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“Good Government” (my eye!) , By Kate Burch
The so-called “liberals” who are outraged by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision have received a major smackdown in the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  These same people insist that there is no problem with heavy governmental regulation on political speech; that free speech in general is not thereby imperiled; that they only seek “good government.”  They also were read more.
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Travel around D.C., By Susan Olling
If you’ve visited the greater D.C. environs, you are well aware of the transportation options available:  your vehicle or Metro.  I suppose you could take a cab, but why?  Tour buses don’t count. As you get to your hotel, you will have had the privilege of driving in some of the worst traffic congestion in the country with drivers who, for starters, don’t always read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… August? What do you mean it’s almost August? By Aprill Brandon
Things I planned to do this summer: Go to the beach as much as possible. Take my toddler to the Tiny Tot summer reading program at the library every Monday. Take a weekend trip to Maine. Sign my kid up for swimming lessons. Go camping. Go to the free sunrise yoga in the park. Wear sundresses and flowers in my hair. Drink a glass of wine on the back porch with my husband read more.
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Ohio Republican Party… Special Report – Kasich & More
History was made in Columbus on Tuesday as Governor John Kasich announced his candidacy for President of the United States.  Addressing a crowd of thousands of supporters at his alma mater, The Ohio State University, Kasich talked about his record of accomplishment at the state and federal  level - something no other candidate in the field can boast of - and his own read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… It Takes a Team to Help a Person Suffering from Addiction
Over the past year local leaders have been meeting to discuss our areas drug problem under the leadership of the Darke County Chamber of Commerce.  As a result of those discussions Ohio law has been updated to ensure medical professionals and mental health professionals are able to communicate regarding a patient suffering from drug addiction. Local leaders know it takes a team to help read more.
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The White House… A New Blue Marble
From President Obama: Just got this new blue marble photo from NASA. A beautiful reminder that we need to protect the only planet we have… Earth. Not mounted on a stand, with color-coded state and national boundaries, as schoolroom globes are prone to display. Instead, we see our world as only a cosmic perspective can provide: blue oceans, dry land, white clouds, polar ice read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Fixing Errors on Ohioans’ Credit Reports
Too many Ohioans are still feeling the effects of the 2008 financial crisis — particularly on their credit scores. More than 50 million consumers saw their credit scores plunge more than 20 points during the worst days of the crisis, from 2008 to 2009. Many still haven’t fully recovered. To make matters worse, one-in-five consumers has an error on his or her credit report. These errors can have serious read more.
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Silence Is Not Golden, By Kate Burch
This past week I viewed an unspeakable horror, and I cannot banish it from my mind.  It was video of a female physician, of some rank at Planned Parenthood, casually discussing, while eating salad and sipping wine, the use of ultrasound to guide the forceps as she performed an abortion so that the more valuable parts of the baby’s body would read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Working to Keep Avian Influenza Out of Ohio
Ohio’s $2.3 billion poultry industry relies on the health of the animals. As the second largest producer of eggs in the country, and home to over 40 million chickens and turkeys, Ohio needs to do its best to protect these crucial assets to our poultry industry. Avian influenza presents a serious threat to our agricultural sector, and we must go to every extent read more.
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Senator Sherrod Brown… Senate Passes Grant Program for Community Schools
Too many students face challenges outside of the classroom including hunger, homelessness, and a lack of access to health care. These challenges at home can undermine classroom performance and leave students struggling to keep up. Community schools help students and their families overcome the barriers to accessing these urgent read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Voted Most Likely to Write an Awkward Blog, By Aprill Brandon
Dear fellow high school classmates, ‘Sup? Or…I don’t know. Greetings! Or however the hell we’re supposed to address each other now that we’re all in our 30s. Hi? Hello? Salutations my brothers-and sisters-in-arms in the war known as the Public Education System? You’ll all be glad to know, as per your multiple requests in my yearbook, that I did, in fact, stay cool but didn’t freeze read more.
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The White House… The Iran Deal
Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States -- together with our international partners -- has achieved what decades of animosity has not: A comprehensive, long-term deal that will verifiably prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This deal shows the real and meaningful change that American leadership and diplomacy read more.
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Fair Season, By Susan Olling
Fair season’s starting here in the Free State.  It would be unfair to compare county fairs here with some of those in Ohio (the one in Greenville comes to mind) or Indiana (land of Mr. History).  The first MoCo fair was in 1949.  Yeah, yeah, not as long as the Great Darke County Fair, but who’s counting?  We started volunteering at the MoCo fair twenty-one years ago, thanks to one of our read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Spongebrain NoPants (or How to Make Your Kid Wicked Smart), By Aprill Brandon - I’d always heard the phrase “a child’s brain is like a sponge, soaking up everything.” But it wasn’t until I had a kid of my own that I began to truly understand just what that meant. Their brains are, indeed, little sponges. Little, tiny, thirsty sponges that soak up any and all knowledge. In particular, any knowledge that may be left in read more.
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Judge Not… By Kate Burch
The ongoing frenzy to remove every symbol, every artistic representation, of the Confederacy from public view provides yet another example of what fallen creatures we humans are.  Fallen creatures and, too often, fools as well.  Politicians and pundits of the Left, especially—you know, the ones who tell us that we should have a “nuanced view”—are pronouncing the Confederate read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… A Road Map for State Spending
The state operating budget began as a proposal by Governor Kasich, submitted to the General Assembly back in February. Now that the bill has passed through the General Assembly and been signed into law by the Governor, we have a road map for state spending for the next two years. There are two main things we should note. First, we saw many compromises between the Governor read more.
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State Rep. Steve Huffman… House Bill 80: Supporting Ohio’s Number One Industry
As Ohio’s number one industry, agriculture is incredibly important to the well-being of our state. I am pleased to report that the Ohio House of Representatives recently passed House Bill 80, a piece of legislation designed to protect the budding agritourism industry. Agritourism is any agriculturally related educational, entertainment, historical, cultural, or recreational activity conducted on a farm read more.
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Some Thoughts on Obergefell v. Hodges, By Kate Burch
Listening to Rush Limbaugh yesterday as I was doing some scutwork in the house, I heard him ask why there was no public outrage, no flurry of demonstrations in the streets, following the Supreme Court rulings last week, particularly the one requiring all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage.” For a fact, there is plenty of outrage, but I think there is also plenty of resigned hopelessness read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Paying Ohioans the Overtime They’ve Earned
Too many Ohioans are still struggling in today’s economy. They work hard, but still have trouble getting by. For many workers, it feels as though the harder and longer they work, the less they have to show for it. They aren’t imagining things. Over the past three decades, wages for American workers have stagnated, while the number of hours workers spend on the job has gone up read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… I’m happy… and it’s just the worst, By Aprill Brandon
Writer’s block. Block o’ the writer. Le bloc de scribe. Blockity block block. Block is a funny word. Block. Block. Block. And the word has lost all meaning to me. Block. It doesn’t even sound like a real word. Blockblockblockblockblockblock. I want cheese. I don’t know if you can tell or not, but I’ve been having a touch of the writer’s block lately. So please read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Big Tobacco’s New Assault on Our Children
Protecting our children from the dangers of tobacco products has always been a challenge — and now Big Tobacco has a new product it is actively peddling to children and teens. E-cigarettes are the new frontier in tobacco companies’ quest to get kids addicted while they are young. After just a few years on the market, minors’ use of e-cigarettes has now surpassed their use of traditional cigarettes read more.
Ohio Department of Transportation… Ringing in Fiscal Year 2016
Last night, Governor John R. Kasich signed into law the $72 billion, two-year state budget bill. The legislation continues the momentum of economic growth in Ohio. At the Ohio Department of Transportation, we are innovating and identifying creative ways to pay for our growing transportation system. The governor’s transportation budget enacted earlier this year supports jobs, economic growth, safety, and continues read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Marijuana, Monopoly, FOLLOW THE MONEY
It appears Ohioans will be determining the fate of the marijuana legalization debate in the near future.  I am interested to see how direct democracy will work in this situation.  I am excited about the freedom of Ohioans to cast a vote regarding their wishes, but remain concerned about recent trends in the use of the initiative. All too often these citizen-driven read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Happy Fourth of July
Two hundred and thirty-nine years ago a group of patriots began a grand new nation founded on a radical principle: that all men are created equal. More than two centuries later, we are still working to form the more perfect union our forefathers envisioned, based on that fundamental value. As recent as last week with the Obergefell v. Hodges read more.
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