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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says he was denied access to a Customs and Border Control detention facility that houses children over the weekend. Brown wanted to see the facilities holding children that some other lawmakers have described as cramped and smelly. Brown is telling reporters he blames top administration officials for wanting to keep him from seeing inhumane treatment there.

Democrats in Kentucky’s House of Representatives have unveiled two bills to try and address surging pension costs currently being experienced by the state’s regional universities and small agencies like health departments.

The proposals come as Gov. Matt Bevin has been trying to rally support for his own bill and has promised to call a special session for state lawmakers to vote on it.

 


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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are planning an Aug. 1 re-election campaign rally at Cincinnati's US Bank Arena - which raises the question of why they are stumping here so early in the campaign. Trump did not win either Hamilton County or Cincinnati in 2016. WVXU's Senior Political Analyst, Howard Wilkinson, told News Director Maryanne Zeleznik that his real audience is in not in Cincinnati, but in the suburban and rural counties which surround it.

The woman hoping to challenge U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in this fall’s general election is off to a record-setting fundraising start.  

Amy McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot, took to MSNBC Tuesday morning to announce her bid for the Senate seat held by McConnell since 1985.

Within 24 hours, McGrath’s campaign raised $2.5 million. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee says that dwarfs the previous record of $1 million dollars raised during the first 24 hours of a Democratic Senate bid.


A leader in Kentucky’s House of Representatives says Gov. Matt Bevin’s special legislative session on pensions will have to start on July 19, or else regional universities, health departments and others will have to wait until after a critical deadline to receive relief from a massive increase in their pension costs.

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Cincinnati could not have asked for a better mother figure than Marian Spencer.

Or a more fearless fighter for justice.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has told House Democrats that county officials are prepared to successfully administer elections no matter what the day. 

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You would think that, at some point, this gerrymandering trick Ohio Republicans played eight years ago to create a Democrat-proof district for U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot would wear thin.

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Amy McGrath, a former fighter pilot who garnered headlines during her ultimately failed 2018 bid for Congress against Republican Andy Barr, announced Tuesday that she will now take on Mitch McConnell in the Senate in 2020.

Democratic candidates for president have begun filing their fundraising reports. The deadline to file is July 15.

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan has not yet filed a report, but he said his campaign saw its best fundraising in the days after the first Democratic debate. He admitted it’s been an uphill climb.

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He just can't leave it alone. Donald Trump had to find some way to make America's most patriotic holiday – Independence Day – about him.

Gov. Matt Bevin will return to the Fancy Farm picnic stage this summer after a two year absence from Kentucky’s premier political event.

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WVXU's Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about Gov. Matt Bevin's hope that President Trump will come to Kentucky several times to help Bevin's re-election campaign.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled federal courts cannot judge if extreme partisan gerrymandering violates the constitution. 

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It's Night 2 of the first primary debate of the 2020 election cycle. 

The field is so large that the Democratic National Committee and NBC News split it into two 10-person debates, from 9 to 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday and Thursday, airing on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo.

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Tensions mount between the U.S. and Iran after President Trump imposes new sanctions on Iran as retaliation for the country's downing of a U.S. military drone. The acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner resigns amid the continuing humanitarian crisis on the U.S. - Mexico border, which was brought into sharp focus this week by a photo of a father and his young daughter who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande.

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Millions of television viewers are getting their first extended look at the historically sprawling Democratic primary field over two nights in Miami this week.

The field is so large that the Democratic National Committee and NBC News split it into two 10-person debates, from 9 to 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday and Thursday, airing on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo.

A prominent national historian and author who is visiting Ohio thinks there are signs that the political divisiveness that has entrenched government right now could be lessening in the future. Doris Kearns Goodwin discussed her new book as the kickoff of a new lecture series at the Statehouse. 

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The Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation, better known as 3CDC, is used to getting its own way when it comes to downtown matters.

This time, though, 3CDC may have bit off more than it can chew.

The First Amendment to the Constitution to be specific.

With Kentucky’s regional universities and other agencies facing a massive spike in pension costs starting July 1, Gov. Matt Bevin’s office says he won’t call a special legislative session to address the issue until later in July or August.

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