Howard Wilkinson's weekly chat about politics for 12/23, remembering William L. Mallory, Sr.



  Dayton, the sixth largest city in Ohio, has seen its industrial base decline dramatically over the decades. But the city has enacted new programs and policies to adapt to the new economy. Dayton also elected its new mayor last month, current City Commissioner Nan Whaley, who takes office in January. She joins us to talk about what she sees in the city’s future.

  The president’s approval rating is at an all-time low, Republican in-fighting, nervous Democrats running away from Obamacare, and both parties gearing up for 2014. Ken Rudin joins us for a look at the trials and tribulations taking place inside and outside the Beltway. If you like your Political Junkie, you can hear your Political Junkie. Period.

NPR's Mara Liasson

Nov 14, 2013

  Regular Morning Edition and All Things Considered listeners are familiar with the reporting of NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson, who provides extensive coverage on the people and policies that shape our nation. In Cincinnati recently, Mara Liasson talked with WVXU’s Howard Wilkinson about covering politics in Washington, DC and beyond the Beltway. Ms. Liasson is speaking at the Montgomery Women’s Club Town Hall Lecture Series this evening.

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?