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The heads of Ohio's major political parties have had a few days to reflect on what happened on election night. And they're determining what they need to do to get ready for the next campaign season.

For many strategists and would-be candidates, the next campaign season is already underway. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Republican Senator Mike DeWine thanked his supporters after his loss to Democratic Congressman Sherrod Brown last night. DeWine says he's lucky because the people of Ohio have allowed him to represent them in public office for 30 years. DeWine says he'll always be grateful.

The two-term senator has also served as a county prosecutor, state senator, U-S House member and lieutenant governor. DeWine scored impressive wins in 1994 and 2000, and last week, fellow Republican Senator George Voinovich begged voters to back his colleague.

Tuesday's vote brought Democrats to power in the executive branch, and it gave them some clout in the state legislature.

This change in the balance of power will likely mean a change in how and if new laws get through. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

Parties Work to Get Out the Vote

Nov 6, 2006

Strategists with both parties know that regardless of what the polls suggest, the results don't matter if supporters don't vote.

And that's what they telling their forces on this election eve. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Strickland Faces Ballot Challenge

Oct 19, 2006

A complaint filed with the Columbiana County Board of Elections could have a major impact on the fall vote - namely, the leading candidate in the race for governor could be disqualified by, of all people, his opponent.

Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

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A complaint filed with the Columbiana County Board of Elections could have a major impact on the fall vote. As a result of the complaint, he leading candidate in the race for governor could be disqualified by his opponent. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Republican Ken Blackwell and Democrat Ted Strickland wrangled over the economy in the third debate in the governor's race. They argued last night over whether deep tax cuts would boost the state's economy or help the wealthy.

Blackwell says he offers innovative changes as opposed to Strickland's "therapeutic tinkering." Strickland responded by saying he was more concerned with addressing the state's problems than with name calling. He says Ohio needs a change after 16 years of Republican control.

Ohio's first televised Senate debate was dominated by a heated discussion of what went wrong and how to make things right in Iraq.

Republican Senator Mike DeWine and Democratic Congressman Sherrod Brown appeared Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Brown accused DeWine of failing to hold the Bush administration accountable. DeWine told Brown he was "absolutely unbelievable" when the Democrat said he had done more than DeWine to help get troops proper body armor.

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