May 24, 2015

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Successful levy means first new money in 21 years for Keystone schools

LAGRANGE — The elation in Keystone Schools interim Superintendent Franco Gallo’s voice was tangible. “You can’t believe how happy I am right now,” Gallo said Tuesday night as he reveled in the district’s first victory for a ballot issue seeking new money in 21 years. Following numerous rejections of requests for additional operating money dating Read More…

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Former Arkansas governor Huckabee poised to make second presidential bid

HOPE, Ark. — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is preparing another bid for the Republican presidential nomination, eight years after his first efforts to expand on the support of evangelical Christians helped him win eight states in the 2008 primaries. The ordained Baptist minister turned politician returns Tuesday to his hometown of Hope, Arkansas — Read More…

Anemic voter turnout expected for primary

Bob Zelina votes at the Lorain County Board of Elections office in Sheffield Township on Monday afternoon. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The slim ballot for today’s primary has Lorain County elections officials predicting a low turnout at the polls. County Board of Elections Director Paul Adams predicted that turnout will be about 9 percent. Deputy Director Jim Kramer was slightly more optimistic, predicting a 10 percent turnout. Absentee voter turnout for today’s primary already Read More…

Carrion to seek Lorain mayor’s post (UPDATED)

LORAIN — Mayoral candidate Tim Carrion vows to set the bar low if elected. Carrion, who filed as an independent on Monday, turning in 241 petition signatures, said the administration of Democratic Mayor Chase Ritenauer has overreached in economic development. If elected, Carrion said he’d concentrate on attracting small businesses, such as bringing a dry Read More…

Republican field gets more crowded as Carson, Fiorina make presidential bids

WASHINGTON — Former technology executive Carly Fiorina announced she’s running for president, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was set to launch his bid as well on Monday, as the Republican field of hopefuls expands once more. Both Fiorina and Carson have the potential to help the GOP win over a more diverse group of supporters Read More…

Clinton Foundation admits mistakes in revealing donors

WASHINGTON — The acting chief executive of the Clinton Foundation says the global philanthropy is working quickly to remedy mistakes it made in how it disclosed donors, saying that its policies on transparency and contributions from foreign governments are “stronger than ever.” Maura Pally posted the statement Sunday on the foundation’s website amid swirling questions Read More…

Passage of Issue 15 crucial to avoid further Sheffield-Sheffield Lake school cuts

The Brookside High School Jazz Band practices Friday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD — After spending months campaigning for Issue 15, district officials, students and levy committee members think their message has been heard, but now they must wait until May 5 to see if the chopping block will once again be brought out. Issue 15 is a 6.53-mill, five-year levy that will raise $1.985 million annually Read More…

Gloves off in Elyria mayoral primary between Brinda, Grace

Holly Brinda, left, and Bill Grace.

ELYRIA — The political showdown between Holly Brinda and Bill Grace with the title of mayor hanging in the balance is one Elyria voters have seen time and again. Before looking at the upcoming primary, let’s take a little walk down memory lane to elections of yesteryear. In 2007, Brinda, then a member of the Read More…

ELECTION 2015: Brinda outspending Grace in Elyria mayoral primary

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda is vastly outspending former Mayor Bill Grace in the Democratic primary, according to campaign finance reports that were due Thursday at the Lorain County Board of Elections. Brinda, who defeated Grace four years ago, has spent $21,048 so far on her campaign and received another $2,335 in in-kind Read More…