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State Representative Jim Buchy… Deer Season in Ohio
For motorists, a deer hunter is the best defense between you and an auto insurance claim. In Ohio, hunters are a critical part of managing the deer population and this deer season will be no exception. Archery season in Ohio for deer hunters began on September 26th and will run through February 7th, while deer gun season will begin on November 30th and... read more.
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Coffee with the Commissioner… A Thank You
Next Coffee Jan. 9, Wayne Lakes - Before I became Commissioner, I decided I would go out once a month and try and meet people over coffee and breakfast to let them know what I thought, and let people tell me what they thought a commissioner should be. I called those events “Coffee with the Candidate”. They were always entertaining, and let me... read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Giving Thanks
As families come together across Ohio this week to celebrate Thanksgiving, Connie and I are reminded of all that we have to be grateful for this year. We welcomed a new granddaughter — with another grandchild on the way — and we will have the joy and privilege of gathering with our friends and family this Thursday to share good food and to give thanks for our blessings. But during this week, we also... read more.
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State Rep. Jim Buchy… Local Agriculture Helps Put Food on the Table this Thanksgiving
In this turkey carving season we often forget our role in putting the Thanksgiving meal on the table. In western Ohio, we are blessed with so many fine farming families, and many working individuals who help to export our agricultural products to the world. The truth is this Thanksgiving that much of the food got its start on our farms in western Ohio. Ohio is an agricultural leader in the United States... read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Being thankful for the crappy stuff, By Aprill Brandon
Every year around this time, I like to make a list of all the things I’m thankful for. One, because I think it’s an important tradition of the Thanksgiving holiday (in fact, I’d say it’s almost as important as the tradition of drinking wine all day while you cook). And two, it’s the easiest column I write all year. The list just grows and grows the older I get. Loving husband, wonderful child... read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… No One Who Works Full Time Should Live in Poverty
Last week, workers in Ohio and across the country participated in a National Day of Action, demanding a living wage for the millions of Americans who are working hard but struggling to get by on the minimum wage. Forty-two percent of American workers — and 45 percent of Ohio workers — make less than $15 per hour. Among African-American workers, more than half earn less than $15 an hour... read more.
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Who Would Have Imagined…? By Kate Burch
It may well happen that the demonstration of spine by French President Hollande following the terrorist murders of 132 in Paris will lose popular support shortly.  Look what happened to George W. Bush, initially cheered by all Americans for his strong response to the attacks of 9/11, but eventually and predictably demonized by the Left for the... read more.
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Government by Commuters, Governing by Crisis, By Susan Olling
The late David Brinkley wrote a wonderful book in the late 1980’s called Washington Goes to War.  He described, in his great journalistic style, how unprepared Washington, D.C. was to assume the leadership role needed to win World War Two and how that transformation took place.  Hint, it wasn’t easy. In one chapter, Mr. Brinkley described Congress in the years before the war.  Legislative sessions... read more.
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The White House… Serving the brave men and women who serve us, By Rob Diamond
It was just over nine years ago that I wore the uniform of a United States Naval Officer for the last time. It seems like it was just yesterday. After four years at the U.S. Naval Academy and nearly seven years of active duty service, including a wartime deployment to the Middle East in 2004, I gained what I would argue is the most important and meaningful title I have ever been afforded... read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Happy HalloChristGiving, Charlie Brown! By Aprill Brandon
Hey, you know what the world needs more of? (Warning! Warning! Sarcasm bomb about to detonate!) People complaining about how Christmas comes earlier and earlier every year. We just don’t see enough of that, you know? And I bet if we did complain more, it would totally change things. Just like how complaining about politics and cold weather and people who think Instagram... read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Veterans Day
As we take time this week to pay tribute to the millions of heroes who have put their lives on the line for our country, we must remember that we owe our veterans more than our gratitude. We must work to ensure that they receive the benefits they deserve. Too many veterans face challenges related to healthcare, housing, and employment. Veterans transitioning from time in service to civilian... read more.
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The White House… Let's reinvent high school
We want to talk to you about our nation’s high schools for a moment. In 2008, the Department of Education required all states, for the first time, to use the same calculation for their high school graduation rate -- a key accountability measure that this administration has embraced. In 2010, President Obama and Secretary Duncan joined the America’s Promise Alliance at the U.S. Chamber... read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Protecting the Finances of Ohioans Serving in Uniform
Thousands of Ohioans are deployed overseas serving in our nation’s military, according to a recent count. Not only do these Ohioans put their lives on the line to defend our nation, but they also often face significant risks to their personal finances while they are on deployment. The challenges include difficulty managing accounts from abroad, identity theft... read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Veterans Day: Legislation and Initiatives to Honor those who Served Locally -- America is the greatest country on earth and we live in the greatest state in this country. Our values and lifestyle could not be sustained without the sacrifice of the men and woman of our armed forces. The presence of the American military is felt in every community from Main Street to Wall Street. Those who serve and protect the United States should be supported and recognized for their efforts... read more.
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What Lives Matter, Really? By Kate Burch
We were recently shocked and dismayed to learn that over the fifteen-year period, 1999-2014, the death rate for U.S. whites, ages 45 to 54 with no more than a high school education increased by 25 percent!  During the same period, death rates for the same age range in other groups in America and other wealthy countries declined.  Economists attribute... read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… If Schrodinger’s cat was trying to get pregnant, By Aprill Brandon
You guys remember learning about Schrodinger’s cat? Yeah, me either. I mean, I vaguely recall something about a dead cat in a box but as for the rest…well, college is a hell of a time, kids. Luckily, college is pointless now that we have Google and as it turns out, a quick search unearthed that Schrodinger’s cat is indeed a dead cat in box that is also simultaneously alive. Due to something... read more.
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The White House… Trans-Pacific Partnership, From President Barack Obama
When we have a level playing field, Americans out-compete anyone in the world. That’s a fundamental truth about our country. But right now, the rules of global trade put our workers, our businesses, and our values at a disadvantage. If you’re an autoworker in Michigan, the cars you build face taxes as high as 70 percent in Vietnam. If you’re a worker in Oregon, you’re forced to compete... read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Increasing Access to Timely, Quality Prenatal Care
Each year, more than one million babies are born to mothers who did not receive adequate prenatal care. These babies are three times more likely to be low birth weight and five times more likely to die as infants. This is a particular problem in Ohio, which ranks 45th in the nation when it comes to infant mortality. And maternal mortality rates are also three-to-four times higher for women who don’t receive prenatal care... read more.
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Commissioner’s Corner… Preparing for budget time
October is now in the history books, and all in all, it was a pretty good month here in Darke County. We finally got some much needed rain, the weather has been very mild with temperatures above normal, and school football games and town festivals are winding down. Let’s hope that the temperatures especially... read more.
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Rep. Jim Buchy… Making Sure Charter Schools Serve the Best Interest of Our Kids
In western Ohio, we have some of the best teachers and families, who provide our students superior educational achievement.  That’s why, every year, our public schools rank in the top when compared to the other schools in the state.  For areas where that is not the case, it is important that families have access to other options. Over the past couple... read more.
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What House Bill 116 does about bullying, Melissa Martin, Ph.D.
In 2012, Governor Kasich signed into law House Bill 116 (also known as the "Jessica Logan Act") in memory of a student who committed suicide due to bullying via texting and sexting. Jessica Logan was an 18-year-old student at Sycamore High School in Cincinnati. She sent a nude photo of herself to her boyfriend. When their relationship ended... read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Dear Mommy, life is not a series of memes, By Aprill Brandon
The one piece of advice you get the most when you’re a parent (and, not so coincidentally, the one I hate the most) is that the housework can wait, your children can’t. Leave the dishes and spend time with them! They’re only young once! They won’t want to snuggle on your lap long! A dirty house means happy kids! When they look back on their childhood, they won’t remember how clean... read more.
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