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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Let’s Kick Start Our Economy
If you look at America's economy, it’s flat – it hasn’t been growing as it should. While Ohio is moving forward thanks to common-sense Republican economic solutions, concern remains about the condition of our nation as a whole. And for the first time perhaps ever, most parents in America doubt that the next generation in our country will be better off than the current one. I hear about this over and over again when I meet with
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Gone, ...but not Forgotten (nor Missed), By Joe Facinoli
Do you ever really miss a toothache?    Or a broken leg?  Would you miss arthritis, if suddenly the meds for that actually worked, and cooled those seething joints?  Do you miss a crippling Migraine, after its blinding effects finally subside?? Or Stage Four Cancer, after a miraculous surgery cleared your charts of any evidence of that insidious disease??? I don’t think so.   We’d be so thankful
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Asking Questions about the Impact of the North Coast on Nutrient Loading - Recent concerns at Lake Erie have increased public awareness of the importance of water and reducing phosphorous loading in Ohio waterways.  Water is important to our quality of life and the recent issues in Toledo that left 400,000 residents without clean drinking water has brought this issue to the fore front in a hurry. The Mayor of Toledo acted swiftly to ensure read more.
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State Representative Richard Adams… Combating Opiate Addiction from the Start, the Issue of Overprescribing - Since the beginning of 2013, the Ohio General Assembly has been working tirelessly to study the opiate addiction epidemic that plagues Ohio and its public health. Two study committees have traveled around the state during the summers to learn from public officials, law enforcement, and constituents about how the epidemic has had real-life impacts on society read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Revitalizing Ohio Neighborhoods and Communities
The financial crisis devastated homeowners and investors in Ohio and across the country. In the years since, we’ve made great progress but we know that the economy cannot fully recover until the housing market does. Cleveland’s Thriving Communities Institute estimates that there are 50,000 abandoned properties in Ohio that have fallen into disrepair
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Broke Wife, Big City… Catwoman loves my hair, By Aprill Brandon
You know that old saying, “This is why we can’t have nice things”? Well, my husband and I are the poster children for the phrase “This is why we can’t do nice things.” We are, to put it nicely, casual people. We’re the Gap of couples. The Olive Garden of lovers. The Netflix of man and wife. Not that there’s anything wrong with this. In fact, we prefer it this way. There is no shame in our footie pajama Saturday
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Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall… Unfiltered
This past Saturday, I had an interesting conversation with a good friend of mine whom I can count on to be brutally honest.  I like that about her, she tells me what I need to hear, instead of what I want to hear.  We were talking politics, about the problems, and the people in charge, and jokingly I said I should run for President.  Immediately, she said “You would never get elected because you aren’t tactful enough.  Your mouth is unfiltered
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U.S. Rep. John Boehner… House Takes 'Important, Initial Step Forward in Taking on ISIL'
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following statement today after the House passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government running past September 30 (H.J. Res. 124): "By authorizing the Department of Defense to help train and equip the Syrian opposition, this measure represents an important, initial step forward in taking on the Islamic State of Iraq and the
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State Senator Bill Beagle… September is Campus Fire Safety Awareness Month
September marks the beginning of a new school year, the start of football season and cooler weather, but more importantly, it’s Campus Fire Safety Month.  Last month I introduced Senate Bill 359 which addresses the very real need for improved fire safety measures in off-campus and rental homes. Nearly two years ago on January 1, 2013, two families in our community endured a horrific tragedy.  Ellen Garner, graduate of
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. “Income Inequality”, …starts with Language Inequality, By Joe Facinoli - To take full advantage of all the myriad opportunities available to everyone in this still industrious and productive, embracing, and mostly free country, …you have to speak the language.  And that would be the English language.  The better you speak it, and the more you are able to communicate to the general populous with it, then the more of all those wide open chances read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Mercer County a Destination for All
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 past few months I have periodically focused 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 Mercer County
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Ensuring Clean Drinking Water for Ohio Communities
Earlier this month, I visited Put-in-Bay to tour The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory. I met with Stone Lab scientists and accompanied them as they collected water samples of Lake Erie to better understand the rise in toxic algal blooms. A high level of phosphorous in the lake is a contributing factor to the algal blooms, and I’ve recently announced funds to help farmers implement conservation practices
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U.S. Rep. John Boehner… GAO Report Confirms Taxpayers Fund Abortions Through ObamaCare
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following statement responding to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirming that, contrary to specific promises made by President Obama and Democratic leaders, ObamaCare subsidies are supporting insurance plans that cover abortions: “In 2010, President Obama and the leaders of the Democratic
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Broke Wife, Big City… Eat your disgusting, mushy vegetables, By Aprill Brandon
It happened inexplicably. One minute, he’s just fine, chowing down on some mushed carrots like it’s his job. Which, considering he’s a baby, it technically is his job. (Sleeping and throwing toys on the floor, of course, being his leisure activities). And the next? He’s crying and creating a fuss like I’m forcing him to eat pinecones. Or worse, Arby’s. Yes, feeding time in our household has become pure chaos. For the
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Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel… Cost-Cutting produces more than $6 Million in savings
COLUMBUS - Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today that cost cutting measures he has implemented in the Treasurer's office have saved taxpayers more than $6 million over the last four fiscal years. Treasurer Mandel outlined these cost savings and other initiatives of his administration as part of his Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report. "Our work in the Treasurer's office has helped save taxpayers more than
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Destroying This Terrorist Threat Requires Decisive Action - September 10, 2014 - “The president tonight recanted his earlier dismissals of ISIL’s capabilities and rightly acknowledged the grave and growing threat posed by the spreading global epidemic of radicalized Islam.  He has finally begun to make the case the nation has needed him to make for quite some time: that destroying this terrorist threat requires decisive action and must be read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. The Peacock, …and his Video Game “Strategy”, By Joe Facinoli - As he strutted his way bad, and very cool self on up to the White House podium last week, just before allowing us to listen to His instructive wisdoms (and versions of the truth), …you could almost see His glorious array of feathers, begin to spread out behind and around Him, in all their amazing (and self-serving) resplendency. “He” had arrived, …and “He” would tell us now read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Taking Steps to Remove and Replace Common Core
Common Core, an attempt at nationalizing education standards, has been a hot topic in Columbus and the west central Ohio for over a year now.  Efforts have been made in the House Education Committee to repeal the standards and or limit the impacts of the Common Core on our schools. Some attempts at limiting the impacts of the Common Core have been successful and are being implemented, but a full repeal of the Common Core has proved a difficult feat
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The White House… Slide to the left:
10 million -- that's the number of jobs American businesses have added over the last 54 months, marking the longest streak of private-sector job growth in American history. While there's still a lot more work to do, the economy has improved significantly since President Obama took office in 2009. Back then, the economy was shedding jobs by the hundreds of thousands, the housing market had hit rock bottom, and the
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Broke Wife, Big City… World War Z, Part Two: The Crawling Dead, By Aprill Brandon
Guys, GUYS, I don’t want to alarm anyone, but it appears the zombie apocalypse is finally upon us. And not to alarm you even more, but it seems that no one, not even babies, are safe from these undead fiends. These undead fiends who are technically illegal immigrants. Oh yeah, I said it. Since they’re legally considered dead, that renders their social security card invalid, which means they are in this country illegally
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Representative John Boehner…We’re Maintaining Our Focus
It’s filling up at the gas pump and watching the numbers climb to more than $40 for a tank of gas, or it’s a trip to the grocery store where the packaging seems to be shrinking but price tags are growing higher and higher. While we’re seeing a lot of growth here in Ohio, the trouble is, we’re paying more for the things we need under the president’s policies, “further constraining family budgets…still reeling from a stagnant economy
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Dayton Daily News… Good writers wanted for Ideas & Voices, Connie Post
Are you interested in contributing to our Ideas & Voices page? We’re looking for several dedicated local writers to share their opinions on a regular basis, once or twice a month. Conservative, liberal or somewhere in the middle — we welcome and want to include all political leanings. The keys are to have a consistent viewpoint; be aware of current political and social issues and respond to them; introduce others that are possibly
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CAUV formula: still a good deal in growing economy… Ohio Senate President Keith Faber, Ohio Representative Jim Buchy - Farmers are no doubt familiar with the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) formula.  For those who are not, the CAUV was enacted through a voter-passed 1973 amendment to the Ohio Constitution.  This formula was adopted so that qualifying agricultural land would be taxed at a value based on the farm’s potential income read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. On the Wrong Side of his OWN Red Line… By Joe Facinoli - Heavyweights, …especially those with knock-out power in one or both of their hands, …don’t have to apologize for doing the right thing.  When you are the biggest, baddest, and nastiest dude on the block, …you don’t need the approval of some community, nor group, before you act. You ARE the group!! If you are threatened, or perceive some threat, to yourself, family, friends, or merely to the street read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Assistance for Veterans Going Back to School
Veterans are very important to Americans. Just as they did their part to protect our freedoms, one of the most important duties of government is to assist these veterans in return, making sure that they face minimal struggles and succeed in life as civilians. The Ohio General Assembly knows how important helping veterans is, and has made veterans’ services  first priority. Many of my colleagues are former service members and
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Broke Wife, Big City… Like a red-headed biological child, By Aprill Brandon
“Look at that red hair!” That sentence, those five words, are my very first memory of my son. Well, that and a giant blue screen pressed up against my face and the sensation that on the other side of the screen a hyena was burrowing through my lower intestines.  A drunk hyena. Who hated me. Passionately. Ah, the miracle of birth. But back to my point. Those words were said by my doctor, the wielder of the C-section knife, the very
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