Politics


Governor race: Pillich wins endorsement of former Penn. Gov. Rendell

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Connie Pillich is getting the backing of former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, and the two plan on hitting the campaign trail. Who’s in? A look at who is running for governor Rendell could be an important asset to Pillich as she seeks to distinguish herself from the crowded Democratic field. Six Democrats are vying for the chance to succeed Republican Gov. John...
Kasich urges Congress to OK extension of child health program

Kasich urges Congress to OK extension of child health program

With time running out, Ohio Gov. John Kasich urged Congress to approve “as quickly as possible” an extension of a health program that provides coverage to nearly 220,000 children in Ohio. In a letter to Senate and House Republican and Democratic leaders Tuesday, Kasich and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado warned that failure to extend the program will jeopardize “access...
Trump signs defense bill; shutdown stlll looms next week

Trump signs defense bill; shutdown stlll looms next week

President Donald Trump signed a defense authorization bill into law Tuesday, but that doesn’t settle the prospect of a partial federal government shutdown Dec. 22. The bill authorizes defense programs for 2018, many of which will impact Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, but reaching a funding deal that would pay for the programs has eluded lawmakers so far this year. “A government shutdown...
Huber Heights: Next council will decide city manager residency issue

Huber Heights: Next council will decide city manager residency issue

Huber Heights City Council will decide on a new contract for its city manager during its next session, clearing away an assured veto from outgoing Mayor Tom McMasters. Mayor-elect Jeff Gore told the Dayton Daily News he would not veto the contract for Rob Schommer if council passes it in the next session. Already on its third reading, deciding the contract’s fate will be a right-off-the-bat...
Report questions $1.8 million paid by WSU to consultant

Report questions $1.8 million paid by WSU to consultant

The Ohio Inspector General’s office Tuesday said it flagged as questionable about $1.8 million of the $2.3 million Wright State University paid economic development consultant Ron Wine and sent a 20-page report on the findings to the Greene County prosecutor’s office and state auditor for review. But an attorney for Wine, who has filed a lawsuit against the university alleging breach of...
Roy Moore would be a ‘threat’ to teenage pages at the Capitol, congresswoman says

Roy Moore would be a ‘threat’ to teenage pages at the Capitol, congresswoman says

Controversial Alabama judge and U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore would pose a threat to the teenagers who work as pages in the Senate if he is elected, a congresswoman said.  The unusual warning about a potential incoming senator was revealed Monday in a letter sent Friday by Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., to the administrative body that runs the Senate, the office of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper...
Administration explains how tax plan would pay for itself, gets attacked for assumptions

Administration explains how tax plan would pay for itself, gets attacked for assumptions

For months, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said that the Republican tax plan wouldn't add a penny to the national debt, pledging that more than 100 people in his agency were "working around the clock" to calculate how much additional growth would come from the plan. On Monday, the Treasury Department released the fruit of those efforts: a one-page document asserting that the $1.5...
Steve Bannon rescued Roy Moore’s campaign against all odds

Steve Bannon rescued Roy Moore’s campaign against all odds

 On the night of Nov. 14, Roy Moore's campaign for an Alabama Senate seat looked all but finished.  After five women came forward with accounts of Moore's alleged sexual misconduct with them as teenagers, including one who was 14 years old, the GOP candidate was abandoned by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and many Republicans in Congress, and the Republican National Committee cut...
Former Flynn associate denies allegation of Inauguration Day communication

Former Flynn associate denies allegation of Inauguration Day communication

An official with a company that former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn advised on a proposal to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East denied that Flynn communicated with the firm's managing director about the project on Inauguration Day.  Thomas B. Cochran, senior scientist at ACU Strategic Partners, described the charges by a congressional witness as "patently false and...
While Democrats call for resignations, conservative women stand by colleagues accused of sexual misconduct

While Democrats call for resignations, conservative women stand by colleagues accused of sexual misconduct

Conservative women, shaped by a mixture of party loyalty and a rejection of gender-driven politics, have shown little evidence that they will follow the example of their Democratic sisters and publicly cut ties with men in their political camps who have been accused of sexual misconduct.  After female Senate Democrats prompted the resignation of Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., last week, saying they...
A campaign memoir that shows Trump, at least partly, as he is

A campaign memoir that shows Trump, at least partly, as he is

President Donald Trump likes gold fixtures, marble tiles and the trappings of grandeur. When he talks about himself in interviews and in his books, he talks in superlatives. He has billed himself as masterful negotiator. He has described himself as having the world’s best memory. He almost never apologizes, and he rarely admits to having flaws.  Over the years, his advisers and aides have...
Texas Congressman runs what aides call a hostile workplace

Texas Congressman runs what aides call a hostile workplace

When Lauren Greene, a former communications director for Rep. Blake Farenthold, sued him claiming sexual harassment, among her complaints was that he “disclosed that a female lobbyist had propositioned him for ‘a threesome.'”  Farenthold, in legal documents, said that Greene had it wrong. The woman was not a lobbyist, he said.  As allegations of sexual misconduct rock Capitol...
Close vote defeats Lakota’s new transgender student policy

Close vote defeats Lakota’s new transgender student policy

UPDATED @ 4:19 p.m.: A day after the Lakota school board rejected a new transgender student policy, district officials released a statement assuring such students will continue to have the protections afforded by existing policies. “While the Board of Education did not agree on the passing of (the) policy …, I have no doubt that our board members are looking out for the best interest...
GOP governor candidate Jim Renacci picks Cincinnati councilwoman as his running mate

GOP governor candidate Jim Renacci picks Cincinnati councilwoman as his running mate

Republican candidate for governor U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci announced Monday that Cincinnati Councilwoman Amy Murray will be his running mate in the 2018 GOP primary. “I think the real key is ‘back to business, not business as usual,’” said Renacci in announcing Murray as part of his team. He made the announcement at a news conference in Cincinnati, and held a second event later...
5 things to know about effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio

5 things to know about effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio

Two men who put the question of marijuana legalization before Ohio voters in 2015 plan to do it again in 2018. Backers of the new marijuana issue say they’ll write the amendment and seek approval in early January to begin collecting the required 306,000 valid voter signatures by July 4. They said their “free market adult consumption of marijuana” constitutional amendment would not...
The rise, striking fall of a Trump adviser

The rise, striking fall of a Trump adviser

A brass band played, fighter jets streaked the clear blue sky and a red carpet adorned the airport tarmac on the day in May 2016 when Vladimir Putin came to Athens for a visit.  "Mr. President, welcome to Greece," the Greek defense minister, Panos Kammenos, said in Russian as he smiled broadly and greeted a stone-faced Putin at the base of the stairs from the plane.  Kammenos,...
8.8 million Americans face big tax hike if Republicans scrap the medical deduction

8.8 million Americans face big tax hike if Republicans scrap the medical deduction

Anne Hammer is one of millions of elderly Americans who could face a substantial tax hike in 2018 depending on the final negotiations over the Republican tax bill.  In her retirement community in Chestertown, Maryland, it's the big topic of conversation.  Hammer is 71. Like many seniors, her medical bills are piling up. There are doctor visits, insurance premiums, drugs, a colonoscopy, a...
Moore calls sexual-assault allegations ‘ritual defamation’

Moore calls sexual-assault allegations ‘ritual defamation’

In his first sit-down interview since Dec. 4, and his first on local Alabama television since last month, Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore told reporter Bill Britt that the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct were engaged in "ritual defamation" against him.  "I do not know them. I had no encounter with them. I have never molested anyone," Moore said in an interview...
In Franken’s wake, three senators call on President Trump to resign

In Franken’s wake, three senators call on President Trump to resign

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and two of his Democratic colleagues have suggested that President Donald Trump should consider resigning, after a run of sexual harassment scandals that has driven out some members of Congress.  Sen. Al Franken "felt it proper for him to resign," Sanders said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday morning, referring to the Democrat...
Trump wants Washington Post reporter fired for misleading tweet

Trump wants Washington Post reporter fired for misleading tweet

President Donald Trump on Saturday called for a Washington Post reporter to be fired over a misleading tweet about the size of the crowd at a rally for the president on Friday in Pensacola, Florida.  The reporter, Dave Weigel, posted a picture of an arena with many empty seats. He deleted the tweet after learning that the venue had not yet filled up.  On Saturday night, the president posted...
Sen. Richard Shelby bucks his party and president to oppose Moore for Senate

Sen. Richard Shelby bucks his party and president to oppose Moore for Senate

When Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama came hat in hand to Capitol Hill last month to ask his state's senior Republican for help raising money, Sen. Richard C. Shelby had a blunt reply.  "I told him he could raise it himself, you know like I did, you know like everybody else," said Shelby, who has about $10 million cash in his campaign account, with no prospects of a competitive...
Trump accusers deserve a voice, Nikki Haley declares

Trump accusers deserve a voice, Nikki Haley declares

Nikki R. Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday that women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct “should be heard,” a surprising break from the administration’s long-standing assertion that the allegations are false and that voters rightly dismissed them when they elected Trump.  Haley, a former governor and one of the highest-ranking...
Ohio voters may decide on plan to legalize recreational marijuana in 2018

Ohio voters may decide on plan to legalize recreational marijuana in 2018

Ohio voters could decide in 2018 to legalize marijuana for recreational use if supporters of a constitutional amendment are able to get the issue on the November ballot. Cincinnati businessman Jimmy Gould and his business partner Ian James of Coumbus, the driving force behind the 2015 marijuana legalization issue that voters rejected by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, are behind a very different plan for...
Same income, but not taxes in GOP plans

Same income, but not taxes in GOP plans

In most places, a dollar is a dollar. But in the tax code envisioned by Republicans, the amount you make may be less important than how you make it. Consider two chefs working side by side for the same catering company, doing the same job, for the same hours and the same money. The only difference is that one is an employee, the other an independent contractor. Under the Republican plans, one gets...
State auditor: City lacks proper records of traffic camera fines

State auditor: City lacks proper records of traffic camera fines

Ohio’s auditor has faulted a small city near Columbus and its police chief for failing to keep proper records of camera-enforced traffic fines that produce much of the village’s revenue. An audit of Brice released last week says auditors couldn’t find sufficient documentation for the tickets. The village roughly 12 miles east of Columbus reported the fines brought in more than $170...
COMMENTARY: Cordray’s entry adds some zest to governor’s race

COMMENTARY: Cordray’s entry adds some zest to governor’s race

Politics is partly show biz, as some recent turns in Ohio demonstrate. Last week, for instance, the Buckeye State’s long-waiting Democrats finally met up with their Godot: Suburban Columbus Democrat Richard Cordray announced he’s running for governor. Cordray, once Ohio’s treasurer and attorney general, earlier an Ohio House member, was most recently director of the federal Consumer...
Should Ohio legalize recreational marijuana? Issue could be heading back to voters

Should Ohio legalize recreational marijuana? Issue could be heading back to voters

New information: We just got the details of the proposed marijuana constitutional amendment that may face Ohio voters in 2018. Get the details here. Earlier story: Ohioans may be voting again on full legalization of marijuana. Jimmy Gould, a backer of the 2015 statewide ballot issue, is expected to announce Monday that he and others are backing the “Free Market Adult Consumption...
House Ethics Committee revives investigation into Rep. Farenthold

House Ethics Committee revives investigation into Rep. Farenthold

The House Ethics Committee announced Thursday it has established a subcommittee to investigate allegations of misconduct by Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, expanding its work in light of new information that surfaced in recent weeks about a 2015 settlement agreement he reached with his former aide.  The committee initially launched an investigation into Farenthold in September 2015, but it was...
Trump signals he may be open to changes rich friends want in tax bill

Trump signals he may be open to changes rich friends want in tax bill

Some of President Donald Trump's wealthiest New York friends have launched a last-minute campaign to pressure him for changes to the GOP tax bill, telling the president personally that the current plan would drive up their taxes and hurt his home state.  Trump on Saturday attended a fundraiser at the home of Stephen Schwarzman, chief executive of the Blackstone Group and the former leader of...
Franks to resign, says he broached surrogacy with subordinates

Franks to resign, says he broached surrogacy with subordinates

Rep. Trent Franks, an Arizona Republican who is among the most conservative members of the House, said he would resign his seat after House officials learned that he had asked two female employees to bear his child as a surrogate.  Franks' announcement came as the House Ethics Committee said it would create a special subcommittee to investigate Franks for conduct "that constitutes sexual...
Emails show bid in Russia to help Trump

Emails show bid in Russia to help Trump

An executive at a leading Russian social media company made several overtures to Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016 — including days before the November election — urging the candidate to create a page on the website to appeal to Russian Americans and Russians.  The executive at Vkontakte, or VK, Russia's equivalent to Facebook, emailed Donald Trump Jr. and social media...
To win swing voters, Democrat in Alabama Senate race appeals to morals

To win swing voters, Democrat in Alabama Senate race appeals to morals

Doug Jones, the Democrat working to win a Senate seat that Republicans have held comfortably since the 1990s, is trying not so much to sway swing voters as to recruit them for a moral cause. On a day when his opponent, Republican Roy Moore, made no public appearances, Jones called for Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., to resign, then rallied with workplace rights activist Lilly Ledbetter to argue that Alabama...
An accuser says Franken’s speech missed the mark: ‘No apology’

An accuser says Franken’s speech missed the mark: ‘No apology’

By the time Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced his resignation Thursday morning on the Senate floor, eight women had either written essays or given media interviews accusing him of kissing them, groping them or both without their consent over the past decade.  The accusations began three weeks ago with an essay written by Leeann Tweeden, a host on KABC radio in Los Angeles. Tweeden said that...
Why Democrats decided Franken had to go

Why Democrats decided Franken had to go

It seems like a distant memory now, but Al Franken's arrival in the U.S. Senate eight years ago marked the very moment when Democrats' control of Washington reached its highest point in a generation.  After an eight-month recount, the one-time "Saturday Night Live" star had been declared the narrow winner of the 2008 election in Minnesota — and Democrats, who also held the House...
Bannon finds new fight backing Roy Moore, but risks are high

Bannon finds new fight backing Roy Moore, but risks are high

Four months ago, Stephen Bannon was plotting a takeover of Washington and the Republican Party from his office in the West Wing as chief strategist to President Donald Trump.  On Tuesday, Bannon the private citizen stood where his latest fight had taken him: the mulch floor of a barn in southern Alabama, where he delivered a passionate plea to elect Roy S. Moore, the former judge who faces numerous...
Cory Booker expected to campaign for Doug Jones in Alabama Senate race

Cory Booker expected to campaign for Doug Jones in Alabama Senate race

Alabama Democratic Senate nominee Doug Jones and his allies are trying to finalize plans to bring in several high-profile current or former African American elected officials, including Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., to campaign for him this weekend, as he wages an aggressive final push to turn out black voters in a Tuesday special election with national stakes.  Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., has been...
Putin, aiming to cement his legacy, will seek a fourth term

Putin, aiming to cement his legacy, will seek a fourth term

President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday that he would seek a fourth term as president of Russia in a March election that he is expected to win handily.  A full, six-year term until 2024 would make his 24-year tenure — including his years as prime minister — the longest by a Russian leader since Josef Stalin sat in the Kremlin for 29 years. It is widely believed that Putin...
Ironing out Senate and House tax bill differences

Ironing out Senate and House tax bill differences

The Senate tax bill, which passed early Saturday morning, contained several last-minute changes that only widened the differences with the House-passed bill.  Lawmakers from both chambers are now headed to conference, where they will try to work out their differences and emerge with a final bill that can be passed by the House and Senate and then sent to President Donald Trump’s desk by...
GOP leaders said to be mulling smaller corporate tax cuts

GOP leaders said to be mulling smaller corporate tax cuts

Leading Republicans are looking at scaling back some of the corporate tax cuts that they are trying to usher into law, two people involved in the tax negotiations said, convinced that they need to find new revenue to make last-minute fixes to the giant package moving through Congress.  The House and Senate passed separate tax cut packages in recent weeks, and both bills would lower the corporate...
Flynn said Russian sanctions would be “ripped up,” whistleblower says

Flynn said Russian sanctions would be “ripped up,” whistleblower says

Michael T. Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, told a former business associate that economic sanctions against Russia would be “ripped up” as one of the Trump administration’s first acts, according to an account by a whistleblower made public on Wednesday.  Flynn believed that ending the sanctions could allow a business project he had once...
Tax bill is likely to undo health insurance mandate, Republicans say

Tax bill is likely to undo health insurance mandate, Republicans say

House and Senate negotiators thrashing out differences over a major tax bill are likely to eliminate the insurance coverage mandate at the heart of the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers say.  But a deal struck by Senate Republican leaders and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine to mitigate the effect of the repeal has been all but rejected by House Republicans, potentially jeopardizing Collins’ final...
House kills Rep. Al Green’s attempt to impeach Trump

House kills Rep. Al Green’s attempt to impeach Trump

The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to block an impeachment resolution brought by Houston Democrat Al Green to remove President Donald Trump from office.  By a vote of 364 to 58, lawmakers approved a GOP motion to table Green's resolution, effectively killing it. In all, only 58 Democrats — including Houston's Sheila Jackson Lee — sided with Green. Four others, including...
On sexual misconduct, Gillibrand keeps herself at the fore

On sexual misconduct, Gillibrand keeps herself at the fore

When the floodgates opened on Wednesday to cast Sen. Al Franken aside, following a half-dozen accusations of sexual misconduct, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand had positioned herself at the crest of the wave.  “Enough is enough,” she wrote on Facebook, becoming the first of Franken’s Democratic colleagues to call for his resignation on Wednesday morning. By lunchtime, more than a quarter...
Richard Cordray brings governor campaign to Dayton

Richard Cordray brings governor campaign to Dayton

Democrat Richard Cordray brought his brand new campaign for Ohio governor to Dayton on Wednesday as one of his rivals announced he won’t be pulling out of the race after all. Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill on Wednesday backed off his pledge to drop out of the 2018 Democratic race for governor if Cordray entered the race. Cordray, who last month stepped down as director of the...
Senator Al Franken expected to resign Thursday, sources say

Senator Al Franken expected to resign Thursday, sources say

Embattled Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota is expected to resign Thursday after Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and a wave of Democrats called for him to step down in the aftermath of allegations that Franken sexually harassed seven women before being elected to the Senate in 2008. Franken has scheduled a news conference Thursday where multiple media sources say he will resign his seat. Democratic...
State auditor: Drug dealer scored applications for Ohio pot sites

State auditor: Drug dealer scored applications for Ohio pot sites

Just days after Ohio awarded a dozen companies licenses to grow medical marijuana, charges are being leveled that the scoring process was tainted and an investigation should be conducted. Media reports revealed that iCann, a consulting company hired under $150,000 contract with the Ohio Department of Commerce to help score the applications, is led by a man with a 2005 criminal conviction in Pennsylvania...
Liberty Twp. bans all medical marijuana businesses

Liberty Twp. bans all medical marijuana businesses

Liberty Twp. trustees have agreed to ban all medical marijuana businesses, but may reconsider later allowing dispensaries after more research can be done. The township’s legal counsel advised trustees that extending the moratorium that has been in place for over a year could be problematic, so trustees began the process to ban such new businesses, according to Liberty Twp. Trustee Steve Schramm...
Supreme court justice not leaving race for Ohio governor

Supreme court justice not leaving race for Ohio governor

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill on Wednesday backed off his pledge to drop out of the 2018 Democratic race for governor if Richard Cordray entered the race. Cordray announced on Tuesday that he is running for the Democratic nomination. O’Neill, whose entry into the race while remaining on the bench is controversial, now says he will only leave the race if one of the other Democratic...
Tax plan crowns a big winner: Trump’s industry

Tax plan crowns a big winner: Trump’s industry

After a frenzy of congressional action to rewrite the tax code, salesclerks and chief executives are calculating their gains. Business was treated with the everyone’s-a-winner approach that ensures no summer camper goes home without a trophy.  Some got special prizes. Cruise lines, craft beer and wine producers (even foreign ones), car dealers, private equity, and oil and gas pipeline managers...
Democratic Rep. Al Green says he will force House impeachment vote

Democratic Rep. Al Green says he will force House impeachment vote

House lawmakers will take their first vote on whether to impeach President Donald Trump this week if a Texas Democrat follows through on plans he announced to colleagues Tuesday.  Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, said in a memo to fellow lawmakers that he planned to bring articles of impeachment to the House floor on Wednesday as a "privileged resolution," one that would be entitled to a vote...
Stephen Bannon returns to the air with satellite radio program

Stephen Bannon returns to the air with satellite radio program

Stephen Bannon, who was President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, has garnered national attention after leaving the White House as he tries to influence political races, and is sometimes given equal billing with Trump in some news accounts about their different stands.  This week, Bannon will have another platform to criticize the Republican establishment and to portray himself as defender...
Conyers faced more allegations as he weighed his future

Conyers faced more allegations as he weighed his future

As Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., this week weighed calls for his resignation from a Michigan hospital bed, more women were coming forward with accounts of sexual misconduct by the lawmaker.  A former office intern who spoke to The Washington Post, described new complaints about Conyers as the congressman remained hospitalized, assessing whether he would continue his 52-year run in Congress...
Grad students arrested during tax protest at Speaker Ryan’s office

Grad students arrested during tax protest at Speaker Ryan’s office

Eight graduate students were arrested Tuesday protesting the Republican tax plan outside the Capitol Hill office of House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the latest demonstration against legislation that students fear will make their education less affordable.  Graduate students say their taxes will skyrocket if a proposal to treat their tuition benefits as income makes it into the final version of...
Senate confirms Kirstjen Nielsen, a top White House aide, to lead Homeland Security

Senate confirms Kirstjen Nielsen, a top White House aide, to lead Homeland Security

The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Kirstjen Nielsen as the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, installing a close confidant of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to lead the federal agency responsible for carrying out many of President Trump's most ambitious domestic policy plans.  Nielsen, 45, developed a reputation for fierce devotion to Kelly as his deputy at the White...
Mueller’s budget tops $3.2 million so far in Trump-Russia probe

Mueller’s budget tops $3.2 million so far in Trump-Russia probe

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has spent more than $3.2 million in the opening months of his federal criminal investigation into Russian interference in last year's U.S. election and whether President Donald Trump or anyone close to him colluded in it.  The spending, compiled by Mueller's office, was released by the Justice Department on Tuesday and covers the period from May 17 through Sept...
Bannon rails at Romney in Alabama speech: ‘You hid behind your religion’ to avoid Vietnam

Bannon rails at Romney in Alabama speech: ‘You hid behind your religion’ to avoid Vietnam

Former White House political strategist Stephen Bannon rallied for Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore by picking another fight with a figure from the so-called "Republican establishment" — 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.  "Judge Roy Moore has more honor and integrity in that pinky finger than your entire family has in its whole DNA," Bannon said in his 30-minute...
Undocumented workers may be denied worker comp benefits in Ohio

Undocumented workers may be denied worker comp benefits in Ohio

The Ohio House voted 62-30 on Tuesday in favor of legislation that would block undocumented workers injured on the job from collecting workers’ compensation benefits. Sponsors of the bill, state Reps. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, and Larry Householder, R-Glenford, say the bill sends a message that Ohio doesn’t support illegal immigration. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration...
Cordray launches run for governor; holding event in Dayton Wednesday

Cordray launches run for governor; holding event in Dayton Wednesday

Surrounded by friends and family and a pack of journalists, Democrat Richard Cordray launched his 2018 bid for Ohio governor in a local diner in his hometown in suburban Columbus on Tuesday, promising to focus on kitchen table issues. The question is, will Democrats in Ohio see him as their best hope against a Republican field of familiar faces? Cordray, 58, is the sixth candidate to jump into the...
Trump urges Hatch to run for reelection as speculation about Romney swirls

Trump urges Hatch to run for reelection as speculation about Romney swirls

President Donald Trump on Monday said he wanted Sen. Orrin Hatch to run for reelection, lavishing praise on the Utah Republican on several occasions during a brief visit to the snow-covered state.  "We hope you will continue to serve your state and your country in the Senate for a long time to come," Trump said in the state Capitol, calling Hatch a "fighter," a high compliment...
How one company actually plans to spend its tax cut money

How one company actually plans to spend its tax cut money

Republicans have pitched their tax plan as an economic godsend that will offer deliverance from middling growth and set off a torrent of investment, hiring and raises. But at a quarry here in Southern California’s high desert, the outcome does not look so straightforward.  The pit of rock belongs to CalPortland, which mines limestone to create the cement that goes into some of the country&rsquo...
Roy Moore losing money race to Democrat in Alabama Senate contest

Roy Moore losing money race to Democrat in Alabama Senate contest

Fundraising by Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is lagging behind that of his Democratic rival Doug Jones as Democrats flood the race with money in hopes of stealing a victory as the special election campaign for the seat enters the final stretch.  Democrats have given Jones $8.1 million more than donors to his embattled rival in the period from Oct. 1 through Nov. 22, according...
Congressman who settled sexual harassment complaint to reimburse taxpayers

Congressman who settled sexual harassment complaint to reimburse taxpayers

Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, said he will reimburse taxpayers after it was revealed he used public funds to settle with a former aide who sued him for sexual harassment in 2014.  Farenthold, speaking to an NBC affiliate in Corpus Christi, said he will "hand a check over" this week for the $84,000 received by his former communications director, Lauren Greene, who accused him of making...
How an unequal tax cut grew more unequal

How an unequal tax cut grew more unequal

When Senate Republicans introduced their tax bill in mid-November, they faced competing interests: Some senators thought it wasn't generous enough for working-class families. Others thought it didn't deliver enough to business owners.  As Republicans moved closer to a final vote on the bill Friday night, they made several tweaks to the tax legislation. They announced more benefits for business...
FBI “destroyed” Flynn’s life for lying, Trump says, but “nothing happened” to Clinton

FBI “destroyed” Flynn’s life for lying, Trump says, but “nothing happened” to Clinton

President Donald Trump on Monday said the FBI ruined the life of his former national security adviser and said his Democratic opponent for president, Hillary Clinton, suffered no consequences after she lied “many times” to the FBI.  Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI when he was questioned early this year about...
Trump’s lawyer says a president can’t technically obstruct justice. Experts are dubious but to varying degrees

Trump’s lawyer says a president can’t technically obstruct justice. Experts are dubious but to varying degrees

It was a whirlwind weekend for President Donald Trump's legal team, from Michael Flynn's guilty plea to Trump's problematic tweet to new reports that fill out the picture of a broadening Russia investigation. And it concluded Monday morning with Trump's personal lawyer making a bold claim: Regardless of all of it, John Dowd says, a president can't even technically obstruct justice.  Here's the...
JobsOhio awards DMAX $200K grant in $58M project

JobsOhio awards DMAX $200K grant in $58M project

JobsOhio is noting an October 2017 $200,000 workforce grant for the DMAX engine plant in Moraine. The project retains 524 existing jobs and creates 150 new ones in a fixed-asset investment of $58.1 million, according to a monthly metrics report from JobsOhio, the state’s private development corporation. RELATED: New engine to help keep jobs at DMAX plant A General Motors spokeswoman said...
Gender wage gap in Ohio: ‘We have to do better’

Gender wage gap in Ohio: ‘We have to do better’

Women: Don’t expect a paycheck equal to your male colleagues if you work in Ohio. While women are achieving parity in many fields and are receiving more college degrees than men, a new report found that women are still paid less than men across Ohio and the United States. In the last decade, women’s wage gap in Ohio and the U.S. has hovered around 77 cents for every dollar men make, according...
After a high-drama vote, here’s what the Senate tax bill means for schools, parents and students

After a high-drama vote, here’s what the Senate tax bill means for schools, parents and students

The Senate tax bill that passed in the wee hours of Saturday morning could have massive implications for schools and universities, students and parents. Public education advocates warned that certain provisions could put pressure on state and local spending for public schools while giving parents incentives to send children to private schools.  The bill passed 51 to 49 after senators worked through...
Inside the secretive nerve center of the Mueller investigation

Inside the secretive nerve center of the Mueller investigation

A white sedan whisked a man into the loading dock of a glass and concrete building in a drab office district in Southwest Washington. Security guards quickly waved the vehicle inside, then pushed a button that closed the garage door and shielded the guest's arrival from public view.  With his stealth morning arrival Thursday, White House Counsel Donald McGahn became the latest in a string of...
Fox’s Lou Dobbs says Obama should be arrested for implying Trump needs a filter

Fox’s Lou Dobbs says Obama should be arrested for implying Trump needs a filter

Call it an unwritten rule — a matter of decorum among the small fraternity of men who once held the title "leader of the free world."  Before he left office, Barack Obama said his goal was to steer clear of the political spotlight — as George W. Bush had done when he left the White House — giving the new president room to govern without Obama's shouldering into every...
Trump’s campaign: Big Macs, screaming fits and constant rivalries

Trump’s campaign: Big Macs, screaming fits and constant rivalries

Elton John blares so loudly on Donald Trump's campaign plane that staffers can't hear themselves think. Press secretary Hope Hicks uses a steamer to press Trump's pants — while he is still wearing them. Trump screams at his top aides, who are subjected to expletive-filled tirades in which they get their "face ripped off."  And Trump's appetite seems to know no bounds when it comes...
Analysis: Did Trump’s tweet about Flynn’s guilty plea admit something it shouldn’t have?

Analysis: Did Trump’s tweet about Flynn’s guilty plea admit something it shouldn’t have?

A little more than 24 hours after Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, President Trump finally took to Twitter to offer his thoughts. He may wish he hadn't.  In his first tweet on the subject since Flynn's plea, Trump argued that Flynn had no reason to lie about his actions because they weren't unlawful. But it's the first part of the tweet that caught plenty of people's attention...
Analysis: Trump’s best and worst day as president

Analysis: Trump’s best and worst day as president

Donald Trump's young presidency entered a new dimension of surreality on Friday, with his 315th day in office delivering both his greatest achievement to date and his darkest omen of peril ahead.  At the very moment the Senate was poised to pass a $1.5 trillion tax cut bill — a big step toward Trump's first major legislative victory — word came that his former National Security adviser...
Democrats call for Nevada Rep. Kihuen to resign amid harassment allegations

Democrats call for Nevada Rep. Kihuen to resign amid harassment allegations

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other leading Democrats are calling on a freshman House lawmaker considered a rising star in the party to resign his seat after allegations surfaced that he sexually harassed one of his campaign aides.  In an article published Friday by BuzzFeed, Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., was accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward his then-campaign...
What does Michael Flynn’s plea deal mean for Trump? Here are 4 big questions.

What does Michael Flynn’s plea deal mean for Trump? Here are 4 big questions.

The first member of President Donald Trump's White House has been charged with and pleaded guilty to a crime stemming from interactions with Russia. And depending upon whom you ask, Michael Flynn's plea deal either signals doom for the Trump administration or is a good sign about the lack of a case being pieced together by special counsel Robert Mueller.  Mostly, though, the plea deal leaves...
Base workers ‘concerned;’ top senator says government won’t shut down

Base workers ‘concerned;’ top senator says government won’t shut down

Testing the resolve of Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Sunday there won’t be a government shutdown this week over the question of protecting immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, describing it as a “non-emergency” to be addressed next year. “There’s not going to be a government shutdown. It’s just not going to happen...
Democratic governor candidates debate jobs, taxes, education issues

Democratic governor candidates debate jobs, taxes, education issues

Four Democrats running for governor in 2018 debated issues such as jobs, taxes, education and roads on Monday but looming off stage was a major development: Richard Cordray scheduled his gubernatorial campaign announcement for Tuesday in his hometown of Grove City. Cordray, who stepped down last month as director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, did not participate in the Cleveland...
New veterans ID card could be shown to retailers, VA says

New veterans ID card could be shown to retailers, VA says

In a push to make it easier for veterans to identify themselves to retailers and others, the Department of Veterans Affairs has rolled out a new Veterans Identification Card. The card, part of a 2015 federal mandate, was an “overdue promise,” the VA said in a statement. The new ID will allow veterans to more easily identify themselves without carrying around discharge paperwork to retailers...
Springfield lawmaker seeks to regulate payday lenders

Springfield lawmaker seeks to regulate payday lenders

A bill to regulate payday lenders proposed by a Springfield lawmaker is finally seeing movement in the Statehouse, months after it was introduce. Calling his plan to regulate payday lenders “common sense legislation,” Rep. Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, presented it to an Ohio House committee last week. RELATED: Springfield pastor seeking local support for payday lending bill House Bill...
COMMENTARY: DeWine-Husted seems like a star matchup

COMMENTARY: DeWine-Husted seems like a star matchup

Attorney General Mike DeWine, a Cedarville Republican who’s running for governor, announced Thursday that Secretary of State Jon Husted, once a General Assembly member from Kettering, will run for lieutenant governor as DeWine’s running mate on a 2018 DeWine-Husted ticket. The DeWine-Husted match-up (arguably, a kind of Miami Valley ticket, though Husted now lives in suburban Columbus)...
Legal challenges expected after medical marijuana growers named

Legal challenges expected after medical marijuana growers named

A dozen business owners are delighted by the state’s marijuana grower license awards announced this week but 97 others failed to make the cut and some are threatening to sue. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program on Friday released scoring results for all 109 applicants for Level 1 cultivation licenses: 73 failed to meet the minimum requirements and were disqualified from consideration...
What they’re saying: DeWine-Husted ticket draws strong Ohio reactions

What they’re saying: DeWine-Husted ticket draws strong Ohio reactions

Mike DeWine and Jon Husted will run as a ticket for Ohio governor, the Republicans announced Thursday at the University of Dayton. DeWine, the state attorney general, will run for governor and Husted, the secretary of state, will seek to become lieutenant governor. The race for the GOP nomination also includes U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. On the Democratic side announced...
Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer to run for Ohio House

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer to run for Ohio House

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer is running for the 40th Ohio House seat now held by term-limited state Rep. Mike Henne, R-Clayton, but plans to remain sheriff throughout the 2018 campaign.   House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger introduced and endorsed Plummer at a Dayton Country Club press conference Friday morning, saying the Republican sheriff’s experience gives him valuable insight...
DeWine-Husted ticket called governor’s race ‘dream team’ by GOP state senator

DeWine-Husted ticket called governor’s race ‘dream team’ by GOP state senator

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted made it official Thursday, announcing that Husted will drop his bid for governor and join DeWine as his running mate in the 2018 Republican primary for governor.   Both men have deep ties to the Dayton region.   DeWine said Husted brings experience, leadership, ideas and passion to the ticket and understands...
Lt. Gov. Taylor says she’s staying in race for governor

Lt. Gov. Taylor says she’s staying in race for governor

The same day Republicans Mike DeWine and Jon Husted announced they’re teaming up in 2018, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor brushed aside all notions that she would drop out of the GOP primary. “I am in it to win,” Taylor said. “Mike DeWine is the past. And I will fight for Ohio’s future.” Taylor, who has served as John Kasich’s lieutenant governor for seven years, is...
Springfield, Yellow Springs to get large marijuana growing operations

Springfield, Yellow Springs to get large marijuana growing operations

Ohio’s nascent medical marijuana industry took a giant step today when the state of Ohio awarded a dozen large-scale grower licenses, including one near Springfield and one in Yellow Springs.  The 12 winners, selected from a pool of 109 applicants, will be spread across the state from Brown to Erie counties.  The company Pure Ohio Wellness plans to renovate an existing building at...
North Korea says it’s now a nuclear state. Could that mean it’s ready to talk?

North Korea says it’s now a nuclear state. Could that mean it’s ready to talk?

After firing an intercontinental ballistic missile higher than ever before, North Korea this week said it had mastered nuclear-strike capability and become a full-fledged nuclear state. That claim was immediately met with skepticism, not least in the White House.  But by showing that its missiles can reach Washington — even if there is doubt that North Korea can deliver a nuclear warhead...
A closer look at the stories behind three anti-Muslim videos Trump shared on Twitter

A closer look at the stories behind three anti-Muslim videos Trump shared on Twitter

Early Wednesday, President Donald Trump set off international outrage when he shared a series of videos depicting Muslims in a negative light.  The videos, taken in three countries at three different times, have one thing in common: They all purport to show violence carried out by Muslims and offer no clear explanation of what is happening in front of the camera.  But a closer look at the...
What Republicans say when asked why their tax bill benefits the rich most of all

What Republicans say when asked why their tax bill benefits the rich most of all

A number of studies have made clear that the tax bill Senate Republicans are trying to pass this week offers some of its biggest rewards to wealthy Americans. The GOP's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would cut taxes on wealthy Americans, while raising taxes on those earning between $10,000 and $75,000 over the next decade, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress's official scorekeeper. The Tax...
Trump touts benefits of tax cuts for ‘the people that like me best’

Trump touts benefits of tax cuts for ‘the people that like me best’

With a critical Senate vote looming, President Donald Trump on Wednesday pitched the Republican tax plan as a boon to his working-class supporters, even as independent analyses have indicated that the wealthy and corporations would be the biggest beneficiaries.  "Our focus is on helping the folks who work in the mail rooms and the machine shops of America, the plumbers, the carpenters, the...
38 percent of Americans won’t get a sizable tax cut under the Senate GOP plan

38 percent of Americans won’t get a sizable tax cut under the Senate GOP plan

President Donald Trump flew to Missouri Wednesday to pitch his tax plan as a great benefit to the middle class, but a new analysis from the Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress' official scorekeepers, shows that many American families won't pay significantly less under the Senate GOP tax bill.  In 2019, 62 percent of Americans would get a tax cut of $100 or more, according to JCT. The remaining...
U.S. calls on all nations to completely sever ties with North Korea

U.S. calls on all nations to completely sever ties with North Korea

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday urged all countries to sever economic and diplomatic ties with North Korea, and warned Pyongyang that the regime will be "utterly destroyed" if a standoff over missile tests leads to war.  Speaking at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to discuss North Korea's latest missile launch, Haley said Pyongyang had brought the world closer...
Trump veers past guardrails, feeling impervious to the uproar he causes

Trump veers past guardrails, feeling impervious to the uproar he causes

President Donald Trump this week disseminated on social media three inflammatory and unverified anti-Muslim videos, took glee in the firing of a news anchor for sexual harassment despite facing more than a dozen of his own accusers and used a ceremony honoring Navajo war heroes to malign a senator with a derogatory slur, "Pocahontas."  Again and again, Trump veered far past the guardrails...
Trump’s tweets elevate a tiny fringe group of anti-Muslim activists in Britain

Trump’s tweets elevate a tiny fringe group of anti-Muslim activists in Britain

In a sharp personal rebuke, the British government told President Donald Trump he was "wrong" to retweet on Wednesday a series of anti-Muslim video clips promoted by a leader of an ultranationalist fringe group that the prime minister's office said "peddles lies" and "hateful narratives."  Trump had alerted his millions of followers to three video posts by Britain...
Sources: Former Ohio AG Richard Cordray to announce governor run within days

Sources: Former Ohio AG Richard Cordray to announce governor run within days

Three sources speaking on condition of anonymity Wednesday said that former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray will enter the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination no later than next week. Cordray resigned his post earlier this month as director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Other Democrats who have declared they’re running are: Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, state...
Kasich to decide if Ohio will legalize fantasy sports betting

Kasich to decide if Ohio will legalize fantasy sports betting

On Tuesday, the Ohio House voted 86-3 to let the Ohio Casino Control Commission regulate fantasy sports betting. The vote now sends the bill to Gov. John Kasich. If he signs it, it would legalize fantasy sports gambling in the state. Earlier story: Fantasy sports contests played by thousands of Ohioans may soon be regulated by the Ohio Casino Control Commission after a bill passed the Ohio Senate...
Highway in Kirkersville may be renamed to honor slain police chief

Highway in Kirkersville may be renamed to honor slain police chief

A stretch of highway U.S. 40 may be renamed to honor the Kirkersville police chief who was gunned down in an alley behind a nursing home in the early morning hours of May 12. The Ohio Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday in favor of a bill to rename the portion of U.S. 40 that passes through the Village of Kirkersville the “Steven Eric DiSario Memorial Highway.” DiSario, a part-time police...
States pick up cost as Congress delays reauthorizing kids health plan

States pick up cost as Congress delays reauthorizing kids health plan

The federal program that provides health insurance to nearly 9 million low income children — including 219,000 in Ohio — expired two months ago, and states are beginning to panic that they’ll have to cut services to families beginning early next year. Nearly half of all states — including Ohio — will have run out of their 2017 federal allotment for the nearly $15 billion...
Ohio farmers fear disruption if NAFTA is retooled or scrapped

Ohio farmers fear disruption if NAFTA is retooled or scrapped

The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, should worry Ohio’s 75,000 farmers. The agreement, struck in 1994, allows mostly tariff-free trade between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico and Canada have grown fourfold since 1993, to more than $38 billion, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A full quarter of U...
CNN disinvites itself from annual White House holiday party for the press

CNN disinvites itself from annual White House holiday party for the press

The annual White House holiday party for the news media is usually a placid affair, with cookies, punch and a photo opportunity. The president and first lady pose for souvenir photos amid festive decorations with journalists who normally would be hurling tough questions at the commander in chief.  This year, things will be a little different. And a little awkward.  President Donald Trump...
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