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The (Toledo) Blade
Toledo, Ohio
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Some very legitimate questions about regulatory competence, timely notification, and accountability at the highest levels are being raised in the lead-based water crises that have gripped Flint's 100,000 residents and, to a smaller degree, the 8,100 people served by the water system of Sebring, Ohio, a village of 4,300 residents... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ripple Effect
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the only candidate showing an increase from Wednesday to Thursday in two tracking polls in New Hampshire. Kasich has fallen to fourth place in the average, but he also appears to have positive momentum. Breaking: Here's the latest Kasich campaign ad (not to be... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Blade Slices
The Iowa caucuses have begun to have their predictable effect on New Hampshire and on the polling numbers of Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The newest poll in New Hampshire, from the University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Public Opinion, has Kasich at 7 points, one below Jeb Bush and way... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Blade Slices
Looking ahead optimistically to the next elections in the GOP presidential nominating process, the SuperPAC supporting Ohio Gov. John Kasich has sent an experienced Ohio and Nevada political hand to run its campaign in Nevada. David Gallagher will organize New Day for America’s field operations in Nevada, whose caucuses take... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Blade Slices
It's hard seeing ultralight-led whooping crane migrations from Wisconsin to Florida come to an end, even if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintains the numbers don't add up. For the past 15 years, those funny-looking migrations over 1,300 miles of airspace - the inspiration for the 1996 film, Fly... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Ripple Effect
The Lucas County Board of Elections is seeing signs that the March 15 primary will not have a high turnout. Deputy Director LaVera Scott reported today that 763 people have requested absentee voter ballots for the election. The number of AVB's requested as of this same date in 2012 was... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Blade Slices
Kevin Haddad, one of three people competing to replace term-limited Barbara Sears, said today at least a dozen of his big signs have disappeared. Haddad, a former Sylvania Township trustee, said he was out practicing his truck-driving Monday night for his CDL, when he noticed the absence of his signs... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Blade Slices
The first time I met Susan Hedman was inside a crowded briefing room of Marshall (Mich.) High School in the summer of 2010, when that school complex and Marshall itself were under siege by a million-gallon spill of thick bitumen, one of the heaviest types of crude oil from Canada's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at Ripple Effect
The Ohio Democratic Party today attacked U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio), citing an eye-opening report by the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Steve Koff. Koff's report showed that Portman publicly supported measures such as programs to combat heroin and restore the health of Lake Erie. And he then voted against the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Blade Slices
Tom Waniewski, one of two Republicans on Toledo City Council, has sent an open letter to Gov. John Kasich to help the city of Toledo address its budget woes. Here's the letter, as provided to me. Download Kasich In his one-page missive, Waniewski says Toledo's fiscal woes are due in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Blade Slices
Jann’s Netcraft is offering a creative way to beat the wintertime blues -- a fishing rod building class. The session takes place on Feb. 27 at the shop, located on Briarfield Boulevard in Maumee, just west of I-475, and south of Salisbury Road. The class runs from 8 a.m. until... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Blade Outdoors
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will speak Tuesday in New Hampshire for Ohio Gov. John Kasich. DeWine will speak to a criminal justice class at Nashua Community College being taught by Professor Dennis Lambert, a retired NCIS agent. On Sunday, Kasich notched his 75th town hall meeting in New Hampshire... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Blade Slices
It’s well known that the airlines vehemently deny any obligation toward passengers’ expenses should flights be delayed or canceled because of bad weather. Get stuck for a day or two in East Nowhere because of a fogged-in or snowed-in airport and you can expect to pay for your own lodging,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Road Warrior
According to the latest poll (and what else is there to go on), Ohio Gov. John Kasich is second to Donald Trump in New Hampshire. The Overtime Politics Poll released today shows Kasich standing in 2nd place, at 15 percent, behind Trump with 30 percent. This finding follows the release... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at Blade Slices
Democrat Ted Strickland has raised a total of $3.8 million and has $2 million in cash on hand in his quest for the U.S. Senate. Strickland raised $1.05 million in the fourth quarter. Strickland’s campaign announced his fundraising numbers today, ahead of the Jan. 15 reporting deadline with the Federal... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Blade Slices
More than three dozen leaders of conservative organizations in Ohio - mostly relating to abortion and other social issues - announced they are backing Ted Cruz for President today. The endorsement of Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, comes a few days after the Ohio Republican Party threw its endorsement... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Blade Slices
D. Hilarion Smith, a trustee of Spencer Township who was defeated in re-election in November and now has found a way back on the board, has possibly the most unusual motto of any politician ever. It's on his "card" - actually a 3"x5" piece of paper - that has been... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Blade Slices
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman's campaign today said it raised almost $2.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 for his re-election campaign. That makes the total raised by Portman to $9.8 million - a record for money raised in an off-year in Ohio, according to the campaign. Also the most... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Blade Slices
In an op-ed in The Hill newspaper today, U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) has tied the burden of student debt to the sluggish recovery of the housing market from the collapse of 2008. "Drive through the neighborhoods of Ohio. You will observe thousands of vacant homes devoid of a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at Blade Slices
Year-end statistics from the Toledo Police Department underscore that Toledo remains relatively safe, but it's still a city that needs to get a handle on gun violence. Homicides were down slightly in 2015, but shootings rose nearly 50 percent from the previous year. Shootings reflect what's happening on the street... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at Our View
In what is sure to raise a few eyebrows - if not implode energy markets and bring last-minute holiday glee to activists promoting anything from free market principles to climate change mitigation - Chicago-based Exelon Corp. has launched a Full Metal Jacket assault on Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp., telling the Public... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Ripple Effect
The (Toledo) Blade is now following Lisa Ward
Dec 31, 2015
A Christmas Eve tradition in East Toledo will play out tonight at the Hungarian Club where the Ujvagi family will have their annual family get-together. Looking for Peter Ujvagi today to interview him about the upcoming change of personnel on Toledo City Council, I found him at the Hungarian Club... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Blade Slices
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is maintaining his status among a second tier all bunched up behind Donald Trump in a new poll done in New Hampshire. The poll by American Research Group Inc. of Manchester, N.H., shows Kasich at third, the preference of 13% of likely New Hampshire Republican voters.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at Blade Slices
LUCAS County has hired a drug court coordinator, and an adult felony drug docket could start operating here as soon as January. The new coordinator is helping Lucas County Common Pleas Court judges gain preliminary approval – otherwise called initial certification – from the state Supreme Court. That's good news... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Our View