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. 

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CLEVELAND - In an Ohio delegation where there are plenty of people who have their doubts about Donald Trump as their presidential candidate, there are some who are all-in.

State Rep. Ron Maag, R-Lebanon, is one of them.

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CLEVELAND - Ordinarily, a state delegation breakfast at a presidential nominating convention features a main speaker who is acting as a surrogate for the presidential candidate.

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CLEVELAND - Clarence Mingo, the Franklin County auditor and one of the most highly-visible African-American Republicans in Ohio, has made it clear that he has no use whatsoever for the GOP's presidential nominee,  Donald Trump.

The Republican National Convention begins Monday in Cleveland.  WVXU's Politics Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about what to expect.

The Republican National Convention is underway this week.  

Cleveland - There was a time when State Sen. Shannon Jones and former state representative Michelle Schneider were close friends.

All of that ended six years ago when Jones and Schneider faced each other in a state senate race.

Now, ironically, Schneider, of Indian Hill, is in Cleveland this week as Jones' replacement as an Ohio delegate.

By the time you read this, I will be in Cleveland, about to cover my 15th presidential nominating convention, Democratic and Republican, over the past four decades.

This one promises to be an event unlike anything any of us have ever seen.

A bombastic developer of high-rise towers and casinos who has gone through cycles of boom-and-bust over and over again throughout his career, a man whose celebrity grew as the host of a reality TV show, suddenly decides last year to run for the Republican nomination for president.

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Ohio has been deemed the bellwether state when it comes to presidential politics, and for good reason. 

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will speak Monday, July 18 to the 107th annual national convention of the NAACP at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about growing calls for Hillary Clinton to consider former Ohio attorney general and state treasurer Richard Cordray as her running mate. It's a long shot, but Cordray is likely to get consideration. 

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