Vets' raffle backers to make Ohio governor pick

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A coalition of veterans and fraternal organizations that has clashed with Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) over electronic raffle machines is planning its first-ever endorsement in a governor's race.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1zjRPjA ) the Ohio Veterans and Fraternal Charitable Coalition, representing about 2.1 million Ohioans, has scheduled candidate interviews for the first time in its 11-year history.

The move follows a long-running dispute over machines declared illegal last year by Attorney General Mike DeWine.

DeWine initially delayed enforcement against the slots-like machines as the coalition pursued legislation making them legal. The bill died after Kasich intervened and proposed alternative, legal technology developed through the Ohio Lottery.

The endorsement will come as Kasich seeks re-election in November against Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County executive.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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