2012 Presidential Campaign http://wfpl.org en Campaigns Focus on Ohio Coal...But How Much Can a President Help the Industry? http://wfpl.org/post/campaigns-focus-ohio-coalbut-how-much-can-president-help-industry <p>Coal's role in this year's presidential election isn't going ignored by national media. Marketplace Morning Report had an <a href="http://www.marketplace.org/topics/sustainability/campaign-trail/ohio-lots-pro-coal-ads-not-so-many-miners" target="_blank">interesting story this morning</a> by Adriene Hill about the fuel's prominent role in President Obama and Mitt Romney's Ohio campaign strategies...even though there are less than 3,000 coal miners in the state. As the industry is always quick to point out, that doesn't include jobs that are related to and reliant on the coal industry. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 1942 at http://wfpl.org Campaigns Focus on Ohio Coal...But How Much Can a President Help the Industry? High Anticipation for First Presidential Debate http://wfpl.org/post/high-anticipation-first-presidential-debate <p>President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are preparing for their first debate this week, and observers are eager to see if it will impact the race.</p><p>Both campaigns have been complimentary of each other and are trying to lower expectations before the televised debate in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday in order to gain an advantage going in. But experts agree that <a href="http:// http://www.npr.org/2012/10/01/162110675/stakes-high-for-romney-at-first-presidential-debate">stakes are higher for Romney</a>, who trails the president according to most polls in battleground states.</p><p>Tiffany Dillard-Knox is acting director of the University of Louisville debate team. She says people are excited to watch the first presidential debate, but that the forums are becoming more of a liability.</p><p>"I think the debates more likely can make you lose a candidacy more so than win one. You can say the wrong things. I don’t think people are really listening for the right things anymore. But I think people are taking into consideration when the candidates are saying the wrong things," she says.</p><p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 17:58:14 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1859 at http://wfpl.org Coal Miners' Union Says Members Aren't Wild About Obama or Romney http://wfpl.org/post/coal-miners-union-says-members-arent-wild-about-obama-or-romney <p>Amy Harder of the National Journal<a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/coal-miners-union-sits-out-presidential-race-20120809" target="_blank"> has a story out today</a> about the <a href="http://www.umwa.org/" target="_blank">United Mine Workers of America</a>, and the union&#39;s reluctance to back either presidential candidate this year.</p><p>Harder went to Fairmont, West Virginia and spoke with UMWA official (and Democratic member of the state House of Delegates) Mike Caputo.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 14:45:23 +0000 Erica Peterson 1264 at http://wfpl.org Obama Will Touch Down in Kentucky for Ohio Visit http://wfpl.org/post/obama-will-touch-down-kentucky-ohio-visit <div class="entry-body"><div><div class="item-body"><div><p>In the 2012 presidential race Kentucky is assuredly in the Republican column, but President Barack Obama will be in the commonwealth briefly today&mdash;to visit Ohio.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1013 at http://wfpl.org