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Bertram de Souza

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Big Tony does it again

Each new revelation of businessman Anthony M. Cafaro Sr.’s machinations to control the politics of

A political wallflower in the state for decades and the Rodney Dangerfield of politics

When you have been a political wallflower in the state for decades and are the Rodney Dangerfield

Ohio Democrats are flailing

Do they even matter any more?

Do they even matter any more?

Was AG DeWine just coy?

There was a noticeable difference in Attorney General Mike DeWine’s demeanor and attitude from May

Trump's outrage familiar

Twenty-eight years ago, this writer followed a loudmouth, profane, self-assured, flamboyant

Kasich needs to go big

If Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants to be more than an “also” in the Republican presidential sweepstakes,

'Save our Schools' in Youngstown? Get real

EDITOR’S NOTE: Bertram de Souza is back on the job as the editorial page editor of The Vindicator.

Taking to a road not traveled

You know it’s time for a break when ... You answer a call from Jain, your significant other, with

An attack on reefer madness?

It’s no accident that Ohio Auditor Dave Yost keeps using the words “marijuana cartel” to describe

Trustees at YSU slam ACE

Unlike seven years ago when then-president of Youngstown State University, Dr. David Sweet, and the

Political shake-up hits Niles

It wasn’t just the longtime mayor of Niles, Ralph Infante, who was a victim of the political shake-

Let’s not sugarcoat the rioting

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of the embattled city of Baltimore was absolutely right when she

Hathorn’s honesty was his undoing

When Dr. Connie Hathorn had the audacity to publicly criticize parents and guardians in the city of

A debt of gratitude to Republicans

Let there be no doubt about it: Had Michael Sciortino won re-election last fall, the Mahoning County

Population loss bad for the region

It’s a tale of two areas in Ohio, highlighted by the following headlines: “Vanishing Act — Despite

You’ve got to feel sorry for them

In the words of Michael Corleone in “Godfather: Part III,” “Just when I thought I was out ... they

Sales tax buyer’s remorse

Each new revelation of public dollars squandered by Mahoning County government officials is

Baptism by fire for Meacham

Focus on the third word in the headline, because it best describes what’s going on with Mahoning

Democratic brand needs a makeover

After suffering the indignity of losing Mahoning County to Republicans John Kasich and Ralph Meacham

What was Sciortino ‘buying’?

That question immediately came to mind when The Vindicator revealed that outgoing Mahoning County

Window dressing in Y’town

Two black leaders in the city of Youngstown have been appointed to the Youngstown City School

Change the retire-rehire pay formula

First an admission: Hell will freeze over before the obscene public pension system in Ohio undergoes

Oh, how our mighty are falling

On the page opposite this one (for Vindy.com subscribers, that’s Page A15) is a picture of Edward J.

Tress talks cost cuts in athletics*

If you haven’t gone to the end of this column to find out what the asterisk is about, please do so

ACLU’s arrogance condemned

A day after The Vindicator ran an editorial that blasted the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio

Mrs. Hagan bites hand that fed her

It has been an inauspicious beginning for Michele Lepore-Hagan as the state representative from

‘Oakhill’ case gets intriguing

What do John A. McNally, Michael V. Sciortino and Martin Yavorcik have in common besides being

Meacham, Rusu allow us to hope

There’ll be something of significance missing when Mahoning County’s auditor and probate judge start

No place to hide for government

The headline should be considered a “friendly” warning to the Mahoning Valley’s public employees

At YSU, joy is tempered with reality

While supporters of Youngstown State University football have visions of sugar plums dancing in

‘Public trust be damned’

The headline, while bordering on the profane, reflects the attitude being displayed by public

Employees at YSU are pampered

Reaction to last week’s column about the future of intercollegiate football at Youngstown State

Tressel needs his ‘peeps’ to ante up

It didn’t take long for the honeymoon to come to a screeching end. Youngstown State University

Silence of the blacks deafening

More than 60 people, mostly black, took part in a vigil for the victim of a shooting. The

AG DeWine must assist Meacham

Mahoning County Auditor Michael V. Sciortino is facing suspension by the Ohio Supreme Court because

Rusu, Robb bury the Democrats

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern fell on his sword after he engineered one of the worst

Beware Dem Party insiders

Let’s just say — for the sake of argument, of course — that Mahoning County Auditor Michael V.

Sciortino still king of scandals

There’s no moral equivalency between the actions of Mahoning County Auditor Michael V. Sciortino

Toss the underdog a bone, Gov

As the race for Ohio governor enters the final stage leading to the Nov. 4 finish line, Republican

Betras just can’t get a break

The chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party, David Betras, called this writer at 4:18 p.m.

Supremes have Dems singing

With the November general election just about a month away, the latest Quinnipiac public opinion

Sciortino’s jugular is still intact

It was one of the most anticipated (by this writer, at least) endorsement interviews conducted by

Ohio Dems tilting at windmills

All week long, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald’s campaign tried to shame Republican

Betting on the ponies

As the chairman of the Mahoning County Republican Party, Mark Munroe doesn’t have much to celebrate

Dems need to channel Gov. Rhodes

As Democrats in Ohio cast about for an issue that will reignite their sputtering campaign for

A drag on Democratic Party ticket

What do Ed FitzGerald and Michael Sciortino have in common, apart from being Democrats running in

Gov. Kasich can hear 2016 calling

So, why is Ohio Gov. John Kasich coming all the way from Columbus to attend Monday’s installation of

Betras gets no respect from Dems

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras has become the Rodney Dangerfield of

Trumbull Dems boss won’t win

Trumbull County Democratic Party Chairman Dan Polivka is on a losing streak. First, his candidate

Pope’s edict affects local Mafia boss

Lost in all the news coverage about the Second Coming of the King — James, that is, he of the



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