Howard Wilkinson

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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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Courtesy of Howard Wilkinson

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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Courtesy of Hamilton County

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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After several days of intense public hearings surrouding the U.S. House's impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump's alleged "quid pro quo" involving Ukraine and American military aid funds, what is next on Capitol Hill?

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It's almost impossible to say if the Democratic presidential nomination will be sewed up by the time Ohio's primary election comes around on March 17. But, even if is, Democrats in Hamilton County will have plenty of contested local races to decide: a county commission battle between Alicia Reece and Connie Pillich; a hotly contested fight between Sheriff Jim Neil and one of his former top administrators, Charmain McGuffey; and a race between former judge Fanon Rucker and former federal prosecutor Gabe Davis for county prosecutor.

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For decades after that awful day of November 22, 1963 – and exactly two weeks from my 11th birthday – I had an overwhelmingly desire to see Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas.

Because on that day, when I was a fifth grader at Cleveland Elementary School in Dayton, Ohio, a horrific event was taking place nearly 1,000 miles away in Dealey Plaza, in the heart of downtown Dallas, Texas that would leave emotional scars on the hearts and minds of millions of children, traumatic memories that would last a lifetime.

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Reece courtesy of the Ohio Statehouse; Pillich of the candidate

There was a time when the leaders of the Democratic Party in Hamilton County had to crawl on their hands and knees and beg people to run for county offices.

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Longtime Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, who is battling cancer, has said he will resign by the end of the year. He would like to choose his replacement, who would presumably run for a full four-year term in 2020.

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When I finally do hang it up and retire from covering politics (there are those who wish I had done so long ago), I will be grateful for many things.

Among them will be the chance that writing about politics has given me to see this great, big country over the better part of the past five decades, from sea to shining sea.

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For all the pre-election wind Donald Trump expended on behalf of Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, you might assume that the president would like to see his good friend Matt prove "irregularities" in the vote count and overturn the results of last Tuesday's election.

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One of the keys to Democrat Andy Beshear's apparent win in Tuesday's Kentucky governor race was the fact that two of the three Northern Kentucky counties - Campbell and Kenton - voted for Beshear over Republican incumbent Matt Bevin.

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Sept. 11, 2001, changed all of our lives, including mine. I suddenly found myself writing as much about the thousands of local men and women – most of them in military reserves and National Guard – who had been sent halfway around the world to fight, and sometimes died, in places like Anbar Province and Kabul as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ground on and on.

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