Howard Wilkinson

Politics
4:00 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Now that he says he's not running for president, how will Portman fare in re-election bid?

Sen. Rob Portman threw a bucket of cold water on those who were hot to see him run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination when he announced Monday that he would be running for re-election to a second term in the Senate instead.

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Politics
8:08 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Portman decides to forego presidential bid to run for re-election to the Senate

Sen. Rob Portman
Credit Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, has put an end to speculation that he might run for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination by saying he will run for a second term in the Senate.

Portman, the 59-year-old first term senator from Terrace Park, had been mulling over the possibility of a 2016 run for the presidency for months, encouraged by political advisers and major GOP campaign contributors.

Portman told WVXU Tuesday that he is looking forward to being part of the new Republican majority in the Senate - a majority he helped create as the Senate GOP's chief fundraiser in 2014.

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Local News
2:59 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Peter Beck, facing criminal trial, resigns from Ohio House

Former State Rep. Peter Beck
Credit Ohio House of Representatives website

State Rep. Peter Beck, a Mason Republican indicted on 69 counts of fraud and theft, has resigned from the Ohio House.

Mike Dittoe, a spokesman for Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder, said Beck’s resignation was turned in Sunday and put on the House record Monday.

Beck, a former Mason council member and mayor, would have been gone by the end of the month, when his present term expired.

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Politics
4:00 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Portune, spurned by Ohio Democratic Party as governor candidate, has ideas how it can rebuild

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune had a really bad experience with the Ohio Democratic Party early this year – especially with state party chairman Chris Redfern.

Last December, Portune – the only Democrat on the county commission – started crisscrossing the state in an attempt to build support to run for Ohio governor.

The problem was that Portune started too late – Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive – had been campaigning since early in 2013; and had already wrapped up the party establishment and the endorsement of the state party.

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Politics
7:55 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday chat: Cincinnati Democrats who could make a difference

Howard Wilkinson

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with Maryanne Zeleznik about three Cincinnati Democrats who could play a role in re-building the Ohio Democratic Party.

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