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Shameful: Cincinnati Parades Closed to Democratic Candidates

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Irish-Catholic Democratic Commissioner Candidate Sean Patrick Feeney denied spots in St. Patrick’s Day, Opening Day Parades

I have fond memories of marching in the Cincinnati St. Patrick’s Day Parade with the Hibernians as a child. My father was a proud member of NKY’s AOH, Fenian Division. So imagine my surprise when I found out that the parade has in recent years turned invite-only, run by a far-right Cincinnati wing of AOH.

James Feeney, Sentinel

Parades exist at the behest of government and have traditionally been supported by political entries. A smart parade organizer knows there are more candidates than elected officials in an election year and sets aside discrimination in favor of higher returns. Yet I’m beginning to see a pattern this election year in Cincinnati.

It’s one thing to immediately deny entrance to the St. Pat’s Parade, but the Findlay Market/Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade helped us through their application process, took our entrance donation, and some weeks later decided to call us back and kick us out of the parade. Now our preparation and investment in Reds-themed parade supplies has been put to waste.

Meanwhile, I’m sure my general election opponent will enjoy his spots in Cincinnati parades this year.

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No on Tolls

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Some members of the NKY CEO Roundtable today issued a statement in support of tolls to move the Brent Spence replacement bridge project forward. While I am in support of the positive public-private partnerships they describe, allowing non-commercial tolling in our region would set a dangerous precedent. Our public transit infrastructure is seriously lacking, and until it is all encompassing cars are still needed to support the movement of our workforce. An extra couple thousand dollars in tolls per year is one of the last things struggling families need – whether they live in Ohio and are expected to commute to Kentucky or live in Kentucky and are expected to commute to Ohio.

One valid argument for tolling is that the bridge carries 4% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) each year and not all of it is making a stop in the Cincinnati metro area. Well, modern bridge designs should already segment the right of way of large vehicles like semis, so if we must consider tolling, what if we consider tolling only heavy commercial traffic? Unbeknownst to most Cincinnatians, Ohio is part of the E-ZPass network (via the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission) so trucks passing through are likely to already have toll transponders and be used to paying tolls. Semis are a leading cause of bridge wear and tear, so it’s only natural that if anyone has to pay more as a result of years of Republican misappropriation of public funds away from transportation infrastructure, they should. In the end the toll cost would be passed onto the consumer anyways, but in the form of a fraction of a cent per unit increase in the price of the goods passing over the bridge rather than full dollars each workday. I know which I would prefer.

Hamilton County Business Center Ranked #1 in Ohio

Monday, February 10th, 2014

In their FY2014 report, Ohio Third Frontier ranked the Hamilton County Business Center as the top business incubator in the State of Ohio.

HCBC Ranking

Business incubators are key to attracting and retaining the kinds of businesses who generate middle-class jobs. We need to look at business and job creation from a regional and metro-area perspective, just as we do transportation. As Hamilton County Commissioner I will be in a unique position to help foster the innovative knowledge economy that our region needs to stay relevant in the 21st century.

In the upcoming May 6th primary, I am the only Democratic candidate with an engineering degree and hands-on technology start-up experience. For a more in-depth look at local incubators, I sat down recently with the operators of NKY’s e-zone.

To read more about the Hamilton County Business Center and the need for collaboration between our region’s incubators, see this article in the Enquirer‘s Leaders & Entrepreneurs section.

The Ohio Healthcare Exchange is Open for Business

Monday, October 7th, 2013

This week the new Exchange opened to help Ohio residents search for affordable healthcare insurance options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). There are a lot of myths going around about this law, so it’s important to note that if your family of four makes $94,200/year or less you should qualify for some kind of discount on your premiums. Dispel more myths about the duly enacted law and become an informed citizen.