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News Headlines 3/7/12
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Veteran Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur has defeated longtime Cleveland Congressman Dennis Kucinich in a bruising showdown made necessary by a newly drawn congressional map. Kaptur is in her 15th term representing the Toledo area. In a concession speech just past midnight, Kucinich described Kaptur's campaign as "lacking in integrity, filled with false truths." Kucinich is an eight-term congressman and two-time presidential candidate. The newly drawn district ties Toledo to Cleveland along the Lake Erie shoreline. The man known as “Joe The Plumber” has won the Republican nomination in that district. Samuel Wurzelbacher defeated Steve Kraus, a Sandusky real estate agent. 


Fourth-term Congresswoman Jean Schmidt has lost the Republican primary in her Cincinnati-area district to an Iraq war veteran. Army combat surgeon Brad Wenstrup won the primary. Democrat William Smith led the Democratic primary to oppose Wenstrup in the southern Ohio district that stretches east from Cincinnati into Appalachia.   


Former U.S. Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy has conceded the Democratic primary in a new Columbus congressional district to former state Rep. Joyce Beatty. Beatty is a former Ohio House minority leader and a vice president at Ohio State University.


Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel easily won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. The 34-year-old Marine veteran prevailed in a six-way GOPprimary that included an orthopedic surgeon, a clinicalphysiologist and political event organizer whose wide-rangingresume included stints as an autoworker, model and real estateagent. The first-term treasurer was heavily favored to win. He has already raised $4 million in his bid to unseat Democraticincumbent Sherrod Brown in the fall. Brown is a former congressmanand Ohio secretary of state with a progressive following around thestate. Ohio Democrats have lobbed accusations at Mandel all year ,including that he has neglected his treasurer duties for his Senatecampaign. 


A former Cuyahoga County Common pleas judge has won the Democratic primary for prosecutor. Timothy McGinty won the five-way primary. In November, he will face independent Edward Wade Jr.


A former veteran state appeals court judge won the Democratic nomination for Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday. 64-year old William O’Neill of Chagrin Falls defeated Hamilton County Municipal Judge Fanon Rucker in the primary election. O'Neill has run for the high school twice in the past. He will face Justice Robert Cupp in the fall. 


Voters approved about a dozen school tax issues throughout Northeast Ohio. The big winner of the night was Garfield Heights, where voters approved a levy for new money for the first time in 20 years. It will generate about $4 million a year for five years. Unofficial results also have school tax issues passing in districts including Cuyahoga Falls, Parma and Strongsville. Levies in districts including Rocky River, Waterloo and Woodridge failed. 


Ohio's voter turnout for Super Tuesday is well short of the record rate logged for the primary election four years ago, when there were hot contests for both Republicans and Democrats in the presidential race. Results posted by the Secretary of State's office show the turnout was just over 25 percent Tuesday. Ohio voters narrowly favored Mitt Romney over Rick Santorum as the Republicans battle for the chance to challenge President Barack Obama in November. More than 1.9 million of Ohio's 7.7 million voters cast a ballot. Nearly 3.5 million Ohioans cast a ballot in 2008 for the presidential primary that clinched the GOP nomination for John McCain and gave Hillary Rodham Clinton a much-needed victory on the Democratic side. The turnout rate for that election was 44.5 percent.  


This fall, as many as 50 Teach for America members will be working in Cleveland charter schools. Teach for American places recent college graduates, many from elite colleges, into high-poverty classrooms across American. Mike Wang leads Teach for America’s efforts to expand into Northeast Ohio. He says no traditional public schools in the Cleveland area have signed on yet. Teach for America has also developed a partnership with Cleveland State University: the new teachers can enroll in graduate-level education course work at the university. 


The Ohio Supreme Court has cleared the way for a $150 millionr wind farm on 9,000 acres in Champaign County between Dayton and Columbus. The ruling validated an Ohio Power Siting Board decision approving the application of Buckeye Wind LLC to build 70 turbines. The court ruled against a group of Urbana-area landowners who appealed. Construction on the wind farm could start as early as this fall.

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