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Core Future

Plan Cincinnati places a renewed emphasis on urban living

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 5, 2012
City officials on Aug. 21 finished and released the final draft for Plan Cincinnati, the city’s first master plan since 1980. The 228-page plan touts a renewed emphasis on a societal movement from neighborhoods back to the urban core of cities.    

GOP Convention Continues War on Women

3 Comments · Wednesday, September 5, 2012
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.  

Rolling Back Time

Commissioners could spend $300K to keep property tax rollback with no stadium fund solution in sight

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners is poised to approve spending almost $300,000 on an insurance policy to help cover the stadium bonds.   

Republicans Admit Racial Politics

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
“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.
  

Anna Louise Inn Wins Zoning Approval, but W&S Plans to Appeal

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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.
  

Secret Service

Ohio Democrats say Kasich, Mandel are blowing off records requests

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2012
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.    

Josh Mandel Brings New Brand of Dishonesty

3 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2012
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.  

Road to Recovery?

Report offers latest data on Ohio's human trafficking problem

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 15, 2012
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 trafficking.   

COAST's Latest Anti-Streetcar Rant is Flimsier than Normal

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 15, 2012
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.
  

Catching a Wave

Obama campaign targets LGBT voters in Ohio

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Barack Obama is the first sitting American president to express his support for gay marriage, and he’s hoping to cash in on that political capital come November.  

School's Out

Data suggests Internet-based education isn't living up to the hype

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Enrollment in e-schools in Ohio has steadily grown since 2005. But Internet-based education might not be matching up to the hype.  

Four More Years

City Council to determine which proposal for four-year terms voters will see in November

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 25, 2012
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.   

Leveling the Law

Secular Coalition plans Ohio chapter to organize against religion in government

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
In order to combat what it views as the encroachment of religion on public life, a national organization called the Secular Coalition for America is planning on opening a state chapter in Ohio.   

Schooled on Debt

Congress’ latest student loan fix is no long-term answer

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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.  

First Amendment: Gore Good, Genitals Bad

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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.