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The (Toledo) Blade
Toledo, Ohio
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich found some silver lining in Tuesday's sweep of five states by Donald Trump and is fundraising for the Oregon primary on May 17. Also the campaign today released the ad it is releasing in Oregon. "Vote Kasich" Here's the fundraising appeal out of the Kasich campaign... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Blade Slices
Mayor Hicks-Hudson used part of her work day today to weigh in on the vacancy in the U.S. Supreme Court - an issue of deep concern to the Ted Strickland campaign for the U.S. Senate but of questionable relevance to the job of being mayor of Toledo. This event was... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Blade Slices
Ten years ago I went to the Findlay Market - a traditional market in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine community. I came back with a story for The Blade that reported high hopes by the community for the market. My story was supposed to provide some enlightenment for the group then trying to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Blade Slices
Two whistleblowers who blew the cover off the Flint water crisis - Virginia Tech civil engineering professor Mark Edwards and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of Hurley Children’s Hospital's pediatric program - have made Time magazine's 2016 list of the world's 100 most influential people. The new list, in the magazine's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at Ripple Effect
Here's Ohio Gov. John Kasich's campaign schedule through Tuesday. Rhode Island, Maryland, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware vote Tuesday (together they have as many delegates as the state of California). Indiana is next, on May 3. UPDATED ADVISORY: Gov. John Kasich's Campaign Schedule This week and next, Gov. Kasich will campaign... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Blade Slices
From Bloomberg: Ohio Governor John Kasich locked up both of his campaign offices in the state and canceled a Tuesday rally there after his team vowed Sunday night to "give the Cruz campaign a clear path" in Indiana to defeating the front-runner. But he gave no instructions to his volunteers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Blade Slices
The Rob Portman campaign has a new web video highlighting his anti-heroin legislation. Portman is co-author of the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act which has passed in the Senate 94-1 and is awaiting a vote in the House. The ad features Ohioan Wayne Campbell telling the story of his son... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Blade Slices
Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken (D.) has hired a couple of operatives who bring a bonus with some - experience with Michael P. Bell (R.), Gerken's opponent in the Nov. 8 election. Stephen Leggett, 28, is campaign manager and Sam Melden, 32, is coordinating media, including social media. Leggett managed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Blade Slices
Portman campaign comment added at bottom The Ted Strickland campaign is doing Rob Portman's campaign a big favor - driving web browsers to Portman's website. Strickland's campaign created a website called Clicking on that website takes you to the actual Rob Portman website, which is Not sure how... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Blade Slices
Hillary Clinton's super-PAC Priorities USA is buying up advertising time on Ohio TV stations. My check of Ohio TV stations shows that Priorities USA has reserved more than $4 million worth of time in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Youngstown. The time is reserved after the end of the Democratic convention... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Blade Slices
The independent political group Freedom Partners funded by the billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch, have begun advertising in Ohio to re-elect U.S. Sen. Rob Portman. Now Portman's opponent, Democrat Ted Strickland, is raising money off the famous - infamous, in some circles - Koch name. Said Strickland's fundraising... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Blade Slices
The Lucas County Republican and Democratic parties have set the time, place, and date for their respective organization meetings. Republicans: 4 p.m., Saturday, Waite High School. Democrats: 6 p.m., Monday, United Auto Workers Local 12 Hall on Ashland Avenue. This is where the new precinct committeemen who were elected in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Blade Slices
The Ohio Democratic Party, which has endorsed Ted Strickland for Congress, today launched a new attack on incumbent Republican Rob Portman - the high cost of a college education. This came while Portman spoke at the Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University. According to his Twitter account,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Blade Slices
The John Kasich campaign has released a new ad, in two versions, one only 15 seconds long, citing Kasich's electability vs. the other two Republican candidates. The ad is the second released by the Kasich campaign this week. Kasich is campaigning for the New York primary on April 19. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Blade Slices
The fight over who's worse on China goes on between Democrat Ted Strickland and Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman in the U.S. Senate contest. The Portman campaign fired the latest salvo, reminding voters in an online ad called "Twice" that when Strickland was in Congress in 1993 and 1994 he... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Blade Slices
Adding comment from Portman campaign below ... The group People for the American Way today announced its endorsement of former Governor Ted Strickland against Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Rob Portman. PFAW's announcement says: “Strickland is exactly the type of leader that Ohioans and all Americans need in the Senate today,”... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Blade Slices
The Cook Political Report has moved Ohio's Senate race from "leans Republican" to "tossup." Here's the post: Decision to move Ohio, Pa. races from “lean Republican” is mainly due to overall political environment, Cook analyst Jennifer Duffy says on website. Says incumbent Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Pat Toomey... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Blade Slices
From the Philadelphia Inqurer: Ohio Gov. John Kasich is swiftly closing in on Donald Trump in the April 26 Pennsylvania primary election for the Republican presidential nomination, a new poll shows. The Franklin & Marshall College Poll being released Thursday shows Kasich with 30 percent of the support among likely... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at Blade Slices
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is hoping for a share of Utah's 40 delegates when that state's Republicans meet to caucus Tuesday night. Today, his campaign issued a list of his endorsers in Utah. Here's the release from the Kasich for America campaign: ENDORSEMENT: In Utah, Four More Local Leaders Endorse... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at Blade Slices
With 15 more samples of tap water coming back clean, the eastern Ohio village of Sebring, Ohio, is now up to having 96 percent of the samples voluntarily tested there - 1,057 of 1,104 - considered safe from lead poisoning by federal standards. The figures were part of the Ohio... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at Ripple Effect
Off the table. Remember those three words if Ohio General Assembly conservatives renew efforts to kill the state's renewable energy mandates this fall, as many people believe they will try to do. According to Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig Butler, though, any such effort won't be coming from Gov.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at Ripple Effect
The Cleveland Plain Dealer today published its endorsement of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination in Tuesday's election. Here's are two excerpts: The former First Lady, secretary of state and New York senator has been in the political trenches virtually her whole life. She knows... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2016 at Blade Slices
UPDATING Kevin Haddad, one of three candidates running in the 47th House District for the GOP nomination March 15, is being accused of illegal politics based on his sign. The sign in the photograph appears to be blatantly erroneous, in that it says "re-elect Haddad." Haddad is not the incumbent.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at Blade Slices
Some of the Republican establishment is coming around to being glad that John Kasich has stayed in the fray for the Republican nomination. Their first preference was that Kasich would get out of the campaign and let Marco Rubio corral the anti-Trump forces. But Rubio is not gaining significant momentum... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at Blade Slices
Mark your calendars for March 16. A meeting virtually guaranteed to have as much hollering and finger-pointing as another three-ring circus featuring Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump is to begin at 6 p.m. that day inside the normally quiet and peaceful Waterville Primary Community Room, 457 Sycamore Lane,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at Ripple Effect