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Sen. Rob Portman to back CIA pick

11:15 am May. 11, 2018

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, plans to vote to confirm Gina Haspel as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, saying “she is a patriot who stood for all of us.”

In an interview Thursday on Bloomberg Daybreak, Portman predicted “a tight vote” on the Senate floor, adding it was unfortunate “because I think she deserves more support than she’s than she’s going to get.”

“She followed the law, she’s a consummate professional,” Portman said.

Ohio governor race is two different kinds of boring, one expert says

5:46 pm May. 9, 2018

The 2018 race for Ohio governor between Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine features two different kind of “boring” candidates, one local political scientist says.

David Niven, University of Cincinnati political scientist, said DeWine’s brand of boring is “like a grandpa on the porch going on about how much he enjoys pie. Cordray offers the classic monotone boring of an accountant offering a list of reasons you should consider itemizing next year.”

He

Video: Sen. Portman honors Barbara Bush on Senate floor

10:28 am Apr. 19, 2018

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman paid tribute to former first lady Barbara Bush last night on the Senate floor. Here’s what he had to say:

“Today I want to talk about the passing of an extraordinary woman. A woman who captured the hearts of Americans across every spectrum.

“Barbara Bush was one of the most popular people in America—and for good reason. One of only two women in the history of

Portman secures money for Piketon plant cleanup

1:37 pm Feb. 26, 2018

By Jessica Wehrman } Washington Bureau

Sen. Rob Portman late last week said he has secured a commitment from the Department of Energy to clean up existing landfills and plumes at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

The plant, which enriched uranium during the Cold War and later enriched uranium for nuclear power plants through 2001, has awaited cleanup for years, with Portman, R–Ohio, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D–Ohio, among those fighting

Gov. Kasich orders flags at half-staff to honor slain officers

2:36 pm Feb. 12, 2018

Ohio’s governor on Monday ordered flags flown at half-staff around the state to honor two police officers killed over the weekend in suburban Columbus.
The order from Republican Gov. John Kasich applies to flags at public properties and will be in place until the officers are interred.
The order came hours before police in suburban Westerville were slated to escort the bodies of 39-year-old Eric Joering and 54-year-old Anthony Morelli from a

Ohio Sen. Portman to donate money received from Wynn

10:33 am Jan. 29, 2018

By Jessica Wehrman Washington Bureau

Sen. Rob Portman, who received $2,700 from embattled casino owner Steve Wynn and $2,700 from Wynn’s wife in 2016, will give that money to charities that combat human trafficking, his spokeswoman said today.

The charities are in Ohio, the Ohio Republican’s spokeswoman said.

Wynn stepped down as the Republican National Committee’s Finance Chair after the Wall Street Journal last week published a story accusing him of decades of

Democratic governor candidate Bill O’Neill to announce running mate

1:06 pm Jan. 8, 2018

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill says he’s going to name his running mate in the governor’s race on Tuesday.

That will make him the second of the six Democratic candidates to announce who he is running with.

State Sen. Joe Schiavoni announced last week he is running with Ohio Board of Education member Stephanie Dodd.

The other Democrats running for governor include Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, former Attorney General Richard Cordray,

POLITICO: Ohio Senate race ranks as one to watch in 2018

12:04 pm Dec. 24, 2017

Politico put out a list of U.S. Senate races to watch next year and Ohio’s made the list.

Our neighbors in Indiana made the list too.

The Ohio race ranked at #7 on the list.

Here’s what Politico said about Ohio’s race between Democrat Sherrod Brown and either Republican Josh Mandel or Republican Mike Gibbons:

7. Ohio — Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown running for reelection

A likely rematch of Brown’s 2012 victory over state Treasurer

Portman named to conference committee on tax bill

1:59 pm Dec. 10, 2017

Jessica Wehrman and Michael Dulman in our Washington Bureau report that Sen. Rob Portman’s influence over the tax legislation racing through Congress will continue.

Portman, R-Ohio, was named last week as one of the senators to be part of a conference committee with the House to forge a final compromise of the GOP-backed plan to overhaul the tax code and reduce tax rates for corporations, small companies, and individuals.

The House and

Former Ohio Senate president Bill Harris dies at 83

11:45 am Nov. 27, 2017

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