National Newswatch

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 […]

Trump returning to Ohio to rally Republican voters

Oct 11 2018 — Dan Sewell, The Associated Press — CINCINNATI — President Donald Trump is returning to Ohio to try to boost GOP candidates in a Republican-dominated area. Trump will headline a Friday evening rally at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon, northeast of Cincinnati. The county is a GOP stronghold, and Trump won two out of every three votes there in 2016 as […]

Former US House speaker to promote legalizing marijuana

Apr 11 2018 — Dan Sewell, The Associated Press — CINCINNATI — Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says he has had a change of heart on marijuana and will promote its nationwide legalization. Known as an avid cigarette smoker, the Ohio Republican has joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings , a multistate cannabis company. The company also announced that former Massachusetts Gov. […]

Ohio GOP Congressman Jim Renacci joins US Senate race

Jan 11 2018 — Dan Sewell, The Associated Press — CINCINNATI — U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (reh-NAY'-see) of Ohio is jumping out of the Republican governor's race and into the U.S. Senate primary. The fourth-term congressman announced his plans Thursday in a letter to supporters. The businessman and former Wadsworth mayor earlier said he'd make that move if he got encouragement from President Donald Trump, […]

Republican Ohio treasurer drops out of US Senate race

Jan 5 2018 — Dan Sewell, The Associated Press — CINCINNATI — Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced Friday he is dropping his second bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, citing his wife's health. Mandel's decision came in an open letter to friends and family and leaves Cleveland banker Mike Gibbons for now as the leading Republican candidate. Brown, who defeated Mandel in […]

To North Korea and back: Otto Warmbier’s strange, sad trip

Jun 18 2017 — Dan Sewell, The Associated Press — WYOMING, Ohio — Over and over, Otto Warmbier apologized and begged — at first calmly, then choking up and finally in tears — to be reunited with his family. North Korean officials seated at long tables watched impassively, with cameras rolling and journalists taking notes, as the adventuresome, accomplished 21-year-old college student from suburban Cincinnati […]