August 22, 2014

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Colorado ski town legalizes pot

DENVER — The Colorado ski town of Breckenridge has voted overwhelmingly to legalize marijuana. Early returns Tuesday night showed the proposal winning with 72 percent of the vote. The measure would allow adults over 21 to have up to 1 ounce of marijuana. The measure is largely symbolic because pot possession remains a state crime Read More…

Bloomberg wins 3rd term as NYC mayor

NEW YORK — Billionaire Michael Bloomberg won a third term as New York mayor Tuesday in a closer-than-expected race against a Democratic challenger who stoked voter resentment over the way Bloomberg changed term-limits law so he could stay in office. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Bloomberg, the richest man in New York and founder Read More…

Dave Bing elected to full term as Detroit mayor

DETROIT — Professional basketball Hall of Famer Dave Bing has been re-elected Detroit mayor. The 65-year-old Democrat defeated accountant Tom Barrow in Tuesday’s nonpartisan general election. Bing’s NBA career lasted 12 seasons, nine with the Detroit Pistons. As mayor, he has laid off workers and demanded a 10 percent wage cut to help address the Read More…

Manhattan elects 1st new prosecutor in 35 years

NEW YORK — Politically pedigreed trial lawyer Cy Vance has been elected as Manhattan’s first new district attorney in 35 years. The Democrat had 92 percent of Tuesday’s vote with 26 percent of precincts reporting. The only other contender, Working Families Party candidate Richard Aborn, wasn’t actively campaigning. Vance will oversee about 500 lawyers and Read More…

Columbia voters reject school levy, won’t get middle school addition

COLUMBIA TWP. — The aging Copopa Elementary School will stick around a while longer. Voters rejected a 2.75-mill permanent improvement levy to replace the 90-year-old elementary school. If approved, the levy would have provided $5.5 million to build an addition at Columbia Middle School. Issue 28 failed 1,188 to 1,395 or 45.99 percent to 54.01 Read More…

Cincinnati mayor wins re-election

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory has won a second term, four years after becoming the city’s first directly elected black mayor. The Democratic member of a prominent political family says he has helped improve Cincinnati’s image and reduce violent crime. He won 54 percent of the vote Tuesday over Republican newcomer Brad Wenstrup in Read More…

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson elected to a second term

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has been re-elected to a second four-year term. With 93 percent of precincts reporting unofficial results, Jackson received 54,480 votes, or 77 percent, and fellow Democrat Bill Patmon got 15,968 votes, or 23 percent. The 63-year-old Jackson has focused on maintaining city services and avoiding tax increases amid a Read More…

Residents call fiscal responsibility deciding factor in Issue 10 failure

ELYRIA — The city’s attempt to pass an income tax increase Tuesday failed with an overwhelming majority of residents voting against a 0.5 percent permanent increase. While unofficial, election results clearly reflected residents’ distain for paying more taxes. The issue, which would have pushed the city’s income tax rate to 2.25 percent, failed with 7,903 Read More…

North Ridgeville voters overwhelmingly approve school levy

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Voters overwhelmingly renewed a 3.7-mill, 10-year emergency operating levy for North Ridgeville Schools while narrowly rejecting a request for the first new money the district would have received in 14 years. Unofficial results from the Lorain County Board of Elections had the renewal passing by a 2-to-1 margin with 6,195 votes cast Read More…

Lorain Councilwoman Melanie Szabo loses seat; rest of council unchanged

LORAIN — The face of City Council remained largely unchanged by Tuesday’s election with only one incumbent losing her seat, something she said happened because of an orchestrated effort by the current administration. According to unofficial election results, Melanie Szabo, I-1st Ward, lost to Democrat Brian Gates. Szabo walked away with 578 votes compared to Read More…