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Senate Bill No. 5 Energizes Unions, Democrats

Critics question private sector’s motives

3 Comments · Wednesday, November 2, 2011
If the latest Quinnipiac University Polling Institute survey holds true, which reveals that 57 percent of Ohio’s registered voters favor repealing Senate Bill No. 5 while only 32 percent oppose it, then the controversial measure is doomed. And if the opposition to SB 5 does turn out in an off-year election to vote “no” on Ohio Issue 2 , after gathering an all-time state record of 1.3 million signatures on petitions, what exactly has influenced and incited so many?
  

Occupying Democracy

We the People, not We the Corporations

2 Comments · Wednesday, October 26, 2011
As our leaders loudly preach, democracy is something that we export to the rest of the world — to certain monarchies and autocratic regimes that rule Arab nations, for example. And it’s understandable though regrettable, they tell us, that there would be eruptions of pent-up anger at aloof upper classes in India, Greece, Spain and Israel. But a genuinely populist uprising to bring democracy, both economic and political, to the U.S.A.?
  

More Endorsements Released

COAST, Firefighters Union and Sheriff offer their endorsements

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The Daily Beat blog has ongoing coverage of endorsements as they're released.
  

CPS Seeks a Little ‘Stability’

If approved, permanent levy would buy books, computers

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2011
When Cincinnati voters go to the polls in November, they will be asked to decide on a new, permanent funding source for local schools. The Cincinnati Board of Education is seeking a property tax levy, which is Issue 32 on the ballot. The measure is a permanent improvement levy for 7.95 mills. If approved, it would provide the school district with about $49.5 million annually.  

Assembling a Movement

The Occupy Cincinnati protest begins to refine its message

1 Comment · Monday, October 17, 2011
As of this writing, it is now nearly a month since Occupy Wall Street first occupied Liberty Square in the Financial District in New York City. What began with a handful of people has grown into a worldwide movement with at least 1,000 occupations popping up all across this country and around the globe.   

Book Explores Cincinnati Anti-Crime Program

Author David Kennedy reflects on local politics and CIRV's success

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Don't Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship and the End to Violence in Inner-City America is one-part memoir and one-part academic report, filled with the sort of social science material that theses are based on. Kennedy was a principal in the founding of the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) in 2007.   

Rocking the Status Quo

Challengers shake up City Council race

1 Comment · Tuesday, October 11, 2011
In the dysfunctional world of Cincinnati City Council, the group that theoretically guides the direction of our fair metropolis is currently divided 5-to-4 about how to avoid a looming $33 million deficit next year. Just as it was divided in July. And just as it was in April. The seasons might change, but council's inaction doesn't.   

Occupy Cincinnati Live Feed

CityBeat's hub for coverage and tweets from the 99 Percent protests

19 Comments · Monday, October 10, 2011
The Occupy Cincinnati movement has decided to use Piatt Park at the corner of Vine Street and Garfield Place as its base of operations. The following feed will aggregate all #occupycincinnati and #occupycincy hashtags, and we'll continue to update this page with links to CityBeat's ongoing coverage of the movement.
  

Putting on the Pressure

Western & Southern won’t take ‘no’ for an answer

8 Comments · Wednesday, October 5, 2011
When founders of the Anna Louise Inn created the institution more than 100 years ago, chances are they never believed their choice of location would one day leave its owners and residents entangled in multiple lawsuits. Last summer the facility’s owners rebuffed an offer from the powerful Western & Southern Financial Group to buy their property, triggering a heated legal battle.  

Nabbing Stolen Bikes on the ’Net

Victim creates grassroots resource

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 5, 2011
A short scroll down the Cincinnati Stolen Bike Network’s Facebook page reveals tale after tale of bicycles swiped outside of workplaces, bars and garages around the city. Some were stolen in the dark of night, some in broad daylight. Unfortunate owners post photographs of their beloved bikes and their relevant stats: make and model, color, unusual identifiers (like stickers or a broken pedal) and sometimes a serial number.  

Creating a Divine Mess

Intelligent design tries to pass as science — again

12 Comments · Wednesday, September 28, 2011
It was never close to becoming an Ohio version of Inherit the Wind, but a recent effort to bring a creationism class to public school students in Springboro has been quietly dropped after it received widespread criticism and a threatened lawsuit by the ACLU.   

Crunching the Numbers

1 Comment · Tuesday, September 27, 2011
In April, Citizens for Civic Renewal (CCR) embarked on an ambitious mission: Learning if the city of Cincinnati’s police budget could be cut without compromising safety. Following months of research and public meetings, the organization recently posted its findings online that include expert testimony, research data and citizens' opinions.   

Political Battle May Be Buzz Kill

Two groups offer competing medical pot plans

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Iraq war vet Chris Amberger was never a stoner and isn’t one now. He says a little weed every other night just before bed quiets the racket of the war that his brain persists in firing at him. But buying illegal weed makes him nervous. “There’s no reliable or safe access to it,” he says. “Everybody seems a bit shady. And serving as long as I did with a spotless record, I have a lot to lose.”  

Digging Up Answers for Bones

Friends: Prosecutor’s decision political

13 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
A month after Deters closed the case and five months since Hebert was fatally shot by Cincinnati Police, the well-loved musician’s friends are still looking for answers from Deters, the Cincinnati Police Department and the city’s Citizen Complaint Authority. To them, the case hasn’t been closed at all.
  

Duke Wants New Fee on Customers Who Opt Out

Regulators might undermine city proposal

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
In a move almost as confusing as its monthly bills, Duke Energy has proposed a 10-year rate plan that would impose a new “capacity” fee on both its own customers and those who have switched to other electricity providers. While the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) evaluates the proposal, Cincinnati residents are considering an unrelated ballot measure that would enable them, as a group, to take their business away from Duke and give it to a lower bidder.