Democrat Tim Ryan, who supported Hillary Clinton's presidential run in 2008, is supporting her again if the former secretary of state decides to run for the White House in 2016.
Ryan will headline events in Washington, D.C., and in New York City on Thursday and on Dec. 15 for the group Ready for Hillary, a super PAC - political action committee - that began in January to encourage her to run, and if she does, provide her support.
The ticket price for the Washington event is $20.16.
Ryan called Clinton a ''transformation political figure,'' someone who has the experience to get her ''big vision'' implemented and ''to me, that is a very exciting prospect.''
He also said Clinton is someone who can ''break the logjam'' in Washington and that her campaign would energize young people and women.
A news release announcing Ryan's involvement in the D.C. event boasts the super PAC already has more than 1 million supporters and more than 25,000 donors. Ready for Hillary spokesman Seth Bringman wrote in an email that about three-quarters of those who donated have given $25 or less and that 97 percent of the contributions are less than $100.
''Every day, thousands more people are joining this movement, signing the petition encouraging Hillary to run, and showing her that if she decides to run for president, she will have a grassroots army of supporters behind her who are ready to help her win,'' the group's website states.
News releases from the congressman who represent Trumbull and Mahoning are fairly routine and arrive often in my email, but one last week caught my attention.
It was a statement from Marietta Republican Bill Johnson, who represents the southern portion of Mahoning County, about the House approval of a bill he co-sponsored, the Community Fire Safety Act, which exempts fire hydrants from the Safe Water Drinking Act.
The act was changed in January 2011 by the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which called for beginning in January, fire hydrants to be lead-free.
The bill sponsored by Johnson and U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, a Democrat from New York, stops the EPA from moving ahead on ''a costly and potentially dangerous'' rule, Johnson said in the release. It was approved in the House, 384-0 and now moves to the Senate.
''This legislation recognizes the fact that fire hydrants are not a major source of drinking water, and it protects public safety by ensuring fire hydrants can continue to be produced and installed,'' Johnson said.
A spokesman for Johnson, Ben Keeler, said part of the problem was that there are no commercially available hydrants that meet the new standards. So that means, in the event of a car crashing into one, the community would either have to replace the damaged hydrant with one that didn't meet the proposed standards and pay a fine or do nothing, Keeler said.
Johnson also noted in the release shower valves are exempt from the Safe Water Drinking Act.