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Election 2018

Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine tussled over healthcare, drug sentencing laws and support for local government in their third gubernatorial debate Monday night. 

DeWine, Ohio’s Republican attorney general, criticized Cordray for supporting Issue 1, which would reduce penalties for drug possession. Cordray, the Democratic former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director, assailed DeWine for suing to block the Affordable Care Act. 

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Voter registrations are up in Ohio since November 2016, and that pleases a non-partisan group that encourages increased voter participation.

Jen Miller with the League of Women Voters of Ohio says she’s encouraged that, at last check, voter registration rates are up by 2% since the presidential election two years ago.

“We often see a downtick in turnout in midterm elections but this increase seems to indicate an enthusiasm for politics and voting this year.”

On a drizzly Saturday, I meet Frank LaRose at the Marion Popcorn Festival.

“So what do you guys suggest?” LaRose asks at one booth, ducking under the tent to get out of the rain. “I’m definitely going to get some kettle corn,”

The latest fundraising numbers show this year’s race for Governor is going to be the most expensive in the state’s history.

The most recent fundraising filing with the Secretary of State shows Republican Mike DeWine has raised a total of more than $24 million while Democrat Richard Cordray has nearly $14 million in his campaign war chest. That’s more than $38 million combined, and it’s $8 million more than was raised in 2010 when Republican John Kasich beat incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland.

Republican Mike Dewine and Democrat Richard Cordray
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The Republican and Democratic candidates for governor met for their second face-to-face debate, this time taking questions from an audience and via social media at Marietta College.

Travis Irvine was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio.
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The Libertarian candidate for governor has weighed in on Ohio Issue 1, known as the Drug and Criminal Justice Policies Initiative. In a statement Monday, Travis Irvine called the ballot measure “imperfect,” but “a step in the right direction."

The University of Dayton will host the first gubernatorial debate between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine.

"The University is honored to be selected to provide a venue for civil discourse about issues facing our state and excited about the opportunity to showcase the University of Dayton statewide," University of Dayton President Eric F. Spina said in a written statement.

Tuesday is election day, but there's really only one contest to watch: Ohio's 12th congressional district.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
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For the first time, the Republican candidate for governor is stating clearly that he would keep Medicaid expansion for all 700,000 Ohioans covered under it. Mike DeWine says he’s been supportive all along, but his opponent says that’s not true.

While accepting the endorsement of the Ohio State Medical Association, DeWine said he’d keep Medicaid expansion but that he’d reform it, including adding work requirements and wellness incentive programs.

“Look, there’s no change. What we have said is, all along, is that it had to be reformed,” DeWine said.

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Yellow Springs voters have overwhelmingly rejected a levy that would have funded an $18.5 million new school construction and renovation project in the village.

The 4.5 mil levy and quarter percent income tax increase was rejected by 63 percent of voters. Greene County Board of Elections Director Lynn McCoy says the issue prompted higher than average voter turnout.

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