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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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Yes, current polls suggest that this year's presidential election could come down to two septuagenarians in Republican President Donald J. Trump and independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who currently leads the race for the Democratic nomination.

Ohio voters might get to decide whether to amend the constitution to set new term limits for state lawmakers. There's a drive afoot to get the idea to the statewide ballot this November.

The coalition pushing constitutional protections for voter rights is one step closer to circulating their petition for signatures and they're pitching the potential ballot measure as something that can have widespread support.

After Suffrage, Many Women Failed To Vote. Kentuckians Were An Exception

Feb 20, 2020
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AP

Over the last few decades, Kentucky's voter turnout has hovered in the 30% range. In A Century of Votes for Women, authors Christina Wolbrecht and J. Kevin Corder provide a wide range of data that shows that wasn't always the case for the Bluegrass State.

Ohio Voting Guide: What To Know About The 2020 Election

Feb 18, 2020

Ohio's election is upon us: Voting for the primary ends Tuesday, April 28.

Updated at 7:08 a.m. ET

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has opened up a double-digit lead in the Democratic nominating contest, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

Sanders has 31% support nationally, up 9 points since December, the last time the poll asked about Democratic voters' preferences.

Michael Keating / WVXU

Issue 7 - a 0.8% increase in the Hamilton County sales tax - will be the biggest ballot issue voters in Hamilton County will decide in the March 17 primary. It would provide $135 million a year for repair of roads and bridges in the county, along with expansion of the Metro bus system. The bus system expansion would get the bulk of the money.

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Updated on June 4, 2020

NPR and the Associated Press are keeping track of who has the most delegates throughout the primary season. At the Democratic National Convention in July, those delegates will choose a nominee for the party.

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Cincinnati Edition speaks with Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, the first African American to serve as the state's top prosecutor.

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AP

Editor's note: This Tales from the Trail first appeared on Aug. 23, 2019. We are republishing it now as Rose is back in the news with his recent request to be reinstated.

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John Minchillo / AP

Pete Rose is once again asking to be reinstated, a move necessary to be considered for Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame. The former Reds player is petitioning baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to have his name taken off the ineligible list.

january primary debate
Patrick Semansky / AP

Earlier this week, Ohio Democratic Party chairman David Pepper and some Democratic candidates for Congress and the state legislature traveled to the sometimes forgotten southern Ohio small cities of Chillicothe, Ironton and Marietta. They were there because in 2016, Hillary Clinton was not. 

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John Minchillo / AP

Donald Trump won the White House in 2016, despite losing the popular vote, because three states - Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan - gave him wins by paper-thin margins, while Ohio went for Trump by eight percentage points. That was enough to push Trump over the 270 electoral vote threshold he needed to defeat Hillary Clinton.

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Ronny Salerno / WVXU

Howard Wilkinson knows a lot about politics. That's what happens when you cover government for more than 45 years. So if you've ever wished you could sit and chat politics with him over a cup of coffee, now every Wednesday, you can. Kind of.

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Howard Wilkinson / WVXU

Ohio is expected to play a vital role in President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign. No Republican has ever won a race for the White House without carrying the state, and supporters say they plan to win in Ohio again with a common talking point: the economy.

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We're still almost two years away from the time when the numbers geeks hired by the political parties in Ohio put on their green eyeshades and load their U.S. Census data into their computers and begin turning out a brand-new congressional district map.

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Gary Landers / AP

I've got good news and bad news for Steve Chabot, the Westwood Republican who presumably is running for a 12th two-year term in the U.S. House next year.

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Gary Landers / AP

You would think that, at some point, this gerrymandering trick Ohio Republicans played eight years ago to create a Democrat-proof district for U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot would wear thin.

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