Balance of Power: The Politics, Policies and People

2018 was a big election year in Ohio.  Republicans held onto all five statewide executive offices including governor and super majorities in both the Ohio House and Senate.  But there were a few bright spots for Democrats, among them the reelection of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and the election of two Democrats to the Ohio Supreme Court.

With election 2018 over, the focus now shifts to governing. Stay connected with the latest on politics, policies and people making the decisions at all levels affecting your lives.

Ways to Connect

photo of Frank LarRose
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Frank LaRose was sworn-in as Ohio’s 51st Secretary of State over the weekend before a crowd of friends, colleagues and politicians from both sides of the aisle.

Mike DeWine is now officially the Governor of Ohio. He delivered his inaugural address during a ceremony at the Statehouse Monday afternoon. You can hear the address at 8 p.m. on WKSU. You can also watch the event here:

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JO INGLES / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

The behind the scenes drama goes on over who will be the speaker of the House in the new General Assembly in January, as there appears to be a stalemate over when Republican representatives will vote.

Typically, each caucus holds informal leadership votes before the new session starts. Democrats did last week.

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OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

There were some surprises buried in the results of the 2018 election, many of them for Democrats, who lost the five big statewide executive offices. But they weren’t surprising to some consultants who have worked with both major political parties in Ohio. They could be disappointing to non-partisans.

Ohio’s 3rd state Senate district has been Republican since 1951. In January, the first Asian American elected to the Ohio Senate will occupy that seat – and she’s a Democrat. 

Democrats Pick Up Central Ohio Senate Seat

Nov 28, 2018
TINA MAHARATH FOR OHIO SENATE

The results in a razor close race for a central Ohio Senate seat have flipped after officials counted the remaining provisional and absentee ballots. The race is just the latest seat to flip from Republican to Democratic.

Democratic nominee for state senate and first time candidate Tina Maharath was declared the winner over Rep. Anne Gonzalez after the Franklin County Board of Elections finished its official tally.

Maharath had been trailing by around 300 votes, but received a majority of provisional ballots.

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