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Everything Old Is New Again

GOP election victories likely mean more gridlock, posturing

0 Comments · Monday, November 22, 2010
This month's midterm elections represented a political windfall for Republicans, and many right-wingers see the victories as a mandate for smaller government and a public rejection of the Obama administration. Still, former State Rep. Tom Brinkman Jr. says, "The best thing that happened for Republicans, from a political position, is that they did not win the Senate." That gives the new Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner, "a tremendous amount of power."  

Nov. 10-16: Worst Week Ever!

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Local "food" producer JTM today announced the introduction of two new products to its enthralling, mysterious line of meat products that people as locally renowned as Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo have sung songs about. After a process that probably is a lot like when you would use different shaped caps to squeeze out Play Doh and add in some filler, JTM now has a reduced fat macaroni and cheese dish and breakfast burritos.  

Beating Boehner

Coussoule mounts challenge against longtime incumbent

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Justin Coussoule isn't afraid of competition. That's a good thing, considering that he's running this November to remove U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner from the Congressional seat he's held for the past 20 years. This is Coussole's first run for political office of any kind. He says he's getting used to explaining why he is gunning for such big game on his first outing.  

Peeking Inside the Department of 'Corections'

0 Comments · Monday, October 11, 2010
My favorite reading includes corrections. Everyone errs. Some admit it and correct their errors. Graphs, maps and percentages figure prominently in corrections, but names of people and places most often seem to trip us up. Get a name wrong, and it becomes journalism history if not local legend. Unless it's corrected, others reporters may rely on that spelling and get into all kinds of trouble.   

Just Getting Started

Steve Driehaus counts banking, health care reform and advocacy for Cincinnati as major accomplishments in his first term

3 Comments · Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Steve Driehaus was one of many Democratic challengers to grab Barack Obama's coattails in 2008 and sweep into Washington, D.C., handing the party large majorities in both houses of Congress. As he points out, 2008 wasn't a great time to begin your Congressional career ... unless you were interested in solving huge problems. Driehaus speaks with CityBeat about his first term in the House of Representatives; his advocacy for local companies and projects in Washington; his frustrations with the current political climate; his positions on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and other military issues; and his reelection battle against Steve Chabot.  

August 4-10: Worst Week Ever!

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 11, 2010
There are plenty of reasonable questions to ask of the U.S. government after witnessing several months of oil spillage, shaky federal responses and the extreme concern of BP employees on TV commercials (the guy from Louisiana seemed to care the most). But the AP reported today that for every one of us whose original question — WTF? — is still unanswered, there's a BP executive thinking something else: "So how much oil is still in the well?"  

TANK and John Boehner

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 3, 2010
The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky recently bought a 2.5-acre parcel on Mall Road in Florence, just off I-75, where it will build a new Park & Ride hub. Construction will begin in the fall and, when completed, the site will feature a shelter for riders and 200 parking spaces. Meanwhile, John Boehner sells his soul.  

July 21-27: Worst Week Ever!

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The Reds' cap is No. 2 in a national ranking of gang-affiliated hats, which was reported today by an assumedly well-connected Web site called complex.com. The cap, which is red with a wishbone white "C" on it, is said to be repped by Chicago’s 4 Corner Hustlers, who add a "4" and a "H" to it, and Los Angeles' Bloods, who reportedly rock them strait out da box.  

ACLU and John Boehner

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 16, 2010
It's about time that someone of note said it publicly. During a June 9 conference of progressive activists, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero declared, "I'm disgusted with this president." No, Romero wasn't repeating any of the outlandish attacks that Tea Partiers and far right kooks have made about President Obama personally. Rather, he was referring to Obama's policies on civil liberties and national security issues, which have contradicted his campaign promises from 2008.  

Hotly Contested

Justin Coussoule is making a run for John Boehner's seat in Congress

2 Comments · Thursday, June 3, 2010
At age 35, Justin Coussoule is the Democratic Party's latest shot at capturing the 8th Congressional District seat. An attorney and former Army captain from Liberty Township who works at Procter & Gamble, Coussoule says he entered the race because the economic policies pushed for by U.S. Rep. John Boehner during the past 18 years have caused job losses, declining property values and rising poverty rates in the district.  

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