William O. Walker

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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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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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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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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The Plain Dealer’s leaving the world backwards at $3 for a 4-day daily; and a $5 Sunday edition for $68 a month

CLEVELAND, OH – The feature image photo I took and published of the $3 per copy Plain Dealer and the 50 cents per copy Call & Post is from the general store that intersects at Bartlett and Lee Road in Shaker Heights.  It’s next door to Sam Sylk’s place. The Call & Post stack looks higher because it’s much thicker than the Plain Dealer.  Look under the Call & Post and you’ll see Plain Dealer’s.  Old copies of Plain Dealer’s are stacked up under others. The most this reader market will pay for a single copy newspaper regularly is about…

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Suppressing Black political growth behind Cleveland’s charter changes since 1937

CLEVELAND, OH – When Carl Stokes tested the Cleveland mayoral waters in his first campaign for the job in 1967, Call & Post Publisher William O. Walker, Jean Capers and Charles Carr paid attention to the city’s demographics.  Politics is “ethnic” not “racial,” and the city’s Black political leaders knew they had an ethnic voting base of 37 percent.  They also knew their Black ethnic brothers and sisters were the city and county’s largest demographic group and voting bloc then as they are today.   So instead of competing with the white ethnic candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties, they…

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