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Tom Skeldon announces Paris Hilton to provide consulting service to office, promises to recalibrate staffers

In response to the outrage over the senseless death of the vicious dog, Princess, Dog Warden Tom Skeldon has hired Paris Hilton as a consultant for the Lucas County Dog Warden office.

Tom Skeldon stated, “Paris is an expert on dogs like Princess, and her expertise will be invaluable to the other deputies of the office. She can provide us handling and cornering advice that we clearly lack.”

Marcy Kaptur's earmarks in the 2009 Omnibus spending bill

The earmarks for the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act were released. Below are the earmarks that Marcy Kaptur requested with your money. Do you see anything interesting in the list?:

COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE - Earmarks

Latta's statement on Obama's address to the joint session of Congress

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following
statement after President Obama's address to the joint session of
Congress this evening.

"President Obama's address to Congress and our nation tonight provided a
sober reminder of the struggles we face as a nation. However, President
Obama relied on tired rhetoric of pointing fingers of blame on past
administrations and fixing the problems we struggle with by introducing
massive government spending, oversight, and regulation.

Unfortunately, President Obama's proposed tax and spend policy outlined

Toni Morrison will speak at UT

Just an early note that author Toni Morrison is coming to The University of
Toledo in April:

The College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Toledo presents

Toni Morrison
Friday, April 24
7:30 p.m.
Savage Arena

Part of the 2009 Edward Shapiro Distinguished Lecture Series

This will be free and open to the public. A few thousand seats will be
available on a first come, first-served basis.

Deanna Woolf
Senior Marketing Specialist
The University of Toledo

Highland Heights has a new Blog

To enhance communication among South Toledoans interested in strengthening their
neighborhood, Highland Heights Neighborhood Association has founded a blog. Go to:
http://highlandheightsneighborhood.blogspot.com/

Our latest posting is reprinted below, but for maximum effect, see the site and post a
comment of your own. Signed comments are preferable. If you live in South Toledo and
would like to add a posting (article) to the blog, please contact me.

Carol Scheiber

VACANT HOMES ON YOUR STREET? TELL US!

Take Back Toledo petition event Dave's Home Cooked Foods

Weekly TBT event at Dave's Home-Cooked Foods 1855 S Reynolds Rd Toledo, OH 43614

for more information http://www.takebacktoledo.com

Holding TPS accountable for stimulus money press conference

Four Toledo, Ohio groups, concerned with the plight of black students ask U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to hold the Toledo Public School's Board of Education accountable for any "stimulus" funds coming into the district. President Barack Obama has demanded accountability from Mayors and promises to "call out" stimulus recipients who use monies to further their own agendas or to perpetrate fraudulent distribution of funds. We promise the same scrutiny and accountability.

Marcy Kaptur in her own words on special interests, lobbyists and campaign finance

Back in 2007, I noticed that special interests were creeping into Marcy's
campaign funds
. Of course Unions are special interests, but I was referring specifically to lobbyists. I found a quote from Marcy and put it in that story suggesting that she should heed her own words. Well she did not and continued accepting even more money to the point that a lobbying firm was her biggest donor during the 2008 cycle. Some have wondered why single out Marcy? The reason is simple, because she has been very outspoken in the past about special interests and the problems it creates, yet here she is right in the middle of the problem.

Rick Santelli speaks his mind

Spokesperson says Kaptur will wait and see how story unfolds - Ryan also responds

This is in the nationaljournal.com in the story titled "Most Lawmakers Keeping Questionable PMA Contributions":

A spokesman for Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, another member of the Defense Appropriations panel, said "her campaign's decision will hinge on how the story unfolds because we really don't know very much right now." PMA Group was Kaptur's single-largest donor, giving $26,500 in her most recent race.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/congressdaily/cdp_20090220_7211.php

Ohio representative Tim Ryan says:

Web of intrigue in the mayor's race

Actually it is interesting this is a story, with everything else going on...but still it is a 21st century issue that elections must deal with. Why Keith would let the domain expire does not make sense. You should plan to keep your domain for at least 4-5 years after you stop using it because people may snap it up. Normally spammers do and sometimes what they will put up is worse than paying to keep it for 4-5 years. Doing something like this prevents any questions and image problems you may face when someone notices the site.

Libbey Glass on the verge of being delisted from NYSE

A proud Toledo company is having financial trouble and may soon be de-listed from the New York Stock Exchange.
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Libbey Inc. (NYSE: LBY) announced today that the New York Stock Exchange notified the Company on February 17, 2009, that it has fallen below the NYSE's continued listing standard relating to the Company's total market capitalization and its stockholders' equity. The NYSE requires that the average market capitalization of a listed company be not less than $75 million over a consecutive 30 trading-day period and that stockholders' equity be not less than $75 million.

Jon Stainbrook has just effectively isolated himself

I was alerted to this story by reading Glass City Jungle, so I went to the Blade article and read the details. Back in March, I speculated Jon may be ruining his trust by recording conversations and posting them on YouTube. Well it now appears that he just may have destroyed any chance on talking with anyone on the phone and basically anywhere. This is bad for a party chair who lives and dies by the phone.

Tsunami of donations by PMA brings up questions of illegality

I listened to the NPR segment on the PMA Group online this evening and one of the things it mentioned was:

Among the PMA donors were two of the company's board members, who are friends of Magliocchetti from Florida, where he has a beach condo. In campaign reports, contributions from the two Floridians often appear to be coordinated — same day, same dollar amount, same recipient.

That could suggest PMA was making the contributions in their names, which would be illegal.

Kaptur receives 2k from donor that never worked for company reported-does he exist?

Please bear with me, since this is breaking news, I will be posting quite a bit about the scandal as different angles appear or something noteworthy shows up.

The Hill is reporting another donor, Jon Walker, never existed or at least did not work for the company reported.

Unlike the donor in the Washington Post article, this donor has given to Marcy Kaptur.

From The Hill:

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PMA scandal update Feb 19, 2009

List of stories of interest on the PMA scandal:

Lobbying Firm's Ties To Democrats Under Scrutiny -really good
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100850606

The next lobbying scandal
http://blog.nj.com/njv_thurman_hart/2009/02/the_next_lobbying_scandal.html

Firm with Murtha Ties Got Earmarks From Nearly One-Fourth of House (CQ Politics)
http://www.taxpayer.net/resources.php?category=&type=Project&proj_id=193...

PMA Group Shuttering Its Lobbying Practice
http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000003055876

Northwest 747 Landing at Toledo Express

I was near the airport for lunch today and looked up to see a Northwest 747 flying overhead - headed for a landing. I looked on "Flightaware" because I thought they were only landing them on the weekends, and it said it was a flight from Tokyo, Japan.

I am curious if anyone knows anything about this?

PMA questionable behavior demonstrated by some of Kaptur's donations

The person at the center of the PMA scandal, Paul Magliocchetti, is accused of funneling money to candidates sometimes through fictitious names. It is clear he tried to pump money to candidates through different means. Lets look at some examples of questionable behavior on Marcy's campaign.

Marcy was #19 out of #20 top recipients of PMA money, of course this is the money where the donors wrote down PMA as an employer.
http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2009/02/embattled-lobbying-firm-pma-ta.html

Stacy Jurich driving around country highlighting alternative fuel

Stacy Jurich is driving her 1981 Mercedes across America using waste vegetable oil as fuel.

The 23-year-old started her journey in Toledo, Ohio where she runs a non-profit organization called “Toledo Choose Local,“ which promotes residents using local businesses. She’s traveling for the next 3 months to promote alternative energy and breaking America’s dependence on foreign oil.

Read the rest at:
http://www.counton2.com/cbd/news/local/article/vegetable_powered_travele...

Scandal that involves Marcy Kaptur now developing, Democrats returning money- Local silence

The campaign finance scandal that Marcy Kaptur is involved with to the tune of 40k, is now causing some Democrats to return money. Today in the Hill is reporting some questionable behavior by the donor, the same donor that gave Marcy campaign contributions this past year. **On a side note, this story is a gut check for the Toledo Blade. For a newspaper who made a point about campaign finance scandals, this one involves Marcy and now they have cold feet. If they were to follow the path they so proudly highlight, will they apply it to Ms. Kaptur? Will they treat her with kid gloves?

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