ROBERT WINKLER: Sometimes the system works. Winkler, a Hamilton County Common Pleas Court judge, rejected a request Nov. 16 filed by Cincinnati Tea Party leader Mike Wilson. Wilson, a Republican, challenged Democratic incumbent Connie Pillich for the Ohio House 28th District seat. On Election Night, results showed Pillich beating Wilson by five votes, but provisional ballots had yet to be counted.
More than a week later, Wilson asked to separate 589 provisional ballots from Lincoln Heights, Forest Park and Woodlawn — all in predominantly black neighborhoods. Wilson questions the ballots’ validity, likely laying the groundwork to lodge spurious claims of voter fraud. Winkler wisely saw through the desperate tactic.
THE 912 PROJECT: The Cincinnati 912 Project rented space at Purcell Marian High School in East Walnut Hills for an allegedly nonpartisan event. It planned a speech by Frantz Kebreau on Dec. 11, just after the school day ends. The 912 Project is the group inspired by right-wing talk-show host Glenn Beck; Kebreau is a black Tea Party supporter who spouts a radical, revisionist view of history designed to sway African-Americans to the cause.
Once the Cincinnati Archdiocese learned Kebreau’s speech was entitled “Stolen History: What the Democrats, Progressives and the Left Don’t Want You to Know,” it revoked permission because it violated policy. Don’t 912 leaders know it’s a sin to lie?
DRAKE CENTER: The nonprofit rehabilitation care hospital is sponsoring “Hoodies for the Hart,” a fundraising campaign to buy hoodies for every student at nearby Hartwell Elementary School. The hospital is encouraging area businesses, residents and its employees to donate money to buy 472 hoodies to help keep kids warm during winter months. Hartwell, which serves preschool through the eighth grade, recently reopened after a two-year renovation. To promote discipline and minimize peer pressure, it has converted to a uniform policy and the hoodies will supplement the effort. Sponsors will be recognized on signage at the school and at Drake Center.
This warms our heart. (Yes, we have one.)
DUSTY RHODES: Less than two weeks after winning reelection, the irascible county auditor is up to his old tricks. After months of meetings between county commissioners and department heads to discuss budget cuts, Rhodes told commissioners two days before their budget vote that he couldn’t absorb his recommended $92,000 cut. If that amount is removed, Dusty said, his staff won’t be able to inspect gasoline pumps countywide. Oh, and he needs another $120,000 to boot. Rhodes said he didn’t mention it earlier because he was too busy campaigning.
Ah, Democratic Party leaders, you must be so proud. Maybe Dusty can donate a year’s worth of his taxpayer-paid salary once he starts double-dipping.