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Former Congressman Steve LaTourette to speak at Hudson library

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 26, 2014

Former Congressman Steve LaTourette, who is now working as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. and heading a group supporting moderate GOP candidates, will speak at the Hudson Library & Historical Society Monday night.

LaTourette, a member of Congress for 18 years, is president of both McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies, a lobbying group, and Main Street Partnership, an organization providing financial support for moderate Congressional candidates, especially those targeted by tea party challengers. He has recently appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Larry King and been featured in the New York Times.

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Ohio Sen. Frank LaRose offers sponsorships for items in campaign office

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 25, 2014

It will cost you $25 to sponsor an office chair in state Sen. Frank LaRose's campaign headquarters.

For the microwave, you'll have to shell out more at $250.

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Unusual visitor speaks at Akron council meeting

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 25, 2014

Akron City Council had an unusual speaker during the public comment period Monday night: Sojourner Truth.

Dressed in a long-gingham dress, bonnet and shawl, Truth told council about her life and recited her famous "Ain't I a Woman" speech that she delivered at a women's convention in Akron in 1851.

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FitzGerald to hold fundraiser in Akron this evening

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 24, 2014

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, the Democratic candidate for governor, will have a fundraiser in Akron this evening.

The event will be at 5:30 p.m. at Bricco, 1 W. Exchange St. in downtown Akron.

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FreedomWorks endorses Matt Lynch over U.S. Rep. David James in 14th District GOP race

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 20, 2014

FreedomWorks, a national group that supports the tea party, announced today its support for state Rep. Matt Lynch over U.S. Rep. David Joyce in the 14th District GOP primary.

"Matt Lynch has clear support of the grassroots activists across the district," Adam Brandon of FreedomWorks said in a news release.

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FreedomWorks to hold rally Thursday to unseat U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 19, 2014

FreedomWorks, a national group affliliated with the tea party, will hold a rally to unseat U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce Thursday.

Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks' executive vice president, will attend the rally, along with a coalition of Northeast Ohio conservative groups and will make an announcement regarding the 14th Congressional District race, according to a news release.

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Akron City Council mentioned in New York Times editorial

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 17, 2014

Akron City Council was mentioned in a New York Times editorial over the weekend that blasted Ohio and other states for legislation that cuts back on early voting.

The Times highlighted recent legislation adopted in Ohio that reduced the early voting period and limited who can mail absentee applications, saying these measures in Ohio and other states seek to give Republicans an advantage in upcoming elections and hurt Democratic voters, particularly those who are minorities and low-income.

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Akron mayor's State of the City returns after one-year break; Plusquellic to deliver speech April 2

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 14, 2014

After a one-year hiatus, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic's State of the City speech is back.

Plusquellic, who skipped giving his speech last year because of scheduling conflicts, will deliver his address Wednesday, April 2.

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Plusquellic, James attend education conference; will meet Bill Gates

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 13, 2014

Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic and Akron Superintendent David James are in Washington, D.C. for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and U.S. Conference of Mayors' Mayors in Education Convening.

As part of Friday's activities, Plusquellic, James and the other participants will spend an hour with Bill Gates, discussing opportunities to champion education by supporting high academic standards and great teachers.

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Akron mayor talks jobs, taxes and advice for next governor in think-tank interview

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 13, 2014

Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic talks taxes and schools and gives his advice for the next Ohio governor in an interview with a Cleveland-based think tank.

"Governor, whoever you are, look at what it is that young people need to get a job in the future, and match up those resources in the most efficient and effective way you can to carry that out," Plusquellic advises the next governor in the interview with Center for Community Solutions.

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Two communities provide funds to keep newspapers going

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 13, 2014

Two communities, one in Wisconsion and another in North Carolina, are financially supporting local newspapers to maintain a journalistic presence, according to an article this week in Columbia Journalism Review.

Elected officials in Fitchburg, a suburb of Madison, Wisc., decided to provide $30,000 to restart the presses of the Fitchburg Star, which had stopped printing five years ago. Free monthly copies of the Star will be sent to every business and residence in the town for the rest of this year.

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Secretary of State Jon Husted rules Democratic candidates should be allowed on ballot

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 11, 2014

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted ruled today that two Democratic central committee candidates should be allowed on the ballot, despite problems with their petitions.

In doing so Husted, a Republican, went against the GOP members of the Summit County elections board and sided with the Democrats.

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Batchelder receives Ashbrook award

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 6, 2014

Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder received the John M. Ashbrook award today at the Conservative Political Action Conference for his work to uphold the ideals of limited constitutional government.

The award is named after former Ohio Congressman John Ashbrook, who co-founded the American Conservative Union. Previous recipients included U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and late President Ronald Reagan.

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Cuyahoga Falls could look to Akron for advice on prayers in council

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 6, 2014

Cuyahoga Falls, which is being accused of mixing church and state with a phrase being said during council meetings, can look to its neighbor to the south for a model that passes muster.

Akron City Council stopped saying the Lord's Prayer at the beginning of meetings in 2010 and instead began inviting local pastors to say a prayer.

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Keyes moves to Portman's office

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 5, 2014

Hudson native Christyn Keyes has switched political chambers.

Keyes, the spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce since December 2012, is now working for U.S. Sen. Rob Portman.

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Akron council passes resolution objecting to 2 state early voting laws

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 4, 2014

Akron City Council passed a resolution this week objecting to two state early voting laws and urging the Ohio Democratic Party to challenge them in federal court.

The laws, recently adopted by the legislature and signed by Gov. John Kasich, reduce the early voting period -- getting rid of the period when people can both register and cast an absentee ballot -- and limit who can mail absentee ballot applications.

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