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Checks and Balances

County leaders say electronic voting machines are appropriately monitored, despite connections to Romney-supporters

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 31, 2012
In the late hours of this upcoming Presidential Election night, one Democrat commissioner and one Republican commissioner from the Hamilton County Board of Elections will tally the final vote to see whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins the county.    

Stranger Than Fiction

Fact-checking Western & Southern's Enquirer editorial

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Representatives for Western & Southern and the Anna Louise Inn will be in court Oct. 30 arguing in front of the First District Court of Appeals, which could overturn a May 4 ruling and allow the Inn to move forward with a planned $13 million renovation.
  

Social Schism

Social justice vs. religious freedom: Catholic organizations woo a divided voting bloc

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Were it not for the giant touring bus emblazoned with the words, “Nuns on the Bus,” it would be hard to assume that the collection of about 10 white-haired women were members of Catholic religious orders.   

Prison Privatization Blues

State audit reveals failures of Ohio’s newest private prison

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
A state audit of the private prison sold by Gov. John Kasich last year found the prison is only meeting 66.7 percent of the state’s standards. The report, released last week, found a total of 47 violations in a northeastern Ohio prison owned by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).
  

Shades of Blue

DNC executive director discusses Ohio’s importance in 2012 and beyond

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Patrick Gaspard, executive director of the Democratic National Committee, sat down with CityBeat for an exclusive interview during which he previewed his remarks to Ohio steelworkers and talked about Hamilton County’s importance to the presidential race.

  

What's Yours Is Mine

Western & Southern continues strategic public relations campaign against Anna Louise Inn

2 Comments · Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Western & Southern might have completely flubbed an opportunity to purchase the Anna Louise Inn back in 2009, but it’s hard to describe the Fortune 500 company as anything but proactive since that time. 
  

Fighting for Life

No Kill movement offers common-sense solutions to mass euthanasia

3 Comments · Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Seven-month-old pit bull mix Oreo, dark chocolatey brown with all-white paws, was, at one time, the “miracle dog.” In 2009, Oreo’s owner hurled her from the roof of his sixth-story Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment. Her tale was picked up nationwide when the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) took her in to treat her near-fatal injuries.     

Land of (In)Equal Opportunity

Ohio women and blacks face higher rates of unemployment and lower wages post-recession

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2012
A report released shortly before Americans took the day off work for Labor Day, a national holiday meant to celebrate workers, painted a dismal picture of employment and wage disparities in the state of Ohio.   

Democrats Embrace All Same-Sex Rights

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Democrats have had a strange election cycle regarding same-sex rights. The party went from shying away from the same-sex marriage issue in 2010 to President Barack Obama embracing same-sex marriage rights in June and the official Democratic platform embracing same-sex rights last week.   

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.