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The (Toledo) Blade
Toledo, Ohio
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The Ohio Democratic Party today is taking issue with U.S. Sen. Rob Portman's assertion that he supported the bailout of America's domestic auto industry in 2009. Portman, who was not in elective office at the time, said a bailout was needed, and notes that the plan was initiated under President... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Blade Slices
Words mean things. A wise journalism professor hammered home that point many years ago, and his directive still resonates with me today. Words are powerful, potent, and capable of producing great imagery. But when used improperly, inaccurately, or irresponsibly, words can distort, misrepresent, or erroneously characterize a critical issue. This... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Blade Outdoors
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are seen trading places in Ohio in these three polls. On average, Clinton is winning by 1.4 points. That's a close race. From realclearpolitics.com: Polling Data Poll Date Sample MoE Clinton (D) Trump (R) Spread RCP Average 4/26 - 5/19 -- -- 42.7 41.3 Clinton... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Blade Slices
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Days after the conclusion of another successful Biggest Week in American Birding comes the release of a cool report that's a first of its kind: The State of North America's Birds 2016. Published by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, it's an easy-to-understand, nifty interactive research tool for bird lovers... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Ripple Effect
See previous post in this blog for the anti-Portman ad. American Bridge, a liberal super PAC, is targeting Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) for his support of Donald Trump, the GOP nominee for president, in a new video. Here's the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pbwF1ER7R8 The ad ends by calling Portman “Trump’s man... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Blade Slices
The Koch brothers-funded group Freedom Partners Action Fund is about to air $2.2 million worth of anti-Ted Strickland television ads in Ohio. The new ad features Tipp City business owner “Keith” talking about how his family and community struggled during Governor Strickland’s tenure, a time when the state lost 350,000... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Blade Slices
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Paving crews were out this morning putting what appear to be the finishing touches on the temporary ramps at Central Avenue that will support the upcoming detour on northbound I-75 at I-280. Traffic will be sent south on I-280 to Central, up and over the Central bridge, and back north... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Road Warrior
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Congratulations to John Hartig, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge manager, for recently being named the John Muir Association's Conservationist of the Year at a ceremony near San Francisco. Hartig, who also serves on the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy board of directors, has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications on the... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Ripple Effect
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The old Hotel Seagate (aka Holiday Inn) on Summit Street downtown is set to be demolished to the ground, but is getting a reprieve for possible alternatives. Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken said a couple of developers are interested in the 19-story building as-is. Gerken said the cranes were ordered... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Blade Slices
Ohio U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Urbana) today issued a statement criticizing the Obama administration's direction to schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom and locker facilities of their chosen gender. “Of all the schools and businesses I’ve visited in our district over the years, this issue has... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Blade Slices
The Rob Portman (R.) U.S. Senate re-election campaign in Ohio has been boasting of its technological prowess, for example introducing us to the Snapchat geofilter. It's something that young people know about. The Portman campaign also says it was the first Senate campaign in the country to sponsor an ad... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Blade Slices
New video is out today from the Rob Portman (R) and Ted Strickland (D) campaigns for the U.S. Senate. In Portman's video: the campaign attacks Strickland for the cuts he made as governor in higher education in Ohio. “Ohio families and students have no greater enemy than former Governor Ted... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Blade Slices
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Here's something I didn't see coming: President Obama today made the American bison the national mammal of the United States. Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law, putting the bison on par with the Bald Eagle as an official symbol of our country. As the U.S. Fish and... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Ripple Effect
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R.) received the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business today, and challenger Ted Strickland (D.) was in Lorain to talk up trade policy with out-of-work steelworkers. In Lorain, Strickland met with workers and officials at the United Steelworkers Local 1104 union hall in Lorain.... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Blade Slices
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When I picked up a copy of this year's Biggest Week in American Birding program earlier this week from Mancino's Pizza & Grinders on Woodville Road in Oregon (yes, a passing reference to a sponsor - read on and you'll see why), I got a chuckle out of a word... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Ripple Effect
Most of the time that Donald Trump and Rob Portman's names appear together in news or tweets it's about how Trump's unpopularity is going to ruin Portman's chances at getting re-elected. A new idea going around is that Trump might ask Portman to be his running mate. Gov. John Kasich... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Blade Slices
Ohio Gov. John Kasich found some silver lining in Tuesday's sweep of five states by Donald Trump and is fundraising for the Oregon primary on May 17. Also the campaign today released the ad it is releasing in Oregon. "Vote Kasich" Here's the fundraising appeal out of the Kasich campaign... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Blade Slices
Mayor Hicks-Hudson used part of her work day today to weigh in on the vacancy in the U.S. Supreme Court - an issue of deep concern to the Ted Strickland campaign for the U.S. Senate but of questionable relevance to the job of being mayor of Toledo. This event was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Blade Slices
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Ten years ago I went to the Findlay Market - a traditional market in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine community. I came back with a story for The Blade that reported high hopes by the community for the market. My story was supposed to provide some enlightenment for the group then trying to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Blade Slices
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Two whistleblowers who blew the cover off the Flint water crisis - Virginia Tech civil engineering professor Mark Edwards and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of Hurley Children’s Hospital's pediatric program - have made Time magazine's 2016 list of the world's 100 most influential people. The new list, in the magazine's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at Ripple Effect
Here's Ohio Gov. John Kasich's campaign schedule through Tuesday. Rhode Island, Maryland, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware vote Tuesday (together they have as many delegates as the state of California). Indiana is next, on May 3. UPDATED ADVISORY: Gov. John Kasich's Campaign Schedule This week and next, Gov. Kasich will campaign... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Blade Slices
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From Bloomberg: Ohio Governor John Kasich locked up both of his campaign offices in the state and canceled a Tuesday rally there after his team vowed Sunday night to "give the Cruz campaign a clear path" in Indiana to defeating the front-runner. But he gave no instructions to his volunteers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Blade Slices
The Rob Portman campaign has a new web video highlighting his anti-heroin legislation. Portman is co-author of the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act which has passed in the Senate 94-1 and is awaiting a vote in the House. The ad features Ohioan Wayne Campbell telling the story of his son... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Blade Slices
Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken (D.) has hired a couple of operatives who bring a bonus with some - experience with Michael P. Bell (R.), Gerken's opponent in the Nov. 8 election. Stephen Leggett, 28, is campaign manager and Sam Melden, 32, is coordinating media, including social media. Leggett managed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Blade Slices
Portman campaign comment added at bottom The Ted Strickland campaign is doing Rob Portman's campaign a big favor - driving web browsers to Portman's website. Strickland's campaign created a website called www.MakingChinaGreatAgain.com. Clicking on that website takes you to the actual Rob Portman website, which is www.robportman.com. Not sure how... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Blade Slices