Howard Wilkinson: Politics and More

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Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU news team as the politics reporter and columnist in April 2012 , after 30 years of covering local, state and national politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. On this page, you will find  his weekly column, Politically Speaking; the Monday morning political chats with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik and other news coverage by Wilkinson. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio gubernatorial race since 1974, as well as 16 presidential nominating conventions. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots, the Lucasville prison riot in 1993, the Air Canada plane crash at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983, and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. And, given his passion for baseball, you might even find some stories about the Cincinnati Reds here from time to time. 

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Tom Uhlman / AP

William J. Keating – a man who will be remembered as a giant in Cincinnati's politics, publishing and legal professions – died Wednesday at the age of 93.

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Cincinnati Edition speaks with WVXU’s Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson about Tuesday’s vote-by-mail primary.

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Jim Cole / AP

There are so many people who have known the late John H. Glenn, Jr. – fighter pilot, Mercury astronaut, United States Senator from Ohio – who believe he would have made a very good president of the United States.

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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.

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Wikimedia Commons

If you lived for a time in a place known as "Pleasure Island,'' you might think that would be a pretty good place to hang your hat.

Well, I did. And it wasn't.

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Pixabay

I write this in the form of a confession.

The bad news is that I was once guilty of creating fake news.

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John Minchillo / AP

The Federal Elections Commission (FEC) wants to know why an audit of U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot's campaign finance reports indicate that $123,000 has gone missing. Chabot, through a campaign lawyer, says he doesn't know and is very upset over the matter.

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Courtesy of The Cincinnati Reds

If you had been in Al Lopez Field in Tampa, Fla., in the 1980s, watching a Cincinnati Reds spring training game, you probably wouldn't have noticed the tall, thin old man sitting in the seats behind home plate, a scorecard in his hand.

Just another old snowbird from up north, you might well have thought.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Before we start imagining the possibility of busloads of undocumented immigrants being bused from the nation's southern border and dumped on to Fountain Square because Cincinnati is a "sanctuary city," let's consider one thing.

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For the second time in less than a year, Ambriehl Crutchfield is learning a new city.

Crutchfield, a Nashville native and 2018 Western Kentucky University graduate, joins the WVXU-FM news department Monday as a general assignment reporter. Last fall she interned at Chicago Public Radio's WBEZ-FM.

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Joe Maiorana / AP

How did I end up here?  

That was about all I could think one evening about a year ago, as I sat at a banquet table in the Baker Center at my old school, Ohio University, enjoying a plate full of perfectly done prime rib and the best crab cakes this side of Baltimore.

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Andrew Harnik / AP

For the time being, an Ohio group has pulled out of a ballot issue this year to have the state join a nationwide movement to bypass the Electoral College and elect the president by popular vote.

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U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan from Niles in northeast Ohio is well-known in the state's Mahoning Valley, but not so much in southwest Ohio. Or in the rest of the country. WVXU senior political analyst Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday after Ryan's decision to join the crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates. Ryan is a long shot, but there are a lot of long shots in that field.

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AP

Imagine yourself as a loyal Cincinnati Reds fan on the evening of May 24, 1935.

You were one of the 20,422 who had paid a top dollar of $1.75 for a seat in Crosley Field at the corner of Findlay and Western avenues in the West End.

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Mary Altaffer / AP

Ohio seems to be in one of its political mood swings again.

It happens every generation or so, and this one seems to favor the Republicans.

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WVXU senior political analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with Jay Hanselman Monday morning about a recent Quinnipiac University poll of American voters that had some bad news for President Trump - 53% of those polled said they will not vote for Trump for re-election, including 60% of all women voters. Anything over 50% is the last thing an incumbent wants to see, although he has plenty of time to turn that around.

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Al Behrman / AP

Like moths to a flame.

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WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's proposal for an 18 cent per gallon increase in the gasoline tax to create a fund for fixing Ohio's dilapidated and unsafe highways. But his fellow Republicans in the Ohio General Assembly have balked at DeWine's 18 cents. The House is to to give 10.7 cents; the Senate only six cents. Like his predecessor, John Kasich, DeWine is already having trouble with his party's leadership in the legislature.

Marty Brennaman
John Kiesewetter / WVXU

Cincinnati Reds radio broadcaster Marty Brennaman is starting his 46th, and last, year with the club. His voice has been the sound of summer for Cincinnati baseball fans since 1974.

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