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Showdown likely over health care after inauguration

If the devil is in the details, one of the toughest tasks about repealing and replacing the 2010 Affordable Care Act may be the timeline. Some congressional Republicans want to repeal the bill now, and then spend two years instituting a replacement. During the transition period, they’ve said, no one would lose benefits. But President-elect Donald Trump last week threw a wrench into that plan...
Sweeping change likely after Donald Trump takes oath

Sweeping change likely after Donald Trump takes oath

He will be a president like no other, and whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing seems to, at this point, be a matter of remarkably disparate opinion. But when President-Elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, the nation will see a sweeping change in policy, style and rhetoric, possibly unlike any they’ve seen in their lifetimes. “He is not going to behave like...
Roundup of Ohio news from Washington

Roundup of Ohio news from Washington

Jim Jordan named one of 30 most powerful in D.C. Jordan and Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, are among the 30 most powerful people and groups in Washington, according to Politico, a Washington, D.C. publication. Jordan was cited for his work on the conservative House Freedom Caucus. Ryan, who unsuccessfully challenged House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at the end of last year, was cited because...
Trump inauguration a time for celebration, local Republicans say

Trump inauguration a time for celebration, local Republicans say

Local residents going to the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump see it as a chance to watch history being made and to revel in the patriotism of America’s peaceful transition of presidential power. “It could be one of the biggest days in our history. I just want to be there and look back and say many years from now that I was there,” said Preble County Commissioner Rodney...
Ben Carson to Sen. Sherrod Brown: ‘You remind me of Columbo’

Ben Carson to Sen. Sherrod Brown: ‘You remind me of Columbo’

Sen. Sherrod Brown has heard imitations of his gravelly voice, watched people imitate his retelling of why he wears a pin of a canary in a cage (it’s about worker’s rights) and had people point out his occasionally rumpled appearance. Now, he’s being compared to a famous TV gumshoe. When Ben Carson faced Brown, ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, during his confirmation...
Holiday retail sales up, but some stores suffering

Holiday retail sales up, but some stores suffering

Retail sales hit about $658 billion for the holiday season, but several chain retailers still announced the closures of hundreds of unprofitable brick-and-mortar stores in January — including several stores locally. “These numbers show that the nation’s slow-but-steady economic recovery is picking up speed and that consumers feel good about the future,” said Matthew Shay, NRF...
Airline offers daily flights from US to Europe for less than $70

Airline offers daily flights from US to Europe for less than $70

A low-cost airline is offering daily flights from the United States to Europe for less than $70. For a limited time, Iceland-based air carrier WOW air will offer $69.99 tickets from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport to Stockholm, Copenhagen, Bristol and Edinburgh. » RELATED: Low cost airline adds flights at Dayton airport Fares went on sale this...
Clark County gets $1M, first-of-its-kind program to treat kids

Clark County gets $1M, first-of-its-kind program to treat kids

Oesterlen Services for Youth kicked off a new $1 million pilot program Wednesday designed to provide services to children who otherwise might fall through the cracks of the state’s mental health and developmental disabilities systems. State and local leaders described the new program as the first of its kind in the state that brings 15 news jobs with it. It’s designed to provide intensive...
Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting: 5th fatality is Ashtabula, Ohio, native

Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting: 5th fatality is Ashtabula, Ohio, native

An Ohio native has been identified as the fifth person killed in last week's shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.  Broward County spokeswoman Kimberly Maroe released the name of 69-year-old Mary Louise Amzibel of Ohio in an email Wednesday night, according to the Associated Press, the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale and other media.  Cleveland TV station News...
Centerville HS grad prepares to step down as Army secretary

Centerville HS grad prepares to step down as Army secretary

In his eight months as Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning said he focused on improving behavioral health services, keeping forces ahead of the latest threats from adversaries and opening military jobs to all who meet the requirements. Fanning, a 1986 Centerville High School graduate, said if he were staying on the job, he would focus on making behavioral health services more accessible — and...
Ohio water systems to map where lead pipes are located

Ohio water systems to map where lead pipes are located

A new Ohio law is tightening the notification and reporting processes for when elevated levels of lead are found in drinking water, and city officials are now mapping where lead pipes are located at in the public water systems. Ohio House Bill 512 went into effect in early September after Gov. John Kasich signed the legislation. The amendments and new law required the Ohio Environmental Protection...
Report: Ending ACA may leave many Ohioans without mental health care

Report: Ending ACA may leave many Ohioans without mental health care

More than 220,000 people in Ohio may not be able to afford care for mental illness or substance disorder such as addiction to prescription drugs if congressional Republicans scrap the 2010 health law without passing a substitute measure, a new report said. A study released Wednesday by Harvard Medical School and New York University predicts that not only would nearly 1 million people in Ohio lose...
Allegiant adds new flights to Destin from Ohio airports

Allegiant adds new flights to Destin from Ohio airports

Low-cost airline Allegiant will add 17 new routes at hubs nationwide, including two airports in Ohio. The airline is also adding new base operations and service from Louisville, Ky. Cleveland and Columbus airports will have a new seasonal nonstop service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport starting in May. » RELATED: After Southwest departure, what’s next for Dayton airport? To celebrate...
Ohio lawmaker pay sixth highest in U.S.: See how they compare

Ohio lawmaker pay sixth highest in U.S.: See how they compare

Editor’s note: Our I-Team is gathering payroll data for local governments across our region, as well as state government and higher education, as part of our Payroll Project. You can search Payroll Project data here. We are gathering payroll data for 2016 and will add it to the database as it is collected. If you have a suggestion for our Payroll Project, email I-Team reporter...
Hostess recalls Twinkies for possible Salmonella contamination

Hostess recalls Twinkies for possible Salmonella contamination

Hostess Brands has voluntarily recalled a limited edition product of Twinkies. The company is recalling its Holiday White Peppermint Hostess Twinkies because of a recall by Blommer Chocolate Company. The confectionery sugar coating used on the Twinkies contained milk powder ingredients recalled by Valley Milk Products due to a concern of Salmonella contamination. » RELATED: The Limited to close...
No driving necessary. App makes it easier to donate to Goodwill

No driving necessary. App makes it easier to donate to Goodwill

Trying to donate your old clothes and home goods? There’s an app for that. A new partnership between Goodwill and Roadie Inc. is making it easier for people to donate clothes and furniture to sporting goods and old toys. App-based community Roadie will pick up unwanted items and take them to the nearest donation center through Feb. 28. Roadie is an app that connects people with drivers...
Report: Child sex ads pushed through Backpage.com

Report: Child sex ads pushed through Backpage.com

A new U.S. Senate report charges a website dealing with commercial sex advertising edited ads aimed at child sex trafficking to conceal their true content from investigators and the public. The report, which is the product of an 18-month investigation by a Senate subcommittee chaired by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, appears to undercut claims by the website — known as Backpage.com — that it...
John Boehner to attend Donald Trump inauguration

John Boehner to attend Donald Trump inauguration

When President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on Jan. 20, look for a familiar — and tan — face in the crowd. A spokesman confirmed last week that former House Speaker John Boehner and his wife will attend Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. later this month. Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Wednesday that he, too, will be in D.C. to watch Trump sworn in. RELATED: Latest on the Trump...
President Obama returns to hometown for farewell speech

President Obama returns to hometown for farewell speech

President Barack Obama will go home to say goodbye. Obama will give his farewell address Tuesday in his hometown of Chicago, playing part in a tradition dating to George Washington of giving farewell addresses to the nation. The speech won’t be a victory lap, nor will it be a political attack on his successor, President-Elect Donald Trump, said Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the president...
U.S. Supreme Court: No conspiracy against Ohio Libertarian candidates

U.S. Supreme Court: No conspiracy against Ohio Libertarian candidates

The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected an appeal from the Libertarian Party of Ohio which argued that Gov. John Kasich and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted conspired to keep two of its candidates off the 2014 statewide ballot. The justices, without comment, let stand a ruling from last July by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals state officials did not violate the U.S. Constitution when they struck...
Wind farms stall, solar grows as energy debate continues in Ohio

Wind farms stall, solar grows as energy debate continues in Ohio

Alternative energy advocates cheered a recent decision by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to veto a recent bill that would have weakened the state’s clean energy standards, arguing the move will lead to more investment and jobs in the industry statewide. But opponents, including residents engaged in a long legal battle over a proposed Champaign County wind farm, said they have seen laws repeatedly shift...
Beloved Cleveland gorilla, Bebac, dies of heart disease

Beloved Cleveland gorilla, Bebac, dies of heart disease

One of two western lowland gorillas at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo died Friday according to Cleveland.com. Bebac, 32 years old, died from heart disease, which a vet diagnosed the male gorilla with nearly 10 years ago. He was one of two male gorillas the zoo has diagnosed with heart disease. In a statement, the zoo said its team of gorilla specialists were able to extend Bebac’s quality of life...
Ohio woman among victims killed in Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

Ohio woman among victims killed in Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

An Ohio woman was killed and her husband critically injured when a gunman opened fire Friday afternoon at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Authorities have not released names of the five killed and eight wounded, but family members said that Shirley Timmons died at the airport and that her husband, Steve, was shot in the face and is in a coma at a Florida hospital. The couple from...
Up to 591%: Ohio has highest APR on short term loans in U.S.

Up to 591%: Ohio has highest APR on short term loans in U.S.

Even though Ohioans voted in 2008 to cap payday loan rates at 28 percent, lenders sidestep those limits and charge up to 591 annual percentage rates on the short term loans in Ohio — the highest rates in the nation. But a handful of lawmakers are now pushing to close legal loopholes and set stricter limits. Backing the effort is the Rev. Carl Ruby, of the Central Christian Church in Springfield...
Sen. Sherrod Brown says ‘tax cuts’ would impact Wright-Patt, budget

Sen. Sherrod Brown says ‘tax cuts’ would impact Wright-Patt, budget

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown cautioned Friday that expected “tax cuts for the rich” under the incoming Trump administration and Republican-controlled Congress would mean a “bigger hole in the budget.” “We’re either going to get a much bigger deficit or there won’t be the dollars there ought to be for everything from Headstart to Wright-Patt and that’s a big...
Donald Trump officially becomes president elect

Donald Trump officially becomes president elect

Donald Trump officially became the president elect today as Congress counted the Electoral Vote. All 538 electors met in their respective state capitals in December to cast their votes. Friday's vote count, led by Vice President Joe Biden, made it official. Trump finished with 304 votes and Democrat Hillary Clinton got 227. There were 7 protest votes for other candidates. It takes 270 Electoral College...
BREAKING: The Limited to close all brick-and-mortar stores

BREAKING: The Limited to close all brick-and-mortar stores

The Limited will close all brick-and-mortar stores at the end of the weekend. The women’s clothing retailer announced it will close all locations after Jan. 8, and will only operate online. The company had already closed three of its local stores. RELATED: Kmart, Sears stores to close in Ohio In late December, The Limited closed locations at The Greene in Beavercreek, The Liberty Center and...
Elected officials across region get 10.25 percent pay raises

Elected officials across region get 10.25 percent pay raises

*** County elected officials and township trustees across Ohio are getting 10.25 percent pay raises this year, spiking pay for some by more than $12,000. Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck and Coroner Kent Harshbarger, the area’s highest paid elected officials, will each get $12,148 raises, bringing their pay to $130,661. The raises are the first for these officials since 2008. The Ohio...
5 retailers closing Ohio stores in 2017

5 retailers closing Ohio stores in 2017

1. The Limited The Limited has closed locations across the U.S., including at least three in the local area. Store locations closed in late December at The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek, The Liberty Center and Tri-County Mall in Cincinnati. READ WHY HERE. 2. Ann Taylor Ann Taylor also closed its location at The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek in early January. The company also closed locations...
Donald Trump defeats John Kasich in fight for Ohio Republican Party leadership

Donald Trump defeats John Kasich in fight for Ohio Republican Party leadership

In a stunning upset, Canton area attorney Jane Murphy Timken won a victory Friday over incumbent Matt Borges to capture the chairmanship of the Ohio Republican Party.  After two rounds of secret voting resulted in a deadlock, Timken emerged as the winner after a deal was struck in a backroom to make Timken chairman and name Borges chairman emeritus, which is a new post.  President-elect...
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown won’t vote for Trump AG pick

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown won’t vote for Trump AG pick

By announcing Friday he will vote against Jeff Sessions to be attorney general of the United States, Sen. Sherrod Brown appears to be the first Democrat to say he will oppose the nomination of the Alabama Republican to head the Justice Department. Brown, D-Ohio, met privately with Sessions for about 45 minutes Wednesday in Brown’s Capitol Hill office. Although Brown and Sessions have worked...
After Southwest departure, what’s next for Dayton airport?

After Southwest departure, what’s next for Dayton airport?

A day after Southwest Airlines abruptly announced it was pulling its services from Dayton International Airport, officials and business leaders said Thursday there’s not much that could have been done to keep the carrier. The airline’s decision to leave Dayton is indicative of a pervasive problem for small airports across the U.S. — major air carrier companies are leaving small and...
Despite new gun law, state firearms group won’t pressure area colleges

Despite new gun law, state firearms group won’t pressure area colleges

To convince colleges to allow concealed carry on campus, one gun rights group has a plan: do nothing. A new Ohio law gives individual college boards of trustees the authority to allow guns on campus but university officials at Wright State, Miami, Ohio State and Cincinnati have said they’ll continue prohibitions on firearms. The University of Dayton has not taken a stance on the new law but...
Local firefighters applaud signing of cancer bill into law

Local firefighters applaud signing of cancer bill into law

A bill that would help firefighters diagnosed with certain types of cancer as a result of their job has been signed into law. Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 27, now known as the “Michael Louis Palumbo Jr. Act,” into law Wednesday. It allows firefighters who have cancer to file claims with the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation. More than 30 states already have similar laws....
CLOSING: Women’s clothing retailer to close at The Greene

CLOSING: Women’s clothing retailer to close at The Greene

Women’s clothing retailer Ann Taylor at The Greene in Beavercreek will close its doors later this month. The store is permanently closing on Jan. 21, according to store associates. The retailer is currently offering 60 percent off all clearance items, and will sell through the rest of the inventory in the store. SOCIAL MEDIA: FOLLOW REPORTER KARA DRISCOLL ON TWITTER The Limited, another women&rsquo...
Today is National Returns Day: 5 things to know

Today is National Returns Day: 5 things to know

Record amount of packages are expected to be returned this week, after consumers spent an estimated $655 billion during the holiday season. Here are five things you need to know: 1. According to UPS, today is National Returns Day, “when the most UPS returns packages are sent back to retailers,” the shipping company said in a news release. RELATED: Millennials say no thanks...
5 things we learned about John Kasich during lengthy press conference

5 things we learned about John Kasich during lengthy press conference

Maybe it was because Gov. John Kasich hadn’t had an Ohio press conference in quite some time, but on Wednesday he fielded a wide range of questions from reporters. Here is some news he made: Redistricting: The governor plans to include congressional redistricting reform in his two-year state budget bill and it’ll mirror the changes made for how legislative districts will be drawn in the...
Ohio Gov. John Kasich will attend Donald Trump inauguration

Ohio Gov. John Kasich will attend Donald Trump inauguration

Ohio Gov. John Kasich will attend Republican Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, even though he refused to endorse Trump and heaped criticism on him during the campaign. Kasich said he will already be in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 19 to talk about Medicaid expansion, which is a component of the Affordable Care Act. “I’ll then spend the...
Kasich signs drug bill, urges Ohioans to fight addiction

Kasich signs drug bill, urges Ohioans to fight addiction

Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday signed into law another measure to combat the heroin and opiate addiction crisis gripping Ohio. “We’re not going to give up,” he said during a lengthy press conference and bill signing. “We’re going to look for more things that we can do.” But he also cautioned that legislation alone won’t solve the problem, and that Ohioans need...
3 death-row inmates challenging Ohio plan in Dayton courtroom

3 death-row inmates challenging Ohio plan in Dayton courtroom

The paramedic and team member whose job is to deliver the drugs to execute Ohio death-row inmate Ronald Phillips next month testified how he will determine consciousness after the first of three drugs is administered. Identified only as Team Member No. 21 and speaking behind a cardboard barrier during the preliminary injunction hearing in Dayton’s U.S. District Court, he said, “I don&rsquo...
Macy’s to close 68 stores

Macy’s to close 68 stores

Macy’s has identified 68 locations that will close in early 2017, including three stores in Ohio. The retailer announced it is eliminating more than 10,000 jobs and plans to move forward with 68 store closures after a disappointing holiday shopping season. The department store chain also lowered its full-year earnings forecast. Macy’s will close locations in Columbus, Sandusky and Steubenville...
Ohio high school basketball brawl

Ohio high school basketball brawl

Adults and students were involved in a major brawl that erupted after an Ohio high school basketball game Friday night in Lexington, Ohio,  according to Mansfield News Journal reporter Connor Casey.  The Lexington Minutemen had just fallen to the Wooster Generals, 63-41, in a contest between undefeated teams, when adults and students in the stands stated to argue. Soon after fans can be...
5 higher education issues lawmakers could address in 2017

5 higher education issues lawmakers could address in 2017

Lawmakers in Columbus and Washington, D.C. have several items on their agenda as they head back to work this month and some could be problems in higher education. With newly elected leaders being sworn in, some longstanding issues in higher education could pop up again and some new ones may get some attention in 2017. Here’s a list of five issues affecting colleges that legislators in Ohio or...
LEAVING DAYTON: 5 questions answered about Southwest Airlines

LEAVING DAYTON: 5 questions answered about Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines is pulling services out of Dayton International Airport, a company spokesman told this news outlet. Here’s what you need to know about the discount airline’s departure from the city. 1. WHY IS SOUTHWEST LEAVING DAYTON? “Unfortunately the trend has meant smaller to medium-size markets including Dayton have been losing routes,” said Terrence Slaybaugh, Dayton&rsquo...
No evacuations after fire at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

No evacuations after fire at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

A transformer fire at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Wednesday morning prompted a large response from firefighters, but no evacuations were made. According to our news partners at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, the fire was contained to the eighth floor of the hospital, where no patients are located.  The hospital was not evacuated when the fire was first reported around 4:30 a.m.  Power was briefly...
Official ‘wondered what was going on’ in McGuire execution

Official ‘wondered what was going on’ in McGuire execution

Ohio’s execution team leader testified Tuesday in federal court that the Dennis McGuire execution two years ago was unlike any of the other 48 executions he’s seen from his vantage point “less than an arm’s length away.” Testifying behind a cardboard barrier and referred to only as Team Member No. 10, the man said McGuire’s execution affected him unlike any other...
Rob Portman sworn in for 2nd term in U.S. Senate

Rob Portman sworn in for 2nd term in U.S. Senate

Golfing legend Jack Nicklaus was among more than 200 people who attended a reception today where U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito delivered a ceremonial oath of office to Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who began his second term in the U.S. Senate. Although Vice President Joe Biden earlier in the day delivered the official oath to Portman, the reception held on Capitol Hill allowed scores of Portman&rsquo...
Local teen’s case could go back to juvenile court thanks to ruling

Local teen’s case could go back to juvenile court thanks to ruling

A Dayton teenager serving time in adult prison on an armed robbery conviction will have his case reheard in juvenile court following a Ohio Supreme Court decision last week that ruled the automatic transfer of juveniles to adult courts unconstitutional. The ruling could make it harder for minors to be tried as adults, but some legal experts say the decision will only add a hearing and will eventually...
Dayton to host Ohio’s largest sustainable food, farm conference

Dayton to host Ohio’s largest sustainable food, farm conference

The largest sustainable food and farm conference in Ohio is coming to Dayton in February. The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 38th annual conference is scheduled for Feb. 11 at the Dayton Convention Center. The conference will feature six, 90-minute workshops that teach professionals about topics like growing their operations and choosing the right equipment. WANT MORE BUSINESS NEWS?...
CLOSING: Montgomery Inn shuts down location

CLOSING: Montgomery Inn shuts down location

Popular Cincinnati-based restaurant chain Montgomery Inn has closed its location in Dublin. The restaurant, located at 4565 West Dublin-Granville Road in Dublin, closed on Monday. The location opened back in 2009. “We want to thank the community of Dublin and the entire Columbus area for their loyalty and support. We have enjoyed serving you and we invite you to visit our other locations when...
Shopping struggle: Chain retailers facing pressure from e-commerce

Shopping struggle: Chain retailers facing pressure from e-commerce

It seemed as if 2016 was the death knell of well-known retail stores that sprinkle the commercial developments in this region. Macy’s, Walmart, The Limited, Sears and Kmart were just a few of the major retailers to announce store closings last year. Changes in shopper behaviors, online shopping and deep discounters have led to bankruptcies or brick-and-mortar closings for retailers. Many experts...

Ohioans can now register to vote online

Ohioans can now register to vote online for future elections. Prior to this year, Ohioans had to register to vote on paper. To register online, go to www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/ Currently 31 states and Washington, D.C., allow voters to register online. The next election is set for May 2. Voters will decide tax issues, school levies and elections for some local offices such as city councils and mayors...
Aetna: Social Security numbers, other data lost in mail for 850 Ohioans 

Aetna: Social Security numbers, other data lost in mail for 850 Ohioans 

Aetna warns that Social Security numbers and other personal data were potentially compromised for 850 Ohioans after a compact disc containing sensitive information got lost in the mail. The company announced today that the CD contained names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, health insurance group numbers and, in some cases, Social Security numbers. Aetna is notifying those affected in letters...
Ohio lawmakers react to U.S. action against Russia

Ohio lawmakers react to U.S. action against Russia

Ohio lawmakers reacted differently to President Barack Obama’s actions sanctioning Russia for its role in interfering witht he 2016 presidential election. Russian President Vladimir Putin said no U.S. diplomats will be ousted in retaliation for Obama’s decision to impose sanctions and expel Russian diplomats over allegations of Russian meddling in the American presidential election. The...
Ohio in 2017: State budget, abortion, online schools among top issues

Ohio in 2017: State budget, abortion, online schools among top issues

The Ohio General Assembly will return to Columbus Tuesday for its opening ceremonies to kick off a fresh, two-year legislative session and there will be no shortage of weighty issues to tackle. Here is a look at five key items coming up soon: 1. State Budget. Ohio Gov. John Kasich will introduce his two-year state budget plan at the end of January, giving lawmakers less than six months to adopt a...
Mikesell’s recalling chips for possible Salmonella contamination

Mikesell’s recalling chips for possible Salmonella contamination

Mikesell’s Potato Chip Company is recalling a product in Ohio and other states in the region due to a possible Salmonella contamination. The company is recalling its 2.25 ounce Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips. The recalled chips were distributed in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois. The product is marked with UPC number 071104005543 with a sell by date of Feb. 2, 2016 or Feb. 16...
Trump/Kasich sides in showdown over Ohio GOP chairman

Trump/Kasich sides in showdown over Ohio GOP chairman

The Ohio GOP delivered big for Republicans in 2016 – Donald Trump sailed to victory in Ohio, Republicans held two seats on the state Supreme Court, the party picked up seats in the General Assembly and incumbent U.S. Sen. Rob Portman was re-elected. Despite this success, Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges is fighting to hang onto his job. Borges, who is up for re-election on Jan. 6,...