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0000017a-3b40-d913-abfe-bf44a4f90000Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU news team as the politics reporter and columnist in April 2012 , after 30 years of covering local, state and national politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. On this page, you will find his weekly column, Politically Speaking; the Monday morning political chats with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik and other news coverage by Wilkinson. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio gubernatorial race since 1974, as well as 16 presidential nominating conventions. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots, the Lucasville prison riot in 1993, the Air Canada plane crash at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983, and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. And, given his passion for baseball, you might even find some stories about the Cincinnati Reds here from time to time.

"The Boss," Bill Clinton rock Parma for Obama

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In the pantheon of campaign surrogates for the Obama-Biden campaign, few can claim more star power than former president Bill Clinton.

But, Thursday in Parma, a Cleveland suburb, the 42nd President of the United States may have met his match and then some in the "star power" category when he attends a get-out-the-vote rally at Cuyahoga Community College with rock legend Bruce Springsteen.

Clinton and Springsteen will appear around mid-day at a rally on the school's soccer fields. It is a ticketed event; and the tickets were distributed quickly at several Obama campaign offices in the Cleveland area.

It's not the first time Springsteen has campaigned for Obama; and won't be the last. Four years ago, just days before the election, Springsteen played for a crowd at the Cleveland Mall.

After tomorrow's event in Parma, Springsteen will go on to Ames, Iowa for an Obama campaign rally there.

Clinton will have the stage all to himself later in the day when he is the headline act at an Obama-Biden rally in the Jefferson County village of Wintersville in eastern Ohio.