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WVXU's Howard Wilkinson talks about this week's political headlines with Jay Hanselman.

After months of campaigning, with dozens of rallies, millions of dollars, and what seems like countless political ads, all targeted at Ohio voters, the focus on the state by both presidential campaigns is still intense.

Join us Thursday morning November 1 at 9:20 as we take a look at the candidates’ chances to win Ohio, and the presidency. Impact Cincinnati, on 91-7, WVXU. If you have questions for our panel, you can email them to impact@wvxu.org.


Before an enthusiastic crowd of 4,000 supporters at milling company in Bond Hill, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney promised to focus on "big change" as president, while hammering at President Obama for being focused on "small things."

"He has now resorted to talking about characters on Sesame Street,'' Romney said, referring to Romney own reference to the Sesame Street character Big Bird in one of the presidential debates and his plans to cut funding for public broadcasting.

Four Democratic members of Cincinnati City Council plan to go to the Hamilton County Board of Elections this afternoon to cast their ballots for President Obama, in an event aimed at encouraging early voting.

Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls and council members Yvette Simpson, Wendell Young and Laure Quinlivan will be at the board of election at 824 Broadway downtown at 4 p.m. today - only hours after GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney makes an appearance at a machine milling plant in Bond Hill.

Following up on the first of several public budget hearings, Hamilton County Commission President Greg Hartmann says he doesn't foresee wage increases for county workers.

"In our administrator's recommended budget there is discussion about giving raises to employees. As much as I would like to sit here today and say we can do that, I don't think it's consistent with where we are as a county and where this budget is," he says.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioners held their first public budget hearing last night but the refrain was nothing new.

This week WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about the tight Presidential Race in Ohio, the Vice President and President coming to Dayton and tonight's debate.

Along with winning the White House this November, both major political parties are also hoping to gain a majority in the US Senate. One key senatorial race is right here in Ohio, with incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, running against Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican.

Join us Thursday morning at 9:20 October 25 to hear what both candidates had to say in interviews with WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson.

Hamilton County Juvenile Court

Citing a conflict of interest, Hamilton County Commissioners are hiring an outside attorney to represent the county and a juvenile court employee.

Hundreds of Paul Ryan supporters who came to hear the Republican vice presidential nominee speak, were also on the receiving end of a barbecue lunch.

The campaign speech at Lunken Airport was short but there was plenty of time to meet and greet afterwards as surprised supporters were told to get in line to eat Montgomery Inn barbecue. Paul Ryan served it up.

Paul Ryan, in line serving sandwiches, said, "Nice to see you. What's your name? " Colleen. "Hey, Colleen, Paul. Chicken or pork?"