Howard Wilkinson

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With a suspect in custody, the investigation continues into the package bombs sent to critics of President Trump. A migrant caravan of thousands makes its way through Mexico to the U.S. border as another group prepares to leave El Salvador to make the journey north to the U.S. And with the midterm elections just days away and Democrats hoping for a blue wave, Trump is in full campaign mode, appearing at rallies across the country.

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People sometimes ask me how it is that I became a politics writer for life.

And sometimes they give me a strange look when I explain that my destiny was set when I was a little kid growing up in Dayton, Ohio.

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Yes, there are a whole lot of candidates – and both major political parties – who really want you to take advantage of early voting in Ohio.

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In her latest book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely – Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson – to offer an enlightening exploration into the early development, growth and exercise of leadership.

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A report last week that the federal deficit had grown to $779 billion - and could grown another $1 trillion over the next 10 years - has become a contentious issue in the battle betweeen Democrats and Republicans for control  of Congress. WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the Democrats blaming the deficit on the Trump tax cuts; and the GOP defending them for already putting more money in the pockets of American workers. 

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I've been fortunate over the better part of the past five decades to work with some of the smartest, most capable, most resourceful reporters on the face of the Earth.

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One thing is certain about Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States.

That boy could talk up a storm.

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So who, besides Brett Kavanaugh and Donald Trump, won this nasty, bitter, ugly mud-wrestling match that was Kavanaugh's narrow confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court?

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Directory Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the impact the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court might have on the mid-term elections, which are about a month away. Will it energize woman and more Democrats to come to the polls; or will it rebound in the favor of Republicans, giving their candidates a boost. 

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This week's Tales from the Trail is the second of a two-parter on one of the most interesting politicians I have covered over the years – Sen. Bob Dole, the former Senate majority leader who was the Republican Party's candidate for president in 1996. 

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Now, here's a head-scratcher for you.

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The bitter fight over Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court has overshadowed other recent political news, including President Trump's address to the United Nations, a possible second U.S.-North Korea summit and the fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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This week's Tales from the Trail column will be the first of a two-parter on one of the most interesting people I have covered over the years, Sen. Bob Dole, the 1996 GOP nominee for president, and the highs and lows of running for president.

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We are very happy to not have to decide if Democratic congressional candidate Aftab Pureval is guilty of misusing campaign funds, as has been alleged before the Ohio Elections Commission.

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No two ways around it: I am getting old, with creaky joints and plenty of gray hair atop my head.

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The Ohio Election Commission will do its own investigation into whether or not Democratic congressional candidate Aftab Pureval improperly spent money from his state campaign fund on his federal race.

That would be a violation of Ohio election law.

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If you thought for a moment that the choice between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray for Ohio governor was a choice between Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum, get over it.

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The deputy director of the Hamilton County Board of Elections said this morning she blacked out the memo line on four checks after Sarah Topy, Aftab Pureval's campaign manager asked her if it was legal to do so. 

Sally Krisel, a long-time employee of the board and former elections director, said Thursday morning that she believed it was legal. 

Krisel apologized to the board of elections and elections director Sherry Poland at an "emergency meeting" of the elections board held this morning.

The Labor Day weekend is traditionally considered the true start of campaign season. Now that we're past that, the campaigns are intensifying.  It's the time when voters are more likely to pay attention to the choices they will be making in November.

One person who keeps tabs on what’s going on year-round in the world of politics is longtime political watcher and political reporter for WVXU in Cincinnati Howard Wilkinson.

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As long as I cover politics, I will remember the name Rob Burch as a politician with nothing but moxie.

I could not blame you if you don't recognize that name.

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