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Now that Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune has decided not to run for Ohio Governor, WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks about what happened:

Michael E. Keating

WVXU Political Reporter talks about all the discussion pro and con when it comes to moving the Hamilton County Board of Elections out of downtown.

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The Kentucky General Assembly began its 2014 session on Tuesday. Legislators will be looking at issues ranging from funding infrastructure projects such as the Brent Spence Bridge replacement to raising the state’s minimum wage. Political Writer and Frankfort Bureau Chief for the Lexington Herald-Leader, Jack Brammer, joins us for a look at what’s in store during the current session.

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An independent audit of the streetcar shows it would cost from $25 million to $50 million more to complete the project than to stop it, the mayor rejected an offer by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) to cover streetcar operating costs, and council is meeting this afternoon to continue debate. With the deadline to receive federal money fast approaching. How things stand now with the streetcar.

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  Dayton, the sixth largest city in Ohio, has seen its industrial base decline dramatically over the decades. But the city has enacted new programs and policies to adapt to the new economy. Dayton also elected its new mayor last month, current City Commissioner Nan Whaley, who takes office in January. She joins us to talk about what she sees in the city’s future.

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  Mayor John Cranley this morning announced he would work with streetcar supporters and allow the project to move forward, if private funding could be found to pay its operating costs. Jay Hanselman and Howard Wilkinson discuss this latest development in the streetcar saga. 

  Cincinnati’s new mayor and city council were sworn in Sunday, and, as expected, most of their focus this week has been on the streetcar. Just yesterday, council voted to suspend construction while an audit is done to determine the costs involved in continuing or abandoning the project. We hear arguments for stopping the project from Vice Mayor David Mann and Council Member Kevin Flynn.

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  P.G. Sittenfeld and Chris Seelbach are among the Cincinnati City Council members who want to see the streetcar move forward. We hear why they believe it would be unwise to abandon the streetcar project at this point.

  The president’s approval rating is at an all-time low, Republican in-fighting, nervous Democrats running away from Obamacare, and both parties gearing up for 2014. Ken Rudin joins us for a look at the trials and tribulations taking place inside and outside the Beltway. If you like your Political Junkie, you can hear your Political Junkie. Period.

Michael Keating

WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks about the fast action of Cincinnati Mayor-elect John Cranley.

Mayor Mark Mallory

Nov 14, 2013
City of Cincinnati

  As Mayor Mark Mallory prepares to leave office, what will Cincinnatians remember most about his eight years leading the city, and where does he go from here? Howard Wilkinson talks with Mayor Mallory about his accomplishments, his legacy, his baseball pitching ability, and his possible future plans.

NPR's Mara Liasson

Nov 14, 2013
NPR

  Regular Morning Edition and All Things Considered listeners are familiar with the reporting of NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson, who provides extensive coverage on the people and policies that shape our nation. In Cincinnati recently, Mara Liasson talked with WVXU’s Howard Wilkinson about covering politics in Washington, DC and beyond the Beltway. Ms. Liasson is speaking at the Montgomery Women’s Club Town Hall Lecture Series this evening.

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  Last month, revelations the U.S. National Security Agency may have tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone caused an uproar. Now Washington and Berlin are discussing new rules to govern dealings between their spy agencies. To gain some insight into what Germans think about personal privacy and international spying, WVXU’s Ann Thompson talked with German broadcaster Uwe Schulz, who recently visited Cincinnati.

Michael Keating

In his weekly chat, WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks about the recent election, what four year terms will mean to the work council can accomplish and why turnout was so very low.

  Cincinnati has a new set of leaders, with voters choosing John Cranley as their next mayor, and electing three new members to city council. Assistant Director for Philosophy, Politics, and the Public Honors Program at Xavier University, Dr.

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