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The Latest: Justice Department asks IG to widen probe of FBI

The Latest on the special counsel's probe into Russian election meddling (all times local): 6:30 p.m. The Justice Department has asked its inspector general to determine whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with Russian agents who interfered in the presidential election. A department...
93-year-old ex-president Bush arrives in Maine for summer

93-year-old ex-president Bush arrives in Maine for summer

Former President George H.W. Bush is in Maine for the summer. The 93-year-old arrived Sunday evening at his seaside home in Kennebunkport. Dozens of residents greeted his motorcade at the town's Dock Square, with some waving flags and holding signs. Friends say the nation's 41st president was eager to get to Maine after enduring the death of his wife, Barbara, and then falling ill with a blood infection...
As Trump pressures DOJ, Giuliani says probe may end by Sept

As Trump pressures DOJ, Giuliani says probe may end by Sept

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he will "demand" that the Justice Department open an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign. His legal team said that the special counsel indicated its investigation into the president could be concluded by September. Trump tweeted: "I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice...

Hillary Clinton to receive prestigious Harvard medal

Hillary Clinton is being honored with a medal during Harvard University's graduation week. The former First Lady, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for president will be awarded Friday in Cambridge with the Radcliffe Medal, which the university says honors individuals whose life and work have had a "transformative impact on society." Organizers say Clinton was chosen...
Florida's expensive race for governor highlights lax laws

Florida's expensive race for governor highlights lax laws

Florida's wide-open race for governor won't be decided for another six months, but it's already triggered a wave of expensive television ad buys from groups taking advantage of gray areas in the state's campaign finance laws. Campaigns are interpreting the law so liberally — and some experts think they will get away with it — that it could essentially render the laws meaningless. So far...
US anti-IS office gets reprieve as Syria pullout accelerates

US anti-IS office gets reprieve as Syria pullout accelerates

The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six more months, reversing an administration plan for the unit's imminent downgrade even as President Donald Trump presses ahead with a speedy U.S. exit from Syria. A plan initiated by Rex Tillerson before he was fired as secretary of state in March would have folded the office of the...

The Latest: Mnuchin says US-China putting trade war on hold

The Latest on U.S.-China trade talks (all times local): 10:05 a.m. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the United States and China are "putting the trade war on hold" after two days of talks that he says produced meaningful progress. Despite not getting China to agree to trim its overall trade surplus with America by a specific amount, Mnuchin said the U.S. team did get a number of commitments...

Mnuchin says NAFTA negotiations could spill into 2019

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says efforts to renegotiate a trade agreement with Canada and Mexico could spill into next year. The Trump administration missed an informal deadline last Thursday that had been set by House Speaker Paul Ryan to get a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement to Congress in time for lawmakers to vote on it in a midterm election year. Mnuchin says on "Fox News...
Investigators finally get look at materials from Cohen raid

Investigators finally get look at materials from Cohen raid

Criminal investigators are getting their first look at materials gathered from raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer as a process to separate items subject to attorney-client privilege appears to be meeting a judge's demand that it occur speedily and efficiently. The progress comes just days before U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood will preside over a fourth hearing...
2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump. The leading players — from established national figures such as former Vice President Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to up-and-comers including California Sen. Kamala Harris — don't necessarily put it that way. But...
US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks

US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks

The United States and China are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after the world's two biggest economies reported progress in talks aimed at bringing down America's massive trade deficit with Beijing. "We are putting the trade war on hold," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday. After high-level talks Thursday and Friday in Washington, Beijing agreed in a joint statement...
McCaskill defends CIA vote, says reasons are classified

McCaskill defends CIA vote, says reasons are classified

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri on Saturday defended her vote against President Donald Trump's pick for CIA director but said the specific reasons were classified. McCaskill was one of the few Democrats facing a difficult re-election this fall to oppose the nomination of Gina Haspel, who was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday after a heated debate about her role in the CIA's torture...

Trump Jr. met with Mueller witness during campaign

Donald Trump Jr. met during the 2016 campaign with a private military contractor and an adviser to Middle Eastern leaders, both of whom have since become a focus of investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller, a lawyer for President Donald Trump's eldest son said Saturday. Erik Prince, an informal adviser to the Trump campaign and former head of Blackwater, and George Nader, a veteran...

The Latest: Trump misspells wife's name in homecoming tweet

The Latest on first lady Melania Trump (all times local): 2:40 p.m. President Donald Trump has welcomed his wife home from the hospital in a tweet that misspells her first name. Here's what the president wrote: "Great to have our incredible First Lady back home in the White House. Melanie is feeling and doing really well. Thank you for all of your prayers and best wishes!" A few minutes...
US, China say Beijing commits to buying more American goods

US, China say Beijing commits to buying more American goods

Just-ended U.S.-China trade talks produced a commitment by Beijing to "significantly increase" its purchases of American goods and services, according to a joint statement Saturday from the rival economic powers trying to lower trade tensions. They also agreed on "meaningful increases" in U.S. exports of agriculture and energy products and greater efforts to increase trade in manufactured...
Arizona 'Dreamers' struggle after losing cheaper tuition

Arizona 'Dreamers' struggle after losing cheaper tuition

David Montenegro worked part-time restaurant jobs and took advantage of Arizona's lower in-state tuition as he labored through years of college. Now a senior with the goal of becoming a teacher nearly in sight, the 29-year-old Mexico-born immigrant who arrived in the U.S. at age 11 faces a new hurdle. Montenegro and more than 2,300 public college students around Arizona with deferred deportation status...
Immigration a fraught issue for GOP as midterms approach

Immigration a fraught issue for GOP as midterms approach

The chaos among House Republicans this past week on immigration shows just how problematic and risky the issue is for a party that badly needs unity heading into the elections in November that will decide control of Congress. GOP leaders thought they had found a way by Friday morning to make the party's warring conservative and moderate wings happy on an issue that has bedeviled them for years. Conservatives...
Trump welcomes wife home in tweet that misspells her name

Trump welcomes wife home in tweet that misspells her name

Melania Trump returned to the White House in "high spirits" on Saturday following a weeklong hospitalization for kidney treatment, a lengthy stay that raised questions about whether the first lady's condition may have been more complicated than first revealed. President Donald Trump heralded her homecoming with a tweet that referred to her as "Melanie" instead of "Melania...
CIA's Haspel can tap undercover work in Russian operations

CIA's Haspel can tap undercover work in Russian operations

Scrutiny of the 33-year spy career of new CIA director Gina Haspel has focused on her undercover role in the harsh interrogation of suspected terrorists, but she cut her teeth in intelligence operations against Russia. She's sure to tap that latter experience as she takes over at the nation's premier intelligence agency at a time of rising tension with Moscow. President Donald Trump has characterized...
Not all GOP candidates want Trump to stump

Not all GOP candidates want Trump to stump

He is the Republican Party's most powerful political weapon. Yet as the GOP fights to defend its delicate House and Senate majorities, President Donald Trump is not welcome everywhere. Some Republican candidates fear that the unscripted and relatively unpopular president could do more harm than good should he campaign on their behalf. Leading party strategists want Trump to focus his time and energy...
Trump: Justice Department planted spy in 2016 campaign

Trump: Justice Department planted spy in 2016 campaign

President Donald Trump accused the Justice Department of trying to frame him by planting a spy in his 2016 campaign — an allegation his own lawyer said might not be true. Promoting a theory that is circulating in conservative circles, Trump quoted Fox Business anchor David Asman and tweeted Friday: "Apparently the DOJ put a Spy in the Trump Campaign. This has never been done before and...
White House pushes ahead with Mideast peace plan

White House pushes ahead with Mideast peace plan

The Trump administration is aiming to roll out its much-hyped but long-delayed Middle East peace plan next month amid signs it may further alienate the Palestinians by slashing millions of dollars in funding for humanitarian and development projects in the West Bank and Gaza. Five U.S. officials and a congressional aide say the administration intends to release the peace plan in mid- to late-June...
Trump catches Wilkie off-guard with VA secretary nomination

Trump catches Wilkie off-guard with VA secretary nomination

In a surprise announcement that caught the candidate off-guard, President Donald Trump said he'll nominate acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to permanently lead the beleaguered department. Trump spilled the news about Wilkie at a White House event Friday on prison reform as he introduced Cabinet members in attendance. When Trump got to Wilkie, he said, "I'll be informing him in...

Trump wades into California primary in hopes of boosting GOP

President Donald Trump is wading into the heated California GOP gubernatorial primary, endorsing businessman John Cox in hopes of maximizing Republican chances of securing a spot on the ballot this November. In a Friday tweet Trump says, "John Cox is the man - he'll be the best Governor you've ever had." Cox is facing off against Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen and several Democratic...
Beijing showing signs of compromise in trade talks with US

Beijing showing signs of compromise in trade talks with US

China is sending conciliatory signals as U.S. and Chinese negotiators meet in Washington to try to head off a trade war between the world's two biggest economies. Beijing has dropped an anti-dumping investigation into imported U.S. sorghum, which it had accused the United States of unfairly subsiding. It has also given approval for a U.S. private equity firm to buy Toshiba's memory chip business....
Kim Davis challenger: Man whose marriage license she denied

Kim Davis challenger: Man whose marriage license she denied

Shelly Phillips works in an office at the First United Methodist Church in Laramie, Wyoming, and rarely donates to political candidates. But in December, she sent a small donation to David Ermold, who wants to be the next clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, about 1,200 miles (1,900 kilometers) from where she lives. She's one of more than 5,000 people from at least 48 states who have donated in increments...

Governor struck while biking says helmet saved his life

Maine Gov. Paul LePage revealed Friday that he was stuck by a vehicle while biking in Florida last fall and credited a bicycle helmet with saving his life. LePage told MaineToday Media the impact cracked his helmet into two pieces and "sent me flying 40 feet." The crash exacerbated a shoulder injury, which will require shoulder surgery. "Without a helmet, I wouldn't be here," the...
US readies Mideast peace plan, but threatens Palestinian aid

US readies Mideast peace plan, but threatens Palestinian aid

The Trump administration is aiming to roll out its much-hyped but long-delayed Middle East peace plan next month amid signs it may further alienate the Palestinians by slashing millions of dollars in funding for humanitarian and development projects in the West Bank and Gaza. Five U.S. officials and a congressional aide say the administration intends to release the peace plan in mid- to late-June...

US to lay out plan to pressure Iran after nuclear deal exit

The Trump administration says it's preparing to lay out its plan to work with Europeans and other countries to pressure Iran following President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will unveil the strategy Monday during a speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation. The plan comes as European members of the deal are furious with Trump for unilaterally...
Trump urges Congress to overhaul nation's prison system

Trump urges Congress to overhaul nation's prison system

President Donald Trump on Friday urged Congress to overhaul the nation's prison system and help more former inmates re-enter society, hoping to jump-start legislation that's facing fresh opposition from Democrats. Trump said at a White House forum that a prison overhaul "unites people from across the political spectrum" and that lawmakers need to "work out their differences, get a bill...
The Latest: House defeats farm bill as conservatives revolt

The Latest: House defeats farm bill as conservatives revolt

The Latest on the House food and farm bill (all times local): 12:10 p.m. Conservatives rebuffed on immigration have sunk a bill that combined stricter work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients with a renewal of farm subsidies popular in Republican-leaning farm country. The 213-198 vote is an embarrassing blow to House GOP leaders, who had hoped to tout its new work requirements...
Trump nominates acting VA secretary Wilkie for permanent job

Trump nominates acting VA secretary Wilkie for permanent job

In a surprise announcement that caught the candidate off-guard, President Donald Trump said Friday he'll nominate acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to permanently lead the beleaguered department. Trump spilled the news about Wilkie at a White House event on prison reform as he introduced Cabinet members in attendance. When Trump got to Wilkie, he said, "I'll be informing him in...
Did you see the president’s plane? Why it was here.

Did you see the president’s plane? Why it was here.

Spectators of World War II bombers and fighters landing at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force got an extra bonus Thursday. The plane commonly referred to as Air Force One, a Boeing 747 designated VC-25 in the Air Force, practiced touch-and-go landings on Wright-Patterson’s main runway. The jumbo jet is Air Force One only when the president is aboard. Two B-17 bombers, a P-51 fighter and...
Conservative revolt over immigration sinks House farm bill

Conservative revolt over immigration sinks House farm bill

House Republican leaders suffered an embarrassing setback Friday when conservatives scuttled an ambitious farm bill, part of a high-stakes power play as they once again exert their oversized sway in the House. In this case, conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus wanted to slow the momentum of bipartisan immigration legislation to help young "Dreamers." Republican moderates are gaining...
The Latest: Giuliani says Mueller narrows Trump questions

The Latest: Giuliani says Mueller narrows Trump questions

The Latest on President Donald Trump and the special counsel's Russia investigation (all times local): 8:20 a.m. Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's attorney, says the special counsel in the Russia probe has narrowed the scope of potential questions for the president. Giuliani said on CNN Friday that the questions have been narrowed from five subject areas to two. He said they had received communication...
The Latest: Trump defends 'animals' comment in tweet

The Latest: Trump defends 'animals' comment in tweet

The Latest on President Donald Trump and immigration (all times local): 6:55 a.m. President Donald Trump is tweeting that he only used the word "animals" to describe immigrants who are gang members. Trump has been under fire for comments he made Wednesday while railing against California for its immigration policies. Trump was speaking at a roundtable with local California officials when...
Trump says spy infiltrated his campaign; lawyer casts doubt

Trump says spy infiltrated his campaign; lawyer casts doubt

President Donald Trump accused the Justice Department on Friday of trying to frame him by planting a spy in his 2016 campaign — an allegation his own lawyer said might not be true. Promoting a theory that is circulating in conservative circles, Trump quoted Fox Business anchor David Asman and tweeted: "Apparently the DOJ put a Spy in the Trump Campaign. This has never been done before and...
Democrats get giddy about a perennial target: Arizona

Democrats get giddy about a perennial target: Arizona

Shortly before the raffle for a handgun, top Arizona Republicans gave a warning to the crowd gathered at a conservative group's meeting in a retirement community at the edge of Phoenix's sprawl: The Democrats are coming. "To say they're energized is a gross understatement," House Speaker J.D. Mesnard told the Sun Lakes Republican Club, citing last month's special election for a congressional...
Trump to deny funds to clinics that discuss abortion

Trump to deny funds to clinics that discuss abortion

The Trump administration will resurrect a Reagan-era rule that would ban federally funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion with women, or sharing space with abortion providers. The Department of Health and Human Services will announce its proposal Friday, a senior White House official said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to confirm...
Manafort's ex-son-in-law busy with Mueller's investigation

Manafort's ex-son-in-law busy with Mueller's investigation

Paul Manafort's former son-in-law says he has been so busy with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation that he's been unable to keep up with his other legal issues, according to a court filing and a lawyer involved in a civil lawsuit against him. The confirmation of Jeffrey Yohai's extensive involvement with Mueller's ongoing investigation comes as he has been caught up in another investigation...
Niger drone video shows US forces fighting for their lives

Niger drone video shows US forces fighting for their lives

Dramatic new drone video of the Niger ambush that killed four American soldiers shows U.S. forces desperately trying to escape and fighting for their lives after friendly Nigerien forces mistook them for the enemy. It describes how the fleeing troops set up a quick defensive location on the edge of a swamp and — thinking they were soon to die — wrote messages home to their loved ones....
Trump thrusts abortion fight into crucial midterm elections

Trump thrusts abortion fight into crucial midterm elections

The Trump administration acted Friday to bar taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions, energizing its conservative political base ahead of crucial midterm elections while setting the stage for new legal battles. The Health and Human Services Department sent its proposal to rewrite the rules to the White House, setting in motion a regulatory process that could take...
CIA gets first female chief with confirmation of Gina Haspel

CIA gets first female chief with confirmation of Gina Haspel

Veteran spy Gina Haspel will become the first female director of the CIA after six Democrats joined Republicans in a Senate confirmation vote that overrode concerns about her role in the spy agency's harsh interrogation program after 9/11. Thursday's 54-45 vote split both parties, and the margin was the closest for a CIA nominee in the nearly seven decades that a nod from the Senate has been required...
White House threatens firings after McCain remark gets out

White House threatens firings after McCain remark gets out

A West Wing aide's morbid remark about gravely ill Sen. John McCain has not yielded widespread White House soul-searching. Instead, it has led to a push to fire those responsible for leaking that story and others that have bedeviled President Donald Trump's administration. Nearly a week after Kelly Sadler dismissed McCain's opinion on Trump's CIA nominee during a closed-door meeting by saying "...
'Animals'? Trump says he'll keep using term for gang members

'Animals'? Trump says he'll keep using term for gang members

President Donald Trump is defending his use of the word "animals" to describe some immigrants who enter the country illegally, saying he would continue to use the term to refer to violent gang members despite a sharp rebuke from Democratic leaders. Answering a reporter's question during a meeting Thursday with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump said his comment a day earlier...
1 year on, Robert Mueller is everywhere and nowhere

1 year on, Robert Mueller is everywhere and nowhere

Unlike the president, Robert Mueller hasn't uttered one word in public about his Russia investigation in the year since he was appointed special counsel. And that is rattling just about everyone involved. What's he up to? When will he bring the probe to an end? He doesn't have to say, and he's not. A year into the investigation, the stern-looking prosecutor is everywhere and nowhere at the same time...
Rule would take US funds from clinics discussing abortion

Rule would take US funds from clinics discussing abortion

The Trump administration will resurrect a Reagan-era rule that would ban federally-funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion with women, or sharing space with abortion providers. The Department of Health and Human Services will be announcing its proposal Friday, a senior White House official said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to...
Laurel, Yanny or ... covfefe? White House joins in on debate

Laurel, Yanny or ... covfefe? White House joins in on debate

The White House is joining in on the viral debate over whether people hear the names "Laurel" or "Yanny" in a much-shared audio clip. The White House on Thursday released a video featuring various members of the staff weighing in. Senior adviser Ivanka Trump says, "So clearly Laurel." Strategic-communications director Mercedes Schlapp says, "Yanny's the winner, Laurel's...

Deportation arrests show increase under Trump

The Trump administration has made 27 percent more deportation arrests during the first half of this fiscal year than were made during the same period last fiscal year, the latest piece of evidence that it is aggressively pursuing people who are living in the United States illegally. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it made 79,286 arrests from October to March, compared with 63,623 during...
Gina Haspel confirmed as new CIA director

Gina Haspel confirmed as new CIA director

Veteran spy Gina Haspel will become the first female director of the CIA on Thursday after six Democrats joined Republicans in a Senate confirmation vote that overrode concerns about her role in the spy agency's harsh interrogation program after 9/11. The 54-45 vote split both parties, and the margin was the closest for a CIA nominee in the nearly seven decades that a nod from the Senate has been...
Big money, political muscle on display in payday lending clash

Big money, political muscle on display in payday lending clash

Payday lending stores dot the landscape of Ohio’s small towns, suburban strip malls and inner-city thoroughfares. To hear one side tell it, they give their customers — many with bad credit — much-needed access to quick money for emergencies and everyday expenses. To hear the other side tell it, they take advantage of the poor by charging the highest interest rates in the country...
Brown takes shot at Renacci in negative ad

Brown takes shot at Renacci in negative ad

THE AD: A 30-second television commercial for Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. WHERE TO SEE IT: State broadcast television and here  VIDEO: Unflattering images of Renacci. Then it concludes with Sherrod Brown chatting with industrial workers. SCRIPT: Voice of a narrator: The U.S. Congress. There’s 68 teachers, 15 farmers, four pilots, but only one lobbyist. That’s right. Jim Renacci&rsquo...
Should people work for Medicaid? Here’s how to weigh in.

Should people work for Medicaid? Here’s how to weigh in.

The clock has started for the next round of public comment on Ohio’s proposal to create the state’s first ever work requirements associated with Medicaid. The new rules would add requirements to work or go to school at least 20 hours per week to remain eligible for benefits under the health insurance program for low-income Ohioans, which is jointly funded by the state and federal government...
Recreational marijuana closer to Ohio ballot — but lots of work ahead

Recreational marijuana closer to Ohio ballot — but lots of work ahead

Legalized recreational marijuana is one small step closer to appearing on Ohio ballots in 2019. The Ohio Ballot Board certified a proposed constitutional amendment Thursday, according to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office. The amendment was previously certified earlier this month by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Ohio Families for Change is behind the effort to bring the matter...
Bill would create firefighter database aimed at reducing cancer rates

Bill would create firefighter database aimed at reducing cancer rates

A bill that would create a voluntary database of firefighters across the country who contract cancer is awaiting House action after the Senate approved it last week without even a floor vote. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, co-sponsored the Senate bill along with Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. The House version’s co-sponsors include Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, and Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth...
Brown’s appearance at forum begs question: Is he running for president?

Brown’s appearance at forum begs question: Is he running for president?

Sen. Sherrod Brown said his appearance at a progressive forum along with a number of potential Democratic presidential candidates does not signal he plans to seek the presidency in 2020. Brown, D-Ohio, spoke Tuesday at the Center for American Progress in Washington, an event whose speakers included Democratic Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota...
Kasich to legal immigrants: Come to Ohio

Kasich to legal immigrants: Come to Ohio

Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order Tuesday to set up a state office dedicated to helping legal immigrants settle in Ohio and find jobs. “We want them to come to Ohio. We want them to bring their skills. We want them to bring their families. And we want them to bring their hearts because they are such an important part of the energy here in the Buckeye state. So, we are trying to make...
Democrats, GOP both confident heading into Senate race in Ohio

Democrats, GOP both confident heading into Senate race in Ohio

Republicans hoping to land a punch on Sen. Sherrod Brown and deny the Ohio Democrat a third term in November were encouraged by last week’s election, when far more Republicans voted in their multi-candidate Senate primary than Democrats in their primary, where Brown was unopposed. “If a blue wave is coming, it ain’t coming to Ohio,” quipped Republican consultant Corry Bliss...
Ten years ago, Ohio had its own attorney general scandal

Ten years ago, Ohio had its own attorney general scandal

Ten years ago today, Democrat Marc Dann stood before a bank of TV cameras and announced he was resigning as Ohio attorney general. His brief statement in the Statehouse Cabinet room barely touched on the controversies that brought about his downfall: an extra-marital affair with his 28-year-old scheduler, hiring friends into his administration who proved to be problematic, a sexual harassment complaint...
Confirmation fights show how divided Congress has become

Confirmation fights show how divided Congress has become

When Mike Pompeo was confirmed by the Senate last month for secretary of state, he received just 57 votes as only six Democrats supported him. That was only marginally better than the 56 votes Rex Tillerson received a year earlier for the same post. It has been a pattern throughout President Donald Trump’s first year in office. Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has voted for only...
‘Throw the bums out’ mantra didn’t apply to Tuesday’s election

‘Throw the bums out’ mantra didn’t apply to Tuesday’s election

The public likes to rail against incumbents, but just one sitting legislator — State Rep. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton — was defeated in Tuesday’s Ohio primary, and most of them won big. “There’s a lot of people who talk about voting the bums out, but the ‘bums’ live in other districts,” said Christopher Devine, assistant professor of political science...
Judge to decide if Ohio’s medical marijuana program should be delayed

Judge to decide if Ohio’s medical marijuana program should be delayed

A judge could soon decide whether Ohio’s embattled program for licensing medical marijuana growers should be put on hold. Ohio Releaf LLC, a marijuana grower passed over for a cultivator license, is suing the Ohio Department of Commerce, saying the state hasn’t provided it the administrative appeal process to which it was entitled. RELATED: Legalizing recreational marijuana may be back...
Democratic rival: Rep. Turner’s ‘running scared’ already

Democratic rival: Rep. Turner’s ‘running scared’ already

Just after Theresa Gasper beat two other Democrats to become the nominee against Congressman Mike Turner, the party’s congressional fundraising arm issued a memo warning the District 10 incumbent: “Mike Turner is in for a serious challenge.” Gasper herself was a little more direct. “I am going to be your next congresswoman,” Gasper told supporters at Mudlick Tap House...
GOP relieved at outcome in central Ohio congressional race

GOP relieved at outcome in central Ohio congressional race

Experts say Republican Troy Balderson’s narrow primary victory over arch-conservative Melanie Leneghan on Tuesday gives the GOP its best shot at holding onto a central Ohio congressional district seat this year. A special election for the 12th Ohio congressional district seat will be held in August and a second election in November. Balderson, currently a state senator, will run in August against...
State Issue 1 won easily: 3 things to know about the confusing proposal

State Issue 1 won easily: 3 things to know about the confusing proposal

Issue 1, which will make major changes to how Ohio draws district lines for members of Congress, easily passed in Tuesday’s election. The issue, put on the ballot by the General Assembly by a bi-partisan vote of 83-10 in the House and a unanimous vote in the Senate, is supposed to create a fairer process. Here is what you need to understand about the impact of State Issue 1: Currently, the General...
Who is Jim Renacci? What you need to know about Ohio Senate hopeful.

Who is Jim Renacci? What you need to know about Ohio Senate hopeful.

Jim Renacci, an Akron-area Republican congressman won his party’s primary and will attempt to unseat incumbent Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown in November. But who is Renacci? Here’s what you need to know: Renacci, a Pennsylvania native, began his business career shortly after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980. According to his website, he moved to Wadsworth in 1983 and...
Incumbent gets GOP nod to hold on to Champaign County state Sen. seat

Incumbent gets GOP nod to hold on to Champaign County state Sen. seat

Incumbent State Rep. Nino Vitale, R-Urbana, won the Republican primary race for his 85th House district seat, according to early election results released by the Ohio Secretary of State. The 85th district includes all of Champaign County and most of Logan County as well as southeastern Shelby County. Vitale outpaced a crowded field of Republicans, including Justin G. Griffis and Joseph Ratermann,...
Who is Ohio governor candidate Richard Cordray? A five-time Jeopardy! champion

Who is Ohio governor candidate Richard Cordray? A five-time Jeopardy! champion

Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray will fight to win the Ohio governor’s race, but did you know he’s already a Jeopardy! champion? Cordray is a five-time Jeopardy! champion, who originally competed on the show in 1987. The last time he competed on Jeopardy! was in February 2014 for the Battle of the Decades show. His competitors at the time included a freelance copy editor, archaeologist...
Jordan cruises to nomination, will face Democrat Garrett this fall; Chabot wins

Jordan cruises to nomination, will face Democrat Garrett this fall; Chabot wins

Congressman Jim Jordan has won the Republican nomination for Ohio U.S. House District 4, according to the Associated Press. Jordan will face Democrat Janet Garrett in the fall. Republican Congressman Steve Chabot has also won his primary election for Ohio’s District 1. He will face Democrat Aftab Pureval in November.
Powell wins packed GOP race in Ohio 80th House district

Powell wins packed GOP race in Ohio 80th House district

Jena Powell of Arcanum, a first-time political candidate, beat out three other Republicans in one of Ohio’s most expensive statehouse primary races on Tuesday.  Powell, 24, won 49.5 percent of the 14,584 votes cast in the race.  John W. “Bud” O’Brien of Troy came in second with 21 percent of votes. J.D. Winteregg of Troy, who previously ran for Congress, was third...
New Carlisle voters pass levy to improve fire/EMS services

New Carlisle voters pass levy to improve fire/EMS services

New Carlisle voters passed a fire levy Tuesday that will generate money for upgrades at the city’s fire and EMS station. Voters approved the levy by a 62 percent to 38 percent margin, according to unofficial results by the Clark County Board of Elections. MORE: FULL SPRINGFIELD NEWS-SUN ELECTION RESULTS “The fire/EMS department will now be able to update the aging vehicle fleet, offer...
Election 2018: Democrat Theresa Gasper will take on Congressman Mike Turner this fall

Election 2018: Democrat Theresa Gasper will take on Congressman Mike Turner this fall

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, will face Bevaercreek businesswoman Theresa Gasper in November’s General Election, according to the results of Tuesday’s primary. Turner, who is seeking his ninth term, won 79 percent of the votes among Republicans. John Mitchel and John Anderson split the remaining vote. “I appreciate voters’ support in the 10th Congressional District...
Perales prevails over Smith in bizarre Greene County statehouse race

Perales prevails over Smith in bizarre Greene County statehouse race

State Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, overcame salacious allegations in his Republican primary race against Jocelyn Smith of Fairborn, soundly defeating her in the Republican primary for the Ohio 73rd district seat. Perales took 80 percent of the vote to Smith’s to 20 percent, according to final, unofficial results posted on the Ohio Secretary of State website. Perales received 8,287 votes...
State Issue 1 wins easily; will change how Ohio draws Congressional lines

State Issue 1 wins easily; will change how Ohio draws Congressional lines

Issue 1, which would make major changes to how Ohio draws district lines for members of Congress easily passed in Tuesday’s election. The issue, put on the ballot by the General Assembly by a bi-partisan vote of 83-10 in the House and a unanimous vote in the Senate, is supposed to create a fairer process. After every census, Ohio lawmakers change the state’s congressional lines based on...
Ohio U.S. Senate race: Jim Renacci wins GOP primary, will face Sherrod Brown this fall

Ohio U.S. Senate race: Jim Renacci wins GOP primary, will face Sherrod Brown this fall

President Trump’s hand-picked U.S. Senate candidate Congressman Jim Renacci will take on U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown this fall after defeating Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons and several other challengers in Tuesday’s GOP primary. Renacci, a former car dealer who has served in the U.S. House since 2011, was easily the best known of the Republican candidates. Brown is unopposed on the Democratic...
Mike DeWine easily defeats Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor in GOP governor race

Mike DeWine easily defeats Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor in GOP governor race

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, a staple of local politics for more than 40 years, defeated Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor in the Republican primary for governor Tuesday, according to projections from the Associated Press. Although he was better funded and had the state party endorsement, DeWine took nothing for granted in the bitter, personal campaign against Taylor. He answered attacks with attacks, calling...
Richard Cordray wins Democratic governor primary over Kucinich

Richard Cordray wins Democratic governor primary over Kucinich

Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray held off a primary challenge from former Congressman and Cleveland Mayor Dennis Kucinich on Tuesday, according to projections from the Associated Press. The match-up was closely watched across the nation as the two well-known liberal Democrats fought it out in a bellwether state. Cordray, the former head of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...
How did Election Day unfold: From beginning to end

How did Election Day unfold: From beginning to end

Tuesday was Election Day and we had all the results for you throughout the day. Check here for continuous updates. Here’s a look at how the day developed: 10:55 p.m.: JUST IN: Antani and Dickerson come out on top for the 42nd district Ohio House Primaries.  10:44 p.m.: BREAKING: Darryl Fairchild beats endorsed Democrat in Dayton City Commission race. Learn more about Fairchild...
Polls now closed in Ohio for Election Day: Results soon

Polls now closed in Ohio for Election Day: Results soon

The polls are now closed and today’s election appeared to go well in the Dayton region. Today’s ballot is filled with statewide, congressional, statehouse and county races. Some communities also have school levies and other tax issues on the ballot. We had reporters today keeping an eye on the polls and talking to candidates on the ballot. Board of election officials in area counties said...
Today is Election day: Where do you vote? What’s on the ballot?

Today is Election day: Where do you vote? What’s on the ballot?

Today is Election Day and there’s a lot on the ballot. From the Republican and Democratic primaries for governor, the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate to State Issue 1, there are more than 80 races and issues on the ballot across the Dayton-Springfield-Middletown region. Here’s some basic info you need for Election Day: You will need to vote at your assigned voting precinct today...
Governor candidates hit southwest Ohio ahead of Election Day

Governor candidates hit southwest Ohio ahead of Election Day

Ohio’s wild — and at times, nasty — races for governor come to a close Tuesday as Democrats and Republicans make their picks at the polls. And once again southwest Ohio is in the middle of all of it. Richard Cordray, the Democratic front-runner, made one of his last campaign stops of the race in Dayton Sunday afternoon. Republican frontrunner Mike DeWine was in Dayton Friday and...
Special election edition of WHIO Reports airs Sunday morning

Special election edition of WHIO Reports airs Sunday morning

Tune in to a special edition of WHIO Reports with Jim Otte Sunday morning at 11:30 on Channel 7 previewing Tuesday’s big election in Ohio. Dayton Daily News Columbus reporter Laura Bischoff and political reporter Lynn Hulsey will joing Otte to talk about the contentious Republican and Democratic primaries for governor, the Republican U.S. Senate primary, State Issue 1 and more races on the May...
Election 2018: An in-depth look at State Issue 1

Election 2018: An in-depth look at State Issue 1

More than 71 percent of Ohioans in 2015 voted to reduce hyperpartisan influence in the drawing of legislative district maps. On Tuesday, the state’s voters can try to rein in congressional gerrymandering. As the 2020 Census nears, redistricting issues are populating state ballots across the country. Seven states, including Ohio, have proposed ballot issues reforming redistricting, and reformers...
Ohio Primary Election Day: Get ready with our interactive voters guide

Ohio Primary Election Day: Get ready with our interactive voters guide

Ohio’s primary election is today and our voters guide can help you make an informed choice before you go to the polls. Just click here to go to the guide, put in your address and check out what’s on the ballot. You can compare the candidates on the issues that matter to you. Find out where the governor candidates stand on guns, abortion, taxes, health care. What are the U.S. Senate candidates...
Ohio Senate race: Gibbons sues Renacci for defamation over ads

Ohio Senate race: Gibbons sues Renacci for defamation over ads

And on the fourth day before the May 8 primary, there were lawsuits. Republican Senate candidate Mike Gibbons Friday sued fellow Republican Jim Renacci for defamation, saying Renacci has “repeatedly advertised lies and falsehoods about Gibbons and his position on the issues.” The suit was filed in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. The main points of contention appear to be that...
Miami-Darke County statehouse race most expensive in region

Miami-Darke County statehouse race most expensive in region

Nearly a quarter of a million dollars has been spent on the Republican primary in Ohio’s 80th state House district in Miami and Darke counties, making it the most expensive statehouse primary in the region for Tuesday’s election. Current state Rep. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, is leaving the seat to run for the state Senate. The job pays $60,584 annually, but the four candidates &mdash...
Head of ethics group accuses Rep. Jim Jordan of helping ‘thwart’ Mueller probe

Head of ethics group accuses Rep. Jim Jordan of helping ‘thwart’ Mueller probe

The head of a government ethics organization accused House Republican Jim Jordan of Urbana of helping President Donald Trump “thwart” Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump aides in 2016 colluded with Russian officials to damage the presidential campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21 in Washington...
Salacious allegations have dominated local statehouse race

Salacious allegations have dominated local statehouse race

The Republican primary for the 73rd House district is the region’s most contentious race, with explosive allegations and an extortion complaint overshadowing the candidates’ positions on the issues. State Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, and challenger Jocelyn Smith of Fairborn face off in the May 8 primary; the winner will run in November against Democrat Kim McCarthy of Sugarcreek Twp...
Democrats file complaint against Senate candidate Jim Renacci for misuse of political office

Democrats file complaint against Senate candidate Jim Renacci for misuse of political office

The Ohio Democratic Party has filed a complaint against GOP U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, accusing him of misusing his congressional office for political purposes. In a five-page complaint to the Office of Congressional Ethics, state Democratic Chairman David Pepper accuses Renacci, who is running for the seat now held by Democrat U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, of using his congressional website to promote his...
Election: Complaint filed against Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor over $3M loan

Election: Complaint filed against Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor over $3M loan

An Ohio state lawmaker has filed an elections complaint against Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, her gubernatorial campaign and her husband alleging the mishandling of a $3 million loan. Rep. Mike Duffey, a fellow Republican, filed his complaint Monday with the Ohio Elections Commission. It questions a $3 million loan repayment check from Taylor’s campaign to Taylor’s husband, Donzell Taylor, an...
President Trump coming to Ohio Saturday

President Trump coming to Ohio Saturday

A White House official says President Donald Trump is set to promote the Republican tax law this weekend in Cleveland. The official says the president will highlight the law’s benefits to small businesses on Saturday. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the trip and spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity. The Republican Party is putting its midterm...
May election: Democrats and Republicans line up to take on Congressman Jim Jordan

May election: Democrats and Republicans line up to take on Congressman Jim Jordan

Local Congressman Jim Jordan has become one of the most prominant faces for conservatives in America. Jordan’s name has also been floated as a long-shot possibility for House speaker. He said, “If and when there is a race for speaker, I’ve had colleagues urge me to consider that.” Before he gets to the next session of Congress, he has to fend off some Republican and Democratic...
Ohio Republican U.S. Senate candidates fight for Trump voters

Ohio Republican U.S. Senate candidates fight for Trump voters

Of the five Ohio Republicans vying for the chance to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown this fall, only one has the endorsement of President Donald Trump. The question is, how much of a factor is that anymore? Some of Trump’s endorsements have fallen flat. In Alabama, he endorsed Luther Strange in the GOP primary and Roy Moore in the special election. Both lost. That hasn’t stopped...
Gov candidate Kucinich to return $20K to pro-Syrian government group

Gov candidate Kucinich to return $20K to pro-Syrian government group

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich is returning a $20,000 speaking fee he received last year from a group sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Democratic candidate for Ohio governor announced his decision in a letter sent Thursday to The Plain Dealer. Kucinich had come under mounting political pressure after news reports revealed that the Association for Investment in Popular Action Committees...
Springfield’s priorities: Here’s what officials plan to do for the city in the next two years

Springfield’s priorities: Here’s what officials plan to do for the city in the next two years

The Springfield City Commission recently released a set of goals and objectives for the next two fiscal years aimed at helping to drive improvements in several key areas throughout the city and increase transparency with the public. The goals cover several aspects of the city’s infrastructure, including economic development, quality of life and improving city operations. City Commissioner David...
Bill could cut defense jobs around Ohio; not Wright-Patt, Turner says

Bill could cut defense jobs around Ohio; not Wright-Patt, Turner says

Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, said Wednesday a House Republican measure that could threaten civilian defense jobs in other parts of the state won’t impact Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. “None of the agencies impacted” are headquartered at the state’s largest single-site employer, Turner said. Central Ohio civic and business leaders urged Ohio members of Congress Wednesday to...
Solutions from local opioid forums presented to state leaders

Solutions from local opioid forums presented to state leaders

Proposed solutions to Ohio’s addiction crisis that grew out of a collaboration between journalists and local communities will be presented to Gov. John Kasich’s office. Through a series of community forums, including five in southwest Ohio in February, journalists with Your Voice Ohio heard from an estimated 500 individuals who have been touched in some way by the opioid crisis. Each person...
What is State Issue 1 on the May ballot?

What is State Issue 1 on the May ballot?

On May 8, Ohio voters will decide on major changes to how Ohio draws district lines for members of Congress. The issue, put on the ballot by the General Assembly by a bi-partisan vote of 83-10 in the House and a unanimous vote in the Senate, is supposed to create a fairer process. After every census, Ohio lawmakers change the state’s congressional lines based on population shifts. Currently...
Gov. Kasich orders review of Ohio gun background check program

Gov. Kasich orders review of Ohio gun background check program

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order Monday to get an update on weaknesses in the state’s gun background-check system. Failure by local courts and law enforcement to send timely data to the state, which forwards it to National Instant Criminal Background Check System, could mean guns are being purchased by people who are ineligible to do so. “There is just no excuse for this...
Guns, minimum wage top issues in Ohio Democratic governor primary

Guns, minimum wage top issues in Ohio Democratic governor primary

Four years ago, Ohio Democrats pushed hard for a gubernatorial candidate who looked good on paper and found one: Ed FitzGerald. The campaign was soon run aground by scandal — including news reports that he had been questioned by police after they found him in a parked car in the early morning hours with a woman who was not his wife — and the Democrats lost a landslide election to Republican...
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