The phrase, ‘Cincinnati’s first openly
gay council member’ has been regularly linked to Chris Seelbach’s name
in media reports ever since his November election. In an interview last
week, Seelbach told CityBeat that this label helped him win his
seat on council and is an integral part of his identity as a man and a
city leader, but it’s far from a complete picture of who he is.
Good news from City Hall? Yes, actually.
City Council has voted to re-instate and improve a long-established
program providing grants to individual artists, which was cut for
budgetary reasons in 2009.
For three decades the United States has conducted a massive economic experiment, testing a theory known as supply-side economics. The theory goes like this: Lower tax rates will encourage more investment, which in turn will mean more jobs and greater prosperity — so much so that tax revenues will go up, despite lower rates.
Leroy Ellington might be best known in the area for fronting his E Funk Band, for 15 years one of the area's most popular party bands, but for the last year his day job has been mayor of Amelia in Clermont County, where voters will decide in a May 5 special election whether to dissolve the village. If successful, it would be the first time in Ohio history a village has eliminated itself through a petition drive and citizens' vote.
Wrapping up my first full year of writing a weekly opinion and analysis column, I’ve come to appreciate the absurdity of politics in a way I couldn’t fully fathom as a news reporter. Oh, sure, I’ve always realized that politics — both locally and nationally — really represents the human drama in microcosm, with all of the assorted hopes, fears, foibles and quirks that go along with it
I’m a regular reader of Larry Gross’ Living Out Loud column. I’m constantly amazed at how he puts himself out there, and last week’s column is no exception (“My Bartender and Bar Politics,” issue of Nov. 12). His “ode to a bartender” story was wonderful.