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Trump plans changes to overtime rule: How will it impact you
 Last May, then-Vice President Joe Biden swept into Columbus on Air Force Two, sampled a bit of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, and announced a rule change that would allow some 4.2 million more Americans to receive overtime pay. Less than one year later, that rule’s future is very much in doubt. A federal judge in November issued...

Posted: 2 days ago

Last May, then-Vice President Joe Biden swept into Columbus on Air Force Two, sampled a bit of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, and announced a rule change that would allow some 4.2 million more Americans to receive overtime pay. Less than one year later, that rule’s future is very much in doubt. A federal judge in November issued...
Why has the nomination process been so slow?
 Nearly a month into his presidency, President Donald Trump’s cabinet is not quite empty. But compared to previous White Houses, it’s nowhere near full. As of Thursday — 27 days into his presidency — 13 of Trump’s nominees had been confirmed, with secretaries of Commerce, Energy, and Housing and Urban Development...

Posted: 3 days ago

Nearly a month into his presidency, President Donald Trump’s cabinet is not quite empty. But compared to previous White Houses, it’s nowhere near full. As of Thursday — 27 days into his presidency — 13 of Trump’s nominees had been confirmed, with secretaries of Commerce, Energy, and Housing and Urban Development...
Ohio senators split votes on Trump pick to lead Treasury
 The U.S. Senate Monday night confirmed Steve Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury, putting an end to yet another contentious nomination process in the Senate this year. By a 53-47 vote, the Senate confirmed Mnuchin, the former chairman and chief executive officer of OneWest Bank after a lengthy debate. Democrats were so disturbed by the...

Posted: 7 days ago

The U.S. Senate Monday night confirmed Steve Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury, putting an end to yet another contentious nomination process in the Senate this year. By a 53-47 vote, the Senate confirmed Mnuchin, the former chairman and chief executive officer of OneWest Bank after a lengthy debate. Democrats were so disturbed by the...
Betsy DeVos confirmed as Education secretary after VP breaks tie vote
 Betsy DeVos was confirmed by the United States Senate today after Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie. As they'd previously announced, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, opposed DeVos' nomination while Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, supported it. Brown said DeVos "made her career helping for-profit charters when Ohio is known as the 'wild...

Posted: 13 days ago

Betsy DeVos was confirmed by the United States Senate today after Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie. As they'd previously announced, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, opposed DeVos' nomination while Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, supported it. Brown said DeVos "made her career helping for-profit charters when Ohio is known as the 'wild...
Ohio Sen. Portman says he’ll back Trump education pick despite pressure
 Don’t expect Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, to be the 51st vote Democrats need to thwart Michigan philanthropist and billionaire Betsy DeVos in her quest to be the next Secretary of Education. Portman announced Thursday that he backs DeVos for Secretary of Education, saying “during the confirmation process she committed to strongly...

Posted: 18 days ago

Don’t expect Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, to be the 51st vote Democrats need to thwart Michigan philanthropist and billionaire Betsy DeVos in her quest to be the next Secretary of Education. Portman announced Thursday that he backs DeVos for Secretary of Education, saying “during the confirmation process she committed to strongly...
Call volume overwhelmes Senate switchboard
 Callers overloaded the Senate phone system this afternoon as the Senate approaches votes on a handful of President Donald Trump’s controversial cabinet nominees. At around 3 p.m., staff for Sen. Sherrod Brown posted a notice on his Senate website: “Due to extremely high call volume, Washington, D.C., Senate offices are experiencing...

Posted: 19 days ago

Callers overloaded the Senate phone system this afternoon as the Senate approaches votes on a handful of President Donald Trump’s controversial cabinet nominees. At around 3 p.m., staff for Sen. Sherrod Brown posted a notice on his Senate website: “Due to extremely high call volume, Washington, D.C., Senate offices are experiencing...
Ohio Sen. Brown joins Senate boycott of Trump nominees
 The Senate Finance Committee today sent President Donald Trump’s picks for Secretary of Health and Human Services and Secretary of the Treasury to the full Senate for final approval, despite the boycott of Democrats on the panel. Under committee rules, the Senate Finance Committee needs at least one Democrat to have a quorum. However...

Posted: 19 days ago

The Senate Finance Committee today sent President Donald Trump’s picks for Secretary of Health and Human Services and Secretary of the Treasury to the full Senate for final approval, despite the boycott of Democrats on the panel. Under committee rules, the Senate Finance Committee needs at least one Democrat to have a quorum. However...
Ohio senators split on Trump’s Supreme Court pick
 Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio praised President Donald Trump’s choice Tuesday of federal appeals judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court while Sen. Sherrod Brown swiftly announced he would oppose the nomination. Portman, among a group of Republican senators briefed by White House officials before he attended the announcement in the...

Posted: 19 days ago

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio praised President Donald Trump’s choice Tuesday of federal appeals judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court while Sen. Sherrod Brown swiftly announced he would oppose the nomination. Portman, among a group of Republican senators briefed by White House officials before he attended the announcement in the...
Democrats block votes on two nominees
 Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee blocked votes on President Donald Trump’s nominees for Treasury Secretary and Health and Human Services Secretary today, citing media reports that both nominees had misled the panel. Democratic members of the committee, which has jurisdiction over both nominees, failed to appear at a scheduled...

Posted: 20 days ago

Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee blocked votes on President Donald Trump’s nominees for Treasury Secretary and Health and Human Services Secretary today, citing media reports that both nominees had misled the panel. Democratic members of the committee, which has jurisdiction over both nominees, failed to appear at a scheduled...
Will progressives learn lessons from the tea party to fight Trump?
 In the days after she and some 150 Kenyon College students went to Washington for the Women’s March on Washington, Emily Carter became a whirling dervish of activism. She had newsletters to send out. Senators to call. Action networks to create. “I am literally staying up at night, like, ‘what can I do next?’&rdquo...

Posted: 22 days ago

In the days after she and some 150 Kenyon College students went to Washington for the Women’s March on Washington, Emily Carter became a whirling dervish of activism. She had newsletters to send out. Senators to call. Action networks to create. “I am literally staying up at night, like, ‘what can I do next?’&rdquo...
How Ohio lawmakers voted in Washington last week
 Here’s a look at how Ohio lawmakers voted in Washington last week. HOUSE Southwest Ohio members in bold * H.R. 7 A bill that would make permanent existing law banning the use of federal funds for abortion services. Passed: 238-183 Democrats No: Beatty, Fudge, Kaptur, Ryan Republicans: Yes: Chabot, Davidson, Gibbs, Johnson, Jordan, Joyce...

Posted: 22 days ago

Here’s a look at how Ohio lawmakers voted in Washington last week. HOUSE Southwest Ohio members in bold * H.R. 7 A bill that would make permanent existing law banning the use of federal funds for abortion services. Passed: 238-183 Democrats No: Beatty, Fudge, Kaptur, Ryan Republicans: Yes: Chabot, Davidson, Gibbs, Johnson, Jordan, Joyce...
VP Pence at anti-abortion march: ‘Life is winning in America’
 The annual march against abortion in Washington, D.C. – pegged to the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion - has been a tradition for 44 years, but this year, something was different. Gone were the harder edges of past marches. There were few, if any, signs depicting images of aborted fetuses...

Posted: 24 days ago

The annual march against abortion in Washington, D.C. – pegged to the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion - has been a tradition for 44 years, but this year, something was different. Gone were the harder edges of past marches. There were few, if any, signs depicting images of aborted fetuses...
Sheriff Jones joins Trump for defunding immigrant ‘sanctuary cities’
 President Donald Trump Wednesday made good on what was the centerpiece of his bid for the White House, signing an executive order directing the creation of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. A second executive action aimed to tighten internal enforcement of U.S. immigration law, including the defunding of so-called “sanctuary cities...

Posted: 24 days ago

President Donald Trump Wednesday made good on what was the centerpiece of his bid for the White House, signing an executive order directing the creation of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. A second executive action aimed to tighten internal enforcement of U.S. immigration law, including the defunding of so-called “sanctuary cities...
Trade war feared from Mexico tax
 President Donald Trump is considering a plan to impose a 20 percent tax on Mexican exports to the United States to pay for his border wall, a move some fear would trigger a trade war that could lead to higher prices on consumer goods for Ohioans. On the same day Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled a meeting next week with...

Posted: 25 days ago

President Donald Trump is considering a plan to impose a 20 percent tax on Mexican exports to the United States to pay for his border wall, a move some fear would trigger a trade war that could lead to higher prices on consumer goods for Ohioans. On the same day Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled a meeting next week with...
Could President Trump’s action on ‘sanctuary cities’ impact Dayton?
 President Donald Trump Wednesday made good on what was the centerpiece of his bid for the White House, signing an executive order directing the creation of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. A second executive action aimed to tighten internal enforcement of U.S. immigration law, including the defunding of so-called “sanctuary cities...

Posted: 26 days ago

President Donald Trump Wednesday made good on what was the centerpiece of his bid for the White House, signing an executive order directing the creation of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. A second executive action aimed to tighten internal enforcement of U.S. immigration law, including the defunding of so-called “sanctuary cities...
Gov. John Kasich says to give President Trump a “chance”
 In one of his first appearances since Donald Trump was sworn in as president, Ohio Gov. John Kasich refused to outright criticize his erstwhile political rival, instead insisting on giving the new president a break. “It’s five days. It’s too early,” he told reporters after participating in a panel at the Royal Embassy...

Posted: 26 days ago

In one of his first appearances since Donald Trump was sworn in as president, Ohio Gov. John Kasich refused to outright criticize his erstwhile political rival, instead insisting on giving the new president a break. “It’s five days. It’s too early,” he told reporters after participating in a panel at the Royal Embassy...
Women, supporters march in D.C., around America day after inauguration
 Two things became abundantly clear during a six hour span in the nation’s capital Saturday: Donald Trump begins his presidency facing a loud, raucous resistance, and that resistance is still figuring out how to tell its story. While hundreds of thousands descended on Washington, D.C. less than 24 hours after Trump was sworn in as president...

Posted: 30 days ago

Two things became abundantly clear during a six hour span in the nation’s capital Saturday: Donald Trump begins his presidency facing a loud, raucous resistance, and that resistance is still figuring out how to tell its story. While hundreds of thousands descended on Washington, D.C. less than 24 hours after Trump was sworn in as president...
Pro-Trump crowd cheers populist message
 Cleveland State University student Eric Magvas owns 10 “Make America Great Again” hats, but when it came time for Donald Trump’s inauguration, he knew it was time to make a different statement. He went to one of the countless Washington, D.C., vendors and bought a white ball cap, one that said “USA,” with a &ldquo...

11:33 PM Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

Cleveland State University student Eric Magvas owns 10 “Make America Great Again” hats, but when it came time for Donald Trump’s inauguration, he knew it was time to make a different statement. He went to one of the countless Washington, D.C., vendors and bought a white ball cap, one that said “USA,” with a &ldquo...
Donald Trump sworn in as 45th president
 Vowing to the working class voters that elected him that “you will never be ignored again,” real estate magnate Donald Trump Friday became the nation’s 45th president. In a 16- minute speech that painted a dire vision of today’s America and that closely echoed many of the themes he emphasized during his campaign, ...

4:02 PM Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

Vowing to the working class voters that elected him that “you will never be ignored again,” real estate magnate Donald Trump Friday became the nation’s 45th president. In a 16- minute speech that painted a dire vision of today’s America and that closely echoed many of the themes he emphasized during his campaign, ...
Ohio Gov. John Kasich goes to Congress to discuss health care issues
 As Ohio Gov. John Kasich canvassed Capitol Hill Thursday to weigh in on Obamacare to Republican lawmakers, he had to walk a fine line. Like a handful of other GOP governors, he is a supporter of the Medicaid expansion that helped cover 700,000 in the state. And there are elements of the controversial 2010 Affordable Care Act – for example...

11:23 PM Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

As Ohio Gov. John Kasich canvassed Capitol Hill Thursday to weigh in on Obamacare to Republican lawmakers, he had to walk a fine line. Like a handful of other GOP governors, he is a supporter of the Medicaid expansion that helped cover 700,000 in the state. And there are elements of the controversial 2010 Affordable Care Act – for example...
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