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Toledo, Ohio
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U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) today officially backed fellow Democrat Steve Dettelbach's campaign to be Ohio attorney general. Dettelbach is the former U.S. Attorney for the northern district of Ohio, which includes Toledo. He's running to succeed Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine. It's not a surprising endorsement. Dettelbach is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Blade Slices
Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz has a prediction for the primary election - Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson will finish first in the Sept. 12 primary. How's that for lowering expectations? Citing internal polling data that he's keeping close to the vest, Kapszukiewicz said be believes he will finish second in the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Blade Slices
Here's a statement posted today by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman's (R. Ohio) office on the defeated GOP health care bill: Portman Statement on Health Care WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) issued the following statement on health care after the failed vote in the Senate this morning: “I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Blade Slices
Here is U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur's (D., Toledo) office statement on the defeat of Republican health care bill in Senate early Friday: Kaptur statement on Senate rejection of harmful health care bill WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation, released the following statement after the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Blade Slices
As a candidate last year, Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) promised to vote to repeal Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act). But now that he has a chance to do so, and have it actually result in repeal, Portman is resistant. The Ohio Tea Party has found a candidate comparison published... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at Blade Slices
As the Trump administration continues its assault on climate science, the world is headed for another one of its warmest years on record. The 2017 year-to-date temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.64 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average, the second highest January-to-June value since records starting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Ripple Effect
Rep. Bob Latta announces a new district director, replacing Andy Lorenz who moved to Regional Growth Partnership. OFFICE OF CONGRESSMAN Robert E. Latta FIFTH DISTRICT OF OHIO 2448 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-6405 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 13, 2017 Contact: Drew Griffin Office: (202) 225-6405 Congressman... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at Blade Slices
The Lucas County Democratic Party said mayoral candidate Tom Waniewski's request to citizens he had helped as a councilman to allow his campaign to post campaign signs in their yards crossed an ethical line. (See my previous post in this blog.) Here is the party's attack on Waniewski, who is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Blade Slices
Tom Waniewski has mined the city's records to find the names and email addresses of people he was able to help during his "short term" on council (9 and 1/2 years) and come up with some potential campaign supporters. Here's the email sent to those folks: Dear Constituent: In my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Blade Slices
The House last Thursday passed two bills aimed at cracking down on "sanctuary" cities and beefing up prosecution of illegal immigrants accused of crimes. Both bills await votes by the Senate. On both bills, the three area Republicans (Latta, Jim Jordan of Urbana, and Tim Walberg of Tipton, Mich.) voted... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Blade Slices
Ohio Democratic Party says Republican candidate for governor Mike DeWine is tailoring his comments about Medicaid excessively, telling WTOL's Jerry Anderson that the Medicaid expansion is a good thing, but telling Tea Partier's something else: DAY ONE OF MIKE DEWINE’S GUBERNATORIAL CAMPAIGN: DOUBLE-SPEAK ON MEDICAID EXPANSION DeWine Tells WTOL, Medicaid... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Blade Slices
Here's a copy of the invitation to Mike DeWine's governor campaign fundraiser that was held last week in suburban Toledo. Keep in mind that DeWine is one of four high-profile Republicans running for the GOP nomination for governor, so there's big-league (as Donald Trump would say) competition for the kind... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Blade Slices
Secretary of State Jon Husted's campaign for governor announced their 88 county chairs and Republican Dee Talmage of Ottawa Hills is Husted's Lucas County chair. Talmage is the Republican State Committeewoman for the 2nd Senate District. Naming chairs is a polite way of saying who's stepping up to take sides... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Blade Slices
Overheard in Walbridge Park during Thursday night concert: "Wade's pretty good with money. But can he lift up the mattress like Paula?" Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Blade Slices
Among the responses I got to my Sunday May 28, 2017 story about the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's birth was this email from Mike Wood. His father, James Wood, was a policeman in Toledo who was assigned to the guard duty for JFK when the presidential candidate campaigned... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Blade Slices
Jon Husted, one of four major Republican candidates for governor in 2018, received the backing today of a group dedicated to the right to carry a concealed weapon. Husted has been a champion for this group. In 2006, he pushed through legislation - over Gov. Bob Taft's veto - to... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Blade Slices
Here's a postage stamp I'm going to stock up on: The one honoring writer-philosopher-naturalist Henry David Thoreau. Kudos to the Postal Service for offering it. The following Thoreau quote has been a permanent fixture on Ripple Effect since this blog first went live several years ago: "Heaven is under our... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Ripple Effect
Toledo mayor candidate Wade Kapszukiewicz had a fundraiser at Paula Brown Shop in downtown Toledo Wednesday night and if everybody there bought at least the basic $50 ticket he would have added at least $1,750 to his campaign warchest. Bruce Rumpf, who owns Job1 USA, which provides temporary workers to... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Blade Slices
Despite the fire that destroyed her car engine last week, Opal Covey is pressing on with her campaign for mayor. I happened to see Opal at a downtown bus stop yesterday so I offered her a ride home, which she accepted. She was in Oregon near St. Charles Hospital a... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Blade Slices
Columbus-area Congressman Pat Tiberi so far remains uncommitted on whether he’ll run for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio). (He would go up against Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel for the GOP nomination). The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is not waiting... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Blade Slices
I know that's not exactly surprising news ("Newly appointed councilman holds fund-raiser"), but I'm just passing along this invitation that arrived in my email. Please join us in celebrating KURT YOUNG’S Appointment to City Council Michael’s Bar and Grill 901 Monroe Street Toledo, Ohio 43604 Thursday, May 11th, 2017 5:30... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Blade Slices
The Husted for Governor campaign released this statement today from the Williams County Republican Party. Husted was in Montpelier, where he grew up, on the second day of his campaign announcement swing through Ohio. He stayed overnight in Maumee where he was interviewed this morning by Ignazio Messina. Husted Receives... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Blade Slices
It's official: Waukesha will get Great Lakes water pumped to it even though it lies just outside the natural Great Lakes watershed, a decision that could potentially open the door for more near-basin diversions. The eight-state council in charge of the landmark 2008 agreement known as the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Ripple Effect
Sam Melendez, the manager of the Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson re-election campaign, tweeted this week that Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz may have supplemented his $180,000 campaign warchest by taking out a second mortgage on his house. This was after our story reporting Kapszukiewicz's decision to run for mayor. Called out... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Blade Slices
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 Apr 21, 2017 at Ripple Effect