Howard Wilkinson

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday night at the age of 91. The 41st president had long and deep connections to Cincinnati area. 

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I believe in serendipity.

Yes, I do. I have, at least since July 1996, when serendipity came down and struck me right between the eyes and led me on the cushiest assignment I have ever had in 45 years of reporting.

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The law of unintended consequences doesn't always lead to bad consequences.

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Democrat Jessica Miranda trailed incumbent Republican Jonathan Dever in Ohio's 28th Ohio House District on election night, but with the provisional ballots counted this week she leads the race by 56 votes out of nearly 55,000 cast.

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Editor's note: We know better than to talk politics at Thanksgiving, so in place of Howard Wilkinson's usual "Politically Speaking" column, today we present you with this "Tales from the Trail" from 2017, recounting our politics reporter's most memorable Thanksgiving yet. Wishing everyone a happy Turkey Day free of arguments over politics!

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Five months after Connie Pillich and Gwen McFarlin joined forces to become the first women co-chairs of the Hamilton County Democratic Party, Pillich has left to head a non-profit in Washington.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the fact that one Ohio Republican - soon-to-be-former governor John Kasixh - and one Ohio Democrat - newly-re-elected Sen. Sherrod Brown are clearly interested in being the next president.


Honestly, I can't think of any other profession I could have chosen that would have put me in the middle of so many unlikely places and so many historic events.

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Former Cincinnati council member and mayoral candidate Yvette Simpson has been named the new chief executive of Democracy for America, the progressive organization founded in 2004 by then-presidential candidate Howard Dean.

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No one can accuse Ohio's newly re-elected U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of letting the moss grow under his feet.


WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with city hall reporter Jay Hanselman this morning about the results of of last Tuesday's election in Hamilton County. One thing was obvious: Hamilton is now a blue county. Every Democratic statewide candidate - for governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasuer and auditor - lost statewide, but every one of them won Hamilton County by a sizeable margin. Democrats defeated several incumbent Republican judges.

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The midterms were all about President Donald Trump. The Democrats gained control of the house and the Republicans kept control of the senate, with a record number of women elected to congress. But overall, election results were a mixed bag for both parties. Several races are still undecided, including those for Florida governor and senator, which may be headed for recounts.

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Winter soon will be upon us and, although I don't know about you, I am not one bit happy about it.

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Well, which Democratic election night in Ohio would you like to read more about?

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Republican Mike DeWine will cap off a career in Ohio politics that has spanned five decades with four years in the governor's office, beating Democrat Richard Cordray in a relatively close race Tuesday.

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Rep. Brad Wenstrup won a fourth term in the U.S. House with a large margin over Democratic challenger Jill Schiller Tuesday.


WVXU politics writer Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the carnival atmosphere over the weekend at the Hamilton County Board of Elections as voters formed long lines to cast their early ballots. It would appear that, in Hamilton County at least, Democrats are doing a somewhat better job than the Republicans when it comes to organizing the early vote. 

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Nearly all the charges of about $30,000 in illegal campaign spending by Aftab Pureval's congressional campaign were dismissed today by the Ohio Elections Commission.

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It really doesn't matter where you live in southwest Ohio or northern Kentucky or in southeastern Indiana.

If you are a registered voter, you have plenty of reasons to go out to vote.

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Only six days before the election, Democratic congressional candidate Aftab Pureval has fired his campaign manager and long-time friend, Sarah Topy, along with other unnamed staff members based on "new information."