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David Skolnick

DeWine veto sparks Zoldan’s anger

To Bruce Zoldan, it was like being slapped in the face and then getting punched in the gut. Just about a mile from one of his largest Phantom Fireworks stores, Gov. Mike DeWine, with prompting from me, explained why he had vetoed a bill that overwhelmingly passed in the state Legislature ...

Bad vibe from ‘secret’ meeting on COVID-19 funds

A big deal was made during a June 8 news conference about a June 30 regional summit to discuss the best ways to spend the incredibly large amount of money the area is getting from the federal American Rescue Plan Act, or ARP. It turned out the meeting was closed to everyone but invited ...

Politicians converge on Valley

One sure sign that the COVID-19 pandemic is practically behind us is the return of statewide politicians to the Mahoning Valley. Except for political fundraisers, the only statewide elected official to have news conferences in the area for about a year was Gov. Mike DeWine, and the topic of ...

Householder vote questions remain

After a lengthy delay by Republicans, who control the Ohio House, the legislative body finally expelled former Speaker Larry Householder from its ranks. Months earlier, Speaker Bob Cupp, R-Lima, was asked numerous times why he didn’t move forward with the process. He repeatedly refused to ...

Justice race to be fascinating

Next year’s election for Ohio Supreme Court chief justice should be among the most interesting judicial races in some time. Three current justices are planning to run for the court’s top spot, coinciding with an expected change in law to now include party affiliation. Jennifer Brunner, ...

Commuter taxes about to change

Communities, such as Warren and Youngstown, that depend on commuters paying income tax to fund government are in for a rude awakening. The Ohio House approved a bill two weeks ago that no longer would permit cities and villages to collect those taxes from people who used to work in those ...