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The Ohio Democratic Party may have endorsed Ted Strickland for the Democratic Senate Primary, but for his rival P.G. Sittenfeld, it's "full speed ahead."

After previous outcry from several prominent Ohio Democrats, the Democratic primary battle wages on between Ted Strickland and P.G. Sittenfeld.

The NewsDemocrat reports,


According to widely circulated reports Sittenfeld was supposed to drop out of the race if Strickland jumped in. In his remarks Friday Sittenfeld did not allude to that or the fact the Ohio Democrat Party, in an unheard of move this early in a primary, endorsed Strickland for Senate.
Defiant as ever, P.G. Sittenfield refuses to back down. When asked if he would step aside for the Democratic Party of Ohio's chosen candidate, P.G. stated,

“We are full speed ahead. I am out there energizing voters with my vision for the future and that’s what we are going to keep doing,” replied Sittenfeld. “Ted Strickland and I were in regular touch leading up to the race and through the time we both decided to run. I want to make this race about the future not the past."
Will P.G.Sittenfeld be able to overcome the Ohio Democratic Party's endorsement of Ted Strickland to become Ohio's Democratic Senate nominee?

Only time will tell.

In the meantime, Ohio Democrats remain divided as ever.
NRSC | April 24, 2015 |


Republicans are preparing override a potential Obama veto of a bill that gives Congress a voice in the Iranian nuclear deal.

President Obama has promised to veto any Congressional challenge to his authority in negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran.

Thankfully, Republicans have another idea: They're preparing to override President Obama's veto.

According to Bloomberg:


The Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Sunday he’s within a few votes of being able to override a threatened presidential veto of his bill giving Congress a say in any nuclear deal with Iran.

Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee predicted “strong, bipartisan support” when his committee takes up the bill on April 14. The measure would give Congress 60 days to review a final agreement with Iran before any congressional sanctions could be suspended.
Senator Corker continued:

“We’ve got 64 or 65 that we’re aware of today, if that were the case,” Corker said on the “Fox News Sunday” program. “I talked to a number of Democrats over the weekend, and I think there are many more that are considering this.”
With potential for bipartisan support, it's clear that members of both parties are uneasy with President Obama's nuclear negotiations with Iran without Congressional approval.

The pending nuclear deal will have far-reaching consequences, seriously impacting America's national security and the national security of many of our allies, such as Israel, for years to come.

With the passage of this veto override, Congress, and by extension, the American people, will finally have a voice in the Iranian deal currently underway.
NRSC | April 24, 2015 |


On Wednesday, our Republican Senate unanimously passed bipartisan legislation supporting victims of human trafficking.

After weeks of deliberation, Republican Senate leaders were able to close partisan divides, bringing the entire Senate together in unanimous support for this common-sense proposal.

Fox News reports:

The vote was 99-0 to approve the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which expands law enforcement tools to target sex traffickers and creates a new fund to help victims. The House has passed similar legislation and the White House has voiced support.
Sen. John Cornyn, the lead Republican sponsor noted:

"We have not fallen deaf to the cries of those who actually need our help, the victims of human trafficking," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the lead GOP sponsor. "This legislation will be instrumental in helping victims of sexual abuse and trafficking recover from a life in bondage."
This legislation, along with the Senate's recent passage of nearly a dozen bills and votes on over 200 amendments signals a new era of cooperation and functionality under Republican leadership in the Senate.
NRSC | April 23, 2015 |


A number of Ted Strickland's campaign contributions have come from shady sources...

The NRSC is now calling on Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Ted Strickland to return his campaign donations from disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer:

“After returning disgraced Governor Eliot Spitzer’s [$10,000] donation in 2008, Ted Strickland is once again accepting his dollar bills,” said NRSC spokesman Jahan Wilcox.

“This change of heart is a matter of convenience for Ted Strickland as six years ago he saw donations from Spitzer as dirty money, but now he gladly accepts it. This memory loss should come as no surprise since he’s always done what’s most convenient for him, instead of what is best for families in Ohio.”
According to Cleveland.com:

One day after Strickland formally announced his candidacy, Eliot Spitzer, the former New York governor who resigned in a prostitution scandal, gave Strickland $5,400. Spitzer has been a political commentator and businessman since leaving office in 2008.
Strickland has also received campaign cash from another notorious shadowy liberal figure - George Soros.

Cleveland.com reports:


Other contributions from the politically connected came later, including $5,400 from hedge fund mogul and liberal philanthropist George Soros on March 20.
Ted Strickland, the Ohio Democratic Party's Senate candidate of choice, is going to have a tough time shaking off these ties to shady liberal donors.
NRSC | April 22, 2015 |
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