Howard Wilkinson: Politics and More

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. 

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about where things stand with Ohio Gov. John Kasich's bid for the GOP presidential nomination and the Kentucky GOP creating a presidential caucus so GOP presidential contender Rand Paul can be on the primary ballot as a candidate for re-election to the Senate next year. 

It’s hard to say at this early date how Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s quest for the Republican presidential nomination will turn out, but, given the governor’s personal style and political skills, everyone assumed it would be a wild ride.

And it has been just that.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Ann Thompson Monday morning about the seeming rise of John Kasich's presidential ambitions; and the fact that Kentucky's Rand Paul appears to have a campaign stalled in neutral. 

August has not been kind to Rand Paul, Kentucky’s junior senator and one of 17 contenders for the Republican presidential nomination.

In fact, August has been downright rude to Paul.

Not much has gone right for Paul lately.

Ohio will obviously be a key state in next year's presidential election, but it will also have a key role to play in the battle for control of the U.S. Senate. WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked Monday morning with news director Maryanne Zeleznik about that already contentious race. 

There are many odd things about this battle within the ranks of Ohio Democrats over the U.S. Senate seat, with 30-year-old P.G. Sittenfeld, the council member from Cincinnati, taking on the 74-year-old former governor and congressman, Ted Strickland.

First, there is the fact that Sittenfeld, despite having the entire Ohio Democratic Party structure lined up against him, and the national party too, shows absolutely no sign of dropping out of the race against Strickland who has the lead not only in name recognition but in money raised.

But that’s not the strangest thing.

Last night it was all about the GOP presidential primary, with the seven candidates who didn'’t make the cut for the official debate participating in a separate forum, followed by the ten top-polling candidates taking the stage for the main event, including current front-runner Donald Trump.

Voters in Clermont County's village of Bethel rejected an additional tax levy for police protection Tuesday, while voters in Mount Healthy and Saint Bernard approved tax levy renewals.

Tuesday was a special election day in Ohio, but there were only three issues on the ballot in southwest Ohio.

Nearly 64 percent of the voters who showed up at polling places in Bethel voted against the 8 mill levy.

Tuesday’s an election day in Ohio, but very few voters in southwest Ohio will find that their polling places are open.

Ohio has 88 counties, but there are only 12 issues on the ballot in 11 of those counties.


WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the significance of Thursday's Fox News GOP presidential debate being held in Ohio.