Cincinnati Free Beacon

Mary Yeager or Mark Auer to Challenge Denise Driehaus

Republican voters in the Ohio House of Representatives 31st district have a choice of two challengers to take on incumbent Denise Driehaus in the primary on May 6th: Norwood accountant Mary Yeager and St. Bernard teacher Mark Auer.

Mark Auer, who has a master’s degree in education administration from Xavier University, teaches elementary school in multiple subjects.  His goals, if elected, include lowering taxes, protecting religious freedom and other individual rights, and stopping Common Core.  He and his wife have three children.

Mary Yeager, a certified public accountant (CPA) with experience auditing government entities, says her priorities if elected would include stopping Common Core (“I’m very much against it”) and tax reform to bring more jobs to Ohio.

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Cranley: Pro-Street Car Councilmen Attempting to Obstruct ‘the Will of the Voters’, Standing on ‘Phony Principle’

The newly sworn in City Council convened at noon on Monday, December 2nd, as the Street Car Committee.  The anti-Street Car majority planned to take comments from the public and vote to suspend the Street Car, but pro-Street Car councilmen raised procedural questions about the rules and about the fact that the ordinance to be voted on was still being printed.

Councilman Wendell Young went back and forth several times with councilman and committee chairman David Mann:

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Volunteers, Paid Workers Do Some Last-minute Campaigning

On election day last Tuesday, in the morning I saw people distributing literature or holding signs for Kevin Flynn, Laure Quinlivan, Christopher Smitherman, the library levy, John Cranley, Roxanne Qualls, and Chris Seelbach and against Issue 4, and appearances by candidates P. G. Sittenfeld and Melissa Wegman, all at a single polling place.

By the time I came back with my camera in the afternoon, only the most motivated volunteers and those who were being paid to be there remained:

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Video: Interview with City Council Candidate Melissa Wegman

Fourth-generation Cincinnatian and Wegman Company vice president Melissa Wegman tells about her life and experiences, as well as some of the issues at stake in the upcoming City Council elections:

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Speakers: Cincinnati Pension Crisis ‘Worse than You Think’; Opponents Stage Counterdemonstration

On October 10th, the local lawyers’ chapter of the Federalist Society and the Buckeye Institute jointly hosted two speakers to discuss Cincinnati’s public-employee pension system and proposed reforms.  More than sixty people came to hear economist Scott Beaulier and former principal deputy commissioner of Social Security Andrew Biggs address the topic over lunch at the University Club of Cincinnati.

The event, headlined “Worse than You Think: Cincinnati’s Underfunded Pensions and an Analysis of Potential Reforms”, started with Professor Beaulier, who argued that public-employee pension systems tend to be subject to certain kinds of structural problems, but that successful reforms are possible.  Excerpts:

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Theater Review: Horizons of Gold

More than 300 people packed into Miami Hamilton’s Parrish Auditorium last night to see the premiere of Horizons of Gold, a bold new musical about loss and love in the Great Depression.

HOG cast
Cast of Horizons of Gold

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