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7:12 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Kasich sworn in for second term at midnight

Ohio Gov. John Kasich was sworn in for a second term at midnight
Credit Andy Chow/Ohio Public Radio

COLUMBUS - At midnight today, Gov. John Kasich renewed his pledge as Ohio’s top executive with his cabinet and a bevy of supporters looking on.

Kasich kept his comments brief - he plans a much bigger ceremonial inauguration later in the day. But Kasich, who’s a possible presidential candidate—repeated his call for Ohio to be a state where people unite—to take care of each other.

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Politics
4:00 am
Sun January 11, 2015

Portman plays hardball with potential opponents

Ohio’s junior senator, Republican Rob Portman, fired a shot across the bow last week – a warning shot for anyone thinking about running against him in 2016.

His campaign committee put out a long statement saying that, as of the end of 2014, Portman had $5.8 million in the bank for his re-election campaign – a pretty incredible amount for 23 months before the election.

And the unspoken message was that he can get plenty more where that came from.

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Politics
8:02 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning chat: Looking ahead at politics in 2015

Howard Wilkinson

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with Maryanne Zeleznik, looking at what is coming in politics in the new year and beyond.

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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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