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Hizzoner blocks WSPD from press conference

Carty blocks WSPD from press conference...does anyone have details on this? One more example of someone off the rocker...it seems like there is more and more of this recently... what is going on?

Sides admit auditor post transition has stalled

Today's Blade:

Despite assurances of a smooth transition from Lucas County Auditor Larry Kaczala, Auditor-elect Anita Lopez said she has been stonewalled in the months since the election and was offered assistance only if she guaranteed the jobs of Mr. Kaczala's family members.

Ms. Lopez, who currently serves as Lucas County recorder, said she has not been able to put a transition team in place in the auditor's office and that she has been approached about making deals to protect certain positions in the office. She takes over as auditor March 13.

Strickland acts quickly to wield his veto power

From Today's Blade:

COLUMBUS - It was certainly an interesting first day on the job.

Gov. Ted Strickland angered the Republican-controlled General Assembly and Ohio's business community by taking the unprecedented step of vetoing a bill his predecessor, Gov. Bob Taft, had intended to become law.

The Republican-controlled General Assembly immediately threatened to sue him.

"What I think this bill represents is hasty action during a lame-duck session when there is not sufficient discussion, input, or deliberation," said Mr. Strickland. "The $5,000 limit is so hugely unrealistic and absolutely, in my judgment, provides no disincentive for inappropriate or bad behavior."

Toledo area gets statistical profile

After leaving Arizona a year ago to run the Regional Growth Partnership, Steven Weathers asked community leaders about Toledo's economic track record.

When nobody could really answer his questions, Mr. Weathers thought about what most Buckeyes obsess over: college sports.

Even in Mid-American Conference football, teams compile endless ledgers of statistics. To explain a Saturday afternoon bruiser, there are passing yards, rushing yards, turnovers, times of possession, and third-down conversions.

Glass City Jungle email challenge

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Glass City Jungle is hosting a contact challenge. You can see which council members respond to their email. You can follow the story at Glass City Jungle www.glasscityjungle.com/wordpress/.

City residents face higher water bills

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From Friday's Blade and talked about on WSPD today.

Toledo-area residents face the prospect of higher water rates, while those who live in the city also could be on the verge of paying more for sewage service.

Under a rate-hike plan submitted yesterday to Toledo City Council, water rates would increase by 4.5 percent a year in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Sewer rates would increase by 9.9 percent a year during the same period.

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Bob Taft Legacy

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Some local news and discussion on Bob Taft's tenure:

Toledo Blade's Editorial - A Legacy Sullied
http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070107/OPINION02...

Toledo Free Press - Exit Interview
http://www.toledofreepress.com/?id=4578

Akron Beacon Journal - What will history say of Bob Taft
http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/16403846.htm

Strickland will take oath after midnight

When Ted Strickland raises his right hand and places his left on his Bible early tomorrow morning while most Ohioans are asleep, he will quietly become the state

Site Tech Issues

Missing RSS Feeds: One of the new features of this site is diplaying local RSS feeds. Right now there are great local news and community sources, but one will be missing. There is no Toledo Blade RSS feeds because their feed syntax is not right. VoteBula Blog is also not posted due to invalid syntax. This is more of an informational posting more than anything else.

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3 on council facing party chief's wrath over president vote

In Today's Toledo Blade:

Three Democratic Toledo City Council members who are identified with the so-called A-wing of the party may not be endorsed for re-election if they don't mend fences with B-team members who currently run the party, the party chairman said yesterday.

The three councilmen expressed disbelief that Lucas County Democratic Chairman John Irish is threatening to withhold party support. Two of the councilmen remain under a sanction imposed in 2005 for not supporting the party's choice for a vacancy appointment on council.

Finkbeiner miffed at Ottawa County jail staff

In Today's Blade
"In their report, deputies said after Mr. Finkbeiner was told he could't visit his stepson, he ‚"put his hands up in the air and said,"I'm the mayor of Toledo," and continued to talk as he walked away from the entrance.

Death penalty partisans try to read Strickland

Governor-elect Ted Strickland said Friday that he will not have ample time to review the case of condemned killer Kenneth Biros before the scheduled execution date, signaling the likelihood that the first execution of his administration will be postponed.

"In talking with my legal counsel and with Gov. Bob Taft's legal counsel, they have told me there is no way that we can have time to do the kind of analysis dealing with that that Bob Taft does," Strickland told The Associated Press.

Sell Metcalf field?

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Invest
21% (8 votes)
Hold
29% (11 votes)
Sell
42% (16 votes)
Don't know
8% (3 votes)
Total votes: 38

Fractured Democrats can't profit on majority

Toledo Democrats yesterday proved how badly fractured they are by failing to muster a simple majority to call for a vote on president of City Council.

Yesterday's move on behalf of Democratic Councilman Wilma Brown garnered only four votes, leaving Republican Rob Ludeman in charge despite the fact that Democrats occupy eight of council's 12 seats.

What do you think?

You can read the entire article: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070103/NEWS09/70...

Toledo

Buy
19% (3 votes)
Hold
50% (8 votes)
Sell
31% (5 votes)
Total votes: 16

Smoking Ban

Just curious now that the smoking ban has been in effect for a few weeks how everyone is feeling on it? Likes and dislikes? Let us know what your thoughts are!

Barnett voted TPS board's president

The Toledo Board of Education unanimously agreed last night to elect Deborah Barnett as president, replacing Darlene Fisher, who held the office during 2006.

But that's where their agreement ended.

Though the five board members signed a pledge of unity near the start of the meeting to work together, they began the new year much the same way they operated last year: with rancor and disagreement.

2 young Democrats in spotlight

They are two young and energetic Democrats who campaigned on a message of change.

One, Ben Konop, was a candidate for Lucas County commissioner. The other, Joe McNamara, was a candidate for Toledo City Council. Both were elected in November.

Read the Blade article:

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070105/NEWS09/70...

Expectations? Suggestions?

Iraq

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