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Ohio Governor’s Race: Who is Mike DeWine?

Ohio Governor’s Race: Who is Mike DeWine?

If you don’t know who Mike DeWine is, perhaps you’re new to Ohio. For more than four decades, the Republican has been a fixture of Ohio politics: local prosecutor, state lawmaker, lieutenant governor, member of Congress and state attorney general. Now the 71-year-old Cedarville resident wants to cap off his career with Ohio governor, which has been a long-time ambition. On the campaign...
Ohio governor race: Who is Richard Cordray?

Ohio governor race: Who is Richard Cordray?

For all but four of the past 28 years, Republicans have held a firm grip on the Ohio governor’s office. Democrat Richard Cordray wants to break that streak. Less than a year ago, Cordray jumped into the race for Ohio governor, elbowed out other contenders and grabbed 62.2 percent of the vote in a six-way primary. He is running for governor against Republican Mike DeWine Cordray, now 59, has...
Ohio governor candidates on the issues: Higher education

Ohio governor candidates on the issues: Higher education

On Sept. 19, governor candidates Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray are taking part in their first debate at the University of Dayton. The Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and WHIO Radio are the media partners for the debate. The debate will be moderated by News Center 7 anchor James Brown. Questions will be asked by Dayton Daily News Columbus Bureau reporter Laura Bischoff, News Center...
Ohio governor candidates on the issues: Funds for local governments

Ohio governor candidates on the issues: Funds for local governments

On Sept. 19, governor candidates Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray are taking part in their first debate at the University of Dayton. The Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and WHIO Radio are the media partners for the 7 p.m. debate. The debate will be moderated by News Center 7 anchor James Brown. Questions will be asked by Dayton Daily News Columbus Bureau reporter Laura Bischoff, News...
Ohio governor candidates on the issues: Taxes

Ohio governor candidates on the issues: Taxes

On Sept. 19, governor candidates Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray are taking part in their first debate at the University of Dayton. The Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and WHIO Radio are the media partners for the 7 p.m. debate. The debate will be moderated by News Center 7 anchor James Brown. Questions will be asked by Dayton Daily News Columbus Bureau reporter Laura Bischoff, News...
Ohio governor candidates on the issues: Medicaid

Ohio governor candidates on the issues: Medicaid

On Sept. 19, governor candidates Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray are taking part in their first debate at the University of Dayton.   The Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and WHIO Radio are the media partners for the debate. The debate will be moderated by News Center 7 anchor James Brown. Questions will be asked by Dayton Daily News Columbus Bureau reporter Laura Bischoff...
New poll shows close governor race ahead of Wednesday’s Dayton debate

New poll shows close governor race ahead of Wednesday’s Dayton debate

Heading into the first debate in the governor’s race Wednesday at the University of Dayton, the race between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine is a close one, according to a new poll. The two candidates will debate at 7 p.m. at the University of Dayton — an event hosted by the university. Cox Media Group Ohio is the media partner for the debate. “We’re really...
Ohio governor candidates on the issues: Opioid crisis

Ohio governor candidates on the issues: Opioid crisis

On Sept. 19, governor candidates Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray are taking part in their first debate at the University of Dayton. The Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and WHIO Radio are the media partners for the debate. The debate will be moderated by News Center 7 anchor James Brown. Questions will be asked by Dayton Daily News Columbus Bureau reporter Laura Bischoff, News Center...
Senate OKs bill banning ‘gag rules’ keeping pharmacists from telling you how to save money

Senate OKs bill banning ‘gag rules’ keeping pharmacists from telling you how to save money

The U.S. Senate has a passed a bill that would bar gag clauses that prevent pharmacists from telling consumers how to save money by paying out of pocket for medicine rather than going through insurance. The Senate earlier this month passed a bill outlawing such gag clauses for Medicare D, with this latest bill extending the ban to all insurance policies. Monday’s vote was 98-2, with both Ohio...
Ohio senators split on Kavanaugh allegations as Supreme Court pick in limbo

Ohio senators split on Kavanaugh allegations as Supreme Court pick in limbo

Sen. Rob Portman sharply criticized Senate Democrats Monday for waiting “until the 11th hour” to make public an accusation by a woman that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at party when both were in high school three decades ago. Portman, R-Ohio, a close friend of Kavanaugh’s and who introduced the federal appeals judge to the Senate Judiciary Committee...
Miami County election officials can’t agree on new voting machines

Miami County election officials can’t agree on new voting machines

Miami County’s elections board chairman said it is time to stop kicking down the road a decision on new voting equipment but was challenged by another board member who said he wouldn’t make up his mind without talking to more people. Election board members debated whether to vote last week on the system they believe would best serve county voters for years to come before agreeing to delay...
Ohio governor debate in Dayton: How to watch, listen, follow

Ohio governor debate in Dayton: How to watch, listen, follow

The first governor debate of 2018 will be Wednesday night at the University of Dayton. WHIO-TV, Dayton Daily News and WHIO Radio are the media partners for the debate and have it covered for you from all angles. The governor race between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray is a dead-heat in the polls, one of the closest in the nation and expected to be one of the most expensive. Here&rsquo...
Libertarians threaten legal action to get into governor debates

Libertarians threaten legal action to get into governor debates

The Libertarian Party of Ohio is threatening to take legal action against organizers of gubernatorial debates that exclude Libertarian Travis Irvine and Green Party candidate Constance Gadell-Newton. Related: Dayton to host first governor debate at UD Attorneys for the LPO sent complaints this week to the University of Dayton, Cleveland State University, Marietta College, the Ohio Debate Commission...
Ohio governor race a dead heat, new poll says

Ohio governor race a dead heat, new poll says

The race for governor in Ohio is tied, according to a new poll out by POLITICO/AARP. Republican Mike DeWine is at 39 percent and Democrat Richard Cordray is at 38 percent in the poll with 23 percent undecided. The poll of 1,592 registered voters was conducted Sept. 2-11. Questions: What questions do you have for the governor candidates? Send them to us on our Ohio Politics Facebook page or email...
Congress approves funds for major NASIC project at Wright-Patt

Congress approves funds for major NASIC project at Wright-Patt

The U.S. House Thursday passed a $147 billion spending bill that included key funding for one of the biggest projects in the history of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The bill, which passed the Senate Wednesday, pays for legislative programs, veterans programs, military construction and energy and water programs and most notably an expansion to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patt...
U.S. Senate OK’s $61M for NASIC expansion at Wright-Patterson AFB

U.S. Senate OK’s $61M for NASIC expansion at Wright-Patterson AFB

The U.S. Senate late Wednesday passed a $147 billion spending package that included $61 million to upgrade Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s National Air and Space Intelligence Center, part of one of three spending packages before Congress aimed at preventing a shutdown when the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. The money, which Sen. Sherrod Brown said will be the largest ever investment into NASIC...
Governor candidate Cordray wants to reduce standardized tests in Ohio schools

Governor candidate Cordray wants to reduce standardized tests in Ohio schools

Democrat Richard Cordray wants to chop back on standardized testing, add on-site school health services and put for-profit charter schools out of business. Cordray and his runningmate Betty Sutton unveiled their K-12 education plan at a press conference in Columbus on Wednesday. Classrooms are over-regulated and students face too many mandatory standardized tests, he argued. “There is so much...
Republicans show signs of giving up on Ohio Senate race; Renacci camp says that’s ‘ridiculous’

Republicans show signs of giving up on Ohio Senate race; Renacci camp says that’s ‘ridiculous’

National Republicans and political analysts are increasingly signaling that they do not consider the Senate race between Sen. Sherrod Brown and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci to be a top priority in the 2018 race to keep the Senate in GOP hands. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, speaking to reporters this week, listed races in Arizona, Nevada, Tennessee, Montana, North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana...
Ohio governor candidates on the issues: Guns and school safety

Ohio governor candidates on the issues: Guns and school safety

On Sept. 19, governor candidates Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray are taking part in their first debate at the University of Dayton. The Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and WHIO Radio are the media partners for the debate. The debate will be moderated by News Center 7 anchor James Brown. Questions will be asked by Dayton Daily News Columbus Bureau reporter Laura Bischoff, News Center...
Montgomery County voters can test-drive new voting machines

Montgomery County voters can test-drive new voting machines

Montgomery County voters will get to test voting machines next week, casting their own ballots for the county’s next elections system. The Montgomery County Board of Elections will open Tuesday for a “Mock Election Open House.” Residents can experience voting on several systems the county is considering to buy for future elections. “This is an exciting opportunity for our citizens...
Moderator, panelists chosen for first governor debate at UD

Moderator, panelists chosen for first governor debate at UD

The moderator and questioners are set for the Sept. 19 governor debate at the University of Dayton. News Center 7 anchor James Brown will moderate the first debate between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray. The hour-long debate will be 7 p.m. at the University of Dayton. Cox Media Group Ohio will broadcast it live on WHIO-TV and WHIO Radio and stream it live on its websites, ...
What is State Issue 1 on the Ohio ballot this fall?

What is State Issue 1 on the Ohio ballot this fall?

Ohio voters this fall will decide State Issue 1, a proposed constitutional amendment that is being bankrolled by billionaires including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, Nicholas and Susan Pritzker of San Francisco and George Soros’ Open Society Policy Center. The Yes on Issue 1 campaign received $4.5 million of the $4.8 million from out of state sources, according...
Ohio’s Senate race: Where do Brown and Renacci stand on foreign, national security issues?

Ohio’s Senate race: Where do Brown and Renacci stand on foreign, national security issues?

Sen. Sherrod Brown and Republican challenger Jim Renacci do not have the same stark differences on foreign policy they have on taxes and health care, but Renacci is far more willing to support President Donald Trump’s international approach. Although Brown has taken a more visible role in pushing for economic sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, neither he nor Renacci seem comfortable...
Your questions answered about Ohio’s medical marijuana law

Your questions answered about Ohio’s medical marijuana law

AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable, Parkinson’s disease, positive status for HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell...
DeWine, Cordray race dead heat in new poll; DeWine ahead in money raised

DeWine, Cordray race dead heat in new poll; DeWine ahead in money raised

Ohio’s campaign season about to get loud, pricey and competitive. With early voting set to start in about a month, the campaigns and their allies have already been airing ads on TV, online and radio and booked time for more spots in the coming weeks. Borrell Associates says the governor race between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine will cost $28.7 million before it’s...
Ohio leaders react to the deadly shooting in Cincinnati

Ohio leaders react to the deadly shooting in Cincinnati

Four people are dead, including the gunman, after a shooting in the middle of downtown Cincinnati Thursday. The shooting happened at the headquarters for Fifth Third Bank near Fountain Square. Here’s what leaders and officials from around the state said about the incident Thursday:
Ohio’s expected $28.7M governor race to be one of most expensive in U.S.

Ohio’s expected $28.7M governor race to be one of most expensive in U.S.

Ohio, get ready for the deluge. A research and consulting firm that tracks political advertising predicts that political spending in the state will hit $240.39 million this cycle, with the bulk of that going into the hotly contested race for governor. Borrell Associates, based in Williamsburg, Va., predicts that the cost of the race between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine will...
How to register to vote in Ohio -- deadline is Oct. 9

How to register to vote in Ohio -- deadline is Oct. 9

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 is also a state issue on the ballot as well as hundreds of tax levies and school issues. You have until Oct. 9 to register to vote. You can register to vote online...
Challenge for Congress: Consider Kavanaugh, keep lights on

Challenge for Congress: Consider Kavanaugh, keep lights on

Keep the government running and confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice. Those are the big-ticket items that Republican leaders in Congress hope to accomplish as lawmakers look to wrap up their work and head home to campaign for the November elections. Democrats want to keep the government open, but they also are fighting to derail the nomination of Kavanaugh, the second Supreme...
High court pick Kavanaugh and his carefully constructed life

High court pick Kavanaugh and his carefully constructed life

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s life seems as carefully constructed as the Supreme Court arguments he will hear if he is confirmed to the high court. He checks all the boxes of the ways of Washington, or at least the way Washington used to be. He’s a team player — the conservative team — stepping up to make a play at key moments in politics, government and the law dating to the Bill...
Facebook, Twitter executives to testify to Congress next week

Facebook, Twitter executives to testify to Congress next week

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey are set to face a fresh grilling on Capitol Hill this week as lawmakers probe Silicon Valley’s efforts to police content online, from political speech to suspected Russian propaganda. The Senate Intelligence Committee said last Wednesday it would hold a hearing this week with the two tech giants focused on “social media companies&rsquo...
President Trump at center of Ohio’s U.S. Senate race

President Trump at center of Ohio’s U.S. Senate race

Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Jim Renacci may be the names on Ohio’s ballot for the U.S. Senate this fall, but a third name — President Donald Trump — might as well be listed too. Trump, who seems to cause news alerts on a minute-to-minute basis, won Ohio by eight percentage points in 2016. To supporters, he’s the blunt-talking businessman America needs, a man unafraid to stir...
First local site gets license to process medical marijuana

First local site gets license to process medical marijuana

An Enon-based business won a medical marijuana processor’s license from the state Department of Commerce on Friday. Purpose Leaf LLC, on Dayton-Springfield Road south of Interstate 70, is the tenth processor to receive a state license. It is the first approved processor license in the Dayton-Springfield region. Processors take the harvested plant material and turn it into products such as oils...
Ohio State trustee resigns, saying Urban Meyer punishment was too soft

Ohio State trustee resigns, saying Urban Meyer punishment was too soft

An Ohio State trustee has resigned, saying a three-game suspension of football coach Urban Meyer should have been more “profound” for his mishandling of domestic violence accusations against an assistant coach and for tolerating years of the assistant’s misbehavior. The trustee, Jeffrey Wadsworth, said in an interview on Thursday that he stepped down from the board shortly after...
Amazon, Bernie Sanders are duking it out over warehouse working conditions

Amazon, Bernie Sanders are duking it out over warehouse working conditions

Amazon.com and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., are sparring over working conditions at Amazon warehouses, after the senator called for legislation that would require large employers to reimburse the government for food stamps, Medicaid and other federal assistance received by their employees. Amazon published a rare blog post rebuffing the senator’s claims that thousands of Amazon employees rely...
John McCain memorialized as hero, fighter and wiseacre

John McCain memorialized as hero, fighter and wiseacre

Sen. John McCain was eulogized as a “true American hero” — and a terrible driver with a wicked sense of humor and love of a good fight — at a crowded church service for the maverick politician Thursday that ended with the playing of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” Addressing an estimated 3,500 mourners, former Vice President Joe Biden recalled “the sheer joy...
Dayton Mayor Whaley behind plan for cabinet-level office to address opioid epidemic

Dayton Mayor Whaley behind plan for cabinet-level office to address opioid epidemic

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley joined mayors from several other Ohio cities Thursday in Columbus to support a bill that would create a cabinet-level Office of Drug Policy. The legislation, being introduced in the lame-duck session by state Rep. Richard Brown, D-Canal Winchester, is modeled after suggestions from the bipartisan Ohio Mayor’s Alliance of ways in which state and local communities could...
Turner calls Trump ‘shortsighted’ over desire to cancel pay raise for federal civilian workers

Turner calls Trump ‘shortsighted’ over desire to cancel pay raise for federal civilian workers

President Donald Trump wants to cancel an expected pay raise for federal civilian workers, including thousands of local employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the VA, he announced Thursday. The president told congressional leaders the move is needed to deal with rising federal deficits for 2019. “We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course,” Trump...
County blind-sided by township’s push to share sales tax hike money

County blind-sided by township’s push to share sales tax hike money

Montgomery County is being urged to share money from its recently-approved sales tax increase with its nine townships. County officials say they were caught off guard by Miami Twp.’s proposal and the 0.25 percent sales tax hike that begins in October was never intended for direct revenue sharing. Miami Twp.’s resolution approved unanimously Tuesday night seeks to supplement diminishing...
Dayton voters to decide whether to end penalties for marijuana violations

Dayton voters to decide whether to end penalties for marijuana violations

Dayton voters in November will get to decide whether to decriminalize possessing small quantities of marijuana, which would make the city one of the few Ohio communities to remove the penalties for recreational drug possession. The Dayton City Commission on Wednesday approved placing a measure on the Nov. 6 ballot that could lead to the city eliminating fines and potentially jail punishments for pot...
Local communities get federal grants for drug prevention programs

Local communities get federal grants for drug prevention programs

Twenty-five Ohio organizations, including some locally, will receive $125,000 grants for drug prevention programs, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman announced Wednesday. The grants were announced through the Drug-Free Communities Act, which provides matching federal grants for programs aimed at drug prevention. Portman authored the bill in 1997, when he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Among...
Why Canada’s exclusion from U.S.-Mexico deal raises obstacle

Why Canada’s exclusion from U.S.-Mexico deal raises obstacle

President Donald Trump’s drive to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement has taken an unexpected turn — one that complicates his effort to replace that deal with one more favorable to American workers. Canada, America’s longtime ally and No. 2 trading partner, was left out of a proposed deal Trump just reached with Mexico and is scrambling to keep its place in the regional...
Ohio Sen. Portman to introduce Kavanaugh at Supreme Court hearings next week

Ohio Sen. Portman to introduce Kavanaugh at Supreme Court hearings next week

Sen. Rob Portman said Tuesday that he will be introducing Judge Brett Kavanaugh at Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week. Portman, an Ohio Republican who worked with Kavanaugh in the George W. Bush White House, has helped prep Kavanaugh for his confirmation hearings and considers him a friend. The two men have known each other for more than 15 years...
Ohio State releases more documents from Urban Meyer/Zach Smith investigation 

Ohio State releases more documents from Urban Meyer/Zach Smith investigation 

In response to public records requests, Ohio State posted an “initial batch of records” from the investigation of Urban Meyer that resulted a three-game suspension for the football coach.  In an email, a school spokesperson said the university continues to process requests, which must be reviewed for potential issues with privacy laws before they can be released.  In general...
McCain’s final statement: Americans have ‘more in common’

McCain’s final statement: Americans have ‘more in common’

Sen. John McCain expressed his deep gratitude and love of country in his final letter and implored Americans to put aside “tribal rivlaries” and focus on what unites. Rick Davis, former presidential campaign manager for McCain who is serving as a family spokesman, read the farewell message Monday at a press briefing in Phoenix. In the statement, McCain reflected on the privilege of serving...
Ohio House records provide details on ex-Speaker Rosenberger’s trips, messages

Ohio House records provide details on ex-Speaker Rosenberger’s trips, messages

Former Ohio House speaker Cliff Rosenberger sent himself notes with reminders about key dates, books to read and pithy quotes he might want to roll out from time to time, according to a 55-page document included in a trove of records released Monday. Just after midnight on May 22, 2016, the Clarksville Republican sent himself note: “How do you win a campaign? Don’t lose.” That same...
Miami Twp. asks Montgomery County to share sales tax increase funds

Miami Twp. asks Montgomery County to share sales tax increase funds

UPDATE @ 7:33 p.m.: The Miami Twp. trustees unanimously passed a resolution tonight asking Montgomery County to share income tax increase funds with townships.  Miami Twp.'s move seeks part of the 0.25 sales tax hike that takes effect Oct. 1.  "We are all united in our belief that it's an opportunity for the county to return services and funding to the townships that have been...
Ex-Ohio Speaker Rosenberger traveled 111 days in 2017, email shows

Ex-Ohio Speaker Rosenberger traveled 111 days in 2017, email shows

Starting when he became speaker of the Ohio House in 2015, Republican Cliff Rosenberger hit the road, taking so many trips that at times his staff was uncertain of his whereabouts, according to documents released Monday. An email from Rosenberger’s office director Alyssa Sarko sent in May 2018 to Ohio House Chief Legal Counsel Mike Lenzo lists 50 trips, including five that had question marks...
Former Ohio House speaker: Who is Cliff Rosenberger?

Former Ohio House speaker: Who is Cliff Rosenberger?

Who is Cliff Rosenberger? He is the former Ohio House speaker who resigned in April 2018 after disclosing to this newspaper that he was facing a federal investigation. What are the feds investigating? The FBI has not confirmed it is investigating Rosenberger but agents raided his Clarksville home and Wilmington storage space on May 23 and House officials have turned over documents to federal authorities...
Ohio officials cautious about Trump move on NAFTA

Ohio officials cautious about Trump move on NAFTA

Ohio officials reacted with cautious optimism to a White House announcement of a tentative agreement with Mexico to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement, with longtime NAFTA critic Sen. Sherrod Brown calling an “important step forward.” The new accord, which does not yet include Canada, is designed to modernize the two-decade old pact which swept away scores of tariffs among...
FBI investigation: List released of items removed from ex-House Speaker Rosenberger’s office 

FBI investigation: List released of items removed from ex-House Speaker Rosenberger’s office 

During his time as Ohio House speaker, Republican Cliff Rosenberger amassed — and eventually carted off — a huge haul of memorabilia, according to a 53-page inventory obtained by this newspaper. The catalog, provided to the FBI and news media outlets, lists everything removed from Rosenberger’s state offices on May 11, a month after his resignation took effect. The inventory demonstrates...
Search warrant shows roadmap of investigation against former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger

Search warrant shows roadmap of investigation against former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger

Federal authorities are trying to build a public corruption case against former Ohio House speaker Cliff Rosenberger and three payday lending industry representatives, according to a search warrant and subpoena obtained exclusively by this newspaper. The search and seizure warrant sent to the Ohio House on May 22 lists three boxes and a thumb drive, which federal prosecutors believed contain evidence...
Dershowitz says New York probe, not Mueller, is ‘greatest threat’ to Trump

Dershowitz says New York probe, not Mueller, is ‘greatest threat’ to Trump

President Donald Trump should be more worried about federal prosecutors in New York than about the Russia probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, retired Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz said Sunday.  Dershowitz, an informal Trump adviser, said in an appearance on ABC News' "This Week" that the expanding probe by prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern...
One moment from McCain’s 2008 run made clear his character and foretold Trump’s rise

One moment from McCain’s 2008 run made clear his character and foretold Trump’s rise

It was both the most memorable moment from John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and a glimpse into the future of the Republican Party and America's angry and divisive modern-day politics.  Played and replayed constantly since the senator's death on Saturday at age 81, the moment seems to presage the rise of the "birther movement," the era of "alternative facts," and the...
The GOP will likely hold on to McCain’s seat until 2020

The GOP will likely hold on to McCain’s seat until 2020

Sen. John McCain's death on Saturday from brain cancer ended a historic career in the Senate, and came just a day after he announced he would stop treatment for the disease.  The Arizona senator's passing leaves a vacancy for his seat. Arizona's governor, Doug Ducey, R, will appoint a replacement for McCain's seat, which will not be up for election again until November 2020.  That means...
Trump rejected plans for a White House statement praising McCain

Trump rejected plans for a White House statement praising McCain

President Donald Trump nixed issuing a statement that praised the heroism and life of Sen. John McCain, telling senior aides he preferred to issue a tweet before posting one Saturday night that did not include any kind words for the late Arizona Republican.  Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John Kelly and other White House aides advocated for an official statement that gave...
John McCain gave one of his biggest speeches in Dayton area

John McCain gave one of his biggest speeches in Dayton area

U.S. Sen. John McCain, who died on Saturday, made the Dayton area central to his presidential run in 2008. McCain, R-Arizona, chose Wright State University in Fairborn as the place he introduced Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to the world. Standing onstage at Wright State’s Nutter Center on Aug. 29, 2008 - his 72nd birthday -  McCain made the announcement that Palin would be his running mate in...
Ohio’s aging prison population is adding costs for their care

Ohio’s aging prison population is adding costs for their care

Tough-on-crime sentencing laws helped keep criminals like Arthur Schnipper Jr. behind bars for long periods, but as Ohio’s prison population gets older, the state is getting a taste of how expensive caring for frail inmates can be. Ohio earmarked $150 million as part of a master plan that will add 290 medical beds to the Franklin Medical Center — an acute and long-term care prison hospital...
The Path Forward: Urgent turnaround needed as state takeover looms

The Path Forward: Urgent turnaround needed as state takeover looms

The threat of a state takeover of Dayton Public Schools creates urgency to address long-unchecked problems in a district where race, poverty and a culture of failure have dragged like an anchor, erecting barriers children struggle to overcome.   A Dayton Daily News investigation found a wide achievement gap between black and white students, racial disparities in discipline, chronic...
Sessions defends himself from President Trump’s criticism

Sessions defends himself from President Trump’s criticism

Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed back forcefully Thursday against fresh criticism from President Trump, saying the Justice Department would not be “improperly influenced by political considerations.” The extraordinary statement came hours after Trump lashed out anew at Sessions, saying he had failed to take control of the Justice Department and was given his job only because of his...
VA wrongly denied benefits to vets sexually assaulted in the military

VA wrongly denied benefits to vets sexually assaulted in the military

The Department of Veterans Affairs wrongly denied hundreds of benefits claims in recent years, potentially leaving thousands of former servicemembers who were sexually assaulted while in the military without necessary care, a government watchdog found. The Veterans Benefits Administration processes around 12,000 claims per year for vets who claim to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder due to...
Steven Tyler calls in attorney to tell President Donald Trump to stop using Aerosmith songs

Steven Tyler calls in attorney to tell President Donald Trump to stop using Aerosmith songs

Rocker Steven Tyler has had to call in his attorney, telling the president to stop using Aerosmith music at rallies. Tyler’s attorney sent President Donald Trump a cease-and-desist letter Wednesday, the day after Trump rally organizers in West Virginia played “Livin’ on the Edge,” The Associated Press reported. This isn’t the first time the Aerosmith frontman has...
Protecting your privacy: State may start using blockchain technology

Protecting your privacy: State may start using blockchain technology

Get ready to hear more about the wonders of blockchain technology as Ohio’s business and political leaders push it as a tool to improve cyber security as well as efficiency in government and business. State legislative, business and university leaders held a press conference Thursday to explain blockchain and its potential in Ohio. Blockchain uses math to allow computers to talk to one another...
Senate Dems want to know whether Kavanaugh crossed line as Clinton probe source

Senate Dems want to know whether Kavanaugh crossed line as Clinton probe source

During independent counsel Kenneth Starr's tumultuous investigation of President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, there were loud objections and even lawsuits filed over Clinton's complaints that information meant to be kept secret was being leaked to the press by Starr's staff.  Among those guiding the journalists and authors was a young lawyer named Brett Kavanaugh, now a federal judge and President...
After fast turn against Trump, Michael Cohen threatens to leverage secrets against the president

After fast turn against Trump, Michael Cohen threatens to leverage secrets against the president

Michael Cohen was a man in a bind.  For years, the longtime lawyer for Donald Trump had been taking out larger and larger loans, using his taxicab business as collateral even as it dropped in value — at least once using one loan to pay off another.  At the same time, he was pocketing money from various financial deals, such as sales of a property in Florida and a luxury Birkin handbag...
Republicans urge embattled incumbents to speak out on Trump

Republicans urge embattled incumbents to speak out on Trump

Senior Republican Party leaders began urging their most imperiled incumbents on Wednesday to speak out about the wrongdoing surrounding President Donald Trump, with Rep. Tom Cole, a former House Republican campaign chairman, warning, “Where there’s smoke, and there’s a lot of smoke, there may well be fire.”  Democrats face their own pressure to shed their cautious midterm...
Democrats walk careful line as GOP warns against impeachment

Democrats walk careful line as GOP warns against impeachment

A day after President Donald Trump's former lawyer implicated him in directing a crime, Democratic leaders sharpened their election-year attack on the GOP as the party of corruption. But in an effort to keep the electoral focus on bread-and-butter issues, they largely steered clear of any discussion of impeachment.  Party leaders encouraged candidates and elected members to talk instead about...
A changing story, but with one constant: It wasn’t true.

A changing story, but with one constant: It wasn’t true.

The first denial that Donald Trump knew about hush-money payments to silence women came four days before he was elected president, when his spokeswoman Hope Hicks said, without hedging, "we have no knowledge of any of this."  The second came in January of this year, when his attorney Michael Cohen said the allegations were "outlandish." By March, two of the president's spokesmen...
Commentator lauded by Trump was fired from previous job for sexual harassment

Commentator lauded by Trump was fired from previous job for sexual harassment

A conservative commentator who was lauded by President Donald Trump this week as "wonderful" and who has argued that past sexual indiscretions should have no bearing on Trump's presidency was fired from Arizona State University four years ago for making sexually explicit comments and gestures toward women, according to documents and a university official.  An internal investigation...
Opinion: Even after all these years, school funding is still broken

Opinion: Even after all these years, school funding is still broken

Ohio’s K-12 school-year calendar goes something like this: The State Fair ends. School bells ring. And property tax levies flutter onto November’s ballot. Eye-opening research released last week by three Ohio school-related organizations suggests why homeowners will keep being asked to OK more property levies until – fat chance – the General Assembly gets off its collective...
Senate Democrats seek delay in Kavanaugh hearings, citing Cohen’s guilty plea

Senate Democrats seek delay in Kavanaugh hearings, citing Cohen’s guilty plea

Senate Democrats on Wednesday called for delaying confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the wake of a guilty plea by Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, on campaign-finance counts that involve the president. Democrats, who have been seeking leverage to slow down Kavanaugh’s consideration, argued that a new justice could be forced to decide...
Indictments? Impeachment? A look at the president’s legal woes

Indictments? Impeachment? A look at the president’s legal woes

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said payments made by his former attorney Michael Cohen to a pair of women were not “a campaign violation,” contrary to Cohen’s guilty plea. Trump told “Fox & Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt in an interview set to air today that the payments “didn’t come out of the campaign, and that’s big.” On Tuesday, Cohen...
DNC says it thwarted hacking attempt on its voter database

DNC says it thwarted hacking attempt on its voter database

The Democratic National Committee said Wednesday that it has thwarted a hacking attempt on its database holding information on tens of millions of voters across the country. A party official said DNC contractors notified the party Tuesday of an apparent hacking attempt. The committee notified federal law enforcement. The official said no information was compromised and added that it’s unclear...
Facebook takes down 652 accounts linked to Russia, Iran

Facebook takes down 652 accounts linked to Russia, Iran

Facebook has identified and banned hundreds of accounts, groups and pages engaged in misleading political behavior, a far larger discovery than a “sophisticated” effort it reported three weeks ago with great fanfare. The social network said Tuesday that it had removed 652 pages, groups, and accounts linked to Russia and, unexpectedly, Iran, for “coordinated inauthentic behavior&rdquo...
Manafort, Cohen cases take center stage in Ohio Senate race between Brown, Renacci

Manafort, Cohen cases take center stage in Ohio Senate race between Brown, Renacci

One day after President Donald Trump’s campaign manager was found guilty of eight counts of financial crimes and Trump’s personal lawyer pled guilty to eight criminal counts including campaign finance regulations, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Renacci’s response was to fret that Sen. Sherrod Brown would try to impeach Trump. “Even though none of the charges or convictions...
Trump awards Medal of Honor to Airman for first time in decades

Trump awards Medal of Honor to Airman for first time in decades

President Donald Trump awarded the Medal of Honor to an Airman for the first time since the Vietnam War. Technical Sgt. John A. Chapman of the U.S. Air Force was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously during a 3:30 p.m. ceremony today. Trump presented the award to Chapman’s family, who live in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. » RELATED: Board reviewing Wright-Patt shooter scare with help of...
Demand for workers remains high

Demand for workers remains high

A boost in retirements and a hot economy has led to Ohio employers hiring at a torrid pace, with the state’s pace of job growth exceeding the national pace for the first time since 2012. Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in July 2018, up from 4.5 percent in June, the state reported last week. But recent revisions show the state’s non-agricultural wage and salary employment...
GOP House member, wife face charges

GOP House member, wife face charges

The Justice Department on Tuesday charged a Republican congressman and his wife with using more than $250,000 in campaign funds to pay for family vacations, theater tickets and other personal expenses.  Rep. Duncan Hunter, Calif., and his wife, Margaret, were charged in a 47-page indictment that details how they allegedly used campaign money to live beyond their means, funding trips to Italy...
‘Doesn’t involve me’: Trump distances himself from court cases

‘Doesn’t involve me’: Trump distances himself from court cases

If President Donald Trump felt the walls closing in on him Tuesday, he didn't immediately show it.  His longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, had just implicated him in a criminal conspiracy to pay hush money to women who alleged affairs with Trump, while his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was convicted by a jury on tax- and bank-fraud charges - the first trial victory for special...
Cohen says he worked to silence two women ‘in coordination’ with Trump to influence 2016 election

Cohen says he worked to silence two women ‘in coordination’ with Trump to influence 2016 election

President Donald Trump's former longtime attorney and his onetime campaign chairman were separately declared guilty Tuesday of eight crimes each, a dramatic collision of two investigations that intensified the legal and political pressure on the embattled president.  In a guilty plea entered in a Manhattan federal courthouse, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen implicated Trump directly in some...
Truth overtakes tweets in cases that bolster Mueller’s hand

Truth overtakes tweets in cases that bolster Mueller’s hand

No day during President Donald Trump's 19 months in office could prove as dangerous or debilitating as Tuesday. Everything that happened in a pair of courtrooms hundreds of miles apart strengthened the hand of special counsel Robert Mueller III and weakened that of the president of the United States.  This was a day when truth overran tweets, when facts overwhelmed bald assertions. Presidential...
Trump adviser Larry Kudlow hosted publisher of white nationalists at his home

Trump adviser Larry Kudlow hosted publisher of white nationalists at his home

The publisher of a website that serves as a platform for white nationalism was a guest last weekend at the home of President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow.  Peter Brimelow attended the gathering, a birthday bash for Kudlow, one day after a White House speechwriter was dismissed in the wake of revelations that he had spoken alongside Brimelow on a 2016 panel.  Brimelow...
How the campaign finance charges against Cohen may implicate Trump

How the campaign finance charges against Cohen may implicate Trump

In a lower Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday, President Donald Trump's long-time attorney Michael Cohen directly implicated his former boss in a scheme to cover up alleged affairs Trump had with a former Playboy model and an adult film actress in order to prevent their being revealed before the 2016 election.  Standing before Judge William Pauley, Cohen admitted guilt on two criminal counts: willfully...
Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen pleads guilty in hush-money scheme

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen pleads guilty in hush-money scheme

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and “fixer,” pleaded guilty Tuesday to campaign-finance violations and other charges, saying he and Trump arranged the payment of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and a former Playboy model to influence the election. Cohen’s account appears to implicate Trump himself in a crime, though whether — or when...
Cohen pleads guilty to 8 charges, says Trump told him to pay off Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal

Cohen pleads guilty to 8 charges, says Trump told him to pay off Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal

President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty Tuesday to eight charges, including multiple counts of tax evasion and a campaign finance charge stemming from so-called “hush money” payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal. Cohen, 51, entered a plea deal Tuesday with prosecutors in the Southern...
Ohio Sen. Portman helping Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh prepare for Senate hearings

Ohio Sen. Portman helping Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh prepare for Senate hearings

Sen. Rob Portman helped prepare Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Monday for what the Ohio Republican predicted would be “pretty contentious” confirmation hearings next month over President Donald Trump’s choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. As Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Tuesday Kavanaugh told her he regards as settled law the 1973 court ruling asserting a woman...
Kasich skipping Ohio GOP dinner Friday where Trump is headliner

Kasich skipping Ohio GOP dinner Friday where Trump is headliner

While President Trump addresses the Ohio GOP faithful on Friday, Gov. John Kasich has other plans — spending time with one of his daughters before she moves to college — and he insisted that he is not bothered by recent attacks against him by the president or by RNC Co-Chairman Bob Paduchik. Kasich, who appears to be considering a run for president in 2020, is a vocal critic of Trump....
Lt. governor candidate stops in West Chester Twp. to promote DeWine jobs plan

Lt. governor candidate stops in West Chester Twp. to promote DeWine jobs plan

Republican Lt. Gov. candidate Jon Husted said the way Ohio creates economic prosperity is with a little math. Husted was in West Chester Twp. Tuesday morning at a gubernatorial campaign stop at Republic Wire Inc., touting the DeWine-Husted jobs plan dubbed the Prosperity Plan. “The main components of our Prosperity Plan is a formula — innovation plus investment plus talent multiplied by...
More Ohioans finding jobs, getting drug treatment under Medicaid, Kasich says

More Ohioans finding jobs, getting drug treatment under Medicaid, Kasich says

In the four years since Ohio expanded Medicaid, more people are getting drug treatment, fewer people are using emergency rooms and fewer enrollees are smoking, according to a report from Gov. John Kasich’s administration released Tuesday. Medicaid costs state and federal taxpayers about $5 billion a year for the expansion. When asked about the price tag, Kasich said federal entitlement programs...
Gov. John Kasich weighs in on OSU Coach Urban Meyer controversy

Gov. John Kasich weighs in on OSU Coach Urban Meyer controversy

Gov. John Kasich, an Ohio State University alumnus, said he isn’t sure what the university president and trustees will decide on Head Football Coach Urban Meyer but “I hope he is going to be fine.” “So, I hope this will all be resolved. I hope that he’s going to be in a position where he can — this has been difficult, I’m sure, for he and his family &mdash...
Ohio sues e-school founder, leaders in bid to recoup funding

Ohio sues e-school founder, leaders in bid to recoup funding

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Tuesday filed a “complaint for recovery of public funds” against individuals and companies tied to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT). ECOT was Ohio’s largest online charter school before state probes showed the school’s enrollment was inflated, leading to improper funding. The school, founded by William Lager in 2000, closed in...
Ohio BCI agents angry about wearing expired body armor, prepared for ‘misfortune’

Ohio BCI agents angry about wearing expired body armor, prepared for ‘misfortune’

Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents and supervisors raised repeated concerns about expired body armor for more than a year before a union grievance was filed this May, public records show. Emails released by Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office shed new light on behind-the-scenes anxiety surrounding more than 50 bulletproof vests that had passed the five-year expiration...
Housing official Watt fights harassment claims as accuser goes public

Housing official Watt fights harassment claims as accuser goes public

Top U.S. housing regulator Mel Watt is privately reassuring people close to him that he will keep his post as authorities investigate an employee's claims of sexual harassment. Now his accuser is heightening the pressure, speaking out for the first time.  In an interview with Bloomberg News, Simone Grimes said Watt, the head of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's regulator, repeatedly made unwanted...
Trump escalates attacks on the Federal Reserve

Trump escalates attacks on the Federal Reserve

President Donald Trump on Monday criticized Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, a Trump appointee, for raising interest rates too quickly.  Trump is escalating his Fed bashing ahead of the central bank's next meeting and against the advice of many of his top economic advisers. Recent presidents have refrained from commenting on the Fed's handling of the economy out of respect for the Fed's...
In a polarized era, this 2020 presidential candidate is preaching pragmatism

In a polarized era, this 2020 presidential candidate is preaching pragmatism

At 7 a.m. on a recent weekday, Rep. John Delaney was on a sidewalk here showing off his presidential campaign's newest toy: a 36-foot-long motor coach, his name embossed in large letters next to renderings of the American flag, a barn, and a stalk of corn.  In the past year, Delaney, D-Md., the first Democrat to declare his candidacy, has traveled to Iowa 14 times and visited each of the state's...
Pruitt called the White House once from his $43,000 phone booth, records show

Pruitt called the White House once from his $43,000 phone booth, records show

The $43,000 phone booth that former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt installed in his office may not have been worth all the headaches it caused him.  He only placed one phone call to the White House, newly-released records from the agency show. It lasted five minutes.  The former head of the Environmental Protection Agency resigned last month after coming under fire for how he spent tax dollars...
First lady Melania Trump warns of ‘destructive and harmful’ side of social media

First lady Melania Trump warns of ‘destructive and harmful’ side of social media

First lady Melania Trump warned that social media can be used in a "destructive and harmful" manner during remarks Monday at a conference on preventing cyberbullying. On the morning that she attended the event in Rockville, Maryland, her husband ripped into his adversaries on Twitter.  "In today's global society, social media is an inevitable part of our children's daily lives...
Microsoft ties fake websites to Russian hackers

Microsoft ties fake websites to Russian hackers

A group affiliated with the Russian government created phony versions of five websites - including some related to public policy and to the U.S. Senate - with the apparent goal of hacking into the computers of people who were tricked into visiting, according to Microsoft, which said Monday night that it discovered and disabled the fake sites.  The effort by the notorious APT28 hacking group,...
Democratic push for redistricting commissions gains steam as midterms approach

Democratic push for redistricting commissions gains steam as midterms approach

In 2011, Michigan Republicans had a clear mission: to ensure GOP majorities by drawing partisan election maps. Emails recently discovered in a lawsuit alleging the maps Republicans drew were unconstitutional, brought in part by a group of Democratic voters, revealed startling details of their attempts to minimize Democratic power in the purple state.  One GOP staffer boasted about cramming "...
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