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David Skolnick

Ryan gets an impressive haul

The second-quarter financial reports for the candidates in next year’s U.S. Senate election in Ohio provide an interesting early snapshot. First, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, the lone Democrat seeking the office and the presumptive nominee, showed he can more than hold his own with Republicans in ...

DeWine veto sparks Zoldan’s anger

To Bruce Zoldan, it was like being slapped in the face and then getting punched in the gut. Just about a mile from one of his largest Phantom Fireworks stores, Gov. Mike DeWine, with prompting from me, explained why he had vetoed a bill that overwhelmingly passed in the state Legislature ...

Bad vibe from ‘secret’ meeting

A big deal was made during a June 8 news conference about a June 30 regional summit to discuss the best ways to spend the incredibly large amount of money the area is getting from the federal American Rescue Plan Act, or ARP. It turned out the meeting was closed to everyone but invited ...

Politicians converge on Valley

One sure sign that the COVID-19 pandemic is practically behind us is the return of statewide politicians to the Mahoning Valley. Except for political fundraisers, the only statewide elected official to have news conferences in the area for about a year was Gov. Mike DeWine, and the topic of ...

Politicians converge on Valley

One sure sign that the COVID-19 pandemic is practically behind us is the return of statewide politicians to the Mahoning Valley. Except for political fundraisers, the only statewide elected official to have news conferences in the area for about a year was Gov. Mike DeWine, and the topic of ...

Householder vote questions remain

After a lengthy delay by Republicans, who control the Ohio House, the legislative body finally expelled former Speaker Larry Householder from its ranks. Months earlier, Speaker Bob Cupp, R-Lima, was asked numerous times why he didn’t move forward with the process. He repeatedly refused to ...