National Newswatch

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author JD Vance signals US Senate campaign

Jul 1 2021 — Dan Sewell, The Associated Press — The venture capitalist and author of “Hillbilly Elegy” appears poised to join the crowded Republican race for the Ohio U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Rob Portman. JD Vance, whose book was widely seen in 2016 as helping explain Republican Donald Trump's appeal to struggling white, working-class voters, plans a “special announcement” and rally at […]

Ohio’s Democratic Party chair stepping down after 6 years

Nov 30 2020 — Dan Sewell, The Associated Press — CINCINNATI — Ohio’s Democratic Party chair is stepping down after six years during which Republicans, including Donald Trump, dominated statewide elections, he said Monday. David Pepper, a former Hamilton County commissioner and Cincinnati council member, sent a letter to party officials saying he will resign at year’s end. He suggested those interested in succeeding him […]

Ohio senator joins COVID-19 vaccine study to set example

Nov 17 2020 — Dan Sewell, The Associated Press — CINCINNATI — A U.S. senator is participating in a COVID-19 vaccine study, hoping to encourage others to volunteer to take part in testing. Ohio Republican Rob Portman told The Associated Press that he wanted to do what he could to help “explain the great potential for these vaccines” and the need for volunteers. Portman decided […]

News executive, ex-US Rep William Keating remembered warmly

May 21 2020 — Dan Sewell, The Associated Press — CINCINNATI — Bill Keating is remembered widely as gentlemanly, considerate and modest. Underneath that genial exterior was a fiercely competitive and driven athlete, lawyer, politician and news executive. He was highly successful in all those fields. Keating, who died Wednesday at age 93, was an all-state swimmer at St. Xavier High School and captained the […]

Disenfranchised: Ohio says 318 ballots delivered too late

May 12 2020 — Dan Sewell, The Associated Press — CINCINNATI — Ohio elections officials say 318 voters in Butler County won't have their ballots counted for the April 28 primary because of a U.S. Postal Service delivery delay. Although the ballots were postmarked by the April 27 deadline, they didn't get to the Butler County elections board until this week, days after the May […]

Prominent Ohio Democrat Brown endorses Biden for president

Apr 7 2020 — Dan Sewell, The Associated Press — CINCINNATI — Ohio’s most prominent Democrat on Tuesday endorsed former Vice-President Joe Biden for president, with his state’s extended primary three weeks away. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said in a statement that Biden fights for Americans who are working hard but struggling to achieve better lives, supporting what Brown calls the “dignity of work.” “And […]

Democratic candidate Sanders to speak at black press meeting

Jun 25 2019 — Dan Sewell, The Associated Press — CINCINNATI — Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders will be the featured speaker at a black press convention that begins Tuesday evening in Cincinnati. National Newspaper Publishers Association organizers expect hundreds of people to join in events that begin Tuesday evening with a parents' town hall and education resource fair. There will be a Wednesday […]

Judges declare Ohio’s congressional map unconstitutional

May 3 2019 — Dan Sewell, The Associated Press — CINCINNATI — A panel of federal judges ruled Friday that Ohio's congressional districts were unconstitutionally drawn by the Republicans for their political advantage, and it ordered a new map for the 2020 elections. The ruling, if it stands, could prove an important victory for the Democrats, who are hoping redrawn boundaries will not only help […]

Trial opens in suit accusing GOP of gerrymandering in Ohio

Mar 4 2019 — Dan Sewell, The Associated Press — CINCINNATI — Attorneys for voting rights groups argued Monday that Ohio Republicans' goal was to lock in a significant majority when they redrew the state's congressional map, as the trial opened in a federal lawsuit against state officials who controlled the redistricting. Democratic organizations, the League of Women Voters of Ohio and others have filed […]

Kentucky teen at centre of viral encounter sues over stories

Feb 21 2019 — Dan Sewell, The Associated Press — CINCINNATI — The Kentucky teen at the heart of an encounter last month with a Native American activist at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington is suing The Washington Post for $250 million, alleging the newspaper falsely labeled him a racist. His attorneys are threatening numerous other news organizations, including The Associated Press. President Donald Trump […]

Ohio Democratic senator weighing 2020 presidential run

Nov 12 2018 — Dan Sewell, The Associated Press — CINCINNATI — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, one of the winningest Democrats in Ohio history, said Monday he is considering a 2020 presidential run. Brown had previously played down interest in joining what's expected to be a crowded Democratic field. But he acknowledged Monday he is listening to calls for him to run from national Democratic […]