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By the time you read this, I will be in Cleveland, about to cover my 15th presidential nominating convention, Democratic and Republican, over the past four decades.

This one promises to be an event unlike anything any of us have ever seen.

A bombastic developer of high-rise towers and casinos who has gone through cycles of boom-and-bust over and over again throughout his career, a man whose celebrity grew as the host of a reality TV show, suddenly decides last year to run for the Republican nomination for president.

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Kyle Kondik along with Howard Wilkinson and Mark Heyne will talk about Ohio's importance in presidential elections at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County's downtown branch on Monday, September 19 at 7pm. Admission is free.

Ohio has been deemed the bellwether state when it comes to presidential politics, and for good reason. 

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The Democratic and Republican Parties are the largest political parties in the United States, and the two receive most of the attention from voters and the media. 

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will speak Monday, July 18 to the 107th annual national convention of the NAACP at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about growing calls for Hillary Clinton to consider former Ohio attorney general and state treasurer Richard Cordray as her running mate. It's a long shot, but Cordray is likely to get consideration. 

Suddenly, there is a major buzz going on – and not just in the Buckeye State – about an Ohioan possibly joining Hillary Clinton on the Democratic ticket as the vice presidential candidate.

You may well have read the above paragraph and assumed we were talking about the senior senator from Ohio, Sherrod Brown, who has been the subject of much veepship speculation.

Well, we're not talking about Sherrod Brown.

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SHARONVILLE - If there are Republicans who were waiting for a toned-down Donald Trump, reading carefully written speeches from a teleprompter, he didn't show up here Wednesday night.  

At least he was nowhere to be seen when he spoke before a crowd of thousands of cheering and adoring supporters at the Sharonville Convention Center Wednesday night.

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For months, Kentucky's Governor Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear have been in a battle over a variety of issues, from college and university spending to government board and commission seats. Last week, the Kentucky Supreme Court agreed to hear a lawsuit brought by AG Beshear against Governor Bevin. 

With the Republican presidential nominating convention set to start in about two weeks in Cleveland, Ohio remains a tough fight for Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee, but one that could conceivably be won.

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Donald Trump will hold a public rally with Cincinnati area supporters Wednesday night at the Sharonville Convention Center, following a private fundraising event.

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Hillary Clinton was in town Sunday for a fundraising dinner, followed Monday by a campaign event with Elizabeth Warren at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. Donald Trump is scheduled to come to Cincinnati next Wednesday for a fundraiser. 

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  The choice for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) board Wednesday was simple – go to the voters now for a new sales tax increase to save the financially troubled bus system or go to the voters later.

In a unanimous vote, the board choose "later" – as in 2017.

One resolution before the board would have put a countywide sales tax increase on this November's ballot, but the board chose instead one which said the board "directs staff to take all appropriate actions necessary to prepare for a ballot initiative in 2017."

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Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, will hold a private, high-dollar fundraising event in Cincinnati next Wednesday.

Our news partners at WCPO are reporting Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump will hold a fundraising event in Cincinnati on July 6. A location is not included on the invitation sent out by the Republican National Committee.

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Hillary Clinton – with a potential running mate at her side – filled the Museum Center's rotunda Monday with supporters who were wildly enthusiastic about her message of giving power back to working people.

And Clinton and her partner on the stage, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, spent plenty of time bashing Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, as being unprepared and unable to handle the presidency.

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