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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.

Voters in the Cincinnati Public Schools district have two separate school board races to decide in next Tuesday's election.

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The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has started a campaign to increase voter turnout. The new "My Vote Counts" effort is in reaction to the region having some of the lowest participation in the state. But another program has been trying to make voting a habit for 19 years.

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Kentucky incumbent Republican Governor Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Attorney General Andy Beshear don't agree on much. But at Tuesday night's debate at Northern Kentucky University, the rivals agreed that the proverbial can shouldn't be kicked down the road when it comes to fixing problems like the Brent Spence Bridge.

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I must confess – a little piece inside me dies every time I see a story about newspapers laying off thousands of employees or newspapers simply folding, locking the doors and selling off the presses.

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One of the most closely watched races in the country is in Kentucky, where Gov. Matt Bevin is running for re-election against Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear.

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I write this in the form of a confession.

The bad news is that I was once guilty of creating fake news.

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John Minchillo / AP

The largest presidential primary debate in American history took place last night in Westerville, Ohio, where a dozen qualifying candidates took the stage.

Joining Cincinnati Edition with a recap of the evening's events are WVXU’s Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson (@howardwilkinson) and Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau reporters Jo Ingles (joingles) and Andy Chow (@andy_chow).

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Don't you hate it when somebody butts in line at the grocery check-out line, or when lots of people are queued up to get into a concert or a movie?

I do. And I don't hesitate to tell the line-crashers about it.

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J. Tyler Franklin / WFPL

Kentucky's candidates for attorney general squared off in their first televised debate Monday night, arguing over each other's experience and how the office should treat potentially unconstitutional laws passed by the legislature.

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John Minchillo / AP

The largest presidential primary debate in American history takes place tonight night at 8 pm EST.  The debate is co-hosted by CNN and the New York Times. It will air on CNN and will be simulcast on NPR and WVXU. A dozen qualifying candidates are expected to take the stage in Westerville, Ohio. Among them, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders returns to the campaign trail after his health scare, and billionaire executive Tom Steyer make his primary debate debut.

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Twelve candidates take the stage for October's Democratic primary debate, which begins at 8 p.m. ET. NPR reporters are posting context and analysis in real time.

Who will be the main target, what does it mean and what do the candidates stand for? Follow NPR Politics reporters for live analysis and fact checks.

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While the March 17, 2020, primary may feel a ways away, candidates have to file their petitions with their respective boards of elections by Dec. 18, 2019. 

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Seventeen years ago this week, the president of the United States, George W. Bush, was in dire need of some props to use in a nationally televised speech.

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John Minchillo / AP

On Monday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine laid out the details of his 17-point plan – the STRONG Ohio plan – to address gun violence in the wake of the Aug. 4 mass shooting in Dayton that left nine dead and dozens wounded.

It is a plan, the Republican governor said, the Ohio legislature – dominated by his fellow Republicans – would vote to approve.

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