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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M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

It’s five weeks before Ohio’s primary, and so far, the presidential candidates and their issues seem far removed from many Ohioans’ lives. As WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, that’s not just because those candidates have been spending all their time in New Hampshire.

Editor's note: We’ll be checking back with the B& K regularly though the 2016 election. And though this presidential field may seem more crowded than in years’ past, you can check at the bottom of this story to find some surprising parallels with the election of 1996.  

Ted Strickland
KEVIN NIEDERMIER / WKSU

  Former Ohio Governor and Congressman Ted Strickland says he would work to ensure college graduates are nearly debt-free if he’s elected to the U.S. Senate. The Democratic hopeful laid out this plan today during a stop in Northeast Ohio.

KEVIN NIEDERMIER / WKSU

Parma Safety Director and former Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley has officially launched his campaign to unseat incumbent Prosecutor Tim McGinty. They’ll face-off in the March Democratic primary. O’Malley says he wants to restore public confidence in the office that he says McGinty has lost, especially with his handling of the Tamir Rice case. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports.

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U.S. SENATE

Sen. Rob Portman voted for a bill this week that would halt Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the U.S. until better screening is in place. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.

The American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act – or SAFE – would have required Homeland Security and the FBI to certify each refugee as not being a security threat to the U.S. It passed the House last year. It was blocked in the Senate on Wednesday.

Sen. Portman says the U.S. can still help the refugees by providing better conditions in their camps, and by establishing a “no-fly” zone over Syria.

photo of Chris Widener
OHIO SENATE

  The second-in-command in the Ohio Senate announced he’s retiring at the end of the month. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

Republican Senator Chris Widener of Springfield has served in the Ohio General Assembly for more than two decades. He got his start in the House before moving into the Senate and rising to rank of President Pro Tempore.

Widener was chair of the Senate Finance Committee and oversaw two budgets through his chamber.

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