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Dayton Daily News... New poll shows Issue 2 opposed by 12-points, By Laura Bischoff
Friday, October 28, 2011 - Another poll shows Ohio voters favoring repeal of Senate Bill 5, the collective bargaining reform package, but by a smaller margin than predicted in a previous survey. The University of Akron Bliss Institute of Applied Politics reports that registered voters oppose Issue 2, the referendum question on Senate Bill 5, 37-25 percent while voters favor Issue 3 on the national health care law by 34-18 percent. But the survey found that voter opinion on the two issues is fluid with... read more. 
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Raising speculation of a feud between Kasich and Ohio GOP leadership, local donor calls for DeWine’s resignation - COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A generous Republican donor from Northeast Ohio has called for Ohio GOP Chairman Kevin DeWine’s resignation, stoking speculation of a rift between the party’s leadership and Republican Gov. John Kasich’s administration. Jon Lindseth, a businessman from Hunting Valley who has contributed about $200,000 to Republican candidates since 2001, sent DeWine a brief e-mail on Thursday expressing his displeasure... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Poll: Cain a favorite among Ohio Republicans, by Rick Rouan
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - Herman Cain has become the apple of Ohio Republicans’ eyes, but the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO still represents the party’s second-best chance to unseat President Barack Obama, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. Cain has the support of 28 percent of Ohio Republicans compared with 23 percent for Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, according... read more. 
Gov. John Kasich... Meeting the Need for New Transportation Resources
Maximizing the Turnpike’s Potential - FUTURE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING IS UNCERTAIN: Federal and state transportation funding faces an uncertain future and is not expected to keep up with Ohio’s future needs. The Ohio Department of Transportation will soon lack adequate funds to support investment in major new projects or even maintain our state’s current system. States must look at all options to fund... read more. 
Ohio Supreme Court... Week of Events Highlights Pro Bono Week
Oct. 25, 2011 - Legal aid societies, bar associations and law schools across Ohio are hosting events this week where lawyers volunteer their time to help those in need of legal services. The 2011 National Pro Bono Celebration began Sunday and will end Saturday. Developed by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, the week also showcases the great difference that pro bono lawyers make to the nation’s system of justice, individual... read more. 
Justice Department Settles Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against School District
WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice announced today that it has entered into a consent decree with the Board of Education of Berkeley School District 87 in Berkeley, Ill. that, if approved by the court, will resolve a religious accommodations lawsuit filed in December 2010.   In its lawsuit, the United States alleged that the school district violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by failing to reasonably accommodate the religious practices of Safoorah... read more. 
Congressman John Boehner... Boehner Highlights ‘Forgotten 15’ Bipartisan Jobs Bills
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Legal Reform Summit this morning, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) highlighted the ‘forgotten 15’ bipartisan jobs bills that have passed the House but are stuck in the Democratic-led Senate.  The ‘forgotten 15’ are part of Republicans’ Plan for America’s Job Creators, which is designed to remove government barriers to... read more. 
Greenville City Schools… K-8 Facility Rendering for Issue 7, Nov. 8
“Garman-Miller has produced a conceptual drawing of Greenville City Schools’ new K-8 grade building. This conceptual drawing is not final. Necessary constructural changes may be made at the time of completion.  A conceptual picture of the site footprint is available along with bond issue information at the Citizens for Quality Greenville Schools blog site... read more. 
Candidates duel to garner votes, By Bob Robinson
Contested races were presented for Municipal Judge, Greenville School Board and Greenville City Council - Three races were debated last week in a Candidates Forum sponsored by the Darke County League of Women Voters. The forum was held at the American Legion in Greenville in front of a full house. The first debate was held between Julie Monnin... read more. 
Thompson Farm animals quarantined at Columbus Zoo
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Oct. 27, 2011) – Today the Ohio Department of Agriculture issued a quarantine order for six animals currently held by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium that the zoo received last week from the Terry Thompson farm in Muskingum County. The order was issued because of the possibility that the animals could be infected with disease as a result of the conditions in which they were reportedly held. The order is in effect indefinitely and prohibits the Columbus Zoo... read more. 
Wall Street Journal... Nearly Half of States Link Teacher Evaluations to Tests,By Stephanie Banchero
Nearly two-thirds of states have overhauled policies in the last two years to tighten oversight of teachers, using techniques including tying teacher evaluations to student test scores, linking their pay to performance or making it tougher to earn tenure, according to a report issued Wednesday. At least 23 states and the District of Columbia now evaluate public-school teachers in part by student standardized tests, while 14 allow districts to use this data to dismiss ineffective teachers, according to the... read more. 
State Sen. Bill Beagle... Legislation introduced to bolster Ohio’s UAS Industry
Legislation Calls for Testing Site Designation for Unmanned Aerial Systems - COLUMBUS – State Senators Chris Widener (R-Springfield), Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City), Shannon Jones (R-Springboro), and Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) today announced the introduction of legislation calling upon the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to select Ohio as a site for testing Unmanned Aerial Systems... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... BofA makes it harder to waive debit card fee, by Mark Calvey
Saturday, October 22, 2011 - Bank of America Corp. will make it harder for customers to waive the unpopular $5 monthly debit card fee going into effect next year. The Charlotte-based bank is eliminating the Advantage checking account program, which required just $5,000 in checking and savings deposits to waive the fee. It will now take at least $20,000 in deposits and investment account balances to avoid the debit card fee as part of the bank’s “Premium solutions” offering. Customers holding... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Oval becomes forum for students’ gripes
Protesters join ‘occupy’ movement - Droves of Ohio State University students braved cloudy skies yesterday to vent their frustrations and spread the message of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The crowd, gathered at OSU’s Oval, numbered more than 100 throughout the day, chanting and holding signs with myriad grievances — from student loans to environmental concerns to proposed privatization of university parking. More than 630 people said on Facebook that they would... read more. 
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Gov. John Kasich promises that most money from turnpike lease deal would be spent in northern Ohio, By Reginald Fields - Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. John Kasich, sounding more determined than ever to turn over the Ohio Turnpike to the highest bidder, began Tuesday trying to ease the public tension about his privatization plan. The Republican governor said if he can pull off a deal to lease the 241-mile toll road, he would spend the better portion of the proceeds on infrastructure projects in northern Ohio and in communities... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Having 2 primaries concerns Husted, By Jim Siegel
Secretary of State Jon Husted is not thrilled about the idea of holding two primaries next year, costing the state an extra $15 million. House Bill 318, which Gov. John Kasich signed into law on Saturday, keeps state, local and the U.S. Senate races in March, but moves the U.S. House and presidential primaries to June. Husted said the bill addresses most of the issues his office raised, including filing deadlines as they relate to when new congressional districts will take effect... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Obama, Romney all square in new Ohio poll, By Jeff Bell
Monday, October 24, 2011 - Ohio Republicans may be on the Herman Cain bandwagon, but they might also want to consider backing Mitt Romney if they hope to unseat President Barack Obama next year. That’s the picture painted in a new poll by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic polling company in Raleigh, N.C. The survey of Ohio voters showed Romney, a former... read more. 
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Poll: Effort to repeal SB5, Ohio’s new collective bargaining law, has huge lead; support for Kasich drops again, By Reginald Fields - COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio’s new collective bargaining law appears to be headed for a decisive defeat as an effort to repeal so-called Senate Bill 5 is now favored overwhelmingly by voters, according to  the latest Quinnipiac University poll. Opponents of Issue 2, the referendum to repeal the new law, now have a comfortable 25-point lead -- 57 to 32 percent -- with just two weeks to go before the Nov. 8 election. An election that last month... read more.… Drug buy-bust leads to 2 arrests in Greenville
GREENVILLE, Ohio — Police in Greenville said they have arrested two people accused of selling drugs. Officers said on Thursday around 4:30 p.m., detectives conducted a reverse drug buy-bust operation in the 400 block of Harrison Avenue. During the operation, authorities said a juvenile brandished a knife in an effort to rob an undercover officer. According to a police report, the juvenile was assisted by 21-year-old Jesse Cheadle. Both then fled on foot and were taken into custody... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... Issue 3 tests health care reform law, by William Hershey
The ballot issue won’t exempt Ohio from looming federal mandates. COLUMBUS — Ohio voters on Nov. 8 will get a chance to send a message about President Barack Obama’s federal health care law, even if they don’t have the power to exempt the state from the law’s requirement that all Americans buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties. A “yes” vote on Issue 3 would add an amendment to the Ohio Constitution’s bill of rights stating that “no federal, state or local law or rule shall... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... Number of elderly drivers up dramatically in Ohio, By Cornelius Frolik
Older drivers aren’t necessarily prone to making mistakes. The number of elderly Miami Valley residents with driver’s licenses rose dramatically in the last decade, leading some traffic safety experts to remind aging motorists to routinely evaluate their driving faculties. About 62,947 residents 75 and older in Montgomery, Miami, Greene, Butler and Warren counties had driver’s licenses in 2010, up from 50,327 a decade earlier, according to data from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles... read more. 
Ohio Republican Women... Local Woman elected First Vice President of OFRW
COLUMBUS─The Ohio Federation of Republican Women (OFRW) recently held its Fall Conference, at which the officers for 2012 and 2013 were elected. Lyn Bliss, a member of the Darke County Republican Women’s Club, was elected First Vice-president. The OFRW is a statewide organization with over 2,000 members. In addition to Bliss, other officers elected for the same term... read more. 
Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Not much hope and a strong desire for change – it sounds like 2008 all over again. Will Herman Cain ride that wave into the White House like Barack Obama before him? Just 15% of Likely U.S. Voters now say the country is heading in the right direction, down 15 points from this time last year.   Since the third week in July, the number of voters who are confident in the nation’s current course has resembled levels measured in the final months of the Bush administration... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... Ohio has lost 3,500 factories over last 10 years, stats show
The loss shows the impact on Ohio of moving jobs overseas. MORAINE — Data from the federal government show that Ohio lost 3,500 manufacturing businesses in the past 10 years, including 200 in Montgomery County and about 130 in other Miami Valley counties. The loss of those businesses has cut the state’s annual manufacturing payroll by $7.8 billion, the data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show. The losses track the impact of offshoring — the moving of jobs... read more. 
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown... Southwest Ohio Quarterly Regional Newsletter
Dear Friends - I wanted to share some updates with you from the last few months. In the link below you will find posts on the following subjects: Sen. Brown Introduces Infrastructure Bill to Support Critical Projects like the Brent Spence Bridge; Sen. Brown Urges Administration to Support GE Self-Funding for Joint Strike Fighter; Sen. Brown-Initiated Investigation Reveals Flaws in Shuttle Selection Process; Sen. Brown Visits Dayton, Calls for Crackdown on Foreclosure “Robo... read more. 
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Sen. Rob Portman stays optimistic on debt deal but says it’s ‘just a first step’
By Stephen Koff - WASHINGTON -- The papers say it’s bad. With a Thanksgiving deadline fast approaching, the congressional “supercommittee” devoted to deficit reduction “is running in rhetorical circles,” unable to break an impasse over taxes, says today’s Washington Post. The New York Times says the 12 lawmakers “have not agreed on basic elements like a benchmark against which savings will be measured.” And if it the committee fails to find at least $1.2 trillion in savings, on top... read more. 
Payne removes himself as School Board Candidate, By Bob Robinson
During the Candidates Debate, Joe Payne, who is currently sitting as an appointed Greenville School Board member and on the ballot for November’s election, removed himself from the candidacy for the position. “I know it is too late to take my name off the ballot,” Payne said. “But if by some fluke I am elected anyway, I will resign.” Payne has said repeatedly that he is a strong supporter of... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Group sues to stop Ohio slots-at-tracks plan
by Rick Rouan - Friday, October 21, 2011 - The Ohio Roundtable filed a lawsuit Friday to stop video lottery terminals from being placed at Ohio horsetracks, alleging that the action violates the Ohio Constitution. Allowing video lottery terminals, basically slot machines, requires a constitutional amendment, not an executive order from Governor John Kasich or new administrative rules... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Ohio unemployment unchanged at 9.1%, by Rick Rouan
Friday, October 21, 2011 - Ohio posted a 9.1 percent unemployment in September, which was unchanged from August but down from last year’s 9.8 percent, the state’s Department of Job and Family Services reported Friday. That rate is consistent with nationwide unemployment, which stayed at 9.1 percent in August and September, the department said. The number of jobless workers dropped to 534,000 in September from 536,000 in August. In September 2010... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... New bill adds 2nd primary for Ohio in 2012
Black caucus may hold key to deal on district lines - Ohio voters would cast ballots for local, state and U.S. Senate races in March, but the 2012 presidential and U.S. House primaries would be moved to June 12 under a bill that passed the Senate yesterday. It is slated for a quick House vote today — unless a deal on a new congressional map is reached. There would be a split primary, estimated to cost $15 million more, because of the uncertainty surrounding new congressional... read more. 
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown... Cost of Living Adjustment for Seniors in 2012
For too long, seniors have faced rising costs for prescription drugs, utilities, and food, but a monthly Social Security check that has not risen accordingly. That’s because the formula that determines whether Social Security recipients will get a COLA is not properly aligned with the costs facing most seniors. I’m fighting to reform this flawed formula so that seniors are not left in the cold... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Obama, Romney in early lead for Ohio donations
But Perry raised impressive sum in a few months - Jessica Wehrman WASHINGTON — If early dollars indicate future support, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney could be duking it out in Ohio next fall. Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Romney have each raised nearly $500,000 in Ohio more than a year before Election Day. Republican Rick Perry came in third. Perry, the governor of Texas, has raised $283,181 in the state so far this year — an impressive haul considering... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... Health section in SB 5 confusing, by Laura Bischoff
Bill is unclear on what public workers should pay for health care - COLUMBUS — The TV ads and campaign literature from supporters of Senate Bill 5 make it sound simple and appealing: Public employees would have to pay at least 15 percent of their health care insurance coverage. But within the 302-page bill, it isn’t very clear what that means. The section regarding health care for state workers says they must pay at least 15 percent of their “premiums... read more. 
Foxnews... Obama’s String of Foreign Policy Victories Still No Match for Economy in 2012 Election
October 22, 2011 - With the takedown of Muammar Qaddafi and the announcement that the Iraq war is coming to end, President Obama racked up more major victories on foreign policy this week – the fourth in six months starting with Usama bin Laden’s killing. While Obama is likely to play up his foreign policy accomplishments on the campaign trail, a struggling economy still looms over his re-election bid. “You will see TV ads about (his foreign policy victories),” Larry Sabato, the director of... read more. 
President Barack Obama, The White House, Announcement on Troop Withdrawal in Iraq
Good evening, I’m writing to tell you that all US troops will return home from Iraq by the end of December. After nearly nine years, the American war in Iraq will end. Our servicemen and women will be with their families for the holidays. The war in Iraq came with tremendous cost. More than a million Americans served in Iraq, and nearly 4,500 gave their lives in service to the rest of us. Today, as always, we honor... read more. 
FRAM Expands Operations
Facility has recently added many new positions - GREENVILLE - FRAMGroup, the new name for the FRAM manufacturing site formerly owned by Honeywell until earlier this year, is expanding its operations just two months after new ownership announced that the Greenville location would remain in production. The company has added approximately 70 positions to the site in recent months as it prepares to add a new line of production, formerly housed at another FRAMGroup location... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Local officials key to SB 5 savings, By Jim Siegel and Joe Vardon
Gov. John Kasich and GOP legislative leaders are trying to lead thousands of local-government officials to water. But they can’t make them drink — or, more aptly, can’t make them bring the hammer down on unionized public workers in a fashion that saves the kind of money ($4 billion) that Issue 2 supporters say can be saved to reduce the cost of government. Virtually all of the union benefits that supporters of Senate Bill 5 and Issue 2 are trying to curtail were agreed to by elected... read more. 
Gov. John Kasich... Executive Order on Dangerous Wild Animals
Includes Letters of Support from Columbus Zoo and Zoological Association of America - Existing, Underused Legal Powers Tapped While Longer-Term Legal Solution Finalized - Fact Sheet - In response to the recent tragedy in Muskingum County involving dangerous wild animals, Gov. John R. Kasich issued an Executive Order instructing state agencies to use existing but underused legal powers in innovative... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... Honda invests $400M in Ohio, By Thomas Gnau
Automaker says state will be crucial to post-recession strategy - Saturday, October 15, 2011 - EAST LIBERTY — Nestled amid the cornfields and rolling hills of west central Ohio is nearly half a billion dollars in new economic activity. Since late last year, Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. has announced $400 million worth of investments in its Ohio operations in the face of a challenging economy. Company leaders say Honda is expanding with full expectation that its Ohio plants and facilities... read more. 
Secretary of State Jon Husted... New Business Filings for September
COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that 6,059 new entities filed to do business in Ohio in September. These numbers are down slightly compared to September 2010, in which 6,805 new entities filed with the Secretary of State. However, the Secretary of State’s office has assisted with 62,627 new business filings to date in 2011 (January-September). This is a slight increase from the same time period last year, in which there were 61,310 new business filings... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Issue 2 would give management more say, By Jim Siegel and Joe Vardon
When Kirk Hamilton faced a major overcrowding problem as superintendent of South-Western schools in 1998, the district implemented split schedules, forcing some students to arrive as early as 7 a.m. or leave as late as 6:30 p.m. Hamilton said it wasn’t the busing or the class schedules that were the most difficult to develop. It was bargaining the change with the teachers’ union. The process was delayed as management and the South-Western Education Association... read more. 
Packed house hears pros and cons on Issue 2, By Bob Robinson, Editor
GREENVILLE – A packed house of approximately 150 people listened to opening comments from a panel of six debaters Wednesday evening at the American Legion in Greenville, then turned in their written questions. The debate was sponsored by the Darke County League of Women Voters. The topic of the debate? The controversial Issue 2, which has been placed on the November ballot... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Bank pays customers $5 to use debit cards, by Ginger Christ, Reporter
Friday, October 14, 2011 - Tired of debit card fees? Well, so is The Peoples Savings Bank. The Urbana-based financial institution for the next three months will pay customers $5 per month per account for using their debit card. The move is a means of showing customers the advantages of using community banks. “Our customers voiced concerns over newly-initiated debit card fees by large banks and asked if we were going down the same path,” said Brice Kadel, bank president... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Reps request halt of executions, By Alan Johnson
2 legislators write to Kasich as task force evaluates policy - Two state lawmakers urged Gov. John Kasich yesterday to declare a moratorium on executions until an Ohio Supreme Court task force completes a review of the use of capital punishment. “Now more than ever, we believe there are flaws in Ohio’s death sentence that must be addressed,” Democratic state Reps. Ted Celeste of Columbus and Nickie J. Antonio of Lakewood said in a letter to Kasich... read more. 
Secretary of State Jon Husted... Ballot Board Meeting regarding Medical Marijuana Amendment
COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted has called a meeting of the Ohio Ballot Board for Friday, October 21, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in the Finan Finance Hearing Room of the Ohio Statehouse, located on the first floor of the Senate Building at 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio, 43215. As required by Ohio law, the Ballot Board will meet to determine whether a proposed constitutional amendment regarding medical marijuana consists of more than one amendment. The Ballot Board has... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Call for Justice Dept. probe of debit card fees
by Adam O’Daniel - Monday, October 17, 2011 - Five U.S. congressmen are asking the Justice Department to investigate new monthly debit-card fees that Bank of America  and others will soon charge. The five Democrats, led by Vermont Rep. Peter Welch, sent a letter to the Justice Department asking for an investigation to determine if the banking industry violated antitrust laws by... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Businesses face expiring tax reductions ahead
by Laura Englehart - Sunday, October 16, 2011 - Greg Knox has first-hand knowledge of the business benefits of tax savings. The president of Franklin-based Knox Machinery    said a tax reduction called “bonus depreciation,” which allows companies to buy certain equipment and then deduct 100 percent of the acquisition cost, has helped boost company sales. However, the tax incentive... read more. 
Darke County Sheriff's Office... Single Vehicle Injury Accident on 571
On October 18, 2011 at approximately 9:36 AM Darke County Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire and Rescue, Greenville Fire, Union City Ohio Fire, CareFlight and University AirCare were dispatched to the 4100 block of State Route 571 west in reference to a one vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a burgundy 1988 GMC truck, driven by Matthew A. Adams, 18, Greenville, was westbound on SR 571 east of Ludy Road, when his vehicle traveled off the right... read more. 
Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman quipped at last Tuesday night’s debate that at first he thought rival Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan was the price of a pizza. Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, wasn’t amused, but for now at least he’s having the last laugh. Following the debate focused on economic issues, Cain is tied with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.   Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is the... read more. 
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Sherrod Brown raises another $1.25 million, to Josh Mandel’s $1.5 million
By Stephen Koff - WASHINGTON -- Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown raised $1.25 million in the recently ended quarter, compared with probable opponent Josh Mandel’s take of $1.5 million. That follows $1.5 million in the second quarter for Brown and $1.3 million in the first. He spent some campaign cash as his reelection campaign ratcheted up, but he also started with money in the bank. So he’ll report just over $4.2 million on hand when reports are turned in at the Federal... read more. 
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Secretary of State Jon Husted rejects redistricting petitions, By Reginald Fields
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted on Wednesday blocked efforts by a Democratic group trying to challenge the newly drawn congressional districts approved by Republicans last month. Husted’s decision to reject petitions for a referendum, which were submitted by Ohioans for Fair Districts, was expected and now sets in motion a legal battle the Ohio Supreme Court is taking up this month. At issue is whether Ohio voters will get a chance to vote on the Republican... read more. 
National Public Radio... Gas Drilling Boom Brings New Life To Steel Industry, by Jeff Brady
October 13, 2011 - A natural gas drilling boom in Pennsylvania is helping the economies of Rust Belt cities long accustomed to bad news. Drilling requires steel — lots of it — and that has manufacturers expanding and hiring new workers. While much attention has been paid to the environmental risks of drilling into the Marcellus Shale, the economic benefits have been less prominent in the national discussion. But in Youngstown, Ohio, locals have been watching an old industry come back... read more. 
Still have a lot of work to do, By Bob Robinson
Kasich Keynote Speaker; Hemer Republican of the Year - “We lost more jobs during those four years than any other state except Michigan and California,” Gov. John Kasich said. “They wouldn’t fix the deficit, they just walked around with a tin cup looking for money.” In his speech to Republican supporters at the party’s annual Pig Roast Sunday, Kasich referred to the previous administration... read more. 
Cincinnati Enquirer... Case tests Ohio’s guns-in-bars law, By Dan Horn
A Deer Park man became the first in Greater Cincinnati to face charges under Ohio’s “guns in bars” law Wednesday when he was arrested for threatening to kill a fellow bar patron. Chad O’Reilly’s arrest came two weeks after the law took effect and immediately reignited debate between gun-rights activists and those who wanted to continue a statewide ban on guns in bars. “This law is so absurd,” said Toby Hoover, director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence. “Without this law... read more. 
Ohio Supreme Court… Judge Jones Inducted into Civil Rights Hall of Fame
Former Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Nathaniel R. Jones was inducted today into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Appointed by President Carter in 1979, Judge Jones served on the federal appeals court for Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee for 23 years before retiring in 2002. He serves as the namesake for the Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Youngstown. He continues his legal career today as Senior Counsel in the Cincinnati office for Blank... read more. 
Republican Candidates introduced and Issues Discussed Saturday
Submitted Article - The Darke County Republican Men’s Club met in regular session Saturday morning in the Brick Room of the Brethren Retirement Community. President Bob Robinson opened the meeting and noted that this was an opportunity for those in attendance to meet the (Republican) candidates and hear about the local and state issues they would be voting on. This was the last meeting before... read more. 
Darke County Sheriff’s Office... Rollover crash in Darke County
On October 15, 2011 at 16:31 hours, Darke County Deputies along with Liberty Township Fire Dept., Union City Rescue, and Tri-Village Rescue were dispatched to the 2,000 block of Greenville-Nashville Road in reference to a one vehicle, rollover accident. A witness reported one subject was ejected from the vehicle.  Investigation revealed that a Ford Escort was westbound on Greenville-Nashville Road, when the driver lost control and drove off the... read more. 
Cleveland Plain Dealer... ‘Joe the Plumber’ takes 1st step toward Ohio congressional run
By Sabrina Eaton - Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, known as “Joe the Plumber” since John McCain turned him into a working class symbol during the 2008 presidential election, has filed Federal Election Commission paperwork to run for Congress. Documents filed on Oct. 6 indicate Wurzelbacher is weighing a GOP congressional run in Ohio’s newly constituted 9th district. That district, which stretches from Toledo to Cleveland’s West Side, is already contested by two incumbent Democrats... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... More TV stations pull pro-Issue 2 ad, By Laura A. Bischoff
30 have voluntarily kept controversial ad off the air. COLUMBUS — Thirty television stations across the state have voluntarily pulled a pro-Issue 2 ad that opponents say distorts a Cincinnati woman’s words to mislead Ohio voters, according to We Are Ohio, the campaign committee opposing the collective bargaining reforms. Building a Better Ohio, which favors Issue 2, took video and audio clips from a We Are Ohio ad and incorporated them into their own 30-second spot without making... read more. 
text… Gems Partner With Local Station
Dayton Gems Unveil Internet Radio & TV Partnerships For 2011-2012 Season - Dayton, Ohio – The Dayton Gems professional hockey team, a proud member of the Central Hockey League, officially unveiled details on the team’s Internet broadcast partnerships for the upcoming 2011-2012 CHL season. New for this season is the addition of as the official Internet radio carrier for all 66... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... Both sides dig in on tax debate, By Ken McCall and Randy Tucker
Beyond the rhetoric, stats show the highest earners get income from sources taxed at a lower rate. Progressive tax rates were designed to ensure that the wealthiest Americans pay more in federal taxes than lower- and middle-income workers. With a maximum rate of 35 percent on wages, the more you earn the more you pay. But there’s a catch: Many wealthy taxpayers get most of their income from investments, which are taxed at the 15 percent capital gains rate while the highest... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Recut television ad turns SB 5 opponent into backer, By Jim Siegel
Last week, Marlene Quinn was starring in a television ad explaining how Cincinnati firefighters saved her great-granddaughter, and urging Ohioans to vote against Issue 2 so firefighters could continue to negotiate for proper staffing levels. Yesterday, the 78-year-old Quinn was startled to learn that she also was starring in a new ad by the Republican group Building a Better Ohio, her image and words swiped from the Issue 2 opposition ad and spliced to sound like she is a supporter of... read more. 
Ohio Supreme Court... Expectations Exceeded for Grant Application
The number of Ohio schools seeking a grant to help pay for transportation costs for students to visit the Ohio Judicial Center exceeded expectations. More than 250 schools applied for one of the 100 grants. The transportation grants were worth up to $400 per school depending on distance traveled. Visitor Education Center Coordinator Julie Manning said there was a tremendous response showing a real need for the grants and widespread interest in visiting the home of the Supreme... read more. 
The jobs are out there, By Bob Robinson
While not exactly rosy, the picture painted at October’s monthly Darke County Agricultural meeting included some positives. Commissioner Diane Delaplane, for instance, reported that sales tax revenues were up slightly, indicating that people were buying more locally. It helped offset the decrease in local revenues that the county was facing. The main topic had to do with unemployment... read more. 
Darke County SWAT standoff ends peacefully
UNION CITY — It was not the usual warrant arrest for Union City, Ohio police early Thursday morning when they had to call in a SWAT team and negotiators.  Police went to a home on North Street with warrants for three people but when they knocked on the door nobody answered even though police knew the people they were looking for were inside.  Eventually a Special Entry Tactical Team had to be used to get inside.  Two people were arrested right away, and after a search of the house they found the third suspect hiding in a basement crawlspace.
Columbus Dispatch... Private groups back supporters of SB 5, By Darrel Rowland and Alex Stuckey
Even though the battle over state Issue 2 centers on public employees, Ohio’s private sector apparently is weighing in with its wallet. “We support Issue 2 because we believe the policy is important to preserving the well-being of the state of Ohio,” said Paul Richards, spokesman for Motorists Mutual Insurance Co. The Columbus-based insurer has given $50,000 to the Building a Better Ohio campaign, which is backing the state issue that would preserve collective-bargaining limits on... read more. 
The Columbus Dispatch... State wants East Side oil refinery closed, By Spencer Hunt
Saturday October 8, 2011 - The state is trying again to shut down an East Side refinery with a history of foul-odor complaints, including 200 incidents of state workers saying that the chemical leaks made them sick. Officials with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and state Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday that they filed a request with Franklin County Environmental Court Judge Harland H. Hale to shutter Heartland Petroleum’s used oil refinery at 4001 E. 5th Ave... read more. 
Republican Women host Candidates, Lyn Bliss, Senior Scribe
GREENVILLE─Darke County Republican Women held their regular monthly meeting recently during which they heard from some of the Republican Candidates who will be appearing on the November 8 ballot. The candidates who were invited included Jesse Green who is seeking election as Judge of Darke County Municipal Court,  incumbent Republican Michael Bowers is seeking reelection... read more. 
From Darke County Economic Development... FRAM Adds Positions in Greenville
GREENVILLE- FRAMGroup, the new name for the FRAM manufacturing site formerly owned by Honeywell until earlier this year, is expanding its operations just two months after new ownership announced that the Greenville location would remain in production. The company has added approximately 70 positions to the site in recent months as it prepares to add a new line of production, formerly housed at another FRAMGroup location. It’s the first significant reversal in years of the... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... Jobless claims up for higher earners, By Randy Tucker
Low-income workers still dominate the statewide jobless rolls - DAYTON — Nearly 14 million Americans and more than 500,000 Ohioans remain unemployed, and many are struggling to pay bills and put food on the table with unemployment benefits that don’t come near their former incomes. But it’s not only low-wage workers who are receiving unemployment benefits. Higher-income employees have been hit hard in recent years as well. A Dayton Daily News analysis of unemployment... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Computer virus hits U.S. military drones, Joe Cogliano
Sunday, October 9, 2011 - Computer hackers have apparently turned their sites to unmanned aerial vehicles as UAVs, or drones, operated by the U.S. military have been infected with a mysterious computer virus. on reports that a computer virus that logs every keystroke of pilots has infected Predator and Reaper drones flying overseas missions. Multiple tries to remove the virus... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Farmers use social media to raise awareness, by Ginger Christ
Monday, October 10, 2011 - Ohio’s farmlands may still be remote expanses of rolling hills and endless cornfields, but they’re not isolated from the technology taking hold in the rest of the world. Today’s farmers have become tech savvy. They film video on their Apple iPads while ploughing fields. They tweet from the milking parlor. They share photos on Facebook from the barn stalls... read more. 
Issue 2 Debate... I’m weary, too, From Bob Rhoades
I as you, am weary of the SB 5/Issue ads.  I’m wondering though if you considered how many nurses actually work for a state run hospital.  First there are all of the University Hospitals in Ohio, OSU, Toledo, UC, Wright State Med Center, as well as all of the Mental Facilities in Ohio.  Just sayin! I know how busy you are, but there is a letter that a School Superintendent here in Ohio wrote to his... read more. 
Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, October 08, 2011 - Americans need something to believe in because right now their faith in the nation’s future is scraping rock bottom. Eighteen percent (18%) of Likely U.S. Voters say the country is heading in the right direction, down 14 points from last year.  Since late July, the number of voters who are confident in the nation’s current course has resembled levels measured in the final months of the Bush administration. In early May 2009, just months after President Obama took... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... Regional economic summit explores manufacturing
By Thomas Gnau and Steve Bennish - DAYTON — Participants in a summit Friday on Ohio manufacturing emerged ready to urge area lawmakers to pursue trade and tax reform to spur new jobs. “We need to rebuild a country, not tweak it,” said Michael Stumo, chief executive of a Coalition for a Prosperous America, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit focused on U.S. industry, trade and farming that organized the meeting. Sponsored by the Dayton Development Coalition, DMAX, Dayton... read more. 
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By Michael Wayland - Monday, October 03, 2011 - Note from DCEDD Marc Saluk... IMPCO Automotive is just a few hundred yards over the state line un UCI and is, of course, a big part of the Union City community. Obviously, it also employs a number of Darke County folks. The link below contains an article on the current GM project that they are a part of and refers to them... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Ford to add 12,000 jobs, invest $16 billion under new contract
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - Ford Motor Co. plans to add 5,750 more jobs than previously expected and invest $16 billion in its U.S. operations by 2015, according to details released Tuesday of a tentative labor agreement with the United Auto Workers of America. Company officials had announced earlier this year a plan to add 6,250 hourly jobs to its U.S. work force by 2015. The agreement... read more. 
Darke County Sheriff’s Office... Two injured in rear-end collision near Ansonia
Ansonia - On October 10, 2011 at approximately 3:15 p.m. Darke County 911 received a report of an injury accident on US127 at Brown Rd.  Darke County Deputies, along with Ansonia Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the scene. Initial investigation revealed that a 2001 Chrysler 300, driven by Linda Copeland (66) of Ansonia, was stopped on US127 waiting to make a left turn onto Brown Rd. A 2003 Volvo... read more. 
State Senator Keith Faber... Faber debates Issue 2 with Butland
Editor’s Note: If you are as upset over some of the commercials against Issue 2 as I am, you are correct to be angry. Example... I’m furious over the “nurse staffing” commercial. How many of you know a state-funded hospital or doctor’s office that would be impacted by SB5? Raise your hands. I thought so. State Senator Keith Faber sent this video to County News Online noting his most recent Issue 2 debate... read more. 
Journal News... JobsOhio chief: Region needs to promote assets for growth, By Chelsey Levingston
Thursday, October 6, 2011 - WEST CHESTER TWP. — Ohio is on the verge of an innovation renaissance and Southwest Ohio is the state’s “Silicon Valley,” said Mark Kvamme, the director of the state’s job creation efforts. Ohio in the 1920s used to be the center of the manufacturing revolution, Kvamme told the audience of a regional economic development forum at The Savannah Center Thursday morning. Thirty of 50 U.S. millionaires were from Ohio back then, said... read more. 
From WHIO-TV Channel 7... Investigation continues into Darke Co. house fire
DARKE COUNTY, Ohio — The investigation continues into the cause of a house fire that happened Sunday in Darke County. The fire happened on Hamilton Road, which is located in an area known as Coletown between Union City and Greenville on State Route 571. Fire officials said it appears that the fire started in an attached garage and spread to the house, resulting in substantial damage to the house. Authorities said everyone managed to escape the fire without injury. The cause of the fire... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Herman Cain ridicules Wall Street protestors
Thursday, October 6, 2011 - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says the Occupy Wall Street protestors should go to school and get a job rather than blasting bankers and brokers “because they’re the ones who create the jobs,” reports the Associated Press. Cain spoke to the news service Wednesday while at a St. Petersburg, Fla., bookstore to sign his new memoir. The typically outspoken... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Development leader: Ohio needs to tout achievements
By Ginger Christ - Thursday, October 6, 2011 - Ohio is poised for growth and its leaders intend to do whatever it takes to realize success, according to speakers at the South West Regional Development Forum. The event, which featured Mark Kvamme, head of JobsOhio, as well as a panel of local leaders, served as a sounding board for ideas about how best to bring jobs — and economic success... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Turner bill to help combat unfair trade agreements
Joe Cogliano - Friday, October 7, 2011 - U.S. Rep Mike Turner is looking to boost U.S. companies’ efforts to fight barriers that are unlawful under trade agreements. Turner, R-Centerville, on Thursday introduced the Trade Law Enforcement Act, which offers an additional way for U.S. companies to get assistance from the United States Trade Representative. While U.S. producers can petition the USTR to take... read more. 
Supreme Court Adjusts Campaign Rule Based on Timing of 2012 Primary
Oct. 5, 2011 - Judicial candidates running in 2012 can begin campaign fundraising activities on Nov. 7, following a rule change adopted Tuesday by the Supreme Court of Ohio. The change takes effect today. In August, the Supreme Court had removed a reference in Rule 4.4 of the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct to the March primary election in presidential years when it appeared the General Assembly would move the primary to May. Now that the General Assembly enacted legislation... read more. 
The Toledo Blade... Toledo group seeks community assistance to reduce youth violence
There isn’t a shortage of organizations in the quest to quell youth violence in Toledo. What can be challenging, however, is making sure all the legs are marching in the same direction. After almost two months of weekly meetings and two excursions into high-risk neighborhoods, Mayor Mike Bell’s Coalition for Hope hosted a large gathering Tuesday at the Erie Street Market to ask community leaders and residents to come together in an effort to see how resources can be best connected and aligned... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... U.S. economy adds 103K jobs, unemployment rate steady at 9.1%
Friday, October 7, 2011 - The U.S. economy created 103,000 non-farm payroll jobs in September while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.1 percent. In its monthly jobs report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics also revised higher its estimate of jobs created in the prior two months. Total non-farm payroll employment for July was revised to a gain of 127,000 from a gain of 85,000. The... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... White House site has Dayton Space Shuttle petition
Joe Cogliano - Thursday, October 6, 2011 - The effort to wrangle a Space Shuttle for Dayton has made its way to The White House Web site. A petition asking the Obama Administration to revisit its decision on the final display sites for the shuttles — New York, Washington D.C., Florida and Los Angeles — went on the site last week and has garnered nearly 200 signatures. The petition says... read more. 
National Federation of Republican Women... NFRW Hosts Fall Convention in Kansas City
Local Republican Leader Attends Event to Prepare for 2012 Elections - KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lyn Bliss joined more than 1,200 other Republican women leaders from across the nation Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at the National Federation of Republican Women’s (NFRW) 36th biennial convention, which featured a much-anticipated presidential straw poll that received significant national media... read more. 
Toledo Blade... Jobs package is dead, GOP leader declares
Cantor says House will vote on only parts of $447B plan - WASHINGTON — President Obama’s job-creation package effectively fell to pieces Monday as a top Republican lawmaker said the House will pass only portions of the $447 billion measure. As Mr. Obama continued to press lawmakers for a vote on the legislation, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the No. 2 House Republican, said that was not going to happen. Asked if the bill as a complete package was dead, Mr. Cantor said... read more. 
Akron Beacon Journal... Kasich touts accomplishments during Akron visit, By Rick Armon
Gov. John Kasich rolled into Akron on Tuesday touting his accomplishments during his short time in office: $8 billion budget gap plugged. Criminal sentencing reformed. Medicaid reformed. JobsOhio created. “At the end of the day, it’s nine months,” he chuckled at the end of a speech for the Akron Roundtable at Quaker Station downtown. “It seems like nine years, doesn’t it, to most of you?” In the wide-ranging talk before about 500 political, community and business leaders, the Republican... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... On the road, on the attack, By Joe Vardon
DAYTON — The labor coalition seeking to repeal Senate Bill 5 already has presented an array of attack angles, from raising issues of safety and fairness to assailing Republican Gov. John Kasich and GOP legislators who favor limits to collective bargaining for public employees. We Are Ohio went back to those tacks on Day One of its statewide RV tour yesterday and added a twist by going after the Republicans’ two chief talking points. Cincinnati firefighter Doug Stern, who starred in... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... Payroll tax hike, higher unemployment insurance planned for 2012
by Randy Tucker - Ohio companies to pay $21 more per worker to repay Fed loan - Ohio employers in 2012 will pay an extra $21 per worker per year in unemployment insurance taxes as the federal government begins to reclaim money it loaned to the state to pay benefits to laid-off workers. The government will reduce by 0.3 percent the credit used to offset federal unemployment taxes and apply the gain to Ohio’s loan balance of $2.3 billion, said Ben Johnson, a spokesman for the Ohio... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... More jobs possible from drilling offshoots, by Steve Bennish
A natural gas chemical could be manufactured. New natural gas discoveries in Ohio could spell more jobs in spinoff industries from large-scale industrial chemical plants that could feed and foster additional manufacturing, industry representatives say. Cal Dooley, president of the American Chemistry Council, the trade association of the largest chemical companies, said so-called cracker plants would exploit ethane derived from natural gas. Chemists liken ethylene, which is obtained from ethane... read more. 
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Ohio to move its death row inmates, By Reginald Fields
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio’s death row is moving again. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction announced today that it would consolidate its two death row locations into a single spot, moving condemned inmates to the re-opened Chillicothe Correctional Institution. The department houses 145 death row inmates at prisons in Mansfield and Youngstown. The current death row living quarters at those prisons will be converted into 300 maximum security cells that will... read more. 
Congressman John Boehner... Ohio VP speaks out again job-crushing regulations
Posted by Press Office on October 04, 2011 - New federal regulations threaten jobs at Ohio plant visited recently be Obama - Local jobs at a Cincinnati, Ohio concrete plant – the same one used by President Obama to tout his economic plan last month – are threatened by new federal regulations proposed by the Obama Administration. And the vice president of the plant is speaking out... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Report: Medicaid cuts pose risks to Ohioans, By Laura Englehart
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - A new report by several national health organizations shows that tens of thousands of Ohioans rely on Medicaid to treat serious medical conditions, and cuts to the program would pose a threat to those patients. The report, released jointly by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, American Diabetes Association and Families USA, said there are 258,750 Ohioans in the Medicaid program. Of those... read more. 
Ohio Supreme Court... Court Rules Counties’ Self-Insurance Pool Is Not ‘Public Office,’ But Remands Financial Records Request - (Sept. 28, 2011) The Supreme Court of Ohio ruled today that County Risk Sharing Authority Inc. (CORSA), a non-profit association through which a majority of Ohio’s counties self-insure themselves, is not “the functional equivalent of a public office,” and is therefore not required to comply with a citizen’s demand for copies of its board meeting minutes under the state public records act... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... Mandel takes on critics of campaign, By Laura Bischoff
GOP Senate candidate addresses allegations with Dayton Daily News. COLUMBUS — After four years in the Ohio House, Republican Josh Mandel won statewide office on his first try — an unusual political accomplishment for a rookie. He wasn’t done. Just four months into the new post as state treasurer, Mandel, 34, set his sights on yet another political office: U.S. Senate. But Mandel’s campaign... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... United and US Airways downgraded, By Chris Bagley
Monday, October 3, 2011 - Shares of United Continental Holdings Inc. and US Airways Group were trading lower Monday after an equity analyst downgraded the two stocks. Citi analyst Will Randow reduced his rating on US Airways (NYSE:LCC) to “sell” from “hold.” He also cut his rating on United Continental (NYSE:UAL) to “hold” from “buy.” Both airlines serve the Dayton International... read more. 
Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, October 01, 2011 - Despite the media chatter to the contrary, the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination has changed little in surveys over the past week, but a wild card may be lurking in New Jersey. One’s in the race and at week’s end one was reportedly contemplating a run, but for now former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are both essentially even with President Obama in hypothetical Election 2012 matchups... read more. 
Secretary of State Jon Husted... Most populous counties announced for Congressional Districts
COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced the most populous counties for each of the 16 new Congressional districts for Ohio. “Ensuring we take the steps necessary to adequately prepare for our elections is priority one for my office. One of the best ways we can achieve this goal is to provide essential information to voters and candidates in a timely manner,” Secretary Husted said. “In light of the shift in Ohio’s population and the resulting loss of two Congressional... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Advertising ballot issues costs state $2.1 million, By Jim Siegel
The state Controlling Board on Monday approved $2.1 million for the secretary of state’s office to advertise the three statewide ballot issues in newspapers across the state, a rate that caught some lawmakers by surprise for being so economical. The state Constitution requires that ballot issues be printed in full in daily circulation newspapers three times before the election. Douglas Lumpkin, chief operating officer of the secretary of state’s office, told the legislative spending oversight... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Forecast: Economic growth tied to election, By Ginger Christ
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - The cure for the country’s economic ills is a presidential election, at least according to Ken Mayland, president of Pepper Pike-based ClearView Economics LLC. Mayland, who served as the keynote speaker at KeyBank’s 2012 Economic Forecast Wednesday, said while he doesn’t expect the country to enter another recession, he doubts any measurable improvement... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Politicians fill war chests for ‘nasty’ election season
By Joe Cogliano - Saturday, October 1, 2011 - Fundraising for the 2012 Congressional elections is swinging into high gear and the money promises to go toward a lively election fight, especially in Ohio. Political observers say a heated political climate — with Republicans and Democrats blaming the other for the battered economy — along with redrawn Congressional districts that will... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... States appeal health care to high court
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - Ohio and 25 other states have joined to challenge President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. The states, along with the National Federation of Independent Businesses, are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review an Atlanta appeals court decision that declared one provision unconstitutional, but upheld the rest of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In announcing the appeal, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi called the law... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... Election reform statute blocked, by Laura Bischoff
Voters can begin casting ballots Tuesday for the November’s election. COLUMBUS — Early voting for the Nov. 8 election will begin Tuesday after voting rights activists turned in more than 300,000 signatures with the secretary of state to block a new GOP-backed election reform law. The petition seeks a statewide referendum next November on House Bill 194. Thursday’s filing blocks the bill from taking effect this November and might keep the changes in abeyance next November when... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Gas prices tumble in past 30 days
Thursday, September 29, 2011 - Motorists are getting a reprieve at the pump as gas prices have dropped more than 40 cents in the past month. On Thursday, Dayton-area gas prices averaged $3.21 per gallon, down 15 cents compared to a week ago, and 44 cents from last month, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. One year ago, the price at the pump was $2.57 per gallon for regular... read more. 
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Ohio Senate increases requirements for minors seeking an abortion without parental consent, by Joe Guillen - The Ohio Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would make abortions more difficult for minors to obtain without their parents’ permission. The bill requires a court to ask whether the minor understands the physical and emotional consequences of an abortion and whether the minor has been coached on how to answer the court’s questions when seeking a judicial... read more. 
Secretary of State Jon Husted... Petitions received for House Bill 194 Referendum
Elections will be administered under current law; early voting begins Tuesday, October 4, 2011. COLUMBUS – Earlier this afternoon, petitioners seeking a referendum on House Bill 194 filed more than 318,000 signatures with Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office. The Secretary of State’s office must now determine if petitioners have gathered the required number of valid signatures – 231,147 or six percent of the total vote cast for Governor in 2010. Secretary Husted... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Poll: Ohio voters against Obama re-election, but he beats the competition
By Darrel Rowland - A majority of Ohio voters says President Barack Obama doesn’t deserve re-election, but he still narrowly beats the top Republican candidates in head-to-head matchups. A Quinnipiac poll released today shows that 53 percent disapprove of his job performance and 51 percent say he does not deserve another term. “President Barack Obama’s standing among all Ohio voters is back to its lowest ever,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Connecticut university’s... read more. 
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Ted Strickland blasts Ohio Gov. John Kasich in Cleveland speech, says rematch possible, by Henry J. Gomez - As Republican Gov. John Kasich received slightly improved poll numbers Tuesday, the man he defeated last year and the man conventional wisdom pegs as a future candidate for his job shared a stage in Cleveland. Former Gov. Ted Strickland and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, both Democrats, unloaded on Kasich at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy’s annual Northeast Ohio luncheon. The liberal organization... read more. 
Senator Keith Faber... Significant Progress Made at Grand Lake St. Marys
State-sponsored summer treatment produces encouraging results - COLUMBUS – State Senator Keith Faber (R – Celina) today commented on news that a recent alum treatment at Grand Lake St. Marys succeeded in cutting the intensity of harmful algal blooms and reducing phosphorous levels throughout the lake. “Seemingly everybody in our community holds cherished memories of time spent on or near... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... Ending exodous of young professionals vital to growth, Joanne Huist Smith
An area group promotes the values of the region to other young people. Attracting and retaining young, educated professionals is a critical part of ensuring a bright future for the region. That fact has not been lost on local leaders who have made it a priority to increase the number of young adults by encouraging companies to offer internships and incentives to attract potential long-term residents off college campuses and into communities. The number of 20- to 39-year-olds leaving... read more. 
Canton Repository... Ohio changes welfare program to avoid federal fine
COLUMBUS — Ohio is changing its welfare program to avoid $136 million in federal fines after missing benchmarks for how many participants are working or pursuing employment. The fines were levied for Ohio’s failure to meet a requirement that at least half of families drawing benefits were employed or seeking work. Ohio has missed that mark since 2007, and fines have not yet been assessed for 2010. Gov. John Kasich ordered the changes — which are designed to put Ohio back... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... B of A to charge $5 monthly fee for debit card usage
by Adam O’Daniel - Thursday, September 29, 2011 - BofA will charge the monthly fee to debit card holders that use the card to make purchases. It won’t be charged if the card is used only at ATMs or not used at all, spokeswoman Anne Pace said. BofA has several home loan branches in the Dayton region and recently bought the largest downtown Dayton office tower. All of the bank’s... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Sinclair obtains distinction for graduation rates
By Laura Englehart - Friday, September 30, 2011 - Sinclair Community College and 23 other schools were given Leader College Distinction for improving their graduation rates and closing achievement gaps. The recognition comes from Achieving the Dream Inc., a nonprofit focused on increasing community college graduation rates. The Dayton region’s largest school joins 52 community colleges... read more. 
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