deadline looms, default or compromise? By
Brown & Manu Raju
7/29/11 - Washington awoke Friday morning to a possibility that has
been widely shrugged off for weeks, but suddenly seems chillingly real:
Could the government actually default? The delay and disintegration of
a House vote on the debt limit late Thursday is the latest sign that
Congress is mired in legislative gridlock just four days before the
Aug. 2 deadline for lifting the country’s borrowing authority. House
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) vowed to return to his bill Friday...
suggested by Democrats, By Carrie Budoff Brown
7/28/11 - Democrats are aiming for a debt-limit compromise similar to
the House Republican plan, with at least one major difference: The
second vote on raising the debt ceiling would not depend on Congress
passing a broader deficit-reduction package. The shape of this
potential compromise meshes major elements of the proposals offered in
recent weeks by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Minority
Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry...
economy slowed to
snail’s pace in second quarter
GDP comes in at 1.3 percent pace, much slower than expected - The U.S.
economy slowed to a crawl in the second quarter as consumer spending
stalled amid higher gasoline prices. The Commerce Department’s first
estimate of second quarter growth, released Friday, came in at a 1.3
percent rate, much lower than the consensus estimate of around 1.8
percent. What’s more, first-quarter output was sharply revised down to
a 0.4 percent pace from 1.9 percent...
The Economist: Media’s ageing audiences... Peggy Sue got old
7/25/11 - Viewers, listeners and readers are ageing fast. Oddly, media
companies don’t regard that as a catastrophe… A FEW years ago Universal
Music Group spied a gap in the market. How about a CD for people who
grew up in the 1950s and wanted to revisit the pop music of their
youth? The label pulled together songs by British and American artists,
some well-known (Buddy...
Business Journal... Ohio
in top 10 worst for job losses
Monday, July 25, 2011 - Following Friday’s unsettling news that Ohio’s
unemployment rate is climbing again, a new analysis of federal payroll
data puts the state in dubious company for its job-loss track record
over the past five years. A report by the Business Journals, the online
arm of Dayton Business Journal parent American City Business Journals ,
found Ohio’s nonfarm payroll dropped 6 percent to 5.1 million between
June 2006 and last month, marking the ninth-worth...
Forget perfect, make deal, By David Rogers
7/26/11 - Markets slid Tuesday after a White House veto threat and
embarrassed House Republicans had to pull back their debt ceiling bill
after new cost estimates showed the measure fell well short of its
promised savings. Speaker John Boehner hopes to rebound still with a
floor vote Thursday, but his strong ally, Senate Minority Leader Mitch
McConnell, warned that it is time for leaders of both parties to “get
back together” and be prepared to accept a solution to the debt...
Dayton Business Journal... Report:
Technology withdrawal leads many to despair,
by DBJ Staff
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - As the Internet and other digital technology
becomes even more entrenched in the lives of people, it also can lead
to despair when it’s not available. A new study into the impact of
online and digital technology on people’s lives in the UK found more
than half of people feel upset at the prospect of being without the
Internet even for a short time. The study of 1,000 individuals was
Dayton Business Journal... Foreclosures
lead to long-term vacancies, by Ginger Christ
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - The rise in foreclosures could lead to a
long-term increase in vacancies, according to Federal Reserve Bank of
Cleveland researcher Stephan Whitaker. Even though foreclosures can be
attractive buys given their low prices, many remain unoccupied for
months, even years, after being purchased. According to Whitaker’s
research, foreclosures maintain about a 15...
draws pols’ eyes to markets, By Manu Raju
7/26/11 - A growing number of lawmakers fear only one thing can bring
the fight over raising the national debt limit to an end: market
turmoil. Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are nervously
watching financial markets and ratings agencies for fresh signals that
they must overcome a bitter impasse that has left both parties digging
in and has put the health of the economy on the line. It’s another sign
of how far Washington has moved from hopes of reaching a sweeping
Obama, Congress more than default, By Carrie
& Ben White
7/27/11 - It’s not the default that strikes the most fear in the White
House and Congress these days. It’s the downgrade. Even Republican
leaders say the country can’t go into default, and they’ll do
everything possible to raise the debt limit by Aug. 2. But what really
haunts the administration is the very real prospect, stoked two weeks
ago by Standard & Poor’s, that Barack Obama could go down in
history as the president who presided over his country’s loss of its
report on the news industry: Bulletins from the future
7/7/2011 - The internet has turned the news industry upside down,
making it more participatory, social, diverse and partisan—as it used
to be before the arrival of the mass media, says Tom Standage - EVEN IF
YOU are not a news junkie, you will have noticed that your daily news
has undergone a transformation. Television newscasts now include
amateur videos, taken from video-sharing websites such as YouTube,
covering events like the Arab spring or the Japanese tsunami...
Health Care Freedom Amendment signatures
Petitioners have met Constitutional requirements to place issue on
November ballot - 7/28/11 - COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted
today certified 426,998 signatures for a Constitutional Amendment
related to the federal healthcare reform legislation, meeting the
necessary requirements to place the amendment on the 2011 November
ballot. Petitioners needed 385,245 signatures or 10 percent of the...
Business Journal... Business
travel on rise as economy rebounds, by Laura
Sunday, July 24, 2011 - Business travel, once a perk or headache of
many an executive, slowed in recent years by a flattened economy and
better teleconferencing equipment. But times are changing and the
business community is again packing overnight bags and booking flights
and hotels. With economic winds gathering speed, business travel has
increased 6.3 percent this year. In the first half of 2011, an
estimated $62.2 billion was spent on business travel nationwide. By...
Welch rises as
liberal voice of reason, By Marin Cogan
& Jake Sherman
7/24/11 - Democratic Rep. Peter Welch doesn’t scream on the House floor
to get attention. He doesn’t gesticulate wildly on the split screen.
And he seems to naturally get along with the conservative lawmakers who
should be his sworn enemies in the debt-limit debate. In a medium that
favors heat and light, the nebbishy, soft-spoken liberal from Vermont
has quickly become an unlikely spokesman for the left on the debt
limit. He is just as comfortable making the progressive case...
Darke County Sheriff’s Office... 22-Month-Old
7/27/11 - Child listed in critical condition at Children’s Hospital -
On July 26th, 2011 at approximately 2:20 PM, Darke County Sheriff’s
Deputies along with the Pitsburg Fire Department, Arcanum Rescue and
Careflight were dispatched to 4189 Swinger Road in reference to a
possible drowning. Preliminary investigation revealed a 22 month old
child was playing near a private pond while other children were...
Dayton Business Journal... Teamsters
hit Bud distributor with EPA complaint, by Joe
Saturday, July 23, 2011 - Teamsters Local Union 957 is turning up the
heat on Dayton-based Heidelberg Distributing Co. Just a few weeks after
launching a public campaign against one of the region’s largest beer
wholesalers, the union announced it filed a complaint Friday with the
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency alleging that Heidelberg dumped
contaminated water into a storm water...
Craft Separate Debt Plans as Bipartisan Talks Hit ‘Deadlock’
Published July 24, 2011 - Unable to find common ground, Republicans and
Democrats worked Sunday to prepare separate fallback plans for raising
the debt ceiling as they tried to provide some assurance to the global
financial markets that the country will not default on its obligations.
But Asian stocks fell Monday after the U.S. leaders failed to reach a
deal. Japan’s Nikkei 225 was off .6 percent at 10,068.6 points, while
China’s Shanghai Composite Index declined by a...
eyes now on John
Boehner and Harry Reid, By David Rogers
7/24/11 - With markets waking, Washington’s debt standoff worsened
significantly Sunday amid recriminations and distrust just eight days
before the real threat on an unprecedented default. Having broken off
talks last Friday with the White House, Speaker John Boehner is still
trying to achieve much of the same $3 trillion package in a two-stage
process tied to raising the debt ceiling in increments of $900 billion
first and then about $1.6 trillion next year...
Press from Foxnews.com... Norwegian
Suspect Wanted European
Published July 24, 2011 - OSLO, Norway – The man blamed for
killing at least 93 people during terrorist attacks on Norway’s
government headquarters and an island retreat for young people wanted
to trigger an anti-Muslim revolution in Norwegian society, his lawyer
said Sunday. An Oslo district court judge decided Monday to hold the
arraignment for the suspect in the twin attacks in Norway behind closed
doors. Judge Kim Heger made the decision on a request from...
Congressman Boehner on GOP Spending Cut Plan… “It’s Reasonable, It’s
Responsible, It Can
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a press conference with Republican leaders today,
Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) urged President Obama to
support Republicans’ common-sense, two-step plan to cut spending and
prevent a national default. Following are text and video of
Congressman Boehner’s remarks: “I think I made it pretty clear last
night: the President is looking for a blank...
Dayton Business Journal... Ohio
jobless rate climbs, first bump in 20 months,
by DBJ Staff
Friday, July 22, 2011 - Ohio’s unemployment rate increased in June for
the first time in nearly two years to hit 8.8 percent, the state
Department of Job and Family Services reported Friday. The state’s
unemployment rate grew from 8.6 percent in May. The jobless rate has
fallen or held steady since September 2009, when unemployment stood at
10.6 percent. The increase in the jobless rate...
Markets get Nervous, and the Debate Goes On
County News Online has been following the Debt Ceiling debate as the
deadline continues to grow closer. Amidst references to no Social
Security checks, Medicare defaults and no pay for the military from the
President’s Office and a required budget cut equal to or greater than
the debt increase from the Speaker’s Office, the far right has said
“let it happen” and the...
Barack Obama… Both
Parties Have a Responsibility to Solve this Problem
Good evening. Tonight, I want to talk about the debate we’ve
having in Washington over the national debt -- a debate that directly
affects the lives of all Americans. For the last decade, we’ve spent
more money than we take in. In the year 2000, the government
a budget surplus. But instead of using it to pay off our
the money was spent on trillions of dollars in new tax cuts, while two
wars and an expensive prescription drug program were simply added to
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)
July 25, 2011 - “Good evening. I’m John Boehner. I serve as Speaker of
the whole House -- of the members of both parties that you elect. These
are difficult times in the life of our nation. Millions are looking for
work, have been for some time, and the spending binge going on in
Washington is a big part of the reason why. “Before I served in
Congress, I ran a small business in Ohio. I was amazed at how different
Washington DC operated than every business in America...
Business Journal... Borders
starts liquidation sales, by Barton Eckert,
Friday, July 22, 2011 - A federal bankruptcy judge has approved Borders
Group ‘s plan to liquidate and the company commenced
going-out-of-business sales at some of its remaining 399 locations on
Friday. The 40-year-old bookstore chain also reported Friday
Books-A-Million wanting to buy 30 to 35 of the Borders (Nasdaq: BGPIQ)
stores. The deal would save about 1,500 jobs, according to a Borders
lawyer. Borders now has 10,700 employees. Borders now has 10,700
requested by House GOP, By Jake Sherman
7/22/11 - Private talks between Speaker John Boehner and President
Barack Obama have left GOP lawmakers on edge — frustrated about an
information gap, ill prepared for quick review of any potential
mega-deal and, perhaps most worrisome for Boehner, wary of anything
their party leaders tell them. Rapidly shifting developments on deficit
talks Thursday left House Republicans surprised when they learned that
Boehner and Obama had returned to discussions...
senators angry about being left out, By Manu
7/21/11 - The White House faced a near rebellion from senators who were
blindsided by word of a possible deal between President Barack Obama
and House Speaker John Boehner, with Democrats worried the president
would cave on taxes while Republicans complained about being left in
the dark on a potentially historic deficit plan. Furious Democrats
directed their ire squarely at Obama’s budget director, Jack Lew, at a
closed-door lunch meeting, while Republicans peppered...
shakes up Assembly, By Jim Siegel
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - Many senators get seats without Ohioans
voting - You could forgive Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus if he
needs to bring a roster with him to his Republican caucus meetings. In
less than seven months, the president has been forced to appoint six
new GOP members, including two last week, as sitting senators accept
other opportunities in the public and private sectors. In a little more
than six months, Ohio already has set a record for Senate...
prospect of short-term deal, By Jennifer
7/20/11 - Top congressional Democrats pushed back on the idea that
President Barack Obama would support a short-term debt deal after
meeting with him at the White House on Wednesday afternoon. The
president “made it clear that he has not changed his position,” Senate
Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told reporters after the Democratic
leaders returned to Capitol Hill. “He believes that a short-term debt
ceiling extension is not in the best interest of our economy...
Tightens Belt through Top-Bottom Review
By Josh Mandel, State Treasurer of Ohio - As State Treasurer, I talk to
Ohioans every day about the issues facing local families, farms and
businesses. People across the Buckeye state are tightening
belts, and they expect government to do the same. I take my
as fiscal watchdog over the hard-earned tax dollars of 11.5 million
Ohioans very seriously, and have been working to lead by example...
The News and the Voters… America
reacts to the stalemate in Washington
The News… Newsmax: WASHINGTON — A grim-faced President Barack Obama
convened fresh talks Saturday with congressional leaders aimed at
averting a national financial default in just 10 days, shortly after
the latest comments from both sides suggested no breakthrough was in
sight. Obama: "We can come together for the good of the country and
art of the
policy rider vendetta, By Darren Goode
7/18/11 - Congress doesn’t want Ken Salazar to have a personal chef or
Eric Holder to buy first-class airline tickets. Those two Cabinet
members have it easy — an angry appropriations cardinal once saw to it
that a Reagan-era Health and Human Services secretary had a smaller car
than everyone else. Earmarks may have gone away, but picayune policy
riders are still peppering appropriations...
contest all set for your ideas, By Ben Geier
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - Organizers hope exercise helps find a viable
solution - Think you could do a better job than politicians at drawing
legislative and congressional districts? Your chance is now. The League
of Women Voters of Ohio, the Midwest Democracy Network and Ohio Citizen
Action kicked off a competition yesterday to allow Ohioans to create
their own new maps for the Ohio House and Senate, and the U.S. House of
Representatives. “We are here today to...
backing marriage act repeal effort, By
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama endorsed
a bill by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California to repeal the
federal Defense of Marriage Act, another step in what the president has
termed his evolving views on same-sex marriage. “The president has long
called for a legislative repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage
Act, which continues to have a real impact on the lives of real people
- our families, friends and neighbors...
Dayton Business Journal… U.S.
News ranks Dayton hospitals, by DBJ Staff
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - U.S News and World Report has ranked the top
Dayton hospitals with Kettering Medical Center claiming the No. 1 spot.
The medical center has 10 high-performing specialties, compared to nine
high-performing specialties from the second place finishers. The No. 2
ranking was shared by three hospitals: Good Samaritan Hospital and
Health Center, Grandview Medical...
see Senate, House GOP go separate ways, By
& Manu Raju
7/20/11 - Senate Republicans are starting to send a message to their
increasingly isolated House counterparts: It’s time to abandon the hard
line or face a public backlash. Whether it’s the top two Senate
leaders’ plan to avert a debt crisis or the recently resurrected Gang
of Six framework, most senators have shown interest in the kind of
bipartisan compromise that provides political cover to all involved.
But House Republicans leaped further to the right this week, endorsing
a Cut, Cap...
bundlers flee political ‘machine’, By Ben
7/21/11 - When Senator Barack Obama began running for president in
2007, a small handful of determined, inspired supporters found a new
political calling. A new group of professionals - from a San Juan
jewelry story owner to a West Coast biotech executive - raised hundreds
of thousands of dollars each for him and their “bundling” was crucial
in helping Obama offset Hillary Clinton’s profound financial and
Columbus Dispatch... Poll:
Kasich’s approval rating takes a dive, By
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - Despite signing a historic budget, Gov. John
Kasich’s approval rating took a dive among Ohio voters, a new poll
released today shows. Exactly half of Ohioans disapprove of the
Republican governor’s performance, while 35 percent approve, the
Quinnipiac Poll says. Two months ago it was 49 percent disapproving and
38 percent approving. And the push to repeal Senate Bill 5, supported
strongly by Kasich and most legislative Republicans...
the Speaker of
Dear Colleague, Our economy is not creating enough jobs, and the
policies coming out of Washington are a big reason why.
of Washington, we have a tax code that is stifling job
Because of Washington, we have a debt crisis that is sowing uncertainty
and sapping the confidence of small businesses. Because of
Washington, our children are financing a government spending binge that
Dayton Business Journal... Ohio
leads nation in toxic air pollution, by Ginger
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - Ohioans are subject to the most industrial
toxic air pollution, according to a recent study. Ohio’s toxic air
pollution levels are 36 percent higher than any other state in the
country, according to an analysis of Environmental Protection Agency’s
Toxics Release Inventory by the Natural Resources Defense Council and
the Physicians for Social Responsibility...
lawmakers key players in debt debate, By
Monday, July 18, 2011 - While Boehner looks for compromise, Rep. Jordan
doesn’t fear a U.S. default - WASHINGTON - Deep divisions among Ohio
lawmakers mirror the broad chasm separating Democrats and Republicans
on how to increase the federal government’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling
by Aug. 2. One Ohio lawmaker is a central figure in the debate. Another
is a former White House budget director who is guiding his fellow
Republicans on the technicalities of the debt...
Business Journal... Report:
Security breaches alarm executives, by Laura
Monday, July 18, 2011 - Nearly two-thirds of IT business leaders
estimate their company experiences three or more security breaches
annually, a recent survey shows. Robert Half Technology polled 1,400
technology executives nationwide to examine their top concerns.
Twenty-four percent who participated said they worry most about keeping
sensitive data secure at a time when many companies have had security
compromises. That level of concern also is found at the local level...
Business Journal... Small
business lending up 20% at Ohio credit unions
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - Small business lending by Ohio credit unions
was up 20 percent during the first quarter of the year, according to a
recent report. During the first quarter, Ohio credit unions originated
$28.4 million in business loans, up 20 percent from $23.7 million
during the first quarter of 2010, according to the Ohio Credit Union
League’s Quarterly Performance Summary. Loans were originated by 101 of
Ohio’s 384 credit unions. As of March 31, credit unions reported...
cuts 6.6% from budget
Darke County Probate/Juvenile Judge Jason Aslinger recently submitted
the Court’s preliminary 2012 budget to the Darke County Commissioners.
The proposed budget cuts expenditures from $2,075,608 to $1,938,767, a
reduction of $133,841 (or 6.6%) from 2011 to 2012. The Commissioners
approved the preliminary budget. One significant cut was achieved by
not replacing a probation officer who resigned...
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Richard
Cordray caught in the middle as GOP, Obama wrestle over Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau, By Stephen Koff,
Dealer - Tuesday, July 19, 2011
WASHINGTON --- Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray appears
caught in a political no-man’s land only hours after his nomination as
the nation’s new consumer-lending cop. President Barack Obama, standing
alongside Cordray, 52 in the White House Rose Garden, vowed Monday...
filings for June continue increasing
COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that 6,831 new
entities filed to do business in Ohio in June. So far in 2011 (January,
February, March, April, May and June), the Secretary of State’s office
has assisted with 44,443 new business filings. This is an increase from
last year’s 41,891 new business filings during the same time period.
“The number of new business selecting Ohio as the place to do business
is heading in the right direction,” said Husted...
Plain Dealer... Ohio’s
credit outlook upgraded by Standard & Poor’s,
Saturday, July 16, 2011 - Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services
upgraded Ohio’s credit outlook on Friday, a forecast that bodes well
for the economically challenged state’s future borrowing needs.
kept the state’s rating at AA+, but improved the outlook from negative
to stable. The change means S&P expects Ohio to be a better
risk going forward, said Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols, and if the
state’s rating is eventually upgraded to AAA, the highest rating, that
conflict’ keeps Kasich away, By Joe Vardon and
7/17/11 - The Ohio Republican Party’s biggest event of the year will be
minus the state party’s most recognizable star. When hundreds of GOP
donors and politicians gather in Cleveland for the state party’s annual
dinner on Friday, Gov. John Kasich won’t be there to toast his
legislative triumphs or rev up the troops for a fall defense of Senate
Bill 5. Instead, Kasich has an “economic development event” scheduled
for early Friday in southwestern Ohio and “two other meetings” set...
yields corporate headquarters
By Bob Robinson, Photos by Jessica Transue - Integrity Ambulance has
ceremonial groundbreaking for business park on Martin Street. As
temperatures approached the 90-degree mark Tuesday morning, public
officials and business leaders gathered under the shade of trees in the
Greenville Inn parking lot on Martin Street. They announced the
ceremonial groundbreaking for Integrity...
Columbus Dispatch... Ohioans
will get a health exchange, By Joe Vardon and
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - DAYTON - Although Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor
repeatedly has ripped the new federal health-care law, the Kasich
administration still plans to fully implement it in Ohio. Gov. John
Kasich said yesterday that plans are moving forward to create a
statewide marketplace or exchange for health insurance, as mandated by
the Affordable Care Act championed by President Barack...
Dayton Business Journal... Movie
studios pare back on-screen smoking, by Laura
Saturday, July 16, 2011 - Three motion picture companies have cut back
on-screen smoking incidents almost 96 percent in films directed toward
children and teens after implementing policies to reduce tobacco use in
movies, a recent study shows. Overall, the number of tobacco-related
incidents in films rated G, PG and PG-13 declined almost 72 percent in
the past five years, but...
the whole boat’ By Josh Gerstein & Ben
7/18/11 - The warnings are apocalyptic. “Armageddon,” President Barack
Obama intones. “Catastrophic,” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner
insists. “Calamitous,” Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke
admonishes. But suppose — just suppose — the unthinkable happens:
Despite all the talk of deals — small, medium or large — and of clever
ways to pass the political buck, Congress and Obama can’t agree on
legislation to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling before...
Conservatives Will Not Support McConnell Debt ‘Cop-Out’
Published July 17, 2011 - House conservatives will not support Senate
Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s backup plan to raise the debt
ceiling, a leading House conservative told “Fox News Sunday,” calling
it a “cop-out.” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, chairman of the Republican
Study Committee, slammed a plan that is looking increasingly vital as
deficit-reduction talks aimed at a “grand bargain” lose steam. With
time running out to reach a deal and credit rating agencies...
McConnell plan, By Manu Raju & Abby
7/17/11 - The House and Senate are on a collision course this week over
a compromise plan to raise the national debt limit, with enraged
conservatives trying to derail the deal even if it risks an economic
default. Top senators from both parties are increasingly focusing on an
emerging proposal by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to give President Barack
Obama the authority to raise the national debt ceiling with...
Dayton Business Journal... Ohio
among Top 10 manufacturing states, by DBJ Staff
Monday, July 18, 2011 - Ohio is among the top 10 states in the country
in reliance on the manufacturing industry for its economy. An analysis
from The Business Journals On Numbers of new federal data indicates
that 16.74 percent of Ohio’s gross state product (GSP) is generated by
manufacturing. That adds up to $79.9 billion annually for Ohio, out of
a total state GSP of $477.7 billion, and...
Dayton Business Journal... Colleges
collect less from credit card deals, by Ginger
Monday, July 18, 2011 - Credit card companies paid U.S. colleges less
money last year for allowing them to market to students on campus. In
2010, credit card issuers paid $73 million to colleges through
marketing agreements, down 14 percent from $85 million in 2009,
according to a Federal Reserve report. And only 1,004 institutions had
marketing agreements with credit card companies last...
They Told Us:
Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, July 16, 2011 - President Obama continues to insist that tax
increases be part of any deal to raise the federal debt ceiling before
he agrees to the level of spending cuts Republicans are seeking. But
most voters don’t see it that way. In fact, just 34% of Likely U.S.
Voters think a tax hike should be included in any legislation to raise
the debt ceiling. Of course, there is a huge partisan divide on the
question. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Democrats want a tax hike in the
Kasich’s Week in Review... Saturday,
July 9 through Friday, July 15, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011 - Gov. John R. Kasich visited with senior
citizens in Sandusky to talk about reforms in the state budget that
will help provide them with the choice to remain in their own home
rather than entering a nursing home. - Kasich appointed James C.
Boland, Steven A. Davis, E. Gordon Gee, C. Martin Harris, Gary R.
Heminger, Mark D. Kvamme, Bob McDonald and Pamela Springer to the board
of directors of JobsOhio, the state’s new private, nonprofit
Buchy’s Omnibus Agriculture Legislation
COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) today
attended the ceremonial signing of House Bill 229, which will make a
number of changes to Ohio law in order to allow for added flexibility,
interaction and efficiency in the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s
regulatory interactions. The provisions for the bill were developed in
collaboration with the Ohio Department of Agriculture under the
leadership of Director Zehringer (Fort Recovery). These
provisions are all...
debt talks, GOP
suffers from lack of lead messenger, By Jake
7/14/11 - Republicans think they have an easy message to sell to
voters: Slash the size of government and stop tax increases. But a
sideshow has percolated on Capitol Hill: There are too many Republican
messengers with too many messages — often undercutting one another — as
the nation teeters on the brink of financial default. It’s a problem
for a party searching for a national...
Darke County Sheriff’s Office... One
dead, one seriously injured following US 127 crash
ANSONIA - On July 16th, 2011 at 01:12 hours, the Darke County 911
Center took a call of a serious 2 vehicle crash at the intersection of
US127 & SR47. Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Rescue,
Ansonia Fire and Careflight responded to the scene. Preliminary
investigation revealed a Ford F150 truck driven by Michael Short of
Chillicothe was eastbound on State Route 47 when it...
CNO's June Top Ten… Top
exclusive interview with Don Wright
was a Cow Town…
and people had fun!
“This was a wonderful place back then,” he said. “It had the greatest
bunch of old men you could have found anywhere.” Don Wright smiled as
he thought back to April 24, 1954, the day he arrived in town. “I came
here with $1,500 in my pocket and took over a closed gas station that
nobody else was dumb enough to want.” The gas station was at the
Columbus Dispatch... Taylor
rips U.S. health-care law, By Ben Geier
Lieutenant governor sees Ohio paying - Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - The
health-care law passed by Congress last year will hurt Ohio consumers,
Lt. Governor Mary Taylor told the Kiwanis Club of Columbus at its
weekly meeting yesterday. Taylor said that Ohio’s health-care industry
is healthy, and she doesn’t want that to change. “We are concerned that
the advantages that we see here in Ohio, those lower premiums, are
going to go away,” she said. In recent weeks, Taylor has come out...
Darke County P4P... CNBC
Ranks Ohio Fifth in the Nation for Cost of Doing Business
State’s business-friendly redesign helps companies retain more profits
and keep costs down - COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Cost
is a major consideration when a company chooses a location. The ideal
business location maximizes the value of the investment by delivering a
perfect balance between access to mission-critical resources and low
overhead costs. Ohio continues to gain recognition for its favorable
business climate and tax structure, combined with...
Ceiling Press Conference: President Keeps The Pressure On
By Jim Kuhnhenn - 7/15/11 - WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama
declared Friday Congress has a “unique opportunity to do something big”
and stabilize the U.S. economy for decades by cutting deficits even as
it raises the national debt limit ahead of a critical Aug. 2 deadline.
He said was willing to make tough decisions himself, including trimming
Medicare benefits for wealthy beneficiaries, but said, “We’re running
out of time.” Obama challenged Republican lawmakers to...
Responds to President Obama’s Press Conference
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today
issued the following statement following President Obama’s press
conference regarding his request for an increase in the debt limit:
“President Obama has been talking tough about cutting spending, but his
deeds aren’t matching his words. Consider all of the
boondoggles he has refused to put on the table for cuts: ObamaCare; the
so-called ‘green jobs’ initiative; high-speed rail; and a vast...
Dayton Business Journal... Apple
claims No. 3 rank in domestic PC sales
Thursday, July 14, 2011 - New reports show mobile tablets are eating
into personal computer sales, while Apple Inc. has risen to No. 3 in
the U.S. in that sector. Research firm IDC said global PC shipments
rose only 2.6 percent in the second quarter, compared to the 12 percent
rise reported in the first quarter. Research rival Gartner Inc. put the
second-quarter increase in shipments...
Senator Faber’s Weekly Newsletter, Mid-Year Report
July 12, 2011 - Balanced Budget & Tax Relief - After many weeks
countless working hours, the final version of the biennial budget has
passed. This budget has been the subject of much debate over
past couple of months, but as we cross the finish line, I believe that
we can all be very proud of the result. Looking towards
future, we chose to fund the next two years without looking to the...
From Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s Office... Mandel tightens money belt
When I ran for State Treasurer I committed to continue the principled,
fiscally conservative record I built as a City Councilman and State
Representative. I promised to conduct an immediate top-bottom review of
the Treasurer’s office in order to cut the budget, reduce personnel,
consolidate regional offices, and apply private sector business
principles to running the Ohio Treasury. My vision for...
Business Journal... Kasich
pledges $2M for research by Ohio children’s hospitals,
Thursday, July 14, 2011 - Gov. John Kasich pledged $2 million, possibly
from casino revenue, to jump-start collaborative research among Ohio’s
six pediatric hospitals in an impromptu move Thursday while touring the
Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. “If I
commit $1 million here, can we work with the other hospitals?” he said
while touring a lab where frozen samples of cancerous tumors from
around the country are processed. “If I commit $2 million...
scramble continues, Boehner signals options are open,
7/14/11 - With White House debt talks at a make-or-break stage, Speaker
John Boehner signaled Thursday that he’s open to new options to avert a
default next month, including a novel Senate plan that would surrender
much of Congress’s power over Treasury’s borrowing to the president. It
would be a remarkable shift for House Republicans — something like
telling Pickett’s charge to go around Cemetery Ridge and not up it. And
Boehner’s remarks may be a ploy as he keeps throwing...
president, Democrats, to support Balanced Budget Amendment
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a press conference with Republican leaders today,
Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) called on President Obama and
the Democrats running Washington to support a Balanced Budget Amendment
to the Constitution. Boehner said the Amendment would help “stop the
Washington spending binge” and “create a better environment for
long-term job growth.” A link to the video and text of Boehner’s
remarks are below: “I’ve told the president...
Dayton Business Journal... Wealthy
boost spending on luxury goods, by Laura
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - Luxury magazine the Rob Report’s publisher
David Arnold said in a recent CNBC article that some wealthy consumers
were hesitant in the past to showcase their fortune in an economic
climate that left others struggling financially. But, Arnold said,
“That conspicuous consumption feeling, or that concern, has really
diminished over the last 18 months or so...
Street Journal... A
Stadium’s Costly Legacy Throws Taxpayers for a Loss
By Reed Albergotti and Cameron McWhirter - CINCINNATI—Here in Hamilton
County, where one in seven people lives beneath the poverty line and
budget cuts have left gaps in the schools and sheriffs department,
residents are bracing for more belt-tightening: rollback of a
property-tax break promised as part of a 1996 plan to entice voters to
pay for two new stadiums. The tax hit is just the latest in a string of
unforeseen consequences from what has turned into one of the worst
Office... JobsOhio Overview
JobsOhio in Brief - Ohio has no greater priority than creating jobs and
revitalizing its economy. JobsOhio, a not-for-profit corporation, will
lead Ohio’s job-creation efforts by singularly focusing on attracting
and retaining jobs, with an emphasis on strategic industry sectors in
areas of statewide and regional strength. Using a private-sector
approach, JobsOhio will work at the speed of business, enabling Ohio to
be more nimble and flexible and thus more competitive in...
Daily News... Medicaid
shifting to home care, By Ben Sutherly
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - To address budget issues, Ohio is spending less
on nursing homes - The new state budget means seismic policy shifts for
Ohio’s Medicaid program, especially long-term care. A hallmark of the
largest Medicaid overhaul in decades is a funding transfer from
institutional to home-based care, a move widely endorsed by consumer
advocates such as AARP Ohio. Effective Friday, nursing homes took a 5.8
percent rate cut per patient, on average...
‘assault’ on anyone, Kasich says, By Jim
COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich on Friday dismissed the suggestion that
the $55.8 billion, two-year budget he signed into law this week is “an
assault on anybody.” Seeking to put a period at the end of what was at
times a contentious budget season, Mr. Kasich suggested that Democrats
and local governments facing budget cuts were afraid to break out of
the pack to support his policies. “A lot of these Democrats were hiding
in the shadows, afraid they were going to get a...
Business Journal... Report:
Graphic cigarette labels to have slim impact,
by DBJ Staff
Sunday, July 10, 2011 - Despite new graphic warning labels slated to
appear on cigarette packs next fall, the impact on tobacco sales will
likely be marginal, at least early on. The new warnings are expected to
cause a drop of less than 1 percent in U.S. tobacco sales by 2013,
according to research firm IBISWorld. However, an official said the
warnings could eventually have a more significant sway in curbing
smoking. The Food and Drug Administration...
Plain Dealer... Unequal
crack cocaine penalties cleaned up as cost balances anti-crime pressure
By Reginald Fields, The Plain Dealer - Sunday, July 03, 2011 -
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- For more than a decade, Ohio lawmakers, faced with
political pressure, failed to correct one of the most glaring
inequalities in the criminal-justice system: penalties for crack versus
those for powder cocaine. In the late 1980s and early-1990s, when the
country was embroiled in the war on drugs, when labels like “kingpin”
and “drug czar” became household terms...
Daily News... Organ
donations declining in Ohio, By Mary McCarty
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - Meanwhile, drivers registering to become organ
donors is rising. Kim Snow hated sitting still. The 38-year-old
Centerville mother and wife maintained a dizzying schedule with her
full-time job coupled with countless hours of charity work — not to
mention her duties as “the best mom ever,” according to daughters,
Maddie, 9, and Marin, 4. “She always put everyone else first,” recalled
her husband, John Snow. That tendency didn’t end with her tragic...
Child’ soon will
flunk most schools, By Rob Hotakainen,
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - Feds might waive rules if Congress doesn’t
revise law - WASHINGTON - With the clock ticking, federal education
officials fear that calamity awaits. If Congress doesn’t move quickly
to change the “No Child Left Behind” law, they project that a whopping
82 percent of the nation’s public schools could fail to meet
proficiency targets this year, facing sanctions that ultimately can
include a loss of federal aid. That’s up from 37 percent last year...
out for GOP
energy agenda? By Darren Samuelsohn
7/10/11 - House Republicans will bow to their tea party base on Monday
by bringing up legislation to save the incandescent light bulb. But for
those keeping score at home, the proposal that reflects the catcalls of
Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Michele Bachmann is likely to land in the
same dustbin now home to many other GOP energy proposals. Republicans
say Senate gridlock is the primary reason none of their big energy
ideas has reached President Barack Obama’s desk...
turns to yacht class, By Scott Wong
7/6/11 - Democrats turned to a tried-and-true strategy this week in the
fight over the debt ceiling, casting Republicans as the guardians of
yacht owners, hedge fund managers and Big Oil. And there are signs
Republicans are feeling the heat. After a week of speeches laced with
populist rhetoric and shortly after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
announced a vote on a resolution written...
2012 budget in deficit, By Bob Robinson
Lack of local funds from Columbus will make additional impact on the
budget - Darke County Commissioners passed their 2012 budget Monday
showing more than a $330,000 shortfall. It was not unanimous, as
Commissioner Diane Delaplane cast the negative vote. According to Darke
County Auditor Carol Ginn, the estimated revenue for 2012 is
Business Journal... 1
billion Apple apps downloaded in month, by DBJ
Thursday, July 7, 2011 - Apple Inc. said there have been 15 billion
software applications downloaded from its App Store, a billion more
than it reported a month ago. The company also confirmed it now has
more than 100,000 native apps designed specifically for its iPad tablet
among the 425,000 apps available in the App Store. Apple said it now
has more than 200 million users of its mobile iOS software on its iPad,
iPhone and iPod touch...
‘grand bargain’ - with House GOP
By John Bresnahan, Jonathan Allen & Jake Sherman - 7/11/11 -
Speaker John Boehner’s decision not to “go big” on a debt-limit deal is
the starkest demonstration yet of the limits of the Ohio Republican’s
power. The internal GOP backlash against his efforts to secure a
package of $4 trillion in spending cuts and revenue-raisers revealed
that Boehner sometimes is little more than the first among equals —
capable of synthesizing Republican sentiments but unwilling to drive
talks to resume
after testy 75-minute session, By Carrie
& David Rogers
7/10/11 - President Barack Obama called congressional leaders back to
the White House for another round of budget talks Monday, telling them
during a testy meeting Sunday that they will gather daily until a deal
is reached, Democratic and Republican officials said. In a bid to take
his case to voters, the president also will hold a press conference
Monday morning, the White House announced at the conclusion of the
meeting. During a 75-minute session Sunday at the...
Ohio Supreme Court... Mayor’s
Court New Case Activity Drops Below 300,000 in 2010
July 8, 2011 - After climbing above 300,000 in the number of new cases
filed in Ohio’s mayor’s courts in 2009, statistics show that new cases
dropped below that number last year. These and other findings are
contained in an annual report released today by the Supreme Court of
Ohio on the state’s 320 mayor’s courts. The total new filings for all
case types fell to 291,470 in 2010, mainly due to more...
Dayton Business Journal... Most
Ohio small-business owners say economy still in recession
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - Ohio’s small-business owners still see the
economy as being in a recession and most don’t expect to generate
revenue growth next year. Those are among the key findings in the new
2011 U.S. Bank Small Business Annual Survey. The survey found 74
percent of Ohio’s small-business owners believe the economy is still in
a recession. That’s better than the U.S. response...
Dayton Business Journal... Report:
Apple orders 25M iPhone 5 units, by DBJ Staff
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - Apple Inc. has ordered 25 million units of
its next generation iPhone -- possibly the much-rumored iPhone 5 -- by
the end of the year, according to a report. The Wall Street Journal
cites sources as saying Apple has placed that many orders with its
component makers, and is expecting to have first units delivered in
August. The report added some details about what the new...
officials worry that improving tax revenue won’t offset state cuts
By Elizabeth Gibson and Doug Caruso - Monday, June 27, 2011 - Economic
recovery helping, but complications lie ahead... Columbus and the
area’s most-populous counties are collecting more taxes as the private
sector recovers. But “the economic recovery is not enough to cover the
loss of state support” to local governments, Franklin County
Administrator Don Brown said. “We’ll see no growth. We’ll actually have
to cover the loss by trimming the budget and services...
Don’t Want Debt Ceiling Hike, By David A.
Friday, 08 Jul 2011 - Republican and independent voters are strongly
opposed to any deal to increase the federal debt ceiling, and any GOP
politician who dares to do so could be vulnerable to a primary
challenge, according to a Newsmax/InsiderAdvantage poll. Overall,
voters oppose raising the debt ceiling by a strong 45 percent to 32
percent margin, with the remainder undecided. But the real eye-opener
in the poll is the stiff Republican and swing-voter opposition to a
Plain Dealer... New
Ohio criminal sentencing bill to save millions,
Guillen, The Plain Dealer
Monday, June 27, 2011 - Lets inmates out early, sending low-level
felons to prison alternatives... COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Nonviolent felons
will be sent to rehabilitation facilities instead of prison, and some
inmates will be released sooner under an overhaul of Ohio’s criminal
sentencing laws aimed at easing prison overcrowding and saving the
state money. Republican Gov. John Kasich will sign the massive bill
this week. The dramatic changes drew strong bipartisan support -- a
Dayton Business Journal... Teamsters
angry at Budweiser distributor, by Joe Cogliano
Friday, July 8, 2011 - One of the region’s largest beer wholesalers may
be facing a strike. Officials from Teamsters Local Union 957 are
accusing Dayton-based Heidelberg Distributing Co . of breaking of
contract negotiations and implementing a wide range of changes. The
union — which represents delivery drivers and warehouse workers at
Heidelberg — alleges the company wants to force...
Dayton Business Journal... Report:
Obesity rate increases in Ohio, 16 states
by DBJ Staff - Friday, July 8, 2011 - Ohio is 13th on an annual ranking
of the most obese states in the U.S., with even more obese people than
ever before. A joint report from the Trust for America’s Health and the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation pegged Ohio’s adult obesity rate at 29.6
percent, ranking it 13th in the nation. Last year, Ohio also was 13th
but the obesity rate was lower...
They Told Us:
Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, July 09, 2011 - There was more bad news on the unemployment
front Friday, and Americans continue to express little optimism that
the elected officials they have now will be able to do anything about
it. They also strongly question the national security direction the
country has taken. Americans are less confident than ever that the
nation’s policymakers know what they are doing when it comes to the
economy. Last November, the Rasmussen Employment Index...
Business Journal... PETA
proposes Procter & Gamble stop animal testing,
Friday, July 8, 2011 - Owners of Procter & Gamble Co. stock
have an opportunity to vote on a couple of new shareholder proposals at
this year’s annual meeting, including one by PETA calling for
to stop animal testing at labs in Dayton and Preble County. The
gathering will take place on Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. at the Aronoff Center
downtown, according to a preliminary proxy P&G filed this week.
addition to a repeat proposal that would authorize cumulative voting...
State Treasurer Josh Mandel... Update
on the Treasurer’s Office... Death
Financial Literacy Training, Smart Money Choices Tour Stops in
Cincinnati and Independence: A couple weeks ago we launched
Smart Money Choices conference series at the University of
Cincinnati. I spoke to attendees of all generations and from
throughout southwest Ohio about the importance of managing one’s
finances in a fiscally responsible fashion. Our day-long
conference was a great success, executed well by my staff and
highlighted by impressive...
obstacles in high-stakes debt talks
Failure to act may mean first-ever default on nation’s financial
obligations, which some warn could trigger global financial chaos -
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will try to salvage high-stakes
debt talks on Sunday after Republicans pulled back from a joint effort
to craft a broad $4 trillion deficit-reduction deal as part of a plan
to avoid a government default...
Dayton Business Journal... Ohio
State forfeits football victories, by Jeff Bell
Friday, July 8, 2011 - Ohio State University will vacate all 12
victories from the 2010 football season and its Big Ten co-championship
as part of its self-imposed punishment for the Tattoogate scandal that
has hounded the program since December. Those corrective actions and a
number of others were outlined Friday in OSU’s response to allegations
from the NCAA over the scandal that involved at least...
Breaking News Friday on the recent report that unemployment has risen
again. Politico, msnbc, Foxnews… Obama and Boehner comments, plus story
from msnbc - Politico... The unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent in
June, the Labor Department reported Friday morning. The economy added
18,000 jobs last month, the report says. Politico continues...
President Barack Obama, responding to disappointing job numbers this
morning, said that the sooner Congress reaches...
frames 2012 campaign, By Glenn Thrush
& Carrie Budoff
6/29/11 - One of President Barack Obama’s 2012 themes will likely
revolve around what his aides call “the contrast” — a portrayal of
Obama as a responsible, moderate adult harassed by infantile
Republicans who favor the wealthy. During his East Room press
conference Wednesday — his first since the kickoff of the 2012
Republican campaign — Obama drew that comparison in the starkest terms
to date, likening veteran politicians in their 40s, 50s and 60s to his
Daily News... Estate
repeal to cost cities millions
By Lynn Husley - June 29, 2011 - Area cities took in about $18M from
the tax, which would end Jan. 1 - Repeal of Ohio’s estate tax is
virtually certain today, leaving local government officials wondering
how to replace the money, while critics of the tax are elated. In 2010,
cities, villages and townships in Montgomery, Greene, Warren and Miami
counties received nearly $18 million from the estate tax, which would
end Jan. 1, 2013, under the state budget approved by the Ohio Senate...
Business Journal... Poll:
Low marks for politicians in debt ceiling dispute,
Friday, July 1, 2011 - As Republicans and Democrats battle over raising
the nation’s debt ceiling, and whether to work through the Fourth of
July holiday weekend in order to get a deal, a new poll reveals the
public’s perception of some of the key players in the talks. While none
of the politicians involved in the dispute had high marks from the
public, slightly more people are pleased than unhappy with U.S. House
Speaker John Boehner, the West Chester Republican whose district...
taunts draw fire from Republicans, By Jonathan
6/30/11 - President Barack Obama is quickly finding out that hell hath
no fury like Republicans scorned by a comparison to pre-adolescent
girls. On Thursday, Republicans lashed back at Obama’s schoolmarmish
scolding of them for taking time off and failing in, his words, to do
their “homework” on a debt-limit increase. Senate Minority Leader Mitch
McConnell (R-Ky.) called on Obama to drop what he’s doing and come to
the Capitol for a meeting...
Blackwell out of U.S. Senate race, Coughlin focuses on Mandel
By Joe Hallett - Thursday, June 30, 2011 - Blood was drawn yesterday in
the Ohio GOP race for the U.S. Senate, 11 months before the two
remaining candidates will face off in the May primary election. Just
five days after J. Kenneth Blackwell, the party’s nominee for governor
in 2006, announced that he would not seek the Republican nomination to
challenge Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in 2012, former state Sen.
Kevin Coughlin, attacked his lone Republican opponent...
Dayton Business Journal... Dayton-area
GM plant sold, 2,000 jobs planned, by Ginger
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - The former General Motors site in Moraine has
been sold to California-based Industrial Realty Group by The RACER
Trust. IRG, which plans to redevelop the site into a five-building,
multi-use complex called Progress Park, initially hoped to close on the
property in April, but the purchase was delayed by paperwork and due
diligence. IRG’s plans for the site could...
Dayton Business Journal... Honda,
Toyota top ‘American-made’ cars list
Monday, June 27, 2011 - Two Japanese automakers’ flagship sedans – the
Toyota Camry and Honda Accord – have the most credibility for claiming
Made in the U.S.A., according to an annual ranking. The Web site
Cars.com said the Camry held on to the top spot for the third year in a
row in its American Made Index, which ranks vehicles based on the
percentage of parts that are made...
Ohio Health Care Freedom Amendment... Husted Receives 546,000 signatures
COLUMBUS – Earlier today, petitioners seeking to place a constitutional
amendment on the November ballot related to the federal healthcare
reform legislation filed more than 546,000 signatures with Secretary of
State Jon Husted’s office. The Secretary of State’s office must now
determine if petitioners have gathered the required number of valid
signatures – 385,245 or 10 percent of the total vote cast for...
Daily News... House
approves texting-while-driving ban, By William
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - By an overwhelming bipartisan majority, the
House Tuesday approved legislation that would ban texting while
driving. The vote was 88-10. The bill now goes to the Senate where
Jason Mauk, spokesman for President Tom Niehaus, R-New Richmond, said
it was “premature” to say what might happen. Consideration would not
come before the fall, however, Mauk indicated. House Bill 99 is jointly
sponsored by Rep. Rex Damschroder, a Fremont...
needs to look in the mirror, By Lucy Madison
(CBS News) Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio says
lawmakers need to look at themselves in the mirror and re-evaluate
their political motivations. On CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Kasich
suggested that Washington politicians were acting out of their own
individual political interests rather than those of their constituents,
and called on them to “start thinking about how they’re going to feel
about themselves when they leave” office...
Dayton Business Journal... Ohio
has largest decrease in jobless claims
by Ed Green, DBJ Contributor - Thursday, June 30, 2011 - The number of
Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits for the
week ended June 25 fell to 428,000, a decline of 1,000 from the
previous week’s revised figure of 429,000, the U.S. Department of Labor
reported Thursday. The four-week moving average was 426,750, an
increase of 500 from...
Darke County Drug Task Force... Investigation
Leads to ‘meth lab’ arrest
ANSONIA - On July 5th, 2011 at approximately 9:35 PM, the Darke County
Drug Task Force, in conjunction with Deputies from the Darke County
Sheriff’s Office arrested Lorraine Combs, 40, of West Manchester.
Narcotics Detectives received an anonymous complaint of a meth lab at
2632 State Route 47 in Ansonia. Upon the arrival of deputies, several
ingredients used the manufacturing of...
They Told Us:
Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, July 02, 2011 - As the United States prepares to celebrate
its 235th birthday, Americans still overwhelmingly agree with the
ideals set forth in the Declaration of Independence. Ninety percent
(90%) agree that “we are all endowed by our Creator with certain
inalienable rights, among them life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness.” Americans also strongly support the beliefs that
are all created equal and the governments derive their only just
authority from the consent of...
pledge fatigue, By Scott Wong
6/28/11 - Republicans aren’t racing to sign on the dotted line of a new
anti-spending pledge, even as dozens of conservative grass-roots groups
and tea party kingmaker Sen. Jim DeMint demand it. Of the leading
Republican presidential candidates, only former Minnesota Gov. Tim
Pawlenty has signed the so-called Cut, Cap, Balance pledge; 12 of 47
Republicans in the Senate are on board; and in the House, only 22 out
of 242 party members have come forward to support it...
come from Democrats, By J. Lester Feder
6/28/11 - Defenders of Medicaid have been fighting hard against
Republican proposals to cut the program, but they’re just waking up to
the threat of one proposed by the Obama administration. It’s an idea to
change the way federal matching funds work and save money in the
process — and it would probably do it by shifting costs to the states.
If that happens, Medicaid advocates fear, the states will just pass on
the cuts to providers and, ultimately, the patients...
would ban synthetic drugs yet to be developed, By
Friday, July 1, 2011 - Legislation to criminalize ‘Spice,’ bath salts
is sent to Kasich - Enterprising chemists may soon lose their ability
to turn a profit with synthetic drugs - even those they haven’t created
yet. The General Assembly has sent a bill to Gov. John Kasich that
would ban a synthetic version of marijuana known as “Spice” or “K2,” as
well as chemicals in products marketed as bath salts that some say have
effects similar to PCP or LSD. The synthetic substances, which have...
Daily News... Unclaimed
funds pile up in Ohio, By Jim Otte, Staff
Ohioans have left money in old bank accounts, apartment deposits. The
state budget that was passed this week helps balance the state’s
spending with the equivalent of coins from underneath Ohio’s couch
cushions. The bill gives the state the authority to transfer $215
million of “unclaimed funds” being held by the state to the general
fund to help cover the state’s $8 billion budget hole. Ohio has records
of $1.4 billion in unclaimed funds — money that was orphaned in
Ohio’s efforts won’t block health-care reform,
Jun. 30, 2011 - AVONDALE - The nation’s top health care official said
Thursday that efforts in Ohio and other states to block President
Barack Obama’s health-care reform won’t stop implementation of the
landmark law. Conservative groups are gathering signatures on a measure
they hope to get on the November ballot that would exempt Ohioans from
the central measure of the law, the mandate to buy health insurance or
pay a penalty...
measure allowing guns in bars, By Jim Provance
Governor also OKs drilling in state parks - COLUMBUS -- Guns could be
taken into bars and alcohol-serving restaurants, and oil and natural
gas rigs could be installed in state parks under a pair of bills signed
behind closed doors by Gov. John Kasich Thursday. Both will take effect
in 90 days. While a number of states allow concealed handguns in
restaurants, Ohio has now gone a step further than most in adding bars
and other places that serve alcohol such as arenas, stadiums...
Dayton Business Journal... Ohio
a hotbed of biotech job growth, by Brittany
Sunday, June 26, 2011 - The Dayton region and Southwest Ohio has seen a
boom in biotech and pharmaceutical jobs, with 20 percent growth since
2000 and making it one of the fastest-growing industries in the region.
Hundreds of Dayton-area amputee patients are walking, working and even
playing sports again after a helping hand from Hilmo Hodzic. Hodzic is
York Times… In
Ohio, a New
Governor Is Off to a Smooth Start, By Sabrina
Published: July 1, 2011 - In Washington, Congress may still be fighting
over the national budget, but in Ohio, where Republicans control the
House, the Senate and the governor’s office, the budget passage has
been about as smooth as a knife through butter. That is partly because
Republicans kept tight party unity, voting together on bills that
Democrats say are some of the most conservative the state has ever
seen. But the driving force was Ohio’s governor, John...
Business Journal... Trucking
index slips as economy slows, by Joe Cogliano
Monday, June 27, 2011 - The trucking industry slipped in May,
reflecting a shaky economic recovery. On Monday, the American Trucking
Associations’ announced its advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck
Tonnage Index dropped 2.3 percent in May. The figure was a 2.7 percent
increase compared with the same month last year, but marked the
smallest year-over-year gain since February 2010. “Truck tonnage over
the last four months shows that the economy definitely hit...
Hill support, By Manu Raju
6/26/11 - Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley is a Republican powerhouse in his
home state, so you’d think GOP presidential candidates would be
knocking down his door for an endorsement ahead of the caucuses in the
Hawkeye State. Not so much this year. “It’s happening a lot less,”
Grassley told POLITICO, saying just two candidates have bothered to
come calling. Grassley may even delay making an endorsement decision
until October, and he warned it’d be “stupid” for any candidates...
Business Journal... Manufacturers
hopeful Obama plan will create jobs, by Malia
Saturday, June 25, 2011 - President Barack Obama offered his vision on
what it will take to reinvigorate American manufacturing at a speech
Friday at a Carnegie Mellon University robotics lab. in Pittsburgh.
Sitting in the audience, Georgia Berner, CEO of Berner International ,
said she hoped Obama’s remarks would help to propel the industry into
the future and ensure that manufacturing remains cutting edge...
to Rent: Will
the Obama Administration Finally Fix Housing? by
Monday 27 June 2011 - The concept of “right to rent” has been floating
around Washington for almost four years. Under this proposal,
foreclosed homeowners would be allowed to remain in their house as
renters, paying the market rent, for a substantial period of time (e.g.
five years) following a foreclosure. While several bills have been
introduced in Congress, President Obama may now have a new opportunity
to take the lead on this issue...
Star Press... Muncie-Delaware
County government reorganization financial study released
By Keith Roysdon and Douglas Walker - May 31, 2011 - Members of the
public can comment today during a 6 p.m. meeting at the Horizon
Convention Center - MUNCIE -- Local officials got their first glimpse
Tuesday evening of a financial impact study of Muncie-Delaware County
government consolidation and reorganization. Some of them will get
their first chance to comment on it at a public hearing at 6 p.m. today
at the Horizon Convention Center...
Channel 6... Muncie,
Delaware County Take Step Toward Consolidation
June 15, 2011 - City, County Officials Vote Unanimously For Merger -
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Delaware County and Muncie took a big step Tuesday
night toward consolidation. City and county officials voted unanimously
in favor of the merger. The bill would eliminate the mayor and county
commissioners, along with both councils. They would be replaced by a
city council and an elected county executive. “In this day and age, I
don’t think that this county of 114,000 people needs...
Dems, health law
is chronic pain, By David Nather
6/26/11 - Democrats may be on the offensive against the Republican
Medicare plan, but they’re not finished playing defense on their health
care law. That’s the lesson from the latest series of PR crises on the
law they’ve had to deal with, including a survey that suggested many
employers would stop offering health coverage and a widely circulated
news story that reported 3 million middle-class people could qualify
for Medicaid because of the law. The new criticisms...
Continental Carbonic “officially” opens, By
“This is the largest (manufacturing) project to come to Darke County in
30 years… it represents a $15 million investment.” Jeff Hoagland, CEO
of Dayton Development Corporation. “This is a big deal. It is the
biggest investment, and moment, in our history. It creates an
opportunity for expansion and growth.” Bob Weiseman, Vice President and
CEO, Continental Carbonic...
ice process is
food grade quality, environmentally friendly,
As in many manufacturing facilities, workers and visitors have to wear
hard hats, earplugs and plastic glasses. At Continental Carbonic,
workers also have to wear protective gloves when working with dry ice.
“If it just touches your skin, no problem,” said Gerald McGinnis, Group
Manager of Manufacturing. “More than a few seconds, you will get a
slight burn.” Dry ice keeps its solid form...
Applauds Ohio Budget
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released
the following statement applauding Governor Kasich and the Ohio
Legislature for closing Ohio’s $8 billion budget shortfall without
raising taxes and calling on the president to show similar leadership
in Washington: “This evening, Governor Kasich will sign legislation
closing Ohio’s $8 billion budget shortfall without a tax increase. The
governor’s actions are bringing fiscal common sense back to...
Headlines (Click Read More for full stories): 1. Jeb Bush
Rule Out White House Run in 2016 2. White Working Class Will
Decide Obama’s Fate 3. Romney Supporters Form Super
Sheriff Babeu: More Troops for Korea Than for Border 5.
Leaving Country for Medical Care 6. We Heard: Alice Walker,
struggles with economic message, By Carrie
6/24/11 - President Barack Obama isn’t just grasping for ways to jolt
the flailing economy. He’s struggling simply to find the right words to
talk about it. A growing number of Democratic strategists — including
Obama senior campaign adviser David Axelrod — said the party needs to
let go of George W. Bush and the past once and for all. Democrats now
“own” the economy, says party chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz. With the
past out of bounds, the present gloomy and the...
reached on Ohio budget, By Jim Siegel
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - Changes to affect charter schools, teachers’
pay; votes this week - A major overhaul of Ohio’s public-construction
law, authority for the state Department of Education to sponsor charter
schools and a new system to evaluate teachers were among the agreements
reached last night by the state-budget conference committee.
Charter-school oversight was a major area of disagreement between House
and Senate Republicans. Although majorities...
light cameras span US, By Alex Johnson
6/24/2011 - Studies touting safety benefits sometimes contradictory,
incomplete - In more than 500 cities and towns in 25 states, silent
sentries keep watch over intersections, snapping photos and shooting
video of drivers who run red lights. The cameras are on the job in
metropolises like Houston and Chicago and in small towns like Selmer,
Tenn., population 4,700, where a single camera setup monitors traffic
at the intersection of U.S. Highway 64 and Mulberry Avenue...
Task Force Investigation Leads to Arrest
Ansonia- On June 29, 2011 at approximately 3:16 PM, the Darke County
Drug Task Force, consisting of Deputies from the Darke County Sheriff’s
Office and Officers from the Greenville Police Department arrested
Sherry Tomlinson, 61, ofGreenville. This arrest comes after
approximately a one month long investigation on Ms. Tomlinson...