Trailing in the polls and the contest for campaign dollars, Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald brought most of the statewide Democratic ticket with him Tuesday morning for a rally in Cincinnati's Washington Park, one of the last stops on a eight-city bus tour of the state.
There were about 75 supporters who showed up for the morning event, but FitzGerald sees the “Tour to Restore Ohio” as a way of making up for the lack of financial resources and drumming up enthusiasm among the Democratic base in Ohio.
Children's Hospital will use a five-year, $3.5 million grant in its bid to reduce Cincinnati's high infant mortality rate.
The money is part of a Health Start grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It will be used to create a neighborhood-based team that will find women in need of medical services and then connect them to those services. Follow up care with home visits and social service agencies will also be included.
"All Aboard Ohio" is pushing for high speed rail to connect parts of Ohio and Indiana with Chicago.
Group member Pete Witte says the current rail service is inconvenient and takes too long. Driving can be costly when you factor in $50/day to park, and airlines are scaling back on short-haul flights. He says economic growth is a key factor with other big cities like St. Louis, Columbus and Cleveland studying similar lines.