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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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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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Judge sides with Obama campaign to force weekend voting in Ohio
Ohio republicans plan to appeal the decision

A federal judge has ruled Ohio must have early in person voting on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before Election Day. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, the fight is not over.
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State appeals early voting ruling
Federal court rules Ohio can have early, in-person voting on weekend before election

Ohio’s Attorney General says he’ll appeal a decision by a federal court that ordered the state to hold in person, early voting the weekend before Election Day. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles explains why.
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Sen. Portman hits Obama on the economics of trade and deficits
Democrats hit back with references to Portman's roles in the Bush White House

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman will be helping Gov. Mitt Romney prepare for his debates with President Obama this fall. And his speech to the Republican national Convention Wednesday night previewed some of the attacks they may be preparing. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.
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On a national stage, Kasich boasts of Ohio's success
But Democrats say his "fairytale" leaves out the person who deserves a lot of the credit: President Obama

NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the recently retired mayor of Pepper Pike. He is Bruce Akers.

John Kasich’s speech on the floor of the Republican National Convention last night was a celebratory one. The Ohio governor’s critics say it also skated over some painful truths. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.
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Condoleezza Rice praises Clinton but not foreign policy
Former Secretary of State says timidity creates chaos

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told the Ohio delegation at the Republican National Convention this morning that they share a bond that goes back to 2004, when she was the first to let Karl Rove know Ohio had swung to George W. Bush. Rice is now pushing for Mitt Romney. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from Tampa.
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Clarence Mingo says "black Republican" is no oxymoron
Franklin County auditor is the only African American Ohio delegate to the convention.  He's also one of the few countywide elected officials in Ohio -- of either party -- who are African American

It’s not hard to pick out Clarence Mingo in a room filled with devoted Ohio Republicans at the convention in Tampa. He’s the only one of them who is black. WKSU’s M.L Schultze talked with Mingo outside one of the breakfasts this week about his goals.
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Even in Tampa, Kasich and Batchelder continue to disagree over drilling tax
Kasich says it will happen; House speaker says caution

Presidential conventions are all about cohesiveness and that’s been the message throughout the week in Tampa. But WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that on one key issue, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and other members of his party are divided.
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Forestry Service OKs Wayne Forest drilling
Decision comes as Republicans plan to blast Obama on oil and gas drilling policy.

The U.S. Forestry Service is opening up the National Forest in Ohio to fracking just as Ohio Republicans are blasting President Obama on his energy policy. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from Tampa.
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Kasich says he'll largely wing it on tonight's RNC stage
Ohio governor says it's his style

Ohio’s Gov. John Kasich will take the stage at the Republican National Convention tonight to talk about a recovering economy.  And the governor famous for speaking off the cuff insists the tightly structured Mitt Romney organization will be giving him some latitude. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from Tampa.
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Coal miners are upset about losing money over Romney event
The miners lost a day's pay as a result of an even Romney held at a Beallsville coal mine

It’s been two weeks since Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appeared at an Ohio coal mine with miners standing in the background, but now it appears that the campaign event was more than meets the eye. There’s a new development --- some of the miners are upset because the staging of the event took money out of their wallets. Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen reports.
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Ohio Secretary of State fires Democratic elections board members
The two members disobeyed Husted's instructions to hold uniform hours for early in-person voting

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has fired two Democratic members of the Montgomery County Board of Elections. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles explains why.
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Kasich off the cuff and on and off message
Before tonight's speech, Ohio's governor offered some caveats that separate him from more orthodox messages at the Republican convention

Covering political conventions often comes down to a short speech followed by 10-minute press scrums with hurried questions and more hurried answers.  So length alone --38 minutes -- is one reason Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s press conference today stood out. But, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports from Tampa, his message was a bit different, too.
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Millions on ads may mean little in Ohio
Advisor to Bush says convention speech and debates may be where votes really swing

The presidential campaigns are spending tens of millions of dollars on political ads in Ohio. And one of the engineers of Mitt Romney’s campaign acknowledges the saturation may mean less than a few hours of free air time. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more the first Ohio delegation breakfast in Tampa.
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National group urges Ohio to purge voter list
Plans to file a lawsuit in Ohio.

A national group that’s pushed to purge voter rolls in other states wants to do the same in Ohio. And as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, the group says it plans to file a court suit to make sure that happens before the November election.
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Democrats attack Paul Ryan's student loan plan
Ignore Mitt Romney's statement that he also disagrees with Ryan

While Republicans are meeting in Tampa, Ohio Democrats are trying to drum up votes for President Obama by taking their case to university students. They’re pointing out that Paul Ryan has proposed raising student loan rates and restricting student grants. WKSU’s Mark Urycki has details..
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