July 28, 2014

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Photo gallery: Election night around Lorain County

Kasich beats Strickland in Ohio governor’s race

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COLUMBUS — Former Rep. John Kasich defeated Gov. Ted Strickland on Tuesday, handing Republicans control of a state considered crucial to the 2012 presidential election. The 58-year-old Kasich beat Strickland with attacks over the loss of 400,000 jobs. The Democratic governor pointed to national economic factors and declining unemployment — without success. The fight hurt Read More…

Elyria police levy goes down

State Rep. Matt Lundy, left, talks to Elyria police Lt. Andy Eichenlaub at the Issue 21 gathering at Smitty’s. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

ELYRIA — Even the promise of more police officers on the streets was not enough to convince voters to push the city’s income tax rate to 2 percent. City officials have practically begged for a boost for the past six years. They have placed nine different issues before voters, and each time the answer has Read More…

Portman keeps Senate seat in Ohio in GOP hands

COLUMBUS — Republican Rob Portman, a former Ohio congressman and a veteran of former President George W. Bush’s White House, easily won the state’s open U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, keeping it in Republican hands. Portman brushed aside criticism over his close ties to Bush and capitalized on the state’s angst over its depressing economy, coasting Read More…

Sutton, Kaptur keep U.S. House seats

The Republicans’ so-called red wave hit a breakwall in northern Ohio on Tuesday, with Lorain County’s two incumbent Democratic congresswomen, Betty Sutton and Marcy Kaptur, fending off challenges from Republican millionaires. Nationally, the Republicans won at least 57 seats, enough to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives, a victory expected to make House Read More…

State GOP wins big

Dems lose control of House Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish says his Democratic Party has lost the majority in the House after two years of being in power. The shift of the House puts Republicans in charge of the Ohio Legislature. The GOP already has a Senate majority. All 99 seats in the House were Read More…

Williams defeats Koziura in commissioner race

AMHERST — Republican political newcomer Tom Williams beat out state Rep. Joe Koziura, D-Lorain, and two independents on Tuesday to become the next Lorain County commissioner. Williams, an Invacare engineer and small business owner, netted 43,512 votes, or 47 percent of the vote, according to unofficial returns from the county Board of Elections. Koziura, who Read More…

Election roundup: 99,557 ballots cast in Lorain County

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Voter turnout Tuesday in Lorain County was 47.7 percent, according to county Board of Elections Director Paul Adams. A total of 99,557 voters cast ballots either Tuesday or by voting early either the mail or at the elections board’s offices. Adams had hoped for a higher turnout and had predicted Monday that Read More…

Erie County results do in Firelands school levy

OBERLIN — Even before the fate of Tuesday’s 4-mill emergency operating levy was known, the Firelands School Board planned to head off a projected deficit by making $800,000 in cuts over the next two years. Unfortunately, those cuts aren’t going to be enough following Tuesday’s rejection by voters of the five-year issue. “It’s tough, really Read More…

Keystone voters approve bond for new middle school

LaGRANGE — A cheer went up at Score Boards sports bar Tuesday night with the news that a 2.19-mill bond issue to build a new middle school passed by a comfortable margin. Any sports victory wouldn’t be nearly so sweet, according to bond issue supporters who had gathered to wait for returns. “I’m thrilled for Read More…