U.S. Senate

Arizona’s Mark Kelly sworn in to the U.S. Senate, narrowing GOP control

BY: - December 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — Arizona’s Mark Kelly was sworn in Wednesday as a U.S. senator, giving the state two Democrats in the Senate for the first time in nearly 70 years and reducing Republican control in that chamber to 52-48. Kelly, a Navy veteran, astronaut and husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, defeated Republican Sen. Martha […]

New pandemic relief proposal rolled out by bipartisan group in Congress

BY: - December 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. House and Senate members are pushing for a bipartisan coronavirus relief package to aid struggling states and local governments and fund programs such as unemployment and rental assistance that are set to expire later this month. In a Tuesday press conference, lawmakers unveiled a four-month, $908 billion proposal […]

U.S. Senate runoffs: Was Biden win a fluke or has Georgia flipped to blue?

BY: - November 25, 2020

ATLANTA — Democrat Joe Biden flipped Georgia with a slim 13,000 vote lead, buoying the spirit of Democrats who have dubbed the state “Joe’gia” and angering President Donald Trump who continues to pursue legal challenges meant to overturn the results. But whether Biden’s win here represents anything more than a fluke fueled by Trump-weary voters […]

Washington at a standstill, as states face the loss of federal help amid ‘the worst part of the crisis’

BY: - November 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — The number of coronavirus infections across the country is swelling at a perilous time for state governments, just weeks before federal support rushed through Congress in the pandemic’s early stages is set to end. The expiring provisions from the $2 trillion CARES Act and subsequent executive orders will mean reductions in unemployment benefits […]

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 […]

Georgia voters could determine control of the U.S. Senate

BY: - November 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — Control of the U.S. Senate may depend on two runoff races in Georgia, where the outcome won’t be known until early January — opening the door to a fresh round of massive campaign spending in the Peach State. One runoff between GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock is already set. […]

Democrats reel after losses, setbacks in Congress

BY: - November 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — Tuesday’s election was a disaster for congressional Democrats, who were expected to pick up nearly a dozen GOP seats in the House but instead lost races while also failing to flip Senate seats held by vulnerable Republicans. The outlook for Democratic control of the Senate did not improve the day after the election, […]

Dems pick up a seat and lose another in battle for control of the U.S. Senate

BY: and - November 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democrats gained at least one Republican-held seat in the U.S. Senate, but also lost a seat of their own, leaving the question of which party will control the chamber unclear early Wednesday with multiple competitive contests unresolved. In Colorado, Democrats succeeded in flipping the seat held by GOP Sen. Cory Gardner, a first-term lawmaker seen […]

Puerto Rico makes a new bid for statehood. What are its prospects?

BY: - October 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — The long-debated possibility of statehood for Puerto Rico is gaining traction — a development sure to be watched closely by the more than 110,000 members of the Puerto Rico diaspora who make their homes in Ohio. Yet even though Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is a backer of statehood, as are top Democrats […]

Advocates: Ohio’s poor increase as feds dither on coronavirus relief

BY: - October 13, 2020

Many Ohioans were already trapped in poverty before the coronavirus forced hundreds of thousands more out of jobs. 

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Ohioans can’t afford to lose the Affordable Care Act

BY: - October 13, 2020

From the counselor who provides a lifeline to isolated patients struggling with substance use disorder, to the nurse who holds the phone for their COVID-19 patient while they say goodbye to loved ones, Ohio’s health care workers are Ohioans demonstrating great acts of selflessness and compassion during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), […]

Supreme Court confirmation hearings to plow ahead amid COVID-19 infections

BY: - October 12, 2020

Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett will face the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee beginning Monday for what’s expected to be an unusual and contentious four days of hearings on her nomination for the Supreme Court. Democrats sought unsuccessfully to block those hearings, raising concerns about the short time frame before Election Day, the urgent need to […]