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Slaby seeking input with legislative survey

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 28, 2013

State. Rep. Marilyn Slaby, who represents the 38th District, is seeking input from her constituents about what matters to them.

She's asking them to complete an online legislative survey, which seeks feedback on issues like the economy, jobs and the proposed Medicaid expansion.

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St. John appointed to Stark elections board

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 26, 2013

Deametrious A. St. John is the newest member of the Stark County board of elections.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted chose St. John to complete the unexpired term of Phil Giavasis.

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Fudge to hold open house at new Akron office

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 26, 2013

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge will have an open house at her new district office in Akron from 2 to 4 p.m. April 6.

Fudge's Akron office will be in Lawton Community Center, 1225 Lawton St.

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Most Ohioans support gay marriage, Dispatch poll shows

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 25, 2013

Ohioans' views on gay marriage have changed, with the majority now supporting an amendment that would do away with a ban on same-sex marriage, a Columbus Dispatch poll found.

In 2004, 62 percent of Ohio voters approved a gay marriage ban. The poll found that 54 percent of voters now support a reverse on this stance, while 40 percent still back the ban, according to the newspaper poll.

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New online tool makes it easier for voters to check their registrations

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 22, 2013

Not sure if your voter registration is up-to-date?

A new search tool will make it easier to check.

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Sutton not running for governor

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 22, 2013

Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton is latest prominent Democrat to not enter the governor's race.

Sutton released a brief statement this morning saying she's decided against running. Her announcement follows a recent similar statement from U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles.

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Organizing for Action holding rally in Akron Wednesday; event to highlight sequester's impact

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 19, 2013

Organizing for Action will have a rally and press conference at noon Wednesday in Akron to highlight how the sequester will impact public health and safety providers, such as nurses, teachers and first responders.

The event will be at the corner of Cedar Street and Wabash Avenue, near Akron General Medical Center in downtown Akron. It will feature speakers from some of the areas that will be affected and local officials.

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Ryan not running for governor

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 15, 2013

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan isn't running for governor.

Ryan released a statement this morning saying he has decided not to run. He was considered one of the Democratic frontrunners to take on Gov. John Kasich.

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Portman's staff to hold office hours in Stark Monday, days after he reverses stance on gay marriage

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 15, 2013

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman's staff will hold office hours in Stark County Monday, days after Portman announced a reversal on his position on gay marriage.

Portman told the Plain Dealer and other media Thursday during a news conference that he changed his mind and decided he should support gay marriage after learning his college-age son is gay. He is the first Republican senator to support gay marriage, according to Freedom to Marry Ohio, a group leading an effort to get an amendment on the ballot in Ohio legalizing gay marriage.

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FitzGerald announces formation of committee to run for governor

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 11, 2013

Gov. John Kasich may have his first gubernatorial competition: Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald.

 “Today, I’m announcing the formation of an exploratory committee to run for governor,” said FitzGerald in a news release.  “But more than that, I’m beginning a conversation with you, the people of Ohio.”

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Wayne County Democratic Party endorses gay-marriage amendment

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 7, 2013

The Wayne County Democratic Party has endorsed an amendment to legalize gay marriage in Ohio.

"We support this amendment because a loving couple should have the freedom to marry regardless of gender," Betsy Sheets, the party's chairwoman, said in a news release. "The amendment also guarantees religious choice. It will be up to the religious institution to decide to perform or recognize a seam-gender marriage or not."

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Local pastor delivers opening prayer at Ohio House session

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 6, 2013

A Green pastor delivered the opening prayer during the Ohio House session today.

The Rev. Joel Engman recently became pastor of Harmony Springs Christian Church in Green. He is a Wooster native and was born and raised in northeast Ohio. He graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and attended Ashland Theological Seminary, where he received his Master’s of Divinity degree in 2007pastor of Harmony Springs Christian Church in Green. He is a Wooster native and was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. He graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and attended Ashland Theological Seminary, where he received his Master’s of Divinity degree in 2007, according to a news release from state Rep. Marilyn Slaby, R-Copley, who welcomed Engman.

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Akron City Council approves resolution supporting Kasich's proposed Medicaid expansion

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 5, 2013

Akron City Council approved a resolution Monday supporting Gov. John Kasich's proposed expansion of Medicaid to low-income Ohio residents.

Kasich included in his proposed two-year state budget an extension of Medicaid health care coverage to those with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, which is about $15,400 for an individual or approximately $32,000 for a family of four. The governor has asked for support for his proposal.

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