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The first of three presidential candidate debates is just more than three weeks away. 

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in a room full of thousands of men and women who have served in the nation's military, said her opponent wants to destroy the alliances "that generations of Americans in uniform have fought and died to create those bonds."

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about Ohio Gov. John Kasich's absolute refusal to endorse Donald Trump; and how Kasich may be looking to be there to pick up the pieces and put the party back together again  if the GOP is shattered in a Trump loss. 

As much as he would have liked it to be, Ohio Gov. John Kasich's name will not be on the presidential ballot this year.

The name of Donald Trump, of course, will be on that ballot – a name that John Kasich is loath to even speak out loud, much less endorse.

The governor of the Buckeye State is left to wonder what might have been.

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The Hamilton County Board of Elections Monday unanimously rejected a Norwood ballot issue which would decriminalize marijuana in the city.

Attorney Brice Keller, who represents Sensible Norwood, the group which circulated petitions for the ballot issue, said he is likely to ask the Ohio Supreme Court to review the elections board's decision.

Keller said Monday afternoon he is likely to file something with the Ohio Supreme Court this week to get an expedited hearing on the matter. 

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the U.S. Senate race in Ohio; and how Ohio Gov. John Kasich is campaigning with Portman, who is locked in a tough re-election race with former governor Ted Strickland. There's one thing that Kasich and Portman don't mention publicly though - presidential candidate Donald Trump. Kasich absolutely refuses to endorse the GOP nominee, while Portman has endorsed him - although he has kept his distance from him so far. 

Robert F. Kennedy is remembered as a racial healer, a defender of the poor and a progressive champion of the Sixties. But Kennedy's political journey began in the conservative Fifties. In his new book, "Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon," author Larry Tye chronicles Kennedy's transformation from cold warrior – he began his public life as counsel to the red-baiting senator Joseph McCarthy – into fiery liberal. We spoke with Larry Tye about Robert Kennedy's life.

  "Odd" is a word that describes many things about the 2016 election cycle, beginning with the presidential race and working its way down to the bottom of the political food chain.

It's certainly a good word to describe recent events in Ohio's U.S. Senate race, where incumbent Republican Rob Portman is trying to win re-election over former Democratic governor Ted Strickland.

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Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will speak on back-to-back days at the American Legion's national convention, which begins in Cincinnati later this month.

The convention is being held at the Duke Energy Convention Center Aug. 26 through Sept. 1. Clinton, the Democratic nominee, is expected to address the veterans' organization on Wednesday, Aug. 31, while the Republican candidate, Trump, will make his speech to the group Thursday, Sept. 1.

About 9,000 veterans, family members and guests are expected to attend the convention.

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A group that wants Norwood voters to decriminalize marijuana will have to argue its case Monday before the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

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WVXU politics reporter talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about a Sept. 13 Democratic election in the 8th Congressional District that will feature only one candidate on the ballot; and the lack of a Trump "victory center" in Hamilton County, a key county in the race for Ohio's electoral votes. 

Attention! Calling all Democrats of Ohio's Eighth Congressional District!

You have a special election Sept. 13!

And when we say "special," we mean very special indeed.  

 Incumbent Republican Rob Portman's has a substantial lead over Democratic challenger Ted Strickland in Ohio's U.S. Senate race, a Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday morning said.

According to the poll, Portman leads Strickland, the former governor, by nine percentage points – 49 percent to 40 percent.

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After months of speculation, Cincinnati Council Member Yvette Simpson announced Wednesday morning that she will take on incumbent John Cranley in next year's mayor's race.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Tana Weingartner Monday morning about polling in the presidential race, both in the key swing state of Ohio and nationally; and how Trump's campaign has gotten under the skin of of many GOP leaders, who want him to tone down his rhetoric.

 Let's imagine for a moment that you are Donald Trump, right now, today.

Alright, that may be an extraordinarily difficult task for many of you, but let's use our imaginations.

So you, Donald Trump, are coming out of what has been a very bad week.

With the Democratic National Convention only a week in the rear view mirror, this is the time when you, as the Republican nominee for president, need to be honing your message against your opponent, Hillary Clinton, and going on the offense  against her on a raft of potential issues.

Voters in the Southwest Local School District rejected a combination bond issue and tax levy for new school construction Tuesday, while voters in two Hamilton County communities passed tax levy renewals.

Tuesday was an election day in Ohio, but very little was on the ballot and most polling places were closed. Warren and Clermont counties had nothing on the ballot.

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The conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia are done, the candidates have hit the campaign trail and the dash to November 8 is fully underway. 

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PHILADELPHIA – As a vice chair of the Democratic National Convention here this week, State Rep. Alicia Reece of Cincinnati has had an inside view of how a mammoth operation like this works.

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PHILADELPHIA – Jerry Springer is many things to many people.

To those who have were in Cincinnati in the 1970s and 1980s, he was a Cincinnati council member and mayor; and later a local TV news anchor.

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PHILADELPHIA – Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland stood in front of the Ohio delegation Thursday morning, trailing in the polls in his U.S. Senate race, and called himself the "36 million dollar man."

Thursday is the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Delegates will hear from nominee Hillary Clinton as she accepts their nomination. But first, WVXU's Politics Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik to wrap up Wednesday's events and chat about what local delegates have on the day's agenda.

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PHILADELPHIA – When Jocelyn Bucaro, the chairman of the Butler County Democratic Party, was on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center watching as Hillary Clinton became the first major party presidential nominee, she was thinking of her daughters back home.

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PHILADELPHIA – Ohio's senior senator, Sherrod Brown, said Wednesday morning he was among those vetted by the Hillary Clinton campaign to become her running mate, but he says he's not disappointed at being passed over.

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PHILADELPHIA – Kentucky's Democratic secretary of state, Alison Lundergan Grimes, came to the Ohio delegation breakfast here Wednesday morning for two purposes.

It's the halfway point of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and the party has officially selected Hillary Clinton as its nominee. WVXU's Politics Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about the second day of the convention and what to expect Wednesday.

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PHILADELPHIA – One eternal truth of presidential nominating conventions, whether Democratic or Republican, is that they are places where statewide candidates are born.

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PHILADELPHIA – Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has been all-in for Hillary Clinton from the start of her campaign, helping her raise money in Cincinnati for her exploratory committee long before she officially announced her candidacy.

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PHILADELPHIA – Not all of the 63 Ohio delegates who will cast their votes for Bernie Sanders Tuesday night have come to peace with the idea of Hillary Clinton as the party's nominee, but Sanders' speech to the convention Monday night did bring many of them around.

The Democratic National Convention is underway in Philadelphia.  WVXU's Politics Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about the first day of the convention and what to expect Tuesday.

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