The Cincinnati Fire Department is getting a $6.9 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security to hire firefighters. And some local conservatives are wondering where Hardenbergh’s political loyalties lie. They dislike that the Anderson Township Tea Party leader is supporting a Democrat for Ohio Auditor while she’s also running for a seat on the Hamilton County Republican Central Committee.
Credit must be given to the Cincinnati Tea Party for stepping up to the plate and condemning a suggestion by The Whistleblower online newsletter to stage a protest at U.S. Rep. Steve Driehaus' home in West Price Hill. But a recent poll doesn't cast the teabaggers in a good light.
Local attorney Tom Hodges was appointed last week to serve on the governing board for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), which operates the Metro bus system. At age 30, Hodges is the youngest person ever appointed to the board, and it shows in his forward-thinking attitude.
BUTCH JONES: The University of Cincinnati’s new football coach will get a contract valued at $1 million this year and will receive guaranteed increases of $50,000 annually through his new five-year pact. He also gets other perks like a car, a country club membership and a $700,000 interest-free loan.
Many people have a love/hate relationship with Jason Haap, who operates The Cincinnati Beacon Web site. Say what you will about him, but he has a knack for raising issues before others do and that was the case recently with the need for bilingual signage at Fountain Square.
A poll last week found Gov. Ted Strickland regaining the lead over Republican challenger John Kasich. The Quinnipiac University poll showed the incumbent Democrat back on top by five points, 44-39 percent. Also, the poll showed most voters favoring the job Strickland was doing as governor.
KOCH FOODS: The company that operates a chicken packaging factory in Fairfield recently paid $536,046 in fines for violating U.S. immigration laws. In August 2007, federal agents and Butler County sheriff’s deputies raided Koch’s factory on a tip from a citizen and arrested 161 undocumented immigrants.
Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate leader from Louisville, recently criticized President Obama's plans for reducing carbon emissions by stating it would cost every household about $3,100 a year. But his opposition might stem from the fact that he's accepted $474,658 from oil companies in the 2000-08 period, making him a leading recipient of oil contributions.
WINNER: Through good old-fashioned reporting, Enquirer statehouse reporter Jon Craig helped uncover the identity of the conduit for a shadowy contributor who funded the campaign trying to force a vote on Gov. Ted Strickland's plan to place slot machines at seven Ohio horse tracks.
Harris was a standout on Cincinnati City Council last year for bravely challenging wasteful spending in the city’s police and fire departments. Unfortunately, the powerful police and firefighter unions then waged a highly misleading disinformation campaign against him, leading to Harris’ defeat at the polls in November.
WINNER: The NAACP's Cincinnati chapter and the Baptist Ministers Conference recently called out Cincinnati Public Schools for not hiring enough minority contractors as part of the district's $1.07 billion plan to renovate and rebuild many schools. It's odd the CPS contract errors were found only after the NAACP did the research.
CINCINNATI REDS: With the Bengals blowing their playoff game against the Jets, local sports fans thought they'd spend the long, cold months of winter grumbling over their Hudepohls. Instead, Reds management gave them something to be happy about with the signing of Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman.
ALAN KALMANOFF: Local political junkies will remember Kalmanoff as the city of Cincinnati's first federally-appointed police monitor, hired in 2002 to oversee the implementation of dozens of reforms to the Cincinnati Police Department.
BOB BEDINGHAUS: The New York Times published an article Christmas Day outlining the $14 million deficit Hamilton County has in its stadium account and the lousy, lopsided lease the county cut with the Bengals for the facility.