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David Skolnick

Prepare for an unusual primary

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio and several other states are experiencing the most unusual primary election in our lifetime. With a few exceptions, everyone in Ohio is going to vote by mail or drop off their ballots at county boards of elections. This has already been a confusing ...

Manning’s determination worked

My routine each morning is to check my phone for any news overnight. Saturday morning, to my shock, my Twitter feed contained a post from Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder about the sudden death of state Rep. Don Manning the previous night. Within about two minutes, Editor Brenda Linert ...

Ohio bungled in its election delay

Not having a primary election Tuesday was the right decision. But there are plenty of concerns about how it was handled. State executive-branch officials — particularly Gov. Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health — have received a lot of credit for how ...

Group spends big in GOP race

Advertisements criticizing Louis G. Lyras, a Republican candidate in the 13th Congressional District primary, and praising Christina M. Hagan, who’s also seeking the GOP nomination, are not being funded by Hagan, but by the Ohio Freedom Fund, a group that has spent $75,000 on media buys and ...

Ohio Secretary of State urges caution

“Instead of trying to hack the elections, they’ve tried to hack our minds.” That’s what Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said this week about “foreign adversaries,” particularly those from Russia, trying to interfere in U.S. elections. They’re particularly active during ...

Sen. Brown is blunt about Biden

When I asked U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown about the state of the Democratic presidential race, he seemed hesitant to say anything specific about most of the candidates. But that wasn’t the case with former Vice President Joe Biden, who was the front-runner before the primary / caucus season ...

Will primaries attract voters?

The presidential race will drive voter turnout in November as it always does every four years. But what about the primary? For Republicans, President Donald Trump was the lone Republican to qualify as a candidate in Ohio. Trump will attract some people who will vote in the primary just to ...

Loan program not going away

A number of Democratic officials were in an uproar over President Donald Trump’s budget proposal to eliminate a loan program that Lordstown Motors Corp. might use to seek $200 million for its local electric truck facility. But there’s only a tiny chance — if even that much — that the ...

Rep. Ryan lags in fundraising

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan saw his fundraising numbers improve in the fourth quarter, but they were far from great. Ryan, D-Howland, raised $137,882 and spent $80,590 during the final three months of 2019, so he didn’t net much money. It was an uptick for Ryan who raised $30,255 and $42,883 in the ...

Article prompted corruption probe

The pretrial hearing of ex-Youngstown Finance Director David Bozanich, downtown property developer Dominic Marchionda and 10 of the latter’s affiliated companies, has consumed much of my time lately. But in reality, I’ve been following the issues for more than a decade — and that became ...