Va. kills Electoral College reform bill

RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A Virginia state Senate committee Tuesday killed a Republican proposal to shift power toward the GOP by altering the way the state allocates electoral votes.
State electoral changes could favor GOP

State electoral changes could favor GOP

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Several states with Republican-dominated legislatures may alter the way they allocate electoral votes to try to shift power toward the GOP, officials say.

Conservatives launch Obama documentary

CHICAGO, July 22 (UPI) -- A conservative group says it has launched an ad campaign to promote an upcoming documentary about likely U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Congress asks Blackwell to detail election

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- A former Ohio elections official says he has declined a congressional panel's request he appear to discuss alleged problems with the 2004 presidential election.

Democrat projected as next Ohio governor

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Democrat Ted Strickland is projected to beat Republican Ken Blackwell for the governorship of Ohio, CBS News said Tuesday evening.

Record number of black candidates in 2006

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- More black candidates are operating campaigns for the U.S. Senate and governors of U.S. states in 2006 than ever before.

Values, taxes move U.S minorites right

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. minorities are shifting to the right, Conservative Political Action Conference organizers said Saturday, because conservatism has a new appeal.

Coleman enters race for Ohio governor

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Columbus, Ohio, Mayor Michael Coleman has joined his state's 2006 gubernatorial race with a promise to pull Ohio from what he calls an economic crisis.

Targeted Ohio county goes to Bush

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The Ohio county subjected to an anti-Bush letter writing campaign by The Guardian, a British newspaper, went for George Bush in Tuesday's election.

Race hinges on Ohio, Iowa, NM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The presidential race has come down to Ohio, Iowa and New Mexico, with President Bush ahead but the Democrats saying they will fight for every vote.

Florida projected for Bush

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- President Bush led in projected electoral votes in Tuesday's election -- with all eyes on the key state of Ohio.

Nader wins and loses in access fight

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell has upheld the decision of a top elections official that Ralph Nader failed to get enough signatures to get on the ballot. Nader was knocked off the Ohio ballot late Tuesday after challenges by Democrats left him 1,29

Nader's petitions challenged in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Ohio Republicans are signing petitions for independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader a day after he lost ballot bids in Missouri and Pennsylvania.

Bush campaign names black steering comm.

WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- The Bush-Cheney '04 campaign announced the leadership of its African-Americans for Bush coalition effort in Detroit Monday.

UPI's Capital Comment for Nov. 21, 2002

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Capital Comment -- Daily news notes, political rumors and important events that shape politics and public policy in Washington and the world from United Press I
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Ken Blackwell
Former Secretary of State of Ohio Ken Blackwell participates in a debate between candidates for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee in Washington on January 5, 2009. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

John Kenneth Blackwell (born February 28, 1948 in Cincinnati, Ohio) 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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