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Ohio Gay Couples Can Now Jointly File for Federal Taxes

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The Ohio Department of Taxation last week released separate tax forms that will allow gay couples who live in the state but got married in another state to jointly file for taxes at the federal level. But because of Ohio’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, same-sex couples won’t be able to jointly file for taxes at the state or local level.  

Republicans Continue Denying Social Progress

3 Comments · Wednesday, November 6, 2013
A majority in all other states now supports a ban on LGBT workplace discrimination. In a country that is rarely unanimous on hot-button political issues, that’s as clean as it gets. Not clean enough for the U.S. House of Representatives, apparently.  

Covering Kasich?

Small political parties in Ohio say S.B. 193 will limit their influence over the 2014 governor’s race

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
S.B. 193 could make it too difficult for minor parties to get their candidates on the Ohio ballot.
  

Panel Recommends Limiting Facial Recognition Access

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
A panel of nine criminal justice officials on Oct. 25 recommended limiting access to Ohio’s facial recognition program and establishing protocols that would seek to make the program less prone to abuse.    

Few Local Contributions to Issue 4 Campaign

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Issue 4, the ballot initiative that would semi-privatize Cincinnati’s pension system, obtained most of its financial support from out-of-town tea party groups.  

Audit: Private Prison Retains Increased Levels of Violence

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
A re-inspection of the privatized Lake Erie Correctional Institution (LECI) found the prison is “heading in a positive direction,” but the facility is still on pace in 2013 to maintain increased levels of violence similar to the year before.   

The Folly of Privatization

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Privatization schemes in Cincinnati and Ohio just went through a bad month.   

Which Came First, the Chicken or the Streetcar?

3 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Catering to naysayers is somewhat of an election-year tradition in Cincinnati, and no amount of social, economic and development progress will end it anytime soon. Despite our nationally recognized successes in recent years, our estimable river city is still the sum of many parts, a city of neighborhoods, many of which resent investment in urban infrastructure.   

Holding out Hope

Greg Landsman puts empirically backed ideas at the front of his campaign for council

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
City Council candidate Greg Landsman acknowledges government can’t do everything, but that isn’t an excuse to quit. To him, it’s a reason to rethink the approach and instead leverage every resource, through public-private partnerships, to solve Cincinnati’s shortcomings.   

Pull up a Seat

Michelle Dillingham speaks out on consistently overlooked issues

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
 City Council candidate Michelle Dillingham defines herself as the most vocal advocate for affordable housing policies in the council race — and a look at her personal history helps expla  

Being Like Mike

If every local politician were more like Mike Moroski, Cincinnati would be a better place

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Cincinnati could stand to have a few more politicians like Mike Moroski. Really, the world could just use a few more people like him, too.
   

CityBeat: Yes on Issue 1

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Issue 1 would renew a minor property tax levy for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Since it’s simply a renewal, it would not increase taxes from current levels. But it wou  

CityBeat: Yes on Issue 2

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Issue 2 is another levy renewal that goes directly to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. If approved by voters, it wouldn’t increase taxes, although it would keep property taxes $10 higher   

CityBeat: No on Issue 4

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Even above the City Council and mayoral races, Issue 4 could be the most decisive ballot item in the 2013 election. If voters approve it, Cincinnati could be ravaged by the city charter amendmen  

Audit Slams Former Sheriff

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
A scathing audit of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) suggests former Sheriff Simon Leis crippled technological developments, stacked leadership positions with political cronies and still kept his staff fiercely loyal during his 25-year reign over the sheriff’s office.