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Democrats maintain control of the U.S. Senate after more votes are counted as to the November midterm election

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Democrats defied historical trends and defeated several candidates backed by former President Donald Trump to keep control of the Senate, providing enormous relief for President Joe Biden.

The battle for the House, meanwhile, remains too close to call.

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Last Updated on Monday, 14 November 2022 05:09

The new Cleveland Hough Public Library grand opening featuring renowned poet and educator Nikki Giovanni is November 12, 2022

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Pictured is famed poet Nikki Giovanni

CLEVELAND, Ohio-World renowned poet and Virginia Tech English Professor Nikki Giovanni will be the keynote speaker on Sat, Nov 12 at noon at the grand opening of the Cleveland Hough Public Library at 6530 Lexington Avenue in the historic Hough Community in Ward 7 on the city's largely Black east side where the library is located. Doors will open at 10 a.m. for festivities and Giovanni will speak at noon about her life’s work and influence on the Black Arts Movement. The grand opening will also include a Djapo Cultural Arts Institute performance, food, and family fun activities, organizers said.


The event is free and open-to-the-public.


Designed by Moody Nolan, the new Hough Campus honors the past with an eye on the future. Moody Nolan’s architects drew inspiration from the mythical Sankofa bird in Africa which looks back while moving forward. This design is in the shape of the building.


The re-imagined library will have an expanded children’s area, a teen nook, more meeting rooms, a welcoming outdoor space, and book lockers for after-hours access to materials.


The Cleveland Public Library system, which has a main library in downtown Cleveland and several branches, including the new Hough Library, is committed to re-building or renovating every neighborhood branch over the next decade. For updates on construction projects, visit courbanize.com/collections/cpl.


Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and blog in Ohio and in the Midwest Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. 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 Sunday, 13 November 2022 17:05

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Last Updated on Friday, 11 November 2022 16:31

Republican Cuyahoga County Judges Joan Synenberg and Wanda Jones lose election to former Cleveland City Council president Kevin Kelley and Cleveland Councilman Brian Mooney, respectively, both Kelley and Mooney Democrats....By Clevelandurbannews.com

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-Republican Judges Wanda Jones and Joan Synenberg (pictured) lost their seats on the 34-member Cuyahoga County Common Pleas general division court in Tuesday's election, Jones, who is Black, losing to former Cleveland Council President Kevin Kelley, who lost a nonpartisan mayoral runoff to current Mayor Justin Bibb by a landslide last year, and Synenberg losing to west side Cleveland Ward 11 Councilman Brian Mooney, also an attorney.

Kelley and Mooney are Democrats, Kelley also a former vice chair of the county Democratic party who represented Cleveland's ward 13 from 2005-2022 .

Synenberg lost to Mooney by roughly 700 votes, according to  unofficial results of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, which sits in downtown Cleveland at east 30th and Euclid Avenue.

A former Cleveland Municipal Court judge, Synenberg has been on the common pleas bench since 2007 though she lost reelection in 2013 to current Democratic Judge Cassandra Collier Williams and was appointed back to the court by then Gov John Kasich. She later won election to a full term that concludes in January of 2023.

Jones was appointed to the court in December of 2021 to replace Joseph D. Russo, who suddenly died while in office She previously served as a judge  from January of 2019 to December of  2000, losing election to an unexpired term to Democratic Judge Richard Bell, who was elected on Tuesday to a full term relative to the seat.

Ohio judges are elected to six -year terms, and judicial races  in Ohio are nonpartisan as to how a judge's name appears on the ballot. But technically they remain political, critics argue, and if Synenberg and Jones were Republican they would have had a far better chance of convincing voters to keep them on the bench in heavily Democratic Cuyahoga County. Also at issue is that voter turnout was at 47 percent in the county, which was more helpful to Democrats in getting out the Democratic vote in a Democratic town, though it was down from 63 percent in 2016 when Donald Trump ran for president.

Cuyahoga County is the second largest of Ohio's 88 counties and Cleveland, a largely Black major American city, is its largest city. It is a Democratic stronghold primarily controlled by the Dems. Republicans, however, hold every statewide office, including the governor's office, other than three seats on the Ohio Supreme Court and a U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Sherrod Brown of Cleveland, a seasoned member of Congress and Ohio's most prominent Democrat.

The other Senate seat is held by retiring GOP Sen Rob Portman, whom political newcomer J.D. Vance, a venture capitalist, lawyer and author, will succeed after winning Tuesday's general election over outgoing Tim Ryan, a longtime congressman out of the Youngstown area. Ryan ran for the U.S.senate rather than for a congressional seat following redistricting that shut out a great part of his congressional district.

By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor-in-chief (Coleman is a former biology teacher and a seasoned Black journalist, and an investigative, legal, scientific, and political reporter who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio).

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and blog in Ohio and in the Midwest Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. 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, 30 December 2022 16:16

East Cleveland Mayor Brandon King survives recall while ward 3 councilman Ernest Smith is recalled....By Clevelandurbannews.com and kathywraycolemanonlienenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- East Cleveland Mayor Brandon King (pictured) narrowly survived a recall effort Tuesday night while voters simultaneously ousted council vice president Ernest Smith, a ward 3 councilman who also faced recall.

With all votes from all 15 precincts counted, unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections reveal that 51 percent of East Cleveland voters voted against the mayoral recall (1,254 voters)  and 49 percent voted for the measure (1,226 voters). Smith lost his attempt to escape recall by 16 percentage points, 58 percent (534 for recall votes) to 42 percent (38 against recall votes).

King survived recall by 18 votes.

Community activists seeking to recall the mayor submitted certified 322 valid petition signatures earlier this year to the board of elections for the recall effort,11 more than the 311 needed to put the issue before voters.  Council Vice President Ernest Smith is also the subject of a recall effort.


Also on the ballot in Ohio on Tuesday were statewide races, legislative seats, judgeship's, congressional and local offices, some  state and local ballot issues, and a controversial U.S. Senate seat. Most notably is a gubernatorial election and the nationally watched fight for a U.S. Senate seat.

Council President  and seasoned councilman at large Nathaniel Martin would have stepped up as mayor until a runoff election could have be held in early 2023, had king been recalled, and per the city charter. City council will appoint a replacement for Ernest Smith, a community activist, also per the city charter.

Governed by a mayor and city council, East Cleveland is a 99 percent Black and impoverished suburb of Cleveland. It has a population of some 14,000 people and  59 percent of household income is less than $25,000. It is one of the poorest cities in Ohio with a majority of its residents living below the poverty line. Its mayor and members of city council are all Democrats

The city has been under fiscal emergency for the last decade.

William Fambrough, who supported Councilwoman Juanita Gowdy in her unsuccessful effort to unseat King via last year's primary election is spearheading the recall effort as a member of a citizens group that says King has permitted police to abuse their power and that he and police are undermining city council's authority.The mayor is also accused of misappropriating city monies and retaliating against his political rivals with malicious prosecutions at the hands of city law director Simmons.

The mayor's supporters say that he is a relief from his mayoral predecessor, former mayor  Gary Norton, and that the recall effort was nothing more than an attempt to get rid of Black leaders in East Cleveland Also at issue is the mayor's embattled police force.

Tuesday's recall election follows string of police indictments of the mayor's embattled police force, including chief of police Scott Gardner, who is White and is out on administrative leave without pay. Gardner has pleaded not guilty and faces several felony charges, including theft in office and grand theft. The indicted patrol officers, also on leave, are accused of pulling over Blacks and harassing them and stealing from them.

Then the vice president of city council, King succeeded former mayor Gary Norton into office in December of 2016 by succession, and after East Cleveland voters recalled Norton and the council president. That successful recall effort was organized by activists who complained that Norton was fiscally irresponsible and was supporting a now defunct merger proposal with East Cleveland and neighboring Cleveland King has since won election in 2017 and reelection in 2021.

By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor-in-chief (Coleman is a former biology teacher and a seasoned Black journalist, and an investigative, legal, scientific, and political reporter who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio).

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and blog in Ohio and in the Midwest Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. 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. King, 54, was born and raised in East Cleveland, and he holds an MBA from the Ohio State University.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 November 2022 09:09

Republicans win for governor, U.S senate and all statewide offices in Ohio, including all 3 seats up for grabs on the Ohio Supreme Court.....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of clevelandurbannews.com and kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and blog in Ohio and in the Midwest Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com

 

Columbus, Ohio-Since Republican John Kasich, now a CNN commentator, ousted then Democratic governor Ted Strickland from the governor's mansion in a contentious 2010 election, Democrats in Ohio have not won a statewide election other than less than a handful of seats on the largely Republican Ohio Supreme Court and the reelections of Sherrod Brown, a senior member of the U.S. Senate and Ohio's most prominent Democrat.

 

That did not change via Tuesday's election. In fact, it was worse as the Republicans swept the election from the reelection of Gov Mike DeWine and the other candidates on the statewide Republican ticket, including  secretary of state Frank LaRose and state attorney general David Yost, to winning all three open seats on the  seven-member Ohio Supreme Court. This includes the chief justice seat that is currently held by retiring and age-limited Maureen O'Connor, a former lieutenant governor and the court's first female chief justice.


A supreme campaigner and a former cop, Justice Sharon Kennedy, a Republican, out did Democratic Justice Jennifer Brunner, a former secretary of state, to replace O'Connor regarding one of the three open seats, that chief justice seat of which is an elected position in Ohio. As to the other two seats up for grabs, Republican Justices Patrick Fischer and Patrick DeWine, Gov. DeWine's son, won reelection by beating Democrats 10th District Court of Appeals Judge Terri Jamison and First District Court of Appeals Judge Marilyn Zayas, respectively. Kennedy’s win means that her current seat is open for an appointment by Gov. DeWine, whom sources say will appoint a Republican in coming weeks.


Going into Tuesday's election Republicans held four state supreme court seats in Ohio, those of O'Connor, Kennedy Fischer and DeWine, and Democrats three, namely Brunner and Michael Donnelly and Black justice Melody Stewart, whose seats were not open for election. And per the outcome of the election on Tuesday, the 4-3 Republican Democratic make-up of the court will not change, if Gov DeWine appoints a Republican to justice Kennedy's current seat, as expected. What is clear, said pundits, is that Ohio, which Donald Trump won over Hillary Clinton in 2016 and over President Biden in 2020, both times by eight points, has become a red state. It is, therefore, no longer pivotal as it once was for aspiring presidential candidates, pundits now say, and voting data suggest.


Democrats could simply not get a statewide win on Tuesday in Ohio.


Former Dayton mayor Nan Whaley, the Democratic nominee for governor who tried to unseat Republican nominee Gov DeWine, a former U.S. senator, got glob-bard, losing to the governor 37 percent to his 63 percent, the Associated Press ,predicted at press time. DeWine thanked his wife Fran, voters and his campaign team during a victory speech and said that "things are coming our way. This is a great manufacturing state."


In spite of a  larger campaign war chest, Congressman Tim Ryan, a Youngstown area Democrat who will say goodbye to congress after serving for some two decades, lost to Trump-endorsed Republican candidate J.D. Vance 54 percent to 46 percent in the race to replace retiring US Sen Rob Portman of Cincinnati.

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and blog in Ohio and in the Midwest Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. 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 Monday, 21 November 2022 02:09

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The annual11th Congressional District Caucus Parade is Monday, September 2

11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat who also chairs the Congressional Black Caucus of Blacks in Congress. waives to the crowd last year at the annual 11th Congressional District Caucus Parade.  This year's parade kicks off on Monday, September 2 on Cleveland's east side at 10:00 am from E. 149th Street and Kinsman Road and ends at Luke Easter Park where the picnic will begin. The event will be replete with political speeches and entertainment from various sources, including local musicians and bands. The well-attended caucus parade was initiated by Democrat Louis Stokes, the retired congressman before Fudge, and the tradition was furthered by the late Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Fudges' predecessor. Stokes was the first Black congressperson from Ohio and Tubbs Jones was the first Black congresswoman from Ohio