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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.

President Obama plays to a full house in Kent
Mr. Obama says the deficit can be cut without devastating the middle class

President Obama brought his economic plans and vision of the next four years to two universities in Ohio Wednesday. First he spoke at Bowling Green State University and then at Kent State, just 30 miles away from where Mitt Romney had an appearance. KSU offocials belive it was the largest crowd ever in their Memorial Athletic Convocation Center. Mark Urycki from member station WKSU’s reports
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Noon headlines, Sept. 24, 2012: Ohio voting, foreclosures and water sales
Romney and Obama in Ohio; absentee ballot requests, foreclosure settlement packets mailed; drillers to buy Muskingum lake water; Case gets big donations

  • Presidential candidates hit the Buckeye state a week before voting begins
  • Absentee ballot requests top 700,000 
  • Ohio borrowers who lost homes can apply for settlement money
  • Muskingum Watershed plans to sell lake water to drillers
  • Big donors line up behind Case's medical school building

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    Ballots to be sent for military and overseas voters
    Ballots go in the mail tomorrow

    Military and overseas voters will be the first to get absentee ballots. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has details.
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    Political coal wars in Ohio
    Both parties say they support coal jobs

    West Virginia voters register two-to-one as Democrats and yet the state is expected to support Mitt Romney in November.  One of the reasons is concern over coal mining jobs.  Romney is hoping to use the same issue to win over a far more important state: Ohio.  WKSU’s Mark Urycki reports   
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    Proposed law would protect call center workers
    Backed by Sen. Sherrod Brown and Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey

    Senator Sherrod Brown is throwing his support behind a bill that he says will protect Ohio’s roughly 200,000 call center jobs. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.
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    Rubio counters Obama at the Statehouse
    GOP senator and Tea Party favorite hits Obama on debt, jobs

    The Romney campaign sent an up-and-coming Senator from Florida to Ohio to counter the twin visits of President Obama.

    Marco Rubio spoke to about three hundred people at the Statehouse at almost the same time Mr. Obama was speaking about a mile away.

    Rubio talked about the concerns of unemployed college graduates and workers with dwindling savings. And Rubio said things can get better only by returning to what he called the principles that made Americans prosperous and different - limited government and the free enterprise system, which he praised as offering huge opportunity.

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    Obama fires up Cincinnati crowd
    President points out clear election choices

    President Obama is urging Ohioans to vote early in the upcoming election, is encouraging his supporters to do the same.  The President addressed about 45-hundred people today (Monday) at an outdoor rally.  Obama’s remarks ended a lot like a Sunday morning church sermon.
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    Obama talks taxes in Columbus
    Says he would raise taxes on the wealthy

    President Obama made two stops in Ohio yesterday….one in Cincinnati….the other in Columbus. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports the President laid out his plan for reducing debt and getting Americans back to work in his Columbus visit.
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    Secretary of State says hes allowing voters to purge voter rolls
    Jon Husted is asking voters who've moved within the state or moved out of state to cancel their registration

    A group called Judicial Watch, affiliated with the Tea Party backed national organization True The Vote, is suing Ohio’s Secretary of State Jon Husted. The group wants a court order to force Husted to purge voter rolls in the buckeye state. The group says the current voter rolls contain the names of dead people and people who’ve left Ohio. Husted explains to Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles, that he’s already taking steps to reduce the number of people on the rolls with incorrect addresses.
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    Ohioans ponder fiscal responsibility
    Comeback America Town Hall meeting gauges support for everything from defense cuts to healthcare overhaul

    Ohio is among the swing states being targeted by the Comeback America Initiative, which is pressing voters to consider fiscal responsibility – including raising taxes, cutting defense spending and changing entitlement programs – in this fall's election. As WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports, our state is one of only two hosting town hall meetings to gauge support for the group's non-partisan reforms.
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    Renacci and Sutton race becomes one of the country's most hotly contested
    Jim Renacci and Betty Sutton trade blows via campaign ads

    Ohio's race for the newly drawn 16th congressional district seat is attracting attention like few other House races. The two candidates could hardly be more different except that they are both incumbents. Republican Jim Renacci is a freshman and Democrat Betty Sutton is in her third term. They face off in a district that includes a large portion of Cleveland's western suburbs, stretches southwest to Wayne County, and hooks around Akron to include parts of Stark and Portage counties. The district boundaries are said to favor Republicans, but there are indications the contest will be close.

    From Ohio Public Radio, Bill Rice of Ohio Public Radio Station WCPN reports.
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    TV ads against Issue 2 are being aired on throughout Ohio
    The group airing the ads says that Issue 2 would create a system of unelected commissioners

    The group that wants to defeat a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would change the redistricting process is taking its message to the airwaves. But the group supporting the proposal says the ad is misleading. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has more on the story.
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    Romney attacks teachers unions in Ohio
    GOP nominee's speech at Lake Erie College returns to economics

    A few hours before heading to Kirtland for what’s expected to be a 3 million dollar fundraiser, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivered a speech to more than two thousand people in Painesville today. And he took aim at a group that has been a strong fundraiser for President Obama -- teachers’ unions.
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    Romney hits economy in Painesville
    Tells Lake Erie College crowd we "can't afford 4 more years" of Obama

    Mitt Romney hammered President Obama on the economy during an appearance in Painesville Friday. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
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    Ohio likely to miss health exchange deadline
    But regardless of who sets-up the health exchange website, insurance companies will come to the party

    All 50 states are facing a deadline this November.  Ten days after the presidential election, each state is required to submit plans for a web-based health care exchange under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.  WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at this part of the health care law in the first of an on-going series on the politics of health care.
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    Paul Ryan criticizes Obama's foreign policy during Clermont County visit
    Gov. Kasich calls Ryan the Paul Revere of the next generation

    In Clermont County for a rally yesterday (Wed) Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan, referencing Libya, criticized the Obama administration's foreign policy. He said the administration's policies project weakness abroad and undercut our allies. Ryan also talked about the debt.
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