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Jessica Wehrman

Jessica Wehrman is a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch and covers Washington, D.C. for The Dispatch and Dayton Daily News.

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Democrats say Trump pick to lead Education Dpt. owes Ohio $5.3 million
 While Republicans and Democrats sparred over President-elect Donald Trump’s education secretary during her confirmation hearing Tuesday, state Republicans and Democrats engaged in a second battle over whether DeVos should pay $5.3 million in fines for state campaign finance violations. Betsy DeVos, a Michigan-based businesswoman and...

Posted: an hour ago

While Republicans and Democrats sparred over President-elect Donald Trump’s education secretary during her confirmation hearing Tuesday, state Republicans and Democrats engaged in a second battle over whether DeVos should pay $5.3 million in fines for state campaign finance violations. Betsy DeVos, a Michigan-based businesswoman and...
Democrats predict fight if Trump fires Cordray
 Senate Democrats Tuesday vowed to aggressively fight any plans to fire former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as the nation’s top consumer watchdog. Under the 2010 law that created his agency, Cordray is supposed to remain director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau through July 2018. But a spokesman for President-elect...

Posted: 9 hours ago

Senate Democrats Tuesday vowed to aggressively fight any plans to fire former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as the nation’s top consumer watchdog. Under the 2010 law that created his agency, Cordray is supposed to remain director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau through July 2018. But a spokesman for President-elect...
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...

Posted: a day ago

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...
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...

Posted: a day ago

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...
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...

Posted: 2 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 4 days ago

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...
Ohio AG Mike DeWine in D.C. to back U.S. AG nominee Jeff Sessions
 For roughly a decade, Sen. Jeff Sessions and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine sat next to one another during hearings of the Senate Judiciary Committee. DeWine was in the hearing room again Tuesday, sitting directly behind Sessions as the Alabama Republican senator faced the committee during the first of two days of scheduled hearings over...

Posted: 7 days ago

For roughly a decade, Sen. Jeff Sessions and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine sat next to one another during hearings of the Senate Judiciary Committee. DeWine was in the hearing room again Tuesday, sitting directly behind Sessions as the Alabama Republican senator faced the committee during the first of two days of scheduled hearings over...
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...

Posted: 8 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 8 days ago

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...
House Republicans back off plan to gut ethics panel after Trump comments
 Less than 24 hours after approving a rule that critics said would gut an independent congressional ethics watchdog created in the aftermath of the Jack Abramoff scandal, House Republicans withdrew it Tuesday, bowing to pressure from watchdogs, calls from constituents and even President-Elect Donald Trump.  During a day that is typically...

Posted: 14 days ago

Less than 24 hours after approving a rule that critics said would gut an independent congressional ethics watchdog created in the aftermath of the Jack Abramoff scandal, House Republicans withdrew it Tuesday, bowing to pressure from watchdogs, calls from constituents and even President-Elect Donald Trump.  During a day that is typically...
Some in GOP want to bring back earmarks
 When Congress banned earmarks in 2011, it was hailed as move toward fiscal discipline and a move away from the much criticized “pork” projects such as Alaska’s “Bridge to Nowhere.” But now, a small but fervent group of Republicans is pushing for a return of the earmark, arguing that the well-intended ban has...

Posted: 20 days ago

When Congress banned earmarks in 2011, it was hailed as move toward fiscal discipline and a move away from the much criticized “pork” projects such as Alaska’s “Bridge to Nowhere.” But now, a small but fervent group of Republicans is pushing for a return of the earmark, arguing that the well-intended ban has...