Election 2016

HIllary Clinton speaking at the Ohio Democratic Party Legacy dinner
Statehouse News Bureau

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is well underway and like Republicans last week in Cleveland, Democrats are doing their best to close a rift in the party.  This week, WYSO continues talking to convention delegates and attendees to get their take on what’s happening.

Susan Eacker, of Hamilton, is a Bernie Sanders delegate from Ohio’s 8th Congressional district. In this interview from Wednesday she says delegates may not come together by the end f the convention. First though - she says it's been a busy week.

Bernie Sanders strongly endorses Hillary Clinton, but some of his followers aren't ready to follow.
M.L. Schultze / WKSU

The call for Democratic Party unity fell short last night as delegates backing Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton chanted each other down within minutes of the start of the first night of the DNC in Philadelphia.

It was a tough first day on the job for Cleveland Congresswoman Marcia Fudge.

PHILADELPHIA - Rep. John Lewis, the long-time congressman from Georgia who is an icon of the 1960s' civil rights movement, came to the Ohio delegation's breakfast Monday morning for a speech that was brief but to the point.

Ohio's delegates are seated to the right of the stage.
Nick Castele / ideastream

The 2016 Republican National Convention has come to a close, and delegates are getting back to their districts.

Butler County Treasurer and Kasich Delegate, Nancy Nix, says this year’s convention felt much different from previous ones.

“There’s just so much, so much anger that I never felt last time," she said. "But four years ago, the establishment was in charge, everyone was unified. This time we’ve got a nationalist candidate, the establishment has been throw to the side.”

Nix says her experience has changed the way she views her place in the party.

Ohio's Republican delegates begin to gather on the convention floor ahead of the roll call vote.
M.L. Schultze / WKSU

If Ohio’s Republican delegates are less than enthused about the idea of Donald Trump as their presidential nominee, they’re also learning to live with it. The question is what they’ll do now.

A few hours after Ohio Republicans honored Gov. John Kasich in a packed reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they cast their 66 votes for him at the Republican National Convention.

And it meant nothing.

Karen Kasler

US Senator Rob Portman is facing a tough re-election fight this year – and some Ohio Republicans are worried that Donald Trump’s controversial candidacy may drag down Portman’s chances to beat Democratic former Governor Ted Strickland. The candidate popped in for a little campaigning on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Wright State President David R. Hopkins speaks to reporters
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Wright State University has dropped out of the first Presidential Debate in September citing both a fundraising shortfall and growing security concerns.

“Having a large open campus, accessible to the public, led to concerns about whether we could ensure the safety and security of those on and around our campus during the debate," said Wright State President David R. Hopkins in a press conference on Tuesday.

Wright State has also struggled to meet fundraising goals. The university budgeted $8 million for the debate and had only raised $2.5 million so far.

Ohio's 66 delegates are in Cleveland this week at the Republican National Convention, and some are reporting events have been running more smoothly than anticipated.

Butler County Treasurer and Kasich delegate Nancy Nix had been dreading coming to the convention for weeks. Like many other Kasich delegates, she has some ideological differences with the party’s likely nominee Donald Trump. She also had some security concerns. At one point, she was considering dropping out of the convention all together.

Police and Protesters at RNC Show Some Respect and Patience

Jul 19, 2016
Monday protesters at Cleveland's Perk Park

A wide variety of opposing protest groups have stormed into Cleveland –and some are armed- but the Cleveland Police Chief says “so far so good.”   That’s what observers are saying as well.

The city set up a specific parade route for protesters but it hasn’t stopped some groups from blocking downtown streets at rush hour like this group on Chester Avenue yesterday afternoon. Police in cars and on horses and bikes followed them to Perk Park

The police never bothered this group for breaking the rules and that’s how it should be, said Eric Ferrero of Amnesty International.

Office of Governor John Kasich

Gov. John Kasich is touching base with delegates from other states in Northeast Ohio this week, even while he’s holding back from endorsing the presumptive GOP nominee.

Kasich made a quick visit with the Illinois delegates in a steakhouse across the street from Quicken Loan Arena. But it had some of the tone of the town halls that were the mark of his failed presidential campaign: a few scribbled notes, a bit of meandering, and a vision of the GOP that it can change people’s lives – for the better.