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Seven Weeks Later, High Court Upholds Three Early Voting Days

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 16 declined to take up Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s early voting appeal, meaning Ohio must allow all voters to vote on the weekend and Monday before Election Day — a right previously reserved for military personnel and their families. The decision came slightly more than seven weeks after the initial Aug. 31 decision by a lower court that extended the three voting days to all Ohioans.   

Jesse Jackson Rails Against Voter Suppression in Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Speaking to about 60 people at the Rockdale Baptist Church in Avondale, the Rev. Jesse Jackson talked about the many “schemes” used to disenfranchise voters while encouraging Cincinnatians to register to vote and take advantage of Ohio’s early voting days.    

Husted to Appeal Early Vote Ruling to Supreme Court

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has appealed to the nation’s highest court a ruling that expands in-person voting during the three days prior to Election Day.    

Auditor Criticizes Education Department for Poor Oversight

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The state auditor Oct. 4 criticized both the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and a handful of school districts in an interim report. The report, which will be finalized in the coming months as the investigation is completed, gave some early findings for the ongoing investigation into attendance scrubbing, the practice of “removing students from enrollment without lawful reason.”   

ODRC: No More Privatizing Ohio Prisons

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) on Sept. 25 said it will not seek further privatization of state prisons. The announcement was made less than a week after CityBeat published a story detailing the various problems posed by privatizing prisons (“Liberty for Sale,” issue of Sept. 19). 
  

Health Coverage Lowest Among Minorities

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Following a national trend, Ohio’s minorities have the lowest levels of health care coverage, according to a new study from The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. The study looked at 2006-2008 data for only men to gauge health insurance coverage and other health issues in a pre-Obamacare world.   

‘Enquirer’ Publisher Resigns from UC Board of Trustees

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Enquirer President and Publisher Margaret Buchanan is leaving the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees, citing potential perception of a conflict of interest as her reporters cover the recent departure of UC’s former president, Greg Williams, who abruptly resigned on Aug. 21.    

Obama Administration Says Ohio Botched Welfare Reform

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 26, 2012
State officials in Columbus are getting squeezed by the Obama administration because Ohio failed to move enough people off public assistance programs into real jobs. The feds contend the state has mismanaged welfare reform since 2007.  

Board Votes Down Washington Park Rules

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Cincinnati Park Board voted Sept. 20 to end Park Rule 28, which allowed the Park Board to enact new rules by placing signs on Washington Park grounds.  

City Council Moves Streetcar Refinancing Forward

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 26, 2012
City Council’s budget committee voted 6-3 Sept. 24 to use $29 million from other projects in part to move utility lines and pipes to accommodate for streetcar tracks.   

Obama Announces Trade Action Against China at Cincinnati Stop

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 19, 2012
President Barack Obama announced a new trade action against China during a Cincinnati campaign stop in Eden Park Sept. 17, where he also took the opportunity to attack Republican challenger Mitt Romney.   

Streetcar Delayed until 2015

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The $110 million streetcar project’s opening is being delayed by more than a full year — from spring 2014 to summer 2015.  Meg Olberding, city spokesperson, attributes the delay to “a number of scheduling issues.”   

Shadowy Political Handbill on the East Side

2 Comments · Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Last week, packets of anti-Democrat political literature tucked into plastic sandwich bags were tossed into East Side driveways. It’s apparently a broadside from some bag ladies bent on kicking President Barack Obama out of office, along with anybody who might possibly share his views. But they might be cheating.   

Boehner Staffer Got Redistricting Request Filed in 13 Minutes

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The Ohio Voters First campaign for Issue 2 has shined some light into how Ohio’s district boundaries are redrawn. In a new graph, the campaign revealed that getting a business added to a district is sometimes as simple as asking for a favor.  

Investigation: Police Chase Violated Procedure

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2012
An internal police investigation determined that officers acted improperly in a July 10 car chase that ended up with one child seriously injured and four teenagers hurt.