Like any political convention, the
Republican National Convention was filled with little substance and
mostly vague platitudes. But one piece of policy was made very clear in
the Republican Party’s political platform, which was officially unveiled
at the convention: The war on women is still marching along.
“I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the
voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American —
voter-turnout machine,” said Doug Preisse, chairman of the Franklin
County Republican Party and close adviser to Gov. John Kasich.
The Historic Conservation Board knew it
was in for a long afternoon when Western & Southern showed up to
Monday’s hearing with an army of suits to argue against a recommended
zoning permit for the Anna Louise Inn.
Rival political parties in Ohio probably
know more about your elected officials than you do. It’s common practice
for the major parties to file open records requests to get everything
from schedules and emails to staff resumes from officeholders.
Congratulations are in order for Ohio
Treasurer Josh Mandel. As part of his U.S. senatorial campaign, Mandel, a
Republican, has earned his sixth “Pants on Fire” rating from
fact-checking website PolitiFact.
Since 2010, Ohio has woken up to the
realities of its human trafficking problem. Back then, the state was
considered to be among “the worst states” — or tier 4 — by the Polaris
Project, an organization focused on the nationwide issue of human
The Coalition Opposed to Additional
Spending and Taxes (COAST) has long been known locally for its
unwavering opposition to the streetcar project, but the organization
crossed the line into dishonesty on Aug. 6 with its calls to action
about the sale of the Blue Ash Airport.
Cincinnati voters will decide in November
whether their City Council members will serve four-year terms instead of
the current two-year ones — councilors just haven’t decided which
proposal to send to voters.
Student debt in this country has
surpassed the trillion-dollar mark — exceeding even total credit card
debt — and is still climbing. And a lot of it is owed by English and
philosophy majors now working as baristas or not at all.
Blocks away from the newest specialty
store opened by First Amendment crusader/pornographer Larry Flynt — a
man whose many court appearances helped define the legal boundaries of
free speech — anti-abortion activists on the sidewalks around Fountain
Square July 9 showed downtown workers and visitors to the 2012 World
Choir Games graphic depictions of fetuses mutilated by abortion.