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Ohio Republican Party… ORP Update, July 27. 2014, Matt Borges
Greetings! It's 100 days until Election Day! As the day quickly approaches, we are doing everything in our power to lay out an effective ground game. Governor John Kasich and our Republican leadership have worked tirelessly to get Ohio back to work and attract new businesses to invest in our state. 263,000 private sector jobs have been created in the last three years
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Improving Veterans’ Health Care
Last week, I introduced Robert McDonald, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. The next day, the Committee – 13 other senators and I – voted unanimously to approve his nomination. The full Senate must now vote on his confirmation. I voted in support of
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Broke Wife, Big City… With great power comes great therapy bills, By Aprill Brandon
I had no idea, you guys. No idea. I was ready for the sleepless nights, the dirty diapers and even the ass-numbingly dull act of reading the same stupid children’s book over and over again. But nothing, NOTHING, could have prepared me for the power that comes with parenting. The sheer POWER, people! And I’m not just talking about the immense physical power you have over a baby. Although I think we can all agree it would take very little effort
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Cracking Down on Human Trafficking
My wife Debbie and I raised two daughters, and, like any parent, the stories of suffering and pain that follow from human trafficking crimes weigh heavily on me. Unfortunately, we see and hear the local stories about human trafficking nearly every day.  According to a recent article in the Dayton Daily News, “During the past 12 months, 26 child advocacy centers across state identified 65 minors and seven adults who are potential victims of human trafficking
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The White House… Roadmap to a high-skilled workforce, by Joe Biden
Hey, everyone -- During his State of the Union address, the President asked me to lead an across-the-board review of our nation's job-training programs. It's a top priority for the President, and it is absolutely critical to our economy's success. So earlier today, I put forward a roadmap for how the United States can keep and maintain the highest-skilled workforce in the world. I've met with business leaders, community college presidents
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. Israel as Role Model, ...Unrelenting Bully, …or Worse?  By Joe Facinoli - On the One Hand, …President Obama, and the World, should learn a lesson from Israel about how to take care of one’s own, and their territory, when threatened, abused, or attacked. On the Other, …what gives them the right to defend as their own, and so brutally, a piece of land which is claimed by each of three major world religions as their “Holy Land”, and by diverse millions as their read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Investing in Ohio's Workforce
Today, President Obama signed into law legislation that contains provisions modeled after a bill U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced that would help dislocated workers acquire the skills for high-tech jobs in their region. Included in the signed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that passed the Senate last month, were provisions from Sen. Brown’s SECTORS Act, which
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U.S. Rep. John Boehner... Boehner Statement on Halbig v. Burwell Decision
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R- West Chester) today released the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit announced its decision in Halbig v. Burwell, which centered on the legality of subsidies offered under the Affordable Care Act: “For the second time in a month, the courts have ruled against the president’s unilateral actions regarding ObamaCare.  The
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State Representative Jim Buchy… State Leaders Working to Ensure Local Control for our Schools
Recently I joined families in west central Ohio to participate in “We Will Not Conform,” hosted by Glenn Beck.  This program was hosted at movie theatres across the country where viewers served as audience participants in the program that focused on the pitfalls of Common Core. This experience opened my eyes even more to the risks associated with the Common Core and further solidified the need to stop the implementation of it in Ohio
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Ohio Republican Party… Matt Borges Update July 21
Greetings! Ohio added 15,700 jobs in the month of June as Ohio's unemployment rate remained well below the national average at 5.5%. Since 2011, Governor Kasich and our Republican leadership team have turned Ohio's economy around. Close to 263,000 new private sector jobs have been created, making Ohio the 5th state in the nation in job creation since 2011. These new
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Keeping Ohio Businesses Competitive in a Global Economy
For small and mid-sized businesses, securing the private financing needed to export their products can be difficult. To assist these companies, and allow them to expand and create jobs in the United States, the federal Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) offers loans, guarantees, and insurance. The bank, which operates at no cost to taxpayers, has provided financing for more than
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Broke Wife, Big City… Time flies when you’re elbow deep in poo, By Aprill Brandon
It is currently 9:04 p.m. If you were to put a gun to my head right now and demand that I recount how I just spent my entire day, I’d be dead. Like super dead. (Super dead, of course, being more dead than just regular dead and a lot more dead than mostly dead).  That’s because I have no bloody idea what I did today. Or yesterday. Or for the past five months.  It wasn’t always this way. I used to be able to flawlessly recall my daily activities, from
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State Representative Jim Buchy… The Second Treaty of Greenville Bicentennial Celebration
On July 22, 1814, a treaty of peace and friendship was signed between the United States of America and several Native American tribes including the Wyandots, Delawares, Shawanoese, Senecas, and Miamies. Signed in Greenville, this treaty established peace as well as an alliance between Native American tribes and the United States against Great Britain in the War of 1812. This historical and instrumental treaty celebrated its bicentennial this year
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. Of Fundraisers, …Rocket Attacks, …an Immigration Disaster, …and Golf, By Joe Facinoli - Are ya completely sick of it yet ?? Are you just ready to throw up, and walk away from all this insanity??? We’ve got commercial airliners being shot out of the sky, from six miles above the Ukraine, …thousands of rockets being fired back and forth, in the Middle East, with hundreds dying as a result, …and tens of thousands of Central Americans flooding our read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Grand Lake St. Marys – Continuing Efforts
Grand Lake St. Marys is an important fixture in west central Ohio, drawing people from all over the state during summer months. The lake also offers an economic boost to the surrounding communities, local businesses, and the rest of the Auglaize and Mercer Counties. The vital economic boost it provides to the region is important to consider as the lake undergoes continued restoration work. The lake season started off positive, but as with years before, it is
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Honoring Our Vow to America’s Veterans
In recent weeks, hundreds of Ohioans have called or written about the critical need to fix the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system and ensure that our veterans are receiving quality healthcare without long delays. The great majority of VA employees are dedicated to serving their patients, and many are veterans themselves, but the wrongdoing of a few has tarnished the VA’s reputation, and underscored the need to address existing
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ORP Update July 14, 2014… Matt Borges, Ohio Republican Party Chairman
Greetings! Ohio had a lot to celebrate this week. The RNC Site Selection Committee announced that they would be recommending Cleveland for the 2016 Republican National Convention. Hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland is a big win for Ohio and for our next presidential nominee. We will have the opportunity to share Ohio's comeback story with
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… American Flags Should be American-Made
As we celebrated Independence Day last week, Americans took time to honor and celebrate our great nation. One way we can continue to express our patriotism is to support American workers and businesses. That’s why I introduced the All-American Flag Act, which requires American flags bought by the federal government to be produced entirely with American-made materials. Right now, the federal government is required to purchase flags made from
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Broke Wife, Big City… The Complete Idiots Guide to Minor Toy Assemblage, By Aprill Brandon
I was told a lot of things about being a parent before I had my son. For example, some of my favorite gems include: “You’ll never not be doing laundry.” “You’ll never not be covered in fluids that aren’t yours.” “You’ll spend the first part of their life trying to teach them to talk and the rest of their life telling them to shut up.” But the one thing I wasn’t told? That I would need a degree in engineering. Yes, I was, and still am, highly ill-equipped to deal
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From the Other Side of the Edge... A Tale of Two Policies, and Neither is Working, By Joe Facinoli
Illegal Immigrants? Or Refugees ?? Border Security Problem? Or Humanitarian Nightmare ?? Should we let ‘em all in, to run free and to go everywhere, as they please, …or shut ‘em all out, with shotguns, moats, and barrels of hot oil, raining down on them from the top of the wall? Both. And Neither. All of the Above, …but really, …None of it. To best understand
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Protecting the Constitution
Over the past five years, President Obama has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action, changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold. We’re not going to sit idly by while this president chips away at the very foundation of our democracy, which is why the House
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Republican National Convention, Lyn Bliss, President, Ohio Federation of Republican Women
The women of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women are very pleased with the selection announced today – and it will be the OFRW’s pleasure to welcome the Republican National Convention to Cleveland.  All political roads lead to Ohio. OFRW members stand strong and ready to help Cleveland host a successful convention.  The Republican Party’s well-established record of promoting sensible solutions to issues that women hold near and dear to their
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U.S. Rep. John Boehner… House Passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following statement today applauding House passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803): “Americans struggling to find work face many challenges, and House Republicans are focused on helping them succeed by strengthening our economy and growing good-paying jobs. More than a year ago, the House passed legislation that would improve and
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Auglaize County- A Great Place to Live
 West central Ohio is the best place in the world to live work and rear a family.  I am fortunate that our local papers print Statehouse Updates, but often we forget to talk about how great our local communities are.  For the next few months I will periodically focus a column on the unique characteristics that make each county in western Ohio the best place to live work and rear a family.  This month I will discuss Auglaize County
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The White House… The Bear is Loose (Again)
Hi, all -- Going all the way back to the early days of the campaign, whenever President Obama shook off his schedule and busted out of the bubble, we would say "The Bear is loose." Lately, the Bear has been loose a lot -- and this week will be no different. The President is hitting the road on a three-day swing to Colorado and Texas, where he will meet with Americans who've written him letters and whose stories -- their challenges
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Broke Wife, Big City… Simplifying your life in one easy step, By Aprill Brandon
When you become a parent, you quickly find yourself looking for anything that will make your life easier. This is exactly why I own no less than five Fisher-Price devices that are all just glorified chairs, each of which moves the kid in a slightly different way. Oh, you’re tired of vibrating? How about swinging? No? Bouncing chair it is then. Seriously, most of my day is spent just moving the kid from chair to chair so I can do fun parent stuff
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Chairman Matt Borges… ORP Update for July 6
Greetings! The Fourth of July was not the only reason Ohioans had to celebrate this weekend.  Ohio also closed the books on the 2014 fiscal year and thanks to effective and responsible management, our state had an $800 million budget surplus.  Remember that when our Republican leaders took office they faced an $8 billion budget hole left by the Democrats. Governor John Kasich and our Republican leadership got to work and
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Wishing Ohioans a Safe & Happy July 4th Holiday
Two hundred and thirty-eight years ago this last weekend, farmers, merchants, laborers, and soldiers celebrated a new nation with the patriotism that has continued to carry America forward. I am honored to represent Ohio in this great nation. As we fly flags to celebrate our nation’s independence, we honor the birth of our nation while committing to America’s future. In order to honor the women and men of our
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Spineless Checks, …Too Few Balances, …No Leaders, …Forgotten Hope, By Joe Facinoli - Has there ever been a time, in our country’s long history, when our national political scene was so devoid of even a smidgeon of leadership ?? On both sides of the aisle, …and everywhere in between ? Thank God for this past month’s Supreme Court decisions, maybe they can start the restoration of sanity, if not leadership, in our nation’s capital.   But the read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Changes to Teacher Evaluation System Beneficial to All
As teachers are beefing up on the latest techniques on how to educate our children this coming fall, school districts are considering changes to how teachers are evaluated. Effective with the 2014-15 school year districts may choose an alternative teacher evaluation framework. The new options were amended into HB 362 as the bill worked it’s way through the legislature.  The teacher evaluation provisions went through a vigorous process, and countless
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