WOSU News Archives For October 2012

Buyer Of Voter Billboards Outed, Calls Them Public Service Effort

Billboards like this one on W. Broad St. in Columbus were up for only a few days before Clear Channel Outdoor said they violated the company's policy against anonymous political messages.
30, 2012

A Wisconsin news organization and an advocacy group identified Stephen and Nancy Einhorn as the billboard buyers. The venture capitalist and Tea Party supporter now say they placed the billboards as a public service.

Commentary: After 20 Years, Time To Look At Ohio Constitution

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Opening of Ohio's last Constitutional Convention, Ohio Statehouse, January 9, 1912.
October 30, 2012

Had enough of the election yet? WOSU commentator and local historian Ed Lentz has had just about enough. But he takes time to teach us about an issue on the ballot that has gotten little attention – Issue #1 which asks if Ohioans want to hold a constitutional convention.

Upper Arlington Liquor Issue Has Some Voters Undecided

Some Upper Arlington voters are undecided about a measure on the ballot that could cause some restaurants and businesses to lose their liquor licenses.
30, 2012

Upper Arlington voters next week will decide what many believe could lead the success or failure of the city’s new entertainment district along Lane Avenue. Voters will decide whether to allow alcohol sales in some parts of the district that are now “dry.” WOSU reports the issue has divided and confused Upper Arlington Voters.

Hurricane Sandy Disrupts Some Travel At Port Columbus

East Coast flights to and from Port Columbus are being cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy.
29, 2012

High winds and the season’s first snowfall are expected overnight as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall on the East Coast. The severe weather has affected flights all over the country. WOSU talked with travelers at Port Columbus this Monday afternoon.

Exotic Animal Board To Hold First Meeting

One of the animals taken last year from a Muskingum county exotic animal farm. Terry Thompson released dozens of other lions, tigers and other animals shortly before committing suicide. The incident pushed state lawmakers to tighten restrictions on owning exotic animals.
29, 2012

A newly formed board created by Ohio’s law on exotic animals is slated to meet this week to discuss caging standards and requirements for dangerous wildlife.

AEP Mobilizes Hundreds Of Workers For Expected Outages

AEP spokeswoman Melissa McHenry says they’re mobilized between 300 and 400 workers from more-western states like Texas and Oklahoma.
October 29, 2012

American Electric Power says hundreds of line workers are headed to Ohio and other states likely to see effects from Hurricane Sandy.

More Than 200,000 Ohioans Without Electricity From Sandy

Sandy has been downgraded from a hurricane, but it continues to bring high winds and torrential rainfall for much of the East Coast and Midwest.
October 29, 2012

Tens of thousands of Ohioans are still without power after Superstorm Sandy brought high winds and the season’s first snow to some parts of the state overnight.

Ohio Communities Struggling To Pay For Campaign Rallies

It's been an expensive campaign season for the candidates and communities hosting rallies.
29, 2012

Ohio has seen what seems like a never-ending stream of campaign visits. Just last week, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were together in Dayton, Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan rallied in North Canton, and all four candidates stumped separately throughout the state. Communities say the costs of protecting those candidates are adding up.

Early In Person Voting Ahead Of 2008

Campaign volunteers in front of Romney truck at early voting
Campaign volunteers pass out sample ballots in front of the early voting site.
29, 2012

The early voting period in Ohio is more than half over, and so far more than 33,000 have cast their ballots in person at Franklin County’s early voting center on Morse Road. That’s more than double the number who voted early four years ago. The voting center is abuzz with politicking and civic duty.

Ohio To Appeal Court Ruling On Provisional Ballots

Ohio's Secretary of State Jon Husted has filed an appeal to the latest court decision concerning ballots.
28, 2012

Ohio’s top elections official is appealing a federal ruling that expands the conditions under which provisional ballots are counted in the presidential swing state.