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Gun stances of Ohio governor candidates run the gamut

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Want a governor who’s all-in on gun rights? How about one who supports a complete ban on assault-type weapons? In politically diverse Ohio, candidates’ responses to the deadly Florida school shooting have run the gamut. Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor reasserted …

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Republican gains in secretary of state posts jolt Democrats

By SUSAN HAIGHAssociated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Democrats are focusing renewed attention and money to help win secretary of state seats, two-thirds of which are held by Republicans. For the first time in years, the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State expects to target a handful of races in …

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Ohio GOP governor’s gun stance now seeks “common sense”

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s Republican governor says now is the time for “common sense” on gun control, after years of touting his gun ownership rights credentials. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) says there needs to be leadership on the issue from the White House and in what he calls the “dysfunctional” …

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APNewsBreak: Pillich to leave governor’s race, back Cordray

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Democrats’ lone female governor candidate is leaving the race to back rival Richard Cordray, the former federal consumer watchdog. A Democrat close to Cordray’s campaign tells The Associated Press that former state Rep. Connie Pillich will drop out and endorse …

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DeWine lands GOP endorsement after Taylor unloads

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Republican Party has picked sides between two sitting statewide officeholders in an increasingly bitter primary for governor. In a vote Friday, Attorney General Mike DeWine won the party’s coveted endorsement over Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who was term-limited Gov. John Kasich’s two-time running mate. …

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Trump accuser takes #MeToo message to voters in Ohio

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Rachel Crooks’ allegations of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump have been dismissed by the president, so she has a new approach to ensure her message is heard: She’s running for office. The 35-year-old university administrator from northwestern Ohio launched a …

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Pro-Democrat PAC backs Connie Pillich for Ohio governor

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A political action committee dedicated to electing Democratic women has endorsed Connie Pillich, the lone female remaining in the Democratic May primary for governor. Backing from EMILY’s List could boost Pillich, a former Air Force captain and ex-state lawmaker, in a …

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Woman who accused Trump of forced kiss running for Ohio seat

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) – A woman who during the 2016 election accused President Donald Trump of sexually harassing her more than a decade ago is running for a seat in Ohio’s legislature. Former Trump Tower receptionist Rachel Crooks filed paperwork Monday to run as a Democrat in Ohio’s 88th House …

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Calls for change grow amid capitol sexual misconduct claims

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and DAVID A. LIEBAssociated Press An Arizona lawmaker who repeatedly harassed women has become the first since the swell of the #MeToo movement to get kicked out of office by colleagues but likely will not be the last to face repercussions. The heightened focus on sexual …

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Democrat says he will challenge veteran GOP US Rep. Chabot

CINCINNATI (AP) – An Asian-American Democrat who scored a stunning upset in Hamilton County’s 2016 election plans to challenge a veteran Republican congressman. Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab (AF’-tab) Pureval (PER’-uh-vuhl) announced plans Wednesday to run in Ohio’s House District 1, which 65-year-old Steve Chabot (SHAH’-but) has served 20 …

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