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David Skolnick

Voting-reform bill due in Ohio

With turnout so very low during nonpresidential years, the state should be doing everything it can to encourage people to vote. Ohio officials need to continue to uphold the integrity of the vote and make sure every valid ballot is counted. The Republican-controlled state Legislature is ...

Ryan gaining momentum

With Amy Acton opting to not run for U.S. Senate, Rep. Tim Ryan essentially has a clear path to the Democratic Party’s nomination for the position next year. There is still time for other Democrats to get into the race — Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes, D-Akron, and Franklin ...

Gov. Mike DeWine losing GOP support

Even though he’s a Republican, the GOP-controlled state Legislature is very tired of Gov. Mike DeWine’s health orders and states of emergency from the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite last-ditch efforts by DeWine to strike a compromise, the General Assembly last week overrode his veto of a bill ...

Locals sponsor LGBTQ, abortion bills

The two state senators who represent the Mahoning Valley are sponsoring a number of bills in the General Assembly, including two that are particularly interesting. State Sen. Michael Rulli, R-Salem, who represents Mahoning and Columbiana counties, already had a couple of bills pass in the ...

Trump State Park idea divisive

Mosquito Lake State Park isn’t the most inviting name for the 7,000-acre area that is one of my favorite places in the Mahoning Valley. But for numerous people, a proposal from state Rep. Mike Loychik, R-Bazetta, to rename it Donald J. Trump State Park is even worse. Loychik hasn’t ...

Award upsets ex-GM workers

The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber will give its Spirit of the Valley Award to General Motors at its annual meeting Wednesday — a decision upsetting a number of those who lost their jobs or relocated when the company closed its Lordstown plant. The timing of the award is bad — a ...

Some judge-race labels sought

It’s the time of the year when members of the Ohio Legislature introduce bills — lots of bills. My email recently has been bombarded by legislators about proposals they’re submitting hopeful they become law. One bill, in particular, has attracted my attention. Two Republicans from ...

GOP candidates embrace Trump

The Republican race for the U.S. Senate nomination can be summed up like this: Donald Trump is great; John Kasich is bad. With Republicans controlling Ohio government and Trump’s strong 2016 and 2020 Ohio victories, it’s a sound strategy. When ex-state Treasurer Josh Mandel and former ...

Miscount alarming state failure

Everyone makes mistakes, but some are a lot bigger than others. One of the biggest happened when the Ohio Department of Health recently admitted it failed to report more than 1 in every 4 Ohio COVID-19 deaths. What makes this issue even more alarming is the discovery that the ODH assigned a ...

Ryan’s Senate bid challenges

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan is a virtual guarantee to run for the Senate next year with an announcement expected shortly. The race is a major challenge for Ryan, D-Howland, in a state dominated by Republicans for decades with few exceptions. He could face a primary challenge as other Democrats are ...

Election storylines emerge

While the May 4 primary in Mahoning and Trumbull counties doesn’t have many contested races, there are a number of interesting items to consider. • Newton Falls is always a good place for political entertainment. In the November election for the Falls village council’s 3rd Ward seat, ...

Portman exit brings options

To most Democrats, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is a spineless partisan hack who blindly follows what other Republicans, particularly Donald Trump, tell him to do. To some Trump supporters, Portman has not given enough support to the former president, particularly after the 2020 election results ...

Portman exit brings options

To most Democrats, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is a spineless partisan hack who blindly follows what other Republicans, particularly Donald Trump, tell him to do. To some Trump supporters, Portman has not given enough support to the former president, particularly after the 2020 election results ...

Nation likely to remain divided

The nation is deeply divided and despite rhetoric to come together, don’t expect that to happen. Many Republicans still dislike — even hate — Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and feel the same about Joe Biden. Plenty of Democrats despise George W. Bush, and I can’t print what several ...

Ins, outs of party leadership

Kevin Wyndham said he is resigning Feb. 1 as Trumbull County Republican Party chairman primarily because the job is too demanding. This is the third time a Mahoning Valley political party chairman left the position early in recent years. Mark Munroe retired Feb. 21, 2019, as Mahoning ...

Walters expected to lead Ohio Dems

The Ohio Democratic Party’s executive committee will meet Thursday to select a new leader and will elect the first woman to the position. It’s almost certain Liz Walters, Summit County Council president and former state party executive and political director, has the necessary votes. ...

More money helped GOP victories

One lesson from the recent state legislative races in the Mahoning Valley is Republicans in Ohio are better funded and better organized than their Democratic counterparts. Despite the $1.3 billion nuclear power plants bailout scandal involving the former speaker of the House and four other ...

Election losers should move on

Losing is hard — and for some in politics, accepting defeat is impossible. Outgoing President Donald Trump, and many of his supporters, refuse to accept the fact that he lost to Democrat Joe Biden. Trump continues to tweet falsehoods (to be polite) to outright lies (to be accurate) about ...

Ohio Dems seek new leader

The person who takes over as chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party has a monumental task. Despite claims from some, Ohio is solid purple in many ways. Going back to 1990, Democrats have won statewide executive branch offices in only 2006 and Republicans have a stranglehold on the state ...

Big spending brought success

With U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan in the political fight of his life, he was able to do something he’s struggled to do his entire time in Congress: Raise a respectable amount of money when it was desperately needed. Ryan, D-Howland, received a remarkable $584,186 between Oct. 1 and Nov. 3 in a race ...