Chris Sutton, owner and creative director
of Noble Denim, didn’t go to school for fashion or business. In fact,
he studied theology. But he always liked clothes and always liked
working with his hands.
Welcome, everyone, to the 17th annual Best of Cincinnati®
readers choice poll, where your
votes determine the area's best restaurants, bars, arts organizations, retail
stores, services, parks, media personalities, sports teams, politicians, causes
and urban experiences.
When we enter the grown-up world, there are quite a few
aspects of life that lose a great bit of childlike mystique: visits to
the dentist, overalls, Hostess products and, perhaps most glaringly, the
This year, there is a surprising amount
of choice in the Hamilton County offices. In the past, a lot of the
seats have been uncontested, typically held by powerful Republican
incumbents. This year is different. In addition to offering a differint
perspective than the extremist Republican status quo, each of these
candidates offers credibility and new ideas.
Issues 50 and 51 are levy renewals, so
there’s no tax hike, and mental health and senior services stay the
same. These are levies that even fiscal conservatives have not opposed.
The Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST) has taken
no position on it.
In an era when judges often give the
final word against Republican extremism, Democratic judges are more
important than ever. That’s why we endorse Martha Good and Bruce Whitman
for Ohio’s First District Court of Appeals.
Remove Democrat and Republican for a
second. Assume there are two candidates outside of partisan labels.
Candidate A is the current sitting senator. He has a clear record and
policies to run on. Candidate B is the challenger. He has little record
and policies, and he’s been caught being dishonest time and time again —
to the extent that one major newspaper gave him an award for lying so
On March 4, 1933, Franklin Delano
Roosevelt officially became president of the United States. At the time,
the new president faced a massive financial crisis and depression. The
nation had an outstanding 24.9 percent unemployment rate, and faith in
the financial system was nearly nonexistent. But with a Democratic
majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and 64 percent Democratic
majority in the Senate, FDR managed to pass a series of laws within 100
days of inauguration that helped set the economy on track.
Rigged? Wait, what?
Truth be told, CityBeat would love
to endorse a Democrat for the First Congressional District. Generally
speaking, we do not support Rep. Steve Chabot. We don’t like his
opposition to Obama’s jobs bills. We don’t like how he went along with
the debt-ceiling crisis of 2011 that nearly brought down the entire
economy and led S&P to downgrade the U.S. credit rating from a AAA
rating to a AA+ rating. We don’t like how he amended a transportation
law to make it so Cincinnati can’t get streetcar funding from the
federal government. So we would love to endorse a Democratic opponent to