Our political team covers the goings on from the White House to the Statehouse.

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.”


Clinton backers go nuclear against Trump

11:37 am Sep. 6, 2016

A pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC is launching a 30-second TV ad in battleground states that implies Donald Trump can’t be trusted with the nuclear codes.

Priorities USA political action committee bought $5 million in air time in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Iowa and Nevada for the spot that is dubbed “I love war.”

Using Trump’s own words about war, nuclear weapons and ISUS, the ad paints Trump as too dangerous to be

Poll: voters less likely to support Trump after comments about Khan family

5:51 pm Aug. 3, 2016

Attacking a Gold Star family who spoke against him at the Democratic National Convention damaged Donald Trump’s standing with a swath of voters, according to a new poll from Morning Consult.

More than a third of voters said they’re less likely to vote for Trump after hearing his comments about Khizr and Ghazala Khan, whose son Humayun Khan, 27, died in 2004 in Iraq while serving as

Anti-tobacco forces score victory in Guam

4:42 pm Jun. 17, 2016

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

Two Ohio Republican delegates drop out of the convention

12:52 pm Jun. 8, 2016

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

Bug man named OSU chief academic officer

6:20 pm Jun. 1, 2016

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

ACLU challenging Cleveland on RNC protest permits

1:09 pm May. 19, 2016

The ACLU of Ohio says the city of Cleveland is violating the free speech rights of protest groups by delaying approval of their event permits for the Republican National Convention.

ACLU of Ohio fired off a letter to the city on behalf of Citizens for Trump, Organize Ohio and activist John Penley. Organizers can’t hold events without approved permits and city officials have said groups may have to wait until two

Ohio wipes out ABV limit on beer

6:12 pm May. 18, 2016

Beer sold in Ohio will no longer have a 12-percent cap on the alcohol-by-volume, if Gov. John Kasich signs House Bill 37 into law.

The bill, which cleared its final legislative hurdle on Wednesday, will allow

Wanted: 100 naked women for GOP convention

7:53 am May. 13, 2016

Want to get naked and make art at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland?

Artist and photographer Spencer Tunick put the word out there for 100 women who want to, well, put it all out there.

Tunick is a New York-based artist who is world renown for staging photo and video shoots with hundreds and even tens of thousands of naked people in public settings in Europe, Australia and the Americas. You

Kasich PAC ad tells delegates to imagine the future

2:59 pm Apr. 26, 2016

A pro-Kasich political action committee launched a 60-second online ad targeting Republican National Convention delegates.

The piece is set in the near future, when Ohio Gov. John Kasich seizes the Republican Party nomination for the presidency