by Steve Beynon
50 days ago
Posted In: 2016 election
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Everything you need to know about the primaries
What are the
They are elections in which the parties pick their strongest
candidate to run for president. For instance, if you are a Republican, you will
pick from your field of candidates (Trump, Rubio, Carson and so on) to
challenge the Democratic candidate.
When are the
In Ohio, Election Day is Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The
overall election starts in February with Iowa, and each state votes at a
different time. Some states don’t vote until the summer.
about caucuses, what are those?
Ohio doesn’t have a caucus. You only need to worry about
that if you live in a state like Iowa. Essentially, a caucus is a gathering of
a bunch of citizens in a room, and they physically stand on each side of the
room and debate which candidate to pick. All the sides of the room represent
support for a single candidate. The physical number of people in on the sides
of the room is counted at the end to decide to victor.
Some states have closed primaries, meaning only official
members of a political party can vote. Don’t worry about this, Ohioans — you
live in an open primary state, meaning anyone can vote for any candidate.
At the polls, you will be asked which party you want to vote
for and given a ballot with those respective options. If you are voting for a
different party than you did last election, you’ll fill out a simple form
declaring party affiliation. You can of course easily change this next
Your right to vote in a primary is not guaranteed in the
law. This is why these rules vary and are dictated by parties. This also put
some standard voting regulation up in the air. States like Ohio allow 17-year-olds
to vote in the primary so long as they turn 18 on or before the general
What are the
The Democratic and Republican parties have been the meat and
potatoes of American politics for centuries. You can look into the Green or
Constitution Party, but the U.S. has been a two-party country since day one.
When do I
have to be registered?
Ohioans have to be registered 30 days before primaries to
participate. Let's set Valentine's Day as your deadline. CityBeat will
be profiling each of the candidates every week until the primaries in March.
by Steve Beynon
51 days ago
The Grown-up Debate
of where you fall on the partisan spectrum, you have to acknowledge this debate
was a stark contrast against the last Republican debate.
last time we saw the GOP duke it out it was overflowing with silly rhetoric
about “bombing the shit” out of ISIS, despite the current air campaign being so
aggressive the U.S. military has a munitions shortage.
of having an intellectually honest debate, most of the GOP were beating the
drums to another ground war, inflating the surveillance state against Americans
and, in Trump’s case, proposing the U.S. murder the families of suspected
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was questioning the foreign policy grandstanding and
challenging his competition on “liberal military spending.”
Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Maryland Governor Martin
O’Malley all came equipped Saturday with specific policies and answers to
issues both foreign and domestic.
debates have clear standouts. This third Democratic debate was different. Every
candidate was at their best. It’s unlikely anyone jumped ship from one
candidate to another here.
played centrist politics, Sanders maintained his populist momentum with his
progressive agenda and O’Malley stayed center-left and laid out his resume from
his governor experience.
on the fence were able to clearly see who each of these candidates were and the
values of the Democratic Party.
The Democratic Civil War Was Brushed Off in Minutes
campaign on Friday accused the Sanders team of inappropriately accessing its
voter data, and the Sanders campaign turned the blame on the vendor for a
shoddy firewall. The Democratic National Committee banned the Vermont senator’s
team from accessing critical voter data and the campaign sued the DNC to
restore its access.
The Sanders staffer that wrongfully
accessed Clinton’s private voter data was fired and two more staffers have been
terminated since the debate.
Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off the debate
delivering an apology both to Hillary Clinton and his supporters, saying this
breach of integrity isn’t the sort of campaign he runs.
Clinton Battles Trump
a major Democratic candidate in a room full of allies, Clinton has virtually
unlimited ammunition against the GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. She put on her
general election hat and targeted the real-estate tycoon’s questionable policy
of banning Muslim immigrants.
"Mr. Trump has a great capacity to
use bluster and bigotry to inflame people and to make them think there are easy
answers to very complex questions," she said.
Sanders and O’Malley also came out in
strong opposition to Trump’s immigration policy proposal, a position that most
Democratic voters will likely agree with.
However, Clinton took this a step further
saying Trump’s rhetoric is actively used as an ISIS recruiting tool.
“He is becoming ISIS’
best recruiter,” Clinton said. “They are going to people showing videos of
Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical
of Trump say his anti-Muslim rhetoric could help the terror group in its
recruitment, which is very believable. However, it’s unclear whether such a
Palmieri, communications director of the Clinton campaign, told George
Stephanopoulos that the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors the activity of
terror organizations, said that terrorists are using Trump in social media as
propaganda to help recruit supporters.However,
Palmieri admitted that the former secretary of state “didn’t have a particular
video in mind.”
lying or exaggerating the truth is obligatory. But it’s lazy for a candidate as
experienced as Hillary Clinton to attack a candidate as controversial as Donald
Trump with lies. Real Policy
Maybe you don’t like the
agenda of these three powerhouse candidates, but they do bring specifics to the
table. Sen. Sanders talked about his college tuition reform, calling for public
universities to be free and paid for with a tax on Wall Street speculation.
Clinton doesn’t believe
college should be free, but instead wants to tackle student debt.
The Vermont senator also
brought up the
Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
(D-N.Y.). Workers would be eligible to collect benefits equal to 66
percent of their typical monthly wages for 12 weeks, with a capped monthly
maximum amount of $1,000 per week.
He also openly talked about and supported
Gillibrand's increase of payroll taxes for workers and companies by 0.2 percent,
or about $1.38 a week for the median wage earner.
Clinton was very adamant about not increasing
taxes with rhetoric inspired by George Bush Sr.’s “read my lips” line.
O’Malley and Sanders both attacked Clinton’s
foreign policy, saying that she is too quick to support regime change and for
her support of the invasion of Iraq.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Ohio Democrat gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald is coming to Northside for the annual Fourth of July Parade.
by Rachel Podnar
Gubernatorial candidate follows former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' appearance last year
Ohio Democrat gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald is coming to Northside for the
Fourth of July Parade.
will walk in the parade, but will not hold a speaking event. The parade will be
his only public appearance while he is in Cincinnati.
knows it’s a great celebration for the 4th of July and he enjoys the
Cincinnati area,” campaign press secretary Lauren Hitt says. “He’s excited to get out and see some folks there.”
Cuyahoga County executive and democratic nominee will face incumbent Republican
Gov. John Kasich this November. FitzGerald recently signed on for five
debates — Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Sandusky and Zanesville — against Kasich.
past weekend FitzGerald walked in the Columbus Pride Parade, in line with his
support of same-sex marriage.
year, Gabrielle Gifford’s appeared in Northside’s annual community parade and held a rally on gun
control before the parade.
of parade committee Ollie Kroner said the parade organizers typically invite city
politicians, but FitzGerald reached out to the parade.
just think the parade has a reputation beyond our side and beyond the city,”
Kroner says. “When politicians want to come and get a taste for local flair the
parade is a great venue for that.”
parade will take place at noon on July 4 and travel south on Hamilton Avenue
through the Northside business district. It is part of the three-day Northside Rock
n’ Roll Carnival.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2014
A federal court handed down a big victory
for voting rights advocates June 11 when it ruled that Ohio must
maintain three days of early voting previously eliminated by Ohio
Secretary of State John Husted. U.S. District Court Judge Peter Economus
ruled that the state must provide voting the Saturday, Sunday and
Monday before election day.
by German Lopez
Early voting agreement sought, downtown project scrutinized, drug abuse reportedly drops
Mayor John Cranley is trying to find a compromise
over whether early voting will move out of downtown after the 2016
general election, as some Republicans in the county government
have suggested. Cranley called for a meeting with Hamilton County Board
of Elections Chairman and Hamilton County Democratic Party Chairman Tim
Burke, Hamilton County Republican Party Chairman Alex Triantafilou,
Cincinnati NAACP President Ishton Morton and Hamilton County Board of
Commissioners President Chris Monzel. The meeting will aim to “discuss
alternatives the City of Cincinnati can offer to accommodate early
voting downtown after the 2016 elections. (Cranley) believes that such a
discussion is consistent with the recommendation of the secretary of
state that there be an effort to find a nonpartisan solution to the
existing disagreement.”With a $12 million price tag in mind, Cranley remains worried
Cincinnati is paying too much for a downtown grocery and apartment tower
project. But the project is truly one of a kind, claims The Business Courier:
The tower would boast nearly twice the number of luxury apartments of
any other project underway in Over-the-Rhine or downtown. And it would
replace a decrepit garage and establish the first full-scale grocery
store downtown in decades.A study found Ohio teens’ painkiller abuse dropped by 40
percent between 2011 and 2013. State officials quickly took credit for
the drop, claiming their drug prevention strategies are working. But
because the Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey only has two sets of data on
painkillers to work with — one in 2011 and another in 2013 — it’s
possible the current drop is more statistical noise than a genuine
downturn, so the 2015 and 2017 studies will be under extra scrutiny to
verify the trend.Similarly, fewer Ohio teens say they’re drinking and smoking. But 46 percent say they text while driving.Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent in
January, down from 7.3 percent the year before. The numbers reflect both
rising employment and dropping unemployment in the previous year.To prove his conservative bona fides, Ky. Sen. Mitch
McConnell touted a rifle when he walked on stage of the Conservative Political Action
Conference.The other Kentucky senator, Rand Paul, will headline a Hamilton County Republican Party dinner.Researchers studied a woman who claims she can will herself out of her body.Personal note: This is my last “Morning News and Stuff” and blog for CityBeat.
After today, I will be leaving to Washington, D.C., for a new
journalistic venture started by bloggers and reporters from The Washington Post and Slate. (CityBeat
Editor Danny Cross wrote a lot of nice things about the move here, and
my last commentary touched on it here.) Thank you to everyone who read
my blogs during my nearly two years at CityBeat, and I hope I helped you understand the city’s complicated, exciting political and economic climate a little better, even if you sometimes disagreed with what I wrote.Follow CityBeat on Twitter:• Main: @CityBeatCincy • News: @CityBeat_News • Music: @CityBeatMusic • German Lopez: @germanrlopezGot any news tips? Email them to email@example.com.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Republican state officials on Feb. 21
signed off on various controversial election measures.
by German Lopez
Board of Elections to move, Kasich repeals one early voting week, income inequality on rise
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted on Friday ruled that
the Hamilton County Board of Elections can move to a former hospital
site at Mount Airy after the 2016 election, but whether early voting
moves along with the Board of Elections needs to be resolved separately.
The decision does little to resolve the dispute between local Democrats
and Republicans about which location — downtown or Mount Airy — is
better for early voters. Democrats argue downtown, as the central hub of
local public transportation, best meets the need of most early voters.
Republicans argue the Mount Airy facility is closer to the center of the
whole county and provides free parking, which Republicans say should
make up for the few bus routes that go to the neighborhood.Gov. John Kasich on Friday signed two controversial
election bills that reduce the time allotted for early voting by one
week and restrict counties’ ability to send out unsolicited absentee
voting applications. The reduction of early voting in particular raised
claims of “voter suppression” from Democrats because the bill eliminates
the Golden Week in which early voters can register to vote and actually vote on
the same day. Republicans say the bills are necessary to establish
uniform early voting hours and rules across the state. In general, both
sides acknowledge Democrats benefit from more early voting access and
Republicans benefit from less early voting access.Income inequality rose in Ohio between 1979 and 2011, but Ohio fared
better than most states, according to an analysis from the Economic
Policy Institute and the Economic Analysis and Research Network. Ohio’s
top 1 percent make roughly 18.1 times the annual income as the bottom 99
percent. In comparison, the average nationwide rate is 24.4 and the rate
in the two worst performing states — New York and Connecticut — is 40.Contrary to faulty reports from Councilman Charlie Winburn and The Cincinnati Enquirer,
the city extensively warned residents about its decision to decertify
the flood levee around Lunken Airport. In fact, Winburn in 2010 actually
voted in favor of an ordinance that supported the decertification. The
decision means residents in the area need to purchase flood insurance.Mayor John Cranley and other city officials plan to boost
minority- and women-owned business contracts through aspirational
inclusion goals set between the city and contractors. Since the city can’t
force businesses to meet the goals, Cranley acknowledges the city could
fail. But contractors who worked on the Horsehoe Casino said a similar
policy was effective in boosting minority rates for that project.Two people died in Walnut Hills today after a stabbing and police-involved shooting, according to Cincinnati Police.Cincinnati plans to increase efforts to get more solar
panels on city rooftops. A more specific announcement should come in the
next few weeks. Just a couple weeks ago, the Solar Foundation ranked
Ohio No. 8 in the nation for solar jobs.Ohio gas prices continued rising this week.Watch a robot 3-D print with metal here.Follow CityBeat on Twitter:• Main: @CityBeatCincy • News: @CityBeat_News • Music: @CityBeatMusic • German Lopez: @germanrlopezGot any news tips? Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
by German Lopez
Parking debate continues, mayors work to bring manufacturing, voting bills pass legislature
City Council watered down Mayor John Cranley’s parking plan to
just two proposals: upgrading parking meters and increased enforcement. Council and public opposition ultimately proved too much for increasing neighborhood rates and expanded evening hours at major hubs. The changes
mean less revenue for the city but reduced parking costs for
residents. Still, with the parking plan changing almost daily, it’s
unclear whether the current iteration will be the final proposal that
the Neighborhood Committee and City Council ultimately pass.Compare: Cranley’s original parking plan versus the parking privatization plan.Meanwhile, Xerox, the private operator that took over
Cincinnati’s parking meters in the parking privatization plan, proposed
its own version of a parking plan in which the company manages parking
meters while City Council retains control over setting hours, rates and
enforcement. Xerox says its plan will generate
more revenue. But Cranley rejected Xerox’s plan weeks ago.Commentary: “County Should Accept Responsible Bidder Law.”Cranley yesterday announced he’s partnering with Dayton
Mayor Nan Whaley to get a share of $1.3 billion in federal funds that
would help attract manufacturing. The two cities will compete as one
community for the federal Investing in Manufacturing Communities
Partnership. The competition’s 12 winners will each receive part of
the $1.3 billion pot. Even if Cincinnati and Dayton don’t win, Cranley
said the competition will at least get them thinking about working
together as a community for manufacturing jobs.The Republican-controlled Ohio legislature yesterday
approved controversial election bills that reduce the state’s early voting period by one week and restrict
counties’ abilities to mail out unsolicited absentee ballot
applications. Democrats say the measures are meant to suppress voters,
but Republicans argue the changes are supposed to set uniform standards
across the state. At least one top Ohio Republican previously admitted the
measures were supposed to suppress voters, particularly “the urban —
read African-American — voter-turnout machine.” Gov. John Kasich is now
the only person that stands between the bill becoming law.The city plans to undertake a pothole-fixing blitz in March.The Greater Cincinnati Port Authority will begin its
14-neighborhood rehabilitation plan in Evanston, where the agency will
target about 100 properties.With a “virtual online menu” and access to vocational
education in the seventh grade, Gov. Kasich says he wants to get Ohio students planning their careers much earlier.The Ohio House approved a plan that will give schools four
more calamity days — more popularly known as “snow days” — for the
current school year. The bill now heads to the Ohio Senate and Kasich.U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown wants to close a loophole in
Medicare that costs seniors thousands of dollars in unexpected medical
bills.Quinnipiac University’s most recent poll found Ohioans
would choose Hillary Clinton over Kasich and other Republicans for
president.Whooping cough appears to be evolving in response to its vaccine.Follow CityBeat on Twitter:• Main: @CityBeatCincy • News: @CityBeat_News • Music: @CityBeatMusic • German Lopez: @germanrlopezGot any news tips? Email them to email@example.com.
Ohio's LGBT groups disagree on timing of same-sex marriage legalization as polls show increasing support
1 Comment · Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Ohio’s leading LGBT groups continue to
disagree whether 2014 or 2016 is the right year to place same-sex
marriage legalization on the ballot.