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David Skolnick

GOP Reps. facing easy primaries

While U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan doesn’t face a primary election opponent, the two other House members who represent portions of the Mahoning Valley do. Without a challenger, Ryan, D-Howland, is assured of winning his party’s primary. It’s safe to say U.S. Reps. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, and ...

Write-in deadline goes from ho-hum to hmm

Primary election write-in deadlines during even years are typically ho-hum. Many of those who file as write-ins challenge incumbents whose names will be on the ballot - and they almost always lose by a lot. Then there are those who use a little strategy. They run because no one filed by the ...

Can a Republican topple Ryan?

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan faces a Republican opponent every two years and has never had any problems beating the challenger. Except when he ran for the open seat in 2002, Ryan’s Republican opponents have had no or minimal political experience. While Republican Donald Trump was very competitive ...

Tale of two losing candidacies

While political eyes are on the March 17 primary and the 2020 general election, let’s look back on last month’s election. Specifically, I’m focused on two races: Youngstown Municipal Court judge and Warren mayor. Why those two? Because a lot of money — almost $200,000 for judicial ...

Quiet primary in Mahoning

There are some intriguing primaries in Trumbull County and, incredibly, no primaries for any Mahoning County executive or judicial branch position. This is the first time this has happened in Mahoning in likely decades. Republicans rarely have primaries in the county as the party often ...

Quiet primary in Mahoning

There are some intriguing primaries in Trumbull County and, incredibly, no primaries for any Mahoning County executive or judicial branch position. This is the first time this has happened in Mahoning in likely decades. Republicans rarely have primaries in the county as the party often ...

Republicans to challenge Tim Ryan

The number of Republican candidates interested in taking on U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan next year is quite remarkable. So far, four have pulled nominating petitions from the board of elections in Summit County, the most populous county in the 13th Congressional District, with one filing — and at ...

Ready on stand-your-ground bill

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, in the Mahoning Valley earlier this week, left me with the impression that a stand-your-ground law is probably going to move quicker in the General Assembly than the governor's gun reform plan. Obhof, R-Medina, didn't come right out and say that, but when I ...

Local Trump enthusiasm high

The enthusiasm level for Donald Trump in the Mahoning Valley remains high as evidenced by a packed crowd hanging on every word spoken by U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, as he praised the president and compared Democrats to cockroaches. Nunes, ...

Tim Ryan poised for key House role

A recent announcement from a Gary, Ind., congressman that he wouldn’t seek re-election next year could result in a huge benefit to the Mahoning Valley. That Democratic congressman, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, heads the powerful House Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee. It’s ...