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Toledo, Ohio
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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) today noted the 25th anniversery of Ukrainian independence from the Soviet Union. Portman's pro-Ukraine position puts him possibly at odds with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump whose team is reported to have watered down the Republican Party platform to avoid promising the U.S. would... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Blade Slices
Democratic Senate candidate Ted Strickland's new TV ad aims to undercut the central attack of the Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman campaign, that he lost the state 350,000 jobs and emptied the Rainy Day Fund when he was Governor. Here's the Strickland news release in its entirety: For Immediate Release:... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at Blade Slices
Here is the Trump campaign's first Ohio TV. And the campaign news release: DONALD J. TRUMP LAUNCHES FIRST TELEVISION AD OF THE GENERAL ELECTION (New York, NY) August 19, 2016 - Donald J. Trump today released his first television ad of the general election, to begin airing immediately. The... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Blade Slices
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland's campaign keeps up its pressure on Republican Sen. Rob Portman to disavow the Republican presidential nominee today. From the Strickland campaign: Would Portman Trust Trump to Handle the Nuclear Codes? New Report: Two Senate Candidates Won’t Say if They Trust Trump with Nuclear Codes... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Blade Slices
A reader recently asked me why I-75 is being rebuilt with concrete pavement from about State Rt. 582 north to just south of the I-475 split near Perrysburg, while the rest of the ongoing widening and reconstruction down to the north side of Findlay is using asphalt-mix pavement. The Ohio... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Road Warrior
Donald Trump and I kept almost 9,000 people waiting in the Huntington Arena while he and I discussed, among other things, my mother-in-law’s support for his candidacy. As the politics writer for The Blade, I had the opportunity last Wednesday night to sit down for a one-on-one interview with The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Blade Slices
When Donald Trump steps out on stage at the Huntington Center tonight, fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman will be about as far away as a person can be and still be in Ohio - Cincinnati. The Democratic Ted Strickland campaign for the U.S. Senate is wondering when Portman is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at Blade Slices
A third union has endorsed Rob Portman for re-election to the U.S. Senate over Democratic former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, joining the Teamsters and United Mine Workers. Following is a Portman news release. A list of Strickland union endorsements is attached at the end. Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at Blade Slices
Perrysburg, OH: Due to the scheduled visit to NW Ohio by Candidate Donald Trump, the debate the Northwest Ohio Conservative Coalition (NWOCC) is sponsoring on “Should Conservatives Vote for Trump?” has been cancelled for this Wednesday July 27 and will be held on Monday August 29, 2016 at 6:00pm at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Blade Slices
update - see below for Strickland campaign response For the second time in this election campaign, Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has collected an endorsement against Democratic challenger Ted Strickland from a union that traditionally sides with Democratic candidates. Here's the Portman news release announcing its endorsement by the Teamsters.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Blade Slices
Diggin' these $2-a-gallon and less gasoline prices? The federal government expects them to last at least through the end of 2016. According to a statement released earlier this week by Adam Sieminski, the U.S. Energy Information Administration's chief, motorists in this country can expect to see gasoline prices remain down... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Ripple Effect
Despite scattered rain in recent days, four states in the water-rich Great Lakes region - Michigan, Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania - are now experiencing a moderate drought, according to the latest weekly data released this morning by the U.S. Drought Monitor. In northwest Ohio, where I live, Wood, Hancock,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Ripple Effect
Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump met today with Republican U.S. Senators, and the conversation was said to be awkward. Sen. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) confronted Trump about saying fellow Arizona Sen. John McCain was not a war hero because he was captured. Another senator said Trump talked about loving Article... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Blade Slices
The Blade is looking for people in our northwest Ohio/southeast Michigan circulation area who support Donald Trump for President and is looking for folks to interview for a story. Any volunteers? Please email me at Thank you Tom T. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Blade Slices
Updating with response from Portman campaign Democrat Ted Strickland U.S. Senate campaign today challenged Republican incumbent Rob Portman to disavow an alleged anti-Semitic tweet by the GOP presumed nominee Donald Trump. Here's Strickland's campaign statement: Today, Strickland Campaign Spokesman David Bergstein issued the following statement in response to Trump’s use... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Blade Slices
FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse nuclear plant is on the cover of the latest edition of Nuclear Plant Journal, an industry trade magazine founded in 1983 that comes out six times a year. An article starting on Page 48 describes, in technical detail, how FirstEnergy verified during a recent outage "that the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Ripple Effect
Mike Bell surfaced on Facebook today: Here's the text: I’m running for Lucas County Commissioner And, let me guess... You want to know why. If you were to let me borrow your car, I’d return it washed, and with a full tank of gas. When you trusted me as your... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at Blade Slices
You're not alone, Point Place. Other areas along the western Lake Erie shoreline are getting hammered by mayfly swarms this summer, too, as the photograph below shows: Mayflies blanketed the entrance to the University of Toledo's Lake Erie Center in Oregon last Friday morning. Photo credit: Carol Stepien, It was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Ripple Effect
Rob Portman and Ted Strickland attack each other today in a pair of new web ads on the subject of China. So not only are the two running neck-and-neck in the latest Quinnipiac poll, but so are their web ads. The campaign of Republican Sen. Rob Portman, who's seeking election... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at Blade Slices
U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) proposed an amendment to a House bill today that would prohibit a person on the "no-fly list" of the Terrorism Watch List from being able to buy a gun. It was voted down. The exchange occurred during debate on appropriations for the Department of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Blade Slices
According to U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur: WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today released a letter to the Government Accountability Office, the federal government’s investigative agency, calling on a comprehensive “review of the investment decisions of the Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Blade Slices
Thirteen and counting... The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just announced the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for May 2016 was the highest for the month of May in the agency's database for global records, which goes back to 1880. May 2016 also was the 13th consecutive... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Ripple Effect
The amount of rain and severity of storms over the next week could play a big role in determining how large this summer's algal bloom gets in western Lake Erie. That's the latest from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Heidelberg University's National Center for Water Quality Research, which... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Ripple Effect
This week marks the one-year anniversary of Laudato Si', the groundbreaking, 184-page encyclical that Pope Francis issued in 2015. Only a small part of it was dedicated to climate change. But the pope's firm convictions about why mankind has a moral obligation to act caused a global uproar that continues... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Ripple Effect
About 40 Bowling Green Rotarians are expected to get a presentation about the $500 million Utopia East Pipeline project at their luncheon Thursday inside the Bowling Green Country Club. Allen Fore, Kinder Morgan public affairs vice president, is to be the featured speaker. The project, which involves 14 Ohio counties... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Ripple Effect