The Ohio Democratic Party has landed former President Bill Clinton to be the featured speaker at its annual Legacy Dinner in June, just as the statewide campaigns are going into full swing.
The fundraising event will be on Friday, June 13 in Columbus. Party leaders are hoping the presence of Clinton will fire up the party faithful for a fall campaign where they have the daunting task of trying to win back all the statewide offices, from governor on down.
It was late evening on March 17 when neighbors reported smelling diesel near the Oak Glen Nature Preserve in Colerain Township. An underground pipeline run by a Sunoco subsidiary had ruptured and oil was oozing down a hillside creek, collecting in a pond and threatening to seep into the Great Miami River.
A month later, you can still see oil ringing trees like high-water marks.
Great Parks of Hamilton County spokeswoman Jennifer Sivak says, "you can still smell the oil."
Federal Judge Timothy Black ruled as he said he was going to, striking down a portion of Ohio's gay marriage ban that blocks recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states. (there is a stay on the order except for the four couples involved. Attorney Al Gerhardstein says the earliest the stay would be lifted is Wednesday.)
Cincinnati budget officials are working to put together the city's spending plan for the next fiscal year. Department heads will likely begin making presentations to Council about their budgets in two weeks.
Budget and Finance Committee Chairman Charlie Winburn had suggested those half hour presentations start at the end of May. But council members wanted more time for the process so the schedule was changed.
Council member Kevin Flynn asked for the additional time. He said the previous schedule was not aggressive enough.