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Broke Wife, Big City… Some things don’t need a sequel… like pregnancy, By Aprill Brandon
I am not pregnant. I know, I know. You probably don’t care if I am or not. Unless you’re my husband, my traumatized dog or my uterus, you have no stake in my reproductive habits. But let me tell you, typing out those four words is among the top five best feelings in the world. Not that I’m anti-children or anything. I love children (except for that one kid…he knows what he did)
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Indictment Needed:   Of an Entire Culture, By Joe Facinoli
Now that a breath of truth has been allowed to surface, in the Ferguson, Missouri tragedy/turned social and economic fiasco, a few important things have become glaringly obvious: 1)   Had he lived, Michael Brown himself, would have been indicted, on several counts, including attempted murder, assault on a police officer, aggravated assault during a robbery, and perhaps more.   2)   All the so
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U.S. Rep. John Boehner… Massive New Rule Puts Millions of Jobs at Risk
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement today on the Obama administration’s costly new draft Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation: “The Obama administration’s massive new regulation - the most expensive rule ever proposed by the EPA - could slash family budgets by more than $1500 per year, reduce GDP
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State Rep. Buchy… Agriculture in the Classroom, Up and Running in Cleveland and Cincinnati
Fifty years ago in Ohio, the rural school districts looked to the big cities for the best practices in education. Today, big cities are looking to rural areas for clues on how to make their schools more successful.  They are focused on increasing graduation rates and students that are ready for college and the workforce.  In rural Ohio a common denominator in our successful schools is strong families
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Commissioners Corner… The official holiday season is upon us
November is becoming a memory, Thanksgiving has come and gone, and old man winter is approaching. Halloween starts the official Holiday season, but to most of us, Thanksgiving is the time it really starts. We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving, and we hope the family and friends you shared it with also have a Merry Christmas, which is just around the corner
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Who is destroying America? By Jim Surber
This question rises frequently, although more often in the form of a declaration than a query. The usual alleged culprits are liberals, their leaders, and/or the anti-religious, which many consider to be one and the same. We again hear these assertions after the President’s recent actions on immigration. In the opinion of many, he has unpardonably sanctioned the breaking of our laws
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Ohioans Aren’t Being Fooled by President’s ObamaCare Hype Machine - The president’s ObamaCare hype machine recently made its rounds throughout Ohio and across the country – making a stop in Cincinnati to pitch ObamaCare to our local area. As I’ve said many times, the Obama administration can try all it wants to “sell” his disastrous health care law to the American people – but Ohioans aren’t being fooled.  That’s read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… If my blog were a sitcom, this would be the Thanksgiving episode, By Aprill Brandon -- OPENING SCENE: Camera zooms in to clock beside Aprill’s bed. Time reads 4:43 a.m. Sound of baby crying. APRILL (lying in bed, eyes still closed): “Nope. No way. (Voice gradually getting louder) You wish I loved you enough to wake up this early on a holiday! Go back to sleep, Riker!” Crying continues. APRILL (eyes still closed, kicking her husband, Ryan, with her leg): “I’ll give read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Giving Back to Our Communities This Thanksgiving
As we approach Thanksgiving, Connie and I are reminded of all that we have to be grateful for this year. For us, the day marks a chance to gather with family and friends to share a meal and give thanks for our blessings. For many Ohioans, however, this Thanksgiving marks another day when they struggle to put food on the table for themselves and their families. Nearly 1.8 million Ohioans live in poverty
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State Representative Jim Buchy… CAUV Has Saved Farmers Billions
 The Current Agriculture Use Valuation has been a topic of discussion lately.  I support this modified tax rate for agricultural land in Ohio because it has saved around $10 billion for farmers in Ohio since 1973. Unlike previous tax laws, the CAUV is a tax assessment that allows farmland to be taxed based on its agricultural value, not on its full market value. The five factors that are included in the CAUV rate are cropping
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Addressing the Rising Cost of Education for Ohio Students
While a college degree continues to be an important goal for so many Americans, the rising cost of education has left too many Ohio students wondering how they will afford to pay for school. We know how important higher education is to the economic security of American households. M.I.T. economist David Autor recently estimated that, over a lifetime, workers with a college degree
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. The Cornered Rat, …Pokes at the Big Dumb Cat, By Joe Facinoli - Ever seen a rat, get caught in a corner, with no place to go and no way out? Lights shining brightly on it, hair on end, eyes wide open, and baring its teeth, as a last resort scare tactic?? Not a pretty sight, and indeed can be a bit scary, …but only to those who think this creature is still dangerous, and allow it to be just that, …even though its life may only be a moment from the end read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Addressing Infant Mortality on World Prematurity Day
The birth of a child is a cause for celebration. For most families, a new baby brings feelings of excitement and anticipation for the future. Unfortunately, one in every nine babies born in the United States is premature. For these families, the exciting new challenges of feedings and changings may quickly be overshadowed by the emotionally taxing challenge of navigating their children’s health complications and
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Broke Wife, Big City… You have to crawl before you can raid and pillage, By Aprill Brandon
For only being 9-months-old, my son has a lot of interests. I mean, a LOT of interests. All day long, he’s just interested in everything. For example, here’s a list of things my son is interested in: Pulling off his left sock. Dropping heavy, loud things on the floor. Shaking his head no. At everything. Licking the couch. Licking the dog. Licking my cellphone. Obviously eating the left sock
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Ohio Republican Party Update, by Matt Borges
Greetings! It was a big week for Ohio Republican leadership. Congressman John Boehner was re-elected as Speaker of the United States House, Ohio Senator Keith Faber was re-elected as Ohio Senate President, and Ohio Representative Cliff Rosenberger was elected as Speaker of the Ohio House. Speaker Boehner will continue to serve our state and country well as the leader of the House
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Boehner on Attempt to Sell Ohioans on ObamaCare
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R – West Chester) today released the following statement as Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell visited Cincinnati in an attempt to sell Ohioans on the president’s disastrous health care law. “The Obama administration can try all it wants to ‘sell’ ObamaCare to Ohioans, but the truth is that local businesses, families, and seniors
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. The “American Voter”, …or BHO in a “Mao Suit”.    Just WHO is it, …that’s “Stupid” ??!!  By Joe Facinoli  -  It’s a tie, heading into overtime.    Yes, I know it was a “gesture”.    And yes, other world leaders wore it too, even Putin, who made it look like a proud warrior’s outfit, oh btw.   But when you are the President of the United States, and you’re 6’ 2” tall, and 112 pounds, with shoulders like Taylor Swift, and a posture like Stan read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Health Insurance Open Enrollment Begins Tomorrow
Since the beginning of this year, more than 646,000 Ohioans have obtained a new health insurance plan through the health law—many for the first time. And starting on Saturday, November 15th, you can enroll in a new plan or change your coverage on the health exchange. In just a year, it is clear that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is working. Because of the health law: Insurance
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U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup… You Deserve a Government that Actually Listens
WASHINGTON, DC – Delivering the Weekly Republican Address, Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) highlights the House’s vote to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and other steps Republicans are taking to help get people back to work and hold the Obama administration accountable. Key quote: “You deserve a government that doesn’t just ‘hear you,’ but actually listens to you
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The White House… Giving thanks to our veterans, by Vice President Joe Biden
Mike Erwin saw tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. And when he got home, he kept on serving. When he came home, he started a community service group. Because, despite everything that Mike had given to his country by serving overseas, he wanted to serve his country at home, as well. This morning on Veterans Day, I had the honor of welcoming Mike and a team of his fellow veterans to the White House
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Ohio Conservative Review… Conservatism and the GOP News Ohio Politics, By John Adams
Asst. Majority Floor Leader: Battle Lines Drawn in Stacked OH Speaker’s Race -- Editor news note: Rosenberger Elected Speaker For Next General Assembly… details in a future CNO post -- I ran for a seat in the Ohio House because I strongly disagreed with those who think and act as though we can tax and spend our way to prosperity. In 2010, John Kasich sent Governor Strickland packing. At the time, I had
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Workers Compensation Refunds to Help Localities
A major focus of Ohio lawmakers ever since Governor Kasich took office has been to fight for skinny government. Saving local governments money is part of this fight. As part of this process, the Ohio Attorney General’s office initiated a program that helps local governments recover outstanding debt owed to them by Ohioans who didn’t pay their taxes. Debt recovery services like this are only the start of the assistance
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Seek Opportunities to Honor Our Veterans Every Day of the Year - Our veterans have given all a person can give – so that we may live free – and we owe them a great debt of gratitude. So as we pause to pay tribute on Veterans Day, let’s not forget that honoring our men and women in uniform should be a daily honor – all part of a broader pledge to live up to the promises that our nation has made to them and their families. While saying read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Honoring Ohio’s Veterans
On Veterans Day, we pause to remember those who have fought to preserve the rights we hold dear. This year marks the 60th observance of Veterans Day and the 95th anniversary of Armistice Day, which commemorates the end of the First World War. While the heroes of World War I are no longer with us, we are grateful for their service and for the service of the brave women
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Broke Wife, Big City… Ever get that feeling you’re being watched? By Aprill Brandon
My son’s current favorite toy is a stuffed dog. A stuffed dog that talks. And sings. And lights up. And requests in a bit too perky of a voice that you hug it. A lot. Like, a lot a lot.  And I’m pretty sure it’s trying to kill me. Oh sure, maybe you could chalk up my paranoia to watching one too many demented child’s toy-themed horror movies or too many late nights falling asleep to “The Twilight Zone” reruns
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. A 2 x 4 to the Forehead, …yet Somehow, …still as Arrogant as Ever, By Joe Facinoli - An old joke pointedly asks the question:   “What does a thousand lawyers, at the bottom of the ocean, signify?”   The answer, of course, is:    “A good start.”   Well, we may have indeed gotten that fortuitous new beginning last Tuesday, in DC, and in numerous, formerly “Blue” state capitals all around the country.   But it seems at least one serious observer, himself a read more.
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The White House… Here's What's Next, President Barack Obama
Yesterday, millions of Americans cast their ballots. Republicans had a good night, and I congratulate all the candidates who won. But what stands out to me is that the message Americans sent yesterday is one you've sent for several elections in a row now. You expect the people you elect to work as hard as you do. You expect us to focus on your ambitions -- not ours -- and
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Darke County Senior Scribe… Mother Goose… Let Loose, By Lois Wilson
Once again Senior Scribe Poet Laureate Lois Wilson delves into politics with her insightful look at the important events of the day. This time it’s a follow-up to the voter mandate on Nov. 4. Even President Barack Obama had to acknowledge the Republicans had “a good day.” You might find some of the phrasing familiar as Lois decided Mother Goose is an appropriate
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U.S. Representative Boehner… Humbled to Serve and Fight for the People of Ohio's 8th District
Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Boehner (R – West Chester) today released the following statement after receiving the overwhelming support of voters in Ohio's 8th Congressional District. “I am so humbled that the people of the 8th Congressional District have given me the opportunity to serve them and continue the fight for a smaller, more accountable, less costly government.  With their vote, Ohioans
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Ohio Republicans Sweep Statewide Office
Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges issued the following statement tonight on Republicans sweeping the statewide offices. "Four years ago our state was at a crossroads and voters decided to give our Republican team an opportunity to bring Ohio back," said ORP Chairman Matt Borges.  "Four years later our officeholders delivered. Ohio is coming back and Ohio is working again. Voters are returning
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Commissioners Corner… Time to reflect and be thankful
The month of October is now gone. Harvesting, Halloween, and raking leaves, are all either done or nearly so. As November and the start of the Holiday season rolls around, it is time to reflect and be thankful for the good things that have happened here in the County. I am sure that the farmers are very grateful for what looks like a bountiful harvest this year, and
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Broke Wife, Big City… The Mom Haircut and other parental sacrifices, By Aprill Brandon
I fought it for as long as I could. Because I was the cool mom. The edgy mom. The mom with the perfectly messy Botticelli-esque curls cascading halfway down my back like one of those vacant-eyed models randomly jumping in a field of wildflowers in an Urban Outfitters catalog. Except in reality, my long, wavy hair was always tied up in a school marm bun because my 8-month-old son has made it his
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Thanks for voting! By Commissioner Mike Stegall
I would like to thank the people of Darke County for turning out to vote on Nov. 4th.  Voting is one of our most precious rights, and we as citizens need to express our opinion whenever we get the chance.  I do not understand why anyone would not get out and vote nowadays, since it is so easy, and you can basically do it at your convenience.  I could give the speech about how people died for this privilege, how the forefathers
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Idiot Nurse, …Idiot Doctor, …Idiot (and Arrogant) Americans, By Joe Facinoli - What do you call the student who graduated last in their class, at Medical School?? Unfortunately, we would still have to call them:   “Doctor”.   What would you say to the student who finished last in their class, in Nursing School ?? Just as unfortunately, if we didn’t call them “Nurse Ratchett”, for their probable personality, and predictable bedside manner, we would be forced to read more.
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