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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.

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

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...

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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.

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