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Bertram de Souza

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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

Turkish charters haunt GOP

Just when it appeared that Democrats in Ohio were heading into the statewide election in November

Just when it appeared that Democrats in Ohio were heading into the statewide election in November

Just when it appeared that Democrats in Ohio were heading into the statewide election in November

Belinky worst of the worst

There’s a cautionary tale from Mark Belinky’s fall from judicial grace: a politician who has larceny

Are Dems headed for 1994 crash?

It’s the kind of story that causes political operatives to have sleepless nights, party leaders to

Oh, the indignity of it all

A national law-enforcement crackdown on prostitution and other human- trafficking activities

Dem leader Betras doth protest too much

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras got on his political high horse last week to

Are we still in 'crappy' Valley?

Before you get all hot and bothered over the use of the “c” word in the headline, consider this:

Will judge seek to out the villain?

Although two prominent officeholders and a Youngstown lawyer are the main characters in Act 1 of the

Our dirty laundry is on display

When Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty stood before reporters May 14 to discuss the

What was Sciortino thinking?

The question above is rhetorical because Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino obviously didn’t

AG DeWine sets sights on Cafaro

To all those apologists for the corrupters of government in the Mahoning Valley who have accused

YSU, UA: Tale of two institutions

Jim Tressel, who was drummed out of coaching college football by the NCAA, was the finalist for

Mahoning GOP lacks credibility

How’s this for political spin: Mark Munroe, chairman of the Mahoning County Republican Party,

Time to join the Tressel juggernaut?

To understand why obviously successful — and seemingly thoughtful — individuals in the Mahoning

Tressmania diminishes YSU’s value

Jim Tressel’s claim to fame is the national championships he won as football coach at Ohio State and

To repeat: It's all about the pension

Reading last Sunday’s Page One story about the exorbitant raises slopped up by a goodly number of

Youngstown schools detail snow day make-up plan

youngstown schools

Some board members expressed reservations about the blizzard bags

Support for Belinky is pathetic

To understand why any lawyer in Mahoning County would continue to support Mark Belinky, who recently

Potholes could haunt Republicans

When one of the most important budget analysts in a $121.1 billion entity (reflecting a two-year

Has the FBI handed over tapes to AG?

What Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine didn’t say last week about the criminal investigation of

In his five years as chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party, David Betras has mastered the

In his five years as chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party, David Betras has mastered the

Tressel in catbird seat for top job

There’s every indication — based on whispers that grow louder by the day — that Jim Tressel has the

Let’s not enthrone Tressel

Thirteen months ago, in the midst of the campaign on behalf of Jim Tressel for the presidency of

Public officials see no evil

First, some comic relief — from the political tension that has gripped the Mahoning Valley for a

A tale of two party chairmen

Shame on the chairman of the Mahoning County Republican Party, Mark Munroe, for not fielding a

President, Betras miss the mark

On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama pointed to Youngstown when he talked about the U.S. riding

Political hackery is costly

Many moons ago, an idealistic (perhaps na Øve) political writer asked then Mahoning County

Political hackery is costly

Many moons ago, an idealistic (perhaps na Øve) political writer asked then Mahoning County

A chance to kiss mayor’s claddagh

The moment Youngstown Mayor John A. McNally announced that he was launching a meet-and-greet with

Money is the root of anger

The temperature Monday is forecast to be in the 40s, the meeting room is comfortable, and battle

Make 2014 the year to end probes

“U are obsessed” The text came in at 8:51 a.m. Sunday in reaction to the year-end column about

2013 leaves questions unanswered

In a continuing nod to the Mahoning Valley’s tradition of political corruption, another former

Racino needs a gimmick

The state of Ohio hasn’t yet hit the jackpot with its foray into casino gambling, which does not

Obama toxic for Ohio Dems

When the fall 2014 campaign for Ohio governor rolls around, today’s controversy over a tax scofflaw

Mayor-elect McNally is the decider

Youngstown’s soon-to-be mayor, John A. McNally IV, has chosen not to have a committee (of

Whip the dregs in public

No one (other than the morally deficient) who views the video recordings of the so-called Knockout

We feel your pain, Toronto

An open letter to the residents of the city of Toronto, Canada: Dear Neighbors to the North:

Antonini sings like a canary

If you’re an officeholder whose lips are firmly planted on the derriere of someone with the means —

Dem chair demands a coronation

It didn’t take long for Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras to nudge John A.

Mayor’s race has an ‘X’ factor

If more blacks than whites vote in Tuesday’s election for mayor of Youngstown, DeMaine Kitchen, who

Ohio Dems can’t catch a break

Republican Gov. John Kasich may have found the antidote to political poison he ingested in 2011 when

Austintown wins battle of water

The city of Youngstown rolled the dice in its bid to supply drinking water to the racino in

Watch for political retribution

Adherents of conventional political wisdom say that Youngstown mayoral candidate DeMaine Kitchen is

Democrats in Valley snubbed

It was a throw-it-against-the-wall-and-see-if-it-sticks question: Why isn’t there anyone from the

Grand Wizard of KKK?

What if Jamael Tito Brown, who is black, had won the Democratic primary for Youngstown mayor and

Judge Lioi will be on the hot seat

By the time Lisa Antonini, former Mahoning County treasurer and ex-county Democratic Party

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