University of Cincinnati President Greg
Williams abruptly stepped down Aug. 21. According to reports, Williams
walked into a UC Board of Trustees meeting, announced he was resigning
effective immediately and left.
Rival political parties in Ohio probably
know more about your elected officials than you do. It’s common practice
for the major parties to file open records requests to get everything
from schedules and emails to staff resumes from officeholders.
Congratulations are in order for Ohio
Treasurer Josh Mandel. As part of his U.S. senatorial campaign, Mandel, a
Republican, has earned his sixth “Pants on Fire” rating from
fact-checking website PolitiFact.
When the Reds announced that Joey Votto
needed knee surgery and was going to miss a month, most thought the
best-case scenario would be the first-place Reds treading water and
hopefully keeping the Pirates and Cardinals at bay. And even that was
seen as a bit optimistic.
“I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the
voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American —
voter-turnout machine.” So said Doug Preisse, chairman of the Franklin
County Republican Party, in an email to The Columbus Dispatch.
Spectators at the Western & Southern Open’s finals on
Aug. 19 also saw a plane flying overhead pulling a banner protesting
the tournament’s corporate sponsor. The banner read: “W&S Stop
Bullying Anna Lou Inn stpws.com.”
Since 2010, Ohio has woken up to the
realities of its human trafficking problem. Back then, the state was
considered to be among “the worst states” — or tier 4 — by the Polaris
Project, an organization focused on the nationwide issue of human
The Coalition Opposed to Additional
Spending and Taxes (COAST) has long been known locally for its
unwavering opposition to the streetcar project, but the organization
crossed the line into dishonesty on Aug. 6 with its calls to action
about the sale of the Blue Ash Airport.
As he sat at a podium in Mason,
Andy Murray wasn’t quite sure where his gold medal was. Murray, a week
removed from winning the Olympic gold medal for singles in men’s tennis,
was in Cincinnati while his prize was far away.
Faced with the choice of raising property
taxes or funding senior and mental health services at their current
levels, the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners voted on Aug. 8
to approve a ballot measure that would effectively cut tens of millions
of dollars from those services if passed by voters.