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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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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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
We're now up to 16 consecutive months of record heat. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced this morning the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for August 2016 was the highest for that month in the agency's database for global records, which goes back to 1880. August... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Ripple Effect
A TV ad in Spanish is the latest from the Rob Portman campaign for the U.S. Senate. The ad, which is running on TV and online at a cost of $250,000, features the freshman Republican U.S. senator speaking in Spanish. The spot, titled, “Mi prioridad," began running on Spanish-language stations... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Blade Slices
A word of advice from Bob Alexander, Ohio Northern University political science professor: follow state polls if you want to predict the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. KEEPING A NATIONAL ELECTION IN PERSPECTIVE In looking at the presidential race, it is important to keep the right perspective. “Rather than... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Blade Slices
Ted Strickland's latest fundraising appeal casts him as the outsider candidate. With the cancellations of some TV advertising by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Senate Majority PAC, maybe he's including them among the "political class:" Friend -- Did you see Ted’s note? It’s simple, really. The political establishment... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at Blade Slices
This I am told is the Donald Trump for President sign distribution plan for northwest Ohio: Total: 19,000 signs, 35 4x8 and 1000 bumper stickers. Fulton 500 signs, 5 4x8 and 100 bumper stickers Wiliams 500 signs, 5 4x8 and 100 bumper stickers Defiance 500 signs, 5 4x8 and 100... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at Blade Slices
Fundpraising appeal contrasts U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's choice of American-made suits with other politicians (e.g., Donald Trump) who manufacture suits off-shore. THOMAS, If you want to know why this election is so important, all you have to do is look at my suits. I know that sounds strange, but bear... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Blade Slices
Call it the West Toledo Democratic Club or the Pete Gerken Re-election Campaign, but a long-established local political club is being reconstituted. Heading it is Sam Melden, communications director of Gerken's campaign for re-election to the Lucas County Board of Commisioners. The Club is holding its second meeting Thursday night... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Blade Slices
Golfing great Jack Nicklaus, who grew up in Columbus and still lives in the area, is the star of a TV commercial for Rob Portman's re-election to the U.S. Senate. Here's the new ad: Here's the Portman campaign's news release from Tuesday announcing the new TV campaign: Portman for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Blade Slices
As summer winds down this Labor Day weekend, let me leave you with what former Daily Show host Jon Stewart used to close his shows with: Your Moment of Zen. Yeah, I know. Sunsets and sunrises can be cliches. But throw out that political correctness. When it comes to nature's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Ripple Effect
The fact-checker site PolitiFact has found that an outside expenditure ad on behalf of Rob Portman is false and should be taken off the air. Update: Response from the maker of the ad, National Republican Senatorial Committee, at end of post. The ad claims Strickland spent money to upgrade his... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Blade Slices
One of the common questions running through the crowd at Monday night’s meeting about the proposed Norfolk Southern staging yard near Swanton was, “Will we get to vote on this?” The very simple answer: No. Blame the U.S. Constitution, which among other things assigns regulation of interstate commerce to the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at Road Warrior
A new poll out today by Emerson College (Boston) shows the two leading presidential candidates are dead even in swing state Ohio. It also has Sen. Rob Portman (R) trouncing former Gov. Ted Strickland (D). Here's the release: FIRST EMERSON POLL OF THE GENERAL ELECTION SHOWS A CLOSE RACE IN... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at Blade Slices