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Not with a bang, but with a whimper

October 9, 2011 What had all the makings of a verbal prize fight last week between Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, and Mahoning County Democratic Party chairman David Betras fizzled like the wick... more »»

Tide is turning on SB5

October 2, 2011 Ohio voters are still behind a repeal of Senate Bill 5 in November, but that support appears to be waning, results of poll released last week sho. more »»

Maps a game of numbers

September 25, 2011 State Rep. Tom Letson and other Democrats in the Ohio House tried up to the very end to slow down the process of approving the state’s new U.S. congressional district boundaries. more »»

Who’s safe this election?

September 18, 2011 Democrat Tim Ryan and Republicans Bill Johnson and Steve LaTourette are positioned well to hold onto their congressional seats next election. more »»

Former chairman firm, fair

September 11, 2011 I didn’t know Christ Michelakis well, enough to chat with the former Trumbull County Democratic Party chairman about local politics or matters that concerned the Trumbull County Board of Elections,... more »»

Enough ammo for both sides

September 4, 2011 Ask a Democrat what effect the tug-of-war between the union representing faculty at Youngstown State University and the administration could have on the fate of Issue 2 (commonly known as Senate Bil... more »»

Mistakes made on petitions

August 28, 2011 Every person who pulls blank petition forms for elected office in Trumbull County is provided instructions at the board of elections to help him or her fill out that petition and collect signatures... more »»

Websites let Ohio voters get involved

August 21, 2011 Pretty much everything any Ohioan wants to know about reshaping the U.S. Congressional and General Assembly boundaries in the Buckeye State can be found at www.reshapeohio.org. more »»

Hunch on Smith was right

August 14, 2011 I certainly wasn’t going to predict that Randy Smith would win the appointment as Trumbull County engineer, especially given what happened in Mahoning County in June when pretty much everyone’s... more »»

Semantics of Senate Bill 5

August 7, 2011 Opponents of Ohio’s new collective bargaining law, commonly referred to as Senate Bill 5, the legislation that created the rules, got a win last week. more »»

Will engineer dodge the bullet?

July 31, 2011 “The citizens of Trumbull County have the right to expect that county money and resources will be used for county purposes, not for campaigning or personal fundraising. more »»

Field for county engineer narrowing

July 24, 2011 Speculation over who will be Trumbull County’s next engineer will continue through Aug. 9 when Democrats pick a successor for what’s left of ex-engineer David DeChristofaro’s unexpired term. more »»

Engineer should have known better

July 17, 2011 Former Trumbull County Engineer David DeChristofaro might be the only elected official ever to campaign himself out of a job. I’d like to claim that statement, but can’t. more »»

Williams makes a major move

July 10, 2011 Odds and ends from the world of politics in Trumbull and Mahoning counties: Major kudos to Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams, who on Aug. more »»

Remarks about Giffords draw fire

July 3, 2011 Paul Sracic, Youngstown State University’s political science department chair, found himself in hot water last week for saying that U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Democrat from Arizona shot Ja. more »»

Program aims to help teens, families

June 26, 2011 Odds and ends from the world of politics in Trumbull and Mahoning counties: Senate Minority Leader Democrat Capri Cafaro plans to introduce a bill this week (Democrat state Rep. Nickie J. more »»

If the engineer resigns ...

June 19, 2011 Lots of rumors have been swirling about David DeChristofaro resigning as Trumbull County Engineer, and he’s admitted that he’s considering as much, saying stepping aside would relieve the emotional... more »»

Money makes the wheels go ‘round

June 12, 2011 Trumbull County’s commissioners — Frank Fuda, Paul Heltzel and Dan Polivka — have a hefty decision to make about the future of public transportation in Trumbull Count. more »»

Harwood balances concern

June 5, 2011 Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s pick of former state lawmaker Sandra Stabile Harwood to fill an empty spot on the Trumbull County Board of Elections served Democrats and Republicans well on an... more »»

Don’t hide from problems

May 29, 2011 Most people recovering from an addiction to alcohol can stay anonymous. Tom Letson can’t. more »»

 
 

 

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