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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.

Sunday's Local Trump Rally Now Scheduled For West Chester



A release from the Donald J. Trump Campaign now lists a 2:00 rally in West Chester at the Savannah Center on Chappell Crossing Boulevard.  Tickets available here:


A mid-day Sunday rally for presidential contender Donald J. Trump at the Duke Energy Convention Center has been called off.

Eric Deters, who was the Northern Kentucky chairman of the Trump campaign told WVXU that there were "some problems" with the Duke Energy Center that could not be worked out, but he said the campaign is still trying to schedule a rally with Trump in Cincinnati before Tuesday's primary election.

"I know they are working on it and looking at other venues," Deters said. "I still believe it will happen."

Rob Scott, Trump's Ohio campaign chairman, sent a direct tweet to WVXU late Friday night saying Deters is not a spokesman for the campaign. 

But, as of early Saturday morning, there was no Cincinnati event on the official schedule on Trump's campaign website. 

The Trump campaign's website lists a schedule of events that has the candidate doing rallies in Bloomington, IL  on Sunday morning and in Boca Raton, FL at 6:00 p.m. Sunday.  There is no mention of any rallies in Cincinnati on the official schedule.  He is to hold a rally in  Doral, FL on Monday. 

Friday night, the Trump campaign called off a rally at the University of Illinois of Chicago after multiple fights broke out in the venue. 

Trump is scheduled to be in Ohio on Saturday though.  He has a rally scheduled for 10:00 a.m. at Wright Bros. Aero in Vandalia,  just north of Dayton, and a second rally Saturday afternoon at the Cleveland I-X Center.