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Portman says tax code changes are ‘doable’

  • 2:48 pm Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 by Staff Writer

By Jack Torry

Washington Bureau

Sen. Rob Portman said it was “doable” for the Senate to push through a major overhaul of the U.S. tax code designed to reduce income tax rates on individuals and companies in exchange for scrubbing scores of deductions from the code.

In an interview Tuesday on Fox News, Portman, R-Ohio, said revising the code is “doable because we spent years on this. We’re long overdue in reforming a broken tax code.”

“I think there is a consensus now that there is a way to fix this code to bring back more jobs and investment and to help middle class [More]

Brown has concerns about Trump pick for currency post

  • 12:22 pm Thursday, September 7th, 2017 by Staff Writer

By Jessica Wehrman, Washington Bureau

Sen. Sherrod Brown says he’s concerned about President Donald Trump’s nominee to be Comptroller of the Currency.

Joseph Otting, former CEO of OneWest Bank, “contributed to the devastation” of the 2008 financial crisis, Brown, ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, said during a hearing Thursday of the Senate Banking Committee, by “kicking seniors and families out of their homes, while pocketing $2.5 billion from the FDIC to protect his bank from these losses.”

The Ohio Democrat said Otting and his boss at OneWest, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, have not provided the Senate with information they requested about [More]

Sen. Sherrod Brown has warning for GOP on taxes

  • 4:30 pm Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 by Staff Writer

By Jack Torry

Washington Bureau

Sen. Sherrod Brown warned if Republicans try to overhaul the tax code without enlisting Democratic support, a chance of “comprehensive pro-growth reform” will collapse much like the health-care bill did this summer.

On the same day President Donald Trump was delivering a speech in North Dakota about revising the tax code, Brown, D-Ohio, said Wednesday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has appeared to settle on a strategy that will end with only a major tax cut for the wealthy.

“I am convinced we can do tax reform if Mitch McConnell would open it up just the way [More]

Gov. John Kasich criticizes Trump budget during CBS interview.

  • 9:34 am Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Ohio Gov. John Kasich criticized President Donald Trump’s budget this morning during an appearance on CBS This Morning.

The interview aired this morning on WHIO-TV Channel 7.

Kasich said “millions” of Ohioans would be impacted by proposed cuts, especially to Medicaid.

“The problem here is you can’t just take stuff away when people need to be healthy, they need to be fed,” Kasich said.

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Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown not a big fan of Joe Lieberman to lead FBI

  • 11:05 am Friday, May 19th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Former senator and 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman is getting a lot of attention lately.

The one-time Democrat-turned-independent senator is being listed as one of President Donald Trump’s possible picks to lead the FBI.

RELATED: Ohio lawmakers react to latest in Comey investigation

Some may think that going with Lieberman is a way for Trump to win some support across the aisle.

Well, it doesn’t sound like any of that support will come from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

Here’s what Brown said to POLITICO:

In an interview, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) fumed about Lieberman’s efforts to undercut more generous Medicare benefits in [More]

Rep. Jordan: Congress needs ‘to get to the bottom’ of allegations against Trump

  • 4:05 pm Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Former FBI Director James Comey has been asked to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday and one local congressman could have a front-row seat.

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, sits on the committee. Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said that he may subpoena a memo reportedly written by Comey allegedly giving details of President Donald Trump’s request to end an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Chaffetz invited Comey to testify Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, Jordan told Jessica Wehrman in our Washington Bureau that Congress needed “to get to the bottom” of the allegations against Trump.

“Let’s get [More]

Do you think people seeking unemployment benefits should be drug tested

  • 10:27 am Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

An effort is underway to expand the number of  unemployment benefit applicants who need drug tested

The Associated Press is reporting that the Senate sent President Donald Trump a plan to make the change and the White House says Trump will sign it.

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Here’s the full story from the AP: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/national-govt–politics/congress-sends-trump-drug-test-measure-for-unemployed/39AFCau7JMyCijBOk0DRZM/?ecmp=daytondaily_social_twitter_2014_politics_sfp

Clinton wins popular vote by 2.9 million: Should we keep Electoral College?

  • 5:05 pm Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 by Staff Writer

By Lisa Lerer
Associated Press

Hillary Clinton received nearly 2.9 million more votes than President-elect Donald Trump, giving her the largest popular vote margin of any losing presidential candidate.

Certified results in all 50 states and the District of Columbia show Clinton winning nearly 65,844,610 million votes — 48 percent — to Trump’s 62,979,636 million votes, or 46 percent.

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Clinton is the fifth presidential candidate in American history to win the popular vote and lose the Electoral College. Democrat Al Gore, the only other presidential candidate this century to come up short in the Electoral College but claim a popular [More]

Take our poll: Should Trump administration pursue charges against Hillary Clinton?

  • 10:22 am Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 by Staff Writer

By Laurie Kellman

Associated Press

President-elect Donald Trump “doesn’t wish to pursue” further investigations into Hillary Clinton‘s email practices, a top adviser said Tuesday, a turnaround from all the campaign rallies when Trump roused supporters to chants of “lock her up.”

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“I think Hillary Clinton still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don’t find her to be honest or trustworthy, but if Donald Trump can help her heal then perhaps that’s a good thing,” Kellyanne Conway said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

That comes after months of Trump nicknaming his Democratic rival “Crooked Hillary,” questioning whether the [More]