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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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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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GOP focuses on the enthusiasm gap, ignores the gender gap
Portman dismisses comments from Todd Akin as "incredibly offensive."

Republicans are talking a lot at the convention this week about the enthusiasm gap – and a lot less about the gender gap. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports from Tampa about how the GOP hopes to sway Ohio.
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Kasich to make Republic National Convention speech Tuesday night
The last time Kasich spoke at a Republican National Convention was in 2000.

The Republican National Convention in Tampa will be featuring Ohio’s chief executive Tuesday night. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler has this preview of Gov. John Kasich return to the spotlight at this year’s convention.
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Drilling down for votes in Ohio
Gingrich tells Ohio pro-drilling is good politics and policy; new gas-oil backed foundation is pushing the point in Tampa

The economy is the campaign message Republicans are pounding on this week in Tampa. But it’s clear that Ohio Republicans think they can win with a message also focused on increasing oil and gas drilling, and they got some training this week on how to spread that message. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from Tampa.
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Ohio takes itself seriously, and so does just about everyone else
Ari Fleischer draws parallels with 2004

Republicans continue to pour attention onto Ohio during the presidential convention. No speaker fails to talk about how important the state is to Mitt Romney’s hopes, and they usually mention Josh Mandel as key to a Republican takeover of the Senate as well. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from Tampa.
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Ohio politicking continues even if Isaac delays the big show
Conservative pundit Kristol pushes Mandel, who says Sherrod Brown is the one going negative

Hurricane Isaac may have cancelled the first day of the national events at the Republican presidential convention. But the politicking was going on strong at the Ohio delegation’s hotel. Senate candidate Josh Mandel flew in just for the day Sunday to celebrate the news in a new  poll. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from Tampa MainSail resort.
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Seating, guests, questions highlight Ohio's place at the GOP convention
Davidson says everyone wants to know how the swing state is going

Ohio’s place in this year’s presidential race is being further cemented at the Republican National Convention. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from Tampa.  
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Labor gets out the vote
AFL-CIO SuperPAC combining efforts with MoveOn.org

More than two months before the election, Ohio’s unions are gearing up to swing voters in the swing state. And that means a first-time partnership with the non-profit MoveOn.org to canvas neighborhoods. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
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When it comes to incivility, Akron project says it's us as well as them
The Beacon Journal, Civic Commons. Bliss Institute and Akron faith leaders are trying to inject conversation and accountabilty into an increasingly incivil discourse

Millions of dollars is going into attack ads in the presidential, senatorial and congressional races in Ohio, and people complain that they’re nasty, confusing and discouraging. But a project in Akron is challenging the community to consider the civility of its own conversation, and to reframe it even when it comes to the toughest of topics. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke with Doug Oplinger, the managing editor of the Beacon Journal about the ongoing project.  
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Brown-Mandel race tightens as conservative PAC launches new attack ads
Rove's Crossroads GPS is one of the big spenders in the record-setting U.S. Senate race

A new poll shows a tightening of the race between U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and challenger Josh Mandel, just as the conservative super PAC Crossroads GPS  is launching another $1.3 million ad campaign attacking Brown. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that Brown acknowledges the ads are having an effect.
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Poll: Obama in lead in Fla. Wis. and Ohio
Obama's lead narrowed a bit in Florida and Wisconsin since last poll.

Two new independent polls released today (Thursday) indicate President Barack Obama remains ahead of his Republican challenger Mitt Romney here in the key swing state of Ohio. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen has the basic numbers, plus some numbers behind the numbers.
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Secretary of state reinstates two suspended county board members
The board members were brought back to help the board meet deadlines for the upcoming election

Secretary of State Jon Husted has temporarily re-instated two Democratic members of the Montgomery County Board of Elections who he suspended last week. The pair violated a directive from Husted last week when they ordered the local elections board to offer weekend voting hours. A hearing officer heard the case earlier this week on whether the two should be fired. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles, Matt McClellan of the Secretary of State’s office explains why Dennis Lieberman and Tom Ritchie were temporarily allowed to go back to doing their jobs.
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Groups behind redistricting amendment sue over misleading language
A member of Voters First says the language was made to be confusing so people will vote no

The coalition of Democratic-leaning groups behind a constitutional amendment to change the way lawmakers’ districts are drawn is suing over the way the amendment will appear on the ballot this fall. Sandy Theis with Voters First says the Republican-led panel that approves ballot language chose words that don’t explain the amendment fairly.
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Poll: Obama leads in Fla., Wis. and Ohio
Obama's lead narrows in Florida, Wisconsin since last poll

Two new independent polls, just released Thursday, indicate President Barack Obama remains ahead of his Republican challenger Mitt Romney here in the key swing state of Ohio. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen has the basic numbers -- plus some numbers BEHIND the numbers.
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Democrats say that equal voting process won't mean an equal outcome
Democrats are aruguing that if weekend voting isn't allowed, thousands of Ohioans won't be able to vote

Democrats say thousands of Ohioans who voted in the presidential election in 2008 won’t be able to vote this year if weekend voting is not allowed. Republicans say this is just rhetoric to cause confusion this November. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has both sides of the story.
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Ohio Democrats: Numbers show uniform voting isn't fair voting
Democrats continue to battle Republican limits on weekend early voting

Ohio Democrats and voting rights advocates continue to challenge Secretary of State Jon Husted’s contention that uniform voting hours in Ohio are uniformly fair. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the ongoing battle over early voting:
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