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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Cordray says Trump administration trying to ease payday lending rules
 Richard Cordray may be campaigning for the governor of Ohio, but he still has strong feelings about his former role as the nation’s top consumer watchdog. In a series of tweets, Cordray lambasted his replacement at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for deciding to reconsider a rule aimed at protecting consumers from abusive...

Posted: 15 hours ago

Richard Cordray may be campaigning for the governor of Ohio, but he still has strong feelings about his former role as the nation’s top consumer watchdog. In a series of tweets, Cordray lambasted his replacement at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for deciding to reconsider a rule aimed at protecting consumers from abusive...
Jordan: Clinton, not Trump, sought Russia help to influence election
 Rep. Jim Jordan has emerged as a top defender of President Donald Trump as the Justice Department’s Russia investigation continues, leading some to wonder if the GOP insurgent known for causing heartburn to the party establishment has become a surrogate for the president. For Jordan, it’s very straightforward: He says it was the...

Posted: 2 days ago

Rep. Jim Jordan has emerged as a top defender of President Donald Trump as the Justice Department’s Russia investigation continues, leading some to wonder if the GOP insurgent known for causing heartburn to the party establishment has become a surrogate for the president. For Jordan, it’s very straightforward: He says it was the...
Local Republicans Jordan, Davidson at odds with party over spy bill
 When the Republican-controlled U.S. House this week approved an extension of a National Security Agency program that permits the agency to monitor phone calls and e-mails between foreigners abroad and Americans, local Republicans Warren Davidson of Troy and Jim Jordan of Urbana were among the 164 lawmakers to vote no. The bill, which now...

Posted: 5 days ago

When the Republican-controlled U.S. House this week approved an extension of a National Security Agency program that permits the agency to monitor phone calls and e-mails between foreigners abroad and Americans, local Republicans Warren Davidson of Troy and Jim Jordan of Urbana were among the 164 lawmakers to vote no. The bill, which now...
Ohio Senate candidate: President Trump ‘says what people are thinking’
 As politicians from both parties weighed in on reports that President Donald Trump referred to countries such as Haiti and El Salvador as “shithole” countries, two key Ohio Republicans responded in wildly different ways. Ohio Rep. Jim Renacci, who dropped out of the GOP gubernatorial primary Thursday in order to run for the U...

Posted: 5 days ago

As politicians from both parties weighed in on reports that President Donald Trump referred to countries such as Haiti and El Salvador as “shithole” countries, two key Ohio Republicans responded in wildly different ways. Ohio Rep. Jim Renacci, who dropped out of the GOP gubernatorial primary Thursday in order to run for the U...
“Hillbilly Elegy” author mulls Senate bid, but does he live in Ohio?
 Even as Ohio advisers to “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance say Vance is seriously considering launching a bid against Sen. Sherrod Brown for the U.S. Senate, Republicans privately are concerned that the author, who has never before held public office, may have problems that would prove disastrous to his bid. Key among their...

Posted: 6 days ago

Even as Ohio advisers to “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance say Vance is seriously considering launching a bid against Sen. Sherrod Brown for the U.S. Senate, Republicans privately are concerned that the author, who has never before held public office, may have problems that would prove disastrous to his bid. Key among their...
Arguments on Ohio’s ‘use-it or lose-it’ voting rule hint at split Supreme Court vote
 Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan expressed deep misgivings about the legality of an Ohio election law which they argued uses a person’s failure to vote to set in motion a process to strike the voter from the election rolls. In oral arguments today in the U.S. Supreme Court, Sotomayor and Kagan sharply questioned Ohio solicitor...

Posted: 7 days ago

Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan expressed deep misgivings about the legality of an Ohio election law which they argued uses a person’s failure to vote to set in motion a process to strike the voter from the election rolls. In oral arguments today in the U.S. Supreme Court, Sotomayor and Kagan sharply questioned Ohio solicitor...
Medical marijuana launches in Maryland: What’s it mean for Ohio?
 From the outside, the building is nondescript, your typical medical office nestled near an acupuncturist, a doctor’s office and steps from a CVS pharmacy. From the inside, however, Bill Askinazi says he is watching medical miracles. An example: The 35-year-old man, toes on both feet pointed inward, hobbling in on crutches. He&rsquo...

Posted: 20 days ago

From the outside, the building is nondescript, your typical medical office nestled near an acupuncturist, a doctor’s office and steps from a CVS pharmacy. From the inside, however, Bill Askinazi says he is watching medical miracles. An example: The 35-year-old man, toes on both feet pointed inward, hobbling in on crutches. He&rsquo...
Ohio congressman could run for president in 2020
 Ohio Gov. John Kasich is known for bucking his party’s top leaders, but a different Ohioan could enter the presidential race in 2020 after getting notice for taking on one of his party’s most visible and powerful figures. It’s been a year since Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, launched a quixotic — and ultimately losing &mdash...

Posted: 24 days ago

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is known for bucking his party’s top leaders, but a different Ohioan could enter the presidential race in 2020 after getting notice for taking on one of his party’s most visible and powerful figures. It’s been a year since Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, launched a quixotic — and ultimately losing &mdash...
Temporary funding prevents shutdown, but hurts military, officials say
 For the third time since September, Congress temporarily agreed to a stopgap funding measure to avoid a partial federal government shutdown at midnight Friday that would have impacted thousands of civilian workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. But the temporary spending measures have hamstrung the Defense Department through lost training...

Posted: 26 days ago

For the third time since September, Congress temporarily agreed to a stopgap funding measure to avoid a partial federal government shutdown at midnight Friday that would have impacted thousands of civilian workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. But the temporary spending measures have hamstrung the Defense Department through lost training...
House votes on spending bill to keep government open
 Congress Thursday appeared poised to effectively evade the last-minute threat of a government shutdown, with the House passing a bill to keep the government open through Jan. 19 and the Senate poised to follow suit late Thursday or early Friday. The spending bill – which included a $2.85 billion down payment aimed at keeping the federal...

Posted: 27 days ago

Congress Thursday appeared poised to effectively evade the last-minute threat of a government shutdown, with the House passing a bill to keep the government open through Jan. 19 and the Senate poised to follow suit late Thursday or early Friday. The spending bill – which included a $2.85 billion down payment aimed at keeping the federal...
Sen. Brown wants to use high-tech to stop fentanyl at U.S. border
 Sen. Sherrod Brown last week called for Senate passage of his bill to provide U.S. Customs and Border Protection with new technology to detect fentanyl before it enters the United States. Brown, D-Ohio, was moved to reiterate his concerns after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data showing Ohio had the second highest...

Posted: 27 days ago

Sen. Sherrod Brown last week called for Senate passage of his bill to provide U.S. Customs and Border Protection with new technology to detect fentanyl before it enters the United States. Brown, D-Ohio, was moved to reiterate his concerns after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data showing Ohio had the second highest...