Big-Name Democrats Skip Biden Visit to Ohio

As President Joe Biden visited and spoke in Ohio Thursday, notable Democratic elected officials from around the state were not in attendance. 

According to the Ohio Republican Party (ORP), Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, also a U.S. Senate candidate, was not in attendance for Biden’s speech. Neither was Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) or Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH-13). Ryan, too, is running for U.S. Senate. 

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Shock Poll: 73 Percent of Renacci’s GOP Supporters Think 2020 Election Stolen From Trump, Only 39 Percent of DeWine’s GOP Supporters

President Donald J. Trump’s one-time campaign manager, now advising James B. “Jim” Renacci’s gubernatorial campaign, touted a new internal poll in an exclusive interview with The Ohio Star that found the former congressman is leading Gov. R. Michael “Mike” DeWine in the race for the Republican nomination to be decided in the May 3 primary.

Trump is playing a major role in Republican voter preferences for the 2022 campaign, said Brad Parscale, who tracks Renacci’s messaging and other facets of the campaign, in an exclusive interview about the poll.

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Ohio GOP Insider: All Four Major Senate Hopefuls Could Get Trump’s Endorsement

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An Ohio Republican insider who held senior positions in Donald J. Trump’s 2016 and since then been a consultant for Republican Senate and gubernatorial races told The Ohio Star each of the top four candidates running for the 2022 GOP Senate nomination has a shot at Trump’s endorsement.

“I think each of these candidates can make an argument to give an endorsement. Every one of them, all the top four,” said the insider and Ohio native.

Joshua A. Mandel

Former state treasurer and Marine Iraq veteran Joshua A. Mandel is leading in all the polls, and he has recovered from his surprise dropping of the 2018 Senate race, which was supposed to be a rematch of with Democratic Sen. Sherrod C. Brown, who beat him 51 percent to Mandel’s 45 percent, he said.

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Ohio Rep. Wenstrup Rips Woke Bureaucrats for Slapping ‘Harmful Content’ Warning on U.S. Constitution

Wednesday, after signing on to a letter sent by 44 Republican lawmakers to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), which recently placed “harmful content” labels on historical documents including the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH-02) blasted the federal government organization.

“We must stand together against those who wish to destroy the foundation of our American values with their ‘woke’ agenda,” he told The Ohio Star. “We must educate future generations on all aspects of our past – celebrating the good and acknowledging our failures. Those who seek to weaken the timeless truths and foundational texts seek only to erase our shared history. We cannot stand by silently.”

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Ohio Lawmakers Mum After U.S. Constitution Slapped with ‘Harmful Language Alert’ by Woke Bureaucrats

Interior of the National Archives and Records Administration

After the bureaucrats at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) slapped a warning label on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, Ohio lawmakers are ducking the issue. 

NARA, which organizes America’s historical documents in an online catalog, warns that some of the content could be triggering. 

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Mixed, Mostly Quiet Response to Supreme Court Vacancy by Ohio Legislators

After the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, most of Ohio’s congressional representatives expressed condolences, almost none weighing in on whether or not Ginsburg’s replacement should be chosen before the election.

Of Ohio’s 16 congressional representatives, it appears only Representative Maria Fudge of Ohio’s 11th district has taken a stand on the issue, and then only by retweeting Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy’s statement on the subject.

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State Board Meets Today to Decide if Ohio Secretary of State May Spend Up to $3M to Prepay Absentee Ballot Postage

A state board is meeting today to decide if Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose can spend up to $3 million to pay for absentee ballot postage for the November elections.

The Ohio Controlling Board will consider LaRose’s request today. Their agenda is here, and more information about LaRose’s request is here.

This appropriation of state funds will be used by the Ohio Secretary of State to pay the cost of returning absentee ballots on behalf of any Ohio voter who opts to use that manner of voting in the November 3, 2020 General Election. This will not expand Ohio’s existing absentee voting opportunities and will not permit universal vote by mail. There will still be in-person voting at polling locations on Election Day, November 3, 2020. 

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Sen. Sherrod Brown Calls for Investigation into Reports Paycheck Protection Program Prioritized ‘Wealthier Clients’

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, joined two other Democrats in calling for an investigation into reports some Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lenders are prioritizing “larger and wealthier clients.”

In a letter to Small Business Administration (SBA) Inspector General Mike Ware, the senators allege some lenders “have prioritized the applications of their larger and wealthier clients to the detriment of smaller [businesses] adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.”

U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, and Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, joined Brown, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, in sending the letter.

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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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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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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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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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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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Jim Renacci Calls Sherrod Brown’s Talking Points on Tax Cuts ‘Inaccurate Scare Tactics’

In his debates with Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH-16), on the campaign trail, and in op-eds, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has repeatedly hammered the Trump tax cuts as an incentive for corporations to ship jobs overseas. “Under their law, companies earning profits in Hamilton County pay a 21 percent tax rate. But…

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Sherrod Brown Was Delinquent on His Taxes Five Times, Often Paying Them Years Late

Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has spent millions on attack ads that rebuke his opponent for being in the pockets of corporate interests and failing to pay his taxes. The target of those ads, Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH-16) has called these claims outright lies and “fake news.” But now Renacci is turning…

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New Poll Shows Jim Renacci Closing Gap on Sherrod Brown in Race for U.S. Senate

A new poll out Monday from Emerson College shows Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH-16) closing the gap on incumbent Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in their race for the U.S. Senate. The poll shows Brown still with the lead, but by a margin of only six points, 49 to 43 percent,…

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Sherrod Brown, Jim Renacci Spar Over Migrant Caravan and Illegal Immigration in Final Debate

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) may have a 3-to-1 funding advantage over his opponent for re-election to a third term in the U.S. Senate. But in the third and final debate with Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH-16) Friday night at Miami University, the two seemed evenly matched. Renacci, the son of a…

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Sherrod Brown Voted Against Homeland Security, Wanted ‘Department of Peace’ Instead

From devastating hurricanes and natural disasters to terrorism and breaches in cyber security, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s job is to protect the homeland from all manner of threats and keep Americans safe. The department was created in the aftermath of 9/11, when Islamic terrorists killed nearly 3,000 Americans in coordinated attacks…

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Sherrod Brown Claimed ‘There Is No War on Coal,’ But Jim Renacci Says Incumbent Democrat is No Man of the People

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) wears a canary pin on his lapel as a gesture of support for Ohio coal miners. When his political opponents accused him of siding with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in an attempt to bankrupt coal companies, Brown denied it. “There is no war on coal,…

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Jim Renacci Backs President Trump on Use of Military to Block Migrant Caravan at Border

With a migrant caravan of 5,000-plus Central Americans moving steadily north toward the U.S.-Mexico border, and news Monday of a second caravan of at least 1,000 now joining ranks, Ohio’s U.S. Senate candidate Jim Renacci says President Trump is justified in threatening to call out the military to guard the…

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Jim Renacci Pledges to ‘Put Ohio First’ at Debate, Says Sherrod Brown Has Become Washington Insider

In Ohio’s second U.S. Senate debate Saturday night GOP candidate Jim Renacci promised to “put Ohio first” while accusing his opponent of caving to Washington special interests. Renacci is the Republican congressman from Wadsworth trying to knock off two-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). “In 1997, a United States’ congressman (Brown) said the…

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Another 2020 Presidential Hopeful Stumping for Democrats this Weekend in Ohio

Another 2020 presidential hopeful has arrived in the Buckeye State to stump for Ohio Democrats and put out feelers for his own future political aspirations. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley will be making a campaign swing through Ohio​ on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, reports O’Malley ran a short-lived campaign for president…

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Challenger Renacci Highlights Senator Sherrod Brown’s Four-Decades as a Career Politician and ‘Arrogant Lawmaker’

When the subject of career politicians came up at Sunday night’s senatorial debate in Cleveland, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sidestepped the issue. His opponent, Congressman Jim Renacci (R-OH-16), repeatedly pummeled the senior senator from Ohio on that one issue. On gun rights, immigration, healthcare, the environment, or Ohio’s economic progress,…

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Poll: Voters in 25 Key Battleground States, Including Ohio, Want Dramatically Lower Immigration Numbers

NumbersUSA, a two decades-old national organization that advocates for lower immigration to the US, has crunched the numbers and in every state surveyed the results are roughly the same. One million legal immigrants entering the US each year is too many, voters say. From a recent press announcement sent to…

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Jim Renacci Raises More than $1.75 Million in Third Quarter

Jim Renacci

Republican U.S. Senate candidate for Ohio Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH-16) raised more than $1.75 million in the third quarter of 2018. The impressive haul comes from more than 10,700 donors – each averaging a contribution to Renacci of about $160 each – who are seeking new represenation  for Ohio in Washington. Renacci’s opponent, 25-year Washington…

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Sherrod Brown Fled the Building after U.S. Senate Debate, Jim Renacci Stayed to Answer Questions from Reporters

After last night’s U.S. Senate debate in Cleveland, both candidates were given the opportunity to answer media questions and to expand on or clarify any issues that came up during the debate. Jim Renacci stood and answered questions from reporters for an additional 12 minutes. Sherrod Brown fled the building, refusing to…

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Jim Renacci’s Debate Zinger: ‘Sen. Brown Votes for Whatever Chuck Schumer Tells Him To’

U.S. Senate candidates Jim Renacci and Sherrod Brown squared off in their first debate Sunday night, a one-hour event in which Renacci cast his opponent as “too in love with Washington and Chuck Schumer” to represent the people of Ohio. After 25 years in Washington, Renacci said Brown had lost touch…

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Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown Has ‘Voted Like a Hollywood Liberal,’ Opponent Renacci Says at Trump Rally

Lost amid the Trumpmania at Friday night’s “Make America Great Again” rally in Lebanon, Ohio, was a rousing speech by the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate — Congressman Jim Renacci. Usually when a candidate gets up to speak during a Trump rally, it’s difficult for him or her to maintain…

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‘Spartacus’ Arrives in Ohio to Campaign for Sherrod Brown and Richard Cordray

Ohio was on the lookout for a Spartacus sighting Friday night, possibly continuing into today. Not anything approaching the real one, of course, but the one who claimed that title for himself last month in the U.S. Senate – Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). Booker came to the Buckeye State to campaign…

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New Renacci Ad Takes Sherrod Brown to Task Over His Treatment of Justice Kavanaugh

Congressman Jim Renacci (R-OH-16) released a new TV ad Thursday titled “Washington at its Worst” that he hopes will propel him into striking distance of his opponent in the race for the U.S. Senate. Incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who has been in elected office for 40 years, the last 25…

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Senate Candidates Jim Renacci, Sherrod Brown Agree to Three Debates in October

Sherrod Brown, Jim Renacci

U.S. Senate candidates Jim Renacci and Sherrod Brown have agreed to participate in three debates in October. The first will be hosted at the Idea Center in Cleveland and sponsored by the Ohio Debate Commission on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. The second debate will be moderated by NBC 4 in…

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More Hollywood Liberals Line Up Behind Sherrod Brown, Aftab Pureval and Ohio Democrats

Sherrod Brown, Richard Cordray and the rest of the Democratic slate of Ohio candidates continues to milk liberal Hollywood for all the support they can get. Earlier this week The Ohio Star reported how Cordray was infusing his campaign with Hollywood cash, outraising his opponent Mike DeWine in the process.…

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Sherrod Brown and Kamala Harris: Two Peas in a Pod?

Sherrod Brown continued to welcome his senatorial comrade from California, Sen. Kamala Harris, to Ohio with open arms on Monday, hoping she would open up some powerful checkbooks. Looks like when @KamalaHarris hits Ohio next month, she'll be spending plenty of time with influential donor types all over the state. At least four fundraisers…

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Ohio GOP: Democrats Inviting ‘California Kamala’ to Stump in Ohio Shows They Remain ‘Out of Touch’

In what may be a dress rehearsal for a 2020 presidential run, the U.S. Senate’s chief Kavanaugh inquisitor Kamala Harris has come to Ohio and is talking about translating Democrat anger over the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation into votes on Nov. 6. Angry Democrats need to channel that emotion into voting…

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GOP Senate Nominee Jim Renacci Applauds Kavanaugh Confirmation as Sherrod Brown Boasts of His ‘No’ Vote

Congressman Jim Renacci (R-OH-16), who is running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown, issued a statement Saturday applauding the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. I’m pleased the Senate has confirmed Brett Kavanaugh. He is a thoughtful jurist with a proven respect…

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Sherrod Brown Cancels Staged Event After Environmentalists Show Up with Protest Signs

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has a new name among his political opponents. “Chicken.” Brown “chickened out,” according to his opponent in the U.S. Senate race, by canceling a press conference Wednesday after he discovered it wouldn’t go off as planned. “The re-election campaign for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown canceled a news…

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Kamala Harris, Kavanaugh Inquisitor, Coming to Ohio to Stump for Democrats

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) put her brand of radical progressivism on display during last week’s nationally televised Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings as part of the modern day “Democrat Inquisition” of the Supreme Court nominee. She didn’t ask a single tough question of Kavanaugh’s accuser. But she didn’t hesitate to lay…

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New Poll: Only 33 Percent of Ohio Voters Believe Sherrod Brown Deserves Reelection

Sanctuary cities, gun control, federal funding of Planned Parenthood abortion doctors, high taxation of the middle class – there’s one Ohio senator who supports every one of these liberal policies. His name is Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who has been in Washington for 25 years.. And Ohio Republicans are banking…

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Ohio GOP Files Complaint Alleging Sherrod Brown Received Illegal Campaign Contribution from Whirlpool

The Ohio Republican Party filed a complaint Monday with the Federal Election Commission, reporting an alleged violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act, also called FECA, by Sen. Sherrod Brown’s campaign committee. In a recently launched television ad, Brown (D-OH) appears with Whirlpool Corp. employees, who are wearing the Whirlpool logo, standing in…

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Jim Renacci Plays Key Role in Tax-Reform Package Passed By U.S. House

Amid last week’s media frenzy over the Supreme Court confirmation hearings, the U.S. House of Representatives got down to work and passed President Trump’s Tax Reform 2.0. The three-bill package will help middle-class families and small businesses by making the tax cuts permanent. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH-16) has been a key…

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Ohio’s Number-2 Republican Slams Sherrod Brown’s Record of ‘Decimating’ Middle Class Workers

Take it from Mary Taylor, a longtime businesswoman and the current lieutenant governor of Ohio: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is a fraud, and his entire re-election campaign is built on the necessity of presenting himself to Ohio voters as something he is not. Brown has the backing of Big Labor…

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‘I Believe Her’: Ohio’s Democrat Candidates in Lock-Step with Feinstein-Schumer Attempt to Smear Judge Kavanaugh

Ohio’s Democrat candidates running in the 2018 midterm election are going all in with their party’s obstruction of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court and the unsubstantiated attacks against his character. Sherrod Brown, Richard Cordray, Theresa Gasper, Aftab Pureval — they’re all taking the cue from their party…

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Hollywood ‘Bully’ Comes to Ohio to Campaign for Sherrod Brown

If a man can be known by the company he keeps, then Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) believes President Trump is a racist, misogynist white nationalist. Bradley Whitford, the Hollywood actor who has hurled obscenity-laced insults at President Trump and his children, said he was in Ohio this week to campaign…

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Lawyer for Kavanaugh’s Accuser Donated $2,000 to Sen. Sherrod Brown, Despite Court-Documented Spousal Abuse

For someone so worried about old alleged sexual assaults, Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyer Deborah Katz makes surprising political donations – such as to Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). Katz is one of two lawyers representing Ford. She is the woman who came out of nowhere at the eleventh hour in…

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Jim Renacci Gets NRA Endorsement as Sherrod Brown Rakes in Money from Anti-Gun Lobby

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund, or NRA-PVF, has endorsed Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci (R-OH-16) for the U.S. Senate in Ohio. Renacci is running against Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), an entrenched Washington politician running for his third term who is swimming in anti-gun campaign cash. Brown, 65, has been…

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Cleveland ‘Journalist’ Defends Democrat Sherrod Brown, Attacks GOP Opponent in Race She Covers for Plain Dealer

It was a classic example of what President Trump would call the “fake news media,” which pretends to be impartial and neutral, clearly taking sides in favor of a Democrat and against a Republican. Sabrina Eaton, a news reporter covering DC politics for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, tweeted Thursday about…

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