Politics

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Economic and social issues like trade, abortion and gun control are a few issues that raise the stakes for local and national elections in 2020. Politicians want to win over various groups of voters but could be looking past an important bloc.

Kentuckians would no longer vote for governor during odd-numbered years under a bill that unanimously passed out of a legislative committee on Wednesday.

Kentucky is one of the few states in the nation that holds elections in odd-numbered years, which generally have low voter turnout because contests for president, U.S. Senate and Congress aren’t on the ballot.

Sen. Chris McDaniel, a Republican from Latonia, said that moving the elections would save county governments — which run much of the process — about $10.5 million per election cycle.

 


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Evan Vucci / AP

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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Angela Hsieh / NPR

Six Democratic presidential candidates are debating in Iowa on Tuesday, less than three weeks from the caucuses there. NPR reporters are providing background and analysis of the candidates' remarks in real-time.

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John Minchillo / AP

Cincinnati Edition talks with Senator Rob Portman about events unfolding in Washington and his legislative goals for the new year. 

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Howard Wilkinson, Tana Weingartner / WVXU

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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Chris Carlson / AP

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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Ronny Salerno / WVXU

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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Herbert K. White / AP

The PBS anthology series American Experience returns Monday, Jan. 6 with McCarthy, which revisits the rise and fall of the Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy.

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Howard Wilkinson / WVXU

Ohio is expected to play a vital role in President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign. No Republican has ever won a race for the White House without carrying the state, and supporters say they plan to win in Ohio again with a common talking point: the economy.

State lawmakers return to Frankfort on Jan. 7 for the next legislative session when lawmakers have to write a new state budget. 

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Howard Wilkinson / WVXU

It usually starts around Thanksgiving.

My Facebook page and Twitter account light up with friends, near and far, demanding an answer to a single question.

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The White House

There are some invitations to Christmas parties and holiday gatherings where you can thank the person inviting you and send your regrets for not being able to attend.

Evan Vucci / AP

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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Timothy D. Easley / AP

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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Image via WVXU news partner WCPO

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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