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Bernie is Ready to Back Hillary but Some of his Delegates Remain Skeptical

The call for Democratic Party unity fell short last night as delegates backing Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton chanted each other down within minutes of the start of the first night of the DNC in Philadelphia. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the challenge of Democrats trying to unite in Philadelphia. “I intend to be fair. I want to hear the varying opinions here. I am going to be respectful of you and I want you to be respectful of me.” Fudge was lecturing delegates throughout the hall...
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  The call for Democratic Party unity fell short last night as delegates backing Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton chanted each other down within minutes of the start of the first night of the DNC in Philadelphia. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the challenge of Democrats trying to unite in Philadelphia.

“I intend to be fair. I want to hear the varying opinions here. I am going to be respectful of you and I want you to be respectful of me.”

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Look around any political convention and you will likely see vendors selling tee-shirts, buttons and memorabilia.

But both the DNC this week and the RNC last week also attract artists and small businesses selling stuff to the party faithful. 

If you walked through the Home Run Alley at Progressive Field during the RNC, you would have seen a lot of different items for sale. Many are handmade by local artisans like the shirts made by Marianna Keithly of Middletown. The garments were bedazzled on site with rhinestones.

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POLICY MATTERS OHIO

New data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services shows that Ohio is behind the national average for job growth since the 2008 recession.

The report shows that Ohio’s job growth is at 1.4 percent - that means adding only 77,400 jobs since the recession.

This number is well below the national average of 4.2 percent.

Policy Matters Ohio researcher, Hannah Halbert says the report also reflects on Ohio’s employment and unemployment rates.

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Three northeast Ohio counties are among twenty-three locations around the U.S. chosen to be part of a $53-million-dollar, federal lead-paint cleanup program.  Erie, Mahoning and Summit counties will get s$7.5  million over three years.  The money is to help with the decontamination of a total of 305 currently-occupied, old houses. 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  initiative is the latest round of a decades-long national effort to get rid of the toxic paint additive.  

Supporters of Bernie Sanders have been blasting the role that the 715 superdelegates have played in this presidential campaign, since they aren’t pledged to either Sanders or Hillary Clinton.

Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler talked to an Ohio delegate about a measure that will be voted on during the first day of the convention. 

Like at the RNC, the normally staid DNC Rules Committee brought some unexpected excitement. Sen. Michael Skindell of Lakewood was a Sanders delegate on the DNC Rules panel.

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Ohio delegates at the DNC heard a message of coming together at their required meeting Monday morning. 

It comes as their convention got off to a rocky start under outgoing chair of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.  

The convention is moving forward in the wake of a leaked DNC email scandal over senior party staff favoring of Hillary Clinton’s nomination and bashing fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders.

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Downtown Cleveland could be getting a high-end outlet mall. Negotiations are underway between a developer and local officials over city-owned property between Burke Lakefront Airport and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. 

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  A 93-year-old Ohio woman – the oldest delegate to this year’s DNC  – says she’s been “walking on air” since she was asked to lead the Pledge of Allegiance on the first day of her eighth Democratic convention. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze sat down with Ruby Gilliam to talk about her moment, perspectives and commitment.

Ruby Gilliam is a lifelong Democrat in a Northeast Ohio  county – Carroll – that leans Republican. And though she says she was born into Democratic politics, it’s a little more complicated than that.

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The Ohio congresswoman who unexpectedly took over as chair of the Democratic National Convention this weekend is predicting the party will emerge united behind Hillary Clinton. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from Philadelphia.

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge is a Clinton supporter who took over as convention chair after Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned amidst leaks of emails showing what many see as a tipping of the Democratic primary scales to boost Clinton over Bernie Sanders.

Michael and Cynthia Fanderas of Lorain, Dennis Slotnick of Toledo and Diane Morgan of the Cleveland area
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  Many of the questions that were being asked of delegates at the Republican National Convention were about party unity. But with supporters of presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton meeting up with Bernie Sanders backers, those questions are being asked of delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia too. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler talked to some veteran delegates about that.

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If Hillary Clinton wins the White House in November, she would be the first female president of the United States.

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