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Disqualified Ohio governor candidate loses court challenge

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A disqualified candidate for Ohio governor has lost his court case seeking to get back on the ballot. In a 6-0 ruling Thursday, the Ohio Supreme Court said Democrat Jon Heavey failed to prove enough of his signatures had been improperly …

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GOP incumbent, accuser at odds over texts in Ohio House race

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAP Statehouse Correspondent COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A woman with whom an Ohio state lawmaker acknowledged exchanging sexual text messages has launched a campaign to unseat him and threatened to release more details about their relationship if he doesn’t resign. The unusual faceoff between Republican Rep. Rick …

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Rep. didn’t report $50K in donations as registered lobbyist

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Federal records show Ohio U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (reh-NAY’-see) failed to disclose nearly $50,000 in political contributions while registered as a Washington lobbyist starting in the late 2000s. The finding stems from an Associated Press review of campaign finance and congressional …

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Kasich seeks federal disaster relief after Ohio River floods

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) has asked President Donald Trump to declare an emergency in portions of the flood-damaged Ohio River valley so that communities can get financial assistance to repair critical infrastructure. In a letter to the Republican president Monday, Kasich said last month’s …

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Democrat Cordray would declare opioid emergency as governor

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray says enhanced social services are key to fighting Ohio’s opioid crisis. The former federal consumer watchdog and state attorney general said Monday that Ohio can’t “arrest our way out” of the problem but must get at …

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RNC leader scolds Taylor, embraces DeWine for Ohio governor

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The co-chairman of the Republican National Committee is chastising one of the party’s Ohio governor candidates for an ad he calls “false and misleading” and disputing her claim to assume President Donald Trump’s mantle. In a statement Thursday, Robert Paduchik (peh-DOO’-chik) …

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Taylor website attacks GOP governor’s race rival Mike DeWine

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s gubernatorial campaign has launched a website attacking the record of Republican rival Mike DeWine, Ohio’s attorney general. The website launched Thursday expands Taylor’s attacks against DeWine’s long record in elective office, including as a U.S. senator, in what’s been a particularly nasty …

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Ohio Rep. Kaptur to become longest-serving woman in US House

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur is poised to become the longest-serving female member in the U.S. House. The 71-year-old Democrat from Toledo has served in the House since 1983. The longest-serving woman in the House so far was Rep. Edith Nourse Rogers, a Massachusetts Republican who served from …

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O’Neill lacks endorsement needed to speak at party event

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A Democratic gubernatorial candidate is bristling over not being allowed to speak during a party-sponsored political event, something the Ohio Democratic Party says wouldn’t have been fair to several rivals in the race. Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill says he asked to address volunteers …

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The Latest: Report: Heavey short signatures in governor bid

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Latest on the Ohio Governor’s Race (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A news organization is reporting that a late entrant into the Ohio governor’s race appears to have fallen short of the signatures required to make the ballot. Cleveland.com reported Wednesday that its audit of …

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