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Democrats outraising Republicans in some key races
 Six Democratic challengers outraised Ohio Republican U.S. House members last quarter, including one who raised more than three times the amount of the senior Republican in the state’s House delegation. With weeks to go until Election Day, Democrats Aftab Pureval, Danny O’Connor, Ken Harbaugh, Janet Garrett, Betsy Rader and Theresa...

Posted: 6 hours ago

Six Democratic challengers outraised Ohio Republican U.S. House members last quarter, including one who raised more than three times the amount of the senior Republican in the state’s House delegation. With weeks to go until Election Day, Democrats Aftab Pureval, Danny O’Connor, Ken Harbaugh, Janet Garrett, Betsy Rader and Theresa...
A tight area Congressional race is hinging on a key group: Warren County residents
 In a vicious and narrow Congressional race where the candidates concur on little else, Republican Rep. Steve Chabot and Democrat Aftab Pureval agree on one thing: the road to Washington goes through Warren County. Perhaps it’s no surprise then that President Trump came to the county Friday to energize the Republican base ahead of November&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

In a vicious and narrow Congressional race where the candidates concur on little else, Republican Rep. Steve Chabot and Democrat Aftab Pureval agree on one thing: the road to Washington goes through Warren County. Perhaps it’s no surprise then that President Trump came to the county Friday to energize the Republican base ahead of November&rsquo...
Brown has raised $27M in Senate race
 Sen. Sherrod Brown has raised nearly $27.1 million so far in his quest to receive a third term in the U.S. Senate — a figure higher even than Sen. Rob Portman’s total fund-raising in 2016. Brown, an Ohio Democrat, had almost $8.2 million on hand for his contest against Republican Rep. Jim Renacci, a Wadsworth Republican. Between...

Posted: 5 days ago

Sen. Sherrod Brown has raised nearly $27.1 million so far in his quest to receive a third term in the U.S. Senate — a figure higher even than Sen. Rob Portman’s total fund-raising in 2016. Brown, an Ohio Democrat, had almost $8.2 million on hand for his contest against Republican Rep. Jim Renacci, a Wadsworth Republican. Between...
Trump appoints judge for court that serves Dayton, southern Ohio
 President Donald Trump Wednesday nominated Matthew W. McFarland to serve as District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The district has court locations in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton and serves more than five million Ohioans in 48 counties. McFarland, currently a judge on the Ohio Fourth District Court...

Posted: 5 days ago

President Donald Trump Wednesday nominated Matthew W. McFarland to serve as District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The district has court locations in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton and serves more than five million Ohioans in 48 counties. McFarland, currently a judge on the Ohio Fourth District Court...
Record number of women running for Congress this year, 11 in Ohio
 When Democrat Janet Garrett chose to run for Congress against U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, she introduced herself to voters by recounting in a nearly two-minute video the December 2000 night her ex-husband came home and “beat the hell” out of her. “I’m running for Congress now,” she said, “because...

Posted: 9 days ago

When Democrat Janet Garrett chose to run for Congress against U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, she introduced herself to voters by recounting in a nearly two-minute video the December 2000 night her ex-husband came home and “beat the hell” out of her. “I’m running for Congress now,” she said, “because...
Republican Party files FEC complaint about Sherrod Brown ad
 The Ohio Republican Party Monday issued a formal complaint to the Federal Election Commission about Sen. Sherrod Brown’s most recent campaign ad. The ad, called “Disheveled,” features a handful of Whirlpool Corporation employees, some wearing the corporate logo, standing in front of their company talking about Brown. The...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Ohio Republican Party Monday issued a formal complaint to the Federal Election Commission about Sen. Sherrod Brown’s most recent campaign ad. The ad, called “Disheveled,” features a handful of Whirlpool Corporation employees, some wearing the corporate logo, standing in front of their company talking about Brown. The...
Strip club owner flies Ohio Senate candidate Renacci on private plane
 A man who owns strip clubs in Cleveland has flown Republican Senate nominee Jim Renacci to more than a dozen campaign events since July, including one Tuesday after the congressman from the Akron area skipped two roll-call votes to campaign in Ohio. Renacci said he paid a total of about $2,500 between January and June for the trips provided...

Posted: 20 days ago

A man who owns strip clubs in Cleveland has flown Republican Senate nominee Jim Renacci to more than a dozen campaign events since July, including one Tuesday after the congressman from the Akron area skipped two roll-call votes to campaign in Ohio. Renacci said he paid a total of about $2,500 between January and June for the trips provided...
Election profile: Down in the polls, Renacci’s colleagues say he’s used to uphill battles
 U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci arrived in Congress in 2010 with a goal: He wanted to get on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which writes the nation’s tax laws. One of the few CPAs in Congress, he felt he had the expertise. But he was told he was too new, to let it go. He couldn’t. So every week, Renacci, now Sen. Sherrod Brown&rsquo...

Posted: 23 days ago

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci arrived in Congress in 2010 with a goal: He wanted to get on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which writes the nation’s tax laws. One of the few CPAs in Congress, he felt he had the expertise. But he was told he was too new, to let it go. He couldn’t. So every week, Renacci, now Sen. Sherrod Brown&rsquo...
Dayton VA cleared by Inspector General in death of patient
 An Inspector General has cleared the Dayton VA Medical Center’s Mental Residential Rehabilitation Program of blame after a veteran with a history of opioid use disorder was found unconscious in a locked bathroom stall on the VA campus and dying in early 2017. The resident, whose identity and even gender were not identified in the 40-page...

Posted: 26 days ago

An Inspector General has cleared the Dayton VA Medical Center’s Mental Residential Rehabilitation Program of blame after a veteran with a history of opioid use disorder was found unconscious in a locked bathroom stall on the VA campus and dying in early 2017. The resident, whose identity and even gender were not identified in the 40-page...
Senate votes to make it harder to ship fentanyl to U.S. by mail
 The U.S. Senate Monday overwhelmingly passed a mammoth bipartisan opioid bill that included a measure pushed by Sen. Rob Portman to make it harder to ship fentanyl into the U.S. through the mail system. The Ohio Republican’s STOP Act, which he has pushed since he released the results of a bipartisan investigation on fentanyl being mailed...

Posted: 29 days ago

The U.S. Senate Monday overwhelmingly passed a mammoth bipartisan opioid bill that included a measure pushed by Sen. Rob Portman to make it harder to ship fentanyl into the U.S. through the mail system. The Ohio Republican’s STOP Act, which he has pushed since he released the results of a bipartisan investigation on fentanyl being mailed...
Senate OKs bill banning ‘gag rules’ keeping pharmacists from telling you how to save money
 The U.S. Senate has a passed a bill that would bar gag clauses that prevent pharmacists from telling consumers how to save money by paying out of pocket for medicine rather than going through insurance. The Senate earlier this month passed a bill outlawing such gag clauses for Medicare D, with this latest bill extending the ban to all insurance...

Posted: 29 days ago

The U.S. Senate has a passed a bill that would bar gag clauses that prevent pharmacists from telling consumers how to save money by paying out of pocket for medicine rather than going through insurance. The Senate earlier this month passed a bill outlawing such gag clauses for Medicare D, with this latest bill extending the ban to all insurance...
Ohio senators split on Kavanaugh allegations as Supreme Court pick in limbo
 Sen. Rob Portman sharply criticized Senate Democrats Monday for waiting “until the 11th hour” to make public an accusation by a woman that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at party when both were in high school three decades ago. Portman, R-Ohio, a close friend of Kavanaugh’s and who introduced...

Posted: 29 days ago

Sen. Rob Portman sharply criticized Senate Democrats Monday for waiting “until the 11th hour” to make public an accusation by a woman that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at party when both were in high school three decades ago. Portman, R-Ohio, a close friend of Kavanaugh’s and who introduced...
U.S. Senate race: Brown, Renacci squabble over cause of ballooning national debt
 They don’t see eye-to-eye on the national debt, or at least on what caused it. They are diametrically opposed on what to do about health care costs. And there are stark differences between the two candidates on a host of other issues, including last year’s tax cuts. In their race for the U.S. Senate in Ohio this year, Sen. Sherrod...

4:58 PM Sunday, Sep. 16, 2018

They don’t see eye-to-eye on the national debt, or at least on what caused it. They are diametrically opposed on what to do about health care costs. And there are stark differences between the two candidates on a host of other issues, including last year’s tax cuts. In their race for the U.S. Senate in Ohio this year, Sen. Sherrod...
Congress approves funds for major NASIC project at Wright-Patt
 The U.S. House Thursday passed a $147 billion spending bill that included key funding for one of the biggest projects in the history of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The bill, which passed the Senate Wednesday, pays for legislative programs, veterans programs, military construction and energy and water programs and most notably an expansion...

9:04 PM Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018

The U.S. House Thursday passed a $147 billion spending bill that included key funding for one of the biggest projects in the history of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The bill, which passed the Senate Wednesday, pays for legislative programs, veterans programs, military construction and energy and water programs and most notably an expansion...
Ad accuses Sen. Sherrod Brown of domestic violence; ex-wife calls it ‘shameless’
 An independent organization linked to the Republican Party is dredging up decades-old allegations of domestic abuse against Sen. Sherrod Brown, which prompted his former wife to say the use of her divorce records by the Republicans was “shameless” and “disgusting.” The organization, known as MeTooOhio, is spending...

5:17 PM Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018

An independent organization linked to the Republican Party is dredging up decades-old allegations of domestic abuse against Sen. Sherrod Brown, which prompted his former wife to say the use of her divorce records by the Republicans was “shameless” and “disgusting.” The organization, known as MeTooOhio, is spending...
U.S. Senate OK’s $61M for NASIC expansion at Wright-Patterson AFB
 The U.S. Senate late Wednesday passed a $147 billion spending package that included $61 million to upgrade Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s National Air and Space Intelligence Center, part of one of three spending packages before Congress aimed at preventing a shutdown when the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. The money, which Sen. Sherrod...

12:20 AM Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018

The U.S. Senate late Wednesday passed a $147 billion spending package that included $61 million to upgrade Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s National Air and Space Intelligence Center, part of one of three spending packages before Congress aimed at preventing a shutdown when the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. The money, which Sen. Sherrod...
Republicans show signs of giving up on Ohio Senate race; Renacci camp says that’s ‘ridiculous’
 National Republicans and political analysts are increasingly signaling that they do not consider the Senate race between Sen. Sherrod Brown and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci to be a top priority in the 2018 race to keep the Senate in GOP hands. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, speaking to reporters this week, listed races in Arizona...

9:47 PM Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018

National Republicans and political analysts are increasingly signaling that they do not consider the Senate race between Sen. Sherrod Brown and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci to be a top priority in the 2018 race to keep the Senate in GOP hands. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, speaking to reporters this week, listed races in Arizona...
DeWine, Cordray race dead heat in new poll; DeWine ahead in money raised
 Ohio’s campaign season about to get loud, pricey and competitive. With early voting set to start in about a month, the campaigns and their allies have already been airing ads on TV, online and radio and booked time for more spots in the coming weeks. Borrell Associates says the governor race between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican...

9:03 PM Thursday, Sep. 06, 2018

Ohio’s campaign season about to get loud, pricey and competitive. With early voting set to start in about a month, the campaigns and their allies have already been airing ads on TV, online and radio and booked time for more spots in the coming weeks. Borrell Associates says the governor race between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican...
Ohio’s expected $28.7M governor race to be one of most expensive in U.S.
 Ohio, get ready for the deluge. A research and consulting firm that tracks political advertising predicts that political spending in the state will hit $240.39 million this cycle, with the bulk of that going into the hotly contested race for governor. Borrell Associates, based in Williamsburg, Va., predicts that the cost of the race between...

3:19 PM Thursday, Sep. 06, 2018

Ohio, get ready for the deluge. A research and consulting firm that tracks political advertising predicts that political spending in the state will hit $240.39 million this cycle, with the bulk of that going into the hotly contested race for governor. Borrell Associates, based in Williamsburg, Va., predicts that the cost of the race between...
Portman touts Kavanaugh during contentious first day
 Sen. Rob Portman capped a long and contentious first day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh Tuesday with the warmest of words, calling Kavanaugh “an extraordinary nominee in every respect,” who “deserves broad support.” Portman spoke during the late hours of a particularly testy...

9:33 PM Tuesday, Sep. 04, 2018

Sen. Rob Portman capped a long and contentious first day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh Tuesday with the warmest of words, calling Kavanaugh “an extraordinary nominee in every respect,” who “deserves broad support.” Portman spoke during the late hours of a particularly testy...
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