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Toledo, Ohio
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Buried in the new state transportation budget is a strange measure that would require out-of-state college students who want to vote in Ohio to obtain Ohio driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations. Current law allows students to vote in Ohio while keeping their out-of-state licenses. If the transportation budget, which was... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Crossroads
Non-violent drug offenders are flooding local jails and state prisons. Up to half of the 400 prisoners in Lucas County jail on any given day are coming off a drug, mostly heroin and other opioids. Here’s how the revolving door works: Addicts are arrested for drug possession or petty theft.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at 419: The Diary
Todd Portune, a Democratic Hamilton County commissioner, issued a statement of condolence today on the death of Jack Ford. And he shared with me the campaign sign that might have been used in the campaign he and Jack were discussing. Portune briefly flirted in early 2014 with running for the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Blade Slices
STARBUCKS CEO Howard Schultz last week asked his servers to talk to customers about one of the nation’s most intractable and festering problems: race relations. He even took out full-page ads in USA Today to promote the campaign. But facing a viral firestorm, he pulled the plug on the idea... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Our View
P.G. Sittenfeld, a Cincinnati city councilman who is running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Rob Portman, today endorsed the ResponsibleOhio amendment to legalize marijuana. (The Ohio Ballot Board approved the text of the amendment today.) Here is Sittenfeld's statement: P.G. Sittenfeld Statement on Marijuana Legalization “We need... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Blade Slices
Professor Robert Putnam, a native Port Clintonite and celebrated political scientist at Harvard, believes America is headed down a dangerous path toward economic immobility, and wants all Americans to get serious about reversing it. I spoke with week with Professor Putnam about his much-discussed new book on inequality, Our Kids:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Crossroads
TOLEDO’S area bus system must raise its state-lowest fares, even to maintain basic services, underscoring the need to find more reliable and sustainable ways to fund public transit here and throughout Ohio. The state -- which ranks near the bottom in public transit support -- must also do much more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Our View
Should Sandy Drabik Collins (as she calls herself in the attached email) run for mayor to continue her late husband's legacy? That's a question she's asking some supporters in this email of which The Blade obtained a copy. You'll see it at the end of this post. Drabik Collins has... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Blade Slices
The Ohio GOP has a new executive director. Katie Eagan replaces Matthew McAuliffe who is now chief of staff in the Ohio Department of Transportation. Here's the press release from the Ohio Republican Party: Katie Eagan Named Executive Director of Ohio Republican Party Ohio Republican Party (ORP) Chairman Matt Borges... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Blade Slices
Ohio State grad Matt Failor and his team of sled dogs were resting at the Kaltag check station as of 7 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 16. Failor is in 43rd place in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, with 639 miles covered at this point. The race covers approximately... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Blade Outdoors
  How much would 19 years of your life, wrongfully taken, be worth? According to the state of Ohio, 19 years of Danny Brown’s life is worth nothing. I’m not talking about Danny Brown the acclaimed Detroit rapper. I’m talking about Danny Brown of Toledo, who was convicted in 1981... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at 419: The Diary
John Patrick Carney, who ran unsuccessfully for state Auditor last year, has thrown his support behind Ted Strickland for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. Also announced today by Strickland campaign: endorsement by former State Rep. Connie Pillich (D., Cincinnati), who ran unsuccessfully last year for state treasurer. Strickland is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Blade Slices
As of today, four people who have taken out petitions at the Lucas County Board of Elections office to run for Toledo Council District 4 to replace Paula Hicks-Hudson. (Signing out blank petition forms at the BOE is a time-h0nored practice but not required. Candidates can use their own forms,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Blade Slices
Ted Strickland (D) attacked Sen. Rob Portman (R) today over Portman's signing of a letter to Iran's leadership and demanded that he apologize. "Rob Portman should be embarrassed for irresponsibly attempting to sabotage our country's negotiations with Iran,” Strickland said in a statement released by his campaign. "He has chosen... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Blade Slices
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, an independent political action committee that has the resources to pour millions of dollars into a campaign, has taken sides in the Ohio Democratic primary contest for the U.S. Senate. It announced today it will back former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland over Cincinnati Councilman P.G.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Blade Slices
The Ted Strickland campaign for the U.S. Senate today announced he is endorsed by three of the four Ohio Democratic U.S. representatives. Absent from this announcement is U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo). FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 6, 2015 TED STRICKLAND EARNS EARLY ENDORSEMENT OF THREE U.S REPRESENTATIVES IN CAMPAIGN... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Blade Slices
P.G. Sittenfeld, the Cincinnati city councilman seeking the Ohio Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2016, has made it clear that he won’t step aside for former Gov. Ted Strickland. In a fundraising appeal, Sittenfeld wrote that he's "more committed than ever" to stay in the race. The winner... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Blade Slices
EXPANDING Medicaid over the opposition of other Republicans, an act of courage and compassion, marks Gov. John Kasich’s greatest first-term achievement. Ensuring that the health-care expansion for low-income Ohioans continues after June, despite a reluctant General Assembly, should be his top priority. The governor must regard action on Medicaid as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Our View
If Toledo's newest council member has a political affiliation it doesn't show up in his voting history. In that sense, his appointment is a good tribute to the late D. Michael Collins, former mayor and councilman, who said he never pulled a partisan ballot in his life. However, it may... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Blade Slices
Ohio Division of Wildlife biologists and law enforcement officers will be on hand to answer questions and receive comments regarding the proposed and future hunting, trapping and fishing regulations at open houses around the state from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. The 2015-2016 deer hunting proposals under... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Blade Outdoors
Here is the text of an anonymous message I just received on my phone while away from my desk. Caller sounded like an elderly woman: "About three days ago I received a recorded call from a woman asking about the special election to be held in November for a new... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Blade Slices
It can't be done, it can't be done... ...except it is being done. In Burlington, Vt. I'm talkin' about renewable energy. Downtown Burlington has an attractive waterfront setting along Lake Champlain. Photo courtesy of I was probably as stunned as anyone to see stories such as this one on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Ripple Effect
You know someone's a serious candidate when an independent committee forms to support his or her candidacy. Of course, the candidate knows nothing about this committee, but still the committee gets formed. Incumbent U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) has declared his intent to seek re-election in 2016. And former... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Blade Slices
The temperature at 7:48 a.m. on Monday Feb. 23, 2015, in rural Wood County. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Blade Outdoors
Two years ago, I moved to Sylvania to cover the Sylvania area for The Blade. Before the move, I had never been to Toledo or Sylvania. On Monday, I make another move. I am changing what I cover as a reporter to The Blade’s features department, which is responsible for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Community Connections