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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.

Term Limits

State and national groups that support term limits speak during a press conference at the Ohio Statehouse, voicing concern about an effort to extend term limits. Speakers include Rep. Ron Hood, an aide for Rep.Tom Brinkman, Fmr. Ohio Majority Whip John Adams, Fmr. Ohio Rep. Matt Lynch, Warren County GOP Chair Ray Warrick, U.S. Term…

Sittenfeld Staying In

Cincinnati Democrat PG Sittinfeld affirms his candidacy for U.S. Senate during a speech on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse. Smacks incumbent GOP Sen. Rob Portman and former Gov. Ted Strickland, who is also seeking the seat. And here, Sittenfeld answers reporters questions about federal trade issues and an Ohio effort to legalize marijuana use.

Officer Training in Ohio

Attorney General Mike DeWine, Senate President Keith Faber, House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and state Reps. Tim Derickson and Nathan Manning discuss new legislation to implement a couple of measures included in the AG’s Advisory Group on Law Enforcement Training, namely requiring high school diplomas or equivalent degrees for officer academy enrollees and upping the requirement…