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John Boehner criticizes Trump administration over North Korea trade policy

1:08 pm Sep. 12, 2017

By Jack Torry

Washington Bureau

Former House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester Twp, sharply criticized the Trump administration for threatening to scrap a free-trade agreement with South Korea, saying such a move “would undermine America’s strategic objectives in the Pacific region and undercut our own workers and employers.”

Boehner, who was a strong supporter of the trade pact when Congress approved it in 2011, said in a statement Tuesday the United States “must

Brown has concerns about Trump pick for currency post

12:22 pm Sep. 7, 2017

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

Sen. Sherrod Brown has warning for GOP on taxes

4:30 pm Sep. 6, 2017

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

Renacci wins poll held at We the People Convention

11:40 am Jul. 14, 2017

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

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

1:16 pm May. 30, 2017

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

John Kasich explains what’s up between Katy Perry and Taylor Swift

7:52 pm May. 25, 2017

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been all over TV lately as he pushes his book ‘Two Paths.’

On Wednesday, he co-hosted The View and offered some thoughts on the feud between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.

“Well it’s shocking everybody,” Kasich said after being asked by Whoopi Goldberg to explain the rivalry. “Don’t ever steal anybody’s dancers, is the message.”

The governor tweeted later that he hopes “these two can Shake It Off

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

11:57 am May. 25, 2017

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

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

11:38 am May. 25, 2017

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

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman: ‘This is a dangerous world’

1:32 pm May. 24, 2017

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman made the rounds on cable TV today. He was on Fox News and CNBC.

He talked mostly about President Trump’s trip to Europe, the bombing tragedy in England and the administration’s budget proposals.

On the tragedy in Manchester, Portman said “this is a dangerous world.”

“It’s a three pronged approach. One is the military part we talked about and that is important to go after ISIS and that’s happening