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Most Ohioians favor legalized marijuana for personal use, new poll finds

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 8, 2015

Ohio voters support legalized marijuana for personal use 53 to 44, a Quinnipiac poll released today found.

Support is higher among men and younger voters. Two thirds of voters, though, say they wouldn't use pot even if it were legalized.

Support is more overwhelming for legalizing medical marijuana use, with 90 percent saying they favor it.

State Issue 3 on the Nov. 3 ballot would legalize marijuana for medicinal use and personal use by adults over 21 in Ohio. The issue faces opposition, though, both statewide and locally from a broad range of groups.

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Former Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder to work for Buckeye Institute

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 7, 2015

Former Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder may be nearly as busy in his retirement as he was at the Statehouse.

The Buckeye Institute has chosen Batchelder as the organization's inaugural Edwin Meese Distinguished Fellow, named for Attorney General Edwin Meese III who served under President Ronald Reagan. Meese will announce the honor at a dinner Wednesday evening at the Mount Vernon Country Club.

Dennis Cauchon, the spokesman for the conservative think tank based in Columbus, said Batchelder will help the organization expand its economic research operation. He said Batchelder won't be lobbying or working on politics.

Batchelder, a Republican from Medina, also is chairing a lobbying firm and teaching politics and law at Cleveland State University and the University of Akron. 

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Akron-area state lawmakers to hold town hall on labor legislation

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 6, 2015

Three Akron-area legislators will have a town hall meeting Monday to discuss legislation to institute "Right to work" and to eliminate prevailing wage, as well as funding cuts to local governments.

The town hall will be co-hosted by state Reps. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent, Greta Johnson, D-Akron and Emilia Sykes, D-Akron.

"I want to ensure that my community understands these pieces of legislation and has the time and tools to respond," Johnson said in an email.

The event will be at the Laborers Union Hall, 720 Wolf Ledges Parkway. Pizza and soda will be served from 5:30 to 6 p.m., followed by speakers and a Q & A from 6 to 7 p.m.

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Former state Rep. Vernon Sykes to discuss Issue 1 at women's meeting

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 1, 2015

Former state Rep. Vernon Sykes will discuss Issue 1, a statewide ballot issue that would change how redistricting is done in Ohio, at a meeting of the Federated Women of Summit County Saturday morning.

Issue 1 would create a new method for drawing state legislative districts, with a bipartisan commission required to find consensus to adopt new districts. The issue has received support from a diverse array of groups, both liberal and conservative.

Other ballot issues also will be discussed.

The event will begin with a social hour at 9:30, followed by the breakfast meeting at 10 a.m. at St. George's Fellowship Center, 3204 Ridgewood Road.

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U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge provides higher ed fair Thursday in Akron

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: September 23, 2015

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Warrensville Heights, will provide a resource fair on higher education Thursday.

The event is geared toward 11th District constituents from all educational backgrounds. The fair will provide information on adult education, vocational programs and financial aid, including grants, scholarships and student loans. There are 1,669 financial aid tools that constituents may not be aware of, according to a press release from Fudge's office.

Representatives from the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator, the University of Akron and the U.S. Department of Education, as well as high school counselors, will be available to answer questions.

The fair will be from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton St. 

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Joseph Migliorini will be on ballot for Macedonia mayor; Jon Husted breaks tie for ballot access

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: September 17, 2015

Former Macedonia Mayor Joseph Migliorini will be on the ballot for mayor this November.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted broke a tie vote by the Summit County Board of Elections Thursday in favor of allowing Migliorini to run. Husted, who is Republican, sided with the electon board's Democratic members.

The board's Republican members argued Migliorini won't have lived in Macedonia continuously for two years before the Nov. 3 election, as required by the city's charter. They pointed to how Migliorini has driver's licenses in both Ohio and Florida and has spent time in both states. The board's Democratic members said this wasn't enough evidence to kick Migliorini off the ballot.

Husted said Migliorini may have broken other Ohio laws by holding driver's licenses in two states, but he said he lacks "the authority to enforce" these laws.

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State Rep. Emilia Sykes to represent black caucus at national voting conference

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: September 16, 2015

State Rep. Emilia Sykes will represent the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus at a national voting conference Thursday.

Sykes, D-Akron, will attend the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference Voting Rights Braintrust in Washington, D.C. The summit will discuss the state of voting rights and how citizens can become more involved in their government.

Sykes will join other young elected officials for a panel discussion on voting rights in Ohio, how participation can affect positive change and how young people can better engage the political process.

"I'm looking forward to the honor of representing Ohio," Sykes said in a press release.

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Akron mayoral candidates to participate in Press Club debate Oct. 13

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: September 15, 2015

The Akron mayoral candidates competing in the November election will face off in at least one debate.

Summit County Clerk of Courts Dan Horrigan, the Democratic candidate, and Eddie Sipplen, the GOP contender, have agreed to participate in an Akron Press Club debate on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

The debate will be at Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway in Akron. Doors will open at 11 a.m., with the program starting about noon.

Cost is $20 for Press Club members and $25 for non-members. Cost will be $25 for all reservations received after noon Thursday, Oct. 8.

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Young people encouraged to attend voting event Thursday

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: September 15, 2015

Young people are invited to attend an event to learn why voting is important Thursday evening.

The event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Akron, Hudson, Kent and Tallmadge and is timed to celebrate Constitution Day. Voter registration will be provided.

Speakers will be Summit County Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands, Turner Anderson, a graduate from the University of Akron, and Steve Brooks, associate director of UA's Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Barley House, 222 S. Main St. Refreshments and pizza will be provided and free parking is available in the adjacent deck.

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Pro-pot group bus tour to stop at UA Tuesday

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: September 14, 2015

The ResponsibleOhio Green Rush Bus Tour will stop at the University of Akron Tuesday morning.

The group, which is backing Issue 3, a statewide ballot issue to legalize marijuana, is visiting more than 150 communities and college campus across the state to raise awareness about the issue. Issue 3 would legalize marijuana for medical reasons and personal use for adults over 21.

The UA stop will be at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Exchange and Spicer streets. The tour also will visit Kent State University and Ravenna later in the day.

These will be the tour's first stops in the Akron area. 

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