July 31, 2014

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Wellington OKs money to fix worst school building in state

WELLINGTON — Voters Tuesday decided that McCormick Middle School, which was declared the No. 1 worst school building in Ohio by the Ohio School Facilities Commission, should be replaced. A 36-year bond issue, Issue 48, passed 2,271 to 1,573, or 59 percent to 41 percent, according to unofficial returns. Wellington Schools Superintendent John Nolan said Read More…

Levy’s passage saves Amherst Schools from cuts in services

Russell Marty, front left, special education teacher at Marion L. Steele High School, and Mark Skladan, choir director at the high school, look over early election results for Amherst Schools Issue 28 at the school library on Tuesday.  In second row from left, is Amherst Junior High Prinicpal Ryan Coleman,  Amherst Junior High teacher Lisa Schenk and volunteers Tammy and Kevin Lacey of Amherst. (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

AMHERST — Amherst Schools Superintendent Steve Sayers waited expectantly Tuesday night as the vote see-sawed back and forth. Finally, the results tipped in the district’s favor with 6,163 votes in favor, or 52 percent, to 5,673 votes against, or 48 percent, according to unofficial election results. The 4.9-mill operating levy will raise $2.8 million annually Read More…

President Barack Obama wins re-election

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney despite a weak economy that plagued his first term and put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions. In victory, he confidently promised better days ahead. Obama spoke to thousands of cheering supporters in his hometown of Read More…

Midview voters reject property tax and income tax

EATON TWP. — Today, Midview Schools Superintendent John Kuhn will start looking at how to carve $2.4 million from the budget after voters overwhelmingly defeated a combined income tax-property tax. The district also might head back to the ballot in February in hopes of avoiding those cuts. It has been 19 years since voters approved Read More…

Republicans look to keep hold on Ohio Legislature

COLUMBUS — Democrats sought to defend their seats in the Ohio Legislature on Tuesday and keep Republicans from furthering their majorities in both chambers. Democrats will have one of their biggest supporters back in the Statehouse next year. Chris Redfern, the chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party handedly won a House seat in northern Ohio, Read More…

Ohioans reject chance to convene on constitution

COLUMBUS — For the fifth time in 100 years, Ohioans have rejected the chance to revisit Ohio’s Constitution. Such a forum would have allowed debate on issues such as redistricting, term limits, casino gambling and gay marriage. Instead, voters rejected Issue 1 in Tuesday’s election by strong margins in every county. Under state law, the Read More…

Ohio voters reject new political mapmaking panel

COLUMBUS — Ohio voters have rejected a proposal to change the process for redrawing state legislative and congressional maps. Issue 2 lost after a fight that pitted voter advocacy groups and unions against business interests and the Ohio Republican Party. Lawyers’ groups split on the issue. The constitutional amendment would have created a 12-member citizen Read More…

Marcy Kaptur defeats ‘Joe the Plumber’ for U.S. House seat

COLUMBUS — Joe the Plumber isn’t Joe the Congressman. Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher lost his bid Tuesday for a U.S. House seat in northern Ohio. Veteran Democrat Marcy Kaptur beat the Republican in his first attempt to win public office. Wurzelbacher became an overnight sensation during the presidential campaign four years ago and a favorite of Read More…

Ohio presidential vote seen as potential decider

COLUMBUS — President Barack Obama held an early lead over Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday in Ohio for what could be a pivotal battleground state in their nail-bitingly close president race. With about 16 percent of the vote reported, Obama was ahead by some 169,000 votes in unofficial results. The Democrat was trying to carry Read More…

What exit polls say about Ohio voters

COLUMBUS — Preliminary results of voters’ views of Tuesday’s elections, according to an exit poll conducted in Ohio for The Associated Press: OHIO’S SENATE RACE Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown withstood slipping popularity among older voters and independents to win a second term. A supporter of the auto bailout, he got the backing of Read More…