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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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Gov. John Kasich still won’t say whether he’ll be on the ballot again, but he did have some thoughts about how Democrats and his fellow Republicans fared in Tuesday’s election results.

Kasich says the results were a rejection of negative and narrow campaigning and leadership. And he says those who think Republican losses were about inaction to repeal Obamacare are wrong. And that wasn’t all:  “A party that moves to blunt immigration or to break down trade or alienate our allies, that’s just not going to work."

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OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

Several Republican leaders are calling for Justice Bill O’Neill to step down from the Ohio Supreme Court because he says he'll run for governor. One state lawmaker is taking it one step further by invoking a section in the constitution that could force O’Neill out.

Representative Niraj Antani's resolution would summon O’Neill before a joint session of the legislature. Antani says that's where lawmakers can address their concerns about O'Neill serving on the Supreme Court while running for another office.

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KAREN KASLER

Voters approved three out of four school levies on the ballot during Tuesday’s general election. But an Ohio economist who studies school funding says some concerning trends are emerging from those results.

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WKSU

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says Ohio could learn from this week’s wins for Democrats in New Jersey and Virginia.

Brown says that when voters elected Democratic governors in the two states -- and a number of other Democrats around the country -- this week, they were really sending a message about the federal government and its handling of things like health care. He says that should resonate with Ohioans next year.

KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Both Republicans and Democrats are saying Tuesday’s vote gives them reasons to be hopeful about next year’s statewide election, which includes the race for governor. 

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper says his party had big wins in mayor’s offices in 9 out of 10 large cities as well as success in traditionally red areas like Wilmington.

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