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The (Toledo) Blade
Toledo, Ohio
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The National Republican Senatorial Committee is out with a new TV commercial today using the format of a TV news report to hit Democrat Ted Strickland over the loss of Ohio companies to other states when he was governor. One of the companies is Calphalon, which moved its HQ from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Blade Slices
Ted Strickland, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, addressed the international AFL-CIO convention in Cleveland today. Here's the campaign's news release on that event. One of the things we see in this release is that the Toledo Teamsters and the Ohio Council of Teamsters aren't on the same page. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Blade Slices
We're now up to 16 consecutive months of record heat. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced this morning the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for August 2016 was the highest for that month in the agency's database for global records, which goes back to 1880. August... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Ripple Effect
A TV ad in Spanish is the latest from the Rob Portman campaign for the U.S. Senate. The ad, which is running on TV and online at a cost of $250,000, features the freshman Republican U.S. senator speaking in Spanish. The spot, titled, “Mi prioridad," began running on Spanish-language stations... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Blade Slices
A word of advice from Bob Alexander, Ohio Northern University political science professor: follow state polls if you want to predict the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. KEEPING A NATIONAL ELECTION IN PERSPECTIVE In looking at the presidential race, it is important to keep the right perspective. “Rather than... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Blade Slices
Ted Strickland's latest fundraising appeal casts him as the outsider candidate. With the cancellations of some TV advertising by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Senate Majority PAC, maybe he's including them among the "political class:" Friend -- Did you see Ted’s note? It’s simple, really. The political establishment... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at Blade Slices
This I am told is the Donald Trump for President sign distribution plan for northwest Ohio: Total: 19,000 signs, 35 4x8 and 1000 bumper stickers. Fulton 500 signs, 5 4x8 and 100 bumper stickers Wiliams 500 signs, 5 4x8 and 100 bumper stickers Defiance 500 signs, 5 4x8 and 100... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at Blade Slices
Fundpraising appeal contrasts U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's choice of American-made suits with other politicians (e.g., Donald Trump) who manufacture suits off-shore. THOMAS, If you want to know why this election is so important, all you have to do is look at my suits. I know that sounds strange, but bear... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Blade Slices
Call it the West Toledo Democratic Club or the Pete Gerken Re-election Campaign, but a long-established local political club is being reconstituted. Heading it is Sam Melden, communications director of Gerken's campaign for re-election to the Lucas County Board of Commisioners. The Club is holding its second meeting Thursday night... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Blade Slices
Golfing great Jack Nicklaus, who grew up in Columbus and still lives in the area, is the star of a TV commercial for Rob Portman's re-election to the U.S. Senate. Here's the new ad: Here's the Portman campaign's news release from Tuesday announcing the new TV campaign: Portman for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Blade Slices
As summer winds down this Labor Day weekend, let me leave you with what former Daily Show host Jon Stewart used to close his shows with: Your Moment of Zen. Yeah, I know. Sunsets and sunrises can be cliches. But throw out that political correctness. When it comes to nature's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Ripple Effect
The fact-checker site PolitiFact has found that an outside expenditure ad on behalf of Rob Portman is false and should be taken off the air. Update: Response from the maker of the ad, National Republican Senatorial Committee, at end of post. The ad claims Strickland spent money to upgrade his... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Blade Slices
One of the common questions running through the crowd at Monday night’s meeting about the proposed Norfolk Southern staging yard near Swanton was, “Will we get to vote on this?” The very simple answer: No. Blame the U.S. Constitution, which among other things assigns regulation of interstate commerce to the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at Road Warrior
A new poll out today by Emerson College (Boston) shows the two leading presidential candidates are dead even in swing state Ohio. It also has Sen. Rob Portman (R) trouncing former Gov. Ted Strickland (D). Here's the release: FIRST EMERSON POLL OF THE GENERAL ELECTION SHOWS A CLOSE RACE IN... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at Blade Slices
In a C-Span-broadcast debate, a Teamsters International candidate seeking re-election says the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) for the U.S. Senate was in response to his commitment to support their "pension reform" legislation. The question was asked of Ken Hall, the union's secretary-treasurer and running mate of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at Blade Slices
Democrat Ted Strickland's new TV ad "Choice" links Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman and GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump as having common opposition to women's interests. The ad (paid for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and approved by Strickland) says Trump and Portman both want to overturn Roe vs.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at Blade Slices
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 Aug 24, 2016 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 Aug 24, 2016 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 Aug 19, 2016 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 Aug 17, 2016 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