Lakshmi Sammarco en Moving the board of elections is no slam dunk <p>For years now, those people who cast early ballots in person at the Hamilton County Board of Elections have done so by going to the board’s offices at 824 Broadway downtown.</p><p>If a majority of the county commissioners and the two Republicans on the board of elections get their way, they will have to head to Mt. Airy to do that.</p><p>And a growing chorus of voices – mostly, but not entirely, Democrats, and most of the African-American leadership of Cincinnati – are saying that would be a raw deal for the thousands of voters who depend on public transportation to get around.</p> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Howard Wilkinson 22228 at Moving the board of elections is no slam dunk Elections board split over move to Mount Airy <p>Democrats and Republicans on the Hamilton County Board of Elections are split over whether to move their headquarters from downtown to the former Mercy Mount Airy Hospital because of the issue of early in-person voting.<br /><br />The Democrats on the board - Tim Burke and Caleb Faux - say moving to the Kipling road building would make it extremely hard for voters without cars to get to the board, which has one bus line. Many voters would have to take multiple buses to get to Mount Airy, they say.<br /> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:28:37 +0000 Howard Wilkinson 22091 at Study projects much lower cost for new crime lab <p>New figures are in on how much it would cost to convert Mercy Mt. Airy hospital into a new crime lab for the coroner's office.</p><p>Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco says a new architectural study puts renovation costs at $21.5 million, well under the projected $56 million to build a new facility.</p><p>"The building is sound and it's a gift," says Sammarco. "I think we really need to look at it as this is going to be the most economical way for us to get a new crime lab."</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:33:32 +0000 Tana Weingartner 18753 at Southwest Ohio: Red on the edges, blue in the middle <p>Now that the votes are officially counted, it’s time to empty the notebook on the 2012 election and turn the page. Here are&nbsp; some parting thoughts:</p><p><br><strong>Big Blue</strong>: One of the enduring myths of American politics, if you talk to many pundits and politicos around the country, is that Cincinnati is rock-solid Republican country.</p><p><br>Maybe they confuse the city with the county and the region as a whole, which definitely has a red due. Or maybe it goes back to the fact that the Taft political dynasty came from the Queen City.</p> Sun, 02 Dec 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Howard Wilkinson 6629 at Southwest Ohio: Red on the edges, blue in the middle