Election 2020

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2020 is looking to be a pivotal year in politics.  But this year's elections are about much more than the race for the White House. And the coronavirus pandemic is proving to be a complicating factor. WKSU, our colleagues at public radio stations across Ohio and the region and at NPR will bring you coverage of all the races from the national to the local level.

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Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Senator is kicking off the second leg of his tour of the early presidential primary states. Sherrod Brown is closer to making a decision about a possible run for the White House.

Sherrod Brown said, like in Ohio, there are many Iowa communities dealing with the challenges of bad trade deals and globalization.

And Brown said people are gravitating towards his “Dignity of Work” message.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown wrapped up the first stop on his "Dignity of Work" listening tour in Iowa over the weekend, almost exactly one year before the state holds one of the first major contests of the 2020 presidential campaign.

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Ohio’s senior U.S. Senator has launched a tour of key presidential primary and caucus  states, but says he hasn’t yet decided if he’ll seek the Democratic nomination in 2020. Some campaign experts in Ohio shared their thoughts on Sherrod Brown’s “Dignity of Work” tour.

Former Democratic National Committee chair David Wilhelm managed President Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign, and likes Brown’s approach.

“I think he has the sharpest message of any potential candidate so far,” Wilhelm said.


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The partial government shutdown is already having an impact on the Cuyahoga Valley National Park – even though parts of the park are still open.

There are currently no rangers in the parks. 


There’s a new effort afoot to try to draft U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown to run for president.

Democratic Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is one of the chairs of a committee circulating a national petition to convince Brown to run for president in 2020. Whaley says Brown would bring a needed change to the White House.

“We need a president who pays attention to people who work everyday.” 


Gov. John Kasich says he’s seriously considering another run for president, the strongest suggestion yet that he might try another campaign.

Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler sat down for a one-on-one with Kasich and asked him about that.

Kasich said he’s really unhappy with what he sees in this country and hasn’t decided what he wants to do about it – but says all options are on the table and that he’s discussing it with friends, family and supporters.

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, November 13: 

  • Cleveland reporter Nikki Delamotte found dead near Toledo;
  • Sen. Sherrod Brown Considers 2020 presidential run;
  • Canton sues owner of vacant warehouse;
  • Akron City Council to discuss former Rolling Acres Mall site;
  • Amazon to open package sorting operation in Wilmington;
  • Cleveland to hire Wisconsin-based company to help with startups;
  • Ohio State drains Mirror Lake in advance of rivalry game;

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The head of a group of Stark County Democratic activists – disappointed by the lack of a “Blue Wave” in Ohio this year – says she’s already planning to reach out to voters ahead of the 2020 election.

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One of the possible contenders in the 2020 presidential race was in Northeast Ohio over the weekend to drum up support for Rich Cordray in the race for governor.

“This is not actually about blue or red or right or left right now: we are at a point in America where this is about right or wrong.”


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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown quickly shut down speculation today that his appearance at a Democratic policy conference this week is a sign he’s considering a run for president in 2020. 

The Center for American Progress conference drew prominent Democrats considering presidential runs– including Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand. The focus was on issues ranging from healthcare to criminal-justice reform.

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Ohio’s top elections official is asking state leaders to include money in the upcoming capital budget to buy new voting machines.

Secretary of State Jon Husted says most of Ohio’s voting machines were acquired more than a decade ago. He says updating voting equipment should be a priority. After all, he points out social media was in its infancy back when most of the machines were purchased.

Last Sunday was another day of work for Gov. John Kasich, who once again appeared on a network TV news show to discuss national issues. He once again said he's not running for president. But that's becoming increasingly hard to believe for some people. And it’s drawing criticism from those who say the governor should spend more time at his “day job."

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UPDATE JULY 28: Click here for a factcheck.org analysis of the claims made in President Trump's Youngstown speech. 

Donald Trump won the highest office in the land in part because of places like Youngstown, Ohio—former Democratic Party strongholds.  So on Tuesday, the President came to town.