Balance of Power: The Politics, Policies and People

2018 was a big election year in Ohio.  Republicans held onto all five statewide executive offices including governor and super majorities in both the Ohio House and Senate.  But there were a few bright spots for Democrats, among them the reelection of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and the election of two Democrats to the Ohio Supreme Court.

With election 2018 over, the focus now shifts to governing. Stay connected with the latest on politics, policies and people making the decisions at all levels affecting your lives.

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In the months leading up to the midterms, Ohio election officials tried to make their computer systems harder to hack.

They role-played how to handle cyberattacks and received help from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

They say last week’s vote went off without major cybersecurity problems. Now they have to prepare for an even bigger election—the 2020 presidential race.

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The Green Party and the Libertarian Party of Ohio appear to be on the verge of no longer being recognized as minor parties, based on the results of last week’s vote and a state law from 2013. But a spokesman for one of those parties said that law actually protects their status.

The law says minor parties need 3 percent of the vote in a gubernatorial or presidential election to keep their status. 

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Though he’s had some issues with the Statehouse press corps, Ohio’s governor is defending the role of the media.

John Kasich's comments come in the wake of the latest criticisms from President Donald Trump. 

Kasich has no problem firing back at Trump when they disagree.

Most recently Kasich says Trump’s assertion that the media is the "enemy of the people" is, in Kasich’s words, some of the most outrageous language he’s ever heard out of a political leader.

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Ohio House District 37 changed parties on election night by a razor thin margin.

Hudson city councilman Casey Weinstein, a democrat, defeated republican Mike Rasor by roughly 600 votes out of an estimated 55-thousand votes cast.

Weinstein plans to focus on putting people first.

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Many political strategists are weighing in on what this year’s election results mean for Ohio going forward. With the GOP sweeping the statewide executive races, many say Ohio is without question a “red state”. But one politician says, somewhat surprisingly, that’s not necessarily the case.

Republicans and even some Democratic leaders are saying Ohio is no longer the swing state it used to be.

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