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RNC Live Coverage: Monday, Aug. 24

Aug 24, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of the Republican National Convention. On Monday, the party is formally nominating President Trump as its presidential nominee.

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WXVU senior politics analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about two major potential problems that could foul up the Nov. 3 election. One is continiung concerns over whether the U.S. Postal Service is equipped to handle the record amount of absentee mail-in ballots, and whether or not COVID-19 concerns will make people reluctant to vote in person at their regular polling places.

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Yes, I've covered politics for about 47 years now and people assume that explains why I may know a little bit about it.

In fact, I can trace my education in politics, sociology and life in general to an asphalt playground behind Cleveland Elementary School in Dayton, Ohio.

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If we had any advice for President Trump and his now-sputtering campaign against the U.S. Postal Service, it would be this:

Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.

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The presumptive Democratic ticket is set: former Vice President Joe Biden tapped California Senator Kamala Harris to be his running mate in the race for the White House.

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There is no doubt that in Ohio there are a whole lot of Republican voters who are feeling buyer's remorse today for falling under the spell of Donald Trump in 2016.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has picked Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his running mate.

The selection will make Harris the third woman and first Black and first Asian American candidate to be nominated for vice president by a major political party.

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Former advisor to Hillary Clinton, Jennifer Palmieri writes for the Washington Post, "I am proud to declare that I have been a woman struggling to succeed in a man's world and even more proud to declare my independence from it." In her new book, She Proclaims: Our Declaration of Independence from a Man's World, Palmieri offers a manifesto for women seeking empowerment outside patriarchy.

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An attorney with deep ties in Kentucky Republican politics and super PACs is connected to a political scandal that saw Ohio's former Speaker of the House charged with a $60 million bribery scheme.

Eric Lycan until recently was the general counsel for Kentucky's Republican Party, and he's been at the helm of several super PACs and other nonprofits that have shaped Kentucky's politics. He's also the treasurer of Generation Now, a nonprofit and a defendant in the Ohio federal bribery case.

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Election officials in Ohio and elsewhere are expecting an enormous turnout for this November's presidential election.

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Cameron Bloch / AP

So, the back-to-back presidential nominating conventions scheduled for later this month are apparently going to be virtual, bare-boned affairs with none of the manufactured hoopla of conventions in the past.

Thank goodness. May it ever be so in the future.

A new poll shows Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell leading Democratic challenger Amy McGrath by 17 points in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race this year.

The survey of 793 likely voters in Kentucky by Washington D.C. based firm Morning Consult shows McConnell leading McGrath 53% to 36%. The poll was conducted between July 24 and Aug 2.

McConnell is running for his seventh term in the Senate, though this is the first year he is running while also serving as the majority leader, the high-profile position that allows him to set the agenda of the chamber and wield influence on which bills come up for votes.

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Must be some deep thinkers in Columbus at Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost's office.

House lawmakers met with Ohio's top elections official to discuss ways of making the state's campaign finance system more transparent. The meeting comes after the former house speaker was indicted for an alleged bribery scheme to get a nuclear power plant bailout through the Ohio General Assembly.

A new poll that shows President Donald Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in Ohio also reveals that Mr. Biden’s “strong” supporters here outnumber Mr. Trump’s, a snapshot of the state less than 100 days from an election that will determine whether Ohio continues its unmatched swing-state streak.

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When this year began, few people in politics believed Ohio would be in play this presidential election, mainly because Donald Trump won the Buckeye State in 2016 with a comfortable eight percentage point cushion.

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On Sept. 29, Cleveland will be the host of the first 2020 presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. It has been 40 years since Cleveland hosted a presidential debate, and it was one of the most memorable ever – the confrontation between challenger Ronald Reagan and incumbent Jimmy Carter.

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The national response to COVID-19 is virtually non-existent, critics of the Trump administration have argued. That has left states to fend for themselves with varied results, and now many are finding themselves staring at hotspot status as the coronavirus continues to spread.

With less than 100 days until the 2020 presidential election, Ohio's 18 electoral votes are in play.

The state went for President Trump in 2016, and Ashtabula County is one reason why.

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Tony Dejak / AP

Four years ago, then-Ohio Gov. John Kasich was technically the host of the Republican National Convention since it was taking place in downtown Cleveland, part of his home state.

The first presidential debate of the general election is making a detour to Cleveland after coronavirus concerns prompted the University of Notre Dame to pull out of the event.

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For residents in St. Bernard and Mt. Healthy, there will be a special election on Aug. 4. Two levy measures are on the ballot, one in each community. St. Bernard and Mt. Healthy are two of the 11 Ohio communities holding special elections Aug. 4.

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The arrest by the FBI of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four of his fellow Republicans in a $61 million bribery case is not only the largest such scandal in Ohio political history, it could have an impact on Ohio elections for years to come.

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The Republican Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and multiple others found themselves in federal custody this week in what may be the largest bribery scandal in the state's history.

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Patrick Semansky / AP

Former Vice President Joe Biden is on the hunt for someone to fill the post he held for eight years under President Barack Obama. Biden already established that he will pick a woman as vice presidential nominee on the Democratic side of the 2020 presidential election.

But which woman?

And does it even matter?

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Tony Dejak / AP

Sometime soon - very soon - Ohio's chief elections officer, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, is going to have to make a decision: Does he make it easier for people with absentee ballots to return them to their county boards of election, or does he make it harder?

Federal officials on Tuesday unraveled details of a years-long conspiracy involving Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, who prosecutors say headed a scheme that funneled $60 million in bribes through a dark money group in order to pass a billion-dollar bailout for Ohio's nuclear power plants.

Former Ohio Governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate John Kasich will be speaking at the upcoming Democratic National Convention for likely nominee Joe Biden. While Ohio Democrats are criticizing the choice, there are reasons they could benefit from Kasich's appearance.

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Tony Dejak / AP

Every indication is that more Ohioans than ever will choose to vote by mail this November - in part, because of concerns over going to polling places in a pandemic.

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A Facebook friend left a comment on one of my posts the other day saying that I have led a "fascinating" life, something I had never thought about.

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