Ohio Democratic Party

David Pepper election night
JO INGLES / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s loss to Republican President-Elect Donald Trump wasn’t the only blistering defeat for Ohio’s Democratic Party. The state Legislature, which was already Republican dominated, became even redder. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles talked with the leader of the Ohio Democratic Party about the loss and where the party goes from here.

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper says Clinton’s loss was devastating.

“What we saw was a tidal wave that was far bigger than Ohio.”

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ohio’s 34 House Democrats are all up for re-election, along with their 65 Republican colleagues. But the Democrats are not letting their low numbers set them back as they think about what bills they plan to push in the lame duck session this fall and beyond. 

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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

The Ohio Democratic Party has appealed to the US Supreme Court to toss out a 2014 state law and bring back the so-called “Golden Week”, when Ohioans can register and cast ballots at the same time. But an election law expert thinks the case doesn’t stand much of a chance. 

Democrats appealed the decision of a three-judge panel that 29 days of early voting is – according to the majority opinion – quite generous. But Democrats want to go back to 35 days and restore the Golden Week, which they say it used heavily by minority voters.

Rob Portman and Ted Strickland
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

When it comes to campaign fundraising Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman has a large financial advantage over his opponent, Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland. Now the two sides are trading jabs over the kind of money coming into the race. 

Ohio’s U.S. Senate race between two political heavyweights is shaping up to be one of the most expensive races in the country.

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SANDRA KURT / SANDRAKURT.COM

The Ohio Democratic Party held a rally today in Akron to raise awareness of the gender pay gap. The event was a part of Equal Pay Day and featured a call for legislators to address the pay gap.

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper and Summit County Clerk of Courts Sandra Kurt were among attending.

Kurt says unequal pay for women has adverse effects on their lives and the economy.

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