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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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Catholic voters wait and see ahead of primary
Long-time Catholic, social conservative and GOP  frontrunner, has sold out the Summit County Lincoln Day dinner Saturday night.

In the swing state of Ohio, Catholic voters make up a huge part of the swing vote.

Rick Santorum is a long-time Catholic, social conservative and current GOP presidential frontrunner. He’s sold out the Summit County Lincoln Day dinner Saturday night, and arrives with a stump speech that embraces the Catholic bishops’ objections to birth control in the federal health-care mandate.

But as WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports, Ohio Catholics are not necessarily aligned with their church’s official position – or with Santorum – in the voting booth.
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Dewine backs Santorum
Attorney General switches endorsement

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine endorsed Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney last October. But DeWine says, after a lot of thought, he’s changed his mind.
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Reproductive rights fight brewing in Ohio
Protest at Ohio Democratic Party headquarters

There’s a fight brewing over women’s rights and contraceptives -- nationally and here in Ohio. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports.
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This years Ohio primary more important than many of the states' past contests
Timing is one factor attracting G.O.P. candidates for the March 6th voting

Ohio’s presidential primary could mean more this year than many have been.  And the G.O.P. candidates are taking the state’s March 6th primary and its 66 delegates seriously.  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney courted Northeast Ohio Republicans Thursday night in his bid to win the nomination.  His visit follows another candidate’s recent Northeast Ohio stop, and comes just a few days ahead of the current frontrunner’s visit. As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports ,timing is part of what’s making Ohio a priority.
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Ohio "right-to-work" initiative clears hurdle
Ohio Ballot Board must sign off on proposal before group can begin collecting signatures

Activists of a plan to make Ohio a so-called right-to-work state have cleared another legal hurdle, but they still have far to go before they can put their plan onto the ballot for voters to decide. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.
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Early voting kicks off today
The Ohio primary election is underway, with all four GOP presidential candidate on the ballot

As Florida voters go to the polls for a critical Republican primary today, Ohio voters can start cast their ballots as well.
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Heartbeat Bill supporters try graphic billboards to sway Senators
Republican Senate President Tom Niehaus wants anti-abortion groups to compromise on a bill they all support

Backers of the controversial heartbeat abortion bill that’s stalled right now in the Ohio Senate are trying a new tactic to get Senators to take up the bill soon. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.
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Young voters still support Obama
But support for President has slipped since 2008

A new poll of shows that half of 18- to 29-year-olds view President Obama favorably.  WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia has more on the read on young voters heading into this year’s presidential election.
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Ohio presidential primary voting starts Tuesday
Absentee balloting can be done by mail or in-person

Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections begin early voting tomorrow  for the March 6th primary. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the preparations for Ohio’s Super Tuesday election.  
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Advocates oppose changing election overhaul bill now
Republican officials are considering replacing the controversial election bill with another--but opponents of the bill are saying "No"

Some key Ohio Republicans are talking about changing the election law their party passed last year. And they want lawmakers to act before voters get a chance to decide the issue this fall. The law would curtail early and absentee voting, and make other changes. But most of the changes are stalled because opponents of the law gathered enough signatures to force a voter referendum in November. Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State, Jon Husted, says all that is causing confusion, and lawmakers should change the law as it is on the books. But some voting-rights advocates say now is not the time to do that. Greg Moore of Fair Elections Ohio says applying one set of rules to the March primary and another to the November general election could confuse voters.
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GOP falling out of over elections law overhaul
Ohio's top elections official says poll workers are confused by the status of the law

Ohioans are set to vote on a referendum on  a controversial election overhaul that majority Republicans pushed through the Legislature last year. Minority Democrats succeeded in getting enough petition signatures to put that issue on the ballot so voters have a chance to kill it.  But now, Ohio’s top elections official  -- Republican Jon Husted -- is suggesting lawmakers repeal that law.
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Political consultants dish out predictions, advice
A Democrat and a Republican talk campaigning and Ohio's role in national politics at the Akron Press Club

Two veteran political consultants say the presidential race is going to be close in Ohio. And Democrat Gerald Austin and Republican Mark Weaver told an audience of the Akron Press Club today that the U.S. senator’s race is Sherrod Brown’s to lose. But he could still lose it. WKSU’s Mark Urycki has more on the political guesswork.
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State rep. calls for federal monitors for November election
Rep. Alicia Reece wants federal monitors in Hamilton County for November election

A state lawmaker from Cincinnati says the federal government needs to step in to oversee voting in Hamilton County this fall.
Representative Alicia Reece is asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step in and send federal monitors to her home county in November.
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Ballot board approves medical marijuana petition
The board decided the most recent version of the petition needs more than 386,000 valid signatures to be on the November ballot

The Ohio ballot board says there’s no reason to split a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow medical marijuana into more than one part. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has details.
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Mandel applauds his first year as treasurer
The US Senate candidate says he has cut the office's budget by more than a million dollars

Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel says he’s preserved the state’s triple-A credit rating while reducing his budget by $1.2 million in his first year in office. In his year-end review, Mandel touts the the triple-A rating that Standard and Poor’s gave to the state’s 4 billion dollar investment pool he manages. Critics have said that’s the same rating that the Ohio fund has received for 16 years. But Mandel says given the downgrade for the US economy and the volatile economic climate across the world, this is a big deal.
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Ohio's two senators talk in Akron about jobs, civility and politics
Sen. Sherrod Brown's address to the Akron Press Club, and Sen. Rob Portman's address to the Akron Roundtable

Ohio's two senators traveled to Akron in the past week to address the Akron Press Club and Akron Roundtable. And WKSU is offering this archive of both speeches.

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown spoke to the Akron Press Club on Friday, Jan. 6, about topics ranging from fracking to civility in D.C.
Here's his speech, following an introduction by the University of Akron Bliss Institute's David Cohen.

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