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Under pressure, drugmaker lowering price of $4,000 overdose drug
 A drug manufacturer that produces a life–saving opioid overdose drug will reduce the price of that drug after two senators — one from Ohio — complained that the company was gouging customers. Sen. Rob Portman, R–Ohio, and Sen. Tom Carper, D–Delaware, found in a Nov. 18 report that drug manufacturer kalé...

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A drug manufacturer that produces a life–saving opioid overdose drug will reduce the price of that drug after two senators — one from Ohio — complained that the company was gouging customers. Sen. Rob Portman, R–Ohio, and Sen. Tom Carper, D–Delaware, found in a Nov. 18 report that drug manufacturer kalé...
The VA stayed open during the Bush funeral. Here’s why.
 If you were wondering why the Dayton VA stayed open during Wednesday’s National Day of Mourning for the funeral of former President H.W. Bush — after previously closing during funerals for Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford — here’s the explanation from Dayton VA Spokesman Ted Froats. “While we join the...

Posted: 9 days ago

If you were wondering why the Dayton VA stayed open during Wednesday’s National Day of Mourning for the funeral of former President H.W. Bush — after previously closing during funerals for Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford — here’s the explanation from Dayton VA Spokesman Ted Froats. “While we join the...
Brown, Portman make case with GM boss for keeping Lordstown open
 Ohio’s two senators pressed General Motors CEO Mary Barra to use the soon-to-be-vacated Lordstown GM plant for one of five new products the company plans to launch next year. During a roughly 30-minute meeting with Barra in Sen. Rob Portman’s Capitol Hill office Wednesday, Portman, a Republican, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat...

Posted: 10 days ago

Ohio’s two senators pressed General Motors CEO Mary Barra to use the soon-to-be-vacated Lordstown GM plant for one of five new products the company plans to launch next year. During a roughly 30-minute meeting with Barra in Sen. Rob Portman’s Capitol Hill office Wednesday, Portman, a Republican, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat...
New F-35 mission to bring 400 jobs to Wright-Patt
 A F-35 program will bring hundreds of new jobs to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. U.S. Senators Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio and U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, on Tuesday announced that the Pentagon has decided to locate the F-35 Hybrid Product Support Integrator Organization at Wright-Patterson. RELATED: Wright-Patterson...

Posted: 11 days ago

A F-35 program will bring hundreds of new jobs to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. U.S. Senators Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio and U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, on Tuesday announced that the Pentagon has decided to locate the F-35 Hybrid Product Support Integrator Organization at Wright-Patterson. RELATED: Wright-Patterson...
Brown, Portman to meet GM leader in effort to keep Ohio plant open
 Ohio Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman will meet with the CEO of General Motors Wednesday— one week after she announced that the company was slashing 14,700 jobs in North America. Brown, D–Ohio, and Portman, R–Ohio, will meet with Mary Barra in Portman’s office. Both senators are concerned in particular about the...

Posted: 11 days ago

Ohio Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman will meet with the CEO of General Motors Wednesday— one week after she announced that the company was slashing 14,700 jobs in North America. Brown, D–Ohio, and Portman, R–Ohio, will meet with Mary Barra in Portman’s office. Both senators are concerned in particular about the...
The presidential race in 2020 could be a first for Ohio in 100 years. Here’s why.
 The last time Ohio had a major party nominee for president was 98 years ago and that year the state had two, when Republican presidential nominee Warren Harding of Marion defeated Democratic presidential nominee James M. Cox of Dayton in the 1920 election.  Now, after decades of Ohio politicians playing minor roles in presidential politics...

Posted: 13 days ago

The last time Ohio had a major party nominee for president was 98 years ago and that year the state had two, when Republican presidential nominee Warren Harding of Marion defeated Democratic presidential nominee James M. Cox of Dayton in the 1920 election.  Now, after decades of Ohio politicians playing minor roles in presidential politics...
George H.W. Bush represented era of ‘decency and character’ in politics
 When George H.W. Bush died Friday at the age of 94, the country lost a former president, lawmaker, CIA director, UN ambassador and war hero – as well as a good and decent man, according to colleagues and former opponents from across the political spectrum. “At the close of this truly great American life, let us honor his legacy...

Posted: 14 days ago

When George H.W. Bush died Friday at the age of 94, the country lost a former president, lawmaker, CIA director, UN ambassador and war hero – as well as a good and decent man, according to colleagues and former opponents from across the political spectrum. “At the close of this truly great American life, let us honor his legacy...
President George H.W. Bush: “Sound judgment, common sense, and unflappable leadership.”
 The death of former President George H.W. Bush prompted fond memories and profound sympathies from Ohio lawmakers and others.   Word of Bush's death came late Friday night. He was 94.  Bush, who served one term as the 41st president, from 1989 until January of 1993, had been suffering from a form of Parkinson's Disease. He...

Posted: 15 days ago

The death of former President George H.W. Bush prompted fond memories and profound sympathies from Ohio lawmakers and others.   Word of Bush's death came late Friday night. He was 94.  Bush, who served one term as the 41st president, from 1989 until January of 1993, had been suffering from a form of Parkinson's Disease. He...
Jim Jordan drops bid for judiciary role, will lead oversight group
 In a surprise move, House Republicans named Rep. Jim Jordan, an Urbana Republican who leads a group of ultraconservative House Republicans, to be the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee. The committee is the leading investigatory committee in the House of Representatives, and long before he was named its top Republican, Jordan...

Posted: 15 days ago

In a surprise move, House Republicans named Rep. Jim Jordan, an Urbana Republican who leads a group of ultraconservative House Republicans, to be the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee. The committee is the leading investigatory committee in the House of Representatives, and long before he was named its top Republican, Jordan...
No deal expected from pension panel before deadline
 The leaders of the bipartisan House-Senate committee tasked with solving a pension crisis that threatens the retirement security of 1.3 million Americans said Thursday they won’t be able to finalize an agreement to send to Congress before Nov. 30 — the self-imposed Friday deadline they set when they established the committee....

Posted: 16 days ago

The leaders of the bipartisan House-Senate committee tasked with solving a pension crisis that threatens the retirement security of 1.3 million Americans said Thursday they won’t be able to finalize an agreement to send to Congress before Nov. 30 — the self-imposed Friday deadline they set when they established the committee....
Pelosi challenge still possible on House floor
 The new House Democratic majority picked House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as their speaker Wednesday, but what’s unknown is whether a revolt led by Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles will re-emerge when the full House votes on Pelosi’s speakership on Jan. 3. While Pelosi won overwhelmingly, with 203 Democrats backing her and 32 opposing...

Posted: 17 days ago

The new House Democratic majority picked House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as their speaker Wednesday, but what’s unknown is whether a revolt led by Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles will re-emerge when the full House votes on Pelosi’s speakership on Jan. 3. While Pelosi won overwhelmingly, with 203 Democrats backing her and 32 opposing...
Trump, Brown discuss GM shutdown in Ohio: What’s really going on
 President Donald Trump spoke by telephone late Wednesday with Sen. Sherrod Brown about General Motors’ decision to close down the Lordstown production facility less than one day after Trump appeared to blame Brown for the automaker’s move. In a statement after the call, Brown, D-Ohio, said he was “glad the president said...

Posted: 17 days ago

President Donald Trump spoke by telephone late Wednesday with Sen. Sherrod Brown about General Motors’ decision to close down the Lordstown production facility less than one day after Trump appeared to blame Brown for the automaker’s move. In a statement after the call, Brown, D-Ohio, said he was “glad the president said...
Brown, Kasich take to airwaves teasing possible 2020 presidential runs
 Ohioans tuning into ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Sunday may have gotten a sneak peek into the 2020 presidential race — and there was a whole lot of Buckeye in it. Over the span of about 10 minutes Sunday, first Ohio Gov. John Kasich, then Sen. Sherrod Brown opined on the possibility that they&rsquo...

Posted: 20 days ago

Ohioans tuning into ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Sunday may have gotten a sneak peek into the 2020 presidential race — and there was a whole lot of Buckeye in it. Over the span of about 10 minutes Sunday, first Ohio Gov. John Kasich, then Sen. Sherrod Brown opined on the possibility that they&rsquo...
Ohio congresswoman won’t challenge Nancy Pelosi for speaker
 U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge of Cleveland abruptly ended her bid to become speaker of the House and said she will support House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California for the job. Fudge, who last week said she was considering a run to topple Pelosi, said the California Democrat “assured me that the most loyal voting bloc in the Democratic...

Posted: 24 days ago

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge of Cleveland abruptly ended her bid to become speaker of the House and said she will support House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California for the job. Fudge, who last week said she was considering a run to topple Pelosi, said the California Democrat “assured me that the most loyal voting bloc in the Democratic...
Ohio congresswoman may challenge Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the House
 Rep. Marcia Fudge, a Cleveland Democrat who led the Congressional Black Caucus from 2012 to 2014, is considering challenging Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the House. Fudge, whose spokeswoman said she was unavailable for comment Thursday, told Cleveland.com late Wednesday she was considering a run for the top leadership position, and a spokeswoman...

8:12 PM Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

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

11:24 PM Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

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

4:43 PM Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

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

4:02 PM Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

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

6:10 PM Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

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

3:30 PM Monday, Nov. 12, 2018

Sen. Sherrod Brown, who won a third term last week to represent Ohio in the U.S. Senate, said Monday he is considering running for president in 2020. Brown, who won his election by about six percentage points, said he’s hearing “sort of a crescendo” of interest in him seeking the White House, be it through his wife Connie...
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