As you might expect, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown had positive things to say about President Obama’s 2nd inaugural speech. Brown is a democrat, and said he liked the President’s call for a modern economy that focuses on infrastructure, R&D and education. And he’s hopeful for more progress on expanding the middle class.
Both of Ohio’s U.S. senators are now on the oldest and arguably most powerful committee in the Senate – finance. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that could bode well for Ohio.
Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman are among the 20 senators who will be taking the closest look at everything from taxes to trade agreements, Medicare, Social Security and the overall economic well-being at the United States.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he'll promote more campaign finance disclosure after prevailing in Tuesday's election against close to $40 million in undisclosed outside spending.
The Democrat said he received dozens of congratulatory calls from colleagues after keeping his seat despite the heaviest onslaught of third-party cash in the nation. Brown beat Republican Josh Mandel in the closely watched race.
Brown said his victory proved well-funded industries seeking favor in Washington can't intimidate a Congress member who has a strong middle-class message.
NPR's Peter Overby looks at the relationship between campaign ad money and victory in Senate races, or lack thereof. The Brown-Mandel race in Ohio is one of the major examples in which major ad expenditures did not end in victory.
The battle for the Senate was a proving ground for the new Citizens United politics. Outside groups unleashed heavily funded barrages of attack ads meant to help elect candidates while letting them keep their distance from the nastiness. In Ohio and Virginia, it failed in rather dramatic ways.