Democrats Mocked for Disastrous Iowa Caucus

Someone won Monday night’s Iowa caucuses — we just don’t know who, yet.

The Iowa caucuses have been the first nominating contest in the nation since 1972 with 41 national delegates up for grabs.

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Commentary: There Is No Clever Democratic Impeachment Strategy

We are now approaching three weeks since the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump on December 18. After passing the articles of impeachment that identified no actual crimes, congressional Democrats scattered all over D.C., celebrating in posh restaurants and ritzy bars.

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Ohioans Share Why Trump Support Among Black Voters is Soaring

The Washington Examiner revealed polling data this week that found President Trump has a 34% approval rating with African Americans. The Ohio Star spoke with four African American Trump supporters in Ohio and asked them why they support the President. State Representative Candidate Bobby Mitchell of Canal Winchester, Columbus entrepreneur Tyrone Jackson and Pastor Walter Moss of Canton gave their insights about the phenomena.

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Government Lobbyists Oppose House Bill Requiring Levy Transparency and Clarity

Multiple government lobbying groups spoke in opposition to House Bill 76 in the Senate General Government and Agency Review Committee. The bill, “Enacts the Ballot Uniformity and Transparency Act for tax levies.”

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Columbus Native Walter Blanks Celebrated at White House School Choice Event

Walter Blanks is a 24-year-old from inner-city Columbus who found himself being celebrated for as a school choice success story at a White House on Monday

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Notorious Abortionist Who Lost License Got It Back from DeWine-Appointed Department of Health Director

Ohio Pro-Life groups expected to see Dr. Martin Haskell’s abortion clinic in Dayton closed for good. The abortionist notorious for claiming to have invented partial-birth abortion, failed to abide by the law requiring his facility to have a transfer agreement with a local hospital and as a result, had his license to operate denied. Haskell fought the revocation from 2014 all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court and lost on appeal twice.

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Oberlin Students Stage Memorial for Islamic Jihad Terrorists and Palestinians Killed by Israel in Military Strikes

Oberlin College is in the news again. Three years ago it was a racism charge by students, staff and faculty against a 100+ year old bakery. The business filed a defamation suit after losing half its income due to the accusations. Last week the anti-Zionist Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine erected a memorial on campus to honor the Palestinians who were killed by Israel in recent military strikes. More than a dozen of the Palestinians were Islamic Jihad terrorists.

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AG Yost Tells OptumRx ‘We’ll See You in Court’ for Overbilling the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Millions

Attorney General Dave Yost announced Monday he amended his lawsuit filed against pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) OptumRx, claiming the PBM excessively charged the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation for generic drugs. The overcharge totaled nearly $16 million. It is now “significantly more.”

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Statehouse Gun Rights Advocates Concerned Purpose of Senate’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill May Be to Force Compromise on ‘Gun Control’ Plan

Statehouse sources are questioning the recent introduction of a Senate version of “Stand Your Ground.” The sponsor of Senate Bill 237, newly appointed Senator Terry Johnson (R-McDermott), calls the bill the “Ohio Duty to Retreat Act.” Concerns were expressed to The Ohio Star that the legislation may be used to force a compromise between anti-gun groups and Second Amendment supporters to help the Senate move the Governor’s gun-control plan, Senate Bill 221.

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Traditional Districts, Republican Senator Lehner and State School Board President Complain About Increase in EdChoice Vouchers

Changes to the law for the EdChoice voucher program in this year’s state budget resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of school buildings whose students are eligible for the state-funded scholarship to attend participating private schools. State Board of Education President Laura Kohler plans to push lawmakers to “revisit” the issue. One Legislator already agreed it is a concern – Republican Senate Education Chair Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering).

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Kasich Is in ‘Serious Talks’ to become Ohio State’s New President

Rumors began that former Governor John Kasich is being considered as a replacement for current Ohio State University (OSU) President Michael Drake a day after he announced his retirement. 

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Proclaiming Justice to the Nations’ Ohio Chapter Gives Rabbi’s Warning to American Christians and He’s Not the Only One

Proclaiming Justice to the Nations’ Ohio Chapter shared Rabbi Daniel Lapin’s serious warning to Christians in the United States on its Facebook Page.

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Ohio Republicans and Democrats Express Different Takes on Ambassador Volker’s Impeachment Inquiry Testimony

  As the impeachment inquiry continued this week, several members of the Ohio Congressional delegation spoke out on social media. Congressman Warren Davidson (R-OH-08) shared his thoughts on Twitter and with The Ohio Star. Republican viewpoints varied, while the Democrats all appeared to be reading from the same page. Davidson tweeted…

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Professor George Barna: America’s Post-Modern Culture is ‘Diametrically Opposed to a Biblical Worldview’

During a recent gathering of Christian educators in Ohio, George Barna shared the overwhelming evidence that America’s Christian foundation is close to crumbling because of a shift in worldview.

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The Right and the Left Dig In Their Positions on ‘Life at Conception Bill’

Supporters of abortion and most of the media responded quickly to State Representatives Candice Keller (R-Middletown) and Ron Hood (R-Ashville) introduction of House Bill 413 last week which, if passed, will identify the unborn as “persons” for legal purposes from the moment of conception.

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Senate Passes House Bill 2, a TechCred Bill That Caused Words Between the Two Legislative Leaders

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Last week the Speaker of the Ohio House and the Senate President exchanged a few words via the media. The Speaker expressed frustration that the House priority bills, House Bills 1 through 14, were not moving fast enough in the Ohio Senate. The most recent bill to cause Householder concern was House Bill 2. It passed the Senate Wednesday.

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Four Bills Pass in the Ohio House Including Democrat-Opposed Religious Freedom for Students Bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The legislative calendar in the Ohio House contained four bills Wednesday, all of which passed. However, two bills revealed a clear, partisan split. One of those required screening for tuberculosis in childcare and preschool workers; the other supports student religious expression in public schools.

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Mark Fraizer Joins the Ohio House of Representatives

The Ohio House of Representatives decided quickly which candidate they wanted to replace Scott Ryan in the 71st House District. Rep. Mark Fraizer (R-Newark), a former page and current city councilman from Newark, won the appointment to the job Wednesday.

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Congressman Davidson Calls Impeachment ‘a Sham’ and Says ‘There’s No There There’

Congressman Warren Davidson took to Twitter following the first public hearing of the impeachment inquiry Wednesday night. He called the process a “sham,” pointed out the witnesses had no first-hand knowledge of the phone call that is the basis for the inquiry and stated, “There is no there there.”

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Congressman Jordan Asked Key Questions During Impeachment ‘Show’

The impeachment inquiry began in Washington Wednesday. Recent appointee to the committee, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH-04), asked key questions during the hearing which Fox News referred to as “the show.”

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Some Ohio Politicians Praise Lordstown Sale, Senator Portman Expressed Skepticism, Brown Says Union Support Necessary for Success

Most elected officials praised the reported sale of the Lordstown plant last week. Senator Portman expressed skepticism and Senator Brown told the new owners they needed to partner with the union if they wanted to be successful.

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After Ohio State Speaker Householder Accused Senate of Stalling House Bills, State Senate President Obhof Announced Sentencing Bill as Top Priority

Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) expressed his displeasure with the Senate last week. He told reporters, “We’ve got bills over in the Senate that we’d like to see the Senate move. We’ve got several priority bills that we’ve waited for quite some time on and don’t really understand why we’re having a problem over there getting bills to move.” In response, Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) discussed his priorities with Gongwer.

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AG Yost Weighs In on Whistleblower Lawsuit Which Could Affect Ohio’s Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

Attorney General Dave Yost has filed a “friend of the court brief” with the Ohio Supreme Court regarding a federal lawsuit filed by an employee of the Geauga County Health Department. Rebecca Buddenberg, a “whistleblower” who claims the county retaliated against her for reporting, “…unequal pay practices and potential ethical violations by County Health Commissioner Robert Weisdack,” resigned in May 2017. She filed her lawsuit in March 2018.

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As Predicted, Jim Jordan Joins Intelligence Committee to Fight Impeachment

Rumors began to swirl this week that Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH-04) would be appointed to the Intelligence Committee to fight the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. The Ohio Star reported the story on Thursday. On Friday the announcement was made that Jordan had been assigned to the committee.

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General Motors Sells Lordstown Assembly Plant to an Electric Car Company

Auto maker GM announced Thursday that indeed – as President Trump tweeted in May – the Lordstown facility in Ohio would be sold and reopened to manufacturer the Workhorse electric vehicle called the Endurance. GM declared their intent to idle the plant a year ago, and shut the lights out on March 6th after 52 years of business. 

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Governor DeWine Signs Tyler’s Law Intended to Make Fair Rides Safer

  Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 169 Thursday. The legislation expands government oversight of amusement rides, gives greater rule making authority to the Director of the Department of Agriculture, increases fines, adds safety regulations and requires additional government employees to handle the increased inspection load. The bipartisan measure – known…

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Mark Your Calendars: 2020 Election Less Than a Year Away

The 2020 election is less than one year away. Between now and then are many significant dates and deadlines that candidates and voters need to know.

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Jim Jordan Addresses Rumor He May Be Temporarily Added to the House Intel Committee to Push Back on Impeachment

During an interview with Fox & Friends Tuesday morning, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH-04) made big news when he was asked whether he was going to be added to the House Intelligence Committee. Jordan, who is currently on House Oversight, responded, “We’ll see. That’s a call for Leader McCarthy. If Kevin and ranking member Nunes want that to happen, I just want to help our team.”

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Trump Victory’s National Week of Action Kicks Off

The Republican National Committee’s Regional Communications Director Mandi Merritt announced in an email Saturday – exactly one year from Election Day 2020 – that “Trump Victory kicked off a National Week of Action in Ohio and throughout the country to engage with supporters and activate our army of volunteers.”

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Two Pro-Life Bills Up for Possible Vote in the Ohio Legislature

Two pro-life bills in the Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee will be heard this week. Chairman Dave Burke (R-Marysville) has scheduled Senate Bills 155 and 208 for their fourth hearings and for a possible vote.

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Opportunity Ohio Finds Right-to-Work States Dominate the Recovery, Ohio Not Among Them

Matt Mayer, president of the the pro-growth advocates Opportunity Ohio, crunched the numbers and graphed the results of private sector job growth in all the states and the District of Columbia. The news for Ohio, a compulsory union state, is that it continues to lag behind those states that have embraced worker freedom.

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While Joe Biden Stops in Columbus to Raise Money, Republican Polls Look Bad for Him

Former Vice President Joe Biden was in Bexley, Ohio on Halloween at a Columbus-area fundraiser. Unfortunately for Biden, money does not equal votes and polling is not looking good for the former VP.

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Senator Sherrod Brown Claims ‘Nixon Didn’t Even Do What Trump Is Doing’

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) told reporters Wednesday, “Nixon didn’t even do what Trump is doing.” He also responded to a question about whether or not President Trump should be impeached with a simple, “Yes,” but Brown’s office clarified that did not mean the Senator had made a decision about whether or not the President should be removed from office.

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Anti-Trump WaPo Writer Calls Sen. Portman an ‘Enabler’ While Savaging President Trump

Jennifer Rubin, a proud Never Trumper and self-described “conservative,” proclaimed Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) a “Trump-enabler” in her opinion piece for the Washington Post this week. That was tame compared to her comments about President Trump, himself. The long time Post columnist strafed the president and fellow Republican Portman, writing, “The lawless, xenophobic, racist know-nothingism that has gripped the party and deformed our government must be ousted. That includes repudiating the go-alongers, the Portmans, who have normalized Trump and failed to uphold their oaths.”

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In Their Own Words: The Ohio Congressional Delegation Votes on the Impeachment Inquiry Resolution

  The United States House of Representatives passed House Resolution 660 on Thursday, a hastily-crafted piece of legislation, “Directing certain committees to continue their ongoing investigations as part of the existing House of Representatives inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its Constitutional power…

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EXCLUSIVE: Leader of Evangelical Group that Supports Israel Reacts to ‘Hate Group’ Designation by the Southern Poverty Law Center

It was recently revealed that Proclaiming Justice to The Nations (PJTN) had been designated a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC, originally a legal group created to provide representation to African Americans following the civil rights movement, has expanded into an organization that identifies hate groups including anti-LGBT, holocaust deniers, male supremacists and anti-Muslim associations.

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Americans for Prosperity Exposes ‘Corporate Welfare Horror Show’ to Congress for Halloween

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) launched the latest installment of their Unrig the Economy campaign on Tuesday entitled “Corporate Welfare Horror Show.” AFP is continuing to encourage Congress to reject the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank and “zombie” tax extenders.

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Rep. Jim Jordan Compares Speaker Pelosi’s Plan to Hold Impeachment Vote to ‘Putting a Little Lipstick on the Pig’

Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH-04) on Fox and Friends Tuesday morning gave quite the analogy when talking about Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s planned impeachment vote. 

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United Church of Christ Stands with Democrats to Oppose HCR 11, Which Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

  COLUMBUS, Ohio – State Representatives Candice Keller (R-Middletown) and Darrell Kick (R-Loudonville) watched as House Concurrent Resolution 11 (HCR 11), which recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, passed out of the Federalism Committee on Wednesday. The vote was 7 to 2, with the only two Democratic members present, Reps. Brigid…

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Trump Team Knocks Doors in Worthington for President and Local Candidates on Wet Saturday

Undeterred by the wet weather Saturday, Trump supporters gathered in Worthington to knock doors for local candidates and for President Trump.

The central Ohio office-seekers have less than tens days before the fall election and Team Trump was there to help them.

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Senate President and Ohio Right to Life Urge AG Yost to Support Down Syndrome Abortion Ban and Yost Obliges

Attorney General Dave Yost filed a petition to the 6th Circuit Court for “REHEARING AND REHEARING EN BANC” (emphasis his) to reconsider their recent block of Ohio’s ban on Down Syndrome abortions Friday, Gongwer reported. Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) and Ohio Right to Life had pushed for reconsideration.

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Special Treatment for Some Republican Candidates but Not for Others in Delaware County

There are rules that the political parties follow at the county and state level – written and unwritten. In Delaware County, one unwritten rule prohibits non-partisan candidates from getting official Republican party support. Local candidates for positions such as township trustee or school board, historically have not been eligible for endorsement by the Delaware County Republican Central Committee.

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Sponsor of Ohio Stand Your Ground Bill: ‘Purpose of This Bill Now is to Combat Current Gun Control Proposals’

State Representatives Candice Keller (R-Middletown) and Ron Hood (R-Ashville) introduced “Stand Your Ground” legislation, House Bill 381 (HB 381), in the Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday. Twenty-two members co-sponsored the bill. 

“The reason I went forward today and introduced HB 381 the Ohio Stand Your Ground Act,” Keller told The Ohio Star, “is to combat the current gun control/restriction proposals here in the Ohio House that will simply serve to place restrictions on law-abiding gun owners and further erode our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

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Freedom Foundation Debuts in Ohio with Call to Governor DeWine to ‘Stand Up to Government Union Bullies and Stand Up for Government Employees’

“I’d like to use this opportunity to call on Governor DeWine today to stand up to government union bullies and stand up for government employees,” National Director Aaron Withe said in the press conference announcing the expansion. “His actions could help set precedent here and throughout the nation.”

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Congressman Jim Jordan: ‘It’s Time We Know Who Started This Whole Thing’

Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH-04) and twenty-nine of his colleagues crashed Adam Schiff’s impeachment “party” Wednesday. The GOP Reps attempted to gain access to the secret hearings. Jordan told the press, “It’s time we know who started this whole thing.”

“Why don’t we know?” the Conservative Congressman asked. “Why don’t we know who the person is who started this whole charade that Adam Schiff is now doing in the bunker of the basement of the Capitol?”

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While Senate Hears Legislation to Change Law Allowing State Takeovers of Failing School Districts, Ohio Supreme Court Takes Up The Case

The Senate Education Committee has been considering House Bill 154 (HB 154) for several months. The bill would eliminate all current academic distress commissions and repeal the law, prohibiting the formation of new ones. The purpose of academic distress commissions is to take over chronically failing school districts. The commissions were created by House Bill 70 (HB 70), the constitutionality of which is currently under consideration by the Ohio Supreme Court.

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