The vast majority of Ohio’s 11 GOP congressional delegates have signed on as co-sponsors of a House resolution opposing a proposal granting the Internal Revenue expanded power to reach into the private financial transaction records of Americans’ financial accounts.
The wall of support for House Resolution 5586, filed Oct. 15 by U.S. Representative Drew Ferguson IV, R-GA-3, comes even as the Biden Admnistration modified an earlier policy proposal that critics have said would have covered nearly anyone with a financial account as it seeks to catch taxpayers underreporting income. Read More
A suburban Columbus businessman seeking the Ohio GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate has pushed back against the Center for Christian Virtue, the host of an October 25 forum featuring six other Republican candidates after its disqualification from participating on the debate stage and the subsequent cancelation of contract affording the candidate a campaign table outside the auditorium. Read More
Rookie GOP candidate Mike Carey has taken a comfortable lead in a recent poll heading into the last 10 days of the special election for Ohio’s 15th congressional district, a seat that opened up in May when newly re-elected U.S. Represenative Steve Stivers stepped down for a job in the private sector.
But the Republican nominee who emerged from a crowded early August primary continues to press on in a bid to keep the solid conservative district for the GOP amid a contentious political environment in Washington, D.C. Read More
A super PAC supporting the GOP nomination of venture capitalist and author J.D. Vance for U.S. Senator has released a poll showing the rookie candidate narrowing the gap with the rival campaign of former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.
The crowded 2022 nomination race to replace retiring U.S. Senator Rob Portman, R-OH, remains fluid with more than 40 percent of those polled earlier this week still undecided with a little more than six months to go before the Republican primary election. Read More
Two nurses and an activity aide at a Cincinnati nursing home claim Hamilton County poll workers prompted choices on absentee ballots for patients, including those in a dementia/Alzheimer’s/memory care unit.
The claims bring into sharp focus whether Ohio election law makes it too difficult to have voters disqualified for lack of mental competency to choose candidates and chime in on tax levies. Read More
Ohio gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci’s campaign has taken his bid to oust Governor Mike DeWine as the GOP standard bearer in November 2022 to the virtual savannas of Africa in portraying the incumbent as a dangerous political animal: a Republican in Name Only, aka RINO.
The new 60-second digital ad comes as Renacci, a former congressman, prepares to host a Medina County GOP fundraiser featuring Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, tonight. (Oct. 20). Read More
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and 19 other state attorneys general have asked President Joe Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to withdraw a plan to allow require banks, credit unions and other financial institutions to report massive amounts of personal financial data to the Internal Revenue Services in a stated effort to track down tax cheats. Read More
The proposal within the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better budget reconciliation package would require financial institutions to supply data on accounts of $600 or more with $600 or more in annual transactions.
The Ohio Redistricting Commission faces yet another deadline regarding the redrawing new congressional districts as members wait on Ohio House Speaker Robert Cupp bides his time on moving forward on a process that could have ended Sept. 30.
The commission has not met since the Ohio General Assembly failed to consider, let along pass, options for redistricas the state prepares to lose one congressional district following the reapportionment of congressional representation among the states sparked by the 2020 U.S. census. Read More
The Ohio Republican Party has asked Ohio Justice Jennifer Brunner to step aside in hearing cases tied to redistricting Ohio’s state legislative district boundaries because of public stands she and her political supporters have taken on the issue.
Ohio GOP Chairman Bob Paduchik cited several instances where Brunner, who is now running for chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, acknowledged the potential for redistricting litigation and role the state’s high court might play during her campaign. Read More
The e-commerce division of Amazon.com Inc. has committed to building a 1 million-square-foot distribution center in northeast Canton that will employ 1,000 full- and part-time workers when it opens in next year.
In choosing Canton, the company cited an exisiting trained workforce and a welcoming community. Read More
U.S. Senate candidates Jane Timken and U.S. Representative Tim Ryan offered a peak into their third quarter fundraising efforts this week ahead of the formal Oct. 15 deadline.
Jane Timken, the former Ohio Republican Party chairwoman, announced raising $1.7 million from about 1,200 donors during the quarter ended Sept. 30, leaving her with $3.1 million cash on hand in the race against six other announced candidates for the GOP nomination to replace outgoing U.S. Senator Rob Portman, R-OH. Read More
The campaign of U.S. Senate hopeful J.D. Vance of Ohio has called for U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to resign after the nation’s top law enforcement official issued a directive targeting hostile parents nationwide who protest progressive education policies at school board meetings.
Garland issued the directive on Oct. 4 telling the U.S. Attorneys and Federal Bureau of Investigation offices to coordinate with federal, state and local law enforcement on what he called an increase in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school board members, teachers and school staff. Read More
A leader of the Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee’s reform caucus has offered more details regarding the poor integrity of the state GOP’s financial records and practices as well as a warning to fellow members in a recent letter sent to the Committee’s 66 members.
The latest salvo from Mark Bainbridge, a District 16 SCC member from suburban Columbus, specifically calls out U.S. Senate candidate and former ORP Chairwoman Jane Timken for failing to put in place internal financial controls and practices necessary during her tenure and what he considers a conflict of interest in the selection of an auditor for the party books earlier this year. Read More
Republican candidates running for the party nomination for the U.S. Senate race in 2022 have formed a solid wall of opposition to the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill stuck in congressional negotiations this last week.
But Ohio Senator Matt Dolan, R-Chagrin Falls, breaks with pack with his support of the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act backed by U.S. Senator Rob Portman, R-OH, who has led negotiations on what is billed as a bipartisan effort to fix crumbling roads and bridges across the U.S. Read More
GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci has launched his sixth digital campaign ad as advisers contemplate when to move the media strategy to television.
Renacci’s latest social media ad continues the campaign’s central theme of state government corruption as it focuses on the Sept. 24 resignation of Dan McCarthy, the legislative affairs director of incumbent Governor Mike DeWine who also will seek the Republican nomination in the May 3 primary. Read More
Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s polling has him remaining at the head of the pack among Republicans vying for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate.
The poll also shows venture capitalist and “Hillbilly Elogy” author J.D. Vance still well behind in second place and Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons edging out former Ohio Republican Party Chairwoman Jane Timken. Read More
A former lobbyist for the FirstEnergy Corp. electric utility at the center of an ongoing federal public corruption scandal has suddenly resigned his post as Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s director of legislative affairs.
Dan McCarthy, who has held the high-profile post since early 2019, submitted his letter of resignation on Sept. 24 effective immediately to the jeers of rival GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci and the Committee for a Better Ohio, a reform-minded conservative grassroots education organization.. Read More
The office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has frozen more than $3 million in assets of former Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Sam Randazzo as part of a state civil lawsuit tied to the ongoing federal criminal probe of a Statehouse corruption scheme. Read More
Yost’s office also has sought a court order to appoint a receiver to go after another $3 million in assets Randazzo allegedly had transferred to accounts his attorneys control immediately after Yost had announced he had a court order to seize up to $8 million in assets in a mid-August.
The founder and president of the Turning Point Action conservative political advocacy nonprofit has endorsed businessman and tech industry investor J.D. Vance in the Ohio GOP’s nomination contest for the U.S. Senate.
Charlie Kirk, whose affiliated Turning Point USA organization educates and organizes high school and college students in the principles of freedom, cited Vance’s commitment to “defeating the institutional left” in the endorsement statement. Read More
Conservatives supporting enanctment of anti-Critical Race Theory education legislation rallied on the south plaza of the Ohio Capitol even as Ohio’s State Board of Education remains quiet about a shot across the bow Attorney General Dave Yost fired on the panel last week.
About 100 supporters of House Bill 327 gathered to hear speakers against allowing teachers to promote CRT, a political agenda that presents American history, social justice, business and other aspects of society through the lens of radical racial and gender politics. Read More
A suburban Cleveland state lawmaker has become the latest Republican to join the crowded GOP field seeking the nomination to replace retiring U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio.) Read More
Ohio Senator Matt Dolan, R24-Chagrin Fall, a three-term Ohio House member term-limted from seeking re-election to the state senate, jumped into the race with three high-profile contenders and several others lesser know candidates mounting some level of challenge as the national GOP attempts to wrest control of the upper chamber of Congress in the mid-term elections.
The campaign of GOP gubernatorial challenger Joe Blystone has announced running mate Joanna Swallen has left the campaign.
Blystone, a Canal Winchester rancher, and Swallen, owner of a Canton restaurant, cited “personal reasons” in a joint statement posted on the campaign’s Facebook page on Sept. 15. Read More
The conservative Committee for a Better Ohio grassroots organization pushed backon Ohio GOP Party Chair Bob Paduchik’s recent calling the nonprofit public policy organization a “dark money” group set on undermining the party.
The characterization came during an occasionally raucous Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee meeting where members seeking to reform to the management and policies were unable to get financial and management issues discussed. Read More
An allegation of “railroading”of reform members of Ohio Republican Party’s State Central Committee at the organization’s Fall meeting late last week has caused two more members to become more public in their growing concerns about how the Ohio GOP operates. Read More
The Canton, Ohio-based firmed hired in April to audit the financial statements of the Ohio Republican Party has resigned, highlighting ongoing concerns of accounting practiceve of an organization that has not had an audit for 16 to 20 years. Read More
Ohio Republican Chairman Bob Paduchik dropped that bombshell during his chairman’s report to the Fall meeting of the Ohio GOP’s State Central Committee more than a week after receiving the letter from the Clifton Larson Allen LLP certified public accounting firm.
The State of Ohio has asked the Biden Administration to reconsider its Aug. 10 squelching of an Ohio Medicaid pilot program designed to encourage Medicaid recipients to work or receive job training in order to keep their government-funded healthcare.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)((cq)) on Aug. 10 withdrew its earlier approval for the demonstration program first approved under the administation of President Donald Trump that would have allowe the Ohio Department of Medicaid to require recipients ages 19 to 50 to either find work, join a job-training program, or find other “community engagement such as volunteering for at least 80 hours per month to remain covered. Read More
GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci expressed confidence in Ohio’s election system during a 25-minute press conference Thursday but pushed for more stringent voter identification rules at the polls.
The former congressman from Medina who represented a north central Ohio district for four terms took on Governor Michael DeWine on the well-worn topics of the incumbent’s response to the COVID-19 and the ongoing FirstEnergy Corp. scandal at the Statehouse. But he did come out against Ohio Republican Party endorsements that’s a potential topic at the State Central Committee’s meeting this morning. Read More
U.S. Senate contender Jane Timken has formally signed onto efforts in support of a constitutional amendment to keep the number of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court at nine as the political left again attempt to expand the court’s membership.
Timken’s statement follows the recent U.S. Supreme Court “shadow docket” ruling not to immediately block a Texas law restricting abortion to the first six weeks has revived calls from political progressives to put more justices on the court beyond the nine set by tradition since 1869. The so-called “court packing” tactic first threatened in the 1930s New Deal era gained favor among the political left a few years ago as former President Donald Trump place three conservative/libertarian justices on the court. Read More
Sept. 10 meeting of the Ohio Republican Party’s State Central Committee offers the first opportunity for reform-minded members to press their agenda for changes in the governance and policies of the GOP ahead of the 2022 election for five statewide officeholders and the congressional mid-terms. Read More
Whether the voices for reform first heard in a series of stories The Ohio Star published in late July and early August carry the day at the meeting depends upon the willingness of central committee members on the sideline to consider whether to follow the bylaws of the organization representing nearly 2 million Ohio voters registered as Republicans or falling in line behind GOP Chairman Bob Paduchik.
Gov. Mike DeWine has activated an Ohio National Guard transportation battalion and two transportation companies to join relief efforts in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Ida’s devastation of the Pelican State.
The 250 Ohio National Guard personnel will provide general support of the recovery efforts which by Tuesday had already led to the deplayment of more than 4,800 Louisiana Guard members. Assistance from Guard units from South Carolina, Tennessee and Oklahoma pushed the number to more than 5,000. Read More
Four nonprofit development agencies in Ohio will share $215 million in New Markets Tax Credit allocations from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to support housing and economic development projects in distressed communities and neighborhoods throughout much of Ohio. Read More
The 66-member Ohio Republican Party’s State Central Committee will fill three open seats during its fall meeting scheduled for Friday, Sept. 10.
But the question remains if the GOP central committee will endorse in the races for Ohio governor, attorney general and other statewide races at this meeting or allow voters in the May primary to sort out that question question. Read More
GOP congressman said President Joe Biden’s decision in early June to dismiss a mandate to confer with lawmakers before withdrawing from Afghanistan contributed to the chaotic withdrawal that officially ended Tuesday.
The Ohio Star contacted the 11 Republican representatives to react to a report from JustTheNews.com that Biden had waived a congressional mandate to receive a Pentagon risk assessment to counter-terrorism operations and the safety to American personnel stationed in Afghasistan to Congress before U.S. troop levels fell below 2,000. Read More
The Ohio Ballot Board has approved an initiative petition drive seeking to legalize marijuana for adults 21 years old and older, clearing the way for supporters to collect signatures for presentation to the Ohio General Assembly later this year.
The five-member panel certified the proposed “Act to Control and Regulate Adult-Use Cannabis” in a 5-0 votes as meeting the one-law standard for proposed ballot measures. Read More
U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, OH-9, have reacted with grief and tributes to the Sandusky area Navy hospital corpsman killed on Aug. 26 at the Kabul international airport as the American military continues to withdraw troops and civilians from Afghanistan.
The military named sailor Maxton William Soviak as one of 13 American military personnel killed in two terrorist attacks at a hotel and nearby gate of the Kabul airport where American forces and civilians are getting airlifted out in the wake of the Taliban takeover of the southwestern Asian country. Read More
The deaths of at least 13 American service men and women and 75 civilians in Kabul on Thursday has again sparked even mor criticism of President Joe Biden’s leadershp from several candidates for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate in Ohio as well as a Cincinnati congressman..
Three candidates – J.D. Vance, Mike Gibbons and Jane Timkemin in statements sent to The Ohio Star – called for Biden’s resignation 10 days after the Taliban rolled into Kabul and Afghani provincial capitals as the U.S. military scrambled to evacuate its personnel as well and U.S. and select Afghani civilians. Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio – About 400 or more protesters lined the Third Street stretch of Capitol Square downtown Tuesday morning as a Ohio House of Representatives committee prepared to hear more testimony on the proposed Vaccine Choice and Anti-Discrimination Act that seeks to ban businesses from mandating workers to get… Read More
John Adams, a four-term veteran of the Ohio House of Representatives, has formally announced he will take on Ohio Secretary of State of Frank La Rose for the GOP nomination to lead the key elections and business registration office. Read More
The campaign of Joe Blystone to take the GOP gubernatorial nomination from incumbent Gov. Mike DeWine has lost at least 15 county and regional leaders and a couple of headquarters staff since early July, many due to a what those leaving describe as a disorganized campaign and a disrespect candidate. Read More
Progressive political activist and consumer protection attorney Morgan Harper will take a second shot at challenging a veteran Democrat with her announcement Wednesday she will compete for the Democratic nomination to replace retiring U.S. Senator Rob Portman. Read More
Reform-minded members of the Ohio Republican Party’s State Central Committee held a press conference outside the Governor’s Mansion east of downtown Columbus on Tuesday to push for ending endorsements in primary races and unchecked financial support of incumbent officeholders. Read More
Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci has asked Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Secretary of State Frank LaRose to open another line of investigation into the FirstEnergy Corp. public corruption scandal and incumbent GOP Governor Mike DeWine’s re-election campaign.
Renacci transmitted the joint letter to the Republican statewide officeholders Monday late afternoon in the latest attack attempting to more closely tie DeWine and the corruption scheme from the House Bill 6 passed in July 2019. FirstEnergy pushed the legislation to allow it to tap Ohio electric customers both inside its service territory and that of other investor-owned electric utilities to financially support its two old nuclear power plants located along the Lake Erie shores to the tune of $1.1 billion. Read More
U.S. Senate candidate Jane Timken joined several Republicans calling for President Joe Biden to resign in the aftermath of the chaotic withdrawal of American troops and diplomatic personnel from Afghanistan.
U.S. Representative Jeff Van Drew, (R-NJ-2) began the call for Biden’s resignation Sunday evening as video streaming from broadcast news outlets showed Afghanis crowding U.S military air transports, desperate to leave with the fall of the Afghani capital of Kabul as well as provincial capitals to the extreme Islamists known as the Taliban. Read More
The rapid collapse of Afghanistan to the Taliban and miscalculations during the disorderly withdrawal of American Troops has led U.S. Senate candidate Mike Gibbons to call for the resignation of President Biden.
Congressional Republicans from Ohio also joined the widespread condemnation of the Biden administration’s poor handling of the withdrawal of American troops nearly 20 years after President George W. Bush directed the invasion of the west Asian country in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2011 terror attacks by Islamic extremists trained in that west-central Asian country. Read More
“(Sam) Randazzo is making moves that will make it harder to hold him financially accountable for accepting bribes,” Yost said in a Friday morning news release Read More
Those expenditures are lawful and proper and are made at the Chairman’s discretion.” Read More
– Bob Paduchik, Ohio Republican Party chairman
The Biden administration has squelched a fledgling Ohio program requiring those in their prime working years receiving Medicaid health coverage to get a job to remain covered. Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, administrator of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMMS), on Wednesday withdrew approval… Read More
A small Republican grassroots panel called the Committee for a Better Ohio has challenged the legality of the Ohio Republican Party (ORP)’s decision to support the re-election campaign of Gov. Mike DeWine without the affirmation of the state central committee. Read More
GOP congressional candidate Mike Carey has jumped right back into campaign mode after besting 10 other candidates on August 3 in a three-month sprint to become the Republican nominee to keep Ohio’s 15th District red with nearly 37 percent of the vote.
The second sprint began the next day, as the November 2 special election to replace five-term Congressman Steve Stivers – and the possibility of May 2022 primary – loom, even as the boundaries of the conservative district covering all or parts of 12 counties could change the political landscape. Read More
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R) has stepped up his calls for unvaccinated Ohioans to get a COVID-19 shot amid the rising threat presented by the Delta strain that has quickly spread throughout the state since May.
He said individuals must decide for themselves what precautions to take given what he said is the growing danger Delta presents. Read More