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Dayton, Ohio, is a city that is used to getting knocked flat on its back.

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In the wake of Kentucky's close gubernatorial race, state lawmakers are considering a constitutional amendment that would trigger an automatic vote recount in close elections.

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Everyone knows that the donkey is the mascot and symbol of the Democratic Party, and has been for some time.

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After several days of intense public hearings surrouding the U.S. House's impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump's alleged "quid pro quo" involving Ukraine and American military aid funds, what is next on Capitol Hill?

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It's almost impossible to say if the Democratic presidential nomination will be sewed up by the time Ohio's primary election comes around on March 17. But, even if is, Democrats in Hamilton County will have plenty of contested local races to decide: a county commission battle between Alicia Reece and Connie Pillich; a hotly contested fight between Sheriff Jim Neil and one of his former top administrators, Charmain McGuffey; and a race between former judge Fanon Rucker and former federal prosecutor Gabe Davis for county prosecutor.

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For decades after that awful day of November 22, 1963 – and exactly two weeks from my 11th birthday – I had an overwhelmingly desire to see Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas.

Because on that day, when I was a fifth grader at Cleveland Elementary School in Dayton, Ohio, a horrific event was taking place nearly 1,000 miles away in Dealey Plaza, in the heart of downtown Dallas, Texas that would leave emotional scars on the hearts and minds of millions of children, traumatic memories that would last a lifetime.

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Reece courtesy of the Ohio Statehouse; Pillich of the candidate

There was a time when the leaders of the Democratic Party in Hamilton County had to crawl on their hands and knees and beg people to run for county offices.

Editor's Note:  This story was originally published on December 20, 2017

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Ten candidates are taking the stage for the November Democratic debate in Atlanta, amid public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. NPR reporters will be providing fact checks and analysis throughout the debate. Follow along.

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Longtime Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, who is battling cancer, has said he will resign by the end of the year. He would like to choose his replacement, who would presumably run for a full four-year term in 2020.

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When I finally do hang it up and retire from covering politics (there are those who wish I had done so long ago), I will be grateful for many things.

Among them will be the chance that writing about politics has given me to see this great, big country over the better part of the past five decades, from sea to shining sea.

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For all the pre-election wind Donald Trump expended on behalf of Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, you might assume that the president would like to see his good friend Matt prove "irregularities" in the vote count and overturn the results of last Tuesday's election.

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One of the keys to Democrat Andy Beshear's apparent win in Tuesday's Kentucky governor race was the fact that two of the three Northern Kentucky counties - Campbell and Kenton - voted for Beshear over Republican incumbent Matt Bevin.

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Sept. 11, 2001, changed all of our lives, including mine. I suddenly found myself writing as much about the thousands of local men and women – most of them in military reserves and National Guard – who had been sent halfway around the world to fight, and sometimes died, in places like Anbar Province and Kabul as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ground on and on.

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In his successful 2007 gubernatorial run, Steve Beshear lost 28 counties, winning the state’s other 92. He also lost only 28 counties in his winning reelection bid in 2011.

His son Andy Beshear, running in a similar Democrat-but-not-that-left style, won just 23 counties on Tuesday, losing the other 97. Andy Beshear’s path to victory included huge margins in Jefferson and Fayette counties, which combined he won by about 36 percentage points (68-32). But the attorney general lost the rest of the 118 counties to Gov. Matt Bevin by a combined 12 percentage points (44-56).

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Let's give credit where credit is due.

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Why These 5 States Hold Odd-Year Elections, Bucking The Trend

Nov 4, 2019

If you follow politics, you're probably inundated by news of the 2020 presidential race by now. But did you know that 2019 is an election year too? This month, five states will hold big general elections.

Voters in Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia will elect either a whole slew of state lawmakers or a governor and other statewide executives. Or, in the case of Louisiana and Mississippi, all of the above.

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On Tuesday, Nov. 5, residents of Kentucky vote on a variety of statewide races. Here's what you need to know before heading to the polls.

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