Howard Wilkinson

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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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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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