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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.

Presidential candidates connect with supporters through apps
Smart phone users can download applications and access campaign announcements

The two major presidential campaigns are hoping Ohioans with smart phones will show their support by downloading their campaign apps. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.
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Northeast Ohio Congressman LaTourette fed up with Washington, announces retirement
Says lack of comprimise makes his efforts futile

Northeast Ohio Congressman Steve LaTourette will retire when his term expires in January. Today the moderate Lake County Republican made the surprise announcement that he’s dropping his re-election bid. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports that LaTourette says he no longer feels he can make a difference in Washington because the once-valued skill of compromise is dead.
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Voters sending Renacci, Sutton a campaign blueprint
Group wants race for the 16th Congressional district to stay positive, focused on the economy

Congressional redistricting is pitting two incumbents against each other in the race for 16th District. Voters in Medina, Stark, Ashland and Wayne counties are being deluged with negative ads. But over the weekend, a non-partisan microcosm of the voters Jim Renacci and Betty Sutton are trying to reach drafted a report to the candidates about what matters to them. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia has more.
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President Obama to visit Ohio for third time in less than a month
Both President Obama and Mitt Romney have been giving Ohio much attention during their campaigns

President Obama will be in Ohio again next week (week starting Monday July 30th). This will be his third visit in less than a month. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.
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Candidates seek to secure Ohio women's votes
Polls show Obama is leading with women in Ohio; Romney leads with men

The battle is on for the votes of Ohio women. Surrogates for both President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, are trying to capture the attention and votes of women with different messages. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.
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Morning news headlines for July 24, 2012
Universities recommended to go entirely smoke-free; judge says there's no need to move bomb plot trial; Romney outraises Obama in Ohio

  • Universities recommended to go entirely smoke-free
  • Akron to put school levy on the ballot
  • Judge says there's no need to move bomb plot trial
  • Romney outraises Obama in Ohio
  • Renacci returns contributions
  • Akron seeks to change council terms
  • Cleveland Clinic to partner with OSU

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    First Lady visits Columbus
    Michelle Obama's appearance came hours before launch of Romney support group

    First Lady Michelle Obama was in Columbus and Dayton today, on the same day that some key Republican women launched a campaign to support Mitt Romney. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

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    Police organization endorses Sen. Brown
    The group hasn't supported a Democrat for U.S. Senate in 24 years

    The head of the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police says the vote among delegates was 310 to five to endorse U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown for re-election. Jay McDonald says the FOP hasn’t endorsed a Democrat for U.S. Senate in 24 years. But the organization has endorsed Democrats in other races. Back in 2010, the organization endorsed former Democratic Gov.Ted Strickland…..who lost a narrow election to current Republican Gov.John Kasich. McDonald says a lot has changed between then and now.
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    Ohio Republicans weigh in on whether Romney should release tax returns
    People are calling on Romney to release a decade's worth of his returns

    Some Republican leaders throughout the country are calling on GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney to release his tax returns. Romney has released one year of his returns but many are calling on him to release a decade’s worth. As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, now some key Ohioans are weighing in on the issue.
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    Brown commits to debate, Mandel has not yet
    One political science professor says Mandel has more to lose in a debate

    Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has committed to a Cleveland City Club debate in early October. His challenger, Republican Josh Mandel has not. Traditionally, University of Akron political scientist David Cohen says, it was challengers who were anxious for debates.
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    Portman and reporters do the VP dance
    Rob Portman's weekly conference call with reporters shows how his every word is being parsed to try to figure out if he'll be Romney's running mate

    Ohio’s Rob Portman has been on the short list of potential running mates for Mitt Romney for months now. And during just about every one of his weekly conference calls with reporters, he says the same thing. He likes serving Ohio in the U.S. Senate. But WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that even those kinds of statements are being parsed these days for a sign -- any sign -- of what Portman may know that others do not.
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    Voters First's big challenge: Finding more than 100,000 Ohio voters in just 10 days
    Effort to remove politicians from drawing Ohio's political maps is falling way short

    Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says backers of a constitutional amendment to overhaul how political lines are drawn in Ohio are well short of the number of valid signatures they need to put the issue on the November ballot. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.
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    Brown vs. Mandel race already breaking records
    The candidates have spent $25 million in 2012 U.S. Senate campaign, the most ever in Ohio

    Ohio’s U.S. Senate contest is one of the top races to watch, according to many national pundits. And Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports the race is already setting records.
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    Noon headlines, July 17, 2012: Ohio heat and politics
    Presidential stumping and Senate spending; heat advisory; cell phone ban considered

  • More trouble with the heat
  • No identity yet of explosion victim
  • Presidential candidates, surrogates zoom through Ohio, again
  • Record spending already in Ohio Senate race
  • Local community considers banning cell use while driving

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    Ohio's Senate candidates in their own words
    Brown, Mandel present sharp contrast in style, beliefs, and background

    Ohio's race for U.S. Senate is a case study in sharp contrasts: 60s-era liberal incumbent Sherrod Brown, with three-and-a-half decades of elective experience, fighting off a young, conservative challenger, Josh Mandel, who decries most of the programs and policies Brown champions. From Ohio Public Radio Station WCPN in Cleveland, Bill Rice reports.
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    Political strategists discuss the state's political climate
    Tension builds as Election Day nears

    Election Day is a little over four months away, but there’s already been a lot of activity in Ohio. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler sat down with two veteran political strategists to talk about the hot political climate that’s building in Ohio this summer.
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