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Cincinnati Edition speaks with Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley about how the city, businesses and residents are coping during the coronavirus pandemic and discusses what is needed.

Gov. Andy Beshear has vetoed the voter ID bill that passed out of the legislature last month.

The bill would have required Kentucky voters to show an ID before casting a ballot, or else show a social security card or credit card and sign an affidavit promising they are who they claim to be.

It would have also created a way for people to get an ID for free at their local county clerk’s office.

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has been getting high marks for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. And his influence with the Trump administration seems to be helping other states as well.

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It may seem crass to be thinking about presidential approval ratings in the middle of a deadly pandemic that is sweeping the country. But be assured of one thing: The occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania has spent his share of time thinking about them.

The ACLU of Ohio has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Ohio claiming the new absentee voting extension is "cumbersome."

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Ohio's primary election was supposed to be held on March 17, St. Patrick's Day, but that came to a screeching halt the night of March 16, only hours before the polling places were to open, when Ohio Health Department Director Dr. Amy Acton ordered the polls to remain closed to protect voters from people carrying the COVID-19 virus.

The Ohio Democratic Party has dropped its lawsuit over the postponed Election Day. 

  With Kentucky’s economy slowing to a trickle during the coronavirus pandemic, the state’s already cash-strapped coffers and services are going to take a big hit.

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In an unprecedented move, the director of the Ohio Department of Health ordered late Monday night that the state's 3,658 polling places not be opened Tuesday morning for Ohio's primary election. Now, with an active case before the Ohio Supreme Court and legislative action likely next week, the question becomes whether or not the polling places ever open and Ohio holds its first-ever all-absentee primary election.

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A consensus is growing in Ohio - among Democrats and Republicans alike - that it is time Ohio set a date for its primary election, which was to have happened Tuesday, so that all of this can be over, once and for all.

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Evan Vucci / AP

The global pandemic of coronavirus/COVID-19 is requiring response from all levels of government, which has come with both compliments and some public disagreements.

Kentucky is delaying its May primary elections by more than a month, the latest in a series of crowd restrictions announced to try and limit the spread of coronavirus.

Update: Tuesday, March 17, 6:51 a.m.

Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohio’s primary election Tuesday will not take place after all. 

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John Minchillo / AP

While Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says the recommendation to delay in-person voting from March 17 until June 2 has the support of both the Republican and Democratic party chiefs, at least one local politician is opposed: Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.

Jennifer Merritt / WVXU

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley announced Monday that he's signed four emergency orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The most significant one is an order that requires social distancing in public spaces.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Former Cincinnati Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard pleaded not guilty in federal court Monday.

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Jay Hanselman / WVXU

Cincinnati Council Member Amy Murrray announced Tuesday she'll officially resign following the regular weekly council meeting Wednesday evening.

The entire Ohio House and half the Senate are on the ballot this year – along with all members of Congress and the president.

Hamilton County voters are being asked in March to increase the sales tax to pay for transit. It's something they've rejected at least three other times going back to the 1970s.

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Ann Thompson / WVXU

Updated: 2:52 p.m.

Cincinnati Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard has been arrested and federally charged with wire fraud, bribery and attempted extortion, says the office of Dave DeVillers, U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of Ohio. Dennard denies the charges.

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