Karen Kasler (Ohio Public Radio)

A photo of Governor Mike DeWine.

Mike DeWine says Ohioans won’t have to wait long to see some of what he’s going to do as governor. 

DeWine has talked up children’s initiatives and the opioid crisis as priorities in his agenda and his budget, and introduced cabinet members key to those plans. But he’s also planning to issue several executive orders right after he officially becomes governor on Monday morning.

“We want to hit the ground running, so you’re going to see – I’m sworn in at 12:01 a.m. and you’re going to see shortly after that a couple of executive orders to get us moving.”

State lawmakers have overridden a quarter of Gov. John Kasich’s 48 vetoes, and they could do more in the next two weeks. Kasich has said he’d also veto the so-called Stand Your Ground self-defense bill and the six-week abortion ban called the Heartbeat Bill that recently passed the House. 

Gov. John Kasich didn’t do well in the South Carolina primary – finishing fifth. But his backers are staying positive about his chances going forward. 

Ohio Republican Party chair Matt Borges says he’s not convinced that voters are rejecting Kasich as an establishment candidate. And Borges also dismisses the idea that Kasich is angling for a vice presidential slot with Marco Rubio, or anyone else.

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The state will soon start a process that could allow for controversial changes for about a million Ohioans on Medicaid. But Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports it’s a long, tough road to getting those changes in place.

It was another long weekend for Gov.