Balance of Power

There's a new administration coming to Washington DC, a new legislature in Columbus  with new faces and a stronger Republican majority ,and campaigns already getting underway for this year's mayoral race in Cleveland and next year's statewide elections including Governor. Stay connected with the latest on politics, policies and people making the decisions at all levels affecting your lives.

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DAN KONIK

A group that wants Ohio to adopt a bill of victim rights has submitted signatures to put the issue on the ballot this fall.

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to establish a bill of rights for crime victims have filed 560,000 petitions for this fall’s ballot. That's nearly twice the number of signatures the group needs.

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Attorney General Mike DeWine’s lawsuit against five drug companies is drawing mixed reactions from candidates for governor in 2018.

DeWine filed suit against the five drug companies, saying they deceived doctors and Ohioans about how addictive their painkillers are.

Ohio’s Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is backing Josh Mandel’s second attempt to unseat Portman’s Democratic counterpart, Sherrod Brown.

Portman announced his support for the conservative state treasurer in a video released a week after Congressman Pat Tiberi announced he won’t challenge Mandel in a GOP primary.

Brown says he’s not bothered by Portman’s endorsement of Mandel and the he and Portman will continue to work on steel and other issues.

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

During the past week, two more candidates officially launched their campaigns for governor in 2018.

That means there are now expected to be four Democrats and four Republicans running for governor. There’s a lot of interest in the top job, but what about the other races for next year’s election?

When Secretary of State Jon Husted entered the race last weekend, he joined a crowded Republican field officially seeking the nomination to run for governor next year.

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OHIO TREASURER / YOUTUBE

There’s a provision in the House version of Gov. John Kasich’s budget that seems to have been inspired by a public service ad campaign last year. It featured Ohio State’s football coach and the state officeholder who’s announced he wants to try again to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown next year. 

State treasurer Josh Mandel’s office said the goal was to raise awareness of the STABLE savings account program for disabled people, which Ohio was the first in the nation to establish. 

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