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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, April 2:

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Some political analysts think one Republican lawmaker’s plan to remove the only Democratic Justice on the Ohio Supreme Court could backfire.

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The Ohio Civility Consortium today held its first meeting as part of the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute.  The group is trying to bring civil discourse back to politics.

Your Voice Mahoning Valley: This is About the People

Oct 9, 2017

Your Voice Mahoning Valley grows from a belief that the people are not being heard and that solutions to problems they face are not receiving adequate attention. The project is part of a statewide effort begun in late 2015 as Ohio news organizations worked together, experimenting with new ways to represent the people of Ohio in the 2016 election.

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Summit County Republicans are in the process of selecting their next leader.

Alex Arshinkoff, who died earlier this week, was head of the Summit county GOP for nearly 40 years.

John Green, the director of the University of Akron's Bliss Institute, says Arshinkoff had success in a predominantly Democratic county and finding his successor will be hard.

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For the next month, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is fielding applications for two open positions on the five-person board.

Commissioner Lynn Slaby – a former Summit County Prosecutor – will end his term in April, and Columbus lawyer Howard Petricoff resigned – effective December 31-- after a senate nominating committee declined to recommend him for the post.

University of Akron Course Will Focus on Donald Trump

Nov 29, 2016
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The University of Akron will be offering a class this spring about the new president of the United States, Donald Trump. The class will focus on Trump’s policies on trade and immigration, and the concerns of the white working class who voted for him.

Matthew Akers is assistant director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute for Applied Politics at the University of Akron. He’ll be teaching the Trump class, which, he says, will address the new president’s strengths and weaknesses.

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Crooked Hillary. Lock Her Up. Basket of Deplorables. The tone of the 2016 presidential race may be the most uncivilized and disrespectful in recent American history.

But something else is different too: Many people are OK with that.

Republican Donald Trump was caught on audio tape suggesting he could get away with grabbing women by the genitals because he’s a star. Still, the multi-billionaire has the backing of 38 percent to 48 percent of Ohio voters, depending on the poll.

The Choice Between Trump and Clinton Drives the 'Unpopular' Vote

Sep 4, 2016
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When Ohioans begin voting next month for the highest office in the land, hundreds of thousands of them will hold their noses and check the box for a candidate they don’t like, don’t trust and don’t respect.

A poll conducted for Your Vote Ohio, a consortium of Ohio news organizations, including this one, found the candidates have reached a level of unpopularity that may be unprecedented in the history of American politics.

Ohioans Have Been Bludgeoned with $50 Million in Negative Ads, and More Are coming

Sep 1, 2016
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Frustrated and confused, Kathy Moore shook her head as the slow piano and scratchy images faded.

“Terrible,” she said of the latest political ads attacking Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Moore, 49, of Akron, learned nothing from the illegal immigrants and Syrian refugees shown flooding into America as Clinton, in unrelated and doctored photos, smiled. Nor did Moore find useful a compilation of Trump’s more vulgar remarks, recorded at rallies and mixed with ominous shots of a storm brewing over the White House.

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After two years of planning and preparation, it’s showtime.  The 2016 Republican National Convention kicks off today in Cleveland.  WKSU’s Andrew Meyer caught up with David Cohen, a political science professor at the University of Akron and a fellow at the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics for a primer on what to expect from this year’s convention.