Taylor Swift, More Election News, and a Gazillion Other Greater Cincinnati News Stories You May Have Missed This Week

District flips. Music icons. Touchdown royalty. What a week, huh?

click to enlarge Taylor Swift now loves Cincinnati twice as much. - Photo: Gilles Dufresne, Flickr Creative Commons
Photo: Gilles Dufresne, Flickr Creative Commons
Taylor Swift now loves Cincinnati twice as much.

Whew. We're not sure how this keeps happening, but Taylor Swift has once again made a big tour announcement while elections still are in the public consciousness – and it's the second time this month! Catch up on this week's major headlines below, broken up into election and non-election sections.

Some election highlights

Mike DeWine Retains Ohio Governor Seat, Defeating Challenger Nan Whaley
DeWine began his first term in 2019 after serving in Ohio's statehouse, as a U.S. senator and as a lieutenant governor. He earned praise from medical experts in 2020 for Ohio's COVID-19 public health protocols but received scorn from many far-right Republicans who rallied against coronavirus vaccines and other safety measures. Whaley, a Democrat, is the former mayor of Dayton who has been a vocal advocate for gun safety legislation, abortion rights and banning LGBTQ+ conversion methods. Read CityBeat's story about the DeWine/Whaley battle.

J.D. Vance Edges Tim Ryan in Ohio's Pivotal U.S. Senate Race
Vance, an author and venture capitalist, was raised 30 miles north of Cincinnati in Middletown. His campaign leaned into the MAGA-sphere, with Vance appearing with maligned former U.S. president Donald Trump to campaign on immigration fears, blame Democrats for inflation and attack teachers' unions. Ryan, who has served 10 terms in the U.S. House, focused on economic concerns while still supporting abortion access. Read CityBeat's story about the Vance/Ryan battle.

Cincinnati City Council Member Greg Landsman Defeats Incumbent Steve Chabot, Flips 1st Congressional District
Landsman, a Democrat, has slammed Chabot for voting to overturn the legitimate 2020 election of U.S. President Joe Biden. He also has highlighted restoring abortion rights, repairing infrastructure like the Brent Spence Bridge and passing LGBTQIA+ protections as goals when he becomes a member of Congress. Chabot, who was the incumbent Republican, has repeatedly voted against abortion protections and indicated that he also would consider banning birth control. Read CityBeat's story about the Landsman/Chabot battle.

In Abortion Rights Victory, Kentucky Voters Shoot Down Constitutional Amendment
Abortion remains illegal in Kentucky as the result of a “trigger” law banning abortion in the wake of the monumental overturn of Roe v. Wade in June. However, the failure of Amendment 2 means the state's abortion ban can still be challenged as unconstitutional in the courts. Read CityBeat's story about Amendment 2.

'There Go My Rights': Twitter Reacts to Ohio, Kentucky 2022 Midterm Election Results
Midterm elections typically don’t involve tons of drama, but boy, did that change for 2022. Flips, dips and drips all came out of this year's showdowns, and locals are talking about how the results affect their hopes and fears for their home states. Read CityBeat's story about reactions that are both hilarious and heartbreaking.

Non-election news

Taylor Swift Adds Second Cincinnati Show to 'The Eras' Tour Schedule
Look what we made her do! Taylor Swift's juggernaut 'The Eras' tour keeps adding dates since it was first announced on Nov. 1, and now the Queen City has a second show at Paycor Stadium slated. Read CityBeat's story to find out when to see TayTay is coming and how to get tickets.

Joe Mixon Nabs FIVE Freaking Touchdowns in Cincinnati Bengals' Thrashing of Carolina Panthers
Somebody had a great day at Paycor Stadium recently. During the Cincinnati Bengals' 42-21 win over the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 6, running back Joe Mixon pulled in five touchdowns, setting a new Bengals record for the most in a single game. But Mixon hit plenty of other milestones, too. Read CityBeat's story about Mixon's amazing feat.

Cincinnati Parks Ready to Break Ground on $4.7 Million Lytle Park Renovation Project

The Cincinnati Board of Park Commissioners says the project will revitalize the underused park at the southeast corner of downtown Cincinnati. When construction is finished, the park will have several new plazas and brick walkways, along with a decorative fountain, running track and a bocce ball court. Read CityBeat's story to find out when the Lyle Park project will be completed.

Dayton, Kentucky's Smoking Ban Now In Effect
Tobacco users, think twice before lighting up in Dayton, Kentucky: You could be breaking a newly enacted law. As of Nov. 6, smoking is now prohibited inside all buildings and places of employment where the public is permitted. Read CityBeat's story to see examples of where lighting up is a no-no.

Cincinnati Reds' Redsfest Returns for First Time Since 2019
Redsfest, a Cincinnati Reds fan gathering and activity convention, is coming back this year for the first time since 2019 – just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The family-friendly event will feature current and former player appearances, autograph and photograph sessions, batting cages, pedal cars, mascot performances and other entertainment. Read CityBeat's story about who will be at Redsfest and how to get tickets.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Discusses Ohio Influence Ahead of Cincinnati Performance
There are many traditions packing the winter season, and a Trans-Siberian Orchestra show is one of them. In an interview, drummer Jeff Plate talks about the band's origins, the COVID-19 pause and what this year's performance will bring. Read CityBeat's story about how Trans-Siberian Orchestra came to dominate the winter months.

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