Add another name to the long list of prominent politicians who have agreed to speak at Summit County Republican Party fundraising events: Chris Christie.
The county GOP mailed out "save the date" cards today announcing that the outspoken New Jersey governor will be the guest speaker at the party's finance dinner on Sept. 29.
Tony Manna, chairman and CEO of Signet Enterprises LLC of Akron, will have a private reception for Christie, who is considering a second presidential bid in 2016, while he's in town.
Christie will speak at the party's finance dinner at the Hilton Akron Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St. in Akron. A cocktail reception will be at 6 p.m., with dinner following at 7 p.m. Tickets are $300.To read more or comment...
Move To Amend, a national campaign to amend the U.S. Constitution to specify that corporations aren't people, will hold a community forum in Tallmadge next weekend.
David Cobb, the campaign's spokesman, will speak at the forum titled "Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule." Organizers describe the event as "part history lesson and part heart-felt call to action."
The effort seeks to nullify the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision that granted corporations the same rights as individuals to make political contributions.
More than 360,000 people have signed an online petition supporting the proposed constitutional amendment.To read more or comment...
Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic had back fusion surgery this week.
Planning Director Marco Sommerville mentioned the surgery Thursday night at an Indigo Girls concert in downtown Akron, explaining it as the reason he was speaking rather than Plusquellic.
Sommerville said Friday that Plusquellic's surgery went well. He said he isn't sure how long the mayor will be off work while he recovers.
Sommerville said Plusquellic, who is in regular contact with his office, will remain in charge during his recovery.To read more or comment...
When Ethel Chambers stood up to speak at Akron City Council meetings, a hush fell over the chambers.
Though Mrs. Chambers was small in stature, she commanded respect from the council members who were aware of her many years of community activism. Often, she didn't say much, unlike other speakers, because she chose her words cafefully. But, what she said mattered.
Mrs. Chambers, 89, died Saturday of kidney failure. The Beacon Journal's Marilyn Miller wrote a feature obituary on Chambers that is in the local section today. Miller describes Mrs. Chambers as feisty and "small but bold" -- an apt description.
My only regret is that I didn't have the chance to do a profile on Mrs. Chambers before she passed. Her name is still on the list of story ideas I have taped to my computer. I'll keep it on the list in her honor.To read more or comment...
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and 49 other senators are urging the delay of the planned closure of several U.S. Postal Service processing centers, including one in Akron.
The senators sent a letter today to the chairmen and ranking members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations and the Subcommittee on Financial Services and Government, asking them to prevent the planned closures of 82 processing centers in 2015. They say Congress needs more time to pass comprehensive reform to fund postal operations.
"Closing Akron's mail processing facility will deprive the community of hundreds of good-paying jobs, making it difficult for families to make ends meet," Brown said in a news release. "Immediate action needs to be taken so workers can keep their jobs and continue providing reliable service for the city."
The closure of the centers would eliminate as many as 15,000 jobs, including 400 in Akron. The Akron center on Wolf Ledges Parkway was spared from the first wave of postal center shut downs in 2012.To read more or comment...