Howard Wilkinson

Local News
2:34 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Beck won't resign Ohio House seat, lawyer says

State Rep. Peter Beck
Ohio House of Representatives website

State Rep. Peter Beck of Mason, indicted Friday on 16 felony charges, will not be resigning from his seat in the Ohio House, his lawyer said Monday.

"He has no intention of doing that,'' Konrad Kircher, the Mason lawyer who is defending the Republican lawmaker told WVXU. "These are just charges. He plans to fight them, clear his name, and put this behind him."

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Local News
10:16 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Mitch McConnell to have primary challenge

Matt Bevin
Provided by campaign

Matt Bevin, a Louisville businessman with support from Kentucky tea party activists, plans to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the 2014 GOP Senate primary.

Bevin, a partner in a hedge fund group, plans to make his announcement at the Kentucky statehouse in Frankfort Wednesday morning; and go on to campaign stops in Newport and Louisville later in the day.

Challenging an incumbent U.S. Senator is always difficult; and McConnell already has $10 million in his campaign account and the support of a Super PAC called Kentuckians for strong leadership.

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Local News
12:00 am
Sun July 21, 2013

Looks like Ohio Dems will do without Cordray in 2014

Ohio Democrats who were hoping that Richard Cordray, the former state treasurer and attorney general, might rush in on a white horse, with a hardy “Heigh Ho Silver”  and save the day in the 2014 Ohio governor’s race, may as well move along.


There’s nothing to see here.

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Local News
3:47 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

State Rep. Peter Beck indicted on 16 fraud counts

State Rep. Peter Beck
Ohio House of Representatives website

State Rep. Peter Beck, a Mason Republican, has been indicted by a Hamilton County grand jury on 16 felony counts involving alleged security fraud – charges that could result in a maximum of 102 years  in prisons if convicted on all counts.


And, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Friday at a press conference with Hamilton County prosecutor Joseph T. Deters, there could well be more charges to come in an “on-going investigation” of Beck’s handling of money of investors in a start-up software company.

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Howard Wilkinson's Political Blog
12:37 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

"Right church, wrong pew" voters must be counted

An issue which left a Hamilton County Juvenile Court judgeship in legal limbo for months after the 2010 election has been resolved once and for all by a federal district court judge in Columbus.

U.S. District Court Judge Algenon Marbley has made permanent a ruling he issued last year saying that provisional ballots cast by voters who show up at the right polling place but the wrong precinct table must be counted.

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