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The (Toledo) Blade
Toledo, Ohio
"One of America's Great Newspapers": The Blade newspaper is northwest Ohio's premier source of information
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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 6 days ago 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
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
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
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
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
Hillary Clinton's stop at the Chipotle restaurant in Maumee has surfaced in the leak of internal Clinton campaign documents: Here's The Blade's story about that brief encounter: Hillary Clinton was at Maumee Chipotle Incognito Democratic presidential candidate bought burrito bowl ByLauren Lindstrom | BLADE STAFF WRITER Published on April... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Blade Slices
As the clock winds down on one of the most bitter and ugly campaigns for the White House, now's as good of a time as any to switch gears and get a little inspiration from another political figure, former U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D., Dearborn). Now 90 and weakened by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Ripple Effect
Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland is airing a new television ad today accusing Republican opponent Sen. Rob Portman of cowardice for initially cointinuing to support Donald Trump after the GOP presidential nominee was heard engaging in extremely lewd talk in 2005 and then withdrawing that support. Portman withdrew his... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at Blade Slices
There's a special place in Heaven for people who lock down their land from development, whether it's through conservation easements that help preserve the family farm or by donating privately owned forests, rivers, and lakes to park districts or groups such as the Nature Conservancy. But the story of Clive... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2016 at Ripple Effect
Feminist author and activist Gloria Steinem, a Toledo native who spent her teenaged years in East Toledo, returns Sunday as the guest at a reception for Ted Strickland. Steinem is here to help raise money for the Democratic former governor's campaign for the U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Sen. Rob... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at Blade Slices
Both the Rob Portman and Ted Strickland campaigns have rolled out new TV ads in Ohio's U.S. Senate race. This is a more regular occurrence for incumbent Republican Senator Portman, whose campaign has about three times as much money as Democratic former Governor Strickland, than it is for Strickland. Portman's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at Blade Slices
The Lucas County Republican Party is miffed about being accused wrongly of having failed to file annual campaign finance reports in 2014 and 2015. And now they're getting an apology from the Lucas County Board of Elections. In a letter to Lucas County Board of Elections members (see below), party... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at Blade Slices
Ed Weber, a one-time Republican congressman from Toledo, has endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president. Weber, 85, of South Toledo, defeated Democrat Thomas "Lud" Ashley in 1980 and was defeated in the next election by Democrat Marcy Kaptur. Here's the Clinton campaign announcement: Former Toledo Republican Congressman Ed Weber Endorses... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at Blade Slices
Per Ohio Secretary of State today: Husted Responds to False “Christian Times” Post Regarding Fraudulent Absentee Ballots in Ohio COLUMBUS – In response to a hoax article from the Christian Times Newspaper posted on September 30, 2016, which claimed “tens of thousands of fraudulent Clinton votes” had been found in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at Blade Slices
The National Republican Senatorial Committee is out with a new TV commercial today using the format of a TV news report to hit Democrat Ted Strickland over the loss of Ohio companies to other states when he was governor. One of the companies is Calphalon, which moved its HQ from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Blade Slices
Ted Strickland, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, addressed the international AFL-CIO convention in Cleveland today. Here's the campaign's news release on that event. One of the things we see in this release is that the Toledo Teamsters and the Ohio Council of Teamsters aren't on the same page. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Blade Slices