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Ohio voters support Medicaid expansion, split over state lawmakers
Other noon headlines: Steubenville superintendent, candidate and back taxes; Obamacasre and Ohi savings, college students protest

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M.L. Schultze
Kasich is a Republican; so are the majorities in both houses in Columbus. But the public thinks more highly of Kasich than his counterparts.
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In The Region:
  • Winter storm warning is in effect until 4 a.m. Thanksgiving day
  • Ohio voters are just about evenly split over state lawmakers
  • Steubenville superintendent is suspended
  • Dem's lieutenant governor candidate has big back tax bills
  • Obamacare saved Ohio seniors estimated $450 million so far
  • Ohio State students protest rising costs
  • Ohio voters are just about evenly split over state lawmakers
    Slightly more Ohio voters disapprove of the job state lawmakers are doing than approve. And 18 percent of the voters don’t know what to make of the Ohio Legislature.

    Those are among the findings in the latest Quinnipiac Poll, which shows 41 percent approve of the job lawmakers are doing, while 42 percent disapprove.

    The poll also shows Gov. Kasich with a 52 percent job approval rating and nearly half of those polled say he deserved to be re-elected.

    A year out from the gubernatorial election -- Democrat Ed FitzGerald is closing the gap with Kasich. But nearly three-fourths of the voters still don’t even know enough about the Cuyahoga County executive to have an opinion on him.

    On Medicaid expansion -- Kasich’s signature split with his fellow Republicans in the Statehouse – 51 percent of the voters said it was a good idea. Just 40 percent said no.

    Steubenville superintendent is suspended
    The Steubenville school board put its superintendent, Mike McVey, on paid leave last (Monday) night, hours after Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced McVey and others had been indicted for allegedly covering up the rape of a 16-year-old girl by two high school football players last year.

    The charges against McVey include felony tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice.

    At its meeting Monday night, the school board asked retired Superintendent Richard Ranallo to fill in for McVey until the criminal case is resolved. Also indicted was an elementary school principal, Lynett Gorman, and strength coach Seth Fluharty, who are facing  misdemeanor charges of failing to report potential child abuse. A voluntary coach, Matthew Belardine, is facing four misdemeanors, including allowing underage drinking.  

    The case spurred a national debate over underage drinking, social media, rape and the special status of sports in American culture.

    Dem's lieutenant governor candidate has big back tax bills
    The Democrats’ candidate for lieutenant governor, Sen. Eric Kearney of Cincinnati, owes the IRS  and the state thousands in back taxes.

    The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the nearly $170,000 in back taxes are related to Kearney’s company, Sesh Communications, which publishes an African-American weekly in Cincinnati. Kearney told the Dispatch it all is related to a partner in an older company who stole money, and that he and his wife are paying off the debt.

    Earlier, Democrats drew lots of attention to back taxes owed by Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges.

    Obamacare saved Ohio seniors estimated $450 million so far
    The White House is touting a new report that estimates Ohio seniors and people with disabilities saved more than $150 million so far this year through the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. And the data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says overall they’ve saved nearly half a billion dollars since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. One provision of the act was to close the so-called “donut hole” that left people covering prescription costs themselves when they reached a certain level of purchases.

    Ohio State students protest rising costs
    Some 100 Ohio State students are joining a protest today over increasing college costs. According to the Columbus Dispatch, they also object to administrative pressure that Ohio’s largest university be run like a business.

    Similar protests are happening at other campuses around the country.

    The Dispatch reports that seniors are graduating in Ohio with the seventh-highest debt in the country and owed an average of nearly $28,000 in 2010. 

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