by German Lopez
Qualls to run for mayor, city budget proposal raises taxes, local fracking control demanded
It will soon be official. Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls will announce her mayoral campaign on Thursday at 10 a.m. Qualls has already announced her candidacy and platform on her website.
Qualls will be joined by term-limited Mayor Mark Mallory, which could
indicate support from the popular mayor. Right now, Qualls’ only known
opponent is former Democratic city councilman John Cranley, who has
spoken out against the streetcar project Qualls supports.
As part of City Manager Milton Dohoney’s budget proposal, anyone who lives in Cincinnati but works elsewhere could lose a tax credit. The budget proposal also eliminates the property tax rollback and moves to privatize the city’s parking services, which Dohoney says is necessary if the city wants to avoid 344 layoffs.
The mayor and City Council must approve Dohoney’s budget before it
becomes law. City Council is set to vote on the budget on Dec. 14.
Public hearings for the budget proposal will be held in City Hall
Thursday at 6 p.m. and in the Corryville Recreation Center Dec. 10 at 6
Vice Mayor Qualls and Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan are
pushing a resolution that demands local control over hydraulic
fracturing, or “fracking,” activity. But the resolution will have no
legal weight, so the state will retain full control over fracking
operations even if the resolution is passed. Qualls and Quinlivan will
also hold a press conference today at 1:15 p.m. at City Hall to discuss
problems with fracking, which has come under fire by environmentalist
groups due to concerns about air pollution and water contamination
caused during the drilling-and-disposal process.
Greater Cincinnati hospitals had mixed results in a new round of scores from Washington, D.C.-based Leapfrog Group.
In an effort to comply with cost cutting, the Hamilton County recorder is eliminating Friday office hours.
The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments is looking for feedback for the Tristate’s transportation and economic plans.
This year’s drought is coming to an end in a lot of places, but not southwest Ohio.
The Ohio Senate passed a concussion bill that forces student athletes to be taken off the field as soon as symptoms of a concussion are detected.
As the state government pushes regulations or even an outright ban on Internet cafes, one state legislator is suggesting putting the issue on the ballot.
State officials argue unregulated Internet cafes are “ripe for
organized crime” and money laundering. An Ohio House committee is set to vote on the issue today. If passed, the bill will likely put Internet cafes that use sweepstakes machines out of business.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich could be preparing for a 2016 campaign. Kasich was caught privately courting Sheldon Adelson,
the casino mogul who spent millions on Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney’s
failed campaigns for the presidency. The early meetup shows how valued
super PAC funders are to modern political campaigns. State Democrats
criticized the meeting, saying it was Kasich “actively positioning to be
the next Ohio darling of the special interests.”
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman had a bit of trouble
giving a speech on the federal debt yesterday. Hecklers repeatedly
interrupted Portman, a Republican, as he tried to speak. The final
protesters were escorted out of the room as they chanted, “We’re going
to grow, not slow, the economy.” Portman says his plan is to promote
growth. But both Democrats and Republicans will raise taxes on the lower
and middle classes, according to a calculator from The Washington Post. Tax hikes and spending cuts are typically bad ideas during a slow economy.
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is facing the wrath of his tea party comrades.
The far right wing of the Republican Party is apparently furious
Boehner purged rebellious conservative legislators out of House
committees and proposed $800 billion in new revenue in his “fiscal
cliff” plan to President Barack Obama.To help combat fatigue at space stations, NASA is changing a few light bulbs.
Does this dog really love or really hate baths? You decide:
by Andy Brownfield
Mayor Mallory to join Qualls in official campaign kickoff
Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls will be formally announcing her run for the top spot in Cincinnati on Thursday.
Qualls’ campaign site has been up for some time already,
and the vice mayor’s team had a meeting with political writers and
bloggers on Nov. 26.
The vice mayor will be joined by current term-limited Mayor Mark Mallory, implying his support for her mayoral run. The event is taking place at 10 a.m. at Core Clay, Inc., a small women-owned business in Walnut Hills.
Qualls, who is endorsed by both the Democratic Party and
Charter Committee, previously served as mayor from 1993-1999 after
serving in Cincinnati City Council from 1991-1993. She returned to
council in 2007.
Former city councilman John Cranley, also a Democrat, is
also running for mayor. Cranley served on council between 2001 and 2007.
His campaign will officially launch in January and former mayor Charlie
Luken will serve as the honorary chair.
Republican Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners
President Greg Hartmann is also considering a run for mayor, but hasn’t
made a formal announcement.
Cincinnati has an open mayoral primary, which means that
the top two vote-getters will run against each other in the general
election, regardless of party affiliation.
by German Lopez
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Grant will support 50 tutors helping 100 students
The mayor, Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) and The Strive
Partnership announced today a new joint initiative that won a $40,000
grant. The grant, which is funded by Target through the Cities of
Service and Service Nation, will help tutors teach kids how to read by
the third grade.
Mayor Mark Mallory made the announcement in a joint press statement with CPS
Superintendent Mary Ronan and The Strive Partnership Executive Director
With the money, 50 tutors will help 100 students in first,
second and third grade in five schools to meet the state’s new Third
Grade Reading Guarantee, which requires third-grade students to be
proficient in reading in state tests before advancing to the fourth grade.
“It all starts with reading,” Mallory said in a
statement. “And there is no better way to help our kids learn to read
than with one-on-one tutors who they can get to know and trust. A
committed adult can make learning to read fun. This grant is going to
have a huge impact on the lives of a lot of kids.”
The tutors will focus on five CPS schools: Roberts Paideia
Academy in East Price Hill, Rockdale Academy in Avondale, Mt. Airy
School, Pleasant Hill Academy in College Hill and Pleasant Ridge
Cincinnati was one of eight cities to win the grant. The
other winners are Atlanta, Ga.; Baltimore, Md.; Charleston, S.C.; Chula
Vista, Calif.; Kansas City, Mo.; Orlando, Fla.; and Vicksburg, Miss.The new state reading requirement, which was pushed by Republican Gov. John Kasich, has received criticism from some Democrats and education experts. Research shows holding kids back hurts more
than helps. After reviewing decades of research, the National Association of
School Psychologists found grade retention has “deleterious long-term
effects,” both academically and socially.
by German Lopez
A Hamilton County budget shortfall could force officials to cut more than 300 county
jobs, according to Hamilton County Administrator Christian Sigman. If the county doesn’t fix
its problems, it could fall into “fiscal emergency.” Officials are
worried some cuts could jeopardize functions required by state law. A
recent study found that the national unemployment rate would be at 7.1
percent if it wasn’t for government job cuts.More than $85 million has been awarded to local
transportation projects by the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of
Governments. The funding will go to Metro buses, roads, traffic signals
and more.City Councilmember Charlie Winburn, the lone Republican on City Council, is thinking about running for mayor in 2013. Mayor Mark Mallory is currently serving his last term, so he will not be able to run again.Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will visit
Miami University Wednesday. Ryan graduated from Miami in 1992. Even
though he graduated from a public university, Ryan would massively slash
education funding if he got his way. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney
has endorsed Ryan’s budget.Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said he is considering
establishing uniform early voting hours statewide. Recently, Democrats
have been accusing Republicans of a statewide conspiracy to extend
voting hours in Democratic counties and shrink voting hours in
Republican counties.Ohio was the 13th fattest state in 2011, according to a new report from
the Center of Disease Control. Fortunately, Ohio managed to
stay under a 30 percent obesity rate, unlike the 12 fattest states.In the future, Ohio will be the ninth worst state to live
in, according to a new Gallup analysis. Ohio still beat
Kentucky, which ranked third worst. Not so fortunately, Utah topped the
ranks. I’ve been to Utah, and I prefer Ohio. I don’t trust your math,
Gallup!Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican who is also
running against Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown for U.S. Senate, is
scheduled to appear with presidential candidate Mitt Romney today.
Mandel is also famous for earning the “Pants on Fire” crown from
Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer for his excessive lying in campaign ads.The Medicaid expansion does not have to be permanent,
according to federal officials. States can expand then scale back,
although it will cost federal funds. Medicaid expansions have been
proven to save lives and boost health, but Gov. John Kasich is still undecided about the expansion.The Cincinnati Museum Center earned top accreditation.Unmanned drones could soon be flying in domestic skies.
City, Duke Energy spar over streetcar construction technicality
3 Comments · Tuesday, March 6, 2012
If you listen to many native
Cincinnatians, they will tell you their hometown is different from other
cities. Special. Unique even. What works everywhere else doesn’t always
work in the Queen City, and vice-versa. Whether the provincial attitude is due to
a sense of pride or a neurotic inferiority complex, its accuracy
ultimately is a matter of personal opinion.
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Every election has repercussions, and not just the obvious ones like new policies set by new politicians. Whenever an incumbent politician moves up the ladder to a new office — local to state or state to federal — a round of musical chairs typically ensues. This time, it might involve Cincinnati's mayor.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2008
West End residents are nothing if not tenacious, and now they're ready to fight one of their own, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory.