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David Skolnick

Ryan leaves his mark on Valley

The first time I met Tim Ryan, he was announcing his plans to run for the state Senate. It was early 2000 and after listening to Ryan, who was 26 years old at the time, I wasn’t impressed. Few gave Ryan a chance to win the Democratic primary, but he pulled off a victory and went on to win ...

Brown faces uphill re-election bid

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, the lone statewide officeholder elected as a Democrat, has a target on his back. Brown, D-Cleveland, is up for re-election in 2024 in a state that has swung significantly in favor of Republicans in the past decade and particularly since Donald Trump was elected ...

Iconic Valley politician makes his exit but may be back for encore

When it comes to Mahoning Valley politics during the last four decades, few names are better known than Michael J. O’Brien. He’s held several different elected offices in Trumbull County during a 38-year political career. O’Brien was first elected to the 4th Ward seat on Warren City ...

Ballot proposal draws outrage

A proposal that would make it harder for citizen-initiated amendments to the Ohio Constitution to become law is drawing opposition from several organizations. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a Republican, and state Rep. Brian Stewart, R-Ashville, recently announced they would seek to ...

New maps to give GOP more edge

Ohio Democrats who hated the latest state legislative and congressional boundaries approved by the Republican-controlled Ohio Redistricting Commission and ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court will be even more upset with the next maps. They need to be redrawn for the 2024 ...

Color the Valley deeper red

The election results in Mahoning and, particularly, Trumbull show the once-reliable Democratic counties are anything but that — and trends indicate they’ll turn even more Republican in coming years. The biggest surprise is it has taken this long, as several other formerly Democratic ...