TANK: The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky recently bought a 2.5-acre parcel on Mall Road in Florence, just off I-75, where it will build a new Park & Ride hub. Construction will begin in the fall and, when completed, the site will feature a shelter for riders and 200 parking spaces.
The action makes it easier for commuters who live in Boone County and work in downtown Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky to leave their vehicles there and take the bus into the urban core, providing some much needed relief on congested highways while also helping to reduce air pollution. TANK has 19 other Park & Ride hubs and operates 27 bus routes, which carries about 3.7 million passengers annually.
JOHN BOEHNER: There he goes again. The PoliticoWeb site got ahold of some campaign materials distributed by Boehner that show just how crass the House majority leader really is. The West Chester Republican states that any lobbyist or donor who gives the maximum amount to his reelection effort or helps raise $100,000 will get a meeting with Boehner, as well as phone calls from senior aides and “VIP access to all events, including roundtables, briefings, breakout discussions and interactive panel discussions.”
We wouldn't expect anything less from the person who once passed out checks from tobacco lobbyists to other congressional members on the House floor before an important vote on subsidies for the industry.
Boehner, it seems, practices the world's oldest profession.
STEPHEN JOHNSONGROVE: The attorney who works for the Ohio Justice & Policy Center has long lobbied for City Hall to change its hiring practices and give some ex-felons what he calls a “smart second chance.” Now Cincinnati City Council has taken a significant step toward that goal.
The city will no longer routinely ask whether applicants have criminal records. Although a background check might still be done later in the hiring process, it will be taken in context of how old the offense is and what training the person has undergone. Previously, the city's Civil Service Commission automatically disqualified anyone with a felony conviction. This is a much-needed change that could help prevent many frustrated people from returning to a life of crime.
JOE DETERS: Proving once again just how hypocritical and politically motivated he can be, the irksome Hamilton County prosecutor is insisting that his office take over as lead counsel representing county commissioners on matters related to riverfront redevelopment. Last October, Deters persuaded 12 Common Pleas Court judges to fire an outside law firm used by the commissioners since the late 1990s. Joltin' Joe said he did it to save the county money, but it only occurred after commissioners cut his office's budget.
Regardless, if Deters is so frugal, why does he allow Sheriff Simon Leis Jr. to keep his own attorney on staff? What's good for the commissioners is good for the sheriff. Fire Leis' completely unnecessary staff attorney.