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APNewsBreak: Pillich to leave governor’s race, back Cordray

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Democrats’ lone female governor candidate is leaving the race to back rival Richard Cordray, the former federal consumer watchdog. A Democrat close to Cordray’s campaign tells The Associated Press that former state Rep. Connie Pillich will drop out and endorse …

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DeWine lands GOP endorsement after Taylor unloads

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Republican Party has picked sides between two sitting statewide officeholders in an increasingly bitter primary for governor. In a vote Friday, Attorney General Mike DeWine won the party’s coveted endorsement over Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who was term-limited Gov. John Kasich’s two-time running mate. …

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Trump accuser takes #MeToo message to voters in Ohio

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Rachel Crooks’ allegations of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump have been dismissed by the president, so she has a new approach to ensure her message is heard: She’s running for office. The 35-year-old university administrator from northwestern Ohio launched a …

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Pro-Democrat PAC backs Connie Pillich for Ohio governor

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A political action committee dedicated to electing Democratic women has endorsed Connie Pillich, the lone female remaining in the Democratic May primary for governor. Backing from EMILY’s List could boost Pillich, a former Air Force captain and ex-state lawmaker, in a …

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Woman who accused Trump of forced kiss running for Ohio seat

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) – A woman who during the 2016 election accused President Donald Trump of sexually harassing her more than a decade ago is running for a seat in Ohio’s legislature. Former Trump Tower receptionist Rachel Crooks filed paperwork Monday to run as a Democrat in Ohio’s 88th House …

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Calls for change grow amid capitol sexual misconduct claims

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and DAVID A. LIEBAssociated Press An Arizona lawmaker who repeatedly harassed women has become the first since the swell of the #MeToo movement to get kicked out of office by colleagues but likely will not be the last to face repercussions. The heightened focus on sexual …

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Democrat says he will challenge veteran GOP US Rep. Chabot

CINCINNATI (AP) – An Asian-American Democrat who scored a stunning upset in Hamilton County’s 2016 election plans to challenge a veteran Republican congressman. Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab (AF’-tab) Pureval (PER’-uh-vuhl) announced plans Wednesday to run in Ohio’s House District 1, which 65-year-old Steve Chabot (SHAH’-but) has served 20 …

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Dem titan Ed Rendell joins Ohio’s Pillich on campaign trail

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Democratic governor candidate Connie Pillich has hit the campaign trail with former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (ren-DEHL’). Rendell joined the former state legislator Tuesday as she shook hands with customers at Tommy’s Diner in Columbus. Rendell, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, said he supports …

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Portman, Mandel back Ohio GOP Rep. Renacci for US Senate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (reh-NAY’-see) has landed two key endorsements in his U.S. Senate bid. The Wadsworth Republican was backed Monday by GOP U.S. Sen. Rob Portman and Ohio’s state treasurer, Josh Mandel (man-DEHL’). The Republican Mandel dropped out of the race Jan. 5, citing his …

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2 lawmakers apologize for crude remarks at going-away party

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAP Statehouse Correspondent COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Two Republican Ohio state lawmakers have apologized for offensive remarks during a top House staffer’s going-away party that made light of recent sexual misconduct scandals and disparaged female lawmakers. State Rep. Bill Seitz, of Cincinnati, and state Sen. Matt Huffman, …

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