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Curiouser and Curiouser

The Tea Party's crazy contradictions put their stamp on the 2010 elections

2 Comments · Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The 2010 elections will be remembered mostly for the Tea Party movement, though the exact meaning of the movement is yet to be determined. If Republicans are successful in co-opting Tea Partiers' anti-government anger and gain majorities in the U.S. House and/or Senate, the movement will have "arrived." If voters wake up and realize that the Tea Party simply is a "populist" cover for the Republican Party, Democrats will be given further time to continue cleaning up the mess left by the Bush administration.  

Just Getting Started

Steve Driehaus counts banking, health care reform and advocacy for Cincinnati as major accomplishments in his first term

3 Comments · Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Steve Driehaus was one of many Democratic challengers to grab Barack Obama's coattails in 2008 and sweep into Washington, D.C., handing the party large majorities in both houses of Congress. As he points out, 2008 wasn't a great time to begin your Congressional career ... unless you were interested in solving huge problems. Driehaus speaks with CityBeat about his first term in the House of Representatives; his advocacy for local companies and projects in Washington; his frustrations with the current political climate; his positions on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and other military issues; and his reelection battle against Steve Chabot.  

Events: Taste of Northside and CitiRama

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 1, 2010
This year the city of Cincinnati's annual CitiRama focuses on the Rockford Woods development in Northside, where seven homebuilders unveil model urban homes through June 13. Saturday's Taste of Northside features live music and refreshments from Boswell Alley, Cluxton Alley Coffee Roasters, Take the Cake, The Comet, Chocolats Latour, NYPD Pizza and Melt's Picnic and Pantry.  

Events: Bold Fusion

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 27, 2010
David Pescovitz shares his insights into the do-it-yourself "maker" ethic as keynote speaker at Bold Fusion, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's annual YP-apalooza. The Cincinnati native has been living the DIY life since graduating from UC and heading west to grad school in Berkeley: He's co-editor of BoingBoing.net, editor-at-large of MAKE magazine, longtime writer for Wired magazine, author of several books and even a one-time contributing writer for CityBeat. Bold Fusion is 1-5 p.m. Thursday at the Westin Hotel.  

Cincinnati's New Car Smell

CityBeat readers highlight a variety of 'best new things' that excite them

1 Comments · Monday, March 29, 2010
The Best of Cincinnati issue is an excellent place to find the kind of information you need to refute Know Nothings, people who like to tell you (and the world) how Cincinnati is a boring city where nothing new ever happens. Take the readers poll category "Best New Thing," for instance. As a snapshot of where Greater Cincinnati is circa Spring 2010, the top vote-getters form an impressive list.  

'A Labor of Love'

Supporting local independent businesses is 'who we are'

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 25, 2009
CityBeat readers are being urged to “shop local” this holiday season and support Greater Cincinnati’s economy by supporting locally owned independent businesses. Everyone who pledges to spend at least $100 of their holiday gift purchases to “shop local” will be entered into a drawing for a prize package from participating businesses.  

Vote the CityBeat Ticket or Die!

Endorsements for local elections and ballot issues

6 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Scaring voters shitless is a classic political tradition. Whether it's convincing us to fear crime, poor people, public transportation, African Americans, foreigners, gays, nuclear power or the flu, politicians often win elections by playing to the darkest human instincts. "Vote for me or die" is the underlying message of these sorts of campaigns. Instead, if you value hope over fear and progress over the status quo, you'll join us in rejecting political candidates and organizations that prey on our fears. Plan to vote the CityBeat ticket.  

CCV, City Settle CityBeat's First Amendment Lawsuit

3 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Last week I signed two settlement documents to conclude our 2008 lawsuit against Citizens for Community Values (CCV), the City of Cincinnati and dozens of other local government officials and conservative civic leaders. After a long year of fighting for our First Amendment right to publish CityBeat without government interference, I'm pleased and gratified to wrap up the legal proceedings on such a positive note.  

Being the Change

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Mahatma Gandhi famously said that we must be the change we want to see in the world. As Greater Cincinnati's leading media voice for change and progress, we've tried to live those words at CityBeat. Our world has changed a bit since this paper debuted 15 years ago, and we've played a role in changing it. The back and forth has been fascinating to observe and difficult to steer.  

Opening Doors in Over-the-Rhine

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2009
They say when one door closes another opens. I was reminded of that truism last week in Over-the-Rhine. Kris Sommer took me on a walking tour of new housing projects along Vine, Main, Pleasant and Republic streets, many of them developed by the company he works for, Urban Sites. In a former life, Kris was an advertising sales rep here at CityBeat.