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Bridget Johnson


August 21, 2012 - 8:38 am

President Obama signed a disaster declaration for Ohio a day before visiting the swing state today for a campaign stop in Columbus.

The president ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and straight-line winds during the period of June 29 to July 2, 2012.

Obama approved federal funds for disaster relief for Maryland, hit during the same storm period, back on Aug. 2. The District of Columbia received the disaster declaration — for, again, the same storms — on Aug. 1, and Virginia was declared a disaster area on July 27.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich requested a disaster aid assessment on July 24. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley requested a disaster declaration on July 27.

Obama is delivering remarks shortly at a campaign event at Capital University in Columbus.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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