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From the 2/23/07 Cincinnati Business Courier:

 

 

Council comeback

Five black former members might try to regain seats

Cincinnati Business Courier - February 23, 2007

by Lucy May and Dan Monk

Senior Staff Reporters

 

As many as five former Cincinnati City Council members - including two squeezed out of office by term limits - could campaign this fall to reclaim the seats they once held.

 

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http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2007/02/26/story1.html

 

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Link contains a photo.  From the 3/27/07 Enquirer:

 

 

Bates runs for council on safety issue

BY JANE PRENDERGAST | JPRENDERGAST@ENQUIRER.COM

 

Widowed by homicide, Cincinnati school board member Melanie Bates has blasted city officials for not doing more to fight violent crime.

 

Now she wants to work from the inside.

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20070327/NEWS01/703270392/

 

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Link contains a photo.  From the 4/18/07 Enquirer:

 

 

Dems have Berding's back

Party backs five incumbents, four challengers for City Council

BY HOWARD WILKINSON | HWILKINSON@ENQUIRER.COM

 

EVANSTON - A move to take away Cincinnati Councilman Jeff Berding's Democratic Party endorsement fizzled Tuesday night, as the Cincinnati Democratic Committee voted to back a slate of five incumbents - including Berding - and four challengers.

 

Berding had drawn the wrath of some in the party because, since taking office in December 2005, he has joined with Republicans Chris Monzel and Leslie Ghiz, Charterite Chris Bortz and Democrat Laketa Cole to form a majority on the nine-member Council for what they call fiscal belt-tightening.

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070418/NEWS01/704180422/1077/COL02

 

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How many members does Cincinnati have?  I am sure not as many as Cleveland (21)...that is most likely why Cincy is able to get things done better than Cleveland...IMO

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Link contains a photo.  From the 7/1/07 Enquirer:

 

 

Smitherman eyes council

BY BEN FISCHER | BFISCHER@ENQUIRER.COM

 

Local NAACP president Christopher Smitherman will run for city council in hopes of regaining the seat he lost in 2005 and he says he will not give up his position with the civil rights organization if elected.

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20070701/NEWS01/307010009/

 

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Smitherman registered as a member with the statewide Green Party last week, Krekeler said.

 

Hmmm...Didn't we read that Smitherman is in league with the COAST folks i.e. the guys that helped put the kibosh on the Metro Move light rail initiative.  That can't be very Green! 

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^ It is a bizarre alliance and most everybody involved is claiming responsibility for forming it.

Smithermann and Finney are both self serving opportunists.

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Bortz leads pack in fund raising

BY JOE WESSELS | CINCINNATI POST

July 10, 2007

 

CINCINNATI - A one-term Charterite incumbent and a Republican newcomer were tops in money-raising as Cincinnati City Council hopefuls filed their first campaign finance reports Monday.

 

Leading the pack was Chris Bortz, who raised $165,081 in his bid to win a second term on Council. A distant second was Republican Pat Fischer with $135,730.

 

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Fundng doesn't necessarily matter. Mallory raised like 250k whereas Pepper had over a million thanks to all his corporate cronies. The way I look at it, is the more funding they recieve, the more likely decision-making will be in the best interest of other people that supported them.

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Jeff Berding has my full support. The fact that he came to the Segoe lecture on smart growth, defending Cincinnati and asking what local policy-makers can do to support sustainable development, it says a lot about him... VOTE FOR THIS MAN.

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I've worked with Berding personally, and found him to be a douchebag.  Though he's intelligent.  I'd be skeptical of his development policies, if he really even has any.  Remember, this guy works for Mike Brown.  If anyone can get Brown to agree to help the city/county on the Banks project, it is this man.  That will be his real test.

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He was Brown's boy for brokering the Bengals stadium deal with the county.

His work to "streamline" the lawmaking process by limiting debate seems sorta undemocratic, too.

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Here are the totals that were in the Enquirer:

 

CINCINNATI CITY COUNCIL FUNDRAISING TOTALS

 

Candidate              Money raised  Money on hand June 30 

Melanie Bates              $29,502          $21,817

Jeff Berding              $133,335          $100,368

Chris Bortz                $165,081          $86,932

John Cranley              $120,966          $84,600

David Crowley            $122,752          $41,110

John Eby                    $23,510          $15,329

Pat Fischer                $135,730          $129,026

Leslie Ghiz                  $103,590          $88,747

Greg Harris                  $18,846            $7,533

Joan Kaup                  $29,754          $29,008

Sean Lackey                    $501              $501

Sam Malone                $15,925          $14,615

Chris Monzel                $78,785          $55,993

Christopher Smitherman  $16,150          $25,913

Jim Tarbell                        $450                $30

Cecil Thomas                $18,950          $12,417

Curtis Wells                      $155                $26

Charlie Winburn          $119,680          $88,661

Wendell Young              $1,010              $585

George Zamary                $500              $418

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He was Brown's boy for brokering the Bengals stadium deal with the county.

His work to "streamline" the lawmaking process by limiting debate seems sorta undemocratic, too.

 

I doubt Berding was involved in any negotiations between the Bengals and the County, vis-a-vis the stadium deal.  He did organize and run the campaign to get the stadium sales tax passed.  That's why he has his job with the Bengals.

 

Handicapping the current race:

1- Bortz ©

2- Cranley (D)

3- Cole (D)

4- Cooper (D)

5- Winburn ®

6- Ghiz/Fischer ®

7- Thomas (D)

8- Berding (D)

9- Crowley/Harris (D)

 

The above order is just a guess, though I'm pretty confident I will win and place with those picks.  I don't think the Republicans are able to hold more than two spots on council anymore.  Winburn's presence will bump the milquetoast Monzel off council.  Ghiz is an egotistical, grandstanding moron- I'd love to see her go.  This Fischer character looks like the return of Pat DeWine.  Let's hope he's more intelligent than DeWine was, and that he replaces Ghiz on council.  Cooper doesn't bring anything new to the table, but she was a pretty impressive vote-getter on old councils, which is why I ranked her as high as I did.  If we end up with this council, the mayoral-aligned majority will most likely be:  Bortz-Thomas-Cole-Crowley/Harris-Cooper, with Cranley and Berding as potential alternates or a 6th vote. 

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This actually looks like one of the weaker council elections in a while. I'm sure LK is basically right. Though the specter of Winburn and Cooper back on Council doesn't excite me, I guess it could be worse - Reese and Malone.

 

Fischer is representing for the PRidge money (I know most don't even know it exists and unfortunately a lot of it lives across the border in Amberley Village). The Muethings of KMK are long time PRidge folk. John Muething spent some time on School Board back in the mid-90s. A lot of their influence came from working as Uncle Carl's lawyers.

 

Actually once upon a time Neyer money was centered in PRidge but that has not been the case for a while, though I think the redevelopment of the old Kmart on Ridge is Neyer driven.

 

A fun debate for another day would be to imagine where Cincy should annex if it ever had the power again. I put forth the Montgomery Road corridor before the Vine Street corridor. Grab Norwood, Columbia Twp., Silverton, and Amberley Village. A good middle class mix that are already in the Cincy Public school system (save for Norwood), but have a hard time with supporting decent services since they are nearly all residential.

 

I wouldn't count Bates out quite yet, though the general decrease in crime seems to have sapped some of the strength out of her campaign. If there is a spike at the end of summer, she could ride that onto council. She does have some name rec from School Board.

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Amberly Village happily pays high property taxes. They fought against sidewalks because of its potential for increased crime; trust me, they won't go for annexation.

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'Mr. Cincinnati' to leave council

Tarbell unsure what he'll do next

BY HOWARD WILKINSON & JANE PRENDERGAST | CINCINNATI ENQUIRER

August 8, 2007

 

CINCINNATI - Cincinnati Vice Mayor Jim Tarbell - the most recognizable council member for his bald head, tuxedo on Opening Day and Oktoberfest lederhosen - said Tuesday he is resigning.

 

The arts supporter and longtime restaurateur - called "Mr. Cincinnati" by the mayor - said he'll step down effective Sept. 3, Labor Day, three months before his term would have ended. That move makes way for a new Charterite appointee to take advantage of some incumbency leading into the November election. He said he knows who will replace him but that he agreed not to reveal the person's name.

 

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"The mayor has not yet decided who will replace Tarbell as vice mayor."

 

doesn't look so good...

 

We owe a lot to Jim Tarbell, he has been GREAT for Cincinnati...  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:

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Qualls to replace Tarbell

BY JANE PRENDERGAST | JPRENDERGAST@ENQUIRER.COM

 

 

Former Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls will be named this afternoon to replace Jim Tarbell.

 

Qualls, 54, was mayor from 1993 to 1999 after two years on City Council. She then left Cincinnati to pursue a master’s degree at Harvard University, returning in 2003 as an administrator and teacher at Northern Kentucky University.

 

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Was there any mention at the announcement if she was going to run in the fall?  I'd presume so, since part of the idea from the party's perspective is to protect a seat with the advantage of incumbency, not that Qualls needs that advantage.

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I bet she finishes in the top 3. It's sort of a strange decision on the part of Charter; Qualls doesn't need the incumbent boost. I suppose it makes a big splash for the party and lends some credibility. Every few cycles, there's a crisis of succession in Charter, and talk of their demise. This should put them on solid ground for another 4 terms, or however long before Qualls calls it quits.

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Bates is not pleased. I wish the story delved a bit deeper into this line:

 

"Her being there, it may be just fine for me. How it happened is a different story."

 

Obviously, she's pissed about not getting the appointment, but she might want to bite her lip and not insult her own party. If she really thinks that she can ride Qualls' coattails, now is not the time to be complaining about her appointment.

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^Of course she's pissed, because this effectively destroys her chances to win.  Who's going to vote for Melanie who isn't going to vote for Qualls?  In addition, Melanie's one issue, crime, is going to be much less of an issue come November.  There's still time to go in the summer, but what we are going to see for this election is essentially a battle between previous fame and who can be a valuable addition to Team Mallory.  That's why Qualls spoke so highly of the mayor and Bates is pissed because her strategy was to go after the mayor on crime.  Not going to work.  And with some Democrats perturbed over Melanie's disloyalty to the party (I include yours truly in this group) there's no way she's going to have a broad appeal.  No blacks, no progressive dems.  It's the candidates who seem like they will be able to work with the mayor (excepting possibly the loose cannon Winburn; Berding will position himself as a team player) who will win in November.  Belie 'dat (read as spoken by Martin Lawrence).

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I'm currently mostly out of radio contact, but WOW. This really changes the dynamics of the race. I also think Qualls may have seen the winds shifting leftward and she is in a much better position to make a play for a higher position than she was during the first half of this decade.

 

I don't know if Cincinnati can handle this many adults serving on city council. At least Winburn will provide some excitement.

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I really like Joan Kaup! She is Pro-Streetcar and transit unlike ghiz who goes out of her way to keep "bus-people" from walking up the public stairway thru her rich friends neighborhood.  :-P

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^Well then you are out of luck, because I don't think Ms. Kaup will make it on this round.  But don't worry, the streetcar should proceed apace.  New predictions, in no particular order:

 

Handicapping the current race:

1- Qualls ©

2- Bortz ©

3- Cranley (D)

4- Cole (D)

5- Cooper (D)

6- Winburn ®

7- Fischer/Ghiz ®

8- Thomas (D)

9- Berding (D)

 

No way more than two Charterites and two Republicans make it on.  Berding probably thinks a five four split like this will give him leverage to divide and conquer, but Mallory is more adroit, particularly with the advent of the "adults".

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I also think Qualls may have seen the winds shifting leftward and she is in a much better position to make a play for a higher position than she was during the first half of this decade.

I was kinda thinking the same thing. Do you know which congressional district she is in ?

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Well, Steve Driehaus (D) of Cheviot is going to be running against Chabot in 2008.  As Pete Witte of the Price Hill Club for Growth or whatever said in the newspaper article about Qualls running, he and his group consider Qualls' West Side credentials to be insufficient.  I don't think she'll run for that office again.

 

This is an exciting time in local politics.  We have some real consensus here, something we really haven't seen since the early 70s.  Recall the contentious city councils of the 1990s and the stadium issue which devoured its fathers (Bob Bedinghaus and Tom Neyer).  And yet the beneficiaries of that particular issue, Phil Heimlich and John Dowlin, are gone.  Another, Pat DeWine, is a virtual non-entity.  Their philosophy of so-called limited government doesn't work when the government is the only entity with the power and the resources to make the sort of large-scale improvements necessary to rework large areas of town (like the West End with City West, or the riverfront with the stadiums and the Banks, or Fountain Square).  Even if most of the money invested in these types of projects isn't actually funded by the government, the government, county or city, has to guarantee the private investors in some way.  Heimlich's ridiculous performance in the year before he was ousted best exemplified the hollowness of his governing philosophy, how it amounted to little more than P.R.  Swoop in with Corporex and Vandecar to build something called the Banks.  Build a new jail (but ignore the reasons why we need one.  The difference between the Heimlich "jail tax" plan and the current one proposed by Pepper and Portune is profound, for those who care about the details.)

 

Things are looking up.  The streetcar seems to have no serious opposition, and all the serious city politicians are for it.  One of the benefits of having different levels of government that converge and diverge in a loose and haphazard fashion is that when a pressing social need may fail at one level (like public transit in the county in 2002 or national health care in the nation circa now) it can move forward on another (like the city, or the states).

 

I am worried about the presence of to many big personalities on council in December.  Qualls, Bortz, Berding, Cole, Cooper, Cranley and Winburn represent a lot of ego.  More than any local politician in recent memory, however, Mark Mallory speaks softly and carries a big stick (supress the giggles, Cramer).  I also think there is a general popular will of the moment to punish those who seem to be against progress, compared to the nineties, when guys like Tom Luken, Phil Heimlich, Dwight Tillery and others were rewarded by local constituencies when they blocked progress.

 

As long as certain louder interest groups, specifically west side whites and black-empowerment types feel that their concerns are represented and seriously addressed, then the relatively chill popular majority will be able to govern well.  And a lot of this ability has to do with personality.  As much as I may personally dislike him, Jeff Berding is a much better and more responsible representative of the west side concern than Tom Luken ever was.  Likewise, Laketa Cole is a much better Alicia Reese than Alicia ever was.  I think if we see Pat Fischer replace Leslie Ghiz as one of the Republicans on council we start to see a real flourishing of this consensus.

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I really like Joan Kaup! She is Pro-Streetcar and transit unlike ghiz who goes out of her way to keep "bus-people" from walking up the public stairway thru her rich friends neighborhood.  :-P

 

I actually like her too but she's going to have to work to get in.

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