election 2018

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Opponents of commercial dog-breeding facilities known as puppy mills say the state’s current laws don’t protect animals enough. So they are trying to put an issue before Ohio voters to let them decide. 

The group Stop Puppy Mills Ohio has received approval for language for a proposed constitutional amendment they say would make commercial dog breeding more humane. It would limit the number of litters a female dog could produce in her lifetime, and it would also spell out care standards for puppies and breeder dogs.

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

One of the Republican candidates for governor, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, unveiled a set of proposals for health care in Ohio today. Taylor prefers a system that’s gaining popularity among the GOP.

Taylor wants to switch to a direct primary-care system. Regular doctor visits would be covered by a monthly membership, through which patients pay a flat monthly fee to a doctor or company who provides the routine services. Insurance plans would be designated primarily for catastrophic coverage.

Taylor says direct primary care is already proven in some states where it’s being tried.

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There are nearly seven months till the primary for governor next year. But the four announced Democratic candidates for governor proceeded as if the race is well underway as they met for their first debate last night in Martin’s Ferry on the West Virginia border.

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The Democratic Party is playing the waiting game to see if two high-profile contenders jump into the governor’s race. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, one party leader says as far as a decision goes, the sooner the better.

House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn of Dayton says the handful of Democrats already in the running for governor are really good candidates.

He adds that former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, who is thought to be considering a run, is also a credible choice. But what about tabloid talk show host Jerry Springer?

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Tabloid talk show host Jerry Springer, whose roots are in Ohio, could be entering the race for governor next year. He’s considered running statewide before, but there are signs he might be seriously considering it this time.

Springer has been doing focus groups and appearing at Democratic fundraisers, including one for state Rep. Janine Boyd.

“All I know for certain is he’s really strongly considering it.”

Republican strategist Mark Weaver is quick to bring up Springer’s tabloid-type show.

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