Politics

Political Junkie Ken Rudin is back with us again, post-government shutdown, pre-whatever the next big crisis will be. Immigration, Obamacare round two, budget negotiations, the holiday version, or something not yet on the radar. Tune in, share your thoughts, and see if you can answer Ken’s trivia question this month. And Ken is now online, visit his website or podcast.

Yes, Cincinnati has a costly and contentious mayor’s race going on.

Yes, there is a mob of 21 candidates scrambling to win one of nine seats on city council. And, yes, there are plenty of controversial issues, from the streetcar to the parking lease to the city’s woeful pension system, for the candidates to argue about.

And yet, the truth is, there are clear indications that Nov. 5 will see the lowest turnout election in Cincinnati in many a decade. Maybe ever.

And what is the particular tea leaf we can read that would lead us to this conclusion?

Charter Committee of Greater Cincinnati

In 1924 local corruption was so bad that Cincinnati earned the reputation as the worst-governed city in America. In June of that year, a new reform-minded group called the City Charter Committee was founded. Today that group is known as the Charter Committee of Greater Cincinnati. Mary Fitzpatrick, former board member, and Executive Committee Chairman Michael Goldman discuss the history and mission of the Charter Committee.

Political Junkie Ken Rudin is back with us again to share his insights on Syria, a possible government shutdown over Obamacare, the debt ceiling, the arguing factions within the Republican Party, and other key issues being debated in the nation’s capital.

City of Cincinnati

Tuesday’s primary election left just two candidates in the race to be Cincinnati’s next mayor. We discuss each candidate’s campaigns and their chance of success in the November general election with Xavier University Assistant Director for Philosophy, Politics, and the Public Honors, Dr. Gene Beaupre, and XU Associate Professor of Political Science and Sociology, Dr. Mack D. Mariani. We also take a look at how the race for city council is shaping up.

US House of Representatives

  

Republican Brad Wenstrup was elected in 2012 to represent the people of Ohio’s Second Congressional District in the US House of Representatives. Mr. Wenstrup is a medical doctor, Army Reserve officer, Iraq War veteran, and small business owner. He joins us to discuss the issues facing the nation and the district he represents.

WVXU Political Reporter talks with Jay Hanselman about the death of former Ohio Governor John Gilligan, who died yesterday in Cincinnati.  He was 92.

Office of the Governor of Kentucky

Howard Wilkinson and Jay Hanselman talk with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear about the state of Kentucky, the Brent Spence, pension reform, legalized gambling and more.

University of Virginia Center for Politics

    

Ohio has long been a political bell-weather state, and now Kentucky is in the spotlight, with pundits closely watching the race for Mitch McConnell’s senate seat, and the growing prominence of Kentucky’s junior senator, Tea Party favorite Rand Paul. Political Analyst and Creator of Sabato's Crystal Ball, Larry Sabato, discusses Kentucky’s role in national politics.

Continuing the conversation about Kentucky’s role on the national political stage from a local perspective, Political Analyst and Author Rick Robinson and Former Chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party, Nathan Smith, join Howard and Jay to discuss Mitch McConnell’s chances in 2014, and what part Rand Paul could play in the 2016 presidential election.

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