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The (Toledo) Blade
Toledo, Ohio
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Ten years before Carty Finkbeiner plastered Toledo with signs saying "Carty Gets the Job Done" he was plastering Toledo with signs saying, "Carty Gets Results." Here's one of his news releases from the 2005 mayoral campaign against incumbent Mayor Jack Ford. After Finkbeiner's term in office (2006-2009), there still were... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Blade Slices
ROUGHLY 1,000 people in Toledo are homeless at any time; 3,000 of them lack housing at some point in the year. Toledo does not have large numbers of people sleeping in parks, under bridges, or inside vacant buildings, as do many large and mid-sized cities. For many Toledoans, homeless people... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Our View
Predictions that Ohio Gov. John Kasich would have to drop out of the campaign for the GOP nomination after his behavior on the Fox Business News debate (rude, sputtering) have proven premature. Maybe Kasich's anti-charm offensive - a combination of speaking up on behalf of unpopular positions (not rehearsed or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at Blade Slices
Meghan Gallagher, who was removed not renewed as director of the Lucas County Board of Elections in 2014, is back on the taxpayer payroll. This picture shows her running a tree stump remover on State Route 64. (Wonder if it makes the day go faster to imagine that stump is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Blade Slices
We now take a moment out of our busy schedules for this important public service announcement: It's Bat Week. Holy Oversight, Batman! It began Sunday and who remembered? It's Bat Week. Do you know where your bats are? Photo credit: Associated Press. Certainly the fine folks at Bat Conservation International... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Ripple Effect
Journalists spend a lot of time – maybe too much – cracking on and criticizing people. So they shouldn't get jacked up when politicians take public shots at them. But former Mayor Carty Finkbeiner got his facts twisted when he called out Blade editors for criticizing his remarks on public... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2015 at 419: The Diary
As of the 10th day of early voting in Lucas County (Friday), 794 people had voted. That's two and a half times the number who had voted early at the same point in the 2013 mayoral race (339). Final turnout in that election was 81,625, or 26 percent of all... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at Blade Slices
Canada's ouster of conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper will likely be seen by many as a victory for the Great Lakes. Several scientists and policymakers I know on both sides of the lakes have for years expressed frustration at how budgets were cut and science was suppressed under the Harper... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at Ripple Effect
During his visit last Wednesday to DTE Energy's Fermi 2 nuclear plant along the western Lake Erie shoreline, 30 miles north of Toledo in Michigan's northern Monroe County, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Stephen Burns said he has no plans for changing his agency's position toward potassium iodide pills and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2015 at Ripple Effect
SADE Lewis, a talented artist attending a Detroit public high school, was 19, living in a shelter, preparing for her first gallery showing, and considering offers from art schools when I wrote about her in Detroit four years ago. To get that far, she had to go to Hell and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at 419: The Diary
Consider the source, but a poll released by the Paula Hicks-Hudson campaign shows Hicks-Hudson in the lead in the Nov. 3 race for mayor. Campaign manager Ernie Davis said the poll was done by an outside firm and asked a "straight racehorse question": who do you support for mayor. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at Blade Slices
Ohio Gov. John Kasich needs to inject some energy into his campaign and grab the attention away from Trump and Carson (and Fiorina and Cruz and Christie) if he has any hope of winning the New Hampshire primary in February. According to the following Associated Press story, he's aiming to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2015 at Blade Slices
CSX Transportation ran a special train Wednesday to haul four super-sized refinery components from the Port of Toledo to the Husky refinery in Lima, Ohio. The loads were so wide that nothing could pass the train on any neighboring track, and it also had to stop frequently to make sure... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at Road Warrior
An admirer of Sandy Spang for mayor has recorded and published a remarkable open letter to the candidate on a platform called Soundcloud. Here's the link: Mike Bell has been setting the social media pace for this campaign, with his introduction of Periscope to those dinosaurs of us who... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at Blade Slices
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Stephen G. Burns and U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg (R., Tipton) are scheduled to tour DTE Energy's Fermi 2 nuclear plant in Michigan on Wednesday, after which they'll no doubt extol the nuclear industry's virtues and explain how an equipment malfunction that caused that plant to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at Ripple Effect
Spang, Hicks-Hudson, Bell get Chamber endorsement The Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce endorsed three candidates for mayor of Toledo: Mike Bell, Paula Hicks-Hudson, and Sandy Spang. The Chamber's committee was evenly split. The Chamber's Leadership Fund tells us that, "The customary primary election was not available to voters to narrow... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2015 at Blade Slices
So says the Collins campaign. Sandy Drabik Collins invited her supporters and volunteers to a fundraiser 6 p.m. Tuesday at Doc Watson's (next door to her office). Here's her invite on Facebook: The race to see who will serve the remaining two years of late Mayor D. Michael Collins’ term... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at Blade Slices
Carty Finkbeiner campaigned inside the Quality Bar on Cherry Street last Thursday. It was posted on the Facebook page of bar owner Jeff Nash and had 420 views as of today at 3:20 p.m. Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at Blade Slices
This poll about the Toledo mayor's race was put on Twitter by @1GovCenter. It's an orphan that nobody wants to claim ownership of. So far I know that former Mayor Carty Finkbeiner, former Mayor Mike Bell, the AFL-CIO, the PaulaHicks-Hudson campaign,and the Lucas County Democratic Party all say they had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2015 at Blade Slices
With one simple word, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has diffused at least part of a major environmental issue facing his presidential campaign. Kasich announced on Wednesday he now finds Ohio's ban on renewable energy mandates "unacceptable" and will stand firm against a state legislative committee's recommendation to permanently enact the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at Ripple Effect
Taking video from 60 Minutes as well as from some old Western film, Ohio U.S. Senate candidate P.G. Sittenfeld is trying to call out U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) for be willing to support Donald Trump if he becomes the GOP presidential nominee. The theme of the video is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Blade Slices
Passing along this YouTube video from U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio's 4th District. In this video on YouTube, Rep. Jim Jordan tries to get Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards to say what "statements" in the undercover video she was apologizing for. Richards doesn't identify any such "statements," but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at Blade Slices
U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Urbana) has the district next-door to Speaker of the House John Boehner, but that's about as close as they get. Jordan is a charter member of the Tea Party caucus in the U.S. House, the group that drove Boehner to his resignation today. Jordan is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2015 at Blade Slices
This just in: If you wanna help Lake Erie, drink beer. Not just any beer: A new craft beer called Lake Erie Love Light. According to the Lake Erie Improvement Association - a cross-section of business, government and environmental interests that came together in 2010 with the mutual goal of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2015 at Ripple Effect
The meaning of this sign on the Toledo Firefighters Local 92 headquarters in downtown Toledo, in case anyone is wondering: In Cincinnati, the police officers union scheduled a vote of no confidence in the police chief on Sept. 3. Six days later, Chief Jeffrey Blackwell was fired by the city... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2015 at Blade Slices