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The (Toledo) Blade
Toledo, Ohio
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You're not alone, Point Place. Other areas along the western Lake Erie shoreline are getting hammered by mayfly swarms this summer, too, as the photograph below shows: Mayflies blanketed the entrance to the University of Toledo's Lake Erie Center in Oregon last Friday morning. Photo credit: Carol Stepien, It was... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Ripple Effect
Rob Portman and Ted Strickland attack each other today in a pair of new web ads on the subject of China. So not only are the two running neck-and-neck in the latest Quinnipiac poll, but so are their web ads. The campaign of Republican Sen. Rob Portman, who's seeking election... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Blade Slices
U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) proposed an amendment to a House bill today that would prohibit a person on the "no-fly list" of the Terrorism Watch List from being able to buy a gun. It was voted down. The exchange occurred during debate on appropriations for the Department of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Blade Slices
According to U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur: WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today released a letter to the Government Accountability Office, the federal government’s investigative agency, calling on a comprehensive “review of the investment decisions of the Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Blade Slices
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Thirteen and counting... The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just announced the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for May 2016 was the highest for the month of May in the agency's database for global records, which goes back to 1880. May 2016 also was the 13th consecutive... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Ripple Effect
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The amount of rain and severity of storms over the next week could play a big role in determining how large this summer's algal bloom gets in western Lake Erie. That's the latest from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Heidelberg University's National Center for Water Quality Research, which... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Ripple Effect
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This week marks the one-year anniversary of Laudato Si', the groundbreaking, 184-page encyclical that Pope Francis issued in 2015. Only a small part of it was dedicated to climate change. But the pope's firm convictions about why mankind has a moral obligation to act caused a global uproar that continues... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Ripple Effect
About 40 Bowling Green Rotarians are expected to get a presentation about the $500 million Utopia East Pipeline project at their luncheon Thursday inside the Bowling Green Country Club. Allen Fore, Kinder Morgan public affairs vice president, is to be the featured speaker. The project, which involves 14 Ohio counties... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Ripple Effect
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Don't look now, but western Lake Erie's 2016 algal bloom may not be so bad. In their latest HAB (Harmful Algal Bloom) bulletin, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Heidelberg University's National Center for Water Quality Research said drier conditions are expected for the next six weeks. If that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Ripple Effect
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The Rob Portman (R.) and Ted Strickland (D.) campaigns for the Ohio U.S. Senate seat and their surrogates are fighting on numerous fronts on a daily basis, using web ads, TV ads, bus tours, and and telephone conference calls. Here's a rundown: 1. We start with the latest, equal pay... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Blade Slices
Michael Sarantou, the Democratic Realtor from Sylvania Township who shares kinship but not political affiliation with former Toledo Councilman George Sarantou (R), today issued a statement congratulating state Rep. Barbara Sears on her new job with the Kasich administration. Sears (Monclova Township) is stepping down as District 47 state rep... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at Blade Slices
Ted Strickland's campaign has opened a new website, called Rob's not from here, touting Strickland's connection with southeast Ohio. Comes after Rob Portman picked up the endorsement of the United Mine Workers last week. Here's the site: http://robsnotfromhere.com/ The Portman campaign mocked the website as not mobile-friendly because on your... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Blade Slices
The Rob Portman re-election campaign has appointed a Portman for Senate Hispanic Leadership Council. The 20-member group has two local names: Gregory Guzman, of Maumee, executive director of Central City Ministries, Diocese of Toledo Phil Barbosa, of Toledo, who ran unsuccessfully for a Toledo seat in the state House of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Blade Slices
A week after the American Federation of Teachers union kicked off an advertising campaign attacking Sen. Rob Portman (R.) on behalf of Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland, the union tells us ... surprise... they've endorsed Strickland for the U.S. Senate. We assumed when they made an ad to benefit Ted... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Blade Slices
Fighting for Ohio, the pro-Rob Portman (R.) super PAC that that got its knuckles rapped by PolitiFact.org for using Ted Strickland's words out of context, is back on TV and cable with two new ads. These ads, complete with scary music, remind us that Ohio lost 350,000 jobs when Strickland... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Blade Slices
The Ohio Federation of Teachers held an event today calling on U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) to pledge that he will not privatize Social Security - something Portman's campaign says he never supported anyway. It's the latest attack on Portman from forces loyal to Democrat Ted Strickland over Portman's... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Blade Slices
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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced this afternoon it has scheduled five public information sessions/hearings to discuss compressor stations that would be built in Carroll, Crawford, Defiance, Harrison, Monroe, Noble and Wayne counties to move natural gas along the proposed Rover pipeline. One will be in northwest Ohio, on June... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Ripple Effect
The battle continues today between the Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) and former Gov. Ted Strickland (D.)campaigns for the U.S. Senate. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) - one day after testifying with Portman about a law they co-sponsored to crack down on illegal steel imports - issued an appeal... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Blade Slices
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 May 23, 2016 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 May 23, 2016 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 May 23, 2016 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 May 19, 2016 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