Howard Wilkinson

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John Minchillo, Gary Landers / AP

With seven weeks minus one day to go, Democratic first-time candidate Kate Schroder seems poised to climb to the summit of one of the steepest hills in Southwest Ohio politics – taking down long-time GOP congressman Steve Chabot.

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Elaine Thompson / AP

As of mid-week, over 1 million Ohioans had requested absentee ballots for the November election. Election officials expect that many or more between now and the weekend before the Nov. 3 election.

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Tony Dejak / AP

Absentee mail-in ballots are getting most of the attention in the upcoming Nov. 3 presidential election, but in Ohio, county election officials have a much more potentially serious problem to deal with: a shortage of people to work the polling places on Election Day.

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Nati Harnik / AP

A survey by the Enquirer showed that in the April primary elections, about 21,000 absentee ballots in Ohio weren't counted.

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Covering politics for a living has always seemed to me to be a natural way to make a living, given how much I have been fascinated by the American presidency since childhood.

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Andrew Harnik / AP

President Trump will deliver his remarks on Thursday night to conclude the Republican National Convention and to accept the party's renomination.

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Morry Gash / AP

You'd have to have your MAGA hat screwed on too tight to believe that Donald Trump, by appointing Louis DeJoy, a political crony who has told a congressional committee that "I know very little about postage stamps," didn't start out with the intent of wrecking the U.S. Postal Service for political purposes.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

WXVU senior politics analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about two major potential problems that could foul up the Nov. 3 election. One is continiung concerns over whether the U.S. Postal Service is equipped to handle the record amount of absentee mail-in ballots, and whether or not COVID-19 concerns will make people reluctant to vote in person at their regular polling places.

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Yes, I've covered politics for about 47 years now and people assume that explains why I may know a little bit about it.

In fact, I can trace my education in politics, sociology and life in general to an asphalt playground behind Cleveland Elementary School in Dayton, Ohio.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

If we had any advice for President Trump and his now-sputtering campaign against the U.S. Postal Service, it would be this:

Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.

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Susan Walsh / AP

There is no doubt that in Ohio there are a whole lot of Republican voters who are feeling buyer's remorse today for falling under the spell of Donald Trump in 2016.

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Evan Vucci / AP

Election officials in Ohio and elsewhere are expecting an enormous turnout for this November's presidential election.

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Cameron Bloch / AP

So, the back-to-back presidential nominating conventions scheduled for later this month are apparently going to be virtual, bare-boned affairs with none of the manufactured hoopla of conventions in the past.

Thank goodness. May it ever be so in the future.

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Elaine Thompson / AP

Must be some deep thinkers in Columbus at Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost's office.

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Alex Brandon, Patrick Semansky / AP

When this year began, few people in politics believed Ohio would be in play this presidential election, mainly because Donald Trump won the Buckeye State in 2016 with a comfortable eight percentage point cushion.

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Alex Brandon / AP

The national response to COVID-19 is virtually non-existent, critics of the Trump administration have argued. That has left states to fend for themselves with varied results, and now many are finding themselves staring at hotspot status as the coronavirus continues to spread.

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Jay LaPrete / AP

The arrest by the FBI of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four of his fellow Republicans in a $61 million bribery case is not only the largest such scandal in Ohio political history, it could have an impact on Ohio elections for years to come.

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Aaron Doster / AP

It’s Opening Day! Baseball is back!

So why I am not more excited?

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Tony Dejak / AP

Sometime soon - very soon - Ohio's chief elections officer, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, is going to have to make a decision: Does he make it easier for people with absentee ballots to return them to their county boards of election, or does he make it harder?

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Tony Dejak / AP

Every indication is that more Ohioans than ever will choose to vote by mail this November - in part, because of concerns over going to polling places in a pandemic.

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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

A Facebook friend left a comment on one of my posts the other day saying that I have led a "fascinating" life, something I had never thought about.

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Courtesy of Jaime Castle

When Jaime Castle, a Mount Washington Democrat, was mulling over the possibility of taking on U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup in Ohio's 2nd Congressional District, she met with someone who had recently been through a tough congressional campaign: Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval.

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Courtesy of Josephine Sittenfeld

After many months of planning and preparation, Cincinnati City Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld formally launched his campaign to be elected the city's mayor in November 2021 at a socially distanced gathering of supporters in an Evanston union hall.

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Mark Lennihan / AP

On Thursday, Kentucky joined the growing number of states that have instituted mandatory face mask orders in light of the spike in COVID-19 cases. Ohio has issued mandates for its hardest hit counties, including Hamilton and Butler counties.

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Patrick Semansky / AP

I can't even begin to tell you how many Independence Days I have spent at ball parks over the years – Crosley Field, Riverfront Stadium, Great American Ball Park.

Some were just dusty sandlots where I was playing as a kid or, as a grownup, coaching other kids in Knothole baseball, teaching them to play the greatest game ever invented and how to behave like good sports doing it.

But last Saturday was the saddest of them all.

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Gary Landers / AP

If Democrat Kate Schroder – a first time candidate for anything – pulls off an upset win over Republican incumbent Steve Chabot in Ohio's 1st Congressional District in November, there will be some better-known Democratic politicians in Cincinnati who are going to be deeply depressed.

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Tony Dejak / AP

Howard Wilkinson talks with WVXU's Jay Hanselman about how some Ohio Republicans are upset with Republican Gov. Mike DeWine and his response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Conrad Thiede / WVXU

Vamoose, cousin Billy.

Take your horse, William Henry Harrison, and ride out of town. Don't stop until you hit North Bend. That's your tomb up there on top of the hill, my man; rest in peace.

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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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