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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has become a podcaster — and his first episode features workers at the Whirlpool plant in Clyde. The new podcast, "Canarycast," is available at iTunes and Soundcloud. (Note that it's one word when searching for it on your phone or computer). On the first episode, about 21 minutes long, Brown says his new podcast is designed to highlight the struggles of American workers to get ahead.
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WASHINGTON -- For the first time in eight years, the sitting U.S. President has not proclaimed June "Pride Month," a recognition of gay rights and the struggles of the LGBTQ community.
President Donald Trump has not followed his predecessor, Barack Obama, with such an official proclamation, and there is only one day left in the month.
Sen. Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, says that leaves matters up to lawmakers. Brown and other Democratic senators introduced a resolution Wednesday -- the 48th anniversary of the the start of the Stonewall riots -- to recognize June as "LGBTQ Pride Month." The resolution now has support of 34 senators, all Democrats.
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Ohio’s moderate Republican senator, Rob Portman, has thrown his support behind Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel for U.S. Senate.
In a video posted Wednesday morning, Portman urged Republicans in the battleground state to unify behind Mandel as he makes a second consecutive run to unseat Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown.
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For more than 20 years, Sherrod Brown has been winning elections in Ohio. But with Republicans gunning for the 2018 midterms, the Democratic senator has a target on his back.
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"U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) leads his potential Republican opponent, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, in fund-raising, according to information from the two campaigns.
The Friends of Sherrod Brown said it raised $2.4 million during the first quarter of 2017 — the best off-year quarter he has ever had, the campaign added. He finished March with $5 million cash on hand.
Mr. Mandel, who unsuccessfully challenged Senator Brown six years ago, raised about $1.5 million during 2017’s first quarter, leaving him with $2.4 million cash on hand. According to the Mandel campaign, his fund-raising included money raised by JoshPAC, a leadership campaign committee that donates money to other candidate committees.
The fund-raising reports were due to be filed last Saturday, but may not be posted by the Federal Elections Commission for several days."
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"TOLEDO, Ohio — Sherrod Brown sat down to talk trade at a union hall this week, in the city that makes the Jeep he drives, wearing a suit stitched 10 miles from his Cleveland house, and looked right at home.
But one reminder of the pressure he faces stood right outside the door: a tracker from the conservative PAC America Rising, who follows the Ohio Democrat “every place I go” as he runs for a third Senate term in what may be one of the most competitive 2018 contests. Another reminder of his challenge came in remarks by the union official introducing him to a dozen or so United Auto Workers members.
“When I think of the name Sherrod Brown, I think about fair trade. … And it’s nice to finally have a president who’s saying the same thing,” Bruce Baumhower said, in a nod to the pitch that won Donald Trump Ohio by 8 percentage points en route to the White House.
“Whether he does the same thing," Baumhower added, "we’ll find out.""
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"President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. treasury secretary was untruthful with the Senate during the confirmation process, documents uncovered by The Dispatch show.
Steve Mnuchin, former chairman and chief executive officer of OneWest Bank, known for its aggressive foreclosure practices, flatly denied in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee that OneWest used “robo-signing” on mortgage documents.
But records show the bank utilized the questionable practice in Ohio.
“The guy is just lying. There’s no other way to say it,” said Bill Faith, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio."
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