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FoxNews.com... 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.
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FoxNews.com... 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.
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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.
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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.
Politico.com... 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.
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FoxNews.com... 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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

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Foxnews.com… 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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Insider Report from Newsmax.com
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

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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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

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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

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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
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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
Politico.com… 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

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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

Politico.com... 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

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From Politico.com... 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
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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
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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
Politico.com... 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
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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
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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
Newsmax.com… 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

Truthout.org… 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

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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
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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 Newsmax.com…
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
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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

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Truthout.org… 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
Newsmax.com… 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."

TheHill.com… 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

FoxNews.com... 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

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Foxnews.com… 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
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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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