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Voinovich and Deters

1 Comment · Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Maybe it's easier to stand up for principle when you're retiring in a few weeks, but the Republican U.S. senator from Cleveland has never been afraid to buck his party, when needed. Now George Voinovich is calling out skittish President Obama and dogmatic GOP lawmakers for their deal to extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone — including millionaires and billionaires — for the next two years.  

Prosecutor, Enquirer Play Fast and Loose with Facts

2 Comments · Wednesday, September 15, 2010
You don't have to be a liberal or even sympathetic to the plight of homeless people to be outraged by the Sept. 2 announcement from Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. He said that, based on a finding by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, his office wouldn't file felony charges against Cincinnati Police Officer Marty Polk, who drove over a homeless woman under a blanket in Washington Park. Except the state investigation isn't finished and no findings have been offered.  

Covington Police and Joe Deters

2 Comments · Wednesday, September 8, 2010
When four people were injured as the result of a gay bashing on Aug. 14 at a gasoline station in Covington, police and city officials there took the situation seriously. The City Commission held a news conference reaffirming its commitment to the local human rights ordinance, while police increased patrols near the six gay-oriented businesses in and near the MainStrasse district.  

A Year After Incident, Still No Decision on Discipline

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 18, 2010
An internal investigation into whether Lt. Col. Michael Cureton, an assistant police chief, improperly offered police services in exchange for free tickets to a Jamie Foxx concert in summer 2009 finally concluded in March that Cureton violated police rules about accepting gifts. A department spokeswoman said then that Police Chief Thomas Streicher Jr. would review the report and decide what, if any, discipline was warranted. Some 146 days later and counting, he still hasn't decided what to do about Cureton.  

TANK and John Boehner

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 3, 2010
The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky recently bought a 2.5-acre parcel on Mall Road in Florence, just off I-75, where it will build a new Park & Ride hub. Construction will begin in the fall and, when completed, the site will feature a shelter for riders and 200 parking spaces. Meanwhile, John Boehner sells his soul.  

Time for GOP to Clean Up Stadium Mess

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 28, 2010
It's time for Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters to use his considerable influence and put the squeeze on Bengals owner Mike Brown. Hamilton County officials are desperately seeking to renegotiate the lease for Paul Brown Stadium because the county's stadium account is facing a $13.8 million deficit this year. The deficit will jump to $25 million in a few years and could cumulatively total more than $700 million by 2032, when the Bengals' lease expires. Unless the Bengals agree to some concessions, county commissioners will have to cut some services to residents, lay off some county workers or probably both to cover the shortfall.  

Deters, Finney Stretch Believability

2 Comments · Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled June 9 that Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters was within his legal authority last October when he convinced 12 Common Pleas judges to sign an order firing a private law firm used for years by Hamilton County commissioners. The action was taken without prior notification to the commissioners and occurred only after they had cut $15 million from the Prosecutor's Office budget. Just a week before the high court's decision, another judge in a lawsuit related to Deters' action had sided with commissioners.   

Judge Rejects COAST's Claim, Scolds Prosecutor

1 Comment · Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Ronald Reagan once supposedly said the unwritten 11th commandment, at least as far as politics was concerned, was "Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican." That must have been the thought going through Judge John D. Martin's mind when he wrote the recent decision in a case before him involving the Hamilton County commissioners, Prosecutor Joe Deters and the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST).  

County Officials Should Shine Light on Hiring

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 7, 2010
James O'Reilly has taught law at the University of Cincinnati for 30 years and has written dozens of textbooks and more than 100 articles on regulation and liability. With that type of expertise, it's not surprising that Hamilton County commissioners chose him to co-chair a task force examining methods for improving the efficiency of county government. But even a mind as sharp and quick-witted as O'Reilly's can be challenged when facing off against entrenched politicians and bureaucrats trying to protect their turf.  

Alan Kalmanoff and Joe Deters

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 6, 2010
ALAN KALMANOFF: Local political junkies will remember Kalmanoff as the city of Cincinnati's first federally-appointed police monitor, hired in 2002 to oversee the implementation of dozens of reforms to the Cincinnati Police Department.  

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