March 25 would have been David Crowley’s 75th birthday, and his family is planning an event that day which would bring a smile to his face. For those who didn’t know Crowley, he
served on Cincinnati City Council for eight years, from 2001-09, the
maximum allowed by term limits.
The last decade has seen the repeal of Article 12 and adoption of the Human Rights Ordinance, both huge victories for Cincinnati's LGBTQ community. But since Article 12's repeal in 2004, Cincinnati Police have processed just seven hate crime charges based on sexual orientation, compared to 19 in Columbus in 2007 alone. Local gay rights advocates say the incidents are being under-reported or under-pursued by police.
For all of his frequent talk about cutting taxes and limiting the size of government, uber-conservative Chris Finney keeps costing area taxpayers more money. He supported the notorious Article 12, which gave Cincinnati a national black eye and cost the city more than $25 million in lost business, according to the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Now another of Finney's bizarre antics has cost Hamilton County $9,700 in taxpayer money.