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Top Air Force general says budget is main concern

11:18 am Apr. 19, 2017

Our military affairs reporter Barrie Barber had a 1-on-1 interview with the top general of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein on Tuesday.

Goldfein said plainly that his top concern is the federal budget.

“For a service chief, the most important thing for me in terms of trying to really deliver for the nation is predictable funding because without it you just can’t plan,” he said. “If you’re going from year to

Should Ohio students have to pass tests to graduate?

4:29 pm Apr. 11, 2017

The State School Board took steps toward making it to where Ohio students don’t have to pass tests to graduate.

Our education reporter Jeremy Kelley reports that: “The resolution used recommendations from the state’s graduation workgroup, allowing current high school juniors who don’t meet existing rules to earn a diploma via a mix of senior-year items like 93 percent attendance, a 2.5 GPA, 120 hours of work/community service or a “capstone

Do you think people seeking unemployment benefits should be drug tested

10:27 am Mar. 15, 2017

An effort is underway to expand the number of  unemployment benefit applicants who need drug tested

The Associated Press is reporting that the Senate sent President Donald Trump a plan to make the change and the White House says Trump will sign it.

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Here’s the full story from the AP: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/national-govt–politics/congress-sends-trump-drug-test-measure-for-unemployed/39AFCau7JMyCijBOk0DRZM/?ecmp=daytondaily_social_twitter_2014_politics_sfp

Sen Portman plans to back Gorsuch for Supreme Court

6:54 pm Feb. 15, 2017

By Jessica Wehrman

Washington Bureau

Sen. Rob Portman says he will back Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

The two met Wednesday in Portman’s office in what the Ohio Republican called “an engaging and productive meeting.”

“I expressed my belief that the job of a Supreme Court justice is to fairly and impartially apply the law, and to protect the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, not to legislate from the bench,” he said. “I believe

Do you think Ohio elected officials should be punished if illegal immigrant kills, injures someone in their city?

2:31 pm Feb. 6, 2017

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, want to punish elected officials in Ohio inf an illegal immigrant kills or injures someone after the city declares itself a ‘sanctuary city.’

The move comes just days after Cincinnati declared itself a sanctuary city welcoming immigrants.

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Should cities be allowed to use red-light, traffic cameras?

3:03 pm Jan. 3, 2017

Laura Bischoff in our Columbus Bureau is reporting that Dayton’s fight over red light cameras is headed to the Ohio Supreme Court.

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Here’s some of her report:

Love them or hate them, the argument over red light cameras in Ohio will resume next week when the Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on a lawsuit launched by the city of Dayton against the 2014 state

Clinton wins popular vote by 2.9 million: Should we keep Electoral College?

5:05 pm Dec. 22, 2016

By Lisa Lerer
Associated Press

Hillary Clinton received nearly 2.9 million more votes than President-elect Donald Trump, giving her the largest popular vote margin of any losing presidential candidate.

Certified results in all 50 states and the District of Columbia show Clinton winning nearly 65,844,610 million votes — 48 percent — to Trump’s 62,979,636 million votes, or 46 percent.

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Clinton is the fifth presidential candidate in American history to win

Magazine says Rob Portman had best congressional campaign of 2016

1:46 pm Dec. 21, 2016

The race for the U.S. Senate seat in Ohio this year was supposed to be one of the most competitive in the nation. It turned out to be a dud.

Polls earlier in the year showed Republican Sen. Rob Portman neck-and-neck with former Gov. Ted Strickland. Portman ended up winning the race 58-37 percent.

The National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar named the Portman campaign the best in the nation for 2016.

“Portman’s campaign