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Swipes at supporters of traditional marriage could be trouble for Democrats

First it was Barack Obama’s 2008 disparagement of “bitter” working-class Midwesterners who “cling to guns or religion.”Then it was Hillary Clinton’s putting “half of” Donald Trump’s supporters in a “basket of deplorables” in 2016.Did Beto O’Rourke and Elizabeth Warren similarly alienate swing voters in states such as Ohio by how they went after those who believe that marriage is between a man and a woman?“I […]

Trump outstripping Obama on pace of executive orders

WASHINGTON (AP) — It wasn’t too long ago that Donald Trump derided presidential executive orders as “power grabs” and a “basic disaster.”He’s switched sides in a big way: In each year of his presidency, he has issued more executive orders than did former President Barack Obama during the same time span. He surpassed Obama’s third-year total just recently.Back in 2012, Trump had tweeted: “Why Is @BarackObama constantly issuing executive orders that are major power […]

Former Mayor Michael B. Coleman helped Crew owners move stadium deal forward

Negotiations between Crew SC and the city of Columbus for a new downtown stadium and surrounding mixed-use project were dragging behind schedule, city costs were close to double what the leaders had publicly pledged and at least one city administrator was voicing concern over what the public was being asked to fund.It was against this backdrop that on March 4 the Crew decided it needed a lobbyist: former Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman.”This deal was extremely complex, so […]

Piketon-area schools, homes to be tested for radiological contaminants

After trace amounts of cancer-causing contaminants were found at a middle school in Piketon, a private company will be testing all area schools and homes within a 6-mile radius from the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion plant. While the Department of Energy is funding those tests, they are not paying to test for toxic chemicals.

John Kasich: House should impeach Trump for abuse of power

Former Ohio governor and CNN commentator John Kasich said this afternoon that President Donald Trump should be impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives due to “abuse of power.”“I say it with great sadness,” Kasich said on CNN. “This is not something I want to do … This behavior, in my opinion, cannot be tolerated and action should be taken.”Kasich, the last Republican candidate to drop his challenge to Trump in the 2016 presidential primaries, stopped short of saying […]

Ohio State wants lawmakers to ban betting on the Buckeyes

Ohio State doesn’t want you taking Michigan and the points.The state’s flagship public university and its four-year brethren are asking lawmakers to prohibit betting on football and other collegiate sports as the state moves to authorize sports wagering.Opponents of permitting bets on college football games and other amateur athletic contests worry it could potentially sully and compromise college athletics.”The Ohio State University is opposed to collegiate […]

Biodegradable bags intended to cut down on stray opioids

Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday he would open another front in the battle against opiod abuse. He announced that the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation would pay for biodegradable disposal bags so those who are injured on the job can dispose of prescribed opioids they don’t use.Speaking at Crosby’s Drugs & Home on the North Side, DeWine and bureau Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud said the move is intended to keep unneeded opioids from lingering in Ohio’s medicine cabinets. […]

Mick Mulvaney remark on aid link roils White House

WASHINGTON — The acting White House chief of staff acknowledged Thursday that President Donald Trump’s decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine was linked to his demand that Kyiv investigate the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, a shifting new explanation about events at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.The admission from Mick Mulvaney undercut the president’s position that there was no quid pro quo during Trump’s July 25 phone call […]