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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

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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?

Tagged:  
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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Board travel account- does it matter?

The TPS Board recently voted to increase spending allowance for the service fund.

In the Toledo Blade today we find:

Ms. Fisher again cast the lone dissenting vote. She said $15,000 for a school year should be sufficient and each board member should be limited to $3,000.

Instead, she said, more than $7,000 has been spent on Mr. Sykes' travel since he was elected while she has spent none.

Toledo Public Schools

Buy
14% (1 vote)
Hold
29% (2 votes)
Sell
57% (4 votes)
Total votes: 7

Carty Finkbeiner

Tagged:  
Buy
8% (1 vote)
Hold
8% (1 vote)
Sell
83% (10 votes)
Total votes: 12

Who is to blame for the Toledo Public School Board problems?

Deborah Barnett
0% (0 votes)
Darlene Fisher
27% (8 votes)
Steven Steel
0% (0 votes)
Larry Sykes
47% (14 votes)
Robert Torres
0% (0 votes)
None of the above
7% (2 votes)
All of the above
10% (3 votes)
The voters
10% (3 votes)
Total votes: 30

What Blog would you like to see in the RSS Feeds?

Tagged:  
Politics in Mudville - http://politicsinmudville.blogspot.com/
16% (4 votes)
Thurber's Thoughts - http://thurbersthoughts.blogspot.com/
20% (5 votes)
History Mike - http://www.historymike.blogspot.com/
40% (10 votes)
Toledo Tales - http://toledotales.blogspot.com/
8% (2 votes)
Right Wing Toledo - http://rightwingtoledo.blogspot.com/
16% (4 votes)
Total votes: 25

Here's looking at you, Kidd

Joe Kidd refused to be a Noe political patsy

Joe Kidd, former executive director of the Lucas County Board of Elections and exposer of perhaps the most recent and compelling reason for public funding of elections, sat in my dining room last month. He agreed to talk with my wife, City Paper Publisher, Collette Jacobs, Managing Editor Jason Webber and myself to answer our questions regarding his involvement in the imbroglio at the center of the Republican Party

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