0 Comments · Wednesday, October 31, 2012
It’s no secret that Cintas Corp. CEO
Scott Farmer showers part of his wealth on Republican political
candidates. Over the years, he has thrown money at George W. Bush, Rob
Portman and Steve Chabot. This year, he has given $52,500 to the Mitt
Romney campaign. His wife Mary has ponied up $22,500.
5 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
We at CityBeat take election endorsements seriously, and
you should too! Our writers spent considerable time researching 2012’s
candidates and issues and what each means to the future of Cincinnati
and America. (We also figured out what the Hamilton County coroner does
besides chopping up bodies...) This is the first half of our
endorsements — the entire collection will be available in our Election
Issue Oct. 31. Read ’em and weep, voter suppressionists!
by Andy Brownfield
Romney continues campaigning, collecting storm relief supplies and money in Dayton stop
President Barack Obama has canceled scheduled Wednesday
appearances in Cincinnati and Akron to coordinate recovery efforts in
the wake of super storm Sandy, the White House announced Tuesday.
Obama was scheduled to highlight his second-term agenda
from economic growth and the middle class, according to a news release.
The release promised a “concrete and specific plan for the next four
years.” Both Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney have been vague
on details of exactly what they would do if elected next Tuesday.
Vice President Joe Biden had also canceled Tuesday
appearances in Wooster and Gambier, Ohio, “due to local preparations and
response efforts” for the storm.
Meanwhile Romney campaigned Tuesday morning near Dayton,
where his campaign collected supplies and donation to be sent to
storm-affected areas of New Jersey.
by German Lopez
In-person early voting is underway in Ohio. Find your nearest polling booth here.Issue 2 is getting outraised quite badly. Protect Your Vote
Ohio, the group opposing Issue 2, has raised $6.9 million, while Voters
First Ohio, the group supporting Issue 2, has raised $3.6 million since July. If
Issue 2 is approved by voters, it will put an independent citizens
commission in charge of the redistricting process. Currently, the
process is handled by elected officials, who have used the process in
politically advantageous ways. Republicans redrew the First
Congressional District, Cincinnati's district, to include Warren
County. The move put more emphasis on rural and suburban voters, which
tend to side with Republicans, and less on urbanites, which tend to side
Not only will Ohio play a pivotal role in the presidential
election, but RealClearPolitics, a website that aggregates polling,
says Hamilton County is among two Ohio counties that will play the
biggest role. In light of that, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will be in town
this week. Obama will visit Oct. 31, and Romney will be here Nov. 2.
Currently, Obama leads in Ohio by 2.1 points, while Romney leads nationally by 0.9 points.
A partnership between the University of Cincinnati and
U.S. State Department is going to Iraq. For the third year, UC will be
working with Salahaddin University in Iraq to help
redesign the Iraqi school’s curriculum and establish a career center.
The Ohio Board of Regents and Ohio Department of Education (ODE) may merge soon, says Board of Regent Chancellor Jim Petro. The Board of Regents is already moving to ODE's building later this year. Petro said
the building move will allow the Board of Regents, which focuses on higher
education, to cooperate more with ODE, which
focuses on elementary, middle and high school.
The Ohio legislature could be getting a big ethics
overhaul in the coming weeks. Specifics weren’t offered, but Senate
President Tom Niehaus said disclosure and transparency will be
Cincinnati’s United Way beat its fundraising goal of $61 million in 2012. The goal was originally seen as “a stretch.”
The nationwide meningitis outbreak is forcing some Ohio
officials to take a look at the state’s compounding pharmacies.
Compounding is when pharmacists make custom preparations for patients
under special circumstances. The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy has
already taken action against the New England Compounding Center, whose
compound was connected with starting the meningitis outbreak.
The FBI will join an investigation into fraudulent
attendance data reporting in Ohio schools. Previously, state Auditor
Dave Yost found five school districts were scrubbing data in his first
interim report, but a second interim report cleared every other district
checked so far, including Cincinnati Public Schools.
Romney is getting a bit of attention for offensive
remarks about the LGBT community he made when he was governor. On gay parents, Romney said: "Some
gays are actually having children born to them. ... It's not right on paper.
It's not right in fact. Every child has a right to a mother and
by Stefanie Kremer
Romney makes case for election at Jet Machine in Bond Hill
There are only a few more weeks of political commercials, ads, promises and accusations flooding the TV and radio before the Nov.
6 presidential election. While many Americans are tired of political
campaigning, Ohio — the most important swing state in the United States —
has been showing a great response toward the campaign as it nears its
On Thursday, 4,000 people lined up outside of Jet Machine
in Bond Hill to hear Republican candidate Mitt Romney speak at 11 a.m.
After flying in to Lunken Airport on Wednesday night,
Romney had breakfast at First Watch in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday
morning before proceeding to the rally in Bond Hill.
His visit in Cincinnati was the first of a three-stop bus
tour in Ohio — along with Worthington and Defiance, Ohio later that
At the Jet Machine warehouse, Romney criticized Barack Obama's campaign, foreign policies and plans for America's future.
"The Obama campaign is slipping because he keeps talking
about smaller and smaller things when America has such big problems,"
Romney cheered on small businesses and promised that his businesses experience will help turn the economy around.
In a response to the Cincinnati rally, the Obama campaign
explained that Romney's visit was just another attempt to try and
convince Ohio workers that he is on their side and will stand up to
China, when in fact it's the opposite.
"As a corporate buyout specialist, Romney invested in
companies that pioneered the practice of shipping jobs to places like
China, shutting down American plants and firing workers — all while he
walked away with a profit," Jessica Kershaw, Obama for America — Ohio press secretary, explained.
"These jobs are likely to come at the expense of American
workers in cities like Cincinnati, and that’s why the people of Ohio
will not be supporting Mitt Romney this November.”
Romney ended the rally encouraging the Buckeye state to go to the polls and vote early.
"We need to make sure Ohio is able to send a message loud
and clear: We want real change. We want big change," Romney encouraged.
In an attempt to secure Ohio, President Obama is due in
Cincinnati on Halloween. With just two weeks remaining before election
day, a new Ohio poll from TIME.com says that Obama is winning 49 percent of Ohio, compared with Romney's 44 percent.
by German Lopez
In-person early voting is underway in Ohio. Find your nearest polling booth here.
The last debate for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat took place last
night. The debate between Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown and
Republican challenger Josh Mandel mostly covered old ground, but the
candidates did draw contrasting details on keeping Social Security
solvent. Mandel favored raising the eligibility age on younger generations, while Brown favored
raising the payroll tax cap. Currently, Brown leads
Mandel in aggregate polling by 5.2 points.
Mitt Romney was in town yesterday. In his speech, he
criticized the president’s policies and campaign rhetoric and touted
support for small businesses. The Cincinnati visit was the first stop of
a two-day tour of Ohio, which is the most important swing state in the
presidential race. But senior Republican officials are apparently
worried Romney has leveled off in the state, which could cost Romney the
Electoral College and election. President Barack Obama is
expected to visit Cincinnati on Halloween. In aggregate polling, Obama
is ahead in Ohio by 2.1 points, and Romney is up nationally by 0.9
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio says the
use of seclusion rooms in Ohio schools should be phased out
by 2016. The Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Board of Education
are currently taking feedback on a new policy draft that says schools
can only use seclusion rooms in cases of “immediate threat of physical
harm,” but the policy only affects traditional public schools, not
charter schools, private schools or educational service centers.
Seclusion rooms are intended to restrain children who become violent,
but recent investigations found the rooms are used to punish children or
as a convenience for staff. Currently, Ohio has no state laws
overseeing seclusion rooms, and the Department of Education and Board of
Education provide little guidance and oversight regarding seclusion
The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati and a
City Council task force have a plan to make Cincinnati’s water
infrastructure a little greener.
A study found Cincinnati hospitals are good with heart
patients but not-so-good with knee surgery. The names of the hospitals
that were looked at were not revealed in the study, however.
An economist at PNC Financial Services Group says 10,000 jobs will be added in Cincinnati in 2013.
Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble has new details
about its effort to reduce costs and make operations more productive.
The company announced a “productivity council” that will look at “the
next round of productivity improvements.” The company also said it will
reach 4,200 out of 5,700 job cuts by the end of October as part of a $10
billion restructuring program announced in February.
The world just got a little sadder. Chemicals in couches could be making people fatter.On the bright side, we now know how to properly butcher and eat a triceratops.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
It’s recently come
to my attention that it’s almost Halloween...
In my opinion,
costumes are imperative to any good October outing, but a successful ensemble
doesn’t have to be complicated. Pulling from pop culture — from favorite movies
and TV shows to current events — is a perfect way to find a culturally-relevant
costume. (And, speaking of cultures, make sure you don’t select a get-up that
mocks one. Racist costumes,
much like Daniel Tosh, are way more offensive than clever or funny.)
Dressing like your
fave TV characters is always a hit. Most television networks sell costumes
coinciding with their top shows online. Pay homage to the first season of
American Horror Story by dressing as the Rubberman or sporting the creepy Larry
Harvey burn-face mask. FX also offers costumes from Wilfred, Archer and The League. More of a Kenny Powers fan? Get his Miami Mermen look here because, in case you missed it, Powers is coming back fucking soon. Since creating your own costume is almost always preferred, put on your DIY cap and peep inspiration from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and 30 Rock.Whether you're throwing a Halloweekend party or just want to experience the weekend from your couch, peep this week's Halloween-inspired TV picks here. AMC, Syfy, ABC Family and other networks will be showing marathons of horror classics, family-friendly favorites and everything in between, in addition to new holiday-themed episodes of your favorite shows.And while there are tons of horror movies in theaters this weekend, Hollywood continues its butchery of all things sacred with the remake of Carrie. It's not in theaters 'til March 2013, but the trailer does look pretty creepy.
Off the screen
and onto politics, this being an election year promises plenty of Romney- and
Obama-inspired costumes. Expect plenty of down-and-out Big Birds, binders full of women
and horses-n-bayonets. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing Workout Ken 2012,
aka a guy dressed as Paul Ryan from his P90XXX Time Magazine photo shoot.
Fellas, all you need are some earbuds, a red ball cap, grey T-shirt and some
free weights (fake ones if you’re not as ripped as Romney’s running mate.) Make it work!What’s orange,
fiery and generally terrifying? No, not The Great Pumpkin. The Donald! Trump recently dropped his “October Surprise,” an announcement that had bloggers
speculating all week. The statement, supposed to be detrimental to the Obama
campaign, spurred rumors of everything from Obama’s alleged coke-dealing past
to a failing relationship with his
wife. But what recently surfaced was even lamer than all of that.
requested that Obama release his college transcripts as well as his full
passport records by 5 p.m. Oct. 31 (there’s the Halloween tie-in!) and he will
donate $5 million to any charities of the president’s choosing. So,
essentially, more birther bullshit. Yawn.
Last time I checked, Trump had about the same amount of political pull as
Lindsay Lohan, so I doubt this bears any consequence on the upcoming election, but it would
be nice to see Obama stick it to the grotesque ginge and, hence, idiots
everywhere, one last time.
by German Lopez
In-person early voting is underway in Ohio. Find your nearest polling booth here.
The final debate for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat is tonight.
Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown and Republican challenger Josh Mandel
will meet in Cincinnati to continue a feisty exchange of ideas and
sometimes insults. In the last debate, the candidates drew sharp
contrasts on policy, which CityBeat covered in-depth here. The
final debate will be tonight at 7 p.m. on all Ohio NBC news stations,
including WLWT.com. In aggregate polling, Brown is currently up 5.2
points against Mandel.
Want to see what a biased headline from a local newspaper looks like? Here you go, from Business Courier:
Romney win would boost economy, economist says. Strangely enough, the article says re-electing President Barack Obama could also lift the economy, which makes the misleading headline even worse. Unfortunately for the newspaper, Obama is currently leading by 2.1 points in
Ohio against Mitt Romney, and the state will play a pivotal role in the
election. Romney is leading by 0.6 points nationally.
A group is trying to convince Cincinnatians to vote no on Issue 4. The initiative, which is on 2012’s ballot, would extend
City Council terms from two to four years. Supporters of Issue 4 say it
lets City Council focus more on passing laws and less on campaigning,
but opponents say it makes it more difficult to hold City Council
accountable.Ohio Supreme Court Justice Robert Cupp is distancing
himself from a TV ad put out by the Ohio Republican Party that depicts his Democratic opponent, William O’Neill, as sympathetic to rapists.
Liberal blog Plunderbund called the ad “tone deaf,” referencing recent
instances of Republican senatorial candidates turning rape into a
legitimate issue. The Republican Senate candidate for Indiana, Richard
Mourdock, recently said during a debate, “I think that even when life
begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God
intended to happen.” Previously, the Republican Senate candidate for
Missouri, Todd Akin, told reporters when discussing pregnancy caused by
rape, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to
shut that whole thing down.”
CityBeat looked at some of the benefits and
downsides of green water infrastructure yesterday. Basically, it’s going
to produce more jobs and economic growth, but it’s going to require
long-term commitment and education. Later today, CityBeat will be talking to some city officials of how that green infrastructure can be adopted in Cincinnati.
Hamilton County’s budget is tight, and that means no wage
hike for county workers anytime soon, according to Hamilton County
Commission President Greg Hartmann.
Gov. John Kasich is taking his time in filling an open
Board of Education seat. Rob Nichols, Kasich’s spokesperson, says, “We
just want to get the right person.” But state law requires the seat be
filled within 30 days, and the seat has been vacant for a month.
An Ohio judge said provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct and polling location must still be counted.Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble beat Wall Street
expectations, easing concerns from skeptical
investors.Huntington National Bank is relaunching its credit card
business in a move that will produce 250 new jobs, and Greater
Cincinnati is expected to land some of those jobs.
Ohio is getting a little love from Airbus. The aerospace
company will be getting more of its parts from Ohio manufacturers.
Cincinnati-based GE Aviation is already Airbus’ biggest U.S. supplier.
A new health care report found health providers often
cover up mistakes in fear of retaliation. The report also found health
care has been slow at embracing the “culture of safety.” Apparently, strict parents raise conservative kids.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Ann Coulter says the darndest things. The Republican
pundit tweeted this gem to her more than 200,000 Twitter followers,
referencing President Obama: “I highly approve of Romney’s decision to
be kind and gentle to the retard.” WORLD -2
by German Lopez
In-person early voting is underway in Ohio. Find your nearest polling booth here.
The final presidential debate between President Barack
Obama and Mitt Romney was last night. The general consensus from media
pundits is Obama won by a substantial margin. But political scientists
say debates typically have negligible electoral impact. In aggregate
polling, Obama is up in Ohio by 1.9 points and Romney is up nationally
by 0.6 points. Ohio is looking like a must-win state for both campaigns,
so Obama’s advantage there is a very bad sign for Romney.
FiveThirtyEight, The New York Times’ election forecast blog, has an explanation of how and why the current electoral landscape favors Obama.
In a follow-up to the debate, Romney will be visiting Greater Cincinnati Thursday.
A new motion by City Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan could
encourage more people and businesses to make use of the city’s LEED
program. The program uses special tax exemptions to encourage buildings
to be cleaner and greener.
Cincinnati’s City Planning Commission approved Plan
Cincinnati Friday. With the approval, the plan’s only hurdle is City
Council. If passed, the plan will reform city policies to put a new
emphasis on the city’s urban core. That means a cleaner, greener city
with more transportation options, ranging from walking and biking to the
streetcar and rail. CityBeat wrote about Plan Cincinnati here. The full plan can be found here.
Three Republicans in the state legislature, including
Cincinnati’s Sen. Bill Seitz and Rep. Louis Tehrar, introduced a
bill that would require health insurance providers to cover autism. Critics
say the move could cost small businesses too much during an economic
downturn, but supporters say it’s necessary to Ohio’s mental health
coverage requirement, which was passed in 2007. Seitz says the bill
could also save money by bringing down special education costs.
In a sign of Ohio's education funding problems, one report found two of three Ohio school levies are asking for
additional funding. But Cincinnati Public Schools’ (CPS) levy will only
not ask for extra funding or higher taxes; instead, it asks for funding
and taxes to remain the same. CityBeat covered Issue 42, the CPS levy, in-depth here.
A new report found Ohio students graduate with more debt
than most of the nation. The report named the state a “high debt state”
with an average of $28,683 in student loans — above the national average
Despite what a recent conflict between Commissioner Greg
Hartmann and Mayor Mark Mallory implies, Cincinnati and Hamilton County
are working together. The city and county are cooperating on the Banks
project, funding the Port Authority and operating the Metropolitan Sewer
Cincinnati is working harder to enforce a chronic nuisance
disorder. A property is classified as a chronic nuisance when it
surpasses a certain amount of crimes and violations. The law is meant to
hold property owners accountable for what happens in their buildings.
There are more signs that Ohio’s fracking boom may not be
sustainable. Natural gas producers are not seeing the profits they
expected from the boom. For many, the boom is quickly turning into a
bust. Still, natural gas prices have massively dropped, and an analysis
at The Washington Post suggests natural gas could play an important role in reducing carbon emissions. CityBeat wrote in-depth about the fracking boom in Ohio and the faulty regulations on the industry here.
The Ohio Board of Regents is using a grant to award 1,300 associate degrees to transfer students over two years.
Fourteen recreational trails in Ohio will get $1.6 million
in federal funding, according to the Ohio Department of Natural
Resources. However, none of the trails are in Hamilton County.The key to humanity: cooked food.