Balance of Power: The Politics, Policies and People

There are hundreds of local races in 2017 including the contest for who will be the next mayor of Cleveland.  Voters also face making a decision on a number of ballot questions.

And then, there's 2018.  Campaigns are underway for next year's statewide elections including Governor and U.S. Senator.

Stay connected with the latest on politics, policies and people making the decisions at all levels affecting your lives.

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Niraj Antani
STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

There have only been three laws that citizens or groups have convinced Ohio voters to approve on election day – Issue 2 would have been the fourth if it had passed. Now a southwestern Ohio state representative wants to change the process to bring laws or constitutional amendments to the ballot.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Some political analysts think one Republican lawmaker’s plan to remove the only Democratic Justice on the Ohio Supreme Court could backfire.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

The University of Akron’s “State of the Parties” conference held a panel today on how political scientists are using social media.

The University of Akron’s Bliss Institute holds the conference every four years, following a presidential election. The closing panel focused a great deal of time on what they’re are – and are not -- able to predict, especially after last year’s election.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ohio’s Lieutenant Governor - who is running for the Republican nomination for governor next year - is pushing a plan to deal with opioids that some consider unusual, especially given her opposition to Medicaid expansion.

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