Politics

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President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam as the president's former long-time attorney and "fixer" Michael Cohen testifies about his association with Trump to the House oversight committee.

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WVXU senior political analyst Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about the possibility of U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of northeast Ohio, a centrist Democrat, running for the Democratic presidential nomination. His campaign theme is that Democrats can't succeed by being hostile to business. If you think Sen. Sherrod Brown, who has been traveling in the early caucus and primary states, is a long shot for the nomination, Ryan is even more so. There hasn't been a president elected directly out of the U.S. House since Ohio's James Garfield in 1880.

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Another abortion restriction has begun its journey through the Kentucky legislature. A state House panel approved a bill Wednesday that would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion if they feel that the patient is ending the pregnancy because of the fetus' sex, race or disability.

A spokesperson for Republicans in the Ohio Senate says caucus members have unblocked people on their official social media pages as part of an effort to avoid further legal action.

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If Sandusky, Ohio, blazes a trail, does Cincinnati follow?

We may soon find out.

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Our country has become so divided over issues, policies and politicians that many no longer see someone who disagrees with them as merely having a difference of opinion or being uninformed. Now, those who disagree often view each other as not just wrong, but stupid, insane or even evil. And what's the point of trying to talk with, or listen to, someone you believe to be evil?

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Ohio has been referred to as the "Mother of Presidents." Seven U.S. presidents were born in Ohio: Ulysses Grant, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft and Warren G. Harding. And an eighth, William Henry Harrison, was born in Virginia but lived most of his adult life in Ohio.

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If I never set foot in Ann Arbor, Michigan, again, it will be too soon.

Minority Democrats in the Ohio Senate say they’ll be focusing on jobs, the economy and education in bills they will present in the new general assembly. 

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Two guys, Tim and Alex, who would fuss and fight with each other on the Hamilton County Board of Elections every once in a while (OK, quite a bit) knew how to put their partisan differences aside at the end of the day.

Unheard of in this age of uncivil talk and smart aleck tweets in politics.

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WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about Gov. Mike DeWine's campaign pledge to have a cabinet and department directors "who look like Ohio." So, far he has followed through, appointing a record number of women and African-Americans to top jobs in his administration.

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There are so many people who have known the late John H. Glenn, Jr. – fighter pilot, Mercury astronaut, United States Senator from Ohio – who believe he would have made a very good president of the United States.

Gov. Matt Bevin spent much of his fourth State of the Commonwealth Address praising the Republican-led legislature for passing measures like so-called “right-to-work” legislation, anti-abortion policies and attempting to make changes to state worker pension benefits.

The appreciative tone comes a little more than a month after Bevin chided the General Assembly — which has more than three-fifths majority in each chamber — for quickly ending a specially-called legislative session without passing an overhaul of the pension systems.

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Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky may be the most powerful politician in America. McConnell began his first term in the Senate in 1985, and has served as majority whip and minority leader.

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Last November, Sherrod Brown of Ohio was elected to his third term in the U.S. Senate. The Democrat served as the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 13th congressional district from 1993 to 2007. Brown started his political career as an Ohio state representative in 1974.

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Ordinarily, a U.S. senator endorsing the president of his own party for re-election would be nothing out of the ordinary.

That's what you would expect the senator to do, right? Under ordinary circumstances, that is.

State Rep. Jeff Hoover and two other Republican lawmakers are suing a former staffer for allegedly violating a confidentiality agreement regarding her allegations of sexual harassment.

State Rep. Jeff Hoover and two others are suing a former staffer for allegedly violating a confidentiality agreement regarding her allegations of sexual harassment.

Hoover, Rep. Michael Meredith of Oakland and former Rep. Jim DeCesare of Bowling Green filed the suit in Fayette Circuit Court on Wednesday, saying that the woman violated the confidentiality agreement shortly after they reached a $110,000 settlement with her, signed on Oct 25, 2017.

The suit alleges that “within minutes of reaching a settlement and executing the settlement agreement,” the then-staffer met her supervisor, Daisy Olivo, and disclosed the settlement.

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I had journalism on my mind at a very early age.

In fact, with my neighborhood buddy Mike Wehmeyer, I was the editor and publisher of a newspaper at the age of 13. Well, sort of a newspaper.

Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Ind., announced last week that he intends to run for president.

An openly gay man and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, Buttigieg has been identified by top Democrats — including former President Barack Obama – as a potential future leader for the party.

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