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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]

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]

Portman raises nearly $3M for 2016 Senate run

  • 9:50 am Monday, July 6th, 2015 by Staff Writer

Jessica Wehrman in the Washington Bureau is reporting that Sen. Rob Portman raised more than $2.9 million during the second quarter of 2015, giving him more than $10 million on hand for a Senate bid that’s 16 months away.

His campaign released the figures Monday morning for the period between April 1 and June 30. The reports are due to the Federal Election Commission July 15.

His Democratic opponents, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, have yet to release their fundraising totals.

Portman is also trying to counter poor poll results – he’s lagged behind Strickland in the [More]