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Who do you think won the debate?

  • 10:07 pm Monday, September 26th, 2016 by Anthony Shoemaker
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Well the first presidential debate is going on now. It’s been a long time coming.

Election Day is just a little more than a month away. Here’s a look at some of the coverage tonight from our team and others.

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Dayton League of Women Voters partners with WSU on Electoral College program

  • 6:01 pm Monday, September 19th, 2016 by Anthony Shoemaker
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Will your vote really count in the upcoming presidential election? Are national elections as rigged as they sometimes seem? On Tuesday, September 27, the public will gather in the Wright State University student union to hear political experts discuss the pros and cons of the electoral college.

“This uniquely American political invention has been confounding voters for generations,” said Susan Hesselgesser, executive director of the local League of Women Voters. “Some people feel it is outdated and should be abololished; others think it is vital to preserving the integrity of our national elections. Most people agree that it can be very [More]

Union that used to back Strickland decides not to in Senate race

  • 3:05 pm Thursday, September 15th, 2016 by Anthony Shoemaker
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Jack Torry in our Washington Bureau is reporting another blow to former Gov. Ted Strickland’s campaign for the U.S. Senate.

In another setback to Strickland, the Ohio State Building and Construction Trade Council decided Thursday not to endorse either Strickland or Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.

The decision not to endorse a candidate is a victory for Portman because the council in the past has backed Strickland in other races. The 21-member council’s executive board discussed the race at its meeting in Columbus and finally opted not to back either candidate.

“We have endorsed Ted Strickland on a number of occasions,” said Dennis Duffey, [More]

Ted Strickland pulling ads from Dayton market as poll numbers fall

  • 4:29 pm Friday, September 9th, 2016 by Anthony Shoemaker

Senate Democratic candidate Ted Strickland is scrapping $400,000 worth of TV commercials scheduled to air during the next two weeks in Dayton, Cincinnati, Youngstown and Toledo and shifting the money into the larger Columbus and Cleveland markets, according to Democratic officials. Strickland is challenging Republican Sen. Rob Portman.

David Bergstein, a Strickland spokesman, said “we are spending the same amount of money as we planned to over the next two weeks. Just like all campaigns we shift resources into different media markets throughout the race.”

On Friday, the new Quinnipiac University Poll showed the biggest gap yet in the Ohio Senate [More]

Clinton backers go nuclear against Trump

  • 11:37 am Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 by Laura Bischoff

A pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC is launching a 30-second TV ad in battleground states that implies Donald Trump can’t be trusted with the nuclear codes.

Priorities USA political action committee bought $5 million in air time in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Iowa and Nevada for the spot that is dubbed “I love war.”

Using Trump’s own words about war, nuclear weapons and ISUS, the ad paints Trump as too dangerous to be president of the United States.

The ad uses images from nuclear weapons tests, the Vietnam war, ISUS fighters and more. It is reminiscent of a TV spot used once by [More]

Congressman Turner gives congressional medal to local students

  • 12:43 pm Friday, August 12th, 2016 by Anthony Shoemaker

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner presented local students with a congressional medal for their work in the community.

The Congressional Award Foundation is a public-private partnership created by Congress to promote and recognize service, initiative and achievement in America’s youth.

Participants, ages 14 to 23, earn the award for work in voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration.

“These students are the future of our community. I am proud to present each of the students with this distinguished award for their work and dedication to our community. I wish them all the best in their future endeavors,” Turner said in a statement.

The [More]

Celebrities help open new Clinton offices

  • 6:34 pm Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 by Lynn Hulsey

Actress Kristin Davis and former Olympic skater Michelle Kwan will campaign for Hillary Clinton in Ohio this week as the Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign opens organizing offices in Mason, Lima and Grove City.

Davis and Kwan will join volunteers, staff and Ohio Democrats in opening the  offices, which serve as hubs for the campaign’s organizing activities, according to the campaign. The new offices are in addition to 12 others in Ohio.

Davis will be at the Mason office opening at 7 p.m. at 117 N. Main Street and then on Thursday join Clinton supporters for coffee in Cincinnati and phone bank volunteers [More]

Donald Trump campaign names Ohio team

  • 6:33 pm Thursday, August 4th, 2016 by Anthony Shoemaker
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The Donald Trump-Mike Pence campaign is getting its Ohio organization up and running for the fall election.

Polls continue to show Ohio as one of the most competitive states, one that no Republican has ever lost and been able to win the White House.

“We have assembled an all-star team that is building out our campaign’s ground game in every corner of the state.  We are committed to taking Mr. Trump’s message to all Ohioans, and turning the enthusiasm of this grassroots movement into votes in November,” said Bob Paduchik, Trump’s Ohio State director, in announcing the senior members of the Ohio [More]

Poll: voters less likely to support Trump after comments about Khan family

  • 5:51 pm Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 by Laura Bischoff

Attacking a Gold Star family who spoke against him at the Democratic National Convention damaged Donald Trump’s standing with a swath of voters, according to a new poll from Morning Consult.

More than a third of voters said they’re less likely to vote for Trump after hearing his comments about Khizr and Ghazala Khan, whose son Humayun Khan, 27, died in 2004 in Iraq while serving as a captain in the U.S. Army. Captain Khan was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Khizr Khan, with his wife at his side, gave a moving tribute [More]

Amish for Donald Trump: Group going after voters

  • 5:45 pm Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 by Anthony Shoemaker
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Did you know that there is an Amish PAC that targets Amish and Mennonite voters? Well there is and the group is trying to get voters in Pennsylvania’s Amish country to support Republican nominee Donald Trump.

“Pennsylvania has a good shot of going Republican in November and these billboards will certainly help by getting people registered and to the polls,” said Amish PAC’s Lancaster-based Outreach Director Ben King.

The group is putting up two billboards in Lancaster, Penn.

A Politico story from May said the PAC was started by “an alum of a pro-(Ben)Carson super PAC, an ex-Amish donor to that super [More]

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