To almost no one’s surprise, Cincinnati council member P.G. Sittenfeld announced this week that he is running for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, with the hopes of knocking off incumbent Republican Rob Portman in November 2016.
Sittenfeld is an ambitious young man; and, especially in politics, there is nothing wrong with that. He had been dropping hints that he was considering jumping into the Senate race for weeks; and people on both sides of the aisle were taking him seriously.
December home sales in the Cincinnati area were up from a year ago, but not by much.
The Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors reports 1,616 sales last month, compared with 1,608 in December 2013. Northern Kentucky Realtors say their gain was similar: 397 sales in December of 2014, and 388 in December 2013.
However, total sales for 2014 are different for the two sides of the river. In Ohio, there was a drop in sales of 1.7 percent , while Northern Kentucky sales grew by 1.84 percent.
Investigators in Ohio Auditor Dave Yost’s office swept through 30 charter schools and found a big difference between the number of students officials reported to the Ohio Department of Education and the actual headcount in half of those schools.
“I frankly was shocked to find that 50% seems to be the average,’’ Yost said. “I think most of the folks in the legislature if you asked them without any backing they would be surprised by 50% attendance rate.”
The owners of one of the first tenant restaurants at The Banks will be opening the newest eateries there. The owners of the Holy Grail will open Santo Graal in March.
According to a press release from the Banks, Santo Graal is Italian for “Holy Grail”, and will offer classic Italian pasta, calzones, salads, desserts, and pizza. It will be open for lunch and for dinner.