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The (Toledo) Blade
Toledo, Ohio
"One of America's Great Newspapers": The Blade newspaper is northwest Ohio's premier source of information
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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), popular with the conservative wing of the Republican Party, today issued a statement endorsing Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor for governor. Cruz made a last-ditch appeal for votes in Ohio in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, and picked up 13.3% of the vote, to 36%... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Blade Slices
The anti-Stainbrook faction of Lucas County Republicans is moving into its direct-mail phase with postcards that take a direct hit at the incumbent chairman. The postcards will bear the names of local candidates running for Lucas County Central Committee in nearly 312 races around the county. The winners of those... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Blade Slices
The people who want Derek Merrin re-elected to the 47th House District in Lucas and Fulton counties are taking no chances on the competition from Barbara Lang. Lang is challenging Merrin for the Republican nomination for the 47th District seat in the May 8 primary. Early voting has already begun... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Blade Slices
Here's the news release and a link to the video of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray's first TV ad here on the first day of early voting in the May 8 Democratic primary for governor ... Cordray Launches First TV Ad of Campaign, Highlights Record of Standing Up to Special... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at Blade Slices
The Lucas County Republican Party - headed by embattled chairman Jon Stainbrook - has released its party ticket in the May 8 primary. One of the perks of being the party chairman is you get to use the party's money to mail a card to every Republican household with the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at Blade Slices
Democratic candidate for governorDennis Kucinich is on the warpath now against the statehouse "cesspool" in Columbus. With a month to go before the voting is done in the May 8 Democratic primary for governor, the campaign of Kucinich and his running mate, Tara Samples, issued a diatribe naming two Columbus... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Blade Slices
The group trying to unseat Jon Stainbrook as chairman of the Lucas County Republican Party and elect Mark Wagoner has created an online tool to help people choose their "recommended" candidate in the next election. Here's the link found on Facebook. Republicans for a New Lucas County PAC 5 hrs... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at Blade Slices
Mary Taylor campaign's claim to be the standard-bearer for the Tea Party movement supported by this endorsement. Taylor, Ohio's lieutenant governor for the last two years, is running against Attorney General Mike DeWine for the gubernatorial nomination: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SENATOR RAND PAUL ENDORSES MARY TAYLOR FOR GOVERNOR Columbus– Today... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at Blade Slices
Once upon a time, there was an orange construction barrel whose assignment came to be guarding a big pothole in the high-speed lane on the southbound Anthony Wayne Trail in Toledo, at the start of the curve just south of Glendale Avenue. "Woe is me," the orange barrel fretted. "I've... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at Road Warrior
At a banquet this week in Perrysburg, Toledo area Tea Party members came down strongly for Mike Gibbons in the Republican U.S. Senate nomination election and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor in the Republican gubernatorial election, both coming up on May 8. In a straw poll, Gibbons received 54% of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at Blade Slices
The Democratic contest for governor of Ohio is tighter than anyone might have thought, according to a poll released today by WOIO-TV of Cleveland. The poll shows former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray and former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich in a dead heat at 21 percent among Democrats. Nearly half... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at Blade Slices
B0b Kreienkamp, one of U.S. Rep. Bob Latta's Republican primary opponents, is trying to call Latta out for a face-to-face candidate meeting. In his letter Kreienkamp said he is challenging Latta to a "candidate meet and greet before the primary election." Here's a copy of Kreienkamp's letter: Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Blade Slices
Michael Galbraith, a Democrat running to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Latta in the 5th Congressional District, today launched his campaign's "weekly video update series." It starts with campaign manager Erin An who says Galbriath would support "real gun reform." She mentioned specifically repealing the Dickey amendment, which prohibits federal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at Blade Slices
The Ohio Restaurant Association is endorsing Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine for governor. Here's a release from the DeWine campaign: COLUMBUS, Ohio (Mar. 13, 2018) -- The Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA) Board of Directors today enthusiastically announced its endorsement of Mike DeWine for Governor and Jon Husted for Lieutenant... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at Blade Slices
The state's largest labor organization, the Ohio AFL-CIO, is backing Zack Space for auditor of state. Space, a former congressman from southeast Ohio, will be the Democratic nominee in November against Republican Keith Faber, a state representative from Celina, Ohio. Faber Here is the Space campaign's news release: Coalition of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at Blade Slices
A Tea Party organization loosely centered on Toledo has voted to endorse Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor for governor. Ms. Taylor's running mate, Nathan Estruth, has found support and made several campaign trips here recently. Here's the statement from the Northwest Ohio Conservative Coalition: The Northwest Ohio Conservative Coalition (NWOCC) Endorses... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at Blade Slices
The front-running candidates for the GOP nominations for U.S. Senate and Ohio governor continue to steamroll their opponents in the county endorsement process. On Saturday the Fulton County Republican Party voted by more than a two-thirds majority to back Attorney General Mike DeWine for governor, with his lieutenant governor running... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at Blade Slices
Rachel Crooks, who is running against incumbent state Rep. Bill Reineke (R., Tiffin) in the 88th House District, is already proving to be an unusually high-profile statehouse candidate. She was the subject on Monday of a lavishly illustrated story in The Washington Post detailing her claims that she was forcibly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at Blade Slices
Monclova Township Trustee Barbara Lang has filed to run in the 47th House District now represented by fellow Republican Derek Merrin (R., Monclova Township). Here's the signature page from the candidates book at the Lucas County Board of Elections: Filing for the Democratic nomination is Gary Newnham. Lang filed to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Blade Slices
Rachel Crooks, a Heidelberg University staffer and one of several women who said in 2016 that Donald Trump made unwanted physical advances on them, plans to run for a seat in the Ohio General Assembly. It's reported on her @RachelforOhio Twitter account that she filed today in Sandusky County as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Blade Slices
State Senator Matt Huffman of Lima has endorsed Mike Gibbons for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination. Gibbons campaigned in Lima in November. An investment banker in Cleveland and GOP contributor, Gibbons is one of three Republican candidates for the nomination to take on Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Blade Slices
U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R., Ohio) today endorsed Jim Renacci in the contest for the Republican nomination to run against Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. The Portman move makes another established figure joining the Renacci campaign against political newcomer Mike Gibbons of Cleveland. Previously, Portman supported Josh Mandel, the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at Blade Slices
A poll by a respecting political survey firm shows Attorney General Mike DeWine way ahead of Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor in the race for the Republican nomination for governor. And it shows the two most recent entries in the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination - Richard Cordray and Dennis... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at Blade Slices
U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) will host a roundtable on the heroin and fentanyl addiction epidemic on Friday in Sandusky. Here's her office's announcement of this event. ADVISORY: Kaptur to hold opioid roundtable in Erie County Toledo, Ohio — On Friday, January 26, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), will hold... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at Blade Slices
Mike Gibbons, a Cleveland businessman hoping to take on Sen. Sherrod Brown in November, will bring his campaign to Lucas County next week. The Oregon Republican Club will host the town hall meeting Friday night, Feb. 2, at Bay Park Community Hospital in Oregon. By our count that will be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at Blade Slices