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David Skolnick

Ryan, Vance size up each other

J.D. Vance and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan clearly are not impressed by each other. During interviews I recently conducted with Vance, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Ohio, and Ryan, his Democratic opponent, they both sort of dismissed each other. “I see him as a fraud,” Vance said of ...

Local primary winners, losers

There were several fascinating storylines from the recent primary election in the Mahoning Valley. While turnout was poor, it was better than expected. It was 25.65 percent in Trumbull County, where county races and local issues were on the ballot. It was 23.04 percent in Mahoning County, ...

U.S. Senate primary drilldown

Thanks to the endorsement of former President Donald Trump and a $15 million contribution from a benefactor to a super political action committee, J.D. Vance went from middle of the pack in the often-nasty Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Ohio to nominee. Without Trump’s endorsement, ...

Trump influence to be tested

Possibly taking inspiration from Tommy DeVito, Joe Pesci’s character in the movie Goodfellas, J.D. Vance, a Republican running for U.S. Senate, said: “You’ve got to be yourself. I think that’s one of the mistakes, by the way, that a lot of these clowns have made in the primary where ...

Second primary still uncertain

It came as no surprise that the Ohio Supreme Court rejected the fourth set of state legislative maps; they were almost identical to the third set ruled unconstitutional. But the state could find itself in a real bind as Secretary of State Frank LaRose — a Republican member of the Ohio ...

Trump rally goes elsewhere

After being rejected at least twice — by the Canfield and Portage County fairgrounds — former President Donald Trump will have a rally April 23 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Mahoning and Portage counties were once reliably Democratic — particularly Mahoning. But that’s not the ...