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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. 
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Sherrod Brown still holds lead against potential opponents, but President Obama’s Ohio standing is low, by Stephen Koff - Washington -- Incumbent U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, holds a 13-point lead over his likely 2012 Republican opponent, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, although Mandel is slowly gaining ground as the campaign comes into focus. But President Barack Obama has no such advantage over either of the GOP candidates currently considered front runners for their party’s nomination, a new poll of Ohio volters shows... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... Postal workers attack critics and protest cuts, Steve Bennish
Protesters say Congress caused the problem in 2006, but it can be fixed. DAYTON — Postal workers took to the streets Tuesday in a national “Day of Action” to challenge rhetoric they say distorts the financial condition of the U.S. Postal Service and to derail pending service cuts. More than 50 postal workers and their supporters turned out at 120 W. 3rd St. to march across the street from the Federal Building. The protest was by the American Postal Workers Union, the National Association... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Midmark taps new CFO, By Joe Cogliano
Friday, September 30, 2011 - VERSAILLES - Midmark Corp., one of the region’s largest manufacturers, has named a new chief financial officer. On Friday, the Versailles-based health care products maker announced Robert “Bob” Morris would join its executive ranks. Morris had been serving as vice president of finance at Michigan-based BorgWarner Drivetrain Systems, where he was... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... Liberals, conservatives plan conference together, By Laura Bischoff
Monday, September 26, 2011 - The left and right are joining hands in Ohio, at least for a day, to discuss meaty issues such as public pension reform, local tax rates, health care, the national debt and federal fiscal policy, and government consolidation. The Buckeye Institute, a conservative think tank based in Columbus, the Center for Community Solutions, a liberal research group based in Cleveland, and Greater Ohio, a non-partisan organization focused on smart growth, are... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Wright State University hits milestone
Monday, September 26, 2011 - Wright State University will celebrate a milestone this week: In a little more than a decade, its College of Engineering and Computer Science Ph.D. in Engineering Program has graduated 100 students with doctorates. The graduates have continued to hold jobs in Ohio and locally at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Of the 100 Ph.D. earners, 50 percent work in the state and 30 percent have defense-related jobs within the Air Force Research Laboratory... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Colleges graded by how much grads earn
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - As college tuition continues to increase and the economy lags, how students choose where to attend school has changed to consider not just the experience, but also the outcome. A Seattle-based company that collects employee compensation data has calculated the expected 30-year return on investment for colleges and universities across the country to find which... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Poll: Kasich approval up, S.B. 5 support gains
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - A new poll shows some Ohio voters are warming up a bit to first-year Gov. John Kasich and toning down their opposition to Senate Bill 5, the controversial collective bargaining law that is a key piece of Kasich’s government reform agenda. The poll by Quinnipiac University shows Kasich has a negative job approval rating of 49 to 40 percent approval. But that is an improvement on the... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Is ‘dynamic scoring’ key to debt crisis? Lori Montgomery
WASHINGTON — Warring Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill have little hope of drafting an ambitious plan by Thanksgiving to tame the national debt unless they can agree on an approach to rewriting the tax code, key lawmakers and leadership aides say. But any attempt at a tax overhaul would require policymakers to clear daunting hurdles, including an old battle over a fundamental question: Do tax cuts pay for themselves by spurring economic growth? The answer could be pivotal... read more. 
Toledo Blade... Financial disclosure to be filed by Mandel, Tom Troy
Form expected in Oct.; it was due May 15 - State Treasurer Josh Mandel’s campaign said Friday it expects to file sometime in October a federal personal financial disclosure form that was due May 15. Mr. Mandel of Lyndhurst, Ohio, is running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown. Mandel campaign spokesman Joe Aquilino said there are certain spousal assets that are required to be listed on the federal report that were never required on the state report... read more. 
Bucyrus Telegraph Forum... State AG defends fugitive program, Henry S. Conte
Attorney General Mike DeWine is trying to give out second chances. All he asks is that people take him up on his offer. Several hundred people with warrants in Richland County for non-violent felonies and misdemeanors are expected to turn themselves in peacefully at a church in Mansfield early next month. The Ohio Attorney General’s office is launching its first Fugitive Safe Surrender program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 to 8 at Oasis of Love Church, 190 Chester Ave... read more. 
The Hill... Citing conflict of interest, Sen. Sherrod Brown’s wife resigns as columnist, Alicia M. Cohn
Connie Schultz, who is married to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), resigned as a columnist at an Ohio newspaper this week due to her husband’s re-election campaign. “In recent weeks, it has become painfully clear that my independence, professionally and personally, is possible only if I’m no longer writing for the newspaper that covers my husband’s Senate race on a daily basis,” she wrote on her Facebook page. “It’s time for me to move on... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Obama’s jobs-bill pitch falls on deaf GOP ears, By Joe Hallett
CINCINNATI — Calling himself “a warrior for the middle class,” President Barack Obama trod on the home turf of his biggest GOP rivals yesterday and issued an in-your-face challenge to them to pass his $477 billion stimulus plan. With the 1960s-built, double-decker Brent Spence Bridge as a backdrop, Obama urged a cheering audience of Ohioans and Kentuckians to pressure House Speaker John Boehner of nearby West Chester and Senate Minority Leader Mitch... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... New Apple top dog Cook to launch iPhone 5
by Cromwell Schubarth, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - Apple Inc.’s new CEO Tim Cook is reportedly set to launch the new iPhone 5 on Oct. 4 and it will start selling within weeks. All Things Digital cited unnamed sources in a report on Wednesday that said that the company could change the date but the plan now is to do the iPhone 5 debut on the first Tuesday of October. It will be the first lengthy public look at Cook since he took over from... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Boehner: No federal government shutdown, by Kent Hoover
Friday, September 23, 2011 - Despite Wednesday’s defeat of a temporary funding bill for the federal government, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday that “there’s no threat of a government shutdown.” That would be good news to many in the Dayton region, which could see a huge blow to the local economy if the federal government shut down. Boehner, the Republican from Butler County, was set to... read more. 
Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, September 24, 2011 - For many Americans, their home is their primary investment in the future. Concern remains at record levels that that investment is at risk, and the sour economy continues to play heavily on next year’s race for the White House. Homeowners remain very pessimistic about the potential short- and long-term values of their homes. Forty percent (40%) now expect their home’s value to go down over the next year, the highest level of pessimism to date... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... SB 5 debate prompts both sides to talk of fairness, By Jim Siegel
MASON, Ohio — State Rep. Connie Pillich said there would be no real collective bargaining if Issue 2 is passed, creating a “patently unfair” system for workers. State Sen. Shannon Jones said public unions “hold all the cards” so there isn’t fair bargaining now, and taxpayers are paying for it. The position voters agree with in November will determine whether Senate Bill 5, a sweeping 300-page law that would weaken the collective-bargaining power for about 360,000 public workers... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Survey: Most workers don’t get enough sleep, by Laura Englehart
Monday, August 29, 2011 - Nearly 80 percent of business people do not sleep the adequate 7.5 hours adults need at night, according to a recent Dayton Business Journal online poll. Of the 322 who responded to the Business Pulse Survey question, “How much sleep do you get at night?” 12 percent reported they sleep about eight hours and 6 percent answered eight to 10 hours. Meanwhile... read more. 
Rasmussen... Election 2012: New Hampshire Republican Primary
New Hampshire GOP Primary: Romney 39%, Perry 18%, Paul 13% - Friday, September 23, 2011 - Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is the runaway leader in the race for the 2012 Republican nomination in New Hampshire, home of next year’s first presidential primary. Romney earns 39% of the vote in Rasmussen Reports’ first telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters in New ... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... President Obama pushes Boehner to pass jobs bill, By Kareem Elgazzar
Obama says House speaker can kill or help pass American Jobs Act. CINCINNATI — President Barack Obama implored Republicans to get on board with his jobs bill before thousands at a concrete mixing facility in Cincinnati on Thursday. The American Jobs Act, a $447 billion jobs bill, would set aside money for infrastructure projects like replacing the almost half-century old Brent Spence Bridge, which spans the Ohio River between Ohio and Kentucky. It was no coincidence the... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Ohio might seek No Child Left Behind waiver, by Jennifer Smith Richards
Obama plans to scrap rules on aid for tutors, transfers - The federal government will offer states the chance to set aside major sections of the No Child Left Behind Act, including the requirement that all students become proficient in math and reading by 2014. Strict rules that require money for poor students in so-called failing schools to be spent on tutoring or transfers to better schools also could be scrapped under the waiver rules to be announced today by President Barack Obama... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Health law likely to send premiums through roof, state says, By Catherine Candisky
Critics question state analysis from department led by health-law foe - A new report projects that the cost of health-insurance premiums in Ohio could increase by as much as 150 percent — or drop by 40 percent — in 2014, when key provisions of the new federal health-care law kick in. The analysis was commissioned by the Ohio Department of Insurance to determine how the Affordable Care Act would affect premiums. It found that Ohioans who buy individual policies would... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Ohio personal income growth slips in 2Q, by DBJ Staff
Thursday, September 22, 2011 - Personal income growth in Ohio slowed in the second quarter, the government reported Thursday, but the pace of its modest increase remained above the national average for states. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis said the state’s growth in personal income – total income received by all Ohioans from all sources – rose 1.2 percent from... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... New rules to hit Facebook users, by Dan Eaton
Friday, September 23, 2011 - Facebook is changing again and while the alterations may be good for personal uses, some observers think life for business users of the popular social networking site could get tougher. “Businesses aren’t going to be as prominent as they used to be,” says Jessie Eckert, director of social media marketing for Columbus-based Blind Acre Media Inc. “Businesses are going to... read more. 
The Columbus Dispatch... Analysis says only 2 of 16 congressional seats competitive, By Jim Siegel
September 14, 2011 - Editor: Note map changes for Darke, Mercer and Preble Counties; also a possible challenge reported in the Zanesville Times Recorder and WYSO Radio commentary - An analysis by the Ohio Campaign for Accountable Redistricting of the new Republican congressional map found that only two of the 16 new districts would be considered competitive. Jim Slagle, manager of the campaign, a coalition of groups including... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... District map may violate federal law, NAACP says, By Katie Wedell
DAYTON — The Dayton Unit of the NAACP is questioning whether the new Ohio congressional map violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by splitting Montgomery County’s black voters between two districts. According to an analysis by the Ohio Campaign for Accountable Redistricting published in Sunday’s Dayton Daily News, the proposed map puts 59 percent of the county’s black population in the new 10th District and 41 percent in U.S. House Speaker John... read more. 
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Gov. John Kasich moving fast on racetrack slots, asks Controlling Board for approval of no-bid contract, By Joe Guillen - COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Gov. John Kasich on Monday asked for approval of a no-bid, multimillion contract the administration says will help speed the arrival of slots-like gambling at Ohio’s racetracks. If the state’s Controlling Board agrees, the $9 million, two-year contract will go to Intralot, a Greek gaming company, to develop a central monitoring system to track the activity of the gambling machines, called video lottery terminals... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal… Stocks stumble on new stimulus talks, by Ginger Christ
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - Editor’s Note: Stocks continue to fall through Friday morning. From Wall Street Journal: “Despite a small late-day rebound, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 391.01 points Thursday, or 3.5%, to 10733.83. The Dow is down 16% from its April high, nearing the 20% drop that would signal a bear market. The broad Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index fell... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Dems offer alternative congressional map, By Jim Siegel
Jim Slagle, manager of the Ohio Campaign for Accountable Redistricting, said the new gerrymandered Republican congressional map obviously did not rely on any of the campaign’s suggestions for competitiveness and compactness. However, one of the maps drawn for Slagle’s group is getting attention – from minority Democrats. Sen. Tom Sawyer, D-Akron, today introduced an alternative to the Republican map that is expected to get Senate approval this week, after quickly passing the GOP... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... Medicare reforms, higher taxes on rich in Obama debt reduction plan
By Jack Torry - President’s proposal won’t help the economy or job growth, GOP says. WASHINGTON — Even as President Barack Obama annoyed Republicans Monday by calling for higher taxes on upper-income Americans, he opened the door for revising Medicare as part of his plan to cut the federal deficit by $3 trillion in the next decade. Obama’s plan calls for $1.5 trillion during the next decade in higher taxes — largely on families making more than $250,000 a year... read more. 
Secretary of State Jon Husted... New Business Filings for August
COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that 7,346 new entities filed to do business in Ohio in August. These numbers are down slightly compared to August 2010, in which 7,790 new entities filed with the Secretary of State. However, the Secretary of State’s office has assisted with 56,568 new business filings to date in 2011 (January-August). This is an increase from last year’s 54,505 new business filings during the same time period... read more. 
Cleveland Plain Dealer... National Labor Relations Board sees increase in social-media complaints
by Marcia Pledger - 9/17/11 - A bartender was fired two months ago after complaining in a Facebook discussion with his stepsister about his job -- the absence of a pay raise in five years, his employer’s tip-sharing policy and the customers, saying he hoped they “choked on glass as they drove home drunk.” At Walmart, a worker was disciplined after a Facebook conversation in which he railed against management and its policies. In Cleveland, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Attorney general seeks more ways to go after Web, phone scammers
By David Eggert - 9/17/11 - The state attorney general’s office wants the power to criminally charge suspects who defraud people using websites and phones. Currently, attorney general investigators can subpoena phone records, Internet addresses and payment information only to build civil cases. They can seek fines and restitution, but no criminal punishment, such as jail time. Legislation introduced yesterday would give the attorney general criminal subpoena power for cases of... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Report: GM and UAW deal includes $5K bonus, by DBJ Staff
Sunday, September 18, 2011 - General Motors Co. will give a $5,000 signing bonus to hourly workers for approving a tentative contract agreement reached going into the weekend by the company and the United Auto Workers union going, the Detroit News is reporting. The News article said the proposed agreement also includes a pay raise for entry-level workers, profit sharing based on North American... read more. 
State Representative Jim Buchy... Buchy and Henne promote Issue 2
Dayton, Ohio - On Tuesday evening, Representative Michael Henne (R-Clayton) and Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) addressed members of the Dayton Public School Board at their regularly scheduled meeting.  The two members of the Ohio House felt a need to address the Board after a series of letters to the editor and newspaper articles on the topic of Issue 2 appeared in the Dayton Daily News over the... read more. 
The White House... Remarks by the President on Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction
Rose Garden - September 19, 10:56 a.m. THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  Please have a seat. A week ago today, I sent Congress the American Jobs Act.  It’s a plan that will lead to new jobs for teachers, for construction workers, for veterans, and for the unemployed.  It will cut taxes for every small business owner and virtually every working man and woman in America.  And the proposals in this jobs bill are the kinds that have been supported by Democrats and Republicans... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... On SB 5, which study to believe? By Alan Johnson
In comparison with their private-sector counterparts’ total compensation, public employees in Ohio earn ... A) more, B) less, C) about the same, or D) depends on which side of the Senate Bill 5 debate I’m on? With yesterday’s release of a study concluding that public employees have a 43.4 percent edge in wages, benefits and job security, both sides in state Issue 2’s collective-bargaining debate now have facts and figures to support their position... read more. 
Cleveland Plain Dealer... State official encourages Berea High students to vote, obtain job skills
By Joanne Berger DuMound - BEREA -- Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted encouraged Berea High students today to register to vote. His words apparently were heard. “What he said really inspired me to vote, to go out and voice my opinion through voting,” said Dan Medvetz, a Berea 11th grader. “I plan to register when I’m 18.” Husted discussed the responsibilities and roles of his office to the students and some state and national issues that affect even those who are too young to vote... read more. 
Boehner Statement on the President’s Debt Plan
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement in response to the President’s latest debt plan. “Pitting one group of Americans against another is not leadership. The Joint Select Committee is engaged in serious work to tackle a serious problem: the debt crisis that is making it harder to get our economy growing... read more. 
Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, September 17, 2011 - The presidential primary process doesn’t begin for real for another four months, but the fluctuations in our polling over the past week are a good indicator of how topsy-turvy things are likely to be in the race for the Republican nomination. Before he entered his first debate as a presidential candidate, Texas Governor Rick Perry was the Republican frontrunner and held a three-point lead in a hypothetical matchup against President Obama. But Perry was... read more. 
Kasich Week in Review... Saturday, Sept. 10 through Friday, Sept. 16, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011 - Gov. John R. Kasich participated in the “Call to Duty” ceremony for Alpha Battery 1-134th FA of the Ohio National Guard in Marion. Monday, September 12, 2011 - Kasich, along with Commerce Director David Goodman, and State Fire Marshall Larry Flowers, participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the State Fire Marshall’s headquarters in Reynoldsburg, recognizing and remembering firefighters who have fallen in the last year... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Critics say GOP congressional map will add to political dysfunction, By Jim Siegel
A coalition that is pushing lawmakers to draw congressional districts that are more compact and competitive said yesterday that only two of the 16 new GOP-drawn districts would be politically competitive. Neither is in central Ohio. Jim Slagle, manager of the Ohio Campaign for Accountable Redistricting, said 14 of 16 districts have political indexes of at least 55 percent favoring one of the parties, a status that the group defines as uncompetitive. The group made its evaluation with data... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... 9/11 defense funding boom ending, by Joe Cogliano, DBJ Senior Reporter
Sunday, September 11, 2011 - On the heels of the Sept. 11 attacks, America’s defense budget boomed. Ten years later, annual defense spending has grown from nearly $320 billion to more than $680 billion, and many of those companies that support the government have seen a corresponding boost in sales, profit and employment. In the Dayton area alone, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base    has grown to 27,000 employees and... read more. 
Darke County Republican Mens Club… Sheriff to continue Modified Level Three Plan
By Bob Robinson - Spencer also discussed funding, special response incidents and the two 911 operations “Well, this is one of my least favorite topics, but I know I’ll be asked, so I’ll bring it up now.” After a brief summary of how the Darke County Fair went from the perspective of law enforcement – it went well – Darke County Sheriff Toby Spencer delved into the issue that he said he thought was likely... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Locals criticize state auditor for raising fees, By Catherine Candisky
Auditor Dave Yost is increasing the fee his office charges to conduct audits, a hike expected to cost Ohio schools, townships and other government entities more than $5.2 million over the next two years. The move comes after state lawmakers approved a two-year state budget that whacked funding to schools and local governments by hundreds of millions — and operating funds for the auditor by nearly $2 million. Those picking up the tab for the auditing of their books say the fee increase... read more. 
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Business Roundtable study finds compensation gap favors public workers
By Henry J. Gomez - CLEVELAND, Ohio -- As Ohio’s public-employee unions fight to keep collective-bargaining power, a group of executives from the state’s largest corporations is pushing a study that depicts less lucrative compensation in the private sector. The study, conducted by the conservative American Enterprise Institute, found that based on wages alone, public workers earn about 2.5 percent less than comparable private employees. But when factoring in benefits, including pensions... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... Boehner could get more of Dayton, its suburbs, By Ken McCall and William Hershey
COLUMBUS — The Ohio House today is set to take a politically charged vote on a map creating 16 new U.S. House districts that could pit two Dayton-area Republican congressmen, Mike Turner of Centerville and Steve Austria of Beavercreek, in an epic 2012 primary showdown. Today’s vote comes after a House committee Wednesday approved the Republican-drawn plan on a party-line vote that left minority Democrats fuming and Republicans blaming Democrats for not coming up... read more. 
House Speaker John Boehner... Address on “Liberating America’s Economy”
Sep 15, 2011 - Washington - In remarks to the Economic Club of Washington, DC today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) called for bipartisan action on “Liberating America’s Economy,” saying private-sector job creators have been “slammed by uncertainty from the constant threat of new taxes, out-of-control spending, and unnecessary regulation from a government that is always micromanaging, meddling, and manipulating.”  “President Rubenstein, members of the board... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Obama woos young voters with plan, By Alex Stuckey
More than 3,200 people erupted in cheers and booming applause as President Barack Obama mounted the stage at Fort Hayes high school in Columbus. Spectators leapt from their seats or stood on their tiptoes to get a glimpse of the leader of the free world. “Now we’re rock ’n’ rollin’,” shouted a woman from the crowd, as another plopped her grandson on the metal rail for a better look. Among those present were many young people, eager to hear the man they admired inspire hope that there might be... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... State education board members weigh in on public-school funding
By Catherine Candisky - Gov. John Kasich hopes to unveil his plan for funding public schools by the end of next month, with hopes of having it approved by state lawmakers in time for the 2012-13 school year. “Our overarching goal is to prepare our students for when they leave the kindergarten through 12th-grade environment,” Barbara Mattei-Smith, the governor’s assistant education policy adviser, told the state Board of Education yesterday. The administration sought ideas from the 19-member... read more. 
“I am Living the American Dream” By Lyn Bliss, Senior Scribe
Judge Sharon Kennedy Addresses GOP Women - GREENVILLE –  “I am living the American Dream. I realize that many people believe that the way things are going in this country, and in this state, that the American Dream is about to be extinguished. But, I am here to say that I am living proof of the American Dream. And, I am, because my parents were working people. “If anyone had once... read more. 
Yahoo Finance... Top Stealth Home Energy Hogs, by William Pentland
Thursday, September 8, 2011 - The relentless rise of electricity prices over the past decade has made many consumers more conscientious about how they use electric power. Many of those conscientious people may find it frustrating — to put it mildly — that their daily or even hourly efforts to turn off devices they’re not using hasn’t delivered the results they’d expected. The blame belongs to the growing number of “vampire” or “phantom” electronic products that populate today’s... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Obama presses Congress to act on jobs now, By Joe Vardon
Fort Hayes speech promoting his plan highlights help for schools - Congress had had its hands on President Barack Obama’s jobs bill for about 24 hours before the president was asking a Columbus crowd yesterday why it hadn’t been passed yet. “What on Earth are we waiting for?” Obama said. The Democratic president touted his American Jobs Act, a $447 billion stimulus plan, in a 13-minute speech to about 3,250 people at the Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School... read more. 
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Ohio moves ahead with shale exploration while other states take a break
By Aaron Marshall - Sunday, September 11, 2011 - COLUMBUS, Ohio - While several states have slammed the brakes on allowing fracking to release energy reserves buried deep in shale formations this summer, Gov. John Kasich presses forward with plans to develop Ohio’s resources. Last week, Kasich shifted his state Department of Natural Resources chief, David Mustine, into a top leadership position with the governor’s private job-creation board. Mustine’s new charge: lead the... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Conservative think tank says public workers earn 43% premium
by Jeff Bell - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - Another salvo was fired in the battle over Senate Bill 5 on Wednesday, this time by a conservative think tank that says Ohio’s public workers are better compensated than their private-sector counterparts. The study by the Washington, D.C.-based American Enterprise Institute    found public workers in Ohio enjoy a 43.4 percent premium in total compensation... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Local hiring outlook dims for 4Q, by Ginger Christ
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - The Dayton-area employment situation is expected to worsen during the fourth quarter, as more companies plan to cut staffing and fewer plan to hire. That’s the findings of a recent Manpower survey, which showed only 13 percent of local employers plan to hire in the next quarter, down from 19 percent during the third quarter. And 9 percent intend to reduce staffing levels, up from 6 percent the previous quarter. On the bright side, 75 percent of employers... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Ohio congressional map could send Kilroy back to Washington
By Jessica Wehrman  and  Jack Torry - Democrats have best chance in new Franklin County district - Tuesday September 13, 2011 - WASHINGTON — Former Democratic congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy is emerging as a likely candidate for a new U.S. House seat in Franklin County being created by Ohio Republicans. The district, which is to include most of the Democratic areas of Columbus and Franklin County, is part of a new congressional map that will be submitted today to... read more. 
H&R Block will not offer Refund Anticipation Loans in 2012
H&R Block announced today that it will not offer refund anticipation loans (RAL) during the 2012 tax season. However, the company will continue providing low-cost financial solutions next year. “We evaluated our options to determine what was best for our clients, the business and our shareholders,” said Bill Cobb, H&R Block president and CEO. “Knowing we had a strong 2011 tax season without RALs, our analysis did not present a compelling reason to bring back the product in 2012... read more. 
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Safety forces launch billboard push against Issue 2, By Henry J. Gomez
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Three labor groups representing safety forces will spend about $60,000 to urge voters to strike down Senate Bill 5, the Republican-backed law that restricts the collective bargaining power of Ohio’s public unions. With the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial as a backdrop, leaders from the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, Northern Ohio Fire Fighters Association and Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association announced their outdoor advertising push... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... Ohio lawmakers return to controversial agenda, By William Hershey
COLUMBUS — When the Ohio House returns this week from its summer recess, one of the agenda items — changing the date for next year’s presidential primary — is expected to produce unusual agreement between majority Republicans and minority Democrats. But that may be the only act of bipartisanship this year. The House Republican map of proposed new congressional districts is expected be unveiled before a committee on Tuesday, and could be voted on by the full... read more. 
Cincinnati Enquirer... Portman: $1.5 trillion in cuts not enough
The so-called “super committee,” which is tasked with reducing the deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next decade, met for the first time today and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman already has a bigger vision for the group. “Cutting $1.5 trillion means cutting just 3 and a half percent of the total projected federal spending over the next decade. Some have asked whether we shouldn’t be doing more.” “Our goal of $1.5 trillion would reduce (the growth of the federal debt) by only 12 percent,” the Terrace Park Republican... read more. 
Toledo Blade... Ohio renewable energy law in danger, By Jim Provance
GOP bill would strip ‘green’ requirements from state utilities - COLUMBUS -- Ohio’s mandate that utilities find a quarter of their power from renewable and advanced technology sources by 2025 would become a thing of the past under a bill introduced this week. State Sen. Kris Jordan (R., Powell) has proposed stripping the requirement from Ohio’s 2008 rewrite of energy law. The bill has two Republican co-sponsors from the Cleveland and Cincinnati areas. “With one of the worst... read more. 
Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, September 10, 2011 - This past week may well have been a preview of the headlines for months to come, with Texas Governor Rick Perry coming out swinging on the national stage and President Obama trying once more to give the struggling economy a shot in the arm. Whether Obama can get his new jobs plan to work may go a long way toward determining whether he keeps his job for another four years. Making a better life for the next generation has long been the... read more. 
Gov. John Kasich... Week in Review
Saturday, September 3 through Friday, September 9, 2011 - Gov. John R. Kasich reappointed Bill W. Dingus to serve as a member of the Transportation Review Advisory Council and appointed Donald Edward Franks to serve as a member of the Ohio Ethics Commission. Kasich sent a letter to President Obama urging him to announce approval in his Thursday speech of a loan guarantee for the proposed new Piketon uranium enrichment facility. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor spoke at PR Machine Works... read more. 
The White House... Here’s how the American Jobs Act works
Good afternoon - Last night President Obama walked Congress and the nation through the American Jobs Act, his plan to create jobs in America now. It’s up to Congress to act on this set of bipartisan ideas that put people back to work and put more money into the pockets of working Americans. Here are a few important points about how the American Jobs Act works, and why Congress should act quickly: First, it provides a tax cut for small businesses, not big corporations, to help them... read more. 
Ohio Supreme Court... Chief Justice Delivers first State of Judiciary Address
Sept. 8, 2011 - In her first state of the Judiciary address delivered Sept. 8, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor announced the formation of a new joint task force to study the application of the death penalty in Ohio and called on Ohio’s judges to come together during these difficult economic times to continue to improve the administration of justice in the state. The remarks were delivered to a full house of more than 300 judges from across Ohio at the Ohio Judicial Conference 2011 Annual Meeting... read more. 
From WHIO-TV Channel 7... 2 identified in Darke Co. fog-related crash, Steve Baker, Northern Bureau Chief
September 11, 2011 - DARKE CO., Ohio -- Two people from Troy were seriously injured when their SUV collided with a semi truck Saturday morning in Darke County. At about 7:40 a.m., the SUV pulled into the intersection of Hogpath Road and U.S.127 and into the path of the tractor-trailer. “Fog was extremely heavy at the time of the crash,” said Sgt. Steve Royer of the Darke County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies identify the driver as David C. Dorsey, 20, and his passenger... read more. 
Canton Repository... SB5 repeal would be harmful, Kasich says, By Robert Wang
Sep 09, 2011 - CANTON —  Gov. John Kasich, in a meeting Thursday with The Repository’s editorial board, said he believes that if voters reject Senate Bill 5 in November, it will hurt job creation and Ohio’s economy. “If we don’t win this, the setback is how does Ohio get labeled in the minds of companies around this country. Is it a slow heavy labor state? Which tends to scare decision makers, CEOs,” said Kasich, who was accompanied to The Repository’s newsroom only by his press... read more. 
Washington Examiner... Wisconsin schools buck union to cut health costs, By Byron York
07/07/11 - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker performs a ceremonial bill signing of the new budget law outside his office at the Wisconsin State Capitol on March 11, 2011 in Madison. The new law helped the Hartland-Lakeside School District save money on health care costs by switching providers. The Hartland-Lakeside School District, about 30 miles west of Milwaukee in tiny Hartland, Wis., had a problem in its collective bargaining contract with the local teachers union. The contract required... read more. 
State Rep. Adams... Adams to Serve on Workforce Development Study Committee
COLUMBUS—State Representative Richard Adams (R-Troy) has been appointed by Speaker of the House William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) to serve on the Workforce Development Study Committee, a bipartisan committee that solicits feedback from Ohioans to make Ohio a national leader in developing a well-trained and educated workforce. “The work of this committee is an important component... read more. 
Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute... Lyn Bliss Named to 2011-12 Leadership Class
COLUMBUS - Betty D. Montgomery, Chair of the Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute Board (JADOLI), today announced that Lyn Bliss has been selected to be a member of the 2011-2012 class of the prestigious, statewide leadership institute. “I am very pleased that Lyn has been selected to be in our class this year. She is an impressive woman, with an impressive resume, and this will not only help the... read more. 
Cleveland Plain Dealer... U.S. Secr. of Education Duncan urges community support of schools
By Patrick O’Donnell - CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urged the entire community - parents, neighbors, churches, non-profits - to help schools and provide support for students as he stopped in Cleveland Wednesday as part of a week-long tour of the Midwest. Duncan, the top education official under President Obama, headed a 45-minute discussion of community involvement in schools at Cleveland’s East Technical High School, stressing that students... read more. 
GTS cuts out-of-county transportation
Effective October 1, 2011, GTS will no longer provide transportation to Dayton or Miami County locations in order for that driver to stay in town and provide more transportation here in Greenville. Those requiring transportation to Dayton or Miami County have transportation available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day thru other agencies. Some other options would be: 1. Medicare clients thru local ambulette services such as Spirit or Integrity... read more. 
Politico... Romney resists tea party lures at S.C. event, By Emily Schultheis
9/5/11 - COLUMBIA, S.C. – Asked by leading conservatives to join them in embracing hard-line conservative positions, Mitt Romney pushed back — and left them thinking about Rick Perry. The former Massachusetts governor’s more moderate stances are one of his main liabilities in the race for the Republican nomination — and here in this staunchly conservative state that hosts a key early primary. But pressed to give base-friendly answers on abortion, financial regulations and health... read more. 
September 11 News... The Day the World Changed forever
On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, the U.S. is attacked by terrorists in New York City and Washington, and the world changes forever. Sept. 11: Hijacked jetliners hit the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon outside Washington. A fourth hijacked plane crashes into a field in Pennsylvania. Trading on Wall Street is stopped. The Federal Aviation  Administration... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Kasich cuts convictions in mother’s school case, By Alan Johnson
September 8, 2011 - Rejecting the unanimous opinion of the Ohio Parole Board, Gov. John Kasich yesterday gave a “second chance” to an Akron mom who was jailed for fraudulently switching her children to a neighboring school district. Kasich used his clemency authority as governor to reduce Kelley Williams-Bolar’s two felony convictions for tampering with records to first-degree misdemeanors. There are strings attached: Williams-Bolar faces monthly visits to the probation office... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Obama’s speech already doubted, By Jessica Wehrman
Ohio Republican representatives want to hear president propose something different on jobs - WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama addresses a joint session of Congress tonight, he’ll face what comedians might call a “tough crowd.” Obama will push a second stimulus plan that would pump hundreds of billions into the economy through tax cuts and federal spending while facing a Republican-led House that has bucked his will on everything from the timing of the speech... read more. With Obama Speech Over, Battle Begins Over Price Tag of $450 Billion Jobs Plan
Published September 09, 2011 - With one of the most anticipated speeches of his presidency in the rear-view mirror, President Obama now faces what Republicans already have signaled will be an uphill battle getting his jobs plan passed. Obama outlined the $450 billion plan’s mix of tax cuts, tax credits, infrastructure investments and other measures in his speech Thursday night to Congress, urging lawmakers repeatedly to pass it “right away” to help put millions of Americans back... read more. 
Kasich reduces felony convictions
Williams-Bolar Felony convictions reduced to misemeanors - COLUMBUS – Today Governor John R. Kasich announced that he has used his executive clemency authority to reduce the offenses of Kelley Williams-Bolar from two third-degree felonies to two first-degree misdemeanors.  Williams-Bolar was convicted in January, 2011, of two counts of tampering with records, felonies of the third degree, for falsifying... read more. The Best Paying Jobs of the Future, By Michael B. Sauter
Published September 02, 2011 - If you decided on a new career path today, wouldn’t you like to know which jobs will be in high demand and pay the most once you were out of school? To serve as a guide, 24/7 Wall St. has identified the best-paying jobs of the future. These jobs will grow the most in the next decade and have median incomes well above the national average. Almost without exception, these occupations will be in highest demand because of changes in the nation’s population... read more. 
Secretary of State Jon Husted... Agreement reached on ballot mailings
COLUMBUS – The following may be attributed in whole, or in part, to Secretary of State Jon Husted regarding the mailing of unsolicited absentee ballot request forms and maintaining uniformity in how elections are administered in Ohio: “Yesterday (Sept. 1) I met with Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and Councilman Michael Gallagher to gain a better understanding of our mutual concerns regarding the distribution of unsolicited absentee ballot request forms... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Issue 3’s reach is too wide, foes say, David Eggert
Backers say vote on insurance is about more than health-care law - Ohio’s ballot measure targeting the federal health-care law is written so poorly that it could thwart efforts to update existing laws covering programs such as child support and workers’ compensation, opponents said yesterday. Liberal advocacy group Innovation Ohio enlisted the help of two Case Western Reserve University law professors to analyze Issue 3, which aims to cancel out the 2010 federal law in Ohio... read more. 
Gov. Kasich’s Office: The Toledo Blade... Despite doubts, Kasich’s jobs machine rolls on
By David Kushma, Blade Editor - Printed Tuesday, September 06, 2011 - As Labor Day approaches, Mark Kvamme has come to Toledo to talk about jobs. He aims to help create a lot of them in Ohio. Mr. Kvamme is chief investment officer of JobsOhio, the private corporation created by Gov. John Kasich to oversee state government’s efforts to attract and keep jobs and promote economic growth... read more. 
Crain’s Cleveland Business... JobsOhio chief Kvamme outlines plans for new job creation program
By Jay Miller - August 30, 2011 - Mark Kvamme, chief investment officer of the new JobsOhio job creation program, only has been in Ohio since January, but he showed a mastery of the state and its economic strengths and weaknesses before about 300 of Northeast Ohio’s economic development professionals this morning. The meeting set up by JobsOhio at an Embassy Suites ballroom in Independence was the first chance for many of the economic development officials... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... National poll: Perry leads GOP pack; Obama, Romney in dead heat
By William Hershey - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - Texas Gov. Rick Perry has zoomed to the front of the pack among registered Republicans in the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination in a national Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday (Aug. 31). In a matchup with Democratic President Barack Obama, however, Obama edges Perry, a latecomer to the presidential race, 45-42 percent, among all voters. In another matchup, Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, the... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Zeno’s bar will argue smoking-ban case before high court, By David Eggert
The Ohio Supreme Court will hit the road to hear one of its biggest cases of the year — a challenge of Ohio’s indoor smoking ban. Zeno’s, a Victorian Village bar challenging the 4-year-old law, gets its day in the high court on Oct. 19 in Hillsboro, 60 miles southwest of Columbus. The case is being argued there as part of the court’s semi-annual program that allows students to see Supreme Court proceedings outside Columbus. Hillsboro is not far from Brown County, the heart of tobacco... read more. 
Grandson Involved in Aggravated Robbery Incident
On September 6, 2011 at approximately 1325 hours, the Darke County 911 Center received a call requesting help in reference to a man that was observed holding a revolver up to the head of another family member inside the residence located at 2861 Cox Road. Deputies from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office responded to that residence and learned that the male suspect involved had already left the residence and was the grandson of the victim... read more. 
Felony Warrant turns to stand-off with hostage
On Sept. 7, 2011, at approximately midnight the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received information that Leona Cheadle, age 24 was located at 130 East Water Street in the City of Greenville. Leona Cheadle was wanted on three outstanding warrants including a felony warrant for failing to appear on a probation violation out of Darke County Court... read more. 
The Columbus Dispatch... Adapt to cuts, locals told, By Jim Siegel
Friday August 26, 2011 - Two months after passing a two-year budget that cut local government funding by $633 million, GOP budget experts continue to press cities, townships and schools to make significant changes to live with reduced funding levels. Asked during a roundtable budget discussion whether funding cuts that helped spare a state tax increase would just push up local tax rates, Sen. Chris Widener of Springfield, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said some... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... National poll: Obama approval hits all-time low; Congress ranks worse
By William Hershey - Thursday, September 1, 2011 - President Barack Obama’s overall job approval rating hit an all-time low among American voters in a national Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, but voters rated Congress even worse. In the survey, 52 percent disapproved Democrat Obama’s performance, while 42 percent approved, compared to a 47 percent approved, 46 percent disapproved rating in July. Democratic and Republican in Congress were in a virtual tie for... read more. 
Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, September 03, 2011 - Lucky for President Obama the election is still 14 months away because the economic news couldn’t get much worse, capped with Friday’s report of zero job growth in August. That forced the president to kill plans for tougher clean air rules that critics said were a job killer, but the decision is sure to infuriate voters on his side of the aisle. In August, the president’s full-month Job Approval Index rating fell four points to –21, by far the lowest finding since... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Government to sue big banks over mortgages, by DBJ Staff
Friday, September 2, 2011 - The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees U.S. mortgage markets, is preparing to file suit against more than a dozen big banks. The agency said the banks misrepresented the quality of mortgages they packaged and sold during the housing bubble, according to an article in the The New York Times. The federal housing agency, which oversees Fannie Mae and... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Drug tests for legislators? By Jim Siegel
Proposal to screen public-aid recipients prompts call to test state officials - Last week, a northeastern Ohio Republican said he plans to introduce a bill requiring anyone who gets public assistance from the state to first pass a drug test. Yesterday, a Democrat from the same region countered with a proposal requiring the same of legislators and Ohio Supreme Court justices. “Pass me the cup — I’m ready to go,” responded Sen. Timothy J. Grendell, R-Chesterland, regarding his willingness... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... Kasich appoints mostly males, By Laura A. Bischoff
Thursday, August 25, 2011 - Number of minorities and women doesn’t reflect population. COLUMBUS — Early in his tenure as governor, Republican John Kasich took heat for appointing an all-white cabinet that was dominated by men. The governor later appointed black men to lead two departments and pledged to diversify his leadership team over time. But a Dayton Daily News examination shows Kasich has named predominantly white males to boards, commissions and open... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Private firms get only one prison
By Alan Johnson - State proclaims deal a success; union workers relieved by news - It wasn’t what was expected: one state prison sold instead of five; $72.7 million for state coffers instead of $200 million; a private prison reverting to state operation. But when the smoke cleared from yesterday’s Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction announcement, Gov. John Kasich’s administration seemed satisfied and the union representing state employees was relieved... read more. 
Horner receives award, gains new audiences
Greenville Senior High School student Elizabeth Horner has been saying “wow” often lately with good reasons to feel triumphant.  She summarizes her thoughts and feelings this way... “Wow, I can’t believe that this is happening. Wow, I feel honored.  Wow, I hope I can live up to everybody’s expectations.” What’s the recent news? Elizabeth Horner received an e-mail from Daly City, CA from the U.S. Director... read more. 
WHIO-TV... Severe thunderstorms strike in the Miami Valley
Several reports of downed trees and power lines came pouring into the News Center 7 newsroom on Saturday night while power crews worked to restore power to about 1,200 customers across several counties. Tornado sirens went off in Greenville around 8:30. Darke County dispatchers told us the city set the sirens off, even though there wasn’t a tornado warning or watch in effect. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Darke County, but weather officials said they had seen no evidence
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Cleveland Plain Dealer... Supreme Court could affect health care reform: Here’s how, By Sabrina Eaton
Washington --The U.S. Supreme Court eventually will get the last word on the legality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s mandate that individuals buy health insurance if they can afford it, or face a tax penalty. Meanwhile, conflicting lower-court decisions have raised a big question: What would happen to the reform package if the Supreme Court decides it’s unconstitutional for the government to force people to buy health insurance? The requirement’s purpose is to
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Columbus Dispatch... Central tax-man plan has few fans, By Joe Vardon
8/31/11 - Cities cold toward Kasich idea for local tax collection - Centralizing municipal income-tax collections is an idea Gov. John Kasich has kicked around for months, and it continues to percolate within the Department of Taxation. But as Tax Commissioner Joseph Testa approaches some municipal leaders about the possibility, he has been met with tough questions from some and opposition from others. “Conceptually, we don’t agree with the statewide collection of local taxes... read more. 
Dayton Daily News... Lawmaker pushing to add tribute to Wright brothers on Ohio seal
By William Hershey - Alteration would be a tribute to the Wright brothers. COLUMBUS — The Wright brothers’ history-making airplane will be added to the Great Seal of the State of Ohio if one local lawmaker has his way. State Rep. James Butler, R-Oakwood, on Tuesday introduced legislation to put a representation of the first piloted airplane flown by the Wright brothers in 1903 above and to the left of the sun on the current seal. “Ohio is the center of innovation and certainly... read more. 
Toledo Blade... Obama campaign fighting Ohio voting law, By Jim Provance
Rules on absentee, early votes opposed - COLUMBUS -- President Obama’s campaign sees enough of a threat in Ohio’s new law restricting early and absentee voting that it has become involved in what is otherwise an internal state fight. If a current petition effort is successful, House Bill 194 would be placed on hold until at least after the November, 2012, presidential election. With 30 percent of all Ohio votes in the 2008 presidential election cast before the polls opened, Mr. Obama
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Toledo Blade... Ohio OKs $16M for Chrysler
By Jim Provance - COLUMBUS -- Ohio Monday dangled about $16 million in incentives in front of Chrysler Group LLC in hopes of persuading the automaker to follow through with proposals to invest $437 million in plants in Toledo and Perrysburg Township. The five-member Ohio Tax Credit Authority unanimously sanctioned $10 million in job-creation tax credits for Chrysler’s proposed $365 million expansion and upgrade of its factory that makes the Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro vehicles
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Dayton Daily News... Businesses complain to panel about commercial activity tax
By Jeremy P. Kelley - State reps are looking to rewrite Ohio’s tax code. DAYTON — A half-dozen business owners from the Miami Valley and around Ohio on Monday urged 10 state representatives on the Tax Structure Study Committee to address what they see as the unfairness of Ohio’s commercial activity tax. “We all need to pay taxes, and we’re willing to pay our fair share, but this is a grossly inequitable tax system on the businesses in this state,” said Jerry Parisi, CEO of I-Supply... read more. 
Columbus Dispatch... Medicaid won’t be used to pay guardians for developmentally disabled
By Catherine Candisky - The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities stopped seeking Medicaid funding to pay for protective services for thousands of adults after state auditors questioned the agency’s accounting for more than $1.3 million in program costs. To avoid any interruption in services for the mentally retarded and disabled, Director John Martin said he is using non-Medicaid tax dollars to cover the expense. “These are vital services,” he said
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Columbus Dispatch... New bill would require drug tests for public aid, By Catherine Candisky
Ohioans seeking cash assistance or other types of public aid would have to first prove that they are not using drugs under legislation that will be introduced in the state Senate. “Hardworking taxpayers of the state of Ohio should not have to pay for the drug habits of illegal-drug users. This assistance from the state is for those who need these funds for food and shelter, not illegal drugs,” said Sen. Tim... read more. 
Five injured in head-on-collision east of Versailles
On September 1st, 2011 at approximately 3:05 PM, Darke County Deputies along with Versailles Fire and Rescue, Osgood Rescue, Houston Rescue, three Careflight Helicopters from Miami Valley and one Life Flight Helicopter from Toledo were dispatched to the 11900-Block of State Route 47 in reference to a two vehicle head on injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a white Ford... read more. 
Politico... Rick Perry panic fires up the left, By Ben Smith & Maggie Haberman
8/30/11 - In his two weeks as a presidential candidate, Rick Perry has done something that neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney could do: wake up the left. Perry panic has spread from the conference rooms of Washington, D.C., to the coffee shops of Brooklyn, with the realization that the conservative Texan could conceivably become the 45th president of the United States, a wave of alarm centering around Perry’s drawling, small-town affect and stands on core cultural issues such as women’s
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Dayton Business Journal... AT&T app seeks to reduce texting while driving, by DBJ Staff
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - AT&T Inc. has launched the DriveMode mobile application as part of its It Can Wait campaign against texting while driving. When downloaded and activated, DriveMode automatically sends a customizable reply to an incoming text, notifying the sender that the user is driving and unable to respond. The app can also be set to disable emails, incoming and outgoing calls, and Web browsing. “As a leading service provider, we want to educate and equip wireless
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Dayton Business Journal... Cox newspapers to consolidate operations, by Ginger Christ
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - More job cuts could be on the way for Cox Media Group’s Dayton staff. That’s because the parent company of the Dayton Daily News    could eliminate another 40 positions if the company opts to centralize its copy editing process elsewhere. Lou Grieco, president of the Dayton Newspaper Guild and a DDN reporter for the past 18 years, said Cox is still... read more. 
Dayton Business Journal... Hurricane Irene costs to top $45 billion
Monday, August 29, 2011 - Hurricane Irene’s price tag will be a big one -- about $20 billion in direct damage and another $25 billion in loss of business activity. That’s according to Peter Morici, a professor at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. But Morici, an economist, said Irene’s aftermath might actually give the beleaguered construction industry... read more. 
Patriot Update... Boehner asks Obama for billion-dollar list
August 27, 2011 - Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is pressing the Obama administration to provide Congress with a list of upcoming regulations that will have an economic effect greater than $1 billion. Boehner’s letter to President Obama Friday comes ahead of planned House votes this fall on GOP legislation that would require congressional approval of major federal regulations. “This year the Administration’s current regulatory agenda identifies 219 planned new regulations that have
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Cleveland Plain Dealer... Doctor shortage threatens U.S. and Ohio: The Changing Face of Medicine
By Ellen Kleinerman - CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Northeast Ohio is beginning to feel the pinch of the looming nationwide doctor shortage. Major medical centers, including the Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth System and University Hospitals, are looking for neurosurgeons, urologists, pediatric oncologists and other specialists to fill the gaps. But the largest and most immediate need in this region and nationwide remains primary care doctors -- an umbrella term for family medicine, internal medicine
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Columbus Dispatch... Pro-SB 5 campaign has work cut out, By Jim Siegel  and  Joe Vardon
When a record number of Ohioans signed the petition to place a repeal of Ohio’s new collective-bargaining law on the ballot, it not only gave opponents of Senate Bill 5 plenty of signatures to qualify for a statewide vote, it gave them a significant head start in the campaign. We Are Ohio collected about 915,000 valid signatures, nearly four times the number needed to qualify for the ballot. The key question now is whether the coalition of Democrats and union supporters pushing for a repeal
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Columbus Dispatch... All sides hail new livestock-care rules, By Alan Johnson
State to pioneer broad standards on managing, moving, slaughter - The swords of what promised to be a fierce battle at the ballot box have been molded into plowshares as Ohio’s first-ever livestock-care standards kick in on Sept. 29. In one of those rare events in government, calmer heads prevailed, averting a costly, divisive political campaign in 2009. Now, two years later, the result is... read more. 
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