Kentucky's junior senator, Rand Paul, was the narrow favorite for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in a straw poll this weekend of over 3,000 conservative activists from around the country.
CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Committee) held a three-day gathering in a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C.; and participants voted online for who they would like to see carry the presidential banner for the GOP in 2016.
Gay rights at the forefront the past several days as Senator Rob Portman announced he was no longer opposed to gay marriage and several Cincinnati Council members decided to boycott the Saint Patrick's Day Parade when a Gay rights group was not allowed to participate. WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about what it all means politically.
As Democrats from across the state gathered in Columbus for their annual Legacy Dinner, they were still absorbing the news that Youngstown area Congressman Tim Ryan will not be running for governor next year.
Among the disappointed was state Rep. Bob Hagan.
“I think he could have won," he said. "I think it’s going to be a tough campaign – we needed someone that can shout and can scream and get people up on their feet and I think he can do that. On the other hand, I’m disappointed because, in a selfish way, I was going to run for Congress myself in his seat.”
If you are a voter in southwest Ohio, chances are you are more likely to know about the SS Edmund Fitzgerald than Edward FitzGerald of Lakewood, Ohio.
The SS Edmund Fitzgerald was the freighter ship that sank to the bottom of Lake Superior in a storm in 1975, with all 29 crew members lost; and inspired probably the best-known song by folk singer Gordon Lightfoot.