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Ohio Gov.-Elect Mike DeWine meets with President Donald Trump

Joining 12 other newly elected governors at the White House Thursday, Gov.-elect Mike DeWine said President Donald Trump “listened very carefully and was very engaging” as they talked about constructing new roads and bridges, combating drugs, and keeping Lake Erie clean. “There wasn’t much contention in there,” DeWine told Cox TV as he emerged from the White House on...
Ohio lawmakers vote to give themselves a pay raise

Ohio lawmakers vote to give themselves a pay raise

Ohio lawmakers, the governor and other elected leaders would be in line for a pay raise under a bill approved by the Ohio House on Thursday. The bill still needs to clear the Senate and be signed by Gov. John Kasich but the governor expressed distaste for the pay raises, especially since they are coming during the lame duck session. On Thursday, the governor referred to it as “this grubby pay...
Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he has no regrets after 8 years in office

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he has no regrets after 8 years in office

Republican Gov. John Kasich, who leaves office next month, put it all on the record Thursday at a lunch meeting with the press. Here is what we learned: 1. No Regrets. “I’m totally thrilled with the eight years. It was a great time,” he said. “There is one little regret I’m not going to tell you. I’m really, really mad about this Lake Erie stuff. I’m...
President Donald Trump issues challenge to John Kasich to run in 2020

President Donald Trump issues challenge to John Kasich to run in 2020

When asked if other Republicans such as Ohio Gov. John Kasich should challenge him in a primary in 2020, President Donald Trump on Thursday said, “I hope so.” During a Fox News interview with Harris Faulkner, the president was asked about a challenge from Kasich or retiring Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake. Kasich strategist John Weaver sent a short response to the press about Trump’s comments...
Ohio may set up database for violent offenders

Ohio may set up database for violent offenders

Ohio lawmakers have approved the creation of a statewide database of violent offenders under legislation named for a college student who disappeared while bicycling and was abducted and slain. The bill named for Sierah Joughin and known as “Sierah’s Law” was approved recently and will take effect if it is signed by Republican Gov. John Kasich. OTHER STATE ACTION: Lawmakers vote to...
First Ohio medical marijuana store gets OK to open

First Ohio medical marijuana store gets OK to open

The first medical marijuana dispensary in Ohio has been approved to open, but it may be a while before customers walk in. CY+, located in the village of Wintersville, near Steubenville is the first of 56 state-licensed medical marijuana outlets to receive a certificate of operation. Wintersville is located about three hours east of Dayton on Interstate 70. The dispensary is owned by Cresco Labs which...
Ohio Senate votes to crack down on ‘revenge porn’

Ohio Senate votes to crack down on ‘revenge porn’

The Ohio Senate voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of a bill that would crack down on “revenge porn” — the practice of distributing sexually explicit images or videos of an ex-lover or others without consent. RELATED: Revenge port victim: ‘The cell phone had more rights than me’ State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Austintown, said the legislation would create civil and criminal...
Pay raise for Ohio lawmakers added to bill to help families of police, firefighters

Pay raise for Ohio lawmakers added to bill to help families of police, firefighters

Lawmakers put a pay raise for elected officials — including themselves — into legislation that would provide health care benefits for the widows and children of police and firefighters killed in the line of duty. The House Finance Committee amended Senate Bill 296 on Thursday to include a pay bump for lawmakers — their first pay hike in a decade. The proposal calls for lawmakers...
Heartbeat abortion bill passes Ohio Senate

Heartbeat abortion bill passes Ohio Senate

State senators voted 18-13 on Wednesday in favor of legislation that would ban abortion once a fetal heart beat can be detected, setting up a likely showdown with Gov. John Kasich who two years ago vetoed a similar measure. The Senate added a last minute change: transvaginal ultrasounds to check for a fetal heartbeat would not be required. That technology can detect a heartbeat as early as six weeks...
Gov. Kasich thinking about job in media, what’s next

Gov. Kasich thinking about job in media, what’s next

Departing Ohio Gov. John Kasich seemingly wants it both ways. The President Donald Trump-bashing Republican, long in demand on TV political talk shows, thinks it “likely” he will end up in the news media, hopefully in some “unique” role on television. But at the same time, the last candidate standing in the way of Trump in the 2016 Republican primaries is keeping the runway...
Ohio Senate set to vote on ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill tomorrow

Ohio Senate set to vote on ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill tomorrow

Action on the so-called “heartbeat” abortion ban bill stalled again in the Ohio Senate but may come as soon as today. The Senate Health Committee is expected to reconvene to consider amendments to House Bill 258, which would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected — sometimes as early as six weeks before women know they’re pregnant. The current version does...
Ohio lawmakers debate pay raise for themselves, other elected officials

Ohio lawmakers debate pay raise for themselves, other elected officials

Ohio lawmakers are discussing giving themselves and other elected officials a salary raise — their first pay hike in a decade. State Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, is pitching a plan to give lawmakers and statewide executive officers a “catch up” raise amounting to three-quarters of the consumer price index for each of the past 10 years. He calls a “diet COLA” plan. EARLIER...
What do you think of Ohio making it harder to put issues on the ballot?

What do you think of Ohio making it harder to put issues on the ballot?

If you’re an elitist, Ohio House Joint Resolution 19 should be your cup of tea. HJR 19, backed by the Ohio General Assembly’s Republican leaders, would make it harder for rank-and-file Ohioans to amend the state constitution. The way things are now, Ohio voters may propose an amendment to the state constitution by gathering signatures on a petition. If they gather enough signatures, the...
Ohio lawmakers vote to end sales tax on feminine hygiene products

Ohio lawmakers vote to end sales tax on feminine hygiene products

The Ohio House voted today to repeal sales taxes on feminine hygiene products. The bill passed 84-1 and now heads to the Ohio Senate. Products such as tampons and sanitary napkins will be exempt from sales tax which supporters say is an unfair tax on women. EARLIER STORY: Lawmakers tried to pass similar bill in 2015 “This is a common sense tax cut that should have been enacted long ago. It will...
Ohio senators face vote on ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill this week

Ohio senators face vote on ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill this week

State lawmakers are on the brink of deciding whether to put Ohio in the middle of a legal and cultural battle over abortion by passing one of the strictest limits on abortion in the country. This week, state senators will either adopt House Bill 258, which would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, or let the measure die. The Ohio House of Representatives adopted the bill last month...
Gov.-elect Mike DeWine announces key administration hires

Gov.-elect Mike DeWine announces key administration hires

Governor-elect Mike DeWine is stocking his cabinet with loyal staffers who in some cases have been at his side for decades. DeWine on Tuesday announced Laurel Dawson as his chief of staff, Mary Mertz as director of the Department of Natural Resources, Ann O’Donnell as chief advisor, Alisha Nelson as director of RecoveryOhio, which will focus on the opioid crisis, and Ervan Rodgers, II, as the...
Ohio may make it harder for public to put issues on statewide ballot

Ohio may make it harder for public to put issues on statewide ballot

As lawmakers move swiftly to change how citizens can put issues on the statewide ballot, grassroots groups are calling foul, saying it would strip direct democracy rights that Ohioans have held for more than a century. The League of Women Voters of Ohio, Common Cause Ohio and 90 other groups on Tuesday announced their opposition to the proposed changes. Citizens have two paths to changing policy via...
Brown, Portman to meet GM leader in effort to keep Ohio plant open

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 announcement that part of the cuts would include layoffs of...
Payday lending letters draw attention from federal investigators

Payday lending letters draw attention from federal investigators

Last spring, state Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, worked behind the scenes with a lending-industry lobbyist and its trade group to write a letter aimed at weakening a sweeping payday lending reform bill that was signed into law this fall. Federal investigators have subpoenaed records from the Ohio House of Representatives in an investigation into how that letter came together, according to documents...
Wright-Patt, post offices will close to honor President Bush

Wright-Patt, post offices will close to honor President Bush

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, post offices and other federal agencies will close Wednesday as the nation honors former President George H.W. Bush who died Friday. Local funeral homes are also offering a way for people to share condolences with the Bush family. The base will be closed “with the exception of base personnel required to maintain minimum base operation functions,” according...
Ohio lawmakers to vote today on rape kit tracking system for victims

Ohio lawmakers to vote today on rape kit tracking system for victims

Victims of sexual assault would be given a tool for tracking their own rape kit as their case is being investigated, under a bill Ohio lawmakers may vote on this afternoon. The legislation gained traction after Governor-elect Mike DeWine, the current attorney general, collected and tested nearly 14,000 rape kits in cold cases across Ohio — a project that he championed while on the campaign trail...
Dayton area residents can get their name in book for late President Bush’s library

Dayton area residents can get their name in book for late President Bush’s library

A Dayton funeral home is inviting guests to stop by through Wednesday and sign a register book for the late President George H.W. Bush for his presidential library. The Baker-Hazel & Snider Funeral is asking those in the Dayton area to leave a memory and pay tribute to the 41st president, who died Friday at age 94 in Houston. A register book at the funeral home will be available from noon today until...
Ohio set to become first state to allow use of bitcoin to pay taxes

Ohio set to become first state to allow use of bitcoin to pay taxes

Starting this week, Ohio will allow businesses to use bitcoin to pay taxes, State Treasurer Josh Mandel said in a Wall Street Journal article published today. Mandel’s office is planning to make a public announcement Monday. TOPICS EXPLAINED: What is bitcoin?  WHAT TO KNOW: I bought bitcoin. Here’s what I learned  The move would make Ohio the first state in the nation to accept...
Brown, Kasich take to airwaves teasing possible 2020 presidential runs

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’d square off against President Donald Trump in 2020. Neither...
‘This one belongs to the Reds,’ Ohio Supreme Court says in tax case

‘This one belongs to the Reds,’ Ohio Supreme Court says in tax case

The Cincinnati Reds chalked up a win Wednesday in a fight over whether the franchise should pay sales taxes on bobbleheads and other promotional items given to fans who attend home games. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 5-2 that the team didn’t have to pay taxes on the trinkets since the Reds demonstrated that the cost of the items were factored into the ticket prices. “This one belongs to...
Ohio resumes process of removing inactive voters from rolls

Ohio resumes process of removing inactive voters from rolls

Ohio’s elections chief has resumed the state’s stringent process for removing inactive voters from the rolls. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted says he instructed Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections Tuesday to resume the so-called supplemental process that purges voters for not participating in elections over a six-year period. EARLIER STORY: Supreme Court upholds Ohio voter...
Ohio congresswoman won’t challenge Nancy Pelosi for speaker

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 Party — black women — will have a seat at the...
Gov. John Kasich threatens vetoes on abortion and gun bills

Gov. John Kasich threatens vetoes on abortion and gun bills

As John Kasich wraps up his eight year run as governor, he’s planning to go out of office fighting with his fellow Ohio Republicans over two controversial bills. This week, Kasich told reporters at the Ohio Statehouse that his opposition to the “heartbeat” abortion ban bill and the “stand your ground” gun legislation hasn’t changed. Two years ago, Kasich vetoed...
Ohio’s next AG proposes help to cover Pike County murder costs

Ohio’s next AG proposes help to cover Pike County murder costs

Taxpayer expenses in the anticipated Pike County eight-victim murder prosecution could exceed $1 million, Ohio’s next attorney general said Monday, noting each of the four Wagner family members charged with capital murder in the 2016 Rhoden family massacre could be individually assigned a team of public defenders. The expenses could spell financial disaster for the rural county, a pair of state...
Sen. Brown: Democrats can win Ohio in 2020 if focus is on workers

Sen. Brown: Democrats can win Ohio in 2020 if focus is on workers

Sen. Sherrod Brown said a Democratic presidential candidate can win Ohio in 2020 if he or she focuses on middle-class people who work hard but “never get ahead” and do not “have the kind of retirement security they should.” Although Brown said he has not decided whether he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination, he insisted during an interview Sunday on “NBC&rsquo...
Ohio congresswoman may challenge Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the House

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 Thursday confirmed that she was considering running....
Sex abuse investigation of deceased OSU doctor near conclusion

Sex abuse investigation of deceased OSU doctor near conclusion

Investigators reported to Ohio State University trustees on Thursday that it has received 150 first-hand accounts of sexual abuse by Dr. Richard Strauss, conducted 440 interviews and reviewed 34,000 documents. Between 1979 and 1997, Strauss worked at OSU as a team doctor, faculty member and physician at the student health center. He died by suicide in 2005 at age 67 in California. Perkins Coie, a...
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown talks about potential presidential run on WHIO Radio

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown talks about potential presidential run on WHIO Radio

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says his message of fighting for workers resonated in his recent election victory and he told WHIO Radio that’s the message he’d push if he decides to run for president in 2020. Right now he says he’s having family discussions about a potential run, but no decision has been made. “I don’t know what we’re going to do,” he told Miami...
‘Heartbeat’ abortion bill passes Ohio House

‘Heartbeat’ abortion bill passes Ohio House

After more than an hour of heated debate, a controversial abortion ban that Gov. John Kasich vetoed two years ago passed the Ohio House on Thursday 60-35 and now heads to the Senate where its fate is unclear. The ‘heartbeat bill’ would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. “This bill basically says if there is...
2 local congressmen may compete to be top Republican on Judiciary Committee

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 Trump. Chabot of Cincinnati, who just won a 12th term...
Sens. Brown, Portman back Matt McFarland for Dayton federal judge seat

Sens. Brown, Portman back Matt McFarland for Dayton federal judge seat

Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown both endorsed the nomination of Ohio appeals court Judge Matt McFarland as a federal district judge in Dayton. President Donald Trump tapped McFarland, a graduate of the law school at Capital University and a judge on the Ohio Fourth District Court of Appeals, to fill a vacancy in the federal bench left by the retirement of Judge Thomas Rose. He will need Senate...
Report: U.S. military at risk of losing war to Russia, China

Report: U.S. military at risk of losing war to Russia, China

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base may be the difference between victory and defeat if war eventually breaks out between the United States and Russia or China, a defense expert said about a new report out Wednesday. The U.S. is at risk of losing a war to either country, states a report released Wednesday by a bipartisan commission that Congress created to evaluate the Trump administration’s defense...
Are Ohio’s 4 Democratic members of Congress supporting Pelosi for speaker?

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 House majority last Tuesday. Beatty has been whipping up support...
‘Stand your ground’ gun bill passes Ohio House

‘Stand your ground’ gun bill passes Ohio House

A controversial “stand your ground” bill passed the Ohio House on Wednesday. But the far-reaching bill — subject to dozens of amendments over multiple sessions — moves to the Senate under an uncertain timeline and veto cloud. Gov. John Kasich has promised to keep his name off any such bill. The House-approved “stand your ground” bill removes a “duty to retreat&rdquo...
Local Rep. Jim Jordan loses bid to lead House Republicans

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–door meeting of House Republicans. While Jordan is viewed...
Ohio Libertarians say they may sue to keep ballot access

Ohio Libertarians say they may sue to keep ballot access

The Libertarian Party of Ohio says it may sue the state to force continued recognition of the minor political party. Secretary of State Jon Husted says the Libertarians and Ohio Green Party lost ballot access because their respective candidates did not get 3 percent of the vote needed to remain a recognized party. Cleveland.com reports the Libertarian Party of Ohio regained state recognition...
Against odds, local Congressman Jim Jordan seeking GOP leadership post

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 McCarthy of California, the current House majority leader...
Ohio vets of Afghanistan war could miss out on bonus if fund runs dry

Ohio vets of Afghanistan war could miss out on bonus if fund runs dry

A decade ago, Ohio voters approved a bond issue to fund bonuses for veterans but with just $2.68 million left in the program, the money could run out before the war in Afghanistan ends — raising the prospect that some veterans could miss out. The bonus payouts are scheduled to end three years after the president has declared an end to hostilities in that country, the Ohio constitution says....
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown considering run for president in 2020

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 Schultz’s Facebook page, or through calls or emails...
Opinion: Ohio isn’t now becoming red — it always was

Opinion: Ohio isn’t now becoming red — it always was

Donald Trump energizes Ohio’s Republican grassroots. And for at least two generations Ohioans have known the name Mike DeWine and, roughly, what DeWine stands for. Those two facts – in a state that prefers any changes to be gradual – are why voters made DeWine Ohio’s next governor. As barstool analysts are first to say, elections have consequences. A winning candidate for governor...
Abortion, gun bills could get votes in Ohio by end of year

Abortion, gun bills could get votes in Ohio by end of year

Ohio legislators return to Columbus this month for a “lame-duck” session — a mad dash of lawmaking before the two-year session ends in December and the newly elected crew takes over in January. There is no shortage of meaty and controversial topics in the statehouse pipeline: relaxing restrictions on fireworks, increasing restrictions on abortion, giving gun owners the...
Janell Smith doesn’t regret entering Huber Heights politics. She regrets being naive.

Janell Smith doesn’t regret entering Huber Heights politics. She regrets being naive.

Janell Smith went to bed Tuesday not knowing if she would be forced to leave Huber Heights city council. She was exhausted, having spent most of the day holding signs outside the church where voters were deciding her fate, until the pastor sent everyone off the property when her 24-year-old son was cited for pushing a 16-year-old girl who supported the recall. “I didn’t watch the...
Is Ohio a red state? Midterms may have changed state’s status as swing state

Is Ohio a red state? Midterms may have changed state’s status as swing state

Ohio’s reputation as a moderate, purple state may be over after this year’s midterm election. The GOP saw several victories Tuesday in Ohio, including Republican Mike DeWine defeating Democrat Rich Cordray for governor and Republicans winning attorney general, treasurer, secretary of state and auditor seats. Republicans also won all Dayton region congressional and Ohio House seats. And...
Local Congressman Jim Jordan announces run for House minority leader

Local Congressman Jim Jordan announces run for House minority leader

Rep. Jim Jordan announced Wednesday that he will run for minority leader, hours after winning a seventh term representing his western Ohio congressional district and hours after Republicans lost the House majority. Jordan, an Urbana Republican, announced his decision on Hill.TV Wednesday morning, though he’s broadly indicated his plans to seek a leadership role ever since House Speaker Paul...
Plummer, Butler, Antani, Perales, Smith among winners in local Ohio House races

Plummer, Butler, Antani, Perales, Smith among winners in local Ohio House races

Republicans won all contested Dayton region Ohio House seats in Tuesday election. In the Dayton region Republican Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer won the House 40th District and newcomer Jena Powell won the 80th, according to the Ohio Secretary of State’s website. State Reps. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, Jim Butler, R-Oakwood, Paul Zeltwanger, R-Mason and State...
Democrats win 3 county races; Republican rallies to beat incumbent clerk

Democrats win 3 county races; Republican rallies to beat incumbent clerk

Three Democrats won Montgomery County races Tuesday, including Carolyn Rice for county commissioner over Republican Doug Barry.  But Republican Mike Foley came from behind to defeat sitting Common Pleas Clerk of Courts Russ Joseph, according to unofficial, final results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections. Here are results from the races:  Rice won with 53 percent of the vote over...
Five Rivers MetroParks levy wins big

Five Rivers MetroParks levy wins big

Five Rivers MetroParks notched a big win at the polls Tuesday when voters strongly approved a levy that the organization counts on for the bulk of its funding.  Montgomery County voters overwhelmingly approved Issue 6, a replacement levy for the MetroParks that increases property taxes. More than two-thirds of votes were in favor of the levy, according to the unofficial final results from the...
Polls are open for Election Day: What you need to know

Polls are open for Election Day: What you need to know

Local voter turnout is strong so far this election.  "We've got a big turnout at all of our polling locations throughout the county," said Jan Kelly, director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. After polls close at 7:30 p.m., results might not be in as quickly as after the primary vote because there are two extra machines at each location...
Election highlights: DeWine wins, some familiar names lose, Dayton OKs marijuana issue and more

Election highlights: DeWine wins, some familiar names lose, Dayton OKs marijuana issue and more

Ohio voters picked a new governor, backed the full slate of Republicans to statewide non-judicial offices and killed Issue 1. Local voters backed the Five Rivers MetroParks levy and Dayton voters OK’d effort to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. It also was a night where some familiar faces lost their seats locally and some newcomers won. Here’s a look at some of the...
DeWine beats Cordray for governor, leads big night for Ohio Republicans

DeWine beats Cordray for governor, leads big night for Ohio Republicans

Republican Mike DeWine won Ohio’s governor race Tuesday in a big night for the GOP, which swept the down ticket executive offices – attorney general, auditor, secretary of state and treasurer – for the third consecutive statewide election cycle.  Around midnight, DeWine and his running mate, Jon Husted, and their families took the stage at the Ohio Republican Party event...
Unofficial results: Republican Smith beats Foley in tight 43rd Ohio House District race; Foley says he won’t yet concede

Unofficial results: Republican Smith beats Foley in tight 43rd Ohio House District race; Foley says he won’t yet concede

Democrat Dan Foley is not conceding the 43rd District seat in the Ohio House race against Republican State Rep. J. Todd Smith. The unofficial results show Smith, of Jackson Twp., narrowly defeated Foley with 50.53 percent, while Foley garnered 49.47 percent of the vote.  “We'll be doing our due diligence checking on all provisional absentee ballots,” Foley said Wednesday...
Republican Huffman wins state Senate 5th District race

Republican Huffman wins state Senate 5th District race

State Rep. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, on Tuesday defeated Democrat Paul Bradley in Ohio’s 5th Senate District, according to unofficial results from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.  Huffman had 53.3 percent to Bradley’s 46.7 percent of the vote.  Republican Sen. Steve Wilson, R-Maineville, defeated Democrat Sara Bitter in the 7th District, 62.1 percent to 37...
Sen. Brown wins, holds off challenge from Renacci

Sen. Brown wins, holds off challenge from Renacci

Sen. Sherrod Brown won re-election Tuesday over Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, giving the Ohio Democrat a third six-year term in the U.S. Senate and his fifth statewide victory since 1982.  CNN called the race about a half hour after the polls closed at 7:30 p.m. Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth worked to the end of the race, pointing to an internal poll showing 17 percent of voters...
Mike Turner beats Gasper for 10th district congressional seat; Gasper declares 2020 rematch

Mike Turner beats Gasper for 10th district congressional seat; Gasper declares 2020 rematch

Republicans kept each of the four U.S. House seats in the Dayton region, fighting off challenges from Democrats who sought to ride a hoped-for “blue-wave” into office.  U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, will return to Congress for the ninth time to represent Ohio’s 10th District, the AP said.  Theresa Gasper, the Democrat in the race, pledged to return on the ballot in 2020...
Mike DeWine rallies hometown crowd on Election Eve

Mike DeWine rallies hometown crowd on Election Eve

In the latest installment of his longstanding political tradition, Mike DeWine finished his campaign for Ohio governor where he always ends his races: the dining room of Young’s Jersey Dairy packed with supporters chanting “Go, Mike! Go!” Whether Tuesday’s general election will turn out like it did in 2006, when he lost his U.S. Senate seat to Democrat Sherrod Brown, or like...
Ohio voters overwhelmingly reject Issue 1, which would decriminalize low-level drug offenders

Ohio voters overwhelmingly reject Issue 1, which would decriminalize low-level drug offenders

Ohio voters defeated State Issue 1 Tuesday 63 percent to 37 percent, according to final, unofficial results.  The proposed constitutional amendment would have changed Ohio law to keep low-level drug offenders out of prison with the goal of promoting treatment of drug addiction instead of incarceration. But opponents raised concerns about the impact removing the threat of punishment would have...
Cordray rallies Dayton Democrats on eve of Election Day

Cordray rallies Dayton Democrats on eve of Election Day

Local and state Democratic candidates and leaders are trying to fire up voters and their base by portraying Tuesday’s election as a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to turn important and major seats blue. Democrats traditionally have a hard time winning in midterm elections, but this is not a normal election and Democrats have unusually high levels of enthusiasm and motivation...
Dayton-area state Senate race may be one to watch on Election Day

Dayton-area state Senate race may be one to watch on Election Day

Two local candidates are facing off today in what is one of — if not the most — hotly contested state Senate battles in Ohio: the 5th Senate District race, with Republicans flooding thousands of dollars into television advertisements in hopes of keeping the seat once held by Democrats. WHAT’S ON YOUR BALLOT? Check out our online voters guide Running in the swing district are Democrat...
What happens if the Ohio governor’s race is too close to call?

What happens if the Ohio governor’s race is too close to call?

Pollsters and pundits expect the Ohio governor’s race between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray to be close. Really close. What happens if it’s too close to call on Election Night? The outcome may hinge on provisional and mailed-in absentee ballots. Ohio’s official canvass starts Nov. 17 and end Nov. 27 – unless Secretary of State Jon Husted orders an expedited...
Gov. John Kasich sees an opening for a third party run for president

Gov. John Kasich sees an opening for a third party run for president

During a national TV show today, Republican John Kasich said he sees an opening for a third party candidate to run for president and that he’s keeping his options open. On The Political View this morning, Kasich told Whoopi Goldberg: “I think for the first time there is a legitimate chance for a third party candidate because you have Republicans on the extreme and Democrats on the extreme...
Election 2018: Smith, Foley battle in competitive state House district

Election 2018: Smith, Foley battle in competitive state House district

The most competitive Ohio House race in the region this election cycle features a newly appointed lawmaker against a county commissioner. Republican J. Todd Smith won the Republican primary for the 43rd state House seat in May and was appointed to the seat when former state Rep. Jeff Rezabek resigned to become a juvenile judge in Montgomery County. Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley is the Democrat...
John Legend, DNC Chair Perez, visit Dayton to rally Democrats

John Legend, DNC Chair Perez, visit Dayton to rally Democrats

Music star John Legend and Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee, will be in town this afternoon to launch canvassing for congressional candidate Theresa Gasper on the last Sunday before Tuesday’s election. Springfield native Legend — an Emmy, Oscar, Grammy and Tony award winner — will join Perez to rally for Gasper, the Democratic candidate running against incumbent...
Dems call out GOP over claims on pre-existing conditions

Dems call out GOP over claims on pre-existing conditions

When Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, sent out a campaign mailer telling voters he’s working to guarantee private insurance for people with pre-existing conditions, Democratic opponent Theresa Gasper snapped that Turner is “hoping to dupe voters about his record.” In Columbus, Democrat Rick Neal made a similar charge about Republican Rep. Steve Stivers of Upper Arlington. The Democratic...
Get ready for Election Day: DDN, WHIO team has you covered

Get ready for Election Day: DDN, WHIO team has you covered

Election Day is Tuesday and our team has you covered from now until the final votes are in. Here’s a look at what you can expect: Compare the candidates on the issues and learn more about the tax levies and State Issue 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot in our interactive voters guide. Just click here. You can share your picks on Facebook and save your ballot to have with you when you vote. WHIO&rsquo...
Montgomery County clerk race features familiar last names

Montgomery County clerk race features familiar last names

The Montgomery County Clerk of Courts race features two candidates with last names long associated with local politics. But neither is the Foley nor Joseph that local voters have put into office before. Democrat Russ Joseph charges Mike Foley the Republican is misleading the public. “He’s trying to pretend — deceive people — that he’s Dan Foley, which is obviously not...
Local congressional candidate’s campaign manager resigns days before vote

Local congressional candidate’s campaign manager resigns days before vote

The campaign manager for a Democratic candidate seeking a congressional seat in Warren and Hamilton counties has resigned days after Republicans officials accused one of the candidate’s workers of stealing voter data from his opponent. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Aftab Pureval says Sarah Topy resigned Tuesday based on “new information.” Pureval, a Beavercreek native, is trying...
Ohio must allow ‘purged’ voters to vote, court rules

Ohio must allow ‘purged’ voters to vote, court rules

A federal appeals court has ordered Ohio to allow voters who had been purged from the election books for not voting over a six-year period to participate in this year’s election. A divided 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Thursday granted an emergency motion sought by voting-rights groups. The ruling overturned in part an Oct. 10 ruling by a federal judge that said voters hadn&rsquo...
Ohio GOP says state treasurer candidate Richardson taking illegal labor money

Ohio GOP says state treasurer candidate Richardson taking illegal labor money

The Ohio Republican Party filed a complaint alleging that Democrat Rob Richardson’s campaign for state treasurer accepted more than $500,000 in contributions that were improperly funneled through affiliated labor unions in 14 states and the District of Columbia to avoid campaign finance limits. The 18-page complaint filed Tuesday with the Ohio Elections Commission alleges that Richardson for...
You can still vote early today until 2 p.m.

You can still vote early today until 2 p.m.

Election Day is tomorrow, but you can still vote early today. Your county board of elections office is open for voters today until 2 p.m. Absentee voting is running higher than in the 2014 midterm elections but voter turnout was just below 41 percent that year and Democrat Ed FitzGerald, who proved to be a flawed candidate, lost in a landslide to Republican incumbent Gov. John Kasich. This year&rsquo...
County Commissioner Dan Foley accused in TV ad of misusing authority during traffic stop

County Commissioner Dan Foley accused in TV ad of misusing authority during traffic stop

Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley, who is running for a seat in the Ohio House, is being accused in a television campaign ad of misusing his authority during a traffic stop by a Brookville police officer in June. The ad features dash-cam video of a field sobriety test administered to Foley after the car he was driving was stopped by a Brookville police officer in June. Foley, a Democrat, was...
Election Poll: Governor race close, Issue 1 support slipping, Brown leads big

Election Poll: Governor race close, Issue 1 support slipping, Brown leads big

One week before Election Day, the governor’s race is still close between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Rich Cordray, support for State Issue 1 is fading and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown appears to be cruising to a big victory, according to a new poll released Tuesday. Baldwin Wallace University Community Research Institute’s latest survey of likely voters shows DeWine at 39.4 percent...
Governor race: Mike DeWine runs on his long experience and track record

Governor race: Mike DeWine runs on his long experience and track record

Mike DeWine is seemingly everywhere in Ohio. He stands before cameras at press conferences in the Attorney General’s office, he pops up at gruesome crime scenes wearing a BCI jacket, he welcomes supporters to his annual ice cream social at his sprawling farm in Greene County, and he shows up at high school track meets to watch his grandchildren. It’s an image carefully cultivated over...
Governor Race: What you need to know about Richard Cordray, where he stands on issues

Governor Race: What you need to know about Richard Cordray, where he stands on issues

Some politicians try hard to be cool and hip, but none of them are named Richard Cordray. In his run for governor, the Grove City Democrat is fully embracing his nerd image and capitalizing on his five time Jeopardy! champion bragging rights. His campaign rolled out a website, RichKnowsOhio.com, which weaves together Jeopardy! clips from 1987 with modern-day Cordray answering Ohio trivia. He has a...
2 candidates seek seat on Greene County Commission, where Democrats have struggled

2 candidates seek seat on Greene County Commission, where Democrats have struggled

Greene County will have a new commissioner after voters decide Nov. 6 between County Treasurer Dick Gould, a Republican, and his Democratic opponent Susan Lopez, director of the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Family Resource Center. Lopez not only has Gould as an opponent, but also battles history in traditionally conservative Greene County, where voters haven’t elected a Democrat to the board of commissioners...
Election 2018: New candidates running to represent Miami/Darke Co. at statehouse

Election 2018: New candidates running to represent Miami/Darke Co. at statehouse

Both candidates seeking to represent the 80th district in the Ohio House are making first bids for elected office, a factor each considers a plus. Republican nominee Jena Powell of Arcanum comes to the race following a four-way primary with candidates with previous campaign experience. WHAT’S ON YOUR BALLOT? Check out our online voters guide D.J. Byrnes of Piqua, the Democrat, hit the campaign...
Election 2018: Congressman Jordan facing Democrat Garrett in rematch

Election 2018: Congressman Jordan facing Democrat Garrett in rematch

Congressman Jim Jordan, who says he plans to run for speaker of the House if Republicans maintain the majority, is running against Democrat Janet Garrett in his bid for re-election. Garrett, who has run against Jordan before in 2016 and 2014, was a member of the Peace Corps, and served on the Oberlin Ohio Education Executive Association Council. Jordan is a member of the Freedom Caucus and believes...
ELECTON 2018: Montgomery County recorder candidates at odds over electronic filing of records

ELECTON 2018: Montgomery County recorder candidates at odds over electronic filing of records

The February death of longtime Montgomery County Recorder Willis Blackshear set up the Nov. 6 race between Brandon McClain, who was appointed by fellow Democrats to fill the post, and Republican challenger Adil Baguirov, a former Dayton school board president. ELECTION 2018: Dayton Daily News voter guide Baguirov, the co-founder of a local trucking company owner and real estate investor, said if elected...
Election 2018: Blaine facing challenge from Parker for county common pleas judge seat

Election 2018: Blaine facing challenge from Parker for county common pleas judge seat

Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Erik Blaine is facing a challenge in Montgomery County Juvenile Court Magistrate Gerald Parker, Blaine’s first election opponent since being appointed in May 2017. Like Blaine, Parker has experience in criminal and civil litigation with local law firms and experience behind the bench. Blaine, appointed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich after Judge Michael Tucker...
Gov. Kasich orders flags lowered for synagogue tragedy

Gov. Kasich orders flags lowered for synagogue tragedy

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has ordered flags lowered to half-staff following a gunman’s attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 people. The governor’s announcement came after Saturday’s shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood that also injured six people, including four police officers. Kasich says “Our hearts are heavy...
Watch: Turner, Gasper, Harlow debate issues in congressional race on WHIO-TV

Watch: Turner, Gasper, Harlow debate issues in congressional race on WHIO-TV

In their only event together this election cycle, the three candidates for Ohio’s 10th Congressional District joined News Center 7’s Jim Otte for a forum broadcast during a special Saturday afternoon airing of WHIO Reports. Incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Turner, Democrat Theresa Gasper and Libertarian David Harlow participated in the forum. The 10th Congressional District includes all...
Brown, Renacci square off in third — and final — U.S. Senate debate.

Brown, Renacci square off in third — and final — U.S. Senate debate.

The first question asked of Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and Republican Rep. Jim Renacci in Friday night’s third debate between the two U.S. Senate candidates was about the divisiveness of the country. Brown called on Renacci to encourage President Donald Trump to lead the country in healing. “I don’t blame the president entirely on this, of course,” Brown said. “But...
State Treasurer candidates lay out plans to protect Ohio’s money

State Treasurer candidates lay out plans to protect Ohio’s money

Republican Robert Sprague and Democrat Rob Richardson are running for state treasurer this fall to replace Treasurer Josh Mandel who is term-limited. We asked both candidates what they would do if elected. Here’s a look at their experience and their answers to our questions: Experience:  9 years on the University of Cincinnati’s Board of Trustees. 10 years as a labor attorney practicing...
Ohio lawmakers react to mail bomb attacks

Ohio lawmakers react to mail bomb attacks

Lawmakers from both parties rushed to praise the FBI and law enforcement agencies for quickly arresting a man suspected of mailing explosive devices to Democratic figures although some Democrats suggested President Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric was partly to blame. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the FBI had arrested 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc of Florida and accused him of mailing...
Overtime pay for mid-level workers becoming key issue in governor’s race

Overtime pay for mid-level workers becoming key issue in governor’s race

In May 2016, Vice President Joe Biden dropped into Columbus to tout a federal new rule: overtime pay would be required for salaried workers who make up to $47,476 a year. The change was expected to boost the paychecks of 4.2 million Americans who work as mid-level managers in places such as big box stores, restaurants and the like. In September 2016, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine joined a lawsuit...
Dayton School Board member John McManus challenging state Rep. Jim Butler

Dayton School Board member John McManus challenging state Rep. Jim Butler

Republican state Rep. Jim Butler is facing a challenge from Dayton School Board Member John McManus, a Democrat, in this fall’s election for the 41st District state House seat. Both candidates share a commitment to bringing more jobs to Ohio, boosting the economy and doing more to improve the health care system, but they differ on how to do it. The district includes Kettering, Oakwood and parts...
Would next governor support state takeover of Dayton schools? Here’s what the candidates say

Would next governor support state takeover of Dayton schools? Here’s what the candidates say

Rich Cordray, Democrat: End state takeovers of low-performing school districts, instead providing additional resources while maintaining local control. Mike DeWine, Republican: Consider revising takeover law to provide help to struggling schools while keeping the community involved in the process. Travis Irvine, Libertarian: End any effort to bring control of schools under the state. *** Dayton Public...
Ohio’s governor race one of most expensive in U.S.; DeWine gives self $3M loan

Ohio’s governor race one of most expensive in U.S.; DeWine gives self $3M loan

Nearly $50 million has been spent so far in the race for Ohio governor making it one of the most expensive in the nation. Republican Mike DeWine wrote a $3 million check to his gubernatorial campaign this week — adding to the $1 million personal loan he made last year, according to campaign finance reports filed on Thursday. DeWine campaign spokesman Josh Eck said there have been no conversations...
State Rep. Niraj Antani facing challenge from Democrat Zach Dickerson

State Rep. Niraj Antani facing challenge from Democrat Zach Dickerson

Republican state Rep. Niraj Antani is facing a challenge from Democrat Zach Dickerson in the race for the 42nd District seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. The district includes Moraine, West Carrollton, Miamisburg, Germantown and part of Centerville, and Washington, Miami and German townships. Antani has been in office since 2014. The two biggest issues Antani wants to work on if re-elected...
Election 2018: Who is running for State Board of Education?

Election 2018: Who is running for State Board of Education?

Three candidates are running to represent the 3rd District on the Ohio Board of Education and all of them have concerns about testing in schools; they just have different ways of going about it. The 3rd District includes Montgomery, Miami, Butler, Preble and southern Darke counties. Current board member Charlotte McGuire is facing a challenge from Matthew McGowan and Dawn E. Wojcik. McGuire believes...
Ohio lawmakers react to bomb packages sent to Clintons, Obamas, others

Ohio lawmakers react to bomb packages sent to Clintons, Obamas, others

Bombs and other suspicious packages targeting Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama and CNN were intercepted Wednesday in a rash of attacks. A similar device was found Monday at the New York compound of liberal billionaire George Soros, a major contributor to Democratic causes. There have been no reports of suspicious packages delivered to Ohio leaders or the statehouse. Here’s what...
Voting early by mail? Check the postage

Voting early by mail? Check the postage

If you are voting early by mail, don’t forget to check the postage. More than one stamp might be required, depending on the bulkiness of your ballot. In Montgomery County, ballot postage is 71 cents, said Jan Kelly, the Board of Elections director. “Each county has their own postage amount. It depends … If it’s a two- or three-page or one-page (ballot), and if it’s 11...
Gov. Kasich says automation will force Ohioans from current jobs

Gov. Kasich says automation will force Ohioans from current jobs

Gov. John Kasich predicted that emerging technologies and automation will force Ohio workers out of their current jobs but it doesn’t mean they will be jobless if they are re-trained for future in-demand jobs. “I’m a big change guy. That’s what I’m really interested in. Change. Disruption. That’s where I believe you have be to be youthful, be exciting, to have energy...
Most Republican congressional seats in Ohio safe, but Dems see opportunities

Most Republican congressional seats in Ohio safe, but Dems see opportunities

For Democrats, the magic number is 23. That’s the number of U.S. House seats they need to win to regain the majority for the first time since 2010. “It won’t be easy,” concedes Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Ben Ray Lujan. “We’re going to have to fight for every inch. For his part Rep. Steve Stivers of Upper Arlington, who chairs the National...
In the Senate, the math still favors the GOP

In the Senate, the math still favors the GOP

If you are really interested in finding out which party wins control of the U.S. Senate next month, better plan on staying up late on Nov. 6. Although there are key races in the eastern time zone — West Virginia, New Jersey and Florida among them — control of the Senate probably won’t be decided until votes are counted in North Dakota, Montana, Nevada and Arizona. The GOP currently...
Election 2018: Bowling takes on Montgomery for open county common pleas judge seat

Election 2018: Bowling takes on Montgomery for open county common pleas judge seat

The pending retirement of Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Langer opened a judicial seat to be filled in November’s election by either Kate Bowling or Mary Montgomery. Both University of Dayton law school graduates spent time working in the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, but they took different career paths. Montgomery has worked for county prosecutor Mat Heck...
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