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Snow follies in the nation’s capital, By Susan Olling
We had a tiny amount of snow last Wednesday that created parking lots where roads used to be.   It took Mr. History two hours to get home.  Others had equally long drives.  Local government officials were apologizing profusely, as well they should have, for not pretreating roads beforehand.   People were wondering what would happen after the Blizzard... read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… 8 things I’ll do differently with my second baby, By Aprill Brandon
1. Accept any and all help -- If you would have told me three years ago that I’d be the kind of new mom who felt she had to do everything herself, I would have laughed so hard at you I would’ve farted, laughed even harder, farted even harder and then finished chugging my comically large glass of wine. But let me tell you, the second I heard my first born’s screams, it felt like they were physically... read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… A Busy Year Ahead
In his final State of the Union address last week, President Obama said that “the future we want — opportunity and security for our families; a rising standard of living and a sustainable, peaceful planet for our kids — all that is within our reach.” The record-breaking 2015 auto sales we celebrated this month are case in point. From the auto rescue, which... read more.
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How Do They Get Away With It? By Kate Burch
In an outrageous but depressingly predictable ploy, Hillary Clinton, other Democrats, and the media are blaming Michigan Governor Rick Snyder for the contaminated water supply to Flint, Michigan.  The Governor, a la Harry Truman, has acknowledged that the buck stops at his desk and it is his responsibility, as the chief elected officer in the state... read more.
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MSN.com… How to prepare for this weekend’s high-impact winter storm, Angela Fritz, Washington Post - A severe winter storm with double-digit snowfall totals and potential white-out conditions is just around the corner. Many roads will be impassable and businesses may be shut down. Now is the time to prepare. What’s so remarkable about this impending storm is the long duration of wintry precipitation. Snow looks likely to start falling... read more.
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Metro still has issues, but the football’s good, By Susan Olling
It’s just January, but there’s been some comment-worthy things going on in the greater D.C. environs. Until recently, I’ve believed that using our little subway system means being on an adventure.  Unfortunately, adventure may not be quite the correct word that regular riders, including yours truly, would use at the moment.   I’m not worried... read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Don't Pull The Rug Out From Under Ohio Auto Jobs
Last week we received confirmation of what so many of us in Ohio have known all along: that you should never bet against the American auto industry. Americans bought more cars last year than ever before, defying naysayers and proving once again that we made the right call in 2010 when we passed the auto rescue. We protected Ohio jobs up and down... read more.
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Representative Buchy… Make a New Years Resolution-Stop Smokeable Medical Marijuana
Just hours after Ohioans soundly stood up against marijuana by rejecting state Issue 3 in November, some public officials began discussing various ways of addressing the issue of medical marijuana in the future.  I have made clear my opposition to recreational use of marijuana, and I do not think any form of smokeable marijuana should be permitted. But I do think... read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Pregnancy the second time around, By Aprill Brandon
Now that I’m the mother of an almost 2-year-old with another baby on the way, I’m an expert at pretty much everything. Ha! Kidding. That’s all those other blogs written by smug parents of small children that I can’t stop hate-reading. I, on the other hand, almost take a kind of perverted pride in just how little I have figured out about life, let alone about parenthood. I mean, I have no less... read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… TPP in 2016
This week, the Senate reconvened to begin another year of legislative business. One major question this new year will be: Will Congress pass the massive, job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? For decades, politicians have sold Americans the same bill of goods: they have promised that big trade deals would help middle-class workers by... read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… This Monday: MLK Day National Day of Service
Monday, January 18th is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day — an opportunity for us to reflect on the life and work of Dr. King, who devoted himself to making this country a better place. Dr. King left behind a legacy of activism and civil disobedience, fighting for civil rights and against racism and economic inequality — urging our nation to live up to its full potential as... read more.
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Buchy… Fixing a Broken Unemployment Compensation System
Throughout this past decade our nation and state has had financial ups and downs, which has caused people to rely on unemployment benefits. In Ohio, our system was maxed out with the federal government having to pay the bill during the last decade. Following this, taxes were raised on employers to make up that lost money. Although many Ohioans are... read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Grocery shopping with your spouse 101, By Aprill Brandon
There are a lot of ways to get to know your significant other better. And let’s face it, no matter how much you think you know, there are always more things you can learn about them. Human beings are vastly complicated creatures. That’s why no one has yet been able to explain why we like sodomizing dead birds with other dead birds in the form of turducken or why we willingly inject poison... read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Responding to meat alternatives
An article recently published in the Dayton Daily News, headlined “Research ramping up for alternatives to meat,” caught my attention. While I support both free market ingenuity and entrepreneurship, I am concerned that the effort to replace meat on the dinner table with a “meat alternative” could end up having adverse effects on Ohio’s meat industry. Not only... read more.
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Greenville City Schools Update January 2016, Superintendent Doug Fries
On behalf of the entire school district I would like to thank the Greenville community for your support of our operational renewal levy that was on the ballet this past November.  Your ongoing support of the school district is greatly appreciated.  It is our pleasure to partner the school district with the community to make Greenville a great place to live, work and go to school. Greenville City Schools... read more.
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Too Much of a Good Thing, By Kate Burch
The astounding level of support for Donald Trump in this political season seems to be attributable, in large part, to his stated positions about dealing with immigration.  His promises to take measures to stop the influx of illegal aliens, enforce our immigration laws, and provide no path to citizenship for illegals resonate with many Americans who are rightly concerned... read more.
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Remarks by the President on Common-Sense Gun Safety Reform, President Barack Obama - East Room - THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you, everybody.  Please have a seat.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much. Mark, I want to thank you for your introduction.  I still remember the first time we met, the time we spent together, and the conversation we had about Daniel.  And that changed me that day.  And my hope... read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Make a New Years Resolution-Stop Black-out Beer
Ohio’s growing craft beer industry has likely been a subject of your Christmas discussions.  You may have even sampled many of Ohio’s fine products.  We should continue to promote that growth but we must be mindful of the dangers of beer over 12% alcohol by volume (ABV).  Beer over 12% ABV, which is Ohio’s current limit will have a very different impact on... read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… The beauty of pregnancy *fart* *burp* *sob* By Aprill Brandon
I made myself a promise, you guys. A promise back months ago when I was lying sleepily in my husband’s arms discussing expanding our little family. A promise that the next time I got pregnant I wouldn’t complain. Not even a little bit. Because creating life is a beautiful thing. And I should be so lucky to get to experience it all again. Aaaaaaand then I got pregnant again... read more.
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