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The (Toledo) Blade
Toledo, Ohio
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Following his victory as Lucas County Republican chairman, Mark Wagoner has announced his first initiative. Also, the office appears to be moving the office from the city to the suburbs. Former Chairman Jon Stainbrook had the party headquarters in downtown Toledo on North Huron Street. Wagoner is using an office... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Blade Slices
A smiling and plaid-shirted Jim Renacci is out with a TV attack ad and a nickname for his opponent, Sherrod Brown. Renacci is the Republican nominee running against Democratic incumbent Senator Brown. Brown has already been on the air with two heavily-played and devastating attack ads accusing Renacci of being... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at Blade Slices
Should we just declare the 2018 U.S. Senate contest over already? The Sherrod Brown campaign has delivered two devastating ads against Republican opponent Jim Renacci, and the general election campaign has barely begun. The first TV commercial misleadingly implies that Renacci is a lobbyist while a member of Congress, which... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at Blade Slices
That respite from political signs that you're experiencing now is about to end, as the cargo in this pickup truck shows. These are signs for Lindsay Webb's campaign for Lucas County Treasurer. Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Blade Slices
Here's a picture a day late of Richard Cordray, the Democratic governor candidate, and running mate Betty Sutton talking about winning the UAW endorsement in Toledo. Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Blade Slices
Viewers of the TV news have probably seen the first TV ads of the Ohio U.S. Senate race. The ad is hard to miss. What's not as easy to see is that the ad is misleading. The ad says that Republican nominee Jim Renacci, a congressman from the Akron area,... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at Blade Slices
A friend and former Blade colleague of mine posted this to her Facebook page this morning. Except for the name of her son, which I'm redacting, I'm reposting verbatim. It's something everybody needs to honor. **** "I had the most extreme vulgarity in mind for this post about you, young... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at Road Warrior
A new video ad from Democratic AG candidate Steve Dettelbach is running on Google and Facebook and is a "four-figure targeted digital buy." Here's the Dettelbach's campaign news release about its ad: With Two FBI Investigations Swirling in The Statehouse and Yost Increasingly Feeling the Heat over ECOT Allegations, New... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at Blade Slices
In a gesture aimed at building Republican unity - which may still be missing in the Republican U.S. Senate campaign, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman on Monday announced campaign contribution checks to statewide Republican candidates totaling $75,000. The cash is in Portman’s leadership political action committee Promoting Our Republican Team PAC,... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Blade Slices
The battle for the Lucas County GOP chairmanship concludes with an attack on Mark Wagoner from the Lucas County Republican Party and with a TV ad featuring Shelly Kennedy, who is on the Wagoner ticket. To refresh your memory: the contest for Lucas County Republican Party Central Committee is a... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Blade Slices
TO: MIKE GIBBONS FROM: Senator Randy Gardner Ohio Senate Majority Leader DATE: April 30, 2018 Mike, I am sorry that I must be in Columbus today on your visit to Wood County. You have been in our area many times and I appreciate your commitment to Wood County and Northwest... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at Blade Slices
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), popular with the conservative wing of the Republican Party, today issued a statement endorsing Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor for governor. Cruz made a last-ditch appeal for votes in Ohio in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, and picked up 13.3% of the vote, to 36%... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at Blade Slices
The anti-Stainbrook faction of Lucas County Republicans is moving into its direct-mail phase with postcards that take a direct hit at the incumbent chairman. The postcards will bear the names of local candidates running for Lucas County Central Committee in nearly 312 races around the county. The winners of those... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at Blade Slices
The people who want Derek Merrin re-elected to the 47th House District in Lucas and Fulton counties are taking no chances on the competition from Barbara Lang. Lang is challenging Merrin for the Republican nomination for the 47th District seat in the May 8 primary. Early voting has already begun... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Blade Slices
Here's the news release and a link to the video of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray's first TV ad here on the first day of early voting in the May 8 Democratic primary for governor ... Cordray Launches First TV Ad of Campaign, Highlights Record of Standing Up to Special... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at Blade Slices
The Lucas County Republican Party - headed by embattled chairman Jon Stainbrook - has released its party ticket in the May 8 primary. One of the perks of being the party chairman is you get to use the party's money to mail a card to every Republican household with the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at Blade Slices
Democratic candidate for governorDennis Kucinich is on the warpath now against the statehouse "cesspool" in Columbus. With a month to go before the voting is done in the May 8 Democratic primary for governor, the campaign of Kucinich and his running mate, Tara Samples, issued a diatribe naming two Columbus... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Blade Slices
The group trying to unseat Jon Stainbrook as chairman of the Lucas County Republican Party and elect Mark Wagoner has created an online tool to help people choose their "recommended" candidate in the next election. Here's the link found on Facebook. Republicans for a New Lucas County PAC 5 hrs... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at Blade Slices
Mary Taylor campaign's claim to be the standard-bearer for the Tea Party movement supported by this endorsement. Taylor, Ohio's lieutenant governor for the last two years, is running against Attorney General Mike DeWine for the gubernatorial nomination: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SENATOR RAND PAUL ENDORSES MARY TAYLOR FOR GOVERNOR Columbus– Today... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at Blade Slices
Once upon a time, there was an orange construction barrel whose assignment came to be guarding a big pothole in the high-speed lane on the southbound Anthony Wayne Trail in Toledo, at the start of the curve just south of Glendale Avenue. "Woe is me," the orange barrel fretted. "I've... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at Road Warrior
At a banquet this week in Perrysburg, Toledo area Tea Party members came down strongly for Mike Gibbons in the Republican U.S. Senate nomination election and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor in the Republican gubernatorial election, both coming up on May 8. In a straw poll, Gibbons received 54% of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at Blade Slices
The Democratic contest for governor of Ohio is tighter than anyone might have thought, according to a poll released today by WOIO-TV of Cleveland. The poll shows former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray and former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich in a dead heat at 21 percent among Democrats. Nearly half... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at Blade Slices
B0b Kreienkamp, one of U.S. Rep. Bob Latta's Republican primary opponents, is trying to call Latta out for a face-to-face candidate meeting. In his letter Kreienkamp said he is challenging Latta to a "candidate meet and greet before the primary election." Here's a copy of Kreienkamp's letter: Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Blade Slices
Michael Galbraith, a Democrat running to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Latta in the 5th Congressional District, today launched his campaign's "weekly video update series." It starts with campaign manager Erin An who says Galbriath would support "real gun reform." She mentioned specifically repealing the Dickey amendment, which prohibits federal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at Blade Slices
The Ohio Restaurant Association is endorsing Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine for governor. Here's a release from the DeWine campaign: COLUMBUS, Ohio (Mar. 13, 2018) -- The Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA) Board of Directors today enthusiastically announced its endorsement of Mike DeWine for Governor and Jon Husted for Lieutenant... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at Blade Slices