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Jill Stein in Cincinnati, 11-2-12
Saturday, November 03, 2012

 

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Electoral Democracy: The Well Kept Secret
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

By Dan La Botz*

The television commentators on the major channels and on cable all refer to the “two presidential candidates,” incumbent Democrat Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. By and large so do the radio stations, the newspapers, and most of the websites and blogs.

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Greg Landsman to run for City Council
Sunday, July 22, 2012

Greg Landsman is running for City Council.  You know, I started really paying attention to City Politics about ten or twelve years ago.  Here is what drives me crazy by now. All these connected city council candidates sound the same.  Landsman’s talking points currently include things like having a “smarter, more efficient government,” and to prioritize “local jobs.”  Does anyone want a less efficient government and non-local jobs?

Posted by The Dean of Cincinnati
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Washington Park & 3CDC-the local Vampire Squid
Friday, July 06, 2012

Today a newly renovated Washington Park reopened to a large crowd. Among the crowd were dozens of people holding signs protesting the missing pool, basket ball courts and old growth trees which were removed despite the community telling 3CDC those amenities were important to them and should be kept.

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A special message from Western & Southern!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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UndOcuppy Ohio “Coming Out of the Shadows”
Friday, June 15, 2012

 

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Resolve to overturn ‘Citizens United’ is spreading through the States so take action now!
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

This is resolution week where people across the nation are contacting their representatives and asking them to pass a resolution in support of amending the constitution to say that “corporations aren’t people” and “money isn’t speech”. Join Move to Amend and take action now! The Supreme Court will have a chance to reconsider their Citizens United decision tomorrow.

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The New York Times writes about Cincinnati’s new developments
Wednesday, June 06, 2012

I wish everything was as rosy as this piece makes it sound. What it didn’t include are the huge budget deficits, a growing pension crisis, extreme economic inequality, our scandalous infant mortality rates and Econocide. But other than that things are really looking up.

Posted by Justin Jeffre
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Politicians of all stripes hate the Citizens Untied decision
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Columbus Dispatch has an interesting article about how Ohio politicians from both parties hate the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. Please read it and ask your representatives on council to pass a resolution in support of Move to Amend’s proposed 28th Amendment to the constitution.

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Politico: Non-profit sues Senate to scrap filibuster
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

According to this Common Cause sued the Senate on Monday, challenging the constitutionality of the filibuster rules that require routine 60-vote thresholds for bills and nominations that often have majority support. Critics couldn’t convince the Senate to get rid of the delaying procedure.

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Cincinnati is finally going to review its taser policy!
Thursday, May 10, 2012

Here at the Beacon we have been covering our city’s taser policy for 6 years and calling for a policy review-because they cause deaths-without making any progress. The city’s guidelines haven’t even kept up with Taser International’s guidelines which describes them as “less-lethal”. But now thanks to Chief Craig and a new study that shows tasers cause deaths it looks like there will finally be a review.

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Occupy Cincinnati called for raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour on May Day
Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Around 60 Occupiers came out during rush hour to call for raising the minimum wage in front of Sen. Rob Portman’s office during rush hour. And Kate Zaiden tried to talk some sense into Scott Sloan from 700 WLW yesterday morning before Occupiers delivered letters to Congressional representatives calling for raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour.

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Econocide Explores the Disenfranchisement of Urban Poor and Governmental Resposibilities
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Econocide: Elimination of the Urban Poor tells the story of how an overweening focus on economic development, in concert with biased housing practices and a virtual abandonment of civic responsibility, has forsaken the urban poor in Cincinnati, Ohio. Alice Skirtz, PhD, MSW, LISW-S, shows how the city has used legislation and the administration of public policy to serve the ends of privatizing public assets and displacing people who are perceived as undesirable because they lack economic power and privilege.

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Old (Jim Crow) Republicans can’t stop the votes from being counted now!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hamilton County is finally ready to count the disputed ballots in the Hunter/Williams juvenile court judge race.  Hunter is expected to surge ahead and will likely take her seat on the court since the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati backed Judge Dlott’s decision to count the votes.

Posted by Justin Jeffre
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There ain’t no war on your religion
Sunday, April 01, 2012

Honey, you just know that stories like this get me all kinds of worked up.  Why do conservatives all the time complain like there is a war against religion in this country.  There ain’t.  Religious people are still the vocal majority.  It’s just that simple.  Just look at local media any day, and you’ll see the religious bias everywhere.  Now if there was gonna be some kind of war on religion, then how come I find religious people’s stuff everywhere I look?

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Recycling shows that conservatives FAILED
Friday, March 30, 2012

I’m a green girl, honey. Call me hippy chick, if you makes you feel good. I’ve been a tree hugger since before it was trendy, back when more people thought that was an insult than anti-liberal jibberish from conservatives.  And though I usually think the Enquirer is full of bunch of conservative bias, this time they’ve got a different spin.  That’s right, babe, they have shown that conservatives get it wrong and cost us money.  How much you wanna bet the conservatives in town never address this?  Read it.  Enquirer in-depth: Taking trash to the bank.

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Protesters pack Fountain Square for Hoodie Rally
Monday, March 26, 2012

Over one thousand peaceful protesters marched from the public library downtown to pack Fountain Square. There were people of all races and ages, but most were young and wearing hooded sweatshirts and jackets as many are doing across the nation.

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ReOccupy Piatt Park tonight at 6pm!
Monday, March 19, 2012

One week after a landmark settlement was signed, members of Occupy Cincinnati will gather this evening in downtown’s Piatt Park to listen to music and discuss free speech issues. The event begins at 6pm and some protesters say they will remain in the park until 6am.

 

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Legal experts say Occupy Cincinnati’s legal settlement was a win-win
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Legal experts see the recent legal settlement between the city and Occupy Cincinnati as a win-win. Arn Bortz-the welfare king-thinks it was a bad deal for the city.

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Cincinnati Archdiocese Responds:  Religious Liberty and Gay Marriage
Friday, March 02, 2012

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A week or so ago, I posted this item, where I questioned some recent statements made by Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr.  Today I received a response from Tony Stieritz, Director, Catholic Social Action.  Here is his detailed response, and it’s worth reading.

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Did Carl Weiser encourage election fraud?
Friday, March 02, 2012

I remember, back in 2008, taking my “Research and Writing” students on a field trip to the local board of elections to see what we could learn from public record laws.  CityBeat wrote a story about our findings.  In short, when Clinton and Obama faced off in the primary, Rush Limbaugh had an idea called “Operation Chaos,” where he wanted Republicans to vote for Clinton in primaries to keep the Democratic primary unresolved for as long as possible.  Only one problem:  in Ohio that constitutes a fifth degree felony.  So why in the world is the Enquirer’s Carl Weiser encouraging Democrats to vote in Ohio’s primary next week?

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Does the Cincinnati Archdiocese believe in religious liberty?
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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The Enquirer reports that Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr to pray and fast in support of a campaign against President Obama’s health care rules regarding contraception, claiming that Obama’s actions threaten religious liberty.  Schnurr was quoted as saying, “Please join me in praying and fasting this Lent that wisdom and justice may prevail and religious liberty may be restored in our country.”  But does the Cincinnati Archdiocese really believe in religious liberty, or are they just using convenient soundbites to try and make a selfish point?

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La Botz on Occupy, Unions & Politics!
Sunday, February 05, 2012

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Occupy Cincy’s January 20th Rally on Fountain Square & march to the Federal Courthouse
Sunday, January 29, 2012

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Hey, Ashamed Gay People!  Do you read CityBeat?
Friday, January 27, 2012

CityBeat positions itself as a progressive and liberal newspaper.  As such, it has, editorially speaking, a pro-gay stance.  But to what degree should that pro-gay editorial perspective influence the advertising department?  Does it make sense for CityBeat to carry advertisements for religious organizations that try to “pray away the gay”?  In this week’s print edition of CityBeat there is a quarter-page ad for Prodigal Ministries, precisely one of those “cure the gays” organizations.  Is this appropriate for CityBeat’s audience?  Are there a bunch of self-hating gay people reading CityBeat and hoping for someone to cure them?

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Alex Triantifilou: Miss the blog?
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

On Oct. 3rd Hamilton County GOP head Alex Triantifilou asked at his blog if people “miss the blog”. The answer must have been a resounding “no” since nobody has posted on the blog ever since. I suppose he didn’t feel like saying much since four incumbents from his party are no longer occupying council seats anymore.

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Occupy Cincy’s Occupy the Courts: Rally and Flashlight Vigil to End Corporate Personhood
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Friday, January 20th on Fountain Square at 4:30 pm there will be a rally in solidarity with the national day of action to Occupy the Courts. We are supporting the Move to Amend the 28th amendment of the constitution to essentially say, “A corporation is not a person and can be regulated” and ‘Money is not speech and can be regulated”. The event is sponsored by Occupy Cincinnati, the Cincinnati League of Woman Voters, Common Cause, Occupy the Hood, Coffee Party Cincinnati, 350 Ohio and Southwest Ohio Green Party.

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Occupy the Hood’s Stop Foreclosures Now!
Monday, January 09, 2012

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On Monday, Jan 16, 2012, members of OccupyTheHood Cincinnati will honor Dr. King’s legacy with a march and rally to end foreclosures in the Greater Cincinnati area. The event , held at Martin Luther King Jr. Park (3740 Reading Rd), will share stories highlighting the impact of the foreclosure crisis on the city’s neighborhoods and present a list of demands aimed at ending the crisis. The event will feature high-visibility artwork, victims of the foreclosure crisis, and a march highlighting foreclosures in Avondale and elsewhere. This is the first of a series of planned, escalating actions that the group will hold over the next year.

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3CDC destroys the historic Windisch Mulhauser Brewery building at 1314 Vine Street!
Thursday, December 29, 2011

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Despite opposition from Cincinnati’s Preservation Association and many citizens that care about OTR’s role as the largest historic district in the nation 3CDC is replacing the Windisch Mulhauser Brewery building with a non-conforming structure that doesn’t fit in with the historic neighborhood. They recently tore down 1314 Vines Street.

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Occupy the Nativity
Thursday, December 22, 2011

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