Bush backlash seen at RNC meetings

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Some Republican National Committee members in Washington for winter meetings say any vestige of former President George Bush must go, including the RNC chief.

Bush lends support to Swann fundraiser

LANCASTER, Pa., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- A Lancaster, Pa., fundraiser attended by U.S. President George Bush has raised $700,000 for Republican gubernatorial candidate Lynn Swann.

Voter registration uproar in Ohio

CLEVELAND, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Critics of Ohio's new voter registration rules say the rules make it harder for many people to vote, but defenders say the rules will prevent voter fraud.

Ohio churches under challenge

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 25 (UPI) -- Some Ohio clergy members reportedly have complained to tax officials about two Ohio churches they say support a Republican candidate for governor.

Clergy ask IRS to go after two churches

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A group of religious leaders in Ohio has complained to the Internal Revenue Service that two churches are campaigning for a conservative Republican.

Ohio absentee voters can go to the polls

TOLEDO, Ohio, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A federal judge ruled Ohio Tuesday voters who requested an absentee ballot and didn't receive one could cast a provisional ballot at the polls.

Blind want new voting machines in Ohio

CINCINNATI, April 21 (UPI) -- The National Federation of the Blind has accused Ohio elections officials of violating federal law by failing to buy blind-accessible voting machines.

Stay, and sin no more

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- It is difficult being black, conservative and Republican when nearly 75 percent of the rest of black America are liberal Democrats. Many of my friends and colleagues -- long-time black Republican activists -- expressed outrage over Republican Mississippi
PHYLLIS BERRY MYERS, A UPI Outside view commentary

Traficant looms large over primary

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, May 5 (UPI) -- The district has been redrawn and six Democrats are seeking the nomination but few voters in Ohio's Mahoning County know anything about the candidates, largely

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J. Kenneth Blackwell

John Kenneth Blackwell (born February 28, 1948), is a former secretary of state of the U.S. state of Ohio who made an unsuccessful bid as the Republican nominee for Governor of Ohio in the 2006 election. He was the first African-American to be the candidate for governor of a major party in Ohio. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Republican National Committee's Platform Committee and was a candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Blackwell gained national prominence for his dual roles as Chief Elections Official of Ohio and honorary co-chair of the "Committee to re-elect George W. Bush" during the 2004 election. Allegations of conflict of interest and voter disenfranchisement led to the filing of at least sixteen related lawsuits naming Blackwell. Regarding voter disenfranchisement, a federal appellate court ruled, in agreement with Blackwell, that provisional ballots cast in the wrong polling location should not be counted in the election, but the court overturned his directive to poll workers that they refuse to issue provisional ballots unless satisfied as to the voter's residence. Blackwell was also named in a 2006 lawsuit related to his office's public disclosure of the Social Security numbers of Ohio residents.

A staunch conservative, Blackwell successfully led the campaign for the 2004 Ohio Constitution Amendment banning state recognition of same sex marriage and civil unions, despite opposition from many other Republican leaders. He is a proponent of gun ownership rights, and has stated that he is against abortion except in order to protect the life of the mother. He was defeated by Ted Strickland in the 2006 Ohio gubernatorial election.

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