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Early voting begins next week for the May primary.Columbus voters will decide candidates for mayor, council and board of education.

Franklin County Board of elections spokesman Ben Piscatelli, says a four way race for mayor will drive turn-out on May 5th.

Bill Clinton Endorses Strickland For US Senate Race

Mar 31, 2015
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Former President Bill Clinton is endorsing former Ohio governor Ted Strickland’s U.S. Senate bid.

Strickland has long ties with the Clintons and was a leading backer of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s successful 2008 Ohio presidential primary effort.

But the early endorsement comes with 30-year-old Cincinnati councilman P.G. Sittenfeld also seeking the Democratic nomination in a primary more than a year away.

Incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is seeking re-election.

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A new independent poll says Ohio voters favor Hillary Clinton over other likely presidential candidates.

The swing state poll by Quinnipiac University says 46 percent of Ohio voters like the Democratic Clinton better than all other candidates. Her closest completion was Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky at 41 percent.

Governor Kasich Continues to Test Presidential Waters

Mar 24, 2015
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Republican John Kasich has not committed to a presidential campaign but the newly re-elected Ohio Governor continues to actively test the waters in states that hold early primaries.

Federal Judge: Ohio 3rd-Party Ballot Rules Constitutional

Mar 16, 2015
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  A federal judge says ballot access limits imposed last year on minor parties in political battleground Ohio don’t violate the U.S. Constitution.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson’s decision Monday is the latest blow to challengers of a 2013 law that set new, stiffer criteria for minor political parties to qualify for and maintain access to Ohio’s ballot.

Watson said a side party in the case, the American Civil Liberties Union, couldn’t demonstrate that denying access to primary ballots poses a severe burden on third parties without “compelling state interest.”

Ohio AG Certifies Petition For Marijuana Legalization Issue

Mar 13, 2015
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A marijuana legalization effort in Ohio has cleared a key governmental hurdle.

Attorney General Mike DeWine on Friday certified ResponsibleOhio’s petition for the proposed amendment and cleared summary petition language as fair and truthful. The measure goes next to the Ohio Ballot Board.

ResponsibleOhio foresees getting the amendment before voters this year or next. It would legalize the sale of marijuana for medicinal and recreational use and create authorized growing sites across the state.

More Than 100 Non-Citizens Registered To Vote In Ohio

Mar 13, 2015
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Secretary of State Jon Husted has said several times that voter fraud is rare but it exists – and that’s why he says he reviews the voting rolls. Hustged says he’s found hundreds who should not be registered to vote, and he wants the federal government to help him find more.

This new review found 145 non-citizens registered to vote, and 27 of them actually cast ballots. This brings the total number of non-citizens registered to vote in Ohio to 436, out of 7.7 million registered voters. Husted says these are felonies, but likely are mistakes – but they need to be caught.

Ohio’s U.S. Senators Spar Over Letter To Iran

Mar 12, 2015
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Ohio’s Rob Portman is one of 47 GOP senators who signed an unprecedented letter to Iran this week. And Ohio’s Democratic senator says he’s flabbergasted.

Ohio’s Elections Chief To Discuss 2014 Voting Irregularities

Mar 12, 2015
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Ohio’s elections chief plans to discuss potential illegal voting activity in the perennial swing state along with his efforts to keep updated voter rolls.

Red Light Cameras To Be Turned Off March 23

Mar 11, 2015
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In about two weeks red light cameras, in Columbus, will be turned off…at least for now.

Charities Get Nearly $183,000 Left From Kasich Inauguration

Mar 11, 2015
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Ohio’s First Lady says nearly $183,000 leftover from Gov. John Kasich’s inaugural fund have been donated to eight children’s charities.

First Lady Karen Kasich announced Tuesday the money will be split among several groups focusing on after-school programs, nutrition and health.

The governor’s committee raised nearly $1.2 million for his second inauguration. The January event included a swearing-in ceremony at a theater and a gala at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Columbus.

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The Senate Democratic Campaign Committee today endorsed former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in his race for the Senate next year, despite the presence of a second contender.

73-year-old former governor Ted Strickland plans to challenge Republican Senator Rob Portman. Strickland will likely face an opponent in the primary, P.G. Sittenfeld, a Cincinnati City Councilman. Sittenfeld says he represents the future of the party.

“You know I’m very proud to be a strong Democrat and to have strong progressive values and ideas. But I’m not constrained by the rigid ideology of yesterday. I think what people want are problem solvers,” Sittenfeld says.

Sherrod Brown Backs Strickland Over Sittenfeld For US Senate

Mar 9, 2015
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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is endorsing former Gov. Ted Strickland as the Democrat best suited to challenge fellow senator Rob Portman next year.

Strickland, a one-term governor and former congressman, announced plans last month to challenge Portman, a Republican.

Strickland first must defeat 30-year-old Cincinnati city councilman P.G. Sittenfeld in the 2016 Democratic primary.

Sittenfeld has said he brings youth and new ideas to the party and has no plans to step aside.

Ohio Official's Advisory Group Studies Police Training

Mar 5, 2015

The quality of police training academies in Ohio and the need for stronger statewide training standards are among the issues an attorney general’s committee is considering as it explores possible changes to the way Ohio trains police officers.

Attorney General Mike DeWine created the group last year after several fatal police shootings and protests of those shootings in Ohio and nationally.