Capital Blog

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…

Common Core Support

William McCallum, a distinguished professor of mathematics at the University of Arizona who was involved in development Common Core standards in math, testifies in support of the Common Core during a hearing before the Ohio House’s Rules and Reference Committee, which is considering a repeal of the standards. Paul Imhoff, superintendent of the Upper Arlington…

Statehouse Prayer

Clergy representing different faiths speak during a press conference at the Statehouse kicking off a week of prayer meetings and rallies “to oppose the flood of divisive legislation enacted by the Ohio state legislature.” Speakers included Rev. Tim Ahrens, First Congregational Church; Rev. Mark Diemer, Grace of God Lutheran Church; Rabbi Michael Ungar, Congregation Tifereth…

More Common Core Testimony

(More shaky clips to comeā€¦.) Michael Donnelly, staff attorney for the Home School Legal Defense Association, known by the acronym HSLDA, offers testimony in support of HB 597, which would repeal Common Core standards in Ohio. James Stergios, from the Pioneer Institute in Boston, offers testimony in support of HB 597, which would repeal Common…

Common Core Repeal

Republican Reps. Matt Huffman, from Lima, and Andy Thompson, from Marietta, offer sponsor testimony on HB 597, legislation that would repeal Common Core standards in Ohio, replacing them with new standards to be developed over the next couple of years. Rose Stechschulte, a third-grade teacher from Fort Jennings in Putnam County, voices support for repealing…