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Weekly Republican Address... Boehner on Cutting Spending and Tackling Job Creation
WASHINGTON, DC – Delivering the Weekly Republican Address, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) discusses the new House majority’s efforts to cut spending and tackle the big challenges facing job creation in America. In the address, Boehner, a former small business owner, talks about how the spending binge in Washington is creating uncertainty for private-sector job creators and holding our economy back.  He reiterates Republicans’ commitment to fighting... read more.
Government Shut Down Prevention Bill... Has been introduced...
112th CONGRESS - 1st Session - H. R. 1255 - To prevent a shutdown of the government of the United States, and for other purposes... This Act may be cited as the ‘Government Shutdown Prevention Act of 2011’... If the House has not received a message from the Senate before April 6, 2011, stating that it has passed a measure providing for the appropriations for the departments and agencies of the Government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011... read more.
Treasurer Mandel Outlines Plans to Increase Efficiency and Leverage Technology
COLUMBUS – State Treasurer of Ohio Josh Mandel presented the Treasurer’s office budget today before the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Finance and Appropriations.  The Treasurer’s budget would reduce general revenue fund operating expenses by 6.5%. “The primary function of the Treasurer’s office is to protect and invest the state’s money, and it is my commitment to do so with integrity and transparency,” said Treasurer Mandel... read more.
Wicker and Boehner Continue to Seek Answers for Delphi Retirees
WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Congressman John Boehner (R-Ohio) today highlighted the initial phase of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) non-partisan, independent analysis of the federal financial assistance provided to the General Motors (GM) Corporation and its treatment of non-unionized Delphi retirees.  The report contains a specific timeline of the events that transpired. “This is an important step in learning why Delphi retirees were... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Suburban officials discuss sharing services, By Dean Narciso
Joint dispatching center interests townships, cities - Spurred by the desire to contain costs, a group of seven townships and cities - including Dublin, Grove City, Hilliard, Upper Arlington and Worthington - met yesterday to brainstorm setting up a joint communications center for their police and fire agencies. But some agencies that already handle dispatching for several jurisdictions weren’t invited. Organizers said they wanted to meet with agencies... read more.
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Eminent Domain: Property Owners Beware!, By Jan Boyer, Senior Scribe
“We will know the true value of water when it is gone!” With this time honored quotation, Judge Julie Monnin concluded an eye opening talk to 60 citizens about eminent domain and the pitfalls property owners could face when drilling companies come knocking on their doors.  Municipal Judge Monnin’s presentation was a continuation of the League of Women Voters’ goal to provide... read more.
Grant opportunity for Voter Education Programs to People with Disabilities
COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that Ohio has received funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Help America Vote Act, to provide grants for the development of programs designed to improve the accessibility to, and participation in, the election process for individuals with disabilities. “There are many good organizations working every day to serve Ohioans with disabilities,” Husted said. “I look forward to... read more.
Politico... Democrats pessimistic about avoiding shutdown, By Manu Raju & Glenn Thrush
3/30/11 - The White House is intensifying negotiations with House Republicans — including dispatching Vice President Joe Biden as an emergency emissary — but congressional Democrats increasingly fear that it may be too little, too late to avert a government shutdown. “We’re probably looking at a shutdown,” said Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.). “Right now, they look a bit dismal,” Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said when asked about the prospects of keeping the government running... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Honda faces production issues in U.S., By Dan Eaton
Monday, March 28, 2011 - Honda Motor Co.’s plants in North America are expected to face temporary production interruptions after April 1 resulting from the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Honda (NYSE: HMC) confirmed that its facilities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico likely will face the short-term interruptions because of parts shortages. Production in Japan remains halted until next week... read more.
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Columbus Dispatch... Ohio House passes Senate Bill 5, By Jim Siegel
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - Collective-bargaining bill sent back to Senate - After hours of debate, the Ohio House voted 53-44 today to pass Senate Bill 5, sending the controversial collective bargaining measure back to the Senate, which is expected to give it a final concurrence vote this evening. House Speaker William G. Batchelder called it an end to three decades of no changes... read more.
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Buchy Announces Passage of Senate Bill 5
Legislation benefits middle class, saves at-risk jobs, respects taxpayers - COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) has announced that after 13 hearings, more than 60 hours of testimony and more than 200 witnesses over a period of nearly two months, Senate Bill 5 today passed from the Ohio House of Representatives. This legislation restores fairness for Ohio’s taxpayers... read more.
Toledo Blade... Sen. Brown calls for probe into drug’s cost hike, Blade Staff
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) called Sunday for a federal investigation of a pharmaceutical company for its 14,900 percent increase in the price of a drug used to prevent premature labor for women in high-risk pregnancies. The prenatal drug Makena, which had been priced between $10 and $20 per weekly injection, now will cost $1,500. At a news conference at Toledo Hospital, Mr. Brown said the action by KV Pharmaceutical Co. of St. Louis amounts to price gouging... read more.
Gov. John Kasich unveils his first state budget, By Damon Sims, The Plain Dealer
Sunday, March 27, 2011 - Gov. John Kasich’s state budget proposal swings the wrecking ball at the state’s Local Government Fund, blowing open an unprecedented hole in a funding stream handed down to locals for generations... Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal will shape his legacy... COLUMBUS, Ohio - Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal arrived on day 65 of the blunt-talking Republican leader’s four-year term. But it figures to be the one item that permanently... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Kasich hopes budget plan impresses bond raters, By Joe Vardon
Friday, March 25, 2011 - WOOSTER, Ohio - For the past two days, Gov. John Kasich has told rooms full of Ohio business professionals and local-government officials about his proposals to privatize some state prisons, the liquor department and economic development. Today, Kasich has a different audience for the same speech - analysts from Moody’s Investors Service, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch bond-rating agencies... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal, Wal-Mart sex-bias lawsuit lands at Supreme Court, Staff Report
Monday, March 28, 2011 - The U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments in a sex-bias lawsuit against Wal-Mart. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday in a massive sex-discrimination class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation’s biggest retailer. The court will consider whether to allow the suit to move forward as the largest employment class action in U.S. history... read more.
Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, March 26, 2011 - Americans began the week finding themselves in military action in yet another Islamic country. At week’s end, voters expressed mixed feelings about President Obama’s decision to help rebels in Libya overthrow longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, and nearly half agreed that he should have gotten Congress’ okay first. Earlier in the week, voters were more supportive of an American role in the Libyan crisis than they had been before... read more.
Politico... ‘Kinetic military action’ or ‘war’? By Jonathan Allen
3/24/11 - Police action, conflict, hostilities and now “kinetic military action.” They’re all euphemisms for that word that this White House and many before it have been so careful not to say: War. Administration officials told congressional aides in a closed briefing earlier this week that the United States is not at war with Libya, and Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes danced around the question in a Wednesday exchange with reporters aboard Air Force One. “I think what... read more.
Toledo Blade... Kasich cuts wide swath of items to repair budget, By Jim Provance
Medicaid spending to take biggest hit of $3 billion - COLUMBUS — More than a week after Gov. John Kasich presented his $55.5 billion budget, his budget director Thursday spelled out how the administration would close a projected gap that it now says is closer to $7.7 billion. Mr. Kasich’s proposed two-year spending plan would rein in Medicaid spending for the poor, disabled, and infirm by more than $3 billion; slash aid to local governments, schools, and libraries by more... read more.
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Senator Faber’s Weekly Newsletter, March 28, 2011
Increased Dredging to begin at Grand Lake St. Marys - State Senator Keith Faber (R- Celina) announced today that increased dredging at Grand Lake St. Marys will soon take place in an effort to remove phosphorus-laden sediment that is contributing to water-quality issues at the lake. An amendment providing $750,000 to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for... read more.
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Kasich counts on liquor consumption to bring jobs, By Reginald Fields
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - COLUMBUS, Ohio - The success of Gov. John Kasich’s plan to recruit new business to Ohio will hinge heavily on just how much Ohioans drink alcohol. Kasich last week unveiled his state budget proposal, which includes a plan to lease the state’s liquor distribution operation -- which of late has drawn record profits -- and use the cash to fund his private economic development machine. Since floating the idea earlier this year, the Republican... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Clean Ohio funds: Kasich cancels check to casino, By Joe Hallett
Thursday, March 24, 2011 - Transportation bill rider prevents Penn National from getting $2.5 million - The Kasich administration has blocked Penn National Gaming from getting about $2.5 million from the state that it was counting on to help clean up the site of the West Side casino it plans to open late in 2012. A two-year, $7 billion state transportation budget sent to Gov. John Kasich yesterday thwarts Penn National’s attempt to use Clean Ohio money in cleaning... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Kasich’s approval rating 30%; he vows to turn state around, By Darrel Rowland
Thursday, March 24, 2011 - Ohio voters aren’t finding much to like about Gov. John Kasich’s first 80 days in office. His job-approval rating in a new Quinnipiac University poll stands at a meager 30 percent. His disapproval has more than doubled in two months to 46 percent. Ohioans dislike most aspects of Kasich’s push to gut collective bargaining for public employees. They regard the $55.5 billion budget he rolled out last week as unfair. And voters turn thumbs down on his plan... read more.
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Wuebker Honored at Ag Luncheon, By Beverly Hughes, Senior Scribe
“Everything we do is in the sunshine,” said Jeff Wuebker, referring to his year-long position with the Ohio Livestock Care Standards (OLCS) Board.  Wuebker was the keynote speaker on Friday, March 18 at the Agriculture Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by the Darke County Chamber of Commerce. What Wuebker didn’t know is that he and his brother Alan would be honored... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... U.S. Postal Service eliminating 7,500 jobs, by Jeff Clabaugh, DBJ Contributor
Thursday, March 24, 2011 - The U.S. Postal Service plans to eliminate 7,500 administrative and executive jobs this year and is going to close seven district offices as part of its ongoing reorganization. One of those offices is in Ohio. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced the reductions in Washington Thursday afternoon and said these latest moves will save $750 million a year. The Postal Service will offer early buyout incentives to eligible employees, including... read more.
Insider Report from Newsmax.com, March 27, 2011
Headlines (Click link for complete stories): 1. Biden: Impeach President for Unauthorized Attack; 2. Bush 41 Still ‘Quite Close’ to Bill Clinton; 3. Talk Is Cheapest in Oregon, and Spirits Are High; 4. Kristol: Palin Shouldn’t Be GOP Nominee; 5. U.N.: One Quarter of North Koreans Face Starvation; 6. Obesity-Mortality Link Called ‘Significantly Flawed... read more.
Truthout... Farmers Sue USDA Over Monsanto Alfalfa - Again, by Mike Ludwig
Friday 25 March 2011 - A coalition of farmers and environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on March 18 to challenge the agency’s recent decision to fully deregulate Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa. This is the second time the USDA has been sued over its approval of Roundup Ready alfalfa, which is genetically engineered (GE) to tolerate glyphosate, a popular herbicide commonly sold under the Monsanto brand name Roundup... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... DeWine wants tighter controls on ‘skill games’, By Alan Johnson
Friday, March 18, 2011 - The unregulated world of “sweepstakes” games and Internet cafes would be policed by the Ohio Casino Control Commission under legislation promoted yesterday by Attorney General Mike DeWine. Saying he doesn’t want Ohio to turn into the “wild, wild west,” DeWine called for licensing and regulation of the gaming devices - some of which resemble slot machines - which he called “a threat to Ohio families and a rip-off to Ohio consumers... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Gas prices accelerate further, By Brittany Hart, DBJ Staff Reporter
Friday, March 25, 2011 - Gas prices have climbed in recent weeks as oil surged on unrest in Libya and other Arab countries. Gas prices jumped 15 cents this week in some areas of the Dayton region, according to AAA Fuel Gauge reports. Some local gas stations, including Kettering, Beavercreek and Fairborn locations, are as high as $3.59 per regular gallon, compared to $3.44 last week. Other stations posted smaller spikes to $3.49 on average... read more.
Truthout... GE’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether, by David Kocieniewski
Thursday 24 March 2011 - General Electric, the nation’s largest corporation, had a very good year in 2010. The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States. Its American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion. That may be hard to fathom for the millions of American business owners and households now preparing their own returns, but low taxes are nothing... read more.
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Kasich’s proposed university reforms draw praise and criticism
By Karen Farkas, The Plain Dealer - Friday, March 18, 2011 - CLEVELAND, Ohio -- College officials and faculty, braced for major cuts in state support, were encouraged by the portion of Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal that would actually increase basic aid slightly over the next two years. But his blueprint to rein in the cost of public higher education also includes dictating that faculty members teach more classes and requiring universities to develop a faster path to a degree... read more.
Politico... John Boehner rips President Obama on Libya, By Jake Sherman
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) escalated his critique of President Barack Obama’s handling of military operations in Libya Wednesday, sending the president a scathing letter that demands answers to the run-up to engagement in the region and hits the White House for first consulting the United Nations and the Arab League, but not Congress. Boehner wrote in the letter that he is “troubled” the United States military has been engaged in the attacks on... read more.
Politico... In search of the ‘Obama doctrine’, By Glenn Thrush
At a briefing for reporters last Saturday as U.S. Tomahawks missiles slammed into the Libyan coast, a top aide to President Barack Obama was asked to define the “Obama doctrine” to explain why the United States was suddenly pursuing a third conflict in a Muslim nation. Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser and one of Obama’s most highly regarded speechwriters, ticked off the factors that led his reluctant commander-in-chief to act: Muammar Qadhafi’s threat... read more.
Politico... Senate Democrats defend Obama on Libya, By John Breshnahan
Top Senate Democrats came to President Barack Obama’s defense on the Libya bombing campaign Wednesday, insisting that the U.S. participation in the operation was limited and would soon end. In a conference call designed to address growing criticism from all corners of Congress, Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the chairman and a top member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) all offered strong support to Obama’s... read more.
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Politico... Harry Reid lets 2012 Democrats off the hook, By Manu Raju
3/23/11 - Over the past couple of weeks, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has railed against an increase in the debt limit, slammed his party on the budget and blasted President Barack Obama in a floor speech. It’s all music to the ears of Democratic leaders. “I don’t see that as an attack on the president; I think that’s just Joe Manchin,” said Washington Sen. Patty Murray, who as... read more.
Politico... Budget writers look for deals, By Jake Sherman & Manu Raju
3/23/11 - House Republican leaders are planning to unveil an aggressive 2012 budget in three weeks — a proposal that could help shield them from tea party attacks if they’re forced to cut a deal with Democrats on the stalled 2011 spending bill. Both parties are quietly negotiating as Congress stands in recess, not only searching for a final dollar figure compromise but also trying to figure out how to deal with some of the most hot-button legislative riders in the bill — including the ban... read more.
Politico... Republicans school their freshman class, By Richard E. Cohen & Marin Cogan
3/23/11 - Republican freshmen have been at the center of every battle in this Congress, pushing their leadership to cut more spending and appearing at marquee committee hearings to grill key administration officials. It’s not an accident. Behind the scenes, a high-level plan has emerged, led by Texas GOP Rep. Pete Sessions with the help of Speaker John Boehner, to empower the rookies with the implicit goal of turning a stunning victory last fall into a sustainable, unified... read more.
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Darke County kidnapping/abduction charge on two, By Lyn Bliss, Senior Scribes
“We have been experiencing about one to two kidnappings or abductions a year in Darke County.” said Detective Sergeant Mike Burns of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. One of those was the recent kidnapping/abduction of Elmer Diaz Ramirez, 27, of Sidney. According to reports given, Ramirez was abducted in Darke County while supposedly on a trip from Union City to Sidney... read more.
New York Times... Obama Seeks to Unify Allies as More Airstrikes Rock Tripoli
By Mark Landler and Steven Erlanger - Published March 22, 2011 - WASHINGTON — President Obama worked on Tuesday to bridge differences among allies about how to manage the military campaign in Libya, as airstrikes continued to rock Tripoli and forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi showed no sign of ending their sieges of rebel-held cities. On a day when two United States airmen bailed out over Libya and were rescued after the crash of their fighter... read more.
Washington Beat... Obama Calls for Oil Drilling... in Brazil
President Obama is finally calling for offshore drilling….in Brazil. Obama told a group of Brazilian businessmen at a CEO summit during his trip to South America over the weekend they should begin drilling in their offshore oil reserves so the United States can be a paying customer in the future, adding that the United States would help them do it. “We want to help you with the technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely. And when you’re ready to start selling... read more.
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FoxNews... Silver Screen Legend Elizabeth Taylor Dies at Age 79
Published March 23, 2011 - Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor died Wednesday at the age of 79. Taylor had been hospitalized for over a month at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she was being treated for symptoms of congestive heart failure. Taylor announced her congestive heart failure diagnosis in 2004. The Oscar-winning actress had been receiving friends in her... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Watching free online movies can be costly
Monday, March 21, 2011 - That free online movie you downloaded last weekend could cost you a quarter of a million dollars. The Dayton Better Business Bureau put out a warning Monday against downloading online movies from multiple Web sites. Movie sites including letmewatchthis.com, letbobwatchthis.com and movie-source.org are luring people into copyright infringement traps, according to researchers from cloud security provider, Zscaler. Sites like these house... read more.
Politico... GOP 2012 hopefuls on Libya: Scathing or silent, By James Hohmann
3/21/11 - After demanding for weeks that he be more decisive on Libya, not one candidate in the field of 2012 GOP hopefuls has expressed support for President Barack Obama since he began bombing the North African nation. The GOP’s presidential prospects either sharply criticized the commander-in-chief this weekend or avoided weighing in. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday afternoon, “It is impossible to make sense of the standard for intervention... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Patients flock to Facebook for health care needs, by Brittany Hart
Sunday, March 20, 2011 - Interacting with friends, posting photos and updating status changes are common practices on Facebook. But now more users are relying on the social networking site for health information. In fact, 41 percent of people said they use social media as a health care resource, according to a National Research Corp. survey of nearly 23,000 U.S. residents... read more.
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Senator Faber’s Weekly Newsletter, March 21, 2011
Interested in becoming an Ohio Wildlife Officer? Also, Lake Clean-up Day at St. Mary’s
ODNR - Applications are being accepted beginning Monday, March 28 through Friday, April 15, for the next wildlife officer training school, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. ODNR is seeking to fill approximately 18 new wildlife officer... read more.
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Revitalizing our State: We’re the bad guys now, in two years… By Bob Robinson, Editor
GREENVILLE – This year’s biennium budget is going to be “short term pain” but will have “long term gain.” State Rep. Jim Buchy (Dist. 77) told members and guests at The Darke County Republican Men’s Club Saturday that dealing with Ohio’s budget woes will be a painful process and it isn’t likely that many are going to be thanking them… now. He noted that he created his own “lion’s den” when he set up... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Northwestern Mutual hiring 2,500 college interns
Monday, March 21, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual said it will hire 2,500 financial-representative interns from colleges and universities nationwide this year. The financial services firm said Monday the large number of internships results from “increased demand from Americans who seek financial guidance.” “This generation witnessed the impact of unprecedented financial turmoil and as a result, they appreciate the importance of financial planning and they’re taking action,” said... read more.
Politico... John Boehner to President Obama: Define the mission
House Speaker John Boehner said on Sunday that President Barack Obama must “better explain what America’s role” is in the Libya offensive before further military action is taken. It was the speaker’s first public remarks since the U.S. and allies launched an air and sea attack on Col. Moammar Qadhafi on Saturday. “The president is the commander-in-chief, but the administration has a responsibility to define for the American people, the Congress, and our troops what the... read more.
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Foxnews... Japan Discovers More Radiation-Tainted Food
Published March 20, 2011 - FUKUSHIMA, Japan -- Japanese officials reported progress Sunday in their battle to gain control over a leaking, tsunami-stricken nuclear complex, though the crisis was far from over, with the discovery of more radiation-tainted vegetables adding to public fears about contaminated food. The announcement by Japan’s Health Ministry late... read more.
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Politico... Liberal Democrats in uproar over Libya action
Ohio House Representative Dennis Kucinich questions why action is not impeachable
A hard-core group of liberal House Democrats is questioning the constitutionality of U.S. missile strikes against Libya, with one lawmaker raising the prospect of impeachment during a Democratic Caucus conference call on Saturday. Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Donna Edwards... read more.
Dayton Daily News… State park access to stay free despite funding cut, By Steve Bennish, Staff Writer
March 16, 2011 - COLUMBUS — The state’s parks and other natural areas will remain open and free to the public despite a funding cut of 16 percent amid a constrained state budget, Ohio Department of Natural Resources director David Mustine said Wednesday. The two-year budget that begins July 1 includes general revenue funds of $45.4 million, representing a plunge to a level not seen since the late 1980s. Total employees in 2009 were 2,945. That shrank to 2,744 in 2010... read more.
Columbus Dispatch… State budget is a sad story for small libraries, By Dean Narciso
March 17, 2011 - Institutions without local levies bracing for cutbacks - For the roughly 40 percent of Ohio's public libraries that are funded almost entirely by state revenue, any cuts are troubling. Five-percent reductions in state funding for public libraries in each of the next two years might seem modest when compared with the 25 percent annual cuts that local governments face under Gov. John Kasich's proposed budget. But librarians note that their cuts follow... read more.
Seth Morgan Joins Americans for Prosperity - Ohio... will serve as “Director of Policy”
March 18, 2011 - Grassroots free-market group Americans for Prosperity is pleased to welcome aboard former State Representative Seth Morgan as Ohio Director of Policy. Morgan is recognized as a leader in advocating for free markets, fiscal responsibility in government, and limiting government’s intrusion into Ohioans’ liberties and pocketbooks. He entered politics as a young man, seeking to make a difference for the Community by putting to use his passion... read more.
Columbus Dispatch… Kasich looks to extract savings from pensions, By Jim Siegel
March 17, 2011 - The hits keep coming for public workers who may have to pay more into their retirement - Public workers in Ohio who already were worried about weakened collective-bargaining powers now have a new paycheck-related concern: Gov. John Kasich wants all of them to pay more for their pensions. State Budget Director Tim Keen said the shift would cost state- and local-government workers - and, in turn, save state and local governments... read more.
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Foxnews.com... Explosions, Gunfire Heard; Allies Continue Military Strikes on Libya
Explosions and gunfire were heard in the Libyan capital of Tripoli Sunday morning as the U.S. and its allies continued military strikes against targets of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi, who on Libyan state radio said the raids were “acts of terrorism”. Qaddafi added that all of the country’s people were now carrying weapons to defend the nation. “We will not leave our land and... read more.
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Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls, Saturday, March 19, 2011
Much of America’s focus this past week has been on events across the Pacific and what they mean here at home. Over 90% of voters have been following news reports about the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan, events that triggered a still unfolding crisis at a nuclear plant there. Sixty percent (60%) of voters believe the Japanese earthquake will hurt the U.S. economy... read more.
Columbus Dispatch… Kasich tries selling budget cuts to senior citizens, By Joe Vardon
Thursday, March 17, 2011 - CLEVELAND - Now that Ohio Gov. John Kasich has presented his much-hyped budget, next on his list is to sell his proposal across the state. Kasich's budget stumping tour began in Cleveland yesterday at a senior community center, where the goal was to tout the Medicaid reforms rolled into his two-year, $55.5 billion spending plan. The governor and some of his department directors touched on Kasich's general plans to increase care... read more.
Akron Beacon Journal… Kasich says Medicaid to improve, By Cheryl Powell
Thursday, Mar 17, 2011 - Changes would give seniors care options, Ohio governor says - CLEVELAND: Ohio seniors who need care through the state-run Medicaid program should be able to get services in their homes or communities if they want, Gov. John Kasich told a group of about 100 people during a stop Wednesday. The governor came to a nonprofit senior services campus called Fairhill Partners to promote what are being billed by his administration as... read more.
Yahoo.com... Five Signs You’re a Bad Boss, by Diana Middleton
Friday, February 18, 2011 - When the number of employees Matt Kaplan managed at a lab at the University of Arizona in Tucson mushroomed from six to 30, the school called in a management coach to make sure he was prepared. What he learned surprised him -- his employees thought he was distant and didn’t trust their work. “The biggest challenge for me was realizing I couldn’t do everything myself,” he says. “I had to learn to trust my team, which was a... read more.
The Columbus Dispatch… Budget uses accounting maneuvers, By Jim Siegel
Thursday, March 17, 2011 - State Budget Director Tim Keen wasn't dressed like a magician, but state lawmakers wanted to know yesterday how he made an $8 billion shortfall disappear, even as it appears that overall spending increased in the new two-year budget. Of the 59 agencies funded by general-revenue dollars, which include most state taxes and some federal matching funds, Keen said 44 would be cut in 2012 and seven see no increase... read more.
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2011 Congressional Art Competition for high school students
Mar 15, 2011 - Washington-Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today invited 8th Congressional District high school students to participate in “An Artistic Discovery,” the 2011 congressional art competition. In a web video inviting students to submit their art, Congressman Boehner praised the contest: “This competition provides a unique opportunity for 8th District high school students... read more.
Child Injured in Shooting Incident
On Friday, March 18, 2011 at approximately 3:26 p.m., the Darke County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Wayne County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 Center reporting they had received a call from the 1900 block of Payne Road near Hollansburg, Ohio in reference to a six-year-old female who had been shot in the abdomen. Darke County Deputies and Detectives were then dispatched to the Payne Road residence. Upon arrival at the scene, investigators confirmed... read more.
Absentee Voting begins March 29
The Darke County Board of Elections will be conducting absentee voting for the upcoming May 3, 2011, Primary Election, beginning Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Pursuant to the change in Section 3509 of the Ohio Revised Code, any registered voter who chooses to vote absentee, can do so without the prior restricted eligibility requirements.  However, with that change, there are other requirements that a voter must meet.  The application must include the name, voter residence... read more.
BWC investigates Scioto & Huron County physician for fraud
The following is a statement from Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) CEO/Administrator Stephen Buehrer regarding legal action taken today at the Portsmouth (Scioto County) and Plymouth (Huron County) offices of Dr. James E. Lundeen Sr. “Today, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, with assistance from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement, executed search warrants... read more.
The Toledo Blade… Budget breaks promises, Democrats say, By Jim Provance
Schools to lose part of tax funds - COLUMBUS -- Democrats Wednesday accused the Kasich administration of breaking a promise to school districts that they wouldn't suffer financially because of the state's ambitious tax changes rolled out six years ago. The administration, however, countered that schools should have prepared for the day that state payments to keep their budgets whole would end. At issue is the tangible... read more.
Youngstown Vindicator… Budget director questioned, By Marc Kovac
Thu, March 17, 2011 - COLUMBUS - Democrats in the Ohio House questioned Gov. John Kasich’s budget director Wednesday about the impact of funding cuts to schools and local governments under his proposed two-year, $55 billion-plus spending plan. The first day of hearings before the House’s Finance Committee provided a snapshot of the debate to come over a biennial budget that includes a mix of law changes, program reforms and spending cuts aimed at filling an... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Cambridge considers allowing oil drilling in city park, By Josh Jarman
Sunday, March 13, 2011 - Well’s revenue would help balance budget, pay for park upkeep - CAMBRIDGE, Ohio - After 45 years of cutting hair, Ron Lemmon knows the gossip in his community. Currently, the main issue is oil drilling in the city’s municipal park. Lemmon, who operates a barbershop in Cambridge, said drilling for oil in City Park has been about all his customers have talked about since Mayor Tom Orr brought the idea before the City Council last month... read more.
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Greenville Schools Facilities Commission tours Ohio Schools, By Lyn Bliss, Senior Scribe
About 25 members of the Greenville Schools Facilities Committee, formed recently to develop and finalize a Master Plan for the District, toured two facilities similar in nature to what may be recommended for the plan. Both facilities – Parkway School (Rockford) and Wapakoneta Schools – were designed by Garman/Miller Architects-Engineers (Minster, Ohio) ... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… Bill would end government funding of NPR
Thursday, March 17, 2011 - Editor’s Note: The House passed the bill on Thursday; it now moves to the Senate - The House Rules Committee approved new legislation that would eliminate government funding for National Public Radio but allow the public radio network’s 764 local affiliate stations to use federal money for administrative expenses for their day-to-day operations. U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., introduced H.R. 1076 on Tuesday. The House is expected to vote... read more.
Dayton Daily News… State budget’s impact starts to sink in, By Laura A. Bischoff, Columbus Bureau
Despite the proposed cuts, there were some who saw things to like in Kasich’s plan. Thursday, March 17, 2011 - COLUMBUS — Some workers were told their jobs would be eliminated Wednesday, one day after Gov. John Kasich submitted his two-year $55.5 billion budget that proposes cuts to local governments, school districts and colleges and universities and privatizes some functions of state government to generate revenue. Tax Commissioner Joe Testa told 99 employees... read more.
Kasich appoints Aslinger Common Pleas Probate & Juvenile Judge
COLUMBUS – Today Gov. John R. Kasich announced his first judicial appointment since taking office in January.  Jason R. Aslinger of Greenville (Darke Co.) will serve as judge of the Darke County Court of Common Pleas Probate and Juvenile Divisions.  Aslinger’s term begins April 4, 2011 and ends when a successor is qualified and elected. Aslinger earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University in 1993 and... read more.
Dayton Daily News... Despite rise in state funding, education facing double-digit cuts
By Christopher Magan and Margo Rutledge Kissell - Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - Both K-12 and higher education would see massive changes and double-digit cuts to funding under Gov. John Kasich’s two-year budget unveiled Tuesday. State support for local K-12 schools would be slightly increased under the plan, but the loss of federal stimulus money that was built into the current two-year budget will result in an overall 11.5 percent reduction for the next fiscal year... read more.
New York Times... House Passes Spending Bill, but Not Happily, By Carl Hulse
March 15, 2011 - WASHINGTON — The House gave grudging approval on Tuesday to a plan to finance the federal government for three more weeks, even as dozens of Republicans broke with their leadership and opposed the stopgap legislation. Congressional leaders said the measure, which imposes $6 billion in new spending cuts, would avert a government shutdown while giving Republicans and Democrats until April 8 to conclude a more sweeping budget deal to finance... read more.
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Senator Faber’s Weekly Newsletter, March 14, 2011
Flood risk and actions you can take; Prepare for Cold Water
Understanding Your Flood Risk and Actions You Can Take - ODNR — National Flood Awareness Week, March 14-20, is an excellent time for Ohioans to determine their local flood risks, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Soil and Water Resources... read more.
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GOP Women host Economic Development Update, By Lyn Bliss, Senior Scribe
GREENVILLE – “Sometimes I sit back at the end of a very busy day and ask what the heck did I get done?” Director of Darke County Economic Development Marc Saluk told the Darke County Republican Women’s Club recently. “But, most of my job is putting pieces and people together – getting the inertia going for a project.” The club hosted Saluk’s presentation of  “The State of Darke County... read more.
Boehner: JEC Study Shows Spending Cuts Support Job Growth
Congressman Boehner Urges Obama Economic Team to Review New JEC Study Showing Spending Cuts Support Job Growth - Mar 15, 2011 - Washington-Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today called attention to the release of a new study by Joint Economic Committee (JEC) Republicans that shows cutting government spending significantly will support private-sector job creation, and called on the members of President Obama’s economic team to read the study... read more.
New York Times... State Legislatures Slow on Immigration Measures, By Julia Preston
March 13, 2011 - Under newly fortified Republican control, many state governments started the year pledging forceful action to crack down on illegal immigration, saying they would fill a void left by the stalemate in Washington over the issue. Now, with some legislatures winding down their sessions, the lack of consensus that has immobilized Congress has shown up in the legislatures as well, and has slowed — but not stopped — the advance of bills to penalize illegal immigrants... read more.
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Gov. John Kasich’s 2012-13 Budget
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Schools, local governments take hit in Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal
Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 12:50 PM - By Aaron Marshall, The Plain Dealer - COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Local governments and schools districts are hit hard, facing nearly $2 billion less in total payments from the state in 2012 and 2013 under Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal, according... read more.
FoxNews.com... Conservatives Voice Frustration With Short-Term Budget Bills
Published March 14, 2011 - Congressional Republicans, notably freshmen elected on vows to cut spending, are getting fed up with the short-term budget bills that leaders on both sides of the aisle seem content to pass while wrangling over a spending plan for the last six months of the fiscal year. “An absurd pattern has clearly developed in Washington,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a Tea Party-aligned freshman, wrote in a column Monday posted on the conservative blog... read more.
Dayton Daily News… Communities’ officials want to keep estate tax, By Jeremy P. Kelley
Kettering, Oakwood and Washington Twp. officials say repeal may hurt their residents - Sunday, March 13, 2011 - Several local communities are working with an emerging “council of governments” to lobby against the proposed repeal of Ohio’s estate tax, despite opposition from local Tea Party-affiliated groups. Administrators from Kettering, Oakwood and Washington Twp., communities that received a combined $6.2 million in estate tax revenue... read more.
Truthout... Assault on Collective Bargaining Illegal, Says International Labor Rights Group
by Jeanne Mirer and Marjorie Cohn - Sunday 13 March 2011 - The International Commission for Labor Rights (ICLR) sent a notice to the Wisconsin Legislature, explaining that its attempt to strip collective bargaining rights from public workers is illegal. Anyone who has watched the events unfolding in Wisconsin and other states that are trying to remove collective bargaining rights from public workers has heard people protesting the loss of their “rights.”... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Gas prices creep higher
Monday, March 14, 2011 - The price per gallon of gasoline in Dayton has gone up 10 cents in the past week, although the price of crude oil dropped for the first time in a month after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan forced the nation to shut down some oil refineries. Dayton motorists are paying $3.53 per gallon on average, compared with $3.43 a week ago, $2.96 a month ago and $2.72 a year... read more.
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NFRW Briefed by Speaker Boehner at U.S. Capitol
Local Resident Among 225 ‘Red Coats’ on the Hill - WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) privately briefed 225 Republican women leaders from across the country during the National Federation of Republican Women’s (NFRW) biennial Legislative Day at the U.S. Capitol on March 9. Among the visitors was Greenville resident Lyn Bliss... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Kasich hopes more healthy babies will reduce Medicaid costs
By Catherine Candisky and Joe Vardon - Initiatives focus on low-weight babies, poor’s visits to ER - Reducing the number of low-weight babies born in Ohio will be one of the initiatives to lower health-care costs that Gov. John Kasich is expected to unveil in his state budget next week. The proposal will be part of a broader effort by the Republican’s administration to rein in Medicaid spending by reducing hospitalization and other high-cost care covered by the... read more.
Insider Report from Newsmax.com, March 13, 2011
Headlines (Click on link for complete stories):  1. Average Freshman Senator Worth $4 Million  2. China’s CO2 Emissions Confirm Kyoto Critics’ Fears  3. Sabato: 6 Democratic Senate Seats ‘Toss-ups’ in 2012  4. Expert: New Light Bulbs Bring ‘Deadly Poison’ Into Homes  5. Regional Nuclear War Could Reverse Global Warming  6. New ‘Dust Bowl’ Threatens Great Plains... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... No timetable on Senate Bill 5 vote, By Jim Siegel
Thursday, March 10, 2011 - House speaker says measure won’t go to the floor next week - Speaker William G. Batchelder said he is done predicting when the collective-bargaining bill will come up for a full vote in the House. The Medina Republican told reporters today that Senate Bill 5 will not come up for a floor vote next week. This came a day after he told reporters that he hoped to have a House vote next week on the controversial measure... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Kasich’s budget tackles Medicaid spending
By Catherine Candisky and Joe Vardon - Thursday, March 10, 2011 - Initiatives focus on low-weight babies, poor’s visits to ER Reducing the number of low-weight babies born in Ohio will be one of the initiatives to lower health-care costs that Gov. John Kasich is expected to unveil in his state budget next week. The proposal will be part of a broader effort by the Republican’s administration to rein in Medicaid spending by reducing hospitalization and other high-cost care... read more.
Dayton Daily News... Kasich wants students better prepared for jobs
By Christopher Magan and Margo Rutledge Kissell, Staff Writers - Friday, March 11, 2011 - During his first State of the State address, Gov. John Kasich spoke passionately about education, saying he wants significant reform to ensure Ohio’s students are prepared for the jobs he wants to bring to the state. The Republican governor reaffirmed this week that K-12 and higher education are “critical to our economic future.” Work force training for the real world was an... read more.
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Farm Forum focuses on EPA, public awareness, By Bob Robinson, Editor
PIQUA – “We are nine meals away from chaos,” said Ohio Agricultural Director Jim Zehringer. The moderator for Congressman John Boehner’s (8th District) 20th Annual Farm Forum at Edison Community College noted that grocery stores typically stock three days worth of food… “What would happen if the food supply suddenly stopped?” Nearly 300 people packed Edison’s auditorium Saturday... read more.
Kasich signs Legislation Creating Agriculture Week
COLUMBUS – Today Gov. John R. Kasich signed House Bill 89 (Derickson) to designate the second full week of March as “Ohio Agriculture Week.”  Gov. Kasich was joined by bill sponsor Rep. Timothy Derickson (R-Oxford), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee Rep. David Hall (R-Killbuck), Director of the Department of Agriculture Jim Zehringer, and representatives from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Future Farmers of America (FFA)... read more.
Foxnews... Japan Nuclear Agency Reports Emergency at Second Reactor
Published March 12, 2011 - IWAKI, Japan –  Cooling systems failed at a second nuclear reactor on Japan’s devastated coast Sunday, hours after an explosion at a nearby unit made leaking radiation, or even outright meltdown, the central threat to the country following a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. The Japanese government said radiation emanating from the plant appeared to have decreased after Saturday’s blast, which produced a cloud of white smoke... read more.
Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, March 12, 2011 - Americans don’t much like the way things are going these days. At week’s end, daily confidence as measured in the Rasmussen Consumer and Investor Indexes had fallen to new lows for the year. The number of adults nationwide who expect interest rates to go up over the next year has risen again this month to a new high of 52%. Only one-out-of-three workers (33%) nationwide expects to earn more money a year from now, marking... read more.
The Washington Post... The ‘Utah Way’ toward immigration reform, By Lee Hockstader
Friday, March 11, 2011 - SALT LAKE CITY - Utah, where Republicans outnumber Democrats by better than three to one in the state legislature, has passed the nation’s most liberal - and most reality-based - policy on illegal immigration. And the Republican governor is expected to sign it. The legislation includes both a watered-down enforcement provision that police say won’t make much difference and a guest-worker program that would make all the difference... read more.
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Faber, Buchy address public union concerns, By Bob Robinson, Editor
GREENVILLE – “$74 million in savings to local government entities equates to 1,500 firefighters, police and teachers who won’t have to be laid off,” said State Sen. Keith Faber (Dist. 12). This was part of the message to about 200 attendees at Friday night’s Townhall meeting on Senate Bill 5 with Faber and State Representative Jim Buchy (Dist. 77)... read more.
House Bills will keep government funded and save taxpayers $9 Billion
Boehner on: TARP, Short Term CR, Homeowner Relief - Congressman Boehner Applauds House Vote To Begin Shutting Down TARP, Saving Taxpayers $8 Billion - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement after the House voted to begin shutting down the TARP bailout program, saving taxpayers $8 billion in mandatory government spending, with more savings to come: “I’m pleased the House... read more.
Transportation budget repairs aging roads, retains jobs
Buchy Applauds Bipartisan Passage of Transportation Budget; Measure will repair aging roads, is projected to retain nearly 30,000 jobs - COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) has announced that after more than two weeks of committee hearings and deliberation, the Ohio House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 114—the state transportation budget. The transportation budget outlines appropriations totaling $7 billion, including... read more.
Politico... White House struggles to lead on spending, By Glenn Thrush & Carrie Budoff Brown
3/10/11 - The budget debate has been galloping away from Democrats since the passage of a two-week spending bill — and President Barack Obama tried to grab back the reins on Wednesday. The White House has tried to keep its distance from Senate and House negotiators, fearing being dragged into another partisan food fight after the bipartisan triumph of the December lame-duck session. But White House officials now see the political initiative they enjoyed... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... ‘Pill mill’ bill moves quickly to Senate, By Jim Siegel
Thursday, March 10, 2011 - During his time as the Scioto County coroner, Rep. Terry Johnson got a close-up look at the devastating impact that prescription-drug addiction was having on his county, where drug-overdose deaths increased 360 percent from 1999 to 2008. “That got me into a sad and dark, ugly underbelly of a part of Appalachia that few of you could even imagine,” the McDermott Republican told his colleagues. “For the last three years as... read more.
Toledo Blade... Ohio foes ponder merit pay’s fairness, By Jim Provance
Bill cuts teacher seniority as factor - COLUMBUS — How do you judge the worth of teachers? Senate Bill 5, the controversial collective-bargaining bill now being heard in the Ohio House, would remove automatic longevity and step increases from the pay structure of teachers and other public employees and mandates that future raises be linked to merit. But what exactly a merit system would look like is one item preserved for the negotiating table... read more.
Foxnews... Obama Has ‘Failed to Lead’ on Spending Cuts, Democratic Senator Says
Published March 08, 2011 - Freshman Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin accused President Obama of sitting on the sidelines Tuesday while Congress debates “wildly different” budget bills that are expected to fail. “Our president has failed to lead this debate or offer a serious proposal for spending and cuts that he would be willing to fight for,” Manchin, D-W.Va., said on the Senate floor. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer shot back, saying Obama is the... read more.
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Buchy Announces Passage of Two Bills: Calamity Days & Rx Drug Abuse
Calamity Days Bill - COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) today announced the passage of House Bill 36 from the Ohio House of Representatives by a vote of 92-5. The legislation would increase the number of calamity days that school districts are allocated annually. House Bill 36 restores the number of excusable calamity days to five, which would take effect immediately... read more.
Chicago Tribune... Top Democrat draws line in sand in budget fight, By Thomas Ferraro
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Assistant Senate Democratic leaderDick Durbin drew a line in the sand on Sunday in his party’s budget battle with Republicans, who are pushing deep spending cuts to trim the federal deficit. Durbin, one of President Barack Obama’s top allies in Congress, said he opposed going beyond the $10.5 billion in domestic, non-defense discretionary spending cuts that Democrats have backed. Republicans want $61 billion in spending reductions... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Charter college idea has appeal, By Encarnacion Pyle
Sunday, March 6, 2011 - No state has made switch, but Ohio higher-education leaders want less red tape - Many Ohio college leaders are excited that their schools could gain more independence and freedom from red tape. But whether they try to become charter universities - an idea being floated by Gov. John Kasich and incoming Chancellor Jim Petro - will depend on the tradeoffs. Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee said he has been pushing for deregulation... read more.
Washington Beat, By Katie Pavlich
1000 Waivers and County; Federal Government Post Largest Deficit Ever; Radical Islam in America; Race for the White House 2012; ATF Watching Guns go to Mexican Drug Cartels; and Oil Prices Rise, Feds want to Tap Reserve... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Banks seek to delay new debit fee rules, by Tucker Echols
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - Banks are seeking a delay in new debit card swipe fee rules. Banks and debit card companies are reportedly boosting their lobbying in Congress to remove or delay new rules for lower debit card swipe fees. The lobbying effort comes as the Federal Reserve faces a deadline in April to write the rules for lower swipe fees — the hidden fees that banks collect from... read more.
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Reaction: Columbus Dispatch... Forget the status quo, governor tells legislators, By Joe Vardon
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - Kasich promises big changes in prenatal and late-in-life care, sentencing, education - Gov. John Kasich used his first State of the State address yesterday to issue a final warning that widespread changes to Ohio’s governing and spending practices are coming soon. It was a point already heard loud and clear by the estimated 3,200... read more.
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Reaction: Cincinnati Enquirer... Kasich’s speech offers energy, few details
Mar. 8, 2011 - COLUMBUS — In an enthusiastic, often impromptu State of the State speech Tuesday, Gov. John Kasich called for a broad transformation of Ohio’s government and economy – but offered few details on how he plans to fix Ohio’s problems. “You ain’t seen nothing yet,” he said. Veering from anecdotes about celebrities to shout-outs to General Assembly... read more.
The Columbus Dispatch... Brown draws fire from some environmentalists
Sunday, March 6, 2011 - Some environmentalists were unhappy with Sen. Sherrod Brown after he urged President Barack Obama last week to consider the economic harm to major industries before issuing regulations to control so-called greenhouse gases thought to cause global warming. By doing so, the Ohio Democrat seemed to move even closer to the position held by former Republican Sen. George V. Voinovich, that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency... read more.
Politico... Medicare criticism may haunt GOP, By Carrie Budoff Brown
3/8/11 - The Republican Party and its allies funneled millions into TV ads last year accusing Democrats from Pennsylvania to Missouri of “gutting Medicare” and “hurting seniors” — charges that compelled older voters to swing en masse toward the GOP. But now, as Republicans move to tackle the country’s gaping debt, they are weighing changes to Medicare — from higher premiums to spending caps — that open them to the same attacks they leveled only... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Report: Gender wage gap to last 45 more years
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - Women will be paid less than men for the next 45 years at the current pace of closing the gender wage gap, according to a new study. New research shows it will take 45 more years for women’s and men’s earnings to reach pay parity — if the wage gap continues to close at the same pace it has for the last 50 years. The Institute for Women’s Policy... read more.
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2011 State of the State Address, March 8, 2011, Ohio Statehouse, Columbus, Ohio 43215
SPEAKER BATCHELDER: It is my privilege today to introduce to this group someone who needs no introduction, the President of the Ohio Senate. (Applause). PRESIDENT NIEHAUS: Thank you. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Thank you for inviting us to your House. The members of the House and Senate will now assemble and take their seats. Is there a quorum of the Senate present? The Chair recognizes the leader of the Senate, Senator Cates... For Video and Complete Text, Click Here.
Business First... Kasich appeals for bipartisanship in State of State - Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Republican Gov. John Kasich delivered his first State of the State speech at noon Tuesday to waves of applause from many legislators and government officials, as well as boos from opponents of Ohio’s controversial collective bargaining bill. Watch the more than hour-long address, which included Kasich’s appeal for political bipartisanship to tackle the state’s problems, at the Ohio Channel here. The governor delivered the speech without a fully prepared text or the help of a telescript, but a transcript is set to be available late Tuesday afternoon here. A Democratic rebuttal began at 1:30 p.m. on the Ohio Channel. Video is currently available at The Ohio Channel; Text will be provided as soon as it is available at Business First
Politico... Despite openness pledge, President Obama pursues leakers, By Josh Gerstein
3/7/11 - The Obama administration, which famously pledged to be the most transparent in American history, is pursuing an unexpectedly aggressive legal offensive against federal workers who leak secret information to expose wrongdoing, highlight national security threats or pursue a personal agenda. In just over two years since President Barack Obama took office, prosecutors have filed criminal charges in five separate cases involving unauthorized distribution... read more.
Politico... Feds want new ways to tap the Web, By Jennifer Martinez
3/7/11 - When it comes to criminal investigations, federal law enforcement is eager to get access to the bread crumb trail that suspects leave on the Web. In the age of Facebook, Twitter and Skype, however, the FBI and other agencies often must operate within the constraints of laws and regulations that haven’t been updated in more than a decade. The Obama administration is considering new regulations to require Web-based communications services... read more.
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Washington Post... The Rising: Josh Mandel, young powerhouse, By Rachel Weiner
Posted on 03/4/2011 - Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel shows off the shoes he wore out campaigning in a speech at CPAC 2011. Ohio’s newest state treasurer is only 33. He’s also a Marine who served two tours in Iraq, a lawyer, a two-term state legislator, a former city councilman and a prolific fundraiser. That’s why even at his young age, Josh Mandel is... read more.
Senator Faber’s Weekly Newsletter, March 7, 2011
 Spring Ushers in Wildfire Season & Ohio’s New Fishing, Hunting and Trapping License and Permit Sales System Up
 ODNR—Ohioans are urged to be aware of the state’s outdoor burning regulations and take necessary precautions if they are planning to burn debris, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Forestry. Ohio law states that outdoor debris burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during March, April and May... read more.
Insider Report from Newsmax.com
Headlines - 1. Obamacare Will Cost States $118 Billion  2. Bill O’Reilly: GOP Will Win Senate in 2012  3. Rep. Allen West: End UK’s Michael Savage Ban  4. Muslim Brotherhood Strips Bylaws From Website  5. Slain Border Agent Fired Beanbags at Bandits  6. We Heard: TSA, Oprah Winfrey... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Do you support collective bargaining limits in Ohio?
Saturday, March 5, 2011 - Thousands of people have come out to protest the bills that would limit collective bargaining in Ohio and Wisconsin. Ohio’s controversial bill to weaken collective bargaining rights for public workers in the state narrowly passed in the state Senate, drawing boos from bill opponents in a packed Senate chamber. The bill is similar to legislation in Wisconsin that has drawn national attention and protests. The battle over the legislation that some... read more.
Foxnews... Lawmakers at Impasse Over 7-Month Budget; Redirect Focus to Benefit Programs
Published March 06, 2011 - WASHINGTON -- President Obama isn’t serious about dealing with government spending and the deficit, the Senate’s top Republican argued Sunday as lawmakers took to the airwaves to shout past each other about where and how much spending to cut in the government’s wildly bloated budget. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that after a number of conversations with Obama and Vice President Biden, he is not optimistic the... read more.
Toledo Blade… Bell: City of Toledo knew union contract not affordable, By Jim Provance
Teamsters’ attorney claims Toledo’s cash woes irrelevant - COLUMBUS -- Toledo Mayor Mike Bell Thursday told a state labor-relations judge that he knew the city couldn’t afford a proposed new contract with trash and sewer workers when he returned the agreement to the union unsigned last year. “[We] had just balanced, for the most part, a $48 million deficit, and this particular agreement was coming in after that, saying that we needed to be able to provide raises... read more.
Boehner to seek House action to defend DOMA
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement regarding the status of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA): “I will convene a meeting of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group for the purpose of initiating action by the House to defend this law of the United States, which was enacted by a bipartisan vote in Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton. It is regrettable that the Obama Administration has opened... read more.
Newsmax... Gov. Walker: Obama Should Fix His Own Budget Crisis, By David A. Patten and Kathleen Walter
Friday, 04 Mar 2011 - In a Newsmax.TV exclusive interview, determined Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Friday began the legal notification process that could lead to 1,500 state employees losing their jobs in April. He also said that President Barack Obama should stay out of his state’s fiscal crisis and instead ought to focus on “the much, much graver budget crisis we have in our nation’s capital, which he’s failed to lead on.”... read more.
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What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, March 05, 2011 - President Obama once famously noted that “elections have consequences.” Legislators in Washington, D.C. and Madison, Wisconsin can certainly attest to the truth of that statement. Republican gains have translated into major budget battles involving issues and programs that Democrats have held dear for years. The U.S. Congress is stalemated as... read more.
Boehner attributes 8.9 percent unemployment to having stopped January tax hikes
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today issued the following statement regarding the latest employment figures released by the U.S. Department of Labor: “Any improvement in the jobs situation for our country is welcome news, but unemployment is still far above where the Obama Administration promised it would be when it forced our children to pay for the ‘stimulus’ fiasco, which accelerated a government spending binge that continues... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Bill would allow drilling in state parks, By Spencer Hunt
Friday, March 4, 2011 - Money could help maintain parks, lakes amid tight budget - State lawmakers will debate again opening Ohio’s parks, forests and wildlife areas to oil and gas companies. A House bill introduced this week would create a panel that could open any state-owned land for oil and gas exploration to the highest bidder. The governor would appoint the five panel members. State Rep. John Adams, a Republican from Sidney and the bill’s sponsor, said... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Ohio unemployment down to 9.4%
Friday, March 4, 2011 - More Ohioans found jobs in January. Ohio’s unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent in January, thanks to payroll gains, the state Department of Job and Family Services reported Friday. The unemployment rate was down from 9.5 percent in December, a downwardly revised tally from the 9.6 percent rate initially reported. That accounts for a nearly 32,000-worker boost in nonfarm payroll to about 5.07 million. At the same time, the ranks of those out of work... read more.
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Cincinnati Enquirer... Shannon Jones: The force behind SB5, By Barry M. Horstman
If nothing else, state Sen. Shannon Jones’ central role in the acrimonious battle over a dramatic remake of Ohio’s collective-bargaining law shows that she is not shy about tackling white-hot issues - or stepping into the political spotlight. It’s not the first time in her still-young political career, though, that she has vividly proved that point... read more.
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Is Ohio’s collective bargaining overhaul fair or unreasonable? Take our poll
Thursday, March 03, 2011 - By a 17-16 vote, the Ohio Senate has approved SB5, a bill that would drastically reduce collective bargaining rights for Ohio’s public workers. Now the bill moves to the Ohio House of Representatives. The bill redefines which contract terms public workers can collectively bargain with their employer. Wages can still be negotiated. Health care benefits, pension pick-ups and other provisions are off the table. And management can... read more.
Toledo Blade... Ohio Senate OKs bill curbing union bargaining rights, By Jim Provance
COLUMBUS -- Angry union members chanted “Shame on you!” as they headed for the door after a sharply divided Ohio Senate Wednesday voted 17-16 to approve a controversial bill restricting the collective bargaining rights of public employees. In the end, six Republicans defected from their caucus to join all 10 Democrats in opposing the measure, which would preserve union negotiations but limit what they could be about, prohibit all public employees from striking... read more.
Cincinnati Enquirer... New Ohio chancellor: Get ready for change, By Cliff Peale
Feb. 28, 2011 - Ohio’s public colleges will see “significant” budget cuts next year, but even bigger changes could be on the horizon soon under new Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro. Petro, nominated by Gov. John Kasich Monday to replace the resigning Eric Fingerhut, says he expects a formal proposal on “charter universities” sometime in 2011... read more.
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Greenville Recognized for ED Efforts by National Publication
Publication puts City in Top 100 Micropolitan’s in United States - Greenville- Greenville has been recognized by Site Selection magazine, a national publication devoted to economic development, as one of the Top 100 Micropolitans (city with a population between 10 -50,000) in the United States, based on 2010 development project statistics.  The Darke County Economic... read more.
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Dayton Daily News... Kasich vows vast reform in budget, By Jack Torry
Monday, February 28, 2011 - WASHINGTON — Gov. John Kasich said curtailing collective bargaining rights for public employees is just the first step in a series of sweeping reforms that he insists will “lower our costs, keep our entrepreneurs and create jobs.’’ In a news conference Sunday, Kasich repeatedly defended his backing of a bill that would limit public employees to bargaining for their wages... read more.
Buchy Announces Passage of substitute HB58
Legislature approves measure that will benefit taxpayers, businesses and the unemployed - COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives voted in concurrence on Senate changes to Substitute House Bill 58, which is estimated to save Ohio’s families and businesses approximately $48.5 million over the next three fiscal years. The bill also contains a job retention tax credit for businesses... read more.
Buchy Announces Passage of Regulatory Reform Legislation
 COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) today announced the passage of Senate Bill 2 from the Ohio House of Representatives by a vote of 81-14. This legislation—sponsored by Senator Jim Hughes (R-Clintonville)—is companion legislation to House Bill 94, which would adopt a new small business rule review procedure by defining a process of regulatory... read more.
Boehner on Senate approval of Short-term Budget
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following statement today upon Senate approval of the House-passed short-term continuing resolution, which cuts spending to help create a better environment for job growth and gives Senate Democrats two additional weeks to follow the House in passing legislation that funds the government through the end of the fiscal year... read more.
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The Columbus Dispatch... Vote on veal calves might trigger statewide referendum after all
By Alan Johnson - Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - Decision reneges on animal-welfare agreement, Humane Society says. The Humane Society of the U.S. is threatening to relaunch a statewide ballot campaign after a state panel yesterday reneged on part of an agreement reached last year. The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, a state... read more.
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Politico... Social media not so hot on the Hill, By Erika Lovley
The constant influx of feedback on social media is challenging for some congressional offices. “There’s a lot of trolls on Twitter,” the Texas Republican told POLITICO. “I just got to the point that I was sick and tired of it.” And he’s not the only one on Capitol Hill who’s fed up with the din. In 140 characters: “Social media is absolutely a pain in the a—,” a Capitol Hill aide... read more.
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From Redstate… Our last WWI vet passes away at age 110
Monday, February 28th - From the diaries by Bill S. Frank Buckles, the last of the 4,734,991 Americans who served in World War I, has passed away. When you think of most kids today, his story is just staggering. He was born on a Missouri farm when William McKinley was President. When the US entered WWI in April 1917, he had turned 16 barely two months earlier, but was determined to enlist... read more.
Governors differ on extent of flexibility for Medicaid, By Amy Goldstein and Dan Balz
Monday, February 28, 2011 - Democratic and Republican governors, burdened by crushing budget pressures from Medicaid, said Sunday that federal officials should allow them more freedom to change eligibility rules and other aspects of the public health insurance program for the poor. But they displayed sharp ideological differences over how far such flexibility should go. After a series of private conversations at the National Governors Association’s semiannual meeting... read more.
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Faber Announces Regulatory Reform Bill Passed By Ohio Senate
State Senator Keith Faber (R- Celina) announced that the Ohio Senate recently voted to approve Senate Bill 2, which seeks to improve the state’s regulatory environment in order to reduce government red tape that acts as barriers to job creation and retention. “If we are to revitalize our economy and get Ohioans back to work, then we must create a business climate that helps, rather than hinders... read more.
Insider Report from Newsmax.com - 2/27/11
Headlines: 1. Newsweek Poll: Trump Fares ‘Surprisingly Well’ vs. Obama; 2. Google Spins Right to Woo Resurgent GOP; 3. Charlie Cook: If Jobs Grow, Obama’s a Lock in 2012; 4. Satellite Images Expose Syrian Nuclear Facility; 5. CBO: Stimulus Jobs Cost at Least $228,055 Each... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Cell phone manners getting worse
Friday, February 25, 2011 - American cell phone manners appear to be getting worse. California-based Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) found nine out of 10 U.S. adults claim they have seen people misuse mobile technology, and 75 percent say mobile manners are worse compared to a year ago. But with cell phone users on the rise, the incidents of poor etiquette will likely... read more.
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Congressman Jim Jordan speaks to Liberty Group, By Lyn Bliss, Senior Scribe
Video - “You are taking a big risk by having me here. It is dangerous, as Congress only has a 12% approval rating at this time.” was one of Congressman Jim Jordan’s opening remarks as he addressed the Sidney Shelby County Liberty Group recently. Jordan represents Ohio’s fourth congressional district. “But, we do have the first amendment and that means you can... read more.
The Columbus Dispatch, Senate Bill 5 saves $1.3B, study says, By Jim Siegel
Pay increases, insurance examined - Saturday, February 26, 2011 - State and local governments would have saved an estimated $1.3 billion in 2010 on health insurance and automatic pay increases if the limits imposed by Senate Bill 5 were in effect, according to a new analysis by the state Office of Collective Bargaining. The report comes as Senate Republicans are preparing to pass the biggest overhaul to collective bargaining since the law was enacted in 1983. Changes to... read more.
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Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, February 26, 2011 - Wisconsin and Libya. Angry protesters are in the streets. Here at home they’re exercising their democratic rights in a budget battle; over there, they’re being shot down for seeking democratic rights in real battles. A sizable number of voters are following new Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s showdown with unionized public employees in an effort to close... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac request $3.1 billion
by Jeff Clabaugh, DBJ Contributor - Friday, February 25, 2011 - Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both reported significantly improved quarterly results, even as both seek more government aid. Combined, the two have requested another $3.1 billion draw from their Treasury Department lifeline, after both reported negative net worth after making dividend payments to the government... read more.
Youngstown Vindicator... Kasich: Slots decision will take time, By David Skolnick
Fri, February 25, 2011 - VIENNA - Gov. John Kasich said he’s in no rush to legalize slot machines at the state’s horse racetracks. Kasich, a Republican, said Thursday that the state wants to hire a “gambling expert” to review gaming in Ohio, including casinos being built in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo and the possibility of slot machines at the state’s seven racetracks. Penn National Gaming Inc. wants to relocate a harness track from Toledo to Austintown. The... read more.
Politico... Lawmakers won’t miss a paycheck, By Erika Lovley
February 23, 2011 - If the government shuts down, thousands of government employees would be furloughed without pay, federal agencies and parks would shutter, and congressional staffer paychecks would stop. But the elected members of Congress? Their $174,000 a year pay checks would keep coming. Under U.S. law, elected members of Congress — as well as the president and uniformed military personnel — are exempt from furlough, but most congressional... read more.
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