Sunday, March 6, 2016

The endorsement by Obama and Vice President Biden of former Ohio governor Ted Strickland's bid to unseat U.S. Senator Rob Portman is a reminder of how pivotal Ohio remains as the March 15 primary election nears....Strickland told Cleveland Urban News.Com that Black issues are paramount and admitted that Ohio's public school funding formula remains unconstitutional and still disenfranchises poor and Black children by relying too heavily on property taxes...By Cleveland Urban News.Com Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman

President Barack Obama (right) and Vice President Joe Biden

Former Ohio governor Ted Strickland, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate who has won the endorsement of President Barack Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden

By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper and Newspaper Blog. Tel: 216-659-0473. Email: Coleman is a 23-year political, legal and investigative journalist who trained for 17 years, and under six different editors, at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. ( / ( CLICK HERE TO GO TO KATHY WRAY COLEMAN AT GOOGLE PLUS WHERE SHE HAS SOME 2.5 MILLION INTERNET VIEWS alone.

Black Journalist Kathy Wray Coleman interviewed now President Barack Obama one-on-one when he was running for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS
CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-Cleveland, Ohio- The celebrated endorsement on Wednesday by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden of former Democratic Ohio governor Ted Strickland's bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman gives the state of Ohio even more clout as a pivotal state, and as Gov. John Kasich commands the stage as one of four GOP presidential contenders still standing.
"As the nation goes, so goes Ohio," then Cuyahoga County commissioner Peter Lawson Jones said during a 2008 interview with Kathy Wray Coleman, a local Black journalist who now edits Cleveland.Com, for a story published in the Call and Post Newspaper. (Editor's note: A Black Shaker Heights Democrat, Jones is a longtime President Obama supporter).
Ohio's primary is March 15.

No Republican in thinkable years and no Democrat since president John F. Kennedy in 1960 has lost Ohio in the general election and subsequently walked away with a presidency, a notability that lends credence to the primary election.

Strickland endorsed Obama for president in 2012, but in 2008, he supported Hillary Clinton for Ohio's Democratic primary, which she won, though she lost the nomination to the now two -term Obama, America's first Black president, and the nation's highest ranking Democrat.

The front-runner, Clinton is running in the Democratic primary against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is holding his own but lags in delegates, Clinton splurging ahead with a 45-to-1 super-delegate advantage.

junior senator and Cincinnati Republican, Portman will face Don Elijah Eckhart in the primary election in March, and Strickland, the Democratic front-runner, will face both P.G. Sittenfeld, a Cincinnati councilman, and 
Kelli Prather, an occupational therapist and virtual unknown.

Strickland spoke at length with Cleveland Urban New. Com in a largely Black forum in Cleveland earlier this year, a gig staged by longtime Democratic Party operative Charles E. Bibb Sr., who is Black.
That gathering,  at Angie's Soul Food Restaurant on Cleveland's largely Black east side, drew a large crowd of Democrats, including union -types, activists, Black clergy, and a few elected officials,

A former East Cleveland councilman, Bibb is the  president of the greater Cleveland Carnegie Roundtable, which sponsored the luncheon with Strickland.

During that forum Strickland, who lost a second term as governor to Kasich in 2010, promised that Black issues of public concern will be part of his congressional platform if he wins the Democratic primary and goes on to win a U.S. Senate seat in November.

The former governor also said that education, jobs, social security, medicaid and healthcare are his priority, among a litany of other public policy topics that he tossed to the audience before taking questions.

Strickland did admit, via questioning at the forum by Cleveland Urban News.Com., that the Ohio state legislature did not comply with the DeRolph decision, a ruling handed down by the Ohio Supreme Court in 2002 and reissued several times.

That ruling, which the high court of Ohio allowed the Republican controlled state legislature to outright ignore,  mandated a revision of Ohio's public school funding formula by the state legislature,  and deemed it unconstitutional, due partly to the over-reliance on property taxes that create "property rich and property poor school districts." And Black children and poor children are disproportionately impacted, data show.