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Toledo, Ohio
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Perrysburg, OH: Due to the scheduled visit to NW Ohio by Candidate Donald Trump, the debate the Northwest Ohio Conservative Coalition (NWOCC) is sponsoring on “Should Conservatives Vote for Trump?” has been cancelled for this Wednesday July 27 and will be held on Monday August 29, 2016 at 6:00pm at... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Blade Slices
update - see below for Strickland campaign response For the second time in this election campaign, Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has collected an endorsement against Democratic challenger Ted Strickland from a union that traditionally sides with Democratic candidates. Here's the Portman news release announcing its endorsement by the Teamsters.... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Blade Slices
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Diggin' these $2-a-gallon and less gasoline prices? The federal government expects them to last at least through the end of 2016. According to a statement released earlier this week by Adam Sieminski, the U.S. Energy Information Administration's chief, motorists in this country can expect to see gasoline prices remain down... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Ripple Effect
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Despite scattered rain in recent days, four states in the water-rich Great Lakes region - Michigan, Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania - are now experiencing a moderate drought, according to the latest weekly data released this morning by the U.S. Drought Monitor. In northwest Ohio, where I live, Wood, Hancock,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Ripple Effect
Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump met today with Republican U.S. Senators, and the conversation was said to be awkward. Sen. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) confronted Trump about saying fellow Arizona Sen. John McCain was not a war hero because he was captured. Another senator said Trump talked about loving Article... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Blade Slices
The Blade is looking for people in our northwest Ohio/southeast Michigan circulation area who support Donald Trump for President and is looking for folks to interview for a story. Any volunteers? Please email me at tomtroy@theblade.com. Thank you Tom T. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Blade Slices
Updating with response from Portman campaign Democrat Ted Strickland U.S. Senate campaign today challenged Republican incumbent Rob Portman to disavow an alleged anti-Semitic tweet by the GOP presumed nominee Donald Trump. Here's Strickland's campaign statement: Today, Strickland Campaign Spokesman David Bergstein issued the following statement in response to Trump’s use... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Blade Slices
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FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse nuclear plant is on the cover of the latest edition of Nuclear Plant Journal, an industry trade magazine founded in 1983 that comes out six times a year. An article starting on Page 48 describes, in technical detail, how FirstEnergy verified during a recent outage "that the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Ripple Effect
Mike Bell surfaced on Facebook today: Here's the text: I’m running for Lucas County Commissioner And, let me guess... You want to know why. If you were to let me borrow your car, I’d return it washed, and with a full tank of gas. When you trusted me as your... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at Blade Slices
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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 Jun 27, 2016 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 Jun 23, 2016 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 Jun 22, 2016 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