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Our political team covers the goings on from the White House to the Statehouse.

Mike DeWine says there’s ‘plenty of time’ to announce run for governor

  • 5:33 pm Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Ohio Senate OKs transportation budget.

  • 9:33 am Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

By Laura Bischoff

The Ohio Senate on Wednesday voted 33-0 in favor of a $7.86 billion transportation budget bill that includes $5.6 billion for highway construction and maintenance projects.

This leaves the state gas tax at 28-cents per gallon — unchanged since July 2005. But fees Ohioans pay for license plates are likely to increase. The legislation allows counties to ask for local voter approval for an additional $5 plate fee to help fund road and bridge projects.

Related: Lawmaker wants to cancel state gas tax in favor of $140 plate fee

Both the House and Senate versions of the bill include changes [More]

New poll says it’s tied in Ohio: Who would you vote for

  • 9:03 pm Thursday, October 20th, 2016 by Staff Writer

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The poll of 500 likely voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent. The two polls show the presidential race in Ohio is extremely close.

But the poll indicates Trump is losing ground among independent voters. In last month’s poll, Trump held a 27-point advantage among independents compared to a smaller 6-point lead in the new poll.

“If Clinton takes the lead among independents, she wins Ohio,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Research Center in Boston.

The poll also showed Republican Sen. Rob Portman leading 46-to-31 percent over former Democratic governor Ted Strickland.

Trump campaign opens second office in Montgomery County

  • 1:33 pm Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 by Staff Writer

The campaign for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has opened an office in Kettering inside Shops at 3000,  3020 Far Hills Ave.  The store-front location is in addition to the campaign’s first Montgomery County office, located nearby at Montgomery County Republican Party headquarters, 2600 Far Hills Ave. Oakwood.

Bob Paduchik, the Trump campaign’s Ohio state director, said the expanded operations will “accommodate staff and additional volunteers. We continue to distribute signs and materials, and conduct outreach out of both offices.”

Businessman Trump’s running mate is Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

Both major party candidates have multiple offices in the Dayton region.

Trump’s other are offices [More]

Ted Strickland pulling ads from Dayton market as poll numbers fall

  • 4:29 pm Friday, September 9th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Senate Democratic candidate Ted Strickland is scrapping $400,000 worth of TV commercials scheduled to air during the next two weeks in Dayton, Cincinnati, Youngstown and Toledo and shifting the money into the larger Columbus and Cleveland markets, according to Democratic officials. Strickland is challenging Republican Sen. Rob Portman.

David Bergstein, a Strickland spokesman, said “we are spending the same amount of money as we planned to over the next two weeks. Just like all campaigns we shift resources into different media markets throughout the race.”

On Friday, the new Quinnipiac University Poll showed the biggest gap yet in the Ohio Senate [More]

Clinton backers go nuclear against Trump

  • 11:37 am Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 by Staff Writer

A pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC is launching a 30-second TV ad in battleground states that implies Donald Trump can’t be trusted with the nuclear codes.

Priorities USA political action committee bought $5 million in air time in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Iowa and Nevada for the spot that is dubbed “I love war.”

Using Trump’s own words about war, nuclear weapons and ISUS, the ad paints Trump as too dangerous to be president of the United States.

The ad uses images from nuclear weapons tests, the Vietnam war, ISUS fighters and more. It is reminiscent of a TV spot used once by [More]

Poll: voters less likely to support Trump after comments about Khan family

  • 5:51 pm Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 by Staff Writer

Attacking a Gold Star family who spoke against him at the Democratic National Convention damaged Donald Trump’s standing with a swath of voters, according to a new poll from Morning Consult.

More than a third of voters said they’re less likely to vote for Trump after hearing his comments about Khizr and Ghazala Khan, whose son Humayun Khan, 27, died in 2004 in Iraq while serving as a captain in the U.S. Army. Captain Khan was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Khizr Khan, with his wife at his side, gave a moving tribute [More]

Donald Trump campaign chairman slams John Kasich

  • 8:58 am Monday, July 18th, 2016 by Staff Writer

It may be in Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s state, but the Republican National Convention is Donald Trump’s show and his team is not happy with the governor.

You can watch the comments here.

Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort said Kasich is “making a big mistake” by not backing Trump and being a part of convention events inside Quicken Loans Arena.

Manafort made the comments Monday morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Kasich was Trump’s last primary challenger and has not endorsed the presumptive nominee.

“He’s hurting his state and embarrassing his state, frankly,” Manafort said.

He also said “people who are part of the future of [More]

Complete guide to our newspaper, TV, radio coverage of Republican Convention

  • 2:11 am Sunday, July 17th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Ohio is the center of the political universe this year and our team at Cox Media Group Ohio is your source for all the news of the national conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia. Using the combined resources of the Dayton Daily News, News Center 7, WHIO AM 1290/News 95.7, the Springfield News-Sun, the Journal-News and our Ohio Politics pages on Facebook and Twitter, we have the conventions covered.

We’ll be interviewing newsmakers, taking you inside the conventions and out on the streets with behind-the-scenes video, surprise guests, TV and radio special reports and Facebook Live events.

Here’s a look at [More]

Anti-tobacco forces score victory in Guam

  • 4:42 pm Friday, June 17th, 2016 by Staff Writer

The push to limit kids’ access to tobacco scored a victory in Guam, a South Pacific paradise with the highest adult smoking rate — 29.2 percent — among the United States and its territories.

Guam passed a resolution Friday to bump the tobacco purchase age to 21, according to the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation.

Tobacco 21 is pushing cities and states to increase the legal purchase age to 21 to make it more difficult for children and young adults to buy cigarettes, chew and other products. High school students can find 18-year-old friends to buy them tobacco but it’s more burdensome [More]