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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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From the Other Side of the Edge…. “Dead Cop Society” Protesters,…Ignore the most Basic Point of All - By Joe Facinoli - You wouldn’t start reading a book in the second chapter, …would you? Of course not.   You’d miss the set-up, and the premise for the whole story. Would you begin telling a tale, or relating an experience, in the middle of the action, and then jump to the end,…to summarize? Obviously not.   You would completely confuse your audience read more.
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Commissioner’s Corner… Reflecting on our blessings
December is finally here.  Families have gathered together for the Holiday’s, schools have taken a much needed break, and decorations are everywhere to celebrate this most wonderful season.  Since this is the last month of the calendar year, it is always a good time to reflect on our many blessings the good Lord has given us this past year. If I were to list
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Happy Holidays
Connie and I wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season. As the year comes to a close and I reflect on my travels throughout Ohio, one common thread emerges: the compassion of Ohioans. Each week, I encounter Ohioans who volunteer to help others and improve their communities. Whether it’s sending care packages to our brave service members
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State Representative Jim Buchy… A Very Merry Christmas for Ohioans
Once again, the Christmas season is upon us. This year, many households in Ohio are poised to have a better Christmas than in years past. We have worked hard over this past year to put people back to work and in positions to provide for their families. Earlier in the fall the state unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, down nearly two whole points from the same time
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Broke Wife, Big City… ‘Twas the month of December, By Aprill Brandon
‘Twas the month of December, when all through the house/Not a creature was stirring, except for my husband (who was hunting a mouse)./The traps were all placed in the kitchen with care/In the hopes that a dead rodent soon would be there/I was nestled all snug and a ‘lil drunk in my bed/While visions of sexy fun times danced in my head/But Ryan in his PJ’s, armed with those silly traps
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Cuba… President Barack Obama
Yesterday, after more than 50 years, we began to change America's relationship with the people of Cuba. We are recognizing the struggle and sacrifice of the Cuban people, both in the U.S. and in Cuba, and ending an outdated approach that has failed to advance U.S. interests for decades. In doing so, we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries. I was born in 1961
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. A “Grown Up Christmas List”, …for a “World in Need” By Joe Facinoli - Every year about this time, a couple of cracks in the ol’ safety fašade (which I’ve carefully constructed to keep the world around me manageable, and at bay, when most needed), allow in some unexpected moments of honest reflection, …and of true humanity. The cynicism wanes just a bit, …the aggravation from all the world’s frustrating and pointless doings read more.
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Ohio GOP Delegation Releases ObamaCare Horror Stories from Ohio
WASHINGTON, DC - Speaker John Boehner  (OH-08) and Representatives Steve Chabot (OH-01), Brad Wenstrup (OH-02), Jim Jordan (OH-04), Bob Latta (OH-05), Bill Johnson (OH-06), Bob Gibbs (OH-07), Mike Turner (OH-10), Pat Tiberi (OH-12), Dave Joyce (OH-14), Steve Stivers (OH-15), and Jim Renacci (OH-16) today released the following statement reacting to their constituents’ experiences
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Anonymity for Those Involved in Executions
A few months ago, I learned that state officials would not start executions again until certain protections were in place to keep the identity of those involved with the process private. What that means is the drug manufacturers and the physicians who are involved with the executions can rest easy knowing their names aren’t tied to the execution. This is a big roadblock that we need to get past so that
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Revitalizing American Manufacturing and Innovation
One of my most important jobs is to advocate for working families in Ohio. Middle-class families have felt squeezed by the number of jobs going overseas, especially in the manufacturing sector. A report released last week from the Economic Policy Institute found that from 2001 to 2013, the U.S. lost 2.4 million manufacturing jobs to China alone. Ohio has long been a leader in manufacturing
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Broke Wife, Big City… Without Christmas, it’s just…winter, By Aprill Brandon
Sorry, guys, but brace yourselves. I am about to Pollyanna-out on all of you. Maybe it’s because it’s my baby’s first Christmas or maybe it’s because I’m getting soft in my old age, but whatever the reason is, I am all about Christmas this year. I mean, I am downright excreting Christmas spirit out of my freaking pores. I have to admit, it’s a nice change of pace. Last year I was super pregnant
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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted… Bi-Partisan redistricting reform
COLUMBUS – Regarding today’s action on a bipartisan legislative redistricting reform proposal, all of the following may be attributed to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted: “This is great news for the people of Ohio. Legislative elections will be more competitive and the elected representatives more accountable to those they serve. The voice of the average voter got stronger today. I encourage Ohio
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Gitmo Torture, not so Bad, Compared to….. By Joe Facinoli
What was the hardest decision that you ever had to make, in your whole life? Think about it for a minute, …no hurry. Not which tie and suit to wear, to your boorish boss’ latest social climbing dinner party. Nor which college to send your lazy, C-student kid, in hopes he or she might do better than grilling double cheeseburgers for the next 40 years. And not whether to tell your partner
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Support Local This Holiday Season
Winter weather has arrived and Christmas songs are playing on the radio all across Ohio. Whether we were ready for it or not, the holidays are here. As Tina and I look forward to spending time with family and friends, we are also among the millions of other folks who are trying to wrap up their Christmas shopping. As you scour store shelves and online deals in search of the perfect gifts for those you love
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Keeping Ohio Workers and Children Out of Poverty
Ohioans – many of whom work multiple jobs while taking care of their children – deserve tax relief. And workers who lose their jobs or their pensions due to no fault of their own deserve help with health bills. While this makes sense to most Ohioans, too many Members of Congress may disagree. While some legislators don’t hesitate to give tax breaks to large corporations, they stop short of also providing
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State Representative Buchy… Adoption Reform Continues to Move Through the Legislature
As we begin to wrap up our work in Columbus for the rest of the year, we still have a few major tasks to accomplish. Among my highest priorities is reforming Ohio’s current adoption system to ease burdens on families and incentivize Ohioans to consider adopting children here in the state. Ohio law affords the father of any newborn child the opportunity to come forward and
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Broke Wife, Big City… Let’s let bygones be bygones, Santa, By Aprill Brandon
Dear Santa, Hiya, big guy. Remember me? Yes, yes, that Aprill with two L’s who “allegedly” set fire to Prancer when she drank too much eggnog and found that old stash of fireworks in the attic on Christmas Eve 2007. (But may I remind you, the trial ended in a hung jury so no hard feelings, yeah?). I’m writing this letter to you on behalf of my son, Riker, who due to circumstances beyond
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I “pass” on passwords
Are a lot of people totally frustrated with the necessity and operation of electronic device passwords? Could it just be me, or more likely a function of my age? I hate passwords. I used to dislike them, but it has gone well beyond that stage now. It is a passionate hatred. Today, you need a username and unique password to operate virtually every gizmo that is closely related to what used to be known
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The White House… Reach Higher Initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama
Hi, all -- Homero Maga˝a moved to America with his family from a small town in Mexico in 1993. Growing up in California, where his father was an agricultural worker, Homero had the chance to attend a summer program focused on preparing students for higher education. This program inspired Homero to go to college, and years later, he earned a graduate degree in school counseling
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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted… Legislative redistricting reform proposal
COLUMBUS – Regarding movement on a bipartisan legislative redistricting reform proposal in the Ohio House of Representatives, all of the following may be attributed to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted: “The latest proposal in the Ohio House of Representatives provides us with new hope that a bipartisan redistricting reform plan can be accomplished before year’s end
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Memories will have to be enough, By Bob Robinson
She had the face of an angel. I was this pencil thin nerd ‘stick’ who would go to the beach wearing a button-down shirt and shorts with black shoes and white socks. My sister Melinda had boys clamoring around her for as long as I can remember. Being Air Force brats we never stayed in one place long enough to have many friends, so we made the best of it and spent much of our time
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Orwellian Protesters, Change Dr. King’s History, …and Legacy, By Joe Facinoli - On a sweltering August afternoon in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, the de facto leader, champion, and soul of the American Civil Rights movement during that time, delivered his forever iconic, and deeply inspiring “I Have a Dream…” speech, in Washington DC, before over two hundred thousand fellow Civil Rights travelers, …and Abraham Lincoln’s ghost.  His special words read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Safety Concerns Spur Powdered Alcohol Ban
A new product under consideration by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no place in Ohio until it is proven safe and acceptable for use by experts at the highest level. I am working on legislation, House Bill 594, would ban the sale of powdered alcohol in Ohio to protect our citizens from the risks and dangers associated with this newly created substance. Powdered alcohol is a substance produced
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Attorney General Eric Holder… Following through after Ferguson
Following Michael Brown's tragic death, millions of people across the nation and around the world have focused their attention on unfolding events in Ferguson, both grieving together and making their voices heard. In recent days, many have been captivated by ongoing developments, anguished emotions, peaceful protests -- and, too often, deeply unfortunate images of unnecessary destruction
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Broke Wife, Big City… Some things don’t need a sequel… like pregnancy, By Aprill Brandon
I am not pregnant. I know, I know. You probably don’t care if I am or not. Unless you’re my husband, my traumatized dog or my uterus, you have no stake in my reproductive habits. But let me tell you, typing out those four words is among the top five best feelings in the world. Not that I’m anti-children or anything. I love children (except for that one kid…he knows what he did)
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Indictment Needed:   Of an Entire Culture, By Joe Facinoli
Now that a breath of truth has been allowed to surface, in the Ferguson, Missouri tragedy/turned social and economic fiasco, a few important things have become glaringly obvious: 1)   Had he lived, Michael Brown himself, would have been indicted, on several counts, including attempted murder, assault on a police officer, aggravated assault during a robbery, and perhaps more.   2)   All the so
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U.S. Rep. John Boehner… Massive New Rule Puts Millions of Jobs at Risk
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement today on the Obama administration’s costly new draft Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation: “The Obama administration’s massive new regulation - the most expensive rule ever proposed by the EPA - could slash family budgets by more than $1500 per year, reduce GDP
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State Rep. Buchy… Agriculture in the Classroom, Up and Running in Cleveland and Cincinnati
Fifty years ago in Ohio, the rural school districts looked to the big cities for the best practices in education. Today, big cities are looking to rural areas for clues on how to make their schools more successful.  They are focused on increasing graduation rates and students that are ready for college and the workforce.  In rural Ohio a common denominator in our successful schools is strong families
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Commissioners Corner… The official holiday season is upon us
November is becoming a memory, Thanksgiving has come and gone, and old man winter is approaching. Halloween starts the official Holiday season, but to most of us, Thanksgiving is the time it really starts. We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving, and we hope the family and friends you shared it with also have a Merry Christmas, which is just around the corner
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Who is destroying America? By Jim Surber
This question rises frequently, although more often in the form of a declaration than a query. The usual alleged culprits are liberals, their leaders, and/or the anti-religious, which many consider to be one and the same. We again hear these assertions after the President’s recent actions on immigration. In the opinion of many, he has unpardonably sanctioned the breaking of our laws
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Ohioans Aren’t Being Fooled by President’s ObamaCare Hype Machine - The president’s ObamaCare hype machine recently made its rounds throughout Ohio and across the country – making a stop in Cincinnati to pitch ObamaCare to our local area. As I’ve said many times, the Obama administration can try all it wants to “sell” his disastrous health care law to the American people – but Ohioans aren’t being fooled.  That’s read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… If my blog were a sitcom, this would be the Thanksgiving episode, By Aprill Brandon -- OPENING SCENE: Camera zooms in to clock beside Aprill’s bed. Time reads 4:43 a.m. Sound of baby crying. APRILL (lying in bed, eyes still closed): “Nope. No way. (Voice gradually getting louder) You wish I loved you enough to wake up this early on a holiday! Go back to sleep, Riker!” Crying continues. APRILL (eyes still closed, kicking her husband, Ryan, with her leg): “I’ll give read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Giving Back to Our Communities This Thanksgiving
As we approach Thanksgiving, Connie and I are reminded of all that we have to be grateful for this year. For us, the day marks a chance to gather with family and friends to share a meal and give thanks for our blessings. For many Ohioans, however, this Thanksgiving marks another day when they struggle to put food on the table for themselves and their families. Nearly 1.8 million Ohioans live in poverty
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State Representative Jim Buchy… CAUV Has Saved Farmers Billions
 The Current Agriculture Use Valuation has been a topic of discussion lately.  I support this modified tax rate for agricultural land in Ohio because it has saved around $10 billion for farmers in Ohio since 1973. Unlike previous tax laws, the CAUV is a tax assessment that allows farmland to be taxed based on its agricultural value, not on its full market value. The five factors that are included in the CAUV rate are cropping
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Addressing the Rising Cost of Education for Ohio Students
While a college degree continues to be an important goal for so many Americans, the rising cost of education has left too many Ohio students wondering how they will afford to pay for school. We know how important higher education is to the economic security of American households. M.I.T. economist David Autor recently estimated that, over a lifetime, workers with a college degree
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. The Cornered Rat, …Pokes at the Big Dumb Cat, By Joe Facinoli - Ever seen a rat, get caught in a corner, with no place to go and no way out? Lights shining brightly on it, hair on end, eyes wide open, and baring its teeth, as a last resort scare tactic?? Not a pretty sight, and indeed can be a bit scary, …but only to those who think this creature is still dangerous, and allow it to be just that, …even though its life may only be a moment from the end read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Addressing Infant Mortality on World Prematurity Day
The birth of a child is a cause for celebration. For most families, a new baby brings feelings of excitement and anticipation for the future. Unfortunately, one in every nine babies born in the United States is premature. For these families, the exciting new challenges of feedings and changings may quickly be overshadowed by the emotionally taxing challenge of navigating their children’s health complications and
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Broke Wife, Big City… You have to crawl before you can raid and pillage, By Aprill Brandon
For only being 9-months-old, my son has a lot of interests. I mean, a LOT of interests. All day long, he’s just interested in everything. For example, here’s a list of things my son is interested in: Pulling off his left sock. Dropping heavy, loud things on the floor. Shaking his head no. At everything. Licking the couch. Licking the dog. Licking my cellphone. Obviously eating the left sock
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Ohio Republican Party Update, by Matt Borges
Greetings! It was a big week for Ohio Republican leadership. Congressman John Boehner was re-elected as Speaker of the United States House, Ohio Senator Keith Faber was re-elected as Ohio Senate President, and Ohio Representative Cliff Rosenberger was elected as Speaker of the Ohio House. Speaker Boehner will continue to serve our state and country well as the leader of the House
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Boehner on Attempt to Sell Ohioans on ObamaCare
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R – West Chester) today released the following statement as Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell visited Cincinnati in an attempt to sell Ohioans on the president’s disastrous health care law. “The Obama administration can try all it wants to ‘sell’ ObamaCare to Ohioans, but the truth is that local businesses, families, and seniors
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. The “American Voter”, …or BHO in a “Mao Suit”.    Just WHO is it, …that’s “Stupid” ??!!  By Joe Facinoli  -  It’s a tie, heading into overtime.    Yes, I know it was a “gesture”.    And yes, other world leaders wore it too, even Putin, who made it look like a proud warrior’s outfit, oh btw.   But when you are the President of the United States, and you’re 6’ 2” tall, and 112 pounds, with shoulders like Taylor Swift, and a posture like Stan read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Health Insurance Open Enrollment Begins Tomorrow
Since the beginning of this year, more than 646,000 Ohioans have obtained a new health insurance plan through the health law—many for the first time. And starting on Saturday, November 15th, you can enroll in a new plan or change your coverage on the health exchange. In just a year, it is clear that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is working. Because of the health law: Insurance
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U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup… You Deserve a Government that Actually Listens
WASHINGTON, DC – Delivering the Weekly Republican Address, Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) highlights the House’s vote to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and other steps Republicans are taking to help get people back to work and hold the Obama administration accountable. Key quote: “You deserve a government that doesn’t just ‘hear you,’ but actually listens to you
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The White House… Giving thanks to our veterans, by Vice President Joe Biden
Mike Erwin saw tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. And when he got home, he kept on serving. When he came home, he started a community service group. Because, despite everything that Mike had given to his country by serving overseas, he wanted to serve his country at home, as well. This morning on Veterans Day, I had the honor of welcoming Mike and a team of his fellow veterans to the White House
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Ohio Conservative Review… Conservatism and the GOP News Ohio Politics, By John Adams
Asst. Majority Floor Leader: Battle Lines Drawn in Stacked OH Speaker’s Race -- Editor news note: Rosenberger Elected Speaker For Next General Assembly… details in a future CNO post -- I ran for a seat in the Ohio House because I strongly disagreed with those who think and act as though we can tax and spend our way to prosperity. In 2010, John Kasich sent Governor Strickland packing. At the time, I had
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Workers Compensation Refunds to Help Localities
A major focus of Ohio lawmakers ever since Governor Kasich took office has been to fight for skinny government. Saving local governments money is part of this fight. As part of this process, the Ohio Attorney General’s office initiated a program that helps local governments recover outstanding debt owed to them by Ohioans who didn’t pay their taxes. Debt recovery services like this are only the start of the assistance
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Seek Opportunities to Honor Our Veterans Every Day of the Year - Our veterans have given all a person can give – so that we may live free – and we owe them a great debt of gratitude. So as we pause to pay tribute on Veterans Day, let’s not forget that honoring our men and women in uniform should be a daily honor – all part of a broader pledge to live up to the promises that our nation has made to them and their families. While saying read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Honoring Ohio’s Veterans
On Veterans Day, we pause to remember those who have fought to preserve the rights we hold dear. This year marks the 60th observance of Veterans Day and the 95th anniversary of Armistice Day, which commemorates the end of the First World War. While the heroes of World War I are no longer with us, we are grateful for their service and for the service of the brave women
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Broke Wife, Big City… Ever get that feeling you’re being watched? By Aprill Brandon
My son’s current favorite toy is a stuffed dog. A stuffed dog that talks. And sings. And lights up. And requests in a bit too perky of a voice that you hug it. A lot. Like, a lot a lot.  And I’m pretty sure it’s trying to kill me. Oh sure, maybe you could chalk up my paranoia to watching one too many demented child’s toy-themed horror movies or too many late nights falling asleep to “The Twilight Zone” reruns
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. A 2 x 4 to the Forehead, …yet Somehow, …still as Arrogant as Ever, By Joe Facinoli - An old joke pointedly asks the question:   “What does a thousand lawyers, at the bottom of the ocean, signify?”   The answer, of course, is:    “A good start.”   Well, we may have indeed gotten that fortuitous new beginning last Tuesday, in DC, and in numerous, formerly “Blue” state capitals all around the country.   But it seems at least one serious observer, himself a read more.
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The White House… Here's What's Next, President Barack Obama
Yesterday, millions of Americans cast their ballots. Republicans had a good night, and I congratulate all the candidates who won. But what stands out to me is that the message Americans sent yesterday is one you've sent for several elections in a row now. You expect the people you elect to work as hard as you do. You expect us to focus on your ambitions -- not ours -- and
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Darke County Senior Scribe… Mother Goose… Let Loose, By Lois Wilson
Once again Senior Scribe Poet Laureate Lois Wilson delves into politics with her insightful look at the important events of the day. This time it’s a follow-up to the voter mandate on Nov. 4. Even President Barack Obama had to acknowledge the Republicans had “a good day.” You might find some of the phrasing familiar as Lois decided Mother Goose is an appropriate
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U.S. Representative Boehner… Humbled to Serve and Fight for the People of Ohio's 8th District
Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Boehner (R – West Chester) today released the following statement after receiving the overwhelming support of voters in Ohio's 8th Congressional District. “I am so humbled that the people of the 8th Congressional District have given me the opportunity to serve them and continue the fight for a smaller, more accountable, less costly government.  With their vote, Ohioans
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Ohio Republicans Sweep Statewide Office
Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges issued the following statement tonight on Republicans sweeping the statewide offices. "Four years ago our state was at a crossroads and voters decided to give our Republican team an opportunity to bring Ohio back," said ORP Chairman Matt Borges.  "Four years later our officeholders delivered. Ohio is coming back and Ohio is working again. Voters are returning
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Commissioners Corner… Time to reflect and be thankful
The month of October is now gone. Harvesting, Halloween, and raking leaves, are all either done or nearly so. As November and the start of the Holiday season rolls around, it is time to reflect and be thankful for the good things that have happened here in the County. I am sure that the farmers are very grateful for what looks like a bountiful harvest this year, and
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Broke Wife, Big City… The Mom Haircut and other parental sacrifices, By Aprill Brandon
I fought it for as long as I could. Because I was the cool mom. The edgy mom. The mom with the perfectly messy Botticelli-esque curls cascading halfway down my back like one of those vacant-eyed models randomly jumping in a field of wildflowers in an Urban Outfitters catalog. Except in reality, my long, wavy hair was always tied up in a school marm bun because my 8-month-old son has made it his
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Thanks for voting! By Commissioner Mike Stegall
I would like to thank the people of Darke County for turning out to vote on Nov. 4th.  Voting is one of our most precious rights, and we as citizens need to express our opinion whenever we get the chance.  I do not understand why anyone would not get out and vote nowadays, since it is so easy, and you can basically do it at your convenience.  I could give the speech about how people died for this privilege, how the forefathers
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Idiot Nurse, …Idiot Doctor, …Idiot (and Arrogant) Americans, By Joe Facinoli - What do you call the student who graduated last in their class, at Medical School?? Unfortunately, we would still have to call them:   “Doctor”.   What would you say to the student who finished last in their class, in Nursing School ?? Just as unfortunately, if we didn’t call them “Nurse Ratchett”, for their probable personality, and predictable bedside manner, we would be forced to read more.
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Darke County Senior Scribe… Another look at politics… Mother Goose Abuse, By Lois Wilson
Once again Senior Scribe Poet Laureate Lois Wilson is on top of the season with her insightful look at the important events of the day. For the second time this season it’s politics. Wilson offers a series of poems, each addressing a different look at our coming trip to the polls, then touching on another possibility two years down the road. Wilson's completed set - five volumes - of published poetry is now available
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Protecting Consumers from the Dangers of Powdered Caffeine
In May, Dennis and Kate Stiner faced a tragedy that no parent should have to endure. Their son Logan – a student athlete at Keystone High School in LaGrange, who planned on attending the University of Toledo this fall – died from ingesting too much powdered caffeine three days before his high school graduation. Since then, the Stiners have become courageous advocates for consumer safety so that no other
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Ohio Legislature Backs Innovative Program to Help Local Governments - A few years ago Ohio’s economy was on a downward spiral, our credit rating was downgraded and our state was in a fiscal mess.  When Governor Kasich took office we balanced the budget which required making up for an $8 billion dollar budget hole; and we did it without raising taxes.  Making difficult decisions was necessary at this time.  As the economy went down read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Oh my gourd, she murdered a pumpkin, By Aprill Brandon
I was 33 when I murdered and mutilated the dead body of my first pumpkin. I know. I know. How did I ever manage to make it this far in my life without committing veggiecide? I mean, ripping out the slimy entrails of innocent gourds is practically a rite of passage in this country. Even kindergartners are handed a knife and told to stab a pumpkin in the face. Well, it’s a long story, kids. One that I’m probably going
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The White House... An Ebola update from an NIH medical expert
Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease chief at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), recently sat down to share an update on Ebola. He spoke about the measures the Administration is taking to respond to Ebola cases at home, while containing the epidemic at its source in West Africa. Speaking from his office at the NIH headquarters in Bethesda, MD, Dr. Fauci stressed that Ebola is not an easily
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Ohio Republican Party… Greetings! Update from Chairman Matt Borges
9 Days until Election Day! Our team is working hard to get our Republican leaders elected. On Saturday we had over 620 volunteers reaching out to voters across every one of our 88 counties. Over 30,000 doors were knocked and more than 31,820 phone calls were made. That's a solid start to our final Get Out the Vote push. Thank you to everyone that participated. The next nine days we must work even
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Review of the Law Enforcement Study Committee
As I travel west central Ohio, I continue to hear concerns about the growing drug problem in our region—and how it is affecting the entire state.  I have always been in favor of fighting drugs because they tear our families apart and cripple the workforce. That is why I traveled the state this summer to learn more about this problem and the obstacles that slow law enforcement’s ability to respond
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State Representative Richard Adams… Battling Breast Cancer and Raising Awareness
I hope this October, you’ve been able to join with others across the nation to honor, remember and reflect on the brave individuals who have battled, and are currently battling, breast cancer. First established in 1985, the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign seeks to generate attention for the disease and raise funds for research on its prevention, treatment, and
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U.S. Representative Boehner… Solving Our Spending Problem is the Key to Saving Medicare
This time of year, many seniors in our area have questions about Medicare, as Medicare Open Enrollment is from now until December 7.  That’s why my office stands ready to assist any constituents who may have questions about the Medicare Open Enrollment period or are experiencing issues with receiving benefits.  For more information about services available to seniors in Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District
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Darke County Senior Scribe… It’s that time of year… again! By Lois Wilson
Once again Senior Scribe Poet Laureate Lois Wilson is on top of the season with her insightful look at the important events of the day. This time it’s politics. Wilson offers two poems, each addressing a different look at the ludicrous antics of the political process. First there’s the eternal Pelosi, who is often remembered (not so fondly) for her famous statement: “We’ll know what’s in the bill when we pass it.” Then there’s the winsome
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Ending Veterans' Homelessness in Ohio
In gratitude for their courage and sacrifice for our nation, my office helps U.S. veterans access their medical and disability benefits and the overdue or replacement medals that they have earned for their military service. At a ceremony at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati last week – where I had the honor of presenting a Vietnam War veteran with seven medals
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Excesses, new and old, in political campaigns, By Jim Surber
Recent bantering in online comments about the huge amounts spent in modern Presidential campaigns got me to thinking. Is our spending on this unprecedented? I decided to do a little research, to learn how our ancestors dealt with this event, and was surprised at what I found. In the early years of the republic, gentlemen would be asked by other elite leaders to "stand" for political office, and the candidate's commonly-acknowledged
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Broke Wife, Big City… Do your ears hang low? By Aprill Brandon
When I was a kid, I had a penpal. Even better, it was a FOREIGN penpal. Every day after school, I'd run to the mailbox, quivering with anticipation, to see whether Penelope's letter had arrived from exotic Canada (where they put gravy on their French fries ... GRAVY). In fact, there were days I was so excited, I'd sit outside and actually wait for the mailman to come. Unfortunately, as I grew older, my enthusiasm
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Ohio Republican Party… Greetings! Matt Borges
Editor’s Note: Borges recently attended the Darke County Republican Pig Roast. 16 days until Election Day!  There is no time to let up. The Democratic turnout the vote machine is in full swing and we must surpass them. Ohio's unemployment rate fell to 5.6% in September, down from 7.4% this time last year. It was only four short years ago that unemployment was skyrocketing and Ohio's future was on unsteady
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Political Witch Doctors, …doing the Ebola “Heap Good Medicine” Dance, By Joe Facinoli - No disrespect to Native American medical “practitioners”, of a time long ago, but even those guys would have a better chance at curing Ebola, and tending for those inflicted with it, than what we’ve got going for us, …today. With a full spiritual commitment to their purposeful rituals and dances, and their artfully crafted, songful cadences of hypnotic read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Continued Interest in Reducing Nutrient Loading in Ohio Waterways - Lake Erie covers almost 10,000 square miles and serves as a source of pride for the State of Ohio.  Acting as the north coast of Ohio, this lake is a natural landmark known throughout North America and beyond.  Keeping the water in the lake potable and healthy is an important task that all Ohioans should be a part of. Lake Erie is a major source of tourism in the read more.
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Travel Ban Should Be Considered by President as Ebola Crisis Worsens - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- “Our hearts go out to the health care workers who have contracted the Ebola virus here in the United States, as well as those who have been impacted by it around the globe.  We pray for their speedy recovery, and we pray for those who are helping to treat and care for these individuals, including our medical experts and military personnel who read more.
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Little Pictures, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! Ok readers - Hands up - how many of you remember hearing not to borrow trouble - it will come soon enough on its own? I think trouble is here. I think we are trying to treat a "symptom" and the disease (if you will) goes unchecked. Remember our local school board wanting to pass a new levy a few years ago now? It failed the first two or three times. Now it's passed. Remember the president of the school board resigning and telling
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Enforcing Trade Laws to Boost Exports and Support Ohio Businesses -- When I travel across Ohio, I hear from business owners who have successfully expanded their companies, created jobs, and sold their products in foreign markets. In 2013, Ohio exports totaled a record-breaking $50.8 billion. To quantify that, every $1 billion in exports supports nearly 5,000 domestic jobs. And in Ohio, more than one quarter of our state's manufacturing jobs rely on exports. Last week, I joined read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Mommies don’t get sick days, By Aprill Brandon
I regret a lot of things. The fringe vest I wore for my seventh grade school photo. That time I asked for a “pixie haircut” and instead spent half of my junior year in college walking around with a mullet. Pretty much all of 2004. I even regret things I haven’t done yet, like when I finally finish this six pound burrito sitting right beside me. I’m going to eat it all. I know this. I’m going to hate myself for eating it all. I know this. And yet
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Preventing the Spread of Ebola in the United States
Over the last few weeks, we have heard a lot about the Ebola virus. The stories from Africa are heartbreaking – countries with limited resources are fighting to contain the disease and in many cases it is spreading faster than it can be controlled. In Liberia, Ebola cases are doubling every 15-20 days, with a million cases possible in western Africa by the end of the year if the current trends continue
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Ebola:  Just more of the Politics of NonSense, By Joe Facinoli - It’s always about the “Spin” today.  First, last, and always, …it’s about how something can be “Spun”, to best political advantage. No matter who gets hurt, nor how many people might be negatively affected, …even if thousands of those people (or more) eventually die. It’s always about how the individuals charged with running things, the governments they belong read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Sound Money Management of Public Dollars
When I was sworn in as a State Representative the first time around, I made it clear to my constituents that sound money management would be a focus of my time in the legislature.  Today, I continue to work for better handling of public moneys because taxpayers worked hard to earn that money. In west central Ohio, we have some of the best locally elected officials and they are good stewards
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The White House… One American's perspective
I watched the President speak about the economy earlier today -- maybe you did, too. He talked about how, even though we've rebounded from recession faster than almost every other advanced nation, we've still got a lot of work to do when it comes to rebuilding the middle class. It's easy to hear that and ask yourself, "What does the President mean when he talks about
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Ohio Republican Party… Portman works for Senate control
Today is the last day to register to vote in Ohio and early voting starts tomorrow!  As we fight to keep Ohio's comeback going, I wanted to make sure you knew about Senator Portman's efforts, not only in Ohio, but to take back the United States Senate.  Republicans have our best chance in a long time to take back the Senate and begin implementing reforms like we've seen in
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Steps at the VA are Just the Beginning
Hearing directly from veterans in our own region on the veterans’ benefit claims backlog is what led to my pressing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for answers and accountability years ago.  Our veterans deserve nothing less. What we eventually uncovered were full-blown systemic problems at the VA. I know I’m not alone in how outraged I was by the horror stories, and we’re not going to let up until the issues at the VA are finally resolved
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Investing in Ohio Manufacturing and Innovation
In Ohio, and across the United States, manufacturing is helping to lead our economic recovery. Manufacturing has a larger multiplier effect than any other industry. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.48 is added to the economy. Ohio manufacturers are some of the most competitive in the world and workers are innovating right on the shop floor. To make manufacturing's recovery permanent, we must support American
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The White House… I may never get to stand on the podium
It was New Year's Eve in 2009 when my helmet saved my life. Training for the Winter Olympics in Utah, I was at the top of competitive snowboarding when I suffered a life-threatening traumatic brain injury that I'm still recovering from to this day. And while I can never snowboard competitively again, I hope to be a voice for the millions of Americans who grapple with diseases of the brain. Until my injury, I didn't spend too much time
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. but We’re all Going to Die from Ebola, …anyway, By Joe Facinoli - We have, very clearly in my estimation, lost our path as a nation, and a society.    The proof of that, is all around us, …in abundance. We should be celebrating life, in and about this glorious country, and our wondrous good fortune, at having been born in the midst of all the amazing opportunities it presents. Instead of being drawn into all the fretful, sickening, and deceitful situations read more.
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Commissioners Corner... Summer’s over… enjoy the fall weather and events
As the month of September comes to a close, we are reminded that colder weather is just around the corner. This has certainly been a nice cool spring and summer, and if the Farmer’s Almanac is correct, we are in for a cold, snowy winter.  But for now, let’s enjoy the fall colors, the cooler weather, all the High School sports
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State Senator Bill Beagle… Changing the Face of Manufacturing in Ohio
If someone asked you to name a career that was innovative and challenging, in a precise and highly advanced field, what industry comes to mind? If you answered manufacturing, you’d be right. October is the third annual “Ohio Manufacturing Month” and October 3 is “National Manufacturing Day,” and here in the Miami Valley we take this opportunity to celebrate those working in this growing industry. The days of dark and dirty manufacturing jobs
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Representative Jim Buchy… Shelby County: A Place Filled with Opportunity
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
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