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Changing Toledo City Government

A new citizens based organization is formed to advance changes in Toledo city government. Changes include, reducing the size of council and making it more representative of Toledo, changing the appointment process, reviewing the form of government - strong mayor v. city manager, and transparency measures. www.toledocobra.org is packed with information on the movement and changes it seeks.

Barack Obama announces his campaign - was anyone actually surprised?

What do you think about Barack Obama's announcement that he will seek the Democratic nomination in 2008? Is there anything to the Illinois senator beyond the surface charm?

tax day = election day?

New & notable legislation:

Democratic Presidential Candidates

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Hillary Clinton
16% (9 votes)
Barack Obama
36% (20 votes)
Joe Biden
5% (3 votes)
Chris Dodd
0% (0 votes)
John Edwards
20% (11 votes)
Dennis Kucinich
9% (5 votes)
Bill Richardson
9% (5 votes)
Tom Vilsack
5% (3 votes)
Total votes: 56

Putin Says U.S. Is Undermining Global Stability

MUNICH, Feb. 10

Ad on Toledo's official Web site sparks debate

The city of Toledo, already accused of competing with the private sector in its quest for revenue, is now in the advertising business.

Paid advertising started showing up this week on the city's Web site, www.ci.toledo.oh.us.
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DEMOCRATS PAYOFF UNIONS

http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=2851505 >Democrats want to pay back the unions for their long-term support.

They're trying to do that by making it easier for unions to organize workers.

new study on second hand smoke & lung cancer

I know this will stir up some of the militant smokers here but I think it deserves to be noted especially with the new Ohio smoking ban.

Nanny State, Part #66-You'll love this one

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070209/ap_on_re_us/driven_to_distraction

You'll notice that part that says, "Emboldened by other Bans". It's really beginning to get sickening, folks. And Texas is rapidly becoming the #1 Nanny state of the south.

Egregious Governmental Abuse in Sylvania, Part 2

As usual, I

Campaign protection costs

Came across this blurb from the Wall Street Journal about Bush's 2008 budget.

"It calls for $53.6 million to protect 2008 presidental candidates."

Just wondering what people think of this...

Should the City of Toledo have an ambulance service?

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Yes
24% (11 votes)
No
69% (31 votes)
I don't know
7% (3 votes)
Total votes: 45

Archive of past issues of 'TheMentalBlock.org' grows

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http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://thementalblock.net

Scroll down, paper page links are at the bottom - many are operational. There are several issues available now......interesting to look back....

For the Teachers

The Toledo Journal has an interesting article in this week's edition titled "For the Teachers" - http://thetoledojournal.com/news/Article/Article.asp?NewsID=75952&sID=4

In the article there is information on the cost of the retroactive payment due teachers. The supporting documentation can be found at http://www.tpsinfo.com/finances/tps_retroactive_payment_2007.pdf

Put down that Ipod-Nanny State, Part #65

Just when you feel there's nothing else the nazi busybodies can try to outlaw, they surprise you.

Another ban proposal:

Report: New York State Senator Wants to Ban iPods From Crosswalks
Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Egregious Governmental Abuse in Sylvania

Attention, all residents of Sylvania Township that do not live in the city of Sylvania. You are about to be shafted by the Sylvania City Government and the Sylvania Township Trustees.

Time off

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Deep freeze shuts schools for second straight day

Maybe I can get my boss to listen to this logic, but somehow I just don't think that will happen.

Here

Arena, In Our Lifetime?

This is a repost from ToledoTalk. I just read it and it's worth reading. The web master at that site is not allowing any comments on it.???

February 2, 2007

I just rec'd this Press Release from the Concerned Citizens Group...

PRESS RELEASE

FROM: THE CONCERNED CITIZENS GROUP IN SUPPORT OF TOLEDO PUBLIC SCHOOL AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS

TO: ALL MEDIA

Date: Monday, February 05, 2007

Based on the:

Smoking: Bittersweet for the State government

Will the smoking ban cost us? The State gets 1 billion dollars from taxes on smoking. What will happen with the smoking ban? What will happen when the 1 billion dries up? Will they come to us for higher taxes?

Read more about it in the article in the Toledo Blade here

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