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Your incredible support for my Politics Extra column and That’s So Cincinnati podcast told me one thing: You can’t get enough information, analysis, and commentary on politics in Greater Cincinnati and Ohio.

I want to make it easier than ever for you to get exclusivity and insight into politics.

How simple? I will write everything to you.

And best of all, you can write back your thoughts and observations to me. Actually, the best part about it might be that it’s free.

Instead of downloading apps, dodging bots, and wading through the clutter on Twitter and Facebook, you and I can now write back and forth about the 2020 election, who’s running for what, and the behind-the-scenes maneuvers between Republicans and Democrats.

For the next six weeks, we’ll be testing group text chats between you, me, and other dedicated Politics Extra readers.

Before you sign up, let me answer a few questions you may have. (Now when you’re ready to sign in, scroll down to sign in.)

What are we going to talk about?

You know my style: I call Democrats, Republicans and other powerful public figures balls and strikes. My only agenda is to tell the truth, and my columns and podcasts are all about holding officials accountable for what they say and do and how they spend your tax dollars.

Sure, you will get my quick reflection on the latest political news. But I’ll also let you know what’s going on behind the scenes and provide information on the comings and goings of national, state, and local politicians.

And I want to know what you think.

Let’s exchange ideas, observations, and opinions on topics and subjects such as Donald Trump’s efforts to recapture Ohio. Problems with campaign funding for Congressman Steve Chabot; political conflict about the music venue The Banks; Democrats Fight Democrats in Hamilton County; and much more.

Really, whatever political issues and subjects you want to talk about, I’m ready for that.

Is it really free? And what’s the catch?

It’s completely free and there’s no catch. It’s just a test to measure interest in whether this could be a prime way to support our work in the future. We hope readers like you enjoy this service enough to offer another way to deliver the in-depth political coverage that my Cincinnati.com teammates and I have provided.

The only thing we ask in return for signing up is filling out some surveys to let us know if you like the group texts and if we should keep doing them.

Will other people see my number?

No. If you reply to the group text, it will only go to me. I could answer you individually. Or I’ll “quote” part of your message back on the group thread, but that’s from my number, not yours, and I won’t use your name. No one in group chat will ever see your contact information.

What are you doing with my number

Junk texts are the absolute worst, and getting people to share phone numbers is a terrible business model. It’s very simple: we will never give or sell your number to anyone. Never. Ever. When you sign up, you will only receive a few messages from me each day. You can unsubscribe at any time. At the end of this test, we will send you a follow-up note to let you know whether we will proceed with it. No running texts. No purchases. No credit cards required.

How do I sign up?

To sign up for the group chat, enter your number below, confirm it on your phone and we’ll be connected. Please help me find new ways to connect with readers and let’s have some fun while doing it.

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