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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]

John Kasich, Bernie Sanders debate tonight on CNN

  • 11:22 am Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Tonight on CNN, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are having a debate.

Sanders gave 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton a run for her money during the primary. He won 23 states and had more than 13 million votes.

Kasich was the last Republican to drop out of the race against the GOP nominee Donald Trump. Kasich won his homestate of Ohio and had more that 4 million votes nationally, putting him in third behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

RELATED: Is John Kasich still a force in Ohio Politics?

The debate starts at 9 p.m. tonight and will be [More]

Should cities be allowed to use red-light, traffic cameras?

  • 3:03 pm Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

Laura Bischoff in our Columbus Bureau is reporting that Dayton’s fight over red light cameras is headed to the Ohio Supreme Court.

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Here’s some of her report:

Love them or hate them, the argument over red light cameras in Ohio will resume next week when the Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on a lawsuit launched by the city of Dayton against the 2014 state law that effectively bans the electronic traffic cops.

Dayton is arguing that three elements of the 2014 law are unconstitutional because they undercut local municipalities’ home-rule authority to self-govern. A [More]

Race for the White House: New map shows rough road for Trump

  • 1:31 pm Friday, May 13th, 2016 by Staff Writer

The electoral college map for Donald Trump looks pretty challenging and if Real Clear Politics’ first map of the 2016 general election is accurate, it may be getting worse.

The RCP map shows Hillary Clinton with 227 electoral votes and Trump with 143. The candidate who gets to 270 wins the White House. The map has 168 electoral votes in toss-up states like Ohio.

In 2012, President Barack Obama won 332 electoral votes compared to 206 for Mitt Romney. The new RCP map shows Trump in a worse position that Romney was in 2012. The map had Obama at 201, Romney [More]

Former Ohio Democratic Party leader continues criticism of current leadership

  • 6:31 pm Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 by Staff Writer

Former Ohio Democratic Party Chairman James Ruvolo said Thursday that Sen. Rob Portman’s “worst nightmare” is that Democrats will nominate 30-year-old P.G. Sittenfeld for the Senate race next year instead of former Gov. Ted Strickland, our Washington reporter Jack Torry reported Thursday after a conference call with Ruvolo.

Ruvolo stepped up his criticism of Ohio Department Chairman David Pepper, charging that he has attempted to “intimidate” Sittenfeld – a Cincinnati city councilman – into ending his primary challenge against Strickland, 73.

“We need candidates who excite people,” Ruvolo said. “Young people like P.G. and (Dayton Mayor) Nan Whaley are what this party [More]

Ohio lawmakers seek to protect businesses from being forced to participate in gay weddings

  • 6:20 pm Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 by Staff Writer

Some Ohio lawmakers worry that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage will force businesses and their employees to take part in ceremonies that may be against their beliefs. One lawmaker plans to introduce a bill to allow businesses to claim a conscientious objection and duck criminal or civil liability. Our Columbus Bureau reporter Laura Bischoff has a story today about what’s going on at the statehouse after the Supreme Court ruling. What do you think?