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Munroe Falls fighting continues

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: January 30, 2014

In case you missed Beacon Journal reporter's Paula Schelis' story today, the gridlock is continuing on Munroe Falls council.

Council members have been unable to decide on a new member to fill a vacant seat, continually deadlocking 3-3. As a result, Mayor Frank Larson will have to break the tie and pick the new member.

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Summit County GOP elections board member may not seek reappointment

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: January 28, 2014

Summit County GOP elections board member Ray Weber is weighing not seeking another appointment to the board.

"I'm thinking I might step down," Weber said this morning after a brief and uneventful elections board meeting.

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Comunale running for Ohio House, will compete with Emilia Sykes

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: January 23, 2014

Emilia Sykes will have to fight to keep the seat her mother and father have long held in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Summit County Councilman Frank Comunale announced this morning that he will run for the 34th House District. This sets up a Democratic primary between the duo with politically well-known names.

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Liberal group targets Congressional members; Dave Joyce among them

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: January 23, 2014

A liberal group is targeting members of Congress in competitive districts, including U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce, accusing them of being in line with the tea party, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Americans United For Change released a scorecard on Congressional members this week, rating them based on how often their votes fell in line with the tea party. Joyce, R-Russell Township, voted with the ultra-conservative tea party 77 percent of the time, according to the group.

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Update: Akron adds community center hours to website; centers offer shelter from cold

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: January 22, 2014

Live in Akron and need shelter from the cold?

The city isn't offering extended hours at its community centers, but residents are welcome at the centers during their normal hours, said John Valle, director of neighborhood service.

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Top Kasich adviser preaches need for better collaboration among local governments

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: January 21, 2014

Randy Cole, president of the Ohio Controlling Board, tells the Columbus Dispatch that local governments need to save money through better collaboration.

Among the information in reporter Joe Hallet's story is the number of local governments in Ohio: 88 counties, 936 cities and villages, 1,308 townships and 614 school districts.

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ACLU asks Ohio Gov. John Kasich to halt executions

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: January 19, 2014

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is asking Gov. John Kasich to halt executions.

The ACLU sent a letter to Kasich today asking him to use his executive authority in light of the questions raised after Thursday’s execution of Dennis McGuire. The state used a new drug cocktail in McGuire’s execution by lethal injection that witnesses say left him clenching his fists and gasping for air for more than 20 minutes before he died.

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U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge to speak at Akron Press Club

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: January 16, 2014

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge will speak at the Akron Press Club luncheon on Jan. 23.

Fudge, who recently rose to prominence when she was chosen as the leader of the Congressional Black Caucus, represents the 11th district that includes part of Summit County and Akron .

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Ohio Secretary of State announces uniform early voting hours for May primary

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: January 15, 2014

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced uniform, statewide hours for early voting for the May primary today during a speech to election officials from across Ohio.

The hours for early voting have sparked controversy in Summit and many other counties and resulted in a lawsuit by President Barack Obama's campaign in the last presidential election.

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Top political stories from past two weeks

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: January 15, 2014

The political news doesn't stop when the Beacon Journal's political reporter takes a vacation.

Here are some of the top political stories that stood out during my two-week hiatus:

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