Dave Joyce

Updated: 2:10 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020

The Ashtabula River is on its way to being removed from a list of areas of concern for environmental degradation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said Wednesday during a visit to Cleveland for an update on Lake Erie and the surrounding watershed.

“We are within sight of the finish line in terms of returning Ohio’s rivers to health again so they can again become a place where people can swim, play, catch fish, and generally enjoy what this great state has to offer,” Wheeler said.

Lake Erie advocates are hoping a proposed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project in Illinois will block invasive carp species from entering the Great Lakes — but they’re watching to see how officials will pay for it.

Representatives of several Great Lakes and environmental groups met Sept. 4 in Perry to talk with Rep. Dave Joyce (R-Ohio) about protecting the lake.

Donald Trump won Ohio’s 14th Congressional District by 11 points in 2016, which is one reason why the Republican-leaning district should not be “in play” this year. But it is.

David Cohen of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron says Ohio is gerrymandered in a way that favors Republicans, who control 12 of the 16 congressional districts. Yet, he says the northeast corner of Ohio is not a lock for the GOP.

Betsy Rader

Dissatisfaction with current elected officials has led a number of newcomers to jump into the political arena this midterm election. One of the biggest challenges they face is raising enough money to run a competitive campaign.

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Activists plan to deliver petitions this week to the Painesville office of Rep. Dave Joyce, a Republican, as part of a national effort to keep the young immigrants known as DREAMers in the United States.