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Akron Mayor Horrigan's message is inclusion and public service
Swearing of Akron's first new elected mayor in nearly three decades blends family and community

Akron officially has a new mayor, one described by everyone from his predecessors to his daughters as ready to face the challenges of a city that’s not done remaking itself. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from this morning’s inauguration of Dan Horrigan.
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Ohio voters trounced pot legalization in 2015, but the issue isn't done yet
Any future attempt will likely not include a monopoly or "Buddie"

Plans to legalize marijuana in Ohio went up in smoke in 2015. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, the failed ballot issue this November is not the end of the story.  
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The future of marijuana in Ohio after voters pass new monopoly rules
The passing of Issue 2 has medical marijuana supporters fearing they won't get another chance put a plan before voters in the future

Now that the voters have spoken through the defeat of Issue 3, Ohio will not have legalized pot in any form.

And with the passage of Issue 2, backers of medical marijuana fear they might not get the chance put a plan before voters in the future.

Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.
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Sipplen comes up short in Akron mayoral bid
says he will run again

It wasn’t even close in the race for Mayor of Akron. Democrat Dan Horrigan won 72% of the vote compared to Republican Eddie Sipplen’s 24%. All the same, Sipplen says he enjoyed the campaign so much, he might try it again. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’S Mark Urycki reports.
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Ohio Secretary of State wants details on e-poll book problems
Issue resulted in a judge ordering polls to stay open in one county an hour-and-a-half later, delayed results throughout the state

Secretary of State Jon Husted wants to know more about the problems with electronic poll books in Hamilton County. But he says overall, Election Day 2015 was a success. And he says it could mean a smooth Election Night 2016, when national attention will be focused again on Ohio. 
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Ohio voters pass Issue 2
Ballot question on state-initiated monitors was intended to block Issue 3 on marijuana legalization

Not only did Issue 3’s pot legalization measure get shot down but voters also passed Issue 2, which was created to counter 3 if it passed. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.
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Marijuana legalization amendment fails in Ohio
Voters reject Issue 3

Voters in Ohio rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have legalized marijuana for medical and personal use. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports the issue lost by nearly a two to one margin.
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Canton votes for change of leadership
Former chief of staff comes back to defeat incumbent Mayor

Canton is getting a new mayor.  But the race was close. Challenger Tom Bernabei won over incumbent William Healy by 323 votes out nearly 14-and-a-half thousand cast.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.
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Charter idea rejected again in Canton
70% of Ohio's municipalities have charters

Canton will continue to be the largest city in Ohio without a charter.  A proposal for a commission to draw one up for voter consideration next year, was rejected Tuesday night.  A charter gives a municipality the ability to restructure its government and more independence from the state in deciding how to do so. Canton City Councilman-at-large Bill Smuckler had been a supporter. But he says he thinks some confusion among voters about just what the charter might do made people uneasy this time around.
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Dan Horrigan, Akron's next mayor, promises change is coming
The Democrat easily bests Republican Eddie Sipplen and independent Bill Melver; Siipplen is saying he'll run again in four years

Akron voters have picked a new mayor – elected by a margin as impressive as the ones that kept Don Plusquellic in office for nearly three decades. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on what appears to be the last in the city’s year of big changes.
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Tueday's election may boost diversity in Cleveland police and fire hiring
Passage of Issue 20 will change civil service rules

Cleveland’s hiring procedure for its safety forces will be changing following yesterday’s election. Voters approved Issue 20 which increases the eligible candidate pool from which the city must hire for civil service jobs. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports.
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Ohio may not be done with legalizing marijuana
Voters trounced the Issue 3 "monopoly," but strongly support medical marijuana -- a message state officials have heard

Ohio voters trounced a state constitutional amendment that would have legalized recreational and medicinal use of marijuana. But the night was not a total loss for marijuana advocates.For NPR, WKSU's M.L. Schultze has more
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What happen now that Ohio voters have OK'd the anti-monopoly amendment?
Issue 2 makes it more difficult for voters to pass any measure that uses the state constitution to create a monopoly, oligopoly or cartel

Legal pot is not coming to Ohio, at least not yet. But a ballot issue that was meant to prevent marijuana legalization did pass yesterday by a narrow margin.

For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace has more.
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Canton's parks system reacts to levy failure
Officials say ballot language may not have made it clear that the 5-year replacement levy would not increase taxes

The Canton Parks System is trying to figure out what to do next after yesterday’s defeat of a 5-mill, 5-year levy. It was slated to replace two smaller levies expiring at the end of this year -- one from the Parks and one from the Canton Joint Recreation District. That would have paved the way for a merger between the two agencies, which parks Director Derek Gordon says will allow them to operate more efficiently.
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Here are the next steps for changing how Ohio draws its political maps
Advocates want to push ahead quickly with legislative redistricting

Now that Ohio voters have approved Issue 1, those who pushed for changes to the way state lawmakers’ districts are drawn have a new target. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.
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Getting to the bottom of Hamilton County's election-day problems
County commissioners vow to be ready for next year's presidential election

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune is among those calling for an investigation into Tuesday’s election problems. A series of equipment failures led to a judge ordering local polls to stay open an extra 90 minutes. That led to a freeze on the release of election results statewide. Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman was worried some people were unable to vote because of software glitches and confusion among poll workers. Portune says an independent, bipartisan review of the election system is needed.
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