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Frank LaRose announces that Trump, Biden make Ohio's statewide ballot as prospective candidates, among others, including 5 candidates for U.S. senate and 7 for the Ohio Supreme Court....By, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor


COLUMBUS – Ohio- Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced Thursday in a news release that 21 prospective candidates have met Thursday's deadline in filing petitions to appear on Ohio’s March 19, 2024 statewide primary election ballot, including former President Donald Trump, President Joe Biden, and Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody Stewart, the first Black and first Black woman elected to the seven-member, largely White, majority Republican court.(See the full list towards the end of this article).

Republicans Chris Christy, Nikki Haley, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Vivek Wamaswamy, Trump's primary election key challengers, also filed petitions by Ohio's deadline, among others. Trump remains the front-runner for the Republican nomination as the Iowa Caucuses.

According to LaRose's news release, nine candidates filed paperwork to seek partisan nominations for president of the United States; five candidates filed to seek partisan nominations for the office of U.S. senator; and, seven candidates filed petitions to run for justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. (Four Democrats and three Republicans).

Republicans have a four-three majority on the Ohio Supreme Court, which is expected to hear hot topics in coming terms such as abortion parameters, redistricting, and gun and property rights.

LaRose's office has until Jan. 9 to certify petitions for the statewide ballot in Ohio, which pundits say is is sure to draw enthusiastic voters to the polls, both Democrats and Republicans alike, particularly because it is a presidential election year.

Trump's prospective candidacy comes as the Colorado Supreme Court earlier this week ruled him off the statewide primary ballot saying he engaged in the Jan 6 insurrection, a closely-watch case now headed to the U.S.  Supreme Court. LaRose joined the secretaries of state from Wyoming and Missouri as the trio filed an amicus brief (friend-of-the-court brief) in the case in support of Trump at the state Supreme Court level.

LaRose himself is on the statewide ballot in Ohio and is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate with seasoned Sen Sherrod Brown, a popular Cleveland Democrat, seeking reelection as the only Dem to file petitions in that race.

This week Trump endorsed Bernie Moreno for the U.S. Senate seat open in Ohio over LaRose, who had courted his support.Trump won Ohio in 2016 over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and again in 2020 when he lost reelection to President Biden.

As of Thursday's deadline, here are the candidates that have submitted paperwork with the office of Ohio's secretary of state for review:


  • Chris Christie (R)
  • Ron DeSantis (R)
  • Nikki Haley (R)
  • Vivek Ramaswamy (R)
  • Donald Trump (R)
  • Ryan Binkley (R)
  • Joe Biden (D)
  • Dean Phillips (D)
  • Marianne Williamson (D)

US Senate

  • Matt Dolan (R)
  • Frank LaRose (R)
  • Bernie Moreno (R)
  • Doug Stuart (R)
  • Sherrod Brown (D)

Supreme Court

  • Joseph Deters (R)
  • Dan Hawkins (R)
  • Megan Shanahan (R)
  • Michael Donnelly (D)
  • Lisa Forbes (D)
  • Terri Jamison (D)
  • Melody Stewart (D)

Upon review, the petitions will then be sent to the relevant county boards of elections to verify the accuracy of the signatures. The boards will then return those results to the secretary of state’s office by Jan 2. That office then has until Jan. 9 to certify the official ballots for the March 19 primary election.

Absentee voting for military and overseas citizens casting a ballot in Ohio’s presidential primary election will begin in a little over six weeks on Feb. 2. and, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 December 2023 19:31

Colorado Supreme Court rules Trump off the state primary ballot via an unprecedented ruling.....By, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor

DENVER, Colorado-Colorado's Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that former President Donald Trump's candidacy in the state's primary next year is prohibited on constitutional grounds, a blow to the former president's campaign as he seeks another term in the White House in 2024.

The court then ordered the state's secretary of state to act accordingly and to keep his name off of the Republican primary ballot.

The unprecedented  ruling is in conjunction with a lawsuit that raised an ambiguous provision in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  Challenges in other states have proven unsuccessful. A lower court ruled that while Trump participated in insurrection it did not disqualify him from the state ballot but the state's highest court sees otherwise.

"A majority of the court holds that President Trump is disqualified from holding the office of President under Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution," the ruling said. "Because he is disqualified, it would be a wrongful act under the Election Code for the Colorado Secretary of State to list him as a candidate on the presidential primary ballot.”

The court's  decision, however, is stayed until Jan. 4 to allow for further appeals.

Steven Cheung, a spokesperson for Trump's campaign, blasted the ruling and suggested that an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is forthcoming. Trump has never been charged with insurrection relative to the Jan 6 Capitol riot, much less convicted, his supporters say.

“Unsurprisingly, the all-Democrat appointed Colorado Supreme Court has ruled against President Trump, supporting a Soros-funded, left-wing group’s scheme to interfere in an election on behalf of crooked Joe Biden by removing President Trump’s name from the ballot and eliminating the rights of Colorado voters to vote for the candidate of their choice," Cheung said in a statement.

He added that "we have full confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court will quickly rule in our favor and finally put an end to these un-American lawsuits."

How the conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court will rule if the case makes it there remains to be seen. and, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 December 2023 18:34

Danita Harris' departure from News 5 Cleveland leaves no Black women anchors as Women's March Cleveland calls for Black women anchors at all of Cleveland's mainstream TV news stations

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-Longtime WEWS Cleveland Channel 5 News  anchor Danita Harris, who's latest job was anchoring the morning news and who is also a spiritual leader in Northeast Ohio, is exiting the news station, effective Dec 21, leaving the station with no Black female anchors and raising diversity concerns among area women's rights groups.

Harris began her career at the station in 1998 and leaves News 5 after 24 years on the job. She grew to become a beloved and respected media figure in the Black community especially, and a voice for the Black community in delivering news. And the question remains as to what she will do next.

News five trails behind WJW Fox 8 News in popularity relative to Cleveland mainstream television news.

According to a 2019 Cleveland Scene Magazine story, a Pew Research Center survey of news dynamics in the Cleveland-Elyria Metropolitan Statistical Area  found that Northeast Ohioans get their news, overwhelmingly, from Fox 8 and News 5, WOIO 19 News and WKYC Chanel 3 are not far behind.

Harris and station executives said publicly that  her leaving was her decision alone, though the station is reportedly going through a multi-million dollar restructuring process that saw evening anchor Courtney Gousman, who is Black like Harris, suddenly leave the station this past summer after purportedly getting laid-off, she said on Facebook. And Black anchor Dalaun Dillard, a man, announced late last month that he is leaving too.  Gousman replaced Harris as the evening news anchor in the summer of 2020  and Harris moved to a morning anchor slot. Now they are both gone as anchors, leaving only one Black anchor, Damon Maloney, who joined the news station in late 2019.

Station officials gave no explanation for Gousman's sudden departure.

" We wish Danita and Courtney the best of luck and want to know how News 5 Cleveland expects to remain viable in serving the majority Black city of Cleveland with no Black women anchors," said Women's March Cleveland head organizer Kathy Wray Coleman, a longtime Cleveland activist, organizer and independent digital journalist who is Black.

Coleman said that community activists are  monitoring the local mainstream television media of Cleveland relative to their diversity practices, or the lack thereof, particularly regarding Black women anchors and reporters.

"We fill more comfortable when Blacks who support the Black community are upfront and behind the scenes and demand that all of our local mainstream media news stations also employ Black women as anchors, and we do not want Black women or Blacks in general to always be the first to leave as to any so-called restructuring process," the activist said.

"Too often Blacks are  the first to go from companies and entities when they restructure, particularly when there are no union protections" Coleman said.

About 1 in 6 U.S. journalists at news outlets are in a union, a 2022 Pew Research Center study found, and some 40 percent said they would join a union if given the opportunity.

Coleman added that "Black people want to see people who look like we do and who identify with the Black community when we watch Cleveland's news, and the absence of diversity, including Black women anchors, is nothing to take lightly." and, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 December 2023 23:05

Cleveland awarded $2.3 million Safe Streets and Roads grant under President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law from the U.S. Department of Transportation....Mayor Justin Bibb comments...By, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- The U.S. Department of Transportation under U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced Wednesday that the city of Cleveland has been awarded a $2.3 million Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grant from the federal government.

SS4A program grants go directly to regional, local, and Tribal communities for implementation, planning, and demonstration projects driven at the local level to improve safety and help prevent deaths and serious injuries on the nation’s roadways.

This first-of-its-kind program was created by President Joe Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and is a part of the more than $14 billion in the law dedicated to roadway safety across the country.

In Cleveland, a majority Black major American city, the grant will fund safety improvements on St. Clair Avenue on the city's east side, as well as an extensive analysis of crash patterns in eight critical one-mile high-crash areas in Cleveland identified through the city's Vision Zero Action Plan and ongoing work.The immediate work in the St. Clair demonstration area will also be evaluated as a model for the other identified high-crash areas.

“We are grateful to our federal partners for this strategic investment in our Vision Zero goal to eliminate traffic crash deaths in Cleveland by 2032,” said Cleveland Mayor Justin M. Bibb in a news release “This grant directly supports our work on clear, measurable strategies that provide safe, healthy, and equitable mobility for our residents.”

The SS4A grant is the latest in a series of investments in safer streets that include ARPA investments in the city’s successful speed table pilot program, a partnership with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to improve pedestrian safety through the Pedestrian Safety Improvement Program, and a $1.8 million Federal SMART grant award.

“There are many layers to our efforts around safer streets and safer transportation--and that’s by design,” said Calley Mersmann, the city’s transit and mobility strategist. “Vision Zero re-frames safety in a way that focuses on the system through things like safer street design and speed management to prevent serious crashes. Human error is inevitable, but [some] traffic fatalities can be prevented.”

Mayor Bibb said that the city is also in the process of finalizing a contract with Toole Design Group to develop a citywide mobility plan that makes it easier, safer, more convenient, and more enjoyable to move around the city outside of a car.

Per the 2022 Complete and Green Streets ordinance, Cleveland is required to adopt such a plan at least every five years. city officials say the process is designed to meaningfully engage residents to build on recommendations from past comprehensive planning efforts, including the 2007 Bikeway Master Plan. It is also structured to guide bicycle infrastructure build-out, to identify needed improvements to pedestrian safety and accessibility, and to propose program and policy improvements for people walking and biking.

The citywide mobility plan process complements last year’s $50,000 technical assistance award to the city from City Thread, a national nonprofit mobility consultancy. and, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 December 2023 15:39

Ohio Congresswoman Shontel Brown blasts U.S. House Republicans over Biden impeachment inquiry, calling it a sham and a political stunt......By, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Republicans  took a significant step this week towards trying to impeach President Joe Biden, officially initiating an impeachment inquiry on Wednesday via a party-line vote.

The House voted  221-212 to formally pursue the impeachment inquiry, a blow to the president's campaign as he seeks reelection in 2024 and a move that has upset congressional Democrats who narrowly control the Senate but are in the minority in the House of Representatives.

Republicans claim the president financially benefited from his family’s foreign business relationships, including those of his embattled son, Hunter Biden. They claim that the White House is not cooperating with an investigation over the matter and vow to take it to court.

A vice president under President Obama for two terms, Biden says his administration has been more than cooperative with respect to the investigation.

He won the presidential election in 2020 over then President Donald Trump, the current front-runner for the Republican nomination.

The president remains diplomatic as he campaigns for reelection, though he has taken a harder stance in recent weeks, branding Trump a dictator and a danger to America.

Democrats contend that House Republicans have not released any substantive evidence of wrongdoing by the president, which is fueling the controversy that Democrats say is nothing more than a witch-hunt.

Ohio 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Shontel Brown, a Biden ally who's congressional district includes Cleveland, is among the House Democrats who voted against the measure.

The congresswoman called the impeachment inquiry a sham and a political stunt, releasing the following statement in a news release  to and on Wednesday:

"This vote is the culmination of a year of dysfunction and distraction from House Republicans. This sham investigation is un-serious, unsubstantial, and unnecessary. Republicans have spent years investigating and have found no evidence of wrongdoing by President Biden. None, in fact. All that has been revealed is that House Republicans have the wrong priorities. Republicans are not interested in lowering costs for families, growing the middle class, or making our communities safer______As a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, I can attest first-hand that the Biden administration has bent over backwards to meet the absurd demands in this investigation. But extreme MAGA Republicans aren't interested in the facts, because the facts are not on their side.____My constituents in Northeast Ohio see this for what it is, a political stunt. Let's end the stunts and serve the people."

This is a continuing story. and, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.



Last Updated on Thursday, 14 December 2023 22:04

Ohio Senate Democrats introduce multiple gun death prevention legislation to address gun violence by suicide and domestic violence, and other gun violence issues.... By, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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COLUMBUS, Ohio– Today, Assistant Minority Leader Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus), Senate Minority Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), and state Sen. Vernon Sykes(D-Akron) (pictured from right)held a press conference to discuss a new package of legislation introduced and designed to prevent gun deaths and gun violence in Ohio.

The Democratic state lawmakers announced multiple pieces of legislation, including Senate Bill 188, which would provide gun owners the option to store their guns outside of their homes. The bill would allow guns to be stored with licensed gun dealer or shooting range owners in order to prevent the gun from winding up in the wrong hands.

"Gun violence is out of control across our state and country, with nearly 80% of all homicides and over half of suicides involving a gun," said Craig. "These situations are preventable, but only if we have the courage to act."

Craig said the proposed legislation is also an effort to build bi-partisan consensus relative to gun violence issues.

Republicans control both the Senate and House of Representatives in Ohio.

"We believe we're offering a balanced and thoughtful approach to a very serious problem," said Craig. "This package of legislation is intended to build bipartisan consensus around proposals that have been proven to reduce gun violence and deaths."

Senate Bill 164, titled the "Suicide Self-Defense Act," would give Ohioans the option to temporarily relinquish their ability to purchase or possess a firearm if they believe they are at risk of self-harm.

"In the United States, domestic abuse has a frequent and deadly correlation to gun violence," said Antonio. "While we know guns do not cause domestic violence, an abuser with a gun is far more deadly than an unarmed one.

Antonio said that Senate Bill 187 will harmonize Ohio law with federal law by removing the ability of domestic abusers to lawfully possess guns.

" This legislation will save the lives of women, children, and law enforcement in our state. If we don't introduce this kind of legislation now, we'll never know that this time was the right time," she said.

Senate Bill 187 would prohibit individuals with a domestic violence conviction from possessing a firearm. Although it is already illegal under federal law for such individuals to possess a firearm, gaps in Ohio law subvert the federal statute.

"Deaths by suicide or homicide are a leading cause of premature death for young people and children," said Sykes, the father of Congresswoman Emilia Sykes, also of Akron. "Having unsecured guns in your home undeniably increases risk, especially for children, due to accidental shootings. Many of these tragedies are entirely preventable.

Sykes says that most unintentional firearm deaths among children involve guns that were stored but not secured.

"Responsible gun owners know that putting their guns out of view and out of reach is not safe enough to stop use by children, unauthorized adults, or those at risk of hurting themselves," Sykes said.

Finally, Senate Bills 188 and 189 provide gun owners with options and incentives to safely store and handle their firearms. S.B. 188 gives gun owners the option to store their firearms with regulated gun dealers or shooting range owners outside of the home, while S.B. 189 offers an income tax break to gun owners who exhibit safe handling and safe storage practices.

Watch the full press conference here. and, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.
Last Updated on Friday, 15 December 2023 19:18

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