Morning News: where are Cranley, Simpson getting their campaign cash?; city drops ball on federal funds for bike path

Mayor John Cranley has raised more than $1 million to Councilwoman Yvette Simpson's $350,000, but she has attracted many more donors.

Oct 2, 2017 at 11:14 am

Good morning all. There’s a lot of news out in the world today. Let's proceed.

Need an update on campaign fundraising by Cincinnati’s mayoral candidates? Check out how each one is faring as election day approaches. Mayor John Cranley leads big, raking in more than $1 million to challenger Councilwoman Yvette Simpson’s $350,000 since last July. But Simpson is getting her cash from a lot more donors — about 2,700 people have donated to her campaign compared to about 1,500 for Cranley’s. Big developers top the list when it comes to groups giving money. They’ve forked over almost $270,000 to Cranley’s campaign and another $40,000 for Simpson’s. Check out a detailed rundown here.

• The family of two people who died of hypothermia after Duke Energy cut off their power has re-filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the energy company. Dorthy and Estill Esterling III died in their beds in the winter of 2011 days after Duke terminated their service over an overdue bill amounting to around $100. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio earlier this year determined that service shutoff violated rules about turning off power service during winter months.

• University of Cincinnati Republicans have a message to high-profile white supremacist Richard Spencer: Don’t come to our campus. “We have no relationship with Mr. Spencer and have zero interest in inviting him to our campus to speak," the UC GOP said in a statement released after news broke that Spencer, a co-organizer of the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., had requested permits to speak at the university. Other schools, including Ohio State University, have turned down Spencer’s request, citing safety concerns.

• Cincinnati landmark Music Hall reopens this weekend, and if you go check out the free grand opening tours Oct. 7, you’ll spy all sorts of new (well, historic but newly restored) details. Those include uncovered windows lending our grand music castle an airier, more open feel; a taller ceiling featuring incredible stencil work in Corbett Tower, where crews removed a drop ceiling; and a roomier Springer Auditorium, which features a bigger stage and fewer seats that are roomier and better-spaced. Check out pictures of the renovation here or show up Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for a tour.

• The federal government was willing to chip in $4 million for a bike path on Cincinnati's East Side, but after a decade of effort by local advocates, the city will leave that money on the table because it won't cough up $800,000 in matching funds. Cincinnati officials say the city budget is tight and that other bike projects like Wasson Way are tying up funds. That's left folks on the East Side scrambling to find a way to scrape together the money to build the path, part of a planned 50-mile stretch called the Ohio River Trail.

• Activists today will hold a rally outside Cincinnati City Hall at 4 p.m. to advocate that the city adopt a resolution it mulled last year declaring Columbus Day Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead. That resolution almost made it through Council last year, but was stymied when several council members abstained instead of voting on the measure. Supporters of the measure say commemorating Columbus celebrates the subjugation and murder of Native Americans, and that the people and cultures here before Europeans came to the Americas aren’t recognized enough.

• Ohio’s U.S. senators have made their suggestions for two open federal court slots in the state. Sens. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, and Rob Portman, a Republican, have told said they’d like to see the White House nominate Judge Matt McFarland for an open U.S. District Court of Southern Ohio seat in Dayton. They’re also asking the Trump administration to nominate Sarah Morrison, administrator of the state’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, for another seat on that court operating out of Columbus.

• Finally, you’ve probably already seen the horrific news, but if you haven’t: a gunman last night opened fire on a crowded concert in Las Vegas, killing 50 people and injuring 400. Police believe 64-year-old Stephen Paddock is responsible for the shootings. Paddock, who is now deceased, was discovered on the 32nd floor of a hotel nearby the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival with numerous firearms. No details about Paddock’s potential motives or how he died have been released yet.