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Turner: HHS should release groundwater contamination study

A Dayton congressman has called on the head of the U.S. Health and Human Services to release a toxicology report that could recommend lower threshold levels for exposure to chemicals found in groundwater after the top leader at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it was not responsible for its release. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, urged HHS Secretary Alex Azar to release the report Tuesday...

Officials: Special ops vet to be US commander in Afghanistan

U.S. officials say a career special operations soldier has been chosen as the next commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan. The expected nominee, Army Lt. Gen. Scott Miller, would succeed Army Gen. John Nicholson, who has held the post since March 2016. The promotion of Miller requires Senate confirmation. Miller is currently in command of the secretive Joint Special Operations Command...
Mnuchin: Treasury investigating possible leaks of Cohen data

Mnuchin: Treasury investigating possible leaks of Cohen data

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday his department's inspector general is looking into whether banking records of President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen were leaked from an agency database, as well as whether any of the records were improperly blocked from view. Mnuchin said the department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, known as FinCEN, does have the power to "suppress...

Senators reach tentative deal on sexual harassment bill

Senate leaders said Tuesday that they have reached tentative agreement on bipartisan sexual harassment legislation that would hold members of Congress personally liable for harassment claims. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said he expected to introduce the bill with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., later Tuesday. Voting is possible by the week's end. Under the emerging deal, lawmakers "will have personal...
US and China work on ZTE rescue; Mnuchin denies quid pro quo

US and China work on ZTE rescue; Mnuchin denies quid pro quo

The United States and China are working toward an agreement that would ease U.S. sanctions that were imposed on ZTE Corp. and let the Chinese telecommunications giant stay in business. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the deal might require ZTE to revamp its board and to pay a fine of $1 billion or more. The ZTE talks occur after the U.S. and China over the weekend suspended plans to impose...
Missouri lawmakers read woman's testimony against Greitens

Missouri lawmakers read woman's testimony against Greitens

Like actors rehearsing a script, Missouri lawmakers on Tuesday publicly read aloud the previously secret criminal case transcripts of a woman who accused Gov. Eric Greitens of sexual misconduct and asserted that his attorney suggested she should deny it. The unusual scene played out in a Capitol committee room, livestreamed for the public, as a special Missouri House investigatory panel gathers evidence...
APNewsbreak: Pentagon adopts new cellphone restrictions

APNewsbreak: Pentagon adopts new cellphone restrictions

After months of debate, the Defense Department approved Monday new restrictions for the use of cellphones and some other electronic devices in the Pentagon where classified information is present or discussed. But officials stopped far short of imposing an all-out ban. The memo, which was obtained by The Associated Press, largely clarifies current procedures and calls for stricter adherence to long-held...
Washington lobbyists put on notice over foreign agent law

Washington lobbyists put on notice over foreign agent law

A recent and rare prosecution of a Pakistani man in Maryland under a relatively obscure lobbying law has many in the multimillion dollar world of foreign influence in Washington bracing for more. The prosecution of Nisar Ahmed Chaudhry reflects what current and former Justice Department officials say is an aggressive enforcement strategy against unregistered foreign agents that began even before special...
Pentagon report: Nukes are central to North Korea strategy

Pentagon report: Nukes are central to North Korea strategy

A Pentagon report to Congress says North Korea sees nuclear weapons as central to its security, an assessment that would seem to complicate President Donald Trump's effort to persuade the North's dictator, Kim Jong Un, to give them up. The report was delivered to Congress in April, one month after Trump agreed to meet Kim to discuss the North's denuclearization. It was based on the Pentagon's analysis...

Lawmakers to pick successor to disgraced attorney general

The New York state Legislature was poised to vote for the temporary successor to fill the attorney general's position Tuesday, two weeks after Eric Schneiderman suddenly resigned amid allegations he physically abused four women he dated. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced that the Democrat-controlled Assembly and Republican-led Senate intend to cast a joint ballot starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday....
The Latest: FBI briefing on Russia probe set for Thursday

The Latest: FBI briefing on Russia probe set for Thursday

The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation (all times local): 3:40 p.m. The White House says a briefing for congressional leaders with top FBI and Justice Department officials will happen on Thursday. The purpose is to review highly classified information the lawmakers have been seeking on the handling of the Russia investigation. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders...

Congress nears dismantling of post-crisis bank rules

Congress was taking a final step Tuesday toward dismantling a chunk of the rules framework for banks installed to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lost jobs and foreclosed homes. The House planned to approve legislation to roll back the Dodd-Frank law, easing rules for banks and notching a legislative win for President Donald Trump, who made gutting the landmark...
Navarro clashes with State Department over UAE airline deal

Navarro clashes with State Department over UAE airline deal

After striking a delicate deal with the United Arab Emirates this month on rules for airline competition, the Trump administration went to war with itself. It's a story of how a wonky aviation pact became a bitter, lobbyist-fueled international incident when Peter Navarro, President Donald Trump's trade adviser, repeatedly contradicted the State Department's carefully crafted script about what the...
The Latest: House speaker calls for GOP unity on immigration

The Latest: House speaker calls for GOP unity on immigration

The Latest on the dispute over immigration in the Housel (all times local): 12:05 p.m. House Republicans leaving a private meeting say a frustrated Speaker Paul Ryan wants them to band together and act more like a majority party. Nevada GOP Rep. Mark Amodei says Ryan expressed exasperation about divisions over immigration. That dispute led to last week's embarrassing House rejection of the GOP's farm...
EPA blocks some media from summit, then reverses course

EPA blocks some media from summit, then reverses course

The Environmental Protection Agency reversed course Tuesday and allowed a reporter for The Associated Press to cover a meeting on water contaminants after she was earlier grabbed by the shoulders and shoved out of the building by a security guard. The AP journalist, Ellen Knickmeyer, said that Lincoln Ferguson, an adviser to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, called to apologize for how she was manhandled...
Trump appeals again to delay 'Apprentice' contestant's suit

Trump appeals again to delay 'Apprentice' contestant's suit

President Donald Trump wants New York's highest court to delay a defamation suit filed by a former "Apprentice" contestant who accused him of unwanted groping and kissing. Trump's lawyers filed notice late Monday that they're asking the state Court of Appeals to freeze Summer Zervos' suit while a lower appellate court considers Trump's request to dismiss it or postpone it until after his...

US hits 5 Iranians with sanctions for aiding Yemen rebels

The Trump administration is ratcheting up pressure on Iran with new sanctions targeting five Iranians for supporting Shiite rebels in Yemen. The Treasury announced Tuesday that it was blacklisting the five for providing the Houthi (HOO'-thee) rebels with technical expertise that has allowed them to launch missiles into neighboring Saudi Arabia. All five are members of or are affiliated with Iran's...
DHS secretary says she's unaware Russia wanted Trump to win

DHS secretary says she's unaware Russia wanted Trump to win

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday that she was unaware of intelligence assessments concluding that Russia favored President Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. The U.S. intelligence community said in a January 2017 assessment that Russia had tried to influence the election to benefit Trump. "I do not believe I've seen that conclusion that the specific...
More than 100 tea party leaders push for Jim Jordan as speaker

More than 100 tea party leaders push for Jim Jordan as speaker

More than 100 Tea Party leaders have sent an open letter to Rep. Jim Jordan urging him to immediately declare himself a candidate for speaker. “You must take the lead,” read the letter, signed by Tea Party and ultra-conservative leaders including Ed Meese, who was attorney general for President Ronald Reagan, Jenny Beth Martin, the chairman of the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund and Eunie...
The Latest: Pompeo says NK could benefit from US investment

The Latest: Pompeo says NK could benefit from US investment

The Latest on President Donald Trump's planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says North Korea could benefit from American investment and technology if it denuclearizes. Pompeo says it's something he spoke about in general terms with Kim Jong Un, whom he has met twice since April. Pompeo says if "we get the denuclearization...
The Latest: EPA bars AP, CNN from summit on contaminants

The Latest: EPA bars AP, CNN from summit on contaminants

The Latest on a hearing with EPA chief Scott Pruitt on a widespread contaminant in drinking water (all times local): 9:55 a.m. The Environmental Protection Agency is barring The Associated Press, CNN and the environmental-focused news organization E&E from a national summit on harmful water contaminants. The EPA blocked the news organizations from attending Tuesday's Washington meeting, convened by...
Pruitt: Dealing with water contaminant a 'national priority'

Pruitt: Dealing with water contaminant a 'national priority'

Dealing with a slate of toxic chemicals contaminating some drinking water systems around the country is a national priority, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said Tuesday. Pruitt, who drew scrutiny from lawmakers after EPA emails released this month showed that the agency had intervened in the publication of a new government study on the contaminants, convened what he called a national...
Dems want to scrap tax cut for rich to fund teachers' raises

Dems want to scrap tax cut for rich to fund teachers' raises

Responding to teacher walkouts across the country, congressional Democrats on Tuesday proposed raising teachers' salaries by canceling the tax cut for the nation's top 1 percent of earners. The Republican-controlled Congress was unlikely to support the idea of giving states and school districts $50 billion over a decade to fund the teacher raises at the expense of dismantling the hard-won tax bill...
Voters choose nominees in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas

Voters choose nominees in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas

Four states will cast ballots Tuesday as the 2018 midterm elections take shape. Voters in Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky hold primaries, while Texans settle several primary runoffs after their first round of voting in March. Some noteworthy story lines: IN THIS #METOO MIDTERM, A BIG DAY FOR WOMEN Texans will settle an all-female congressional runoff between liberal activist Laura Moser and Houston...
School shooting not likely to decide Texas runoff races

School shooting not likely to decide Texas runoff races

A key Texas runoff for a U.S. House seat will test whether the national Democratic Party's establishment can overcome an insurgent wing more openly hostile to President Donald Trump. Others will set up November contests where Democrats hope to flip three Republican-held congressional districts, a once unthinkable total in such a conservative state. And the party will choose its nominee for governor...
Trump wades deeper into abortion politics as midterms loom

Trump wades deeper into abortion politics as midterms loom

President Donald Trump has long been an unlikely sweetheart for conservative and evangelical voters. Now, in the lead-up to the midterm elections, the thrice-married former Democrat who used to describe himself as "very pro-choice" is offering catnip to conservative voters with a new administration push to strip funding from Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics. The initiative...
US clings to health coverage gains despite political drama

US clings to health coverage gains despite political drama

Americans kept up their health insurance last year despite President Donald Trump's all-out push to dismantle the Obama-era coverage expansion. That's the counter-intuitive conclusion from a major government survey Tuesday. After nearly a full year of Trump, the uninsured rate was 9.1 percent for 2017, almost the same as toward the end of the Obama administration, according the Centers for Disease...
The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

After a year spent carefully cultivating two princes from the Arabian Peninsula, Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump, thought he was finally close to nailing more than $1 billion in business. He had ingratiated himself with crown princes from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who were seeking to alter U.S. foreign policy and punish Qatar, an archrival in the Gulf that...
Trump suggests summit with NKorea's Kim could be delayed

Trump suggests summit with NKorea's Kim could be delayed

President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that a planned historic meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un could be delayed. He said, "There's a very substantial chance that it won't work out" for June 12. Trump raised the possibility that the meeting could be pushed back during a White House meeting with South Korea President Moon Jae-in, trying to coordinate strategy as concerns mounted over...
Trump won't say if he has confidence in Rosenstein

Trump won't say if he has confidence in Rosenstein

President Donald Trump declined to say Tuesday whether he has confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, escalating pressure on the Justice Department as his White House negotiated rare access to classified documents for his congressional allies. Asked before a private meeting with the president of South Korea if he has confidence in Rosenstein, who is overseeing the special counsel's Russia...
Ryan vents frustration over GOP infighting over immigration

Ryan vents frustration over GOP infighting over immigration

A frustrated Speaker Paul Ryan chided House Republicans for election-season infighting over immigration that sank the party's farm bill last week, participants in a closed-door meeting said Tuesday. Leaders said they will schedule a late- June showdown over immigration, an issue that has divided the GOP for years. "I think he said 'gee whiz' and 'gosh' and used the word 'crap' once," Rep...
Warring House GOP factions seek middle ground on immigration

Warring House GOP factions seek middle ground on immigration

Leaders of warring House Republican factions searched for an immigration compromise Monday as some conservatives warned of consequences for Speaker Paul Ryan if he allowed party moderates to push a bipartisan bill through the chamber without strong GOP support. The talks occurred as centrist Republicans remained five GOP signatures away from being able to force party leaders to hold votes on a series...
Trump discusses immigration agenda with GOP governors

Trump discusses immigration agenda with GOP governors

President Donald Trump dined Monday evening with Republican governors supportive of his immigration policies to discuss plans for border security and deporting people in the U.S. illegally. Trump says the nation's immigration laws are the worst of anywhere in the world, particularly so-called catch-and-release policies, under which federal immigration officers release those detained for being in the...
Judge appoints special prosecutor to decide on Greitens case

Judge appoints special prosecutor to decide on Greitens case

A St. Louis judge on Monday appointed the prosecutor in Jackson County as the special prosecutor who will decide whether to refile an invasion-of-privacy case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison recused the St. Louis circuit attorney's office from the felony case and appointed Jean Peters Baker, the prosecutor for Jackson County, where Kansas City is located....
Can the 'dealmaker' president deliver on North Korea?

Can the 'dealmaker' president deliver on North Korea?

Weeks before his planned North Korea summit, President Donald Trump is staring down a dealmaker's worst nightmare: overpromising and under-delivering. As the Singapore meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un draws near, the president and his allies are growing increasingly anxious about how he can score a win on the world stage. While Trump has not suggested he wants to back out, he has struggled...
Interior moves to lift restrictions on hunting bears, wolves

Interior moves to lift restrictions on hunting bears, wolves

The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting brown bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their dens. The National Park Service issued a notice Monday of its intent to amend regulations for sport hunting and trapping in national preserves to bring the federal...
The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

After a year spent carefully cultivating two princes from the Arabian Peninsula, Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump, thought he was finally close to nailing more than $1 billion in business. He had ingratiated himself with crown princes from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who were seeking to alter U.S. foreign policy and punish Qatar, an archrival in the Gulf that...
Trump honors Truex Jr. at the White House

Trump honors Truex Jr. at the White House

President Donald Trump is honoring NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing at the White House, praising Truex's vow to "never give up." Trump is paying tribute to Truex's championship on the South Lawn of the White House and admiring the No. 78 Toyota Camry. The president says, "I want to get in that thing and drive it right away." The president is...
Senators press Pruitt for details on new legal defense fund

Senators press Pruitt for details on new legal defense fund

Four Senate Democrats asked Scott Pruitt on Monday for details about a new legal defense fund to help the Environmental Protection Agency administrator as he weathers a series of federal ethics investigations. Pruitt confirmed at a Senate hearing last week that people he did not identify have created the legal defense fund in his behalf, but he gave no specifics on its operation. Officials typically...
Democrats add drain-the-swamp proposals to campaign agenda

Democrats add drain-the-swamp proposals to campaign agenda

Democratic leaders in Congress are adding an anti-corruption plank to their midterm campaign agenda, with proposals to beef up ethics laws, protect voting rights and overhaul campaign finance. They unveiled the new platform Monday in a pitch to voters as they try to wrestle control of Congress from Republicans this fall. From the Capitol steps, Democrats criticized President Donald Trump's stewardship...
The Latest: Trump aims to prevent 'fire sales' in Venezuela

The Latest: Trump aims to prevent 'fire sales' in Venezuela

The Latest on U.S. policy toward Venezuela (all times local): 5:20 p.m. President Donald Trump says an executive order he signed Monday will prevent the Venezuelan government from conducting "fire sales" aimed at liquidating the country's assets. Trump says, "this money belongs to the Venezuelan people." Trump is issuing a statement after Venezuelan officials declared socialist...
'Don't be mad at Claire': McCaskill courts black voters

'Don't be mad at Claire': McCaskill courts black voters

The African-American community's frustration with Sen. Claire McCaskill is real. The perception that the Missouri Democrat has ignored black constituents haunts the corners of her campaign receptions in Ferguson, it looms near rallies in Kansas City, and it even sneaks into sermons from the church pulpit. "Don't be mad at Claire," pastor Ronald Lindsay bellowed to his African-American congregation...
The Latest: White House setting up meeting on Russia probe

The Latest: White House setting up meeting on Russia probe

The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation (all times local): 4:50 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly plans to "immediately set up a meeting" with congressional leaders and the FBI, Justice Department and Director of National Intelligence to review "highly classified and other information they have requested" related...
Netflix says it has signed Barack and Michelle Obama

Netflix says it has signed Barack and Michelle Obama

Barack and Michelle Obama are getting into the television business with Monday's announcement that they had signed a multi-year deal with Netflix. The former president and first lady have formed their own production company, Higher Ground Productions, for the material. In announcing a deal that had been rumored since March, Netflix offered no specifics on what shows they would make. Netflix said the...
School shooting unlikely to rile Texas runoffs Tuesday

School shooting unlikely to rile Texas runoffs Tuesday

Texas holds its primary runoff election just four days after a 17-year-old student killed 10 people and wounded 13 others at his Santa Fe High School near Houston. That sent shockwaves through Texas and the nation. But it's unlikely to be a major factor in Tuesday's balloting, which will decide 34 races, including party nominees for governor and Congress, where no candidate won at least 50 percent...

Trump to travel to New York for speech on MS-13 gang

President Donald Trump will travel to New York on Wednesday for a speech on immigration. New York Rep. Pete King's office says they're expecting the president to travel to Bethpage, on Long Island, to discuss efforts to eradicate the violent MS-13 gang. Last week, Trump raised eyebrows when he used the word "animals" to describe some people who enter the country illegally, in response to...
Watchdog report to fault FBI for Clinton probe delay

Watchdog report to fault FBI for Clinton probe delay

An upcoming report from the Justice Department's internal watchdog is expected to criticize senior FBI leaders for not moving quickly enough to review a trove of Hillary Clinton emails discovered late in the 2016 campaign, according to people familiar with the findings. The FBI's timing has been a sore point for Clinton supporters, who say then-director James Comey's announcement of the new review...
Trump administration slams Venezuela's election as a

Trump administration slams Venezuela's election as a "sham"

The Trump administration on Monday dismissed Venezuela's presidential election as a "sham" and ramped up economic and diplomatic pressure on President Nicolas Maduro's beleaguered government. The White House announced that President Donald Trump had signed an executive order restricting the Venezuelan government's ability to liquidate assets for pennies on the dollar at the expense of the...
Illinois Democrats grill Rauner aide on death penalty plan

Illinois Democrats grill Rauner aide on death penalty plan

Democratic legislators grilled a top aide to Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday over a compromise plan to reinstate the death penalty in exchange for even stricter gun restrictions than the ones the Legislature approved. Rauner used his veto powers last week to insert the capital punishment language, along with measures that include extending the waiting period on all guns from 24 to 72...
Ohio looks to decide what police body, dashboard video is public

Ohio looks to decide what police body, dashboard video is public

An Ohio House panel passed a bill Tuesday that would change which dashboard camera and police body camera videos are public and when police can withhold them from release. “This bill protects privacy rights, while also providing transparency and accountability for those involved. As new technology is utilized, we must continue to protect our citizens and my bill takes measures to ensure that...
Ohio House delays vote to pick new House speaker

Ohio House delays vote to pick new House speaker

House Republicans in Ohio again brought their decision on former House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s successor to a halt, calling off a scheduled vote that’s needed before any more laws can be made. The official reason for canceling Tuesday’s vote on an interim speaker was too few lawmakers could attend. However, there were also rumblings that the impasse that kept Republicans from...
Local Congressman Jim Jordan could become one of most powerful D.C. players

Local Congressman Jim Jordan could become one of most powerful D.C. players

With the 2018 midterm elections months away, experts are eyeing two scenarios for House Republicans: One: they lose the House majority. Two: They keep the majority, but it shrinks. For U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, the first scenario is a nightmare. The second could make him one of the most powerful people in Washington. Jordan, who saw his two endorsed GOP candidates for Ohio U.S House seats fall in the...
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...
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