Have you ever wondered why Ohio, held up as the
quintessential swing state, has a General Assembly that is dominated by
one party? The answer, at least in part, has to do with the state’s
method for drawing its state house districts.
Let’s put this on the table first: CityBeat
supports the legalization of marijuana. But there are better ways to do so, and we believe the price ResponsibleOhio asks is too steep:
legalization at the cost of creating a small, powerful group with
exclusive rights to grow marijuana commercially.
Like Issue 3’s effort to legalize
marijuana, Mayor John Cranley’s proposal to amend the city’s charter in
order to fund improvements to the city’s parks presents an ostensibly
attractive goal wrapped in an untenable package.
On the surface, 2015 seems like a sleepy year at the ballot box, but the ballot you’ll see
before you Nov. 3 does have some vexing and important decisions for
voters that could radically change the future of Cincinnati and both
Ohio and Kentucky.
It may seem like the Cincinnati dining
scene is exploding — a never-ending expansion of excellent eats —
originating with a glut of gourmet in Over-the-Rhine and downtown and
bursting into the far-flung suburbs. And that’s because it is.