Election 2016

Libertarian Party of Ohio delivers petitions to put Charlie Earl on the ballot as presidential nominee in hopes of swapping Earl out for Johnson.
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The Libertarian Party of Ohio made a dicey move to try to get their presidential nominee, Gary Johnson, onto the ballot. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, that move ultimately paid off.

According to Chow, Ohio’s Libertarians always planned on swapping in Gary Johnson for former gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl, who was listed on the official paperwork.

Former Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland
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The Democratic candidate for US Senate is calling for a halt to the creation of private, for profit charter schools.

Democratic former Governor Ted Strickland held a campaign event with the state’s two large teachers’ unions, saying he is tired of high stakes testing and bureaucratic regulations of public school teachers. Afterward, he told reporters he also wants a moratorium on for profit charter schools.

“I’m opposed to for profit charter schools because I do not believe educating our kids should become a for profit activity.”

Donald Trump campaigns in Columbus
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Donald Trump’s trip to Youngstown Monday differed in style from most of his other presidential stump speeches along the Ohio/Pennsylvania border. What did not change was his call to slow immigration, the passion of his supporters – and the dearth of Ohio’s political leaders on stage with him.

Trump billed the speech as a major foreign policy address. And it was clear from the get-go that there would be no riffing by the candidate on building a wall with Mexico – though that’s often his biggest applause line.

Former Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland
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Pilloried by negative attacks and lagging in funding and some polls, ex-Gov. Ted Strickland is airing the first television ads of his campaign against U.S. Sen. Rob Portman.

The multi-million ad buy began airing across Ohio Wednesday. The 60-second spot focuses on Strickland's hard-scrabble childhood in Appalachian Ohio, his blue-collar roots and the campaign's working-class focus.

Jo Ingles

Today is the deadline for submitting petition signatures for independent presidential candidates for the fall ballot in Ohio. The Libertarian Party of Ohio submitted their ticket's paperwork yesterday. But the party is using an unusual strategy to do that.

Andy Chow

In recent weeks, Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman has raised some eyebrows after receiving some endorsements from labor groups that often back Democrats. But some other big labor organizations in the Buckeye State are warning not to read too much into that.

The head of the Ohio AFL-CIO, Tim Burga, says his organization represents about a half million members who are backing Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland for his stand on issues affecting workers.

“Rob Portman has been wrong and Ted Strickland has been right,” said Burga.  

Trump Promises To Make Ohio "Manufacturing Behemoth" During Columbus Rally

Aug 3, 2016
Donald Trump
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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are locked in tight races in several battleground states and Ohio is no exception. Trump’s latest rally in Columbus Monday was the third big campaign stop in Ohio since the Republican National Convention. 

Surrounded by a thousand supporters in a town hall setting, Donald Trump promised to make Ohio a manufacturing behemoth.

The Republican presidential nominee focused most of his comments on strengthening labor by cracking down on trade deals that encourage companies to move out of the country.

Jo Ingles

Just hours after she was named the first female presidential nominee of a major political party, Democrat Hillary Clinton took a bus tour through Pennsylvania and Ohio.  Yesterday, she stopped in Columbus. 

A few thousand people stood in the blazing hot sun for more than three hours to hear Clinton and her new Vice Presidential pick, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
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Ohio’s senior US Senator got a prime time speaking spot on the final night of the convention, after his speech the night before had been scratched because the schedule got backed up.

Sherrod Brown admitted earlier in the week that he’d been vetted as a possible vice presidential candidate for Hillary Clinton, and told the DNC that he was completely behind Clinton’s economic plans.

“That’s why Hillary Clinton will win Ohio, because as everyone in this great hall knows, as Ohio goes, so goes the nation.”

The Ohio Democratic Party Chairman says Democrats are mostly united around Clinton and determined to stop Trump.
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Hillary Clinton and her running mate Tim Kaine will head out of Philadelphia Friday and toward the key swing-state of Ohio officially beginning of the general election campaign.

After a rally in Philadelphia, Clinton is heading to Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and then onto Youngstown and Columbus over the weekend.
 

As the DNC was wrapping up, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said that the stop in Youngstown is key.

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