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State election systems still waiting for security checkups

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDYAssociated Press With the midterm primaries about to go into full swing, the Department of Homeland Security is playing catch-up in helping to ensure that state election systems are secure against cybertampering by the Russians or others bent on mischief. The department says it has completed on-site …

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A look at candidates running for Ohio governor in 2018

By The Associated Press A look at the candidates for governor in the Republican and Democratic primaries, whose winners will face off this fall for the chance to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. John Kasich. Candidates are listed alphabetically by party: REPUBLICAN PARTY: NAME: Mike DeWine AGE: 71 HOMETOWN: Cedarville, Greene …

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Obama man Cordray, populist Kucinich in Ohio governor fight

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A former consumer watchdog under President Barack Obama is fighting an unexpectedly close Democratic gubernatorial primary in Ohio against an ex-congressman with a catchy populist slogan. In final ads headed into Tuesday’s primary, Democrat Richard Cordray used his wife, Peggy, to …

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Ohio governor wants Republican Party to “come home”

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s Republican governor says he’s frustrated with the GOP but can bring the party back to its traditional principles. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) appeared Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Kasich unsuccessfully challenged Donald Trump for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination and could decide to run …

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The Latest: Peace activist behind Kucinich fee met Hamas

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Latest on former U.S. Rep. and governor candidate Dennis Kucinich’s work with an organization sympathetic to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad (all times local): 4:30 p.m. The treasurer of an organization that paid former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (koo-SIH’-nich) for a speech on …

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Ohio governor’s race feud grows over Kucinich’s Syria work

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Accusations are escalating in Ohio’s Democratic primary for governor over former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s (koo-SIH’-nich-ihz) work with an organization sympathetic to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Kucinich lashed out Wednesday against former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, a supporter …

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Dems’ chances may rest on flipping GOP strongholds in cities

By WILL WEISSERTAssociated Press DALLAS (AP) – If Republicans lose control of the House, the swing may be built on wins in places where until recently Democrats couldn’t even muster credible candidates, but which have slowly become younger, more diverse and well-educated. Now considered battlegrounds are exclusive Dallas and Houston …

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Friend’s death at Trump resort odd irony in Ohio Senate race

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Gibbons and President Donald Trump are linked by an odd coincidence. In 1989, Gibbons’ then-business partner, Kevin Brown, died in a power boat accident at Atlantic City hosted by the Trump Castle Hotel & Casino, …

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Anti-abortion politicians push efforts to prosecute women

By KIMBERLEE KRUESIAssociated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Officials in Republican-dominant states are pushing legislation ahead of midterm elections that would punish both doctors and patients for abortions. In Idaho, one top GOP candidate promised to back a long-shot effort that would allow women to be prosecuted for getting abortions, …

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The Latest: Kucinich paid $20k by pro-Syria government group

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Latest on Dennis Kucinich’s financial disclosure reporting (all times local): 5 p.m. Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (koo-SIH’-nich) has reported 2017 speaking income from a group with sympathies toward the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate reported Tuesday earning $20,000 for …

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