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There are quite a few Ohio ties on this first day of the Democratic National Convention from the Health and Human Services secretary to a Cincinnati firefighter who spoke out against Ohio Senate Bill 5.  WVXU's Howard Wilkinson chats with Mark Heyne:

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney chose the battleground state of Ohio and the City of Cincinnati as his first political stop after the Republican National Convention.

More than 3,000 people crammed into the Cincinnati Museum Center to hear a message of hope. Mitt Romney didn't disappoint them.

"America's going to come roaring back. A better future is ahead. It's out there waiting for us. Our families deserve it. Our children demand it. The peace of the planet depends upon it."

91.7 WVXU's political reporter, Howard Wilkinson will be conducting a live, online chat from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida beginning at Noon EDT on Thursday August 30, 2012.

To take part in the live chat, click here:

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made the rounds at the Republican National Convention today and the topics ranged from foreign policy to football.  Tonight, Senator Rob Portman will speak at the convention.  WVXU's Howard Wilkinson talks with Mark Heyne:

Things are starting to pick up at the Republican National Convention after yesterday's off day.  Howard Wilkinson has the latest in his afternoon update:

Howard Wilkinson will join Mark Heyne each  afternoon this week to talk about what's happening at the Republican National Convention.    Today, reaction from supporters of Rob Portman about not being tapped for VP, and Ohio delegates hear from Newt Gingrich:


Each morning this week Howard Wilkinson will join Maryanne Zeleznik to talk about the Republican National Convention.  Here's today's chat:

Ohio's delegation to the Republican National Convention - set to begin Monday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in downtown Tampa - is already gathering in the city on the bay, hoping for a convention that will give its presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, a bounce in the polls.

They're also hoping to stave off disaster - natural disaster, in this case, which is entirely possible given the fact that Tropical Storm Isaac could be at hurricane status by the time it passes by the Tampa Bay area in the Gulf of Mexico, probably on Monday.

The City of Cincinnati and Progress Ohio are trying to put an incident behind them involving police confiscation of cameras at a Steve Chabot Town Hall meeting in Avondale last year.

Two political activists at the North Avondale Community Center last year wanted to record the Republican Representative and his position on various issues. Cincinnati Police wrongly took their cameras at the instruction of Chabot's staff-members. The City has apologized.

Both the presidential contest between President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney and Ohio's U.S. Senate race are dead heats, according to an Ohio Poll released this morning by University of Cincinnati's Institute for Policy Research.

Obama holds a 3 percentage point advantage over Romney among likely Ohio voters, 49 percent to 46 percent - within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent.