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Brown to donate money from Franken amid harassment allegations
 Sen. Sherrod Brown’s campaign will be donating the $28,100 in donations he’s received from Sen. Al Franken to various charities in the wake of reports that Franken groped and kissed a woman in December 2006 without her consent, his campaign announced Thursday. The woman, broadcaster and model Leeann Tweeden, said Franken kissed...

Posted: 3 days ago

Sen. Sherrod Brown’s campaign will be donating the $28,100 in donations he’s received from Sen. Al Franken to various charities in the wake of reports that Franken groped and kissed a woman in December 2006 without her consent, his campaign announced Thursday. The woman, broadcaster and model Leeann Tweeden, said Franken kissed...
Ohio Republicans all back tax overhaul, but will it raise the deficit?
 House Republicans narrowly pushed through a major overhaul of the federal income tax code that calls for reducing taxes for corporations and individuals, but runs the risk of adding $1.5 trillion during the next decade to the already swollen federal debt. By a vote of 227-205, the Republicans Thursday managed to keep alive their promise of...

Posted: 3 days ago

House Republicans narrowly pushed through a major overhaul of the federal income tax code that calls for reducing taxes for corporations and individuals, but runs the risk of adding $1.5 trillion during the next decade to the already swollen federal debt. By a vote of 227-205, the Republicans Thursday managed to keep alive their promise of...
DeWine joins effort to repeal controversial drug law
 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has joined 43 other state attorneys general to ask Congress to repeal a law that they argue has damaged the Drug Enforcement Agency’s ability to crack down on drug manufacturers and distributors that have contributed to the nation’s sweeping opioid epidemic. In a letter sent Tuesday to House and...

Posted: 5 days ago

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has joined 43 other state attorneys general to ask Congress to repeal a law that they argue has damaged the Drug Enforcement Agency’s ability to crack down on drug manufacturers and distributors that have contributed to the nation’s sweeping opioid epidemic. In a letter sent Tuesday to House and...
Criticisms of Trump aside, Kasich insists he’s a conservative
 The biggest news flash Ohio Gov. John Kasich gave a student-run symposium at Johns Hopkins University Monday was this: Despite others’ assertions and descriptions to the contrary, he is, in fact, a conservative. Kasich has become a fixture on Sunday talk shows by bucking President Donald Trump, decrying hyper-partisanship and, at one...

Posted: 5 days ago

The biggest news flash Ohio Gov. John Kasich gave a student-run symposium at Johns Hopkins University Monday was this: Despite others’ assertions and descriptions to the contrary, he is, in fact, a conservative. Kasich has become a fixture on Sunday talk shows by bucking President Donald Trump, decrying hyper-partisanship and, at one...
Under pressure, GOP reinstates tax credit on adoptions
 The House committee crafting a bill to overhaul the tax code Thursday yielded to pressure from adoption advocates, reinstating a politically popular provision that would provide a tax credit to parents who adopt. The original version of the GOP bill had removed the tax credit, valued at up to $13,750 in 2017. Under current law, the credit...

Posted: 10 days ago

The House committee crafting a bill to overhaul the tax code Thursday yielded to pressure from adoption advocates, reinstating a politically popular provision that would provide a tax credit to parents who adopt. The original version of the GOP bill had removed the tax credit, valued at up to $13,750 in 2017. Under current law, the credit...
Democrats won big in Virginia. Should Ohio Republicans be worried?
 Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam’s surprisingly easy win in the Virginia governor’s race Tuesday sent a message to Republicans in other states, including Ohio, that those up for election next year could be in for a challenge. One year after President Donald Trump relied on a nationalistic message of cracking down on immigration...

Posted: 10 days ago

Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam’s surprisingly easy win in the Virginia governor’s race Tuesday sent a message to Republicans in other states, including Ohio, that those up for election next year could be in for a challenge. One year after President Donald Trump relied on a nationalistic message of cracking down on immigration...
Where do Ohio members of Congress stand on gun debate?
 If there was a bill introduced this session of Congress aimed at protecting the right to own a gun, there’s a good chance Cincinnati Republican Rep. Steve Chabot cosponsored it. Same with Reps. Bob Gibbs, of Lakeville, Bill Johnson of Marietta and Brad Wenstrup, of Cincinnati. The Ohio GOP lawmakers have not been defined by gun issues...

Posted: 13 days ago

If there was a bill introduced this session of Congress aimed at protecting the right to own a gun, there’s a good chance Cincinnati Republican Rep. Steve Chabot cosponsored it. Same with Reps. Bob Gibbs, of Lakeville, Bill Johnson of Marietta and Brad Wenstrup, of Cincinnati. The Ohio GOP lawmakers have not been defined by gun issues...
Overseas adoptions plunge in Ohio, U.S.
 When President Donald Trump’s administration in April withdrew proposed rules that international adoption agencies worried would price them out of doing their jobs, the agencies breathed a collective sigh of relief. But seven months later, it appears as if it’s harder than ever to adopt a child from overseas. First, the State...

Posted: 14 days ago

When President Donald Trump’s administration in April withdrew proposed rules that international adoption agencies worried would price them out of doing their jobs, the agencies breathed a collective sigh of relief. But seven months later, it appears as if it’s harder than ever to adopt a child from overseas. First, the State...
President’s commission lays out plans to fight opioid addiction
 A presidential commission created to address the nation’s devastating opioid crisis released a sweeping set of recommendations Wednesday that included the creation of a nationwide system of drug courts, the development of non-addictive painkillers and a national campaign aimed at educating the nation about the dangers of drug use. The...

Posted: 18 days ago

A presidential commission created to address the nation’s devastating opioid crisis released a sweeping set of recommendations Wednesday that included the creation of a nationwide system of drug courts, the development of non-addictive painkillers and a national campaign aimed at educating the nation about the dangers of drug use. The...
Lawmaker joining Ohio business group won’t recuse himself from tax vote
 By taking a major role in overhauling the federal tax code after accepting a well-paid job with a key Ohio business organization, Rep. Pat Tiberi runs the risk of engaging in a conflict of interest, congressional watchdog organizations say. They say that by agreeing to take a job as leader of the Ohio Business Roundtable, an organization...

Posted: 23 days ago

By taking a major role in overhauling the federal tax code after accepting a well-paid job with a key Ohio business organization, Rep. Pat Tiberi runs the risk of engaging in a conflict of interest, congressional watchdog organizations say. They say that by agreeing to take a job as leader of the Ohio Business Roundtable, an organization...
President salutes local family for fostering kids of addicted parents
 In declaring the opioids crisis a national public health emergency Thursday, President Donald Trump called attention to a Dayton-area couple and foster parents, Jesse and Cyndi Swafford. Jesse and Cynthia (Cyndi) Swafford have cared for 13 foster children in the past decade, all who have had families affected in some way by the opioids crisis...

Posted: 24 days ago

In declaring the opioids crisis a national public health emergency Thursday, President Donald Trump called attention to a Dayton-area couple and foster parents, Jesse and Cyndi Swafford. Jesse and Cynthia (Cyndi) Swafford have cared for 13 foster children in the past decade, all who have had families affected in some way by the opioids crisis...
President Trump declares opioid epidemic a public health crisis
 The addiction to opioids tearing through Montgomery County and many other communities across the nation is a public health emergency worthy of national attention, President Trump declared Thursday.  Local officials applauded Trump's offering of "relief" for state governments looking to access Medicaid funding for drug treatment...

Posted: 24 days ago

The addiction to opioids tearing through Montgomery County and many other communities across the nation is a public health emergency worthy of national attention, President Trump declared Thursday.  Local officials applauded Trump's offering of "relief" for state governments looking to access Medicaid funding for drug treatment...
Bipartisan health plan would reduce deficit by $3.8B, CBO says
 Gov. John Kasich and Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown urged passage of a U.S. Senate health-care compromise after a new report concluded it would trim the federal deficit by $3.8 billion during the next decade while not increasing the number of Americans without health insurance. The report, released Wednesday by the non-partisan Congressional...

Posted: 25 days ago

Gov. John Kasich and Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown urged passage of a U.S. Senate health-care compromise after a new report concluded it would trim the federal deficit by $3.8 billion during the next decade while not increasing the number of Americans without health insurance. The report, released Wednesday by the non-partisan Congressional...
Ohio congressman leaving office
 Congressman Rep. Pat Tiberi announced Thursday that he will be leaving Congress by the end of next January, capping 16 years representing his central Ohio congressional district. In a statement released at 10 a.m., Tiberi said he would not be seeking re-election. Instead, he’ll serve as president of the Ohio Business Roundtable. &ldquo...

2:23 PM Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

Congressman Rep. Pat Tiberi announced Thursday that he will be leaving Congress by the end of next January, capping 16 years representing his central Ohio congressional district. In a statement released at 10 a.m., Tiberi said he would not be seeking re-election. Instead, he’ll serve as president of the Ohio Business Roundtable. &ldquo...
Portman on controversial DEA bill: ‘It slipped through’
 Sen. Rob Portman Wednesday said he was unaware of the details of a 2016 bill that effectively quashed the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to stop distributors from sending prescription drugs to doctors’ offices and pharmacies that fed the opioid epidemic. The law passed by unanimous consent — a voice vote, with...

8:30 PM Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

Sen. Rob Portman Wednesday said he was unaware of the details of a 2016 bill that effectively quashed the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to stop distributors from sending prescription drugs to doctors’ offices and pharmacies that fed the opioid epidemic. The law passed by unanimous consent — a voice vote, with...
Former Buckeye star could shake up race for Congress in Ohio
 The 2018 races for governor and the U.S. Senate always figured to be expensive, but another big-money Ohio contest has emerged and promises to draw interest both from inside and outside the state. Anthony Gonzalez, a former football standout for Ohio State University and the Indianapolis Colts, has raised more money than any other candidate...

10:00 AM Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

The 2018 races for governor and the U.S. Senate always figured to be expensive, but another big-money Ohio contest has emerged and promises to draw interest both from inside and outside the state. Anthony Gonzalez, a former football standout for Ohio State University and the Indianapolis Colts, has raised more money than any other candidate...
Anger mounts over Trump’s response to opioid deaths
 On the mid-August day when President Donald Trump first called the nation’s opioid epidemic a “national emergency,” plaudits from the state’s congressional delegation were quick to follow. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said the designation was overdue. A slew of GOP lawmakers, among them Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, also...

12:00 AM Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017

On the mid-August day when President Donald Trump first called the nation’s opioid epidemic a “national emergency,” plaudits from the state’s congressional delegation were quick to follow. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said the designation was overdue. A slew of GOP lawmakers, among them Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, also...
What Ohio lawmakers are saying about the Iran nuclear deal
 Ohio lawmakers split down party lines Thursday not only on whether President Donald Trump should have refused to certify the Iran nuclear agreement but whether the Obama administration should have backed the deal in the first place. Rep. Tim Ryan, D–Niles, acknowledged that the pact is not “perfect,” but said it “remains...

9:47 PM Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Ohio lawmakers split down party lines Thursday not only on whether President Donald Trump should have refused to certify the Iran nuclear agreement but whether the Obama administration should have backed the deal in the first place. Rep. Tim Ryan, D–Niles, acknowledged that the pact is not “perfect,” but said it “remains...
Is Obamacare finally dead? What’s really going on
 With a Republican-controlled Congress unable to repeal Obamacare, President Donald Trump is moving forward on a series of steps that he hopes will unravel the Affordable Care Act. The latest came at 10:30 Thursday night, when Trump announced that he would end the $7 billion in cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies under the...

3:55 PM Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

With a Republican-controlled Congress unable to repeal Obamacare, President Donald Trump is moving forward on a series of steps that he hopes will unravel the Affordable Care Act. The latest came at 10:30 Thursday night, when Trump announced that he would end the $7 billion in cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies under the...
Lastest Trump assault on Obamacare: no more sanctions
 With a Republican-controlled Congress unable to repeal Obamacare, President Donald Trump is moving forward on a series of steps that he hopes will unravel the Affordable Care Act. The latest came at 10:30 Thursday night, when Trump announced that he would end the $7 billion in cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies under the...

3:51 PM Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

With a Republican-controlled Congress unable to repeal Obamacare, President Donald Trump is moving forward on a series of steps that he hopes will unravel the Affordable Care Act. The latest came at 10:30 Thursday night, when Trump announced that he would end the $7 billion in cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies under the...
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