Howard Wilkinson

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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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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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