U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, who heads the Congressional Black Caucus, released a statement today on the deliberate shootings of two New York City police officers that includes the refrain, "All lives matter."
Below is the statement from Fudge, D-Warrensville Heights, who represents the 11th district that runs from Cleveland to Akron:
"I am deeply grieved to learn of the murders of New York Police Department Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. Their tragic deaths are a great loss for the NYPD, their families, and our nation.
This is not about race or affiliation, and it isn't about black versus blue. All lives matter.To read more or comment...
The Portage County TEA Party will be taking cookies, pies and cakes to local police and fire departments in the next week to thank them for their service.
Tom Zawistowski, the group's leader, said the effort is partially in reaction to the negativity that has been directed at police in the wake of recent use-of-force incidents in Ferguson and New York City.
"We all know that the vast majority of police and firefighters do an excellent job in protecting our families and our property," Zawistowski said in a news release. "We want them to know that they have our support and appreciation."
Zawistowski said the departments getting goodies include the Portage County Sheriff's Office and police in Brimfield, Mogadore, Mantua, Kent, Windham, Ravenna, Streetsboro, Garrettsville and Aurora.To read more or comment...
What an interesting turn Akron native Randy Cole's career has taken.
He began his political journey with a trio of loses in local and statewide elections and was named this week as to head the Ohio Turnpike, cleveland.com reported.
Cole ran unsucessfully for Summit County Council in 2004, Akron City Council in 2007 and the Ohio House in 2008. But, Gov. John Kasich saw something in Cole that voters didn't and brought him to Columbus to join his administration. Cole served as a policy adviser in the Office of Budget and Managment and as president of the Controlling Board, which holds the state's purse strings.
Cole distinguished himself in the past few years with his call for money savings through more collaboration among local governments and schools. It will be interesting to see how he will apply these insights at the turnpike and to watch for the next step in his rapidly ascending career.To read more or comment...
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will be the guest of honor at the Summit County Republican Party's annual Christmas party Tuesday at Portage Country Club, 240 N. Portage Path .
A cocktail reception and hors d'oeuvres will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by dinner. The event also will include a prize drawing, music and a visit from Santa.
Cost is $150 per person for the reception or $500 per person for the reception and dinner.
Tickets can be ordered online or by calling the county GOP headquarters at 330-434-9151.To read more or comment...
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency gave Akron an award this week for the city's plan for protecting its water.
Barb Lubberger, an environmental supervisor in the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's Source Water Protection division, presented the city with a certificate during Akron City Council's Public Utilities Committee meeting Monday for the city's "source water protection plan."
"They did such a good job," she told the committee of the city employees who put the plan together.
Lubberger said Akron's is the "premier" plan in the state. She said the plan outlines "strategies to protect the watershed upstream from the water intake."To read more or comment...
Mayor Don Plusquellic and other mayors nationwide are calling for a national policy on best police practices, including training on use of force, body cameras and sensitivity training.
Plusquellic also is continuing to push for the FBI to step in immediately to investigate police-citizen shootings.
“There needs to be national guidelines, taken from policies that have been successful in cities across the nation,” Plusquellic said this afternoon in a news release.
The mayors discussed these hot-button policing issues during a recent conference call involving 40 mayors from across the country.To read more or comment...
Happy birthday, Ralph.
Retired, long-time Congressman Ralph Regula is 90 today. Regula, a Republican from Navarre, served in Congress for 18 terms, retiring in 2009.
U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs wished Regula a happy birthday on the floor of Congress this morning, saying that he has known Regula for three decades and learned a great deal from him.
"Ralph loved serving here because he cared about people and helping improve their quality of life," Gibbs said. "In this House, he was a pragmatic leader willing to find solutions to tough problems."To read more or comment...
Paula Sauter, deputy director of the Summit County Board of Elections, will speak at the Federated Democratic Women of Summit County's annual Holiday Gala Luncheon Saturday.
Sauter said she will discuss "the importance of voting and encouraging women to participate in the political process."
The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. George's Fellowship Centre, 32014 Ridgewood Road in Akron. Prizes will be awarded to the top three attendees wearing the best "spirit of Christmas" attire.
Tickets are $20 each. RSVP by calling 330-864-8280 by Wednesday.To read more or comment...
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and 29 other senators sent a letter Monday that urges a delay in the planned closures of 82 mail processing centers nationwide, including the one in Akron.
The letter followed a report by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General that found the postal service failed to fulfill its obligation to study the impact of the closures and properly notify local customers. The closures are expected to begin in January.
"The postal service fulfills an important function in everyday life," Brown said in a news release. "It's vital that the USPS take adequate steps to review these consolidations and their affects on American customers."
Plans call for four mail distribution centers in Ohio to be closed, with the mail instead processed in the next-closest, large city. For Akron, that would be Cleveland.To read more or comment...
Richard Viguerie, one of the leading figures in the conservative movement, will be the featured speaker at the Portage County TEA Party's fifth-annual fundraising dinner on Friday, Dec. 5.
Viguerie is the author of the recent book Takeover: The 100-year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It. He also helped pioneer the political direct mail industry in the 1960s and is chairman of a conservative website and newsletter. He will talk about the 2016 election and the role of the tea party in the conservative movement.
The event will be at 6:30 p.m. at Maplewood Career Center, 7075 state Route 88 in Ravenna. The Hooked on Harmony singing group will perform and a silent action will be held. Maplewood Career Center culinary students will prepare the meal.
Tickets are $25. Those who would like to attend are asked to mail a check payable to Portage County TEA Party to P.O. Box 253, Mogadore, Ohio 44260. Those wanting to donate items for the silent action may call 330-474-3878.To read more or comment...