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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.

Dems on GOP Tax Reform

Democratic state Sen. Nina Turner heads another “Testimony Tuesday” at the Ohio Statehouse, this time focusing on Republican-backed tax policies. Other speakers included Norm Wernet, Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans; Brian Rothenberg, ProgressOhio; Wendy Patton, Policy Matters Ohio; and Democratic state Rep. John Carney.

Local Government Funds

Representatives of local governments, firefighters and police officers speak during a press conference at the Ohio Statehouse calling for restoration of local government funds that were cut by Republican lawmakers and Gov. John Kasich. Speakers included Cincinnati Council member PG Sittenfeld; Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks; Toledo Council member Lindsay Webb; Springfield Township Trustee Joe…

MBR Tax Hearing

State Tax Commissioner Joe Testa testifies before the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee on a tax reform package proposed by Gov. John Kasich as part of his mid-biennium budget bill. Topics covered include a hike in oil and gas, commercial activity and cigarette tax rates and a cut to income tax rates. The Ohio…