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Bragging rights at stake

July 15, 2012 This was the text I received at 9:48 p.m. Saturday, July 7, from Dan Polivka, Trumbull County commissioner: ‘‘Skillet toss Sunday @ 10 am. more »»

SCOPE didn’t do its job

July 1, 2012 The explanation given by the former director of SCOPE of Trumbull County for her retirement is questionable. So was the timing of her departure. more »»

‘Witness’ Mandel ad hype

June 24, 2012 What does LeBron James have to do with the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown and Ohio Treasurer Republican Josh Mandel? Nothing. more »»

Strickland keeping cards close

June 17, 2012 Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, continues to keep his intentions of a run for governor in 2014 close to his vest. This was his response when asked Thursday if he was considering i. more »»

Mixed marks for candidates

June 10, 2012 The Ohio State Bar Association last week announced its Ohio Supreme Court candidate ratings for the November election. more »»

Kasich talks energy

June 3, 2012 ‘‘I’m really here because he asked me to come and I like him,’’ said Gov. John Kasich of his speaking Thursday at a shale summit at the invitation of state Rep. Sean O’Brien. more »»

Tim Ryan runs for veterans

May 26, 2012 ‘‘It hurt real bad,’’ said Tim Ryan. But it did some real good. The congressman, always an advocate for U.S. more »»

Cruze star of Obama ad

May 20, 2012 There are no small parts ... Appropriate, since the Chevrolet Cruze gets a notable mention in one of President Barack Obama’s newest campaign advertisements. more »»

Lawmakers questioning court merger

May 13, 2012 Some state lawmakers have some very serious questions, legitimate questions about combining Eastern and Central District courts. State Sen. more »»

Careful what you text

May 6, 2012 Mahoning County Democratic Party chairman David Betras and Richard ‘‘Oz’’ Ouzounian, Betras’ former employee, ex-political director for the county party and once a candidate for commissioner in... more »»

Portman up for veep?

April 29, 2012 Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland weighed in last week on the speculation that Rob Portman, Ohio’s junior U.S. Senator, would be the GOP’s vice presidential candidate. more »»

Meet Tim Ryan, the author

April 15, 2012 ‘‘Everybody is on the treadmill, going faster and faster, steeper and steeper and they feel like they aren’t getting ahead,’’ said Tim Ryan. Stress levels are high. more »»

April 11 a reminder of Jimbo

April 8, 2012 Ten years ago this week, a federal jury ‘‘beamed,’’ former U.S. Congressman James A. Traficant, not up, but into, a federal penitentiary. Wednesday marks a decade since Traficant became a convict. more »»

Ohio Dem Party top dogs

April 1, 2012 Lorain attorney and newly installed Lorain County Democratic Party chairman Anthony Giardini is challenging state party boss Chris Redfern for the chairmanshi. more »»

Play for seat by the GOP

March 25, 2012 U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s Mahoning Valley visit Thursday to raise money for the re-election campaign of U.. more »»

Court merger needs OK

March 18, 2012 Commissioners in Trumbull County don’t need to approve combining county district courts in Brookfield and Cortland for a merger to happen, but without their blessing, Central District Court Judge To... more »»

No hard feelings in race

March 11, 2012 Richard ‘‘Oz’’ Ouzounian’s last-place finish Tuesday among six candidates seeking the Democrat nomination for Mahoning County commissioner is a relief to Mahoning County Democratic Party chairman... more »»

Gerberry bill keeps it in the House

March 4, 2012 State Rep. Ron Gerberry is demonstrating his unhappiness over Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s decision to give the annual State of the State address outside the Ohio Hous. more »»

Thumb war in texting declared

February 26, 2012 Text messages between Mahoning County Democratic Party chairman David Betras and county commissioner candidate Richard ‘‘Oz’’ Ouzounian are representative of the Democratic Party symbol, but... more »»

What changed Husted’s mind?

February 19, 2012 Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has confirmed Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras to the county’s board of elections. more »»



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