Politics

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The Kentucky General Assembly wraps-up its session this week. Governor Matt Bevin has already signed dozens of bills into law and issued two vetoes this legislative session.

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Like moths to a flame.

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WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's proposal for an 18 cent per gallon increase in the gasoline tax to create a fund for fixing Ohio's dilapidated and unsafe highways. But his fellow Republicans in the Ohio General Assembly have balked at DeWine's 18 cents. The House is to to give 10.7 cents; the Senate only six cents. Like his predecessor, John Kasich, DeWine is already having trouble with his party's leadership in the legislature.

Why Presidents Love Visiting Lima, Ohio

Mar 21, 2019

President Trump is in Ohio on Wednesday to tour the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, also known as the Lima Tank Plant. He'll also stop through Canton to fundraise for his 2020 re-election campaign.

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The release of new court documents in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe show just how extensive the investigation has been.

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Gene J. Puskar / AP

How's this for bad campaign optics?

Prominent Kentucky Republicans are urging grassroots efforts to expand GOP influence in Frankfort by flipping the last two Democratic constitutional offices in the upcoming election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Governor Matt Bevin and Congressman James Comer joined incumbent officers and Republican office-seekers at the First District Lincoln Reagan Dinner Saturday night in Murray.

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke addressed a packed bar overlooking Cleveland’s industrial valley Monday afternoon, days after announcing his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

O’Rourke spoke for about 45 minutes, taking questions from an audience that filled Gino’s Cento Anno and spilled outside onto the patio in Cleveland’s Brooklyn Centre neighborhood. He opened by telling the crowd the country had never been more polarized.

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WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman's unsual release of an audio recording of his late wife Pamela accusing her husband's rival, Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld, of mocking her cancer - an accusation not borne out by the facts. Was this just a political ploy by Smitherman, who, like Sittenfeld, wants to be the city's next mayor?

Bob Castellini
David Kohl / AP

When you have been a reporter as long as I have, you have been assigned to countless boring stories in hundreds of dreary places, where, try as you might, it is a herculean task to come up with a tale that anyone but the chronically bored would read.

Leaders of the Kentucky legislature have proposed revising the state’s tax code, cutting $105 million in state revenue largely by changing how local banks get taxed.

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Anne Sanner / AP

The Ohio Senate has passed the so-called "Heartbeat Bill" which bans an abortion when a viable heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks. Republican leaders expect a possible legal challenge.

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There are only four working days left in this year's legislative session, but a lot can happen in a short period of time in the Kentucky General Assembly.

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WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the somewhat unexpected decision of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown to not run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Even though Brown won't be a candidate, his "dignity of work" theme may have a major influence on the race. And don't count Brown out as a potential running mate for whoever wins the Democratic nomination.

Vice President Mike Pence visited the Ohio Oil And Gas annual meeting Friday to talk about the administration’s effort to expand energy production, and defend the administration’s national emergency declaration.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced Thursday he will not run for president in 2020.

Gov. Mike DeWine used his first State of the State address to emphasize the importance on building towards a better future. He said Ohio can do this by investing in programs that support early childhood development, public health, and workforce development - and by raising the gas tax.

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Alex Brandon / AP

Rob Portman, Ohio's junior senator – who doesn’t have to worry about running for re-election until 2022 – is really hard to figure out sometimes.

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Tony Dejak / AP

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine delivers his first State of the State address to a joint session of the Ohio House and Senate. The Statehouse News Bureau of Ohio Public Radio and Television will present live coverage of the speech, plus reaction to it.

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Scott Andrews / AP

So many events, so many sights, so many experiences, have stayed with me over my 45 years as a reporter.

But none so much as what I saw as the mid-day sun hung over the U.S. Capitol on an extremely cold January morning in Washington, D.C.

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