Howard Wilkinson: Politics and More

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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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Hamilton County Democrats will get a look at their only active candidate for Ohio governor on April 11, when Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald is the featured speaker at a county party fundraising reception.

FitzGerald, the 44-year-old former mayor of the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, announced last week he was forming an exploratory committee for a run for Ohio governor in 2014, when the Republican incumbent, John Kasich is up for re-election.

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 Gay rights at the forefront the past several days as Senator Rob Portman announced he was no longer opposed to gay marriage and several Cincinnati Council members decided to boycott the Saint Patrick's Day Parade when a Gay rights group was not allowed to participate.  WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about what it all means politically. 

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In his weekly chat this morning, WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about Cincinnati's plan to lease its parking facilities and why the issue has ended up in court.

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WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about some of Ohio Governor John Kasich's latest moves.

This week WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about the certified results of the Presidential Election in Ohio and the upcoming Cincinnati Mayor's race.

Friday night - only three days before the election - Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are bringing their campaign to Butler County, one of the deepest mines of GOP votes in the Buckeye State, for a rally in West Chester.

The rally - which also features the presidential candidate's wife, Ann Romney - will be at The Square at Unon Centre, 9285 Centre Point Drive, West Chester.

The doors open at 4:30 p.m., with the program set to begin at 7 p.m.

It is a ticketed event. Tickets are available at http://www.mittromney.com/ohio.

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WVXU's Howard Wilkinson talks about this week's political headlines with Jay Hanselman.

President Obama's Wednesday rally in Cincinnati will be at the Duke Energy Convention Center downtown, with the doors opening at 8 a.m., according to the Obama-Biden campaign.

Tickets for the event are available at https://mybarackobama.com/page/s/obama-cincinnati-oct-31.  Tickets are also available on Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., downtown or at the Organizing for America office at 1240 W. Kemper Rd. in Forest Park.

President Obama's Wednesday rally in Cincinnati will be at the Duke Energy Convention Center downtown, with the doors opening at 8 a.m., according to the Obama-Biden campaign.

Tickets for the event are available at https://mybarackobama.com/page/s/obama-cincinnati-oct-31.  Tickets are also available on Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., downtown or at the Organizing for America office at 1240 W. Kemper Rd. in Forest Park.

Ohio is the birthplace of aviation, but automobiles are driving this presidential election in the Buckeye State.


Specifically, the 2009 move by the federal government to save General Motors and Chrysler from going down the drain. The auto industry “bailout,” as the Romney campaign likes to call it. The Obama campaign prefers the term “rescue.”


There is really no way to adequately describe how critical Ohio is to the question Americans will decide in nine days – who will occupy the Oval Office at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the next four years.

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