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In an exclusive interview Thursday with Ohio’s senior Senator, Sherrod Brown from his office in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. , he has an important message for all Ohioans.


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In an exclusive interview Thursday from his office in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington D.C., Ohio’s senior U.S. Senator, Sherrod Brown, tells 60 Seconds Ohio what he would like to hear President Donald Trump say at his swearing-in ceremony on Friday.

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When a governor is caged by a political ideology that sees health care as a privilege instead of a right, and thinks market competition is the magic formula that makes unaffordable health care suddenly affordable, the caged songbird’s warble about losing billions in federal dollars may sound sweet, until it turns into an irritating and hypocritical song.

In the case of Ohio’s caged Republican governor and songbird, John Kasich, his warble is tone deaf to the plight of people caught in the crosshairs of a complex and complicated system poised to get worse as Republicans on Capitol Hill advance their plans to […]

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“Join us to build a ground game to ensure Nina Turner is the next Governor of Ohio #TurnOHAround #OurTurn.”

That’s the Facebook posting from a group that is urging former State Senator Nina Turner of Cleveland to jump into the 2018 race for governor.

Always outspoken, always articulate, always focused with a bold style that’s made her a political star among Democrats and progressive, Nina Turner would be a formidable candidate for Ohio’s highest office should she decided to just do it.

What her run for chief executive would mean to the Ohio Democratic Party and its current leadership, insiders […]

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Politifact sounds like a good idea, in theory.

Operated by the Tampa Bay Times, reporters and editors from the Times and affiliated media outlets “fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups”

That good idea has had its share of problems, doubters and dissenters, from Republicans casting it as a liberal, left-wing operation to Democrats casting it as a conservative, right-wing operation. So, depending on the topic, the individuals involved, the political views of the readers, Politifact can be on the money or off the rails.

This means that the Trump-O-Meter PolitiFact will launch this […]

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He’s African-American, was born poor and raised in inner-city Detroit, but managed to rise to the heights  of his profession through the life-saving industry of his skilled neurosurgeon’s hands.

Last year Republican candidates fought to become their party’s presidential nominee. Dr. Ben Carson, who had no prior elected public office experience, found himself in Iowa for a very short period of time leading the rest of the GOP pack in polling, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich and the ultimate winner, Donald John Trump.

The soft-spoken pediatric surgeon, who seemed out of his depth from the time he entered the […]

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Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown said in his weekly conference call with reporters that if Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act without replacing it, it would set up a “lose, lose, lose” situation, according to conversations he’s had with many hospital administrators, especially smaller rural hospitals.

Since hospitals are typically among the largest employers in any community, repealing the ACA without replacing until later, as congressional Republicans are on course to do, would lead administrators to consider shedding employees as they seek to keep their finances in order.

“I don’t know what they’re talking about, and they don’t know what they’re […]

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On Monday evening as Democratic senators lined up to speak on the Senate floor against the plan by Senate Republicans to immediately repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan, Ohio’s twice-elected but still junior Senator Rob Portman broke ranks and joined four other so-called “moderate” Republicans who asked to slow the process down until March.

In addition to Sen. Portman, Bloomberg news reports that Bob Corker of Tennessee, Susan Collins of Maine, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska offered an amendment Monday to the budget resolution that would extend the target date for the […]

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The rivalry between Ohio and Michigan on the football gridiron is legendary, dating back 120 years. Now that both states are commonly aggregated together as so-called Rust Belt states, the rivalry extends to other areas like manufacturing, tech development and how once great but now aging metropolises like Detroit or Cleveland transition to the 21st century.

With the exodus of manufacturing jobs from trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement taking a toll on both states, whose prowess in auto manufacturing and related supply-chain companies made them destination states during the first half of the 20th century, […]

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“We believe in the philosophy that a growing economy is the best way to provide the resources that a government needs, as opposed to the view that places government’s first priority on meeting its needs by taking from taxpayers instead of serving them.”

There is no better example of the kind of upside-down, inside-out, muddled thinking Gov. John Kasich is famous for than this explanation by his spokesperson about why the harmful impacts delivered to communities large and small is actually a good thing.

Now that Gov. Kasich has essentially gone into hiding from the press after getting shellacked by […]

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Gov. John Kasich will present his final two-year state budget at the end of January as state revenues continue to miss yearly estimates. Newly-minted Senate President Larry Obhof of Medina said Kasich’s final budget will be the most challenging budget since 2011. “There is a substantial gap that we’ll probably have to fill,” he said. He added this ominous forewarning, “We will tighten our belts if we need to. We plan to govern conservatively.”

Faux fiscal hawks like Ohio’s 69th governor, the state’s most pious and sanctimonious of all, and Ohio’s new Senate leader misunderstand why Ohio got sucker-punched […]

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