First Democratic Endorsement In 100 Years – Cincinnati Enquirer Says Hillary For President

After nearly 100 years of supporting Republican presidential candidates, the Cincinnati Enquirer has endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president.

The Enquirer has supported Republicans for president for almost a century – a tradition this editorial board doesn’t take lightly. But this is not a traditional race, and these are not traditional times. Our country needs calm, thoughtful leadership to deal with the challenges we face at home and abroad. We need a leader who will bring out the best in all Americans, not the worst.

That’s why there is only one choice when we elect a president in November: Hillary Clinton.

Located in the vastly important swing state of Ohio, the endorsement could be of some help to Clinton. No Republican has ever won the White House without Ohio.

Among her accomplishments, the Enquirer points to the inclusivity of her campaign and her ability to consider others’ opinions as a hallmark of her campaign. Also noted is her constant message of “building bridges, not walls.”

On the flip side, the Enquirer’s editorial board takes notice of Donald Trump’s weaknesses.

Trump brands himself as an outsider untainted by special interests, but we see a man utterly corrupted by self-interest. His narcissistic bid for the presidency is more about making himself great than America.

Trump tears our country and many of its people down with his words so that he can build himself up. What else are we left to believe about a man who tells the American public that he alone can fix what ails us?

Trump has played fast and loose with the support of white supremacist groups. He has praised some of our country’s most dangerous enemies — see Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un and Saddam Hussein — while insulting a sitting president, our military generals, a Gold Star family and former prisoners of war like Sen. John McCain.

Why should anyone believe that a Trump presidency would look markedly different from his offensive, erratic, stance-shifting presidential campaign?

Unreleased tax returns, bankruptcies, heavy-handed praise for our country’s most dangerous enemies and a long list of unpaid contractors add to the Trumpster’s downside.

The editorial board closes with this:

In these uncertain times, America needs a brave leader, not bravado; real solutions, not paper-thin promises; a clear eye toward the future, not a cynical appeal to the good old days.

Clinton has her faults, certainly, but she has spent a lifetime working to improve the lives of Americans both inside and outside of Washington. It’s time to elect the first female U.S. president — not because she’s a woman, but because she’s hands-down the most qualified choice.

Cincinnati: Body Cam Video Released In Connection To Shooting Death Of Samuel DuBose

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WARNING: This video contains graphic content. Watch the full bodycam footage of the shooting incident that resulted in the death of Samuel Dubose on July 19th.
Posted by msnbc on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge for fatally shooting Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop July 19.

Samuel DuBose was stopped for not having a front license plate.

The footage above is from Officer Tensing’s body cam.

Things escalate at about the 2:15 mark.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters issued this statement after releasing the body cam video to the public: “It’s an absolute tragedy that anyone would behave in this manner. It was senseless. It’s just horrible. He purposefully killed him.”

Officer Tensing originally said DuBose tried to run him down and he feared he would get “sucked up under the car.”

Read more about the case here.

Ohio: Gay couple seeks to have state recognize their marriage

Two men who traveled from Cincinnati to Maryland last week to marry, John Arthur and Jim Obergefell,  are now asking Ohio to recognize their marriage based on equal protection:

The suit, filed by the couple, states the way the law treats
marriages between opposite-sex couples is unfairly different from the
way it treats marriages between same-sex couples.

“It’s blatant discrimination,” said the couple’s attorney Al Gerhardstein. “It’s a denial of equal protection.”

suit points to an example of a marriage between first cousins. In Ohio,
it is illegal. But if first cousins go to another state and marry where
it is legal, Ohio will recognize their out of state marriage as valid.

protection demands that opposite-sex couples and same-sex couples
should be treated the same,” Gerhardstein said in a release. “John and
James were validly married in Maryland. If they were an opposite sex
couple, Ohio would recognize their marriage. Being a same-sex couple is
no longer a good enough reason to deny them equal rights.”

Gerhardstein says the suit filed Friday has importance beyond the law. The couple is running out of time.

years ago, Arthur was diagnosed with ALS, also referred to as Lou
Gehrig’s Disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that
affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. There is no known
cure or treatment today that halts or reverses ALS.