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January 24th, 2012 By Kevin Osborne | News | Posted In: News, 2012 Election, Courts, Spending, Republicans

Morning News and Stuff


Sensing he needs to make up for lost ground, Mitt Romney went on the offensive in Monday night’s Republican presidential debate in Tampa, Fla., hammering Newt Gingrich as an “influence peddler.” Occasionally appearing at a loss for words, the bombastic ex-Speaker of the House accused Romney of engaging in “trivial politics.”

Boys, boys: Settle down or I’m pulling the car over.

In related news, Romney finally released some of his tax returns. The ex-Massachusetts governor will pay $6.2 million in taxes on a total of $45.2 million in income over the years 2010 and 2011, once he files his tax returns for last year. Mitt and his wife, Ann, paid an effective tax rate of 13.9 percent in 2010 and 15.4 percent in 2011 — far less than the 35 percent rate paid by most wage earners in their income bracket — because most of their money comes from investments.

As Salon editor Joan Walsh notes, that means in a single day, Romney earned more than the median income for U.S.

workers, just over $31,000. And he paid a lower tax rate than workers making $40,000 to $50,000 annually. (Maybe Mitt should show more sympathy for the Occupy protestors, instead of harrumphing like Thurston Howell III.)

Locally, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Winkler ruled Monday that the Greenacres Foundation, owner of the historic Gamble House in Westwood, can proceed with demolition despite protests by city officials and neighborhood groups. The city plans an appeal.

The Cincinnati Preservation Association said it has given the Indian Hill-based foundation an offer to raise funds for the restoration of the house for Greenacres’ use. “We hope the Greenacres board will join with us in this effort to find a solution that benefits everyone,” the foundation said in a prepared statement. “The condition of the house increases the scope and challenge of restoration. But historic buildings in worse condition have been brought to their original glory, as we currently are doing with the Rauh House in Woodlawn.”

Hometown boy and all-around stud George Clooney received two Oscar nominations this morning. Clooney was nominated as Best Actor for his role in The Descendants and for Best Adapted Screenplay for Ides of March, which he directed and shot in Cincinnati. Still, he was shut out of the Best Director nods. We think he’ll soldier on from the bad news.

Hamilton County taxpayers will pay $1.96 million to install a new playing field for the Reds, along with a new playing field and practice field for the Bengals.  The baseball field costs $1.6 million, with the rest going toward the improvements for the Bengals. The county owns the stadiums, and The Enquirer’s Sharon Coolidge reports, “The Bengals are paying for 70 percent of the costs related to its fields, a move hailed by the county’s Republican commissioners as a sign relations between the football team and county are improving.”

Andre Davis, the former wrestler known as “the Gangsta of Love,” was sentenced to 32 years in prison for not divulging his HIV-positive status to 11 women who were his sexual partners. An Ohio law requires people who are positive to inform partners of their status. Many HIV and public health advocates, however, say such laws are punitive and counter-productive.

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