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Secretary of state race underway, bridge may need private funding, sewer policy dismissed

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Ohio Sen. Nina Turner
Ohio Sen. Nina Turner

Is the race for Ohio secretary of state already underway? Ohio Sen. Nina Turner, who is considering a run against Secretary of State Jon Husted in 2014, says she will introduce legislation to

protect voters against Republican efforts to limit ballot access

. She also criticized Husted for how he handled the 2012 election, which CityBeat covered

here

. Husted responded by asking Turner to “dial down political rhetoric.”

Build Our New Bridge Now, an organization dedicated to building the Brent Spence Bridge, says the best approach is

private financing

. The organization claims a public-private partnership is the only way to get the bridge built by 2018, rather than 2022. But critics are worried the partnership and private financing would lead to tolls.

The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners

threw out

a Metropolitan Sewer District competitive bidding policy yesterday. The policy, which was originally passed by City Council, was called unfair and illegal by county commissioners due to apprenticeship requirements and rules that favor contractors within city limits. Councilman Chris Seelbach is now

pushing for compromise

for the rules.

Believe it or not, Cincinnati’s economy

will continue outpacing the national economy this year

, says Julie Heath, director of the University of Cincinnati’s Economics Center.

Three Cincinnati-area hospitals are

among the best in the nation

, according to new rankings from Healthgrades. The winners: Christ Hospital, Bethesda North Hospital and St. Elizabeth Healthcare-Edgewood.

Democrat David Mann, former Cincinnati mayor and congressman,

may re-enter politics

with an attempt at City Council.

In its 2013 State of Tobacco report, the American Lung Association gave Ohio

an F for anti-smoking policies

. The organization said the state is doing a poor job by relying exclusively on federal money for its $3.3 million anti-tobacco program. The Centers for Disease Control says Ohio should be spending $145 million.

The Air Force is

gearing up

for massive spending cuts currently set to kick in March. The cuts will likely affect Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Dennis Kucinich, who used to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, will soon

appear on Fox News

as a regular contributor.

For anyone who’s ever been worried about getting attacked by a drone,

there’s now a hoodie and scarf for that

.
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