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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...
Ohio’s $10 billion investment: Where do governor candidates stand on education?

Ohio’s $10 billion investment: Where do governor candidates stand on education?

Among the striking similarities between the education plans put forward by the two major party candidates for Ohio governor this year are calls for more early childhood spending, fewer state-mandated tests and increased support for needy students. But there are differences between Democrat Rich Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine that leave voters with a clear choice over who should oversee $10 billion...
Cutting through the hype: What Issue 1 would mean in Ohio

Cutting through the hype: What Issue 1 would mean in Ohio

State Issue 1 has become so divisive it has split some otherwise like-minded groups. Recovering drug addicts are speaking out for both the Yes and No campaigns. Law enforcement groups like the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association have come out against it, while former narcotics officers are campaigning for a yes vote. Sitting judges, too, are on opposite sides of the issue. And while the major party...
Ex-Butler County lawmaker now leading Ohio Department of Agriculture

Ex-Butler County lawmaker now leading Ohio Department of Agriculture

Tim Derickson was sworn in Friday as the interim director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Derickson, who has been the department’s assistant director since April 2017, was named by Gov. John Kasich to replace Director David Daniels. OHIO POLITICS: Race for Ohio governor still tied “As a farmer, businessperson, member of the Ohio House of Representative and as part of our administration...
Attorney says she talked to woman who made claim against Sherrod Brown 

Attorney says she talked to woman who made claim against Sherrod Brown 

A Canton attorney says she has talked to a woman who alleges U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, “roughly” pushed her against a wall while making a sexual advance after he was divorced in the late 1980s. The attorney, Laura Mills, is a managing partner in the Canton law firm Mills, Mills, Fiely & Lucas.   Mills would not identify the woman and says “it did stop after...
What Ohio’s governor candidates plan to do about the opioid crisis

What Ohio’s governor candidates plan to do about the opioid crisis

As drug overdoses continue to kill thousands of people in Ohio — 4,854 last year — each of the candidates for governor has an action plan to address the addiction crisis. But those on the front lines in the Miami Valley say none of the plans directly address housing for those in recovery — including funding for sober living homes – and without those programs, they say, many...
Here’s how to get tickets to see President Trump today in Warren County

Here’s how to get tickets to see President Trump today in Warren County

The Donald Trump campaign has released information on how to register for a pair of tickets at Friday’s rally in Lebanon. President Trump is in the midst of a six-state tour to campaign for Republican candidates up for election this November. He is set to appear at 7 p.m. Friday at the Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N. Broadway St. in Lebanon. The president is in Warren County to campaign for...
Get ready for Election Day with our interactive voters guide

Get ready for Election Day with our interactive voters guide

Ohio’s election is coming up and our voters guide can help you make an informed choice before you go to the polls. Just click here to go to the guide, put in your address and check out what’s on the ballot. You can compare the candidates on the issues that matter to you. Find out where the governor candidates stand on guns, abortion, taxes, health care. What are the U.S. Senate candidates...
Marijuana legalization pushed by Ohio’s third-party governor candidates

Marijuana legalization pushed by Ohio’s third-party governor candidates

Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Rich Cordray — who together have held public office for more than 60 years — are flooding the airwaves with TV ads and live debates. Meanwhile, Ohio voters will notice two other names on the ballot for governor: Libertarian Party of Ohio nominee Travis Irvine and Green Party nominee Constance Gadell-Newton. This news outlet is profiling each of the governor...
Today is deadline to register to vote

Today is deadline to register to vote

The ads have started, campaigns are heating up and we are getting closer to the November election. Ohio voters will be choosing a new governor, statewide leaders, members of Congress and the General Assembly as well as county offices. There also is a state issue on the ballot as well as hundreds of tax levies and school issues. You have until today, Oct. 9, to register to vote. You can register to...
DeWine, Cordray final debate focuses on abortion, education and opioid crisis

DeWine, Cordray final debate focuses on abortion, education and opioid crisis

Ohio governor candidates Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine squared off in their final debate before Election Day Monday clashing about issues such as health care, education, and the opioid crisis. In the third debate Cordray once again went on attack, saying the governorship isn’t like a gold watch that goes to whoever has been around a long time. “Mike, you’ve had your chance for...
Take a first look inside local medical marijuana growing facility

Take a first look inside local medical marijuana growing facility

Cresco Labs’ new $15-million, 60,000-square-foot medical marijuana factory in Yellow Springs hums with fans and lights, “cultivation agents” wear medical scubs and latex gloves and a stern-faced security guard monitors dozens of video cameras from a locked room and every plant is tagged with a bar code. The ribbon cutting held Monday drew community leaders from the school district...
Ohio governor candidates to square off tonight in final debate: How to watch

Ohio governor candidates to square off tonight in final debate: How to watch

The third Ohio governor’s debate is set for 7 p.m. Monday at Cleveland State University. The debate marks the final time gubernatorial candidates Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray will square off before the Nov. 6 election. DeWine is the current Ohio Attorney General while Cordray recently stepped down from his post as the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...
Voting concerns, safety key issues in Ohio secretary of state race

Voting concerns, safety key issues in Ohio secretary of state race

The Ohio Secretary of State job used to be seen as a ho-hum post taken by political climbers biding their time until they could run for higher-profile jobs. Not any more. Attempted cyber attacks, Russians trying to influence American democracy and allegations of voter fraud and suppression are now top issues for Ohio’s chief elections officer. Running for the job are Democrat Kathleen Clyde...
Record number of women running for Congress this year, 11 in Ohio

Record number of women running for Congress this year, 11 in Ohio

When Democrat Janet Garrett chose to run for Congress against U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, she introduced herself to voters by recounting in a nearly two-minute video the December 2000 night her ex-husband came home and “beat the hell” out of her. “I’m running for Congress now,” she said, “because I have found my voice.” When hundreds of thousands...
RTA, Uber, Lyft to offer free rides to the polls on Election Day

RTA, Uber, Lyft to offer free rides to the polls on Election Day

Ride hailing apps Uber and Lyft are offering free rides today on Election Day as part of a larger effort to “drive the vote.” Uber is working with the organizations #VoteTogether and Democracy Works to provide free rides to the polls, according to the company. Lyft is working with groups such as Voto Latino to help get underserved communities to their polling stations, Fortune...
Gasper: ‘Hard to speculate’ on possible Kavanaugh impeachment

Gasper: ‘Hard to speculate’ on possible Kavanaugh impeachment

Democratic congressional hopeful Theresa Gasper said it is “hard to speculate” over whether she would support impeachment proceedings against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The Republican-controlled Senate confirmed Kavanaugh as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court after a bitter nomination fight. This week, senators reviewed a confidential series of FBI interviews on whether Kavanaugh...
President Trump coming to Lebanon Friday: How to go

President Trump coming to Lebanon Friday: How to go

President Donald Trump will make a campaign stop in Warren County Friday. The stop is part of a 10-day, six-state campaigning trip to drum up support for Republicans in tight U.S. House races. This news outlet has confirmed Trump will hold a rally at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon on Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. The 1st Congressional District, which covers parts of Hamilton and Warren counties, is...
Legal medical marijuana may be available in Ohio next month

Legal medical marijuana may be available in Ohio next month

The first batches of legal medical marijuana may be available in Ohio as early as mid-November but the initial supply is expected to sell out almost immediately, according to state officials. Mark Hamlin of the Ohio Department of Commerce said Thursday that two small-scale cultivators — one in Miegs County and another in Portage County — will have flower product ready for testing and Hocking...
Who has the money? Cordray outraises DeWine in September

Who has the money? Cordray outraises DeWine in September

With the polls showing the Ohio governor’s race a dead heat, Republican Mike DeWine raised $2.12 million and Democrat Richard Cordray pulled in $2.56 million in cash and in-kind support— just in the last month. The finance reports, filed Wednesday, do not include expenditures so it’s impossible to determine how much money is flowing out of the campaigns and what their cash balances...
Opioid crisis: U.S. Senate sends President Trump bill to fight drug war

Opioid crisis: U.S. Senate sends President Trump bill to fight drug war

The Senate overwhelmingly gave final approval to a bill Wednesday aimed at reducing the number of people who die every from opioid addiction, sending the measure to President Donald Trump for his signature. By a vote of 98-1, the Senate passed the bill which includes a measure sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, that would make it more difficult to send fentanyl into the United States through the...
What they’re saying about State Issue 1: Why they support or oppose the issue

What they’re saying about State Issue 1: Why they support or oppose the issue

Ohio voters next month will decide State Issue 1, a proposed constitutional amendment that would change sentencing guidelines for some drug crimes and affect other aspects of those crimes. Here’s a sampling of responses to Issue 1. We’ll continue to update this story as more officials announce their stance: “As governor, I will work with law enforcement to make sure drug dealers...
Democrats kick off statewide bus tour with 35 days left before Election Day

Democrats kick off statewide bus tour with 35 days left before Election Day

Outside the Ohio Statehouse, the statewide Democratic ticket led by gubernatorial candidates Richard Cordray kicked off a bus tour on Tuesday to rally voters. “With 35 days to go, we’re going to be all over the state, 88 counties, we run everywhere,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. The candidates are ready, he said. “They are in position to win for the first...
Congressional candidates Turner, Gasper, Harlow to discuss issues on WHIO-TV today

Congressional candidates Turner, Gasper, Harlow to discuss issues on WHIO-TV today

A special edition of WHIO Reports featuring the three candidates in Ohio’s 10th Congressional District will air this afternoon. The candidates in the district including all of Montgomery and Greene and a portion of Fayette counties are incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Turner, Democrat Theresa Gasper and Libertarian David Harlow. News Center 7’s Jim Otte is moderator of the one-hour edition...
Republican Party files FEC complaint about Sherrod Brown ad

Republican Party files FEC complaint about Sherrod Brown ad

The Ohio Republican Party Monday issued a formal complaint to the Federal Election Commission about Sen. Sherrod Brown’s most recent campaign ad. The ad, called “Disheveled,” features a handful of Whirlpool Corporation employees, some wearing the corporate logo, standing in front of their company talking about Brown. The ad jokes about Brown’s “rumpled” and &ldquo...
Cordray vs. DeWine: Opioids, education, guns focus of 2nd Ohio governor debate

Cordray vs. DeWine: Opioids, education, guns focus of 2nd Ohio governor debate

After the first debate between rivals Mike DeWine and Rich Cordray, Ohioans got the feeling the two men don’t like each other much. The jabs and attacks continued in the second head-to-head televised match-up Monday night. Cordray went on the attack at the outset, saying Attorney General DeWine has failed as Ohio’s chief consumer protection officer and led to higher health care costs for...
How to watch: DeWine, Cordray face off in 2nd debate tonight

How to watch: DeWine, Cordray face off in 2nd debate tonight

Governor candidates Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray will face off tonight in their second debate. >>WATCH LIVE HERE: DeWine, Cordray face off in 2nd debate tonight You can watch the debate live on our website and on our Ohio Politics Facebook page. After the first debate at the University of Dayton on Sept. 19, Ohioans got the feeling the two men don’t like each other much. Tonight&rsquo...
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