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Sen. Rob Portman, R-Terrace Park, has been working behind the scenes to clear the way for the renomination of an Ohio Democrat, Richard Cordray, as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to a story in Roll Call , a Capitol Hill newspaper. Senate Republicans have thus far refused to move on President Obama's renomination of Cordray, a former Ohio treasurer and attorney general, along with a number of other presidential appointments. The Democratic Majority Leader of the...

Gay marriage and guns.
Two issues, so completely different from one another, and yet they have defined Ohio’s junior senator, Rob Portman, in 2013.
Pundits and politicians alike are pondering how the Terrace Park Republican’s positions on these hot-button issues will impact his chances for re-election in 2016.
2016 seems to be a long way away; but, in politics, it is never too early to start thinking about the next election.
Portman breezed to election to his first term in...

Michael E. Keating

Ashley Judd, the actress and social activist, is planning on running for Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell's Senate seat in Kentucky, according to a Huffington Post story based on sources. The Huffington Post's Howard Fineman quoted unnamed sources saying Judd, 44, is planning on announcing her candidacy around the time of the Kentucky Derby in May. According to the Huffington Post, Judd - who campaigned hard for the Obama-Biden ticket last fall - is working with a pollster and is...

Michael E. Keating

Actress Ashley Judd, who has been talked about as a potential opponent in 2014 for Kentucky's Sen. Mitch McConnell, is the subject of a digital attack ad put on the internet by GOP strategist Karl Rove's Super PAC, American Crossroads GPS. The ad mocks Judd, who studied at the University of Kentucky, for being a Tennessee resident and a "Hollywood liberal," who would follow President Obama lock-step if elected. You can watch the ad here. Judd hasn't announced her candidacy, but Politico...

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