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The (Toledo) Blade
Toledo, Ohio
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The monthly meetings of the Toled0-Lucas County Port Authority Board of Directors meetings are not devoid of humor, intended and unintended. Today, board member Jerry Chabler commented on what he said was an outstanding presentation the previous day by Col. Craig Baker, the head of the 180th Fighter Wing of... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Blade Slices
We've seen Carty Finkbeiner walking out in traffic and waving his signs - on Monroe Street in front of the Toledo Museum of Art yesterday afternoon and in front of the Toledo Zoo in the evening before the start of the ZZ Top concert. Mike Bell is on Periscope "Special... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at Blade Slices
Ohio Gov. John Kasich today added a new marquee Republican name to his list of endorsers - former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R., N.Y.). D'Amato's statement says Kasich has the ability to carry Ohio for the Republican Party. Ohio is the one state that every Republican President has carried since... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Blade Slices
Mike Bell is reaching out via email today to alert the public that he's still collecting signatures and where you can go to sign his petition and take a selfie with the former mayor. He also showcases the new Bell campaign logo: Here's Bell's plans for THURSDAY from his emailed... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Blade Slices
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R., Miss.) today endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president. The endorsement was announced by Kasich's campaign organization, Kasich for America. Lott will serve as a national "co-chair" of Kasich's campaign. Meanwhile, the campaign announced that Kasich is going back to New Hampshire... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Blade Slices
Gov. John Kasich's campaign today announced the appointment of a "state director" in South Carolina. The naming of state Rep. Heather Crawford is another building block for Kasich's methodical effort to overcome his long-shot status in the 17-way competition for the GOP presidential nomination. Kasich may not have to win... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Blade Slices
(SEE BOTTOM OF COLUMN FOR A THEORY OF THIS CAMPAIGN) Some people were expecting former Mayor Carty Finkbeiner to finally declare his mayoral candidacy on Saturday (Aug. 15). Not so. Finkbeiner said today that he may not declare yet for 10 to 12 days. He's already indicated announcement plans at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Blade Slices
John Kasich is tied with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for 5th place among Michigan Republicans. The Ohio governor ranks about in the middle among the 11 leading Republican candidates for President in 2016, according to a new poll by Mitchell Research & Communications. The poll shows Kasich and Cruz tied... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Blade Slices
Per Mike Zickar, chairman of the Wood County Dems: The Wood County Democratic Party conducted a straw poll for presidential preferences at the Wood County Fair. 63% of respondents preferred Hillary Clinton, 33% Bernie Sanders, and 3% Jim Webb. Mike Zickar, Chair of the Wood County Democratic Party, stated "Ohio... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Blade Slices
Check out the recent story on the struggle to force kids to drop the Game Boy, put away the Wii, turn off Cartoon Network and unplug the PlayStation -- all so they are forced to go outside and open their eyes to the world around them. Here is the link... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Blade Outdoors
Former Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner has opened a campaign headquarters in West Toledo. Saturday morning, the former mayor invited his volunteers to meet in his new headquarters, a former bank and later jewelry store at 2350 W. Laskey Rd. Carty told me he held his weekly campaign meeting there today... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at Blade Slices
It comes as a slowly dawning shock in Ohio to learn during the course of this campaign that Ohio Gov. John Kasich is a political moderate. Kasich didn't come across that way when he was elected in 2010 and when he tried to undercut the bargaining power of Ohio public... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Blade Slices
Had a long conversation with this gentleman in my backyard yesterday. He was out collecting signatures for the Nov. 3 mayoral election. With him is former Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner. Lame attempts at humor aside, Finkbeiner was walking my neighborhood (Harvard Terrace) last night. He said he also stopped at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Blade Slices
A poll released by the Kasich campaign says John Kasich is the second-highest vote-getter, with 15 percent, in New Hampshire among the GOP presidential candidates. Here's the Kasich campaign news release about the poll: ICYMI: Kasich 2nd in New Hampshire Gravis Marketing released a new poll of of New Hampshire... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Blade Slices
One of the last major undecided endorsers in the race for mayor of Toledo - the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce - held a clambake last week and the only candidate or potential candidate on hand was Mike Bell. Bell attended the chamber's annual clambake on July 30 at the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Blade Slices
There are a lot of great websites about western Lake Erie algae for the layman, but here's one of the newest and most comprehensive: Launched July 20 by Heidelberg University's National Center for Water Quality Research, explains the role phosphorus has in causing algal blooms. But it does... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at Ripple Effect
RELATIONS between Toledo firefighters and Chief Luis Santiago appear to be up in smoke. Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson -- not her facilitator -- needs to bring the two sides together and put out the fires if she wants a department that the city can continue to trust and rely on. Handing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at Our View
TOLEDO and Lucas County can do something bold to reduce gun violence in their neighborhoods — if politicians straighten their spines and do what's right, not what's politically expedient. County commissioners and Sheriff John Tharp have invited the head of a controversial but effective anti-violence program in Richmond, Calif., to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Our View
The Ohio Turnpike has put on a big marketing blitz since announcing a partnership last week with Giant Eagle supermarkets to offer E-ZPass toll tags in their stores. Unfortunately for northwest Ohio residents, Giant Eagle pulled out of the Toledo market a little more than 14 months ago, so the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Road Warrior
WITH a worsening physician shortage, the pressures on Ohio’s health care system continue to grow, especially in rural areas and impoverished central cities. Aging baby boomers, Medicaid expansion, and obesity are putting more demands on an inefficient and overburdened medical system. By 2020, Ohio faces a shortage of thousands of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Our View
Van Buren State Park is hosting a "Christmas in July" campout for July 17-18. The schedule: Friday 4-7 pm hayrides Friday 9 pm moonlight movie Saturday 10-12 am Christmas crafts Saturday 4-6 pm Train rides on the Polar Express Saturday 6pm Camper potluck and soup cookoff judging Saturday 8pm Campsite... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Blade Outdoors
Book(mark) it, Danno. Save it. Keep it. Squirrel it away. Don't be fooled by Internet rumors. Type this URL into an email and send it to yourself. Or, heck, get out a piece of paper, write it down, and keep it where you'll find it until at least... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Ripple Effect
The re-election campaign of Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman today announced the formation of an African-American Leadership Council. The 33-member group includes two Toledoans - Jan Scotland and Cliff Porter. Jan Scotland is well-known in Toledo for his efforts on behalf of youth and for trying to run for office.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Blade Slices
Gov. John Kasich is airing his first television ad today in New Hampshire. The governor has been gradually ratcheting up his campaign for the Republican nomination - creating a superPAC, hiring professional strategists, forming a campaign exploratory committee, and most recently starting a Washington "steering committee." On July 21, Kasich... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Blade Slices
Use this link if you want to register for a public webinar about western Lake Erie's 2015 seasonal algae forecast from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday. Those who register will be emailed instructions on how to participate. Will this summer's algae be as bad as it was in this 2014... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Ripple Effect