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Requiem— Downtown Toledo, RIP

And now, the inevitable decline. Downtown revitalization seemed so promising. We have detailed all the good things happening over the past several years right here in these column inches. We have applauded the successes and named names of those responsible. We have also noted the laggards and the impediments. We have opined on what it

Bush League— County commissioners swing and miss

Downtown is on the rise, with economic development professionals and corporate heavy hitters swinging for the fences. Much of the rebirth over the past decade or so has been focused on the area around Fifth Third Field. Monroe Street, Huron, St. Clair, Superior, and the storefronts adjacent to the ballpark have also seen new life.

Missing in Action; Where are the GOP challengers?

It was supposed to be a game changer. After a decade of a Lucas County Republican Party with Jon Stainbrook at the helm, the organized campaign that elected Mark Wagoner to replace Stainbrook as Party chair was supposed to breathe new life into the GOP. Stainbrook was not favored by the old moneyed interests of

No Brainer

Local dems swing and miss When it is election time, it’s good to be an incumbent. Being in power means you have clout. And those who want to curry favor with you know it. Which makes it easy to raise campaign cash. Ask, and you receive. Incumbents also benefit from being in the limelight. Name

Deep Six: Anybody’s Ball Game in Toledo District Six

And then there’s the real wild card in City Politics. To recap, we have handicapped the races for Toledo’s District Council races over the past several columns. We have covered Districts One through Five, with our usual fearless and well-reasoned prognostications. That leaves District Six. A head scratcher if ever there was one. District Council

No Contest: For better and worse in City Politics

And then there were three. We’ve handicapped three of the six races for Toledo City Council district representatives. The remaining three districts are some of the most intriguing. This edition, we break down Districts Four and Five. District 4. Current Incumbent Yvonne Harper. Harper is a fascinating character in City Politics. She has been a