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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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Rain move disappoints Ohio delegation
But the Ohio Democratic Party sets up other options to hear the president's acceptance speech tonight.

Some Ohioans hoping to watch Barack Obama give his acceptance speech in Charlotte  tonight will have to watch it on TV.   A strong rain came down this afternoon in the city where the President was to speak at the Carolina Panthers’ stadium.   Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Jerid Kurtz said it’s a disappointment for many.
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Let them eat cake
Ohio GOP teases Dems 

A little gamesmanship occurred this week at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.   The head of the Ohio Democratic Party explained to his delegates at breakfast . . 
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A preview of President Obama's speech tonight
President Obama's speech moves inside because of rain

President Obama will be speaking to a much smaller crowd -- about 20,000 -- than anticipated tonight. Rain forced the speech indoors, instead ofhe outdoor stadium where some 70,000 were expected.
Ohio's delegation will be front and center on the convention floor as it has been all week -- and as its Republican counterpart was last week. But even some of the 225 members of the delegation will not be able to get tickets. So the Ohio Democratic Party has prepared a watch party downtown for them.

Here are excerpts of President Obama’s remarks as they've been prepared to deliver at the Democratic National Convention tonight. 
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Ted Strickland tells DNC Ohio is booming
A bit as Kasich told RNC

Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland addressed a cheering throng at the Democratic National Convention last night in Charlotte North Carolina. Like Governor Kasich in Tampa, the Democrat also said things are getting better in the Buckeye state. But he offered different reasons than his successor.   From Charlotte WKSU’s Mark Urycki reports.
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Sherrod Brown says Recovery Act is working in Ohio
And so are more Ohioans.

Republicans have been very effective in tying the slow economy to President Obama. But in Ohio, the recovery is more noticeable than most states.  At the Democratic National Convention, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is urging delegates to spread that message.  WKSU’s Mark Urycki reports from Charlotte.
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Husted court appearance to explain early voting ban
A federal judge has ordered Ohio’s secretary of state to appear personally next week over the state’s rules banning in-person voting the weekend before the Nov. 6 election

A federal judge has ordered Ohio’s secretary of state to appear personally at a court hearing next week over the state’s rules banning in-person voting the weekend before the Nov. 6 election.

The judge decided last week that a law banning the early voting except for military voters and others living overseas is unconstitutional because it values one voter over others.

But the state is appealing. And Secretary of State Jon Husted will not allow counties to set voting hours during those three days until that’s resolved.

He says it would confuse voters if the judge’s ruling is overturned.And Husted’s spokesman, Matt McClellan, says the state still has plenty of time to sort things out.
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Libertarian presidential candidate remains on Ohio ballot after complaint
Libertarians call comlaint legally baseless.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson remains on the Ohio ballot, but his followers here are still upset because of a short-lived challenge to his candidacy. They charge that Republicans are behind the move and it amounts to harassment. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.
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Ohio delegates offer ideas to Obama
What should Mr. Obama mention in his acceptance speech?

Ohio Democrats have no shortage of ideas on what President Obama should talk about in tonight’s acceptance speech.  It might well be his most important speech of the campaign. Some delegates at the Democratic National Convention are disappointed that he has not been more forceful with Congressional Republicans in his first term, though they prefer not to say that on the record.  And they are more than ready to work for his reelection.  From Charlotte, WKSU’s Mark Urycki reports.
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Ohio delegates mark Labor Day at DNC
Fear Republicans are out to rollback workers' rights and voting rights

The Ohio delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte marked Labor Day by hearing from a list of union leaders. The head of the Ohio AFL-CIO called the Democrats the party of labor. From Charlotte, WKSU’s Mark Urycki reports, they celebrated recent victories but worried about future attacks.
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Labor Day get-out-the-vote rally in Cleveland
Several thousand people turned out to Luke Easter Park on Cleveland's east side

Several thousand people turned out to Luke Easter Park on Cleveland's east side for the Labor Day festival and political rally held there each year. President Barack Obama had briefly planned to make an appearance, but reversed course in order to travel to Louisiana to visit with flood victims. The annual festival and rally was started 41 years ago by Congressman Louis Stokes, and it’s become a traditional political event for the city’s black community and local labor unions.  This year voter registration was a top goal, with at least four booths and volunteers strolling the grounds with clipboards of registration materials. Ben Holbert volunteered with the Urban League to sign up voters.

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National and state Dems focus on getting out the vote and the message in states like Ohio
Gaspard hopes for "ripple effect" from the message of Ohio's manufacturing resurgence

Ohio delegates at the Democratic National Convention heard from their own state elected officials and from national leaders today. But the message was the same: They must get out the vote.  The head of the Democratic National Committee, Patrick Gaspard, told the Buckeyes to spread the word that manufacturing has rebounded under President Obama.
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DNC spoofs the RNC before an appreciative Ohio audience
Ryan's marathon claim and Clint Eastwood's chair are fodder

It didn’t take long for speakers at the Democratic National Convention to spoof Republicans.  Union leader Lee Saunders was talking to an empty chair in front of the Ohio delegation Monday – a not-too-subtle reference to Clint Eastwood’s odd performance at the Republican convention last week. Today, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, made a reference to Paul Ryan’s fib about his marathon time. She started by telling the Ohio delegation they must leave Charlotte as truth-tellers.
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Democrats embrace, defend Medicare
HHS secretary and daughter of Ohio governor says it is not an abstract to her

Democrats are fiercely defending Medicare at their convention in Charlotte this week, and perhaps none for fiercely than Kathleen Sebelius. She’s the former Kansas governor who is now secretary of Health and Human Services. She’s also the daughter of John Gilligan, and told the Ohio delegation Tuesday that gives her a special connection to them and to the program that Republicans are talking about changing over to private vouchers.
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Ohio Democrats are urged to remember the other battles
Budish and Turner say the Statehouse battles matter, too

Political conventions are a time to share strategy and excite the ground troops for the coming battles. Ohio delegates in Charlotte are hearing how important the state is in re-electing Barack Obama.  But as WKSU’s Mark Urycki reports, they’re also hearing how important the state races are.
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Stark voters want to hear about jobs, jobs, jobs
County fair kicks off Canton political season

After nearly a century as the center of its own Congressional district, Stark County is facing this November with a divided electorate. But even if voters are physically split amongst three districts, WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports that they’re unified in their concerns.
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Biden Cruzes to Lordstown
VP hits back at Paul Ryan's GM plant closure speech

Vice-President Joe Biden visited Lordstown today (Friday), stumping in front of an appreciative audience of autoworkers near the GM assembly plant.  WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.
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