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Weekly columns from Vindicator politics writer David Skolnick

Major battle brewing between Youngstown and state auditor

Opinion: Youngstown has forced a showdown with the state over its refusal to repay about $3.1 million over 15


Youngstown board of ed bungles renewal of 10.7-mill property tax

Opinion: I’ve been a newspaper reporter for 31 years and yet I still get surprised. I want to thank the


Ryan does better in second debate, but his presidential bid still wobbly

Opinion: If this is the last time we see U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan on the Democratic presidential debate stage – and


Youngstown Mayor Brown won’t commit to increasing sewer rates

Opinion: As Youngstown spends wastewater money at a rapid rate to pay for federally mandated improvement


Ryan’s presidential bid is fizzling

Opinion: The future of U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan’s presidential campaign looks rather bleak. His final hope to


Don’t underestimate Ohio’s role in the 2020 presidential election

Opinion: Will Ohio – and in particular, the Mahoning Valley – play a major role in the presidential election?


Youngstown council members put parking meter issue on slow track

Opinion: While Youngstown City Council can sometimes take too long to deliberate controversial issues, its


Silence was not golden for Ryan in first Dems presidential debate

Opinion: U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan did an excellent impersonation of the Invisible Man during the first 90 minutes


Mahoning Cty. Dems overhaul candidate endorsement process

Opinion: The Mahoning County Democratic Party elected Joyce Kale-Pesta as its chairwoman to be more of a


Bar is exceedingly low for filing petitions to run as independent

Opinion: Independent candidates seeking Youngstown City Council seats have done poorly in general elections


Ryan fared well on CNN, but his presidential bid hasn’t caught fire

Opinion: U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan had an hour-long national forum – minus commercial breaks – to plead his case to


Presidential candidate Ryan has chance to strut his stuff Sunday

Opinion: U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan gets a huge moment for his presidential campaign Sunday with a town hall on CNN.


Election for Youngstown judge is steeped in political intrigue

Opinion: Youngstown voters will have an interesting choice to make in November regarding the municipal court


Despite dire warnings, passage of sales tax renewal was a given

Opinion: Don’t be fooled by the concerns expressed by Mahoning County officials before last week’s election


Democratic Party Chairman Betras has left his mark locally, statewide

Opinion: Love him or hate him – and there are plenty of people on both sides – Mahoning County Democratic


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