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Former Ohio Senate president Bill Harris dies at 83

  • 11:45 am Monday, November 27th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Former Ohio Senate President Bill Harris has died at 83. He served as president from 2004-10.

Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, issued a statement Monday morning.

“Former Senate President Bill Harris was a beloved and respected member of our Senate family. A humble public servant, Bill represented the best of Ohio. He served his country first on the battlefields as a Marine before coming home to build a business and invest in the people and the communities he later represented in the Ohio House and Senate. His devotion to his family, his authentic faith and his genuine interest in his fellow Ohioans [More]

Supreme Court to hear arguments on Ohio voter purge

  • 10:02 am Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 by Staff Writer

By Jack Torry { Washington Bureau

The U.S. Supreme Court has re-scheduled oral arguments on Jan. 10 on whether Ohio officials violated federal law when they removed tens of thousands of people from the voting rolls simply because they had not cast ballots in recent elections.

A federal appeals court in Cincinnati in 2016 struck down Ohio’s purge of the voter rolls. The justices originally were scheduled to hear oral arguments earlier this month, but delayed them because one of the attorneys was on medical leave.

The justices will have to determine whether Ohio devised a system aimed at circumventing federal law by [More]

Ohio Congressman giving money back to NRA

  • 1:56 pm Sunday, October 8th, 2017 by Staff Writer

By Michael Dulman, Jack Torry
Washington Bureau

Rep. Tim Ryan is giving the campaign money — $20,000 — he’s received from the National Rifle Association to gun control groups.

Ryan, D-Niles, who began his career in Congress with an “A” rating from the NRA, decided to donate his NRA money to Sandy Hook Promise, Americans for Responsible Solutions and Everytown for Gun Safety.

The announcement came after a similar one from fellow Democrat Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota, who said he would donate $18,950 of his past NRA contributions to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

Ryan, said a spokesman, “has no interest in taking guns [More]

Renacci wins poll held at We the People Convention

  • 11:40 am Friday, July 14th, 2017 by Staff Writer

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci won a Republican poll in the governor’s race conducted after the We the People Convention near Columbus last month.

More than 300 tea party and liberty groups attended the event and heard from candidates Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Hused and Renacci. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor did not attend the event.

Among the attendees, Renacci won nearly 62 percent in the poll. Husted was at 23 percent and DeWine at 15 percent.

Renacci is trying to establish himself as the candidate in the race for governor most in line with President Donald Trump. Several key operatives [More]

Jerry Springer: ‘I will let people know’ if I’m running for Ohio governor

  • 1:16 pm Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Several high-profile Democrats are reportedly pushing for former talk-show host and Cincinnati mayor Jerry Springer to jump in the race for Ohio governor.

Read the full article by Allan Smith and Maxwell Tani here

The Business Insider is reporting that “Many said Springer, who sought the Democratic nomination for governor of Ohio in 1982 and remains active in state politics, could be a good fit for the current political climate.”

According to the article, former Gov. Ted Strickland had discussed possibly running with Springer.

“He said he had also spoken with candidates such as Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton, former state Rep. Connie [More]

Man sues hotel chain, police after being accused of being a terrorist

  • 11:57 am Thursday, May 25th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The Associated Press is reporting that an Emirati man detained at a Cleveland hotel after a clerk heard him speaking Arabic and thought he was a terrorist has sued the hotel chain, police and others.

“Ahmed Al-Menhali was staying at a hotel outside Cleveland last June when Avon police responded to a 911 call from the clerk’s family saying that the 41-year-old al-Menhali could have ties to the Islamic State group.

The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday says Avon police put him on the ground and treated him roughly before realizing he wasn’t a terrorist.

The lawsuit says Al-Menhali was taken to a hospital [More]

Firefighter behind Ohio’s new firefighter workers’ comp law has died

  • 11:38 am Thursday, May 25th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Jackie Borchardt at Cleveland.com is reporting that Michael Palumbo, a northeastern Ohio fire captain who fought for compensation and benefits for firefighters who have cancer has died.

“Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed the Michael Louis Palumbo Jr. Act in January. The law provides presumptive worker’s compensation for firefighters who are diagnosed with cancer, if the firefighter was assigned to hazardous duty for six or more years and if they can prove they were exposed to high-level carcinogens while on the job,” Borchardt reports.

Read her full story here

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.

Check out the full interview here:

6 local students nominated for military academies

  • 4:54 pm Monday, May 22nd, 2017 by Staff Writer

Congressman Mike Turner, R-Dayton, today announced that six local students have been nominated for the military academies.

The local nominees are

*Abigail Arestides, Beavercreek, Air Force Academy;

*Caleb Boon, Beavercreek, Air Force Academy;

*Kyle Roshong, Dayton, Air Force Academy;

*Holden Rushing, Kettering, Naval Academy;

*Kasen Stephensen, Bellbrook, Naval Academy;

*Marie Docken, Kettering, U.S. Military Academy.

“Every year, bright young patriots volunteer to serve their country,” Turner said in a statement. “I am proud to recognize these six students who will be attending service academies next year and representing Ohio with pride.”

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]