It’s been a big week for government
budgets. The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners approved the
county’s 2013 budget, and City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr. unveiled his
budget proposal, which now the mayor and City Council must approve.
If you’re planning on buying a flat-screen
at Walmart this Black Friday, you might just witness a flash mob by
fed-up Walmart employees who are calling for higher wages and greater
respect for the 1.3 million associates that work in the U.S.
It’s becoming harder and harder to
continue to be a fan of college sports and perhaps more difficult to
follow the ever-changing landscape of the supposed amateur athletics. By
the time this story hits the printing press, the Big East could be even
A vote on the 2013 Hamilton County budget
is being delayed a week after Commissioner Todd Portune asked Board
President Greg Hartmann at a Nov. 19 staff meeting to push back the vote
to address funding to juvenile courts and the county’s plan for future
One week after the major Democratic
victories of Election Day, Ohio’s Republican legislators Nov. 14 pushed
HB 298, a bill that will keep federal funds from Planned Parenthood,
through committee and into the Ohio House of Representatives floor.
Metro is nearing completion of its first
comprehensive plan since the late 1990s and early 2000s. Throughout the
year, the nonprofit, tax-funded transit company has worked on Way to Go,
a plan with short-term and long-term goals meant to revamp lines for
faster, wider-ranging travel.
For a week, it was looking like Hostess,
maker of Twinkies, Wonder Bread, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos, would shut down
at the age of 82. The company was only saved by a judge’s demand for
Hostess to mediate with striking workers.
A state appeals court Nov. 7 rejected a lawsuit filed by city of Cincinnati retirees
who claimed promised healthcare benefits were illegally reduced in
2010. Before the cuts, retirees did not have to pay-out-of-pocket
expenses and deductions for prescriptions and medical care. The city
shifted some costs of the pension health package to the ex-workers under
an ordinance enacted to shore up its pension plan,
which is still under financial stress. The appeals court said it saw no
records guaranteeing ex-city employees set benefits at the time they
It was only one day after President
Barack Obama’s re-election, and some groups were already demanding
action. In a Nov. 7 report by left-leaning Policy Matters Ohio, the
group said the expiration of federal unemployment benefits could leave
Ohio’s jobless stranded.
Fox 19 on Nov. 9 apologized
for an ignorant comment made by news anchor Tricia Macke on her
personal Facebook page last month. Macke’s comment, “Rachel Maddow is
such an angry young man,” sparked outrage among gay-rights organizations
for its depiction of MSNBC’s openly gay broadcaster as male.
Here they go again. With recent
appointments and renewed legislation, Ohio Republicans are once again
taking aim at women’s health rights. Gov. John Kasich recently appointed
two anti-abortion advocates, a new version of the heartbeat bill is set
to appear in the Ohio legislature and a bill that will defund Planned
Parenthood is getting renewed attention.
The Coalition Opposed to Additional
Spending and Taxes (COAST) is making a lot of use of member and lawyer
Chris Finney these days. The group was recently involved in two lawsuits
filed within one week: one regarding the Blue Ash Airport deal and
another accusing Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) of campaigning for