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March 05, 2019

DeWine pushes for gas tax, water safety, fighting infant deaths

“Family is everything. Education is the key to equality and opportunity. We must be fierce and passionate advocates for, and defenders of, the defenseless — those ‘in the dawn of life, the twilight of life and the shadows of life,’” DeWine said in the 45 minute speech to the Ohio General Assembly.

The governor highlighted Ohio’s alarmingly high infant mortality rate and the state’s ranking as second in the nation for accidental fatal drug overdoses.

In Ohio, 7.2 babies per 100,000 live births don’t make it to their first birthday, compared with the national rate of 5.8.

March 05, 2019

Gov. Mike DeWine proposes more money for roads, children in State of the State speech

DeWine then touted a variety of proposals in his upcoming budget proposal about helping children, the issue he has spotlighted the most during his young administration. Among other things, the governor proposed:

  • Increasing state funding for local children’s services – an area where state spending has traditionally been “very, very small,” DeWine said;

  • Tripling the number of families in evidence-based home-visitation programs; and

  • Expanding programs that help abused or neglected children.

The governor said it is “unconscionable” that thousands of Ohio children test positive for unsafe lead levels because they’re exposed to lead paint in their homes, though he didn’t propose any specific remedy for the problem in his speech.

March 04, 2019

DeWine's First State Of The State Will Touch On Early Childhood, Public Health Issues

“I’ve outlined what we think is what should be the agenda of this administration," DeWine said.

He said he’ll talk about early childhood development and education, lead paint problems, public health issues and the drug problem. Those are themes that will carry over into his next big presentation.

“By the time our budget comes out a few days later, I don’t think you’ll find a lot of big surprises in there – there may be a few surprises," DeWine said.

March 04, 2019

Expect less flash, more cash during Gov. Mike DeWine’s first State of the State address

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Gov. Mike DeWine’s first State of the State address on Tuesday is likely to be more of a back-to-basics affair than under predecessor John Kasich – no flashy prime-time road show to far-flung areas of the state, no “courage awards,” no heavy philosophizing or preaching.

But the Greene County Republican will still have a lot to talk about when he delivers the annual speech at noon in the Ohio House chambers – from urging an increase in the state’s gas tax to proposing more money for early-childhood development efforts.

February 20, 2019

Ohio governor aims to reduce state's number of preterm births, infant mortality rate

Gov. DeWine said he is pledging to reduce the state's infant mortality rate by tripling the number of home visitation programs. He hopes the Cradle Cincinnati program will serve as a model for other organizations throughout the state.

February 19, 2019

Ohio Gov. DeWine previews an education agenda in Wilmington speech

WILMINGTON — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said here that he will ask the State Legislature to back early childhood education as well as career and trades education for students in the upper grades.

January 30, 2019

New Governors Aim to Funnel Money Into Early Education

Mike DeWine, the new Republican governor of Ohio, created a state office for children’s initiatives immediately after he was sworn in on Jan. 14. During his campaign, DeWine said he would expand access to home-visiting programs for pregnant women and young children, as well as create more slots for children to attend high-quality state-funded preschool.

January 28, 2019

What to expect from Gov. Mike Dewine's first term

Before midnight on his first day in office, DeWine signed six executive orders. Four of these dealt with early childhood and foster care. 

The first elevated the leader of Ohio's Office of Families and Children to report directly to the head of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Another extended anti-discrimination protections to parents of young children, foster children and expecting mothers. The third created the governor's Children's Initiative to address infant mortality and educational gaps among children in lower-income homes. The last one created a position that focuses on educating K-12 children about drug abuse prevention.

January 17, 2019

DeWine pledges to improve children’s lives in his first visit to Northeast Ohio as governor

In his first address to Northeast Ohio as governor, Mike DeWine’s priority was a familiar one: improving the lives of the state’s children.

“I want to see every child have an opportunity,” he said. “If we stand for anything as a people, if there’s anything this country stands for, it is that if you work hard, you should be able to succeed. We have to make sure that every child has the tools that they need so that they can be able to succeed. That’s my vision. That’s my goal.”

January 15, 2019

Editorial: DeWine puts kids at forefront

He reaffirmed that priority in his inaugural address Monday, stating immediately after acknowledging those in attendance: “We are united in our passion and commitment to ensuring that all of our children lead meaningful, fulfilling lives.” He added later: “Our plans to intervene early in the lives of at-risk kids, to address their physical and emotional needs, and to give them better, higher-quality educational opportunities — all will be undertaken in the faith and hope and confidence that these children will flourish and grow and that their lives will be forever changed by the things that we do.”

January 15, 2019

Editorial: DeWine’s early focus is where it should be: on children, opioids

In his first speech as governor of Ohio, Mike DeWine laid out a set of laudable priorities: ending “this horrible opioid epidemic,” improving the educational prospects for all Ohio children and uniting all Ohioans in the effort to make the state a better place to live.

But before Monday’s ceremonial inauguration in the Statehouse rotunda, the 64th person to be Ohio’s chief executive already had put some muscle behind those excellent intentions.

January 15, 2019

Gov. DeWine unveils plans to help pregnant women, new moms

COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine plans to at least triple funding for health care home visits for at-risk pregnant women and new moms in an effort to lower Ohio’s high infant mortality rate.

“It’s no secret that children’s issues will be a focal point of our administration,” DeWine said at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus where he signed an executive order creating a panel of experts to advise him on how to maximize Ohio’s home visit programs.

January 14, 2019

DeWine signs 6 executive orders after taking office: What are they?

COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine issued six executive orders just minutes after his official swearing-in.

The orders covered issues including anti-discrimination in state hiring, fighting the opioid crisis, promoting foster care, and health and education issues for children.

January 10, 2019

Beacon Journal/ editorial board: Mike DeWine, toxic stress and children in severe poverty

All of this is part of rallying to the cause, including the compelling trove of data presented by Groundwork Ohio last year. The message goes: Follow the science, and act early to improve the lives of children at risk, or living in the toxic stress of severe poverty. Mike DeWine has made such efforts a leading priority. The task now is ensuring that the first state budget of his tenure as governor includes the necessary commitment.

January 07, 2019

Early Education in the DeWine Administration

On the campaign trail, Governor-elect Mike DeWine laid out a long list of top priorities, including expansion of early chidhood education, tweaks to Medicaid expansion and efforts to protect Lake Erie. All this week on The Sound of Ideas, we'll discuss DeWine's priorities ahead of his swearing in January 14th. Also Monday, we'll meet young Clevelanders podcasting about their neighborhoods. 

January 04, 2019

Mike DeWine Advancing Campaign Promise To Serve Ohio Children

The transition to the administration of Gov.-elect Mike DeWine is bringing several changes to state government, including a new office dedicated to carrying out one of DeWine’s top campaign promises: focusing on the development and growth of infants and toddlers.

December 14, 2018

Ohio governor-elect Mike DeWine says he's ready to hit the ground running

He wants to fully engage in the criminal justice reform discussion next year and improve early childhood education.


He cited what he called a great model in Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, its home visits to at-risk moms and first-time moms. He wants to dramatically expand that program and it will be proposed as part of budget that will be sent to the Ohio Legislature in March.

November 23, 2018

DeWine has a plan in place

Another way he intends to fight the opioid crisis is to focus on K-12 prevention education and increase enrollment in a program that focuses on at-risk mothers. Only 4 percent are enrolled because of the lack of money and DeWine wants to triple that in his first year in office.

“This is not a cheap program,” he said. “But it’s also a program in the long run that’s going to have huge impact.”

DeWine said he wants to expand the early childhood education program to include more families and to improve quality. Currently, approximately 80 percent of kids that are in early childhood education paid for by Ohio are not in high-quality programs.

“It only matters if it’s high quality,” DeWine said. “You’ve got to get the quality up.”

November 10, 2018

Michael Douglas: Mike DeWine starts his dream job

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DeWine has seen the data and the brain science revealing that as early as age 9 months, gaps start to surface between advantaged and disadvantage students. He wants to devote substantial new resources to early education and public child-care programs, raising the quality, seeking to address the hard fact of many disadvantaged children by age 5 as much as two years behind their better-off peers.

On the campaign trail, DeWine also highlighted such things as expanded home visiting services for at-risk, first-time mothers, additional mental health professionals in schools and a school funding formula that truly directs supportive services to children in need. The idea isn’t to solve the problem in a year or two, or four. This is a project for the long term, about finally getting the direction and mechanism right.

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November 08, 2018

DeWine Creates New Position To Lead Children's Initiatives

Hot off his election night win, Ohio’s Governor-elect Mike DeWine made his first round of staff announcements. That includes the creation of a new position to carry out what DeWine says is among his top priorities.


On the campaign trail, Mike DeWine consistently said the health and well-being of Ohio’s children was a primary concern. As his first action as governor-elect, DeWine named LeeAnne Cornyn as Director of Children’s Initiatives, a position he’s creating in the governor’s office.​

November 09, 2018

Ohio's governor-elect plots the way forward

Ohio Governor-elect Mike DeWine joins Morning Joe to discuss his win over Democrat Richard Cordray and his plan for Ohio's health care and kids issues.

November 08, 2018

DeWine Pledges 'No Surprises,' In 'Open Administration'

Mr. DeWine reiterated his pledge to increase state support for children services, which he referred to as a "passion."


"They're going to get more money in a DeWine budget, a DeWine administration," he said.


Following through on a related campaign promise early, Mr. DeWine on Wednesday announced LeeAnne Cornyn's pending appointment as director of children's initiatives, a new cabinet-level post. (See Gongwer Ohio Report, November 7, 2018)


The governor-elect said he also intends to expand throughout the state pilot programs focused on foster care that he helped launch as attorney general. (See Gongwer Ohio Report, August 29, 2018)

November 08, 2018

Mike DeWine ‘fired up, ready to go on day one’ as governor

He said there will be a “sense of urgency” to begin tackling the state’s devastating opioid addiction crisis, particularly fentanyl, which fueled a 20-percent increase in Ohio’s drug overdose deaths last year.

Improvements to, and expansion of, early childhood education also is high on DeWine’s priority list to help avoid “kids who just don’t make it” later in school — or in life.

November 08, 2018

DeWine Creates New Position To Lead Children's Initiatives

On the campaign trail, Mike DeWine consistently said the health and well-being of Ohio’s children was a primary concern.

As his first action as governor-elect, DeWine named LeeAnne Cornyn as Director of Children’s Initiatives, a position he’s creating in the governor’s office.

“You want someone who’s able to walk into your office and say ‘we gotta do this, this is not happening, you need to go deal with this, you need to put these two cabinet members together and get them moving,'” says DeWine.

November 07, 2018

Newly Elected Governors Support Expanding Early Childhood Programs

Ohio: In a closely contested race, both candidates in Ohio elevated early childhood issues. Ultimately, voters chose Mike DeWine (R). During his campaign, DeWine promised to improve Ohio’s early childhood system by expanding eligibility for child care subsidies, improving child care program quality, and tripling the number of families served through home visiting.

November 07, 2018

Republican Mike DeWine Wins Ohio Governor’s Race

With 98 percent of precincts reporting, DeWine had gained 50.9 percent of the vote, compared to Cordray’s 46.2 percent.

The 71-year-old DeWine, a former lieutenant governor, congressman and senator, ran on a conservative platform, including his staunch opposition to abortion and increased funding for foster care, preschool, and mental health services in schools. He was tapped to succeed Republican Governor John Kasich, who is term-limited.

November 06, 2018

DeWine wins governor’s race, leading GOP repeat sweep

Cordray relentlessly stayed on point with what he saw as a winning message — protecting Ohioans’ health care, particularly insurance coverage for pre-existing medical conditions. Cordray said DeWine’s 2011 decision to join an unsuccessful lawsuit to overturn Obamacare was an attack on pre-existing coverage. DeWine said later that he always has supported such protections.


DeWine said Ohioans risked going backward by rejecting Republican economic gains and more jobs. He pledged to upgrade early childhood education, dramatically increase state funding for children-services agencies, revamp high school education to place students on college or career paths, and wants to fine tune the fight against Ohio’s deadly opioid addiction crisis. His always-by-his-side wife of 51 years, Fran, says she will concentrate on children’s issues as first lady.

November 01, 2018

Mike DeWine, Richard Cordray on the issues

Don’t be surprised if Ohio doesn’t know who its next governor will be when you wake up Wednesday morning. And don’t be surprised if Richard Cordray’s support of the controversial Issue 1 ends up determining his fate in becoming Ohio’s next chief executive.

… Each agreed Ohio should invest more in early childhood health and early childhood education programs.

October 30, 2018

Ohio governor candidates: Where they stand on jobs & the skills gap

Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine agree on some economic proposals, such as not raising taxes and raising the eligibility for early childhood education programs from 130 percent to 150 percent of the federal poverty level. On other issues they are far apart. Here's where the four candidates for Ohio governor stand on are the four candidates' positions on jobs and the economy.

October 30, 2018

Polling shows Ohio's governor's race remains tight between Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray

BEREA, Ohio - A close Ohio governor's race has tightened to near a dead heat with early voting under way and Election Day only a week away, according to new statewide polling released Tuesday by Baldwin Wallace University.

Republican Mike DeWine holds a 39.4 percent to 38.8 percent lead over Democrat Richard Cordray, according to the latest polling, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

October 24, 2018

Cordray, DeWine both pledge to expand subsidized childcare eligibility

Rich Cordray, Democrat: Raise the eligibility limit for subsidized childcare from 130 percent of the federal poverty level to 150 percent. Establish an office in state government to ensure high-quality early education programs. Expand Ohio’s home visitation program for new parents. 

Mike DeWine, Republican: Raise the eligibility limit for subsidized childcare from 130 percent of the federal poverty level to 150 percent. Ensure early childhood education centers are high quality. Increase home visits for at-risk, first-time mothers. Name a director of Children’s Initiatives to coordinate children’s programs statewide. 

October 21, 2018

Ohio’s $10 billion investment: Where do governor candidates stand on education?

Among the striking similarities between the education plans put forward by the two major party candidates for Ohio governor this year are calls for more early childhood spending, fewer state-mandated tests and increased support for needy students.

But there are differences between Democrat Rich Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine that leave voters with a clear choice over who should oversee $10 billion a year in state spending on education and influence policies impacting the education of children across the state.

October 17, 2018

Race for Ohio governor still tied, poll finds

COLUMBUS — With less than three weeks to go before Election Day, the race for governor isn’t budging: Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray are still in a dead heat, a new poll found.

The Center for Marketing & Opinion Research poll for the University of Akron found 37 percent of Ohio voters favor DeWine while 36 percent favor Cordray and 27 percent are undecided.

October 16, 2018

A Look At The Plans For Education From The Two Major Party Gubernatorial Candidates

...Republican Mike DeWine says this is a process that must start early, even before a child begins kindergarten. He proposes raising the eligibility level for publicly-funded early childhood education, expanding access to 20,000 more kids. This, DeWine says, will help children of low-income families who tend to begin school at a disadvantage...

Cordray’s plan also includes advancing early childhood services, doing away with state takeover of local districts, and expanding universal pre-K programs.

October 15, 2018

State elections will have an impact on our children: Letter to the Editor

As the mid-term election quickly approaches, we can't lose sight of the impact state elections will have on children and the future of Ohio Gubernatorial candidates from both parties have signed a pledge from Vote for Ohio Kids to make early learning a priority in their administrations. When policymakers invest in children, it helps ensure our children will have success in school, in careers, and in life. Decades of evidence proves this is a smart investment for Ohio families, our future workforce and our economy. Before you head to the ballot, educate yourself on Ohio's gubernatorial candidates' specific ideas for early childhood. 

October 11, 2018

Early education takes on new prominence in races for governor

... Things are similar in Ohio, another close race where both major party candidates for the open seat have laid out detailed early education plans. “This is a remarkable political season for early childhood in Ohio,” said Eric Karolak, the CEO of Action for Children and a member of the executive committee for Groundwork Ohio, both early education advocacy groups. “I’ve been following early ed since the '90s, and there has never been a gubernatorial race where both candidates have made such statements about early childhood, almost trying to one up one another on the issue.”

October 10, 2018

Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine might seem boring, but the Ohio governor's race is anything but dull

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- In a political landscape that more closely resembles reality television than the bygone era of civil discourse, Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine aren't the most exciting candidates running for office. In fact, many would say they're downright boring...


Even issues like local government funding, child care, rural broadband access and standardized testing are getting bandwidth from Cordray and DeWine.  That doesn't make for great entertainment, but it does make for good politics and smart elections. 

October 08, 2018

Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray debate in Cleveland: An issue-by-issue recap

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray covered plenty of ground on Monday night during the third and final debate between the candidates for Ohio governor...

Cordray said he, like DeWine, would increase funding for early-childhood education. He said he also wants to increase funding for jobs training, public transportation and broadband internet access.

October 06, 2018

Richard Cordray, Mike DeWine differ sharply on improving education in Ohio

Both plan to expand subsidized early-childhood education, and they support a state program that is being implemented to improve the quality of public preschools.

Cordray and DeWine would broaden eligibility for the program to families earning up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level, an increase from 130 percent. The change would give thousands more children access to subsidized preschool programs designed to have them ready for kindergarten.

October 01, 2018

Cordray vs. DeWine: Opioids, education, guns focus of 2nd Ohio governor debate

The two men largely agree that Ohio should invest more in early childhood health and early childhood education programs, address the opioid crisis and improve job training programs to better match openings in the workplace. In Monday’s debate, both said the would veto a bill that calls for making Ohio a ‘right to work’ state where union membership is optional.

September 27, 2018

Governor race: DeWine, Cordray lay out plans for kids, health care

COLUMBUS — The two leading candidates running to be the next Ohio governor both pledged to make early childhood education and health care a top priority of their administration.

“They are going to be a priority because I say they’re a priority. It starts from the top,” said Republican Mike DeWine.

September 27, 2018

Cordray, DeWine Find Consensus On Early Childhood Education

Ohio's two major party gubernatorial nominees agreed at a Thursday forum that the state needs to put more resources toward the education and health of its youngest residents.


Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine often echoed each other when responding to panelists' questions at the Vote For Ohio Kids Leadership Forum conducted by Groundwork Ohio and the Ohio Children's Hospital Alliance.

September 27, 2018

Report: Child suicide rate in Ohio more than doubles over decad

The number of suicide deaths by Ohio children and young adults has dramatically increased in the past decade and is among the top health concerns in the state, according to a new report.

The report by Health Policy Institute of Ohio, which does nonpartisan research to guide state policy, showed suicide deaths have increased more than two-fold for ages 8 to 17 from 35 deaths 2007 to 80 deaths last year. For ages 18 to 25, the number of deaths by suicide was 225 in 2017, up from 155 in 2007.

September 27, 2018

Report: Ohio needs to do more to tackle challenges affecting children’s health

Having a network of some of the nation’s top-ranking children’s hospitals and pediatricians isn’t enough to keep Ohio kids healthy, according to a new report.

Ohio ranks in the bottom half of states on 65 percent of the nation’s measurements of child health, according to the assessment released Thursday by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. It’s a problem that advocates, including leaders of Ohio’s children’s hospitals, who requested the study, say can be solved only with comprehensive planning and investment at the state level.

September 26, 2018

State health and education leaders to gather for Vote for Ohio Kids forum

COLUMBUS —Ohio health and education leaders will gather in Columbus tomorrow to hear gubernatorial candidates Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine discuss pressing issues regarding child healthcare and education at the Vote for Ohio Kids Leadership Forum.

Deborah Feldman, president and CEO of Dayton Children's Hospital and moderator for part of the event, said the forum is part of a recently launched Vote for Ohio Kids Campaign, created by Groundwork Ohio and the Ohio Children's Hospital Association. 

September 19, 2018

We asked Ohio's candidates for governor how they would tackle lead poisoning. Here's how they answered

Cleveland,  Ohio –  One thing is certain in the race for Ohio Governor. Whoever wins the job will face one of the state’s longest lingering public health issues affecting kids: lead poisoning.

Both  Democratic candidate Richard Cordray and Republican candidate Mike DeWine have pledged to make children and their development a priority. 

September 04, 2018

Election 2018: Key Gubernatorial Races Focus on ECE

This is an open race because current Republican Governor John Kasich is ineligible to run again due to term limits. The race will be closely watched because it’s expected to be extremely close and it’s Ohio, often viewed as a bellwether state. The Democrat, former Ohio Attorney General and Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Richard Cordray, is facing former U.S. Senator and current Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, a Republican.

August 16, 2018

Gubernatorial candidates host business town hall in Dayton

...Both candidates said accessible, quality early education programs is another key factor to filling jobs.

"Starting at K and thinking only of K is actually a bit late," said Cordray, and proposed funding universal Pre-K programs across the state.

Doug Barry, just one of dozens in attendance, said he appreciated their common ground on the importance of early childhood education.

August 08, 2018

Letter to Editor: DeWine, Husted show initiative for youth mental health

Recently, Mike DeWine and Jon Husted visited Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health in Canton to gather feedback from local professionals about their recently announced Kids Agenda, focused on early childhood education and development and the importance of mental health services. I was pleasantly surprised to see politicians listening to experts on this issue and to see a focus on an issue so near and dear to my heart: our children.

It’s is so important we make more efforts to improve opportunity for all of Ohio’s children, but especially those in difficult situations — something we deal with at Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health every day.

August 07, 2019

Letter to the editor: Investment in early childhood education pays dividends

I applaud your July 26 editorial supporting increased investment in early childhood education. It’s alarming that only 40 percent of Ohio’s children start school ready to learn, because children who start school behind are likely to remain behind for their entire lives. The good news is that great progress is being made.


Stark County is the home of the SPARK program, which has been helping Ohio families get ready for kindergarten for 15 years. SPARK children are significantly more likely to begin kindergarten ready to succeed, and they sustain an advantage at least through the fifth grade.

July 26, 2018

An Ohio governor's race where both DeWine and Cordray are putting kids first: Brent Larkin

CLEVELAND -- Ohio seems headed for a welcome rarity - an election for governor where both candidates want to do more for kids.  


Not a single one of Ohio's huge problems related to workforce readiness, educational attainment, criminal justice costs and infant mortality can be solved without a relentless focus on and investment in the first years of a child's life.   Especially in a state where only 40 percent of its children arrive at kindergarten ready to learn.  

July 10, 2018

Richard Cordray Responds To DeWine With His Own Kids Agenda

Ohio’s two gubernatorial candidates are laying out their plans for how to help children succeed. Both Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray say it all begins before the kids are even born, but Cordray sees one clear difference with his take.

July 09, 2018

A Look At Plans By Gubernatorial Candidates To Help Kids

Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates Mike DeWine and Rich Cordray have released plans for how to help children succeed. 


Both say their plans begin before the kids are born. But Cordray sees one clear difference between his plan and that of DeWine's. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

July 06, 2018

DeWine and Cordray Tout Their Plans for Ohio's Children

The Republican and the Democrat running for governor are laying out their plans for how to help children succeed. Both Mike DeWine and Rich Cordray say it all begins before the kids are even born. However Cordray sees one clear difference between his take and that of his opponent.


July 05, 2018

Cordray Lays Out Policies to Help Children

The Democratic gubernatorial nominee says there’s at least one distinct difference between his plan and that of his Republican opponent Mike DeWine, which he laid out last week.

Cordray wants to increase access to state intervention services, helping parents with young children. Among Cordray’s ideas: guiding expectant mothers towards healthy births, raising awareness about safe sleeping, expanding access to daycare for working parents and universal pre-kindergarten.

June 30, 2018

Ohio governor race: DeWine says he wants to make these changes to Ohio’s early childhood programs

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wants to increase investments in early childhood development and education across the state, saying his proposed policy changes could give 20,000 additional Ohio children access to publicly funded early childhood programs.

In a meeting with child care experts in Dayton on Friday, the Republican gubernatorial candidate heard policy suggestions and talked about his proposals, which he hopes will increase access to early childhood healthcare and education across the state.

June 28, 2018

DeWine proposes agenda to help Ohio children

Ohio is failing too many children and their families, Republican Mike DeWine said Thursday in unveiling steps he would take as governor to give children a chance to succeed from an early age.

“We’re going to solve these problems for the sake of our kids,” DeWine, Ohio’s attorney general, said in remarks unveiling his campaign’s agenda for children at a YWCA in Cleveland.

June 26, 2018

New poll continues to show Sherrod Brown up big, Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray in a toss-up

CLEVELAND, Ohio - A new poll released Tuesday shows what others in recent weeks have: the race for governor between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray is close and Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has a comfortable double-digit lead over Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci in the race for Senate.

June 13, 2018

Richard Cordray, Mike DeWine tied in latest poll. Sherrod Brown up big ... again.

CLEVELAND, Ohio - A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows Democratic former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray and Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine in a statistical tie for the governor's race.

The numbers, if accurate, show large gains and good news for Cordray and trouble for DeWine, who as recently as several weeks ago was considered the frontrunner. It could also signify a natural shift in how the electorate feels, given there hasn't been any big news or advertising spent on the governor's race since the primary.

June 13, 2018

Enquirer/Suffolk University poll: U.S. Senate and Governor

June 09, 2018

Ohio 2018 primary results certified; do they offer a clue for the general election? (maps and charts)

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Ohio primary election results certified this week show gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray carried 62.2 percent on the Democratic side and Mike DeWine won 59.8 percent of the Republican vote.

Inside the numbers, there could be clues for how this fall's gubernatorial race will turn out - or at least where each candidate has some work to do between now and the November election.

June 05, 2018

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Cordray Talks Children's Health Care

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rich Cordray brought his campaign to Springfield and Cincinnati Monday. In Cincinnati he met with Hamilton County health-care professionals largely focused on reducing infant mortality.

"We have an infant-mortality crisis in the state of Ohio where we are one of the worst states in the nation and particularly bad in the African-American community for newborn babies dying at rates far exceeding the national average," he said.

June 04, 2018

DeWine announces new phase in child abuse prevention project

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the third phase of a three-phase child abuse prevention project Monday.

The announcement that came from Dewine and the Ohio Children's Hospital Association, says there will be a new collaboration to "further spread interventions and findings to reduce the occurrence of child abuse in infants six months and younger by enlisting pediatric practices."

May 18, 2018

Editorial: Next governor should make Ohio’s kids a priority

Children can’t vote, but they have some powerful voices advocating on their behalf with Ohio’s gubernatorial candidates, Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray.

The Ohio Children’s Hospital Association and Groundwork Ohio have joined forces to encourage Ohio’s next governor — whomever it will be — to adopt policy platforms ensuring access to early-childhood education and health care for those who can’t demand it themselves.

May 09, 2018

Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray face off to replace Gov. John Kasich

After millions of dollars and months of campaigning, the primary election contests for Ohio governor still produced the expected: a fall showdown between the establishment favorites.

Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine will face off in a rematch of the 2010 attorney general’s race, this time to become the state’s CEO, after easily winning their parties’ nominations in Tuesday’s primary.

May 05, 2018

Ohio primary: The wacky, bitter battle to replace Gov. John Kasich

COLUMBUS - Thought you had escaped the bitter political battles and over-the-top attacks of the 2016 presidential election? The race for Ohio governor might be just as contentious, with nearly as much at stake.

Two years after a bruising and tumultuous presidential race, Ohio's candidates are still scrambling to find out what voters want.

May 03, 2018

Mike DeWine, Richard Cordray up in new BW poll of governor's race

CLEVELAND, Ohio - A new poll from Baldwin Wallace University's Community Research Institute shows the Republican and Democratic frontrunners in the governor's race are up big heading into Tuesday's primary.

Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine both led their respective party's primaries, though more than 40 percent of respondents in the Democratic race were unsure of who they'd vote for. The poll results track with other publicly available polling and, if accurate, match predictions from political observers around the state about the outcome of Tuesday's election.