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Senate OKs McDonald as VA head, Cranley touts city manager pick and FitzGerald trails Gov. Kasich in recent poll
The Senate (America’s most powerful deliberative body, not the hotdog place on Vine Street) voted yesterday
to approve former P&G CEO Bob McDonald as head of the Department of
Veterans Affairs. The vote was 97-0, and while such approvals are
usually kind of a mundane procedural affair, they’ve been pretty
difficult with many Obama nominees due to a pretty rowdy, partisan
Senate. Some expected McDonald to have some trouble during the
process, but the near-unanimous vote signals a vote of confidence in
the former Army Ranger and Cincinnati native. McDonald has pledged to
make reforms to the troubled VA within 90 days of starting his new gig.• Mayor John Cranley has indicated his pick for the city’s next City Manager —
Harry Black, finance director for the city of Baltimore. Cincinnati
City Council will choose between Black and current interim City Manager
Scott Stiles, who has served since Milton Dohoney stepped down last year
after Cranley’s election. Black, 51, grew up in a rough neighborhood in
Baltimore and describes himself as “an inner city kid who has been
fortunate enough to have some breaks.” Black says he’ll put an
emphasis on data-driven decisions and accountability. He sees a
“tremendous” potential in Cincinnati and would like to shore up long-term financial planning here as well as create new ways for innovation
to happen in the city.Though Cincinnati would be his first time
as a city manager, Black has served more than a quarter century in city
government roles, mostly in finance, and has also worked in the private
sector. While many praise his work, he’s also acquired a reputation for
toughness. Before his job in Baltimore, Black served as chief financial officer in Richmond, Virginia, where he was involved in a long fight
between the mayor and city council that earned him the nickname “Mr.
Pitbull.” He says that’s a misleading name and that he’s grown from the
turbulent times in Richmond. • The city has unveiled the design for the streetcar’s power station.
It appears the station, which will run power to the streetcar lines,
will be a big rectangle on Court Street made out of bricks. It will also
be adorned with artwork and some steel pieces, making it only slightly
more visually interesting than the proposed GE building at The Banks. What’s
more interesting, to me, at least, is the logic behind the building’s
location. It can’t go on Central Parkway, officials say, because of
structural issues with the subway tunnels. And it can’t go in the subway
tunnels because, according to the Business Courier, the long-term
transit plan for Greater Cincinnati calls for the tunnels to be used for
rail transit some day. I’m not holding my breath for the subway to
start operating (that’s how many of my ancestors passed away), but it
would be awesome to see rail travel going through those tunnels someday.The city also revealed it will replace the 14 parking spaces the building would eliminate, answering concerns about parking loss due to the new structure.• If you have plans this weekend that involve traversing
I-71, beware. The southbound side of the highway will be closed at the
Dana Avenue exit from Friday, Aug. 1 at 10 p.m. until Monday, Aug. 4 at 5
a.m. If you try to go that way, you’ll be routed along the Norwood
Lateral to I-75. Just a heads up.• A recent piece on urban planning and development blog UrbanCincy.com
asks some good questions about a large proposed 3CDC development at
15th and Race streets in Over-the-Rhine. The development, which is
currently on hold, would look a lot like Mercer Commons just to the
south, span most of a block, contain 300 parking spaces, 22,000 square
feet of retail, and just 57 residential units. The piece questions
whether the development as planned is really in the spirit of what
residents want and what’s best for one of the city’s most promising
pedestrian neighborhoods. It’s worth a read. • Finally, a new Quinnipiac poll shows
incumbent Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, up 12 points over his
challenger, Democrat Ed FitzGerald. That’s a huge gap, with FitzGerald
trailing badly in terms of the number of Ohio voters who recognize his
name. Sixty-five percent of respondents said they had no opinion of FitzGerald.
That’s bad news, but it’s better than the 15-point deficit FitzGerald
had in May, the last time the poll was done. Still, he has serious
ground to cover in the three months before the November election. The
challenger has been campaigning for more than a year and a half on
promises to make higher education more affordable and reform the state’s
charter school system, among a number of other talking points.
FitzGerald’s campaign is heavily outgunned financially, with just under
$2 million to Kasich’s $9 million. The challenger’s campaign recently
launched its first TV ad, though Kasich has been running them for
0 Comments · Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Gov. John Kasich last week provided a glimpse into a future where
education funds are cut while tax shelters for the rich are made more
by Hannah McCartney
Death row inmate found hanged, first in-vitro hamburger served, it's Shark Week!
Ohio death row inmate Billy Slagle, who was scheduled to be executed on Aug. 7 was found hanged in his cell on Sunday. Slagle, who fatally stabbed his neighbor 17 times in 1987, was recently denied clemency by Gov. John Kasich, despite a rare request from prosecutors to have his death sentence commuted to life in prison. CityBeat last week covered the situation here. The restraining order granted last month to Jim Obergefell and John Arthur, the gay Ohio couple who in July flew to Maryland to officially tie the knot after 20 years of marriage, is set to expire today, meaning the judge overseeing the case must either renew the restraining order or issue a preliminary injunction. Arthur, who suffers from debilitating ALS, a neurological disease, is not expected to live much longer, which is why the two are fighting for their marriage to be recognized in their home state; in the case of Arthur’s death, Obergefell wants to be rightfully listed as his “surviving spouse.” The first in-vitro hamburger, made of edible beef cells without actually killing a cow, was served today in London. According to food experts, the mouthfeel is similar to a conventional hamburger, but the traditional fatty flavor is still lacking. A pool of mosquitoes in Dayton's Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark has tested positive for the West Nile virus, the first in the region this season. Two Pennsylvania children have been prevented from discussing fracking for the rest of their lives under the terms of a gag order issued to their family in a settlement from drilling company Range Resources, who offered the children's family $750,000 to relocate from their fracking-polluted home, where they suffered from "burning eyes, sore throats, headaches and earaches" and other ailments as a result of their proximity to Range's drilling. It's Shark Week, y'all.
Gov. John Kasich says his new budget offers a fairer tax system and more money for schools, but it’s really just more of the same
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2013
In the big public push for his 2014-2015
budget proposal, Republican Gov. John Kasich has often sounded
progressive. But deeper analyses of Kasich’s budget found that the
governor was likely off with some of his claims.
by Danny Cross
City Council on Wednesday
overwhelmingly passed a measure that will offer benefits to domestic
partners of city employees. The measure was introduced by Councilman Chris
Seelbach and passed 8-1, the lone “no” vote coming from Charlie
Winburn. Seelbach told The Enquirer that domestic partner benefits
not only affect same-sex couples, but are also applicable to
non-married partners, which is an added attraction to lure talented
employees to the city. Covington officials passed a similar
If you owe the city of Cincinnati any
parking fines, now would be a good time to pay them. Cincinnati
police are going to start hearing descriptions of vehicles with
multiple outstanding tickets during roll call and then head out to
find them during patrols.
Eric Deters wants to be a real lawyer
again. The attorney/radio personality/cage fighter says his current
predicament — Kentucky law license suspension — is mostly because
someone making the rulings “hates him” and is not due to the “ethical
lapses” that caused his original 61-day suspension. If Deters can't
get the Kentucky Supreme Court to help him out he'll have to go in
front of a Character and Fitness Committee and explain all the crazy
stuff he's done.
Gov. John Kasich is making changes to
the state's Medicaid program, which he and its officials say will save
money, though it will cause disruptions in the form of some
recipients needing to find new providers, many of which have less
access to medical advice and financial help. A similar program
implemented in Kentucky last year resulted in complaints that
patients couldn't get services authorized and providers didn't get
paid on time, according to The Enquirer.
New Osama bin Laden documents published
online by the U.S. Government show concern over Muslim distrust of
his organization before he was killed last May, and much of which was due to the high numbers of civilians it was responsible for killing.
It's not very fun to be John Edwards
these days. Already charged with using $1 million in campaign money
to hide a pregnant mistress, testimony in his case for violating
campaign finance laws has revealed that his mistress had a better
idea in response to the National Enquirer's report on the affair: She
wanted to say she was abducted by aliens.
Jobless-benefits claims were down last
week, and the reduction was the greatest in three months. And U.S.
stock futures rose in accordance.
Target is done selling Kindles, and
although it didn't give a reason analysts suspect it is in response
to Amazon's attempts to get retailers who see the products in a store
to then purchase them online. Amazone last holiday season indroduced
a Price Check app that offered in-store price comparisons and up to a
$15 discount online.
Retired NFL linebacker Junior Seau was
found dead at his home yesterday in an apparent suicide. Seau, who
played in the NFL for parts of 20 seasons, was found shot to death.
He was 43.
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“Can you tell me how a 13-year-old kid can be snatched, blackmailed, drugged, raped, in our state? In our country?” That’s the question Ohio Gov. John Kasich
asked audiences March 29 before signing an executive order to create
the Human Trafficking Task Force, which is intended to combat human
trafficking across the state and help victims recover.