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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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Ohio congresswoman may challenge Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the House
 Rep. Marcia Fudge, a Cleveland Democrat who led the Congressional Black Caucus from 2012 to 2014, is considering challenging Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the House. Fudge, whose spokeswoman said she was unavailable for comment Thursday, told Cleveland.com late Wednesday she was considering a run for the top leadership position, and a spokeswoman...

Posted: 4 days ago

Rep. Marcia Fudge, a Cleveland Democrat who led the Congressional Black Caucus from 2012 to 2014, is considering challenging Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the House. Fudge, whose spokeswoman said she was unavailable for comment Thursday, told Cleveland.com late Wednesday she was considering a run for the top leadership position, and a spokeswoman...
2 local congressmen may compete to be top Republican on Judiciary Committee
 Warren County-area Rep. Steve Chabot is one of two remaining Republicans in the House of Representatives who brought the case for impeachment against then–President Bill Clinton 20 years ago. Now, he’s arguing that experience could help him and other Republican fight off Democrats if they move forward on impeaching President Donald...

Posted: 5 days ago

Warren County-area Rep. Steve Chabot is one of two remaining Republicans in the House of Representatives who brought the case for impeachment against then–President Bill Clinton 20 years ago. Now, he’s arguing that experience could help him and other Republican fight off Democrats if they move forward on impeaching President Donald...
Are Ohio’s 4 Democratic members of Congress supporting Pelosi for speaker?
 For those counting, two Ohio Democrats are now backing Nancy Pelosi for House speaker and two are opposed.  Rep. Marcy Kaptur Wednesday announced she will back Pelosi for speaker, joining Rep. Joyce Beatty, D–Jefferson Township, who was one of the first House Democrats to announce her support for Pelosi after Democrats won the...

Posted: 5 days ago

For those counting, two Ohio Democrats are now backing Nancy Pelosi for House speaker and two are opposed.  Rep. Marcy Kaptur Wednesday announced she will back Pelosi for speaker, joining Rep. Joyce Beatty, D–Jefferson Township, who was one of the first House Democrats to announce her support for Pelosi after Democrats won the...
Local Rep. Jim Jordan loses bid to lead House Republicans
 House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy easily fended off a challenge from Rep. Jim Jordan Wednesday, becoming House Republicans’ choice to become the incoming House minority leader in January.  Jordan, an Urbana Republican who leads the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, received 43 votes to McCarthy’s 159 in a closed&ndash...

Posted: 5 days ago

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy easily fended off a challenge from Rep. Jim Jordan Wednesday, becoming House Republicans’ choice to become the incoming House minority leader in January.  Jordan, an Urbana Republican who leads the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, received 43 votes to McCarthy’s 159 in a closed&ndash...
Against odds, local Congressman Jim Jordan seeking GOP leadership post
 After years of bucking Republican Speakers John Boehner and Paul Ryan on everything from health care to approving spending bills to keep the federal government open, local Congressman Jim Jordan has launched a bid to become leader of the House Republicans. On Wednesday, in a private meeting of House Republicans, Jordan will face Rep. Kevin...

Posted: 6 days ago

After years of bucking Republican Speakers John Boehner and Paul Ryan on everything from health care to approving spending bills to keep the federal government open, local Congressman Jim Jordan has launched a bid to become leader of the House Republicans. On Wednesday, in a private meeting of House Republicans, Jordan will face Rep. Kevin...
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown considering run for president in 2020
 Sen. Sherrod Brown, who won a third term last week to represent Ohio in the U.S. Senate, said Monday he is considering running for president in 2020. Brown, who won his election by about six percentage points, said he’s hearing “sort of a crescendo” of interest in him seeking the White House, be it through his wife Connie...

Posted: 7 days ago

Sen. Sherrod Brown, who won a third term last week to represent Ohio in the U.S. Senate, said Monday he is considering running for president in 2020. Brown, who won his election by about six percentage points, said he’s hearing “sort of a crescendo” of interest in him seeking the White House, be it through his wife Connie...
Ohio Democrat to oppose Nancy Pelosi for speaker
 As Nancy Pelosi digs into her campaign for House Speaker, two Ohio Democrats have taken polar opposite positions on her bid. U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan confirmed through a spokesman he will vote against Pelosi’s bid for speaker, and said earlier this week he has been talking privately to incoming new Democrats who vowed not to vote for her...

Posted: 10 days ago

As Nancy Pelosi digs into her campaign for House Speaker, two Ohio Democrats have taken polar opposite positions on her bid. U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan confirmed through a spokesman he will vote against Pelosi’s bid for speaker, and said earlier this week he has been talking privately to incoming new Democrats who vowed not to vote for her...
Local Congressman Jim Jordan announces run for House minority leader
 Rep. Jim Jordan announced Wednesday that he will run for minority leader, hours after winning a seventh term representing his western Ohio congressional district and hours after Republicans lost the House majority. Jordan, an Urbana Republican, announced his decision on Hill.TV Wednesday morning, though he’s broadly indicated his plans...

Posted: 12 days ago

Rep. Jim Jordan announced Wednesday that he will run for minority leader, hours after winning a seventh term representing his western Ohio congressional district and hours after Republicans lost the House majority. Jordan, an Urbana Republican, announced his decision on Hill.TV Wednesday morning, though he’s broadly indicated his plans...
Dems call out GOP over claims on pre-existing conditions
 When Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, sent out a campaign mailer telling voters he’s working to guarantee private insurance for people with pre-existing conditions, Democratic opponent Theresa Gasper snapped that Turner is “hoping to dupe voters about his record.” In Columbus, Democrat Rick Neal made a similar charge about Republican...

Posted: 16 days ago

When Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, sent out a campaign mailer telling voters he’s working to guarantee private insurance for people with pre-existing conditions, Democratic opponent Theresa Gasper snapped that Turner is “hoping to dupe voters about his record.” In Columbus, Democrat Rick Neal made a similar charge about Republican...
Portman wants bill to protect synogogues following mass shooting
 Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is urging Senate leadership to take action on a bill that he says would better protect synagogues and other nonprofit institutions in the aftermath of a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., released Tuesday...

Posted: 20 days ago

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is urging Senate leadership to take action on a bill that he says would better protect synagogues and other nonprofit institutions in the aftermath of a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., released Tuesday...
Ten LGBTQ candidates are running at state, national level in Ohio
 Ten openly LGBTQ candidates are running for the Statehouse or federal office in Ohio this year, part of a wave that is taking hold across the country, according to Andrew Reynolds, a political science professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill who studies the issue. Twenty-one candidates nationally who identify as LGBTQ are...

Posted: 21 days ago

Ten openly LGBTQ candidates are running for the Statehouse or federal office in Ohio this year, part of a wave that is taking hold across the country, according to Andrew Reynolds, a political science professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill who studies the issue. Twenty-one candidates nationally who identify as LGBTQ are...