Mitch McConnell

Congress clears 2nd major coronavirus package; 3rd in the works

BY: - March 19, 2020

WASHINGTON — A second major coronavirus package cleared the U.S. Senate Wednesday and is now headed to President Donald Trump for his signature. The bill passed 90-8, with overwhelming bipartisan support. The multi-billion dollar measure aims to slow the spread of a new coronavirus and stimulate the economy as a major recession looms. Both Ohio […]

U.S. Senate rejects two anti-abortion bills

BY: - February 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn’t allow many bills to get floor votes these days, but he made an exception Tuesday for two bills intended to curb abortion access. Two GOP-led anti-abortion bills failed on procedural votes Tuesday as expected. The politically charged bills have both failed during previous Senate floor votes and […]

Trump made his pitch for 4 more years. Pelosi ripped up the speech.

BY: - February 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump delivered his third — and possibly final — State of the Union address Tuesday night on the floor of the U.S. House, where he was impeached in December.  And the partisan animosity that has gripped Washington throughout the impeachment proceedings was on stark display throughout the annual speech by the […]

U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, questions Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

‘What year is this?’ Ohio congresswomen aim to stamp out hair-based discrimination

BY: - January 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — About a year ago, a New Jersey teen was forced to cut his dreadlocks in order to participate in a high school wrestling match.  The wrestler, Andrew Johnson, received a hurried haircut after he was told by a referee that his hair violated wrestling rules. He won the match and state officials opened […]

Sen. Sherrod Brown says of GOP colleagues: ‘They think the president lies too much’

BY: - January 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are largely united in their public defense of President Donald Trump as his impeachment trial proceeds in the U.S. Senate.  But that’s not the reality behind closed doors, according to Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown.  “I spend a lot of time talking to Republican colleagues … and I know what a […]

COMMENTARY

A ‘trial’ unlike any I’ve ever seen as a court reporter

BY: - January 22, 2020

For three years I covered crime and courts in Athens County. I was green to covering the courts, and honestly, I wasn’t very excited about being so close to human awfulness. Being steeped in the news of the day as a journalist already gives one plenty of exposure to how terribly human beings treat one […]

Pelosi picks impeachment squad; House votes to send articles to Senate

BY: - January 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — An Army veteran, a former cop and a congressional aide during the Nixon impeachment proceedings are among the U.S. House Democrats who will soon make the case for ousting President Donald Trump from office.  The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a resolution that named seven impeachment managers to serve as prosecutors in the […]

U.S. House votes to crack down on toxic chemicals; Trump threatens veto

BY: - January 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Friday to pass a comprehensive legislative package that would crack down on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of chemicals known as PFAS that are said to cause serious health problems. Used in tape, nonstick pans and other everyday substances, PFAS have been linked to cancer, decreased fertility, developmental […]

Trump has appointed judges at a breakneck speed. More are coming

BY: - December 24, 2019

WASHINGTON — The GOP-controlled U.S. Senate heads into 2020 with few major legislative victories but a significant one on the judicial front: a dramatic reshaping of the federal bench. Over the past three years, the Senate has confirmed 185 of President Trump’s judicial nominees, more than any of the last five presidents at the same […]

Sen. Portman: ‘Inappropriate is different from removal from office’

BY: - December 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — Ohio Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has indicated that he’s likely to vote against removing President Donald Trump from office after a Senate trial.  “I don’t see from what we’ve seen in the hearings and the depositions and the transcript from the calls and so on … I didn’t see evidence that rose […]

U.S. House Judiciary Committee votes to impeach Trump

BY: - December 13, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump Friday morning along party lines, setting up a likely vote next week in the full House.  The Judiciary Committee voted 23-17 entirely along party lines to advance the two articles, which charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction […]