Julie Carr Smyth, The Associated Press

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Recent articles by Julie:

Ohio constitution overhaul faces deadline, backlash

An increasingly unpopular effort by a group of Ohio Republicans to make it harder to change the state constitution by direct voting faces a critical juncture this week → Read More

Former Ohio House speaker convicted in $60 million bribery scheme

Former state House Speaker Larry Householder and former Ohio Republican Party Chair Matt Borges were convicted Thursday in a $60 million bribery scheme that fed → Read More

Jury deliberations expected Wednesday in Householder bribery trial

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal prosecutors told jurors as former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder 's corruption trial neared its close Tuesday that the Repub → Read More

Ohio senators ready rail safety bill after fiery crash

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Railroads like the one involved in last month's fiery crash and toxic chemical release in Ohio would be subject to a series of new federal safety regulations and financial consequences under legislation being introduced Wednesday by the state's two U.S. → Read More

Abortion rights groups submit 2023 fall ballot measure in Ohio

The measure would require restrictions imposed past a fetus' viability outside the womb to be based on evidence of patient health and safety benefits. → Read More

Abortion rights groups submit 2023 ballot measure in Ohio

“Our common sense amendment will restore the rights and protections that were destroyed when Roe was overturned," said Dr. Lauren Beene, executive director of Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights. → Read More

GOP's intraparty power battle roiling lawmaking in Ohio

A battle for political control of the Ohio House has laid bare the risks the Republican Party faces as factions of its legislative supermajority square off more over tactics and the willingness to thwart long held institutional norms than policy. → Read More

Ohio city rewrites abortion ban, advocacy groups end lawsuit

Groups said they have succeeded in forcing a small Ohio city to significantly narrow its ban on conducting or recommending abortions. → Read More

Ex-Ohio House speaker relieved for corruption trial's start

The Perry County Republican, once one of Ohio's most powerful politicians, is on trial in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati alongside lobbyist Matt Borges, a former chair of the Ohio Republican Party, in what prosecutors have described as the largest corruption case in state history. → Read More

Former Ohio House speaker relieved for corruption trial's start in Cincinnati

Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder said Monday that he is optimistic ahead of his trial on a federal charges. → Read More

Bribery trial of ex-Ohio House speaker Larry Householder to begin

Federal prosecutors believe it's the largest corruption case in state history. → Read More

Ohio House ex-speaker's trial in $60M bribery probe to begin

Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder goes on trial next week in a case that alleges a $60 million bribery scheme federal prosecutors call the largest corruption case in state history → Read More

GOP action on mail ballot timelines angers military families

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s restrictive new election law significantly shortens the window for mailed ballots to be received — despite no evidence that the extended timeline has … → Read More

Law firm for Democrats files suit against Ohio election law

The lawsuit alleges lawmakers “leveraged false allegations of widespread election fraud” to justify the bill, making it "significantly harder for lawful voters... to exercise their fundamental right to participate in the state’s elections.” → Read More

Ulysses S. Grant, president and general, gets a day in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The president responsible for giving America the federal Christmas holiday is getting a special day of his own. → Read More

EXPLAINER: What's ahead for Ohio's unsettled political maps?

The election contests of 2022 may have been held and decided, but Ohio’s political maps remain far from settled. → Read More

Gambling interests gave GOP group behind pro-DeWine PACs $1 million

The casino operators, slot machine makers and more that donated have stakes in Ohio's state lottery, the $1 billion sports betting industry launching in Ohio on Jan. 1, or both. → Read More

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost revisits comments on 10-year-old girl's abortion

"I’ve got nothing in my heart but compassion and grief for what that little girl went through.” → Read More

Voter ID, other election restrictions head to Ohio governor

Ohioans would be required to present photo ID at the polls and have fewer days to apply for absentee ballots or to vote early in person under sweeping elections → Read More

Lengthy vote counts frustrate, but don't signal problems

"A lot of the important work we do for elections happens after Election Day," one county election supervisor said. → Read More