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Students attending Kent States Columbus Program in State Issues stand in the Senate Chamber room of the Ohio Statehouse building in Columbus.

GUEST COLUMN: Unmasking justice: why Ohio’s bipartisan effort to end capital punishment matters

Ciara Wallace, Guest Columnist September 19, 2023

Editor’s Note: This guest column was submitted by Ciara Wallace, a senior political science major enrolled in the university's Columbus Program in State Issues. She is currently interning with the Ohio...

COLUMBUS, Ohio — APRIL 20: The Ohio Department of Education in Columbus, Ohio. (Graham Stokes/Ohio Capital Journal)

Ohio GOP effort introduced to make all state board of education positions elected and partisan

Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal September 13, 2023

Ohio Capital Journal -- An Ohio Republican bill that would eventually make all members of the State Board of Education in Ohio elected officials with party labels was introduced Tuesday. But House Bill...

Republicans propose new state legislative maps after long debate on Jan. 22, 2022.

Ohio Supreme Court reviewing fourth redistricting map proposal

Anthony Zacharyasz, Reporter April 8, 2022

After the Ohio Supreme Court rejected three previously proposed maps, the Ohio Redistricting Committee brought in outside personnel to assist in the configuration of a fourth map. The Redistricting...

Ohio district maps are still an uphill battle

Lynn Vandrasik , Reporter March 6, 2022

After the 2020 census determined Ohio would lose one House representative, the state set out to draw a new map of electoral districts, a task that has created conflict between the state Supreme Court...

A security camera looks over the K at the Student Center. The university will be installing more cameras with the money received from the safety grant. 

Kent State investing in surveillance cameras with new safety grant

Liam Morrison Reporter October 13, 2021

With Kent State’s new safety grant, plans are being made to integrate more security cameras inside facilities and outside on several campuses.   Funding for campus safety grants was approved for several...

Republican Rep. Jena Powell is the representative in the Ohio House of Representatives who reintroduced the bill focused on trans student athletics.

Proposed Ohio bill would prevent transgender athletes from playing on school sports teams

Ian Jameson Reporter April 18, 2021

Ohio’s statehouse is currently reviewing a bill focused on trans student athletes. Senate Bill 132, if passed, would require high schools, universities and private colleges to designate separate “single-sex”...

Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio’s 13th Congressional District. 

Kent State students conflicted about reelected congressman Tim Ryan

Mason Lawlor Reporter November 12, 2020

Rep. Tim Ryan won reelection in Ohio’s 13th district congressional last Tuesday. Ryan defeated Republican challenger Christina Hagan, a former member of the Ohio House of Representatives.  Ohio’s...

Ray Paoletta is a junior political science major. Contact him

Opinion: Ohio House Bill 118 aims to reduce college costs

Ray Paoletta March 18, 2015

Many politicians in the Ohio General Assembly seem to talk a good talk about taking action to fight the problem of college affordability, but few seem to take any real action to support Ohio’s college...

Governor John Kasich celebrates his reelection with a roaring crowd at the Republican Parties watch party in Columbus on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

Statewide task force to look into Ohio universities’ tuition

Kate Schwanke February 25, 2015

Kent State students may see tuition costs freeze by the 2016-2017 school year with a new task force overseeing costs at Ohio universities.Governor John Kasich signed an executive order on Tuesday, Feb....

Ryan McCarthy is a sophomore political science major and a columnist for The Kent Stater. Contact him at

Opinion: Our state and country need more politicians like David Worhatch

Ryan McCarthy October 13, 2014

David Worhatch is the Democratic candidate for the 37th District of the Ohio House of Representatives. I've been interning on his campaign since early September, and through canvassing and phone banking...

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Proposed law aims to prevent drunk driving

Carley Hull, video by Vivian Feke October 12, 2014

A new bill from the Ohio House of Representatives Judiciary Committee could require first-time drunk driving offenders to have a Breathalyzer device called an ignition interlock installed in their vehicle....

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