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Marcia Fudge

In 2019, the federal government delivered an extraordinary financial aid package to America's farmers. Farm subsidies jumped to their highest level in 14 years, most of them paid out without any action by Congress.

The money flowed to farmers like Robert Henry. When I visited in early July, many of his fields near New Madrid, Mo., had been flooded for months, preventing him from working in them. The soybeans that he did manage to grow had fallen in value; China wasn't buying them, in retaliation for the Trump administration's tariffs.

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Warrensville Heights, and numerous people in Northeast Ohio’s legal and political world wrote in support of Lance Mason as he faced legal consequences for a 2014 attack on his wife, Aisha Fraser.

Mason was arrested this weekend in connection with Fraser’s fatal stabbing. Shaker Heights police have charged him with felonious assault, saying he rammed a police cruiser with his car. Police say more charges are coming.

Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, speaks during the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

U.S. Rep Marcia Fudge (D-Warrensville Heights) will not run for Speaker of the House.

Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, speaks during the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is ramping up his opposition to Nancy Pelosi as the next House speaker as Democrats prepare to formally retake the chamber in January.

This week the Agriculture Committee in Congress looks at stricter work requirements for food stamps as part of the larger farm bill

In the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, able-bodied people without kids can receive food stamps for three months without having to work. After that, they’ve got to get a job or be enrolled in job training for at least 20 hours a week.

People are exempt from those rules if they are pregnant, younger than 18 or older than 49.

Preston Keres / USDA

Democrats and Republican in Congress passed a short term budget last month but another spending bill may not be as easy.  The proposed Farm Bill has upset Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge. The Agriculture Committee member and Warrensville Heights representative says it’s not going to pass. 

Mark Arehart / WKSU

It was a chilly winter day in North Akron, just a few blocks from the Sand Run Metro Park. Out in a straight line, heading just 4 miles southwest from this spot, you could travel through all four of Summit County’s Congressional districts.

The Ohio congresswoman who unexpectedly took over as chair of the Democratic National Convention this weekend is predicting the party will emerge united behind Hillary Clinton. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from Philadelphia.