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Despite Good Intentions, CPS Becomes Easy Target

3 Comments · Wednesday, November 3, 2010
To borrow a phrase from Richard Nixon, let me make one thing perfectly clear: I am not a fan of the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST). But they might have a point in the latest local election controversy about 31 students being driven from Hughes High School to the Board of Elections Oct. 13, during school hours, to participate in early voting. When the students disembarked from vans, they were spotted by a campaign worker for Brinkman, who alleged they were wearing stickers promoting Congressman Steve Driehaus and holding green Democratic sample ballots. Hughes Principal Virginia Rhodes has been suspended for two weeks as a result.  

Bill Maher Doesn't Care for Tea, Thank You

2 Comments · Wednesday, October 20, 2010
If you've ever been on the receiving end of one of his acerbic barbs, you might be inclined to call Bill Maher a witch. Or worse. "No, I'm you," he snarkily replies during a recent telephone interview, when asked if he'd ever been referred to as a Wiccan. Maher brings his politically-informed stand-up comedy to the Aronoff Center for the Arts on Saturday.  

Local Gay Rights Group Intolerant of Dissent

1 Comment · Thursday, October 14, 2010
Humans — straight or gay, black or white, Democrat or Republican — often are creatures driven by ego, power or a need for control and inevitably will find ways to organize themselves around common interests and goals. It should come as little surprise, then, that Cincinnati's gay power structure didn't react well to a recent CityBeat article detailing how Equality Cincinnati strong-armed itself into talks last year about establishing a domestic partnership registry.  

It's Not a Misprint: Vote for COAST Leader

2 Comments · Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Watching Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes squirm and contort the reasoning about his double-dipping plans during the past week has been supremely entertaining to anyone who's followed his political career closely. A former radio disc jockey, Rhodes has always had a flair for showmanship.  

Don't Fool Yourself, the Economic Game is Rigged

4 Comments · Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The latest findings of the U.S. Census show the gap between the richest and poorest Americans is at its widest since records tracking household income have been kept, and is the highest among all industrialized Western nations. As reported by the Associated Press and others, the top 20 percent of Americans (those earning above $100,000 annually) received almost 50 percent of total income.  

Pillich Defends Military Service Against Smear Tactic

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 22, 2010
A favorite political tactic of some Republicans is to try to paint Democrats as weak on national security issues. The ploy mostly has gained popularity since the national Democratic Party publicly tore itself apart in spectacular fashion over disagreements about the Vietnam War in 1968. To counter the strategy, Democrats like to endorse candidates with military experience when they can, and finding such a candidate usually scares the crap out of Republicans.  

Prosecutor, Enquirer Play Fast and Loose with Facts

2 Comments · Wednesday, September 15, 2010
You don't have to be a liberal or even sympathetic to the plight of homeless people to be outraged by the Sept. 2 announcement from Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. He said that, based on a finding by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, his office wouldn't file felony charges against Cincinnati Police Officer Marty Polk, who drove over a homeless woman under a blanket in Washington Park. Except the state investigation isn't finished and no findings have been offered.  

Dems Cry Foul in Driehaus-Robison Race

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 8, 2010
If you were to believe some West Side Republicans, State Rep. Denise Driehaus is caught in a predicament that would do Romeo and Juliet proud. The Price Hill version of this tale has Driehaus supposedly asking the Hamilton County Board of Elections if she can deny her father and change her last name on the Nov. 2 ballot, instead using the surname of her husband, Zeek Childers.  

God, Geese and the Rodeo Clown Save the Nation

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 1, 2010
What a monumental letdown. For a person who once described himself as a “rodeo clown” and regularly provides the type of high drama on his nightly TV show that would make the unhinged Howard Beale proud, Glenn Beck's much-hyped “divinely inspired message” to the American people landed with a thud this past weekend.  

A Year After Incident, Still No Decision on Discipline

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 18, 2010
An internal investigation into whether Lt. Col. Michael Cureton, an assistant police chief, improperly offered police services in exchange for free tickets to a Jamie Foxx concert in summer 2009 finally concluded in March that Cureton violated police rules about accepting gifts. A department spokeswoman said then that Police Chief Thomas Streicher Jr. would review the report and decide what, if any, discipline was warranted. Some 146 days later and counting, he still hasn't decided what to do about Cureton.  

Hiring of GOP Chairman's Wife Smells Odd

7 Comments · Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Most people are familiar with the old proverb "If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, then it must be a duck." By that standard, if a job hiring in Green Township looks like a textbook example of political patronage, is it? Depends on who you ask.  

Conservative Icons Bash Tax Cut Plan

2 Comments · Wednesday, August 4, 2010
You know when the two men many conservatives have most admired on economic issues during the past 30 years say extending the Bush tax cuts would be harmful, it truly must be a dreadful idea. But that's exactly what former Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan and former director of the Office of Management and Budget David Stockman believe.  

Time for GOP to Clean Up Stadium Mess

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 28, 2010
It's time for Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters to use his considerable influence and put the squeeze on Bengals owner Mike Brown. Hamilton County officials are desperately seeking to renegotiate the lease for Paul Brown Stadium because the county's stadium account is facing a $13.8 million deficit this year. The deficit will jump to $25 million in a few years and could cumulatively total more than $700 million by 2032, when the Bengals' lease expires. Unless the Bengals agree to some concessions, county commissioners will have to cut some services to residents, lay off some county workers or probably both to cover the shortfall.  

Born in Anger, Tea Party Starts Turning on Itself

3 Comments · Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Less than 18 months into its existence, the Tea Party movement is in the throes of an identity crisis. It began when the NAACP announced it would consider a resolution at its annual meeting that asked the Tea Party to condemn and expel its racist elements, calling them "a threat to democracy." That was enough to get the temperatures rising of some Tea Party leaders, who certainly are all too willing to dish out criticism but never seem able to take it. But what happened next really lit their fuse.  

Tea Partiers Strike Out on Health Care

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Almost as soon as the health care reform bill finally was passed in March, the Ohio Liberty Council — an organization comprised of various Tea Party-related groups — promised it would exploit the public outrage and mount a petition effort to have the federal law barred from taking effect in Ohio. Just days before the June 30 deadline to turn in their petition signatures, the group called off its effort with less than half the signatures required.