June 30, 2015

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Economists say Jeb’s 4 percent growth goals are unrealistic

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says there’s “not a reason in the world” why the U.S. economy can’t grow at 4 percent annually. Actually, there are a bunch of reasons it probably can’t. Many economists say the U.S. economy is ill equipped to grow consistently at even close to 4 percent. Current forecasts Read More…

Republican presidential field to add nine billion dollar man as Trump throws hat into ring

WASHINGTON — With a presidential field approaching 20 high-profile Republicans, the GOP’s 2016 class offers voters a little bit of everything. There is the top-tier, a group that includes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who formally launched his candidacy on Monday. There are the single-issue candidates such as South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who talks Read More…

After months of preparation, Jeb finally ready to announce presidential bid

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush is ready to launch a Republican presidential bid months in the making on Monday by asserting his commitment to the “most vulnerable in our society,” an approach targeting the broader American electorate even as he faces questions about his policies from conservatives in his own party. Six months after he got Read More…

Brinda outspent Grace three-to-one in primary

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda vastly outspent former Mayor Bill Grace in last month’s Democratic primary, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Lorain County Board of Elections. The reports show that Brinda spent $33,040 to win the primary, compared with the $11,315 that Grace spent on his unsuccessful effort to return Read More…

86-year-old veteran says he’s going to run for Congress

WESTLAKE — Norbert Dennerll always had political aspirations, and he’s no stranger to coming up short in his bids for public office. He’s previously run for sheriff, Congress and president, but Dennerll, 86, isn’t ready to call it quits just yet. The Elyria resident and Marine Corps veteran, who’s receiving physical therapy at Lifecare Center Read More…

Flores sues to challenge election results

ELYRIA — Lorain City Councilman Dennis Flores, D-2nd Ward, sued the man who narrowly beat him out in last month’s Democratic primary in the hopes of overturning the election results. The challenge, filed Monday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court against Ryan Horn, accused Horn’s father, bail bondsman Tony Horn, of rigging the election in Read More…

After months of hints, fund-raising, Jeb Bush finally elbows way into crowded GOP field

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush is stepping into the Republican race for president, finally taking his place — after months of hints and relentless fundraising — amid an unwieldy field of GOP candidates unlike any in recent memory. The son of one president and brother of another, the former Florida governor has the rank of front-runner Read More…

‘Humbler’ Perry hopes 2016 presidential bid goes better

ADDISON, Texas — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry launched his presidential campaign four years ago as an instant front-runner — a proven job-creator with solid conservative credentials, formidable fundraising prowess and perhaps enough cowboy swagger to take Republicans by storm. Then came “Oops” and Perry’s tumble from powerhouse to punchline. Now he’s back, hitting Iowa, Read More…

GOP donors spreading money around — except to Rand Paul

WASHINGTON — Some of the biggest donors and fundraisers in the Republican Party, still uncertain who should get their support in 2016, are sprinkling their money around a presidential field that grows by the day. The largesse born of their indecision has a notable exception: Rand Paul. The Kentucky senator has aggressively tried to raise Read More…

Problems in Middle East spark Graham’s presidential run

CENTRAL, S.C. — Lindsey Graham will formally launch his bid for president in the small South Carolina town where he grew up. His White House ambitions are rooted half a world away in the Middle East. When kicking off his campaign Monday, South Carolina’s senior senator is sure to blast President Barack Obama’s withdrawal of Read More…