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East Cleveland Mayor Brandon King survives recall election for a second time, and by a large margin.....By, Ohio's Black digital news leader

East Cleveland Mayor Brandon King and   EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio- East Cleveland Mayor Brandon King survived a recall effort on Tuesday with 70 percent of voters voting no. According to unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections the Black two term mayor, who escaped a previous recall attempt, won over those seeking his ouster 173-73 with all precincts counted, nearly a mandate. A Democrat who blames Republicans and disgruntled city council members for the recall attempt, King survived the previous recall attempt, which was last year in 2022, by 18 votes, far less that the margin for Tuesday's recall election and an indication, said sources, that East Cleveland voters support him overall. The 99 percent Black and poor city, an impoverished suburb of Cleveland of about 15,000 people, has been under fiscal emergency for the last decade. Then the vice president of city council, King succeeded former mayor G

Ohio state Sen. Nickie Antonio questions proposed GOP Issue 2 changes, Issue 2 of which legalized recreational marijuana in Ohio.... By, Ohio's Black digital news leader

     Ohio Senator and Senate Minority Leader Nickie Antonio Staff article: COLUMBUS, Ohio— Today,  Senate Minority Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), a Lakewood Democrat who's 23rd district includes 14 of Cleveland's 17 wards,   responded to the proposed Republican changes to State Issue 2, adult-use recreational marijuana laws that were approved by Ohio voters in November. "A few tweaks to the law may be necessary, but too many of the proposed changes are egregious and could thwart the will of the people, who voted decisively in favor of Issue 2," said  Antonio . "I'm hopeful that we can continue to work together to end up with policy that respects what the people of Ohio voted for." Issue 2 passed with 57% voter approval and is set to go into effect on Dec. 7.The original language would legalize adult-use recreational marijuana, create a home grow program, establish dispensaries, and create a tax on cannabis products. The changes to Issue 2 have be

Ohio's secretary of state opposes Colorado case that seeks to block Trump from the 2024 state ballot, signing on to an amicus brief in the case with Missouri and Wyoming state election officials.....By, Ohio's Black digital news leader

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor, associate publisher COLUMBUS, Ohio- Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a conservative Republican vying to become a U.S. senator from Ohio next year, joined in legal action Wednesday opposing a Colorado case that could ultimately keep former president Donald Trump's name off of the state’s 2024 statewide election ballot. The highly-watched case that has been labeled a 14th amendment case by political pundits has implications for states nationwide and is now on appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court, after the state's highest court, on Tuesday evening, agreed to hear the appeal.  This week, LaRose signed on to an amicus brief (friend of the court brief) filed in the controversial case brought by a group of Colorado voters, joining chief election officials from Wyoming and Missouri in opposition.  While the Denver district court ruling on appeal, premised on what some legal experts say is an ambiguous clause unde

Ohio state Senator Nickie Antonio applauds House passage of legislation to modernize Ohio's rape code to address the exemption for spousal rape ..... By, Ohio's Black digital news leader

     Ohio Senator and Senate Minority Leader Nickie Antonio COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today,  Senate Minority Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), who's 23rd district includes 14 of Cleveland's 17 wards,  released the following statement in support of the passage of House Bill 161, Representatives Jessica Miranda (D- Forest Park) and Brett Hillyer's (R-Uhrichsville) legislation to end the spousal exemption for rape and other sex crimes. "I commend the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Legal Aid of Cleveland, Representatives Miranda and Hillyer and the countless advocates who have fought to bring Ohio to the 21st century and end the archaic exemption of marital rape," said  Antonio . "These changes must be made to modernize Ohio's rape code and give survivors of sex crimes the justice they deserve. I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to ensure this bill reaches the governor's de

Chief Cuyahoga County Public Defender Cullen Sweeney is conspiring with Judge Fuerst to deny Blacks indigent counsel and get illegal warrants to jail them saying he wants Backs jailed before they get indigent counsel....Activists want criminal charges against Fuerst and Sweeney for violating the Civil Rights of Black people....By, Ohio's black digital news leader

                     Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Nancy Fuerst Staff article- investigative article part 5 CLICK HERE FOR INVESTIGATIVE ARTICLE PART 1 CLICK HERE FOR INVESTIGATIVE ARTICLE PART 2 CLICK HERE TO READ INVESTIGATIVE ARTICLE PART 3 CLICK HERE FOR INVESTIGATIVE ARTICLE PART 4 Staff article: investigative article Part 5 CLEVELAND, Ohio-  The Cuyahoga County public defender's office is conspiring with Common Pleas Judge Nancy A. Fuerst, a former administrative and presiding judge of the 34-member, largely White general division common pleas bench in the county, to deny indigent Blacks counsel after she issues illegal warrants to jail them in the county jail where more than 20 inmates have died since 2018.  "We sent an attorney to talk to Judge Fuerst and the judge said she will appoint counsel after the person is jailed," said Chief Public defender Cullen Sweeney, a judicial wannabe who ran unsuccessfully for common pleas judge in 2012. Activists sa

Blacks at risk: Black Lives Matter, anti-Cuyahoga County jail activists to protest outside of the county jail in Cleveland against a slated new jail , jail conditions, and 4 recent inmate deaths in a jail where several inmates have died since 2018....By, Ohio's Black digital news leader

Staff article: CLEVELAND, Ohio- A coalition of community activists upset over the recent deaths of jail inmates and a new multi-million dollar Cuyahoga County Jail complex slated for construction by county council will hold a short rally and press conference on Monday, Nov. 27 at 2 pm in downtown Cleveland at the Justice Center outside of the jail on Lakeside Avenue near Ontario Street. Family members of inmates who have died or have been murdered in the county jail are invited to speak briefly too, organizers said. In a press release to and , activists, both Blacks and Whites alike, said they demand answers from County Executive Chris Ronayne, who was overwhelmingly elected and took office this year for his first term, new County Sheriff Harold Pretel, and county council members regarding four inmate deaths this year in the county jail, which also houses Cleveland Municipal Court inmates, and some federal district court inm