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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.

Biden Comes to Cincinnati Tuesday For Private Strickland Fundraiser

Tana Weingartner
Vice President Joe Biden in Milford in 2012.

Vice President Joe Biden will be in Cincinnati Tuesday morning for a high-dollar private fundraiser for former Ohio governor Ted Strickland's U.S. Senate campaign.

Ticket prices for the early morning event at the Westin Hotel run from $500 to $2,700. Those who raise $10,000 or more for Strickland will attend a private reception with Biden and have photos taken with the vice president.

Strickland press secretary Liz Margolis says Biden and Strickland will not do any public events Tuesday.

Biden and President Obama endorsed Strickland earlier this month when he was being challenged for the nomination. Strickland won the Democratic primary with 65 percent of the vote.

He will go on to face Republican incumbent Rob Portman in the fall. Portman has a sizeable advantage over Strickland in campaign fundraising.

The Republican has $13 million in his campaign account, compared to about $2 million for Strickland.

The event could cause some traffic delays around Fountain Square Tuesday morning.

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