“[T]he Ohio AFL-CIO, the umbrella organization representing some 600,000 union members,” endorsed former CFPB Director Richard Cordray (D) on Tuesday, praising his “proven record of standing up against a rigged system that makes it harder for working people to get ahead.” (Toledo Blade)
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) endorsed Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor (R) on Tuesday, calling her the “conservative champion that Ohio needs. … Mary has fought to defend the Constitution, even when she had to stand against Republican leaders and Governors in her own state to do so.” (release)
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) also endorsed Taylor on Wednesday, referring to her and her running mate as “the clear conservative choice for voters in this Republican primary” for their opposition to abortion rights and support for gun rights.
A TRULY REMARKABLE DECISION. “In a fundraising letter that calls him ‘a truly remarkable man of God,’” former state Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill (D) “is staking out his position as an anti-abortion candidate in the Democratic primary. … He acknowledges that he’s ‘a man who will never have to make an abortion decision,’ and on the Supreme Court, he held that some Ohio abortion laws place an undue burden on a woman’s right to an abortion. He explains that, as a state Supreme Court justice, he was bound by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that says women have a constitutional guarantee of access to abortion. But that doesn’t mean that O’Neill agrees with the ruling. ‘I think it’s wrongly decided, there’s no question,’ he said.”
In comparison, the rest of the major Democrats in the race support abortion rights. (Columbus Dispatch)
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President Trump is planning to announce new sanctions against Chinese technology companies Thursday, and China may respond "by targeting U.S. agricultural exports from Farm Belt states," including "soybeans, sorghum and live hogs ... The U.S. is among the top suppliers of these products to China." The Chinese sanctions are being calibrated to target states "that helped elect Donald Trump in 2016."
"Federal prosecutors have dropped charges against 11 of 15 members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security team who were accused in connection with the beating of protesters during their visit to Washington last year, the latest twist in a case that caused a diplomatic rift between the U.S. and Turkey. The decision by the U.S. to prosecute the 15 men added to political strains as the Trump administration was trying to reset relations with Turkey, a key U.S. ally in the fight against Islamic State. Prosecutors first asked a judge in November to dismiss charges against four members of Mr. Erdogan’s security detail. Then they dropped charges against seven others on Feb. 14, the day before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flew to Ankara for a meeting with Mr. Erdogan meant to ease tensions."