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Welfare reform caught up in passage of farm bill in Congress
 Republicans’ next big push for welfare reform has come courtesy of a bill designed to pay for the nation’s farm programs. The federal farm bill, which expires Oct. 1, is aimed at providing federal support to farmers who may need it during tough times. But roughly 80 percent of the bill goes to federal food assistance, also known...

Posted: 18 hours ago

Republicans’ next big push for welfare reform has come courtesy of a bill designed to pay for the nation’s farm programs. The federal farm bill, which expires Oct. 1, is aimed at providing federal support to farmers who may need it during tough times. But roughly 80 percent of the bill goes to federal food assistance, also known...
Local Republican congressman says Trump’s Syria strike ‘unconstitutional’
 Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, said President Donald Trump’s decision to launch a retaliatory strike against Syria for using chemical weapons against its own people was “unconstitutional.” “There is no authority to do that,” Davidson said during a meeting with the Dayton Development Coalition. He said while it&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, said President Donald Trump’s decision to launch a retaliatory strike against Syria for using chemical weapons against its own people was “unconstitutional.” “There is no authority to do that,” Davidson said during a meeting with the Dayton Development Coalition. He said while it&rsquo...
Guns, opioids dominate talk at local Washington fly-in
 The Dayton Development Coalition’s annual fly-in to Washington is typically a pretty locally-driven affair — lots of discussion of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Wright Brothers historical sites — but on Wednesday, the conversation briefly veered into a national social issue. Asked whether he supports outlawing...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Dayton Development Coalition’s annual fly-in to Washington is typically a pretty locally-driven affair — lots of discussion of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Wright Brothers historical sites — but on Wednesday, the conversation briefly veered into a national social issue. Asked whether he supports outlawing...
Congress: Democrat Gasper outraises Turner; he keeps big money edge
 Four of the 10 Ohio Republicans seeking re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives were outraised by their Democratic challengers during the first three months of this year — a possible indication that Democrats will be more competitive in congressional races this year. Reps. Mike Turner of Dayton, Steve Chabot of Cincinnati,...

Posted: 5 days ago

Four of the 10 Ohio Republicans seeking re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives were outraised by their Democratic challengers during the first three months of this year — a possible indication that Democrats will be more competitive in congressional races this year. Reps. Mike Turner of Dayton, Steve Chabot of Cincinnati,...
Balanced budget vote triggers debate over spending in Washington
 Here’s a quick way to cause howls of ridicule among fiscal deficit hawks: Pass a $1.5 trillion tax cut, follow it up with a $1.3 trillion spending bill and then vote on a bill calling for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. VOTERS GUIDE: WHAT’S ON YOUR MAY 8 BALLOT? That’s just what the House of Representatives...

Posted: 7 days ago

Here’s a quick way to cause howls of ridicule among fiscal deficit hawks: Pass a $1.5 trillion tax cut, follow it up with a $1.3 trillion spending bill and then vote on a bill calling for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. VOTERS GUIDE: WHAT’S ON YOUR MAY 8 BALLOT? That’s just what the House of Representatives...
Local Congressman Jim Jordan considering run for House speaker
 U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, who earlier this week refused to entertain the notion of running for House Speaker upon the announcement that current Speaker Paul Ryan is retiring, now says he's open to the notion. Jordan, an Urbana Republican who leads an insurgent group of ultra-conservative Republicans, said his colleagues have urged him to run...

Posted: 9 days ago

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, who earlier this week refused to entertain the notion of running for House Speaker upon the announcement that current Speaker Paul Ryan is retiring, now says he's open to the notion. Jordan, an Urbana Republican who leads an insurgent group of ultra-conservative Republicans, said his colleagues have urged him to run...
Paul Ryan’s retirement could give Jim Jordan a higher platform
 House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision Wednesday not to seek re-election raised immediate speculation about whether Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, will attempt to wrest power from the moderate House Republican leadership after the election. For his part, Jordan insisted Republicans’ focus right now wasn’t on the next speaker; instead...

Posted: 11 days ago

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision Wednesday not to seek re-election raised immediate speculation about whether Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, will attempt to wrest power from the moderate House Republican leadership after the election. For his part, Jordan insisted Republicans’ focus right now wasn’t on the next speaker; instead...
Former Speaker Boehner weighs in on Speaker Ryan leaving office
 Former House Speaker John Boehner today said he believed current Speaker Paul Ryan stepped down after achieving his dream of passing a comprehensive tax bill and dismissed the notion that far-right conservatives will replace Ryan as speaker, saying “they can’t win.” “They know they can’t win,” he said,...

Posted: 11 days ago

Former House Speaker John Boehner today said he believed current Speaker Paul Ryan stepped down after achieving his dream of passing a comprehensive tax bill and dismissed the notion that far-right conservatives will replace Ryan as speaker, saying “they can’t win.” “They know they can’t win,” he said,...
John Boehner joins marijuana group, says he has ‘evolved’
 Former Speaker of the House John Boehner has joined the board of Acreage Holdings, which calls itself one of the “nation’s largest, multi-state actively–managed cannabis corporations.” In a tweet sent early Wednesday, Boehner, a West Chester Republican who served as speaker from 2011 through 2015, said his “thinking...

Posted: 11 days ago

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner has joined the board of Acreage Holdings, which calls itself one of the “nation’s largest, multi-state actively–managed cannabis corporations.” In a tweet sent early Wednesday, Boehner, a West Chester Republican who served as speaker from 2011 through 2015, said his “thinking...
Sherrod Brown says campaign set fundraising record in first quarter
 Sen. Sherrod Brown has raised nearly $19.7 million for his re-election to date, and with eight months until Election Day has more than $11.8 million in the bank, according to his latest campaign finance report. Brown, a Democrat seeking his third term in the U.S. Senate, raised $3.3 million in the first quarter of this year alone. The $11...

Posted: 12 days ago

Sen. Sherrod Brown has raised nearly $19.7 million for his re-election to date, and with eight months until Election Day has more than $11.8 million in the bank, according to his latest campaign finance report. Brown, a Democrat seeking his third term in the U.S. Senate, raised $3.3 million in the first quarter of this year alone. The $11...
Ohio braces for trade war over soybean tariffs
 As the soybean industry assailed President Donald Trump today for launching a trade war with China, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Trump assured him that farmers in Ohio and across the country “will not be allowed to be the casualty in a trade dispute.” After an appearance before farmers here, Perdue acknowledged...

Posted: 18 days ago

As the soybean industry assailed President Donald Trump today for launching a trade war with China, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Trump assured him that farmers in Ohio and across the country “will not be allowed to be the casualty in a trade dispute.” After an appearance before farmers here, Perdue acknowledged...
After chanting ‘vote them out,’ will the students vote?
 The crowds of people that flooded Pennsylvania Avenue have gone home. The kids who chanted “vote them out” and “never again” have returned to their high school math classes or, if they’re lucky, gone on spring break. And the question now — seven months before the midterm elections and two years before the...

Posted: 21 days ago

The crowds of people that flooded Pennsylvania Avenue have gone home. The kids who chanted “vote them out” and “never again” have returned to their high school math classes or, if they’re lucky, gone on spring break. And the question now — seven months before the midterm elections and two years before the...
Local students, families take part in D.C. march against gun violence
 Stephanie Cooper, 18, of Yellow Springs still remembers the first school shooting she ever heard about. It was at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Twenty–six people died. Twenty of them were first–graders. It was 2012. She was in middle school. “To me it seems like it started happening more frequently after...

Posted: 29 days ago

Stephanie Cooper, 18, of Yellow Springs still remembers the first school shooting she ever heard about. It was at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Twenty–six people died. Twenty of them were first–graders. It was 2012. She was in middle school. “To me it seems like it started happening more frequently after...
U.S. Senate passes Portman bill to crack down on sex trafficking
 The U.S. Senate Wednesday passed a bill that would give victims and prosecutors the right to sue websites that allow posts selling women and young girls – the culmination of a three-year effort by Portman to stop online sex trafficking The bill, which passed the House at the end of February, now goes to President Donald Trump for his...

9:40 PM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

The U.S. Senate Wednesday passed a bill that would give victims and prosecutors the right to sue websites that allow posts selling women and young girls – the culmination of a three-year effort by Portman to stop online sex trafficking The bill, which passed the House at the end of February, now goes to President Donald Trump for his...
States take lead in passing gun laws
 Despite the pleas from students across the country for Washington to do something about gun violence, the states seem to be ones listening. In the aftermath of a school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that took the lives of 17 students, at least two states have moved to pass more stringent gun regulations. A handful of Republican governors &mdash...

9:00 AM Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

Despite the pleas from students across the country for Washington to do something about gun violence, the states seem to be ones listening. In the aftermath of a school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that took the lives of 17 students, at least two states have moved to pass more stringent gun regulations. A handful of Republican governors &mdash...
Pa. election outcome has some thinking Ohio districts are in play
 Democrat Conor Lamb’s stunning victory Tuesday in a suburban Pittsburgh congressional district easily won in 2016 by President Donald Trump has convinced Democrats and some independent analysts the party has a chance to compete for at least two GOP seats in Ohio. Although Lamb apparently prevailed over Republican Rick Saccone by less...

8:42 PM Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

Democrat Conor Lamb’s stunning victory Tuesday in a suburban Pittsburgh congressional district easily won in 2016 by President Donald Trump has convinced Democrats and some independent analysts the party has a chance to compete for at least two GOP seats in Ohio. Although Lamb apparently prevailed over Republican Rick Saccone by less...
Ohio lawmaker wants military to assist Puerto Rico cleanup
 In the aftermath of a whirlwind two-day trip to Puerto Rico, Rep. Brad Wenstrup will push for but the active duty and reservists to help assist in the rebuilding of Puerto Rico. Wenstrup, a Cincinnati Republican who serves on the House Veterans Affairs Committee and who is an Army Reservist, flew into Puerto Rico last Sunday for a field hearing...

2:07 PM Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

In the aftermath of a whirlwind two-day trip to Puerto Rico, Rep. Brad Wenstrup will push for but the active duty and reservists to help assist in the rebuilding of Puerto Rico. Wenstrup, a Cincinnati Republican who serves on the House Veterans Affairs Committee and who is an Army Reservist, flew into Puerto Rico last Sunday for a field hearing...
Ohio farmers fear retaliation from tariffs
 When Sen. Sherrod Brown spoke before a room full of Ohio Farm Bureau farmers Wednesday, one farmer joked that the Ohio Democrat was brave to face a room populated with the traditionally conservative group. But the group ultimately never asked one of the issues that they may be most at odds with Brown over: Fears that newly-announced tariffs...

8:30 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

When Sen. Sherrod Brown spoke before a room full of Ohio Farm Bureau farmers Wednesday, one farmer joked that the Ohio Democrat was brave to face a room populated with the traditionally conservative group. But the group ultimately never asked one of the issues that they may be most at odds with Brown over: Fears that newly-announced tariffs...
Portman calls on pension panel to shed partisanship
 Even before it’s begun its work, a committee aimed at solving a pension crisis that imperils the retirement savings of 1.5 million retirees nationwide and 60,000 Ohioans risks dividing along partisan lines, an Ohio senator warned Wednesday. Making his first comments before the Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer...

7:20 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

Even before it’s begun its work, a committee aimed at solving a pension crisis that imperils the retirement savings of 1.5 million retirees nationwide and 60,000 Ohioans risks dividing along partisan lines, an Ohio senator warned Wednesday. Making his first comments before the Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer...
With Tillerson gone, WH turnover highest in four decades
 As a reality TV star, President Donald Trump’s catchphrase was “you’re fired.” In his White House, Trump’s penchant for pushing out senior staff and cabinet officials has resulted in the highest turnover in any presidential administration in four decades. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Tuesday became the second...

8:20 PM Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018

As a reality TV star, President Donald Trump’s catchphrase was “you’re fired.” In his White House, Trump’s penchant for pushing out senior staff and cabinet officials has resulted in the highest turnover in any presidential administration in four decades. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Tuesday became the second...
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