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CityBeat: Yes on Issue 42

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 31, 2012
CityBeat recently covered Cincinnati Public School’s (CPS) financial problems and what makes the levy renewal a necessity for the school (“Battered But Not Broken,” issue of Oct. 3). Under the broken state funding system for schools, CPS has to rely on levies to sustain and improve its education program. If CPS doesn’t get this levy renewed, it will be down $51.5 million — or approximately 11 percent of its budget — in 2015. That’s a hard hit to take after a decade of budget cuts at CPS. The school district has already cut about 22 percent of its total staff in the last 10 years and closed down 17 buildings. It shouldn’t have to do more.   

CityBeat: No Endorsements for Hamilton County Commissioners

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 31, 2012
We like how Democratic Commissioner Todd Portune tried to keep funding for mental health and elderly services the same with a very minor tax hike that would have made up for property values dropping. We like his support for the streetcar. We like how he can rein in the two Republicans on the Board of Commissioners.   

CityBeat: Skindell, O'Neill, Brown for Ohio Supreme Court

1 Comments · Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Ohio is a swing state, but there is very little in our state government that reflects that right now. Republicans dominate the General Assembly. Republicans dominate the governorship and other executive positions. The Ohio Supreme Court is no different. It is currently dominated by Republican justices in a striking 6-1 margin.   

CityBeat: Democrats for Ohio General Assembly

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 31, 2012
One of the most striking developments in the past two years is the rising extremism of the Republican party. From privatization to social issues to Senate Bill 5, Republicans have taken Ohio in a hard turn to the right. Here at CityBeat, we’ll take the alternative. We support the Democratic takeover of the Ohio General Assembly.   

CityBeat: Nadine Allen, Stephen Black for Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Judges play an understated role in the U.S. While legislators write and pass the laws and mayors, governors and presidents enforce the laws, judges interpret the laws. In a sense, this can be just as important as writing the law. Sentencing in particular can decide the weight of a law.   

Election Issue 2012

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 31, 2012
When CityBeat set out to research this year’s slate of candidates and issues, we did so aware of the guiding principles behind our weekly news coverage. We are proud to openly advocate for reform that produces equal rights, equal opportunity, environmental protection and sustainable development.    

CityBeat's 2012 Endorsements: First Half

5 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
We at CityBeat take election endorsements seriously, and you should too! Our writers spent considerable time researching 2012’s candidates and issues and what each means to the future of Cincinnati and America. (We also figured out what the Hamilton County coroner does besides chopping up bodies...) This is the first half of our endorsements — the entire collection will be available in our Election Issue Oct. 31. Read ’em and weep, voter suppressionists!  

45 Halloween Happenings

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Fancy an undead masquerade? How about a pumpkin patch tour with the kids? A zombie-infested 5K? From tame to terrifying, we've assembled plenty of Halloween happenings.
  

FOTOFOCUS 2012

Regional celebration of photograpyhy takes Cincinnati art scene by storm

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
As the name implies, FOTOFOCUS was created with the intention to focus Cincinnati's attention on photography as an expansive, growing and dynamic form of artwork. It's developed into something great  

Fall Arts Picks

Onstage, visual arts and lit

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
FOTOFOCUS might be taking over many local arts venues this fall, but local theaters, galleries, dance companies and others have another full slate of thoughtful entertainment in store.