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Bertram de Souza

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GOP faces backlash over voting

Just as Senate Bill 5, the assault by Ohio Republicans on public employees, lit a fire under the

SB5 comes back to bite Gov. Kasich

It should have been John Kasich, the governor of battleground Ohio, standing next to Mitt Romney, as

Y’town pols lacking in credibility

Whenever politicians insist that a public sector job is absolutely necessary, hold on to your

Judge Lioi speaks for most of us

U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi’s eloquent reprimand last week of former Cuyahoga County

We need to hear from feds

If the FBI wants to avoid being ridiculed for its attempt to nab Anthony M. Cafaro Sr. on government

Obama can’t be that naive

Perhaps he was still on cloud nine as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld the

Will the real Mitt stand up?

The disturbing aspect of Mitt Romney’s take on the American auto industry is not his brazenness in

Y’town lawmakers be warned

If members of Youngstown City Council have the audacity to replace the judgment of the voters with

Public employees on notice

What was the message delivered Tuesday by voters in Wisconsin, San Diego and San Jose? Quite simply

Break down of family is costly

Family fragmentation costs American taxpayers a mind-boggling $112 billion a year, or more than $1

Take aim at root causes of crime

Just days after law enforcement officials in Mahoning County had warned of possible gang violence at

GOP afraid of public employees

By one calculation, Ohio’s five public pension plans have unfunded liabilities of $66 billion. And

Attack on store owner was obscene

It would be a grave injustice to equate the unprovoked beating of the owner of a neighborhood store

Parking wars loom at YSU

In the annals of dumb decisions made on the hallowed grounds of Youngstown State University, the one

Politics rears its ugly head

To understand just how difficult it will be to change the court system in Mahoning County below the

Republicans overplay their hand

Democrats in the Ohio General Assembly will be held up to public ridicule if they’re taken in by the

‘Caveman caucuses’ overreach

Ohio Sen. Nina Turner, a Democrat from Cleveland, was so touched by the concern of her Republican

No reason for Gains to celebrate

It isn’t just the sliver of his margin of victory in Tuesday’s Democratic primary that should keep

What if Macejko is fired?

It’s possible that Youngstown City Prosecutor Jay Macejko could win the Democratic Party nomination

What has happened to GOPers?

If ever there was a year for the Republican parties in Mahoning and Trumbull counties to chip away

Macejko, Gains clash on Ch. 21

Does Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains show up for work drunk — when he does show up, that is?

Witnesses to crime are afraid

Two and a half years ago, the judge assigned to the case of Youngstown killer Anthony Caulton was

YSU can’t spin the bad news

Perhaps in the rarefied air of academia a decline in enrollment isn’t worth losing sleep over. But

Courts won’t go quietly

“Ungaro pushes to cut judge” “Abolition of post is target — Leaders seek just two judges” Those

Austintown, Boardman officials OK funding for radio project

By Elise Franco and Ashley Luthern news@vindy.com Austintown Both Austintown and Boardman

The good, the bad, the ugly

Youngstown City Prosecutor Jay Macejko insists he has no ties whatsoever to members of the Cafaro

‘Did he just call me a drunk?’

During a recent candidate forum in Boardman hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police, Youngstown City

A rare stone for Christmas

His career has spanned decades, and yet he had never come across anything like it. The color, the

Traficant: Delusional to the end

Although former congressman and ex-convict James A. Traficant Jr. has kept out of the public

Kill 3-High formula for pensions

Don’t look for Republicans in Columbus to fast-track legislation dealing with public employees’

Occupy Y’town in the Hood

Private sector working stiffs (those in the public sector defy description) could be forgiven for

Kasich, Obama on the hot seat

Let there be no doubt that if State Issue 2 (a referendum on Ohio’s new collective bargaining reform

What sacrifice at YSU?

The Youngstown State University business-size envelope was addressed (handwritten) thusly:

Who put the blade to Betras?

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras appears to have been bladed by Republicans

Finally, a Democrat with guts

It was a political smack down that resonated throughout the state of Ohio. But the ramifications go way beyond House Minority Leader Armond Budish, D-Beachwood, refusing to be a patsy for Speaker William Batchelder, R-Medina.

Williams missed an opportunity

As Jay Williams was departing Youngstown and giving up the office of mayor for bigger and better things in Washington, D.C., a 17-year-old black youth was lying in the morgue another victim of the citys cycle of violence.

DE SOUZA: What are voters thinking?

We can now add the re-election of a criminally indicted officeholder and the thousands of votes cast for a former congressman with a federal prison record to the annals of political corruption in the Mahoning Valley.

Traficant, the bully, gets rolled

It was the “kaboom” moment of this election season. Congressman Tim Ryan, former congressman and now

Balancing our image

Traficant (top). Chance (center). Strollo (bottom). Philomena (not pictured). Will the latest targets of the latest corruption probe add to the Mahoning Valley’s legacy? When will the corruption end and justice prevail?

DE SOUZA ANALYSIS: Oakhillgate reinforces Valley’s image of corruption

It was just about a year ago when thoughtful residents of the Mahoning Valley watched in dismay as

Chewing gum in class pays off at McKinley

A Poland McKinley Elementary School teacher let her students chew gum for a cause.

de Souza: Jokester insults serious voters

In sharp contrast to Monday’s circuslike atmosphere created by the Mahoning Valley’s political jokester, James A. Traficant Jr., thousands of area voters participated in Tuesday’s primary election in a demonstration of true democracy.


1. BRITAIN The Times, London, March 3: What was she thinking? By taking a last-minute detour, on

Years Ago

Today is Monday, March 8, the 67th day of 2010. There are 298 days left in the year. ASSOCIATED

Years Ago

Today is Sunday, March 7, the 66th day of 2010. There are 299 days left in the year. ASSOCIATED

Hey, Mr. ‘Million $$$ Man,’ buy it

On Valentine’s Day, The Vindicator’s news desk gave Eric Ryan, director of the Covelli Centre, the

Bunning had a point

Chicago Tribune: Finally, Democrats and Republicans in Washington have found common ground: They’re

Years Ago

Today is Saturday, March 6, the 65th day of 2010. There are 300 days left in the year. ASSOCIATED


Today is Friday, March 5, the 64th day of 2010. There are 301 days left in the year. ASSOCIATED

Obama fails to deliver on pledge

“We know that our success as a nation depends on the success of communities just like this one. We


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