Howard Wilkinson

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8:56 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning politics chat

Howard Wilkinson

WVXU's political reporter, Howard Wilkinson, talks with Maryanne Zeleznik, about the possibility of U.S. Sen. Rob Portman as a presidential candidate in 2016.

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Local News
12:00 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Would Rob Portman take a chance on running for president?

On the evening of May 16, in Grand Ballroom A of the Duke Energy Convention Center, about 600 local Republicans gathered for the Hamilton County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner.

Many of those in the record-breaking crowd were there to see and hear the keynote speaker, one of the hottest commodities in the still very early battle for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination – Rand Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky.

Some of the people in that room support Paul’s candidacy.

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Local News
12:23 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Elections director Searcy appointed to judgeship

Amy Searcy
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Hamilton County elections director Amy Searcy has been appointed to a domestic relations court judgeship, effective Monday.

The incumbent Republican judge, Beth Mattingly, and retired withdrawn as a candidate for re-election.

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Local News
12:00 am
Sun May 25, 2014

GOP convention here? Well, there's just no place to put it

In the end, Cincy2016, the group trying to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to Cincinnati, had just about everything they needed to host such a massive event.

Everything except an arena capable of holding the convention.

Hotel space? Check. Transportation for delegates and guests? Check. Plenty of amenities such as bars and restaurants within walking distance of downtown hotels? Check.

But the 40-year-old U.S. Bank Arena – plenty big enough for a minor league hockey team, circuses, ice shows and hard rock concerts – just couldn’t cut the mustard.

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Local News
2:49 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Cincinnati out of running as 2016 GOP convention site

Cincinnati Republicans learned this afternoon they would not be chosen as a finalist for the 2016 Republican National Convention, so they formally withdrew their bid.

Cincinnati was one of six cities on a list of potential GOP convention sites.

"Prior to the site selection committee vote, Cincinnati respectfully withdrew their bid from the process, based on the criteria set forth by the RNC for the main arena,'' the Republican National Committee (RNC) said in a press release.

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