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Michael Keating

This week WVXU Political Reporter, Howard Wilkinson talks about how the direct election of Cincinnati's mayor came about, also more talk about John Kasich's presidential ambitions.

City of Cincinnati

Tuesday’s primary election left just two candidates in the race to be Cincinnati’s next mayor. We discuss each candidate’s campaigns and their chance of success in the November general election with Xavier University Assistant Director for Philosophy, Politics, and the Public Honors, Dr. Gene Beaupre, and XU Associate Professor of Political Science and Sociology, Dr. Mack D. Mariani. We also take a look at how the race for city council is shaping up.

Michael Keating

John Cranley and Roxanne Qualls will be the candidates for Cincinnati Mayor in November, but the percentages in  yesterday's election surprised some.  WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson shares his thoughts.

The polls are open in Cincinnati, as city residents take their first step toward choosing a new mayor in today's primary election election.

Polling places opened at 6:30 a.m. and the voting ends at 7:30 p.m.

Board of elections officials are expecting a very low turnout. Hamilton County Democratic Party chairman Tim Burke, the chairman of the elections board, said this morning he believes turnout could be as low as 10 percent.

Michael Keating

This week Howard Wilkinson talks about tomorrow's Cincinnati Mayoral primary and what we can expect between now and November.

Cincinnati voters head to the polls tomorrow to cast ballots in the city's mayoral primary.  Hamilton County Board of Elections Deputy Director Sally Krisel says it's hard to judge how busy the polls will be since there have only been two mayoral primaries in the past.  The election in 2001 was on September 11th, the day of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. 

Krisel says turnout that day was especially low, in 2005-- 21 percent of the voters came out to vote and there was no primary in 2009. 

US House of Representatives

  

Republican Brad Wenstrup was elected in 2012 to represent the people of Ohio’s Second Congressional District in the US House of Representatives. Mr. Wenstrup is a medical doctor, Army Reserve officer, Iraq War veteran, and small business owner. He joins us to discuss the issues facing the nation and the district he represents.

    Ohio Governor john Kasich wants to expand the state’s Medicaid program, but is getting push-back from conservative Republicans in the General Assembly. Kasich, Ohio Democratic legislators and other proponents of Medicaid expansion say it will save the state money and insure more Ohioans, but opponents claim it will cause Ohio to lose jobs and increase the state’s cost to cover health care.

WVXU Political Reporter talks with Jay Hanselman about the death of former Ohio Governor John Gilligan, who died yesterday in Cincinnati.  He was 92.

Office of the Governor of Kentucky

Howard Wilkinson and Jay Hanselman talk with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear about the state of Kentucky, the Brent Spence, pension reform, legalized gambling and more.

Michael Keating

This week WVXU's political reporter Howard Wilkinson talks about the latest controversy with JobsOhio and what it could mean to Governor Kasich's reelection chances.  He also looks at the Cincinnati Council race and how some potential candidates are back out gathering signatures.

University of Virginia Center for Politics

    

Ohio has long been a political bell-weather state, and now Kentucky is in the spotlight, with pundits closely watching the race for Mitch McConnell’s senate seat, and the growing prominence of Kentucky’s junior senator, Tea Party favorite Rand Paul. Political Analyst and Creator of Sabato's Crystal Ball, Larry Sabato, discusses Kentucky’s role in national politics.

Continuing the conversation about Kentucky’s role on the national political stage from a local perspective, Political Analyst and Author Rick Robinson and Former Chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party, Nathan Smith, join Howard and Jay to discuss Mitch McConnell’s chances in 2014, and what part Rand Paul could play in the 2016 presidential election.

Michael Keating

The Cincinnati Charter Committee has been around since the 1920's.  But its role has changed over the years.  WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson explains how it got started and evolved. 

Metropolitan Sewer District Negotiations

Aug 11, 2013
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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
State of Ohio

Michael Keating

The first and only campaign finance reports are in and Howard Wilkinson found some interesting information.

Cooney Faulkner & Stevens, LLC.

  The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners controls levies which represent more than $240 million in taxes for county property owners. Tom Cooney with the Tax Levy Review Committee, or TLRC, discusses the role the committee plays in putting those levies on the ballot.

NPR

  US Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky now faces challenges to his 2014 re-election from both a Democrat and a Tea Party candidate. Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins us to discuss the effort to un-seat the long-serving Republican Senator, and talk about other races that will affect our region, and the country.

Michael Keating

This week Howard Wilkinson talks about Rand Paul's possible presidential bid and expanding gun rights in Ohio. 

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