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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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Clevelanders want police, dirty prosecutors and crooked judges criminally prosecuted and not disciplined for crimes; which isn’t what the charter change promoters are selling with Issue 24

FAIR USE: Tamir Rice's mother, Samaria Rice, has from the beginning demanded a federal criminal investigation of her son's murder at the hands of ex-Cleveland cop Timothy Loehman. I introduced her to attorney Benjamin Crump to push her son's name into the national spotlight. His great-grandmother, Mildred Brewer, served as my council vice president and she was with Shirley Smith, Marcia Fudge and I at Huron Hospital the night Stephanie Tubbs-Jones was hosptalized. I'm off to the right of Tamir's father.

CLEVELAND, OH – Samaria Rice did not want Timothy Loehman and Frank Garmback disciplined for their individual roles in the death of her son Tamir Rice.  She wanted them criminally prosecuted.  It was her desire to meet with ex-United States Attorney General Eric Himler Holder to deliver that message when he arrived in Cleveland to announce the “civil review” of 600 incidents of police incident reports; and the crimes they detailed law enforcement officers under Mayor Frank Jackson’s management committing against Americans. Rice’s voice was hijacked by self-serving attorney David Malik who showed up without her after she fired him. …

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The 1989 White – Forbes race for Cleveland mayor showed the Caucasian political power structure that American Negro voters controlled the city

CLEVELAND, OH – For some odd reason political thinkers have attempted to compare Cleveland’s 2021 campaigns for mayor to the 1989 campaign that featured veteran Council President George Lawrence Forbes against his protege, State Senator Michael Reed White, in the general election.  That year two American Negroes prevailed in the mayoral primary election for the first time in the city’s history.  From my perspective it was a campaign which clearly affirmed that American Negroes living in Cleveland no longer had to call themselves “minorities” as the city’s largest ethnic demographic. The Forbes-White matchup was the first dramatic display of the…

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Mark Naymik. A lynch mob formed to hang a Samaritan. I went for the savage carrying the rope. Friendship had nothing to do with my Ken Johnson stories.

CLEVELAND, OH – On July 30, 2021 at 10:54 p.m. WKYC employee Mark Naymik sought some vindication for a series of stories about one member of the 17-member Cleveland city council’s adopted sons, their jobs, homes and employers.  The former councilman’s name is Kenneth Johnson. The net result of Naymik’s WKYC and Cleveland.com stories is that the media outlets are responsible for pressuring over 44 American Negro men and women out of work.  The economic stability of their own lives and the lives of their families are disrupted; and he’s cackling on Facebook while being praised by his “friends” for a…

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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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