Howard Wilkinson

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To most of the world, the late Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969, nearly 50 years ago.

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Courtesy of the University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati could not have asked for a better mother figure than Marian Spencer.

Or a more fearless fighter for justice.

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Courtesy of Kate Schroder and Nikki Foster

You would think that, at some point, this gerrymandering trick Ohio Republicans played eight years ago to create a Democrat-proof district for U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot would wear thin.

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He just can't leave it alone. Donald Trump had to find some way to make America's most patriotic holiday – Independence Day – about him.

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Tensions mount between the U.S. and Iran after President Trump imposes new sanctions on Iran as retaliation for the country's downing of a U.S. military drone. The acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner resigns amid the continuing humanitarian crisis on the U.S. - Mexico border, which was brought into sharp focus this week by a photo of a father and his young daughter who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande.

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The Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation, better known as 3CDC, is used to getting its own way when it comes to downtown matters.

This time, though, 3CDC may have bit off more than it can chew.

The First Amendment to the Constitution to be specific.

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Courtesy of Howard Wilkinson

I want you to know about my friend Bob Weston.  

There are probably many of you "veteran'' watchers of local politics – which means "old" like me – who already know Bob, who passed away June 8 at his retirement home in Frisco, Texas, at the age of 89.  

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Sometimes, when there is a hot-button issue before the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, I am asked what I think the black-robed sages will do.

My answer is always the same.

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George Lee Anderson of Bridgewater, South Dakota, might well have turned out to be one of the most obscure people to have ever put on the uniform of a Major League Baseball team.

You know him as Sparky, a nickname given to him by a minor league radio broadcaster because young George was something of a firecracker.

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On the morning of Saturday, June 22 – exactly 500 days before the 2020 election – the Hamilton County Republican Party hopes to fill the Sharonville Convention Center with the GOP faithful for a gigantic pep rally that will feature Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, President Trump's campaign press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, and a cast of thousands.

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Dennis Paquin / AP

In five decades of covering politics, I have never seen a politician fall as hard and as far as Donald "Buz" Lukens.

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John Minchillo / AP

Is Hamilton County blue? Or is it purple? No point in asking whether or not it is still red; that train left the station some time ago.

But it's time to settle this blue-purple hash once and for all – and the 2020 general election is the time to do it.

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Pete Rose, courtesy Pete Rose Baseball Card Set; George Foster courtesy Sarah Ramsey; Joey Votto, Barry Larkin, Joe Morgan and Bucky Walters, Wikimedia Commons; all others AP

Major League Baseball is a team sport, one where all 25 players on the roster have a role to play if the team is to have success.

What other game has the concept of "sacrifice flies" and "sacrifice bunts," where a hitter gives himself up willingly to move a teammate into scoring position to increase the odds of scoring runs?

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Alex Triantafilou, the chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party, would be well-pleased on the morning of Saturday, June 22, if the traffic on Chester Road in Sharonville is bumper-to-bumper with cars trying to make their way into the parking lot of the Sharonville Convention Center.

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WVXU Senior political Analyst Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about the May 21 guberntorial primary in Kentucky. The three Democrats who are vying to win the nomination have been predictably tough on incumbent Republican Matt Bevin, but are steering clear of criticizing Bevin's friend, President Trump, who is enormously popular in the Commonwealth.

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The older I get the more I realize that there is no more noble a profession as that of teacher.

Especially those who teach young children.

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John Minchillo / AP

Last week, when a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for Southern Ohio found the congressional district map Ohio has been using since 2012 to be unconstitutional and rigged in favor of the Republicans, there was a disparate range of emotions from one end of the political spectrum to the other.

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine passed the 100-days-in-office milestone last week. WVXU's senior political analyst, Howard Wilkinson, talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about how DeWine is doing so far. Legislators of both parties say he is easier to work with than his predecessor, John Kasich, but Democrats are highly critical of DeWine for signing the Heartbeat Bill, which would ban all abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. DeWine's support for the anti-abortion bill was expected, but it is likely to spark a long legal battle that could end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Courtesy of Samantha Gerwe-Perkins

When you are 66 years old, there is no denying it.

It says so, right there on my state of Ohio driver's license: 12-06-52.

That is aged, but not ancient.

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An exchange earlier this month between Northern Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie and former Secretary of State John Kerry, during House testimony on climate change, went viral on social media. The back-and-forth, which centered around whether Kerry’s bachelor of science degree made him a "scientist" qualified to discuss the matter, resulted in supporters of both politicians claiming victory. Kerry asked Massie at one point, "Are you serious?"

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