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Andrew Ohl is a junior history major and columnist for The Kent Stater. 

For democracy’s sake, let’s abolish the presidential primary system as we know it

Andrew Ohl Kent State College Democrats February 3, 2016

Before anything else: My congratulations to all the voters, both Democrats and Republicans, who participated in the exciting Iowa caucuses on Monday. Seeing voters in such large numbers and with such enthusiasm...


College Republicans react to Ted Cruz’s presidential announcement

Matt Poe April 6, 2015

Ted Cruz (R-Tx) declared his candidacy for the 2016 U.S. presidential election on March 23, and the announcement made the Texas Senator the first Republican candidate to announce his bid for the White...

John Hess is a senior political science major. Contact him at

Opinion: Gerrymandering: Funny word, serious problem

John Hess February 15, 2015

Earlier this month my fellow opinion columnist Ray Paoletta offered his take on Ohio’s redistricting reform. He provided solid information and displayed an admirable desire to build a more democratic...

Zachary Downes is a junior journalism major. Contact him at

Opinion: Palin’s Presidential race should have ended in 2012

Zachary Downes January 27, 2015

I’m not one who constantly follows politics, but lately I feel like everyone needs to know something crucial. Sarah Palin is planning to run for president in 2016.Now you’re probably expecting an “I...

Ryan McCarthy is a sophomore political science major and a columnist for The Kent Stater. Contact him at

Opinion: The blue path to victory in the 2016 Senate elections

Ryan McCarthy November 17, 2014

Two weeks ago, the Republicans won an important victory by gaining the majority in the Senate. After a likely Republican victory in the Louisiana runoff, and the two independents — Angus King and Bernie...

Governor John Kasich celebrates his re-election with a roaring crowd at the Ohio GOP watch party in Columbus on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

State recap: Republicans dominate Ohio

Matthew Merchant November 5, 2014

The political landscape of Ohio’s legislature changed from blue to red as Ohio Republicans took all of the top spots within the state government.“This is not your old man’s Ohio anymore,” Governor...

Ray Paoletta

Opinion: Ohio House Bill 593 aims to outlaw overload fees

Ray Paoletta September 21, 2014

Graduating from college in four quick, easy and painless years is easier said than done. From failing a class to dropping a class, or not being able to get into a required class, many students find it...

Opinion: Ohioans deserve to hear candidates debate, not just watch TV ads

Marilou Johanek September 21, 2014

The handful of Ohioans who follow state politics are waiting for the debates to start. Spirited political discourse on a range of critical issues gives voters valuable insight about candidates.    In...

NY lawmaker charged with fraud, cites ‘witch hunt’

Tom Hays; Associated Press April 28, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, a former Marine and FBI agent who's been the target of a campaign finance investigation, was instead charged on Monday with evading taxes by concealing...

Jennifer Hutchinson is a freshman political science major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact her at

Opinion: Obamacare debate enters new stage

Jennifer Hutchinson April 7, 2014

The debate over the Affordable Care Act is far from over. In fact, it’s entering a whole new stage. With enrollment numbers hitting 7 million, Democrats are rejoicing as Obamacare is being seriously...

Guest column: Democrats go a-courting as the Senate hangs in the balance

Doyle McManus March 3, 2014

Nearly a generation ago, MSNBC's Chris Matthews coined a description of our two political parties that may turn out to be his most enduring contribution to American punditry. Republicans, Matthews wrote,...

Obama budget to drop benefit cost-of-living trims

Jim Kuhnhenn, AP February 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will propose an election-year budget that would drop reductions he had previously embraced in federal benefits, officials disclosed Thursday. He also will ask...

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