by Danny Cross
8 days ago
Posted In: News
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Sittenfeld suffers scare, group offers recommendations for reducing violent crime, Trump and Clinton get through N.Y.
City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld suffered a scare yesterday when he collapsed during a press conference at City Hall. Medics quickly tended to the councilman and former Senate candidate, who later said he was simply overheated and had low blood sugar.Sittenfeld said he’ll get the A/C pumped up at City Hall and will be fine. The incident occurred toward the end of a press conference to announce a new city-wide initiative intended to combat sexual assault on campus. • On Monday, a group working on recommendations for the city to help combat violent crime announced its findings to a City Council committee. Spearheaded by City Councilwoman Yvette Simpson, the Violence Prevention Working Group was created in late 2014 when Council cut $400,000 from the city’s Human Services Fund dedicated to violence prevention. The group has been working with neighborhoods and nonprofits to determine effective paths forward. Participants suggested looking at violent crime as a public health problem and performing a sort of intervention for children who are sometimes being shaped by adults involved in violence.Working group members from the Cincinnati Health Department, the Cincinnati Police Department and local nonprofit the GLAD House recommended that the city provide $500,000 toward violence prevention to be matched with $250,000 in private funding, appoint a representative from CPD to the Human Services Advisory Council and support the appointment of one organization to serve as the backbone of the plan.CityBeat covered the announcement in more detail here. • Walnut Hills High School and Wyoming High School ranked first and second, respectively, in U.S. News and World Report’s latest Ohio high school rankings. Cincinnati in total has five of the top 10 Ohio schools, while Northern Kentucky has four of the top 10 in that state. • In bad school news, Miami University suspended two fraternities for hazing. Miami reportedly investigated 21 hazing allegations in February at 12 sororities and fraternities. Bad college kids. • Local air quality is pretty bad, but it’s improving according to an annual air quality report by the American Lung Association. • Cincinnati parking meter revenues are up, which is a common occurrence after raising rates and increasing hours of enforcement. Assistant City Manager John Juech says the city is gleaning a lot of information from the newer smart meters, such as where people park a lot and where they don’t. Revenues are up 60 percent, the city says. • Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won their home state primaries in New York yesterday. You don’t have to be a delegate math wizard to realize America is one big step closer to a Clinton-Trump presidential race, but here’s the requisite note from the Washington Post.Trump’s victory puts him closer to clinching the GOP nomination and should at least temporarily quell speculation that he will fall short of the votes needed before the July convention.Clinton held a comfortable lead throughout the campaign and her victory makes it near-mathematically impossible for Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) to overtake her lead in the race for convention delegates.But is Trump’s jet still registered to fly?• Vox explains why 4/20 is national weed day. One theory involves high school students getting high every day at 4:20 p.m. and then using 4/20 as a code word. Stoners are extremely creative. • The Reds played a team with a dumb name from Colorado last night, beating the Mountains 4-3 and stealing five bases in a single inning.
by Steve Beynon
20 days ago
Posted In: 2016 election
at 04:50 PM | Permalink
Until recently, the most heated the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination got consisted of disagreements with campaign finance and fighting over the word
“progressive.” For the past year, Democrats have prided themselves with
debating issues and not mangling each other like the Republicans.
battle over the April 19 New York primaries have added a new layer of tension
to the campaigns. The Empire State is Clinton territory — serving as one of the
state’s senators from 2001 - 2009. But the Sanders campaign has launched a full
assault, gathering an army of mostly young volunteers and holding massive
rallies in Clinton’s backyard — aiming for a major upset.
Clinton still leads the insurgent campaign, according to
the most recent Quinnipiac poll, but nowhere near the 40 points she was leading
by in the same poll conducted in June. The Democratic frontrunner’s New York
support has been bleeding for months. While a loss in New York would not spell
doom for the former secretary of state, it would be a massive moral loss.
gain and upset would likely propel Sanders unlike any of his other victories in
this election. The Vermont senator needs 56 percent of the remaining delegates
to topple Clinton. However, that does not take superdelegates into account — which Clinton has a virtual monopoly on.
out against Sanders’ qualifications for the presidency, suggesting he may not
be ready for the Oval Office while echoing some of her rhetoric in the past,
labeling the Vermont senator as a one-issue candidate.
talking for more than a year about doing things that he obviously hasn't
studied or understood,” Clinton said in an interview on Morning Joe. “What he has been saying about the core issue in his
whole campaign doesn’t seem to be rooted in an understanding of either the law
or the practical ways you get something done.”
addressing supporters in Philadelphia, Sanders came back swinging in an
“We have won
seven out of eight of the recent primaries and caucuses, and she has been
saying lately that I may be ‘not qualified’ to be president. Well, let me just
say in response to secretary Clinton. I don’t believe she is qualified if she
is through her super PAC, taking tens of millions of dollars in
special-interest funds,” Sanders said.
This is the
first time either Democratic candidate has suggested their challenger is
“unqualified,” a phrase that caught a lot of media attention and folks
questioning if Sanders is keeping true to his original promise of not being
“I don’t think
you are qualified if you get $15 million from Wall Street with your super PAC.
I don’t think you're qualified if you voted for the disastrous war in Iraq. I
don’t think you are qualified if you supported virtually every disastrous free
trade agreement that have cost us millions of decent paying jobs.” Sanders
expressed her puzzlement over Sanders’ statement, saying, “I don’t know why
he’s saying that, but I will take Bernie Sanders over Donald Trump or Ted Cruz
any Bernie Sanders supporter and one of the most respectful qualities they see
in the Vermont senator is he has never ran a negative ad over the course of
three decades in the political arena — despite losing about half-a-dozen
elections over the years.
flipside, there’s undoubtedly a lot of frustration in the Sanders camp that the
campaign largely holds back munitions it has against Clinton. For base
liberals, Hillary Clinton is standing in the way of what they see as a real
future for progressive politics. To a lot of his supporters, Sanders is a
once-in-a-generation dream candidate, similar to the energy behind President Barack
Obama when he first sought the presidency.
bubbled into a real desire that Sanders will finally take the gloves off and
lash out against the Democratic frontrunner. However, if Sanders would attempt
any knockout attack, it would be antithetical of the campaign’s values. It’s a
rarity Sanders even names Hillary Clinton. In most speeches he refers to her as
“my opponent” or indirectly jabs at her with his populist rhetoric.
campaign is likely equally frustrated. Lashing out against Sanders would risk
further alienating his liberal followers, and Clinton’s mission this summer has
to be uniting the party and courting Sanders supporters to combat the
movement called “Bernie or Bust,” where Sanders supporters are refusing to turn
out to the polls in November if he isn’t the Democratic nominee. With bulk of
the electorate under 30 siding with Sanders, some of which very passionately,
Clinton has had to be careful not to bruise up the Vermont senator. Also, any attack she lays out leads to the massive donations
for the Sanders camp.
said Clinton was “unqualified” at the Philadelphia rally, the crowd went wild.
He finally fed that desire to throw a direct punch. It was the kind of red meat
the Republican base has been spoiled with in the form of “Lyin’ Ted” and
“Little Marco.” It is not unthinkable that supporters for any candidate on
either side of the aisle craves some level of red meat — Democrats rarely get
that service in any election.
In an election
where the frontrunner for the opposing party defends
the size of his genitalia on a debate stage, it is hard to imagine
any realistic scenario in which either Democratic candidate goes too far.
blasted Sanders for his heated rhetoric, he ceased fire on the “unqualified”
remarks. In a town hall Friday, Sanders said “of course” his Democratic rival
is fit for the presidency. “On
her worst day she would be an infinitely better president than either of the
Republican candidates,” Sanders said.
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Republican group might need to hire one of them social media managers; Syrian refugees introduced to Western culture courtesy of furry convention; Trump revises Cincinnati trip fearing how tiny hands would look holding a coney and more.
by Natalie Krebs
45 days ago
Posted In: News
at 10:22 AM | Permalink
Trump speaks to thousands at West Chester rally; presidential candidates tour Ohio before Tuesday primary; protesters call for support of undocumented immigrants
Happy Pi day, Cincinnati! I hope you enjoy that quick, nerdy distraction because it's also less than one day until Ohio heads to the polls to vote in the primary election. Here's a rundown of your morning headlines. Donald Trump spoke to a crowd of more than 4,000 on Sunday at the Savannah Center in West Chester, making him the only presidential candidate so far to make a stop close to Cincinnati. The GOP frontrunner's unscripted speech took many shots at Ohio Gov. John Kasich, his main republican rival in the Ohio primary, and leading Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Members of the audience asked Trump questions about education and care for returning war veterans — which he mostly failed to answer. The rally was mostly peaceful, as compared to some of Trump's other recent rallies, with a crowd of around 100 protesters gathered outside the rally and a brief interruption by two Bernie Sanders supporters who were quickly escorted out. • Meanwhile, the rest of the presidential candidates have been popping up all over Ohio, hoping to woo Ohioans at the last minute into voting for them. In addition to Trump, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and John Kasich made appearances across the state this weekend. According to a Quinnipiac poll released today, this election should be a close one. Kasich is tied with Trump, while Sanders is trailing former Clinton by five points.• Democratic rivals Clinton and Sanders spoke to a crowd of more than 3,000 at the Ohio Democratic Party Legacy Dinner at the Greater Columbus Convention Center yesterday. Clinton spoke much longer than Sanders, clocking in 25 minutes as compared to less than 10 minutes for Sanders. However, both reportedly received standing ovations and considerable enthusiasm from the crowd. • Even Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is trailing far behind Trump and Kasich in Ohio polls, made an appearance in Columbus at the Northland Performing Arts Center on Sunday, pushing himself as the only Republican to who could realistically knock off Trump. • Gov. Kasich is scheduled to make an appearance Westerville and North Canton today. Sanders is scheduled for Cleveland and Youngtown, the latter of which Trump is also expected to visit today as well. • More than 350 people gathered on Saturday in East Price Hill to march in support of the city's undocumented immigrants. The Rally for Hope was organized by immigration activists in response to recent raids by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in North Carolina, Georgia and Texas. The rally featured testimony from local immigrants from Central America and a two-mile march through the neighborhood with protesters calling for the federal government to halt the deportation of undocumented immigrants. • About a dozen people gathered in Mount Auburn Saturday night to celebrate what would have been Sam DuBose's 44th birthday. Mount Auburn resident DuBose was fatally shot last July by former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing during a traffic stop. Tensing is currently set to stand trial for murder in October. Attendees included DuBose's fiancée DaShonda Reid, as well as several of his 11 children.News tips go to email@example.com and don't forget to vote tomorrow!
Sen. Bernie Sanders continues his improbable run, but he must get past Ohio
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 9, 2016
While it’s a big deal that upstart
candidate Sanders has pulled off once-improbable victories, his
campaign will need much more juice if he is to win the ultimate upset
and take the Democratic nomination.
by Natalie Krebs
50 days ago
Posted In: News
at 10:24 AM | Permalink
SORTA poll finds Hamilton County voters OK with extended bus service; area unemployment spikes; Trump scores victories in three more state primaries
Good morning, Cincinnati! Here are your morning headlines.A new poll found the majority of Hamilton County voters say they would vote against an increase in sales tax to extend the city's bus service. Well, that is, until they were told what extended bus service would actually look like. Most people were cool with it then. In the poll commissioned by the Southwest Regional Transit Authority, Hamilton County voters were first asked about the sales tax increase to fund bus services without giving any information about it. The majority opposed a 0.25 percent increase (50.6 percent) or a 0.5 percent increase (54.4 percent). But when they were told extended bus service would mean more morning, evening and weekend service and expanded crosstown routes, more hopped on board with it. SORTA found that 51.7 percent favored the 0.25 percent tax increase and 57.6 percent favored the 0.5 percent increase. Extended public transportation appears to be sorely needed in the greater Cincinnati area. A study of Metro last year commissioned by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber found that only 23 percent of the city's jobs are easily accessible by public transit. It found 40 percent weren't reachable via public transit at all. • January is already one of the most depressing months with the plummet into cold weather surrounded by massive post-holiday hangovers. But to make it worse, it seems more Cincinnatians were also without a job that month. New numbers from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show Greater Cincinnati's unemployment rate spiked in January to 5.2 percent, an increase from 4.3 percent in December. The hardest hit area was professional and business service jobs, which lost 8,000 positions. • Here's your primary election updates for the week: Donald Trump, the GOP frontrunner, won three more states' primary elections held yesterday in Hawaii, Michigan and Mississippi. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who currently is running hard to catch up to Trump managed to score a win in Idaho. Ohio Gov. John Kasich failed to get the second place victory he was hoping for in Michigan, just barely losing it to Cruz, who got 25 percent of the vote compared to Kasich's 24 percent. Democratic nominee Vermont Sen. Bernie upset competitor Hillary Clinton, just barely squeaking out a victory in Michigan, while Clinton won by a landslide in Mississippi, winning 83 percent of the vote. Candidates are focusing now on the upcoming Ohio primary, which will take place next week on March 15. Sanders opened up a campaign office in downtown Cincy yesterday. Kasich is hoping an Ohio victory can put him back in the GOP race. But polls so far are showing that Clinton and Trump are leading in Ohio. The presidential candidates continue to bicker over the hot-button topic of immigration angering Democrats and Republicans over whether or not the U.S. be providing paths to citizenship for undocumented immigrants or forcing Mexico to pay for an pretty-much-impossible-to-build wall on the border. Some of Trump's anti-immigration messages have stirred up Latinos so much that the New York Times is reporting that some are seeking out citizenship just to vote against him. Meanwhile, Canada, our often-forgotten neighbor to the north, has decided to double the number of refugees it will take this year. Canadian immigration minister John McCallum says the country aims to take in 57,000 new refugees this year, in addition to the 26,000 Syrians it had taken in in the last three months.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Former President Bill Clinton urged a
group of more than 200 people at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center on
Feb. 12 to support his wife and former Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton’s presidential bid.
by Steve Beynon
78 days ago
Posted In: 2016 election
at 03:16 PM | Permalink
clobbered Hillary Clinton in his neighboring state of New Hampshire last night,
and the early dominant performance could send shockwaves through Clinton’s operations.
Once seen as an
afterthought in the Democratic primary, Sanders took the Granite State in an
impressive 60-percent victory over the former secretary of state’s 38.3
"Nine months ago, if you told somebody that we would
win the New Hampshire primary, they would not have believed you," the
Sanders campaign wrote to supporters. With 11 percent of the votes counted,
Clinton conceded defeat early in the evening.
“I know what it’s like to be knocked down — and I’ve
learned from long experience that it’s not whether you get knocked down that
matters. It’s about whether you get back up,” Clinton’s campaign said.
Shortly before Clinton conceded defeat, Sanders’
supporters gathered for a victory speech. Cheers erupted, “Bernie! Bernie!
Bernie!” and chants of “We don’t need no Super PAC” were blared when TV cameras
went live as the 74-year-old took the stage with his wife.
"The people of New Hampshire have sent a profound
message to the political establishment, the economic establishment and, by the
way, to the media establishment," Sanders said in his victory speech.
"What the people here have said is that given the
enormous crises facing our country, it is just too late for the same-old,
same-old establishment politics and establishment economics — the people want
Sanders’ senior strategist Tad Devine said in an MSNBC
interview that they believe this was the biggest margin of victory in a
contested Democratic primary in history.
the election results, there is virtually nothing for Clinton to claim as a
morale victory. Her margin of losing was too great with most voters.
exit polls show 85 percent of women under 30 voted for Sanders. He won 53
percent of the women’s vote overall.
short with every age group except those 65 and older among both genders.
"We are a better organized campaign,” Devine said. We
have more people on the ground. And as of today I believe we have more
resources, campaign to campaign, to expand. We are demonstrating that resource
superiority by going on television all across this country, and it is our
ability to organize people — which I think we showed in Iowa, and showed again
tonight in New Hampshire.”
Clinton’s talking points has been her historic candidacy — the prospect of the
first female president has been a major selling point.
gender-politics element of the fight for the Democratic nomination has gotten
ugly over the past few days with the recent comment by former secretary of
state Madeleine Albright saying, “There’s a special place in hell for women who
don’t help each other.”
episode of HBO’s Real Time with Bill
Maher, feminist icon Gloria Steinem suggested that Clinton’s lack of
support with young women is because they’re meeting boys at Sanders rallies.
young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie,”
were largely seen as dismissive and sexist, suggesting young women are not
politically savvy enough to make their own choices. This rhetoric of shaming
women — or any American — into voting for a specific candidate is ugly.
It is a safe
bet that these troubling comments did not come from a campaign script, however,
this brand of entitlement is exactly what is hurting Clinton with young voters.
We can easily
sum up why Bernie Sanders wants to be president — his stump speech is simple:
The top one-tenth of the one percent control too much wealth; we have gross
injustice in campaign finance, and that it is a moral outrage that Americans
might have to go into severe debt for healthcare and education.
Why is Clinton
running for president? I’m not entirely sure, and I do not think there is that
simple elevator pitch she can give to a voter.
I do not doubt
Clinton’s ability to hold the Oval Office. However, I cannot easily identify
what her key issues are and where her passions lie.
by Steve Beynon
79 days ago
Posted In: 2016 election
at 01:15 PM | Permalink
CNN is set to host the sixth
Democratic debate of the cycle. The Democratic National Committee scheduled the
March 6 debate in Flint, Mich.
The Flint debate came after
presidential hopefuls Sen. Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns
agreed to additional debates which were motivated by a virtual tie in the Iowa
Clinton’s campaign challenged
Sanders to an unsanctioned debate on MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire,
following their photo-finish race in the Hawkeye State. The DNC officialized
the debate, propelling the first time the former secretary of state and the
Vermont senator went one-on-one.
Flint’s debate is one of two more
debates the Clinton campaign agreed to in exchange for the University of New
In the midst of Flint’s water
crisis, the town has been at the top of both of the Democratic candidates’
talking points — highlighting what is at stake in this election and what the
Democratic party can offer in terms of economic power and regulation.
Sanders went as far to call for
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s resignation.
“And I think the governor has got to
take the responsibility and say, ‘You know what, my administration was
absolutely negligent and a result of that negligence, many children may suffer
for the rest of their lives and the right thing to do is to resign,” Sanders
said in an interview with The Detroit
Sanders further blasted the
governor's response to the water crisis during the University of New Hampshire
debate, saying, “A man who acts that irresponsibly should not stay in power.” The Vermont
senator added that this is the first time he has ever called for the
resignation of another politician.
Flint was a stop on Clinton’s campaign trail Sunday as she
urged Congress to pass a $200 million effort to fix the ailing city’s water
infrastructure. "This has to be a national priority," Clinton
said at the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church. "What happened in
Flint is immoral. The children of Flint are just as precious as the children of
any part of America."
Clinton praised Flint Mayor Karen Weaver as "someone
who is working every way she knows how to provide the help and support that all
the people of Flint deserve to have."
The Flint Water Crisis started in April 2014 after the
city changed its water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River — the new
water source is contaminated with lead, prompting President Obama to declare a
state of emergency. The Flint River’s corrosion is caused by aged pipes that
leach lead into the water supply. The EPA estimates thousands of
residents are at risk of lead poisoning, and has recommended testing 12,000
children. The water is also possible responsible for an outbreak of Legionnaires’
disease, killing 10 people.
The Michigan Army National Guard
was deployed to Flint to assist in the crisis and President Obama has allocated
$80 million in government aid.
by Steve Beynon
80 days ago
Posted In: 2016 election
at 12:40 PM | Permalink
Hillary Clinton (Democratic)Fun Fact:Then-Senator Hillary Clinton had a vodka-drinking
contest against Sen. John McCain (R-AZ.) when the
two were touring Estonia in 2004, possibly the most legendary drinking story in
“We agreed to withdraw,
in honorable fashion, having, I think, reached the limits that either of us
should have had,” the Democratic frontrunner said in a campaign video. There
are unconfirmed reports of Clinton besting Sen. McCain with four shots of
vodka, however the former first lady called the game a tie.
with the campaign?
Until her virtual tie in the Iowa caucus, Clinton’s campaign
has been virtually in cruise control. While the former secretary of state may
have had to move to the left a bit on some issues with the surprise threat of
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), her rhetoric has mostly stayed in the center.
Aside from New Hampshire, Clinton has stayed on top of the
polls, raised more money than any other candidate on either side of the aisle
and seemingly has the backing of the entire establishment.
has one of the thickest resumes of any presidential candidate in history. Being
a first lady is not usually a political job, but she was the first wife of a
president to create an office in the West Wing. She led the way for subsidized
health care in the ’90s with the Health Security Act, informally called
went on to serve as senator of New York from 2001-2009. After losing her bid
for the presidency to Barack Obama, she was appointed to secretary of state —
giving her a huge advantage on foreign policy over Sanders.
consider Clinton’s centrist policies as a weakness. However, her consistently
not falling into liberalism will likely be the key to winning the general
election if she earns the Democratic nomination. Clinton is not calling for
free college education, a high minimum wage or universal healthcare —
considering how far to the right Congress is at this point might lead to her
being a successful president in the early years of her first term.
spent more than a decade opposing gay rights.
The former secretary of state did not support gay marriage until 2013. “I take umbrage at
anyone who might suggest that those of us who worry about amending the
Constitution are less committed to the sanctity of marriage, or to the
fundamental bedrock principle that it exists between a man and a woman,”
Clinton said in 2004.
Most Americans are weary of getting into another war, and
the Iraq War is largely considered one of the biggest foreign policy blunders
in American history. Clinton was a part of the 58 percent of senate Democrats
who voted in favor of the Iraq Resolution, which authorized President George W.
On both sides of the aisle, career politicians and the
establishment have become toxic. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone in
the country that is more establishment or embodies political privilege more
than Clinton. The $600,000 she received in speaking fees from Goldman
Sachs and millions in corporate donations have raised a lot of
eyebrows in this new political climate that is increasingly skeptical of
Biggest policy proposal:
United States is one of the only developed nations in the world that does not
have guaranteed paid family leave. A lot of career jobs offer paid time off,
however it is not guaranteed by law — this mostly affects those in low-income
jobs. Clinton says she aims to guarantee up to 12 weeks of paid family leave
with two-thirds of wages. The campaign claims this will also be accomplished
without a mandate on the employer or an increase in payroll tax.
does not support conventional ground troops conducting combat operations in
Iraq or Syria. However, she is in favor of continuing Obama’s air campaign and
using Special Operations forces.
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