Furious. We’re not sure how this is going to continue, but Taylor Swift has once again made a big tour announcement while the elections are still in the public consciousness — and it’s the second time this month! Catch up on this week’s top headlines below, broken down into election and non-election sections.
Some election highlights
Mike DeWine retains the Ohio governor’s seat, defeating challenger Nan Whaley
DeWine began his first term in 2019 after serving in the Ohio Statehouse as a US Senator and Lieutenant Governor. He was praised by medical experts for Ohio’s COVID-19 health protocols in 2020, but received scorn from many far-right Republicans who rallied against coronavirus vaccines and other safety measures. Whaley, a Democrat, is the former mayor of Dayton who has been vocal in support of gun safety laws, abortion rights and banning LGBTQ+ conversion methods. Read CityBeat‘s story about the fight between DeWine and Whaley.
JD Vance beats Tim Ryan in crucial US Senate race in Ohio
Vance, an author and venture capitalist, grew up in Middletown, 30 miles north of Cincinnati. His campaign veered into the MAGA sphere, with Vance lining up with maligned former US President Donald Trump to fight immigration fears, blame Democrats for inflation and attack teachers’ unions. Ryan, who has served 10 terms in the US House of Representatives, focused on economic concerns while supporting access to abortion. Read CityBeat‘s story about the battle between Vance and Ryan.
Cincinnati City Councilman Greg Landsman defeats incumbent Steve Chabot, turns over 1st congressional district
Landsman, a Democrat, has slammed Chabot for voting to overturn US President Joe Biden’s legitimate election in 2020. He has also highlighted restoring abortion rights, repairing infrastructure like the Brent Spence Bridge and passing LGBTQIA+ protections as goals if he becomes a member of Congress. Chabot, who was incumbent Republican, has repeatedly voted against abortion protections and indicated he would also consider banning birth control. Read CityBeat‘s story of the fight between Landsman and Chabot.
In abortion rights victory, Kentucky voters shoot down constitutional amendment
Abortion remains illegal in Kentucky as a result of a “trigger” law banning abortion in the wake of the monumental coup Roe v. calf in June. However, the failure of Amendment 2 means that the state’s ban on abortion can still be challenged in court as unconstitutional. Read CityBeat‘s story about Amendment 2.
There Go My Rights: Twitter reacts to 2022 midterm election results in Ohio, Kentucky
Midterm elections don’t usually involve a ton of drama, but boy has that changed for 2022. Flips, dips and drips all came from this year’s showdowns, and locals talk about how the results are affecting their hopes and fears for their home states. Read CityBeat‘s story of reactions that are both hilarious and heartbreaking.
News outside of the election
Taylor Swift Adds Second Cincinnati Show to The Eras Tour Schedule
Look what we made them do! Taylor Swift’s massive The Eras tour has added more dates since it was first announced on November 1, and now Queen City has a second show scheduled at Paycor Stadium. Read CityBeat‘s Story to find out when TayTay is coming and how to get tickets.
Joe Mixon grabs FIVE bloody touchdowns in the Cincinnati Bengals vs. Carolina Panthers fight
Someone had a great day at Paycor Stadium recently. During the Cincinnati Bengals’ 42-21 win over the Carolina Panthers on November 6, running back Joe Mixon scored five touchdowns, setting a new Bengals record for most in a single game. But Mixon has also achieved many other milestones. Read CityBeat‘s story about Mixon’s amazing performance.
Cincinnati Parks is poised to break ground on its $4.7 million Lytle Park renovation project
The Cincinnati Board of Park Commissioners says the project will revitalize the underused park on the southeast corner of downtown Cincinnati. When construction is complete, the park will have several new brick plazas and walkways, along with a decorative fountain, running track, and bocce ball court. Read CityBeat‘s story to find out when the Lyle Park project will be complete.
Dayton, Kentucky’s smoking ban is now in effect
Tobacco users, think twice before setting yourself alight in Dayton, Kentucky: You could be breaking a newly enacted law. Since November 6, smoking has been banned in all buildings and workplaces where the public is admitted. Read CityBeat‘s story to see examples of where lighting is a no go.
The Cincinnati Reds’ Redsfest returns for the first time since 2019
Redsfest, a Cincinnati Reds fan gathering and activity convention, is returning this year for the first time since 2019, just ahead of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The family-friendly event will feature current and former player performances, autograph and photo sessions, batting cages, pedal cars, mascot performances and other entertainment. Read CityBeat‘s story on who will be at Redsfest and how to get tickets.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra discusses Ohio influence ahead of Cincinnati performance
There are many traditions that fill the winter season, and a show by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is one of them. In the interview, drummer Jeff Plate talks about the band’s origins, the COVID-19 break and what this year’s performance will bring. Read CityBeat‘s story of how the Trans-Siberian Orchestra came to dominate the winter months.
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