Howard Wilkinson

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If you had been in Al Lopez Field in Tampa, Fla., in the 1980s, watching a Cincinnati Reds spring training game, you probably wouldn't have noticed the tall, thin old man sitting in the seats behind home plate, a scorecard in his hand.

Just another old snowbird from up north, you might well have thought.

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Before we start imagining the possibility of busloads of undocumented immigrants being bused from the nation's southern border and dumped on to Fountain Square because Cincinnati is a "sanctuary city," let's consider one thing.

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For the second time in less than a year, Ambriehl Crutchfield is learning a new city.

Crutchfield, a Nashville native and 2018 Western Kentucky University graduate, joins the WVXU-FM news department Monday as a general assignment reporter. Last fall she interned at Chicago Public Radio's WBEZ-FM.

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How did I end up here?  

That was about all I could think one evening about a year ago, as I sat at a banquet table in the Baker Center at my old school, Ohio University, enjoying a plate full of perfectly done prime rib and the best crab cakes this side of Baltimore.

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For the time being, an Ohio group has pulled out of a ballot issue this year to have the state join a nationwide movement to bypass the Electoral College and elect the president by popular vote.

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U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan from Niles in northeast Ohio is well-known in the state's Mahoning Valley, but not so much in southwest Ohio. Or in the rest of the country. WVXU senior political analyst Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday after Ryan's decision to join the crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates. Ryan is a long shot, but there are a lot of long shots in that field.

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Imagine yourself as a loyal Cincinnati Reds fan on the evening of May 24, 1935.

You were one of the 20,422 who had paid a top dollar of $1.75 for a seat in Crosley Field at the corner of Findlay and Western avenues in the West End.

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Ohio seems to be in one of its political mood swings again.

It happens every generation or so, and this one seems to favor the Republicans.

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WVXU senior political analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with Jay Hanselman Monday morning about a recent Quinnipiac University poll of American voters that had some bad news for President Trump - 53% of those polled said they will not vote for Trump for re-election, including 60% of all women voters. Anything over 50% is the last thing an incumbent wants to see, although he has plenty of time to turn that around.

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Like moths to a flame.

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WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's proposal for an 18 cent per gallon increase in the gasoline tax to create a fund for fixing Ohio's dilapidated and unsafe highways. But his fellow Republicans in the Ohio General Assembly have balked at DeWine's 18 cents. The House is to to give 10.7 cents; the Senate only six cents. Like his predecessor, John Kasich, DeWine is already having trouble with his party's leadership in the legislature.

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Cincinnati Reds radio broadcaster Marty Brennaman is starting his 46th, and last, year with the club. His voice has been the sound of summer for Cincinnati baseball fans since 1974.

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Sometimes, as I sit in my mezzanine seats at Great American Ball Park, I hear fans sitting nearby – casual fans, folks who do not, like some of us, live and breathe Reds baseball all year long – talking about the circular plaques on the façade behind home plate, just below the press box and broadcast booths.

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The release of new court documents in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe show just how extensive the investigation has been.

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Al Behrman / AP

Seven years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, a 29-year-old utility player from Indiana named Chuck Harmon became the first African-American to play for the Cincinnati Reds.

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How's this for bad campaign optics?

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WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman's unsual release of an audio recording of his late wife Pamela accusing her husband's rival, Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld, of mocking her cancer - an accusation not borne out by the facts. Was this just a political ploy by Smitherman, who, like Sittenfeld, wants to be the city's next mayor?

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When you have been a reporter as long as I have, you have been assigned to countless boring stories in hundreds of dreary places, where, try as you might, it is a herculean task to come up with a tale that anyone but the chronically bored would read.

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WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the somewhat unexpected decision of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown to not run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Even though Brown won't be a candidate, his "dignity of work" theme may have a major influence on the race. And don't count Brown out as a potential running mate for whoever wins the Democratic nomination.

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Will White looked like a mild-mannered bank teller, but he was, in fact, the fiercest, nastiest and most durable pitcher the fledgling Cincinnati Reds had in the 1870s and 1880s.

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