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In this week's chat, WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson, talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about Ohio's senators both being appointed to the Senate Finance Committee and his thoughts about what we can expect from Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie and Ohio's new Congressman, Brad Wenstrup.

*Correction:  I mistakenly said that Brad Wenstrup had not voted on legislation yet - he voted no on Hurricane Sandy relief. My apologies. - Howard..

2012 was supposed to be a slow year at the Statehouse, with half of the seats in the Ohio Senate on the ballot, and with the two-year budget firmly in place. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler sat down with the departing Senate president and the minority leader to talk about the year that was – and what’s ahead.

WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about what the fiscal cliff talks could mean to House Speaker John Boehner and about some of the many races coming up in elections in 2014.

This week WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about the 2014 Ohio's Governor's race and next year's Cincinnati City Council election.

Angry employees and people who regularly use the Hamilton County Recorder's office packed Commission chambers Wednesday. They want funding restored to the Recorder's budget so he won't go through with closing the office on Friday's.

Earlier this month Wayne Coates announced the four-day work week is needed to manage the nearly 25 percent cut to his 2013 budget.

Paul Berlage with the Southwestern Ohio Land Title Association says avoiding filing delays is paramount.

This week WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about the certified results of the Presidential Election in Ohio and the upcoming Cincinnati Mayor's race.

If you need to file documents in Hamilton County, you'll have one fewer day per week to do so.

WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about the Cincinnati Mayor's Race. 

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Cincinnati Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld is not going to run for Mayor next year.  Sittenfeld said this morning he'll seek another term on Council during the 2013 election.  

He said many friends and community leaders encouraged him to consider the Mayor's race.

"I enjoy the work on Council and I do feel good about the impact I'm having there," Sittenfeld said.  "And frankly I want to continue a lot of the priorities I've started."

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Hamilton County has a 2013 budget but unlike the past few years, the vote was not unanimous.

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Hamilton County Commissioners are pushing back the date to pass a 2013 general fund budget.

Board President Greg Hartmann's plan has two votes but he'd prefer to present a unified front and have it pass unanimously.

Lone Democrat Todd Portune says, "no offense to Hartmann" but...

This week WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about a new role for US Senator Rob Portman and the activity beginning in the Cincinnati Council and Mayor's races.

Hamilton County Commissioners are hammering out the 2013 budget. Lone democrat Todd Portune released his proposal today/yesterday. Key to his 5-year plan is generating extra funds through a state provision allowing counties with land banks to issue securities based on expected tax revenues.

"While the use of this vehicle is limited to counties that are land bank counties, nowhere in the legislation, and nowhere have I found, are the use of the proceeds limited to just land bank activities," he says.

With the presidential election over, you might think politicians would get a bit of a break, but that's not the case. WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson joins Maryanne Zeleznik to talk about the next election on many people's minds. Goo

Beyond Civility

Nov 9, 2012

Now that the elections are over, do you believe that there is still the possibility of respectful public discourse, even among people of different beliefs? A group in Cincinnati does, and they have set out to prove it. Beyond Civility is working to increase respectful communication by showing that it can be done. This Monday, November 12, they will kick off their Side-by-Side series featuring State Senator Bill Seitz and Cincinnati Vice-Mayor Roxanne Qualls. To discuss their goals and this series, Mark Perzel welcomes organizers Bea Larsen and Robert Rack.