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This year, the political battle for Ohio voters is fiercer than ever. With a tight U.S. Senate race and mere percentage points separating the candidates for President, WKSU reporters are busy covering the story behind the stories to bring you the best information and help you make educated decisions in the November elections.



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Campaign signs illegal in right-of-way
Campaign workers put signs out but shouldn’t try to take them away

With thousands of eyes going by every day, the medians of interstates and the grassy areas beside on- and off-ramps seem ideal places to put campaign signs. But even though they’re all over the place, it’s actually illegal to place those signs in public rights-of-way. Nancy Burton speaks for ODOT, and notes that often campaign volunteers put those signs out, but she says they shouldn’t try to take them away.
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Poll could impact gay marriage ballot issue
52% back gay marriage

A newspaper poll showing support for gay marriage in Ohio is giving a boost to a petition drive, aimed at putting a gay marriage proposal onto the ballot next year. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.
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New poll shows slight leads for President Obama and Senator Sherrod Brown
Recent polls have shown the presidential race to be tighter in other states

A new poll shows President Obama is still leading in Ohio. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles has details.
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Joe the Plumber is a no show
Rep. Marcy Kaptur is stood up for City Club debate by opponent Sam "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher

It was oddly reminiscent of Clint Eastwood’s skit at the Republican National Convention. Only this time, it was US Representative Marcy Kaptur, standing next to an empty chair at the City Club in Cleveland. WCPN’s Brian Bull explains.
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Ohio key to Presidential ground game
Activists on both sides working to "get out the vote"

There are less than four weeks left before Election Day and activists for both Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican Challenger Mitt Romney are working to make sure their supporters make it to the polls before or on Election Day. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports there’s a lot at stake in the political ground game in Ohio.
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Mitt Romney attracts a crowd in Cuyahoga Falls
Promises to cut spending and stimulate the economy but light on specifics.

An enthusiastic crowd braved chilly temperatures last night (Tues) in Cuyahoga Falls to hear Mitt Romney promote his plan for fiscal austerity.  The audience and the Republican presidential nominee both seemed buoyed by his performance in last week’s debate. WKSU’s Mark Urycki has that story.
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Incumbents Renacci and Sutton meet in the only debate for Ohio's 16th
Redistricting slots two very different incumbents into an Ohio Congressional race

One of the country’s most expensive congressional races saw its only debate Wednesday as Democrat Betty Sutton and Republican Jim Renacci faced off at the City Club of Cleveland. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on the meeting of polar-opposite incumbents running for what has been a swing district in northeast Ohio.

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End of Ohio's golden week draws out the passionate and practical voters
The presidential race is the big driver for voters, but other interests show up as well

Today is the last day of what’s called the golden week, when voters can register and cast ballots at the same time.  Traffic at county boards of elections has been steady, and that’s expected to continue right up until 9 tonight.
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Ohio Secretary of State appeals federal court ruling to U.S. Supreme Court
Jon Husted doesn't think the ruling to allow early, in person weekend voting makes sense

Ohio’s top elections chief is asking the nation’s highest court to overrule last week’s federal appeals court ruling on early, in person weekend voting. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has more on the story.
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Renacci, Sutton vie for the 16th
Two incumbents differ on tax increases and spending cuts

Jim Renacci and Betty Sutton will square off in their only debate Wednesday in Cleveland, well outside the 16th District in which the two incumbent members of Congress are running against each other. But over the weekend, they answered questions – albeit separately -- from “Reclaim November Ohio,” a non-partisan microcosm of their constituents-to-be. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia has more on a race that’s drawing national attention.
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Brown and Mandel stay divided on their tax stances
The winner of the senate race could determine whether the Democrats keep their majority in the senate

This election season the nation's eyes are on Ohio - and not just the presidential battlefront. They're also watching the hot contest between Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Josh Mandel. It's one of a handful races that could determine whether the Democrats hold onto their slim majority in the U.S. Senate. Like most campaigns the candidates are either short on details or sing only one song about what they'd do to fix things. That's particularly true on the issue of taxes. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Bill Rice reports.
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Voting three days before election will be allowed, but not required
Appeals court rules it will be up to individual county election boards to decide

In a victory for the Obama campaign, a federal appeals court has ruled that Ohioans can vote early, in-person the weekend before the Nov. 6th election -- but only if individual county boards of elections say they can.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled after Ohio had appealed a lower federal court ruling that sided with the Obama campaign.  The campaign had argued that a state law banning most voting on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the election was unconstitutional -- because it exempted military and overseas voters from the ban.

Secretatry of State Jon Husted issued this statement: "On Monday, we will make a determination on how to proceed legally and provide administrative guidance to Ohio’s boards of elections."
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National bus tour wages ideological war of words and money
"Stop the greed agenda" painted on the side of bus making its way across U.S.

While the Presidential candidates’ official campaigns fight it out with TV ads and rallies, others on the political right and left are behind the scenes…waging their own ideological war of words and money. Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen reports on one example.
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Presidential debate puts Ohio on the map
Both candidates allude to Buckeye state several times in 90 minute debate

The swing state of Ohio got some direct pitches from both candidates during the first presidential debate last night. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia spoke with David Cohen of the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics about what was and wasn’t said, and what’s likely to come up in the next rounds.
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Elections Commission approves settlement on Issue 2 complaint
Executive director of the Ohio Republican Party says his group agreed to the settlement to move past petty arguments

The Ohio Elections commission has approved a settlement between backers of a constitutional amendment to change redistricting, the Ohio Republican Party and another group that’s fighting that measure on the ballot. Voters First, the group that’s pushing for a citizens commission to take over drawing of legislative and congressional districts in Ohio has succeeded in getting opponents to agree to quit saying that new panel would get a blank check. And Sandy Theis with Voters First says the agreement specifies opponents cannot say some of the commission members will be chosen in secret.
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Ohio voters might be tired of the ads, but take their role seriously
Early voting begins Tuesday with lines, and talk of hope and change

One of those swing states is Ohio, where early voting began yesterday . More than a million people have signed up for mail-in ballots and thousands more began voting in person. From member station WKSU, M.L. Schultze reports that swing voters in Ohio are taking their role seriously.
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