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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.

Warren County Republican All In For Trump

Howard Wilkinson

CLEVELAND - In an Ohio delegation where there are plenty of people who have their doubts about Donald Trump as their presidential candidate, there are some who are all-in.

State Rep. Ron Maag, R-Lebanon, is one of them.

He's an alternate delegate, pledged to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, whom he supported over Trump in the March Ohio presidential primary.

But, now, Maag says, he is "absolutely supporting Donald Trump, 100 percent."

When asked why, Maag had a simple response.

"Because he is the nominee of my party,'' said Maag, who represents much of Warren County in the Ohio House.

This is Maag's final term in the House; he can't run for re-election this year under the term limits law.

He may end up being the next Ronald Reagan.

Maag, walking through the lobby of the Ohio delegation hotel after breakfast, told WVXU that, despite his support for Kasich, he is convinced Trump can be "a fine president."

"He may end up being the next Ronald Reagan,'' Maag said.

Trump, he said, is a man "who speaks from the heart." He said that he can't think of any of Trump campaign rhetoric that has particularly offended him.

"The fact is this,'' Maag said. "We live in a dangerous world. We need somebody who is strong and going to stand up for America. I think Trump can be that man."