Matt Dolan

Analysis: Trump tipped primary to Vance, DeWine has problems with Rs

BY: - May 27, 2022

A pre-primary poll designed by six political scientists and the actual results of the election seem to show that former President Donald Trump’s endorsement was a decisive factor in the Ohio Republican Primary for U.S. Senate. The analysis also seems to show that GOP Gov. Mike DeWine has some work to do if he wants […]

Three takeaways from Ohio Republican Senate debate

BY: - March 29, 2022

In Wilberforce Monday night, all seven of the Republicans vying to replace outgoing U.S. Senator Rob Portman met in a testy but civil debate. Central State University hosted the event, which marked the fourth time in a week and a half that the candidates faced off. With so many meetings in such a short span, […]

COMMENTARY

Ohio GOP Senate candidates ignore real issues facing Ohioans to put on repugnant political circus

BY: - March 29, 2022

Embarrassing doesn’t cover it. Offensive is better. The sad sacks duking it out (almost) to grab the crown in the Republican primary for Ohio’s open U.S. Senate seat have managed to insult just about every rational-thinking voter in the state. Good job, candidates, you’ve turned the GOP side of this race into a cheap side show […]

In Ohio Republican Senate debate, candidates draw sharper distinctions

BY: - March 22, 2022

In the race’s first statewide televised debate, the five leading Ohio Republican U.S. Senate candidates sparred over a handful of major issues. Unlike last Friday’s forum, actual sparring didn’t come up. Still the confrontation between former state treasurer Josh Mandel and investment banker Mike Gibbons hung over the evening. The moderators opened by asking both […]

Ohio Republican Senate candidate forum devolves into near fight

BY: - March 21, 2022

The leading candidates for the Ohio Republican U.S. Senate nomination met in Gahanna Friday. Two of them nearly came to blows. The candidate forum hosted by FreedomWorks didn’t make it through opening statements before former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel began attacking investment banker Mike Gibbons. The other candidates, state Sen. Matt Dolan, former GOP chair […]

Senate candidate Matt Dolan hosts law enforcement roundtable in Columbus

BY: - March 14, 2022

In Columbus, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Dolan hosted a roundtable Friday with law enforcement officials to underscore his record in the Statehouse and his plans for Washington. The Chagrin Falls senator touts his ability as finance chair to deliver funding for police training, fighting human trafficking and stemming the opioid crisis. He, like many […]

Despite criticizing federal spending, some GOP Senate candidates accepted PPP loans

BY: - March 10, 2022

The field of Republican Senate candidates is crowded, and the elbows are sharp. Candidates lash out at one another for not being Trump-y enough, for being part of the “establishment” or for being willing to compromise. But their favorite punching bag, unsurprisingly, is the Biden administration. With inflation at record levels and the price of […]

GOP Senate candidates criticize Biden but offer the same response to Russian aggression

BY: - February 24, 2022

Russia has launched what President Joe Biden is calling an “unprovoked and unjustified attack” on Ukraine. After weeks of teetering on the verge of conflict, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to launch a war was swiftly met with condemnation from international leaders. In a statement, Biden promised the world, “will hold Russia accountable.” “Russia alone […]

Experts overwhelmingly agree rural broadband will grow Ohio’s economy, reduce inequality. Senate leaders don’t

BY: - June 23, 2021

The great majority of a panel of Ohio economists agree: Better rural broadband would be an economic boon to the state and it would help to reduce a growing gap between haves and have nots, according to a survey that was released Monday. The results of the survey are likely to be grist for those […]

Ohio Senate passes state budget, negotiations with House to follow

BY: - June 10, 2021

The two legislative chambers have approved their respective versions of the two-year state operating budget. Now comes the heavy negotiating. Lawmakers in the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives have until the end of June to find common ground among their differing spending priorities. The goal is to send a finished version to Gov. […]

Educators favor House school funding overhaul over Senate rewrite

BY: - June 4, 2021

Officials representing Ohio’s teachers say the Senate’s new version of the public school funding overhaul leaves much to be desired, unlike the House version it would replace. “It is a matter of political will and it’s a matter of priorities, and prioritizing public education just doesn’t seem to be where the Senate is when you […]

Ohio Senate leadership wants no additional $ for broadband expansion

BY: - June 2, 2021

Lawmakers from both parties had been hopeful Ohio would take a big step forward this year to invest in broadband internet expansion throughout the state. Leaders in the Ohio Senate think otherwise. While their counterparts in the Ohio House of Representatives want to allocate millions of dollars for internet expansion projects, Republican state senators want […]