Howard Wilkinson: Politics and More

Credit Michael Keating

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU news team as the politics reporter and columnist in April 2012 , after 30 years of covering local, state and national politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. On this page, you will find his political blog, his weekly column, Politically Speaking; the Monday morning political chats with news director Maryanne Zeleznik and other news coverage by Wilkinson. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio gubernatorial race since 1974, as well as 14 presidential nominating conventions. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots, the Lucasville prison riot in 1993, the Air Canada plane crash at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983, and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. And, given his passion for baseball, you might even find some stories about the Cincinnati Reds here from time to time.

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Politics
1:18 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Early voting begins Tuesday for Aug. 5 election, but a slim ballot

Tuesday is the first day of early voting in Ohio's August 5 election, although few voters in southwest Ohio will have anything to vote on.

Hamilton County has only two issues on the ballot - an additional 11.2 mill tax levy in the Lockland Local School District and the renewal of a five mill tax levy for fire and emergency medical services in Mount Healthy.

In Warren County, voters in the Lebanon City School District will decide a tax levy renewal that will raise $4.2 million a year for the next three years.

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Politics
8:52 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning politics chat

Howard Wilkinson

There will be no hot-button ballot issues to draw Ohio voters to the polls this November. WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about it.

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Politics
12:00 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Ohio Democrats and Republicans continue to battle over voter rights

The debate over voting rights in Ohio rages on, unabated.  

Democrats argue that the Republicans in the legislature and the Republican secretary of state, Jon Husted, have done everything in their power to make it difficult for Democrats – particularly African-American voters – to cast a ballot.

Husted and the Republicans argue that you would be hard-pressed to find a state that gives its people more opportunities to cast a ballot, with its 28-day early voting period for both mail-in absentee ballots and early in-person voting at the state’s 88 county boards of elections.

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Politics
9:05 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning politics chat

Howard Wilkinson

WVXU political reporter talked this morning with Maryanne Zeleznik about the Democratic candidates for Congress in southwest Ohio; and Ohio's chances of hosting a Republican or Democratic presidential nominating convention next year.

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Politics
12:00 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Are SW Ohio Democratic congressional candidates the ultimate underdogs?

So, of all the candidates on the November ballot in southwest Ohio, which have the highest mountains to climb?

The answer may well be these three Democrats – Fred Kundrata, Marek Tyszkiewicz, and Tom Poetter.

They are the Democratic candidates for the U.S. House taking on three well-known and well-funded Republican incumbents in districts that are very friendly to Republicans – Steve Chabot, Brad Wenstrup, and House Speaker John Boehner, respectively.

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