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Between the Lines: Paul Ryan, LaTourette and early vote

2:00 PM, Aug 19, 2012   |    comments
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Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as a running mate shifts the campaign from a "blame game" mode to bigger issues of the federal budget and national debt.

What is the Ryan factor in Ohio? He went to college at Miami University and includes Governor John Kasich as one of his mentors.

Will the campaign focus return to improving the economy and creating jobs?

The exit of Congressman Steve LaTourette will leave a big void in Northeast Ohio's clout in Congress.

Who will assume his role as a go-to person in Congress for the region?

Did the timing of his departure unfairly keep voters from having some voice in picking the Republican replacement?

Secretary of State Jon Husted has decreed that all 88 Ohio counties will have the same early voting hours.  Saturdays won't be included.

Husted's decision defuses some of the complaints from Democrats and civil rights groups upset about different early voting days and hours from previous years,

But critics say it did not go far enough.

How will this affect the Obama campaign's lawsuit demanding polls be open the weekend before Election Day?

The campaign to pass Cleveland's school levy has been launched.

What are the challenges levy backers face trying to pass the large, 15-mill levy that will cost the average Cleveland homeowner $249 a year?

How does the man in charge of the campaign view its chances?

Tom Beres discusses these issues with Cuyahoga County Democratic Chairman Blaine Griffin and Plain Dealer Columnist Kevin O'Brien on this edition of Between the Lines.

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