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Trump to run with Vladimir Putin in 2016, well not really

  • 4:22 pm Saturday, December 19th, 2015 by Staff Writer

Donald Trump has chosen Russian President Vladimir Putin as his running-mate.

Well, not really, but according to a mock press release put out by Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s presidential campaign he is.

Putin praised Trump earlier this week and Trump has said in interviews since that he thinks it’s great to have Putin’s support.

Here’s the parody release from the Kasich campaign:

TRUMP NAMES VLADIMIR PUTIN AS HIS RUNNING MATE

Duo Pledge to “Make Tyranny Great Again”

In a bold and visionary move characteristic of everything he does, today terrific billionaire Donald Trump named Russian President Vladimir Putin as his running mate in the 2016 U.S. [More]

Team Kasich keeps hitting Trump

  • 3:25 pm Monday, December 14th, 2015 by Staff Writer

Team Kasich released two online videos portraying Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump as both an ignoramus when it comes to the U.S. Constitution and a hypocrite when it comes to his statements and actions.

New Day for America, the super PAC supporting Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president, on Monday released a 30-second spot that alternates images of a bellowing hippopotamus and a bellowing Trump. “Donald Trump repeatedly says one thing, does another,” the narrator says. As examples of Trump hypocrisy, the ad cites Trump championing American workers but having the Trump line of ties made in China and his [More]

Trump doc says his health is excellent

  • 3:10 pm Monday, December 14th, 2015 by Staff Writer

The Donald is the picture of health, according to a one-page statement issued by Donald J. Trump’s long-time personal physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein.

No cancer, good blood pressure numbers, no surgeries save an appendectomy at age 10, and “no history of ever using alcohol or tobacco products,” the statement said. And Trump has lost 15 pounds in the past 12 months — though his actual weight and body mass index were not reported by the doctor.

“If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” Bornstein concluded.

Republican leaders bracing for brokered convention in Cleveland

  • 5:55 pm Thursday, December 10th, 2015 by Staff Writer

Ohio hasn’t hosted a presidential convention since 1936 and the Republican convention coming to the city in 2016 may be a lot more dramatic, judging by how Republican leaders are talking.

Robert Costa and Tom Hamburger of the Washington Post reported today that Republican leaders are preparing for a brokered convention.

Since the primary system started, there haven’t been many of those. The last one was in 1952 when Democrats chose Adlai Stevenson on the third ballot. In recent history, both parties go into the convention already knowing the nominee.

The Washington Post story today says more than 20 GOP leaders including party [More]

Take that Connecticut! Ohio lawmakers vote to back Wrights as first in flight

  • 2:42 pm Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 by Staff Writer

The Ohio Senate on Wednesday voted unanimously for a resolution that essentially tells Connecticut to go fly a kite.
In 2013, Connecticut leaders moved to claim that Bridgeport resident Gustave Whitehead was the first in flight, doing so in 1901 — two years before Dayton’s Wright Brothers did it in December 1903. Connecticut changed its powered Flight Day holiday to honor Whitehead, instead of Wilbur and Orville Wright.
Ohio and North Carolina have been fighting back since then.
On Wednesday, state Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City, muttered under his breath “Connecticut!” as he took a unanimous voice vote from his Ohio Senate colleagues [More]

Kasich least kissable, poll finds

  • 3:25 pm Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 by Staff Writer

Americans find Ohio Gov. John Kasich the least kissable presidential candidate, only 1 percent would like to have him at their holiday party and just 1 percent say he would be the best candidate to play Santa Claus, according to a new poll released Tuesday by The Salonniere.

The holiday-themed survey of 1,600 Americans drilled into less-than-hard-hitting questions and Kasich did not fare well.

Here are the results:

Which presidential candidate would you kiss under the mistletoe?
23 percent say Republican Carly Fiorina, 22 percent say Democrat Hillary Clinton and 16 percent say Democrat Bernie Sanders. Kasich was named least smoochable.

Which candidate would make [More]

Shackling kids in court may be limited

  • 5:07 pm Monday, December 7th, 2015 by Staff Writer

Most of Ohio’s juvenile courts always or frequently shackle kids during court proceedings but that practice may become more limited.

“Putting children in handcuffs, belly chains, and/or leg irons while in court causes psychological harm and ignores the mission of the juvenile justice system to rehabilitate young people,” said Shakyra Diaz, policy manager with the ACLU of Ohio, in a written statement. “Though it is unconstitutional to shackle adults in court without a specific reason, Ohio’s children are routinely shackled without justification or an individualized determination that restraints are necessary.”

The Ohio Supreme Court is [More]

Jon Stewart and firefighters get Portman to change his mind

  • 1:56 pm Friday, December 4th, 2015 by Staff Writer

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio committed to supporting a bill that extends health care benefits for 9/11 first responders but only after an alternately testy and respectful exchange between Portman and comedian Jon Stewart on Thursday.

Stewart and several firefighters tracked down Portman in a U.S. Capitol hallway and made their case to get Portman to agree to add his name to the bill. The exchange was captured on video.

State Sen. Jones to run for Warren County Commission

  • 10:16 am Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 by Staff Writer

By Larry Budd
Staff Writer

Ohio Sen. Shannon Jones, R-Clearcreek Twp., is running for a seat on the Warren County Board of Commissioners.

Jones will run for the seat currently held by Commissioner Pat South, who will not seek re-election. The Republican Primary Election will be held March 15, 2016 with the General Election on November 8, 2016. The primary filing deadline is December 16, 2015.

Among those supporting her candidacy are South, Commissioner Dave Young and State Rep. Ron Maag, R-Salem Twp., who has pulled petitions to run for the office.

Both Jones and Maag are facing term limits in their state offices, although [More]

New Kasich ad blasts Trump for mocking disabled man

  • 3:31 pm Monday, November 30th, 2015 by Staff Writer

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s campaign released a new online video today blasting billionaire business tycoon and Republican front-runner Donald Trump and portraying him as unworthy and unfit for the White House.

The 45-second piece zeros in on Trump mocking New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from arthrogryposis, a chronic condition that limits the functioning of his joints. The Kasich campaign asks whether Trump is worthy to follow in the footsteps of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan or other presidents.

During a campaign stop in South Carolina, Trump made fun of the physical appearance of Kovaleski. Trump later [More]