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The (Toledo) Blade
Toledo, Ohio
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State Rep. Derek Merrin (R.) of Monclova Township is one of three northwest Ohioans in the General Assembly to co-sponsor a right-to-work bill in the General Assembly that would apply to public employees. Merrin's district is the 47th, formerly held by Barbara Sears, who was termed out, and home to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Blade Slices
U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur attacked the growing plethora of Goldman Sachs alumni in the Trump administration in a floor speech that could compete with the spokesman of Jimmy Johns for fast talking. Given one minute to make her speech, Kaptur makes the most of it, saying, "Wall Street's gold diggers... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Blade Slices
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 13, 2017 Contact: Drew Griffin Office: (202) 225-6405 Latta Tours VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Toledo BOWLING GREEN, OH – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) visited the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Toledo this past Friday morning. Joining Congressman... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Blade Slices
All Children Matter, the political action committee chaired by now-U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, owes the state of Ohio $5.3 million (two fines of about $2.6 million) for campaign finance violations. The fines were imposed by the Ohio Elections Commission in 2008. When they weren't paid by All Children Matter,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Blade Slices
Richard May, the Republican Party candidate who ran against Rep. Marcy Kaptur in the 9th Congressional District in 2014, is about to be bounced from the party by the Cuyahoga County GOP. May committed the sin of refusing to support Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign and announced he would... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Blade Slices
Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown upped the confrontation level with the Trump administration over the President's nominees today. Brown said he and other Democrats boycotted the Senate Finance Committee hearing to prevent the committee having a quorum. (Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch, R., Utah, said Dens are "acting like idiots.")... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Blade Slices
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) said President Trump should reject suggestions that he eliminate sanctions on Russia in a statement today. Here is Portman's statement: “I am deeply concerned about reports suggesting that sanctions imposed on Russia may be lifted without resolving the unacceptable and hostile actions that caused... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Blade Slices
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich has endorsed Betsy DeVos as Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, saying she will "usher in an era of real and meaningful education reforms in our country." Kasich said DeVos, of Grand Rapids, Mich., "has built two of the most successful education reform organizations in America,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Blade Slices
U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) statement on President Trump’s actions on trade policy WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump formally withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and reported news that Trump will issue an Executive Order to renegotiate the North American... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at Blade Slices
Ohio U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R.) urges benefits of free trade agreements in this statement Monday responding to President Trump's cancellation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership: “One in four Ohio manufacturing jobs depends on exports, and one in three acres of Ohio farmland is planted for export. Growing exports is critical... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at Blade Slices
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WAUKESHA, Wis. - While visiting the lovely state of Wisconsin earlier this month, I learned the battle over Waukesha's future water supply isn't just about the 8.2 million gallons a day of treated Lake Michigan water that Waukesha wants to start buying from nearby Oak Creek, Wis., within a few... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Ripple Effect
LaVera Scott, the Democratic director (officially deputy director) of the Lucas County Board of Elections, has been singled out for honor by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. Also winning honors is the Wood County Board of Elections. State elections officials from all over Ohio are in Columbus this week... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Blade Slices
Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz says he's considering running for mayor and will screen for the Lucas County Democratic Party's endorsement. A movement to bring about a hurried endorsement of Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson by the Lucas County Democratic Party in the September primary and November general election has been headed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Blade Slices
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In its latest short-term energy outlook, released this morning, the U.S. Department of Energy predicts the nation's average gasoline price will rise to $2.31 a gallon during the first quarter of 2017, up from $2.25 a gallon in December, 2016. Average prices for 2017 are expected to be $2.38 a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Ripple Effect
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Tanner Rife is all of eight years old, but the third grader who attends Otsego Elementary School took a nice 10-point buck with his bow recently while hunting with his father Kurt. Tanner took the shot from about 20 yards with his Parker Crossbow purchased at Rock Solid Archery. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Blade Outdoors
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) issued this news release today: BROWN DEMANDS TRUMP EDUCATION SECRETARY NOMINEE DEVOS PAY OHIO $5.3 MILLION SHE OWES FOR BREAKING OHIO ELECTION LAWS Senator: $5.3 Million Could Pay for More Teachers to Educate Ohio Kids WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Blade Slices
U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R., Bowling Green) supports the "Buy America" provision that his leadership in the House has deleted from an infrastructure bill, according to a spokesman. "Congressman Latta supports keeping the 'buy America' provision in WRDA to ensure that tax dollars are being used to purchase American products,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2016 at Blade Slices
Canadian Pacific Railway's holiday trains are running again, and once again one of the two trains will pass through a slice of southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio. But as in the past, it won't stop, and seeing it can require some patience. If you have the time and the kids... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Road Warrior
The campaign of Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman today began airing its final campaign ad of his race against Democrat Ted Strickland. At a commitment of $1 million, the ad is running in every Ohio media market. And the Strickland campaign is back on television in Toledo with TV advertising... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Blade Slices
Day late with this U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown joke from Hillary Clinton rally at Kent State University near Cleveland on Monday. Brown helped warm up the crowd in the Kent State Rec center wearing his Cleveland Indians sweatshirt. He said: "I know that almost everyone here is an Indians fan.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Blade Slices
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Took this picture at the Trump rally yesterday (Oct. 27) in Toledo at the SeaGate Centre. The rally had ended and this man came over to the media pen and said something derogatory to us and flipped us the bird. I didn't catch his exact words. I invited him to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Blade Slices
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Days after celebrating the long-delayed completion of the Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear plant near Knoxville, the Nuclear Energy Institute was lamenting the closure of the Omaha Public Power's Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant near Omaha, Neb. "The premature closing of Fort Calhoun illustrates the situation in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Ripple Effect
One of the bigger political stories getting lost in the shuffle during this presidential election is the fate of Ohio's mandates on energy efficiency and renewables. It's huge because it could not only impact energy markets for solar power and wind power, but also the nation's climate and landscape. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at Ripple Effect
There's been a lot of talk about how long it's been since the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians have been in the World Series. But there's another thing making this year's Fall Classic special: It is the first time since the Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago Cubs, four games to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2016 at Ripple Effect
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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman stopped in Toledo today as part of his “Countdown to Victory” RV tour. Portman’s blue RV has become a familiar site at his Sylvania Avenue campaign office. Portman, a Republican, is seeking a second six-year term. His opponent is Democratic former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. Here... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2016 at Blade Slices