U.S. Sen. Rob Portman

No, undocumented immigrants don’t commit more crime. Research shows they commit a lot less

BY: - August 3, 2021

It’s an article of faith in some corners of politics and the media: All those undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border are making crime much worse in the United States. But new research gives the lie to that assertion. And, some border officials say, continuing to promote it will only lead to another racist massacre […]

Poll: Most Ohioans support a bipartisan infrastructure package. Will it get done?

BY: - July 28, 2021

A majority of Ohioans support a bipartisan infrastructure package being considered in Washington, D.C., according to a new poll commissioned and touted by a state environmental group. Around half of the 800 Ohioans polled offered support for the infrastructure bill, with approval rising to 64% after hearing some of the specific proposals in it, such […]

Drug-pricing reform might fall victim to infrastructure negotiations

BY: - July 21, 2021

As lawmakers attempt to salvage a bipartisan infrastructure package, new rules intended to crack down on secretive prescription-drug transactions might fall by the wayside.

Biden and bipartisan senators clinch a deal on $1.2T infrastructure plan

BY: - June 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House and a bipartisan group of U.S. senators said Thursday they’ve struck a deal on the outlines of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, marking a breakthrough on federal dollars for road and bridge projects after weeks of negotiations — but with significant hurdles still ahead. President Joe Biden stood with the […]

Antitrust concerns are increasing on Capitol Hill. Advocates say they should extend to drug pricing

BY: - June 1, 2021

Antitrust concerns are increasing on Capitol Hill. Advocates say they should extend to drug pricing.

Congressman Tim Ryan to run for U.S. Senate seat

BY: - April 26, 2021

Tim Ryan, the 10-term Democratic congressman from northeast Ohio, announced Monday he will campaign for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Rob Portman. Ryan, 47, is the first Democrat to jump in the race. Portman announced earlier this year he would not seek reelection in 2022. Ryan’s campaign said he would soon embark on […]

COVID-19 relief aid headed to Ohio; Here’s what your community will receive

BY: - March 17, 2021

The village of Bloomdale is getting stimulus money from the American Rescue Plan, as are the Ohio villages of Bloomingburg, Bloomingdale and Bloomville. Billions of dollars are being allocated throughout Ohio as part of the COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden a week ago.  There are billions […]

Ohio talks minimum wage raise after feds leave it tabled

BY: - March 15, 2021

Democratic legislators are leading the charge to raise the minimum wage in the state after a federal effort failed. State. Sen. Hearcel Craig and Sen. Cecil Thomas presented the bill in Senate Workforce and Higher Education recently, proposing increasing wages to $15 an hour by 2025. “Raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2025 would […]

Mailbag: It’s political jockeying season in Ohio

BY: - February 25, 2021

One election cycle you’re proud allies, the next you’re Twitter enemies. That’s politics, 2021 style. Welcome back to another installment of the Ohio Capital Journal Mailbag:  Got a question about Ohio politics/government? Send them by email to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. What can we expect timeline-wise between GOP jockeying for governor primary vs […]

Former state treasurer Josh Mandel to run for U.S. Senate

BY: - February 10, 2021

Former state treasurer Josh Mandel announced Wednesday he is running for U.S. Senate, becoming the first major candidate to jump into the race to replace Sen. Rob Portman. Mandel, a Republican, served two terms as state treasurer and previously ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate against Sherrod Brown in 2012. He briefly campaigned to challenge […]

Mailbag: Will any Ohio lawmakers run for Rob Portman’s seat?

BY: - January 28, 2021

Welcome back to another installment of the Mailbag, the only column in Ohio that politicians are giving serious consideration to reading. Let’s get to it! Got a question about Ohio politics/government? Send them by email to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. Anyone in the Ohio legislature looking at running for Sen. Rob Portman’s seat? […]

For years, Portman navigated the shifting political climate. Now he wants out.

BY: - January 26, 2021

Rob Portman of Ohio will not be seeking reelection to the U.S. Senate, with the Cincinnati Republican citing increased polarization in American politics as a reason to not campaign for a third term The surprise announcement on Monday morning set off an early-week scramble for politicians of both parties to consider a run at the […]