County Survey and Jean Schmidt

2 Comments · Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Nearly 1,000 Hamilton County residents have stepped up to tell officials what they think about hot-button topics facing the county. They participated in the county’s citizen survey that examines attitudes on various issues including the stadium fund deficit, the criminal justice system, mass transit and streamlining county government.  

COAST, Finney Helped Create Stadium Mess

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Some politicians and activists hate the media. Although they might say it's because of a perceived bias in coverage, the truth is it usually has more to do with holding them accountable for past words and deeds that otherwise might be long forgotten. For example, consider the current ranting and raving by the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST) and one of its leaders, attorney Chris Finney, about the deficit in Hamilton County's stadium account.  

County Residents and Nate Livingston

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2009
WINNERS: Since Hamilton County began its prescription drug discount program in January, 2,694 residents have enrolled. On average, they've saved 20.6 percent on their medications — or $9.51 per purchase. Some skeptics last winter said the program would have little impact.  

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.  

COAST Speaks with Forked Tongue

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 21, 2009
No one likes paying unnecessary taxes or wasteful government spending, but not everyone agrees on abortion, gay rights or whether pornography is harmful. A regional group that's trying to revive its fading political power, the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST), knows this lesson well.  

Crazy Simon's Year-End Tank Sale

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
When individuals and families are facing a tight budget because of job layoffs or rising costs, the first thing they usually do is cut luxuries like going to the movies or eating out. They might even sell unneeded items at a yard sale or on eBay. With that spirit in mind, it's time for Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis Jr. to sell his tank. And throw in the speedboat while he's at it. The county budget needs his help.  

Speaking Truth to Power

Deters staffer threatens head of local group that criticizes the Hamilton County prosecutor

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2008
A woman who created a group to protest what she calls the unprofessional conduct of Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says a detective on his staff recently called her and tried to intimidate her into stopping the group's high-profile criticism. "I found the whole thing highly unusual and really weird," says Franki Butler-Kidd, who heads Citizens Against Joe Deters.