7:19 AM, Aug 25, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Rob Portman of Ohio may have one of the toughest Senate reelection campaigns in the country next year, and the Republican isn't wasting time hitting his likely Democratic opponent, former governor Ted Strickland. The Portman campaign has launched a new set of online ads targeting Strickland's support for the proposed nuclear deal with Iran.
The ads ask readers questions like "Who do you stand with on the Iran deal?" and "Do you agree with Rob Portman that the Iran deal is bad for Ohio and for America?" See the ads below:
Clicking on the ads takes the reader to an online poll on Portman's campaign website that provides two selections: One with Portman's photo and the words "opposes the Iran deal" and one with Strickland's photo and the words "supports the Iran deal."
At the moment, this looks like good politics for Portman. A recent Quinnipiac poll of Ohio voters found 58 percent say they oppose the deal with Iran. Even greater majorities in Florida and Pennsylvania oppose the deal as well.
4:29 PM, Aug 11, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
In Ohio, the State Judicial Conduct Board has ruled that judges can't decline to marry only same-sex couples because of their personal religious beliefs. But the Judicial Conduct Board's ruling went much further than that:
In addition, judges who stop performing all marriages to avoid marrying same-sex couples may be interpreted as biased and could be disqualified from any case where sexual orientation is an issue, according to an opinion by the Ohio Supreme Court's Board of Professional Conduct issued Friday and made public Monday. ...
1:55 PM, Jul 8, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The political action committee headed by Ohio governor John Kasich has a new advertisement as the Republican prepares to run for president. The 60-second ad features Kasich speaking directly to the camera about his experience both as governor and as a longtime member of the House of Representatives. Beginning with a quick montage through photos of all the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates, a female voiceover cuts in. "Hey, what about us?"
3:58 PM, Jul 6, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Chamber of Commerce has launched two new ads focusing on what are expected to be some of the closest Senate races of the 2016 cycle: the seats up in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
In Pennsylvania, the business lobby group's political advocacy arm has launched a 30-second ad lauding Republican senator Pat Toomey. The spot celebrates Toomey as a "practical and constructive conservative" who puts "partisanship aside to do what's right for Pennsylvania." Watch the video below:
May 11, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 33 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
In high courts across America, judges are rendering their spring-term decisions. And in Ohio, the City of Cleveland has tacked another loss onto its growing pile of collective losses.
As The Scrapbook reported in the February 24, 2014, issue, the city’s controversial “jock tax”—a complicated 2 percent income tax on visiting high-income earners—was under legal attack by former Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Jeff Saturday.
Hosted by Michael Graham.2:45 PM, Apr 17, 2015 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on the week that was for Hillary in Washington, Ohio, Iowa, and around the world.
3:59 PM, Mar 11, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
With more than a year and a half until Election Day 2016, things are already gearing up for high-profile political contests, and not just on the presidential level. In Ohio, the quintessential presidential battleground state, first-term Republican senator Rob Portman is one of the Democrats’ top targets. Cincinnati city council member P.G. Sittenfeld announced early this year he would be run for the Democratic nomination to challenge Portman. But at the end of February, the 30-year-old rising star was bigfooted by the entry of former governor Ted Strickland.
Feds spend more than $36,000 per employee on IT.12:01 PM, Feb 5, 2015 • By JIM SWIFT
A new report, Understanding the Federal Government’s ‘IT Insecurity’ Crisis, released today by the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM), has the group claiming that "half or more of the $70-$80 billion the U.S. government spends each year on Information Technology (IT) and IT Security is wasted."
Should we be disturbed by another Bush candidacy?Jan 5, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 17 • By JAY COST
In mid-December, Jeb Bush announced his intention to explore a presidential bid. If he runs and wins the Republican nomination and then the election, he will be the third President Bush in 25 years. That unprecedented prospect has left many wondering: In a republic like ours, is it proper for one family to fill the executive seat so often?
6:02 PM, Sep 27, 2014 • By MATT LABASH
If I sported a hairpiece, I’d be wearing it at half-mast right about now, upon hearing that the world just grew a little less interesting. For the most colorful man who ever inhabited Congress, former Ohio Democratic Rep. James A .
Jun 30, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 40 • By TERRY EASTLAND
The other day a unanimous Supreme Court ruled that a First Amendment challenge to an Ohio law should be heard in the lower courts. While the decision may have seemed a minor one, it represents an important advance for freedom of speech.
The question that the Court answered in the affirmative, with Justice Clarence Thomas writing, was whether Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life advocacy organization, has standing to challenge an Ohio statute that prohibits false statements made during a political campaign.
Feb 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 23 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The Scrapbook hesitates to kick a football town when it’s in the dumps, but we are baffled by the crazy news coming out of Cleveland. And no, we’re not talking about the Cleveland Browns coaching drama.
The city of Cleveland is engaged in a legal battle with former Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday over a tax dispute. And for once, Cleveland actually pulled off a win.
9:04 AM, Nov 21, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
An Ohio company is scrapping health care for 1,000 employees due to Obamacare, WEWS-OH reports:
The employees will be dumped into Obamacare.
A "a company intends to cut its health insurance plan, and some 1,000 employees, workers at PSC Metals, may be forced to get their coverage from the Affordable Care Act," reports the anchor.
9:30 AM, Sep 27, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
How is Obamacare hurting businesses in Ohio? Here's a report from a local affiliate detailing the increased costs and how Obamacare might be making America less competitive globally: