Articles from Columbus Dispatch - politics

Democrat Jennifer Brunner announces run for Ohio Supreme Court

With political control of the Ohio Supreme Court on the line, a pair of familiar Democrats will seek election as justices next year.Columbus appellate court Judge Jennifer Brunner, a former Ohio secretary of state, and John O’Donnell, a Cleveland judge making his third run, plan to seek the Democratic nomination for separate seats in 2020.The seats of Republican Justices Sharon Kennedy, who has served on the court since 2012, and Judith French, on the high court’s bench since […]

1 in 3 economists expecting recession by 2021, survey finds

WASHINGTON — A number of U.S. business economists appear sufficiently concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump’s economic policies that they expect a recession in the U.S. by the end of 2021.Thirty-four percent of economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics, in a report being released Monday, said they believe a slowing economy will tip into recession in 2021. That’s up from 25% in a survey taken in February. Only 2% of […]

White House pushes back on notion of US recession

WASHINGTON — Larry Kudlow pushed back Sunday on the notion that the U.S. economy is headed toward a recession, and said recent phone calls between U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators had produced more “positive news.”Kudlow, the White House National Economic Council director, and Peter Navarro, President Donald Trump’s trade adviser, made multiple appearances on Sunday talk shows to discuss the economy and China trade prospects after a tumultuous week in […]

Despite heart issues, John O'Grady doesn't miss a beat as county commissioner, party loyalist and family man

John O’Grady had a story to tell.”It’s a very short story,” he said, prompting laughter from Pam, his wife of nearly 24 years, who was standing in the kitchen nearby.O’Grady has plenty of stories. There are tales of political grudges now mended, ugly election campaigns against Republicans and battles with his fellow Democrats. Familiar names are dropped, as is the occasional expletive for emphasis.There are many stories. But they’re never short. […]

Victoria's Secret among companies in crosshairs of political outrage

Business leaders hoping late summer would offer a break from mounting political and social pressures have had a rude awakening.Two lethal shootings and a third attempt at Walmart stores put the retailer back into the spotlight on gun rights. Exercise companies SoulCycle and Equinox worked to fend off a boycott triggered by investor Steve Ross’ support for President Donald Trump. Les Wexner, CEO of Victoria’s Secret’s Columbus-based parent company L Brands, tried again to […]

Capitol Insider | Perk for state supervisors could pay out big bucks

Thousands of non-union, overtime-exempt state employees — generally supervisors and the like — have picked up a perk that could pay off in tens of thousands of dollars.The amount of compensatory time off that supervisors can bank for working after normal hours has doubled to 240 hours — or six weeks, Dispatch reporter Randy Ludlow discovered.Department of Administrative Services Director Matthew Damschroder approved the change to bring the comp- […]

Anti-abortion Democrats, pro-abortion-rights Republicans feel ostracized in their parties

As recently as a generation ago, both major political parties had office holders in Ohio with diverse views on abortion. As the parties became monolithic on the issue, Democrats opposed to abortion and Republicans who support abortion rights find themselves uncomfortable and unenthusiastic.

Marianne Williamson's presidential candidacy shines light on 'A Course in Miracles'

The small group sat in the chapel of a Northeast Side church, fans whirring as they closed their eyes and listened to the soothing, hypnotic voice of William Carpenter tell them they are breathing in peace as they inhale.”We’re moving from praying to God to praying in God,” said Carpenter, the group’s facilitator. “There’s nothing you have to reach out for … There’s no effort to pray in God. We’re already […]

Group that wants Ohio voters to decide on nuclear plants bailout submits revised petition

A group that wants voters to decide whether Ohio should bail out nuclear-power plants has submitted new summary petition language to the state after Attorney General Dave Yost rejected its initial petition Monday.Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts provided the second summary petition along with 2,246 signatures to Yost and Ohio […]

Gov. Mike DeWine: Use of fentanyl in executions 'not an option'

A state legislator’s proposal aside, Gov. Mike DeWine said Friday that the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl is “not an option” as state officials search for an alternative means of carrying out executions.State Rep. Scott Wiggam, R-Wooster, began seeking co-sponsors Monday for a bill to appropriate illegal fentanyl seized by law enforcement officers in […]