). I have covered the Statehouse since late January 2007. I hold a bachelor's degree in news-editorial journalism from Ball State University in lovely Muncie, Ind. I grew up in the southern suburbs of Chicago (graduated from H.L. Richards High School in Oak Lawn). My wife and I have three children.

Kasich and Coleman

Gov. John Kasich and Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman at a ceremony marking the beginning of work on the Reeb Avenue Center, a facility that will provide job training, education, day care and a variety of other services to residents. Kasich said the project could serve as a model for helping the needy nationwide.

Voter Photo ID

State Rep. Matt Lynch (R-Geauga County) announces a discharge petition to force a floor vote on legislation requiring a photo ID to vote. Press conference at the Ohio Statehouse included comments from GOP Reps. Becker, Adams and Brenner and the Ohio Christian Alliance’s Chris Long. And here, Gary Daniels from the ACLU of Ohio and…

Trumbull County Democrats

Attorneys Jeffrey Goodman and H. Gilson Blair and Trumbull County Democratic Party Chairman Dan Polivka speak to reporters after the party’s state executive committee voted to investigate whether the Trumbull board and Polivka broke state and national bylaws by taking secret ballots on an interim county commissioner. And here’s Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern…