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For first time since shutdown, some Ohio federal workers go without paycheck
 For more than 6,500 Ohioans employed by the federal government, Friday marked a grim milestone: The first day they have missed a paycheck since the government partially shut down on Dec. 22. What it means varies, but it’s never a win. For the 10 married couples who work at the Federal Correctional Institution in Elkton, it meant no...

9:17 PM Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019

For more than 6,500 Ohioans employed by the federal government, Friday marked a grim milestone: The first day they have missed a paycheck since the government partially shut down on Dec. 22. What it means varies, but it’s never a win. For the 10 married couples who work at the Federal Correctional Institution in Elkton, it meant no...
Local Rep. Turner to Trump: Don’t ‘cannibalize’ defense money for border wall
 Rep. Mike Turner has sharply warned the Trump administration that it would be “completely unacceptable” to divert federal dollars from military construction projects such as those at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton to build a wall along the Texas border. With Trump repeating his threat Thursday to declare a national...

6:43 PM Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

Rep. Mike Turner has sharply warned the Trump administration that it would be “completely unacceptable” to divert federal dollars from military construction projects such as those at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton to build a wall along the Texas border. With Trump repeating his threat Thursday to declare a national...
Senators Portman, Brown, some Ohio lawmakers decline pay during shutdown
 At least half of Ohio's congressional delegation say they will not accept a paycheck while the federal government is operating under a partial shutdown.  On a conference call with Ohio reporters Tuesday, Sen. Rob Portman said he "won’t be accepting my pay during the shutdown."   The Republican said President...

10:19 PM Tuesday, Jan. 08, 2019

At least half of Ohio's congressional delegation say they will not accept a paycheck while the federal government is operating under a partial shutdown.  On a conference call with Ohio reporters Tuesday, Sen. Rob Portman said he "won’t be accepting my pay during the shutdown."   The Republican said President...
Congressman Turner against any funds OK’d for Wright-Patt, NASIC to go for border wall
 Two key Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday said that they do not believe that President Donald Trump should use military construction dollars to pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Reps. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, and Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, both said they opposed the prospect of using defense construction...

8:55 PM Tuesday, Jan. 08, 2019

Two key Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday said that they do not believe that President Donald Trump should use military construction dollars to pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Reps. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, and Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, both said they opposed the prospect of using defense construction...
Former Ohio State, NFL football player joins Congress
 The walls of Rep. Anthony Gonzalez’s Capitol Hill office are bare, but Gonzalez knows how he’d like to decorate them: He’d like to post Polaroids of the people who visit from Ohio — faces of the people he now represents. What the Ohio House delegation’s newest member won’t do is make it a tribute to his...

8:26 PM Sunday, Jan. 06, 2019

The walls of Rep. Anthony Gonzalez’s Capitol Hill office are bare, but Gonzalez knows how he’d like to decorate them: He’d like to post Polaroids of the people who visit from Ohio — faces of the people he now represents. What the Ohio House delegation’s newest member won’t do is make it a tribute to his...
Nancy Pelosi elected speaker as more than 100 women sworn in to Congress
 Nancy Pelosi took control as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on a historic day Thursday as more than 100 women were sworn into Congress - a new record. Pelosi, the first female speaker, become one of the few in history to serve as speaker twice. The 116th Congress took office as the government approaches week two of a partial...

7:41 PM Thursday, Jan. 03, 2019

Nancy Pelosi took control as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on a historic day Thursday as more than 100 women were sworn into Congress - a new record. Pelosi, the first female speaker, become one of the few in history to serve as speaker twice. The 116th Congress took office as the government approaches week two of a partial...
Brown’s everyman appeal has some pushing him to run for president
 Since Sherrod Brown said he was considering running for president, the New York Times and the New Yorker have written glowing profiles — both, unsurprisingly, including the word “rumpled.” The magazine “The Week” called him “the Democrats’ best shot in 2020.” Two Ohio Democrats, including Dayton...

12:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018

Since Sherrod Brown said he was considering running for president, the New York Times and the New Yorker have written glowing profiles — both, unsurprisingly, including the word “rumpled.” The magazine “The Week” called him “the Democrats’ best shot in 2020.” Two Ohio Democrats, including Dayton...
Sherrod Brown hopes to meet with Obama as he mulls possible 2020 presidential run
 Although Sen. Sherrod Brown has talked about possibly running for president, the senator from Ohio hasn’t yet checked off the box that is becoming essential for prospective Democratic candidates: meeting with former President Barack Obama. That could soon change. Brown’s staff is seeking to arrange time for him to visit with Obama...

7:27 PM Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018

Although Sen. Sherrod Brown has talked about possibly running for president, the senator from Ohio hasn’t yet checked off the box that is becoming essential for prospective Democratic candidates: meeting with former President Barack Obama. That could soon change. Brown’s staff is seeking to arrange time for him to visit with Obama...
Presidents Day: Can Ohio ever again be a cradle for presidents?
 Every fourth grader who paid attention during Ohio history knows it is the “cradle of presidents” — giving U.S. history William McKinley, James A. Garfield, Ulysses S. Grant and five others. But that cradle’s been empty a long time. The last time an Ohioan served as president — Warren Harding in 1923 —...

2:00 PM Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018

Every fourth grader who paid attention during Ohio history knows it is the “cradle of presidents” — giving U.S. history William McKinley, James A. Garfield, Ulysses S. Grant and five others. But that cradle’s been empty a long time. The last time an Ohioan served as president — Warren Harding in 1923 —...
Dayton Mayor Whaley launches group urging Sen. Brown to run for president
 Two key Ohio Democrats have launched a committee aimed at “drafting” Sen. Sherrod Brown to run for president in 2020. The Committee to Draft Sherrod Brown for President 2020 — led by Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Cleveland attorney Michael Wager — aims to advocate for Brown’s candidacy and talk about Brown&rsquo...

7:29 PM Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

Two key Ohio Democrats have launched a committee aimed at “drafting” Sen. Sherrod Brown to run for president in 2020. The Committee to Draft Sherrod Brown for President 2020 — led by Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Cleveland attorney Michael Wager — aims to advocate for Brown’s candidacy and talk about Brown&rsquo...
John Boehner bio: Former Speaker, local congressman writing memoir
 Coming soon to a bookstore near you: The Boehner bio. Politico reported Monday that former House Speaker John Boehner is at work on a memoir about his time in Washington, a more than 20 year span lasting from when he was a rabble-rousing freshman lawmaker in 1991 to his retirement as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015. A...

6:33 PM Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

Coming soon to a bookstore near you: The Boehner bio. Politico reported Monday that former House Speaker John Boehner is at work on a memoir about his time in Washington, a more than 20 year span lasting from when he was a rabble-rousing freshman lawmaker in 1991 to his retirement as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015. A...
Democrats try to pick up pieces after election defeats; more asking question: Is Ohio a red state?
 Democrats in Ohio couldn’t match the gains the party made in other states, and now some observers are wondering if the state itself should be colored in a deep shade of red. That has implications beyond politics, because Ohio has long benefited from its swing-state reputation, which brings candidates, media attention and increased spending...

11:00 AM Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

Democrats in Ohio couldn’t match the gains the party made in other states, and now some observers are wondering if the state itself should be colored in a deep shade of red. That has implications beyond politics, because Ohio has long benefited from its swing-state reputation, which brings candidates, media attention and increased spending...
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...

2:32 PM Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

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...

4:47 PM Thursday, Dec. 06, 2018

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...

11:10 PM Wednesday, Dec. 05, 2018

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...

10:34 PM Tuesday, Dec. 04, 2018

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...

5:01 PM Tuesday, Dec. 04, 2018

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...

12:00 AM Monday, Dec. 03, 2018

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...

10:41 PM Saturday, Dec. 01, 2018

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...

6:44 AM Saturday, Dec. 01, 2018

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...
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