Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Pledges to ‘Turn Out the Vote’ for Democrats in Key Battleground States

Progressive Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) encouraged individuals to support three Democrats in battleground states.

In an appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and in a subsequent social media post, the New York lawmaker advocated that winning U.S. Senate elections in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wisconsin would allow Democrats to expand the Supreme Court and abolish the filibuster.

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Jim Renacci Named Chairman of American Greatness PAC

Former congressman Jim Renacci will serve as the Chairman for American Greatness PAC, according to a release from the former gubernatorial candidate.

According to Renacci and the organization’s website, the group will work to advance policies introduced under former President Donald Trump’s administration.

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Jim Renacci: ‘It is Time for Ohio to Step Up and Make This State One That Protects Life’

Former Congressman and businessman Jim Renacci on Friday celebrated a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that reversed Roe v. Wade.

Because of the decision, abortion laws will now be left to individual states—rather than a mandate that abortion is a constitutional right.

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Attorney General Dave Yost Files Motion to End Injunction on Ohio’s Heartbeat Law

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a motion on Friday to end an injunction put in place by a federal court against a heartbeat law passed in 2019.

The motion follows a decision by the Supreme Court that reversed Roe v. Wade. Therefore, abortion laws will now be left to individual states.

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J.D. Vance: Tim Ryan Is Running Away from His Record

J.D. Vance, the Republican nominee to represent Ohio in the U.S. Senate, blasted his Democratic opponent for attempting to flip-flop on key issues ahead of the November midterm elections.

Since securing the Democratic nomination, Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) has positioned himself as a “moderate,” even proposing tax cuts to help combat inflation.

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Ohio Precinct Strategy to Hold Event to Encourage Participation

Ohio Precinct Strategy, a group that supports individuals to become involved at the local level, will hold an event to inform residents of the state on ways to participate.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 18, for the majority of the day and be located at Tom’s Country Place in Avon.

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Alliance for Free Citizens Denounces Department of Education’s ‘National Parents and Families Engagement Council’

The Alliance for Free Citizens, a education-focused advocacy group, denounced a reported plan by President Joe Biden’s Department of Education to create the “National Parents and Families Engagement Council.”

According to a report from Fox News, the new organization will work to improve the relationship between parents and schools.

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RNC Blasts Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s Visit to Ohio

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited Toledo to tout a new $2 billion framework to improve the U.S. food supply chain, as the coronavirus pandemic has sent ripples through the economy.

According to the USDA, Vilsack’s framework will “transform the food system to benefit consumers, producers and rural communities by providing more options, increasing access, and creating new, more, and better markets for small and mid-size producers.”

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Governor DeWine Leads Democrat Challenger by Double Digits, Poll Shows

A new poll from Suffolk University and the USA Today Network showed incumbent Governor Mike DeWine with a large lead over his Democratic challenger Nan Whaley. 

According to the survey, DeWine secured 45 percent of the vote, compared to Whaley’s 30 percent. Independent candidate Neil Petersen collected 15 percent.

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Business Owner Beth Lear Officially Launches Campaign for Ohio House District 61 Seat

Beth Lear, a small business owner and military veteran, officially launched her campaign for State Representative for House District 61.

Lear made the announcement following a decision from a federal judge to allow state House and Senate maps to be implemented, after they were previously ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court.

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Susan B. Anthony List Backs J.D. Vance in Ohio U.S. Senate Race

Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List, one of the country’s top pro-life organizations, offered its endorsement to Republican J.D. Vance in the U.S. Senate race in Ohio.

Vance, who edged out his Republican opponents in a crowded GOP primary, will face Democrat Tim Ryan in the November midterm election.

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Senator Rob Portman Calls for Bipartisan Solution to Border Crisis

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), the Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, called on President Biden to work for a bipartisan solution to the border crisis.

The lawmaker pointed to new April numbers released from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), showing an increase in encounters from the previous month.

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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose Calls on Federal Government to Address Inflation

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose called on the federal government to address record inflation that is impacting small businesses across the state.

According to LaRose, his office received only 15,488 new business filings in April 2022—a dramatic decline from previous months. In March, he got 20 percent more applications.

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DeWine Announces New Round of Funding to Increase Development

Governor Mike DeWine on Wednesday announced a new round of funding for development projects throughout the state of Ohio.

$100 million will be awarded to the Transformational Mixed-Used Development Program, which gives tax credits for the cost of construction during major mixed-use developments. 

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Tea Party Patriots Blast FBI for Monitoring Parents

Tea Party Patriots Action (TPPA) blasted the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for allegedly using “threat tags” to monitor and investigate concerned parents that the FBI deemed unsafe.

According to a letter from GOP members of the House of Representatives, whistleblowers informed House Republicans that the government agency used the tags to launch investigations across the country.

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Naomi Judd Cause of Death Was a Self-Inflicted Firearm Wound, Family Reveals

Naomi Judd, the legendary country music singer, died of a self-inflicted firearm wound, the musician’s family revealed.

The matriarch of the Judd family battled with depression and mental illness, as her daughter Ashley noted in an interview with Diane Sawyer on “Good Morning America” that it is “important to make the distinction between the loved one and the disease.”

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J.D. Vance Blasts Tim Ryan over Silence Amid Harassment of Supreme Court Justices

J.D. Vance, the Republican nominee to represent Ohio in the U.S. Senate, blasted his Democratic counterpart over his silence on the harassment of members of the Supreme Court by pro-abortion groups.

Since the leak of a draft opinion from the Supreme Court that signaled the group supports overturning Roe v. Wade, protesters have flocked the homes of the Justices.

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Ohio Sending Approximately 2,000 Pieces of Personal Protective Gear to Ukraine

Various Ohio law enforcement agencies are donating roughly 2,000 pieces of personal protective equipment to forces in Ukraine.

According to a release from Governor Mike DeWine, more than two dozen state and local law enforcement agencies supplied donations to the effort.

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J.D. Vance to Speak at Trump’s Pennsylvania Rally

Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance will speak at a rally hosted by former President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, according to a release from Trump’s Save America PAC.

The rally, which will take place on Friday, is located in Western Pennsylvania and will include multiple candidates that Trump endorsed, like Dr. Mehmet Oz and Rep. Alex Mooney.

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Leading Republican Candidates in U.S. Senate Race Make Final Pitch to Voters Across Ohio

The leading candidates in the race for the Republican nomination to represent Ohio in the U.S. Senate are making their final pitch to voters as the election draws close.

J.D. Vance, Josh Mandel, Mike Gibbons, and Matt Dolan are attempting to sell voters on their message to face Democrat Tim Ryan after Tuesday’s election.

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Americans for Limited Government Urges Congress to Defund Biden’s Plan for ‘Disinformation Governance Board’

Americans for Limited Government, an organization that supports reducing the size and scope of government, urged Congress to defund a portion of the federal code that allows President Biden to create a “Disinformation Governance Board.”

Biden created the new board under the Department of Homeland Security and claims it will focus on misinformation about the Southern border, while preparing for Russian disinformation threats.

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Senator Josh Hawley, Charlie Kirk to Join J.D. Vance on Campaign Trail in Final Days of Ohio Senate Race

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk will join J.D. Vance on the campaign trail in the final days of the U.S. Senate primary contest in Ohio.

According to a release from the Vance campaign, the duo will make appearances across the state as a part of Vance’s “No BS Town Hall Tour” on Sunday and Monday.

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New Poll: U.S. Senate Candidate J.D. Vance Becomes Front Runner in Ohio Race

The latest poll of Ohio Republican voters shows bestselling author J.D. Vance rising above the pack and became the frontrunner in the race for the U.S. Senate.

The survey, conducted by Fox News, details Vance has been boosted by the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.

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We the People Convention Endorses John Adams for Ohio Secretary of State

We the People Convention, an Ohio-based nonprofit that advocates for limited constitutional governance, endorsed former state Rep. John Adams for Ohio Secretary of State.

Adams is running in the GOP primary against incumbent Frank LaRose, who recently gained the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.

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Ohio Governor DeWine, Lieutenant Governor Husted Opt to Skip Trump Rally

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted opted to skip a rally hosted by former President Donald Trump on Saturday in Delaware County.

Trump used the event to boost candidates he has endorsed for office, including J.D. Vance for U.S. Senate, Mike Carey for Congress, and Frank LaRose for Secretary of State, ahead of the May 3 GOP primary.

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Gov. DeSantis Signs Legislation to Strip Walt Disney Company of Self-Governing Status

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation on Friday to strip Walt Disney World’s special status that granted the amusement park broad powers to self-govern.

The old agreement, which took place in 1967, has permitted the venue to work as a quasi-governmental agency and maintain the same authority as a county government.

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Ohio Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Nan Whaley Supports Vaccine Mandate for Children

Ohio Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Nan Whaley signaled her support for a vaccine mandate for children in an interview with The Ohio Capital Journal.

Whaley, who covered her positions on multiple issues in the interview, compared a coronavirus vaccine mandate to those of established requirements for other diseases.

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New Initiative Seeks to Counter ‘Woke’ Corporate Policies

The Boardroom Initiative, a new joint project from the Job Creators Network Foundation (JCNF), Free Enterprise Project, and Second Vote, aims to counter “woke” policies in corporate America.

The group will be led by former president and CEO of McDonald’s Ed Rensi and hopes to focus corporations on their business goals, rather than political policies.

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Exclusive: U.S. Senate Candidate Mike Gibbons Launches ‘Women for Gibbons’ Coalition

U.S. Senate candidate Mike Gibbons, who is running in a crowded GOP primary field, launched a new “Women for Gibbons” coalition.

According to information provided exclusively to The Ohio Star, the group is led by Caitlin Shea, the candidate’s daughter, and co-chaired by Lisa and Lucy Stickan.

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Ohio Joins Coalition of 21 States Led by Arizona AG Brnovich in Lawsuit to Prevent Termination of Title 42

The State of Georgia, led by Attorney General Chris Carr joined a 21-state coalition, which filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration to block the federal government from ending Title 42.

Title 42 is a public health order from the Trump administration that allowed border officials to turn away individuals due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Ohio Secretary of State Blasts Supreme Court Ruling Blocking Redistricting Maps

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose blasted a ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court, which blocked the state’s redistricting maps for the fourth time.

The ruling requires a new set of maps to be drawn and submitted to the Court and the Secretary of State’s office by May 6th.

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Trafalgar Poll: Josh Mandel, J.D. Vance Lead Race in U.S. Senate Republican Primary

Josh Mandel and J.D. Vance are leading the crowded Republican primary field to represent Ohio in the U.S. Senate, according to the latest poll.

The survey, conducted by The Trafalgar Group, showed 28 percent of respondents backed Mandel, while almost 23 percent supported Vance.

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Ohio Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Renacci Picks Up Support from Two Ohio-Based Conservative Groups

Two Ohio-based conservative groups, the Greater Toledo Right to Life and The Northwest Ohio Conservative Coalition, opted to endorse Ohio gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci and Lieutenant Governor candidate Joe Knopp.

The two organizations selected the GOP challengers over incumbent Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted, according to a release from Renacci.

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Ohio Agencies Collecting Personal Protective Gear to Send to Ukraine

Ohio will begin collecting personal protective gear from local and state law enforcement agencies around the state to send to Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion of the country, according to Governor Mike DeWine.

Previously, DeWine surveyed law enforcement agencies to determine a rough estimate of materials that could be sent to the country. According to his numbers, the state may be able to collect roughly “75 ballistic and riot helmets and 840 pieces of body armor, including vests and plates.”

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‘Gasoline Misery Index’ Details Direct Impact of Record-High Gas Prices

The “Gasoline Misery Index” from the Metro Business Daily Network details the direct impact record-high gas prices have had on consumers across the United States.

Since President Joe Biden took office, prices of gas and other goods and services have continued to increase, as many peaked after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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We the People Convention Backs Mike Gibbons in U.S. Senate Race

We the People Convention, an Ohio-based nonprofit that advocates for a limited constitutional governance, backed U.S. Senate candidate Mike Gibbons in the state’s Republican Party primary.

The organization, which also supported his unsuccessful 2018 campaign, selected the Ohio businessman from the crowded GOP field, vying to replace retiring Senator Rob Portman.

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Ohio Right to Life Endorses J.D. Vance for U.S. Senate

Ohio Right to Life, a grassroots pro-life organization, endorsed J.D. Vance in the state’s U.S. Senate race to replace retiring Senator Rob Portman.

The organization selected Vance over the three other candidates considered frontrunners in the race: Jane Timken, Josh Mandel, and Mike Gibbons.

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Poll: J.D. Vance Moves into Tie with Mandel, Gibbons in U.S. Senate Ohio Republican Primary

A new poll, conducted by Tony Fabrizio for a pro-Vance superPAC, showed Ohio U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance has surged into a three-way tie for first place with Josh Mandel and Mike Gibbons.

Fabrizio, who served as a pollster for former President Donald Trump, noted that “as voters learn more about J.D. Vance and what he stands for, his ballot support increases.”

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Governor DeWine Launches $10 Million Initiative to Address Gun Violence in Ohio

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, in connection with Attorney General Dave Yost and State Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Richard Fambro, announced a new initiative to address gun violence-related crimes.

The state will give $10.5 million to the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) to improve access to key technology for law enforcement throughout the state.

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Ohio Police Officer Killed While Attempting to Stop Fleeing Vehicle

An Ohio police officer was killed on Thursday after being struck by a fleeing vehicle that he was attempting to stop.

Officer Dominic Francis of the Bluffton Police Department was trying to place spike strips to stop the driver when he was hit by the vehicle around 3 a.m.

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Voter Reference Foundation Sues New Mexico for More Transparent Voter Rolls

The Voter Reference Foundation (VRF) filed a federal lawsuit against Democrat Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and Democrat Attorney General Hector Balderas in an attempt to secure more transparent voter rolls.

According to a press release from the group, they “filed a First Amendment lawsuit in federal court against top Democrat officials in New Mexico to ensure the public’s right to view public voter rolls is not blocked.”

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Daily Wire CEO Jeremy Boreing Creates Razor Brand to Compete with ‘Woke’ Brands

Jeremy Boreing, the co-CEO of the Nashville-based Daily Wire, announced the creation of a new razor brand to battle “woke” companies that infuse politics into business.

Specifically, the new brand, entitled Jeremy’s Razors,” targets Harry’s Razors, a company that pulled their advertising from the media outlet.

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Ohio Post Offices Fail to Report Undelivered Mail, Federal Audit Finds

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Multiple post offices in Ohio failed to deliver thousands of pieces of mail and did not report the delayed delivery, according to a new federal audit.

Two post offices in the Columbus area were subject to the audit, as residents of the region have continued to describe issues with theft and slow delivery.

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Ohio Political Consultant Sentenced to Prison for Embezzlement of Congressional Campaign Funds

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James Schwartz, a Cincinnati-based political consultant, was sentenced to two years in prison for embezzling roughly $1.4 million from the campaign of U.S. Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH-01).

According to a release from the Department of Justice (DOJ), Schwartz utilized his companies Fountain Square Group LLC and Prime Media LLC to conceal the improper payments from 2011 to 2019. Furthermore, he served as the “de facto treasurer” for the campaign.

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Ohio Awards $25 Million in Grants for School-Based Health Centers

Governor Mike DeWine on Friday announced more than $25 million in funding for “School-Based Health Centers” throughout the state.

The money, which is from the federal government and available through the American Rescue Plan, will fund 136 new or expanded centers.

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