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Government & Politics
2018 was a big election year in Ohio. Republicans held onto all five statewide executive offices including governor and super majorities in both the Ohio House and Senate. But there were a few bright spots for Democrats, among them the reelection of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and the election of two Democrats to the Ohio Supreme Court.With election 2018 over, the focus now shifts to governing. Stay connected with the latest on politics, policies and people making the decisions at all levels affecting your lives.

Sen. Sherrod Brown Says Tuesday's Democratic Wins Should Send a Signal to Ohioans Next Year

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says Ohio could learn from this week’s wins for Democrats in New Jersey and Virginia.

Brown says that when voters elected Democratic governors in the two states -- and a number of other Democrats around the country -- this week, they were really sending a message about the federal government and its handling of things like health care. He says that should resonate with Ohioans next year.

“I’ve fought to keep insurance for the 900,000 people that have insurance now [and] the 200,000 that are getting opioid treatment. The consumer protections on pre-existing conditions and cancelling insurance policies and all that.”

Brown adds that he feels voters were also commenting on the Republican tax plan and its support for wealthy individuals. The Senator says he’s not sure President Trump is aware that that’s in the bill.

Questions about Wilbur Ross
In his weekly conference call with reporters, Brown says he’s standing by his vote earlier this year for Wilbur Ross to be Secretary of Commerce, but he also wants to know more about Ross’ finances and alleged ties to Russia.

Ross has faced questions about his part ownership of a shipping company that does business with a Russian firm with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sen. Brown had voted for confirmation based on Ross’ work with steel firms. Today, he reiterated that support but also said Ross needs to come clean.

“Ross absolutely needs to disclose this information. We don’t know if he’s profiting in his job. But I’ve been pleased with the job he’s done on the enforcement of steel and on China’s steel overcapacity. But he needs to own up to who he is and what he is and what he owns.”

Ross’ involvement with the shipping company – which is co-owned by Putin’s son-in-law – was revealed in a leak of more than 13-million documents from a Bermuda law firm, known as the “Paradise Papers.”