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Republican candidates boast financial leads

Money isn’t the only thing that matters in political races, but just ask those running for elected office and — if they’re being truthful — they will tell you it’s much better to have more than their opponents. There are five state legislative races between Mahoning and Trumbull ...

Energy policy should support affordability and not undermine it

The U.S. is playing energy inflation whack-a-mole. Gasoline prices have retreated from wallet-draining summer highs, but consumers now find themselves looking at surging natural gas and electricity bills. The global energy crisis—driven by a warring Russia cutting oil and gas to western ...

Did the Trump rally help Vance’s chances?

Did former President Donald Trump’s rally recently at Youngstown’s Covelli Centre give a boost to the U.S. Senate campaign of Republican J.D. Vance? Trump criticized U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, the Democratic nominee for the seat, during the event, and had good things to say about Vance. Still, ...

Credit upgrade a big win for Ohio

Though we may not realize it when it stares us in the face, adversity often brings out the best in us. That’s certainly proven true right here in the Buckeye State. The last few years have seen no shortage of fiscal storms. In fact, the combination of COVID-19, skyrocketing inflation, and ...

Expect huge crowd today for Trump in Youngstown

Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance will have his biggest general election campaign event to date Saturday at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, in the heart of the congressional district represented by Tim Ryan, his Democratic opponent. The location is no coincidence. Vance’s last rally, ...

New relationships unlock efficiency

At the time of this printing, my administration will be starting its 20th month. To say we have been busy is an understatement. I have asked more of the staff, more of our attorneys, and more of our investigators than ever before, and I am happy to report to you that they have answered that ...