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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Swingy Ohio is host to a tight Senate race

Republican Sen. Rob Portman Leading Off: • OH-Sen: Public Policy Polling takes a look at next year's Ohio Senate race and finds a very tight contest. Republican Sen. Rob Portman holds a 43-41 edge against ex-Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, not too different from the 45-45 tie they found in March. Show More Summary

Close Senate Match Up in Ohio

A new Public Policy Polling survey in Ohio shows Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) edging Ted Strickland (D) in the U.S. Senate race, 43% to 41%.

Strickland Promises Celebration at Portman’s Restaurant

Ted Strickland (D) vows if he defeats Sen. Rob Portman (R) for the U.S. Senate next year, “he and other Democrats will celebrate at Lebanon’s Golden Lamb — a restaurant owned by Portman’s family,” the Hamilton Journal-News reports.

White House issues veto threat to trade currency measure

Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, want the Senate to vote on an amendment to the trade bill that would place prohibitions on currency manipulation into trade agreements.

Could Rob Portman Make GOP Evolve on Marriage Equality?

The Ohio senator, a marriage equality supporter and father of a gay son, is in a good spot to advocate that the party drop its opposition, says CNN's John King. read more

GOP Establishment Seeking to Tweak Party's 2016 Anti-gay Marriage Platform with Sen. Rob Portman's Help

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An interesting tidbit of news out of CNN today: Whatever the Supreme Court decides, social conservatives active in the Republican Party are vowing to leave tough language opposing same-sex marriage in the GOP's 2016 platform. But a group of establishment...

Portman faces balancing act on trade as he seeks re-election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio is maneuvering with care as he runs for re-election in a swing state while cautiously supporting a free-trade deal that even some fellow Republicans fear could lead to job losses back home. Portman's...Show More Summary

Lynch confirmed: DOJ lawlessness to continue

(Paul Mirengoff) Yesterday, as John noted here, the Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. Ten Republicans voted to confirm: Kelly Ayotte, Ron Johnson, Mark Kirk, Rob Portman, Thad Cochran, Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, and Orrin Hatch. Show More Summary

Loretta Lynch Confirmed With Ten Republican Votes

(John Hinderaker) The Senate voted 56-43 this afternoon to confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. Ten Republicans voted for confirmation: Kelly Ayotte, Ron Johnson, Mark Kirk, Rob Portman, Thad Cochran, Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch and Mitch McConnell. Show More Summary

READ IN: Jumping Hurdles Edition

By Reid Wilson -- When the Senate Finance Committee marks up Trade Promotion Authority legislation today, Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) are expected to offer an amendment on currency provisions, the first of many hurdles fast track will face. But the bill's path through the Senate will look easy compared with the […]

Capitol Hill Buzz: Senate Democrats discuss 2016 races

[...] did former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, the Democrats' preferred candidate against incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman as Democrats fight uphill to retake Senate control. Waiting outside the ornate LBJ Room with Amanda Renteria, the campaign's political director and a former aide to Democratic Sen. Show More Summary

The MTB: A No-Brainer for Manufacturers

The introduction of bipartisan legislation by Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC)Read the Rest...

US Senator Unable to Recall Talk of UN Peacekeeping Mission With Poroshenko

US Senator Rob Portman says he doesn’t recall talking about possible UN peacekeeping mission to Ukraine during a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Poroshenko Requests UN Peacekeeping Mission in Meeting With US Senator

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko repeated his request for an international peacekeeping mission in Ukraine during a Thursday meeting in Kiev with US Senator Rob Portman, according to a press release issued by Poroshenko’s office...

Ukraine’s Formal Security Strategy Now Includes NATO Membership

Honor to see Ukraine Prime Minister Yatsenyuk last night to discuss the importance of the U.S.-Ukraine partnership. pic.twitter.com/2nd3O4f4pY — Rob Portman (@senrobportman) April 9, 2015 The government in Ukraine has presented its official...Show More Summary

Strickland Leads Portman in Ohio

A new Quinnipiac poll in Ohio finds Ted Strickland (D) with a 9 percentage-point lead over Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) in the 2016 Senate race, 48% to 39%.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) raises nearly $2.8 million for reelection bid, has $8 million on hand

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), whose reelection campaign is expected to be a key battleground in the fight for the Senate majority, announced Wednesday that he raised about $2.8 million for his bid during the first three months of 2015. Portman's campaign said he ended the first quarter with more than $8 million in his campaign […]

Dynamic Scoring in the Senate

Senator Rob Portman (R., Ohio) is renewing his push for “dynamic” or “macroeconomic” scoring. The Senate Republican budget includes language, mirroring that adopted by House Republicans, requiring the Congressional Budget Office andShow More Summary

What Was Rob Portman Thinking?

In recent public polling from Ohio, a consistent truth about the state's junior senator, Rob Portman, is that much of the electorate simply doesn't have a sense of who he is. This past week offered voters noteworthy examples of how Rob...Show More Summary

Reintroduced Energy Efficiency Legislation Receives Bipartisan Support

Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) reintroduced their energy efficiency legislation Wednesday, joined by 11 bipartisan co-sponsors. TheRead the Rest...

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