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Ohio’s 7th Congressional District runs solidly red through a wide swath of largely rural Northeast and Central Ohio. But for the first time, a well-funded Democratic opponent with a compelling personal story is taking on the GOP incumbent.

Jim Jordan's Speaker Run Clouded By Ohio State Scandal

Jul 27, 2018
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Hard-hitting Rep. Jim Jordan launched his long-shot bid Thursday to become the next House speaker, saying Congress isn't doing enough to back President Donald Trump and positioning the right flank for a leadership battle that could define the GOP.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, announced Thursday that he will run for the job of speaker of the House, challenging the current speaker Paul Ryan's hand-picked successor, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

Jordan is a member of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, which filed articles of impeachment Wednesday against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Jordan's announcement:

By a razor-thin margin, the House of Representatives passed its version of the farm bill Thursday as Republican leadership was able to round up just enough support from members of its conservative wing to clear passage.

The GOP-backed measure, which covers farm and food policy legislation, passed 213-211.

The $867 billion package renews the safety net for farmers across the country, but also includes tougher work requirements for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Program or SNAP, formerly known as food stamps.

Updated at 7:40 p.m. ET

House Republican leaders delayed a vote on the "consensus" immigration legislation Thursday afternoon as they scrambled to convince enough GOP lawmakers to support the measure.

The vote on that bill was initially rescheduled for Friday morning. But after a closed-door meeting that lasted more than two hours, leaders delayed it even further — to next week, according to several House Republican sources.

House Speaker Paul Ryan's office announced late Tuesday a vote on two immigration bills next week to address the legal status of people brought to the U.S. as children.

Specific details of the two bills will be released Wednesday morning. They are aimed at appeasing the ideological wings of the House GOP. One is expected to be a more conservative measure preferred by the House Freedom Caucus, and the other a more moderate one supported by more centrist Republicans.

Updated at 12:23 p.m. ET

House Republicans huddled for hours Thursday morning in another attempt to find party unity on an issue that divides the GOP like no other: immigration.

The meeting concluded with little tangible progress toward a final bill, but Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters there was agreement within the House GOP that they would continue to work on a bill that addressed "four pillars" of immigration policy outlined earlier this year by the White House. Ryan said that is "the most optimistic, plausible chance of getting [a bill] into law."

Democratic dreams of a massive blue wave delivering them a House majority this fall may be dimming.

"Right now there's not a lot of signs of a true wave," argued one longtime House GOP operative. "There are tough races, and the Democrats have a path to the majority, but if they get locked out of two or three seats in California, or nominate far-left candidates in some of these battleground races, that starts to make it a lot harder."

Updated at 6:21 p.m. ET

The House rejected a $867 billion farm bill on Friday — after spending days negotiating with key conservatives in an attempt to pass the bill without the support of Democrats.

The vote was 198-213. Every Democrat voted against the measure, as did 30 Republicans. Many of the GOP lawmakers are members of the House Freedom Caucus and voted no after failing to get concessions on spending and a future vote on immigration in exchange for their support.

Ohio House Approves Veterans Bonus Plan.

Mar 4, 2009

The Ohio House has approved a plan to pay cash bonuses to veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

The plan approved Tuesday provides $100 for every month of service, up to $1,000, to veterans of the conflicts.

The Ohio Senate approved the plan last month, and Gov. Ted Strickland is expected to sign it. But voters would still have to approve the plan on the November ballot because the bonuses would be paid for from selling bonds.

Ohio State House up for grabs; Campaign ads get nasty

Oct 30, 2008

For the first time since 1994 Democrats have a chance to take control of the State House of Representatives. Right now Republicans hold a slim majority and Democrats need only four seats to re-gain the House. With control of the House comes many perks like choosing the speaker, outlining the budgets and laying down the agenda. With all that's at stake district races have become very competitive and some have become down right nasty. WOSU takes a look at two of those: Districts 20 and 22.

Ohio House Clerk Warns Guest Ministers to Tone Down Prayers

May 18, 2007

The House clerk is warning lawmakers that guest ministers invited to lead prayers in the Ohio House are violating state guidelines by speaking out on political topics and invoking the name of Jesus.

On Wednesday, the Reverend Keith Hamblen, pastor of Calvary Bible Church in Lima, made multiple references to Jesus, spoke favorably of church-sponsored schools and mentioned a proposal to ban nudity in strip clubs after midnight.