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Monday, February 04, 2008

More From The State of the City



If you've already read Mayor Mark Mallory's State of the City speech online and still crave more....



The crowd was an interesting mix of people. Among the more than 600 who came to Playhouse in the Park to hear what the mayor thinks: Former Vice Mayor Jim Tarbell; civil rights lawyer Al Gerhardstein; rappin'-for-Obama Leslie Isaiah Gaines; Hamilton County Commissioner Pat DeWine; unsuccessful City Council candidate Brian Garry, who wore a Victoria Wulsin sticker on his lapel; Victoria Wulsin; Tom Luken; lobbyist Dick Weiland, recovering from an illness and in a wheelchair; state Sen. Eric Kearney; Shirley Colbert, longtime resident of and activist for the West End.



Sean Rugless took the stage first to welcome everyone. He's president and CEO of the Greater Cincinnati African-American Chamber of Commerce and used the opportunity to educate the crowd on what his group does, including training seminars, business development institutes and encouraging more meaningful inclusion for minority-owned businesses. People clapped when he said his is the largest African-American chamber in the state.



Four religious leaders - a priest, a rabbi, a United Methodist pastor and the leader of the Cincinnati chapter of the Muslim American Society - prayed for the city, its leaders and its citizens.



Sponsors: American Financial Group, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Bell, Cincinnati Business Committee, Cintas, Federated Department Stores, Fifth Third Bank, Procter & Gamble. Caterer: Elegant Fare.


21 Comments:

at 8:47 AM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like a big democrat lovefest. Eby & Ghiz must have felt right at home. Berding must have felt a little uneasy being around all those people.

 
at 9:38 AM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What were the names of the four "religious leaders" who prayed?

I would be interested to know who the priest, rabbi and United Methodist pastor were.

 
at 10:05 AM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like classic Mallory: Pomp and Circumstance, but meaningless.

Not even The Enquirer could find a lead!

 
at 10:07 AM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Streetcar? God he was reaching for something to talk about.

If we allow that to happen we deserve what we get. $100 million and it will shut within ten years.

Mayor Zero.

 
at 10:20 AM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait to hear how Christopher Smitherman will attempt to tear down the mayor's speech or cry racism for him having John Eby (a white man) introduce him.

 
at 10:59 AM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like the Mayor has aged 10 years in two.

Funny, he does not appear to be working that hard.

 
at 12:19 PM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

A priest, a rabbi, a pastor and an imam walk into a playhouse...

you know the rest.

 
at 1:26 PM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question for the reporter:

Perhaps this is answered in your newspaper story (my paper is still wet!) I don't understand what a "Sponsor" is?? What did these companies pay for? How much? Is this lobbying? Is this routine? Do other cities have sponsors for a state of the city address?

 
at 2:36 PM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good question

 
at 2:36 PM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good question

 
at 3:52 PM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell Brian Garry not to publicly show any support for candidates. It is a sure fire way to sink a candidacy.

 
at 4:38 PM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris Dole was there collecting signatures for his independent run for county commissioner. Alot were signing.

 
at 8:14 PM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

When's the next election?

 
at 8:37 PM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mayor nothing, since when is the homicide rate the berometer of safety in the city? Use all crimes and there is no decrease. Focusing on homicides, while politically expedient, is like telling me you had a diet Coke while taking 12 trips to the pizza buffet.

Do a survey, does anybody feel safer today than when mayor nothing took office? This mayor has spent over $300 million on the Cincinnati Police, can he really be satisfied with the results. If so, riase the bar, break a sweat, and do some work!

 
at 9:13 PM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous B.Kenobi said...

"You'll never find a more retched hive of scum and villany."

 
at 10:24 AM, February 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does the Enquirer not allow posts where the sexuality of people they report on is discussed?

I'm not naming names here, so please allow this post to go through.

 
at 3:25 PM, February 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If someone wants to discuss a political person's sexuality, they should be able to do it.

A person's sexual orientation is not something anyone should be ashamed of.

When the Enquirer does not allow these kinds of posts to go through, they are promoting the philosophy that it IS something people should be ashamed of.

 
at 4:40 PM, February 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, it is just that a person's sexuality is completely irrelevant. Why would that be an issue with respect to this thread?

 
at 5:46 PM, February 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because people are talking about the progress of our city and it's leaders...some of would like to discuss how some of our leaders work very hard to hide their sexual orientation...and how that may play a part to their own success. If you don't buy that, you don't have to...but that's what discussions like this are for.

 
at 8:27 PM, February 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

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".... Anonymous said...Why does the Enquirer not allow posts where the sexuality of people they report on is discussed?.."

WTF

They allow the discussion of 'HypocRites' each and every day !

Someone must have been vile and it was probably a wRong wingnut whacko !

PATHETIC 'family values' !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2008 !

 
at 6:36 PM, February 07, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nate: stop it! Go post on your own blog!

 
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