Howard Wilkinson

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Carolyn Kaster / AP

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has been getting high marks for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. And his influence with the Trump administration seems to be helping other states as well.

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Alex Brandon / AP

It may seem crass to be thinking about presidential approval ratings in the middle of a deadly pandemic that is sweeping the country. But be assured of one thing: The occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania has spent his share of time thinking about them.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Ohio's primary election was supposed to be held on March 17, St. Patrick's Day, but that came to a screeching halt the night of March 16, only hours before the polling places were to open, when Ohio Health Department Director Dr. Amy Acton ordered the polls to remain closed to protect voters from people carrying the COVID-19 virus.

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Carolyn Kaster / AP

You really have to wonder what, for crying out loud, was Sen. Rand Paul, the Republican from Kentucky, thinking?

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John Minchillo / AP

In an unprecedented move, the director of the Ohio Department of Health ordered late Monday night that the state's 3,658 polling places not be opened Tuesday morning for Ohio's primary election. Now, with an active case before the Ohio Supreme Court and legislative action likely next week, the question becomes whether or not the polling places ever open and Ohio holds its first-ever all-absentee primary election.

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Matt Rourke / AP

When Bernie Sanders scheduled an annoucement Wednesday morning, many believed he was about to drop out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. But Sanders surprised them by saying he will stay in and keep battling former vice president Joe Biden.

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For someone like me, who has been covering politics in the Cincinnati area for nearly 40 years, I had something that was very much like an out-of-body experience at the historic Little Red School House in Indian Hill on Sunday.

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Elise Amendola / AP

Ohio's presidential primary on March 17 was once expected to be a dull affair, with little impact on the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Amanda Lee Myers, AP; Courtesy of Charmaine McGuffey

A candidate for re-election to a Hamilton County office who can't get the endorsement of his or her party is a true rarity in local politics.

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Jennifer Merritt / WVXU

I'm not sure I'd want to be Cincinnati Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld right now.

Not that there is anything wrong with being P.G. Sittenfeld; he's a fine fellow; as amiable as all get-out; and he may well be the next mayor of the city of Cincinnati.

But this is not a good time to be P.G.

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Ann Thompson / WVXU

Cincinnati Council Member Tamaya Dennard was arrested by the U.S. Attorney's office earlier this week on felony charges of wire fraud, bribery and attempted extortion for allegedly selling her council vote to a person with business before council.

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Matt Rourke / AP

Bernie Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont, is increasing his lead in the Democratic presidential race to defeat President Donald Trump. Cincinnati Edition welcomes three political junkies to weigh in on the rise of the self-professed Democratic socialist. 

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If your state has congressional districts that are such a jumbled, gerrymandered mess that they have nicknames like "The Snake on the Lake" and "The Duck," then you have a problem. You also live in Ohio.

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Elise Amendola / AP

The ninth of a seemingly endless string of Democratic presidential candidate debates takes place tonight in Las Vegas.

Mercifully, the crowd of candidates onstage is down to six, in contrast to the cast of thousands who "debated" when this traveling medicine show began last year.

It seems like it has gone on longer than American Idol.

Michael Keating / WVXU

Issue 7 - a 0.8% increase in the Hamilton County sales tax - will be the biggest ballot issue voters in Hamilton County will decide in the March 17 primary. It would provide $135 million a year for repair of roads and bridges in the county, along with expansion of the Metro bus system. The bus system expansion would get the bulk of the money.

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Todd Plitt / AP

When the legendary baseball writer Roger Kahn died last week at the age of 92, I was sad, of course, to learn that the world had lost one of its finest practitioners of baseball literature.

But I was glad as well, thankful that once, on a warm summer night in 1988 at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium, I was lucky enough to sit by Roger and listen to him spin baseball tales and comment on the action as the Reds took on the Houston Astros.

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Courtesy of WCPO

A lot of folks in and around Cincinnati politics have their shorts all bunched up worrying about who is going to take Republican Amy Murray's place on Cincinnati City Council when she leaves next month to take a job in Donald Trump's Department of Defense. Frankly, I can't even pretend to get worked up about it.

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AP

Editor's note: This Tales from the Trail first appeared on Aug. 23, 2019. We are republishing it now as Rose is back in the news with his recent request to be reinstated.

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Patrick Semansky / AP

This week has seen one major story after another in national politics, and our friend, the Political Junkie Ken Rudin, is in town to join us for Thursday's Cincinnati Edition with a live studio audience.

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Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Yes, Donald Trump won Ohio by eight percentage points in 2016 on his way to an electoral college victory.

No, his re-election campaign is not taking Ohio for granted in 2020.

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