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NRA spent millions to keep Ohio Sen. Portman in office
 During the 2016 election, the National Rifle Association and its donors gave Sen. Rob Portman’s campaign $9,900 — a drop in the bucket of the $25 million Portman raised and an argument against the notion that the gun rights group had “bought” the support of the state’s junior senator. But three other numbers...

Posted: 5 days ago

During the 2016 election, the National Rifle Association and its donors gave Sen. Rob Portman’s campaign $9,900 — a drop in the bucket of the $25 million Portman raised and an argument against the notion that the gun rights group had “bought” the support of the state’s junior senator. But three other numbers...
Turner divorce case takes ugly turn
 Rep. Darrell Issa was in the U.S. Capitol last week when Rep. Mike Turner approached him and did something rarely done in Congress: He handed him a letter requesting that Issa testify in his divorce proceedings. It was the latest chapter in what has become an increasingly rancorous divorce between Turner, a Dayton Republican who has served...

Posted: 7 days ago

Rep. Darrell Issa was in the U.S. Capitol last week when Rep. Mike Turner approached him and did something rarely done in Congress: He handed him a letter requesting that Issa testify in his divorce proceedings. It was the latest chapter in what has become an increasingly rancorous divorce between Turner, a Dayton Republican who has served...
Trump budget would cut $226K from Dayton Aviation national park
 For the second straight year, President Donald Trump’s budget would cut funds to the Dayton Aviation National Historical Park, this time by $226,000. Congress restored the cuts last year. RELATED: Deep in the fine print of the two-year budget deal in Congress The park received a little more than $2 million for this fiscal year; the...

Posted: 8 days ago

For the second straight year, President Donald Trump’s budget would cut funds to the Dayton Aviation National Historical Park, this time by $226,000. Congress restored the cuts last year. RELATED: Deep in the fine print of the two-year budget deal in Congress The park received a little more than $2 million for this fiscal year; the...
Trump looks to boost spending on military, opioid fight, border wall
 President Donald Trump proposed a $4.4 trillion federal budget Monday that would beef up spending for the military, slash spending on non-military federal programs and — most controversially, for budget hawks — not balance the budget within the next decade. The budget is Trump’s blueprint for how he’s likely to spend...

Posted: 8 days ago

President Donald Trump proposed a $4.4 trillion federal budget Monday that would beef up spending for the military, slash spending on non-military federal programs and — most controversially, for budget hawks — not balance the budget within the next decade. The budget is Trump’s blueprint for how he’s likely to spend...
Employers may be able to keep workers’ tips under proposed labor rule
 The five Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation are irate about a proposed Department of Labor rule that they say could allow employers to steal employees’ tips. The outcry centers on the Trump Administration’s December 2017 decision to undo a 2011 rule that codified the idea that workers’ tips were their...

Posted: 8 days ago

The five Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation are irate about a proposed Department of Labor rule that they say could allow employers to steal employees’ tips. The outcry centers on the Trump Administration’s December 2017 decision to undo a 2011 rule that codified the idea that workers’ tips were their...
Thousands fight to restore pensions: ‘It’s like we’re invisible’
 Butch Lewis was one year into retirement when he got a letter that may have marked the beginning of the end of his life. The multi-employer plan that held his pension, Central States, had run into trouble, and was desperately short of money. It presented a plan to the U.S. Treasury that would slash benefits. Lewis’ were to be cut from...

Posted: 8 days ago

Butch Lewis was one year into retirement when he got a letter that may have marked the beginning of the end of his life. The multi-employer plan that held his pension, Central States, had run into trouble, and was desperately short of money. It presented a plan to the U.S. Treasury that would slash benefits. Lewis’ were to be cut from...
Incumbents hold big funding edge in Ohio’s congressional races
 A Democrat who was president of an international relief organization and a Republican former NFL wide receiver are leading all other challengers in fundraising as they work to win seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in November. Ken Harbaugh, a Democrat who wants to unseat Rep. Bob Gibbs of Lakeville, raised $272,058 between Oct. 1...

Posted: 19 days ago

A Democrat who was president of an international relief organization and a Republican former NFL wide receiver are leading all other challengers in fundraising as they work to win seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in November. Ken Harbaugh, a Democrat who wants to unseat Rep. Bob Gibbs of Lakeville, raised $272,058 between Oct. 1...
Troy fire chief attends State of the Union address
 Rep. Warren Davidson, R–Troy, invited Troy Fire Chief Matt Simmons to attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address with him. Simmons has been on the forefront of his city’s response to the opioid epidemic and has been part of a partnership involving first responders, the sheriff, the jail, addiction services...

Posted: 21 days ago

Rep. Warren Davidson, R–Troy, invited Troy Fire Chief Matt Simmons to attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address with him. Simmons has been on the forefront of his city’s response to the opioid epidemic and has been part of a partnership involving first responders, the sheriff, the jail, addiction services...
Trump mentions 3 local residents during State of the Union
 Their presence is a tradition dating back to the Reagan era: Tucked next to the lady of the United States at the State of the Union Address each year are a handful of people hand–picked by the administration to represent the nation and the issues it faces. This year, three of those picks are from the Dayton region. Steve Staub and Sandy...

Posted: 21 days ago

Their presence is a tradition dating back to the Reagan era: Tucked next to the lady of the United States at the State of the Union Address each year are a handful of people hand–picked by the administration to represent the nation and the issues it faces. This year, three of those picks are from the Dayton region. Steve Staub and Sandy...
Immigration, tax plan highlights of President Trump’s State of the Union
 President Donald Trump vowed during his first State of the Union Address that he would spend his next year in office attempting to unite the country around issues of infrastructure, immigration and national security. Trump, a president unlike any other — one who fights with foes on Twitter and one whose behavior is often unpredictable...

Posted: 21 days ago

President Donald Trump vowed during his first State of the Union Address that he would spend his next year in office attempting to unite the country around issues of infrastructure, immigration and national security. Trump, a president unlike any other — one who fights with foes on Twitter and one whose behavior is often unpredictable...
Portman backs Renacci in Ohio U.S. Senate race
 President Donald Trump spreads a lot of news via Twitter and this morning Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman followed suit, offering a 29-word tweeted endorsement of Rep. Jim Renacci for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown. Tweeted Portman: “@JimRenacci has a track record of success as a job creator and battle-tested conservative...

Posted: 22 days ago

President Donald Trump spreads a lot of news via Twitter and this morning Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman followed suit, offering a 29-word tweeted endorsement of Rep. Jim Renacci for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown. Tweeted Portman: “@JimRenacci has a track record of success as a job creator and battle-tested conservative...
Congressional races take shape as Democrats push to retake House
 A spate of congressional retirements, an historic tendency for the president’s party to lose congressional seats and low poll numbers for President Donald Trump have Republican House members skittish and Democrats more bullish than they’ve been in years. But while analysts say seats will be up for grabs in more liberal states...

Posted: 23 days ago

A spate of congressional retirements, an historic tendency for the president’s party to lose congressional seats and low poll numbers for President Donald Trump have Republican House members skittish and Democrats more bullish than they’ve been in years. But while analysts say seats will be up for grabs in more liberal states...
Ohio Democrat, Republican team up to bring civility to Congress
 Their friendship started as a disagreement: then–state Rep. Joyce Beatty was outraged that an Ohio bank was charging check-cashing fees for child support checks, so she demanded a meeting with a banker at the bank. Steve Stivers, the banker, was aghast when she explained the problem. “We had screwed something up,” he said...

Posted: 25 days ago

Their friendship started as a disagreement: then–state Rep. Joyce Beatty was outraged that an Ohio bank was charging check-cashing fees for child support checks, so she demanded a meeting with a banker at the bank. Steve Stivers, the banker, was aghast when she explained the problem. “We had screwed something up,” he said...
Drugs by mail: Americans ordering fentanyl online from China, study says
 Senate investigators did a “Google” search to see if they could buy drugs online from overseas. What they found was that it was both stunningly easy and that the U.S. has embarrassingly few tools to keep those drugs out. In a report released late Wednesday, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Sen. Rob...

Posted: 27 days ago

Senate investigators did a “Google” search to see if they could buy drugs online from overseas. What they found was that it was both stunningly easy and that the U.S. has embarrassingly few tools to keep those drugs out. In a report released late Wednesday, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Sen. Rob...
President Trump signs bill ending government shutdown
 A Senate standoff that partially shuttered the federal government for nearly three days ended Monday when Senate Democrats agreed to support a bill to re-open the federal government through Feb. 8. Sen. Sherrod Brown joined 31 Democrats and independent Angus King of Maine in backing the spending bill, which they did under the condition that...

Posted: 29 days ago

A Senate standoff that partially shuttered the federal government for nearly three days ended Monday when Senate Democrats agreed to support a bill to re-open the federal government through Feb. 8. Sen. Sherrod Brown joined 31 Democrats and independent Angus King of Maine in backing the spending bill, which they did under the condition that...
Where do Ohio senators stand on shutdown vote?
 The Senate has set for a noon vote today on a bill that would pay for the government to stay open through Feb. 8 — 10 days shorter than the original Feb. 18 end date that the House had passed. The idea, suggested Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was that the Senate would immediately after that move to resolve a debate over how to treat...

Posted: 29 days ago

The Senate has set for a noon vote today on a bill that would pay for the government to stay open through Feb. 8 — 10 days shorter than the original Feb. 18 end date that the House had passed. The idea, suggested Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was that the Senate would immediately after that move to resolve a debate over how to treat...
Government shuts down, negotiations expected through weekend
 The federal government shut down Saturday for the first time since 2013 late Friday, with a handful of Republicans and the vast majority of Democrats in the Senate opposing efforts to keep the federal government running for another month. By a vote of 50-48, Senate Republicans fell far short of the 60 votes needed to end floor debate and...

8:23 PM Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

The federal government shut down Saturday for the first time since 2013 late Friday, with a handful of Republicans and the vast majority of Democrats in the Senate opposing efforts to keep the federal government running for another month. By a vote of 50-48, Senate Republicans fell far short of the 60 votes needed to end floor debate and...
House passes temporary budget bill in effort to avert shutdown
 House Republicans pushed through a bill Thursday to keep the federal government open for another four weeks after GOP leaders promised to boost defense spending in a separate bill next month. By a vote of 230-to-197, the House sent the bill to Senate where Democrats have vowed to block it because it does not offer legal guarantees for the...

9:43 PM Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

House Republicans pushed through a bill Thursday to keep the federal government open for another four weeks after GOP leaders promised to boost defense spending in a separate bill next month. By a vote of 230-to-197, the House sent the bill to Senate where Democrats have vowed to block it because it does not offer legal guarantees for the...
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...

11:29 PM Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

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...

4:50 PM Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

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...
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