From the daily archives: Monday, August 7, 2017

In response to a constituent asking U.S. Sen. Rob Portman to stop taking campaign money from the fossil fuel industry, Ohio’s junior senator laughed and walked away.

From the Huffington Post:

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) on Friday refused to answer a voter’s questions about a bill critics say will paralyze public health agencies and make it easier for corporations to pollute. He then laughed in the woman’s face when she asked him to stop taking donations from fossil fuel giants.

At the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Meryl Neiman, an entrepreneur and mother of two, confronted […]

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It should come as no surprise Ohio Gov. John Kasich is still looking to scratch his presidential itch, what with his book tour and his ongoing challenges to the politics of President Donald Trump.

The New York Times is reporting that Kasich may be one of several GOP primary challengers to the sitting president.

From Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns at the NYT:

Senators Tom Cotton and Ben Sasse have already been to Iowa this year, Gov. John Kasich is eyeing a return visit to New Hampshire, and […]

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Deciding the money isn’t worth it, the Ohio Republican Party is returning $76,000 in campaign donations to Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow founder Bill Lager and one of his top associates.

The lede in the Columbus Dispatch story documents yet another chapter in the saga of ECOT, the notorious online charter school that has provided more than $2 million to the state GOP over the years. Previously, it had been reported that ECOT’s founder, William Lager, along with another associate, had donated $122,000 to state party coffers in just the last six months, at the very time the […]

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On U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s weekly Wednesday conference call with reporters when the Senate is in session, he responded to my question of whether he would be a co-sponsor of a bill Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is ready to introduce that would create a new single payer system for all individuals.

Instead of co-sponsoring Sanders’ bill, he told reporters that he has plans of his own to introduce a bill allowing Buckeyes and anyone else age 55 and over to buy-in to Medicare. There are 41 million Americans between the ages of 55 and 64, and millions of […]

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