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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.

Mandel on Transparency

Republican state Treasurer Josh Mandel announces plans to send letters to 18,000-plus local government officials, inviting them to post details of their spending on, a website launched by the treasurer that allows searches of state agency spending. Press conference included comments from Republican state Auditor Dave Yost, Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik, Northwest Local Schools…

New Ohio Residents License Issue

John Born, director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, responds to questions from reporters about a provision in the biennial transportation budget requiring people who declare Ohio residency to register their driver’s licenses and car titles in the state within 30 days. Opponents say the law change could dissuade out-of-state college students from voting…