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Morning News and Stuff

In-person early voting is underway in Ohio. Find your nearest polling booth here. The first presidential debate took place last night. Most of the “liberal media” says Mitt Romney beat President Barack Obama, but the impact of the relatively dull debate is probably being overstated as the media tries to sensationalize some sort of comeback narrative for Romney. Although the debates are important for capturing a candidate’s policies and speaking ability, they don’t matter much in political terms. Policy-wise, it seems Romney ran to the center last night.  If last night’s debate wasn’t enough debate for you, here are the three most awkward presidential debate moments in history. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus held a conference call with Ohio reporters yesterday in response to Vice President Joe Biden’s comments that the middle class has been “buried” in the past four years. Priebus claimed the Republican ground game in Ohio will “crush” Democrats. But that’s going to require a lot of work. As it stands, Obama and Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown are beating their respective Republican opponents pretty badly in aggregate polling.  PolitiFact says Republican claims that Issue 2 will create a redistricting commission that will “have a blank check to spend our money” are false. While there is no cap on spending designated in Issue 2, that does not mean the redistricting commission will get infinite funding. If Issue 2 is approved by voters, redistricting will be handled by an independent citizens commission. If Issue 2 is rejected by voters, redistricting will continue being handled by politicians that commonly use the system in politically advantageous ways. A Republican majority redistricted the First Congressional District, which includes Cincinnati, to also include Warren County. The new boundaries give Republicans an advantage by putting more emphasis on rural voters, which typically vote Republican, instead of urban voters, which typically vote Democrat. CityBeat previously covered the redistricting process and Issue 2 here. An analysis by the Ohio Office of Budget and Management found Issue 2 would cost the state about $11-$15.2 million over eight years. That’s about $1.4-$1.9 million a year, or about 0.005-0.007 percent of Ohio’s budget for the 2013 fiscal year. To put the cost of Issue 2 in further context, state tax revenues were $39 million above estimates in September. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) and the Cincinnati-based Ohio Justice and Policy Center (OJPC) have settled out of court in a case involving health care in prisons. OJPC brought the case forward with a lawsuit in 2003, arguing that inmates were not receiving adequate health care as required by the Ohio Constitution. Courts agreed in 2005, and they created an oversight committee to ensure medical standards rose. Today, health care in prisons is much better. With the settlement, OJPC and ODRC will continue watching over medical policies and procedures for the next two years, but courts no longer have an oversight mandate. City Council unanimously approved six projects for historic tax credits yesterday.Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank reclaimed its top spot for local bank deposits this year, although data released by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) shows it might never have lost the top spot to U.S. Bank.U.S. service firms, which employ 90 percent of Americans, grew at their fastest rate in six months. The boost was brought about due to rising consumer demand.  Ever curious about why politicians use similar body language in all their public appearances? The New York Times has an explanation.A new, strange dinosaur was recently identified.
 
 

Ready for the World?

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 15, 2012
For the last few months, my oldest daughter has been debating current events with her best friend. My wife and I have been witnesses to her burgeoning political and cultural awareness, and it has taken me back to my own awakening.  
by Hannah McCartney 03.28.2012
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Tedx Around Cincinnati, Explained

Several events, same brand — what's the difference?

There's hardly such thing as too much TED, but its presence in Cincinnati is getting a little confusing. There are a number of different TEDx events popping up this spring, each with a different theme and set of speakers. Each of the three impending events are to follow the same format as the original TEDTalks, but the TEDx Cincinnati events are independently organized and executed, although each procures a license to do so from TED. (The "x" constitutes an independently organized TED event — find others all over the world here.)For audience members looking to juice up their noggins, this is a good thing. More events means more opportunity for thought-provoking discussion and debate, and more chances to examine critical issues affecting Cincinnati populations and otherwise.  With TED's presence looming around Cincinnati this spring, there's no excuse to not visit at least one TEDx talk. Open your mind, feed your soul, tickle your conscience. Be aware, though, that each event requires either an RSVP or a request for tickets, so it's best to start thinking about it early. Various TEDx events around Cincinnati are as follows. What peaks your interest? TEDxCincinnatiChange - Saturday, April 7, St. Michael’s Art SanctuaryTheme: "Big Picture, Small Details," set to examine issues with global and local impact and zeroing in on small details to make big ideas work. This a satellite event of a national TEDxChange, which marks a partnership between TED and the Melinda Gates Foundation. The Cincinnati event will kick off with a live streaming of a TEDxChange talk from Berlin. Click here for a current list of speakers or to nominate a worthy candidate. Speakers are still being selected and finalized. Find the application for a TEDxCincinnatiChange ticket here. If you're selected (there's somewhat of an application process), you'll be invited to purchase a ticket on a sliding scale from $20-$100, based on what you can afford. * This branch, TEDxCincinnati, is also set to host a TEDxYouth and TEDxWomen discussion in December. Other TEDxCincinnati talks are still in the works. TEDxXavierUniversity - Thursday, April 26, 1-5 p.m., Cintas Center's Schiff Banquet Hall. Free. Theme: "Touching the hearts and minds of others through innovation, service, and leadership," which will bring together leaders stimulating change in leadership and service for the greater good. Click here for a current list of speakers. RSVPs are being accepted on a waitlist basis. Apply for a seat here. TEDxCincy - Thursday, May 10, SCPATheme: "Plugged and Unplugged: The Crossroads of Technology and Artisanship."Details on this event, including a list of speakers, is expected to be released next week. Check TedxCincy's Facebook page for updates. RSVP information, theme details and price is TBA.
 
 

Cheryl Meadows

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0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission (CHRC) is sort of the local equivalent to United Nations peacekeepers. Their community mon itors, decked out in royal blue CHRC T-shirts, work to mediate argu ments and diffuse racial tensions at public events and street festivals.   

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