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P.G. Sittenfeld

Entries by P.G. Sittenfeld

Why Politics Needs a Millennial Moment

(5) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 4:08 PM

Imagine for just a moment a United States Congress that tackled our nation's problems, put aside petty bigotry and division, worked together to build an economy that created jobs and reduced inequality, expanded and improved education for every citizen, embraced technology to improve health care and reduce costs, addressed the...

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In Ohio, The Subtle - And Not-So-Subtle - Strategies of Voter Suppression

(6) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 2:49 PM

As everyone knows, Presidential elections can swing on the outcome in Ohio. Voters - and votes - in the Buckeye State are courted, coveted, and counted with care.

In recent days, an alarming episode has been on unfolding in Hamilton County, where I serve as a Cincinnati City Councilman....

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Five Lessons From Cincinnati's Little Engine That Could

(4) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 9:05 AM

Cincinnati, Ohio - a City steeped in history, pivotal in national politics, and home to Fortune 500 businesses - is officially emerging from its Controversy-Of-The-Decade.

The dust has settled on a 7-year brouhaha centering around a $133 million streetcar system, proposed to drive economic development in the...

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What's Too Sexy For John Kasich? Job Creation!

(110) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 1:55 PM

It's clear at this point that Ohio Governor John Kasich wants to be the next President of the United States, and he could very well make a strong showing in the 2016 Republican Primary.

It's also clear how badly John Kasich wants you to believe that he is...

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The Unusual Arc of a Statesman: Four Lessons from the Life of John J. Gilligan

(4) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 5:56 PM

Following the death yesterday of former Ohio Governor and Congressman John Gilligan, age 92, leaders including President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner offered their condolences.

The headlines following Gilligan's passing have focused primarily on two facts: that he enacted the first personal and...

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What New York Sees In Cincinnati

(5) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 10:10 AM

For the candidates hoping to be mayor of New York City, the campaign trail has led to unexpected destinations. Specifically, in recent months, most of the strongest candidates have visited Cincinnati.

Christine Quinn has made the trip. As has Bill Thompson. Bill de Blasio's been here. John...

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A Wannabe President's Smoke-and-Mirrors Playbook

(119) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 5:07 PM

And the hopes for a Republican revival in 2016 rest upon... ?

The answer to that question, according to a featured article that Politico ran at the end of last week, just might be Ohio Governor John Kasich. Get to know that name, because the man certainly...

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In Ohio, Signs of Voter Suppression Go Up -- And Come Down

(86) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 12:31 PM

For anyone who has driven around Cincinnati in recent weeks -- particularly inner-city, predominantly African American neighborhoods -- it would be nearly impossible to miss the menacing billboards hovering above city streets: "VOTER FRAUD IS A FELONY," the billboards announce in giant letters, adding that the penalty can be up...

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Why Politicians Get Fat

(16) Comments | Posted July 6, 2011 | 9:20 AM

Never has there been a bucket of fried chicken, a slice of greasy pizza, or a juicy double cheeseburger that I wasn't happy to have appear on my plate. I love to eat, and I'm not shy about indulging my enthusiasm for food.

As a first-time candidate for public...

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From Lehman to Landscaping: A Laid-Off Banker, One Year Later

(5) Comments | Posted July 13, 2009 | 1:06 PM

The following "as told to" profile was shared with the author on conditions of anonymity so as to protect future job prospects of the person whose story appears below.

I was seduced, and then I was dumped.

So goes the tale of my short-lived stint as an investment banker....

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Where Elections Are Won And Lost: Dispatches From The Front Line Of Early Voting In Ohio

(49) Comments | Posted October 2, 2008 | 11:01 AM

Here's a story that should haunt Democrats: several friends of mine were working for the Kerry Campaign in 2004, and in the days and weeks leading up to the election, everything they witnessed on the ground pointed to a Democratic victory. States like Ohio and New Mexico were littered with...

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