Howard Wilkinson

Wednesday marks the first of 27 days of early voting before Ohio's March 15th primary election.

Ohio's 88 county boards of elections can begin mailing out absentee ballots to those who have applied for them; and voters can cast ballots at specific times at board of election offices.

Because this is a presidential primary election for both Republicans and Democrats, election officials like Sherry Poland, Hamilton County's elections director, are preparing for large numbers of early voters.

Well, no need for John Kasich to pack his bags, come home and go back to his day job as Ohio’s governor.

He had a very respectable second-place finish in New Hampshire last Tuesday, even though his 16 percent of the vote was less than half of that of the 600-pound gorilla in the room, Donald Trump.

Michael E. Keating

There is a lot going on in Greater Cincinnati, and it’'s not always easy to stay on top of the news and trends that affect our region.

Democratic voters in the 31st Ohio House District have no less than six candidates from which to choose to replace incumbent Democrat Denise Driehaus, who is term-limited out of the Ohio House this year.

There is but one lone Republican on the primary ballot.

This should tell you something about the 31st – it is a heavily Democratic district.

In fact, the 31st Ohio House District was something of a gift that the Ohio Apportionment Board, controlled by Republicans, gave Democrats after the legislative district were re-drawn following the 2010 Census.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Wednesday morning about Ohio Gov. John Kasich's second-place finish in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary and if he can build on that to eventually win the GOP presidential nomination. 

So, it looks as if the Hamilton County Board of Elections will pull out of downtown and move to Norwood at the end of the year.

If, that is, the county commissioners go along with the somewhat more expensive price tag attached to leasing the Central Parke offices on the former site of the General Motors plant.

Ed. Note: This is the first in a series of profiles of some of the contested races in the March 15 Ohio primary.

Democratic Party leaders in Cincinnati really weren’t expecting a primary contest in the 32nd Ohio House District in the March 15 primary election.

After all, the freshman incumbent, State Rep. Christie Bryant Kuhns of Northside won the heavily-Democratic district with ease in 2014, despite it being her first time on the ballot.

Hamilton County Board of Elections

The Hamilton County Board of Elections voted unanimously Wednesday morning to move its headquarters from downtown to the former General Motors site in Norwood.

They will need the approval of the county commissioners to do it.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about Monday night's Iowa presidential caucuses. Who might come away as winners? And does it really matter in the quest for the White House? 

  From afar, the Iowa caucuses look like a chaotic state fair midway, with candidates playing bumper cars as they careen around the state in search of voters for Monday’s first-in-the-nation caucus.

Yes, it chaos – controlled chaos, but chaos nonetheless.

But when you are there on the ground, watching it up close, as 19 Xavier University students were last weekend, it is a whirlwind, but one that makes sense.

And, as the Xavier students found, one that the people of Iowa revel in every four years.

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