Howard Wilkinson

Political Reporter

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.

In 2012, the Society of Professional Journalists inducted Wilkinson into the Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame. 

Wilkinson appears on  Cincinnati Edition, blogs on politics and more, and writes the weekly column Politically Speaking at wvxu.org.

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Last night, convention managers arranged for the key battleground state of Ohio to cast the ballots that officially gave Barack Obama the nomination, but former governor Ted Strickland said Thursday morning that Ohio Democrats have a more important job to do.

"It was Ohio that cast the votes to make President Obama the nominee of this party,'' Strickland told Ohio Democrats at their daily delegation breakfast in Charlotte. "But now we have a more important job - delivering to President Obama Ohio's electoral votes on Nov. 6."

Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach and several other Ohio elected officials were locked out of Time Warner Cable Arena shortly after 9 p.m., just as rumors were running rampant that President Obama was going to enter the building for President Clinton's nominating speech.

"They told us the fire marshal said there were too many people in the building,'' Seelbach said.. "But we were hearing about President Obama coming in to the building."

Hundreds were stuck outside the building, unable to get in.

Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach and several other Ohio elected officials were locked out of Time Warner Cable Arena shortly after 9 p.m., just as rumors were running rampant that President Obama was going to enter the building for President Clinton's nominating speech.

"They told us the fire marshal said there were too many people in the building,'' Seelbach said.. "But we were hearing about President Obama coming in to the building."

Hundreds were stuck outside the building, unable to get in.

Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach and several other Ohio elected officials were locked out of Time Warner Cable Arena shortly after 9 p.m., just as rumors were running rampant that President Obama was going to enter the building for President Clinton's nominating speech.

"They told us the fire marshal said there were too many people in the building,'' Seelbach said.. "But we were hearing about President Obama coming in to the building."

Hundreds were stuck outside the building, unable to get in.

Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach and several other Ohio elected officials were locked out of Time Warner Cable Arena shortly after 9 p.m., just as rumors were running rampant that President Obama was going to enter the building for President Clinton's nominating speech.

"They told us the fire marshal said there were too many people in the building,'' Seelbach said.. "But we were hearing about President Obama coming in to the building."

Hundreds were stuck outside the building, unable to get in.

Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach and several other Ohio elected officials were locked out of Time Warner Cable Arena shortly after 9 p.m., just as rumors were running rampant that President Obama was going to enter the building for President Clinton's nominating speech.

"They told us the fire marshal said there were too many people in the building,'' Seelbach said.. "But we were hearing about President Obama coming in to the building."

Hundreds were stuck outside the building, unable to get in.

Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach and several other Ohio elected officials were locked out of Time Warner Cable Arena shortly after 9 p.m., just as rumors were running rampant that President Obama was going to enter the building for President Clinton's nominating speech.

"They told us the fire marshal said there were too many people in the building,'' Seelbach said.. "But we were hearing about President Obama coming in to the building."

Hundreds were stuck outside the building, unable to get in.

Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach and several other Ohio elected officials were locked out of Time Warner Cable Arena shortly after 9 p.m., just as rumors were running rampant that President Obama was going to enter the building for President Clinton's nominating speech.

"They told us the fire marshal said there were too many people in the building,'' Seelbach said.. "But we were hearing about President Obama coming in to the building."

Hundreds were stuck outside the building, unable to get in.

Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach and several other Ohio elected officials were locked out of Time Warner Cable Arena shortly after 9 p.m., just as rumors were running rampant that President Obama was going to enter the building for President Clinton's nominating speech.

"They told us the fire marshal said there were too many people in the building,'' Seelbach said.. "But we were hearing about President Obama coming in to the building."

Hundreds were stuck outside the building, unable to get in.

Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach and several other Ohio elected officials were locked out of Time Warner Cable Arena shortly after 9 p.m., just as rumors were running rampant that President Obama was going to enter the building for President Clinton's nominating speech.

"They told us the fire marshal said there were too many people in the building,'' Seelbach said.. "But we were hearing about President Obama coming in to the building."

Hundreds were stuck outside the building, unable to get in.

Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach and several other Ohio elected officials were locked out of Time Warner Cable Arena shortly after 9 p.m., just as rumors were running rampant that President Obama was going to enter the building for President Clinton's nominating speech.

"They told us the fire marshal said there were too many people in the building,'' Seelbach said.. "But we were hearing about President Obama coming in to the building."

Hundreds were stuck outside the building, unable to get in.

The first bit of discord at the Democratic National Committee came early in Wednesday's session when former Ohio governor Ted Strickland introduced a platform amendment mentioning God and declaring that the party believes Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

Strickland, a Methodist minister and co-chairman of the platform committee, made the motion shortly after the Wednesday session began, saying God and faith "informed the development" of the original platform presented to the convention.

The seating arrangements on the floor of the Time Warner Cable Arena tell it all when it comes to Kentucky's role in this presidential election.

The Bluegrass State's 73 delegates are about halfway back in the arena, up against the far wall, to the left of the speaker's podium - not the prime position that goes to key battleground states like Ohio, Florida and Virginia.

Ohio's senior U.S. senator, Sherrod Brown, told the Ohio delegation at its breakfast Wednesday morning that no Democratic senator in the country is facing the kind of torrent of spending on negative advertising from conservative Super PACs that he is.

"In spite of the $16 million they are spending against me, they are wasting their money,'' Brown said to the delegates. "And that $16 million does not include the electronic billboards, the direct mail and the radio ads they are running against me."

The Democratic National Convention Committee just announced that President Obama's Thursday night acceptance speech has been moved out of the open air Bank of America football stadium because of the threat of severe weather in Charlotte.

It will be moved back to the Time Warner Cable Forum, the basketball arena where the first two nights of the convention are being held.

Organizers had hoped to have a crowd of about 70,000 for the acceptance speech in the stadium that is home to the Carolina Panthers of the NFL.

Jim Messina, the campaign manager for the Obama-Biden re-election campaign, came to the Ohio delegation breakfast Wednesday morning telling delegates that they know they will be outspent in Ohio, but that the Obama  campaign will turn out the voters.

"We need to make the 2008 from-the-ground-up election look like Jurassic Park,'' Messina told the delegates and guests gathered for the daily delegation breakfast at the Oasis Shriners Lodge.

The oddest thing that has happened yet to the Ohio delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte happened this morning at the delegation's breakfast at the Oasis Shriners' Lodge.

The Ohio Republican Party and the Romney campaign in Ohio delivered an over-sized decorated cake to the breakfast - and the Ohio Democrats were not amused.

The cake had a message: "It's impossible...it's unpatriotic...We're not better off."

In a seven-minute speech at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night, former Ohio governor Ted Strickland used the example of several Ohio workers to illustrate his argument that President Obama's rescue of the auto industry helped turn around Ohio's economy.

And he pointedly said that Obama's opponent, Mitt Romney, opposed the bailout of the auto industry.

Nate Davis of Cincinnati -  who spent four years as a Marine and served for 11 months in Iraq - took the stage at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte to tell Democrats here and the nation how the Obama administration has helped him achieve his dreams.

"With every step, he's had a huge impact on veterans,'' said Davis. "Not only did he get us what we needed overseas, he's been there for us at home. He's helped us get jobs, gotten guys help for PTSD, stood strong with military families."

Cincinnati firefighter Doug Stern - who campaigned hard to repeal Senate Bill 5 in last year's election - told the crowd at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night that the Republican Party is guilty of an assault on working people - particularly public employees like firefighters and police officers.

"Republicans must stop obstructing the middle class,'' said Stern, a member of Cincinnati Firefighters Local 48 to the crowd at Time Warner Cable Arena. "They must pass the president's jobs bill."

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