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Iran never signed the JCPOA and Iran's parlament will not vote on it

It appears the Iran agreement will just be an agreement between ourselves. Iran did not sign it and their parliament will not vote on it. What a sweet deal for them. We look like idiots.

President Obama didn’t require Iranian leaders to sign the nuclear deal that his team negotiated with the regime, and the deal is not “legally binding,” his administration acknowledged in a letter to Representative Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) obtained by National Review.

Jordan Davis Murder Documentary

Last night I watched the murder of Jordan Davis Documentary. I was pleased with the jurys guilty verdict of Mr. Dunn, but I was amazed that the first trial ended in a mistrial. JORDAN Davis was shot and killed by Mr. Dunn for playing loud music and using profanity at a gas station. I quess you don't have to be eatiing Skittles and drinking a soft drink to murdered in Florida. It appears Mr. Dunn's action of entitlement got him life in prison plus 90 years.

Marcy Kaptur misses more votes than most other Ohio lawmakers

According to a Sandusky Register review of ProPublica data, Marcy has one of the worst voting attendance record out of any the other lawmakers in the state of Ohio. Only one is worse than her.

Hey Sandusky Register, who cares? Marcy could stop going to DC at all and she will still be re-elected. But Marcy does care about Timberstone Junior High students. She missed a vote last year to try to find them.
U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, has missed more votes during the current session of Congress than almost every other member of Ohio's House delegation.


Kaptur supports GOP safe screening bill for Syrian refugees

According to Cleveland.com Marcy is one of the supporters of the safe screening proposal by House Republicans.


Northeast Ohio Democrats Tim Ryan and Marcy Kaptur were among 47 Democrats who joined with the majority of House Republicans on Thursday to pass a controversial bill that would increase government background checks done before Syrian or Iraqi refugees are admitted to the United States.



Marcy's statement:

When talking about a public figure goes from free speech to libel

There is a site out there about Patrick Hickey and Jeremy Baumhower which probably steps across the lines of what is acceptable and what is not. Public figures have a high threshold to prove slander and libel and they have to prove there is malice in the presentation of speech. In this context, the phrase refers to knowledge or reckless lack of investigation, rather than its ordinary meaning of malicious intent.

Hickey placed on leave again

According to the Blade:

Washington Local Schools Superintendent HIckey placed on paid leave again

The Washington Local Schools board of education has launched a new investigation of its embattled superintendent and placed him on paid leave while the board looks into new, unspecified allegations against him.

Patrick Hickey left the district’s administrative center on Lincolnshire Boulevard after a closed-door executive session tonight. He did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Education Is an Effective Investment in the Future.

I am providing a link to an article which shows -- unsurprisingly -- that those states with the highest percentage of citizens with college educations, also, generally, spend the most on k-12 education, AND have higher median incomes than do most other states.
Here's the link: https://www.yahoo.com/realestate/the-most-educated-states-in-america-203...

Charges filed against Jeremy Baumhower - what we know and what we don't know

One of the area's biggest bloggers, Jeremy Baumhower, was charged with domestic violence just over a week ago. There has not been much written about it, so here is a chance to clear the air and I will keep this thread up-to-date with the latest.

Is modern liberalism a mental disorder?

The ConcernedStudent1950 right on the cusp of success went full retard yesterday.

Why would you be scared of journalists documenting a news story? The students (and at least one professor) are harassing a young journalist who dared to take photos in public which is entirely legal and protected by the 1st Amendment. Why are modern liberals so scared of a free press?

I know GZ has some good ideas.

If the primary was today, who would you vote for Republican candidate?

Why does Patrick Hickey feel compelled to tell staff not to talk to board members?

Terri Kern also came across this particular nugget.

Late last week, Patrick Hickey sent an email to staff telling them not to communicate with a board member who was asking questions about his leadership.

I am not sure why he thinks this is appropriate because it is his actions that have aroused the curiosity of the board and community to try really to get to the bottom of what goes on in the district.

Washington Local reprimands Greenwood principal Bill Colon for illegal campaigning during open house

Terri Kern was able to pull this nugget of information out from Washington Local and I would have to applaud them for doing the right thing. This is much more than what Sylvania did when their employees were caught campaigning during school hours. Attached is the written reprimand of Bill Colon for making announcements during open house advocating for candidates.

Washington Local School Board race

Other than the Toledo Mayoral race, the next election that is getting the most discussion is the Washington Local School Board. Here is why this election is important:

School boards need to be the group in charge of a school district, and when you have an administration that seems to run roughshod around rules without care for consequences, it is time for the school board to re-assert itself. The superintendent is an employee of the board, not the other way around this is a fact that some out there seem to want to ignore.

Your thoughts on the fall 2015 election - endorsements, anti-endorsements

Others have had their say on what you should support, but now it is time for you to sound off. There are lots of important races on the ballot this fall including mayorships, city council, school boars and issues. Who deserves our vote and who should we stay away from?

See for yourself, the official looking letter Lindsay Webb used endorse candidate

I know this is late, but wanted to put this out there so you can see the letter behind the story. So, what do you think?

EXCLUSIVE | Homeowners being 'bullied' by big gas?

EXCLUSIVE | Homeowners being 'bullied' by big gas?
RITTMAN, Ohio -- Some homeowners in Medina County say it may be the clearest proof yet of how they are being bullied by big gas and it is all on video.
Though there are counties across Ohio where natural gas surveyors have the right to go onto private land without an owner's permission, it has not been so clear-cut in Medina County.

Afican Americans not only have to be fearful of gangs in schools, but also the police

Yesterday a Black teenage girl was attacked by a policeman while sitting at her desk in school. The video clearly shows that the girl did not try to physically attack the policeman .For MikeyA, and GZ, your arguments that Blacks are the problem is getting weaker and weaker. The use of video cameras is bringing out the truth.

The Problem With WSPD 1370

Sandy Isenberg-Disservice to Toledo

Sandy Isenberg is not a "political analyst". Sandy Isenberg is nothing more than a talking loud mouth. FYI, she does not believe School Board Members are "real elected officials"! Hey Sandy, how is that roof holding up, https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1350&dat=20020817&id=zYUUAAAAIBAJ...

The question is not if Washington Local violated state law during its Issue 2 levy campaign in 2014, but to what extent

Updated with Patrick Hickey's statement

My curiosity was stirred in watching everything going on at Washington Local and stirred even more once Superintendent Patrick Hickey blocked me on Twitter for stating the obvious. Seeing a disturbing behavior here I decided to look at some things that were done in the past to really get a grasp on how things are run in Washington Local….and I did not have to go far to find out how bad things were run during the 2014 Issue 2 levy campaign.

We can all agree that when you operate in a certain environment, there are some things that are well known to anyone including rules and regulations. If you pay a lawyer, you expect them to know the laws and proper procedures. But it seems like "Levy 101" items at Washington Local are missed by the leaders who are paid to know what is OK and not OK. There are no excuses on why these laws are being violated, and there are questions that the citizens of the district need to ask the board members and their administration (I don’t live in the district).

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