Howard Wilkinson

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Tony Dejak / AP

President Trump signs a bill ending the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. For three weeks. The president says if he doesn't get what he thinks is a fair deal from congress by February 15, the government will shut down again, or he will declare a national emergency to fund a border wall. 

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It's the end of an era, not the end of a career, for Howard Wilkinson.

My old pal Howard is cutting back on his work schedule at WVXU, but he'll still be writing columns and heard on the airwaves. Just not as much.

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Courtesy of Kevin Crowley

Giving advice to people who are aspiring to be elected to public office is not something I do. As a politics reporter, that is not my job. I write about them; I analyze their ideas; I sometimes get under their skin and do what I can to hold their feet to the fire.

Sister Marguerite McHugh
Courtesy of Kelly Knox

One thing I have learned in 45 years of reporting and writing is very basic, very simple and very much a part of the journalism I do.

John Kiesewetter

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson - a lifelong Reds fan, spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about his favorite memories of  Marty Brennaman, the Hall of Famer and "Voice of The Reds," who announced Wednesday that 2019 will be his 46th and final season behind the microphone.

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Joshua A. Bickel / The Columbus Dispatch via AP

Ohio's new governor has changed personas several times in his long, long, long career in politics and now, as Ohio's brand-spanking new governor, seems to be in the process of doing it again.

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Howard Wilkinson / Personal collection

I was only 22 years old in January of 1975, a reporter for The Post, the student newspaper at Ohio University in Athens.

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Monzel photo by Sarah Ramsey for WVXU; all others AP

The last few elections in Hamilton County have been good for women candidates.

Democratic women, mostly. Republican women, not that much.

Anderson Township

Ohio's Secretary of State has scuttled a move by Democrats on the Hamilton County Board of Elections to refer Anderson Township Trustee Andrew Pappas for a possible criminal investigation.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik today about Sen. Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, who is becoming very outspoken about his displeasure with President Trump. Will he replace Ohio's John Kasich as the most high profile GOP Trump critic?

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Jay LaPrete / AP

There has never been a relationship in the history of Ohio politics like the often-prickly, always competitive one of John H. Glenn Jr. and Howard Metzenbaum.

Two men linked forever in the history of Ohio politics.


As someone who grew up in Dayton and has called Cincinnati home since 1982, it is hard for me to imagine the mayors of the two central cities of my life talking to each other on a regular basis, much less liking each other.

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Matt Sumner / AP


Not a word I have often used in describing my experiences over nearly 45 years as a reporter.

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John Minchillo / AP

Starting out a possible run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination is an ambitious project in the best of circumstances. But starting out with a well-respected national poll showing that 77 percent of American voters say they don't know enough about you to form an opinion about you – good or bad – might make you think you are running in quicksand.


Before I go off on the Ohio General Assembly for the seemingly self-serving, politics-as-usual act of recently attaching an amendment giving themselves pay raises to a bill dealing with survivor benefits for fallen police officers and firefighters, let me make one thing clear.

I do believe our state representatives and state senators deserve a raise.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about Cincinnati City Council passing an ordinance by a 5-3 vote banning sales of tobacco products to those under 21 years old. Will that actually result in fewer young voters? The city is surrounded by suburbs that will still be selling to 18-20 year-olds. 

Examining The Latest News Out Of The White House

Dec 17, 2018
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Evan Vucci / AP

The Senate passes resolutions to withdraw U.S. support for Saudi-backed forces at war in Yemen and to condemn Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. House Democrats call for a full investigation into the death of a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala who died while in Border Patrol custody.

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You tell me if this makes sense.

Ohio has 16 congressional districts - for the moment, at least.

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Alastair Grant / AP

One thing about John Kasich, the soon-to-be former governor of Ohio: The dude will talk to anybody with the time and patience to listen to him. Good trait for someone who yearns to be president, I suppose.

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Courtesty of Jessica Miranda Campaign

Democrat Jessica Miranda – mother, business owner, and president of the Winton Woods school board – defeated two-term Republican state representative Jonathan Dever of Madeira last month by only 56 votes out of over 55,000 cast.