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The Latest: Judge tells critics of his sex post: Lighten up

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Latest on a sexually detailed Facebook post by Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill (all times local): 6:55 p.m. An Ohio state Supreme Court justice running for governor has a message for people who’ve criticized him for volunteering candid details about his sexual past on …

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The Latest: 2nd Ohio governor rival asks O’Neill to resign

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Latest on a sexually detailed Facebook post by Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Another candidate for Ohio governor is calling on state Supreme Court Justice and gubernatorial contender William O’Neill to resign over a Facebook post in which he …

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Candidate for Ohio governor reveals sexual past on Facebook

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A state Supreme Court justice running for Ohio governor has volunteered explicit details of his sexual past on Facebook, saying he was trying to de-legitimize the national “media frenzy” over politicians’ sexual indiscretions. Democrat William O’Neill posted Friday that he has …

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US consumer chief’s expected Ohio run draws mixed reaction

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Federal consumer chief Richard Cordray’s expected entry into the race for Ohio governor is bolstering many Democrats’ hopes for winning back some control in the bellwether state. Others are taking issue with his decision to resign, which they say hands a …

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The Latest: Pence says Trump, GOP governors have ‘momentum’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The Latest on the Republican Governors Association meeting in Texas (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence has told Republican governors at a gathering in Texas that “momentum is on our side” despite last week’s electoral defeats and sagging White House approval ratings. Pence …

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The Latest: GOP governors shrug off low Trump popularity

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The Latest on the Republican Governors Association meeting in Texas (all times local): 2 p.m. The chairman of the Republican Governors Association insists that President Donald Trump’s flagging popularity won’t hinder the party’s effort to defend 26 governorships in next year’s midterm elections. Speaking to reporters …

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Leading Senate candidate in Ohio GOP primary mum on Moore

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A Republican U.S. Senate primary in Ohio that’s barely registered with the public suddenly has a dividing line: Roy Moore. Josh Mandel (man-DEHL’), the 40-year-old state treasurer considered the front runner, is declining to state a position on whether Moore should …

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Lawmaker seeks removal of Ohio governor candidate from bench

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAP Statehouse Correspondent COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio state lawmaker has begun the process of trying to remove Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill from the bench following O’Neill’s decision to run for governor. State Rep. Niraj Antani, a Miamisburg Republican, says he filed initial paperwork …

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South Dakota initiative backer sees path despite Ohio defeat

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A key supporter of a proposed prescription drug ballot measure says a South Dakota campaign could be successful despite a similar initiative’s overwhelming failure in Ohio after the pharmaceutical industry spent big to stop it. South Dakota backer Rick Weiland said Wednesday that the Ohio initiative’s …

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Ex-school leader who’s banned from district elected to board

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – A former Ohio school superintendent who resigned amid an investigation and was later banned from district property has been elected to its school board. Voters in Toledo’s Washington Local district gave Patrick Hickey one of three open spots on the school board Tuesday. Hickey resigned as …

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