|Clinton leads Kasich in hypothetical Ohio presidential poll|
A new poll shows Ohio Gov. John Kasich trailing Democrat Hillary Clinton in Ohio in a hypothetical matchup for president. The poll released this morning by Quinnipiac University shows Clinton leading the Republican Kasich 47 percent to 42 percent in the state. The same poll in February had Clinton leading by a 51-to-39 percent margin. Thursday's poll also has Clinton in Ohio leading former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. The poll follows Wednesday’s results that show Kasich has opened a 15-point lead over Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald.
Obama's Ohio approval rating dips slightly in new poll
A new poll shows President Barack Obama's approval rating has dipped to 39 percent, down slightly from February. The poll’s director says that such a consistently low rating can't be helpful to the Democratic ticket, especially for gubernatorial nominee Ed Fitzgerald, who currently trails Gov. Kasich 50 - 35 percent and is somewhat of an unknown to Ohio voters. Today’s poll also says 49 percent of voters approved of the job Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is doing, while 44 percent approved of the job done by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman. The survey of 1,174 Ohio voters was conducted by phone from May 7 to 12. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
Tornado touches down Greene County
A possible tornado has destroyed several houses and farm buildings in central Ohio, but no injuries have been reported. Officials say the possible twister touched down Wednesday evening in Greene County as strong storms moved through the state. The Dayton Daily News reports fire crews rescued seven people from the basement of a house that was flattened near Cedarville, but they were safe. The National Weather Service says it will send representatives to the area today to survey the storm damage and determine if it was a tornado that touched down.
Gay marriage supporters to deliver signatures to A.G. DeWine
Supporters of gay marriage in Ohio plan to deliver petitions to the state's attorney general urging him to stop his appeal of a federal judge's order on same-sex marriage. The state is appealing Judge Timothy Black's ruling ordering it to recognize gay marriages performed in other states. Most of the judge's April 14 ruling was put on hold pending the anticipated appeal. The group Why Marriage Matters Ohio says it will deliver thousands of signatures to DeWine's office this morning, demanding that he drop the appeal.
Bill would require high school students to take world history
High school students in Ohio would have to take a world history and civilizations class before graduating under a bill passed by the state Senate. Currently, world history is not a social studies requirement. Students must take American history and government, along with two social studies electives. The proposal would require that one elective be world history. The Senate passed the bill unanimously Wednesday, sending it to the House for consideration. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Frank LaRose, says schools already teach world history because it's been part of the state test seniors must take to graduate. However, that test is being phased out and replaced with end-of-course exams that don't cover world history. The Akron-area Republican says the test change has raised concerns that schools might drop the course.
Some lawmakers look to close gun law loophole
Some Ohio lawmakers are trying to close a gun law loophole they say allows municipalities to get around a provision permitting concealed weapons in parks. Legislators say some communities are leasing parkland at a minimal price to a private entity, then posting signs banning concealed handguns. The Columbus Dispatch reports lawmakers removed an initial provision aimed at stopping such leasing actions after concerns arose it could allow guns in places such as children's science centers that already ban guns. Rep. Joe Uecker, a Republican from Loveland in southwest Ohio and the bill sponsor, says lawmakers are exploring alternative wording to address the leasing issue. The bill would also reduce from 12 hours to eight the training time to get a concealed weapons permit.
Ohio House passes oil and gas drilling tax hike
The Ohio House has approved legislation raising Ohio's tax on oil and gas drilling despite harsh criticism from Democrats and anti-tax Republicans. The measure passed on a 55-35 vote Wednesday, after clearing a committee by a single vote a day earlier. The bill imposes a 2.5-percent severance tax on horizontal wells, including those extracting resources through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. That tax is less than the 4 percent Republican Gov. John Kasich wanted but more than the industry would've liked.
Cleveland firefighter at center of scandal fired
The city of Cleveland has terminated a firefighter who pleaded guilty in the fire department's shift-trading scandal. The city also says it will pursue administrative charges against 19 department supervisors. Northeast Ohio Media Group reported Wednesday that terminated firefighter Calvin Robinson was the last of 13 firefighters to plead guilty. Authorities accused them of illegally paying co-workers to cover their shifts. All 13 pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of complicity to receiving unlawful compensation. The other firefighters have been on unpaid leave for several months. A message was left Thursday with Robinson's attorney. A city audit indicated some firefighters paid colleagues instead of trading shifts as they're allowed to do, with prosecutors claiming public safety was jeopardized. Defense attorneys and the firefighters' union say that's not true.