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Something to watch for today: “Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan hasn’t decided whether he will
challenge Nancy Pelosi as House Democrats’ leader, but he said in an interview Wednesday night that
if someone were to make such a move, it would have to come in the next 24 hours,”
RealClearPolitics’ James Arkin writes.
“That would mean he’d have to make a decision to take on the powerful, longtime leader by
“Somebody’s got to make a decision, I would think, in the next 24 hours or so if they want to
have a realistic shot at winning,” Ryan told RealClearPolitics.
He told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday that Democrats “have to grab that
idea of making things in America again.”
“No one wants to hear about job retraining,” he said. “They want jobs.”
And from earlier this week: “Congressman Ryan has never had the ambition to run
for Leader, but after last week’s election results and the conversations he has had with his
colleagues, he is open to the idea,”
said Michael Zetts, a Ryan spokesman.
Stealing the election? In a fundraising appeal, GOP Chairman Matt Borges accused
the Democrats of trying to steal one of the Ohio Supreme Court races,
Dispatch reporter Randy Ludlow write.
“Ohio’s Democrats have had terrible candidates for years now but they’ll resort to anything
to try to steal a race from us. They’re desperate but they’re also well-funded,” Borges
Republican Pat Fischer has a 24,276-vote or 0.6 percent lead over Democrat John P. O’Donnell
but about 261,000 provisional ballots and late-arriving absentee ballots still need to counted
A word from the Democrats: Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Kirstin Alvanitakis countered:
“Once again Ohio Republicans are throwing around irresponsible and unfounded allegations about
election integrity in Ohio. Ohio Democrats are committed to ensuring that every eligible voter is
able to cast a ballot and that every lawfully cast ballot is counted. Ohio Republicans only care
about raising money from their special interest lobbyist friends, and they’ll say whatever they
think will bring in more contributions.
Sherrod Brown tries to find common ground with Trump: Sen. Sherrod Brown urged
President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday to live up to his campaign promises to dramatically
revise a two-decades old free-trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, and a proposed trade deal
with 11 other Pacific-rim countries,”
Dispatch reporter Jana Heigl writes.
“In a letter to Trump, Brown, D-Ohio, made clear he and the president-elect believe the 1993
North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico has destroyed thousands of manufacturing
jobs, while the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership — known as the TPP — will cost American jobs
in the future if it is ever approved by Congress.”
What Brown said: “U.S. corporations have relocated to Mexico and taken the
livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of American workers with them. NAFTA must be renegotiated to
stop these job losses, and I ask you to make its renegotiation an immediate priority once in
Another look at Ohio:
Huffington Post’s Dave Jamieson visited southeast Ohio’s Nelsonville to see
why the city that overwhelmingly voted for President Barack Obama four years ago voted for Trump
What happened in a place like Nelsonville last week may have shocked a lot of operatives,
journalists and pollsters, but it didn’t surprise locals who knocked on doors ahead of the
election. That includes Lori Crook, who volunteered for Clinton. She grew up in the area, spent 20
years in New York City, then returned in 2010 and now lives in a small bungalow not far from the
town square. Six days after the election, her front porch was piled high with sad-looking
“In a nutshell, her campaign here was saying, ‘You like Obama and his ideas. Then you can have
more of the same,’” Crook said. “But that sold her short, and it wasn’t enough. … They were here
to reach the base and get out the vote. But there was no real attempt to have a dialogue.”
David Pepper has thoughts on the new DNC chair: “The Democratic National Committee
should slow down its search for a new leader, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said
cleveland.com reporter Henry J. Gomez reports.
one of more than 200 committee members who have a vote in the matter
, expressed concern that key Washington players already are rallying around one of their
What he said: “What I don’t like is everyone in D.C. coronating someone before the
rest of us have a chance to weigh in,” Pepper told cleveland.com. “I just think that couldn’t be
more off from what the rest of us want. I think anointing someone from Washington is not what
Avoiding personal opinions: “Cleveland State University has reminded faculty and
staff they cannot use university resources to express political opinions after an instructor told
students their class would be a march against Donald Trump,”
cleveland.com’s Karen Farkas writes.
From the note: “I am writing to remind everyone that because the University is an
instrumentality of the state of Ohio, the use of university resources (e.g., email, letterhead,
computers, websites, logos, etc.) to express personal opinions is not permissible,” CSU general
counsel Sonali Wilson said in an email sent Tuesday. “In keeping with our tax-free status as a
public educational institution, and in compliance with applicable law, University faculty and staff
should not express partisan positions in an official capacity using university resources or in any
way to suggest or give the appearance that the University is sponsoring or supporting such
Protest at the Statehouse: You may have seen the protest at the Statehouse
Wednesday night on your way home. Abortion-rights advocates lined the sidewalks around the
Statehouse chanting “No access, no peace.” The protest was organized by NARAL Ohio, Planned
Parenthood Advocates of Ohio among others in anticipation of the lame duck session.
Another kind of opposition: “A legislative effort to use property tax breaks to
launch more economic development across the state is facing a wave of criticism from local
officials who are on the ground trying to make development happen,”
Dispatch reporter Jim Siegel writes.
“Union County officials, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and Worthington leaders
are among those calling for legislators to make significant changes to Senate Bill 235, or scrap it
Troopers come home: “Thirty-seven Ohio state troopers have returned home after
assisting North Dakota officials in handling a pipeline protest near an Native American
“The dispatching of the troopers to the protest near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on
prompted unsuccessful requests
to Gov. John Kasich to recall the troopers.”
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