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Ohio Republican Party… ORP Update, July 27. 2014, Matt Borges
Greetings! It's 100 days until Election Day! As the day quickly approaches, we are doing everything in our power to lay out an effective ground game. Governor John Kasich and our Republican leadership have worked tirelessly to get Ohio back to work and attract new businesses to invest in our state. 263,000 private sector jobs have been created in the last three years
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Improving Veterans’ Health Care
Last week, I introduced Robert McDonald, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. The next day, the Committee – 13 other senators and I – voted unanimously to approve his nomination. The full Senate must now vote on his confirmation. I voted in support of
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Broke Wife, Big City… With great power comes great therapy bills, By Aprill Brandon
I had no idea, you guys. No idea. I was ready for the sleepless nights, the dirty diapers and even the ass-numbingly dull act of reading the same stupid children’s book over and over again. But nothing, NOTHING, could have prepared me for the power that comes with parenting. The sheer POWER, people! And I’m not just talking about the immense physical power you have over a baby. Although I think we can all agree it would take very little effort
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Cracking Down on Human Trafficking
My wife Debbie and I raised two daughters, and, like any parent, the stories of suffering and pain that follow from human trafficking crimes weigh heavily on me. Unfortunately, we see and hear the local stories about human trafficking nearly every day.  According to a recent article in the Dayton Daily News, “During the past 12 months, 26 child advocacy centers across state identified 65 minors and seven adults who are potential victims of human trafficking
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The White House… Roadmap to a high-skilled workforce, by Joe Biden
Hey, everyone -- During his State of the Union address, the President asked me to lead an across-the-board review of our nation's job-training programs. It's a top priority for the President, and it is absolutely critical to our economy's success. So earlier today, I put forward a roadmap for how the United States can keep and maintain the highest-skilled workforce in the world. I've met with business leaders, community college presidents
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. Israel as Role Model, ...Unrelenting Bully, …or Worse?  By Joe Facinoli - On the One Hand, …President Obama, and the World, should learn a lesson from Israel about how to take care of one’s own, and their territory, when threatened, abused, or attacked. On the Other, …what gives them the right to defend as their own, and so brutally, a piece of land which is claimed by each of three major world religions as their “Holy Land”, and by diverse millions as their read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Investing in Ohio's Workforce
Today, President Obama signed into law legislation that contains provisions modeled after a bill U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced that would help dislocated workers acquire the skills for high-tech jobs in their region. Included in the signed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that passed the Senate last month, were provisions from Sen. Brown’s SECTORS Act, which
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U.S. Rep. John Boehner... Boehner Statement on Halbig v. Burwell Decision
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R- West Chester) today released the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit announced its decision in Halbig v. Burwell, which centered on the legality of subsidies offered under the Affordable Care Act: “For the second time in a month, the courts have ruled against the president’s unilateral actions regarding ObamaCare.  The
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State Representative Jim Buchy… State Leaders Working to Ensure Local Control for our Schools
Recently I joined families in west central Ohio to participate in “We Will Not Conform,” hosted by Glenn Beck.  This program was hosted at movie theatres across the country where viewers served as audience participants in the program that focused on the pitfalls of Common Core. This experience opened my eyes even more to the risks associated with the Common Core and further solidified the need to stop the implementation of it in Ohio
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Ohio Republican Party… Matt Borges Update July 21
Greetings! Ohio added 15,700 jobs in the month of June as Ohio's unemployment rate remained well below the national average at 5.5%. Since 2011, Governor Kasich and our Republican leadership team have turned Ohio's economy around. Close to 263,000 new private sector jobs have been created, making Ohio the 5th state in the nation in job creation since 2011. These new
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Keeping Ohio Businesses Competitive in a Global Economy
For small and mid-sized businesses, securing the private financing needed to export their products can be difficult. To assist these companies, and allow them to expand and create jobs in the United States, the federal Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) offers loans, guarantees, and insurance. The bank, which operates at no cost to taxpayers, has provided financing for more than
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Broke Wife, Big City… Time flies when you’re elbow deep in poo, By Aprill Brandon
It is currently 9:04 p.m. If you were to put a gun to my head right now and demand that I recount how I just spent my entire day, I’d be dead. Like super dead. (Super dead, of course, being more dead than just regular dead and a lot more dead than mostly dead).  That’s because I have no bloody idea what I did today. Or yesterday. Or for the past five months.  It wasn’t always this way. I used to be able to flawlessly recall my daily activities, from
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State Representative Jim Buchy… The Second Treaty of Greenville Bicentennial Celebration
On July 22, 1814, a treaty of peace and friendship was signed between the United States of America and several Native American tribes including the Wyandots, Delawares, Shawanoese, Senecas, and Miamies. Signed in Greenville, this treaty established peace as well as an alliance between Native American tribes and the United States against Great Britain in the War of 1812. This historical and instrumental treaty celebrated its bicentennial this year
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. Of Fundraisers, …Rocket Attacks, …an Immigration Disaster, …and Golf, By Joe Facinoli - Are ya completely sick of it yet ?? Are you just ready to throw up, and walk away from all this insanity??? We’ve got commercial airliners being shot out of the sky, from six miles above the Ukraine, …thousands of rockets being fired back and forth, in the Middle East, with hundreds dying as a result, …and tens of thousands of Central Americans flooding our read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Grand Lake St. Marys – Continuing Efforts
Grand Lake St. Marys is an important fixture in west central Ohio, drawing people from all over the state during summer months. The lake also offers an economic boost to the surrounding communities, local businesses, and the rest of the Auglaize and Mercer Counties. The vital economic boost it provides to the region is important to consider as the lake undergoes continued restoration work. The lake season started off positive, but as with years before, it is
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Honoring Our Vow to America’s Veterans
In recent weeks, hundreds of Ohioans have called or written about the critical need to fix the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system and ensure that our veterans are receiving quality healthcare without long delays. The great majority of VA employees are dedicated to serving their patients, and many are veterans themselves, but the wrongdoing of a few has tarnished the VA’s reputation, and underscored the need to address existing
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ORP Update July 14, 2014… Matt Borges, Ohio Republican Party Chairman
Greetings! Ohio had a lot to celebrate this week. The RNC Site Selection Committee announced that they would be recommending Cleveland for the 2016 Republican National Convention. Hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland is a big win for Ohio and for our next presidential nominee. We will have the opportunity to share Ohio's comeback story with
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… American Flags Should be American-Made
As we celebrated Independence Day last week, Americans took time to honor and celebrate our great nation. One way we can continue to express our patriotism is to support American workers and businesses. That’s why I introduced the All-American Flag Act, which requires American flags bought by the federal government to be produced entirely with American-made materials. Right now, the federal government is required to purchase flags made from
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Broke Wife, Big City… The Complete Idiots Guide to Minor Toy Assemblage, By Aprill Brandon
I was told a lot of things about being a parent before I had my son. For example, some of my favorite gems include: “You’ll never not be doing laundry.” “You’ll never not be covered in fluids that aren’t yours.” “You’ll spend the first part of their life trying to teach them to talk and the rest of their life telling them to shut up.” But the one thing I wasn’t told? That I would need a degree in engineering. Yes, I was, and still am, highly ill-equipped to deal
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From the Other Side of the Edge... A Tale of Two Policies, and Neither is Working, By Joe Facinoli
Illegal Immigrants? Or Refugees ?? Border Security Problem? Or Humanitarian Nightmare ?? Should we let ‘em all in, to run free and to go everywhere, as they please, …or shut ‘em all out, with shotguns, moats, and barrels of hot oil, raining down on them from the top of the wall? Both. And Neither. All of the Above, …but really, …None of it. To best understand
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Protecting the Constitution
Over the past five years, President Obama has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action, changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold. We’re not going to sit idly by while this president chips away at the very foundation of our democracy, which is why the House
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Republican National Convention, Lyn Bliss, President, Ohio Federation of Republican Women
The women of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women are very pleased with the selection announced today – and it will be the OFRW’s pleasure to welcome the Republican National Convention to Cleveland.  All political roads lead to Ohio. OFRW members stand strong and ready to help Cleveland host a successful convention.  The Republican Party’s well-established record of promoting sensible solutions to issues that women hold near and dear to their
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U.S. Rep. John Boehner… House Passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following statement today applauding House passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803): “Americans struggling to find work face many challenges, and House Republicans are focused on helping them succeed by strengthening our economy and growing good-paying jobs. More than a year ago, the House passed legislation that would improve and
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Auglaize County- A Great Place to Live
 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 next few months I will periodically focus a column on the unique characteristics that make each county in western Ohio the best place to live work and rear a family.  This month I will discuss Auglaize County
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The White House… The Bear is Loose (Again)
Hi, all -- Going all the way back to the early days of the campaign, whenever President Obama shook off his schedule and busted out of the bubble, we would say "The Bear is loose." Lately, the Bear has been loose a lot -- and this week will be no different. The President is hitting the road on a three-day swing to Colorado and Texas, where he will meet with Americans who've written him letters and whose stories -- their challenges
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Broke Wife, Big City… Simplifying your life in one easy step, By Aprill Brandon
When you become a parent, you quickly find yourself looking for anything that will make your life easier. This is exactly why I own no less than five Fisher-Price devices that are all just glorified chairs, each of which moves the kid in a slightly different way. Oh, you’re tired of vibrating? How about swinging? No? Bouncing chair it is then. Seriously, most of my day is spent just moving the kid from chair to chair so I can do fun parent stuff
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Chairman Matt Borges… ORP Update for July 6
Greetings! The Fourth of July was not the only reason Ohioans had to celebrate this weekend.  Ohio also closed the books on the 2014 fiscal year and thanks to effective and responsible management, our state had an $800 million budget surplus.  Remember that when our Republican leaders took office they faced an $8 billion budget hole left by the Democrats. Governor John Kasich and our Republican leadership got to work and
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Wishing Ohioans a Safe & Happy July 4th Holiday
Two hundred and thirty-eight years ago this last weekend, farmers, merchants, laborers, and soldiers celebrated a new nation with the patriotism that has continued to carry America forward. I am honored to represent Ohio in this great nation. As we fly flags to celebrate our nation’s independence, we honor the birth of our nation while committing to America’s future. In order to honor the women and men of our
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Spineless Checks, …Too Few Balances, …No Leaders, …Forgotten Hope, By Joe Facinoli - Has there ever been a time, in our country’s long history, when our national political scene was so devoid of even a smidgeon of leadership ?? On both sides of the aisle, …and everywhere in between ? Thank God for this past month’s Supreme Court decisions, maybe they can start the restoration of sanity, if not leadership, in our nation’s capital.   But the read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Changes to Teacher Evaluation System Beneficial to All
As teachers are beefing up on the latest techniques on how to educate our children this coming fall, school districts are considering changes to how teachers are evaluated. Effective with the 2014-15 school year districts may choose an alternative teacher evaluation framework. The new options were amended into HB 362 as the bill worked it’s way through the legislature.  The teacher evaluation provisions went through a vigorous process, and countless
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column honoring the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: On July 2, 1964, Congress completed what many consider to be the most fundamental and consequential legislation in our long history, the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  And as our nation comes together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the bill’s final passage, many will rightly recall the
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… The President's Immigration Announcement
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement on the president's immigration announcement today: "In our conversation last week, I told the president what I have been telling him for months: the American people and their elected officials don't trust him to enforce the law as written.  Until that changes, it is going to be difficult to make progress
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Helping Ohio Workers Receive the Benefits They Deserve
To cut costs, some employers cheat the system by misclassifying their employees as independent contractors. Though the vast majority of employers are honest, the ones that aren’t deny their employees vital worker safeguards and avoid paying their fair share of Social Security, unemployment insurance, and income tax. This practice, which occurs across severa
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Broke Wife, Big City… The Ten Canine Commandments, By Aprill Brandon
I love my dog. I truly do. In fact, I’m one of those annoying dog owners who treats her dog like her child. And for nine years, he was the apple of my eye. Or, to be more accurate, the piece of dog fur in my eye that I can never quite get out. However, nothing alters your relationship with your dog, regardless of how much you love them, quite like bringing a real baby into the mix. The day we brought our son Riker home was the day Buffy
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Supreme Court's HHS Mandate Ruling
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following statement after the Supreme Court announced its ruling on the HHS Mandate, part of the president’s health care law: “Today’s decision is a victory for religious freedom and another defeat for an administration that has repeatedly crossed constitutional lines in pursuit of its Big Government objectives. The mandate overturned today would have required for-profit companies to
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Standing Up for Southwest Ohio Veterans
Sen. Brown meets with Doolittle Raider Lt. Col. Richard Cole and Brian Anderson, the Sergeant at Arms for the Doolittle Raiders Association, in Washington D.C. Sen. Brown, the first Ohioan to serve a full term on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, is working to ensure that our veterans receive the care and support owed to them by a grateful nation. Veterans deserve the highest quality of care possible and a VA that works as a partner in achieving better
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Commissioners Corner… Summer is here but don’t forget your public responsibilities
June has come and gone, and we are now completely into the summer months.  June has been warm and wet, which is good growing season for our farmers (as long as it isn’t too wet!).  People are enjoying all the summer- time benefits Darke County has, and it looks to be a good summer season for most of us.  Cookouts, swimming, parades, festivals and such are in full swing, so enjoy what Darke
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Cracking Down on Tainted Food Imports from China
When American consumers go to the store, they should be confident that the food they’re purchasing is safe. Unfortunately, questions have recently emerged about whether food imported from China has been the cause of animal illness and death across the United States, and whether this threat could affect humans. To address these concerns, I chaired a Congressional hearing last week to explore China’s food safety standards on behalf of American
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ORP Update… Greetings! Chairman Matt Borges
Our Party lost a great friend this week when State Representative Terry Blair passed away. Blair was dedicated to his community and spent 21 years as a Washington Township trustee before moving on to serve in the Ohio House. He leaves behind a great legacy. He will be dearly missed by family, friends, and his colleagues. Our prayers are with all of his loved ones. Cleveland is 2016 finalist - The Republican National
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President Barack Obama… Send me a letter
Hi, everyone -- Yesterday, I had lunch with a woman named Rebekah at Matt's Bar in Minneapolis. Rebekah wrote me a letter earlier this spring telling me about the challenges facing her family. More and more, she told me, she and her husband are working harder and harder just to get by. So I decided to reply to her letter in person. Rebekah and I spent the day together -- we stopped for burgers
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. C’ mon, …If you can’t Use your Hands, …then it’s not a Real Sport !!, By Joe Facinoli - What’s with all this phony “soccer hype” that’s going on right now, in this country?? All over ESPN, and on bored sports blogs, …and at bars and restaurants (that work for profit, not for some overblown passion), always on the lookout for a new and different reason, to attract a drunken sports crowd into their place ?? It sure ain’t for “Love of the Game”, …and it’s damn sure read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Elevating the Issue of Common Core to a State Level Issue
It was just over a year ago, when my office began receiving calls from constituents in western Ohio concerned about the Common Core Standards.  At that time I knew that the schools were implementing new standards and they had been for some time but I had a lot to learn about how this effort was really an attempt to nationalize public education.  A lot has come out since that time and recently Senator Faber led the way in elevating the discussion of the common
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Celebrating 42 Years of Title IX
This week, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined millions of women across the country in celebrating a milestone in women's equality. Forty-two years ago this week, Title IX gave women the first guarantee of equal opportunity both inside and outside of the classroom. "For too long women were denied the chance to contribute in the classroom and on the field," Sen. Brown said. "'Title IX finally started to level the academic and the athletic playing fields
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Ohio Republican Party… Chairman's Matt Borges Update
June 22, 2014 - Greetings! Today we are a little over 100 days away from the start of early voting in Ohio. We are well under five months until Election Day.  Everything we do over the coming weeks and months is important and there is only one goal: keep our Republican officials in office and continue Ohio's comeback. Think about how far we've come since Republicans took office
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Then and Now, By Al Bliss
June 19, 2014 - This effort focuses on NOW!!!! First – let us look at some basic beliefs and then consider a few so-called POLITICAL items. I am a proud American Citizen, a Christian, a Veteran, I believe the United States Constitution is as originally written the sound foundation upon which our Country is built, I believe an oath of office -political, military, judicial or any other position has significant value and mandates integrity by the
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A new type of consumer? By Jim Surber
“The wealthiest 1 percent possesses 40 percent of our nation’s wealth; the bottom 80 percent owns 7 percent.” We have all read or heard this account, or some variation. Some will think this is the result of preferential treatment by business, government, or the tax code. And, of course, some will think that this is how it should have always been. Thinking about this statement, I entertained a thought that the dramatic shift in assets (wealth) could be happening
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Broke Wife, Big City… 33 Things I’ve learned in 33 years, By Aprill Brandon
(New Parent Edition) 1. A baby’s cry has the magical ability to make time stop. For instance, 45 seconds of crying feels like three hours. And three hours of crying feels like you can’t remember life before the crying started and will probably die before it ends. 2. There are a lot of perks to having a baby. Using them as an excuse to stop cleaning your house is the best one. 3. How
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The White House… Flexible work environment
Hi, everyone -- I still remember the moment the value of a flexible work environment became crystal-clear for me. I was working for Mayor Richard Daley in Chicago, and sitting in a particularly long cabinet meeting along with the Mayor's corporation counsel, Susan Sher. Susan and I were both single moms, and dear friends -- and frankly, we both had somewhere else to be. As the meeting stretched on, and the two of us kept looking at our
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… The 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R – West Chester) today released the following statement commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Mississippi Summer Project, also known as Freedom Summer, and recognized the integral role played by the 8th District’s Miami University. “1964 was a fateful year for the American civil rights movement, and like many other significant moments in
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. “Redskins” Name, …has Higher Approval Rating than Obama!!, By Joe Facinoli - Uh, …Oh….  Look what the latest polls have just drug in, …from under the shrubbery, over near the compost pit.  Seems like our dear, and oh so determined President, try as he might to distract us (from anything/everything), has had his once treasured, and formerly flaunted approval rating, …slip well below that of the hated and oh so “disparaging” name, of DC’s favorite NFL team read more.
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The Lost Art of Talking, By Mike Stegall, Darke County Commissioner
“I FEAR THE DAY THAT TECHNOLOGY WILL SURPASS OUR HUMAN INTERACTION.  THE WORLD WILL HAVE A GENERATION OF IDIOTS.” – ALBERT EINSTEIN. In case you haven’t been aware, ever since the 1980’s, we have been in a technology boom.  Personal computers, cell phones, the internet, our cars, planes, ships, trains, everything has grown with the advent of new technology.  It is nothing anymore to see people walking with their
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… We need a true all-of-the-above energy strategy now, more than ever - WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column: When I heard about the president’s new EPA rule, I said it was nuts – that’s because it is.  The proposed rule would force new federal bureaucratic mandates on states and energy suppliers that will be passed directly to American consumers, causing energy prices paid by families and small businesses to, as the president has put it read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Severance Tax and its Impact on Ohioans
With the discovery of large deposits of oil and gas in the eastern part of Ohio, we have an opportunity to work with Ohio’s oil and gas industry to offset costs incurred by the tax payers for road maintenance and regulation associated with the industry.  As we learn more about this growing economic benefit in Appalachia we must have a serious discussion at the state level to determine the best
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Broke Wife, Big City… Father’s Day, By Aprill Brandon
Remember those public service announcements a few years back that showed a dad playing with his kid and then encouraged other dads to “take time to be a dad today”? I always hated those commercials. Even though I understood the reasoning behind it (addressing the high numbers of absent and deadbeat dads in the U.S.), I still hated the message, for two reasons: There
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Summer Food Service Programs: Ensuring Ohio Children Don’t Go Hungry - With so many families struggling to make ends meet, many Ohio children are living in “food insecure” households, where parents don’t always have the resources to provide enough healthy food for their families. During the 2012-2013 school year, 630,000 Ohio children daily received free or reduced-priced school lunches through the National School Lunch Program, ensuring their healthy read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Capping Costs on Federal Student Loans
This week, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded an executive order by President Obama that would cap the monthly cost of federal student loans to just 10 percent of a borrower’s income, benefitting more than five million Americans. Sen. Brown also urged Congress to pass legislation he is cosponsoring that would enable more than 1.2 million Ohioans to refinance their private and federal student loans to lower interest rates currently
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From the Other Side of the Edge…..  Moronic Scoff-Laws, ….Playing Leap Frog, Right Over You, By Joe Facinoli - They mock you, …and they’re morons.   They have a plan, and are working hard to implement it, but have no earthly idea as to how, …and no clue as to what’s really involved.  Yet they mock you, …and call YOU stupid, …for questioning them.  They are children, …playing on the world’s stage, …in the most dangerous game of all, …but they make fun of YOU, for mentioning that their moronic read more.
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State Senator Bill Beagle… Celebrating Fatherhood
As a father myself, and as Chairman of the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood, I know firsthand the irreplaceable role fathers play in their children’s lives. My own father used his high school education and hard work to become a regional Vice President of a coffee company. He was a husband, a coach, a guide, a leader, and a man of compassion that shaped my upbringing. Ironically, the first Father's Day I celebrated as a father was the first one I
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Freezing Government Energy Mandates will Help Ohio’s Consumers - As air conditioners run and summer travel begins—a topic on many Ohioans’ minds is the costs of energy.  Continuing government mandates on Ohio’s energy companies increases costs for Ohio consumers.   Our Ohio energy policy should promote low-cost, domestic energy resources that promises continued economic growth in Ohio.  Instead, flawed policies for the read more.
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ORP Update… By Matt Borges
Greetings! On Friday, the Ohio Republican Party hosted State Central Committee members for our reorganization meeting following the primary election. Eleven new members were sworn in including Steve Austria, Bill Delaney, Dan Drockton, Doris Durica, Crystal Faulkner, Stephanie Garrett, James Horton, John Mancini, Mary O'Toole, Greg Simpson, and Denise Verdi. This
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The White House… Getting student debt under control, From Andy MacCracken
Hey, everyone -- I owe more than $75,000 in federal student loan debt -- and that's before you count interest. So, as you might imagine, the action President Obama took today to make debt more manageable for millions of Americans is very personal to me. When I was growing up in Colorado, my parents worked multiple jobs and made plans to refinance our house just so they could
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… More Than 57,000 Veterans Waiting for an Appointment
Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement after the VA reported that more than 57,000 veterans are still waiting for an initial medical appointment at VA health facilities: “The fact that more than 57,000 veterans are still waiting for their first doctor appointment from the VA is a national disgrace.  The House will act this week on a common-sense bill that would allow any veteran forced to wait more than 30 days for an
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Making Student Loan Policies Clear for Ohio Students
A death within a family is devastating. Grieving family members deserve time to mourn their loss. But some parents who have co-signed a private student loan for their child have instead found themselves facing harassment from student loan servicers. After Delphos, Ohio native Andrew Katbi was killed in a tragic car crash just weeks before graduating from law school, his family experienced this mistreatment firsthand
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The power of the purse, By Al Bliss
To:  All active Conservative Republicans  From:  A Concerned Conservative Republican – Al Bliss - I have included as direct quotes two sections of the constitution that clearly demonstrate the intent of our founding fathers. This was done so that an answer to the following questions just might be forthcoming from someone. Legislative Branch - The legislative branch enacts legislation
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Broke Wife, Big City… It takes a bunch of village idiots to raise a child, By Aprill Brandon
When I was a kid, my greatest achievement was being the undisputed champion of the game “Don’t Touch The Ground” in my aunt’s pool from 1989 to 1992. If you’ve never played this game, let me assure you that it takes a level of strength and fortitude generally not found in many 8-year-olds and consists of many complicated rules, such as swimming around the pool without
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Congressional Concerns Raised About Prisoner Exchange
WASHINGTON, DC -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement today about the bipartisan concerns outlined to the administration more than two years ago about the prospect of the prisoner exchange facilitated last week: “I join every American in welcoming Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl home.  It is hard to imagine, let alone fully understand, the fear and torment our fellow citizen and his family have endured, and I am grateful his
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The White House… The year 2030
Hi, everyone -- This past Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants for the first time. Since then, folks across the country -- on editorial boards, in classrooms, on front porches -- have been weighing in on why this is so important. And with that in mind, here's something I want to make clear: We’re already experiencing the effects of climate change today
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. A Quiet Tear, …from a Good Man, …for a Day Long Remembered, By Joe Facinoli - I had already written most of my column for this week’s space, when a chance re-discovery of a dusty old book on an office shelf, reminded me quickly of what day it was, …and just as quickly, re-directed my thoughts. To, …that this particular day’s importance, was of far greater value than anything else which I could be writing about, …at that thought provoking read more.
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Ohio Republican Party… Chairman Matt Borges Update: Greetings!
This week our Republican leaders spent their time looking for solutions and creating jobs while Ohio Democrats spent theirs advocating for more spending, higher taxes and bigger government. There is no doubt that we need to keep Republicans in office this November to keep Ohio on the right track. Help us continue Ohio's comeback. First let's look at the Democrats
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The White House… What the proposed power plant rule means to you
Power plants currently churn out about 40 percent of the carbon pollution in the air we breathe, and contribute to hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks and thousands of heart attacks. And even though we limit the amount of toxic chemicals like mercury, sulfur, and arsenic that power plants can put in our air and water, there are no national limits on the carbon pollution they can release. As President Obama said in his weekly address on
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Patriot Voices… More Regulation Equals More Lost Jobs for Hardworking Families
By Rick Santorum - VERONA, PA - Former presidential candidate, former U.S. Senator, Chairman of Patriot Voices and author of Blue Collar Conservatives Rick Santorum condemned the regulations from President Obama placing historic and job-killing carbon pollution limits on existing power plants. Senator Santorum said, "Hardworking families across this country continue to face an uphill climb
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Ensuring Veterans Receive the Care They Deserve
While serving our country, many veterans sustain a variety of injuries. These injuries can be visible physical injuries but other so-called “invisible injuries” persist and can affect veterans just as much, or more, than the more obvious visible injuries. It is our duty to ensure that these veterans receive the high quality medical care and disability benefits they deserve – no matter what kind of injuries
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Workers Compensation Reform Coming Soon
In the last three years, under the management of Director Steve Buehrer and Governor John Kasich, the Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) has been working hard to return money to employers and lower premium rates. The BWC has also proposed a new reform package, which will change the premium payment system from retrospective to prospective, introduce the “True Up” option, and modify the
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Boehner… Premiums Rising in Ohio Due to President's Health Care Law
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman John Boehner (R – West Chester) today issued the below statement following a report released this week by the Ohio Department of Insurance.  The report shows that average premiums are increasing by 13 percent for individuals and 11 percent for small businesses for health plans sold in 2015 on the federal exchange created by the president’s health
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Broke Wife, Big City… A closer look at the American family, By Aprill Brandon
The American family. A tradition dating back to the early 1600s. They can be found living among various habitats in North America, from teeming cities rich in natural resources, such as Chipotle, to the peaceful suburbs, where powerful tribes known by the moniker of “The Homeowners Association” roam the land, dictating grass length and the number of acceptable lawn gnomes
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Changing the Spending Culture in Washington
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column: From groceries to electricity, we’re paying more for nearly everything in this president’s economy – all while paychecks shrink and wages sit stagnant. Throughout our local area, I hear about this more and more, making it all the more critical that the spending culture change in Washington
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Spending your money, By Mike Stegall
We all pay taxes, a lot of taxes.  Nobody enjoys it, and everybody knows that government blows a lot on unnecessary things.  Governments do that, that point is not arguable, especially, the higher up in Government you go.  Spending the people’s money is what government does.  The questions that need asked and answered though is this:  Is this how you run your own house?   Would you do that
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Commissioners Corner… Rough winter but summer just around the corner
It is hard to believe that we are almost at the halfway point of the year.  May has certainly been a month of change.  We started out cold and wet, then got warmer, and then a later snow, coupled with storms and even some hail in spots.   Now, at the end of the month, May has acted like May should! Warmer temperatures, sunny, and just a little touch of humidity to remind us that summer is just
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. “And the Oscar goes to…..” By Joe Facinoli
When will this President actually begin to “be” a President, …and stop “acting” like he thinks one should ?? He’s got the job, ….and we (some of us) even gave him an affirmation of that, a short year and a half ago.  When does the “method acting”, from immersing himself into his actual, real life, on the job training, start to kick in, …huh??  Hasn’t he ever seen any Brando, or DeNiro, or Pacino movies??? Come
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Afghanistan Troop Level Announcement
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement on the announcement by President Obama that 9,800 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan after a bilateral security agreement is signed between the two countries: “For more than a decade, our troops and civilian personnel have fought to bring peace and security to Afghanistan – and to ensure it can never again be used as a safe haven for
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Gaming Laws in Ohio Should be Uniformly Enforced
I recently teamed up with State Representative Bill Blessing from Cincinnati to work on a bill that passed the Ohio House to address concerns about gaming in Ohio. By gaming, I am referring to activities like gambling, playing the lottery and going to the casino. These activities, when done responsibly and administered fairly, can provide great enjoyment to a lot of people. But it is important that a structure is in place to
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Protecting Ohioans from Skin Cancer
After such a long winter, Ohioans are ready to spend more time outside, enjoying the warmer weather. While doctors recommend that we wear sunscreen, Americans may be surprised to learn that our sunscreen is not as effective as the sunscreen sold in Canada and Europe. The reason? Regulatory gridlock. Regulatory delays have prevented American sunscreen makers from utilizing many of the
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Ohio Republican Party… Chairman's Update May 25, 2014
Greetings! Happy Memorial Day. We are so lucky to live in this great county, and we would be no where without the sacrifices of more than one million Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who gave their lives to secure our freedoms. May we all take a moment this weekend to remember the brave men and women who courageously fought and gave their lives for us. Governor Kasich honors fallen soldiers - In honor
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Broke Wife, Big City… Babies on a plane! By Aprill Brandon
If I had to list in order the Top Five Most Annoying People, they would be: People who talk too loudly on their cell phones while in tiny, enclosed, public spaces. (It’s an elevator, buddy, not “The Real World” confessional booth. I’m just trying to get to the fifth floor without intimate knowledge of your weird armpit rash). People who squeal and throw their arms up when they see their old college
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Boehner… Days Before Memorial Day, Senate Democrats Block More VA Accountability
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked consideration of the VA Management Accountability Act (H.R. 4031), which passed on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis yesterday: “As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, I am disappointed, and – frankly – shocked that Senate Democratic leaders chose to block legislation that would
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Honoring Those Who Served, Bob Robinson, Texas A&M Graduate, Class of 66
As we celebrate Memorial Day today, please take a moment to honor those who have served. It is they who have purchased our freedoms with their sacrifices and, in many cases, their lives. I want to thank two of my fellow Aggies for their service: Richard Powell, USN Retired, Vietnam Veteran, and Lt. James Neely, who have his life on the field of battle in Vietnam. I also gratefully thank my natural father
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Sliding Farther Down that Slope….. By Joe Facinoli
This one was easy. Like predicting snow in January, …or hot and humid days in early August. Who couldn’t see this coming? I’d brag a little, …but who boasts about prophesizing a trainwreck? It started with the public pillorying and stoning of that fine and upstanding citizen, …Mr. Donald Sterling. You remember him, …right? He’s the owner of a National Basketball Association team in Los Angeles
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Protecting Ohio’s Seniors from Unexpected Cancer Screening Costs
The preventive procedures covered by Medicare are critical to ensuring that seniors live long healthy lives, regardless of their finances. That’s why screening for colorectal cancer, the third leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the U.S., is so important. Despite the risks, one in three adults between the ages of 50 and 75 is not getting screened as recommended. Cost should not be a barrier to screening. Under current law, Medicare
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Outrage Isn’t Enough, VA Needs Real Accountability Now
WASHINGTON, DC – After hearing from countless veterans in Ohio about the VA backlog more than a year ago, Congressman John Boehner (R- West Chester) has led the U.S. House in pressing the VA for answers.  With evidence of gross mismanagement at VA hospitals across the nation continuing to mount, the House took action today by passing the VA Management Accountability Act (H.R. 4031), legislation that makes it easier to hold senior VA
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Consolidating Manure Management will Cut Down on Bureaucratic Red Tape - Sometimes, government has a tendency of continuing to do things the same way year after year. Enough years go by, and people stop asking questions because, “That’s just the way it’s done.” That is why I was happy to see House Bill 490 be introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives. One component of House Bill 490 changes some of the regulatory oversight read more.
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Charter Schools Work
Did you know that, right now, the waiting list to get into charter schools has about a million names on it? I’m not surprised at all – charter schools work. In our area, it’s the parents and educators at charter schools like Richard Allen Academy and Springfield Academy of Excellence who work tirelessly to make sure every one of our kids has a fair shot at a good education – which is critical to building a stronger economy. And they need our support
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… The 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
Sixty years ago today, a unanimous Supreme Court, in Brown v. Board of Education, struck down decades of inequality in our nation’s schools with its ruling that segregated schools violated the rights of students. Until 1954, schools across the country had operated under the idea that “separate but equal” schools based on race for students fulfilled our nation’s promise of equal opportunity for all. But schools for minorities were often woefully inadequate – in one
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Broke Wife, Big City… Here’s my excuse for my post-baby body, By Aprill Brandon
Here’s a fun fact you may not know. When you are in the hospital after having a C-section, you are issued several pairs of giant disposable netted hospital underwear. If you’re having trouble picturing that, let me help you out: They are incredibly unattractive. I mean, these things are hideous. And completely see-through, leaving absolutely nothing to the imagination. (And trust me, immediately after having a baby, you want most, if not all, things
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FBI News Blog… Law Enforcement Partnerships are Key in Combating Violent Crimes Against Children - A former English tutor was sentenced to 30 years in prison after traveling back and forth from the U.S. to China to molest children. A 14-year-old kidnap victim from Spokane was rescued and his kidnappers apprehended and eventually sentenced to long prison terms. A former teacher and child pornographer who found himself on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list was apprehended abroad and read more.
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State Senator Bill Beagle… Honoring the Fallen on Memorial Day
For nearly a century and a half, Americans have come together at the end of May to celebrate a day honoring those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. While we enjoy the warmer weather, cook-outs, and spending time with friends and family, it is important to remember the real meaning behind this holiday. Although there are different versions of how Memorial Day began, one story goes that the grieving soldiers' families, both north and south, began
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Ohio Republican Party Update
Greetings! Following Tuesday's Primary Election, we came together as a party Saturday night at our State Dinner to share the story of our state's comeback over the last three years and get our candidates re-elected.  Since Republicans took office nearly 250,000 jobs have been created, our unemployment rate is at its lowest point since 2006, the state's Rainy Day Fund has been fully restored, and taxes have been reduced by nearly
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. It’s not the Teachers who are Failing, ….nor the Kids, …nor the School Buildings either, By Joe Facinoli - “It’s the ‘Culture’, …Stupid !”  …as James Carville might have said to Bill Clinton, during some past election campaign, when no one, then, before, nor since, was paying nearly enough attention to the continuing failures happening with the education of our American children.  What was Einstein’s definition of insanity? “Doing the same (stupid) thing, over and over again read more.
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We Build Big Things, By Vice President Joe Biden
Here's what I saw in Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood today: I saw a community coming together to replace an obsolete old train station with a new, energy-efficient one that connects two high-employment areas. Yesterday, in St. Louis, I saw the construction of a land bridge that's designed to let residents and tourists better access the city's famous Archway. Our infrastructure projects
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Life with Levi… Mommy versus Levi, By Amanda Olson
It’s so hard to believe that my energetic, giggly, yet sometimes whiney, little boy is the same cuddly bundle of joy that I gave birth to three years ago today. Up until I became a mom, I never realized how short a period of time that three years actually is. I also never realized how much can change in that same amount of time. Watching Levi grow has no doubt been the most rewarding experience of my life. Every time he learns something new
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Providing Funding for Local Projects in Western Ohio
The state’s capital budget bill—House Bill 497—was recently reviewed by the state legislature in order to determine appropriate capital projects to be funded by bonded dollars over the course of the next few years. The capital budget is a collaborative process that involves state and local leaders and the economic development community which balances the state’s need for fiscal restraint. The funding for
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Boehner Backs Bipartisan Charter Schools Bill
WASHINGTON, DC – As the U.S. House begins consideration of the bipartisan Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) – a long-time supporter of school choice and the charter school movement – today released this video message recognizing Charter Schools Week. “It’s the parents and educators at charter schools like Richard Allen Academy and Springfield Academy of Excellence in
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Investing in Ohio’s Transportation Infrastructure
We know that infrastructure investments and job creation go hand-in-hand. Road and bridge projects don’t just mean safer and less congested roads and construction jobs – they also help attract new employers and economic development. Two years ago, Democrats and Republicans came together to pass a two-year Highway Bill that allowed for approximately $50 billion per year for transportation programs. This bipartisan effort ensured that states
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Broke Wife, Big City… Is motherhood really the toughest job? By Aprill Brandon
I’ll never forget the moment I became a mother. Unlike many women, it wasn’t when I realized I was pregnant; in fact, I’m pretty sure I didn’t have one single maternal feeling during my entire pregnancy. I hated being pregnant. Passionately. Sure, it had its perks. Eating cheeseburgers in bed, for example. Or eating fried chicken in bed, for another. Or just having my husband bring the
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Ohio Republican Party… On to November!
Greetings! Last night was a very good night for Republicans in Ohio.  Ohio voters overwhelmingly supported candidates who embraced the principles of the Republican Party that bring us together - less government, lower taxes, creating jobs, defending constitutional rights, and fighting Obamacare. Congressman Dave Joyce comfortably won a race that the entire nation was
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The White House… More than 20 actions and counting
Hey, everyone -- The President made something very clear in his State of the Union address this past January: Wherever and whenever he can take action to expand opportunity for more American families, he's going to do it, with Congress or without. Republicans in Congress have actually set records in obstruction and inaction, blocking simple yes-or-no votes on proposals that would create jobs and
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Keeping Student Loans Affordable
This week, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and several of his colleagues in introducing the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the lower interest rates currently offered to new borrowers. “Instead of being saddled with a lifetime of student loan debt, college graduates should be able to
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The Other Side of the Edge….. Pope Francis should “Re-distribute” a couple of his Stained Glass Windows…. By Joe Facinoli - Open “infallible” mouth, ….insert one, far too human, papal foot.  Recently, Pope Francis publicly insisted, before the Secretary General of the United Nations, and other assembled officials of that highly revered and august (not) organization, that they should endorse the policy of, what he termed  “…the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the State,….” At that read more.
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U.S. Rep. John Boehner… What we’re doing here in Ohio, Washington can learn a lot from it
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column: Here in Ohio, we’re moving forward.  From the local level on up, policies are being put in place to make it easier to do business, create jobs, and raise a family. This growth is happening despite the policies coming out of Washington.  Everyone knows it -  just ask our local job creators.  When I’m home in Ohio, I hear over and over again how places
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ORP Chairman Update
Greetings! Our Party lost a great friend last week when State Central Committee Member Jim Woods passed away. Jim was a dedicated member of the Republican Party. He was a member of the Medina County Republican Party's Executive Committee and the founder of Medina County Friends and Neighbors, a grassroots conservative organization. He was a tireless fighter for conservative issues on every front. He will be greatly
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Boehner: Ohioans’ Priorities Are Our Priorities
WASHINGTON, DC – At a press briefing with Republican leaders today, Congressman John Boehner (R- West Chester) highlighted what he hears over and over again from his constituents in Ohio – that their top priorities continue to be more jobs and a stronger economy. Rep. Boehner drove home the fact that he is leading House Republicans in listening to Ohio’s families and small business owners and continuing to focus on those top priorities.  Following are
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Combating the Rise of Antimicrobial Resistance
In April, I visited University Hospitals in Cleveland to discuss antimicrobial resistance, a public health crisis that affects two million Americans each year. Harmful microbes, like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), have adapted to the antibiotic drugs that we have used to treat them and, as a result, infections caused by these microbes are difficult to treat. Antibiotic-resistant infections kill more than 23,000 Americans a year, and if we continue
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Broke Wife, Big City… A closer look at the American family, By Aprill Brandon
The American family. A tradition dating back to the early 1600s. They can be found living among various habitats in North America, from teeming cities rich in natural resources, such as Chipotle, to the peaceful suburbs, where powerful tribes known by the moniker of “The Homeowners Association” roam the land, dictating grass length and the number of acceptable lawn gnomes. Utterly unique in
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. He’s the Worst Kind of Human Being, ….just not a Criminal, By Joe Facinoli - Two things jumped out at me, when I first heard about NBA team owner Donald Sterling’s idiotic, openly racist, and utterly stupid remarks recently, …and then the National Basketball Association’s punishment of him, for his bigoted and unacceptable words and pronouncements. Initially, my quick reaction was:   Damn !!   There are still people in positions of power and influence today, who continue to think this read more.
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State Representative Buchy… Ohio House Passes Bill to Help Families Address College Costs
The weeks leading up to Easter were busy times at the Statehouse, which included the House passing several parts of Governor Kasich’s Mid-Biennial Review, or MBR. As the title implies, the MBR is a review of the budget bill that was passed during the previous year. Although I have been sharing details and information about the MBR bills with constituents and public leaders throughout the 84th House District, for the
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Boehner Blasts Administration Defiance of Congressional Subpoena on Benghazi
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement in response to the release of new White House emails related to the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. “Four Americans lost their lives in Benghazi, and this White House has gone to extraordinary lengths to mislead, obstruct, and obscure what actually took place. I am appalled to learn that the
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Workers’ Memorial Day
While many of my colleagues wear a special pin indicating they’re a Member of Congress, I wear something different on my lapel: a pin depicting a canary in cage. Generations ago, miners took a canary into the mine to warn them of toxic gases. If the canary died, the miners knew they had to escape quickly. They were forced to provide for their own protection because there was no union strong enough or government who cared enough to protect them
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Ohio Republican Party Chairman’s Update
Greetings! Our county parties have been hosting Lincoln Day Dinners across the state this year. Governor Kasich, Lt. Governor Taylor, Senator Portman, Secretary of State Husted, Auditor Dave Yost, Attorney General DeWine, Supreme Court Justices Kennedy and French, other statewide leaders, members of our Congressional delegation and I have been criss-crossing the state to attend them.  They have been outstanding. Thank you
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Broke Wife, Big City… My baby is better than your baby, By Aprill Brandon
I always said I would never be one of those parents that beamed with pride every time my kid did something, like fart. You know the parents I’m talking about. They show you their newborn and then regale you with endless tales about how the precious little lump can gurgle and spit up at a five-month-old level. And have you ever seen a more perfect poop? The kid can poop perfectly every single
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Preserve and Protect, By Carla Surber, GCSD Treasurer
I was a child who was raised with core values in an agricultural community, and learned the importance of preserving what you have.  I conduct my business in this way, both personally and professionally, regarding ownership and maintenance of property.  “To preserve what you have for future generations” is a phrase that I hold as a truism. On May 6th, we have an opportunity to renew a permanent improvement levy.  This will be the sixth time we can
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Big bang meets the iron triangle, By Jim Surber
Do you ever wonder what influences people to believe some things and disbelieve others? I’m not referring to gossip, rumors, or even news reports; but specific universal beliefs or findings. Last month, an AP poll asked people to rate their confidence in several statements about science and medicine, and found broad acceptance of some statements and skepticism or outright disbelief in others. Of those polled, only 4 to
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. Ghandi’s “Seven Deadly Sins”, …The New American Way, By Joe Facinoli - There are times, it seems, when a man’s work is never quite done.  It’s been sixty six years since Mahatma Mohandas Ghandi was assassinated in India, …over eighty years since he accomplished some of his most renowned work, in that country, …and over a century since he tried, in vain, to end apartheid in South Africa. But little did he know, that here and now (well into his prophetic future), he read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Reviewing State Budget to Maintain Ohio’s Momentum
Governor Kasich recently proposed his Mid-Biennial Budget Review, or MBR, which gives lawmakers a second look at the budget that was passed last year and allows us to determine where improvements can be made. Because of the vast size of the bill—surpassing 1,600 pages—the House rightfully decided to break it down into smaller components so that each separate issue can receive appropriate level of oversight
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Broke Wife, Big City… Putting on my mom jeans one leg at a time, By Aprill Brandon
I’m not sure when it started. And quite frankly, it took me by surprise. I mean, I had always prided myself on having no life and thus was able to keep up with such things. But somewhere between entering my 30’s and having a baby, I became out of touch with pop culture. Granted, it’s not like I’m to the point where I’m wearing mom jeans and referring to Jake Gyllenhaal as Jack Gypsypants yet. But it is
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Fighting on Behalf of Our Seniors
The president’s health care law continues to wreak havoc on the seniors, families, and small businesses in our area – the people who make our corner of Ohio so great. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that 122,000 people living in the Cincinnati region alone rely on the Medicare Advantage program.  Nationwide, that number is in the millions. And because of ObamaCare, those seniors are paying higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs, as well as
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. Just 272 Words, …so Brilliant, …so Important, …but now, so Ignored, By Joe Facinoli - Which of these lines, from our history, is more important, or more relevant? “….certain unalienable rights, …life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Or, “….government of the people, by the people, for the people….” Yep, pretty tough to pick.   Almost a “chicken or the egg” thing.  The first, of course, from our Declaration of Independence, …that most purposeful and powerful of read more.
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Ohio Republican Party… Chairman Matt Borges Update
Greetings! It was another good week for Ohio Republicans.  We saw major grassroots work in the field, more mishaps from the Democrats, we announced plans for our State Dinner on May 10th, and we saw more jobs coming to Ohio. Precinct Leaders in Franklin County. Yesterday was a national day of action for Republicans across the country and Ohio, as our precinct-level grassroots organization
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Conquering the Drug Problem
Drug addiction is something that harms everybody in the community. Families suffer emotional turmoil and taxpayers have to pay the brunt of rehabilitation programs and prevention. Recently, the drug problem that faces Ohio and the entire country has been made known, which is the first step in reducing its severity. Prevention is the best way to stop the spread of addiction. Unlike common belief, legal prescription drugs can
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Protecting Your Future: Stopping Credit Report Errors
Your credit report has an enormous impact on your financial future. Banks, credit card companies, and employers all reference credit reports when they decide whether to make a loan to a potential customer or offer a job to a prospective employee. That is why it’s critical that credit reporting agencies maintain and provide accurate credit information about consumers. Yet too often millions of Americans have errors – not of their own making – on their credit
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Broke Wife, Big City… A baby by any other name, By Aprill Brandon
I’ll never forget the first time I got the “Look.” In fact, I was still in the hospital, recovering from having a human being cut out of my abdomen, when it happened. The nursing shift was changing and the new night nurse came in to give me some more of those magical pain pills (that I’m pretty sure are made from unicorn manes and the sneezes of a baby panda). Nurse: “Aw, he’s adorable. What’s his
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Elections Reforms Promote Fairness and Continuity
A recurring focus in the Ohio House of Representatives since I returned in 2011 has been reforming the state’s election systems. We have enacted a number of reforms to try and bring more continuity and fairness to the way ballots are cast here in Ohio. Most recently, the House passed a series of bills directed specifically at issues like early voting and absentee ballots. The goal throughout the process was trying to find ways to maintain easy access for
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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted… Enact Online Voter Registration
COLUMBUS – Today the PEW Charitable Trusts released its 2012 Election Performance Index Study, an independent, non-partisan national report that highlights the significant progress Ohio has made in making it easy to vote and hard to cheat. All of the following may be attributed to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted: “Here we have yet another independent and nonpartisan national group calling attention to significant
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Hospital Event March-April 2014
The purpose of this effort is to make sure that all citizens (Darke County and Columbus) are fully aware that changes have occurred in the process of your health care effective January 1, 2014 (maybe everyone knew this but I sure did not) and to offer a series of events that lead to many new bits/bytes of knowledge you may find of value. With a very few exceptions, names have been omitted because of an inability
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. When We Choose Sides, ….THAT’S when the Trouble Starts, By Joe Facinoli - It seems that Humans, …People, …Everyone, …All of us, …have to Choose Sides to get through life, …or it doesn’t work for us, …somehow. Us vs. Them.  Our brave boys, versus those godless monsters from that other team, …or country, …or group/cause of the day.  Right vs. Left.   Liberals vs. Conservatives.   Dems vs. GOP. Catholics vs. Protestants.   Christians vs. Jews.   White People vs read more.
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Your help needed… SSSF scholarship selection complete, By Bob Robinson
The Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce it will be awarding scholarships to seven deserving students the end of April. These are sharp students! They come from different high schools and for the first time one helps a student in his continuing education goals. My eyes glazed over at the number of A’s I saw on transcripts. Huge thanks go to Darrell and Debbie Biddlestone, The Bistro Off Broadway, and the Early Bird, Blue Bag
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… College Affordability: Simplifying the Process for Ohio's Students
Last week, Ohio students started receiving their financial aid packages, containing information about the grants, scholarships, and loans available to them. The rising cost of college tuition means that more students will have to navigate the sometimes confusing process of applying for student loans. Many students end up graduating with costly student loans that prevent them from making other investments like buying homes, starting businesses
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Broke Wife, Big City… The baby who cried “WAH!” By Aprill Brandon
I don’t want to appear ageist or anything, but there’s probably a good reason why there are no baby CEO’s or babies currently seated in the Senate. And that reason is that babies are horrible communicators. I know, I know. That’s not a very politically correct thing to think in this day and age. But hey, someone had to say it. And, trust me, I would know. My very own baby just happens to be a baby. And most of
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. “….Happiness is the Truth!” By Joe Facinoli
Thomas Jefferson,  George Mason,   Aristotle,   Buddha,   and Pharrell Williams. Who knew ?? The “.…pursuit of Happiness”, is as old as the first humans.    It is engrained within us all, as deeply as our most passionate need to be free.    And it consumes us, at all times, whether we are even aware of it, …or not. Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha) first “enlightened” us about it, …2500 years ago, in Nepal. Aristotle preached of
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Swarms of locusts… uh, tourists, From a County News Online reader
Hi there, Yep, the time of year lots of us dread is almost upon us: the appearance of those wretched, non-native Tidal Basin bloomers.  With them comes the swarm of locusts, uh tourists, descending on Metro.  If only some of them would heed the suggestions in the article below.  Unfortunately, won’t happen.  In addition, the noise level on the trains will increase substantially as groups of tourists try to figure out where they are in the system
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Jobs at the Greenville Whirlpool Plant
Last month, I was so excited to be joined by Senator Keith Faber and Governor John Kasich in Greenville to announce the expansion of the Greenville Whirlpool Plant. The Greenville Plant is truly a success story. The plant has been producing high quality stand mixers for as long as I have been alive, and longer. Recently, Whirlpool has even decided to begin producing hand mixers at the facility. These hand mixers were previously produced in a foreign country, but
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Republican Budget Means More Jobs & More Security For Hardworking Americans - WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today welcomed Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) introduction of the fiscal year 2015 House Republican budget, The Path to Prosperity: “With this balanced budget, Republicans are continuing to build on our plan to get Americans working again. This fiscal blueprint helps people who work hard and do the right thing by promoting an read more.
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Ohio Issue 1 has earned your support, By Jim Surber
The capital improvements program of the Ohio Public Works Commission has been, and continues to be, the most efficient state program for the replacement of local infrastructure. Ohioans voted to create this highly successful program in 1987 and have overwhelmingly renewed it by their votes in 1995 and 2005. It will be up for renewal again on May 6. The program is funded by bonds sold by Ohio for capital
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ORP Chairman Update, Matt Borges
First, I would like to extend my prayers and well wishes to Representative Ron Young and his family. Ron underwent kidney transplant surgery for his wife of 40 years Friday. Before the surgery Rep. Young joked that he's never been able to deny his wife anything. Reports are that the surgery went well and both are recovering. Please keep them in your thoughts today. Ohio Democrats expose their
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… The President’s Health Care Law Continues to Wreak Havoc
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement on the president’s health care law and its March 31 “deadline” for enrollment: “The president’s health care law continues to wreak havoc on the families, seniors, and small businesses in our area – the people who make our corner of Ohio so great. “I’ve said many times, the problem was never just about the website – it’s the whole law.  Millions of Americans are
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… National Service: Strengthening Ohio’s Communities
Five years ago this month – during the height of the economic downturn – Democrats and Republicans came together to invest in a bedrock of the American spirit: serving others. Five years later and Ohioans have truly exemplified what it means to serve. 10,000 Ohioans work to improve their local communities by serving at one of our state's 1500 national service locations, made possible by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The CNCS
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The White House… Obama Touts March 31 enrollment of 7.1 million
Hello everyone, Last night, the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act came to an end. And this afternoon, we announced that 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces. 7.1 million. That doesn't count the more than 3 million young adults who have gained insurance under this law by staying on their families' plans. It doesn't count the millions more who have
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Broke Wife, Big City… The saga of the bald puppy, By Aprill Brandon
This is a story of how a puppy ruined my life. And not just any puppy. An ugly, wrinkled, bald puppy. An ugly, wrinkled, bald puppy who doesn’t even know proper butt sniffing etiquette. But I get ahead of myself. First allow me to introduce myself. Or re-introduce, as the case may be. You may remember me from the last time I took over Aprill’s column. I’m Buffy, her long-suffering male dog Oh yes
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CPAC: Someone to lead us from the abyss, By Jana Kolling
I’ve never been to DC or a large political event, so March 6-8 was full of first-time experiences. I stumbled upon CPAC two years ago on C-Span, and decided I wanted to be there. The Conservative Political Action Conference was held at the Gaylord, an unbelievable resort on the Potomac, while its host the American Conservative Union was celebrating its 50th anniversary. This was the 41st conference, with Governor Reagan having
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Commissioners Corner… Spring is coming, along with a plan to deal with drug problem
March is here and so far it looks like it is coming “in like a lion and out like a lamb.”  Let us hope that the cold, miserable winter we have had is finally closing out.  It will be nice to get back to “normal” weather, and normal electric and gas bills again!  This winter has been tough on everyone’s pocketbooks, and really hurt some budgets, but we will survive I am sure.  Darke County is one of the prettiest places to
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Fix the VA Backlog Once and For All
The brave men and women who have put their lives on the line for our country shouldn’t face a bureaucratic nightmare to get the benefits they have so rightfully earned. And when senior leaders in the Veterans Administration fail those who have put their lives on the line for our country, they deserve a pink slip – not a bonus. So imagine my disbelief when I learned that – despite the persistent backlog and other widespread problems identified by the VA’s
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. The Bill of Rights, ….an “Inconvenient Truth”, By Joe Facinoli
Al Gore may have had it right after all.  Right pew, that is, …just the wrong church. Climate change is not the largest roadblock to individual, corporate, or even governmental growth and wellness in this country, …not nearly. Carbon emissions, ozone depletions, and melting icecaps have nothing on the real hindrance to our society moving forward, or even “back” to the future. Nope, …not even close.  Quite simply
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Calamity Day Update for Greenville City Schools, By Doug Fries, Superintendent
March 27, 2014 - With Governor John Kasich signing Amended Substitute Bill 416, school districts can now finalize their contingency plans to address makeup days for the 2013-14 school year.  One of the key provisions of Amended Substitute HB 416 was a local option for adding four calamity days to the current five days that do not need to be made up, only after districts have used four of their required contingency plan days. Greenville City Schools
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The Grumpy Side of 60… Even grumpy old people need kudos, By Bob Robinson
Two weeks ago I was starting to get a complex. Feeling stupid at the science fair, finding out my brain power was going down the tubes, forgetting an appointment, and the ultimate insult… having an 8-year-old stick her tongue out at me. Not to mention never having any messages from my students in my message box. It was a tough two weeks. I’m happy to report the last two weeks have been better. Well, except for one of my grumpy buddies at
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Death Penalty Reform Needed to Reduce Costs and Make Justice More Efficient - Joy Stewart was a 22-year-old newlywed and was eight months pregnant with her first child in 1989 when she was brutally raped and stabbed, killing her and her unborn child. Because this killer acted in a way that was so heinous, he deserved to be punished with the most serious sentence our legal system allows. In the state of Ohio, this punishment is death.  On January 16th, Joy Stewart’s killer was put to death. At his execution, the killer read more.
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Senator Sherrod Brown… LAST WEEK: Sign up for Health Care Before March 31st Deadline
Most people never plan to spend time in the hospital, but sometimes things happen. If you suddenly need medical care but do not have health insurance, you could be stuck paying for the entire bill on your own. With the average cost of a three-day hospital stay exceeding $30,000, it is no surprise that unexpected medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy in the U.S. Each year, nearly two million Americans find
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Broke Wife, Big City… Day in the life of a new mom, By Aprill Brandon
For those of you in the betting pool who picked that I would fail as a mother within a month, bad news: Riker is still alive. Not even maimed yet. Or as far as I can tell, permanently psychologically damaged (granted, that might change once he finally learns to read and goes through all my old pregnancy columns…”Really, mom? My nickname in utero was Demon Wizard? Really?”). However, now that we have
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RNC & ORP Work to Grow the Party in Ohio
One year ago this week, the Republican National Committee unveiled its Growth and Opportunity Project to expand and strengthen Republican engagement across the country. The Growth and Opportunity Project took input from over 52,000 people to generate a more effective way to connect with voters and grow the Republican Party. Based on these recommendations, a permanent, nationwide, and
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… We’re Holding the President Accountable
"As the weeks go by, I’m receiving more and more calls and emails from people in our local area sharing horror stories about their experiences with the president’s health care law. “Whether it’s families seeing their policies cancelled, seniors losing access to their doctors and other benefits because of ObamaCare’s cuts to Medicare Advantage, or higher premiums for small business workers, people can’t catch a break. “People like Tracy from Hamilton
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Creating a Clear Path to the Middle Class by Strengthening Ohio Manufacturing - In Ohio, we know manufacturing can create a path to the middle class. But during the Great Recession, that path became turbulent as plants across the country shuttered their doors and devastated local communities that depended on their jobs. But today, due to smart investments and a renewed effort in manufacturing, we are adding jobs in that sector for the first time since the 1990s. Since December 2009, the manufacturing read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. Playing with the Big Kids…. By Joe Facinoli
Diplomacy, in its most basic form, is the art of getting what you want, …while at the same time, not making yourself, nor your country, look too Stupid. To accomplish this, you sort of have to have some idea about what you’re doing, and perhaps a plan of some kind. Some experience in this arena would also be helpful, and absent that, some deference to those who do, most often provides a better result. Children, however
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Governor John Kasich… Key Assets get priority in funding proposal
Ohio’s Renewed Fiscal Health Makes Increased Support of Local Projects Possible - COLUMBUS – Ohio’s 2014 Capital Budget, unveiled today by Gov. John R. Kasich, Senate President Keith Faber and House Speaker William G. Batchelder, includes significant new support for local communities’ construction priorities as part of an overall plan for needed improvements to Ohio’s public facilities, including local schools, colleges and universities, parks
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Representative Jim Buchy… Ohio House Addressing Concerns with PARCC and Common Core
No matter how much legislators might disagree on the many important issues impacting our state, when it comes to education I know that every member of the Ohio House wants what is best for our young people and wants our schools to be as productive as possible. One of the most important issues facing education today—as many Ohioans are well aware—is the Common Core State Standards. One piece of legislation
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Investing in Local Communities Hit Hard by Manufacturing Job Loss
Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced legislation that would incentive manufacturing investment in local communities hit hard by major manufacturing job loss. Sen. Brown outlined details of the Manufacturing Communities Investment Act, new legislation which would build on the proven success of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC). NMTC incentivizes community developers to invest in low income areas. Sen. Brown’s bill would spur local job
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Broke Wife, Big City… Why women should run the world, By Aprill Brandon
There are a lot of reasons why women should run the world. For instance, most of us usually carry tissues with us at all times (in addition to the 52 other random items in our purse), which could come in handy when dealing with, say, a maniacal dictator who has a runny nose. Dictator: “I WILL BOMB YOUR COUNTRY! DEATH TO…(sniffle)…AMERICA!” Woman: “Would you like a tissue?” Dictator
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Ohio’s Breakthrough Charter Schools Leading the Way in Education Reform - WASHINGTON, DC – Today, at a hearing entitled, “Raising the Bar: The Role of Charter Schools in K-12 Education,” Mr. Alan Rosskamm, Chief Executive Officer of the Breakthrough Charter Schools in Cleveland, OH, testified before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on the importance of the charter school movement.  Congressman John Boehner (R- West Chester) released the following statement: “It’s read more.
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Secretary of State Jon Husted… Voting Is Easy in Ohio
To all Ohio voters: There has been a lot of discussion about recent changes in the voting laws. Some of that discussion has informed and some of it has misled. As the chief elections official in our state I want you to have the facts about how easy it is to vote in Ohio. Please use it to guide your many choices in casting a ballot in General Election this November. Option 1 – Vote by Mail: Around Labor Day, my office will be sending all registered voters an
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Boehner: House-Passed Bill Holds President Accountable for Enforcing the Law
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement today commending House passage of the Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law (ENFORCE the Law) Act (H.R. 4138) sponsored by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC): “The president doesn’t get to decide which laws he’s going to enforce any more than Americans
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Senate Bill 150 Proposes Changes to Ohio’s Agriculture Industry To Improve Water Quality - Farmers are the backbone of our local economy, so it is important to provide them with tools to continue to prosper while protecting local waterways. Ohio agribusiness men have worked tirelessly to adapt to changing circumstances around them by adopting nutrient management plans in order to preserve our natural resources and protect the soil. One piece of legislation being considered read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. One Child’s “Perspective”, …so Simple, …so Pure, …so Profoundly Relevant, By Joe Facinoli - We fight all the battles, endure all the stresses, …but still, …too often we forget just why we do it. We work so hard at it, …every day. And yet, ...too many times we miss the “what for?”. Life, …in It’s purest form, …in It’s most joyous state, ….is supposed to be simple. We eat, we sleep, we provide for our families and do for ourselves, and help others when they need read more.
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Grumpy Side of 60… From ferrofluids to tongues, By Bob Robinson
“Ferrofluids contain nanoparticles of the chemical magnetite or similar iron compounds… My project used synthesis of a ferrofluid without the chemical tetramethylammonium hydroxide…” and so on. My eyes glazed over and I was afraid I was going into overload. So I stopped reading. I assumed this high school student knew what she was talking about. I took chemistry in college and certainly didn’t have a clue. I won’t try to detail it any further, primarily
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U.S. Congressman John Boehner… Obamacare not gaining acceptance
Boehner: "I can tell you with confidence that the law is not gaining acceptance in our region" WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R- West Chester) issued the following statement in response to a news conference held today by Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley encouraging local residents to sign up for coverage under the president’s disastrous health care law: “From the thousands of comments, calls and emails I continue to receive
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Ensuring Ohio Workers Can Compete
We all know that Ohio workers and Ohio manufacturers can compete with anyone. But when a country purposefully manipulates its currency so that its exports are cheaper, that’s not competing – that’s cheating. The result? U.S. exports are more expensive and a deluge of cheap imports flood our markets, costing American manufacturing jobs. Currency manipulation has cost us between one million and five million jobs, and increased our trade deficit to $500
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… GOP Economic Solutions are Working in Ohio; Washington Should Take Note - Mar 7, 2014 - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today welcomed reports showing Ohio has created 238,000 new private-sector jobs since January 2011 under Republican Gov. John Kasich’s policies of low taxes, balanced budgets and education reform – a stark contrast to the agenda of President Obama and his Democratic-controlled Senate in Washington read more.
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Greenville City Schools:NO NEW TAXES… Two Mill Permanent Improvement Levy Due for Renewal
Doug Fries, Superintendent - On both November 14, 2013 and December 12, 2013 the Greenville City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved resolutions to place a 2 mill permanent improvement renewal issue on the May 6, 2014 ballot.  Greenville City Schools has utilized a permanent improvement levy since 1989 and successfully renewed the issue in the required five year cycle each time thereafter
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It’s a team thing, Mike Stegall
I have been involved with sports most of my life. From playing football as a starter on the team since junior high, to college, and for 27 years officiating the sport.  I also participated in other sports as well.  The one thing you learn very quickly is this; it is not about you, It’s about the team.  The team wins and loses as one. They work together as one, or they fail. No one is bigger than the team. This is a good life lesson for everybody. Sports are a great
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Broke Wife, Big City… A swamp demon is born, By Aprill Brandon
Well, folks, can you believe it? After a gestation befitting an elephant, I can now finally say I have a human. And not just any human. My very own human. Made from scratch, thank you very much. But it wasn’t easy to get here (here, of course, being an exhausted new mom with crazy witch hair and covered completely in bodily fluids of varying consistencies that are not her own). Then again, it wasn’t the
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Severe Winter Weather Prompts School Closings
While winters in Ohio often bring plentiful cold and snow, this year’s winter has been especially brutal. Heavy snowfalls and frigid temperatures have made this winter one of the harshest in recent memory. While we have all been affected by the weather, schools in particular have faced challenges during this winter season. Treacherous conditions caused by ice-covered roadways, blowing snow and extreme wind chills have caused many school districts to exceed
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. An Open Letter to my Cousin, ….Who Thinks I’m a Bigot and a Racist, By Joe Facinoli - On March 1 of this year, my dear cousin, who has been receiving my weekly columns for the past six months, by way of my personal email list, decided that he needed to be removed from that list, saying: “Please remove my name from the list of vacuous recipients who choose to endure these incessant ramblings of bigoted conjecture.” He’s not the first to forward such a request, nor read more.
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Boehner: The Case for Standing Up to Putin By Leveraging American Energy
WASHINGTON, DC – In a speech on the House floor today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) addressed the situation in Ukraine and made the case for standing up to Vladimir Putin by ending the Obama administration’s de facto ban on natural gas exports: “Mr. Speaker, my colleagues:  I know the whole House is paying close attention to the crisis in Ukraine
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Commissioner’s Corner… Sheriff vehicles, fighting drugs and flowers will bloom
February has finally come to a close, and with that the hopeful beginning of the end of winter.  Yes, we still have March to contend with, but hopefully the old saying about March; “In like a lion, out like a lamb” will hold true.  So far, this has been the 4th coldest winter on record for us, and I for one have had enough!  Let’s get on with spring and the warmer weather! I hope for those who say they love the cold
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Senator Sherrod Brown… Cracking Down on Currency Manipulation Could Create Jobs in Ohio
This week, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) helped unveil a new report showing that cracking down on currency manipulation could create 5.8 million jobs in the U.S., including more than 250,000 jobs in Ohio alone. Sen. Brown, who is the lead sponsor of a bipartisan bill that would stand up for American manufacturers by punishing countries like China that cheat by manipulating currency, urged Congress and the Obama Administration to crack down on
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Hydraulic Fracturing chemicals Closely Managed, Similar to Household Items - Over the past few months, those opposed to hydraulic fracturing in Ohio have been misleading the families in Darke County. Hydraulic fracturing does not create more human health risks, and it is highly unlikely that injection wells would be built in Darke County for the disposal of wastewater from the hydraulic fracturing process. The misconception about the dangers to human health caused by read more.
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Ohio Senator Bill Beagle… Start Talking! to End Drug & Substance Abuse
As a father of three teenagers, I know firsthand the desire to protect my children from any danger or trial that may come their way.  That is why I am joining the “Start Talking!” campaign, Ohio’s new drug-awareness initiative to encourage parents, like myself, to have conversations with our children about living drug-free lifestyles. Did you know that in 2011, drug overdoses were the leading cause of
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U.S. Rep. Boehner… Recap of the 23rd annual 8th District Farm Forum
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today released the following column about the 23rd annual 8th District Farm Forum, which he hosted on Saturday, March 1, at Edison Community College in Piqua.  Full text of the column is included below: "Each year for the past 23 years, I’ve hosted the 8th District Farm Forum, where agriculture experts from various sectors come together and discuss
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U.S. Rep. Boehner… Obama Administration: Two-Thirds of Small Businesses to See Premiums Spike Under Obamacare - WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following statement in response to a previously unpublicized report from the non-partisan Office of the Chief Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the impact of Obamacare on employer-sponsored health care.  CMS finds that two-thirds of Americans who work at small businesses will see premiums increase read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Even a Full Drink, from Life’s Glass,….Won’t Leave It Empty, By Joe Facinoli - Half full,….or half empty?    It’s up to each of us to decide,….how we will live.   A friend of mine died in a plane crash in Atlanta last week, ….you may have seen it on the news.  Another friend, who is much closer to our mutual buddy than I, understandably took it much harder. They were boyhood pals, and that singular relationship had lasted until the morning of that fateful accident, when they spoke by phone for read more.
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The Grumpy Side of 60… She couldn’t stop crying, By Bob Robinson
If somebody told you create an essay on some kind of theme or just a word or two… and you only had 20 minutes to write it, could you do it? I mean really do it? I’ve been writing for more than half a century; I know I could come up with something, but would it be quality? Probably not. Not unless I hit it by pot luck. So you might have some idea how I felt when two other judges and I read 78 essays in three and a half hours – written by 26 seventh and eighth… read more.
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Legislating to legalize discrimination? By Jim Surber
Something happened in Arizona this past Thursday that should make us all think. On party-line votes, both houses of the state’s legislature passed a bill that must be either signed or vetoed before this coming Friday by the Governor, who is a member of the same party as the successful lawmakers. The bill, SB 1062, is designed to bolster a business owner’s right to refuse service to gays and others if the owner believes providing service violates the practice and… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Providing Ohio Workers with a Fair Wage
Last week, on February 13th, or 2-13, I introduced a resolution declaring the date as $2.13 Day. That’s because two dollars and thirteen cents is also the minimum wage for tipped workers. Two dollars and thirteen cents. Think about that. To add insult to injury, the tipped minimum wage has not changed for more than 20 years, and its value has fallen by 36 percent in real terms. It’s my hope that raising awareness on 2-13 will help remind people that it is past… read more.
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State Rep. Buchy… Western Ohio Agriculture Benefitting From Economic Growth in Eastern Ohio
Without even being present in Darke County, oil and gas exploration in Ohio is improving our farms and agricultural industry. In Darke County we benefit as Appalachia is built up, the more people working in Appalachia the more of our food being consumed. In eastern Ohio, where there are Class II injection wells and hydraulic fracturing, the agricultural land is being used conservatively.  The new technology of horizontal drilling results in less land being used to… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. Would You Trust a Neighbor, Who Behaved Like This…?
By Joe Facinoli - Ok, …so you’ve had this neighbor, for about 35 years. And during this time, you’ve witnessed a parade of “other women”, entering her house, to be with her husband, …and not just to play backgammon. But, you have also observed, that being the “dutiful” wife which she is, she’s not only looked the other way, but has told all in the neighborhood who’ve asked, that she was still madly in love with him, no matter… read more.
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U. S. Congressman Boehner… We Can Become a Nation of Builders Once Again
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column discussing House Republicans’ continued focus on jobs and the economy: “People are tired of the ‘new normal’ in the Obama Economy, which includes slow economic growth, not enough new jobs, and low wages for people who are trying to make a decent living. “The Obama administration’s disastrous… read more.
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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted… From Ohio, lessons in redistricting reform
More than six out of 10 Americans believe our nation is on the wrong track, according to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Many factors contribute to the political dysfunction that fuels these numbers. There is no comprehensive quick fix, but done correctly, redistricting reform has the greatest potential to repair what is broken in our democracy. I am a conservative Republican, served as speaker of the Ohio House before becoming secretary of state… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. So Many Impressive Women, …and then there’s Michelle
By Joe Facinoli - I love women. I find them more interesting than men, …I communicate with them better (with some notable exceptions), …and I usually enjoy their company much more than most guys I know.   And it has been my great pleasure to have been involved with so many of them (maybe someday, I’ll get one right) in my life, ….but that’s more than irrelevant, to this small thesis. I recently had the good fortune… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… The Truth about Gas and Oil Exploration Muddied by Misinformation and Innuendo - Over the past several months a lot of misinformation and innuendo has been used to detract from the economic success of increased oil and gas exploration in eastern Ohio. This information has misled the public and it is time that the record is set straight. First of all, experts say it is unlikely that class II injection wells will be placed in Darke County as part of the hydraulic fracturing… read more.
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Grumpy Side of 60… Bring on the global warming, By Bob Robinson
I was flabbergasted. I had to ask him again to make sure I heard him right. He grinned and said, “Yep, I hope we get a really big one.” Big as in the blizzard of ’78? “Yep.” Big grin. “You know, I wasn’t here but I understand people were stranded for days, maybe weeks.” He nodded, grinning. “You couldn’t get around anywhere without a snowmobile. Power was out everywhere. Evacuations (by snowmobile) to safety areas in town… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Cheering for American Manufacturing on the Field and the Factory Floor - At the 2012 Summer Olympic opening ceremony, Team USA took the stage wearing foreign-made red, white, and blue uniforms. At a time when so many good jobs had disappeared overseas, the news that our Olympic team was being forced to wear uniforms made overseas was an outrage. It made no sense that an American organization would place a Chinese-made beret on the heads of our… read more.
Website to promote Darke County
Several businesses have been getting phone calls from a man named Jeff Rhodes. (no relation to Mike Rhoades, different spelling). Mr. Rhodes is calling businesses stating that in conjunction with the Commissioners, they are doing a video of Darke County.  This is true.  This is not a scam. CGI Communications, the name of the company is based in Rochester New York, and we were notified of this company by the NACO (National Association of Counties) and they checked out with the CCAO (County… read more.
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Mr. President, What Are You Waiting For?
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column discussing House Republicans’ continued focus on jobs and the economy: “The State of the Union is a special tradition.  It's the one night where every branch of our federal government gathers in the House of Representatives to talk about visions for the future of our country. “And as I lead Republicans in offering pro-growth solutions to get our economy… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Valentine's Day, Schmalentine's Day, By Aprill Brandon
If my husband was married to a different sort of woman, chances are he would dread the month of February every year. Not only is Valentine's Day coming up, but our wedding anniversary is on Feb. 28. In 'guy' world, that's like the ultimate double whammy. Luckily, however, he is married to me, a woman who hates V-Day and was perfectly OK with celebrating our first wedding anniversary last year by going… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Adoption Reform Providing a Choice of Life
Our current Ohio House of Representatives has made it a goal to discuss and pass numerous pro-life bills. The most recent of these bills is House Bill 307. House Bill 307 focuses on reforming the at-birth adoption process, and affords significant rights to mothers who are looking to give their children up for adoption at birth. The goal of the bill is to speed up and simplify the adoption process for expectant mothers in the hopes that these women will choose to… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. An Unforgettable Experience, with “Sir Paul”….. By Joe Facinoli
To honor the 50th anniversary, this week, of The Beatles first appearance on American television, I have reached back into the distant archives for a piece first written in 2009, which details my “experience” at an outdoor concert I attended with my son, on the occasion of his 20th birthday. I wasn't that thrilled about going, …at least not initially, …but as you will see, I soon changed my "tune". It was the Washington DC… read more.
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Grumpy Side of 60… Mother Nature and today’s generation, By Bob Robinson
“It’s 32 degrees; feels like 22. Have a good day and enjoy the weather… that’s as warm as it’s going to get this week.” That was Monday. A quick glance at the 10-day outlook confirmed the radio report… and as late as Thursday it was no different. Snow. Cold. Wind chills. No relief in sight. And it’s only the end of January. We still have February and March ahead of us. One thing bothers me. Kids today don’t seem to enjoy Mother Nature’s white stuff like we… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Working Together and Fighting for the Middle Class
Middle-class Ohioans have always worked hard and taken responsibility. But for too long, Ohioans have been working harder than ever and barely getting by. In last week’s State of the Union address, the President laid out a plan to grow our economy by growing the middle class. By calling on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, extend emergency unemployment insurance, train workers for high-growth industries, and pass my bipartisan bill to create a… read more.
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… “Is the President Going to Stand Up & Lead?”
WASHINGTON, DC – At a press conference with Republican Leaders today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) addressed the Senate Majority Leader’s recent comments opposing Trade Promotion Authority, and called on President Obama “to stand up and lead on this issue” to help boost exports and create more American jobs. With the jobs of more than 1.4 million Ohioans depending on trade… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Top 10 Signs You’re Turning Into A Parent, By Aprill Brandon
It starts out innocently enough, usually with a conversation or two over cocktails about maybe, you know, having baby in the somewhat near-future. This goes on for awhile until one night on a whim you decide to forego birth control, even though you aren’t actively trying to get pregnant or anything. But if you did, it’d be, like, cool. And then nothing happens and now you are actively trying, having… read more.
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State Senator Bill Beagle… Fighting Modern-Day Slavery Through Awareness
During the month of January, we remembered the remarkable and impactful service of Martin Luther King Jr. In that same spirit, we should also consider the human rights issues still plaguing our country and our state. Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where predators profit by targeting vulnerable people and exploiting them for labor or commercial sex through force, fraud or coercion. In our state and our local communities, we must increase… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. Sgt. Cory Remsburg,...Cruel Joke,…or the Cruelest Irony?
By Joe Facinoli - He did his job.    Clearly.   With passion, determination,….and dignity.  They did not.    Clearly.   They threw money and words, at a faraway conflict, then turned their backs.   They said we must chase down terrorism to the ends of the Earth,…then told those they sent, not to fight too hard, nor be too impolite, during their search for it.   And nearly 20,000 American men and women paid the… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Preventing Falls Among Ohio’s Elders
When we are young, we do not often think about our risk of falling or the consequences of a fall. If we fall, we get up knowing that any aches or pains are probably temporary. But for us elders, a fall can be a life-changing event. For seniors like me, the effects of a fall can mean the difference between independence and reliance upon others for assistance in the completion of daily activities. Falls are the number one cause of injuries leading to emergency room visits… read more.
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Senior Scribe… Questions for you that need to be answered, by Al Bliss
January 12, 2014 - This started yesterday when I learned that four senior officers all involved with nuclear weapons were removed from the service for cause about last October – November. Did you know that three nuclear weapons were moverd without authorization from a specified facility in Texas to Charleston, North Carolina and one weapon can up missing? Did you know that the four officers disobeyed an order to release a nuclear weapon to… read more.
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Cincinnati Enquirer… Time to 'Start Talking' to kids about drugs, Karen Kasich
Jan. 24, 2014 - No family or neighborhood – affluent or disadvantaged, urban or rural – is immune to the dangers of drugs. It’s nave to think that any of us can shield our children from peer pressure or the stresses of life. However, we can empower our children to handle those situations with confidence. We can educate ourselves, connect with our communities and start talking to our children about drugs. You may be surprised to learn what a powerful… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Give it a breast already, By Aprill Brandon
In case you guys haven't heard yet, I'm pretty much the best person on the planet. It's true. I mean, sure, Pope Francis had some good moments this year. But when it comes down to it, no one can compare to my pure and humble unselfishness. My pure, unadulterated courage. My pure and utter lack of pride in how completely amazing I am. In fact, I'm so amazing, I feel bad for everyone else. No… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. “Income Inequality”…..Self Perpetuated at the Lower End
By Joe Facinoli - It has been said…. that if all the money in the U. S. of A., …that belonging to everyone (rich, poor, and in between), was piled up in one huge stack, then re-distributed in equal portions to all the citizens of our beloved country,…. that within just a few short years (or less), the rich guys would have it all back, and the poor ones would have their hands out again, begging for yet another “second” chance… read more.
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The Gilded Age of planet Earth? By Jim Surber
I’ve always had an interest in the relativity of numbers, and in the old saying, “figures don’t lie, but liars figure.” If Johnny mows one yard in a day for $10, can he make $70 per week if he mows every day? If two men can build a garage in fifty hours, can fifty men build the same garage in two hours?  If a car has one mile to travel and covers the first half-mile in sixty seconds, why can it never average sixty mph for the trip no matter how fast it travels during the… read more.
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Representative Jim Buchy… Keeping Oil and Gas Competitive; Reducing Taxes for Ohioans
When we think about Ohio’s oil and gas drilling, we most often focus on the eastern half of the state. There is, no doubt, good reason for this. Those of us in west central Ohio do not have this oil below our feet like our neighbors to the east. But that does not mean that our region is not affected by it, or that we cannot benefit from it. One aspect of oil and gas development that directly affects our region of the state is what is… read more.
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A Miraculous Accident, By Jana Kolling
As you know, there has yet to be a definitive answer as to how people came to be. Evolutionists point to science books and creationists point to the bible.  Intelligent scholars on both sides believe they’re right, and neither can fully prove their position.  As a business major, taking biology was the last thing I wanted to do.  But I’ve never forgotten the chapters about human cells.  Now I know most people don’t want to read about this, and I’ll try not to be… read more.
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Obamanomics vs the American Dream, By Bob Robinson
In 2008 then presidential candidate Barack Obama promised to fundamentally change America. Now, five years later, despite little cooperation from the right, President Obama seems to be well on his way toward accomplishing his goal. While naysayers have a long list of criticisms, ranging from IRS and NSA to Benghazi, it isn’t likely these complaints will have any impact on his presidency, or even the future… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… From waddle to swaddle, By Aprill Brandon
One month. That's it. That's all that's left on this prison sentence...er...glorious maternal journey of mine. Yes, it's only four weeks until my due date (meaning I'm destined to have this baby six weeks from now as payback for all the times I called this kid a demon wizard and dragon fetus). And I must confess, I'm getting downright giddy at the prospect of finally meeting the tiny human who has been using… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… National Mentoring Month
January is National Mentoring Month – a time to recognize the important role mentors play in our communities. Mentors serve our nation by providing thoughtful guidance and support that helps young people succeed both inside and outside the classroom. They serve as role models, instill confidence in young people, and ensure mentees have a stable and trusting relationship in their lives. Mentors often find that they benefit more than the young people, by… read more.
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The White House
Hello, all -- Today, I met a young man named Troy. Troy comes from New Orleans, where his family lived through the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He couldn't read until he was twelve, and would regularly cut school because the other students would tease him. When he did attend, he'd shove desks, start fights -- anything to get him out of class. But then Troy saw his younger siblings start down a similar path. And he decided to make a change. He… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King
In his final speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. encouraged us to grapple with the problems America faces with a greater readiness. He posed a question in that speech the night before he died. He said, “The question is not if I stop to help this man in need, what will happen to me? The question is if I do not stop to help this man in need, what will happen to him?” Dr. King’s words ring true today, and we must heed his call by… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. The Real ‘Best and Brightest’, ….from Street Level
By Joe Facinoli - Experience is the best teacher. It gives us affirmation, …and confirmation. I learned this, …again, on a recent walkabout amongst the “beautiful people”, in and around one of the most famous neighborhoods in our Nation’s Capital. Its official name is “Foggy Bottom”, which sounds like a meteorologist and a geologist couldn’t decide what to call it, …but it houses a “great” university, perhaps… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Solving Ohio’s Drug Abuse Problems Major Focus in 2014
When the Ohio House assembled a study committee last summer to travel around the state and research Ohio’s prescription drug abuse problem, our hope was that it would yield information that would ultimately lead to legislation to help solve the problem. I don’t know, however, if anyone expected the study committee to be as successful as it turned out to be. The feedback from healthcare experts as well as the… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Fighting the War on Poverty Fifty Years Later
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty in his State of the Union Address, saying “Many Americans live on the outskirts of hope – some because of their poverty, and our task is to help replace their despair with opportunity.” He later echoed those statements in May of 1964 while visiting Ohio University in Athens. Today, we’re still fighting the war on poverty, but our country took a small step… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Bad humans! Very bad humans! By Buffy Brandon
Greetings, worthless humans. In case you haven't figured it out yet (which of course you haven't because you're worthless humans), this is not Aprill. The quote, unquote "Alpha" is busy doing stupid human stuff, like actually voluntarily taking a bath and going poo-poo in my giant water bowl. So I, Buffy, her quote, unquote "pet dog," took this opportunity to take over her column. Now mind you… read more.
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The Other Side of the Edge….. Hmmm, ….Which to Cover:   A Murdered Ambassador,….or a Traffic Jam on a Bridge ? By Joe Facinoli - Media Fairness:  Oxymoron. Journalistic Integrity:   Another one. Let’s do some National Media, political math: What equals: Four brutally murdered Americans, all of them in public service to the United States government, One an Ambassador to a foreign nation, and Two of them superbly trained and devoted Navy Seals, ….plus, …2,000 Mexican nationals, all murdered… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Providing More Access and Integrity in the Voting Booth
Over the past year our state has taken a giant step in the right direction by reforming our elections process to enable more people to vote and increasing the integrity of this vital process. These efforts protect a fundamental part of our government and the rich history of freedom in this great country. The Ohio General Assembly passed three bills improving how Ohioans vote and making that vote more open… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… An open letter to my dishwasher, By Aprill Brandon
I hate you, dishwasher. I hate you so much. Seriously, so much. Like, if you were on fire and I really had to pee, I'd still use the toilet. Because you know what? The toilet doesn't constantly remind me what a failure at housekeeping I am. Sure, it starts to murmur something after too many weeks of neglect but you...oooooh...YOU. There you are, everyday, just sitting there. Needing something… read more.
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The Other Side of the Edge…..  A Resolution, …Some Promises, ...and a Caveat, By Joe Facinoli
Anyone who read this column last week, knows that I’m not too crazy about New Year’s resolutions.    They’re just so hollow, totally arbitrary, often capricious, and usually bogus. But other than those few trifles,…completely believable! Now, having said all that, I have at least one such pledge to put forth myself, which I will be whole heartedly determined to follow through on, during the coming year and beyond. And some… read more.
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The White House… Health Insurance through the Affordable Care Act
Americans across the country have new health insurance that starts today, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Today, health reform is real in a new way for people like Daniel, a 22-year-old student who enrolled in a gold-level insurance plan and is paying just $70 a month after subsidies. It's real for Lucy, from Texas, whose deductible is dropping from $7,500 to $3,000 a year, and for Mark, a small business… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Pregnancy brain for dummies, By Aprill Brandon
Want to know the seven most terrifying words in the English language? "It doesn't matter, you won't remember this anyway." Wait...six...seven...eight...dammit... Want to know the eight most terrifying...OK, well, whatever...you get the point. Yes, dear reader, yours truly is currently living through her own version of the movie "Memento." (If you haven't seen the movie, it's basically about a guy… read more.
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Commissioners Corner… Darke County is a great place to live
The end of another year is upon us.  This has been a unique December weather- wise; surprising warmth at times, followed by freezing cold and blowing snow, followed by inches and inches of rain, and back to cold temperatures!  Although the weather has been changeable this year, the County continued our success from the previous 3 years.  As we all look back on… read more.
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Ohio Senator Bill Beagle… Creating Equity in Ohio’s Adoption System
On any given day, we’re asked to fill out forms that detail some of our personal information. As a patient in a doctor’s office, you may be asked to describe your family medical history, or as a student applying for a scholarship, you may be asked to select a nationality. If you were adopted between January 1964 and September 1996, chances are you don’t know these answers and your original birth records that… read more.
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Everybody loves the Constitution, By Jim Surber
If one bit of common ground exists today in this country’s polarized political climate, it’s that everybody loves the Constitution. “Conservative or Liberal, we are all constitutionalists,” wrote Pres. Barack Obama. “The Founding Fathers fought and bled for freedom and then crafted the most miraculous political document ever conceived, our Constitution,” said Sen. Ted Cruz. We proudly state that the US is governed by the world… read more.
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Grumpy Side of 60… What’s Christmas really about? By Bob Robinson
“Dear Santa. I love you. Will you take some of my stuff and give it to all the other kids in the world?” “Can you bring a kindle for my dad so he’ll have something to do?” Kids are awesome. They can say and do some of the most fascinating and entertaining things. One of those times is with their letters to Santa. Take, for example, the concern over being naughty or nice… “Gove nottie kids toys too. They might not… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. When Purity, and “Perspective”,…..Cure Cynicism, By Joe Facinoli - Moments matter.    And so do the Little Things.    What else is there? This is a tough time of year to write anything political, and have it make any kind of sense, or be palatable in any sort of way. Nothing’s happening, of any real note, and everything’s mostly on hold, until Congress, the President, and all the state legislatures and governors get back from their 7 to 9 week winter “vacations” (on guess who’s dime… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Hydraulic Fracturing—A Safe and Reliable Source of Energy Leading Ohio’s Comeback - Hydraulic fracturing is the safest way to extract minerals from below the earth’s surface. The opportunities provided by the exploration of oil and natural gas in eastern Ohio will have a major impact on the economic sector in that part of the state.  The continued use of the hydraulic fracturing process in eastern Ohio also helps  western Ohio by providing more consumers for our agricultural products… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Close to Our Hearts
As 2013 comes to a close, Connie and I want to wish you and your family a safe and blessed holiday season. For me, there’s no greater joy than spending the winter holidays with loved ones. Earlier this month, I visited Liberty at St. Clair, a facility in Cleveland serving veterans who have struggled with homelessness. One of the many dedicated staff members I met there wore a necklace with a ring and a… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Let's just table the issue, shall we? By Aprill Brandon
For years, my husband and I have harbored a shameful secret. A secret so hideous, so horrifying, so wholly conducive to alliteration, we have hardly dared to even whisper it out loud. And the worst part is we have carried this secret with us from state to state, apartment to apartment, every time we move, from Ohio to Texas to now Boston. Each time, with each new set of friends and… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Generous Charitable Giving Brightens the Christmas Season for Everyone - It is hard to believe that another year is nearly in the books. This is certainly a fun time of year for a lot of people—especially young kids—as the anticipation of Christmas grows with each day. One of the many special things about being an American, and about being from west central Ohio in particular, is to witness just how charitable so many people are. With the festivities, family functions… read more.
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The Grumpy Side of 60… Santa’s Helper No. 31278664, By Bob Robinson
Some of you may remember the conversations I’ve had with Santa over the years. He never gets my name right. It’s Joe, or Jake, or Ronald… Don’t think he’s ever called me by my given name. Makes me wonder how he ever gets the presents right. I forgot. He has something called Lightspeed Sonar. It not only allows him to zip around from town to town at lightning speed, it keeps track of all the kids in… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge… “And So This is Christmas…..” By Joe Facinoli
So many Christmas songs are just schmaltzy commercial nonsense, even though a few are actually quite good musically, and some even deliver a real message. Still others are way too specifically directed, for me at least, to be able to wrap my little brain around their somewhat forced and contrived meanings. I have no problem with telling the story of Christmas, but my preference is for celebrating the overall "spirit" of this season. And for songs with… read more.
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