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Ohio’s GOP senator says health care bill needs more changes

By DAN SEWELLAssociated Press LOVELAND, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s Republican senator says he remains concerned about future access to Medicaid for low-income Ohioans, and particularly those receiving help for drug addiction treatment. Sen. Rob Portman visited a drug recovery center in suburban Cincinnati on Wednesday and said afterward more changes …

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Ohio’s Republican senator to visit drug recovery center

By DAN SEWELLAssociated Press LOVELAND, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s Republican senator plans to tour a drug recovery center in suburban Cincinnati after voicing opposition to proposed legislation to overhaul Barack Obama’s health care law because of concerns about the impact on drug treatment. Second-term Sen. Rob Portman and Sen. Shelley …

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Democrats enter 2018 races for Ohio treasurer, auditor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Two more Democrats in Ohio have launched campaigns for statewide office in 2018. Former University of Cincinnati board chairman Rob Richardson Jr. has filed to run for state treasurer and former U.S. Rep. Zack Space has filed to run for state auditor. Their decisions give Democrats …

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GOP’s DeWine takes campaign for Ohio governor on the road

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Republican Mike DeWine is embarking on a statewide campaign tour a day after announcing a bid for Ohio governor. The 70-year-old state attorney general and former U.S senator is one of Ohio’s longest-serving and best-known politicians, but he faces a competitive and widening GOP field. Secretary …

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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

By The Associated Press A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. AP checked these out; here are the real facts: NOT REAL: Trump’s Top Scientist Pick: “Scientists …

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Utility workers’ union backs Democrat Schiavoni for governor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Democratic state Sen. Joe Schiavoni (shuh-VOHN’-ee) has scored the first endorsement of a national labor union in the 2018 primary for governor. The Youngstown-area lawmaker won the backing of the Utility Workers of America on Thursday. The organization represents thousands of unionized workers at public and …

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US Senate candidate met with quick $250K, abortion pushback

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A Cleveland banker reports raising $250,000 in his U.S. Senate campaign’s first 24 hours, even as he scrambles to clarify his abortion stance. Republican Mike Gibbons said Thursday he opposes abortion and supports Planned Parenthood de-funding and Supreme Court justices who favor overturning Roe v. Wade. …

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GOP leaders in 29 Ohio counties back Husted governor bid

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted’s (HYOO’-sted’s) campaign says party leaders in a third of Ohio’s counties are backing his bid for governor. The list of 36 chairs, vice chairs or individuals in 29 counties was released Thursday, less than a month into Husted’s campaign. His …

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Cleveland investment banker launches US Senate campaign

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An investment banker and generous Republican contributor from Cleveland has announced his U.S. Senate candidacy. Mike Gibbons’ entry into the race Wednesday sets up a GOP primary with Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (man-DEHL’) for the chance to unseat Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown next year. The 65-year-old …

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Former US Attorney Steve Dettelbach running for Ohio AG

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Former U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach has announced a run for Ohio attorney general that could give Democrats one of their strongest chances next year to cut into Republicans’ total hold on state government. The 51-year-old lawyer from Cleveland spent 20 years …

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