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The (Toledo) Blade
Toledo, Ohio
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Secretary of State Jon Husted's campaign for governor announced their 88 county chairs and Republican Dee Talmage of Ottawa Hills is Husted's Lucas County chair. Talmage is the Republican State Committeewoman for the 2nd Senate District. Naming chairs is a polite way of saying who's stepping up to take sides... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Blade Slices
Overheard in Walbridge Park during Thursday night concert: "Wade's pretty good with money. But can he lift up the mattress like Paula?" Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Blade Slices
Among the responses I got to my Sunday May 28, 2017 story about the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's birth was this email from Mike Wood. His father, James Wood, was a policeman in Toledo who was assigned to the guard duty for JFK when the presidential candidate campaigned... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Blade Slices
Jon Husted, one of four major Republican candidates for governor in 2018, received the backing today of a group dedicated to the right to carry a concealed weapon. Husted has been a champion for this group. In 2006, he pushed through legislation - over Gov. Bob Taft's veto - to... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Blade Slices
Here's a postage stamp I'm going to stock up on: The one honoring writer-philosopher-naturalist Henry David Thoreau. Kudos to the Postal Service for offering it. The following Thoreau quote has been a permanent fixture on Ripple Effect since this blog first went live several years ago: "Heaven is under our... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Ripple Effect
Toledo mayor candidate Wade Kapszukiewicz had a fundraiser at Paula Brown Shop in downtown Toledo Wednesday night and if everybody there bought at least the basic $50 ticket he would have added at least $1,750 to his campaign warchest. Bruce Rumpf, who owns Job1 USA, which provides temporary workers to... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Blade Slices
Despite the fire that destroyed her car engine last week, Opal Covey is pressing on with her campaign for mayor. I happened to see Opal at a downtown bus stop yesterday so I offered her a ride home, which she accepted. She was in Oregon near St. Charles Hospital a... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Blade Slices
Columbus-area Congressman Pat Tiberi so far remains uncommitted on whether he’ll run for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio). (He would go up against Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel for the GOP nomination). The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is not waiting... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Blade Slices
I know that's not exactly surprising news ("Newly appointed councilman holds fund-raiser"), but I'm just passing along this invitation that arrived in my email. Please join us in celebrating KURT YOUNG’S Appointment to City Council Michael’s Bar and Grill 901 Monroe Street Toledo, Ohio 43604 Thursday, May 11th, 2017 5:30... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Blade Slices
The Husted for Governor campaign released this statement today from the Williams County Republican Party. Husted was in Montpelier, where he grew up, on the second day of his campaign announcement swing through Ohio. He stayed overnight in Maumee where he was interviewed this morning by Ignazio Messina. Husted Receives... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Blade Slices
It's official: Waukesha will get Great Lakes water pumped to it even though it lies just outside the natural Great Lakes watershed, a decision that could potentially open the door for more near-basin diversions. The eight-state council in charge of the landmark 2008 agreement known as the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Ripple Effect
Sam Melendez, the manager of the Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson re-election campaign, tweeted this week that Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz may have supplemented his $180,000 campaign warchest by taking out a second mortgage on his house. This was after our story reporting Kapszukiewicz's decision to run for mayor. Called out... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Blade Slices
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio), who co-chairs the Senate Great Lakes Task Force with U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.), was greeted by three unexpected visitors during his hour-long stop at the University of Toledo's Lake Erie Center earlier this week: Asian carp. Waiting for him in a back... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at Ripple Effect
The first real test case for the landmark water-withdrawal agreement known as the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact, or simply the Great Lakes compact, is now one for the books. The city of Waukesha, Wis. has prevailed in its defense of a 2016 permit it received to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Ripple Effect
Expect to pay about 23 cents more per gallon of gasoline this summer than last summer, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration projections released today. In its Short-Term Energy and Summer Fuels Outlook, the EIA is predicting average gas prices of $2.46 a gallon this April through September, compared to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Ripple Effect
The first quarter of 2017 has been the second warmest on record for the United States, with this March being the nation's ninth warmest on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported this morning. The Great Lakes states were among more than 40 states that were solidly above average... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Ripple Effect
U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican whose district includes Allen, Seneca, and Sandusky counties and part of Erie County, told MSNBC viewers today that he is opposed to the GOP-authored American Health Care Act in its current form. “Our job is to … do what we told the American people... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Blade Slices
Secretary of State Jon Husted, who is being called on to solve a tie vote in the Lucas County Board of Elections, on Sunday accused the Lucas County Republican Party headed by Jon Stainbrook as being motivated by "self-interest" rather than "civic interest." Husted was a guest on WTOL-TV Channel... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Blade Slices
J. Kenneth Blackwell, the Republican Party's 2006 candidate for governor, has formed a new conservative political action committee. He also says he could run for the U.S. Senate but decided against it. Blackwell said the Super PAC he calls Defend US PAC is "focused on supporting political candidates who are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Blade Slices
The Toledo Tea Party is showing its appreciation to Secretary of State Jon Husted for removing Lucas County Republican Chairman Jon Stainbrook from the Lucas County Board of Elections in 2015. Here the Northwest Ohio Conservative Coalition encourages its members to attend Husted's upcoming fundraiser. Here's their invitation (I deleted... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Blade Slices
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