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Obama cancels Cleveland appearance

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 31, 2012

President Barack Obama has canceled his planned Labor Day appearance in Cleveland.

Obama is going to Louisiana to see the damage caused by the hurricane Isaac first-hand, his campaign said.

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Romney returning to Ohio

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 30, 2012

Mitt Romney will return to Ohio fresh off of his official nomination, the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting.

Romney will have a rally in Cincinnati Saturday morning.

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Group opening Copley office

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 30, 2012

Americans for Prosperity-Ohio, which describes itself as an economic freedom advocacy group, will open seven offices across the state in the next week, including one in Copley.

The opening of the Copley office at 2830 Copley Road, Suite 1, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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Anti-Romney rally to be held in Akron

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 30, 2012

With Mitt Romney accepting the GOP nomation tonight, a statewide group opposing him will stage a protest outside of the Summit County Republican Party Headquarters.

ProgressOhio will hold its rally at 5 p.m. outside of the local party's headquarters at 1755 Merriman Road.

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Biden, Obama headed back to Ohio

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 29, 2012

The president and vice president are headed back to Ohio.

Vice President Joe Biden will visit Lordstown Friday, while President Barack Obama will make stops in the Cleveland and Toledo areas Monday, according to an Obama campaign official in Ohio.

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Renacci airing first ad

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 29, 2012

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci's first broadcast television ad of the campaign will begin airing today in the 16th Congressional District.

The 30-second spot features Renacci standing in a closed auto dealership that he says closed after the President Barack Obama-led bailout of General Motors and the auto industry.

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Strickland joins bus tour at Kent State

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 27, 2012

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a national co-chair for President Barack Obama's campaign, joined the "Romney Economics: 'Wrong for the Middle Class'" bus tour at noon today at Kent State University.

The bus is traveling through Ohio for three days to as a counter to the Republican convention to highlight the impact Romney's election would have on the country and Ohio's major cities.

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Pro-life bus tour stopping in Copley Friday

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 23, 2012

A pro-life bus tour will visit Copley Friday in a 30-stop tour across the country.

The bus will stop at the parking lot across from Bob Evans at 4076 Medina Road at 10 a.m.

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Presidential race in Ohio too close to call, latest Ohio Poll shows

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 23, 2012

The presidential race in Ohio is still neck in neck, according to the latest Ohio Poll released this morning.

The poll found 49 percent favored President Barack Obama, while 46 percent were backing Romney. The spread was within the poll's margin of error.

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Romney and Paul campaigning in Ohio

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 23, 2012

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will have a rally in Powell, an affluent suburb north of Columbus, Saturday, his campaign announced this morning.

The rally will be at 9 a.m. at Village Green Park, 47, Hall St.

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Elections officials under fire

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 21, 2012

Ohio elections boards officials are under fire, sparking two protests in Ohio Monday.

The first was against a Franklin County board member who made a racially charged comment to the Columbus Dispatch.

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Husted makes the Daily Show

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 17, 2012

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted made the Daily Show, an honor he may not have been hoping for.

Jon Stewart discussed the dispute over early voting hours in different Ohio counties.

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Summit elections board won't have off-site for early voting; Husted breaks tie to use board's office

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 15, 2012

The Summit County elections board won’t have an off-site for early voting, instead solely offering in-person voting at the board’s Grant Street office.

Secretary of State Jon Husted broke three tie votes by the Summit board on early voting today, rejecting dueling off-site locations suggested by the Republican and Democratic board members.

"The Summit County Board of elections has a large building with ample unallocated or flexible-use space that can easily be re-purposed to accommodate in-person absentee voting," Husted said in his decision.

The Republican board members proposed having early voting at the board or, if Husted favored another location, renting the second floor of the Beacon Journal building in downtown Akron. The Democratic Board members wanted to use the former hhgregg store near Chapel Hill Mall.

Husted didn’t like either spot, saying "neither side in this controversy proposed genuine off-site solutions."

The board’s Democratic members were seeking an off-site for early voting because they think the board’s office is insufficient. The board had long lines and parking issues when early voting was done at the Grant Street office in the 2008 primary.

The early voting decisions were among several Husted made today for the Summit board, which has lately been regularly deadlocking. Husted is required when board’s can’t reach a consensus to cast the deciding vote.

Husted also broke tie votes regarding a hearing that alleged Akron City Council broke election laws with newsletters it published that advocated for and against local and statewide issues. The secretary of state broke a tie vote against sending the issue to the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office and directed the board to forward the matter to the state auditor.

Lastly, Husted broke a tie vote in favor of having public speaking during board meetings. He said the public comment period "may be limited to ensure that the board is able to complete the agenda." He directed the board to "adopt a consistent policy for public speaking" at meetings.

The Summit County elections board won’t have an off-site for early voting, instead solely offering in-person voting at the board’s Grant Street office.

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Paul Ryan making first campaign stop in Ohio Wednesday

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 14, 2012

Paul Ryan will make his first campaign stop in Ohio Wednesday since being chosen as the GOP vice presidential candidate.

Ryan will have a rally at Miami University in Oxford at 6 p.m.

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Santorum returning to Akron to stump for Romney

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 14, 2012

Rick Santorum will return to Akron Wednesday, for the first time not as a Republican presidential candidate, but to stump for Mitt Romney, the presumed GOP nominee.

Santorum will headline a rally at Tangier restaurant, 532 W. Market St., from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. No tickets are required. Other area GOP candidates are expected to attend, but haven’t yet confirmed.

Santorum, who twice visited the Akron area before the March primary when he was still a candidate, will discuss President Barack Obama’s "war on religion" with his federal health care law, said Izzy Santa, a spokesperson for the Romney campaign.

The health care law requires coverage of sterilization, contraception and abortion-inducing drugs, which prompted court challenges and outcry from some religious leaders.

Before visiting Akron, Santorum will attend the Feast of Assumption at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Cleveland, participating in the solemn mass, church procession and Cavatelli dinner. After the Akron rally, he will return home to have dinner with his family.

Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, drew a record crowd of more than 1,350 to the Summit County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner in February. He made his last campaign stop before the March 6 primary at a rally at the pavilion at Falls River Square, making a pitch to about 250 people.

Romney claimed Ohio in the primary, helping to seal his status as the likely Republican nominee.

Rick Santorum will return to Akron Wednesday, for the first time not as a Republican presidential candidate, but to stump for Mitt Romney, the presumed GOP nominee.

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Lucas County elections board on oversight

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 13, 2012

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has put the Lucas County elections board on administrative oversight, the Toledo Free Press is reporting.

Husted recently issued a blistering tie vote deccision to the Lucas board after the board wasn't able to make a decision on an organizational chart. He threatened serious changes at the board, including personnel, if the board couldn't agree on a chart.

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Obama and Romney paper dolls are in

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 13, 2012

Ever wonder what President Barack Obama would look like dressed as a clown or whether likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney would look good as a pirate with a hook for a hand?

You can now find out with the 2012 Political Circus paper dolls, featuring Obama and Romney, by Tim Foley.

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Changing address for voting now easier; Husted creates new online option

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 9, 2012

Changing your address for voting purposes is now a whole lot easier.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced today a new Web feature -- www.myohiovote.com -- that will allow voters to update their voting address online. Voters who have moved are required to update their registrations with the new address 30 days prior to the election.

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Obama campaign opening Akron office

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 7, 2012

President Barack Obama's campaign will open a campaign office in Akron at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Mayor Don Plusquellic, Akron Council President Marco Sommerville and Summit County Councilwoman Tamela Lee will speak at the opening of the office at 1706 W. Market St.

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