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Former Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland
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The conservative policy group Americans For Prosperity (AFP) will hold its annual summit in Columbus this weekend, and it’s getting a jump on the fall 2016 US Senate race with a big TV ad buy.

AFP, backed by the conservative Koch brothers, is spending more than a million dollars on TV ads targeting the Democrat who’s leading in the polls, former Gov. Ted Strickland.

Ohio Democratic Senate Contender Reports $671K In 35 Days

Apr 9, 2015
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Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's U.S. Senate campaign says it raised more than $671,000 in 35 days and picked up momentum toward the end of the year's first quarter.

Strickland officially jumped into the race in late February. His campaign said Thursday that $469,601 came in the last two weeks of the fundraising period. Strickland's campaign also reported $649,171 cash on hand.

Strickland is vying for the Democratic nomination with Cincinnati city councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, whose campaign said Monday it raised more than $757,000 in the first three months of this year.

A Quinnipiac University Poll shows if the election were held today, Democratic Former Governor Ted Strickland would beat Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman by nine points in a head to head matchup.  And it’s worse when you throw in Independent voters.  They back Strickland by an 18 point margin. That’s something University of Akron Political Science Professor John Green says he didn’t expect.

Ohio's Strickland To Focus US Senate Bid On Opportunity

Feb 25, 2015
Former Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland
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Ohio Democrat Ted Strickland says his run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Rob Portman will focus on expanding job and educational opportunities for average people.
 
The former governor announced the run, as expected, on Wednesday. His entry adds a formidable statewide name to what is expected to be one of the most watched and expensive of next year's Senate races.
 

Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper says the party is not ready to throw its support behind a U.S. Senate candidate yet.
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Cincinnati City Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld is the latest Democrat to express interest in running against Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman. But other Democrats with more name recognition are also being considered as possible Portman opponents.  

U.S. Representatives Betty Sutton and Tim Ryan as well as former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland are on the short list. David Pepper, the Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, says it won’t back anyone right now. 

Senator Sherrod Brown (right) compared algae-filled water with clear water on a recent visit to Stone Lab on Lake Erie. Researcher Justin Chaffin is on the left.
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Ohio’s U.S. Senators have introduced two bills that address the problems with toxic microcystins, a result of the bacteria known as blue-green algae, in the state’s waters. Toxins from algal blooms in Lake Erie caused a two-day shutdown of Toledo’s water system in August, and algal blooms have been reported in lakes around the state including Grand Lake St. Mary’s and Buckeye Lake.

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President Obama released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2015 Tuesday, and among the many reforms, cuts and expansions, he’s calling for an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a program benefiting low-income Americans.

It’s estimated that more than 1,000 in Ohio are victims of sex-trafficking each year.  300,000 children nationwide are considered to be at high risk. Those numbers are galvanizing politicians, police agencies and other organizations to raise awareness about the war on human trafficking.

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The last week we’ve been revisiting the War on Poverty launched by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. In fifty years, the poverty rate in the U.S. has been reduced from about 25 percent to 16 percent, but the discussion merely highlights how statistics are a matter of interpretation: Democrats supportive of federal policies aimed at reducing poverty tend to point to the numbers as a sign of success, while many Republicans point to the same numbers as proof of the policies’ failure.

Portman’s Energy Bill Is Grounded By Unrelated Amendments

Dec 20, 2013

A bipartisan energy efficiency bill sponsored by Republican Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is going nowhere this year.The Shaheen-Portman bill sets targets and establishes programs to boost energy efficiency for government and commercial buildings, and manufacturers. It has bipartisan support and was considered a major piece of energy legislation that had a chance.

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