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Auto bailout loss put at $14B; Obama pleased, had expected closer to $48B
By Jim Kuhnhenn - Thursday, June 2, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Taxpayers will lose about $14 billion in the government’s $80 billion bailout of Chrysler and GM, the White House said yesterday, portraying the outcome as good news because the losses are far lower than originally anticipated. Seizing on the figures, the Obama administration took credit for the resurgence of the U.S. auto industry, assuring taxpayers that the government’s bailout of Chrysler and GM was an investment worth... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Beer buzz would get a big boost from GOP bill
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - Ohioans could buy beer with a whopping 18 percent alcohol content under a provision in the state budget proposed yesterday by Senate Republicans. After holding the line on alcohol content in beer for 69 years, lawmakers might be poised to increase it for the second time in a decade. The limit was increased in 2002 to 12 percent from 6 percent, where it had been since the end of Prohibition in 1933. The alcohol boost in 2002 was promoted... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Ohio Senate debates teacher merit pay
Some legislators insist rules should be part of state budget - Friday, June 3, 2011 - The debate over whether a merit-pay system for teachers will ultimately be part of the new two-year state budget is far from over, with some Senate Republicans saying they would like to see it reinserted in some form. The Senate this week pulled from the budget a plan backed by the House and Gov. John Kasich that would implement a new pay system for teachers based on factors including... read more. 
Governor Kasich’s Week in Review
Saturday, May 28 through Friday, June 3, 2011 - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - Gov. John R. Kasich visited Haessly Hardwood Lumber Company in Marietta with Rep. Andy Thompson to meet with company employees and local officials and discuss The Jobs Budget. - Kasich joined Reps. Danny Bubp and Terry Johnson at West Union High School in Adams County where he discussed the ongoing battle against prescription drug abuse and signed a resolution declaring June 2011 as... read more. 
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Dayton Business Journal… Report: U.S. automakers to add 34K jobs
by David Bertola, DBJ Contributor - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - U.S. automakers in the next five years are expected to add about 34,000 new hourly and salaried workers nationwide. That is according to a study by the Center for Automotive Research. While the report does not break out hourly employment, it said Ford Motor Co. is planning to add two shifts to its Louisville Assembly Plant and another... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Defenders of SB 5 organize to oppose repeal
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - This fall, it will be We Are Ohio versus Building a Better Ohio in a multimillion-dollar clash over the collective-bargaining power of public workers. The scrap will pit Democrats and union supporters against Republicans, business groups and tea party affiliates. We Are Ohio has spent more than a month gathering signatures to get a referendum on the November ballot in an attempt to overturn Senate Bill 5, a new, GOP-crafted law that would significantly... read more. 
Politico... John Boehner calls for debt deal in a month, By John Bresnahan & Jake Sherman
6/1/11 - House Speaker John Boehner said he doesn’t want to run up against an August deadline for boosting the nation’s debt limit — fearing that it could unnerve Wall Street — but he’s refusing to back away from his calls for major spending cuts in return for a debt deal with the White House. And Boehner, for the first time, said he wants to raise the limit within one month’s time. “I just think we’re now in June, this really needs to be done over the next month if we’re serious about no... read more. 
Bloomberg... Obama Campaigns to Gain Car Industry Bailout Credit at Ohio Chrysler Plant
By Hans Nichols and Tim Higgins - Jun 3, 2011 - Obama’s trip to a Toledo plant that assembles Jeep Wranglers follows a week of White House publicity about the automotive revival, including a May 28 radio address by Vice President Joe Biden and a June 1 White House report saying $80 billion of federal aid for Chrysler and General Motors Co. saved at least 1 million jobs at automakers and their suppliers. As President Barack Obama tours a Chrysler Group LLC assembly line in... read more. 
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Cincinnati Enquirer... Blackwell on Senate: ‘I can do this’
5/31/11 - The Ohio Republican Party establishment may not like it, but, today, their front-running candidate for next year’s U.S. Senate campaign is Cincinnati Republican J. Kenneth Blackwell. All the polling says so, despite the drubbing Blackwell, a former Cincinnati mayor and Ohio Secretary of State, took in 2006, when he lost the governor’s office the GOP had held for 16 years to Democrat Ted Strickland... read more. 
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msnbc.com... ‘Handcuffed by policy’: Fire crews watch man die
msnbc.com staff and news service reports - 6/1/2011 - City policy changed after budget cuts cited as reason rescuers couldn’t act - SAN FRANCISCO — Fire crews and police could only watch after a man waded into San Francisco Bay, stood up to his neck and waited. They wanted to do something, but a policy tied to earlier budget cuts strictly forbade them from trying to save the 50-year... read more. 
McClatchy... Bad economic news piles up, sending stocks down, By Kevin G. Hall
WASHINGTON — Hopes for blue skies ahead for the U.S. economy are fading as forecasters are dialing back their annual growth projections after a spate of lukewarm readings on the performance of the U.S. economy and continuing global woes. In recent weeks, there’s been less than stellar data coming out of manufacturing, housing, car sales, consumer confidence and employment. These piled up on top of high prices for oil, gasoline and other commodities, debt troubles in... read more. 
Congressman Boehner Unveils Resolution on Libya
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) unveiled a House resolution today on Libya that (1) establishes that the president has not asked for congressional authorization, and that the Congress has not granted it; (2) reasserts Congress’ constitutional role on funding; (3) requires the president to provide within 14 days information on the mission that should have been provided from the start; and (4) reaffirms the vote we took last week that says there... read more. 
Columbus Government Examiner... Ohio county commissioner chief says gov mergers should not be in state budget - June 1, 2011 - COLUMBUS, Ohio (CGE) - Back from a meeting in Washington, D.C., where he was when new Ohio Auditor Dave Yost attended the general government committee of the County Commisioner Association of Ohio [CCAO], the group’s leader, long-time CCAO chief Larry Long, offered information via email to CGE that said his members offered their support to Yost for the concept of permissive county mergers, but told the former county prosecutor... read more. 
Toledo Blade... Ohio Senate committee’s plan adds $115M for schools
Turnpike leasing restricted - By Jim Provance - COLUMBUS -- An Ohio Senate committee Tuesday voted to add $115 million to the state budget for schools, restrict the ability of the governor to lease the Ohio Turnpike without legislative approval, and strip out language requiring a merit-pay system for teachers. The Senate Finance Committee put its first stamp on a $55.7 billion, two-year version of a budget that passed the House solely with GOP support last month... read more. 
Ohio’s key budget cuts some of biggest in nation
State 4th in trimming higher education, 5th in K-12 and prisons - Friday, June 3, 2011 - Ohioans are seeing some of the biggest planned budget cuts in the nation for key areas such as education and prisons, a new report released yesterday shows. The first-year reductions in the proposed state budget taking effect July 1 are fourth-highest for higher education, fifth for K-12 education, fifth for prisons and second for other program areas, according to a survey by the National Governors... read more. 
Newsmax... Cain: With All Due Respect, Obama Couldn’t Run a Pizza Joint, By David A. Patten
02 Jun 2011 - Fast-rising GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO emerging as a strong contender in the Iowa caucuses, blasted President Barack Obama’s leadership abilities in an exclusive Newsmax interview, saying Obama “could not run one Godfather’s pizza restaurant.” Cain ... called the president as an indecisive leader who has lost most Americans’ confidence. “The president has demonstrated that he lacks leadership in a whole lot of ways [and] could not run a company,” Cain told Newsmax. “And I don’t mean to be disrespectful: He could not run one Godfather’s pizza restaurant. Read the exclusive interview at Newsmax
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Dayton Business Journal... Weekly U.S. jobless claims fall to 422,000
Thursday, June 2, 2011 - The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits fell to 422,000, a drop of 6,000 from the previous week. The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits for the week ended May 28 fell to 422,000, a drop of 6,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 428,000, according to the U.S. Department of Labor... read more. 
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Communities waiting to see if Ohio ‘death tax’ gets buried
Thursday, June 02, 2011 - By Cody Peck - Earlier this year, a Republican-fueled bill to eliminate Ohio’s estate tax was introduced into the state’s House of Representatives. Coined the “death tax” by Gov. John Kasich, the estate tax was established in 1968 to replace a state inheritance tax. Its purpose is to generate revenue by imposing a tax on the transfer of assets of an estate. Estates worth more than $338,333 are taxed by up to 6 percent and estates worth more than... read more.
Politico... Republican governors move ahead on health exchanges, By Sarah Kliff
5/29/11 - A small but growing number of prominent, Republican governors — including Mitch Daniels and Haley Barbour — are taking the lead to shape a key component of the health care overhaul their party fought so hard to kill. It’s a delicate balancing act for Republicans who, on the one hand, oppose federal health reform, even challenging its constitutionality in federal court, and, on the other hand, are pragmatically trying to control as much of the implementation process... read more.
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Senator Faber... Alum Treatment at Grand Lake St. Marys; Algae Advisory Update
May 31, 2011 - Preparations Underway for Alum Treatment at Grand Lake St. Marys - A contract to apply aluminum sulfate at Grand Lake St. Marys was awarded to HAB Aquatic Solutions, LLC of Nebraska. The company is mobilizing equipment now and anticipates initiating the application process on June 2 and ending June 22. The alum application is one step in a multi-faceted, multi-year approach... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Coach Jim Tressel out at Ohio State
Monday, May 30, 2011 - Jim Tressel, the head coach of The Ohio State University football team, has resigned his post in the aftermath of player misconduct and his role in withholding information. Jim Tressel, the head coach of The Ohio State University football team, has resigned his post in the aftermath of player misconduct and his role in withholding information. “After meeting with university officials, we agreed that it is in the best interest of Ohio State that I resign as head football... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Social media use by retailers soars, by Ginger Christ
Saturday, May 28, 2011 - Social media gives retailers an effective means to connect to shoppers, according to a recent study. Shoppers are willing to interact with retailers on a number of different social networks in order to find information on deals, products and contests, according to the 2011 Social Commerce Study, which polled nearly 1,800 adult online shoppers in April. According to the survey, 42 percent of online shoppers follow a retail via a social network site, with the... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Mortgage rates drop again, by DBJ Staff
Friday, May 27, 2011 - Mortgage rates across the country continue to decline as the slowing economy fuels the slide in 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate to the lowest level of the year. According to Freddie Mac, a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.6 percent this week, down from 4.61 percent last week. A 15-year fixed-rate loan averaged 3.78 percent, down from 3.80 percent a week ago. A one-year adjustable-rate mortgage averaged 3.11 percent this week, down... read more.
House rejects bill to raise U.S. debt ceiling by vote of 97-318
Congressman Boehner on Debt Limit Vote… “Tonight’s Vote Shows the House Is Listening to the American People”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following statement after the House of Representatives rejected a plan by President Obama that would threaten American jobs by raising the debt limit without making significant spending cuts and budget reforms: “Tonight’s vote shows the House is listening to... read more.
Politico... Lisa Murkowski shows independent streak, By Manu Raju & Darren Goode
5/27/11 - Dangling on Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s left arm is a gold-plated reminder of why she’s continuing to ride her independent streak five months into the congressional session. “I still wear my write-in wristband,” the Alaska Republican said after voting this week to reject the House GOP budget plan. “It used to be plastic, but my husband turned it into gold.” After her stunning reelection victory last fall as a write-in candidate and departure from the GOP party leadership, Murkowski... read more.
Dayton Daily News... Voting sticker change bringing controversy, criticism
Voting rights advocates are criticizing possible designs for Ohio’s voting stickers which include the state motto: “With God, All Things are Possible.” The word “God” is included on two of six new voting sticker designs proposed by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, who is inviting people to vote to pick the new sticker that voters can wear on Election Day. Husted spokesman Matt McClellan said the office has had no complaints about the decision to include designs with... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Ohio lost 346K manufacturing jobs in decade
by G. Scott Thomas, DBJ Contributor - Thursday, May 26, 2011 - Only California and Michigan lost more manufacturing jobs than Ohio in the past decade. Employment in the manufacturing sector has declined from 2001 levels in 49 states, including Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Alaska was the only state to post gains in the sector, according to an analysis by The Business Journals, the online division... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Ohio ranks last for income growth, by G. Scott Thomas
Monday, May 23, 2011 - Ohio ranks dead last among the 50 states for income growth during the past half-century, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis data. Ohio’s disposable income grew at an annual rate of 5.9 percent per year between 1960 and 2010. The analysis was conducted by The Business Journals, online arm of the Dayton Business... read more.
Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, May 28, 2011 - Voters still seem to share Ronald Reagan’s view that government is the problem, not the solution. While President Obama and both parties in Congress talk loudly about spending cuts, 50% of Likely U.S. Voters think it’s more likely the government will go bankrupt and be unable to pay its debt before the federal budget is balanced. Just 33% believe the budget is more likely to be balanced first. Voters clearly recognize that government spending has risen... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Ohio 2nd in U.S. for declining government jobs, by G. Scott Thomas
Friday, May 27, 2011 - Ohio had the second-biggest decline in government jobs in the past 10 years, according to a new report. Ohio lost 16,500 government jobs between April 2001 and April 2011, with more than half of the total jobs lost coming in the past year. Ohio lost 8,400 between April 2010 and April 2011, according to an On Numbers study of employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Buckeye State had 789,300 jobs in April... read more.
Politico... Have Democrats cracked the code for 2012? By Alexander Burns
5/25/11 - The battle over the federal deficit hasn’t flipped in favor of the Democrats. The GOP isn’t suddenly at grave risk of losing its House majority. But after two years of getting pummeled over spending and the size of government, Democrats now appear to have found a political weapon that’s capable of evening out the fight: Medicare. The popular entitlement program wasn’t the sole issue behind Kathy Hochul’s upset victory in a New York special election Tuesday night, but... read more.
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Fox News... New York Power Company Charges Town Honoring War Hero Flag Fee
By Todd Starnes - Published May 24, 2011 - A New York community that displayed American flags on utility poles to honor a fallen hero is outraged after the Long Island Power Authority sent them a bill – for using their poles. “I was pretty shocked,” said Peter Reich, a councilman in the Long Island community of Shelter Island. “It’s the most ludicrous thing... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Four movies to be filmed in Ohio
One in Darke, Mercer, Stark Counties, by DBJ Staff - Thursday, May 26, 2011 - Four new movies are set to be filmed in Ohio, and have won tax breaks from the state. Among the movie stars coming to the Buckeye State for filming include Kim Bassinger and Val Kilmer. The Ohio Film Office has secured four films to be shot in Ohio, which will employ roughly 900 residents... read more.
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Lays Wreath at Statehouse Veterans Plaza, Issues Memorial Day Proclamation
COLUMBUS – Today Gov. John R. Kasich and First Lady Karen Waldbillig Kasich honored Ohio’s service members by participating in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse Veterans Plaza.  Kasich also issued a proclamation declaring Monday, May 30, to be Memorial Day in Ohio and ordered public flags flown at half-mast in honor of those who have lost their lives in service to the... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Air Force Marathon slots filling up fast, by Joe Cogliano
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - Thinking about running in the Air Force Marathon? Well, you better get moving because 90 percent of slots for the full marathon and 80 percent of slots for the half marathon are filled. Despite making room for an extra 1,000 runners this year, the event is going to sell out faster than anyone expected, said Molly Louden, race director. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hosts the annual event, which takes place in September and injects more than $4 million... read more.
Politico... Cantor: Group could agree on $1T in cuts, By Jake Sherman
The top House Republican on Vice President Joe Biden’s deficit reduction panel said he is confident the group will find “over a trillion dollars in savings at this point and hopefully more.” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told reporters after Tuesday’s meeting broke up that the group is making “some very good progress.” But Cantor declined to detail any specific areas of agreement in what to cut. “The discussions are thorough,” Cantor said. “And I think there is an understanding... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Veterans get free entrance to Kings Island, by Ginger Christ
Friday, May 27, 2011 - Kings Island is honoring the U.S. military this Memorial Day weekend. All members of the military — active and retired — will receive free admission to the park May 29 and May 30. A valid military ID is required. The offer, which is part of Kings Island’s annual Tribute to the Armed Forces, also allows military personnel to purchase discount admission tickets for members of their immediate family. Discount tickets cost $29.99... read more.
New York Times... Vote on Debt Is Planned but Criticized as a Stunt, By Carl Hulse and Jackie Calmes
May 24, 2011 - WASHINGTON — House Republicans said Tuesday that they would allow a vote next week on an increase in the federal debt ceiling with no strings attached, in order to see it defeated and show Democrats that no increase in federal borrowing authority can be enacted without significant spending cuts. At the same time, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said bipartisan talks among Congressional leaders over a fiscal package that could clear the way for an... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Memorial Day travelers to pay higher gas prices, by Ginger Christ
Thursday, May 26, 2011 - Travelers will have to pay more at the pump this holiday weekend. Prices climbed as high as $3.89 per gallon Thursday throughout the Dayton area. The average price per gallon was $3.76, up 9 cents from the previous day, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. Across Ohio, the average price at the pump was $3.79 per gallon. The cost per barrel of Brent crude for July delivery Thursday was $100.58, down less than 1 percent. Despite rising prices... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Mortgage rates slide again, by Barton Eckert
Saturday, May 21, 2011 - Long-term mortgage rates have dropped for a fifth consecutive week, with the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at its lowest level since December. A 30-year fixed loan averaged 4.61 percent in the week ending May 19, down from 4.63 percent the previous week, according to the weekly rate report by Freddie Mac (OTC BB:FMCC). A 15-year fixed-rate... read more.
Politico... Budget surplus to deficit: How we got here, By David Rogers
5/20/11 - It’s a crude but fair summary of the two presidents based on new data mapping how the nation moved from surpluses in 2001 to record deficits over the past decade. And it takes on special meaning given the turmoil these days in the Senate, whether in producing a budget, salvaging months of work by the bipartisan Gang of Six or expanding the Treasury’s borrowing authority to avert default. For Republicans, the new numbers — compiled by the Congressional Budget Office... read more.
Washington Post... Democrats join Republicans in questioning Obama’s policy on Israel
By Peter Wallsten - Published May 24 - Top Democrats have joined a number of Republicans in challenging President Obama’s policy toward Israel, further exposing rifts that the White House and its allies will seek to mend before next year’s election. The differences, on display as senior lawmakers addressed a pro-Israel group late Monday and Tuesday, stem from Obama’s calls in recent days for any peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians to be based on boundaries... read more.
Politico... Benjamin Netanyahu wows Congress, By Jonathan Allen
In a muscular and well-received address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the case for why his nation should not return to its pre-1967 borders as part of a future peace agreement with Palestinians — a question over which he has jousted with President Barack Obama in the past week. Speaking to a House chamber packed with lawmakers — rather than the usual complement of aides and student pages who fill in the... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Report: Top 15 bedbug-infested cities
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - Bedbugs are getting tired of the Dayton region. The city, which ranked No. 8 last year, now ranks No. 12 on the list of most bedbug-infested cities in the U.S. That’s according to this year’s ranking from the Terminix pest-removal company, which considered information on customer calls and discoveries by its employees at 350 U.S. branches. New York City again... read more.
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Senator Faber’s Weekly Newsletter
Grand Lake St. Mary’s Visitors urged caution; Urbana Clean Ohio assistance
May 23, 2011 - Visitors to Park Beaches at Grand Lake St. Marys Urged to Exercise Caution - ODNR -- Recreational users of the three public beaches at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park are advised against swimming and wading, water should not be swallowed, and surface... read more.
Darke County Economic Development Office... We’ve Moved!
The Darke County Economic Development Office has moved to a new location.  As of May 23, 2011 we are officially in our new office and all systems seem to be up and running.  Although only our address has changed, listed below you will find our complete contact information. Please update your records accordingly.  Thank you! Darke County Economic Development, 537 South Broadway, Suite 201, Greenville... read more.
Politico... GOP braces for Medicare blowback, By Jennifer Haberkorn & John Bresnahan
This week, an off-year special election in Buffalo and a purely symbolic vote in the Senate might tell Republicans all they need to know about the mercurial politics of Medicare reform. First up is New York’s 26th District in a special election Tuesday. If Democrat Kathy Hochul wins — she is leading by 4 to 6 points in the latest polls — it not only would be a setback for House Republicans but would send a message to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his key lieutenants that their... read more.
Politico... The temptation of Paul Ryan, By Jonathan Allen
5/22/11 - On the rebound from Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ decision to sit out of the 2012 presidential race, the GOP cognoscenti has turned to an unlikely figure as their next-best hope: House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. Ryan drafted the polarizing GOP plan that redefines Medicare as a voucher program — a proposal that both sets the conservative establishment’s heart aflutter and jeopardizes the significant gains Republicans made in the House last year... read more.
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Politico... GOP softens budget timeline ambition, By John Bresnahan
5/20/11 - John Boehner is promising a freewheeling, open amendment process on spending bills. | Jay Westcott/POLITICO - As he prepares his party for another epic spending fight with Democrats over the 2012 appropriations bills, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is finding out that governing is a lot tougher than it looks. Boehner is having to back off an ambitious proposal from last fall... read more.
msnbc... ‘We can’t go back’: Israeli PM rejects 1967 border proposal
Face to face, Netanyahu says Obama vision for Mideast peace unrealistic - 5/20/2011 - WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told President Barack Obama on Friday his vision of how to achieve Middle East peace was unrealistic, exposing a deep divide that could doom any U.S. bid to revive peace talks. In an unusually sharp rebuke to Israel’s closest ally, Netanyahu insisted Israel would never pull back to its 1967 borders — which would mean big... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... PETA ad references baby put in microwave, by Ginger Christ
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is in the process of placing a billboard in Dayton based on the recent China Arnold trial. The billboard, which juxtaposes an image of a person who is about to cook a pork chop in a microwave with a picture of a mother pig nuzzling her piglet, reads, “Everybody’s Somebody’s Baby. Go Vegan.” Arnold, who allegedly killed her 28-day-old baby, Paris Talley, in a microwave in 2005, was convicted May 13... read more.
Los Angeles Times... Reid rejects Boehner proposal for $2 trillion in spending cuts
By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau - May 19, 2011 - The Senate majority leader says budget reductions must be accompanied by tax reform. He predicts that negotiations on the nation’s debt limit will drag until the 11th hour. Reporting from Washington— Battle lines in federal debt talks sharpened markedly Thursday when the Senate’s top Democrat rejected a proposal for $2 trillion in budget cuts as demanded by House Speaker John A. Boehner, saying any cuts must be... read more.
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Live Burn Training on Winchester Pike, By Bob Rhoades
It’s never a good day for a house fire but if there was going to be one, Saturday May 21 was it. Greenville Fire, Greenville Twp. Fire, New Madison Fire, Greenville EMS responded to a house fire on Winchester Pike, the first house inside the city limits.  Actually they responded to it about 30 times, over and over the dispatch was heard of a structural fire on Winchester... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Poll shows Senate Bill 5 will be repealed, By Darrel Rowland
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - Senate Bill 5 would easily be repealed by Ohio voters if the referendum were held now, a new poll today shows. The measure to strip many collective bargaining rights from state and local government workers would be rejected by 18 points, 54 percent to 36 percent, says the Quinnipiac Poll. “Although it is a long way until November when opponents of SB 5 hope to ask voters to overturn it, at this point there is strong support for repealing Gov. (John) Kasich’s... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... House speaker calls for updating Ohio Constitution
By Jim Siegel - It’s been 40 years since revisions, Batchelder says - Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - Like an old house, the Ohio Constitution may still have a lot of value and character, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t use some serious updates and a good cleaning. Similar to a panel that convened 40 years ago and proposed a number of amendments that were approved by voters, House Speaker William G. Batchelder, R-Medina, wants to create the Ohio Constitutional... read more.
Dayton Daily News... Three Ohio bills would allow drilling for oil and natural gas
By Laura A. Bischoff, Columbus Bureau - Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - COLUMBUS — After several years of lobbying, Ohio’s oil and gas industry is poised to win permission to drill on state lands but environmentalists are sounding the alarm that it risks spills, fires and pollution in some of the state’s prettiest natural settings. Tom Stewart of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association said drilling on state lands could create jobs, tap local sources of energy and generate cash to help maintain state... read more.
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Greenville Fire Department promotes three, By Bob Rhoades
After years of trying, the Greenville Fire Department now has lieutenants.  Originally the department had a Chief and a Captain for the three shifts.  Besides their duties as the shift commander, each one of the captains was charged with another major area, like maintenance, inspections, etc. As time went on and standards went into place the fire service was faced... read more.
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Husted releases New Business Filings... Filings up in April and First Quarter
(COLUMBUS) – In the month of April, 7,737 new entities filed to do business in Ohio, according to data released today by Secretary of State Jon Husted. The numbers are up slightly from April of 2010, in which 7,258 new entities filed with the Secretary of State. So far in 2011 (January, February, March and April), the Secretary of State’s office has assisted with 30,172 new business filings. This is also... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... U.S. Postal Service spent $1B on vehicles last year
By Barton Eckert, DBJ Contributor - Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - The U.S. Postal Service may not be able to pay to maintain its vehicle fleet, according to a new report. In the red and saying it expects to run out of money in September, the United States Postal Service spent $1 billion in the last fiscal year to maintain its fleet of vehicles and to buy fuel. A new report from the Government Accountability Office... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Any extra taxes should benefit neediest, advocates tell lawmakers
By Catherine Candisky - Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - More tax cuts won’t help Ohioans who need food or mental-health services or other help meeting basic needs, advocates for the poor said yesterday. They urged state lawmakers to use any additional tax revenue to shore up services for the disabled, elderly, unemployed and working poor. “After four years of budget cuts, the safety net is in shreds,” said Margaret Hulbert, co-chairwoman of Advocates for Ohio’s Future, a consortium... read more.
Washington Post... Number of long-lasting marriages in U.S. has risen, Census Bureau reports
By Carol Morello - Published May 18 - Americans may be postponing marriage, and fewer are wedding at all. But what about the people who do get married? They’re staying together longer than they have in years. Three in four couples who married after 1990 celebrated a 10-year anniversary, according to census statistics reported Wednesday. That was a rise of three percentage points compared with couples who married in the early 1980s, when the nation’s divorce rate was at... read more.
New York Times... Private Prisons Found to Offer Little in Savings, By Richard A. Oppel Jr.
May 18, 2011 - PHOENIX — The conviction that private prisons save money helped drive more than 30 states to turn to them for housing inmates. But Arizona shows that popular wisdom might be wrong: Data there suggest that privately operated prisons can cost more to operate than state-run prisons — even though they often steer clear of the sickest, costliest inmates. State Representative Chad Campbell of Arizona said private prisons “leave the most expensive... read more.
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Kasich signs “Pill Mill” Legislation
Ramps Up Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse - COLUMBUS – As part of his push to fight the rampant prescription drug abuse spreading across Ohio, today Gov. John R. Kasich signed House Bill 93 (Burke, Johnson).  The legislation, which received unanimous support from the Ohio General Assembly, will strengthen the state’s ability to shut down “pill mill” operations led by... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Report: Economic growth to surge through 2011
by Joe Cogliano, DBJ Staff Reporter - Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - A new report indicates the U.S. economy will pick up steam as it heads deeper into 2011. Economic growth in the U.S. is expected to continue through the year, according to a survey of purchasing and supply executives. A Tuesday semiannual economic forecast from the Institute for Supply Management show expectations have... read more.
Politico... Gang of Six at ‘impasse’ as Tom Coburn drops out, By David Rogers & Manu Raju
The Gang of Six lost its strong blocker on the right Tuesday, as Sen. Tom Coburn pulled out of the bipartisan deficit reduction talks and predicted no meaningful deal can be reached until Democrats accept a greater share of savings from government benefit programs. “These guys have worked hard, and we had 80 percent of some significant things the country needs to do,” the Oklahoma Republican told POLITICO. “But right now, I don’t see us solving what needs... read more.
Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, May 21, 2011 - There was more muddle in the Middle East as the week came to a close. President Obama made a major address on Thursday laying out U.S. support for the popular protest movements in several Arab countries and pushing a controversial solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian problem. While the president didn’t stress this position in his remarks, U.S. voters continue to believe strongly that a Middle East peace treaty must include... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Forecast: U.S. new auto sales to rise 14%
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - Car sales are expected to pick up steam as the year progresses, according to a new report. A.T. Kearney Inc. forecasts 13.2 million new autos will be sold in the U.S. this year. That would account for a 14 percent rise from the 11.55 million new vehicles sold last year. The study predicts sales will reach 16 million by 2013. The report evaluated four factors: overall... read more.
Politico... Default deniers: The new skeptics, By Carrie Budoff Brown
5/17/11 - They are the newest breed of government skeptics, the swelling ranks of Republicans who don’t believe the Obama administration when it says a failure to raise the debt limit will prove catastrophic. And they stand ready to make negotiations over raising the cap on debt as grueling as possible, making Treasury officials and Wall Street more nervous than ever that the country could suffer an unprecedented default with consequences no one can predict... read more.
McClatchy Newspapers... U.S. government hits debt ceiling, lighting 11-week fuse, By Kevin G. Hall
WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner informed Congress on Monday that the United States has reached its legal debt limit, setting off a ticking time bomb that could explode in less than three months if lawmakers can’t bridge differences and allow more government borrowing. In hitting the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling — the limit on how much the government can borrow — the Obama administration on Monday began temporarily halting payments to the retirement and... read more.
U.S. Representative John Boehner... The Greatest Threat To Our Economy Is Doing Nothing
Open Door Darke County: Tuesday... 9:00 AM - Versailles Village Offices (177 North Center Street) - Spending-driven deficits, record debt, and the threat of tax hikes are smothering our economy with uncertainty and making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers.  This week, as the United States reached the legal debt limit and our federal government came one step closer to not being able to pay its bills, that uncertainty reached a new high. It is time for the Democrats... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Poll: Kasich, Sen. Bill 5 unpopular with voters, by Jeff Bell
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - Roughly half of all Ohio voters surveyed in a new poll say they disapprove of the job Republican John Kasich is doing as governor. Nearly half of Ohio voters disapprove of Gov. John Kasich’s job performance and more than half say they favor a repeal of Senate Bill 5, the controversial collective bargaining law that Kasich supports, according to a poll released... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Local community newspaper chain sold, by DBJ Staff
Friday, May 20, 2011 - The assets of Ohio Community Media LLC have been purchased by an affiliate of Versa Capital Management Inc. The affiliate, OCM LLC, on Friday purchased substantially all of the assets of Tipp City-based Ohio Community Media, which owns and operates 14 daily news papers, 30 weeklies and a number of shoppers and niche... read more.
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Ohio Tourism Industry Rebounds in 2010
From Deanna York, Director, Darke County Visitors Bureau - The Ohio Tourism Division is thrilled to announce Ohio’s tourism economy grew by 7 percent in 2010 and generated $38 billion in total sales, up from $36 billion in 2009, according to research conducted on behalf of the Ohio Tourism Division. This growth in sales helped increase tourism employment to 439,000... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Brunner still owes charities, By Darrel Rowland
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - Even former Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner’s own office questioned her switch of computer equipment and other material from her old state campaign to her unsuccessful 2010 run for the U.S. Senate. To resolve the matter, her still-active Senate campaign was supposed to give almost $15,000 - the value of the equipment - to charities of her choice in exchange for the case’s being dropped. But she has handed over only $4,000 and hasn’t... read more.
Politico... President Obama short on campaign surrogates, By Glenn Thrush
5/16/11 - Candidate Barack Obama had no better buddy on the 2008 primary trail than Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, who was feared — and a little hated — by Hillary Clinton’s campaign for being Obama’s most effective female surrogate. McCaskill still likes Obama, but like many other former high-profile Obama surrogates from 2008, she’s not expected to reprise her starring proxy role in 2012. McCaskill has publicly parted ways with Obama on several major issues, including... read more.
Dayton Daily News... Health care for prisoners costs Ohio more than $200M annually
By Laura A. Bischoff, Columbus Bureau - Sunday, May 15, 2011 - COLUMBUS — In the last 10 months, just six patients at the Ohio State University Medical Center ran up more than $3.9 million in hospital charges — all billed to state taxpayers. Each one suffered from conditions such as cancer, heart failure and pulmonary disease that could have killed them without 24-hour medical care. And each one has something else in common beyond their free medical care... read more.
Politico... Tim Geithner warns on debt ceiling, By Jake Sherman
5/14/11 - Failing to raise the debt ceiling will cause a host of things congressional Republicans want to avoid, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said. It would increase unemployment, make it harder for new business owners to get loans, cause soldiers to go unpaid and “push us into a double dip recession,” he wrote in a letter to Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) Friday. “Treasury securities set the benchmark interest rate for a wide range of credit products, including mortgages... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Pensions may cost state workers 2%, By Darrel Rowland
Friday, May 13, 2011 - State and local workers may have their pocketbooks lightened in the state budget after all. The Senate appears ready to restore a plan canceled by the House that would shift 2 percent from public employees’ pay to their employers to help cover their pensions. In contrast, a plan to revamp Ohio’s five public-employee retirement systems - including such proposals as delaying retirement ages, increasing employment pension payments and cutting cost-of-living... read more.
Chicago Tribune… States make their own tuition rules for undocumented students, By Julie Mianecki
May 15, 2011 - Reporting from Washington— Anngie Gutierrez was a child when she arrived in the United States as an illegal immigrant 10 years ago. There’s still no path to legal status for her, but in Maryland and a handful of other states, there is a more affordable road to college. Gutierrez, a high school junior in Hyattsville, Md., will benefit from a new state law that allows illegal immigrants who reside there to pay in-state tuition rates at Maryland’s public colleges. If she... read more.
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Wreck at 4th and Broadway, Photos and report by Bob Rhoades, Senior Scribe
Around 10:30 Wednesday Morning, a two vehicle collision occurred at the corner of 4th and Broadway in Greenville.  Greenville Police, Fire and EMS responded to the scene as well as Arcanum EMS. Arcanum was needed because of call volume on Wednesday Morning.  The drivers of both vehicles were transported to Wayne Health Care in undetermined condition. South Broadway traffic was... read more.
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Christian Science Monitor... Surging BRIC middle classes are eclipsing global poverty
By Christa Case Bryant - May 17, 2011 - By 2022, those living in poverty will be a minority for the first time, as the global middle class – particularly from BRIC nations – surges. Does new affluence signal shifting global power? Touting tigers, the Taj Mahal, and the towering Himalayas, India opened the 21st century with its “Incredible India” campaign to attract tourists from... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Auditor has tips for localities to get ‘skinny’ By Catherine Candisky
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - State Auditor Dave Yost unveiled a new website yesterday that he hopes will help local governments and school districts streamline operations and save tax dollars. SkinnyOhio.org features ideas and best practices taken from performance audits of government entities across the state. Information will include tips on developing staffing plans to helping guide hiring decisions and consolidating dispatching systems for public-safety forces... read more.
Politico... Democrats to reintroduce DREAM Act, By Scott Wong
5/10/11 - Senate Democrats will re-introduce the long-stalled DREAM Act, hoping to tap into momentum from President Barack Obama’s speech along the border Tuesday about America’s need to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and other Democrats will urge passage of the DREAM Act at a news conference Wednesday morning at the Capitol... read more.
Politico... Pessimism clouds deficit talks, By Jonathan Allen & Meredith Shiner
5/10/11 - The Biden Group: It sounds like a think tank, a lobbying firm or even a campaign consulting shop. What it isn’t — at least not yet — is a vehicle for lawmaking. For now, it’s just the latest in a series of high-profile gangs that can’t shoot straight. The deficit-reduction task force, led by Vice President Joe Biden and populated by a mix of about a dozen administration officials and Republican and Democratic House and Senate members, met for a second time Tuesday amid... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Analysis: Ohio generous with public salaries, by Joe Cogliano Reporter
Sunday, May 15, 2011 - In Ohio, nearly 1,000 state employees made more than $100,000 in 2010. And a majority made more than Ohio’s median income. While Ohio is among many states cutting budgets and limiting collective bargaining rights for its public employee unions, the state continues to be generous with salaries. The median personal income for all Ohioans is $31,284, but public employees... read more.
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Ohio Senator Keith Faber... State Moving Forward with Modified Grand Lake St. Marys Alum Treatment Plan - The State of Ohio is moving forward with plans to treat Grand Lake St. Marys this spring with aluminum sulfate and a buffering solution of sodium aluminate in an effort to prevent harmful algae blooms and to improve water quality within the lake. Heavy, prolonged rainfalls in late winter and early spring are contributing to high levels of nutrients and algae in Grand Lake St. Marys, resulting... read more.
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Rasmussen... Mixed Reviews for Enhanced Interrogation Techniques
Monday, May 16, 2011 - U.S. voters think that Enhanced Interrogation Techniques like waterboarding probably yielded some valuable information but are unsure whether they were needed to find Osama bin Laden. Sixty-four percent (64%) say it’s at least somewhat likely that enhanced interrogation techniques used at the Guantanamo Bay prison camps helped secure valuable information. A new Rasmussen Reports... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Kasich balks at House changes to charter plan, By Catherine Candisky
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - Last-minute charter-school provisions that House Republicans added to the budget should come out, Gov. John Kasich’s top education adviser said yesterday. Robert Sommers, director of the Governor’s Office of 21st Century Education, told the State Board of Education that the administration supports expanding school choice, but not at the expense of strong oversight and accountability. In his previous job as executive director of Cornerstone... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Catholic academics blast Boehner over budget, By Jack Torry
Cuts conflict with church’s teachings on poor, group says - Thursday, May 12, 2011 - WASHINGTON - A group of Catholic academics assailed House Speaker John Boehner yesterday for backing a budget plan that is “particularly cruel to pregnant women and children” while dramatically revising the federal health programs of Medicare and Medicaid. In a letter to the Republican from southwestern Ohio, more than 70 Catholic university professors, priests and nuns from across... read more.
Cincinnati Enquirer... Construction halted on Cincinnati, Cleveland casinos
May 11, 2011 - DOWNTOWN – Developers indefinitely halted construction of casinos in Cincinnati and Cleveland on Wednesday as an impasse with Ohio officials over future taxes escalated. Casino developer Rock Gaming and its partner Caesars Entertainment said it makes no sense to continue construction without knowing how much in taxes they ultimately will have to pay. “This is not an ultimatum – it’s just where we are,” Rock Gaming president Matt Cullen said. “We’re doing... read more.
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Rasmussen... Americans Spending More On Groceries Than Ever Before
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - Adults nationwide remain heavily concerned about inflation, and the number who says they are paying more for groceries now compared to a year ago has reached a new high. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that 91% report they are spending more money on groceries than they were one year ago. Only five... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Budget promoters now back Kasich, By Joe Vardon
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - Gov. John Kasich is getting political cover for his budget from two men who did not appear to be on his side as a candidate last fall. One Ohio United, a group that is raising money and producing commercials to urge the passage of Kasich’s “Jobs Budget,” is chaired by American Electric Power Chairman Michael Morris and supported by Scotts Miracle-Gro CEO Jim Hagedorn. Last fall, AEP pulled out of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce after the business... read more.
Politico... Obama’s immigration speech comes amid calls for executive action
By Carrie Budoff Brown - President Barack Obama headed to Texas Tuesday toting a pledge to jump-start work on a comprehensive immigration bill — a long-awaited, never-attained goal of a Hispanic community that is crucial to Obama’s hopes of winning key southwestern states in 2012. Are they cheering his newfound commitment to the goal? Hardly. Many top Hispanic activists say Obama’s commitment to a bill is welcomed, but too little, too late, and they’d... read more.
Toledo Blade... Ohio House OKs concealed-carry in bars, eateries, By Jim Provance
COLUMBUS -- Both sides conceded that “alcohol and guns don’t mix,” but the Ohio House Wednesday voted to allow carrying hidden handguns into bars and alcohol-serving restaurants, nightclubs, and outdoor arenas. Republicans on this one were alone in pushing constitutional and self-defense arguments. They said the bill would bar permit holders from drinking at the establishments or being under the influence of alcohol when they got there. Democrats argued that the bill would... read more.
Darke County Commissioners, Highlights of Minutes for May 9 and May 11, 2011
May 9. Darke County Commissioners passed new Flood Damage Resolution guidelines for various unincorporated areas of Darke County. For details on these and other matters of the Board, Click Here. May 11.  Darke County Commissioners accepted the letter from DC CIC regarding the possible increase in Conveyance Fees. The Commissioners resolved to hold two public hearing regarding the increase. For details on these and other matters of the Board, Click Here. For highlights... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Big banks offer $5 billion foreclosure settlement
by DBJ Staff - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - Big banks such as JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup have proposed a $5 billion settlement with state and federal regulators over foreclosure practices, according to news reports. Five of the country’s biggest banks have offered to settle state and federal investigations into their foreclosure practices for $5 billion... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Google, Facebook battle for top Web site, by DBJ Staff
Monday, May 9, 2011 - A new report reveals that Facebook and Google Inc. are battling it out in a tough race for the top Web site. Facebook had 10.4 percent of all Web visits for the first week of May, with Google coming in just shy of 8 percent, according to Experian Hitwise. However the tech tracking firm said Google’s YouTube site had 3.1 percent, which would give Google’s combined Web presence an 11 percent share of all Web visits and put it ahead of Facebook by less than... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Single-parent households increasingly common, latest Ohio census data show
By Bill Bush and Rita Price - Thursday, May 12, 2011 - More kids in Ohio are living with a single parent than a decade ago, and the number living with an unmarried dad has surged as well, census data released today show. The number of households with children headed by single men rose almost 22 percent from 2000 to 2010, while the number of married couples raising kids continued to decline. “The American family has been changing for a long time,” said Anastasia... read more.
Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, May 14, 2011 - President Obama received a bounce in the polls following the bin Laden news, but over this past week, the bounce has largely faded. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll shows that the president’s ratings have slipped back into the high 40s, right where they’ve been for most of the past year-and-a-half. The number who Strongly Disapprove of the president remains a bit lower than it was before the big news and enthusiasm for the... read more.
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York Selected for Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy Class of 2011
COLUMBUS – Deanna York, Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau has been selected as a member of the 2011 Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy (OTLA). The program is designed to develop future leaders of the tourism industry, and for those for tourism professionals who want to take the next step in advancing their career. “This academy has provided professional growth... read more.
Update from Josh Mandel, Ohio State Auditor... Making Progress on Elimination of the Estate Tax; Creating a More Business-Friendly Environment in Ohio, Hope all’s well.  Just wanted to give you an update on some of the positive changes taking place in the halls of our state government… We have been focused on repealing unfair taxes and regulations to improve our business climate, bringing fiscal responsibility to state finances, and increasing educational opportunities and school choice for families and students.  Here are a few examples: Significant Step... read more.
Politico... Newsmax hits the ‘Heartland’, By Keach Hagey
5/7/11 - It’s not yet clear whether Donald Trump’s moment as a Republican presidential candidate has come and gone, but it is clear which media outlet had the most to do with Trump’s sudden rise — and thereby solidified its role as a major conservative voice. It was Newsmax, the website that Media Matters dubbed the “No. 1 Promoter of Trump 2012,” but which founder Christopher Ruddy describes as a voice of a Heartland populism that more established conservative publications... read more.
USA Today... Unpaid hospital tab $49B each year, By Kelly Kennedy
Uninsured Americans — including those with incomes well above the poverty line — leave hospitals with unpaid tabs of up to $49 billion a year, according to a government study released today. On average, uninsured families pay only about 12% of their hospital bills in full. Families with incomes above 400% of the poverty level, or about $88,000 a year for a family of four, pay about 37% of their hospital bills in full, according to the Department of Health and Human Services study... read more.
NBC4i.com… Ad Angers Kasich, Will Be Taken Off Air
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An ad that has riled the governor will be pulled from the airways starting Friday. The Ohio Health Care Association ad claims a $500 million cut is coming to nursing homes and assisted health care facilities because of Gov. John Kasich's proposed budget. It claims that will mean fewer medical personnel and equipment for the elderly. The ad ends with a lifeline going flat and a hand pulling a chord out from a wall socket. "We thought that we needed... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Microsoft to pay $8.5 billion for Skype
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - Microsoft has beaten out Google and Facebook in negotiations to buy Skype, and will pay $8.5 billion for the Internet video service company. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is buying the Internet calling service from an investor group led by Silver Lake. The deal has been approved by both companies’ boards of directors.Microsoft will use Skype’s technology to support... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Report: Ohio ranks high for mortgage fraud
by Adrian Burns, DBJ Contributor - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - Ohio was one of the 10 worst states for mortgage fraud in 2010, according to a new LexisNexis report. Ohio ranked eighth in the nation for reports of mortgage fraud last year, up from 24th in 2009, according to a new report. While still a long way from reaching fraud report levels seen in Florida and California, the Buckeye State was... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Prescription drug abuse costs lives, money, by Brittany Hart
Sunday, May 8, 2011 - The costs of prescription medicine abuse in both lives destroyed and economic costs for businesses and governments continues to increase as the problem is getting worse each year. As the economy plummeted in recent years, the number of professionals getting addicted to prescription medications has soared. And people getting hooked on pills is becoming... read more.
Politico... Kent Conrad: Short term debt hikes may be needed, By David Rogers
5/9/11 - With Senate Budget Committee action stalled, Chairman Kent Conrad said Monday that his goal remains to cut projected deficits by $4 trillion over the next decade but Congress may need to raise the debt ceiling in short-term increments before the plan can be put in place by the end of this year. “In order to have a credible plan completed,” the North Dakota Democrat told reporters, “I can see a circumstance in which there would be some short term [increase in the debt ceiling... read more.
Dayton Daily News... ‘Belly up to the bar,’ governor tells local government leaders, By Denise G. Callahan
Monday, May 9, 2011 - MASON — Gov. John Kasich visited a Warren County company Monday and told leaders their governments and schools should be run like successful businesses. About 200 supporters gathered at the Rhinestahl aviation tool plant in Mason to listen to the Republican governor talk about his proposed state budget that he said closes the $8 billion deficit and cuts taxes. State Sen. Shannon Jones, R-Clearcreek Twp., introduced Kasich, saying Innovation... read more.
WCOP.com... Jobs Ohio program includes “raids” of other states, By Tom McKee
MASON, Ohio - A new and bold element of the Jobs Ohio program emerged Monday as Ohio Gov. John Kasich stopped by a Warren County manufacturing firm. “We’re going to other states and we’re going to start stealing their jobs,” the Governor told several hundred business leaders at the Rhinstahl Corporation in Mason. “We’re going to raid... read more.
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Kasich announces summit for Jobs-Friendly Energy Policies
Battelle will coordinate the September event at The Ohio State University - COLUMBUS – Today, Ohio Governor John R. Kasich announced that he will hold “The Ohio Governor’s 21st Century Energy & Economic Development Summit,” at The Ohio State University on Sept. 21 and 22.  The purpose of the Summit will be to help the Kasich Administration and Ohio policy makers develop a 21st-century... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Battle begins over nursing-home cuts, By Jim Siegel, Catherine C and isky
Sunday, May 8, 2011 - The 30-second ad that started airing Friday begins with a shot of a frail, elderly woman in a bed and a picture of Gov. John Kasich in the foreground. It ends with condemnation of the “Kasich cuts,” a hand pulling a plug out of the wall, a flat-lined EKG - and a message to call your state senator “before it’s too late.” Over the years, the nursing-home industry in Ohio has been accused of a lot of things. Being lousy at lobbying has never been one of them... read more.
Politico... Net Neutrality author Genachowski draws ire from all sides, By Brooks Boliek & Kim Hart
5/8/11 - Julius Genachowski is nobody’s angel. To conservatives, the chairman of the FCC is a regulatory zealot, bent on making the free market conform to a government-mandated vision. To liberals, he’s a would-be champion who sold them out when the going got tough, watering down his landmark net neutrality proposal to appease the other side. In many ways, he faces some of the same criticism from both sides that has plagued President Barack Obama, Genachowski’s law school... read more.
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Columbus Dispatch... Kasich takes aim, fires, By Joe Vardeon
Governor rips nursing-home lobby, says tax cut possible in ‘12 - Tuesday, May 10 - MASON, Ohio - In a suburban Cincinnati facility where tooling for engines used by the military is made, Gov. John Kasich unleashed a volley of verbal missiles at Ohio’s nursing-home lobby yesterday. Kasich, whose speech was scheduled as an event to stump for his two-year, $55.6 billion budget proposal, also... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Ohio puts 27 companies on Fortune 500, by Matt Burns, DBJ Contributor
Thursday, May 5, 2011 - Ohio is home to the fifth-largest share of Fortune 500 U.S. companies. A total of 27 Buckeyes companies made annual list. Ohio is home to the fifth-largest share of Fortune 500 U.S. companies. A total of 27 Buckeyes companies made annual list, including West Chester-based AK Steel. Ohio’s tally of 27 Fortune 500 companies is an increase of four companies from 2010 and puts the state at No. 5 in the nation. New York leads the list with inclusions... read more.
Washington Post... Al-Qaeda data yield details of planned plots, By Joby Warrick
Published May 5 - Documents seized in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound have yielded a bonanza of new intelligence, from names and locations of terrorist suspects to chilling details of al-Qaeda plots to attack targets in the United States and beyond, U.S. officials said Thursday. Among the files recovered from captured computers and flash drives were documents detailing a previously unknown plan to attack the U.S. commuter rail network, intelligence officials... read more.
Columbus Dispatch.... Unclear ownership of mineral rights may hurt state’s revenue hopes for drilling in parks, By Spencer Hunt - Sunday, May 8, 2011 - Plans to make millions of dollars by opening up state parks to drilling could be limited by the relatively small amount of natural-gas rights Ohio actually owns. Of the 115,300 acres of state parks, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources estimates that it owns the gas rights for 34,590 acres. That’s less than one-third of the state park land that could be opened to drilling if lawmakers approve one of several proposals... read more.
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Drug Investigation leads to Arrest
Arcanum – On May 9th, 2011 at approximately 4:38 PM, the Darke County Drug Task Force, in conjunction with deputies from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and detectives from the Greenville Police Department conducted a narcotics investigation in the Arcanum area. Earlier in the day the Darke County Drug Task Force received a tip about a narcotics transaction that was to take place in Darke County... read more.
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Senator Faber’s Weekly Newsletter
Ohio Anglers Survey; What’s on your Mind? - May 9, 2011 - Ohio Anglers Encouraged to Participate in Survey - ODNR - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife invites anglers to visit www.ohiodnr.com/creel to take a new online angler survey. The online survey asks anglers to provide feedback on a variety of topics including fishing preferences, fish... read more.
Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, May 07, 2011 - Osama bin Laden went down, and President Obama has gone up – in the polls, that is. Americans overwhelmingly endorse the president’s decision to kill bin Laden and don’t believe a greater effort should have been made to bring the terrorist mastermind to trial. Eighty-six percent (86%) of Adults approve of the president’s decision authorizing the mission to kill bin Laden. Only 14% say the special operations forces involved in the mission should have... read more.
Insider Report from Newsmax.com
Headlines (Click Read more for complete stories):  1. Al-Qaida Threatened Nuke Strike if bin Laden Killed  2. Lair Violated bin Laden’s Own Hiding-Place Rules  3. Poll: O’Reilly, Krauthammer Conservatives’ Favorites  4. Juan Williams Wins Freedom of Speech Award  5. Charlie Crist Now Pitchman for Law Firm  6. Jim Caviezel: Gibson’s ‘Passion’ Wrecked My Career  7. We Heard: Mitt Romney, ‘Home Alone’... read more.
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Toledo Blade... Portman: Plan will get people back to work, By Tom Troy
Reid counters that Republicans thwarting small businesses bill - U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R., Ohio) Thursday said his “Senate Republican Jobs Plan” would give a shot in the arm to an economy that suffered disappointing news this week. The plan calls for tax cuts, more oil exploration, fewer regulations, repealing health-care reform, and adding a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution... read more.
Cincinnati Enquirer... Ohio House approves $55.6B budget
Written by Jon Craig - May 5, 2011 - Proposal moves on to GOP-controlled Senate - COLUMBUS – The Ohio House passed a budget proposal Thursday that would cut state tax dollars to schools and local services, but removed an amendment earlier in the day that would have delayed the $66.5 million project to replace the dilapidated Sixth Street Viaduct. The sponsor of the amendment, Sabina Republican Rep. Bob Peterson, asked that his proposal be removed... read more.
Initiative unveiled to encourage younger Ohioans to participate in election process
Efforts coincide with the 40th anniversary of the passage of the 26th Amendment by Congress to give 18 year olds the right to vote. Ohio became the 37th state to ratify the amendment on June 30, 1971. - COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted joined students at Whetstone High School to announce Grads Vote and Elect Your Sticker. These programs are designed to get graduating high school seniors registered to vote and expose Ohioans of all ages to the electoral process... read more.
The Columbus Dispatch... Teacher-pay provision stays in state budget despite Democrats’ effort
By Jim Siegel - House Republicans send 2-year plan to Senate; Dems call it ‘jobs killer’ - Thursday, May 5, 2011 - Voting along party lines today, the Ohio House approved a new two-year state budget after Democrats tried unsuccessfully to remove language that is similar to performance-pay provisions also included in Senate Bill 5, the collective-bargaining bill. The two-year, $55.6 billion budget does not raise taxes but includes significant cuts to schools, local governments... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Student pays for college with YouTube videos, by Brittany Hart
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - Bill Cooper is known online at The iPod Kid and earns enough money from his popular YouTube videos reviewing various Apple Inc. tech products to pay for his University of Dayton college education. A University of Dayton student’s YouTube stardom is helping him pay for college. First-year business major Bill Cooper, known online as “The iPod Kid,” has more than 68,000 subscribers to his... read more.
Politico... Vice President Joe Biden rustles up another gang, By Carrie Budoff Brown & Meredith Shiner
They are the Washington ideal: “gangs” of Democrats and Republicans who call off the ideological knife fights long enough to work on resolving the big issue of the day. And at the Blair House on Thursday morning, Vice President Joe Biden will try it once again, bringing together two Republicans and four Democrats in hopes of striking a deal on deficit reduction. But as yet another group convenes, the notion that a bipartisan gang will reach a grand compromise where all others... read more.
Politico... Old problems dog new debt debate, By David Rogers
One old face and another old problem were back on the Senate’s calendar Wednesday, twin reminders of how stubborn budget deficits can be even when you think you have a fix. Former Sen. Phil Gramm, the Texas Republican synonymous with many of the biggest fiscal fights of the 1980s, appeared before a Senate Finance Committee as an expert witness on the shortcomings of budget enforcement mechanisms — some of which he designed and Congress is now... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Database of excess federal properties
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - The White House has released a massive database of all federal properties deemed “excess” and no longer needed by the government. There are more than 105 in Ohio, including in the Dayton region. The White House Statement: The Federal Government is the biggest property owner in the U.S., and billions of taxpayer dollars are wasted each year on government... read more.
Politico... Geithner warns Congress on need for debt boost, extends default deadline
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is warning that the federal government will begin employing “extraordinary measures” to avoid as financial crisis as the United States nears its debt limit. But Geithner also extended the absolute deadline for a U.S. default on its debt until Aug. 2, three weeks later than previous estimates. Geithner said “stronger than expected tax receipts” pushed the deadline back from mid-July. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday... read more.
Foxnews... Bush-Era Interrogations Provided Key Details on Bin Laden’s Location
By Catherine Herridge - May 03, 2011 - Years of intelligence gathering, including details gleaned from controversial interrogations of Al Qaeda members during the Bush administration, ultimately led the Navy SEALs who killed Usama bin Laden to his compound in Pakistan. The initial threads of intelligence began surfacing in 2003 and came in the form of information about a trusted bin Laden courier, a senior U.S. official told Fox News on condition of anonymity. The information... read more.
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Politico... Whose terrorism policies get credit: George W. Bush or Barack Obama?
By Josh Gerstein & Glenn Thrush - George W. Bush coined the term “war on terror” in 2001, but President Barack Obama — who pointedly avoids using that term — scored what is undeniably that war’s signal victory. To mark the killing of Osama bin Laden, Obama on Thursday will visit ground zero for the first time as commander in chief, nearly 10 years after Bush grabbed a bullhorn and... read more.
Boehner’s comments on the death of Bin Laden
May 2, 2011 - Washington - At a press briefing today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) addressed the successful mission to bring justice to terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.  In the link below you will find a video of Congressman Boehner’s remarks: “The tragic events of 9/11 ten years ago remind us that we’re all Americans, and that what unites us as Americans is far greater than what divides us.  And I think last night’s news unified our country in much the... read more.
Foxnews.com... America’s Third War: Is the U.S. Arming Mexican Cartels? By William La Jeunesse
April 28, 2011 - If you ever watch video or look at pictures of the drug war in Mexico, you’ll notice some pretty heavy weapons. This is a war being waged with rockets and plastic explosives, not pea shooters and Saturday Night Specials. Consider these incidents: - A M26A2 fragmentation grenade used against a U.S. Consulate in Mexico in 2008 - Explosive projectiles and 21 grenades found during a raid in Guadalupe - An unexploded grenade and pull ring used to attack a TV station in... read more.
Dayton Business Journal, U.S. government to close 140 data centers, by DBJ Staff
Thursday, April 28, 2011 - The federal government is closing 137 of its 2,100 data centers this year as part of an effort to close 800 of the facilities by 2015. - One of the centers set for closure is the U.S. Department of Energy data center on Mound Road in Miamisburg. In addition to Miamisburg, two data centers in Cleveland — operated by NASA — already were shutdown this year. And regionally, the U.S. Department of Commerce will close a center... read more.
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Politico... Gas prices rev up Congress, By Darren Goode
5/2/11 - Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. If you can afford to, that is. Congress returns Monday after a two-week spring break during which members faced constituent angst back home over high gas prices, and lawmakers are ready to make some noise of their own. “It’s the single most subject that people talk about to me,” said Rep. Lou Barletta, a Republican freshman from... read more.
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Politico... The debt-ceiling talks: 5 scenarios, By Carrie Budoff Brown and Glenn Thrush
May 2, 2011 - It’s got to get done one way or another. Or so everybody says. With the nation due to shatter its debt ceiling later this month, legislators in both parties are strategizing on ways to seal a deal to extend the ceiling on the best possible terms. The possible scenarios for a resolution — or collapse — are ridiculously complicated, made even more so by the Obama administration’s desire... read more.
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Senator Faber’s Weekly Newsletter, May 2, 2011
Free Fishing Days, Wild Turkey Season - May 7 and 8 are Ohio’s Free Fishing Days - ODNR - Ohioans are encouraged to take advantage of “Free Fishing Days” on May 7 and 8 and experience the great fishing Ohio has to offer, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. For these two days only, Ohio anglers may fish in any of the state’s public waters without... read more.
Insider Report from Newsmax.com
Headlines (Click Read More for complete stories):  1. Oil Drilling Moratorium Costing Government Billions  2. Chinese Firm Aiding Iran’s Chemical Weapons Program  3. RIP: Last Typewriter Factory Closes  4. WikiLeaks: Al-Qaida Targeted Brooklyn Bridge  5. Calling Animals ‘Pets’ Termed ‘Derogatory’... read more.
Politico... Overflow crowds for Paul Ryan town halls, By Jennifer Haberkorn
KENOSHA, Wis. — Record crowds of supporters and opponents flooded town hall meetings throughout southeastern Wisconsin on Tuesday to hear Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) defend his plan to trim government spending — including controversial changes to the Medicare program. In the district’s Democratic stronghold of Kenosha, at least 200 people were left outside once the 300-seat auditorium filled to capacity. The people in the crowd largely opposed... read more.
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Bowers wins primary; Greenville Levy Passes
Greenville School officials were in a celebratory mood, and Greenville Mayor Mike Bowers was quietly pleased at the election results. Both won their respective contests Tuesday night. Bowers won by nearly a 3 to 1 margin, 72 percent to 28 percent with 1108 votes cast. The Greenville Schools renewal operating levy passed by more than a 2 to 1 margin, 67 percent to 33 percent with 3116 votes cast... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal... Stock markets rise after bin Laden death, by Ginger Christ
Monday, May 2, 2011 - Stocks on Wall Street opened higher on Monday morning as investors reacted to the news that U.S. Military special forces had killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in a raid in Pakistan. The markets got a boost from news of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden’s death at the hands of U.S. Special Forces soldiers in a raid on his compound hideout in Pakistan this weekend. President Barack Obama... read more.
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New York Times... Most States Seen Raising Jobless Tax on Businesses
By Michael Cooper - April 27, 2011 - As persistently high unemployment has drained the funds that are used to pay jobless benefits, more than two-thirds of the states expect to raise taxes on businesses this year to replenish them, according to a survey of labor agencies released Wednesday. Unemployment taxes remain low by historical standards: the survey, by the National Association... read more.
Sheriff’s Office investigates fatal crash
Versailles – On May 1st, 2011 at approximately 1:36 PM, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office along with Versailles Fire and Rescue responded to a one vehicle accident on State Route 121 just South of Chase Road. Initial investigation showed that a 2000 Chevrolet Venture, driven by Danielle L. Stark (25) of Greenville, was Northbound on State Route 121. Stark’s vehicle drifted off the left side of the road and struck a DP&L utility pole and a Century Link phone junction box... read more.
Dayton Daily News... Tax study: Ohio has third-lowest tax burden for new business investments
By William Hershey - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - Only two states - Maine and Oregon - have lower tax burdens for new business investments than Ohio, according to a new study released by the Council on State Taxation, a business-backed group, in conjunction with Ernst & Young, the professional services firm. “Competitiveness of State and Local Taxes on New Investment” found that Ohio has an effective tax rate of 4.4 percent on new investment, lower than all states... read more.
Dayton Business Journal... Ohio ranks No. 6 for job growth
Monday, April 25, 2011 - Ohio ranked No. 6 in the country for job growth, according to a new study. Ohio was among the states with the highest employment gains in March, continuing a slow recovery from the recession that saw the state lose thousands of jobs. The latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show Ohio had an increase of 65,700 nonfarm jobs between March 2010 and the same month this year. That was the sixth-highest gain among all states. Texas led the... read more.
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