Portune's Lessons in Futility

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 27, 2010
It's difficult to resist the urge to tell Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, "I told ya so." Portune made a big deal a few weeks ago of his teaming up with his colleague, County Commissioner Greg Hartmann, to devise a solution for the looming deficits in the county's stadium account. Much like President Obama at the national level, Portune was enamored of his bipartisan approach to the problem.  

A Fight for the Local GOP's Soul

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 6, 2010
It's only the first week in January, but already political campaigns are gearing up for what likely will be the most high-profile local race this year. Cincinnati City Council colleagues Leslie Ghiz and Chris Monzel are running in the GOP primary for the Hamilton County commission, setting up a fight for the local Republican Party's soul between moderates and hardcore conservatives.   

Prosecutor, Judges Need to Brush Up on Law

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Here's yet another example of why one-party rule of any institution is usually a supremely terrible idea. The local Republican Party has long dominated the little-scrutinized Hamilton County Courthouse, making it a bastion of patronage for friends and campaign workers, along with serving as a launching pad for up-and-coming politicians. That would be bad enough, but an incident last month has troubling implications for how justice is meted out in the county.  

Shoring Up The Banks

AMOS Project says sprawling riverfront project needs more local workers

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 18, 2009
With the first phase of construction on The Banks winding down in June, Cincinnati and Hamilton County leaders are happy with the way the $800 million project is finally starting to take shape along downtown’s riverfront. One local watchdog group, though, is decidedly unhappy about how The Banks is shaping the local workforce.  

July 22-28: Worst Week Ever!

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2009
If your favorite part of a cheese coney isn't the cheese and the chili, then you're not a real Cincinnatian. Similarly, if you don't think Pete Rose is the ultimate symbol of hard work, dedication and fortitude, then you're kind of a dick.  

Pepper's Decision Starts a Scramble

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Ever since David Pepper finally confirmed last week what CityBeat first reported online in mid-March — that the prominent local Democrat will run for Ohio Auditor next year — speculation has run rampant about who will campaign for the seat he's vacating on the Hamilton County Commission.   

Fighting Crime, Fighting Each Other

City tries to use entire federal crime-fighting grant but Hamilton County officials say, ‘Not so fast’

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2009
As local officials bicker about who bears responsibility for monitoring defendants while they're out of jail awaiting trial, a related battle over a $2.6 million federal crime-fighting grant has been waged privately. The city of Cincinnati's initial plan for using the grant called for keeping the entire amount and giving none to Hamilton County.  

Shovels at the Ready

Cities, Hamilton County line up for federal stimulus funds

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Now that Congress has passed a $787 billion economic stimulus package sought by President Obama, it remains to be decided how the local portion of that money will be spent. One thing is for sure, though: There's no shortage of ideas about what to do with it.  

No Easy Answers to Jail Overcrowding

1 Comment · Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Ever since voters rejected two separate proposals to raise Hamilton County's sales tax and build a new jail, Sheriff Simon Leis Jr. and county commissioners have complained about how overcrowding at local jails has led to releasing some non-violent offenders early. And last year county officials finally closed the aging Queensgate jail, one of four detention facilities it operated, eliminating 822 beds from the local system.   

Sheriff Learns the Limits of His Power

2 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis Jr. is a man who's used to getting whatever he wants, usually through badgering and bullying other elected officials. Lately, though, the blustery Leis has gotten a cold, hard dose of reality.