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COAST Charged with Making False Statements to Influence Issue 48 Vote

And in Ohio, that’s a crime that can be punished with up to six months in prison and/or a $5000 fine. Here’s the press release from Cincinnatians for Progress: October 28, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In an action filed today with the Ohio Elections Commission, Cincinnatians for Progress formally charged COAST with knowingly making false […]

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Stay Classy, Smitherman

If the national office of the NAACP had any idea what Chris Smitherman is doing to their brand here in Cincinnati, they would’ve shown him the door years ago. The head of the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP and one-term city council member, Smitherman has a long history of outlandish statements, paranoid conspiracy theories, shameless […]

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What COAST’s Anti-Rail Charter Amendment Really Means

Cincinnatians for Progress has posted a note on their Facebook page explaining the consequences of COAST’s anti-rail charter amendment, should it be approved by voters in November. With permission, I’ve reproduced it here in its entirety: Take a close look at the language of the new Charter Article XVI that voters are being asked to […]

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Monkeys on our Backs

“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” — Isaac Asimov Once again, the alliance of extremists who brought us the failed Issue 9 campaign has demonstrated they can’t take […]

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Battle for the Streetcar: A Marathon, not a Sprint

Some people apparently can’t take “no” for an answer. Having seen his pet cause, Issue 9, soundly defeated at the polls last year, local NAACP honcho Chris Smitherman is at it again: The Cincinnati streetcar, the controversial $128 million plan that has traveled a bumpy path from the start, faces more potential rocky spots in […]

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Want Better Public Safety? Then Build the Streetcar

Remember that time Metro Cincinnati exploited the death of a teenager in a horrific car accident to illustrate the need for fewer highways and better public transit? Oh right, you don’t remember that, because it never happened. That hasn’t stopped the usual suspects from exploiting a recent fire in Northside and looming police layoffs to […]

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Gridlock Ensues as Mass Transit is Reduced

Anti-transit group COAST is back up to its usual routine, publishing yet another attack piece on mass transit.  But in their attempt to bash rail, COAST actually proves how necessary public transportation is. Various sources are reporting on a nationwide strike occurring in France, which is disrupting bus, rail, and air travel.  Several labor unions […]

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COAST Doesn’t Get It: Transit-Oriented Development is Real

In their latest poorly-researched attack piece, the anti-rail group COAST claims that high speed rail will destroy our residential property values and that transit-oriented development is a myth.  However, the article is based purely on anecdotes and hearsay, and lacks any factual evidence. According to a Sky News article and video referenced by COAST, homeowners […]

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Issue 9 = FAIL

285 Of 285 Precincts Reporting Candidate/Issue Votes Percent No 38,132 56.2% Yes 29,740 43.8% Thank you, Cincinnati, for defeating this odious charter amendment that would have essentially killed passenger rail transit in the city. I raise my glass to you.

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The COAST Transit Map of Cincinnati

After a great deal of consultation with the good people of COAST, I’ve developed a transit plan for Cincinnati that they approve of. Here it is. (Click on the image for a full-size version. Bloggers, feel free to use this for any anti-Issue 9 propaganda you deem appropriate.)

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