Balance of Power

There's a new administration coming to Washington DC, a new legislature in Columbus  with new faces and a stronger Republican majority ,and campaigns already getting underway for this year's mayoral race in Cleveland and next year's statewide elections including Governor. Stay connected with the latest on politics, policies and people making the decisions at all levels affecting your lives.

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David Pepper
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Ohio Democrats are hoping for thousands of people to show up in all 16 of the state’s congressional districts tomorrow night. As WKSU’s M.L. Schultze report, they’ll be picking delegates to the Democratic presidential convention this summer.

In all, more than 500 people are running for what comes down to a trip to Philadelphia in July – and a chance to declare whether they want Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton to be president.

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper says those candidates include some new faces.

Kasich
NBC-TV

There’s less than a month to go before the caucuses in Iowa, where Gov. John Kasich is today. And there's a little over a month until the New Hampshire primary, in which Kasich has invested most of his Republican presidential ambitions. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports on Kasich’s latest thoughts on his campaign.

Martin O'Malley
martinomalley.com

A major party presidential candidate has failed to qualify for the Ohio primary ballot. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley fell more than 200 signatures shy of making the Democratic primary ballot in Ohio.

Three Democratic candidates did qualify: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and businessman Rocky De La Fuente.

Photo of shooting site
CUDELL RECREATION CENTER

  A coalition of black activist groups is promising more demonstrations in Cleveland following a grand jury’s decision this week not to indict the two white officers involving in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

WKYC-TV reports that activists met Wednesday at the Cleveland NAACP branch to outline a set of demands and to warn of more protests over the November 2014 killing.

photo of Catherine Turcer
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It will be a few years yet before Ohioans see how a constitutional change in the way state legislative districts are drawn plays out.  Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles examines what might be ahead on the issue.

Issue 1, the Statehouse redistricting proposal, was endorsed by Republicans, Democrats, independents, good government groups and more. In fact, there wasn’t an organized campaign against it. The campaign to add more bipartisan input to the way Ohio draws boundary lines for state House and Senate districts was somewhat boring.

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