Karen Kasler

Absentee Voting Begins Tuesday

Oct 2, 2006

Boards of elections around the state are reporting mixed results when it comes to applications for early voting, which starts Tuesday. But some worry absentee voting could end up delaying results on election day. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

On the eve of the gubernatorial debate focused on education, the Republican candidate for governor has unveiled his education reform platform. His opponent says he'd give it a failing grade. The Republican nominee for governor says Ohio's education system should be revamped so money follows children to the schools they choose. Republican candidate Kenneth Blackwell is talking about his plan for child-centered funding before he and Democratic nominee Ted Strickland are to debate education issues in Cleveland.

Seven weeks remain until the election, and a new poll shows Democrat Ted Strickland continues to hold a commanding lead over Republican Ken Blackwell in the race for governor.

The Quinnipiac University poll finds 55 percent of likely Ohio voters prefer Strickland. 34 percent choose Blackwell. The poll also shows Ohio voters disapprove of Gov. Taft by a margin of 5 to 1. Blackwell's campaign says the poll reflects voter dissatisfaction with Gov. Taft, not Ken Blackwell.

Board of elections officials are working overtime to go through the stacks of paperwork that have to be certified for the fall ballot. And they're discovering some serious problems, starting with the thousands of voter registration cards that have been turned in.

Ohio's 610 school districts got some good marks in this year's report card from the state. But once again, some groups aren't making the grade, and that's starting to become a pattern. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Governor Taft has signed a bill that targets lenders and mortgage brokers who prey on consumers with bad credit or low incomes. Taft signed the bill yesterday at the home of Larry and Martha Clay of Columbus. They fell victim to fraudulent loan advice from mortgage brokers.

The bill goes into effect in January. It's aimed at protecting home buyers and slowing the soaring rate of foreclosures in Ohio.

The deadline is approaching for families of students in schools considered to be "failing" to sign up for the state's new voucher program. Only a few hundred have applied so far. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports

The proposed constitutional amendment that was written to limit state spending apparently won't appear on the fall ballot as scheduled. Republicans are calling it a victory for their candidate for governor, but Democrats are blasting the maneuver as blatant politics.

The two candidates for governor agree that Ohio's economy needs a boost, but they disagree about how to do it. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler talks to the candidates and some experts about these two perspectives on kick-starting the state's economic machinery.

A number of groups have come out against the tax expenditure limitation or TEL amendment being championed by Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell. Blackwell spoke to the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, and told the members that the TEL is on the ballot "until something better is put on the table." But Blackwell tells Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler he's not backing away from the controversial proposal, as some have predicted.