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Weekly columns from Vindicator politics writer David Skolnick

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Yavorcik’s criminal conviction tainted, appellate judges rule

Opinion: As I sat and listened to the arguments and the comments of a three-member panel of the 8th District


Cordray scores impressive win in Democratic race for governor

Opinion: Election officials in Mahoning and Trumbull accurately predicted voter turnout in their counties


Ryan’s political message meant to connect with middle America

Opinion: Since losing his bid for House minority leader in November 2016, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan has been busy


Ohio’s top court further muddies fracking issue with new ruling

Opinion: One consistent thing about the Ohio Supreme Court when it comes to decisions about whether it’s


Despite high-profile races, low-voter turnout expected

Opinion: This quote from Stephanie Penrose, Trumbull County Board of Elections director, sums up the primary


Dem hopefuls for governor avoid confrontation during the debates

Opinion: The previous Democratic gubernatorial debates have not been terribly exciting and the one held


Gloves come off in the fight for GOP nomination for governor

Opinion: The Republican race for governor between Attorney General Mike DeWine, the front-runner, and Lt.


Effort to ban fracking in Y’town returns to Ohio Supreme Court

Opinion: For the third time, the Ohio Supreme Court will decide whether an initiative to ban fracking in


Philosophy and theology upstage Ohio themes in State of the State

Opinion: Before delivering it, Gov. John Kasich said his final State of the State address would be “odd” and


Mahoning Dems’ endorsements contain intriguing back stories

Opinion: While the outcome of the Mahoning County Democratic Party’s endorsements weren’t surprising, there


Despite the 2017 debacle, Betras says endorsements here to stay

Opinion: In June of last year, Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras said: “I think the time


Hanni family feud spills over into the race for appeals court

Opinion: How much bad blood must there be between Mark A. Hanni and his sister, Holly? It appears to be a


McKinney ends legal challenge of mayor’s race but still insists ’17 election ‘tainted with fraud’

Opinion: Just before he was to have his day in court, Sean McKinney withdrew his lawsuit against the Mahoning


Mahoning County elections board taking steps to rebuild reputation

Opinion: What happened on the Nov. 7, 2017, election night in Mahoning County should never happen again.


Major moves made by candidates in the races for governor, Senate

Opinion: As we get closer to the Feb. 7 filing deadline, we’re seeing a lot of changes in the gubernatorial


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