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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...

3:18 PM Sunday, Sep. 23, 2018

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...

7:57 PM Thursday, Sep. 20, 2018

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...

1:17 AM Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2018

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...

12:36 AM Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2018

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...

9:43 PM Monday, Sep. 17, 2018

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...
President Trump at center of Ohio’s U.S. Senate race
 Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Jim Renacci may be the names on Ohio’s ballot for the U.S. Senate this fall, but a third name — President Donald Trump — might as well be listed too. Trump, who seems to cause news alerts on a minute-to-minute basis, won Ohio by eight percentage points in 2016. To supporters, he’s the blunt-talking...

11:00 AM Sunday, Sep. 02, 2018

Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Jim Renacci may be the names on Ohio’s ballot for the U.S. Senate this fall, but a third name — President Donald Trump — might as well be listed too. Trump, who seems to cause news alerts on a minute-to-minute basis, won Ohio by eight percentage points in 2016. To supporters, he’s the blunt-talking...
Local communities get federal grants for drug prevention programs
 Twenty-five Ohio organizations, including some locally, will receive $125,000 grants for drug prevention programs, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman announced Wednesday. The grants were announced through the Drug-Free Communities Act, which provides matching federal grants for programs aimed at drug prevention. Portman authored the bill in 1997, when...

7:06 PM Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018

Twenty-five Ohio organizations, including some locally, will receive $125,000 grants for drug prevention programs, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman announced Wednesday. The grants were announced through the Drug-Free Communities Act, which provides matching federal grants for programs aimed at drug prevention. Portman authored the bill in 1997, when...
Ohio Sen. Portman to introduce Kavanaugh at Supreme Court hearings next week
 Sen. Rob Portman said Tuesday that he will be introducing Judge Brett Kavanaugh at Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week. Portman, an Ohio Republican who worked with Kavanaugh in the George W. Bush White House, has helped prep Kavanaugh for his confirmation hearings and considers him a friend...

10:47 PM Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018

Sen. Rob Portman said Tuesday that he will be introducing Judge Brett Kavanaugh at Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week. Portman, an Ohio Republican who worked with Kavanaugh in the George W. Bush White House, has helped prep Kavanaugh for his confirmation hearings and considers him a friend...
John McCain: Ohio leaders react to death of U.S. Senator
 Democrats and Republicans alike hailed Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona as an American patriot, with Sen. Sherrod Brown calling him an “American hero” and GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine saying “our nation is better off because of his service.” DeWine, who served in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate with...

2:58 AM Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018

Democrats and Republicans alike hailed Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona as an American patriot, with Sen. Sherrod Brown calling him an “American hero” and GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine saying “our nation is better off because of his service.” DeWine, who served in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate with...
Republican declared winner in Ohio congressional race
 Ohio’s 12th congressional district – which drew national attention during a special election earlier this month – will remain in Republican hands for at least the next three months. Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor conceded the race to Ohio Sen. Troy Balderson of Zanesville Friday, maintaining the Republicans&rsquo...

7:34 PM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018

Ohio’s 12th congressional district – which drew national attention during a special election earlier this month – will remain in Republican hands for at least the next three months. Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor conceded the race to Ohio Sen. Troy Balderson of Zanesville Friday, maintaining the Republicans&rsquo...
Manafort, Cohen cases take center stage in Ohio Senate race between Brown, Renacci
 One day after President Donald Trump’s campaign manager was found guilty of eight counts of financial crimes and Trump’s personal lawyer pled guilty to eight criminal counts including campaign finance regulations, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Renacci’s response was to fret that Sen. Sherrod Brown would try to impeach...

6:54 PM Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018

One day after President Donald Trump’s campaign manager was found guilty of eight counts of financial crimes and Trump’s personal lawyer pled guilty to eight criminal counts including campaign finance regulations, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Renacci’s response was to fret that Sen. Sherrod Brown would try to impeach...
What could a ‘blue wave’ mean for Steve Chabot and Mike Turner?
 The close margin between Republican Troy Balderson — the expected winner of Tuesday’s Ohio Congressional District 12 special election — and Democrat Danny O’Connor leaves political junkies probing a question that can only be answered in November. Will the so-called “blue wave” of Democratic voters actually...

10:30 PM Wednesday, Aug. 08, 2018

The close margin between Republican Troy Balderson — the expected winner of Tuesday’s Ohio Congressional District 12 special election — and Democrat Danny O’Connor leaves political junkies probing a question that can only be answered in November. Will the so-called “blue wave” of Democratic voters actually...
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