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The Columbus Dispatch, Senate Bill 5 saves $1.3B, study says, By Jim Siegel
Pay increases, insurance examined - Saturday, February 26, 2011 - State and local governments would have saved an estimated $1.3 billion in 2010 on health insurance and automatic pay increases if the limits imposed by Senate Bill 5 were in effect, according to a new analysis by the state Office of Collective Bargaining. The report comes as Senate Republicans are preparing to pass the biggest overhaul to collective bargaining since the law was enacted in 1983. Changes to... read more.
Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, February 26, 2011 - Wisconsin and Libya. Angry protesters are in the streets. Here at home they’re exercising their democratic rights in a budget battle; over there, they’re being shot down for seeking democratic rights in real battles. A sizable number of voters are following new Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s showdown with unionized public employees in an effort to close... read more.
Dayton Business Journal, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac request $3.1 billion
by Jeff Clabaugh, DBJ Contributor - Friday, February 25, 2011 - Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both reported significantly improved quarterly results, even as both seek more government aid. Combined, the two have requested another $3.1 billion draw from their Treasury Department lifeline, after both reported negative net worth after making dividend payments to the government... read more.
Youngstown Vindicator... Kasich: Slots decision will take time, By David Skolnick
Fri, February 25, 2011 - VIENNA - Gov. John Kasich said he’s in no rush to legalize slot machines at the state’s horse racetracks. Kasich, a Republican, said Thursday that the state wants to hire a “gambling expert” to review gaming in Ohio, including casinos being built in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo and the possibility of slot machines at the state’s seven racetracks. Penn National Gaming Inc. wants to relocate a harness track from Toledo to Austintown. The... read more.
Politico... Lawmakers won’t miss a paycheck, By Erika Lovley
February 23, 2011 - If the government shuts down, thousands of government employees would be furloughed without pay, federal agencies and parks would shutter, and congressional staffer paychecks would stop. But the elected members of Congress? Their $174,000 a year pay checks would keep coming. Under U.S. law, elected members of Congress — as well as the president and uniformed military personnel — are exempt from furlough, but most congressional... read more.
Politico... White House meets lobbyists off campus, By Chris Frates
2/24/11 - Caught between their boss’ anti-lobbyist rhetoric and the reality of governing, President Barack Obama’s aides often steer meetings with lobbyists to a complex just off the White House grounds — and several of the lobbyists involved say they believe the choice of venue is no accident. It allows the Obama administration to keep these lobbyist meetings shielded from public... read more.
From Census: Near-record level of US counties dying
By Hope Yen and John Raby, Associated Press - Tue Feb 22, 1:31 pm ET - WELCH, W.Va. – Nestled within America’s once-thriving coal country, 87-year-old Ed Shepard laments a prosperous era gone by, when shoppers lined the streets and government lent a helping hand. Now, here as in one-fourth of all U.S. counties, West Virginia’s graying residents are slowly dying off. Hit by an aging population and a poor economy, a near-record number of U.S. counties... read more.
Keeping the Government Running While Cutting Spending, U.S. Rep. John Boehner
Last week House Republicans passed a bill to keep the government running for the remainder of the fiscal year that includes the largest discretionary spending cuts in modern history -- keeping our Pledge to America.  Our goal is to create a better environment for private-sector job creation by cutting spending and reducing the size of government, not shutting it down. This week, I’ll continue... read more.
The Collective Bargaining Debate Facts Tell the True Story. By Jim Buchy
In the past few weeks you have heard a lot of discussion about collective bargaining for public employees.  This issue must be addressed, but when considering important proposals that will affect the lives of many good Ohioans you must assess the facts.  I am committed to keeping my door open and discussing the facts with anyone interested.  Currently, all the talk about this issue... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Federal judge rules health reform legal, by Kathy Robertson, DBJ Contributor
Regardless of the outcome, ramifications will be felt locally - Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - A federal judge has ruled the health care reform law is constitutional. In a new ruling, a federal judge Tuesday decided the health care reform law is constitutional, tipping the record to three in favor of the Affordable Care Act to two against. Judge Gladys Kessler in the District of Columbia... read more.
Truthout... White House Declares Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional
by Nadia Prupis, t r u t h o u t | Report - Wednesday 23 February 2011 - The Obama administration said Wednesday that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and the Justice Department will no longer support it. The Defense of Marriage Act is a federal law defining marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman. Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to... read more.
Canton Repository... Kasich in Canton — Protesters voice opposition to Senate Bill 5
By Robert Wang, staff report - Feb 22, 2011 - CANTON — More than a thousand people were determined that Gov. John Kasich would not have a quiet visit to the Canton Memorial Civic Center Tuesday night. Amid a cacophony of honking and chants, area union members and union supporters waving signs crowded around both sides of Market Avenue N to demonstrate their... read more.
Cleveland Plain Dealer... ‘Underemployed’ demonstrator gets offer of help
By Leila Atassi, The Plain Dealer - Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - CLEVELAND, Ohio -- While business owners waited for President Barack Obama in the Wolstein Center, one man positioned himself as close as security would allow and hoped his message would leave an impression on the president, too. He stood near East 22nd Street and Prospect Avenue -- far off the path of the... read more. Wis. governor refuses to budge on budget bill
Walker warns of 1,500 layoffs if collective-bargaining end isn’t passed soon - MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Monday afternoon he won’t negotiate over his plan to strip most collective bargaining rights from nearly every public employee as he works to plug a $3.6 billion hole in the state budget. Walker said at a news conference in his conference room in the Capitol, where thousands have been demonstrating against his plan for a week... read more.
text Arizona Senate Panel Passes Sweeping Bills Targeting Illegals
Published February 23, 2011 - PHOENIX -- An Arizona Senate committee late Tuesday narrowly approved a sweeping bill that would target illegal immigrants in public housing, public benefits and the workplace. The committee earlier Tuesday also approved a bill that would deny automatic citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants in a measure designed to set up... read more.
Commissioners Corner, County Employees Dedicated & Honorable
Mike Stegall, Darke County Commissioner - While on the campaign trail, I expressed an interest in having the Commissioners put a monthly column in the paper and on the internet to keep everyone informed as much as possible about the goings on in the county. The other 2 Commissioners, Diane Delaplane and Mike Rhoades, quickly agreed... read more.
text On the Hunt for the Loch Ness Monster
February 19, 2011 - Looming from the deep, its back a cluster of snake-like humps -- is it England’s answer to the Loch Ness Monster? The terrifying “beast,” thought to be up to 50 feet long, was captured on camera by two pals out kayaking on Lake Windermere in northern England. Shocked Tom Pickles and Sarah Harrington told how the mystery... read more.
Senator Faber’s Weekly Newsletter - February 22, 2011
Variety of Vehicles up for Bid February 26 - Nearly 90 cars, SUVs, trucks and vans will be available for bidding at the State of Ohio surplus auction Saturday, February 26. The auction will be held at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, General Services Division headquarters, 4200 Surface Road, Columbus. The gates open at 8 a.m.; the auction begins at 10 a.m... read more.
Darke County Drug Task Force Makes Arrest on Illegal
Assembly for the Manufacturing of Drugs

On February 21, 2011 the Darke County Drug Task Force received information that a subject was seeking pre-cursor items (ingredients) for the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.  Reports indicated that the suspect might be mobile and have the items in a vehicle.  At approximately 10:24 PM Darke County... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Wisconsin protests spill into Ohio, by Joe Cogliano
Monday, February 21, 2011 - A massive protest rally similar to those in Wisconsin is planned for Tuesday in Columbus as Ohio considers a bill that would trim union benefits. A massive Wisconsin-like rally at Ohio’s statehouse in Columbus is being planned for Tuesday to protest Senate Bill 5, which would abolish collective bargaining rights of state employees. The mobilization is expected to be much larger than last Thursday’s turnout, where an estimated 4,000... read more.
text Wisconsin Union Battle Could Set Stage for National ‘Right-to-Work’ Debate
By Judson Berger - For years, the country has been split practically 50-50 between states that allow employees to decide whether to join a union and states that allow unions to require membership. Most southern and central Midwestern states are right-to-work states, while the West Coast, New England and the northern Midwest comprise what critics call “forced-unionism” states... read more.
Insider Report from - February 20, 2011
Headlines (Click below for complete stories): 1. Michele Bachmann Scores Highest on Immigration. 2. Richard Grenell: Jane Harman Should Pay for Election. 3. Sen. Hatch Bill Would Plug ‘National Security Loophole’. 4. Biggest U.S. Aid Recipients Oppose America at U.N. 5. Rasmussen: Buyers Spurn GM Over Bailout. 6. Heard: The Gipper, David Letterman, Obama’s Teleprompter... read more.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s presidential campaign must repay $52,443 to taxpayers
By Sabrina Eaton, The Plain Dealer - Thursday, February 17, 2011 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Election Commission on Thursday ordered Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s 2004 presidential campaign to give taxpayers a $52,443 refund, ending a dispute that’s lasted nearly four years. Kucinich’s 2004 campaign got $3.3 million in matching funds from the U.S. Treasury, but wasn’t supposed to use any of it after March 4, 2004, when his eligibility for matching funds expired... read more.
Bond issues and elimination of Ohio Estate Tax, By Josh Mandel, Ohio State Treasurer
I am focused on managing the Treasury and proud to report that our office is running smoothly.  We have assembled an outstanding team, ripe with experience, and quietly going about their business with a sharp sense of integrity, clarity and discipline.  Here’s a glimpse into some of our recent activity… First Bond Issuance of 2011:  The Treasurer’s office is one of the main authorities in the state... read more.
Two Feb. 18 Newsmax Articles - House Votes to Deny Obama Healthcare Law Funds
The Republican-controlled House voted Friday to choke off cash to fund President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law, stepping up a fight with Democrats over budget cuts and deficits. House Votes to Dethrone Obama’s Czars - The architect of a daring GOP attempt to strip congressional funding for nine executive branch “czars” says it’s only the first salvo in a much larger battle to reverse “radical policies” promulgated by the Obama administration... read more.
Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, February 19, 2011 - Money, money, money. The conservative backlash witnessed in last November’s elections is now hitting the bottom line. House Republicans closed the week with a vote to cut $60 billion out of the current federal budget, and Democrats are screaming bloody murder. Meanwhile, partisan warfare has erupted in Wisconsin where a new conservative GOP... read more.
Edison President Valdez will think “outside the box”, By Bob Robinson, Editor
Feb. 20, 2011 - GREENVILLE – Newly appointed President Cristobal (Cris) Valdez will be coming to a well-rounded institution that has made significant gains in recent years in the variety and types of degrees it offers, according to Edison Community College Trustee Darryl Mehaffie. “He thinks outside the box,” Mehaffie told members and guests at Saturday’s monthly Darke County... read more.
Dayton Daily News... Space Shuttle could come to Wright-Pat, By Jack Torry, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - In a sign that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base may land one of the coveted space shuttles, the White House has asked Congress for $14 million to prepare for the delivery of the orbiter Atlantis to the National Museum of the Air Force. Although the money needs to be approved by Congress, the request is a strong indication that NASA and the Air Force... read more.
Examiner... Federal Reserve Inspector General hedges on trillions missing
May 23rd, 2009 - The Inspector General of the Federal Reserve in the video below acknowledges that trillions of dollars cannot be accounted for. The astonishing five-minute clip is taken from a Congressional hearing where Federal Reserve Inspector General Elizabeth Coleman is questioned by Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida on May 6th about huge amounts... read more.
Politico... John Boehner increases chance of government shutdown
By Jake Sherman & John Breshnahan - 2/18/11 - The specter of a government shutdown grew exponentially Thursday when House Speaker John Boehner drew a hard line on government spending, promising to accept not even a temporary government-funding extension that doesn’t include serious cuts. The move triggered an immediate and fierce response... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Some GOP senators say bill goes too far, By Jim Siegel
Friday, February 18, 2011 - A bill making major changes to state collective-bargaining law is not a slam-dunk to pass the Senate in its current form. The Dispatch talked to seven Republican senators this week who either would not commit support or expressed varying levels of discomfort with Senate Bill 5, which would eliminate collective bargaining for state workers, take away binding arbitration for police and firefighters, and limit the bargaining power... read more.
Politico... The politics of education upended
In Wisconsin, about 1,000 teachers called in sick Wednesday to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to strip their union bargaining rights. In Washington, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recounted his battle with his state’s teachers unions Wednesday, calling their leaders “greedy” and “selfish.” And in Nevada, Indiana and Florida, Republican governors are targeting teachers contracts and work rules to fix a system they say is broken. “The status quo has put us at the bottom... read more.
Dayton Daily News... Gov. Kasich to sign JobsOhio bill on Friday, By John Nolan Staff Writer
Governor applauds legislature for passing jobs plan - DAYTON — Gov. John Kasich, in office just five weeks, praised the Ohio General Assembly’s approval on Wednesday of legislation to create JobsOhio, a private economic-development agency Kasich says is needed to create jobs in a state trying to overcome years of job losses. “I will be signing it soon,” the governor said shortly... read more.
Less Mandates in Education Equals Better Schools, By State Representative Jim Buchy
Recently, the Ohio House of Representatives voted to pass House Bill 30, which removes many unfunded and unnecessary mandates that have been forced on our local schools. I was happy to support this legislation, which passed by a vote of 59 to 36 with bipartisan support and will move to the Senate for further action. As passed by the House, HB 30 will remove mandates from schools that... read more.
Rasmussen... Health Care Law
57% of Voters Favor Repeal of Health Care Law, 38% Opposed. Most voters continue to strongly favor repeal of the national health care law and they’re evenly divided as to whether the new law will force them to change insurance coverage. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% of Likely Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law while 38% are at least somewhat opposed. Those figures include 45% who Strongly Favor... read more.
Foxnews... Republicans Say Obama Budget Plan Not Serious
February 15, 2011 - President Obama urged lawmakers on both sides of the aisle Tuesday to “give a little bit,” as they begin to debate his $3.7 trillion budget proposal for 2012. But Republicans fired back that the federal government has been giving for the past two years and that Obama still hasn’t given them enough to work with in terms of spending cuts. Though the administration says... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... DEA urged to step up ‘pill mill’ fight in Ohio, By Alan Johnson
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - Sen. Brown wants crackdown in Ohio. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown wants the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to ramp up enforcement efforts against “pill mills” in Ohio. Brown said prescription-drug abuse is hitting Ohio especially hard. “The cost of allowing these illegal operations to continue is simply too high; it perpetuates... read more.
District residents to help develop GSD Master Plan, By Lyn Bliss, Senior Scribe
The Greenville School District Board of Education is faced with trying to make a decision on what IS best for the community – as viewed by the members of that community. Toward that end, they have formally expressed their interest in the Ohio School Facilities Commission’s (OSFC) Classroom Facilities Assistance Program (CFAP). Therefore, in the effort to gain input from... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… Ohio AG files class-action lawsuit against BP
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has filed a class action lawsuit against British Petroleum on behalf of Ohio’s public pension funds. Dewine authorized the filing Monday in U.S. District Court in Houston alleging that BP plc was wholly unprepared to prevent and deal with the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. Lead plaintiffs include the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS), State Teachers Retirement System (STRS)... read more.
Spending the Future: President’s Deficit-Filled Budget Threatens Job Growth
John Boehner, U.S. Representative, 8th District - Yesterday, President Obama sent Congress a $3.73 trillion budget that calls for more failed ‘stimulus’ spending and job-crushing tax hikes on families and small businesses.  The President’s budget destroys jobs by spending too much, taxing too much, and borrowing too much. This week, House Republicans will move to create a better environment for job creation and economic growth.  We will go beyond our Pledge... read more.
Cincinnati Enquirer... Jobs, unions, abortion on statehouse docket this week, by Jon Craig
COLUMBUS - Statehouse hearings ramp up this week with testimony on Gov. John Kasich’s JobsOhio program, and locally-sponsored legislation banning racial profiling and overhauling the 1983 collective bargaining law. Senate Finance Committee hearings resume Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. on House Bill 1, which allows Kasich to privatize the Department of Development by creating a non-profit JobsOhio program. The House passed a JobsOhio bill earlier this month... read more.
Senator Faber’s Weekly Newsletter, February 14, 2011
Grand Lake St. Marys Fish Tissue Study Shows No Microcystin In Samples - Grand Lake St. Marys is very dear to all of us.  Its restoration is a very high priority of mine.  I provided you all with Governor Kasich’s initial action plan last week, and I just wanted to follow up with some more good news about the lake.  The EPA released the below information last week: The “do not eat” fish consumption... read more.
FoxNews... Obama Sends $3.7 Trillion Budget to Congress
February 14, 2011 - Editor’s Note: Also posted at the end of this story are links from a variety of reports... President Obama sent Congress a $3.73 trillion budget Monday, a spending plan for 2012 that projects $1.1 trillion in deficit savings over the next decade but also continues adding to the national debt for years to come. Republicans, who are still trying to cut billions out of this year’s budget... read more.
Budget cuts, economic development focus of “State of the County”, By Lyn Bliss
How do the local school facilities impact economic development effort in Darke County? “They drove by North School and they were gone,” said Commissioner Mike Stegall. While acknowledging that local school facilities have had an impact on bringing in new businesses, Darke County Commissioners Diane Delaplane, Mike Rhoades and Stegall, in their recent... read more.
Politico... Mitch McConnell: The Obama agenda is ‘over’, By Shira Toeplitz
2/13/11 - “The legislative agenda of Barack Obama is over,” said McConnell to his party’s faithful in Louisville, Ky., according to the Associated Press. McConnell cautioned that he and his GOP colleagues are willing to do what they “think is right for America,” including working with the president, but he also tossed a hefty dose of partisan meat to the crowd, accusing Obama of doing “Clintonian back-flips” to present himself as a moderate. Since the GOP made major... read more.
New York Daily News... Vatican says Catholics an app for your iPhone can’t replace a visit to the confessional - By Michael Sheridan, Staff Writer - Wednesday, February 9th 2011 - Officials in Rome have declared that an app available on Apple’s iPhones, iPads and the iPod touch cannot serve as a confessional. “One cannot speak in any way of confessing via iPhone,” Federico Lombardi, the Vatican’s spokesman, said in a statement. “This cannot be substituted by any IT application.” Confession: A Roman Catholic app walks Catholics through the sacrament... read more.
Truthout... Fox News Insider: “Stuff Is Just Made Up”, by Eric Boehlert
Thursday 10 February 2011 - Asked what most viewers and observers of Fox News would be surprised to learn about the controversial cable channel, a former insider from the world of Rupert Murdoch was quick with a response: “I don’t think people would believe it’s as concocted as it is; that stuff is just made up.” Indeed, a former Fox News employee who recently agreed to talk... read more.
Darke County Calamity Days, By Bob Robinson & Delbert Blickenstaff, Senior Scribes
“We’re all hoping that school will be out by July 4!” … Comments noted during CNO’s survey on “Calamity Days.” A calamity is defined as “a state of deep distress or misery caused by misfortune or loss.” That picture describes what happens when we have snow and ice on the roads so that the school busses cannot safely transport students to school. That’s why they’re called... read more.
Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, February 12, 2011 - Let the budget battle begin. House Republicans, feeling empowered by an angry electorate, are looking to cut billions of dollars from the federal budget and are now discussing plans to defund the national health care law since repeal has run aground in the Democratic-controlled Senate. After all, the majority of voters still support repeal of the law... read more.
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Kasich wants $3 billion deal to lease the Ohio Turnpike, By Reginald Fields
Thursday, February 10, 2011 - COLUMBUS, Ohio - Gov. John Kasich said he wants at least $3 billion for leasing out the Ohio Turnpike, which he calls an under-utilized state asset. The governor has talked for months about potentially privatizing the turnpike, much like Indiana has done, to create new revenue for the cash-strapped state. On Thursday, while speaking to the Ohio Newspaper Association in Columbus, the Republican leader put a price... read more.
Dayton Daily News... Kasich firm on union bargaining changes
If lawmakers don’t come up with collective bargaining bill he likes, he’ll put his in budget. By Laura A. Bischoff, Columbus Bureau, February 11, 2011 - COLUMBUS — If lawmakers don’t pass a collective bargaining bill that he likes, Gov. John Kasich on Thursday said he is prepared to wrap his own reforms into his budget bill next month. Kasich said his own bill would outlaw strikes by public employees and penalize those who walk off the job by firing them or docking... read more.
Foxnews... Battle Over Budget Cuts Raises Specter of Federal Government Shutdown
By L.A. Holmes - Published February 11, 2011 - A government shutdown is on the table if Congress fails to reach an agreement on spending cuts, a freshman GOP congressman told Fox News on Friday, making him one of the few Republicans to publicly raise the possibility. “I think nothing’s off the table at this point,” Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina said, warning that uncontrolled spending... read more.
Boehner receives Ashbrook Award, Feb. 10, 2011
ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashbrook Center at Ashland University presented its annual CPAC Ashbrook Award to the Honorable John Boehner, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, on Feb. 10 at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington D.C. Marvin Krinsky, chairman of the Ashbrook board, released the following statement: “Only in America can... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Dayton Chamber backs Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s jobs plan
Thursday, February 10, 2011 - The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is endorsing Governor John Kasich’s JobsOhio bill, Ohio House Bill 1, which is designed to privatize economic development. The chamber threw its support behind the bill Wednesday, citing the need for the state to be able to move quickly when companies need support to grow. “HB 1 allows Ohio to start moving at the speed of business,” said Phil Parker, president and chief executive officer of the... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... U.S. Postal Service faces default, by Jeff Clabaugh , DBJ Contributor
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - The U.S. Postal Service starts a new fiscal year with a wider first-quarter loss, and it warns at this rate, it won’t be able to meet some of its obligations by September. The Postal Service posted a first-quarter loss of $329 million, compared to a loss of $297 million a year earlier. Excluding the cost of pre-funding future retiree health care benefits, which the Postal Service is asking Congress to allow it to delay... read more.
New York Times... German Börse in Talks to Buy the Big Board
By Michael J. de la Merced and Jack Ewing - The New York Stock Exchange, a symbol of American capitalism for more than two centuries, may soon have new owners — in Europe. The exchange, facing pressure from electronic upstarts that have taken business away from it, said on Wednesday that it was in advanced talks on a merger with the operator... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Legislators ponder insurance pools for schools, By Jim Siegel
Requiring districts to collaborate on worker health coverage gets new look as way to save - Feb. 7, 2011 - State leaders who are scouring the budget for cost savings soon might have a new message for school employees: Everybody into the pool. Mandatory health-insurance pooling for schools, a concept that last saw heavy Statehouse debate in 2005, could be poised for a comeback. A state board is preparing an updated cost-savings analysis, and some key... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Police, firefighters could see retirement pay trimmed
Goal is to meet 30-year solvency requirement - Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011 - Firefighters and law-enforcement officers across Ohio would see their retirement pay trimmed under a plan approved yesterday by the Ohio Police & Fire Pension Board. The move during a special meeting in Mansfield means the pension fund would now meet a requirement in Ohio law that it be able to cover at least 30 years of retirement obligations. Chided by state lawmakers last month... read more.
Darke County Drug Task Force Disrupts Active Drug Lab
On February 6th at approximately 02:46 AM the Darke County Drug Task Force consisting of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenville Police Department responded to an active methamphetamine drug lab at 204 Hart Street in the City of Greenville; a residential neighborhood. Also responding to assist was the City of Greenville Fire Department and Greenville Township Rescue... read more.
Politico... Barack Obama faces new budget pressures - By David Rogers
2/7/11 - As key senators met Monday evening on a bipartisan deficit reduction plan, President Barack Obama faced increased pressure to articulate a strategy for himself and his party, already so edgy about spending cuts that many Democrats seem prepared to ignore the consequences for policy. Indeed, Obama and House Republican leaders share this much in the coming budget wars: Both are racing to catch up with the train. And just as the president must... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Horse track plan may bring 1,500 jobs to Dayton
Beulah Park horse track in Columbus may relocate to a former Delphi plant in Dayton. Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - Penn National Gaming Inc. is looking to transform a former Delphi plant in north Dayton into a $200 million horsetrack and slot machine complex. The Dayton Business Journal has learned the project would entail relocating Beulah Park horse track in Columbus to the old Delphi facility at Needmore and Wagner Ford roads in Dayton... read more.
Bloomburg Report... `Mini-Revolt’ Confronts Republicans as Lawmakers Ready Spending Cuts
By Catherine Dodge - Feb 8, 2011 - As House Republicans parry Democratic criticism that they’ve gone too far with proposed spending cuts, they confront a battle within their own ranks over whether the cuts go far enough. A faction of House Republicans plans to continue pushing for bigger budget savings than party leaders recommended last week, reductions that Democrats argue would harm... read more.
Greenville Fire Department’s “Quint 2” tested for service, By Bob Rhoades, Senior Scribe
The early years, Part 2 - It’s here! The newest addition to the Greenville Fire Department Roster will be known as Quint 2.  Traditionally fire apparatus is named by what it does, Engine, Ladder, Heavy Rescue, Medic, etc.  In this case this apparatus does 5 different things. It carries a 75-foot aerial ladder, a full complement of ground ladders, water (500) gallons, a pump, and equipment... read more.
Politico... House conservatives ready to cut, By Jonathan Allen and Jake Sherman
February 7, 2011 - It’s finally slash-and-burn time for conservatives, and the programs they target in a massive spending bill next week will help shape the national political debate over what the government can, and should, pay for. Republicans are planning a freewheeling, open-ended debate that promises to test the party’s limits on how far it’s willing to go on spending cuts, and it may divide Democrats between those who want to embrace modest cuts and those... read more.
Boehner: If Pres. Obama is committed to jobs, he should end “Stimulus” spending binge
WASHINGTON, DC –  Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement responding to President Obama’s speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: “President Obama has retooled his rhetoric, but not his job-destroying policies, which are eroding confidence, fostering uncertainty, and crowding out private investment.  Far from changing tack, his administration is taking steps... read more.
Politico... The end of the DLC era - By Ben Smith
February 7, 2011 - The centrist Democratic Leadership Council, which fought and largely won a battle for the soul of the Democratic party in the 1990s, is on the verge of bankruptcy and is closing its doors, its founder, Al From, confirmed Monday. The group’s decision to “suspend operations” marks the conclusion of a long slide from its peak of relevance in the Clinton era, and perhaps the beginning a... read more.
Record Turnout for Partnering for Progress Quarterly Meeting
Over 50 investors and guests show for economic development update - GREENVILLE- A record number of investors and guests came out recently in the cold and snow to the first Partnering for Progress Investor’s Meeting of 2011.  The quarterly event was held on Friday, January 28th at Second National Bank on S. Broadway in Greenville.  Partnering for Progress... read more.
Senator Faber’s Weekly Newsletter
February 7, 2011 - Grand Lake St. Marys Update - On January 27th, Governor Kasich and the directors of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA), the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced initial actions to address long-standing water quality problems at Grand Lake St. Marys.  The initial actions taken... read more.
Politico... FAA bill full of politics as usual - By Shira Toeplitz
February 7, 2011 - Earmarks might be on the outs in Washington, but the first bill on the Senate floor since Democrats reluctantly embraced an earmark ban is still chock-full of expensive aviation pet projects that lawmakers are eager to defend for their voters back home. Tucked inside a current draft of a bill to fund Federal Aviation Administration programs are legislative line items... read more.
Washington Post... John Kasich: Spoiling for a fight in Ohio - By George F. Will
Sunday, February 6, 2011 - In 1997, when Republicans controlled the U.S. House of Representatives and John Kasich chaired the Budget Committee, he set his sights on the GOP’s 2000 presidential nomination because “there just aren’t enough hours left in my life that I can get everything done that I want to get done.” He was 44. The presidency eluded him, as it has every sitting congressman other... read more.
Politico... Bush-Appointed Federal Judge Tosses Out Challenge to Health Reform
by Ian Millhiser - Friday 04 February 2011 - Judge Roger Vinson’s error-filled opinion was one of the biggest news stories this week, at times even overshadowing the revolution underway in Egypt. Yet another opinion signed by George W. Bush-appointed Judge Keith Starrett highlights just how much of an extreme outlier Vinson is — and how wrong it was for so many observers to overreact to Vinson’s tea partying opinion. The Constitution requires a plaintiff to show... read more.
text Unions Head for Showdown With Senate Over TSA Representation
February 05, 2011 - Unions that want to represent thousands of airport screeners are heading for a showdown with the Senate as early as Monday, with some lawmakers looking to revoke the collective-bargaining rights the Transportation Security Administration just granted them. TSA Administrator John Pistole announced for the first time Friday that he would allow security officers... read more.
Politico... Senate launches bid to out-cut House, By David Rogers
2/4/11 - House Republicans sketched out tens of billions in appropriations cuts Thursday, even as White House Budget Director Jacob Lew met with Senate Democrats amid increased pressure to resurrect major elements of last year’s presidential debt commission report. The GOP’s ambitious goal in the House is to roll back foreign aid and domestic spending to 2008 levels, but the leadership now admits that its net savings amount to just $32 billion... read more.
Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, February 05, 2011 - The drama on the streets of Cairo has many Americans thinking about national security and the role our country plays in the world these days. Most expect the unrest in Egypt to spread to other Middle Eastern countries and think that will be bad for the United States. But a sizable majority (70%) also believe the United States should stay out of Egypt’s current... read more.
Faber says budget “fix” will hurt - By Jan Boyer, Senior Scribe
GREENVILLE - Expect “gnashing of teeth and wailing” as Ohio works to fix its budget woes. This was State Senator Keith Faber’s (R-12) message to a room full of Chamber of Commerce members and friends at Romer’s Catering Friday. “For too long, inactivity has been the state government norm,” Faber said. There is general agreement that the problem can’t be cured by spending... read more.
Boehner calls on Obama to abandon spending quest
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today issued the following statement regarding the latest employment figures released by the U.S. Department of Labor: “The president's ‘stimulus’ spending binge isn't working and has failed to deliver on its promise to keep unemployment below eight percent.  The spending binge is hurting job creation -- eroding confidence, draining funds away from private investment, and... read more.
Newsmax... U.S. Lawmakers Aim to Stop EPA Carbon Regulation
U.S. lawmakers introducing legislation to stop the federal government from regulating emissions blamed for global warming may have a stronger bargaining position now that President Barack Obama wants to pass a clean-energy plan. Republicans Fred Upton, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Senator James Inhofe readied draft legislation Wednesday that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon dioxide... Read the story at Newsmax.
text Al Gore Explains ‘Snowmageddon’ - By Gene J. Koprowski
Feb, 03, 2011 - If the planet is warming, why is a third of America locked in a deep freeze, with record-low temperatures as far south as the Mexican border, where the thermometer in Ciudad Juarez plummeted Wednesday night to a bone-chilling 9-below zero? Self-proclaimed planetary climate czar Al Gore thinks he has answer. “As it turns out, the scientific community... read more.
Sources in Sex Offender Controversy Troubling - By Bob Robinson, Editor
One source used to “support” residency restrictions actually “states point-blank that residency restrictions are not effective.” A local citizen has indicated that some of the sources being used to push wider restriction zones aren’t being correctly used. For instance, one of the sources used says… “As a result of the laws restricting residential locations for registered... read more.
Sojourners... Daily Digest
The latest news on Senate Rejects Repeal of Health-Care Law, Voting Rights Act, Census Shows Racial Minority Growth, START, Yemen Anti-Government Protests, Syrian Weekend Protests, Afghanistan, and India Tackling Maternal Health. Compiled by Duane Shank 02-03-2011... read the stories.
Dayton Business Journal... Ohio’s Republican majority pushing agenda through
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - You’ve got to give Ohio Senate and House Republicans an “A” for consistency when it comes to their priorities for the 129th General Assembly. According to a report by the Columbus Biz Insider, the top five bills introduced in the Senate on Tuesday sounded many of the same themes heard a month ago when House Speaker Bill Batchelder, R-Medina, outlined the priorities he and his GOP colleagues will advance in the coming months... read more.
Boehner praises Senate GOP for seeking to Repeal Job-Destroying Health Care Law
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement applauding Senate Republicans for keeping their promise to seek repeal of the job-destroying health care law, and vowing to continue working to repeal and replace it with common-sense solutions that lower costs and protect jobs: “I’m pleased Senate Republicans have kept their promise... read more.
Family Health Chooses Executive Director, By Delbert Blickenstaff, M.D., Senior Scribe
Jean Young, of Ansonia, OH, has been selected by the Board of Directors to be Family Health’s new Executive Director. The first Executive Director was the late Jean Louise Thieme, starting in 1973. Following Ms. Thieme were Morrison Borders, and Jay Montgomery (who held that position for 20 years.) Since Mr. Montgomery’s retirement in October, 2009... read more.
Working to Create Jobs in the 21st Century, By State Representative Jim Buchy
 On Monday, January 10, Jim Zehringer was sworn in as Director of Agriculture for the State of Ohio, which meant that his seat as state representative of the 77th House District was vacated.  Jim served the district admirably for several years and he is going to be a great Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.  Jim’s work on the Grand Lake issues exemplified his ability to be a leader... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... DPL: 80k customers lost power overnight
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - Dayton Power & Light is still working to restore electricity to 42,000 customers who lost power during Tuesday’s ice storm. Some customers may still be without power after Friday evening, when DPL said it expects to have 95 percent of customers back online. “We have crews working to restore power to our customers as soon as possible (around the clock), and we will be adding more crews later today that are coming in... read more.
Politico... Senate GOP aims for piecemeal health care reform repeal, By Jennifer Haberkorn 2/1/11
Senate Republicans have promised to force votes on allowing states to opt out of some of the most politically controversial provisions of the health care reform law. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) introduced legislation Tuesday that would allow states to “opt out” of the law’s requirement that individuals have to buy insurance, that large companies have to provide insurance and that states need to expand their Medicaid program... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Obama launches entrepreneur program, by Kent Hoover
Monday, January 31, 2011 - Barack Obama’s administration launched a two-pronged Startup America program to boost high-growth entrepreneurship in the U.S. The initiative, announced Monday, includes government programs as well as private-sedctor efforts to train, mentor and fund entrepreneurs. The private-sector efforts will be coordinated by the new Startup America Partnership, chaired by Steve Case, cofounder of AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) and CEO of Revolution... read more.
Sojourners... Daily Digest
Feb. 1 - Napolitano Urges Officials to Stop Exaggeration of Border Violence, Illinois Civil Unions Signed Into Law, Super Bowl Draws Child Sex Rings, Egypt Protests, Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea, Haiti, and Select Op-Eds. Feb. 2 - U.S. Illegal Immigration Stabilizes, Cutting Federal Spending, Recession Takes Toll on Low-Income Renters, President Mubarak’s Concession, Interview with Mohamed ElBaradei, Iraq, Sudan, Mexico, and Select Op-Eds... read more.
Rasmussen Reports... GOP Voters Want Presidential Candidate With Private Sector Experience
Monday, January 31, 2011 - Most Republican Primary voters are looking for experience in both the private sector and government in a potential presidential candidate. Private sector experience carries a bit more weight. They are also looking for someone who shares their views rather than simply picking someone who is electable... read more.
Rep. Richard Adams Votes in Support of Economic Development Effort
JobsOhio passes from Ohio House; advances to Ohio Senate - COLUMBUS—State Representative Richard Adams (R-Troy) announced that Am. Sub. House Bill 1, which creates a non-profit economic development organization called JobsOhio, today passed from the Ohio House of Representatives by a vote of 59-37. Its passage marks a crucial step toward fostering a... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Unrest in Egypt fluctuates oil, gas prices
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - As unrest in Egypt rages on, oil prices in the U.S. continue to fluctuate. The benchmark price for crude oil for March delivery rose to $102.19 per barrel Tuesday amid concerns about political turmoil in the African nation. However, prices fell below $92 per barrel by noon on the New York Mercantile Exchange. With Egypt’s future in question, so too is the future... read more.
Citizens Against Government Waste... Ohio’s Sen. Sherrod Brown a Porker of the Month
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has named Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and John Kerry (D-Mass.) Porkers of the Month for urging the Pentagon to release taxpayer funds to continue developing General Electric’s alternate engine for the Joint Strike Fighter.  The alternate engine has been criticized as wasteful and unnecessary by taxpayers, both the Bush... read more.
Federal Judge in Florida Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional
Monday, 31 Jan 2011 - PENSACOLA, Fla. – A federal judge ruled Monday that the Obama administration's health care overhaul is unconstitutional, siding with 26 states that sued to block it. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson accepted without trial the states' argument that the new law violates people's rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties.
Attorneys for the administration had argued that the... read more.
Ohio Expansion Projects to Create and Retain More Than 1,103 Jobs
Projects Invigorate Regional Economies, Generate Jobs for Ohioans. The City of Greenville will receive a $150,553 Roadwork Development Grant for the costs associated with the completion of public roadwork improvements in support of Continental Carbonic Products, Inc.’s project in the City of Greenville (Darke County). The project involves the construction of approximately 650 feet of roadway and four curb inlets north of the intersection... read more.
Boehner and Wicker seek Answers for Delphi Retirees
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) and Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today announced the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will complete phase one of its non-partisan, independent analysis of the federal financial assistance provided to the General Motors (GM) Corporation and its treatment of non-unionized Delphi retirees... read more.
Senator Faber’s Weekly Newsletter
January 31, 2011 - The Ohio Statehouse celebrates its Sesquicentennial - 1861 to 2011 - 150 years of serving as the heart of Ohio democracy! The people of Ohio will celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus throughout 2011. Completed in 1861, the Statehouse has served as the heart of Ohio democracy for the last 150 years. Throughout the state, our Capitol Building... read more.
Obamacare ruled unconstitutional; Boehner comments, followed by Newsmax link.
Feb. 1, 2011 - Fox News at 3:03 p.m. Monday: Florida judge rules that health care law is unconstitutional, says entire act must be declared void. Politico at 3:27 p.m. Monday: A federal judge in Florida has ruled that the entire health care reform law is unconstitutional. Judge Roger Vinson stopped short of ordering the federal government to stop implementing the law... read more.
text Boehner: U.S. Will Not Default on Debt, But Congress Will Slash Spending
The United States will not default on its obligations, but must reduce spending at the same time it raises its debt limit, House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday. Suggesting that lawmakers are willing to uncouple the debt ceiling from the spending debate so that the U.S. doesn’t default on its loans, Boehner said the Republican-led House will demand that an increase... read more.
text Arizona-Style Immigration Bills Emerge in New State Legislative Sessions
Buoyed by expanded majorities, Republicans at the state level are stepping up their push to pass Arizona-style immigration laws even as a federal court weighs whether to strike down the original legislation. Mississippi was the latest state to make gains on the issue, with the state House voting Thursday for a bill that would let officers check immigration status during traffic stops... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Air Force band makes Dayton stop, by Joe Cogliano
The U.S. Air Force Band of Flight will be in Dayton to play its annual Hearts, Heritage and Heroes Concert on Feb. 12. The event — filled with music to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day and Black History Month — takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Under the command of Maj. R. Michael Mench, the band travels... read more.
Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
First things first. Next week we’re looking for your opinion to help us shape our products now and in the future. Rasmussen Reports will conduct a reader survey next Tuesday through Friday. Please give us feedback about our current website and content, and help us decide what to add in the future. President Obama, in his State of the Union address last Tuesday night, called his plans for targeted new spending in areas like education, transportation and technology... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Cincinnati casino breaking ground Feb. 4
The Harrah’s casino in downtown Cincinnati is planned for the area of town known as Broadway Commons. Developers of the new Cincinnati casino will break ground next week. Rock Gaming CEO Dan Gilbert and Caesars Entertainment CEO Gary Loveman will be there for the event Feb. 4 and will share new details about the development, according... read more. House GOP punches reform again - By Kate Nocera and David Nather
House Republicans launched a two-pronged attack on health reform Wednesday, ripping apart the idea that it cuts spending and painting it as a disaster for business. The first hearing of the Budget Committee took on the spending argument, while the Ways and Means Committee went after the law as anti-business. And despite President Barack Obama’s State of the Union plea to stop the fighting on health care, the administration counterpunched by calling in Costco... read more.
text CBO Director: Trillion-Dollar Deficits Risk ‘Fiscal Crisis’ in U.S.
The top numbers cruncher for Congress warned Thursday that the federal government increasingly risks sending the country into a “fiscal crisis,” projecting that unless cuts are made, within a decade the national debt could reach nearly 100 percent of all annual economic activity. That’s like having $50,000 in debt on a $50,000-a-year salary... read more.
Detling nominated to replace McClurg - By Bob Robinson
The Darke County Republican Party Central Committee heard the arguments of three applicants seeking to replace retiring Juvenile Probate Courts Judge Mike McClurg at its Jan. 24 meeting at Shawnee Prairie. The official position to be filled is Darke County Common Pleas Judge, Probate/Juvenile Division... read more.
Sojourners… Daily News Digest
The latest news on Social Security, Foreclosures, Immigration, Firearms Research, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Afghanistan Parliament, and Palestine Papers. Compiled by Duane Shank 01-27-2011... read more.
McCulloch Honored as “Great Ohioan” - Rep. Adams is Pleased With Announcement
 COLUMBUS—William Moore McCulloch yesterday was selected as part of the 2011 class of “Great Ohioans” by the Capital Square Review and Advisory Board and Capital Square Foundation. McCulloch is a former congressman and state representative, serving as speaker of the Ohio House from 1939-1944.  After graduating from law school at the Ohio State University... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Ohioans deep in credit card debt, by Tom Demeropolis, DBJ Contributor
Thursday, January 27, 2011 - Hopefully, Ohioans financial backs are feeling strong. Because the state has one of the largest amounts of credit card debt. The Buckeye State’s total credit card balance is nearly $29 billion, according to Equifax (NYSE: EFX). Based on percent of income to credit card debt, Ohio comes in No. 2 in the nation... read more.
Washington Post... A State of the Union response or a 2012 match-up? By Jennifer Rubin
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) had the unenviable task of responding to the State of the Union. You can’t compete with the president in pomp and setting, and it is absurd to try to match him line by line and program by program. Ryan smartly didn’t try. Instead, he crisply set out a vision and the rationale for his vision. As the camera moved in, the initial image of a very young man in a very big room... read more.
Senator Faber’s Weekly Newsletter
Important Scholarship Information for 2011 - Again this year, the Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools is pleased to announce its 2010-2011 Legislative Scholarship Program.  This program offers over 260 scholarship opportunities worth more than $1,000,000 to graduating high school seniors in Ohio.  The primary objective of these scholarships is to provide students... read more.
Sojourners… The latest news on Health-Care Law, National Black Museum, Climate Change, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, South Korea-North Korea, World Hunger, and Select Op-Eds. Jan. 24, 2011 and Jan. 25, 2011... read more.
Redstate... Another Tax on the Poor - By Erick Erickson
Liberals, with the signature of President Bush, have driven up the cost of being poor in this country yet again. That’s right — beginning this year in California and next year everywhere else, the incandescent lightbulb is being banned... read more.
NPR... Transcript: Obama’s State Of The Union Address
The White House has released the text of President Obama’s State of the Union address, as prepared for delivery: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans: Tonight I want to begin by congratulating the men and women of the 112th Congress, as well as your new Speaker, John Boehner. And as we mark this occasion... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... U.S. EPA approves 15% ethanol fuel
Jan. 22, 2011 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given the green light to a controversial boost in the amount of ethanol allowed in gasoline used by cars and light trucks manufactured between 2001 and 2006. The EPA on Oct. 13, 2010, granted a waiver for E15 fuel — a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline — to be used in 2007... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Unemployment rate declines in Dayton; Darke County slightly up; Ohio unemployment rate drops to 9.6%
Jobless rate in Dayton region declines again. The Dayton-area unemployment rate continued to decrease in December, marking the third consecutive month of improvement. The December jobless rate for the Dayton metropolitan statistical area was 9.9 percent... read more.
THE WHITE HOUSE, Office of the Press Secretary
Excerpts from President Obama’s State of the Union Address
Jan. 25, 2011 - With their votes, the American people determined that governing will now be a shared responsibility between parties. New laws will only pass with support from Democrats and Republicans. We will move forward together, or not at all – for the challenges we face are bigger than party; this excerpt is followed by comments from Speaker of the House John Boehner... read more.
Money News... Fannie, Freddie to Taxpayers: Pay Our Legal Bills - By Forrest Jones
Monday, 24 Jan 2011 - Mortgage finance giants Fannie and Freddie have asked taxpayers to pick up $160 million in legal fees owed during civil lawsuits, the New York Times reports.

 The bulk of the money — $132 million — went to defend Fannie Mae in securities suits and government probes into accounting irregularities allegedly occurring before the subprime meltdown sparked the housing crisis.

The total bill could rise, the newspaper reports... read more

Locals invited to Swearing-ins and Inaugural Activities in Columbus - By Lyn Bliss
Along with at least three other Darke Countians, my husband Al and I had the pleasure of attending the recent swearing-ins and inaugural activities in Columbus. These were held for all of the Ohio Executive Office electees: Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Auditor and Treasurer. Republican Central and Executive Committeewoman... read more.
Locals invited to Swearing-ins and Inaugural Activities in Columbus - By Lyn Bliss
Along with at least three other Darke Countians, my husband Al and I had the pleasure of attending the recent swearing-ins and inaugural activities in Columbus. These were held for all of the Ohio Executive Office electees: Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Auditor and Treasurer. Republican Central and Executive Committeewoman... read more.
Local GOP endorses Detling to replace McClurg
The Darke County Central Committee voted Tuesday night to endorse Juvenile-Probate Court Magistrate Jim Detling to replace retiring Juvenile-Probate Court Judge Mike McClurg. The Committee also voted to send the names of all three applicants to Gov. John Kasich... read more.
Politico… Fickle independents return to Barack Obama - By Alexander Burns
President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats learned at least one big lesson in the November elections: What the independent voter gives, the independent voter can also take away. But now, the same temperamental bloc that threw House Democrats out of power appear to be in a giving mood again - at least as far as Obama is concerned. That unpredictable, cranky group of voters who helped carry the president into office... read more

Politico… Who’s your date? Pairing off for the State of the Union - By Meredith Shiner
Lawmakers on the Hill haven’t quite broken out the corsages — yet — but the high school level drama is on as senators and representatives scramble to find suitable across-the-aisle seating partners for Tuesday’s State of the Union address. The very public rollout of odd-couple pairings this week, from lofty press releases to tweets to public displays of bipartisan affection on national TV — where Sens... read more

text… Obama Tacks Center, but Debt Reduction Remains Elusive
President Obama's State of the Union address is expected to emphasize jobs, growth and debt  reduction but is unlikely to embrace the recommendations of a bipartisan majority of the deficit reduction commission he created to find ways to balance the budget, a senior aide to the president told Fox News. The panel, which spent a half-million dollars developing a set of debt reduction recommendations... read more
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Headlines:  1. Huckabee Book Tour Points to 2012 Run  2. State Budgets: The Worst Is Yet to Come
  3. Report Refutes ‘Tear Gas Death’ of Palestinian
  4. Rep. David Wu Loses Staffers After ‘Bizarre Behavior’
  5. Piracy Hits Record High in 2010
  6. We Heard: Linda McMahon, Ron Paul... read more
Rasmussen... America's Best Days - 68% Prefer A Government With Fewer Services, Lower Taxes
Jan. 21, 2011 - House Republicans are proposing to follow their repeal of the national health care bill with billions in spending cuts,  and most voters continue to favor a government that offers fewer services and lower taxes. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 68% of Likely Voters prefer a government with fewer services and lower taxes rather than a more active one with more services and higher taxes... read more

Rasmussen Reports… What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Jan. 22, 2011 - Things appear to be looking up a bit for President Obama who on Friday posted his highest job approval numbers in nearly a year in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll. Tacking to the center after the Democrats’ disastrous showing in the midterm elections, most notably with the Bush tax cut deal, seems to be paying off for the president... read more
Sojourners… Doctor: Transfer of Giffords to Houston flawless
HOUSTON – Rep. Gabrielle Giffords smiled inside an ambulance as she heard applause during a dramatic send-off from her hometown Friday, and doctors say her transfer by jet and helicopter to a hospital in Houston went flawlessly. Throngs of sign-carrying well-wishers lined the streets in Tucson to wave and cheer. “She responded very well to that — smiling... read more
Dayton Business Journal... Ohio pulls approval for Miami-Jacobs nursing program
Ohio Board of Nursing withdrew approval of the Miami-Jacobs Career College nursing program. The state board cited “recurring deficiencies related to a disregard for students,” said Lisa Emrich, a board programs manager. Miami-Jacobs said it was "outraged by the decision." "They defied the examiner’s recommendation which clearly acknowledged our progress and also recommended continuing our accreditation for another year as we continue to improve the... read more

Reason Foundation… Reforming Education, Consumer Spending, and Closure
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Reforming Education - As governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007, Jeb Bush championed school choice. His first year in office he created a program that offered vouchers to students in failing schools. The program successfully boosted student achievement until it was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2006. Two other Bush-supported programs -- one that offers tax credits to business that help send low-income... read more

Politico... Conservatives urge Mike Pence to fill GOP ‘void’
To understand the dissatisfaction on the right with the current crop of Republican presidential hopefuls, look no further than Mike Pence. An Indiana congressman with just five terms in public office, Pence is currently the subject of a draft movement — but he may well pick a gubernatorial run over a White House bid. Nevertheless, a group of longtime Republicans... read more
Newsmax… GOP Attempts Historic $2.5 Trillion Cut in Federal Spending
Buoyed by their successful vote to repeal healthcare reform, conservative House Republicans on Thursday rolled out plans for a massive, $2.5 trillion cut in federal spending over the next 10 years. The proposal, to be contained in the Spending Reduction Act of 2011, would reset non-security discretionary spending to 2008 levels, affecting everything from state stimulus... read more
Ryan to Deliver Republican Address on Jan. 25
Speech to immediately follow President Obama’s State of the Union - Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) will deliver the Republican address following the President’s State of the Union address to Congress on January 25, 2011.  Last year... read more
Boehner on the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion” Act
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) and Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) held a press conference today to discuss the introduction of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” Pledge to America legislation that would codify the Hyde Amendment by permanently prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortion across all federal programs.  During his opening remarks... read more
Republicans' new strategy: Blame Harry Reid
Cantor said Reid should bring repeal up for a vote if he is 'so confident' it wouldn't pass. House Republicans seized power in November by portraying then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as the symbol of all that was wrong with the country and the political system. Now they’re going after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
Only two weeks into the new Congress, Majority Leader Eric Cantor... read more
Boehner on Meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers today met with President of the People's Republic of China Hu Jintao. Boehner released the following statement: “I want to thank President Hu of China for meeting with me and a bipartisan group of lawmakers today to discuss some of the issues... read more
Dayton Business Journal... Ohio joins health care reform lawsuit
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Tuesday filed a motion to add Ohio and five other states to the federal health-care lawsuit, which is challenging last year's reform law as unconstitutional.
In addition to Ohio, Iowa, Kansas, Wyoming, Wisconsin and Maine joined the suit. The motion brings the total number of states to 26... read more
The Columbus Inauguration Galas
There was a lot of activity in Columbus over the past couple of weeks, and some of our Darke County residents were privileged to take part in them. Lyn Bliss was one of those residents. She has posted several youtube slide shows on their experience. Feel free to check them out. Franklin Conservatory ReceptionHusted Swearing-in - DeWine-Husted ReceptionMandel Swearing-inKasich InaugurationGovernor/Lt. Governor Gala
 • Yost Swearing-in & Reception
Sojourners... Daily News Digest
Polls show low regard for political dialogue. Poll shows high marks for Obama on Tucson, low regard for political dialogue “Americans overwhelmingly describe the tone of political discourse in the country as negative, verging on angry, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, but more than half say the culture did not contribute to the shootings in Tucson that killed six people and wounded 13” Gun laws. Americans’ Views on Guns... read more

Boehner outlines what repealing Obamacare means for taxpayers
 WASHINGTON, DC –  Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today delivered the following speech on the House floor outlining what repealing the job-destroying health care law means for families, small businesses, and taxpayers, and urging lawmakers to work together on better reforms that will lower costs and protect jobs. A link to the video and the full remarks... read more
Politico… Rookie Rand Paul tackles budget head-on - By Manu Raju (AP Photo)
President Barack Obama will soon lay out his vision for federal spending when he releases his annual budget, setting in motion months of debate over the size and scope of government. Rand Paul is doing the same thing. The tea party hero is at the bottom of the Senate in seniority and was sworn in as Kentucky’s junior Republican senator only two weeks... read more
Dispatch error in death of 9-year-old
On January 14, 2011 at approximately 9:41 AM the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from 120 East Cross Street in the Village of Palestine, Ohio. The Darke County Dispatcher sent Ansonia Rescue, Fire and Police to 120 West and East Cross Street in Ansonia. The caller was provided CPR instructions while emergency units responded. At approximately 8 minutes into the... read more
More than two tons of food collected Monday
The cans of corn and boxes of macaroni and cheese have been tallied, and the results are amazing!  In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, HandsOn West Central Ohio partnered with Hits 105.5 to collect more than 4,800 pounds of food for four food pantries and soup kitchens in Darke, Logan, Miami and Shelby Counties. A program of Council on Rural Services... read more
Dayton Business Journal... Time Warner, Sinclair agree on TV deal
Jan. 17, 2011 - Two weeks after their broadcasting rights fee agreement expired, Time Warner Cable and Sinclair Broadcast Group have agreed in principle to a new contract. Terms will be made public when a final agreement is put into place in the next week. The tentative deal guaranteed none of Sinclair's (NASDAQ:SBGI) television stations would leave Time Warner cable networks at midnight Saturday. Executives at Time Warner (NYSE:TWC) and their counterparts... read more

Dayton Business Journal - Bankers group forecasts 2.1M new jobs in 2011
Economic recovery is going to take effort, but is not unreachable, according to the American Bankers Association’s Economic Advisory Committee. The 14-member committee on Friday predicted improvement in the economy could be realized this year. The committee anticipates that 2.1 million new jobs will be created in 2011... read more

Saluk says nearly 200 jobs saved or created in 2010 - By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Darke County Economic Development Director Marc Saluk told a standing room only crowd Saturday that the combined efforts of individuals and groups saved 80 Darke County jobs, and helped create about 110 new ones. “In 2010, there were 38 official county visits to local businesses to find out their needs and what we could do to help them... read more
Congressman John Boehner on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) Monday issued the following statement in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: "With words that continue to inspire, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. challenged our country to look inward and honor the promises our forebears made to secure the blessings of liberty.  Reverend King stressed faith and grace in his quest to achieve freedom and equality for all, preaching that the ‘time is always right to do what is right.’  Recent events have reminded us that whatever our differences may be, we can disagree without being disagreeable to each other, and we can seek to be right without being self-righteous.  Reverend King led a committed life, and it is right that we continue to honor his memory and reflect on his legacy."

Yahoo News... House panel wants Homeland Security documents - By Alan Fram, Associated Press
WASHINGTON – A House committee has asked the Homeland Security Department to provide documents about an agency policy that required political appointees to review many Freedom of Information Act requests, according to a letter obtained Sunday by The Associated Press... read more

Newsmax... The Best Country for Tax Simplicity - and the Worst
The typical small business in the United States might need to spend 187 hours a year to comply with the nation’s tax code. In the Indian Ocean nation of Maldives, compliance could take less than an hour - and in Brazil, 2,600 hours. The World Bank and the PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting firm devised an analysis of the world’s tax codes... read more
Truthout… What Does WikiLeaks Have on Bank of America? by Mary Bottari
Jan. 13, 2011 - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is promising to unleash a cache of secret documents from the hard drive of a U.S. megabank executive. In 2009, he told Computer World that the bank was Bank of America (BofA). In 2010, he told Forbes that the information was significant enough to "take down a bank or two," but that he needed time to lay out the information in a more user-friendly format... read more
Rasmussen Reports... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, January 15, 2011 - It’s back to business for the new Congress this coming week following the tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the killing of six others in Arizona. First up in the House is a vote to repeal the national health care bill passed last year by Democrats in the previous Congress. Although that vote in the Republican-led House... read more
Rasmussen Reports… 75% Want Health Care Law Changed - Friday, January 14, 2011
Voters overwhelmingly want to see last year’s health care law changed, but there is substantial disagreement about how best to do it. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 75% of Likely U.S. Voters want to change the law, while only 18% want it left alone. Those figures include 20%... read more

Politico… Tax reform on deck in the House, By Richard E. Cohen
Jan. 14, 2011 - Tax reform is on deck in the House, with hearings planned for next week in the Ways and Means Committee. Chairman Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) announced late Thursday that he will hold the first in a set of hearings on “fundamental” tax reform next Thursday... read more

Politico… Health care reform law back on House agenda for Tuesday - By Jake Sherman
Jan. 13, 2011 - The House will try to get back to normal next week, with the chamber coming back into session on Tuesday to reignite debate over repealing the health care reform law. “As the White House noted, it is important for Congress to get back to work, and to that end we will resume thoughtful consideration of the health care bill next week”... read more
msnbc… The emergency response in Tucson: Timeline shows ambulance delays - By Bill Dedman
How fast was the emergency response in Tucson? It depends on your perspective. The Pima County Sheriff's Office released on Friday a timeline of the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others, appearing to show the first ambulance arriving 20 minutes after the first 911 call came in. That information seemed to match reports... read more
Allen Keaser named Kiwanis Citizen of the Year
Allen Keaser, Greenville Township Fire Department volunteer, has been named the Greenville Kiwanis Citizen of the Year. Keaser and his wife Nancy recently spoke to Kiwanis about the Township’s mascot, Rage, and gave a history of Dalmations with fire departments. In addition to his service with the fire department, Keaser serves on both... read more… Reince Priebus elected RNC chairman; Michael Steele ends bid, By Andy Barr
Jan. 14, 2011 - Reince Priebus, who led the Wisconsin Republican Party to major gains in the 2010 midterm elections, won election as chairman of the Republican National Committee in a drawn-out balloting process Friday, ousting incumbent Chairman Michael Steele after a rocky two-year tenure. Priebus started out as the top vote-getter in the race, besting Steele by one vote on the first ballot. But it wasn’t until the seventh round of voting... read more

News Update from the Kasich Taylor Team:
On Monday, John Kasich was sworn in as Ohio’s 69th Governor and been working tirelessly to send the message that Ohio is open for business again. Below, you can find highlights of some of the Governor's activities in his first days in office. 1. Governor Kasich was sworn in as Ohio’s 69th Governor. See below for link to all activities noted. 2. Governor Kasich announced venture capitalist Mark Kvamme as the new Director of the Ohio... read more

Edison Community College Selects Four Candidates For President
Edison Community College has selected four finalists for the position of president and will bring each candidate to campus for two days between January 18 and 27. The selected candidate will replace outgoing president Dr. Kenneth Yowell, who will be retiring in April after 23 years at the helm of Edison... read more
Dayton Business Journal… Wright State University creates virtual humans for U.S. soldiers - Jan. 12, 2011
Wright State University students are working on a project aimed at relieving the culture shock facing soldiers deployed overseas. Their answer: virtual humans. The university’s Center of Excellence in Human-Centered Innovation was awarded a $530,000 grant to give soldiers realistic cultural training by creating virtual figures that feature personality and cultural representations of behaviors, mannerisms, facial expressions, speech... read more

Dayton Business Journal… Kasich addresses Dayton business leaders - Jan. 11, 2011
New Ohio Gov. John Kasich said the state of Ohio needs some quick wins to get on track. Kasich, the keynote speaker at the Dayton Development Coalition’s annual meeting on Tuesday, looked comfortable on stage as rifled through his plans to create a more business-friendly state. It was his first appearance since wrapping up... read more

Sojourners News Briefs - Jan. 13, 2010
The latest news on Religion, Obama Calls for Healing, Gabrielle Giffords, Jared Lee Loughner, Health-Care Repeal Vote, Home Foreclosures, 2010 Ties as Warmest Year on Record, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel, Sudan, and Select Op-Eds... Compiled by Duane Shank 01-13-2011... read more Tragedy may soften health debate - Jan. 13, 2011
When the House returns to the debate over repealing health care reform, the rhetoric most likely will be softer — but the lines of division are expected to be as hard as ever. The House is expected to return to Washington next week to a more subdued debate on repealing the health care reform law than it probably would have had a few... read more

Shelby County Ag Day Draws Farmers from Six Counties, By Justin Petrosino
OSU Extension, Shelby County, hosted its annual Ag Day on Monday, January 10th,at St. Michael’s Hall in Ft. Loramie. The event brought in farmers from six counties including Darke and state specialists from OSU and Purdue. Participants in the field day listened to experts speak about insect management, movement of phosphorus in our soils, managing the problem weed marestail, crop disease management, and many other topics... read more

From President Obama in Tucson, AZ
President Obama and the first lady have entered the auditorium in Tucson to thunderous applause and cheers from the thousands of people at the service. He is standing next to Daniel Hernandez, the intern who is credited with saving the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords; Michelle Obama is standing next to Giffords’s husband, Mark Kelly. (8:02 p.m.) A unique moment... read more
Boehner on Resolution Condemning Attacks - Jan. 12, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC –  Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) delivered remarks on the House floor today during consideration of a resolution condemning the tragic shooting in Tucson, AZ and honoring the victims. Following are Boehner’s remarks as prepared for delivery: “Today, we are called here to mourn. An unspeakable act of violence has taken six innocent lives, and left several more... read more
Kasich Inaugural Speech - Jan. 10, 2011
Well, I have to start by thanking my great family, my little daughters, Emma and Reese, coming up on their 16th birthday. Almost. They act like it. They'll be 11 here on the 16th of January and it's very exciting for them. Whenever I leave the room at night, often Emma says, "Daddy, I love you." Sweeter words were never heard, Sweetheart. And my little daughter Reese, the other jewel that's in my sky, she gives me those little hugs. And when I get ready to make a big speech, she says, "Daddy, keep it short... read more
Sojourners… Daily Digest
Jan. 11, 2011 - The latest news on Gabrielle Giffords, Jared Lee Loughner, Spirit of Unity After Arizona Shootings, Abortion Rates Plateau, Arizona Immigration Law, California Social Services Cuts, Aghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, South Sudan Vote, and Select Op-Eds. Compiled by Duane Shank... read more
Rasmussen Reports… Voters Still See Democratic Agenda in Congress As More Extreme than GOP’s
Jan. 11, 2011 - Voters continue to feel the Republican agenda in Congress is less extreme than that of congressional Democrats. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters now describe the agenda of Republicans in Congress as mainstream, while nearly as many (38%) view it as extreme. Twenty percent (20%) are not sure. At the same time, 38% of voters think the agenda of Democrats in Congress... read more Lawmakers face the new normal
Jan. 11, 2011 - He had never thought twice about going to the grocery store, until Sunday. But Rep. Steve Cohen went anyway, padding down the aisles and accepting well wishes from constituents as unnerved as he was by the shooting of his friend Rep. Gabrielle Giffords the day before. A young man approached Cohen, slow seeming, a little out of it, telling the lawmaker that he thought the government was waging war against the people, before moving on... read more
Boehner extends State of the Union invitation - Joint Session of Congress Will Convene January 25th
WASHINGTON, DC –  U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-West Chester) today sent a letter to the President formally inviting him to deliver a State of the Union address.  The Joint Session of Congress will take place on January 25, 2011, in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol.  The text of the letter can be found below... read more
Green runs for Muncipal Court Judge
GREENVILLE-Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jesse J.  Green has filed his petition to run as a Republican candidate for  Municipal Court judge for the term to commence on January 1, 2012. Jesse had served as an assistant prosecutor in Darke County since 1993. He is a member and past president of the Darke County Bar Association, He is also a member of the... read more… Obama's State Dept. Removes Mother, Father From Passports
Jan. 9, 2011 - In what seems to be a diplomatic effort at extreme political correctness and a nod to gay rights groups, the Obama administration is removing the words “mother” and “father” from U.S. passport applications and replacing them with “gender neutral” terminology. Mom and dad will now be referred to rather coldly as “parent one” and “parent two.”

 Conservative Christian groups are outraged over the decision... read more… News Briefs
Jan. 10, 2011 - Tom DeLay Sentenced to Three Years in Prison
Jason Leopold, Truthout: "A federal judge Monday sentenced former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to three years in prison for his role in orchestrating a scheme to illegally funnel nearly $200,000 in corporate cash to Texas political candidates in 2002."... read more

Rasmussen Reports… Support for Public Employee Unions Declines
Jan. 10, 2011 - With states across the country finding that benefits for public workers are becoming nearly impossible to fund in the current economic climate, support for public employee unions has fallen. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 45% of Americans now at least somewhat favor unions for public employees, while the identical number (45%) are opposed to them. These findings include 21% who Strongly Favor such unions versus 30% who are... read more
Greenville Holds first Power of the Pen competition
GREENVILLE – Greenville Junior High School held its first Power of the Pen Regional Competition Saturday, with Greenville JHS Eighth Grader Christal Smith and Mississinawa Valley JHS Seventh Grader Chance Garber taking Best of Round honors. Smith earned Best of Round for the first of three Eighth Grade prompts… “Taking it was easy... read more
Insider Report from…
Jan. 9, 2011 - Headlines: 1. BP Explosion Led to ‘Oil Spill Hysteria’
   2. Beijing Boosts Wages Amid Fears of Unrest
   3. Romney, Palin Lead in Early New Hampshire Poll
   4. ‘Ridiculous Lawsuits’ Are No Laughing Matter
   5. Website Shows Real ‘Cost’ of Taxes
   6. We Heard: Harry Reid, John Boehner... read more

Rasmussen Reports… Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Jan. 8, 2011 - The Washington landscape for the next two years began to take shape this past week, with Republicans taking charge of the House and President Obama shaking up his White House staff to meet the challenge of his new, energized opposition. The new House’s first significant move is expected next week when it is likely to vote to repeal the national health care plan passed by congressional Democrats last March... read more

text… Arizona Shooting Sets Off Debate on Violent Political Rhetoric
Jan. 8, 2011 - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona) and seventeen others were shot Saturday after a gunman opened fire at a public event in Tucson, law-enforcement sources confirmed. Six people were killed, including a federal judge, an aide to Giffords and a nine-year-old girl. 

The 40-year-old Arizona Democrat was shot in the head once at point-blank range... read more… Tea Party, Palin blamed for Shooting; but Shooter Linked to Leftwing Politics
Jan. 9, 2011 - As U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords fights for her life after a mad gunman shot her on Saturday, some Democrats and major media have moved to pin the blame for her attack on the tea party movement and conservatives like Sarah Palin, despite the fact that the shooter was both deranged and fascinated by leftwing politics. Giffords' Democratic colleague, Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva, told Mother Jones magazine... read more

From the Kasich Team... Just after midnight, Jan. 10, 2011 - "We are thrilled to let you know that John Kasich and Mary Taylor were just sworn in as our Governor and Lt. Governor of Ohio! As Ohioans, we can be proud of this team and know that they will work tirelessly to bring jobs back to our great state. With your help, we won the election but now the hard work of governing begins and we need you to stay involved. Please continue to share your ideas and stay tuned for future updates."… House postpones healthcare vote after attack on Giffords
Jan. 8, 2011 - House Republicans are postponing a vote to repeal the healthcare law scheduled for next week after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in Arizona.

 Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said in a statement late Saturday that “all legislation currently scheduled to be considered by the House of Representatives next week is being postponed so that we can take whatever actions may be necessary in light of today’s tragedy... read more

Columbus Dispatch… 200 state jobs moved to civil service
Jan. 6, 2011 - Two hundred state employees have been granted civil-service protections since the November election, shielding them from the normal firings that occur with a change of administration. Records released to The Dispatch yesterday by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services show state agencies responsible for transportation and services for disabled Ohioans moved the largest number of employees to protected status... read more Death Toll From Arizona Shooting Spree
A shooting at a town hall-style event Saturday in Tucson, Ariz., left six dead, including a federal judge, and critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who police said was the target of the attack... read more

text… Giffords Wounded, Federal Judge Killed in Arizona Shooting
Jan. 8, 2011 - A shooting rampage at a town hall-style event Saturday in Tucson, Ariz., left at least five dead (later updated to six), including a federal judge, and critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who is in intensive care but expected to survive after being shot in the head at close range. The gunman, who sources identify to Fox News as 22-year-old... read more
Columbus Dispatch... For $1, Kasich hires private help to spur job creation
Jan. 6, 2011 - A prominent venture capitalist from Silicon Valley has agreed to run the Ohio Department of Development essentially free to help transition it to a private jobs organization, Gov.-elect John Kasich plans to announce on Friday. Mark Kvamme, a partner at Sequoia Capital in Menlo Park, Calif., will serve as department director on an interim.... read more
Garst Museum names new director
Jan. 8, 2011 - The Board of Directors of the Darke County Historical Association, Garst Museum, is pleased to announce the hiring of Clay Johnson, Ph.D. as its next executive director. He replaces retiring director, Penny Perry. Uniquely qualified for the position of executive director, Clay holds a Ph.D. in Public History with History and Public Administration from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan... read more
Columbus Dispatch... Jobs still trail state incentives
Jan. 6, 2011 - Report: Ohio didn’t follow up when employers who got 76 awards fell 7,000 workers short - The state often has failed to take action when companies don’t create or keep jobs in return for tax credits and other assistance, and it’s difficult to track whether companies comply with their agreements, a new report concludes. Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray released the report to the legislature today as required by a 2009 law... read more

Dayton Daily News... 10,000 Ohio jobs put at risk by new cuts in defense spending
Jan. 7, 2011 - The Defense Department’s announcement Thursday that it will cancel production of a new amphibious-assault vehicle for the Marine Corps puts at risk 10,000 jobs and a potential $2 billion economic impact in Ohio over the next six to seven years, the manufacturer General Dynamics Corp. said. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rep. Mike Turner, R-Centerville, urged that the government complete prototype testing... read more

Dayton Business Journal... Report: Health care reform repeal to kill 250k jobs
Jan. 7, 2011 - Research group says repealing health care reform would be ‘job killer’ and cost 250,000 jobs. A national nonpartisan research group says repealing health care reform would destroy more than 250,000 jobs over the next decade. The new U.S. House of Representatives leadership, including House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester, has proposed to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care reform law... read more

Commissioners sign $14.7 million 2011 budget - By Bob Robinson
Jan. 5, 2011 - Commissioners signed a $14,728,394.14 General Fund Budget for 2011 Wednesday, an increase of more than $176,000 over the 2010 Budget. Revenues, however, are expected to decrease by nearly $300,000... read more
Boehner 61st Speaker of the House - Opening Session of 112th Congress
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today delivered the following remarks to the opening session of the 112th Congress. “Madam Speaker, thank you for your kind words, and thank you for your service... read more
Locals see Boehner Ceremony - By Bob Robinson - Jan. 5, 2011
What do 22,000 phone calls get you? For 11 Darke Countians, the experience of a lifetime. Four buses, loaded with residents of the Miami Valley, headed for Washington, D.C., Tuesday morning and arrived yesterday evening. Today more than 400 people, including the supporters from Darke County... read more
Commissioners start year with a bang - By Bob Robinson - Jan. 4, 2011
Something old, something new… It’s not a bride preparing for her wedding day; it’s the first day out in 2011 for the new Darke County Commissioners. Something new? Recently elected Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall takes his seat, replacing retired 5-term Commissioner Terry Haworth. Something new? Commissioner and 2011 President... read more
Commissioners request public input - Jan. 3, 2011
We, the Board of Darke County Commissioners are facing a serious dilemma.  
Back on December 20, 2010, in our Regular Agenda Session, Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein, attended our meeting and spoke to Commissioners Haworth, Delaplane & Rhoades, regarding his 2011 Appropriations that he submitted early in December, 2010... read more
Melville case ‘unfinished business’ - By Bob Robinson
It pulled at my heart strings to the point I took a lone flower and placed it on her casket when her remains were re-interred in the county cemetery. Jane Doe was positively identified in July 2009 as 18-year-old Jeanne Marie Melville. She was exhumed from the Darke County Home Cemetery for the second and last time a month later on Aug. 6 at 1 p.m. Her remains were returned to her home in Green Bay, Wis... read more
An informed public makes better government - By Bob Robinson - Part 1 of two parts
“What I do want,” said Darke County Commissioner-elect Mike Stegall, “is for you… the Advocate, Early Bird, Policy… to ask questions.” He intends to do his job; he wants the Fourth Estate to do theirs. “The more informed people are about their government, the better it will be,” he said. “Question! Question with boldness… you’ll never get a complaint from me.”... read more
Stegall talks about traits he’ll bring to office - By Bob Robinson - Part two of two
“We’re both Alpha Males,” Darke County Commissioner-elect Mike Stegall said, referring to Commissioner Mike Rhoades and himself. “That’s why there are three of us.” He said he’d heard that people expected Rhoades and him to butt heads. Stegall acknowledged they probably will. “(Greenville Township Trustee) Bill Kelly has a strong personality… we argue… we disagree, but we’re still friends”... read more

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