Give Gov. Mike DeWine this: He squelched the near-comeback of George Orwell’s Newspeak at the Statehouse last week. DeWine, a Cedarville Republican, called for an 18-cent increase in Ohio’s gasoline tax, effective July 1.
Also last week, DeWine, arguably, if indirectly, may have put Ohio’s death penalty on Ohio’s agenda. He said he’ll postpone further executions until the state can be sure its lethal injection procedure and the drugs it employs pass constitutional muster. (That assumes they can.) In January, 138 people were on Ohio’s Death Row, the Rehabilitation and Correction Department reported.
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