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Gov. John Kasich told supporters in Findlay today he was proud that his campaign didn't air one negative ad. He must have forgotten to pass that message along to the Ohio Republican Party which had some fun with the FitzGerald campaign in this negative mailing: Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Blade Slices
The amount of early voting that has taken place so far in Ohio points to a low turnout election, though turnout has been picking up. Secretary of State Jon Husted reported on Tuesday that 816,739 ballots had so far been requested by mail, and 414,964 had been returned. So far,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Blade Slices
Silas Tsang, a volunteer for Republican auditor candidate John Navarre, has dug further into Navarre's criticism that Democratic Auditor Anita Lopez has excessively lowered property values - hurting other property owners. Here's the background: in a news conference on Friday, Navarre accused Lopez of overriding the valuations set by the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Blade Slices
Last month at the 577 Foundation, two awesome Perrysburg residents were honored with the Virginia Secor Stranahan Annual Citizenship Award. In 2013, I was able to have a story on the award which goes to someone whose generous contributions and legacy makes a difference in the Perrysburg area. I wanted... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Blurbs From The 'Burg
Animal agriculture is a subject that attracts a lot of vitriol from all sides, which is why I knew I’d get a flood of responses to last week’s column on the link between animal products and pollution in Lake Erie. I’m grateful to everyone who took the time to respond... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Crossroads
Updating with Republican campaign finance assistance to DeWine, and other GOP caniddates Updating with comment from Pepper and DeWine campaigns, and campaign finance detail. The David Pepper campaign for Ohio Attorney General, which is already likely causing heartburn in the Mike DeWine re-election campaign with its aggressive ads, attacked the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Blade Slices
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Guide Corneilus Harris from Hocking Hills Adventure Trek hoists a mid-October largemouth estimated at six-pounds plus that came from one of the hundreds of lakes and ponds in the AEP ReCreation Land in southeastern Ohio. After a quick photo, this fish was released healthy and as rambunctious as ever. Harris... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Blade Outdoors
Pockets of the fatal scourge oak wilt have shown up in Wildwood Metropark, where about 60 trees are infected with the fungal disease. To defend the rest of the Wildwood stock from oak wilt, Metroparks has gone on the offensive with an aggressive program aimed at halting the spread. Tim... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Blade Outdoors
Republican Gov. John Kasich finds topics on which to appeal to women voters - health care access, rape crisis funding, human trafficking in new campaign ad while ignoring issues that Democrats view as key to to women voters. The ad is narrated by female M.D. Dr. Alice Epitropoulos. Henry Gomez... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Blade Slices
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This is me trying to avoid Perrysburg Township Deputy Chief Michael Gilmore's air soft shots during a avoiding gunfire drill at his station. Now I know that when a gun is pointed at me I should immediately drop to the ground, because gunmen usually miss high with their first shot,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Blurbs From The 'Burg
I I was living in the city of Detroit in 2006 when Fentanyl hit the streets. Laced with heroin, it killed 1,000 people in one month in Detroit alone. Fifty times more potent than heroin, Fentanyl has been a street drug for decades, but it faded somewhat in recent years.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at 419: The Diary
UPDATING WITH COMMENT FROM DeWINE CAMPAIGN David Pepper, the Democratic candidate for attorney general of Ohio, has his first ad out today on television. The video spot says Republican AG Mike DeWine took money from contractors and that it's not funding his campaign, but rather went into his own pocket.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Blade Slices
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After two years of feeding families with cold and dry food and no hot food served on the premises, Family House on Indiana Avenue (the old Indiana Avenue YMCA) is back in the business of serving families prepared meals. Family House hosts the homeless and has 35 families with more... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Blade Slices
I’m The Blade’s newest and youngest editorial writer, and with that title comes a lot of pressure. Many people I’ve worked with have expressed the need for opinion writers who can speak to the needs and ideas of my generation, and I hope that I’ll be one voice able to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Crossroads
Joe the Plumber says he has opened up a gun company in Michigan. In a report on an Idaho news station while he was there last weekend, Samuel Wurzelbacher of Springfield Township, Lucas County, said, "I opened up a gun company up in Michigan." The politically conservative former plumber and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Blade Slices
LUCAS County Commissioners and Sheriff John Tharp plan to build a new county jail, possibly within three years. Commissioners have narrowed the site search to four spots in the city of Toledo, Commissioner Carol Contrada told The Blade editorial page. They will release the final consultants’ report next Tuesday, including... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Our View
I enjoyed my first stand-up comedy experience last weekend at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Levis Commons in Perrysburg, and it had all the stereotypes I’ve heard from comedy clubs. You had the drunk audience members who tried to make it about themselves and were bounced out, some big... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Blurbs From The 'Burg
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Guide Corneilus Harris from Hocking Hills Adventure Trek shows off a largemouth weighing 5.4 pounds that he seduced out of one of the numerous lakes in the AEP ReCreation Land in southeastern Ohio. On the same early October morning, Harris hooked a couple more in the three-pound class, plus a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Blade Outdoors
The Ohio Building & Construction Trades Council decided today not to make an endorsement in the race for governor of Ohio. The organization held its last planned board meeting before the election and opted to stay out of the race, said Dennis Duffey, secretary-treasurer of the organization. The board’s subsidiary... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Blade Slices
News release from Sen. Rob Portman office: Portman Sends Communications Director to Iowa Portman is Vice Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and National Finance Chairman Washington– As part of U.S. Senator Rob Portman's (R-Ohio) efforts to help win a Republican majority, his Communications Director, Caitlin Conant, will be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Blade Slices
The Kasich-Taylor campaign has a new campaign video out, one touting Ohio's economic comeback under Gov. John Kasich's watch. Montage-like, the ad features snippets of clips from Kasich speeches and campaign appearances. Sometimes he's in a suit, sometimes in a golf shirt. In one scene he's wearing what looks like... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Blade Slices
NARAL-Pro-Choice-Ohio - the National Abortion Rights Action League - issued endorsements today in some statewide and state House and Senate races. Not every race is endorsed in. Here's NARAL-Pro-Choice-Ohio's release: For Governor and Lt. Governor: Ed Fitzgerald and Sharen Neuhardt For Secretary of State: Nina Turner For Treasurer: Connie Pillich... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Blade Slices
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I just saw Mayor D. Michael Collins having lunch in Tony Packo's in East Toledo. He would have had to drive past the remnants of the last of three towering smoke stacks of the former Acme Power Plant in the Marina District. Wonder when he's going to decide whether to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Blade Slices
New John Patrick Carney (D) TV spot tells us that state Auditor Dave Yost (R) held a conference for which he paid $7 for a cup of coffee - hardly a good price for the guy in charge of rooting out waste. Story in today's The Dispatch says Yost got... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Blade Slices
The Toledo Regional Chamber of Commere has come out with its endorsements in a handful of local races that don't have a history of being competitive. The chamber didn't endorse in the most competitive local contest, that between Democratic incumbent Auditor Anita Lopez and Republican challenger John Navarre. The Chamber's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Blade Slices