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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the Aug. 7 special congressional election in central Ohio that is gaining national attention. The result could have a major impact on race in southwest Ohio congressional districts.

Pushback to changes made to Kentucky’s public pensions and Medicaid program have led to a drop in Governor Matt Bevin’s job approval. 

A poll by Morning Consult suggests that Bevin is the fourth-least popular governor in the nation.

Fifty-seven percent of Kentucky voters said they disapproved of Governor Bevin’s job performance during the second quarter of this year, compared with 29 percent who backed him.  That’s a 25-point net dip from the first quarter.

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Most of the American people have never seen Hillary Clinton lose her temper or blow her cool, reasoned demeanor in public.

Not even when she would have been entirely justified in doing so, after being provoked again and again two years ago.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, announced Thursday that he will run for the job of speaker of the House, challenging the current speaker Paul Ryan's hand-picked successor, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

Jordan is a member of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, which filed articles of impeachment Wednesday against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Jordan's announcement:

Another Troubling Week For Trump

Jul 26, 2018
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The White House announces plans to strip security clearance from former national security officials because they've been critical of President Donald Trump over the Russia investigation. Federal prosecutors now have a tape of the president and his former attorney Michael Cohen discussing a payment to a woman who alleged she had an affair with Trump.  And Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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There is a three-foot stack of forms over at the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes that contain 38,065 signatures.

Some are the legitimate, valid signatures of Hamilton County voters.

Some are not.

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Democrat Aftab Pureval appears to be making headway in his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, according to one of the nation's leading political publications.

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J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Rand Paul could represent the deciding vote on whether to confirm President Trump’s recent nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about speculation that Ohio's senior senator, Sherrod Brown, might be interested in running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. First of all, though, Brown must focus on getting re-elected this fall. 

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The head of Kentucky’s bourbon association says he’s worried that a drawn-out trade war could slow down growth of the state’s signature distilling industry.

Kentucky bourbon is in the crosshairs of retaliatory tariffs from the European Union, Mexico and Canada after President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum from those countries.

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Ed. note: Howard Wilkinson launched his "Tales from the Trail" column on July 15, 2017, in an effort to take you behind the scenes of politics and hear some of the funny—and occasionally outright bizarre—situations that happen on the campaign trail. Since Wilkinson has been covering politics for more than 40 years, he has plenty of stories to tell. To mark the one-year anniversary of his column, we are republishing Wilkinson's first-ever "Tales from the Trail" here today.  

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Hamilton County Republicans who mounted a petition drive to put an issue on the November ballot repealing a .02 percent increase in the sales tax marched into the county auditor's office with a tall stack of about 37,800 signatures Wednesday afternoon.

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Let's play a little bit of the game show Jeopardy! today.

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Amid widespread criticism over President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Rand Paul has rushed to the president’s defense, saying that his detractors are "deranged."

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Rand Paul applauded President Trump for meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, days after 12 Russian officials were indicted for allegedly hacking the Democratic National Committee.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke Monday with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about Ohio's lame duck governor, John Kasich, and his role as the Republican most critical of President Trump. Hardly a week goes by where Kasich doesn't appear on Sunday news talk shows to lambast Trump's policies. 

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The world—and I do mean, the world, just about all of it—knows one Jerry Springer.

In Cincinnati, we know another. 

On Friday, Ohio’s two U.S. senators will hear from workers, retirees and employers whose pension plans are facing a financial crisis.

A joint House and Senate committee is trying to figure out how to rescue plans that benefit Teamsters, miners, carpenters and other union workers. The pensions took financial hits during the recession and have big liabilities coming due as people retire.

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"Solid choice." "As right-wing as they come." "Clearly qualified." "Serious concerns."

Those are the words Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Aftab Pureval (D-Hamilton County), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), respectively, used to describe their reaction to President Donald Trump’s choice of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring later this month. So depending on what side of the aisle you fall on, you're either ecstatic or terrified.

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Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

Here's what you have to do sometimes when you are covering politics.

You have to drag yourself to some boring old parlor at a downtown hotel early on a Tuesday morning so you can witness a politician – in this case, GOP Senate candidate Jim Renacci – sign his name to two big pieces of cardboard.

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