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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...

5:24 PM Wednesday, Feb. 01, 2017

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...

4:30 PM Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

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...

3:49 AM Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

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...

5:06 PM Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

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...

9:07 PM Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

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...

4:44 PM Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

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...

12:53 AM Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

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...

12:32 AM Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017

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...

11:55 PM Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

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...

11:44 PM Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017

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...
Inauguration 2017: Ohioans take in dinner, Heartland Ball
 On Thursday, Ohio Republicans celebrated the new president at a hotel near Capitol Hill. Over a spread of rooms that included bars, buffets and a photo booth with orange toupees and “Make America Great Again” hats, Republicans mingled, sipped wine, ate “Make America Great Again” cookies appeared to avoid any awkwardness...

5:00 AM Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

On Thursday, Ohio Republicans celebrated the new president at a hotel near Capitol Hill. Over a spread of rooms that included bars, buffets and a photo booth with orange toupees and “Make America Great Again” hats, Republicans mingled, sipped wine, ate “Make America Great Again” cookies appeared to avoid any awkwardness...
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...

1:17 AM Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

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...

5:58 PM Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

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...

4:28 PM Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

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...

4:24 PM Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

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...

5:02 PM Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

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...

8:33 PM Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

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...
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