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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Expanding Tax Relief for Working Ohioans
During his State of the Union address last Tuesday, President Obama made it clear that the key to economic prosperity is ensuring that even more Americans can get ahead. Too many Americans work hard and take responsibility, only to find themselves living paycheck-to-paycheck. To grow our economy, we must invest in education and manufacturing, while helping working Americans make ends meet
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Speaker Cliff Rosenberger Leading the 131st General Assembly
At the start of the new year, many changes took place here at the House. Some members of the General Assembly completed their terms as representatives while some new members came in to start their service to the people of Ohio. The new year and a new General Assembly also welcomed in a new Speaker of the Ohio House. Representative Cliff Rosenberger of Clarksville
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Broke Wife, Big City… Lie to me, baby, By Aprill Brandon
It probably started with the vegetables.  As soon as my baby was able to chew anything besides my tender bosoms, I shoved as many vegetables into his mouth as I could, cheerfully exclaiming the whole time how incredibly “nom-nom” they were. It was the first lie I told him. Vegetables are not, in fact, “nom-nom.” They are horrible. The only reason we humans eat them is so that we
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Expanding Health Coverage for Ohioans
Since its creation in 1965, Medicaid – a joint federal and state program – has provided low-cost health insurance to Ohio’s most vulnerable, including the elderly, physically disabled, and children. Beginning in 2014, the health law gave each state the opportunity to expand its Medicaid program to cover working families and individuals with incomes up to 138 percent of the
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. Down 4 TDs in Fourth Quarter, …Obama Spikes the Ball Anyway, By Joe Facinoli - With his team down something like 42-7, midway through the 4th quarter, Barack Obama (struggling QB for the losing team) knew he had to pull something special out of his hat, …and fast. So, he threw all caution to the wind, along with all reason, truth, and propriety, and concocted a play, just for that moment, which made rules appear as mere suggestions, and read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Honoring Dr. King’s Lessons on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Dear Friends, It’s been 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the march from Selma to Montgomery for civil and human rights. Thousands marched alongside Dr. King for the 50 miles to Montgomery, walking 12 hours a day and sleeping in fields along the way. In a few weeks, I’ll be traveling to Selma for an anniversary commemoration with my friend, Atlanta Congressman John Lewis. John
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Broke Wife, Big City… A eulogy for procrastination (which I’ll finish writing later), By Aprill Brandon -- When you have a baby, many things are added to your life. Pure joy, for one. A love you didn’t know was possible, for another. Happiness. A sense of meaning. Wisdom (well, relatively…babies are super dumb so you are super wise in comparison). Of course, it’s a bit of a trade-off because you lose things too in the process. A good night’s sleep. Daydrinking. The ability to talk to people read more.
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… “An Affront to the Rule of Law and to the Constitution Itself”
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) spoke on the floor today in support of the House’s efforts to stop President Obama’s unilateral actions on immigration.  During his remarks, he directly quoted each of the 22 times the president said he didn’t have the authority to take this action: “Let me thank all my colleagues who have worked to put this bill together.  Today I rise
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The White House… Millions of Americans face these choices every day
Have you ever felt that sinking feeling of sending your child off to school with a fever because you truly had no other option? Showed up to work while battling an illness even when you know you won't be at your best, that you'll take longer to recover, and that you'll likely spread your sickness to others? Felt like you'd missed out on pivotal moments -- bonding with a newborn, spending
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The Speaker’s Meeting with Obama & Congressional Leaders
At the White House this morning, Speaker Boehner met with President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the bicameral, bipartisan leadership of the House and Senate to discuss topics including the economy, immigration, Authorization for Use of Military Force, and cybersecurity. The Speaker opened his remarks highlighting the new Congress’s action on jobs and
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. One Less “Brick” …in My Wall, By Joe Facinoli
From the time we are born, until we can’t feed ourselves anymore, everyone’s life is made and developed by a series of influences and experiences. The effects of these vital building blocks (“bricks”, if you will), on shaping the way we live and on what we become, are continuous and never ending, …even when we stop remembering them, …or haven’t thought
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Municipal Tax Reform Cuts Red Tape, Grows Economy
Of the many steps we have taken to improve Ohio’s economic situation, our latest effort involved making serious reforms to the way municipalities collect income taxes. House Bill 5, which passed the legislature at the end of the previous General Assembly, was signed by the governor and will go into effect this spring. The new approach to municipal income tax collection is paving the way for economic
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Flipping The Script on Washington’s Bureaucracy
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today issued the following statement on H.R. 185, the bipartisan Regulatory Accountability Act, which the House passed despite a veto threat from President Obama: “The way the federal government hands down regulations is coercive and combative, as Washington takes opportunities away from hard-working people with little regard for
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Senator Sherrod Brown… Giving Ohioans an Alternative to High Interest Payday Loans
When unexpected costs arise before tax returns come in, workers are faced with a dilemma and many workers turn to predatory payday loans to make ends meet. These loans – which can carry hidden fees and can have annual interest rates more than 500 percent – often trap borrowers in a cycle of debt. There are more payday lending stores in the United States than
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Broke Wife, Big City… Sorry, not sorry, but really sorry kind of not really, By Aprill Brandon
I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions. In fact, I prefer to live every day like it’s New Year’s Eve, eating too much cheeseball and wearing outfits that are inappropriately shiny. So, when I say this next thing, it’s less a resolution and more…some sort of synonym for resolution that I am too lazy to look up.  I am done saying “sorry.” Not that there is anything I’ve been saying “sorry” for in particular
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The White House… America's College Promise, Secretary Anne Duncan
Yesterday, the President announced his "America's College Promise" proposal. It makes two years of community college free for responsible students. Yes, you read that right. Under his plan, any student who earns good grades would get two years of community college education at no cost. Think about this: The President's new proposal would let students earn the first half of a bachelor's
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Government Vs Media, By Mike Stegall, Darke County Commissioner
Ever since the invention of the printing press by Chinese monks using a method called Block Printing, 600 years before Gutenberg, the media and governments seemed to be at war with each other.  The media is looked at by most governments as an intrusion, a menace with a “gotcha” mentality that is their perception of the truth, or completely made up happenings from
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Political Correctness, and Religious Arrogance, …the World’s Tragically Evil Twins, By Joe Facinoli - On the one hand, today we are being told, taught, and fairly beaten into submission with the idea, that every culture, person, and lifestyle which we might encounter, …should be treated with unquestioned respect and acquiescence, no matter how different, conflicting, disagreeable, and/or repulsive, …they may be to us.   Political Correctness read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Preventing Falls This Winter
Did you know that falls are the number one cause of injury-related hospitalization and death among people 65 and older? Many of us did not worry about the risk of falling when we were young. We knew that if we fell, we’d get up with the assumption that the aches and pains were temporary. But for those of us at a higher risk, such as elders, pregnant women, or those already suffering from a previous injury
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Broke Wife, Big City… Napper’s Delight, By Aprill Brandon
Guys. GUYS. My baby napped in his crib. No. No, you don’t understand. My baby. Napped. In his crib. For one glorious hour and seven minutes (and 46 seconds, but who’s counting), my child slept in the daytime in the actual space that is specifically and scientifically designed for just such a purpose. As opposed to where he has taken every other single nap of his entire short life
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Sorry, …but Not ALL Lives “Matter”, …Whatever their Color Might Be, By Joe Facinoli - Black Lives DO matter, …at least 99% of them, anyway.  And White ones too, …though probably only 97 or 98% of these fair skinned souls (there’s an awful lot of really bad white folks out there).   And Brown, Yellow, and Red can also claim the same percentages of good and worthwhile people, who walk the earth in these fine hues.   As well read more.
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