2018 election

Is Barack Obama's Return Good Or Bad For Ohio Democrats?

Sep 17, 2018
David Dermer / Associated Press

Nearly two years out of the White House, former President Barack Obama is facing another political test.

Scales of justice
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The President of the Ohio State Bar Association, an organization with over 20,000 lawyers and judges among its membership, is speaking out against Issue 1, the statewide November ballot measure aimed at reducing penalties for low-level drug crimes.

Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine are preparing to square off in their first debate in the race for governor. The debate on September 19 in Dayton will be the first time in eight years that both candidates shared a stage to battle over the issues.

In a sign that America's two centuries-old democracy is under strain, nearly 2 in 5 American voters do not believe elections are fair, according to a new NPR/Marist poll. Nearly half of respondents lack faith that votes will be counted accurately in the upcoming midterm elections.

Former President Barack Obama speaks as he campaigns in support of Ohio gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Cleveland.
David Dermer / AP

Former president Barack Obama visited Cleveland Thursday night, at a rally for Democrats in Ohio. He shared the stage with the party’s candidate for governor, Richard Cordray, who offered an unabashedly progressive platform for Ohio.

Richard Cordray
Steve Helber / Associated Press

Ohio’s school system is in a decline compared to schools nationwide according to the Democratic candidate for governor. Richard Cordray’s plan to fix that includes more accountability and support for student services.

Brennan Linsley / Associated Press

An advertising and media firm to which Ohio gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray's agency gave government work while he was a federal official now is doing political work for him.

It’s not often that people feel sincerely sorry for politicians, but in Ohio, you might be able to work up a bit of sympathy for the down-ticket candidates for state offices this year.

Ohio Republican Governor candidate Mike DeWine speaks while running mate Jon Husted looks on.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

A woman recovering from drug addiction is joining the Republican candidate for Ohio governor in fighting against a November ballot issue to reduce prison time for non-violent drug offenders.

Rob Richardson

The Democratic candidate for Ohio state treasurer said Monday that he would use his role as the state's investment chief to encourage a culture of diversity and a shift away from investing in for-profit prisons.

Just in the past few months, elections in the U.S. have been decided by hundreds of votes.

The 2016 presidential election tilted to Donald Trump with fewer than 80,000 votes across three states, with a dramatic impact on the country. Yet, only about 6 in 10 eligible voters cast ballots in 2016.

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In his first major political speech in the U.S. since leaving office, former President Barack Obama argued that Americans must rebuke President Trump at the polls this November.

County boards of elections in Ohio are bringing in experts to size up whether their computer systems are vulnerable to hackers.

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California will speak the Ohio Democratic Party annual dinner in October.
Kamala Harris

Last month, President Donald Trump headlined the Ohio Republican Party’s annual state dinner. Now the Ohio Democratic Party has also chosen a high-profile speaker for its annual event.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Republican governor candidate Mike DeWine wants to reduce the amount of standardized testing in Ohio – one of several goals he laid out in a new education plan. 

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