Ohio Dems Claim 600 Candidates Have Already Signed Up to Run in 2019

Ohio Democrats say they have signed up nearly 600 Ohioans for their annual boot camp, a summer class where first-time candidates learn how to do everything from write and deliver a stump speech to fundraise. The number of signups, touted as a record high, was cited in a press release…

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Kasich Vows to Veto Pro-Life Heartbeat Bill as Senate Leaders Round Up Votes

John Kasich

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has threatened to veto pro-life legislation that overwhelmingly passed the State House last week with the goal of protecting almost all unborn babies in the state from being aborted. Last Thursday, the Ohio House voted 60 to 35 to pass House Bill 258, which bans doctors from aborting any…

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Trial Set Following Ohio Serial Killer’s ‘Horrifically Stunning’ Confession

The numbers have been called “absolutely staggering” and “horrifically stunning,” and it all started in northeast Ohio. Lorain native Samuel Little, 78, was born in Georgia but grew up in northeast Ohio. He claims to have killed at least 90 people across 12 states, and he is set to appear…

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Rising Wages, Job Growth Cited as Reasons to Expect Brisk Holiday Retail Sales in Ohio

Ohio shoppers are expected to increase holiday spending by 3.2 percent more than last year, as consumer confidence continues to soar, according to a forecast by University of Cincinnati economists. Jobs, wages, housing prices and other key indicators are all on the uptick, forecasters said. They project retail spending to…

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Marcia Fudge Backs Off Challenge to Pelosi Following Revelation of Embarrassing Letter

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11) announced Tuesday she is no longer considering a run for Speaker of the House, effectively eliminating the only resistance to Nancy Pelosi becoming the next Speaker. Fudge had previously criticized Pelosi, saying there were not enough black women in leadership positions in Congress, and hinted she…

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String of Fatal Opioid Overdoses in Ohio Traced to Chinese Distributor

A Chinese businessman who had been living in the Boston area was sentenced to nearly six years in prison Monday for distributing opioids that were shipped from China to the United States and eventually made their way to Ohio. Bin Wang, 43, a Chinese national, was sentenced to 71 months…

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Former Democrat State Senator and Judge Once Convicted of Assaulting Wife Now Arrested in Connection with Her Death

A former Cuyahoga County judge, Lance Mason, who was removed from the bench after he beat his wife four years ago, was arrested over the weekend in connection with her fatal stabbing. Mason, 51, a former high-ranking state lawmaker and a Democrat, had pleaded guilty to the previous assault but landed on his feet…

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Deadly Chinese Fentanyl Pouring into Ohio Targeted by New Law, Sen. Portman Says

Most of the deadly fentanyl being pumped into Ohio communities arrives from China via the U.S. Postal Service, a pathway that will soon be shut down thanks to a new federal law, says U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). “The refrain I hear across Ohio about the opioid epidemic is clear: People…

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LGBT Activists Planning Wave of ‘Anti-Discrimination’ Ordinances Across Ohio

After striking out at the state level, LGBT activists are now working at the city level to pass “anti-discrimination” laws across the state. While the state’s largest cities – about 20 of them led by Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus – have over the last few years adopted so-called “anti-discrimination” ordinances…

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Gov. John Kasich Sees Opening for Independent in 2020 Presidential Race

John Kasich

Ohio Gov. John Kasich made another trip to New Hampshire this week and is sounding more and more like a 2020 presidential candidate. He has not officially said one way or the other on whether he will run again, but after eyeballing the midterm election results Kasich says he sees an…

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Dem Lawmaker Refuses to Yield Floor as Ohio House Passes ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill

Ohio lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a “stand your ground” bill that eliminates a requirement to retreat before using deadly force in life-or-death situations. But the issue didn’t come to a vote until after one Democratic member of the House refused to yield the floor, was gaveled down by the Speaker and…

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Senate Bill Would Ban One of Most Gruesome Forms of Abortion in Ohio

The Ohio House of Representatives passed a landmark bill Thursday that if signed into law would ban all abortions after the unborn baby’s heartbeat is detected. But if the legislature is unable to override an expected veto of the heartbeat bill by Gov. John Kasich, then there’s another bill waiting…

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Cuban Migrants Indicted on Charges of Stealing Identities of Ohioans

Two Cuban nationals used skimmers to steal the identities of Ohioans and make fake credit cards, which they then used to purchase goods at Sam’s Club stores throughout northeastern Ohio, according to a federal indictment. Silvio Leon, 45, and Pablo Arrechavaleta, 41, both of Miami, Florida, were indicted this week…

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Ohio Senate Asked to Support Israel as BDS Movement Gains Steam on Campus

The Ohio State Senate is being asked to pass a resolution that would put Ohio on record in support of the nation of Israel and against those seeking to weaken it through the boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. The so-called BDS movement is strong on college campuses across the United…

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Expert: Ohio’s Professional Licensing Laws Out of Whack, Need Reform

Ohio is in “critical need” of reforming its outdated occupational licensing system, says a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute. Greg R. Lawson, an expert on the matter of professional licensing, issued a statement Thursday thanking State Sen. Rob McColley’s (R-Napoleon) for his work pushing a bill that Lawson says…

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Ohio State House Passes Pro-Life Heartbeat Bill as Measure Heads to Senate

The Ohio House of Representatives voted Thursday to pass a bill that would ban almost all abortions upon detection of a heartbeat in the unborn baby. But the bill did not pass by a big enough margin to make it veto-proof, and Gov. John Kasich has staunchly opposed it, arguing…

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Sherrod Brown Slammed for ‘Irresponsible’ Comments on Georgia Gubernatorial Race

​Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) confirmed Monday he is considering a run for the White House in 2020, and was already making national headlines again just two days later. On Wednesday, while speaking on stage at a National Action Network event, Brown questioned the integrity of Georgia’s election process as legal maneuvering plays…

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New Ohio State House Member Jena Powell Makes Forbes ’30 Under 30′ List

Jena Powell grew up on a family farm in rural Darke County, Ohio, bouncing around in the back of her father’s pickup truck with her six brothers and sisters as her mom hauled grain in from the fields. In the late summer, she would show sheep at the Great Darke…

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AFP-Ohio Announces Top Six Priorities for 2018 Lame-Duck Session

The free-market oriented Americans for Prosperity has released its legislative priority list for Ohio’s 132nd General Assembly lame-duck session. AFP’s Ohio chapter is advocating the passage of House Bills 189 and 342, while opposing House Bills 211, 525, 571, and Senate Bill 128. AFP-Ohio supports legislation that breaks down barriers to…

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‘Heartbeat Bill’ Scheduled for Floor Vote in Ohio State House

Fetus on Health

A pro-family organization has issued an action alert to pro-life Ohioans informing them that the Ohio State House of Representatives has scheduled a floor vote Thursday on a bill that would ban abortions after the point at which an unborn baby develops a detectable heartbeat. House Bill 258, also known as…

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Ben Shapiro Tells Ohio Lawmakers ‘Government Has No Role in Policing Hate Speech’

Conservative author, lawyer, and journalist Ben Shapiro testified Tuesday at the Ohio State House in favor of a bill that would require public universities to provide an equal platform to voices across the political spectrum. HB 758, also called the FORUM Act –standing for “forming open and robust university minds”…

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Red-Hot Battle Over Gun-Control Laws Expected in Ohio’s Lame-Duck Session

Ohio’s lame-duck session appears primed for a battle over gun legislation with several bills vying for attention on both sides of the gun-rights issue. One bill that has the backing of lame-duck Gov. John Kasich is the so-called Red Flag Bill, or SB 278, which would allow law enforcement or…

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Top Lawmakers Say Ohio Constitution Too Easy to Change

State House Speaker Ryan Smith says Ohio’s Constitution is under attack. Special-interest groups have been asking voters to amend the state’s constitution as a way of bypassing the legislature on certain issues, he said in a radio interview with Jo Ingles of the Statehouse News Bureau. Smith said Ohio’s founding fathers did not…

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Sherrod Brown Eyeing Presidential Run, Says He Has Winning Formula for Democrats in 2020

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) says he is considering running for president in 2020, but even if he doesn’t run, he believes he has found a winning strategy for any Democrat seeking the nomination two years down the road. Brown told The Columbus Dispatch Monday that he is not close to…

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Ban on Child Marriage Likely to Come Out of Ohio Legislature’s Lame-Duck Session

Ohio lawmakers have prioritized a list of bills they’d like to see hurried through the legislature in the lame-duck session that ends in December, and one of the most likely to pass is a ban on child marriage. With a list that includes abortion, gun laws and criminal-sentencing reform, one…

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Ohio County Elects All-Female, All-Democrat Governing Board

One of the biggest stories of the 2018 election was the success of women on the ballot. Voters sent a record number of women, at least 100 as of Thursday, to Congress while Michigan and Kansas both elected their first female governors, Democrats Gretchen Whitmer and Laura Kelly, respectively. Ohio…

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Issue 1 May Be Dead But Lawmakers Have New Plan to Reform Ohio’s Drug-Sentencing Laws

Voters didn’t just reject Issue 1 in Tuesday’s election, they crushed it, with 63 percent voting against the ballot measure that sought to convert most drug-possession charges from felonies to misdemeanors, and remove the option of jail time from a judge’s list of sentencing options. But, according to a report in…

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LeBron James Celebrates Ohio Electing First Black Woman to State Supreme Court

Ohio Democrats had an overall dismal performance in Tuesday’s elections, losing the governorship and all of the down-ticket statewide races including secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer and auditor. They also lost every congressional seat they had targeted to flip from red to blue. But they did score some significant…

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Ben Shapiro to Testify at Ohio General Assembly in Support of Free Speech on Campus

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro will testify before the Ohio State House next week in support of a bill that would promote diversity of opinion and open debate on college campuses in the state. Shapiro, an attorney and best-selling author, is scheduled to testify at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in support of…

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Former OSU Star Anthony Gonzalez Makes Transition from Football to Politics

In his first run for public office, former Ohio State University and Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez carried the ball across the goal line. Gonzalez, a football star at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, won a seat in Congress Tuesday night and will represent Ohio’s 16th Congressional District…

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Ohio GOP: Success in Thumping Dems in State This Year Rooted in 2012 ‘Painful Defeat’ to Obama

Ohio Republican Party Chairwoman Jane Timken credited President Trump’s visit with helping push Mike DeWine over the top in a hard-fought gubernatorial race Tuesday but the party’s vaunted “ground game” sure didn’t hurt. An army of volunteers and paid staff worked as hard in 2018 as they did in 2016 when Trump…

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Ohio College Punishes Professor for Refusing to Use Feminine Pronouns for Transgender Student

A professor at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth has sued his employer claiming that he is being forced to use feminine pronouns for a biologically male student who identifies as a transgender female. Although the professor offered to compromise by using the student’s first or last name, neither the student…

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Americans for Prosperity Reports Three of its Six Endorsed Candidates Won in Ohio Legislative Races

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) of Ohio issued a statement Wednesday congratulating its newly elected and re-elected members of the Ohio State Senate and Ohio House of Representatives. The organization applauded its activists for their “tireless efforts to support policy champions seeking to represent Ohioans in Columbus.” AFP State Director Micah…

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President Trump Touts DeWine’s Victory over Cordray During Wild Press Conference

President Donald Trump mentioned Ohio twice during a marathon post-election press conference at the White House Wednesday and praised Republicans for their victories in the state. The final question during the more than two-hour session was about suburban women “rejecting” his message in Tuesday’s election, but Trump responded by touting…

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Steve Chabot, Troy Balderson Victorious as GOP Holds on to Ohio Congressional Seats

While Republicans failed to hold control of the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday night, nobody can say that Ohio Republicans didn’t do their part. Republican Congressmen Steve Chabot, Troy Balderson, Dave Joyce and Mike Turner were all targeted for defeat by big-spending Democratic PACs and individuals. They failed to knock…

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Ohio’s Issue 1 Handed Resounding Defeat as Voters Balk at Letting Drug Felons Bypass Prison

Maureen O'Conner

Issue 1 went down in flames Tuesday as Ohio voters overwhelmingly decided they didn’t want to change their state constitution in a way that binds the hands of judges in drug possession cases. With more than 90 percent of the precincts reporting, voters were crushing the ballot measure by a…

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Democrat Sherrod Brown Holds On to U.S. Senate Seat With Easy Win Over Jim Renacci

Democrat Sherrod Brown will remain Ohio’s senior U.S. senator. Brown coasted to reelection to a third term over his Republican opponent, Jim Renacci, Tuesday night. The polls closed at 7:30 p.m. and by 8:13 all the major networks called the race for Brown. With nearly 2.2 million votes cast, Brown had tallied…

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GOP Sweeps Statewide Offices as Mike DeWine Wins Governor’s Race Over Richard Cordray

Republican Mike DeWine cruised to victory over Democrat Richard Cordray Tuesday and Republicans swept every statewide office on the Ohio ballot, including secretary of state, attorney general, state auditor and treasurer. All of the congressional races thought to be up for grabs, or at least competitive, also went to Republicans…

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Final Poll Shows Jim Renacci Surging into Lead Over Sherrod Brown

A new poll by the Ohio TEA Party affiliate We the People Convention, found Republican Jim Renacci has pulled ahead of incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in the race for U.S. Senate. Renacci mentioned the poll, which shows him up 52.4 to 47.6 percent, during Monday’s rally hosted by President…

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Sen. Rob Portman Credits Jim Renacci for Helping Spur Long-Overdue Worker Wage Increases

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) wants Ohio voters to know that regardless of what his colleague in the U.S. Senate says, it’s not just the rich who are benefiting from President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Stumping Sunday for fellow Republican Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH-16), who is seeking to replace…

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RNC Unleashes ‘Final Message’ Urging Ohio Voters to Retire Sherrod Brown

The Republican National Committee sent out a final message to Ohio voters Monday entitled “Sherrod Brown: Wrong for Ohio” that will run on digital platforms throughout the Buckeye State. Voters are urged in the ad to retire Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on Tuesday from the U.S. Senate. The one-minute ad is part of the Republican…

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Trump Calls on Ohioans to Vote Republican and Not Let Rich Cordray ‘Drive Your State into Poverty’ at Cleveland Rally

Electricity, excitement, and perhaps a little anxiety filled the air on Election Day Eve along with thousands of people at the IX Center in Cleveland as President Trump held the first of three final campaign rallies for Republicans running in Tuesday’s crucial midterm elections. At stake is control of the…

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Ohio Democrats Bring In John Legend And Eric Holder As ‘Closing Messengers’

Ohio Democrats are pulling out all the stops as the clock ticks down to the final hours before Election Day. On Sunday they brought in Ohio native and Grammy award-winning musician John Legend for a “March to the Polls” rally in Cincinnati on behalf of Aftab Pureval, who is running…

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Neighbor Divided Against Neighbor: Political ‘Incivility’ Spills Over into Ohio State House Race

A confrontation between neighbors in the small city of Hudson, Ohio, is creating a buzz on social media and may reflect the current state of American politics. At the heart of the controversy lies the question of who will represent Ohio’s 37th District at the State House in Columbus. The seat is…

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Biden Gives Campaign-Style Speech In Ohio, Calls Midterms A Battle for the ‘Character of the Nation’

Former Vice President Joe Biden came to Ohio Saturday to campaign for Ohio Democrats just three days before what he said is the “biggest off-year election you’ll ever vote in.” Without ever mentioning President Trump by name, the former vice president accused him of running an immoral government based on…

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Sherrod Brown Still Under 50 Percent in Poll Taken One Week Before Election

A new poll shows that with just days left before the midterm election, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is struggling to convince Ohioans to send him back to the U.S. Senate for a third term. Brown polled 46 percent to Republican challenger Jim Renacci’s 37 percent, according to Gravis Marketing, while a whopping…

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Ohio Republicans Cheer ‘Great News’ of 250,000 New Jobs in October

Ohio Republicans are celebrating an October jobs report that could not have come at a better time for the GOP’s state and federal candidates. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday, just four days before the midterms, that U.S. businesses created 250,000 new jobs last month, which is 50,000 to 60,000…

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Democrat Kathleen Clyde Promises to ‘Impact’ Ohio’s Elections and Redistricting Process

With so much attention on Ohio’s race for governor, and about half a dozen seats for the U.S. Senate and House up for grabs, there is one office that might easily be overlooked by voters. As The Ohio Star has previously reported, both candidates for this crucial office are 39-year-old…

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Aftab Pureval Gets Wrist Slap from Ohio Elections Commission Following Six-Hour Hearing

Aftab Pureval

After a six-hour hearing Thursday on the campaign spending of Democrat congressional candidate Aftab Pureval, the Ohio Elections Commission dismissed all but the most minor infraction, and slapped him with a $100 fine. The most serious allegation, that he used $16,400 donated to his local clerk-of-courts campaign to buy polling…

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