Howard Wilkinson

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I grew up in journalism decades ago with crusty old editors who had a simple credo for what it was we journalists do.

Our job, they said, was to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

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Patrick Semansky / AP

The Episcopal Bishop of Southern Ohio, the Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, has joined a chorus of voices in condemning President Trump for using St. John's Episcopal Church, a historic church near the White House, as the setting for a photo opportunity Monday.

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Jay Hanelman / Facebook

This week in Cincinnati was a good reminder that through plagues and pandemics, through economic recession and even Depressions, the inexorable march of politics goes on. 

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Alex Brandon / AP

President Donald Trump is one of Twitter's most prolific users, but this week he turned his ire toward the social media platform, claiming that it censors conservative viewpoints.

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Tony Dejak / AP

The only fraud being perpetrated in the 2020 presidential election so far is the unmitigated nonsense being tweeted out on a nearly daily basis by the president of the United States.

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Paul Vernon / AP

The one thing I will always remember about Annie and John Glenn is that I never saw them together when they were not holding hands.

Theirs was a magnificent, epic love story.

Michael Keating / WVXU

Issue 7, the 0.8% sales tax hike for transit, passes in official vote count. And there will be a very competitive race in the 1st Congressional District this fall, with Republican incumbent Steve Chabot facing Democrat Kate Schroder.

Alicia Reece To Take On Andy Black For Hamilton County Commission Seat

May 14, 2020
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Courtesy of the candidates

Former Cincinnati council member and state representative Alicia Reece became the official Demcoratic candidate for the late Todd Portune's Hamilton County commission seat Thursday.

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Gene J. Puskar / AP

If you were to believe what you see on the mainstream media, on social media and everywhere else, you would think there was a major revolution brewing – the people rising up and taking to the streets and to the statehouse halls screaming to throw the gates open and declare the pandemic over.

Don't believe it. It's an optical illusion.

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Tony Dejak / AP

Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson talks with WVXU's Jay Hanselman about the process to certify the March primary elections results that begins this weekend at the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

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Alex Brandon, Patrick Semansky / AP

Four years ago, Donald Trump won Ohio by eight percentage points, which caught the tribe of political pundits by surprise, along with the political professional class.

Can he do it again?

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Lynne Sladky / AP

I've never been one who frequently buys into conspiracy theories to explain away things about the world which bother me.

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Courtesy of the candidate

Challenger Charmaine McGuffey has ousted Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil in a bitter, hard-fought primary.

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Gary Landers / AP

Kate Schroder of Clifton easily defeated Nikki Foster of Warren County in Ohio's 1st Congressional District, setting up a general election race against Republican incumbent Steve Chabot, who has held the seat for the better part of a  quarter century.

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Tony Dejak / AP

WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about the probability that when the votes from Ohio's primary are counted Tuesday night, it is likely to be a very low turnout election.

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Tony Dejak, Paul Vernon / AP

When Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine reached out to two former Ohio governors to help him come up with more coronavirus testing, he picked the right two – Democrat Dick Celeste and Republican Bob Taft.

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Andrew Welsh-Huggins / AP

The First Amendment is a one-size-fits-all piece of our Constitution.

It protects free speech, and it doesn't discriminate.

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AP

President Trump is trying to push governors like Mike DeWine of Ohio and Andy Beshear of Kentucky into quick re-opening of their states' economies, fearing the worst as he heads into a re-election campaign. But the governors are resisting a quick return to normalcy. DeWine says Ohio can't completely come back until a COVID-19 vaccine is developed and that may not not happen for a year or more.

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Mark Lyons / AP

Helplessness and hopelessness are the inevitable by-products of disasters such as the one we are experiencing now, shut up mostly inside our homes, fearing to go outside without a face mask, and avoiding human contact, even so much as a handshake for a friend or a hug for ones we love.

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AP

Monday, I did something on social media I probably don't do enough of. I unfriended some knucklehead on Facebook.

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