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Voting Controversies in Ohio

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ohio has limited its early voting hours since 2008, which primarily benefited left-leaning minorities and low-income citizens. Democrats see this as a direct attack on their party. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted says otherwise. 

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Forget the Economy — What Could Really Swing the Election

Thursday, August 16, 2012

After 236 years of democracy, the 15th Amendment, the 19th Amendment, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, you'd think Americans would have voting down to a science. But small battles are raging on in parts of the country over voters' rights and the cost of letting everybody cast a ballot.

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Opinion: From Early Voting to Welfare, the Little Things Will Decide 2012

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

From the three extra voting days to food stamps, the Romney and Obama campaigns have made clear that the little things matter.

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Swing State Road Trip: Ohio

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Anna Sale, politics reporter for It's A Free Country, continues her swing state road trip with a stop in Ohio. It's the state you have to win if you want to become President. 

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A Look at the 2012 Swing States

Friday, July 06, 2012

This week President Obama is visiting Ohio and Pennsylvania, two states that are already pegged as crucial swing states in the 2012 presidential election. But although these two states are getting the majority of the attention, there are many states that could go to either candidate.

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The Takeaway

Do We Root for Players, or Teams?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

LeBron James is a polarizing figure in basketball, and last week’s game between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat saw many basketball fans rooting for or against LeBron, instead of one team or the other. Is rooting for a team becoming old-fashioned?

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The Takeaway

Ohio Attorney General Explains Why He Joined Suit Against Affordable Care Act

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The case against the Affordable Care Act currently being heard by the Supreme Court was brought by 26 states. Ohio is one of those states, and in Ohio, disapproval of the health care law runs deep. Last fall, Ohio voters amended the state constitution to say that no federal or state law will require any person, company or health care provider to participate in a health care system. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine explains why he joined the suit against the Affordable Care Act.

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For Obama, Auto Bailout Goes from Unpopular to Populist

Monday, March 19, 2012

WNYC

In the fall of 2010, the auto bailouts stirred up a populist sentiment. But as a Pew poll last month found, Americans are saying the bailouts were mostly good for the economy, and the industry's now in the black.

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Cincinnati Engineer Sued for Tweet: Do You Fact Check your Tweets?

Thursday, March 08, 2012

It was a case of crime and punishment in the digital age when Cincinnati-based mechanical engineer Mark Miller took to Twitter with a series of politically heated missives about a local municipal project. Upset that the city of Cincinnati, Ohio would be spending money on a new streetcar, Miller sent tweet after tweet about how those efforts were browning out large percentages of fire departments in the city limits. Miller's tweets didn't just incite local debate, they got Miller slapped with a lawsuit, because under an Ohio law, it's illegal to make false statements in political campaigns. There are 17 states with similar laws -- but do those laws still reflect the reality we are living in?

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Ohio and Georgia GOP Chairs Talk Super Tuesday

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

By the numbers, Georgia is the biggest prize this Super Tuesday with 76 delegates. Perhaps most telling will be Newt Gingrich’s performance in his home state: if he wants to stay competitive in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, he’s going to need a decisive victory in the Peach State. Ohio, with 66 delegates of its own, may be the biggest psychological prize. Many have declared this the race to watch, as no Republican nominee has ever become president without winning the swing state in the general election.

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Super Tuesday Results in Ohio, the Ultimate Electoral Bellwether

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Of all the states up for grabs on Super Tuesday, Ohio was the biggest prize. Ohio has long been considered a bellwether in presidential politics. Living in a rust belt state, Ohioans are more concerned about their economic future than ever before, but social issues like abortion and marriage are also near and dear to the Ohio conservatives who showed up at the polls yesterday. So what decided Ohio Republican votes on Super Tuesday this year? What do the Ohio results forecast for the general election? 

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Two Veteran Democrats Do Battle in Ohio

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptur have been friends for many years, but you wouldn't know it from listening to the attack ads the two Ohio Democrats have been airing against one another. While Republican voters in Ohio cast their ballots for a presidential nominee, Ohio Democrats in district nine will be picking between Kucinich and Kaptur in a Congressional primary. The race is the product of redistricting in Ohio — and it's just the first of many of its kind. In the coming months, 11 primary contests in states like Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and California will similarly pit incumbents against each other.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Politics from Washington to Ohio

Monday, March 05, 2012

Jake Tapper, ABC senior White House correspondent, and Jo Ingles, statehouse news reporter for Ohio Public Radio and TV, dig deeper into the GOP race in Ohio ahead of Tuesday's primary in the state.

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Anti-Abortion Bill Divides GOP in Ohio

Thursday, March 01, 2012

In Ohio, one of the main battleground states for the Super Tuesday primaries, the so-called "heartbeat" bill is dividing lines Republican candidates. The heartbeat bill, if passed later this year, will ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can occur as early as five-and-a-half weeks. The bill also contains no exceptions for abortion in the case of rape, incest or the health of the mother. Rick Santorum has thrown his weight behind the bill while Mitt Romney has stayed silent on the issue.

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Opinion: 2011 Ballot Wins Mean Good News for Democrats

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Ohio is also a crucial state in the November 2012 presidential contest, and this victory suggests that labor unions and moderates (or even liberals) may have recovered some lost momentum. That could be good news for President Obama who will face a tight reelection.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Ohio Collective Bargaining Victory Shows Tea Party's Overreach

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Demonizing teachers, police officers and firefighters turned off the public. Attacking collective bargaining just seemed un-American. And dealing with a national jobs deficit by attacking those who work for a living wasn't a winning strategy.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Local Elections and What They Mean for 2012

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Tuesday was Election Day across the country and voters in several states cast ballots on issues with national dimensions. Ohio voters struck down a law that restricts the collective bargaining rights of public workers. The landslide 62-38 result was setback for Republican Governor John Kasich, who implemented the law as a budget-cutting measure and campaigned across the state to prevent its defeat. Mississippi voters rejected the so-called "Personhood Amendment," which sought to outlaw abortions. In Arizona, voters defeated the main architect of that state's controversial immigration law.

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Escaped Zoo Animals Roam Free in Ohio Town

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

It's a bizarre scene in Zanesville, Ohio this morning as police are on the hunt for 48 exotic animals that escaped from the Mushkingum County Animal Farm, a wildlife preserve. The owner of the preserve was found dead, and the animals' cages were left open. Lions, tigers, bears, zebras, giraffes, cheetahs, and camels were among the animals that were found roaming free. Police have shot around 30 of the animals. The town remains on lock down, and residents have been advised to stay indoors. Danielle White, a resident of Zanesville, lives on the property next to the animal preserve, and reports on what she's witnessed.

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Dispatch from Cleveland: Occupy Wall Street Moves to the Midwest

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street movement is now in its fourth week, and has spread to cities and towns across the country. Boston, Washington, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, and even Cleveland, Ohio have seen their own protests. Mark Whitaker, correspondent for the BBC, sat down with one Cleveland protester, Kyle DeForest, a songwriter, to explore the motivations of one man confronting corporate greed in America.

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Obama Takes Jobs Act to Ohio and North Carolina

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

President Obama continues his jobs tour today, in an attempt to gain public support for the Jobs Act. Tuesday, he visited Ohio, and today he will appear in Raleigh, North Carolina to continue spreading the message and meet with small business owners. Despite President Obama's claims not to be campaigning early for the 2012 election, the White House hopes to persuade voters he has the right strategy on the economy, and put pressure on Republicans to pass the package of spending initiatives and tax cuts.

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