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Ohio's 8th District Congressman and Speaker of the House, John Boehner had no competition last year, but in 2014 he will have Democratic opposition.  WVXU Political Reporter,  Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about this new candidate.

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This week WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks about the Ohio Governor's race and the changing attitudes on gay marriage, with Maryanne Zeleznik.

Governor John Kasich speaks one-on-one with Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kassler about his proposed state budget which is not being well-received in the statehouse.


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Hamilton County Democrats will get a look at their only active candidate for Ohio governor on April 11, when Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald is the featured speaker at a county party fundraising reception.

FitzGerald, the 44-year-old former mayor of the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, announced last week he was forming an exploratory committee for a run for Ohio governor in 2014, when the Republican incumbent, John Kasich is up for re-election.

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 Gay rights at the forefront the past several days as Senator Rob Portman announced he was no longer opposed to gay marriage and several Cincinnati Council members decided to boycott the Saint Patrick's Day Parade when a Gay rights group was not allowed to participate.  WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about what it all means politically. 

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As Democrats from across the state gathered in Columbus for their annual Legacy Dinner, they were still absorbing the news that Youngstown area Congressman Tim Ryan will not be running for governor next year.

Among the disappointed was state Rep. Bob Hagan.

“I think he could have won," he said. "I think it’s going to be a tough campaign – we needed someone that can shout and can scream and get people up on their feet and I think he can do that. On the other hand, I’m disappointed because, in a selfish way, I was going to run for Congress myself in his seat.”

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CNN is reporting Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio now supports gay marriage.  Portman says he's had a change of heart since learning one of his sons is gay.  See the story here. 

In an editorial in the Columbus Dispatch, Portman writes:

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In his weekly chat this morning, WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about Cincinnati's plan to lease its parking facilities and why the issue has ended up in court.

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WVXU Political Reporter talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about the upcoming Cincinnati City Council election and how  and why the parties go about making their political endorsements in this non-partisan race.

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WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about some of Ohio Governor John Kasich's latest moves.

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This week WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about Cincinnati City Council, Cecil Thomas says he'll leave his seat early and would like his wife to take over his position.

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Hamilton County is "on the move and getting stronger." That was the theme of Commission President Chris Monzel's State of the County address Thursday.

Monzel talked about the importance of keeping taxes low and how the Governor's proposed budget could benefit the ailing county stadium fund.

He says the county is also focused on infrastructure projects, especially the multi-billion dollar federally mandated sewer system upgrade. One money-saving plan involves ‘daylighting’ a stream to capture storm water rather than building a costly tunnel.

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Cincinnati City Council member Cecil Thomas, who can't run for re-election this year because of the city's term limits law, told WVXU this morning he plans to leave council "within a month or two" and wants his wife, Pam Thomas, appointed to replace him.

"If (Pam Thomas) wants it, I would absolutely back that,'' said Thomas, a Democrat and former Cincinnati police officer.

Pam Thomas ran for Hamilton County clerk of courts last fall, winning 48 percent of the vote against Republican incumbent Tracy Winkler. She won the city vote overwhelmingly.

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The President delivered his State of the Union address earlier this week... now it's Hamilton County's turn. Commission President Chris Monzel gives the annual State of County report Thursday afternoon. He says he'll focus on the board's three main priority areas.

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WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about the Cincinnati Mayor's race and some Democrats who may run for statewide office in Ohio.

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