Howard Wilkinson

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First off, my apologies for writing about an election for Cincinnati mayor that is over 22 months away.

After all, we have the small matter of deciding the future of this country – and maybe the world – in the presidential election a little over 10 months from now.

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Donald Trump won the White House in 2016, despite losing the popular vote, because three states - Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan - gave him wins by paper-thin margins, while Ohio went for Trump by eight percentage points. That was enough to push Trump over the 270 electoral vote threshold he needed to defeat Hillary Clinton.

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I would never claim that my ancestors on the Wilkinson side of my family were all saints; if you go back far enough, you'll find a ne'er do well in nearly every family tree.

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For any politician, getting the boot from your own political party is no easy feat to accomplish.

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Hamilton County Democratic Party leaders did something Saturday morning that is extremely rare in local politics – they yanked the party endorsement of an incumbent elected official – in this case, Sheriff Jim Neil.

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Earlier this week, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, was interviewed on Cincinnati Edition by host Michael Monks on several subjects, including Portman's role as a juror in the upcoming Senate trial of President Trump on impeachment charges.

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The Democratic candidates for president - or at least a shrunken version of the current active roster - appeared together on stage for their final debate ahead of the Iowa caucus. We are just two-and-a-half weeks away from the votes being cast in the 2020 presidential primary. Did Tuesday's debate have any effect?

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There was a time, not so long ago, when the Hamilton County Democratic Party faced an upcoming candidate filing deadline with a sense of dread, as if it were a gigantic root canal and the anesthetic wasn't taking hold.

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Former county commissioner Todd Portune got what he wanted from the Hamilton County Democratic Party's central committee Saturday morning – the appointment of his former chief of staff, Victoria Parks, to serve out the remainder of his term.

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The Ohio Secretary of State's office says 11 Democratic presidential candidates have filed to run in Ohio's March 17 primary. But chances are many of them will no longer be running by then, even if their names remain on the ballot. 

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For nearly six years now, I have been walking into the journalism lab at Walnut Hills High School to help advise the staff of The Chatterbox, the student newspaper, put together a new issue.

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Howard Wilkinson knows a lot about politics. That's what happens when you cover government for more than 45 years. So if you've ever wished you could sit and chat politics with him over a cup of coffee, now every Wednesday, you can. Kind of.

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There's clearly something in the DNA of Democrats in Hamilton County that makes them unable, or unwilling, to believe that they are sitting in the catbird seat.

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The U.S. House of Representatives began debate Wednesday morning on the articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump. Leading up to the historic vote, Democrats and Republicans took to sharing clips from the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton as an attempt to show hypocrisy.

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If you want to know what kind of person the former Kentucky governor really is, read on.

Be warned, though, you may feel dirty after doing so and want to take a shower immediately.

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Cincinnati FOP President Dan Hils was a Republican candidate for Hamilton County commissioner for about a week before he abruptly ended his candidacy this Tuesday.

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Once upon a time, many years ago, I spent Christmas morning in the arraignment courtroom of the Hamilton County Municipal Court.

No, wiseacres, I was not up on charges.

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Let's say you have been called to jury duty in your county courthouse and you dutifully attend each day until you are assigned to a jury pool in a criminal case.

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Dayton, Ohio, is a city that is used to getting knocked flat on its back.

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Everyone knows that the donkey is the mascot and symbol of the Democratic Party, and has been for some time.

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