Fair Elections Ohio paid college students to gather petition signatures

In a small town it is easy to spot an “out-of-towner” very quickly; today was no exception. Even without the semi-matching shirts the young men from Cincinnati were obviously out of their comfort zone in rural southern Ohio, says a reporter for Yahoo! News. I noticed the men standing on every street corner between here and the SuperValu grocery store–approaching local folks, clipboard in hand. The clean-cut guys barely gave shoppers or those walking on the sidewalk a chance to completely exit a door before there were cornered. I figured a survey of some sort, but I was wrong. Paid signature gatherers were sent here from Cincinnati by a lobbying group to gather the names of registered voters in opposition of Ohio House Bill 194. The bill is commonly referred to as the “Photo ID” bill…

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Sony, Toshiba, Hitachi join forces in displays

The display businesses of three major Japanese electronics makers are joining forces to become more competitive in small and medium-sized panels—a sector that’s expected to grow because of the popularity of smartphones and tablets, the Associated Press reports. The display-business subsidiaries of Sony Corp., Toshiba Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. agreed to sign a deal later this year and to complete the business combination by the first few months of next year, the companies said Wednesday…

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