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U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, bolstered by the backing of President Donald Trump, won Tuesday's Republican primary to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in Ohio this fall.

Renacci, 59, is in his fourth term in Congress and is a longtime businessman and former mayor of Wadsworth. He left the governor's race to campaign for Senate and emerged victorious in a five-way contest.

Incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Turner swept to victory in his 10th District primary in his quest for a ninth term. Turner faced off against Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employee John Anderson, and United States Air Force veteran John Mitchel.

He’ll face Democrat Theresa Gasper in November’s general election.

Gasper won by a wide margin against her Democratic primary opponents Robert Klepinger and John Milisits.

Turner has served in congress since 2003. 

 

2018 Ohio State Ballot Issue 1
Ohio Secretary Of State Jon Husted

Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 8. This election, voters will consider Issue 1. The statewide ballot issue would change the way Ohio’s congressional districts are decided.

Under the current system, the Ohio General Assembly votes to draw new congressional district lines every 10 years. The process gives the majority political party more sway over new Congressional maps.

Nationally, more than 20,000 DACA recipients failed to renew their applications by the final October deadline, according to the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Jess Mador / WYSO

More than 10,000 so-called “Dreamers” live in Ohio. The undocumented young people were brought to the United States as children, and since 2012 they’ve been shielded from deportation under the Obama-era, “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” or DACA, program, which allowed the young people to temporarily remain in the country without a path to U.S. citizenship.

Satellite view of toxic algal bloom on Lake Erie
NASA Earth Observatory

 A wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup program appears to have survived budget talks in Congress. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative would get $300 million next year under a massive spending bill expected to go to a vote this week.

The initiative created by President Barack Obama works on pollution, invasive species and algae bloom issues in the lakes.

But Obama’s budget request this year was less than the amount that usually goes to the project—lawmakers from Great Lakes states pushed for full funding.

John Boehner
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WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — A state lawmaker has joined the growing field for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Speaker John Boehner.

 

Fourth-term state Rep. Tim Derickson of Hanover Township says he'll bring "common-sense policies based on conservative principles" to Congress.

 

Other Republicans in the race so far include Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds, state Sen. Bill Beagle of Tipp City, and Troy teacher J.D. Winteregg. No Democrats have joined the race yet.

Boehner's Exit Could Affect Ohio Directly

Sep 28, 2015
John Boehner
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The departure of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner might mean a slight change to the way federal policy affects Ohio.

Boehner has been speaker of the House for nearly five years.

But David Niven, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati says that, in that time, Ohio has not seen a clear, tangible benefit to having one of its own members at the helm.

Niven says, however, that Boehner was a first line of defense for the state.

Hundreds Gathered To Remember Stokes

Aug 26, 2015
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Cleveland Congressman Louis Stokes was remembered Tuesday as someone who overcame tough economic and racial obstacles to become Ohio’s first black congressman. Hundreds of people gathered at his funeral to celebrate his life.

Stokes rose from a Cleveland housing project and was elected to congress in 1968. During his funeral at Cleveland’s Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, the Rev. Otis Moss Jr. charted some of Stokes’ climb from poverty to become a powerful force in Washington.

StatehouseNews

Several Dayton groups are asking Congressman Mike Turner of Ohio’s 10th district to help renew emergency unemployment benefits. A bipartisan Senate bill expected to pass this week has found little support in the House.

Sherrod Brown
WCPN

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.

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