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Kasich Plans To Take State Of The State On The Road Again

By By JULIE CARR SMYTH

UPDATED: Monday January 13, 2014 2:54 PM

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he'll deliver his annual State of the State speech in the northeast Ohio city of Medina.

The governor's office announced the speech site and Feb. 24 date on Monday.

Medina is hometown of GOP House Speaker Bill Batchelder. Kasich's likely Democratic rival Ed FitzGerald, of Cleveland, oversees government in neighboring Cuyahoga County.

It's the third time the Republican governor has moved the traditional joint legislative session outside of Columbus.

Kasich made history in 2012 when he moved the speech from Columbus to the eastern Ohio industrial city of Steubenville. That was a year after his first such speech, delivered at the Statehouse, was marred by labor-fueled protests.

He delivered last year's speech in Lima, in northwest Ohio.

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