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Pollsters' forecast: Wave building for GOP

By admin Published: October 31, 2010

By Steven Thomma
and David Lightman
McClatchy Newspapers

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Bill Clinton campaigns in Stark for Boccieri, Strickland

By admin Published: October 30, 2010

Rick Armon
Beacon Journal staff writer

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McDonald's owner apologizes for urging workers to vote Republican

By admin Published: October 30, 2010

By Phil Trexler
Beacon Journal staff writer

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Ganley accusing Sutton of lying

By admin Published: October 30, 2010

By Marilyn Miller
Beacon Journal staff writer

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Peninsula could chart a new destiny

By admin Published: October 29, 2010

Paula Schleis
Beacon Journal staff writer


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Coming this weekend

By Doug Published: October 29, 2010

Political and election coverage in the Akron Beacon Journal and on Ohio.com this weekend

For Saturday
John Green, of the Bliss Institute at the University of Akron, is one of the foremost experts in political analysis and a coveted source for the media nationwide at this time of year.

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McDonald's franchisee apologizes for election letter to employees

By Doug Published: October 29, 2010

By Phil Trexler
Beacon Journal staff writer
The owner of a chain of McDonald's restaurants in Stark County has issued an apology after sending a letter with his employees' paychecks encouraging them to vote for three Republicans.

Businessman Paul Siegfried sent out the apology Friday after area Democrats and Canton attorney Allen Schulman threatened to file lawsuits.

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Politico's race tracker picks Sutton; Renacci has tentative edge

By Doug Published: October 29, 2010

Politico, which consults several political analysts for projections on key Congressional races, shows that four analysts believe incumbent Democrat Betty Sutton will defeat Tom Ganley for the 13 Congressional District, which includes western Summit County and parts of Medina and Lorain.

The race between Republican Jim Renacci and incumbent John Boccieri in the 16th, representing Stark, Wayne, southern Medina and Ashland, is closer. Two say the race is still a toss-up, while two say the race may be tilting Republican.

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County Council candidates focus on money issues (with candidate videos)

By admin Published: October 29, 2010

Rick Armon
Beacon Journal staff writer

Video interviews of candidates Pete Crossland, Jon Poda, Bill Roemer, Amy Schwan and Ilene Shapiro are available on Ohio.com.

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Americans for Prosperity bus tour to roll through area Monday

By Stephanie Published: October 29, 2010

     Americans for Prosperity's November Is Coming Bus Tour will roll through the Akron-Canton area Monday, the day before the election.

      The tour will stop at Walnut Avenue Northeast, between Third Street Northeast and Fourth Street Northeast in Canton at 9:30 a.m. and at the Tuscarawas County Courthouse Square at East High Avenue, between First Drive Northeast and Second Street Northeast in New Philadelphia at 11:30 a.m.

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Senate candidate Fisher does an all-nighter

By Doug Published: October 29, 2010

The Cleveland Plain Dealer followed Democratic Senate candidate Lee Fisher as he pulled an all-nighter bowling, participating in karaoke and sliding down a fire station brass pole.

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3 governors stump in SW Ohio for Kasich

By Doug Published: October 29, 2010

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that three governors, all potential presidential candidates in 2012, were in Southwest Ohio Thursday campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich.

Govs. Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Chris Christie of New Jersey were with Kasich and running mate Mary Taylor of Green at "The New Way for Ohio Rally" in Lebanon, northeast of Cincinnati.

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Obama's Ohio visits important to 2012, too

By Doug Published: October 29, 2010

The New York Times is reporting that President Obama's repeated trips to Ohio are as important to his re-election in 2012 as they are to Gov. Ted Strickland's re-election this year.

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Ohio's Democratic gov. aiming for rural GOP votes

By jim Published: October 29, 2010

BY JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press

TIFFIN Ohio's Democratic governor is making a push to pick up votes in conservative rural areas during the final days of the governor's race.

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Former president George W. Bush to speak in Ohio

By jim Published: October 29, 2010

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Former President George W. Bush will be in Ohio to speak at a Veterans Day tribute.

Bush will be at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton on Nov. 11. The event comes as he promotes the release of his memoir, "Decision Points."

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Strickland, Brown visiting phone banks, including one in Akron

By Stephanie Published: October 29, 2010

     Gov. Ted Strickland and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown plan to stop by local phone banks, including one in Akron, today to meet with campaign volunteers.

     They will visit the phone bank at the Summit County Democratic Party headquarters, 438 Grant. St. in Akron, at 11:30 a.m.

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All but 2 midterms went against president in last 100 years

By Doug Published: October 28, 2010

Almost never does a president see his party win seats in Congress in a midterm election.

PBS NewsHour host William Lehrer interviewed two election historians on the importance of midterm elections on his Oct. 27 newscast, and they discussed how Congress tends to swing with the presidential elections, then in the opposite direction in off years.

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Jon Poda and Ilene Shapiro interviews for county council

By Dan Published: October 28, 2010

Candidates for Summit County Council sat down for interviews with Rick Armon and Steve Hoffman of the Akron Beacon Journal and Ed Esposito of WAKR. The interviews with Jon Poda and Ilene Shapiro are a collaborative effort of the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com, WAKR/Akronnewsnow.com and Time-Warner Cable.

Jon Poda (D)

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To err is human on campaign lit

By admin Published: October 28, 2010

By Stephanie Warsmith
Beacon Journal staff writer


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Republican victory may guarantee a decade of control in Ohio

By Doug Published: October 28, 2010

Winning statewide offices in Ohio this year will be huge for Republicans as the state undergoes its next round of redrawing Congressional and state legislative district boundaries.

Politico senior Congressional writer Richard Cohen explores the reapportionment idea today.

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Boehner's Ohio base divided over speakership value

By admin Published: October 28, 2010

Dan Sewell
Associated Press

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Strickland, Kasich and others rally support in Summit County

By admin Published: October 27, 2010

Marilyn Miller and John Higgins
Beacon Journal staff writers

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New York Times: Republicans locking up the votes

By Doug Published: October 27, 2010

A new New York Times/CBS News poll shows that Republicans are solidifying the electorate, winning over groups that put Obama into office.

One of the most dramatic changes occurs in a once reliable Democratic voting base: women.

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Rancor is the word in Ohio's border states

By Doug Published: October 27, 2010

Ohio's neighbors are experiencing tough elections that include lots of money, attack ads and polling that shows rapidly changing dynamics. Polling shows Republicans to be gaining the upper hand.

In Pennsylvania
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

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Pete Crossland and Amy Schwan interviews for county council

By jim Published: October 27, 2010

Candidates for Summit County Council sat down for interviews with Steve Hoffman of the Akron Beacon Journal and Ed Esposito of WAKR. The interviews with Pete Crossland and Amy Schwan are a collaborative effort of the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com, WAKR/Akronnewsnow.com and Time-Warner Cable.

Pete Crossland (D)

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Fisher campaigning for 27 hours, including local stops

By Stephanie Published: October 27, 2010

     Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, an U.S. Senate candidate, plans to campaign for 27 hours straight, including stops in Kent, Barberton and Copley Township.

     Fisher will begin his ``Ohio Never Sleeps'' tour at 6:15 p.m. today, with several stops in Columbus, including doing karoke and bowling. His early Thursday stops will include a Ford plant, a bus stop and an elementary school, all in the Cleveland area.

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Location for Clinton rally changed

By Stephanie Published: October 27, 2010

    The location for a Saturday rally featuring former President Bill Clinton atin support of Gov. Ted Strickland athas been changed again.

     The event will be held at noon at Tozzi's, a restaurant and banquet hall at 4210 12th St. N.W. in Canton, instead of two other Stark County locations that previously were identified.

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Ganley brings business approach to race against Sutton

By admin Published: October 27, 2010

By Marilyn Miller
Beacon Journal staff writer

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Rand Paul heckler gets head stomped by Paul supporter

By Doug Published: October 26, 2010

When a member of MoveOn.org showed up at the Kentucky Senatorial debate in Lexington Monday to mock Republican candidate Rand Paul, she was tackled and a Paul supporter used his foot to pound her head to the concrete.

The video can be seen at the Lexington Herald-Leader Web site.

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The numbers behind the latest Ohio news poll

By Doug Published: October 26, 2010

Ohio's eight largest newspapers, among them the Akron Beacon Journal, sponsored the latest political poll conducted by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati.

The poll showed John Kasich and Ted Strickland in a statistical dead heat for governor.

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Statewide candidates to visit Medina, Summit counties

By Stephanie Published: October 26, 2010

     The statewide Republican candidates, including former Congressman John Kasich, the GOP gubernatorial contender, will conclude a three-day bus tour Wednesday with visits to Medina and Summit County.

     The tour will stop at 1 p.m. at Santo Susso's Italian restaurant, 3725 Medina Road in Medina. State Rep. Bill Batchelder, a Republican from Medina and the House minority leader, will attend.

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Clinton to attend Strickland rally in Perry Township

By Stephanie Published: October 26, 2010

     Former President Bill Clinton will attend three rallies, including one in Stark County's Perry Township, Saturday to support Gov. Ted Strickland.

      The Perry Township event will be at noon at Paul Pfeiffer Middle School, 4315 13th St. S.W. Additional information isn't yet available.

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Boehner to attend Renacci rally

By Stephanie Published: October 26, 2010

      U.S. Rep. John Boehner will attend a rally to support Jim Renacci, the Republican candidate for the 16th Congressional District, Saturday afternoon.

     The event will be at 2 p.m. outside Renacci's campaign headquarters at 2729 Fulton Dr. N.W. in Canton.

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Rally for Stark Republicans to be held tonight

By Stephanie Published: October 26, 2010

      A rally for Republican candidates in Stark County will be held at 5 p.m. today.

      The event will be in the great court at the cultural center, 1001 Market Ave. N. in Canton.

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Rep. Boccieri to get NRA endorsement; take part in trap shoot

By Stephanie Published: October 26, 2010

     U.S. Rep. John Boccieri is bringing out the big guns today in the battle to keep his seat.

      Boccieri will take part in a mid-morning trap shoot, after getting the National Rifle Association's endorsement, according to his campaign.

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Strickland and Kasich in dead heat

By admin Published: October 26, 2010

By Tom Troy
Toledo Blade politics writer

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Poll: Ohio governor's race tight going into final week

By admin Published: October 26, 2010

Associated Press

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Strickland and Kasich in dead heat

By Doug Published: October 26, 2010

More report heightened interest in vote as governor's race narrows. 58% favor Republican for Senate

Published on Sunday, Oct 24, 2010

By Tom Troy
Toledo Blade politics writer

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Tea Party movement escapes definition

By Doug Published: October 25, 2010

The Washington Post conducted an extensive canvass of Tea Party organizations around the country and found them to vary widely in size, level of organization and mission, defining it "not so much a movement as a disparate band of vaguely connected gatherings that do surprisingly little to engage in the political process."

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Fox, MSNBC playing a role in motivating donors, voters

By Doug Published: October 25, 2010

Fox and MSNBC, with their clear political agendas in news commentary, are motivating their bases, according to a New York Times story.

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New York Times: Amercans feel adrift

By Doug Published: October 25, 2010

As Colorado makes headlines as the site of some of the most contentious and expensive campaigns, the New York Times visited with Colorado citizens to discuss personal emotions.

Uncertainty was a prevailing sentiment.

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Teacher salaries draw scrutiny

By Doug Published: October 25, 2010

As school districts go to the polls in Northeast Ohio, they're beginning to experience organized opposition that has been common in southwest Ohio.

In the Revere district in Summit County, the opposition is taking aim at teacher salaries.

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Ganley, Fisher post answers to people's questions

By Doug Published: October 25, 2010

The non-partisan 10Questions program, which allowed citizens to pose questions to candidates, has received responses from Tom Ganley, who is running against incumbent Betty Sutton in the 13th Congressional District, and Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat against former Congressman Rob Portman.

Citizens posted question on the Web site, voted on the questions they liked best, and then candidates were asked to respond on the 10Questions Web site.

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Ohio among states possibly facing recount

By Doug Published: October 25, 2010

The news Web site Talking Points Memo identified Ohio among several states in which close elections may force a recount. In Ohio's case, the gubernatorial race is identified as perhaps one of the tightest.

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Politico: Record spending on one day

By Doug Published: October 25, 2010

Politics and elections Web site Politico is reporting that a one-day record for spending by independent groups was broken again this election season.

In Colorado on one day, $3.6 million was spent to influence one race.

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14th race is replay of 2008 contest

By Doug Published: October 25, 2010

LaTourette and O'Neill focus on failing economy

Published on Sunday, Oct 24, 2010

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Beacon Journal editorial board publishes final endorsement list

By Doug Published: October 25, 2010

Published on Sunday, Oct 24, 2010

The following is a recap of recommendations made by the Beacon Journal editorial board in recent weeks for the Nov. 2 election. Usually, we publish this summary on the Sunday before Election Day. We still plan to do so. In light of early voting, we also have opted to run the recap today. Remember, voters will find races and issues on the ballot in which the editorial board did not make a recommendation.

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Clinton to stump for Boccieri at Massillon-McKinley game

By admin Published: October 23, 2010


Beacon Journal staff

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GOP has edge in small donations in Ohio govenor race

By admin Published: October 21, 2010

Ann Sanner
Associated Press

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Strickland to stop at Akron business

By Stephanie Published: October 20, 2010

 Gov. Ted Strickland will visit an Akron business this afternoon as part of a three-stop tour of companies in different cities.

    Strickland and Yvette McGee Brown, his running mate, will visit Akron Polymer Systems, 2990 Gilchrist Road, at 12:30 p.m. The also will stop by businesses in Oberlin and Mansfield.

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Stow council mulls budget cuts, tax reduction

By admin Published: October 20, 2010

By Gina Mace
Special to the Beacon Journal

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Political news of the day

By Doug Published: October 19, 2010

Republicans gamble $50 million on 65 races
Politico is reporting that the Republican Congressional campaign committee is so sure of Republican victories that spending has been withdrawn from Republican incumbents and directed at races where the incumbent is a Democrat.

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Ohio 42nd House seat is between two Hudson residents

By Paula Published: October 19, 2010

The Hudson Hub Times looks at the two city residents who are vying for the District 42 State House seat - incumbent Mike Moran (D) and current council member Kristina Daley Roegner (R).

The paper also covered the Oct. 13 Hudson League of Women Voters' candidates forum with Moran and Roegner, and a handful of other state office seekers.

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Health care, campaign financing front and center at spirited debate

By admin Published: October 19, 2010

By Stephanie Warsmith
Beacon Journal staff writer


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Elections board reaches deal

By admin Published: October 19, 2010

By David Knox
Beacon Journal staff writer

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First Couple's visit to Ohio ripe for analysis

By Doug Published: October 18, 2010

Politico
Obama draws 35,000 in Ohio

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Politico says outlook getting bleaker for Democrats

By Doug Published: October 18, 2010

Politico's congressional correspondent James Hohmann says that the concensus among analysts and pundits over the weekend is that money and polls are moving in the direction of a Republican rout.

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2 challenge Ryan's re-election bid

By admin Published: October 17, 2010

By Jim Carney
Beacon Journal staff writer


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Boccieri-Renacci race captures Politico's attention

By Doug Published: October 15, 2010

The national political Web site Politico has zoomed in on the 16th Congressional District which includes Stark, Wayne and part of Medina counties.

Former Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal reporter David Rogers, now writing for Politico, says that all the numbers indicate John Boccieri should be out of the race, particularly in a longtime Republican district, but this one is a close race against Republican Jim Renacci.

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UC Ohio Poll moves gubernatorial race toward Kasich

By Doug Published: October 15, 2010

The Ohio poll, conducted by the Institute for Policy Research at the
University of Cincinnati
, released new numbers Friday showing Republican John Kasich with an 8-point lead over incumbent Gov. Ted Strickland.

The numbers are among the most optimistic for the Kasich campaign of several polls in recent weeks.

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Boehner could be first speaker from Ohio in nearly 90 years

By Doug Published: October 15, 2010

The New York Times is profiling Ohio Republican Congressman John Boehner as he hopes to become the next Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Boehner is banking on enough Republican victories Nov. 2 to gain control of the House.

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Cities seek charter changes

By admin Published: October 15, 2010

By Marilyn Miller
Beacon Journal staff writer

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OSU study suggests misinformation and Fox News are linked

By Doug Published: October 14, 2010

An Ohio State University study by two communications professors found that persons who were more likely to believe false information about a proposed mosque near Ground Zero were also more likely to oppose a mosque in their own neighborhood and also were more likely to frequent the Fox News channel or Web site.

The purpose of the study, they said, was "to focus on how differences in exposure and belief in rumors and support for the proposed New York mosque were associated with media use." The research was funded by the OSU School of Communication.

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This is 350 miles away, but still worth noting

By Doug Published: October 14, 2010

The politics and government Web site Talking Points Memo has posted this headline on a story:

Illinois Candidate's Name Misspelled As 'Rich Whitey' On Electronic-Voting Machines

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Times: Dems' outlook is bleak, but surprises can help

By Doug Published: October 14, 2010

The New York Times is reporting that Democrats are beginning to concede some Congressional races in the election that is now less than three weeks away.

However, the Times says, it's last-minute surprises like those in Ohio that have the potential to change the dynamics.

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President and First Lady at 3 Ohio events Sunday

By Doug Published: October 14, 2010

President Barack Obama will appear at a fundraiser Sunday in Cleveland then go to Columbus for a rally with his wife at The Ohio State University. They also will attend a Columbus fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.

The Dayton Daily News said the public event on the Oval at OSU begins at 6:15 p.m., with gates opening at 5 p.m.

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Rasmussen: Ohio gubernatorial race tightening

By Doug Published: October 14, 2010

Rasmussen Reports released new polling data Wednesday showing that the race between incumbent Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and former Congressman and Fox contributor John Kasich has tightened.

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Senate race has distinct choices

By admin Published: October 14, 2010

By Rick Armon
Beacon Journal staff writer

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Interviews with Frank Comunale and Frank LaRose

By jim Published: October 13, 2010

Candidates for the 27th Ohio Senate District that includes Cuyahoga Falls and much of western and northern Summit County sat down for interviews with Steve Hoffman of the Akron Beacon Journal and Ed Esposito of WAKR. The interviews with Frank LaRose and Frank Comunale are a collaborative effort of the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com, WAKR/Akronnewsnow.com and Time-Warner Cable.

Frank Comunale

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Hudson candidate's forum tonight

By Paula Published: October 13, 2010

Hudson League of Women Voters hosting candidate's forum tonight for 14th Congressional District, 27th District State Senate race, and 42nd State Representative race. Free and open to the public. Details in the Hudson Hub Times.

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Fisher, Portman trade blame

By admin Published: October 13, 2010

By Mark Niquette and Joe Hallett
Columbus Dispatch

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Treasurer's scandal may hurt Dems

By admin Published: October 13, 2010

By Kathy Antoniotti
Beacon Journal staff writer

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Kasich stops by Summit GOP headquarters

By Stephanie Published: October 12, 2010

 John Kasich, the Republican candidate for governor, made an impromptu stop this afternoon at the Summit County GOP headquarters in downtown Akron.

Kasich, a former congressman who has been leading Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland in most polls, cheered on volunteers who have been making phone calls and helping in other ways to get out the vote for the Nov. 2 election.

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Akron schools endorse Issue 17 on ballot

By admin Published: October 12, 2010

By John Higgins
Beacon Journal staff writer


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Former governor teaches politics at Ohio school

By admin Published: October 12, 2010

Associated Press

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New York Times: Republicans pump money into 2 Ohio races

By Doug Published: October 11, 2010

The New York Times is reporting that Republican and conservative interests, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are pumping new money into two Ohio Congressional districts in southeast Ohio, including the seat once occupied by Gov. Ted Strickland.

Democratic incumbents who are the targets of the new effort are Zack Space of the 18th District and Charlie Wilson of the 6th.

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County Council candidates focus on money issues

By admin Published: October 11, 2010

Rick Armon
Beacon Journal staff writer

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Local league offers voter guide

By Stephanie Published: October 11, 2010

The League of Women Votes of the Akron Area has completed its guide for the Nov. 2 election.

 The guide is accessible at http://www.lwvaa.org or in a printed version at Akron libraries and Acme stores.

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Plain Dealer picks Libertarian in Treasurer race

By Doug Published: October 11, 2010

A nasty race for state treasurer between two candidates with questionable qualifications -- Republican Josh Mandel and Democratic incumbent Kevin Boyce -- resulted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer endorsing a 28-year-old Libertarian candidate, the newspaper said Sunday.

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Ohio candidate's Nazi re-enactments haunt his campaign

By Doug Published: October 11, 2010

A story in the Atlantic about a Toledo area congressional candidate re-enacting Nazi military battles against Russia has stirred national attention.

The Atlantic published photos of Republican Rich Iott in a Nazi uniform posing with friends and his son. Iott defended his activity, which occurred years ago, as historical, an activity he did with his son, and hoped it would not be taken out of context.

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Kasich, Strickland pick up newspaper endorsements

By Doug Published: October 11, 2010

The Columbus Dispatch and Akron Beacon Journal on Sunday (Oct. 10) endorsed John Kasich and Ted Strickland respectively for governor in the tight race.

The Dispatch spoke of its disappointment with the incumbent Democratic governor. The newspaper said that "with hard times likely to persist, [Strickland's] performance does not inspire confidence."

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Archenemies in charter fight

By admin Published: October 10, 2010

By Stephanie Warsmith
Beacon Journal staff writer

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LaRose-Comunale debate set

By Doug Published: October 8, 2010

Democrat Frank Comunale and Republican Frank LaRose, candidates for the Ohio Senate 27th district, will debate at noon Oct. 14 at Greystone Hall, 103 South High Street, in Akron.

The Greater Akron Chamber, Kiwanis Club of Akron and the League of Women
Voters of the Akron Area are sponsors of the event.

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Three appeals judges seek re-election

By admin Published: October 8, 2010

By Ed Meyer
Beacon Journal staff writer

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Do you know where your political contribution went?

By Doug Published: October 7, 2010

The Center for Public Intergity has conducted an investigation of political action committees, or PACs, and found that some are more likely to spend political contributions on vendors, the CEO and staff rather than pass money along to help favored candidates.

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Rupert Murdoch: Friendship with Kasich prompted $1 million to RGA

By Doug Published: October 7, 2010

The Politico politics and government news Web site is reporting that News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch said in an interview that the company's $1 million gift to the Republican Governors Association was prompted by his friendship with former Fox News commentator and Ohio gubernatorial candidate John Kasich. News Corp. owns Fox News.

Politico's On Media blog said:

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Ohio Newspaper endorsements

By Doug Published: October 7, 2010

Here is a summary of endorsements by editorial writers at Ohio's eight largest newspapers, linked to each editorial board's discussion of the race. Listed are statewide races and Congressional races in the Akron-Canton area. At the bottom is the link to each newspaper's compilation of endorsements, if available, or general opinion page, where discussion of other local issues can be found.

For Governor
John Kasich (R): Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cincinnati Enquirer, Columbus Dispatch, Canton Repository
Ted Strickland (D): Dayton Daily News, Akron Beacon Journal, Toledo Blade, Youngstown Vindicator

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Boccieri and Renacci agree to second debate

By Stephanie Published: October 7, 2010

After a lengthy disagreement about the terms of the matchup, U.S. Rep. John Boccieri and Jim Renacci, his Republican challenger, have agreed to a second debate.

The one-on-one event will be from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18 in the auditorium of GlenOak High School, 1801 Schneider St. N.E. in Stark County's Plain Township.

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Local debate watch parties planned for tonight

By Stephanie Published: October 7, 2010

Local Democratic watch parties are planned for the second and final gubernatorial debate, which will be at 8 p.m. tonight.

Voluneers are invited to help with phone banks and then watch the debate between Gov. Ted Strickland and former Congresman John Kasich, which will be streamed live online on Toledo's WTOL.

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Teacher unions join campaigns, Sutton to benefit

By Doug Published: October 7, 2010

The Caucus, a New York Times politics and government blog, is reporting that the nation's teachers unions are joining the political frey with millions for television.

One of the next beneficiaries will be the Akron area's Betty Sutton, the incumbent Democrat in the 13th Congressional district, who is in a tight race with Northeast Ohio businessman Tom Ganley.

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City budgets in trouble nationwide

By Doug Published: October 7, 2010

The New York Times, reporting on a new report from the National League of Cities, said that the downward spiral in revenues for urban governments isn't likely to abate soon.
The story, by Times reporter Michael Cooper, says:

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U.S. Rep. John Boccieri highlights military experience, voting record in new TV ad

By Stephanie Published: October 6, 2010

     U.S. Rep. John Boccieri, D-Alliance, highlights his military experience and voting record in a new television ad that began running today.

     He also criticizes Jim Renacci, his Republican opponent for supporting ``tax breaks that ship jobs overseas.''

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Tallmadge mayoral write-in candidate withdraws from race

By Stephanie Published: October 6, 2010

    Scott Glisson has withdrawn as a write-in candidate for Tallmadge mayor, leaving Council President Jack Sarver as the lone Republican in the race.

     The Summit County Board of Elections approved Glisson's request to remove himself from the ballot this week.

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Election board in hitch over trailer

By admin Published: October 6, 2010

By Stephanie Warsmith
Beacon Journal staff writer


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Bus stop

By admin Published: October 5, 2010

Beacon Journal staff

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Quinnipiac shows Kasich still with strong lead

By Doug Published: October 5, 2010

A Quinnipiac University poll continues to be find the most optimistic numbers for Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich. Polls by the Ohio Newspapers Organization and the New York Times show the race between Kasich and Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland to be much closer.

Here is what Quinnipiac released today:

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State treasurer's race gets ugly; Hallett: Adv. is "scummiest"

By Doug Published: October 5, 2010

While State Treasurer candidate Josh Mandel racks up newspaper endorsements and the Plain Dealer raises questions about his opponent's truthfulness, a Mandel television spot has gotten national attention because it has been perceived by some as anti-Islam.

First, the Plain Dealer on Monday reported that Democratic candidate Kevin Boyce's claim that he forced out top staffers because of performance concerns didn't hold up when reporters questioned the people who left Boyce's administration.

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Fisher, Portman spar over records

By admin Published: October 5, 2010

By Mark Niquette
Columbus Dispatch

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Macedonia seeks tax at difficult time

By admin Published: October 5, 2010

By Paula Schleis
Beacon Journal staff writer

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O'Donnell campaign addresses witchcraft issue

By Doug Published: October 4, 2010

U.S. Senate Republican candidate Christine O'Donnell of Delaware is attempting to address some of her controversial comments from the past, including comments on the news-talk/entertainment show hosted by Bill Maher. Maher is using the comments aggressivley.

Her new television advertisement, designed to address a discussion of witchcraft on Maher's show, resulted in an unusual opening to her 30-second spot for a U.S. Senate race.

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Telecast schedule for secretary of state, auditor and high court debates

By Doug Published: October 4, 2010

The Ohio News Network, which is available from many cable services, has released its telecast schedule for these three debates for statewide office:

Secretary of State 60-minute debate among candidates Jon Husted, Maryellen O'Shaughnessy and Charles Earl on Tuesday, October 5 at 10 p.m. and again Saturday, October 30 at 1 p.m.

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Public pension funds become campaign target

By Doug Published: October 4, 2010

Stateline, a news-summary organization funded by the Pew Center on the States, is reporting that state pension funds have become a campaign issue in many states. The funds, many of which were hurt by the sharp decline in stock values in 2008, face long-term funding concerns. In Ohio, some of the funds are seeking additional public support to solve their problems.
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TV debates hit furious stride

By admin Published: October 4, 2010

By Darrel Rowland
Columbus Dispatch

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Topsy turvey election time

By Doug Published: October 3, 2010

A New York Times analysis of each Congressional race shows that nothing is a sure thing as voting in many states has already begun.

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Registration deadline near for Nov. vote

By admin Published: October 3, 2010

By Stephanie Warsmith
Beacon Journal staff writer

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Tens of thousands answer the Tea Party

By Doug Published: October 2, 2010

The Washington Post is reporting that tens of thousands of people from many unions, environmental groups and liberal organizations gathered at the Lincoln Memorial today as a response to the Tea Party.

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John Green addresses religion and politics Oct. 6

By Doug Published: October 1, 2010

John C. Green, director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, will address "The Faith Factor: Religion and Politics in 2010," on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at The College of Wooster. Green, who specializes in the study of religion and politics, political parties, and campaign finance, is a Senior Fellow with the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
He is the author of The Faith Factor: How Religion Influences American Elections and co-author of The Bully Pulpit: The Politics of Protestant Clergy; Religion and the Culture Wars: Dispatches From the Front; and The Diminishing Divide: Religion's Changing Role in American Politics. In addition, he is co-editor of The State of the Parties, Multiparty Politics in America, and Financing the 1996 Election.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.). Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2306) or e-mail (jegraber@wooster.edu).

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Man charged with threatening to burn down Rep. Boccieri's home

By admin Published: October 1, 2010

Thomas J. Sheeran
Associated Press

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Dems revving up conduit for money?

By Doug Published: October 1, 2010

The New York Times has authenticated a document outlining plans for funneling money from anonymous large donors to key political fights. The America's Families First Action Fund has been soliciting funds in recent weeks but has yet to place any television advertisements, according to the Times. The organization is similar to others created recently by Republicans that take advantage of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opened the doors to corporate contributions, the newspaper reports.

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V.P. Biden headed to Youngstown

By Doug Published: October 1, 2010

The Youngstown Vindicator is reporting that Joe Biden will visit the Mahoning Valley Monday, his first visit to the area since becoming Vice President.

Tentative plans are to visit a diner, a factory and then attend a fundraiser for Gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland.

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Monday is last day to register

By Doug Published: October 1, 2010

Monday is the last day to register to vote in Ohio. Applications can be obtained by clicking on this page on the Ohio Secretary of State's Web site. The applications must be delivered no later than Monday.

Early voting already has begun. Information on where to vote and who or what is on your ballot is available online at each county board of elections. Those Web sites are available on the lower right side of this Web page.

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Fox and parent News Corp. stir electioneering debate

By Doug Published: October 1, 2010

Politico is reporting that News Corp., which owns Fox News, gave $1 million to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an organization running aggressive advertisements in support of conservative candidates.
The contribution would be in addition to the $1 million donated by News Corp. to the Republican Governors Association, and again raises the hackles of Democrats who are alleging that Fox and News Corp have become advocates for particular issues and candidates.
Fox, which has built a reputation on conservative viewpoints, includes among its commentators former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, both among the Republicans most often picked as potential 2012 Presidential contenders.

Fox defenders have noted that other major media companies have made political contributions.

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White House: Stimulus law working as promised

By admin Published: October 1, 2010

Andrew Taylor
Associated Press

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