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Jane Timken
M.L. Schultze / WKSU public radio

In her speech to the City Club in Cleveland today , Ohio GOP Chairman Jane Timken called Donald Trump a great president, quoted Richard Nixon, and named the entire slate of Republican statewide candidates in next year’s elections. But as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, the speech itself did not raise the name of Ohio’s Republican standard-bearer, Gov. John Kasich.

Ralph and Mary Regula
MARK URYCKI / WKSU

One of the longest-serving Ohioans in Congress is being remembered as a proud Republican, yet nonpartisan public servant. Ralph Regula, who represented Northeast Ohio for 36 years, died Wednesday in his home. He was 92.

'A good man'
People remembering Ralph Regula quickly get to two points.

“He was an exceptional person;” and “he got things done.” 

Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Rob Portman wants to change federal law to continue his fight against on Backpage.com. He says the online site has made $150 million from ads trafficking sex with women and children and has used the Communications Decency Act to escape responsibility.

photo of Ohio Right to Life logo
OHIO RIGHT TO LIFE

Candidates for political office in Ohio who want to be endorsed by the state’s largest organization opposing abortion will have to meet new criteria.

Candidates who oppose abortion but think it should be allowed in cases of rape or incest will no longer be eligible for Ohio Right to Life’s endorsement. This litmus test, according to the organization’s Katie Franklin, will streamline candidate’s positions with anti-abortion legislation being passed in Ohio.

Ralph Regula park
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Ralph Regula -- a farmer, teacher, lawyer and one of Ohio’s longest-serving congressman – has died at age 92. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the man known for his geniality and constituent service.

Regula’s trademark during his 36 years in Congress was helping his constituents navigate the federal bureaucracy. It’s something he remained proud of right through his retirement in 2008.

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