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Kentucky's Fancy Farm: Chopped Mutton, Politicians Hurling Insults

Aug 3, 2015
Rob Canning

For some in Western Kentucky, the annual Fancy Farm Picnic is about chopped mutton and pork, bingo and music.

But for the rest of the state it’s that weekend in August when politicians roll up their shirt sleeves and yell into a sea of cheers and boos.


WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the significance of Thursday's Fox News GOP presidential debate being held in Ohio. 

  We don’t know about your family, but, at our house, when Thanksgiving came around, there were two tables set up for the family feast.

One for the grown-ups – the big fancy table. Another off to the side – usually a card table with a tablecloth thrown over it – for the kiddies.

It was OK, except the mashed potatoes tended to get cold by the time they made it to the card table.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is six days into his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination. How's he doing so far? WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik about it Monday morning. 

OK, so what is John Kasich’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination all about?

Well, two-time Heisman Trophy winner and Buckeye legend Archie Griffin had it right Tuesday morning when he welcomed about 2,000 Kasich supporters to the student union on the Ohio State University campus for Kasich’s formal announcement speech.

He led them in the famous Buckeye chant, not once but twice:

“O-H,’’ Griffin hollered at the crowd. They responded accordingly, the way any good Buckeye fan would: “I-O!”


Kasich Becomes 16th GOP Presidential Candidate, Touting Economic Record

Jul 21, 2015
Andy Chow/Ohio Public Radio

Ohio Gov. John Kasich became the 16th Republican running for the 2016 presidential nomination Tuesday, after months of campaigning in early primary and caucus states as an undeclared candidate.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Sanders would physically be in Cincinnati. He will, in fact, be live-streaming the event to multiple venues nationwide. 

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will bring his campaign to Cincinnati Wednesday, July 29, when he live-streams a message to supporters at the Woodward Theater in Over-the-Rhine.


  Ohio Governor John Kasich announces his presidential candidacy today, his second bid for the White House.  He enters an already-crowded field, becoming the 16th candidate to officially jump into the race. 

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Ann Thompson Monday morning about Ohio Gov. John Kasich jumping into the fight for the Republican presidential nomination and his chances of coming out on top. 

Howard Wilkinson has been on vacation so there's no Politically Speaking column Sunday.

Not to worry though, his column returns next week.