CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio Republican Josh Mandel (man-DEHL') has scrubbed two social media accounts containing posts critics at times labelled as offensive .
Treasurer: Option to pay taxes in bitcoin attracting few
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's state treasurer says only two tax payments have been made using bitcoin through the recently-launched option to pay taxes using the cryptocurrency.
Friday kicks off inaugurals for new Ohio officeholders
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The swearing-in of Ohio's next state treasurer kicks off a long weekend of inaugural events for new statewide officeholders.
All five of the state's executive offices opened up this year as a result of term limits. Republicans maintained control of all five.
Former Rep. Robert Sprague (sprag) has the first inaugural of the group, a swearing-in in Findlay Friday evening. He replaces Republican Josh Mandel (man-DEHL').
State’s treasurer-elect announces swearing-in ceremony
FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's state treasurer-elect has announced details of his swearing-in ceremony to be held later this month.
GOP state Rep. Robert Sprague, of Findlay, won the office in November by defeating Democrat Rob Richardson, a Cincinnati attorney.
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy will administer the oath of office to Sprague on Jan. 11 at the Hancock Hotel in Findlay in northwestern Ohio.
Investment firm fined $100,000 over pay-to-play violation
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Securities and Exchange Commission is fining a Cleveland investment firm $100,000 over recent campaign contributions that federal officials say violated pay-to-play rules.
Ohio businessman claims US Senate campaign ad defamed him
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio businessman is suing Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown claiming a campaign ad calling him a "crooked businessman" with ties to Brown's Republican opponent has defamed him.
North Canton businessman Benjamin Suarez filed the lawsuit Thursday in Stark County.
State treasurer candidate faced legal questions around money
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democratic treasurer candidate Rob Richardson twice in the past faced legal questions about his handling of money, an Associated Press review of court filings shows.
Ohio statewide elected officials lack contact with Kasich
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's state auditor, treasurer and lieutenant governor say they haven't spoken to Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) in more than a year. The secretary of state says it's been about six months for him.
Ohio college to host final US Senate debate Oct. 26
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio college campus will host the third and final planned debate of the U.S. senate campaign.
A Miami University spokeswoman says details will be announced later on the Oct. 26 debate between two-term Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (reh-NAY'-see). The election is Nov. 6.
Officials earlier announced the first debate is Oct. 14 in Cleveland. Another debate is planned in Columbus, but no details have been made public.
Ohio treasurer candidates would expand office’s role
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two candidates for Ohio treasurer have very different ideas about how they would run the office.
Democrat Rob Richardson wants to take a more expanded and active role as treasurer, while Republican Robert Sprague takes a more traditional, but updated, view of the job, The Columbus Dispatch reported .
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on Ohio's primary election (all times local):
U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (ruh-NAY'-see) has won the Republican primary to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in Ohio this fall.
Robert Sprague in the Republican primary for Ohio treasurer: endorsement editorial
Robert Sprague in the Republican primary for Ohio treasurer: endorsement editorial
Two Republicans are vying May 8 for the GOP nomination to succeed Republican Treasurer Josh Mandel.
Treasurer candidate wants private prison spending study
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A candidate for state treasurer says the current office holder should examine the impact of private prisons on Ohio taxpayers.
Democrat Rob Richardson in a letter Wednesday asked Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel (man-DEHL') to study the issue.
Richardson is an attorney and former University of Cincinnati board chairman. Richardson says he has a deep "personal concern" over Ohio's high incarceration rates.
Portman, Mandel back Ohio GOP Rep. Renacci for US Senate
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (reh-NAY'-see) has landed two key endorsements in his U.S. Senate bid.
The Wadsworth Republican was backed Monday by GOP U.S. Sen. Rob Portman and Ohio's state treasurer, Josh Mandel (man-DEHL'). The Republican Mandel dropped out of the race Jan. 5, citing his wife's health.
Rob Portman backs Jim Renacci in Senate race
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman announced Monday he will back U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci in his bid for Senate.
"Jim Renacci has a track record of success as a job creator and battle-tested conservative leader, and I am proud to endorse him," Portman said in a Monday statement.
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J.D. Vance, again, decides not to run for Ohio U.S. Senate seat
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- J.D. Vance, a social entrepreneur and Ohio native best known as the author of a successful memoir, once again has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate.
Vance on Friday morning announced on Twitter that after the latest round of encouragement — including reported interest from Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — he had decided it wasn't the right time to seek elected office.
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“Hillbilly Elegy” author decides against Senate run in Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The author of the 2016 election-year best seller "Hillbilly Elegy" has decided against joining the U.S. Senate race in Ohio.
J.D. Vance said in a tweet Friday he's busy with investment work, a nonprofit he started to help address Ohio's opioid crisis, and a young family. So, he wrote, "count me out of politics for now."
Republican Ohio treasurer drops out of US Senate race
CINCINNATI (AP) — 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.
Josh Mandel drops out of the Senate race
CLEVELAND, Oho – Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced Friday his withdrawal from the race for U.S. Senate.
Mandel, largely considered the Republican frontrunner, cited a health issue with his wife as the primary reason.
Ohio Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel says he is dropping out of race, citing wife’s health
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel says he is dropping out of race, citing wife's health.
Josh Mandel keeps taking liberties with the truth about Sherrod Brown
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Sherrod Brown didn't sneak a favor for private jet owners into the Senate tax bill.
But Josh Mandel keeps saying otherwise. The claim has been debunked, but Mandel, Ohio's state treasurer -- who has ambitions to oust Brown from his job next November -- won't relent.
Mandel, a Republican, has tweeted the claim about Brown, a Democrat, several times, starting in November and keeping it up over the last week.
GOP in Ohio’s 2nd largest county backs Gibbons for US Senate
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republicans in Ohio's second-largest county have backed a novice politician from Cleveland for U.S. Senate over two-term State Treasurer Josh Mandel (man-DEHL').
The Franklin County Republican Party endorsed investment banker Mike Gibbons in an 85-16 upset vote Wednesday. The campaign called it a major victory.
Franklin County GOP endorses Mike Gibbons for U.S. Senate over Josh Mandel
Franklin County GOP endorses Mike Gibbons for U.S. Senate over Josh Mandel
COLUMBUS, Ohio—U.S. Senate candidate Mike Gibbons was endorsed by the Franklin County Republican Party on Wednesday by an overwhelming margin, giving the Cleveland-area businessman a high-profile win in his underdog bid to snatch the GOP nomination from Treasurer Josh Mandel.
Josh Mandel’s strange Jewish journey to Trumpland from suburban Cleveland
Josh Mandel's strange Jewish journey to Trumpland from suburban Cleveland
Sen. Brown sheds Franken cash; rival Mandel tweets on Moore
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel (man-DEHL') says Roy Moore should quit the Alabama Senate race if allegations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls are true.
The state treasurer after declining to comment for days tweeted Thursday: "I agree with Ivanka Trump. If these allegations are true, Roy Moore should step down."
Josh Mandel says Roy Moore should leave race ‘if these allegations are true;’ Sherrod Brown gives up funds from Al Franken
Josh Mandel says Roy Moore should leave race 'if these allegations are true;' Sherrod Brown gives up funds from Al Franken
WASHINGTON -- After refusing to answer the question for days, Josh Mandel, an Ohio candidate for U.S. Senate, agreed Thursday with a number of his fellow Republicans: If Roy Moore, an Alabama U.S. Senate candidate, in fact abused teen-age girls when he was a young attorney, he should get out of the race.
Leading Senate candidate in Ohio GOP primary mum on Moore
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Republican U.S. Senate primary in Ohio that's barely registered with the public suddenly has a dividing line: Roy Moore.
Josh Mandel, the 40-year-old state treasurer considered the front runner, declined to state a position on whether Moore should quit the Alabama Senate race if allegations of sexual misconduct with minors prove true.
That's a break from other Republicans, including Senate leaders, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Gov. John Kasich.
Trump activists' super PAC that supported Josh Mandel is shutting down
WASHINGTON -- A super PAC formed by controversial activists who played a role in President Donald Trump's successful election is shutting down, which means Josh Mandel won't have its support.
Columbus-area auditor exits GOP race for Ohio treasurer
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The county auditor in Columbus says he's exiting the race for Ohio treasurer, the second departure from statewide races by a Republican in two days.
Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo announced his decision on Facebook on Tuesday. The self-described fiscal conservative touted himself as part of "a new generation of conservative leadership." He said despite personal resolve and "tireless support," he did not have the time and resources to continue.
Cleveland police union backs GOP’s Mandel in US Senate race
CLEVELAND (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel (man-DEHL') has won the backing of the Cleveland police union a year after the organization drew criticism for its support of Donald Trump.
The Cleveland Patrolmen's Association announced its support for Mandel, Ohio's state treasurer, over incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown on Tuesday.
President Steve Loomis says the union's board voted unanimously to support Mandel because he supports police and represents change in Washington.
‘Pizzagate’ figures defended by GOP’s Mandel start super PAC
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two right-wing activists that Ohio Republican Josh Mandel defended this summer against labeling by an anti-hate group have launched a super PAC backing his bid for U.S. Senate.
Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec are among founders of the #Rev18, for Revolution 2018, political action committee launched Monday.
Both men were involved in the conspiracy theory dubbed "pizzagate," which suggested Hillary Clinton was running a pedophile ring out of a pizzeria.
GOP’s Josh Mandel targets act barring church politicking
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel announced Tuesday the creation of a faith outreach team whose first goal is the repeal of a federal law prohibiting religious organizations and other charitable groups from backing political candidates.
Mandel, Ohio's state treasurer, said the 1954 Johnson Amendment is "overreaching."
CLEVELAND (AP) — A telemarketing company owned by a politically connected multimillionaire who was sent to prison for witness tampering has filed for bankruptcy protection.
Suarez Corporation Industries said in a bankruptcy court filing that it owes $10 million to $50 million and has $500,000 to $1 million in assets.
Company owner Ben Suarez, 75, was convicted of witness tampering charges in a campaign finance investigation and spent just over a year in prison before being released in early 2016.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel has sided on social media with the right-wing personality behind the online conspiracy theory dubbed "pizzagate" over an anti-hate group seeking to call out the man's behavior.
Mandel, the Ohio state treasurer seeking an election rematch against Democrat Sherrod Brown, retweeted a post Thursday by attorney and author Mike Cernovich that accused the Anti-Defamation League of "inciting terrorism."
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Using television ads wasn't the primary marketing advice provided to Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (man-DEHL) for promoting a new investment program for families with special needs children.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel submitted a financial disclosure statement that reveals that every work trip he took last year was at least in some part related to politics, including his campaign bid for U.S. Senate.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An investment banker and generous Republican contributor from Cleveland has announced his U.S. Senate candidacy.
Mike Gibbons' entry into the race Wednesday sets up a GOP primary with Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (man-DEHL') for the chance to unseat Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown next year.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's moderate Republican senator, Rob Portman, has thrown his support behind Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel for U.S. Senate.
In a video posted early Wednesday morning, Portman urged Republicans in the battleground state to unify behind Mandel as he makes a second consecutive run to unseat Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi (TEE'-behr-ee) has decided not to run in Ohio's upcoming Senate race.
The nine-term Republican congressman announced his decision Tuesday.
Tiberi was seen as a potential general election threat to Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, who faces re-election next year. Tiberi's moderate stances and support from the GOP establishment would have been contrasted with the veteran Brown's liberal voting record.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (man-DEHL') failed to show at a hearing discussing his handling of nearly $2 million earmarked for taxpayer-funded public service announcements.
A deputy represented the Republican before an Ohio Senate committee Tuesday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Josh Mandel (man-DEHL') won't get Ohio Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-sik's) endorsement for U.S. Senate if he keeps up his current tone.
Mandel, the state treasurer, is taking his second run at Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown. Kasich, a fellow Republican, supported Mandel's 2012 effort.
But he tells Politico that "any politician who is going to be in the dividing business, I'm not helping."
Ohio Republicans target taxpayer-funded ad campaigns
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An amendment tucked into the Ohio House version of the state operating budget aims to curb taxpayer-funded advertising campaigns like the one starring Republican Treasurer Josh Mandel.
Mandel, who is running for U.S. Senate, spent about $2 million on ads that featured him and Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer. His office used a loophole to avoid spending approval by the Controlling Board by paying for the commercials in increments under $50,000.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A super PAC created to support Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel's latest bid for U.S. Senate is getting the bulk of its money from an advocacy group not required to disclose its donors, an Associated Press review has found.
Columbus-area auditor joins GOP race for Ohio treasurer
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The county auditor in Columbus is joining the race for Ohio treasurer, becoming the second Republican to do so.
Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo launched his campaign Thursday, describing himself as a fiscal conservative who wants to be in what he calls "a new generation of conservative leadership" in Ohio.
Former lawmaker Connie Pillich running for Ohio governor
CINCINNATI (AP) — An Air Force veteran and former Ohio lawmaker who unsuccessfully ran for state treasurer in 2014 on Monday became the third Democrat to join the 2018 governor's race.
Connie Pillich joined Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni and former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton in what might become a more-crowded field of Democrat contenders. Schiavoni and Sutton previously announced their bids for the office.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fourth-term state Rep. Robert Sprague (sprayg) has announced a bid for Ohio treasurer.
The Findlay Republican said Monday he supports continuing the fiscal transparency efforts of incumbent Treasurer Josh Mandel (man-DEHL'), which he says have helped make the office "relevant."
Ohio GOP official’s US Senate bid could mean bitter rematch
Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel will again challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in 2018, setting up what could be a rematch of what was one of the country's most bitter, expensive and closely watched Senate races four years ago.
Mandel announced Wednesday he intends to again run as someone who is intent on shaking up Washington and will capitalize on the anti-establishment movement that propelled Donald Trump's presidential victory.
Cleveland’s shine as host of the 2016 RNC has Republicans glowing with pride
Cleveland's shine as host of the 2016 RNC has Republicans glowing with pride
CLEVELAND, Ohio â€“ The shine from Cleveland's performance as host city to the 2016 Republican National Convention has Republicans from Greater Cleveland and around the state glowing with pride.
"I think we showed them what Ohio is like and who we are," said state Sen. Gayle Manning, a delegate from North Ridgeville.
During the week delegates from across the country â€“ many...