Anna Staver, The Columbus Dispatch

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The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus, OH, United States

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Past articles by Anna:

Ohio Politics Explained podcast: Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder found guilty

Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and former Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges face up to 20 years in federal prison. → Read More

Would you pay more or less under Ohio House Republican tax plan? Here's how to calculate it

House Bill 1 would flatten Ohio's income tax down to a single rate. But it could end up raising the overall tax burden of most Ohioans. → Read More

Train safety, Amtrak expansion moves ahead in transportation budget passed by Ohio House

The $12.7 billion budget included money to shorten commutes, improve railroad safety and lower the fees for plug-in hybrid vehicles. → Read More

Ohio Senate votes to give governor's office control over public education

Senate Bill 1 would rename the Ohio Department of Education and shift control from a partially elected board to a gubernatorial appointee. → Read More

Kris Jordan, a Republican who represented Delaware County in the Ohio House, dies at 46

Jordan was in the midst of his third term as state representative for Ohio's 60th District. He previously spent eight years in the Ohio Senate. → Read More

Ohio Politics Explained: Abortion amendment, Boy Scouts settlement and transgender minors

We're explaining a proposal to protect abortion access, who visited East Palestine and how a settlement from the Boy Scouts requires a legal change. → Read More

Ohio Republican says GOP can do better after 'inartful' comment about his Hindu faith

Sen. Niraj Antani says he's giving his fellow GOP lawmaker the benefit of the doubt, but the comments about his faith were crass and offensive. → Read More

Ohio Senate to hold hearings on East Palestine train derailment as early as next week

The Ohio Senate plans to begin hearings on the train derailment in East Palestine. It's a first step toward deciding whether state law needs changed. → Read More

Ohio GOP to re-introduce bill restricting surgery, hormones for transgender minors

The bill, expected to be released Wednesday, is likely to prohibit surgery for transgender minors and create conditions for those seeking hormones. → Read More

Ohio might give students 3 excused absences for religious holidays

Ohio's public schools don't close for every religious holiday, so Senate Republicans want to give children three days to use as excused absences. → Read More

Ohio Politics Explained: Frustration in East Palestine and an Ohioan may run for president

We explain what worries East Palestine residents, who might run for president, what kids learn during sex ed, and the tax cut House Republicans want. → Read More

Tax cuts, school choice and transgender sports: Ohio House unveils legislative agenda

The top priorities for House Republicans include cutting taxes, expanding school choice, affordable housing and new rules for transgender athletes. → Read More

Ohio Politics Explained: Amtrak moves to expand while House Republicans continue to fight

Ohio asked for federal dollars to study expanding Amtrak. Medicaid's pandemic benefits are ending, and abortion may be on November's ballot. → Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine pushes for targeted tax relief, education spending in budget

DeWine wants to cut costs for new parents, boost home ownership, add scholarships for top students and grow businesses outside central Ohio. → Read More

Nearly 200,000 Ohioans set to lose Medicaid benefits by April: What you need to know

For nearly 200,000 Ohioans, the end of the federal government's health emergency for COVID-19 will likely mean the end of their Medicaid benefits. → Read More

Ohio Auditor wants more money, stiffer penalties to fight public corruption

Ohio Auditor Keith Faber wants elected officials who don't report corruption because they're worried about a scandal or election should be punished. → Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine to outline budget in State of the State address. Here's what to expect

DeWine will hit the highlights of his proposed two-year spending plan on Tuesday, which lawmakers will debate and tweak in the coming months. → Read More

Ohio Politics Explained: Householder trial and a possible change to OVI laws

We're explaining opening arguments in the Householder trial, how a rules fight got so contentious, and why Ohio might change marijuana OVI laws. → Read More

Ohio Politics Explained: Unemployment fraud, cannabis for autism and the GOP rift

This week's podcast explains when Ohio might approve cannabis for autism, why a GOP rift still remains and the start of 2024's US Senate race. → Read More

House Republicans introduce ethics reform bill on eve of public corruption trial

The legislation would require lobbyists to disclose how much companies are paying them and search for the financial disclosure of elected officials. → Read More