CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL: This progressive downtown church, located on East Fourth Street, helps serve the public good with its “Community Issues Forum.” Held alternating Thursdays at noon between late September and May, the forum features speakers on current issues and political races affecting Cincinnati. The intimate gatherings, which are free and open to the public, allow attendees to ask questions in a free-form setting and offer residents a great opportunity to connect with newsmakers, like the recent appearance by mayoral candidates Mark Mallory and Brad Wenstrup.
JOE DETERS: Hamilton County’s prosecutor — who was once and may soon again be chairman of the local Republican Party — used his ESP last week to ascertain the motives of a pro-casino campaign worker who allegedly filed falsified absentee ballots. Deters charged the man with five felony counts for submitting at least 38 questionable ballots. The prosecutor said the worker was trying to impress his boss and it was an isolated incident of fraud, despite similar allegations against the pro-Issue 3 campaign across Ohio. Maybe Joltin’ Joe should give up his day job and fill the void left by Ms. Cleo’s retirement as the nation’s premier psychic.
JASON HAAP: The prolific blogger, known as “the Dean of Cincinnati,” is running for the Cincinnati Board of Education as a Green Party candidate. Although a first-time contender, Haap has laid out more detailed and specific policy proposals than the other candidates including incumbents, who largely stick to vague soundbites like “improve test scores.” His noteworthy proposals include proportional cuts for central office administrators, an anti-harassment policy for gay and lesbian students and details on funding an arts program. We’re glad someone is taking the race seriously.
KEVIN FLYNN: A Charterite mounting his first campaign for Cincinnati City Council, Flynn seems like a nice, intelligent fellow. A lawyer who is also board chairman at the Drake Center, Flynn never gets too detailed in his answers at debates and forums. One reason why might be to avoid scaring off potential voters by his extreme views. Responding to a Right to Life questionnaire, Flynn said he supports the reversal of Roe v. Wade and criminalizing abortion. The Roe decision is based on “bad science and bad law,” he added. We think Flynn doesn’t proclaim this publicly because most local voters would disagree.