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David Skolnick

Prepare for an unusual primary

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio and several other states are experiencing the most unusual primary election in our lifetime. With a few exceptions, everyone in Ohio is going to vote by mail or drop off their ballots at county boards of elections. This has already been a confusing ...

Manning’s determination worked

My routine each morning is to check my phone for any news overnight. Saturday morning, to my shock, my Twitter feed contained a post from Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder about the sudden death of state Rep. Don Manning the previous night. Within about two minutes, Editor Brenda Linert ...

Ohio bungled election delay

Not having a primary election Tuesday was the right decision. But there are plenty of concerns about how it was handled. State executive-branch officials — particularly Gov. Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health — have received a lot of credit for how ...

Group spends big in GOP race

Advertisements criticizing Louis G. Lyras, a Republican candidate in the 13th Congressional District primary, and praising Christina M. Hagan, who’s also seeking the GOP nomination, are not being funded by Hagan, but by the Ohio Freedom Fund, a group that has spent $75,000 on media buys and ...

Secretary of state urges caution

“Instead of trying to hack the elections, they’ve tried to hack our minds.” That’s what Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said this week about “foreign adversaries,” particularly those from Russia, trying to interfere in U.S. elections. They’re particularly active during ...

Sherrod Brown is blunt about Biden

When I asked U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown about the state of the Democratic presidential race, he seemed hesitant to say anything specific about most of the candidates. But that wasn’t the case with former Vice President Joe Biden, who was the front-runner before the primary / caucus season ...

Will primaries attract voters?

The presidential race will drive voter turnout in November as it always does every four years. But what about the primary? For Republicans, President Donald Trump was the lone Republican to qualify as a candidate in Ohio. Trump will attract some people who will vote in the primary just to ...

Loan program not going away

A number of Democratic officials were in an uproar over President Donald Trump’s budget proposal to eliminate a loan program that Lordstown Motors Corp. might use to seek $200 million for its local electric truck facility. But there’s only a tiny chance — if even that much — that the ...

Article prompted corruption probe

The pretrial hearing of ex-Youngstown Finance Director David Bozanich, downtown property developer Dominic Marchionda and 10 of the latter’s affiliated companies, has consumed much of my time lately. But in reality, I’ve been following the issues for more than a decade — and that became ...

Ryan boasts of endorsement

The day after the Trumbull County Democratic Party’s central and executive committees endorsed candidates in the March 17 primary, the campaign of U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan sent an email saying the congressman was “pleased and grateful” to receive the support. “I’ve been fortunate to work ...

GOP Reps. facing easy primaries

While U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan doesn’t face a primary election opponent, the two other House members who represent portions of the Mahoning Valley do. Without a challenger, Ryan, D-Howland, is assured of winning his party’s primary. It’s safe to say U.S. Reps. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, and ...

Write-in deadline goes from ho-hum to hmm

Primary election write-in deadlines during even years are typically ho-hum. Many of those who file as write-ins challenge incumbents whose names will be on the ballot - and they almost always lose by a lot. Then there are those who use a little strategy. They run because no one filed by the ...

Can a Republican topple Ryan?

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan faces a Republican opponent every two years and has never had any problems beating the challenger. Except when he ran for the open seat in 2002, Ryan’s Republican opponents have had no or minimal political experience. While Republican Donald Trump was very competitive ...

Tale of two cities’ losing candidates

While political eyes are on the March 17 primary and the 2020 general election, let’s look back on last month’s election. Specifically, I’m focused on two races: Youngstown Municipal Court judge and Warren mayor. Why those two? Because a lot of money — almost $200,000 for judicial ...

Intriguing primaries in Trumbull

There are some intriguing primaries in Trumbull County and incredibly, no primaries for any Mahoning County executive or judicial branch position. And the Trumbull County Democratic primary for county engineer especially fascinates me. David DeChristofaro, who was forced to leave the job in ...

Few primaries expected in Mahoning while several anticipated in Trumbull

Wednesday is the filing deadline for the March 17 primary, and it looks like there will only be a few — or possibly no — contested primaries for offices in Mahoning County. It’s a different story in Trumbull County where there should be a number of primaries. As of Thursday, no one ...

Republicans to challenge Ryan

The number of Republican candidates interested in taking on U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan next year is quite remarkable. So far, four have pulled nominating petitions from the board of elections in Summit County, the most populous county in the 13th Congressional District, with one filing — and at ...

Ready on stand-your-ground bill

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, in the Mahoning Valley earlier this week, left me with the impression that a stand-your-ground law is probably going to move quicker in the General Assembly than the governor's gun reform plan. Obhof, R-Medina, didn't come right out and say that, but when I ...

Local Trump enthusiasm high

The enthusiasm level for Donald Trump in the Mahoning Valley remains high as evidenced by a packed crowd hanging on every word spoken by U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, as he praised the president and compared Democrats to cockroaches. Nunes, ...

Tim Ryan poised for key House role

A recent announcement from a Gary, Ind., congressman that he wouldn’t seek re-election next year could result in a huge benefit to the Mahoning Valley. That Democratic congressman, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, heads the powerful House Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee. It’s ...