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Where to park for the Trump rally

By Doug Livingston Published: August 22, 2016

Those attending the Donald Trump rally in the James A. Rhodes Arena on the campus of the University of Akron can find parking in the two decks.

The deck between Buchtel Avenue and Carroll Street will be available as well as the deck off Sumner Street, across from Grant Street.

Click here to view a map of the recommended parking areas.

Doors open at 4 p.m. and Trump is scheduled to give his remarks at 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

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Northeast Ohio pollworkers awarded for safeguarding right to vote

By Doug Livingston Published: August 18, 2016

For helping to ensure that hundreds of votes will count in Ohio's election this fall, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has won the Freedom Award for Innovation from the Election Center at the National Association of Election Officials.

The award, announced Thursday during the Election Center’s 32nd annual conference in Philadelphia, was one of seven handed out nationally to election officials who find innovative ways to preserve and protect the right to vote.

Last year, county pollworkers in Summit and Cuyahoga an unusually high number of late absentee ballots that, because mail carriers and sorters did not apply postmarks, could not be counted, even if they were mailed out before the election.

Technicians at the Cleveland elections office investigated the issue, eventually uncovering a time-stamped bar code on most of the post. A $550 scanner, officials decided, could be used to check the bar code on many of the letters carrying the discounted votes.

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LaRose hosts August office hours

By Doug Livingston Published: August 10, 2016

State Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) will host district office hours Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Stow City Hall (3760 Darrow Rd. in Stow) then from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Orrville Public Library (230 N. Main Street in Orrville) and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Canal Fulton City Hall (155 E. Market St. in Canal Fulton).

No appointment is necessary. The meeting times are for LaRose's constituents in Summit and Stark counties.

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Kasich stays on positive message despite Trump attacks

By Doug Livingston Published: July 20, 2016

Cleveland’s Little Italy was no place for the attacks Donald Trump has unleashed on John Kasich this week.

When the Ohio governor spoke there Wednesday afternoon to his dear friends from New Hampshire, there was only affection.

Kasich has crisscrossed Cleveland since the Republican National Convention began Monday, circumventing the convention hall, Trump and the kerfuffle between the former political rivals.

Trump and Kasich were never on good terms, even before the heated presidential primary battle effectively ended in early May. Kasich had held out till the bitter end, taking criticism from Trump and Republican leadership for not stepping aside in a show of party solidarity.

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Watch late night hosts Jimmy Fallon, Steven Colbert mock RNC flubs

By staff Published: July 20, 2016

Jimmy Fallon broke out his Donald Trump impression once again on The Tonight Show, this time to address a fake RNC audience.

In the sketch, Fallon (as Trump) mocked the Melania plagiarism saga, the long list of soap opera celebrity speakers and even slid in a Pokemon Go reference. 

Watch the clip here:

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U.S. Rep. Johnson talks Trump ahead of hosting Ohio delegate breakfast

By Doug Livingston Published: July 19, 2016

Republican U.S. Rep Bill Johnson and his wife, LeeAnn, met with Donald Trump backstage when the real estate mogul campaigned in St. Clairsville two weeks ago.

“It’s not the same guy,” Johnson said, echoing the impression others have gathered when meeting in private with the billionaire businessman, who can appear thin-skinned and confrontational in public.

On the second morning of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Johnson is hosting an Ohio breakfast featuring Fox News pollster and political messenger Frank Luntz at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown where Ohio's 66 delegates -- and their guests -- to the nominating convention are staying.

Johnson and Trump talked about energy production, manufacturing and the economy in Johnson’s Appalachian corner of the state, which Trump took in the primary while losing the rest of the state to Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

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Terrible choice or no big deal? House Speaker Paul Ryan waves Terrible Towel at Cleveland RNC event

By staff Published: July 18, 2016

Did House Speaker Paul Ryan have a terrible lapse in judgment at recent RNC event or was he just pandering to his audience?

Social media is buzzing after Ryan was seen waving a Terrible Towel in Cleveland.

(You know, Cleveland, Ohio, home of the Browns. As in the Cleveland Browns, rivals of the Pittsburgh Steelers.) 

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Portman extends donation lead over Strickland in nation's most expensive Senate race

By Doug Livingston Published: July 14, 2016

The campaign to send Ted Strickland to the U.S. Senate released fundraising figures Thursday showing that the former Ohio governor raised half as much as his rival in the past three months.

In what has been the nation’s most expensive battle for a U.S. Senate seat, the Democrat continues to trail incumbent Sen. Rob Portman, who reportedly raised twice as much in the second quarter of 2016.

And outside groups continue to influence the race, spending more to attack Strickland than any other candidate for U.S. Senate this election. 

The fundraising figures, self-reported by the campaigns, have not yet been made available online with the Federal Election Commissions. But it’s clear that Portman has added to the $10.7-million lead the Republican held over his challenger at the end of the first quarter.

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Media frenzy fingers Pence for Trump's VP pick

By Doug Livingston Published: July 14, 2016

Ahead of Donald Trump’s anticipated vice presidential pick on Friday, partisan organizations and the media have whipped themselves into a guessing-game frenzy.

With the short list down to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, it’s the last in the line up that’s getting the most attention.

Between 8 a.m. and noon Thursday, 1,905 additional news articles referencing "Mike Pence" appeared online as Google searches for the name jumped nearly eight-fold, according to Google Trends, the company's public data tracking report.

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Trump campaign faces funding challenge in Ohio

By Doug Livingston Published: July 14, 2016

CLEVELAND: A John Kasich delegate and longtime Republican supporter has been charged with financing Donald Trump’s campaign in Ohio.

In a show of solidarity ahead of the 2016 Republican National Convention next week in Cleveland, the Trump campaign joined leaders of the national, state and Cuyahoga County Republican parties to name Edward Crawford the 2016 State Finance Director for Trump in Ohio.

The CEO and chairman of Park-Ohio Holdings Corp. is a delegate bound to a first-round vote for Kasich at the nominating convention. The Mentor man has donated twice to put Kasich in the White House — once this election and in 1999 when Kasich explored but never launched his candidacy.

If Crawford is to squeeze any Trump money from Ohio donors, he’ll need the state’s most prolific fundraisers at his side. But he won’t have Kasich or former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner to lean on, at least not publicly. The two, with high name appeal and strong donor networks, have not endorsed Trump.

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