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Gov. Kasich continues to focus attention on New Hampshire during Iowa caucuses
New Hampshire hosts the first national primary next week

Gov. John Kasich wasn’t even in Iowa for the GOP caucuses last night. He was at the presidential campaign’s next stop, New Hampshire, which holds the first in the nation primary next week.

Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.
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Political analyst questions whether Gov. Kasich's New Hampshire strategy will pay off
Ohio's governor and presidential hopeful skipped last night's Iowa caucuses to focus his attention on New Hampshire

Iowa wasn’t a major loss for Gov. John Kasich, since he had concentrated on New Hampshire in the hopes of doing well in the first primary in the nation there next week.

As Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports, one pundit says the strategy may have a problem paying off.
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Gov. John Kasich avoids Iowa, ties for seventh overall among GOP presidential hopefuls
Kasich skipped the Iowa caucuses to focus on his New Hampshire campaign strategy

As expected, Gov. John Kasich didn’t do well among the Republican presidential candidates in the Iowa caucuses.

He finished tied for seventh with Carly Fiorina, both with just under 2 percent. Kasich had focused his campaign on New Hampshire, figuring he could perform better with face-to-face campaigning in a smaller state with fewer extremely conservative voters.

But University of Cincinnati political science professor David Niven says he has his work cut out for him.
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Former state treasurer denies taking kickbacks
Boyce says FBI already investigated and found nothing

A state representative from Columbus is speaking out about a federal investigation alleging he was involved in pay-to-play during his time as state treasurer. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.
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Lawmakers set out to gauge support for medical marijuana in Ohio
A pair of state senators want to consider a different approach

With lawmakers in the Ohio House forming a task force to deal with medicinal marijuana, two state senators who have different perspectives on medical pot are trying a different approach to see what Ohioans think about the issue. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports.
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Ohio's Democratic Senate primary heats up, but don't expect a debate
Strickland rejects the call for a debate, saying he's focused on Portman, not Sittenfeld

Five top Summit County Democrats bucked their state party this week and endorsed P.G. Sittenfeld, the underdog in the March primary for the Democratic nomination for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat. Their reasons varied, but centered on the core idea that primary competition is good for the political parties, the voters and the state.
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Who's on -- and left off -- Ohio's medical marijuana task force?
Activists worry an important voice is being left out of the conversation

The Ohio House’s new task force to study medical marijuana doesn’t include some long time advocates. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.
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Ohio is already prepping for the presidential election
The state's top elections official says the world will be watching

Ohio's chief elections officer says the time is now to get ready for the role Ohio will play as a battleground presidential state. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.
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Ohio GOP endorse Kasich presidential bid
Rare early endorsement in race for the White House

The Ohio Republican Party’s governing body has voted to endorse Governor John Kasich in his bid for president. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.
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Supporters of drug price ballot question push back
They believe Ohio's Secretary of State is using stall tactics to keep them from getting their measure before voters

A group backing an HIV/AIDS drug price ballot issue that was rejected by the Secretary of State is pushing back. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.
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Tamir Rice protests to continue as activists add new strategies
The reaction to the grand-jury decision is going beyond street demonstrations

Activists say peaceful protests will continue around Cleveland in response to last month’s grand-jury decision not to indict the officers involved the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice.

Since the decision two weeks ago, many of the demonstrations have involved about a dozen protesters, some  blocking downtown traffic. Cleveland activist Rachelle Smith helps organize the protests and says the numbers tell only part of the story. She says for each protester, many more people are working behind the scenes on the issue.
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Ohio picks its presidential delegates Tuesday night
The 93 people elected in Ohio's 16 congressional districts will be augmented by big city mayors, Ohio's Democratic congressional delegation and other bigger-name Democratsother

Ohio Democrats will be selecting 93 of their delegates to this summer’s presidential convention tomorrow night at gatherings in all 16 of the state’s congressional districts.  Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper says the idea is to plant the deepest of Democratic grass roots especially among the newcomers energized by the candidacy of Bernie Sanders.
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A ballot initiative capping drug prices hits a snag on its way to the Ohio ballot
The plan would control prices of drugs for people with HIV and AIDS

The Ohio Secretary of State’s office is telling backers of a drug-price ballot issue that there are problems with their petitions. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.
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Karl Rove says time will work against Trump winning the GOP nomination
He also maintains Trump supporters don't care about facts or attacks

Among those pretty clearly hoping Donald Trump does NOT get the GOP presidential nomination is Karl Rove, the GOP strategist who ran the election campaigns of George W. Bush. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.  
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Ohio Senate candidate says gun laws are a key difference in the 2016 race
P.G. Sittenfeld says both Portman and Strickland are too beholden to the NRA

One of the Democrats running for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat devoted his entire speech in Akron today to guns, insisting the public is ready for what he calls common-sense  reform even if Congress is not. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports P.G. Sittenfeld also used his address to the Akron Press Club to draw sharp contrasts between himself and both his Democratic and Republican opponents.
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Kasich's debate performance hurt him in New Hampshire
New poll shows Ohio's governor was ranked worst in the last GOP presidential debate

The latest poll of likely GOP voters in New Hampshire shows Ohio Gov. John Kasich has not had the breakout in the GOP presidential race he’s been hoping for and was hurt by his last debate performance. Kasich is tied with Jeb Bush at 7 percent, which puts both in fifth place. The WBUR poll shows more than a quarter of those surveyed thought Kasich did the worst in the Nov. 10 debate among GOP candidates. Overall, the poll puts Donald Trump at the top, with 22 percent. But he continues to have large negative numbers as well. Marco Rubio ties Ben Carson for second with 11 percent. For Rubio, that’s up; for Carson, that’s down. Ted Cruz comes in at 8 percent. The poll was done after Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Still, only about a third (38 percent) support sending more troops to the Middle East.
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