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:
* State capital moving to Medina: Gov. John Kasich has decided to give his annual, rotating State of the State speech for the first time in the Akron area. It will be Feb. 24 at the Performing Arts Center. Look for more on this soon, including how to get tickets.
* Girl power: Women are now heading up Kent State University, Summit County Council, Cuyahoga Falls City Council and the Ohio Democratic Party. Liz Walters, the party's new executive director, is a native of Northeast Ohio.
* Sewer debate resurfaces: Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic has proposed raising sewer rates 68 percent starting in March. Akron City Council, which will be off next week for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, will take up the issue Jan. 27. Council has two new members and a lot of tension at the moment, so it's unclear how the debate will go.