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Blaine Griffin’s election as Cleveland council president puts Justin Bibb with a potential competitor who didn’t endorse him; and who won’t be his rubber stamp

In 2013 Blaine Griffin was serving as the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party's vice chairman when elections board officials learned Jane Platten and Brent Lawler had allowed over 67 candidates to enter offices in violation of Section 3517.11(D) of the Ohio Revised Code. As Council President-elect Griffin predicted, ex-Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty took no actions to enforce Title 35 as written since he would have been required to prosecute officials like Ed Fitzgerald, Frank Jackson and Judges like Deena Calabrese or even Joan Synenberg. Griffin has since learned that council can enforce the election law provisions in Cleveland's charter.

CLEVELAND, OH – The official vote for President of Cleveland city council doesn’t come until January 3, 2022.  Chapter 5 and Section 30 of Cleveland’s Charter sets the first regular meeting in January after a municipal election as its date of occurrence. In Cleveland incumbent returning council members “caucus” with newly-elected legislators after a municipal election before the first regular meeting in January to decide who among them should preside over the legislative body as president.  On November 5, 2021 the non-binding vote for Blaine Griffin was unanimous. The vote trashed a former unspoken “rule” that if an American Negro…

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Frank Jackson’s “Kelley endorsement” isn’t sitting too well with Clevelanders who want to move on and close the door on his 32 year presence at city hall

If a new mayor and council want to avoid the FBI raids at city hall, and more criminal prosecutions, they'll read, master and obey two constitutions and the laws referenced in the governing documents identified in their oaths of office. Lots of federal, state and local violations occurred over the past 16 years that have cost Clevelanders millions. If you do not read you cannot lead.

CLEVELAND, OH – Clevelanders looking for an indication of how the 2021 campaign to replace Frank Jackson as mayor might turn out can look at two endorsements.  Jackson’s and the Plain Dealer’s.  Each endorsed Nina Turner to represent the 11th Congressional District in the August 3, 2021 primary election. Turner raised over $6.2 million to Shontel Brown’s $4.5 million and lost by 4000 votes with their endorsements and that of Russian United States Senator Bernard Gitman Sanders.  It’s Kevin Kelley who now has to see if he can do better with one of the two local endorsements.  The Plain Dealer…

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Attorney Darryl Eugene Pittman made history in 1985 as East Cleveland’s first mayor since 1904; and one who had to implement a new form of government

CLEVELAND, OH – Attorney Darryl Eugene Pittman was elected on September 27, 1985 as East Cleveland’s first Mayor since 1904; and he died on July 10, 2021 the day before his 72nd birthday.  Darryl was a Columbia educated attorney born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio.  He was an older brother, a husband, a father, grandfather and one of the smartest men I knew.  Geek smart.  So is his brother … Ron. To his peers in Cleveland’s legal community Darryl was known as a good lawyer and partner in Pittman, Buchanan, Alexander, Hardiman & Wade. Two of his partners, Dean Buchanan…

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In 1978 Kucinich was exposed as a racist who secretly used police to investigate his enemies and Cleveland voters who signed recall petitions to remove him as mayor after only 8 months in office

If he had real job skills Dennis Kucinich might have been something other than a candidate and an occasional guest on Russia Today. He should have a federal pension. Maybe he wants to add a state pension as mayor so he can afford to buy back the rest of his PERS time.

CLEVELAND, OH – Anyone who’s read the Dennis Kucinich Wikipedia page is informed about his one, two-year term as mayor that the Cleveland mafia put a death contract on him because he wanted to save Cleveland’s Municipal Light and Power plant.  The Wiki-story never says if the mafia who wanted him dead were the Russians, Irish, Italians, Serbians or his fellow Croatians. The death contract was pulled after the city entered default.  Dennis – the Progressive boy mayor – saved Muny Light.  That’s been the truncated version of Kucinich’s story about his two years of heroics as Cleveland mayor and…

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Scene’s owner begs readers for subscriptions of up to $500 a year while completely distorting its founding history under Rich Kabat

CLEVELAND, OH – Nothing could be further from the truth that “since its founding in 1970, the Cleveland Scene has been dedicated to providing fearless, high-quality local journalism, especially in times of crisis.”  That’s the first sentence in the weekly publication’s request for subscription support from its readers. This is what happens when publishers like Andrew Zelman don’t appreciate the history of a business someone else started that they purchased.  Scene employs the only writer, Sam Allard, who has ever fabricated words I didn’t say at a Cleveland mayoral debate in 2017 and assigned them to me as a direct quote…

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WKYC got facts about Judge Eugenia Marie Murrell-Capers wrong that EJBNEWS corrected

CLEVELAND, OH – The voice of Caucasian reporter Mark Naymik leads off a WKYC “Black History Month” segment about the late American Negro attorney born Eugenia Marie Murrell.  It is claimed by WKYC’s editorial staff on February 2, 2021 that she was the first “Black” woman to serve on Cleveland city council.  Romney Smith then told her “brief” story. If Naymik, Romney Smith and the WKYC staff had actually met the woman who died under the name Eugenia Marie Murrell-Capers, and had a meaningful conversation with her, they would have known not to describe her as a “Black.”  Even cleveland.com’s…

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