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8:57 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning politics chat

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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12:00 am
Sun April 6, 2014

No reason to vote in May primary? Guess again

The May 6 primary in Ohio is likely to be a relatively low turnout affair, except in locales where there are significant ballot issues to be decided.

There are no significant primaries on the Republican or Democratic side for the statewide offices, from governor on down; and there are no hot-button statewide ballot issues to draw voters to the polls.

There is a statewide constitutional amendment to allow the state to issue bonds to finance or help finance capital improvement projects for local governments.

But that ballot issue couldn’t draw flies.

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2:42 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Cincy makes the first cut for 2016 GOP convention

(from left) Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and John Barrett, CEO of Western Southern and unofficial head of the local committee.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

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.

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8:54 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday politics chat: presidential politics and a little baseball

Howard Wilkinson

WVXU's politics reporter, Howard Wilkinson, talked with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the chances of an Ohio or Kentucky candidate being nominated for president if the GOP convention comes to Cincinnati in 2016. And, of course, a little baseball talk on the Reds' Opening Day.

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12:00 am
Sun March 30, 2014

A GOP convention here might end up nominating a neighbor for president

Alright, let’s assume for the moment that Cincinnati does land the 2016 Republican presidential nominating convention.

What would the chances be that the eventual nominee of the GOP turns out to be from Ohio, the host state, or right across the river in Kentucky?

It’s a long shot, but by no means outside the realm of possibility.

Despite having an Electoral College map that works decidedly against them, the Republicans seemingly have more potential 2016 presidential contenders than Heinz has varieties.

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