After months of deliberation, the Ohio
Bureau of Motor Vehicles on March 29 said it will grant driver’s
licenses to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients,
which means the children of unauthorized immigrants now qualify for Ohio
When Cincinnati found out about the city
manager’s parking plan, it was not through a press conference or a
widely dispersed announcement from the city; it was through a silently
released memo that media outlets stumbled upon almost by accident.
State environmental groups and an
Akron-based energy company are at odds over a 2008 law that tasks the
state and utility companies with meeting stringent requirements for
renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Financial giant Western & Southern
last week accused city officials and other Anna Louise Inn advocates of
repeatedly deceiving the Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) to obtain federal funds for the Inn’s long-awaited, $13 million
Hamilton County Judge Robert Winkler
announced March 20 that he will extend the restraining order on the
city’s parking plan until April 3, potentially delaying any ruling on
the city’s plan to lease its parking assets to the Port of Greater
Cincinnati Development Authority for another two weeks.
Gov. John Kasich on March 21 seemed to
come out in support of same-sex civil unions during an interview with a
Cleveland TV station, saying, “I just think marriage is between a man
and a woman, but if you want to have a civil union, that’s fine with
With the support of Democratic officials
from around the state, Cincinnati Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld is
launching a website called ProtectMyOhio.com to organize efforts to restore local government funding cut during Republican Gov. John Kasich’s time in office.
Mayoral candidate John Cranley, who opposes the parking plan and streetcar, says the city should redirect funding from the streetcar to the MLK/I-71 Interchange, but the funding is specifically attached to the streetcar project.
LGBT-supporting Cincinnatians had a
bipolar March 15, with Sen. Rob Portman coming out in support of
same-sex marriage and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network
(GLSEN) being publicly barred from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the