Rob Portman

What Senate Republicans are saying about Trump’s impeachment trial

BY: - February 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is set to begin Tuesday, when the Senate will start hearing arguments over whether Trump should be convicted of inciting the violent mob that lay siege to the Capitol. So far, no Senate Republican has outright backed a vote to convict Trump, and many […]

Biden ends Trump policy to separate migrant children from their parents

BY: - February 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed three executive orders on Tuesday evening that reverse controversial policies from the previous administration, including one that resulted in the separation of migrant children from their parents. Biden made it clear during the signing that he was not creating new immigration policies with the executive orders, but reversing those […]

GOP senators score meeting with Biden to discuss more modest relief plan

BY: - February 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Ten Republican senators on Monday took up President Joe Biden on his calls for working across the aisle on economic relief, though those senators are far from embracing the scale of the $1.9 trillion package that Biden is seeking. The group of GOP lawmakers — which includes Rob Portman of Ohio — sketched […]

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Portman’s Trump apologetics tarnished his legacy. Will he do the right thing now on impeachment?

BY: - January 29, 2021

Any respect that scores of Ohioans had for U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is long gone. It disappeared the day the Cincinnati Republican hopped aboard the Trump train and never looked back. He may have held his nose, but he was all in. We thought Portman would be different. We thought a Midwest sense of honor […]

Missouri Republican to delay Senate confirmation of Biden’s pick for Homeland Security

BY: - January 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley will object to the rapid confirmation vote planned for President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security, part of the national security team that was expected to be confirmed Wednesday. Hawley, a Missouri Republican, announced his opposition to Alejandro Mayorkas following Tuesday’s hearing on the DHS […]

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Republican politicians betrayed our country for Donald Trump

BY: - January 14, 2021

Before all hell broke out at the U.S. Capitol, I wondered if we the people could still summon outrage about anything. Surely, we had exhausted what was left of our fury quota last year. The human psyche can only sustain so much abuse, right? Safe to say we’re there. After being mercilessly pummeled with an […]

Multiple investigations opened into the death of U.S. Capitol Police officer in pro-Trump riots

BY: - January 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — A Capitol Police officer died late Thursday from injuries he sustained while a violent mob breached the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers were set to vote to certify the presidential election results. The officer, Brian Sicknick, died at 9:30 p.m. at a local hospital, according to U.S. Capitol Police. His death is being investigated […]

Trump swipe at DeWine follows year of campaign support, COVID-19 praise

BY: - November 17, 2020

A year of Gov. Mike DeWine defending the president’s pandemic response and supporting his reelection effort was undone by a brief acknowledgment of reality on cable TV. To President Donald Trump, one comment is all it takes for someone to go from political ally to persona non grata. On Sunday, DeWine said on CNN that […]

Mailbag: Can Rob Portman be defeated in 2022?

BY: - November 12, 2020

Every season is election season, and it’s time for another Mailbag: Got a question about Ohio politics/government? Send them to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. Do you think U.S. Sen. Rob Portman can be defeated in 2022? – @Meg_Jewell2, on Twitter. Answer: Anybody can be beat, but his seat will be a tough get […]

Republicans in Congress chime in on Trump claims of a stolen election

BY: - November 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — Some Republicans in Congress are agreeing with President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that the election was stolen from him, and backing legal challenges to voting results in states won by President-elect Joe Biden. “For the integrity of the electoral process, and the system that we have chosen to effectuate our democracy, we have […]

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Civic society suffers when one party bypasses the public

BY: - October 28, 2020

What would you think about a candidate for public office who thought so little of the democratic process that he or she refused to respond to a nonpartisan voter survey, or ignored invitations to participate in a public candidate forum, with both programs hosted by a respected good-government group? This election cycle in Ohio, many […]

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Control over the federal courts is about raw political power, nothing more

BY: - September 23, 2020

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has used his leadership position to exercise raw political power in shaping the federal judiciary for many decades to come, and he’s been enormously successful. The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has brought McConnell to the zenith of that power. A question never existed as to whether he […]