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Should this man be the next Speaker of the House?
 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...

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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...
Chabot to seek House Judiciary Committee chair
 Rep. Steve Chabot, who has been on the House Judiciary Committee for all but two of the last 22 years, says he’s ready to take the gavel for that committee. Chabot, a Cincinnati Republican who served on the committee when it worked on impeachment proceedings during the Clinton era, said he’ll seek the chairmanship in the next...

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Rep. Steve Chabot, who has been on the House Judiciary Committee for all but two of the last 22 years, says he’s ready to take the gavel for that committee. Chabot, a Cincinnati Republican who served on the committee when it worked on impeachment proceedings during the Clinton era, said he’ll seek the chairmanship in the next...
Brown says pensions in danger if steps not taken
 The co-chair of a special committee tasked with solving a crisis that threatens the pensions of 1.3 million Americans said Congress must shore up both the pensions and the insurance company that insures those pensions. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said during a hearing of the Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension...

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The co-chair of a special committee tasked with solving a crisis that threatens the pensions of 1.3 million Americans said Congress must shore up both the pensions and the insurance company that insures those pensions. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said during a hearing of the Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension...
Contaminated Clark County aquifer added to EPA Superfund list
 Eighteen years after the EPA detected a toxic chemical in the groundwater near a former Tecumseh elementary school in Clark County, the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday announced plans to add the site to its list of cleanup priorities. The Donnelsville contaminated aquifer is one of three sites the EPA proposed adding to its list of...

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Eighteen years after the EPA detected a toxic chemical in the groundwater near a former Tecumseh elementary school in Clark County, the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday announced plans to add the site to its list of cleanup priorities. The Donnelsville contaminated aquifer is one of three sites the EPA proposed adding to its list of...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
Wright State University graduate wins U.S. Congressional primary
 Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor — a Wright State University graduate — is the Democratic nominee in Ohio Congressional District 12, according to the Associated Press. O’Connor’s Republican opponent in November is not yet known. The GOP primary to replace Rep. Pat Tiberi has become a squeaker, with state...

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Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor — a Wright State University graduate — is the Democratic nominee in Ohio Congressional District 12, according to the Associated Press. O’Connor’s Republican opponent in November is not yet known. The GOP primary to replace Rep. Pat Tiberi has become a squeaker, with state...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
Welfare reform caught up in passage of farm bill in Congress
 Republicans’ next big push for welfare reform has come courtesy of a bill designed to pay for the nation’s farm programs. The federal farm bill, which expires Oct. 1, is aimed at providing federal support to farmers who may need it during tough times. But roughly 80 percent of the bill goes to federal food assistance, also known...

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Republicans’ next big push for welfare reform has come courtesy of a bill designed to pay for the nation’s farm programs. The federal farm bill, which expires Oct. 1, is aimed at providing federal support to farmers who may need it during tough times. But roughly 80 percent of the bill goes to federal food assistance, also known...
Local Republican congressman says Trump’s Syria strike ‘unconstitutional’
 Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, said President Donald Trump’s decision to launch a retaliatory strike against Syria for using chemical weapons against its own people was “unconstitutional.” “There is no authority to do that,” Davidson said during a meeting with the Dayton Development Coalition. He said while it&rsquo...

10:17 PM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, said President Donald Trump’s decision to launch a retaliatory strike against Syria for using chemical weapons against its own people was “unconstitutional.” “There is no authority to do that,” Davidson said during a meeting with the Dayton Development Coalition. He said while it&rsquo...
Guns, opioids dominate talk at local Washington fly-in
 The Dayton Development Coalition’s annual fly-in to Washington is typically a pretty locally-driven affair — lots of discussion of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Wright Brothers historical sites — but on Wednesday, the conversation briefly veered into a national social issue. Asked whether he supports outlawing...

7:06 PM Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018

The Dayton Development Coalition’s annual fly-in to Washington is typically a pretty locally-driven affair — lots of discussion of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Wright Brothers historical sites — but on Wednesday, the conversation briefly veered into a national social issue. Asked whether he supports outlawing...
Congress: Democrat Gasper outraises Turner; he keeps big money edge
 Four of the 10 Ohio Republicans seeking re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives were outraised by their Democratic challengers during the first three months of this year — a possible indication that Democrats will be more competitive in congressional races this year. Reps. Mike Turner of Dayton, Steve Chabot of Cincinnati,...

2:45 PM Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018

Four of the 10 Ohio Republicans seeking re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives were outraised by their Democratic challengers during the first three months of this year — a possible indication that Democrats will be more competitive in congressional races this year. Reps. Mike Turner of Dayton, Steve Chabot of Cincinnati,...
Balanced budget vote triggers debate over spending in Washington
 Here’s a quick way to cause howls of ridicule among fiscal deficit hawks: Pass a $1.5 trillion tax cut, follow it up with a $1.3 trillion spending bill and then vote on a bill calling for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. VOTERS GUIDE: WHAT’S ON YOUR MAY 8 BALLOT? That’s just what the House of Representatives...

4:48 PM Sunday, Apr. 15, 2018

Here’s a quick way to cause howls of ridicule among fiscal deficit hawks: Pass a $1.5 trillion tax cut, follow it up with a $1.3 trillion spending bill and then vote on a bill calling for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. VOTERS GUIDE: WHAT’S ON YOUR MAY 8 BALLOT? That’s just what the House of Representatives...
Local Congressman Jim Jordan considering run for House speaker
 U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, who earlier this week refused to entertain the notion of running for House Speaker upon the announcement that current Speaker Paul Ryan is retiring, now says he's open to the notion. Jordan, an Urbana Republican who leads an insurgent group of ultra-conservative Republicans, said his colleagues have urged him to run...

3:00 PM Friday, Apr. 13, 2018

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, who earlier this week refused to entertain the notion of running for House Speaker upon the announcement that current Speaker Paul Ryan is retiring, now says he's open to the notion. Jordan, an Urbana Republican who leads an insurgent group of ultra-conservative Republicans, said his colleagues have urged him to run...
Paul Ryan’s retirement could give Jim Jordan a higher platform
 House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision Wednesday not to seek re-election raised immediate speculation about whether Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, will attempt to wrest power from the moderate House Republican leadership after the election. For his part, Jordan insisted Republicans’ focus right now wasn’t on the next speaker; instead...

8:41 PM Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision Wednesday not to seek re-election raised immediate speculation about whether Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, will attempt to wrest power from the moderate House Republican leadership after the election. For his part, Jordan insisted Republicans’ focus right now wasn’t on the next speaker; instead...
Former Speaker Boehner weighs in on Speaker Ryan leaving office
 Former House Speaker John Boehner today said he believed current Speaker Paul Ryan stepped down after achieving his dream of passing a comprehensive tax bill and dismissed the notion that far-right conservatives will replace Ryan as speaker, saying “they can’t win.” “They know they can’t win,” he said,...

5:09 PM Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018

Former House Speaker John Boehner today said he believed current Speaker Paul Ryan stepped down after achieving his dream of passing a comprehensive tax bill and dismissed the notion that far-right conservatives will replace Ryan as speaker, saying “they can’t win.” “They know they can’t win,” he said,...
John Boehner joins marijuana group, says he has ‘evolved’
 Former Speaker of the House John Boehner has joined the board of Acreage Holdings, which calls itself one of the “nation’s largest, multi-state actively–managed cannabis corporations.” In a tweet sent early Wednesday, Boehner, a West Chester Republican who served as speaker from 2011 through 2015, said his “thinking...

3:45 PM Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner has joined the board of Acreage Holdings, which calls itself one of the “nation’s largest, multi-state actively–managed cannabis corporations.” In a tweet sent early Wednesday, Boehner, a West Chester Republican who served as speaker from 2011 through 2015, said his “thinking...
Sherrod Brown says campaign set fundraising record in first quarter
 Sen. Sherrod Brown has raised nearly $19.7 million for his re-election to date, and with eight months until Election Day has more than $11.8 million in the bank, according to his latest campaign finance report. Brown, a Democrat seeking his third term in the U.S. Senate, raised $3.3 million in the first quarter of this year alone. The $11...

3:06 PM Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018

Sen. Sherrod Brown has raised nearly $19.7 million for his re-election to date, and with eight months until Election Day has more than $11.8 million in the bank, according to his latest campaign finance report. Brown, a Democrat seeking his third term in the U.S. Senate, raised $3.3 million in the first quarter of this year alone. The $11...
Ohio braces for trade war over soybean tariffs
 As the soybean industry assailed President Donald Trump today for launching a trade war with China, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Trump assured him that farmers in Ohio and across the country “will not be allowed to be the casualty in a trade dispute.” After an appearance before farmers here, Perdue acknowledged...

6:28 PM Wednesday, Apr. 04, 2018

As the soybean industry assailed President Donald Trump today for launching a trade war with China, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Trump assured him that farmers in Ohio and across the country “will not be allowed to be the casualty in a trade dispute.” After an appearance before farmers here, Perdue acknowledged...
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