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No Tannenbaum: Senator says rule keeps trees from US troops

New York's U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer says a federal rule change that's stopping donated Christmas trees from being sent to American troops overseas is straight out of the Grinch's playbook. The top Senate Democrat sent a letter to the U.S. postmaster on Thursday urging her to immediately waive procedural changes that are preventing New York residents from sending trees to military bases abroad. Schumer...
FCC votes along party lines to end 'net neutrality'

FCC votes along party lines to end 'net neutrality'

In a vote along party lines, the federal government has ended sweeping net-neutrality rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet. The Thursday vote at the Federal Communications Commission will likely usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet, a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight. The move not only rolls back restrictions that keep broadband providers...
House Speaker says he's not leaving Congress anytime soon

House Speaker says he's not leaving Congress anytime soon

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he's not leaving Congress anytime soon. The Wisconsin Republican was asked Thursday about two published reports suggesting he might leave his job soon after the GOP passes a rewrite of the U.S. tax code. Asked by a reporter if he's quitting anytime soon, Ryan chuckled and said, "I'm not. No." Ryan spoke as Politico and the Huffington Post published reports speculating...

Drone operator faulted in NY collision with helicopter

Federal investigators say a recreational drone operator was at fault in the first confirmed midair collision in the U.S. between a drone and a manned aircraft. That's according to a National Transportation Safety Board report. The report says the operator was unaware the Federal Aviation Administration had temporarily banned drone flights in New York when his drone collided with an Army Blackhawk...

A third of Interior Dept. workers report being harassed

The Interior Department says more than one-third of its employees report being harassed or discriminated against in the past year. Results released Thursday from an anonymous survey of the department's 70,000 employees show that 8 percent report being victims of sexual harassment and 16 percent report harassment based on gender. More than 9 percent report harassment based on race or ethnicity. The...
Net neutrality vote: FCC OKs repeal of Obama-era rules

Net neutrality vote: FCC OKs repeal of Obama-era rules

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 on Thursday to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules meant to stop broadband companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who put forth the planned repeal and voted in favor of it Thursday, said it “certainly wasn’t heavy-handed government regulation” that made the...

Haley unveils missile parts, says proof Iran arming Houthis

President Donald Trump's envoy to the United Nations says "undeniable" evidence proves Iran is violating international law by funneling missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley is unveiling recently declassified evidence including segments of missiles launched at Saudi Arabia from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen. She's displaying the missile parts...
US House Speaker Paul Ryan may retire after 2018 election

US House Speaker Paul Ryan may retire after 2018 election

House Speaker Paul Ryan, a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, may retire from Congress after the 2018 midterm elections, according to a report in Politico. “In recent interviews with three dozen people who know the speaker—fellow lawmakers, congressional and administration aides, conservative intellectuals and Republican lobbyists—not a single person believed Ryan will stay...

EPA mum on whether failed Trump nominee is still on the job

The Environmental Protection Agency is refusing to say whether President Donald Trump's failed pick to oversee chemical safety will continue to work there as a senior adviser, a role that doesn't require Senate confirmation. Michael L. Dourson withdrew his nomination Wednesday to serve as head of the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention amid bipartisan opposition in the Senate...
The Latest: Key House conservative group backs tax package

The Latest: Key House conservative group backs tax package

The Latest on the Republican tax overhaul(all times local): 12:25 p.m. The sweeping tax overhaul in Congress just got a boost from a key faction of the party. Conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus say they support the package, which is speeding toward votes next week. Ohio congressman Jim Jordan is a member of the caucus. Jordan says, "I think it's going to pass. I think you're going...

US-backed Syria fighters kill 20-plus IS fighters

An American-supported Syrian opposition force killed more than 20 Islamic State fighters in an area near the Jordanian and Iraqi borders, U.S. officials said. The clash was described as a response to the Syrian army's failure to prevent IS from moving freely through its lines. "Despite the presence of Russian-backed, pro-Syrian regime forces in the area, Daesh still finds ways to move freely...
The Latest: Speaker says retiring lawmaker made right call

The Latest: Speaker says retiring lawmaker made right call

The Latest on Texas GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold (all times local): 11:50 a.m. House Speaker Paul Ryan says Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold has "made the right decision" to retire at the end of his term amid allegations of sexual harassment. Ryan told journalists Thursday that he's spoken to the four-term Texas lawmaker, who said in a Facebook video: "I am announcing my decision not to...
Second accuser prompts call for NV congressman's resignation

Second accuser prompts call for NV congressman's resignation

Facing a fresh accusation of sexual misconduct in a Congress that has become increasingly less tolerant, a Nevada lawmaker is facing pressure from Democratic leadership to step aside. The Nevada Independent reported new allegations by a lobbyist who said Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen on several occasions touched her thighs and buttocks while he was a state senator, and made repeated sexual advances...
Farenthold retiring from House amid harassment accusations

Farenthold retiring from House amid harassment accusations

Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election next year, adding his name to the list of lawmakers leaving Congress amid sexual harassment allegations that have cost powerful men their jobs in politics, the arts and other industries. In a five-minute video on his campaign's Facebook page, Farenthold denied a former aide's three-year-old accusations, which...
Omarosa says she wasn’t fired; CBS News reports she was

Omarosa says she wasn’t fired; CBS News reports she was

One thing is a fact, Omarosa Manigault Newman no longer works at the White House. Whether the 1996 Central State University graduate left on her own or was fired is still a question. This morning she went on ABC’s Good Morning America and said she resigned. She said news reports that she was removed from the White House grounds this week are “100 percent false.” She said that she...
Local names, addresses used in phony public comments on net neutrality

Local names, addresses used in phony public comments on net neutrality

Millions of comments have been submitted to the Federal Communications Commission’s public portal in advance of a vote today to roll back net neutrality rules — which say that internet service providers must treat all web traffic equally. The high volume of comments and the fact that many statements in opposition to net neutrality appear to be from faked sources or duplicates, has supporters...
The Latest: Apprentice star says White House didn't fire her

The Latest: Apprentice star says White House didn't fire her

The Latest on Omarosa Manigault Newman and her departure from the White House staff (all times local): 8:30 a.m. Former "Apprentice" star Omarosa Manigault Newman denies reports that she was fired from her job in the White House. Manigault Newman also denies reports that she made a scene while being escorted from the White House grounds. She tells ABC's "Good Morning America" in...
Pence to delay Mideast trip as tax deal nears vote

Pence to delay Mideast trip as tax deal nears vote

Vice President Mike Pence will delay and curtail his upcoming trip to the Middle East to be on hand for an upcoming Senate tax vote and take into account the unwillingness of Palestinians and others to meet with him while in Egypt and Israel. The White House said Thursday that Pence now plans to leave for Egypt on Tuesday so he can preside over the Senate during a likely vote next week on the Republicans'...
The Latest: Jones takes pass on timing of Senate tax vote

The Latest: Jones takes pass on timing of Senate tax vote

The Latest on the Alabama Senate race and Democrats (all times local): 7:15 a.m. Democratic Sen.-elect Doug Jones is taking a pass on the question of whether the Senate should wait to vote on a sweeping tax overhaul until he can vote. Jones defeated former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice Roy Brown Tuesday He tells NBC's "Today" show he prefers to "just let that play out." "...
After Senate loss, will Moore leave politics? Probably not

After Senate loss, will Moore leave politics? Probably not

Roy Moore has now lost more statewide races than he's won in Alabama, including a Senate contest that seemed within reach. So will the Republican former judge now abandon politics and ride off into the sunset? Probably not. Instead, he's discussing a possible recount — a longshot at best — and depicting himself as a victim of false child molestation allegations. A Christian conservative...
Wife to run for seat of Kentucky lawmaker who killed self

Wife to run for seat of Kentucky lawmaker who killed self

The wife of a Kentucky lawmaker who killed himself after a sexual assault allegation surfaced this week defended her husband Thursday and said she will run for his seat because "these high-tech lynchings based on lies and half-truths can't be allowed to win the day." In a statement a day after Dan Johnson's suicide, Rebecca Johnson said she has been fighting behind her husband for 30 years...
Former 'Apprentice' star Omarosa denies White House firing

Former 'Apprentice' star Omarosa denies White House firing

Former "Apprentice" star Omarosa denies she was fired from her job at the White House — and she's teasing that she has stories to tell about what she's seen and heard there. In an interview Thursday with ABC's "Good Morning America, Manigault Newman also said reports that she made a scene while being escorted from the White House grounds this week are "100 percent false,"...
Bannon, undeterred, under siege from GOP after Alabama loss

Bannon, undeterred, under siege from GOP after Alabama loss

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is catching blame from fellow Republicans for coughing up a safe Senate seat in deep-red Alabama and foisting damaging political advice on President Donald Trump. But in the aftermath of this week's stinging Alabama defeat, Bannon is showing no signs of abandoning his guerrilla war against the GOP establishment. Bannon wholeheartedly backed Roy Moore, the...
WATCH: Joe Biden puts politics aside on 'The View' in emotional moment with Meghan McCain

WATCH: Joe Biden puts politics aside on 'The View' in emotional moment with Meghan McCain

Former Vice President Joe Biden set political differences aside on “The View” when he consoled Meghan McCain over the cancer diagnosis of her father, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, telling her that there’s “hope.” Sen. McCain was recently diagnosed with the glioblastoma, the same cancer that took the life of Biden’s son, Beau, in 2015. >>...
Support from Conservative Freedom Caucus boosts tax bill

Support from Conservative Freedom Caucus boosts tax bill

Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus said Thursday they support a sweeping tax package speeding toward votes in Congress next week, giving GOP leaders a boost from a key faction as they work to deliver a major legislative victory to President Donald Trump. "I think it's going to pass. I think you're going to see the vast majority of the Freedom Caucus people vote for it," said Rep....

Child support fight to test treatment of same-sex parents

National gay rights advocates are watching how a child support fight between a divorced lesbian couple plays out in Hawaii, likely the first such case before a state Supreme Court, experts say. A woman wants to sever her parental rights to a child her ex-wife gave birth to and is appealing a family court ruling denying that request to the Hawaii Supreme Court, which is set to hear arguments Thursday...
Alabama win has Democrats broadening their target list

Alabama win has Democrats broadening their target list

To Democrats, Senate candidate Doug Jones' stunning victory in reliably Republican Alabama is more than a quirky one-off. Instead, party leaders cast the upset as a sign of growing nationwide momentum among voters opposed to President Donald Trump and an indication that Democrats shouldn't shy away from competing in Republican territory. Democrats were bolstered in particular by the higher turnout...
Alabama Democrats have GOP's Sen. Shelby to thank for win

Alabama Democrats have GOP's Sen. Shelby to thank for win

Credit six-term Republican Sen. Richard Shelby for Democrat Doug Jones' shocking win in Alabama, senators from both parties said. Shelby, Alabama's senior senator and the state's most influential official, publicly opposed GOP nominee Roy Moore and declared before the election that "the state of Alabama deserves better" than a former judge accused of sexual contact with teenage girls decades...
Alabama loss may offer a warning to Trump White House

Alabama loss may offer a warning to Trump White House

President Donald Trump managed to endorse two different losing candidates in the same Senate race, a setback that is highlighting an experience deficit within the White House political team. "As the leader of the party, I would have liked to have had the seat," Trump acknowledged Wednesday, a day after a special Senate election in Alabama led to the election of Democrat Doug Jones. Republicans...
Who was Dan Johnson? Kentucky lawmaker accused of sexual assault dies in apparent suicide

Who was Dan Johnson? Kentucky lawmaker accused of sexual assault dies in apparent suicide

A Kentucky state lawmaker accused of sexually assaulting a teenager died Wednesday night in an apparent suicide, officials said.  Here's what we know about Republican state Rep. Dan Johnson, who was elected in 2016: A woman accused Johnson, pastor of the Heart of Fire church in Louisville, of sexually assaulting her in his basement when she was 17. According to a Kentucky Center for Investigative...

The Latest: Moore not conceding defeat in Senate race

The Latest on Republican Roy Moore refusing to concede defeat in Alabama U.S. Senate race (all times local): 11:45 p.m. Alabama Republican Roy Moore says he is waiting for the "final count" in the Alabama race for U.S. Senate. Moore in a Wednesday video released by his campaign, said it was a close race and that some military and provisional ballots had yet to be counted. Moore said he is...

EPA chemical safety nominee drops out amid strong opposition

President Donald Trump's pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency withdrew his nomination Wednesday after bipartisan opposition made his Senate confirmation unlikely. Officials at the White House and the Senate told The Associated Press that Michael Dourson had sent a letter asking his name to be removed from consideration to serve as head of the EPA's Office of Chemical...
Ky. lawmaker accused of assault dies in apparent suicide

Ky. lawmaker accused of assault dies in apparent suicide

Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, died in an apparent suicide Wednesday night, the county coroner said. He was 57. Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings said Johnson died of a single gunshot wound on Greenwell Ford Road in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Billings said Johnson stopped...
Democrats see lesson from Alabama win: Compete everywhere

Democrats see lesson from Alabama win: Compete everywhere

To Democrats, Senate candidate Doug Jones' stunning victory in reliably Republican Alabama is more than a quirky one-off. Instead, party leaders cast the upset as a sign of growing nationwide momentum among voters opposed to President Donald Trump and an indication that Democrats shouldn't shy away from competing in Republican territory. Democrats were bolstered in particular by the higher turnout...
EPA chief jets to Morocco to help promote fossil fuel use

EPA chief jets to Morocco to help promote fossil fuel use

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency flew to Morocco this week to help encourage the North African kingdom to import liquefied natural gas from the United States, prompting Democrats and advocacy groups to question whether the trip was in keeping with the agency's mission of ensuring clean air and water. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was accompanied by at least four staff members on the...

The Latest: Trump gets 11th circuit court judge confirmed

The Latest on President Donald Trump's judicial nominees (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The Senate has voted to confirm Don Willett, a justice on the Texas Supreme Court, to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Willett is the 11th circuit court judge to be confirmed this year. The Senate confirmed him Wednesday on a 50-47 vote. Senate Republicans are determined to get President...
Hurricane state Republicans demand disaster aid by Christmas

Hurricane state Republicans demand disaster aid by Christmas

Lawmakers from hard-hit states such as Florida are demanding tens of billions of dollars of hurricane relief and rebuilding funds as part of another temporary Washington spending bill to keep the government from shutting down over Christmas. Hurricane money is one of many pressing items as GOP leaders Wednesday evening unveiled an opening bid in the party's strategy to avert a government shutdown...
GOP hopes Alabama loss is wakeup call for Trump White House

GOP hopes Alabama loss is wakeup call for Trump White House

President Donald Trump managed to endorse two different losing candidates in the same Senate race, a setback that is highlighting an experience deficit within the White House political team. "As the leader of the party, I would have liked to have had the seat," Trump acknowledged Wednesday, a day after a special Senate election in Alabama led to a victory for Democrat Doug Jones. Republicans...
How could Democratic win in Alabama impact Ohio in 2018?

How could Democratic win in Alabama impact Ohio in 2018?

The defeat of Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore in Alabama Tuesday is not only a sharp rebuke against President Donald Trump but serves as a warning to Republicans such as Josh Mandel of Ohio against fully embracing Trump and the arch-conservative voters who support him. Mandel, who is seeking next year’s Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, has campaigned as an ardent Trump supporter...
GOP's Shelby played key role in Alabama Democrat's victory

GOP's Shelby played key role in Alabama Democrat's victory

Credit six-term Republican Sen. Richard Shelby for Democrat Doug Jones' shocking win in Alabama, senators from both parties said Wednesday. Shelby, Alabama's senior senator and the state's most influential official, publicly opposed GOP nominee Roy Moore and declared before the election that "the state of Alabama deserves better" than a former judge accused of sexual contact with teenage...

US commander orders new probe into Somalia raid

The head of U.S. Africa Command has asked for an additional investigation into whether civilians were killed during a deadly August raid in Somalia involving American and Somali forces. Army Col. Mark Cheadle, a spokesman for Africa Command, said Wednesday that Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser has asked the Naval Criminal Investigative Service to look into the details of the raid in Bariire village by...
State attorneys general ask FCC to delay net neutrality vote

State attorneys general ask FCC to delay net neutrality vote

The attorneys general of nearly 20 states asked the Federal Communications Commission to delay a vote on changing the country’s net neutrality rules as they investigate reports that impersonators posted hundreds of thousands of fake comments on the commission’s notice of the proposed change. “If the well of public comment has been poisoned by falsified submissions, the Commission...
After big Senate loss, what's next for firebrand Roy Moore?

After big Senate loss, what's next for firebrand Roy Moore?

Roy Moore has now lost more statewide races than he's won in Alabama, including a Senate contest that seemed within reach. So will the Republican former judge now abandon politics and ride off into the sunset? Probably not. Instead, he's discussing a possible recount — a longshot at best — and depicting himself as a victim of false child molestation allegations. A Christian conservative...

Councilman accused of making obscene call pleads not guilty

A Rhode Island city councilman charged with making an obscene phone call to a 13-year-old boy he says was sending sexual messages to his daughter has pleaded not guilty. Newport Councilman John Florez was arraigned in Newport District Court on Wednesday and was released on his own recognizance. Florez says he was trying to protect his 13-year-old daughter from a boy sending aggressive and sexual messages...
First lady hopes giving spirit continues through holidays

First lady hopes giving spirit continues through holidays

Melania Trump said Wednesday at a holiday toy drive sponsored by the military that she hopes the giving spirit that Americans displayed during a season of devastating hurricanes will continue over Christmas and into the new year. She said the holidays are about family, service and gratitude — not gifts. The first lady accompanied President Donald Trump on several trips to survey hurricane damage...

White House: Trump judicial pick withdraws nomination

One of President Donald Trump's nominees for federal judge has been withdrawn, the first failed judicial pick for the Republican president. White House officials said Wednesday the nomination of Brett Talley, who has never argued a case in court and was rated "unanimously unqualified" by the American Bar Association, was withdrawn. The selection had faced criticism from Sen. Chuck Grassley...
Biden consoles daughter of ailing Arizona Sen. John McCain

Biden consoles daughter of ailing Arizona Sen. John McCain

Former Vice President Joe Biden sought to console the daughter of ailing Sen. John McCain after she began crying while discussing her father's battle with brain cancer on ABC's "The View." Meghan McCain, a panelist on the program, told Biden on Wednesday she hadn't been able to get through his new memoir, "Promise Me, Dad," which centers on the 2015 death of his son, Beau, from...
Controversy, legal threats mar Ohio’s medical pot launch

Controversy, legal threats mar Ohio’s medical pot launch

With the announcement last month that 12 sites — including one in Yellow Springs and another one in Springfield — would receive large-scale grower licenses, Ohio regulators took perhaps their biggest step yet in launching the state’s multi-billion medical marijuana industry. But the fight over who wins and loses may be far from over. The selections were greeted with threats of lawsuits...
Clark County commissioners reject tax for new 9-1-1 center — for now

Clark County commissioners reject tax for new 9-1-1 center — for now

Clark County commissioners have rejected a proposed tax for a $4 million countywide dispatch center expected to open in 2019, but might consider it again and other ways to pay for 9-1-1 in the future. Commissioners said Wednesday they expect to revisit the issue with other county and city leaders early next year. The proposed tax assessment would have generated about $3 million annually to run the...
Springfield red light cameras to stay off until lower court ruling

Springfield red light cameras to stay off until lower court ruling

The Ohio Supreme Court sent Springfield’s lawsuit challenging a new red light camera law back to a Clark County court on Wednesday, saying it should take into account a ruling earlier this year declaring parts of the law unconstitutional. Springfield had used red light cameras for nearly a decade — the city issued about 77,000 citations between 2006 and 2015, collecting about $3.4 million...
Ohioans who lose driver’s license get help from lawmakers

Ohioans who lose driver’s license get help from lawmakers

A bill that would temporarily allow some Ohioans who have lost their driver’s license to regain it without paying a reinstatement fee passed the Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday. “The way that the system would change under this bill would eliminate kind of a debtors’ prison,” said State Rep. John E. Barnes, Jr., D-Cleveland, the bill’s co-sponsor.  &ldquo...
Ohio congresswoman says some women’s clothes are ‘invitation’ for sexual harassment

Ohio congresswoman says some women’s clothes are ‘invitation’ for sexual harassment

Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur said that some members of Congress and aides invite sexual harassment because of the way they dress, according to a report in Politico. Kaptur, D-Toledo,  made the comments during a caucus meeting with Democrats where the subject came up. “I saw a member yesterday with her cleavage so deep it was down to the floor,” Kaptur said, according to the sources...
#ThankYouAlabama: Doug Jones wins Senate seat over Roy Moore, Twitter celebrates

#ThankYouAlabama: Doug Jones wins Senate seat over Roy Moore, Twitter celebrates

News that Alabama voters chose Tuesday to send Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate over embattled Republican Roy Moore was greeted with relief and joy on social media. Moore was considered a favorite to take the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions early in the race, but his grip on the position slipped amid a flurry of sexual misconduct allegations. Several women told reporters that...
Omarosa Manigault Newman, a CSU grad, leaving White House

Omarosa Manigault Newman, a CSU grad, leaving White House

Omarosa Manigault Newman was not only one of the high-profile faces at the Trump White House — a reality TV star who became a celebrity on “The Apprentice,” — she was also one of the administration’s most prominent Ohioans. But now she’s gone. Her resignation was announced Wednesday by the White House, effective Jan. 20. Reporter April Ryan of American Urban Radio...
Omarosa Manigault Newman ‘physically dragged’ from White House, reports say

Omarosa Manigault Newman ‘physically dragged’ from White House, reports say

Omarosa Manigaul Newman, the “Apprentice” star turned White House aide, was removed from the White House Tuesday night,“physically dragged and escorted off the campus,” according to several news reports. Manigault-Newman announced her resignation on Wednesday, effective next month.
Ohio’s Kasich, Brown react to Alabama election

Ohio’s Kasich, Brown react to Alabama election

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says Republicans in Alabama “chose country over party,” in Tuesday’s Senate election. Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in a narrow win to become the first Democrat in more than 20 years to hold a Senate seat there. Sexual assault allegations against Moore caused many Republicans, including Kasich, to distance themselves from the GOP candidate...
Governor race: Pillich wins endorsement of former Penn. Gov. Rendell

Governor race: Pillich wins endorsement of former Penn. Gov. Rendell

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Connie Pillich is getting the backing of former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, and the two plan on hitting the campaign trail. Who’s in? A look at who is running for governor Rendell could be an important asset to Pillich as she seeks to distinguish herself from the crowded Democratic field. Six Democrats are vying for the chance to succeed Republican Gov. John...
Cordray in Springfield: Lawmakers at war with local governments

Cordray in Springfield: Lawmakers at war with local governments

Richard Cordray, Democratic candidate for governor, met with about two dozen supporters in Springfield on Tuesday, where he argued policies enacted by the majority-Republican legislature in Columbus have harmed local communities. Cordray’s visit at the Comfort Inn and Suites was one of the his first stops after announcing last week that he planned to run for governor. Cordray recently resigned...
Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate race, AP reports

Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate race, AP reports

In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, one of the reddest of red states, and...
Lawmakers call for investigation into Trump sexual misconduct allegations

Lawmakers call for investigation into Trump sexual misconduct allegations

More than 100 Democratic lawmakers are calling on the House Oversight Committee to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct levied against President Donald Trump, a group of female U.S. representatives said at a news conference Tuesday. More than a dozen women have accused the president of forced kissing, unwanted groping and making inappropriate sexual comments since 2015, when Trump announced...
Kasich urges Congress to OK extension of child health program

Kasich urges Congress to OK extension of child health program

With time running out, Ohio Gov. John Kasich urged Congress to approve “as quickly as possible” an extension of a health program that provides coverage to nearly 220,000 children in Ohio. In a letter to Senate and House Republican and Democratic leaders Tuesday, Kasich and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado warned that failure to extend the program will jeopardize “access...
Clark County commissioners might vote this week on proposed 9-1-1 tax

Clark County commissioners might vote this week on proposed 9-1-1 tax

Clark County commissioners may vote Wednesday on a proposed tax assessment to pay for a $4 million combined 9-1-1 dispatch center. The commission held two public hearings in the past two weeks to discuss the issue. The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting includes a vote on the proposed fee. An informal session will be held at 8:30 a.m., followed by the formal session at 10 a.m. on the fifth floor...
Alabama dad criticizes Roy Moore in memory of his gay daughter

Alabama dad criticizes Roy Moore in memory of his gay daughter

An Alabama father who said that his daughter took her life because “she didn’t want to be gay anymore” stood outside Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s rally in Midland City on Monday to urge people not to vote for the former judge. Photos from the rally showed peanut farmer and Midland City native Nathan Mathis holding a photo of his daughter in a basketball uniform. Near...
GOP governor candidate Jim Renacci picks Cincinnati councilwoman as his running mate

GOP governor candidate Jim Renacci picks Cincinnati councilwoman as his running mate

Republican candidate for governor U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci announced Monday that Cincinnati Councilwoman Amy Murray will be his running mate in the 2018 GOP primary. “I think the real key is ‘back to business, not business as usual,’” said Renacci in announcing Murray as part of his team. He made the announcement at a news conference in Cincinnati, and held a second event later...
Trump accusers call for congressional investigation into alleged sexual misconduct

Trump accusers call for congressional investigation into alleged sexual misconduct

Update 3:15 p.m. Dec. 11: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied the allegations levied against President Donald Trump in a news briefing Monday, telling reporters that the president has “addressed these accusations directly and denied all of these allegations.” "The American people knew this and voted for the president, and we feel like we're ready...
Springfield approves increases to water, sewer bills

Springfield approves increases to water, sewer bills

Water and sewer rates in Springfield will increase nearly 40 percent over the next three years to pay for more than $80 million in federally mandated projects designed to cut down on raw sewage overflows into local waterways. The Springfield City Commission approved increases of 13.7 percent in 2018 and 13 percent in both 2019 and 2020 at last week’s meeting. Springfield’s water rate remains...
Ohio voters may decide on plan to legalize recreational marijuana in 2018

Ohio voters may decide on plan to legalize recreational marijuana in 2018

Ohio voters could decide in 2018 to legalize marijuana for recreational use if supporters of a constitutional amendment are able to get the issue on the November ballot. Cincinnati businessman Jimmy Gould and his business partner Ian James of Coumbus, the driving force behind the 2015 marijuana legalization issue that voters rejected by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, are behind a very different plan for...
State auditor: City lacks proper records of traffic camera fines

State auditor: City lacks proper records of traffic camera fines

Ohio’s auditor has faulted a small city near Columbus and its police chief for failing to keep proper records of camera-enforced traffic fines that produce much of the village’s revenue. An audit of Brice released last week says auditors couldn’t find sufficient documentation for the tickets. The village roughly 12 miles east of Columbus reported the fines brought in more than $170...
How will Ohio know gun owners don’t use medical pot? The honor system

How will Ohio know gun owners don’t use medical pot? The honor system

Once Ohio’s medical marijuana program gets off the ground, the state will rely on the honor system to ensure those seeking concealed-carry permits aren’t also licensed to use pot for medical reasons. Federal law prohibits cannabis users from possessing a gun or getting a CCW, but background checks conducted before Ohioans buy firearms or get a concealed-carry permit won’t indicate...
Clergy arrested in Maine for protesting at senator’s office

Clergy arrested in Maine for protesting at senator’s office

Nine religious leaders in Maine were arrested on trespassing charges Thursday night after occupying Sen. Susan Collin’s office for about 10 hours, according to media reports.  The faith leaders were protesting the Republican tax bill, which Collins voted for. The clergy, many of whom were more than 60 years old, had pledged not to leave Collins’ office until she promised to oppose...
Controversial Ohio Justice O’Neill to step down from bench on Jan. 26 and run for governor

Controversial Ohio Justice O’Neill to step down from bench on Jan. 26 and run for governor

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill will resign from the court Jan. 26, according to a letter he sent Friday to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who accepted the resignation.   Kasich, a Republican, will pick a successor to O’Neill, who is the court’s only Democrat. No timetable has been set, but a spokesman for Kasich said a committee will screen candidates and then make recommendations...
Springfield approves $43 million budget for 2018

Springfield approves $43 million budget for 2018

The city of Springfield approved a more than $43 million budget for next year, which includes a surplus for the first time in eight years due to a recently approved income tax increase. FIRST REPORT: Springfield to use tax increase to hire 7 police officers, pave roads However, one outgoing city commissioner believes Springfield leaders must begin examining cuts and cost saving measures to avoid asking...
Clark County mulls assessment for $4 million 9-1-1 dispatch center

Clark County mulls assessment for $4 million 9-1-1 dispatch center

Clark county residents and local leaders spoke out about a proposed tax assessment to pay for a $4 million combined 911 dispatch center. FIRST REPORT: Property tax bills may go up to pay for new Clark County 911 center The Clark County Commission held a second public hearing on the issue Wednesday morning at the Clark County Municipal Court and County Offices building. Commissioners now have 30 days...
State auditor: Drug dealer scored applications for Ohio pot sites

State auditor: Drug dealer scored applications for Ohio pot sites

Just days after Ohio awarded a dozen companies licenses to grow medical marijuana, charges are being leveled that the scoring process was tainted and an investigation should be conducted. Media reports revealed that iCann, a consulting company hired under $150,000 contract with the Ohio Department of Commerce to help score the applications, is led by a man with a 2005 criminal conviction in Pennsylvania...
Supreme court justice not leaving race for Ohio governor

Supreme court justice not leaving race for Ohio governor

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill on Wednesday backed off his pledge to drop out of the 2018 Democratic race for governor if Richard Cordray entered the race. Cordray announced on Tuesday that he is running for the Democratic nomination. O’Neill, whose entry into the race while remaining on the bench is controversial, now says he will only leave the race if one of the other Democratic...
Graf sworn in as Springfield’s new Chief of Police

Graf sworn in as Springfield’s new Chief of Police

Lee Graf began his tenure as the new Chief of Police for the Springfield Police Division this week, replacing longtime chief Stephen Moody, who retired Dec. 1 after 14 years on the job. RELATED: Springfield’s new police chief: 3 things to know Graf was sworn in by city of Springfield clerk Jill Pierce on Tuesday evening at the City Hall forum in front of a large group of family, friends and...
Should Ohio require drug testing for SNAP benefits?

Should Ohio require drug testing for SNAP benefits?

The state of Wisconsin has sparked a debate nationwide after its governor, Scott Walker, moved ahead Monday with a plan to begin ordering drug screenings for able-bodied recipients of FoodShare, the state’s version of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). But should a similar plan come to the Buckeye State? Wisconsin’s plan, which was originally approved by the...
Cordray launches run for governor; holding event in Dayton Wednesday

Cordray launches run for governor; holding event in Dayton Wednesday

Surrounded by friends and family and a pack of journalists, Democrat Richard Cordray launched his 2018 bid for Ohio governor in a local diner in his hometown in suburban Columbus on Tuesday, promising to focus on kitchen table issues. The question is, will Democrats in Ohio see him as their best hope against a Republican field of familiar faces? Cordray, 58, is the sixth candidate to jump into the...
Feds drop deportation case

Feds drop deportation case

Earl Rinehart, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (TNS) Zenon Natividad Cruz was driving with his wife to work early on the morning of Feb. 5, 2016, when the inside of their vehicle lit up with blue flashing lights. A police officer was pulling them over. Natividad Cruz couldn’t think of what he had done wrong. Whatever it was, he wasn’t going to argue: He and his wife had come to the United...
20 sites sought medical marijuana dispensaries in Springfield

20 sites sought medical marijuana dispensaries in Springfield

Sixteen companies sought to apply for 20 different medical marijuana dispensaries in Springfield last month, nearly two months after the city ended its temporary moratorium on those businesses. Clark, Champaign and Union counties have been allotted a total of two dispensaries — essentially a retail store where medical marijuana will be distributed — according to the Ohio Medical Marijuana...
Democratic governor candidates debate jobs, taxes, education issues

Democratic governor candidates debate jobs, taxes, education issues

Four Democrats running for governor in 2018 debated issues such as jobs, taxes, education and roads on Monday but looming off stage was a major development: Richard Cordray scheduled his gubernatorial campaign announcement for Tuesday in his hometown of Grove City. Cordray, who stepped down last month as director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, did not participate in the Cleveland...
Changes sought as driver suspensions pile up

Changes sought as driver suspensions pile up

Drivers in Ohio can lose their license for actions that have nothing to do with driving. Failing to pay child support. Dropping out of high school. Getting caught smoking as a juvenile. Skipping a court date or failing to pay fines on misdemeanor charges. And if drivers are among the 5,400 randomly selected each week to get a letter in the mail asking for proof of insurance, they better respond to...
Springfield lawmaker seeks to regulate payday lenders

Springfield lawmaker seeks to regulate payday lenders

A bill to regulate payday lenders proposed by a Springfield lawmaker is finally seeing movement in the Statehouse, months after it was introduce. Calling his plan to regulate payday lenders “common sense legislation,” Rep. Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, presented it to an Ohio House committee last week. RELATED: Springfield pastor seeking local support for payday lending bill House Bill...
New Carlisle Council seat settled by two votes after lengthy recount

New Carlisle Council seat settled by two votes after lengthy recount

Ronald Cobb won the third and final open seat on the New Carlisle City Council by just two votes after a lengthy hand recount was held by the Clark County Board of Elections. Cobb finished with 432 votes, beating challenger Chris Shamy (430 votes) after a nearly five-hour meeting on Thursday at the Springview Government Center. “It was a close tally,” Cobb said. “I hate to see Chris...
Clark County residents speak out against proposed tax for 911 center

Clark County residents speak out against proposed tax for 911 center

Clark County residents spoke out against a proposed tax assessment to pay for a $4 million combined 911 dispatch center, asking commissioners to instead place the issue on the ballot next year. RELATED: Here’s your chance to weigh in on proposed Clark County 911 tax About 30 people attended a public hearing on the proposed tax assessment at the Springview Government Center on Wednesday evening...
DeWine-Husted ticket called governor’s race ‘dream team’ by GOP state senator

DeWine-Husted ticket called governor’s race ‘dream team’ by GOP state senator

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted made it official Thursday, announcing that Husted will drop his bid for governor and join DeWine as his running mate in the 2018 Republican primary for governor.   Both men have deep ties to the Dayton region.   DeWine said Husted brings experience, leadership, ideas and passion to the ticket and understands...
Lt. Gov. Taylor says she’s staying in race for governor

Lt. Gov. Taylor says she’s staying in race for governor

The same day Republicans Mike DeWine and Jon Husted announced they’re teaming up in 2018, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor brushed aside all notions that she would drop out of the GOP primary. “I am in it to win,” Taylor said. “Mike DeWine is the past. And I will fight for Ohio’s future.” Taylor, who has served as John Kasich’s lieutenant governor for seven years, is...
Clark County weighs 9-1-1 tax, funding models vary across Ohio

Clark County weighs 9-1-1 tax, funding models vary across Ohio

Ohio counties pay for combined 9-1-1 dispatch centers in a variety of different ways, including sales taxes, property taxes and tax assessments — the method Clark County has proposed to pay for a new $4 million state-of-the-art combined emergency dispatch center in 2019. Clark County commissioners held a public meeting Wednesday to discuss a proposed property tax assessment that would pay for...
Sources: Former Ohio AG Richard Cordray to announce governor run within days

Sources: Former Ohio AG Richard Cordray to announce governor run within days

Three sources speaking on condition of anonymity Wednesday said that former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray will enter the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination no later than next week. Cordray resigned his post earlier this month as director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Other Democrats who have declared they’re running are: Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, state...
Ohio farmers fear disruption if NAFTA is retooled or scrapped

Ohio farmers fear disruption if NAFTA is retooled or scrapped

The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, should worry Ohio’s 75,000 farmers. The agreement, struck in 1994, allows mostly tariff-free trade between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico and Canada have grown fourfold since 1993, to more than $38 billion, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A full quarter of U...
Springfield water, sewer rates may increase 40 percent by 2020

Springfield water, sewer rates may increase 40 percent by 2020

Water and sewer rates in Springfield may rise nearly 40 percent over the next three years to pay for more than $80 million in federally mandated projects designed to cut down on raw sewage overflows into local waterways. However Springfield still has one of the most affordable utility rates in the region, even with the planned increases, City Manager Jim Bodenmiller said. The increases are expected...
Urbana’s Jordan optimistic tax reform will move forward

Urbana’s Jordan optimistic tax reform will move forward

A proposed tax reform package that could be before the Senate as early as this week has a good chance of passing, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan told a group of Champaign County business leaders on Monday. Republicans have argued the tax plan would benefit families and businesses by increasing the standard deduction and child tax credit and cutting corporate tax rates. Democrats have criticized the proposed...
Number leaving Congress this term could be the highest in decades

Number leaving Congress this term could be the highest in decades

So far this year, 41 U.S. House members — about 9 percent of the body — have announced they are resigning, retiring or seeking another office. And there is still more than a year to go in the two-year term. Congress always has turnover, but the pace established this year could mean the number leaving is the highest in decades. And while some have taken jobs in the new administration or...
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