2016 Republican convention

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Update: 1:29 p.m. Arena officials aren't saying how much the project could cost, nor are they laying out a timeline. Nederlander Entertainment CEO Ray Harris says funding talks are underway with Cincinnati,  Hamilton County, and the Port Authority. "It's obviously got to be a private/public partnership and we're trying to figure that out with them," he says.

With the 2016 GOP national convention coming to Cleveland, could they end up nominating an Ohioan for president or vice president? Both Sen. Rob Portman and Gov. John Kasich are being talked about as possible contenders. WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked about it this morning with Jay Hanselman.

An eight-member delegation of the Republican National Committee(RNC) toured Cincinnati today to see if the city might be a suitable location for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Cincy2016, the local committee pushing for the convention, gave the group from the RNC a tour of US Bank Arena, the proposed venue for the convention; the Cincinnati Convention Center, and downtown hotels.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talks politics with Maryanne Zeleznik. Today's topics: Absentee balloting in Hamilton County and the Republican National Committee site selection committee's visit to Cincinnati Tuesday.

In this week's Monday morning politics chat, Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about John Boehner actually spending money in his 8th Congressional District Republican primary and Cincinnati's chances of landing the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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Cincinnati made the first cut of cities vying for the 2016 Republican National Convention, the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced this afternoon.

Eight cities from around the country made formal presentations to the RNC’s site selection committee last month;  and two of them were eliminated by the committee today – Columbus and Phoenix.

But Cincinnati, which wants to hold the convention at US Bank Arena, was one of six to survive the first cut – a list that also included Cleveland.

photo by Michael Keating

91.7 WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the chances of Cincinnati landing the 2016 Republican presidential nominating convention and Ohio Gov. John Kasich's possible presidential ambitions.

There’s an old saying in the game of golf – “never up, never in.”

It means that if your ball is on the green, a long way from the cup, you have to swing your putter with an extra “oomph” to get the ball somewhere close to the hole. That way, if you don’t sink it, you have an easy tap-in putt.

Michael E. Keating

WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about the chances of the 2016 Republican National Convention coming to Cincinnati, Rand Paul's support in the CPAC straw poll and how Paul will help the local GOP raise money in May.