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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.

Marijuana Campaign Rdp

ResponsibleOhio spokeswoman Faith Oltman talks about the Green Rush Bus Tour planned by the group as part of its campaign efforts for state Issue 3, which would legalize and regulate marijuana for recreational and medicinal uses. A coalition of groups opposed to state Issue 3, a marijuana legalization effort, launch their campaign during a press…

Dems on Kasich, GOP Debate, plus Republican Response

Democrats offer comments in Cleveland before the first GOP presidential debate. Participants included Congresswoman and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper, former state Sen. Nina Turner and U.S. Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Tim Ryan. Here are responses from Republican Senate President Keith Faber and Ohio GOP Chairman Matt Borges: