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The (Toledo) Blade
Toledo, Ohio
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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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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
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
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
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
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
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