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GOP taking applications for endorsement to judicial vacancy

By Doug Livingston Published: April 15, 2016

With county Democrats selecting Joy Oldfield as their party's candidate to run for common pleas judge in November, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has yet to fill the open county seat.

The Republican governor likely will pick from his party to fill the vacancy, created when Judge Thomas Parker left for a federal magistrate position in Cleveland.

The Summit County Republican Party is planning to send three names of potential appointees to Kasich's office. Conservatives seeking the endorsement of the Summit County Republican Party may apply in writing (resume included) to local party chair Alex Arshinkoff at 1755 Merriman Road, Suite 250, Akron, OH 44313. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. April 28. For more details, contact local GOP executive director Wayne Darlington at 330-434-9151 or wdarlington@summitcountygop.org.

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Teacher survey attributes increased school bullying, bad behavior to presidential election

By Doug Livingston Published: April 13, 2016

If standardized tests and teenage romances weren’t enough to worry about in school, more than 1,000 teachers say off-color comments overheard on the presidential campaign trail are seeding hate, bullying and concern in the classroom.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an advocacy group, surveyed 2,000 teachers in the past month. The organization determined that the tone of the presidential election has set classroom behavior on a troubling trajectory.

Teachers most often attributed heightened bullying and teasing to the nativist comments of Republican front-runner Donald Trump, who in 5,000 recorded comments was mentioned 1,000 times. (The other candidates were mentioned 200 times in the survey, which avoided using Trump or any other candidate’s name in questions.)

Minority students, teachers said, are being disparaged disproportionately.

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Voting lawsuit draws ire of political opponents

By Doug Livingston Published: April 6, 2016

Secretary of State Jon Husted and Rep. Kathleen Clyde, a Kent Democrat and law clerk under former Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, issued dueling statements Wednesday following a civil suit filed by Demos, a New York-based voting rights group, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

The suit challenges the purging, or removal, of voters from registries based on participation in elections rather than whether they have moved out of state or died.

“This suit is not about the proper removal of deceased voters or voters who have moved out of the state. This is about people being purged simply for not voting in every election,” said Clyde. “This shamelessly bad treatment of Ohio voters must stop. The lawsuit seeks to stop the purging and restore to the rolls hundreds of thousands of voters who have been illegally purged.”

Husted said his office is following federal law, which mandates current and accurate voter rolls and safeguards Ohio’s election system.

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