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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Tom Bernabei in the WKSU Canton bureau
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

Four Democrats and two Republicans have filed to seek their parties’ respective nominations to run for the seat on the Stark County Commission being vacated by Canton Mayor-elect Tom Bernabei. 

The Democrats are Katherine Blaylock, head of a small nonprofit, former Stark Commissioner Peter Ferguson, Canton Councilman Kevin Fisher and  state Rep. Stephen Slesnick -- all of Canton.  

The Republicans are Dr. David Mungo of Alliance and Canton Township Trustee Bill Smith.

Today's top headlines heard on Morning Edition:  Trump continues his dominance over GOP, Gov. Kasich returns to New Hampshire and testimony in dispute about Ohio voting laws wraps up.

Morning headlines for Friday, December 4, 2015:

Kasich speaks at the National Press Club
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Governors of half the states – nearly all of them Republicans – are are objecting to plans to bring Syrian refugees into the U.S.

  Ohio’s John Kasich is among them. The Republican presidential candidate told the National Press Club today that he’s asked the federal government to temporarily block more refugees.

McKinley's front-porch campaign
RICK SENFTEN / WKSU

Karl Rove – the Fox News analyst and architect of George W. Bush’s political victories -- was standing literally in the shadow of the McKinley Monument last weekend. He was in Canton to press the point of his new book: that the modern GOP has a lot to learn from one of Ohio’s often overlooked presidents. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on why Rove sees William McKinley as a better model for these political times than Donald Trump.

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Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

A recent report by the state Inspector General that looked into the work activities of two former aides to Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is being questioned. 

Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles explains why.

When he was chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party in June 2014, Chris Redfern accused a former top employee of Taylor's of campaigning while on the payroll for her state job.

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