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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.

GOP gives Cincinnati a look-see for 2016 convention

An eight-member delegation of the Republican National Committee(RNC) toured Cincinnati today to see if the city might be a suitable location for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Cincy2016, the local committee pushing for the convention, gave the group from the RNC a tour of US Bank Arena, the proposed venue for the convention; the Cincinnati Convention Center, and downtown hotels.

RNC committee members were also briefed by the locals on technical aspects of holding the convention, including security, transportation and whether or not the city can raise approximately $50 million to host the convention.

“We had a very productive and successful site visit today,’’ said John Barrett, the CEO of Western & Southern and a leader of Cincy2016. “We’re confident that the team was impressed by the amenities, convenience, accessibility and unique charm of our Queen City.”

Cincinnati is one of six cities under consideration.

In mid-May, the RNC site selection committee will narrow that list. Those cities that make the cut will then receive visits from the full 17-member committee, probably in late May or June.

The final selection will come in late summer or early fall, according to the RNC.

Howard Wilkinson is in his 50th year of covering politics on the local, state and national levels.