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Ouch:

https://www.scribd.com/document/335157720/Sentinels-letter#from_embed

 

 

^ He's already papered over it by saying that it was some leaders with the Sentinals, not the organization.

 

The Enquirer is soft balling this, like it's a young child's mischief.  They and talk radio would have gone all DESTROY DESTROY DESTROY if this had been Mallory's doing. 

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Four councilmen call for an investigation into the firing of Blackwell:

http://wvxu.org/post/council-members-want-blackwell-firing-investigated-mayor-calls-move-political#stream/0

 

What's interesting is that the four were Young, Simpson, Seelbach, and Winburn.  There have been rumors that Winburn might run for Mayor.  A Mayor Winburn isn't an improvement over a Mayor Cranley. 

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John Cranley basically just accused the Business Courier of being fake news:

 

Cranley rejected the notion that the city is facing financial problems, citing record-high overall revenues and a projected deficit of only $7.1 million for fiscal year 2018. He said this story is an attempt to help his political opponents. The raises were presented to Standard & Poors and Moody’s and the credit-rating agencies still upgraded the city’s credit in October, he added

 

“You’ve been wrong for four years about my ability to balance the budget,” Cranley said. “The budget is fine. It is nothing compared to the $30 million deficit I was facing when I was elected.”

 

He really can't take criticism. At. All. If anyone criticizes him, he claims they're lying and that they're in the bag for his opponents.

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Ohio Democratic Party just voted to re-endorse all of the Dem incumbents, including Cranley. Did not even give Simpson or Richardson a chance to fight for the Dem nomination. ODP Chair David Pepper said, "If we start to say [to incumbents], 'Sorry, it's open season,' it makes it difficult to build up the party." But if the ODP keeps endorsing non-progressive Dems, they're going to lose the younger demographics--either to another party, or to another state where progressive things are happening.

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Ohio Democratic Party just voted to re-endorse all of the Dem incumbents, including Cranley. Did not even give Simpson or Richardson a chance to fight for the Dem nomination. ODP Chair David Pepper said, "If we start to say [to incumbents], 'Sorry, it's open season,' it makes it difficult to build up the party." But if the ODP keeps endorsing non-progressive Dems, they're going to lose the younger demographics--either to another party, or to another state where progressive things are happening.

 

That's because the Ohio dems is run by Pepper, would you have expected anything else?  They need to get that guy out of there if they want to be a successful party going forward (get Cincinnati establishment Dem stink out of the state level).

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^Too bad they couldn't be bothered to endorse Qualls last time. What a joke.

 

Qualls and Mallory were buddies, and Mallory defeated Pepper in the 2005 mayor's race.  Pepper will never endorse any of Mallory's people, which includes Simpson. 

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"Simpson criticized Cranley for another part of the poll that said it will cost $150 million to take the streetcar from its current end point near Findlay Market to Uptown. The city has no current cost estimate for a streetcar expansion and has refused to study it."

 

Cranley is pulling numbers out of his @$$ regarding streetcar extensions.

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This guy is trying to put all stop to the streetcar. He is trying to take advantage of Trump saying he will take federal funding from the city if they are sanctuary cities. He simply do not care about what other funds the city gets from the feds. It is just stupid to even take a chance.

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Per WVXU's Jay Hanselman on Twitter:

 

Cincy manager projects budget shortfall for next fiscal year will be $25.1 million.

 

The revised income tax forecast for the next fiscal year has been reduced by $14.7 million.

 

Non-public safety depts. being asked to identify a 10% budget reduction plan and public safety depts. are being asked to cut 3%.

 

 

So the mayor forced through big raises for all city employees this year (an election year) and now we're facing a $25 million budget shortfall. And every department will get cut except for police and fire. The percentage of our total city budget going towards police and fire continues to grow.

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I just drove down MLK today and finally -- after at least a 2 year delay -- saw a surveying crew down by the Forum Apartments.  So looks like we had to put up with 2-3 years of blight so that MLK can be under construction during an election year. 

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I just drove down MLK today and finally -- after at least a 2 year delay -- saw a surveying crew down by the Forum Apartments.  So looks like we had to put up with 2-3 years of blight so that MLK can be under construction during an election year.

 

I think you're seeing a nefarious plan when actually it's just that these projects take a long time, especially since this project has involved coordination with ODOT for the Hopple exchange reconfiguration. That lower stretch of MLK has been continuously under construction for a long time with lane restrictions for most of 2016. I think the shuttered apartment buildings on the north side were demolished in late 2015, then they've been doing landscaping and building reinforcing walls, and on the south side they've moved utilities. It all takes a long time, which is frustrating. But I don't think it has anything to do with the mayoral election.

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According to an article I wrote in 2011, it had just been fully funded and the buildings were supposed to be down by 2013.  They were all still standing and mostly occupied when Cranley took office, probably because the I-75 work itself was delayed by budget issues.  But the buildings stood vacant for most of 2014-2015 and weren't demolished until late 2015 or early 2016. 

 

An entire 4-year UC class will know nothing but empty buildings and bare ground. 

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Oh, this is a juicy one.

 

The city has been funneling money to the questionable organization "Center for Closing the Health Gap" for years. The organization has been criticized many times over the years including this article by Kevin Osborne, who later went on to become Cranley's communications guy. The organization is run by former Mayor Dwight Tillery, who has "has no medical background or expertise" according to Osborne.

 

But it turns out Tillery supported Cranley in 2013 and was co-chair of his campaign... and so Cranley continued to funnel money to the organization. Cranley even included the organization's annual Health Expo in the list of heritage events that had permission to shut down the streetcar.

 

Then Tillery announced that he would not be supporting Cranley's re-election in 2017. And suddenly questions are being asked about whether the organization should receive funding from the city. In fact, Cranley called for an investigation into the group. Channel 9 investigated and found that they are spending money on a lot of very questionable things.

 

It's so clear from this story how Cranley works. If you support him, he'll funnel money at your organization. If you turn on him, he will use his political power and local media connections to destroy you.

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From today's Enquirer:

 

The budget woes come in a year when six of the nine council members are running for re-election and Mayor John Cranley is facing a re-election challenge from Councilwoman Yvette Simpson and Rob Richardson Jr.

 

In 2013 Cranley ran on a platform that included getting the city's budget under control. When Cranley took office the budget was $352.3 million. This year it is $387.9 million.

 

If not for Kasich's attack on the local government fund, Cranley would have $28 million more a year to spend on buying votes.  He certainly wouldn't have advocated a cut to the local earnings tax. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Simpson campaign team member pulls 'stale pale male' Facebook post about Cranley

 

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/22/simpson-campaign-team-member-pulls-stale-pale-male-facebook-post-cranley/99423254/

 

A national-level political strategist associated with Yvette Simpson's mayoral campaign made a racially charged comment about Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley on social media last week.

 

Washington D.C.-based consultant Jessica Byrd, an African-American who focuses on helping minority candidates get elected, called Cranley a "stale pale male" in a Facebook post last Friday.

 

Simpson, vying to become the city's first black female mayor, refused to disavow Byrd's comment about the white mayor when The Enquirer asked the city councilwoman about the post on Tuesday.

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Here is the Cranley family vacation house in Naples, FL:

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1-10th-Ave-S_Naples_FL_34102_M54898-04478#photo25

 

The house is owned by the family trust and so Mayor John Cranley does not own it outright, but the family appears to have owned it since the 1970s.  So little west side Johnny grew up vacationing in one of the premier vacation destinations in America, not Myrtle Beach and Gatlinburg like the rest of us. 

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We spent our vacations chasing preachers when I was a kid. This led us to such exotic locales as Ashtabula, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Huntington West Virginia, PTL in South Carolina and Bradenton, Florida. We also checked out the Quaker Oats complex in Akron while taking a short break from Jesus.

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Yes, we went on vacation to Rochester. 

 

Who hasn't...


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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Here is the Cranley family vacation house in Naples, FL:

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1-10th-Ave-S_Naples_FL_34102_M54898-04478#photo25

 

The house is owned by the family trust and so Mayor John Cranley does not own it outright, but the family appears to have owned it since the 1970s.  So little west side Johnny grew up vacationing in one of the premier vacation destinations in America, not Myrtle Beach and Gatlinburg like the rest of us. 

 

Isn't his wife of the Gold Star chili family? If so, I can see where they can afford these spots

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We went on a few memorable factory tours on our cheap-o vacations.  Budweiser in St. Louis, Kodak in Rochester.  Yes, we went on vacation to Rochester. 

 

have you eaten at the Dinosaur Barbeque

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I love the directness of Business Courier reporter Chris Wetterich who tweeted:

 

I mean, let’s not kid ourselves. Planning, bike lanes, transit, good urban design, these are all “meh” issues to this administration.

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This is before he started sounding like Batman with his gravely voice drama. Gotham..........you need me! Dont let the Penguin and his Streetcar of Doom spread out to your families in the suburbs!

 

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Back in 2000, MTV recorded a special on...John Cranley.  But then the Pew Charitable Trust -- a Koch-like organization -- convinced MTV to air it after election day!

 

http://enquirer.com/editions/2000/11/03/tem_mtv_delays_cranley.html

 

 

MTV delays Cranley special

 

 

 

By John Kiesewetter

The Cincinnati Enquirer

       

Cincinnati Democrat John Cranley won't get the national exposure he wanted from MTV before Election Day. He'll have to wait two weeks.

 

Crews have been in and out of Cincinnati for a year shooting Mr. Cranley, 26, who is challenging Republican Steve Chabot for the 1st Congressional District seat.

 

MTV has produced a special called True Life: I'm A Candidate featuring Mr. Cranley and another untested young congressional candidate, Dylan Glenn, 31, from southwest Georgia.

 

        Mr. Cranley had hoped MTV would air the special on Sunday, two days before Election Day. But folks at the Pew Charitable Trust, which helped finance the special, talked MTV out of airing the special so close to the election.

 

        So True Life: I'm A Candidate will air at 10 p.m. Nov. 16, nine days after western Hamilton County voters determine his fate.

 

        Mr. Cranley may be seen briefly in MTV's VoteFest 2000 special today (8-9:30 p.m.).

 

 

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An ironic choice of adds there google. Funny, even though he probably bought every youtube ad watched by key demographic groups of a certain age/medium income, blah, blah. Too bad im living in Delhi at the moment.

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His campaign had a bunch of volunteers standing around with Cranley signs at the first FCC home game. It was fun trolling them by going up to them, with a huge smile, throwing hands in the air in praise, and then yelling "Yvette Simpson!! Down with Cranley!". Their faces would go from excitement, thinking that someone is about to be happy about Cranley, to sad confusion. Also the Die Innenstadt member on the megaphone was bad mouthing Cranley.

 

There were no Cranley supporters at the next home games

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