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Anti-tobacco forces score victory in Guam

  • 4:42 pm Friday, June 17th, 2016 by Laura Bischoff

The push to limit kids’ access to tobacco scored a victory in Guam, a South Pacific paradise with the highest adult smoking rate — 29.2 percent — among the United States and its territories.

Guam passed a resolution Friday to bump the tobacco purchase age to 21, according to the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation.

Tobacco 21 is pushing cities and states to increase the legal purchase age to 21 to make it more difficult for children and young adults to buy cigarettes, chew and other products. High school students can find 18-year-old friends to buy them tobacco but it’s more burdensome [More]

President Obama pays tribute to George Voinovich

  • 5:26 pm Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 by Anthony Shoemaker
WASHINGTON - MAY 12:  Sen. George Voinovich (R- Ohio) testifies during a Senate Foregn Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill May 12, 2005 in Washington, DC. The committee is debating and will vote on the embattled nomination of John Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama issued the following statement Tuesday on the death of former Ohio governor and senator George Voinovich:

Michelle and I were saddened to learn of the passing of former Senator George Voinovich. As was clear from his 46 years in public service, George was a true patriot who dedicated his life to serving the people of Ohio. His dedication is underscored by the fact that he holds the record for being elected to more public offices than any other Ohioan in history. George leaves behind a powerful legacy of service to his state and country that will not soon [More]

What did Hillary Clinton say about Orlando tragedy during Ohio visit?

  • 4:19 pm Monday, June 13th, 2016 by Anthony Shoemaker
Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, speaks during a campaign event at Team Wendy in the Cleveland Industrial Innovation Center in Cleveland, June 13, 2016. In her first remarks since a shooting on Sunday in Orlando, Fla., in which an American citizen who declared his allegiance to the Islamic State group killed 49 people, Clinton called for bolstering coalition-led airstrikes against ISIS in Syria. (Eric Thayer/The New York Times)

Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addressed the Orlando shooting tragedy during remarks in Cleveland today.

Here’s the complete text of her remarks:

“I am absolutely delighted to be back in Cleveland and to be here at the Industrial Innovation Center. I’ve had a chance to learn about the great work you’re doing.

I especially want to applaud ‘Team Wendy’ for everything you do to protect our troops, first responders, and others from Traumatic Brain Injury. It is so important that we continue to support those who protect us.

Thank you. Thank you all. It’s good to be back in Cleveland, I can tell [More]

Watch Hillary Clinton live from Cleveland

  • 12:36 pm Monday, June 13th, 2016 by Anthony Shoemaker

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is about to speak in Cleveland.

She is expected to address gun violence after the Orlando shooting. Clinton cancelled a fundraiser in Cincinnati because of the attack that killed 50 people at a dance club.

Clinton is set to speak sometime after 12:40 p.m.

You can watch Clinton’s address from Cleveland live here

How to go to Ohio Hillary Clinton event

  • 3:01 pm Friday, June 10th, 2016 by Anthony Shoemaker

Hillary Clinton on Monday is making her first Ohio campaign stop since clinching the Democratic nomination.

She will have a rally in Cleveland that is open to the public.

Anyone interested in attending can sign up here.

Here’s the details
WHERE: Team Wendy at the Cleveland Industrial Innovation Center, 17000 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44110

Two Ohio Republican delegates drop out of the convention

  • 12:52 pm Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 by Laura Bischoff

Ross McGregor of Springfield and Shannon Jones of Clearcreek Twp. resigned as delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next month.

McGregor, a local business owner and former state lawmaker, reported to the Ohio Republican Party that he’ll be traveling and unable to attend while Jones is stepping aside because she says she can’t stomach the idea of voting for real estate billionaire Donald Trump.

“It is like a nightmare. It is hard for me to talk about and think about it,” said Jones of Trump’s likely nomination for president by the Republican Party.

Jones has been an outspoken critic of Trump’s [More]

Bug man named OSU chief academic officer

  • 6:20 pm Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 by Laura Bischoff

Ohio State University on Wednesday named Bruce McPheron as its new provost and executive vice president.

McPheron, who grew up in Kenton, earned his bachelor’s degree at Ohio State in 1976 and holds a doctorate in entomology from the University of Illinois. He goes by the Twitter handle @medflygenes.

McPheron has been serving as interim provost and has held other administrative posts since 2012.

“Bruce is the special type of leader who inspires those around him to always bring their very best effort,” said OSU President Michael V. Drake in a written statement. “Under his leadership as provost, we are confident that the [More]

Ohio House speaker, former state treasurer get in ‘nose-to-nose’ confrontation

  • 1:18 pm Friday, May 27th, 2016 by Anthony Shoemaker

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and State Rep. Kevin Boyce apparently had a heated exchange late Wednesday night after the House of Representatives adjourned for the summer.

Jim Siegel of the Columbus Dispatch reports that toward the end of the night Boyce, D-Columbus, was speaking from the House floor about the Republicans forcing the director of the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee to resign. Boyce started talking about an early amendment to the bill and was silenced by Rosenberger, R-Clarksville.

“Would the gentleman please confine his remarks to the Senate amendments currently at hand,” Rosenberger told him. “We’re not talking about a [More]

Ohio House votes to name Columbus airport after John Glenn

  • 3:51 pm Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 by Anthony Shoemaker

The Associated Press is reporting that astronaut and former Ohio Senator John Glenn is getting an airport named in his honor in his home state of Ohio.

In a gesture of bipartisan cooperation, the Republican-dominated Ohio House voted Wednesday to support a bill adding the 94-year-old Democrat’s name to Port Columbus International Airport. The facility’s new name will be John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

A Senate vote is also expected Wednesday.

Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth and was a member of NASA’s storied Mercury Seven crew that led the U.S. into space. With Scott Carpenter’s death in 2013, he [More]

Monday’s hot political stories

  • 1:27 pm Monday, May 23rd, 2016 by Anthony Shoemaker

Obama lifts arms ban in his first visit to Vietnam

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday lifted a half-century-old ban on selling arms to Vietnam, looking to bolster a government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner in a region that he has tried to place at the center of his foreign policy legacy. Read more on this story here

New poll numbers

Another day, another presidential poll. And this one has lots of people freaking out. A [More]

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