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David Skolnick

Redistricting will hurt Ryan

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan couldn’t have been more clear. After years of talk of him running for statewide office, Ryan, D-Howland, said he’s very happy staying in the U.S. House. But that’s as long as his congressional district lines don’t change too drastically making the seat more ...

Examining key Valley races

Many of the races in the Mahoning Valley went under the radar this past election because the presidency, as it does every four years, took center stage. But there are two races — one each in Mahoning and Trumbull counties — that I want to dive into deeper. The Mahoning County race ...

Valley GOP makes big strides

Most elected officials in Mahoning and Trumbull counties are Democrats, and that’s not likely to change for years. But advances Republicans have made here in just two elections are not only remarkable, but historic. Much credit goes to someone who hasn’t stepped foot in the Mahoning ...

Trump wins big in Valley funding

Nearly all of the attention in this election is on the presidential race. After all, it’s the main — and in some cases, the only — reason why people are voting this year. Mahoning Valley results should be interesting given that Donald Trump became only the third Republican since 1936 ...

Tim Ryan faces formidable foe in Hagan

Before the 2012 election, Ohio Republican leaders divided the state into 16 congressional districts, purposely bunching large areas of Democratic voters into four specific districts and going to extreme lengths to create 12 that benefit their political party. Republicans gerrymandered the state ...

Trump, Biden bypass Valley

With early voting underway in Ohio and less than three weeks before the Nov. 3 election, there’s a lot of political activity in the Mahoning Valley. But one thing we have yet to see in our area is a campaign visit from either the Republican or Democratic presidential or vice presidential ...

Conflict ramps up in Trumbull GOP

There is no love lost between Trumbull County Republican Party Chairman Kevin Wyndham and Niki Frenchko, a GOP candidate for county commissioner challenging incumbent Democrat Dan Polivka. While the friction between the two has been going on since before the primary, it’s hit a boiling ...

Time to let the voting begin

Early voting for the election starts Tuesday in Ohio, and, based on my conversations with local election officials, it’s going to be the way at least half of the voters cast ballots. There’s still two more presidential debates and a vice presidential one, though you can vote before you ...

Court opening widens political divide

As if there weren’t enough issues dividing the country, Republican senators will have confirmation hearings to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. The decision isn’t surprising as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has done remarkable work keeping his caucus in ...

Signs, signs, everywhere signs

There’s a saying in politics that signs don’t vote. I don’t necessarily agree with that. Sure, signs in ditches or on vacant properties don’t mean anything. But if you’ve got a Donald Trump or a Joe Biden sign in your yard, there’s a very strong chance you’re voting for ...