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U.S. Representative Boehner… Solving Our Spending Problem is the Key to Saving Medicare
This time of year, many seniors in our area have questions about Medicare, as Medicare Open Enrollment is from now until December 7.  That’s why my office stands ready to assist any constituents who may have questions about the Medicare Open Enrollment period or are experiencing issues with receiving benefits.  For more information about services available to seniors in Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District
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Darke County Senior Scribe… It’s that time of year… again! By Lois Wilson
Once again Senior Scribe Poet Laureate Lois Wilson is on top of the season with her insightful look at the important events of the day. This time it’s politics. Wilson offers two poems, each addressing a different look at the ludicrous antics of the political process. First there’s the eternal Pelosi, who is often remembered (not so fondly) for her famous statement: “We’ll know what’s in the bill when we pass it.” Then there’s the winsome
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Ending Veterans' Homelessness in Ohio
In gratitude for their courage and sacrifice for our nation, my office helps U.S. veterans access their medical and disability benefits and the overdue or replacement medals that they have earned for their military service. At a ceremony at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati last week – where I had the honor of presenting a Vietnam War veteran with seven medals
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Excesses, new and old, in political campaigns, By Jim Surber
Recent bantering in online comments about the huge amounts spent in modern Presidential campaigns got me to thinking. Is our spending on this unprecedented? I decided to do a little research, to learn how our ancestors dealt with this event, and was surprised at what I found. In the early years of the republic, gentlemen would be asked by other elite leaders to "stand" for political office, and the candidate's commonly-acknowledged
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Broke Wife, Big City… Do your ears hang low? By Aprill Brandon
When I was a kid, I had a penpal. Even better, it was a FOREIGN penpal. Every day after school, I'd run to the mailbox, quivering with anticipation, to see whether Penelope's letter had arrived from exotic Canada (where they put gravy on their French fries ... GRAVY). In fact, there were days I was so excited, I'd sit outside and actually wait for the mailman to come. Unfortunately, as I grew older, my enthusiasm
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Ohio Republican Party… Greetings! Matt Borges
Editor’s Note: Borges recently attended the Darke County Republican Pig Roast. 16 days until Election Day!  There is no time to let up. The Democratic turnout the vote machine is in full swing and we must surpass them. Ohio's unemployment rate fell to 5.6% in September, down from 7.4% this time last year. It was only four short years ago that unemployment was skyrocketing and Ohio's future was on unsteady
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Political Witch Doctors, …doing the Ebola “Heap Good Medicine” Dance, By Joe Facinoli - No disrespect to Native American medical “practitioners”, of a time long ago, but even those guys would have a better chance at curing Ebola, and tending for those inflicted with it, than what we’ve got going for us, …today. With a full spiritual commitment to their purposeful rituals and dances, and their artfully crafted, songful cadences of hypnotic read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Continued Interest in Reducing Nutrient Loading in Ohio Waterways - Lake Erie covers almost 10,000 square miles and serves as a source of pride for the State of Ohio.  Acting as the north coast of Ohio, this lake is a natural landmark known throughout North America and beyond.  Keeping the water in the lake potable and healthy is an important task that all Ohioans should be a part of. Lake Erie is a major source of tourism in the read more.
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Travel Ban Should Be Considered by President as Ebola Crisis Worsens - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- “Our hearts go out to the health care workers who have contracted the Ebola virus here in the United States, as well as those who have been impacted by it around the globe.  We pray for their speedy recovery, and we pray for those who are helping to treat and care for these individuals, including our medical experts and military personnel who read more.
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Little Pictures, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! Ok readers - Hands up - how many of you remember hearing not to borrow trouble - it will come soon enough on its own? I think trouble is here. I think we are trying to treat a "symptom" and the disease (if you will) goes unchecked. Remember our local school board wanting to pass a new levy a few years ago now? It failed the first two or three times. Now it's passed. Remember the president of the school board resigning and telling
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Enforcing Trade Laws to Boost Exports and Support Ohio Businesses -- When I travel across Ohio, I hear from business owners who have successfully expanded their companies, created jobs, and sold their products in foreign markets. In 2013, Ohio exports totaled a record-breaking $50.8 billion. To quantify that, every $1 billion in exports supports nearly 5,000 domestic jobs. And in Ohio, more than one quarter of our state's manufacturing jobs rely on exports. Last week, I joined read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Mommies don’t get sick days, By Aprill Brandon
I regret a lot of things. The fringe vest I wore for my seventh grade school photo. That time I asked for a “pixie haircut” and instead spent half of my junior year in college walking around with a mullet. Pretty much all of 2004. I even regret things I haven’t done yet, like when I finally finish this six pound burrito sitting right beside me. I’m going to eat it all. I know this. I’m going to hate myself for eating it all. I know this. And yet
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Preventing the Spread of Ebola in the United States
Over the last few weeks, we have heard a lot about the Ebola virus. The stories from Africa are heartbreaking – countries with limited resources are fighting to contain the disease and in many cases it is spreading faster than it can be controlled. In Liberia, Ebola cases are doubling every 15-20 days, with a million cases possible in western Africa by the end of the year if the current trends continue
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Ebola:  Just more of the Politics of NonSense, By Joe Facinoli - It’s always about the “Spin” today.  First, last, and always, …it’s about how something can be “Spun”, to best political advantage. No matter who gets hurt, nor how many people might be negatively affected, …even if thousands of those people (or more) eventually die. It’s always about how the individuals charged with running things, the governments they belong read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Sound Money Management of Public Dollars
When I was sworn in as a State Representative the first time around, I made it clear to my constituents that sound money management would be a focus of my time in the legislature.  Today, I continue to work for better handling of public moneys because taxpayers worked hard to earn that money. In west central Ohio, we have some of the best locally elected officials and they are good stewards
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The White House… One American's perspective
I watched the President speak about the economy earlier today -- maybe you did, too. He talked about how, even though we've rebounded from recession faster than almost every other advanced nation, we've still got a lot of work to do when it comes to rebuilding the middle class. It's easy to hear that and ask yourself, "What does the President mean when he talks about
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Ohio Republican Party… Portman works for Senate control
Today is the last day to register to vote in Ohio and early voting starts tomorrow!  As we fight to keep Ohio's comeback going, I wanted to make sure you knew about Senator Portman's efforts, not only in Ohio, but to take back the United States Senate.  Republicans have our best chance in a long time to take back the Senate and begin implementing reforms like we've seen in
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Steps at the VA are Just the Beginning
Hearing directly from veterans in our own region on the veterans’ benefit claims backlog is what led to my pressing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for answers and accountability years ago.  Our veterans deserve nothing less. What we eventually uncovered were full-blown systemic problems at the VA. I know I’m not alone in how outraged I was by the horror stories, and we’re not going to let up until the issues at the VA are finally resolved
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Investing in Ohio Manufacturing and Innovation
In Ohio, and across the United States, manufacturing is helping to lead our economic recovery. Manufacturing has a larger multiplier effect than any other industry. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.48 is added to the economy. Ohio manufacturers are some of the most competitive in the world and workers are innovating right on the shop floor. To make manufacturing's recovery permanent, we must support American
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The White House… I may never get to stand on the podium
It was New Year's Eve in 2009 when my helmet saved my life. Training for the Winter Olympics in Utah, I was at the top of competitive snowboarding when I suffered a life-threatening traumatic brain injury that I'm still recovering from to this day. And while I can never snowboard competitively again, I hope to be a voice for the millions of Americans who grapple with diseases of the brain. Until my injury, I didn't spend too much time
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. but We’re all Going to Die from Ebola, …anyway, By Joe Facinoli - We have, very clearly in my estimation, lost our path as a nation, and a society.    The proof of that, is all around us, …in abundance. We should be celebrating life, in and about this glorious country, and our wondrous good fortune, at having been born in the midst of all the amazing opportunities it presents. Instead of being drawn into all the fretful, sickening, and deceitful situations read more.
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Commissioners Corner... Summer’s over… enjoy the fall weather and events
As the month of September comes to a close, we are reminded that colder weather is just around the corner. This has certainly been a nice cool spring and summer, and if the Farmer’s Almanac is correct, we are in for a cold, snowy winter.  But for now, let’s enjoy the fall colors, the cooler weather, all the High School sports
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State Senator Bill Beagle… Changing the Face of Manufacturing in Ohio
If someone asked you to name a career that was innovative and challenging, in a precise and highly advanced field, what industry comes to mind? If you answered manufacturing, you’d be right. October is the third annual “Ohio Manufacturing Month” and October 3 is “National Manufacturing Day,” and here in the Miami Valley we take this opportunity to celebrate those working in this growing industry. The days of dark and dirty manufacturing jobs
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Representative Jim Buchy… Shelby County: A Place Filled with Opportunity
West central Ohio is the best place in the world to live, work and rear a family.  I am fortunate that our local papers print Statehouse Updates, but often we forget to talk about how great our local communities are.  For the past few months I have periodically focused a column on the unique characteristics that make each county in western Ohio the best place to live, work and rear a family
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Broke Wife, Big City… BREAKING NEWS: White girls love fall, By Aprill Brandon
I don’t know who the first white girl was to publicly declare how much she loves fall, but if I ever find that idiot, I’m going to strangle her with the string from my totally comfy Urban Outfitters hoodie. She’s ruined everything for the rest of us. Everything. Because now, thanks to her and all her idiot friends, the new national pastime is making fun of white girls who love fall. Oh sure, you could argue (and you would, in fact, be
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Let’s Kick Start Our Economy
If you look at America's economy, it’s flat – it hasn’t been growing as it should. While Ohio is moving forward thanks to common-sense Republican economic solutions, concern remains about the condition of our nation as a whole. And for the first time perhaps ever, most parents in America doubt that the next generation in our country will be better off than the current one. I hear about this over and over again when I meet with
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Gone, ...but not Forgotten (nor Missed), By Joe Facinoli
Do you ever really miss a toothache?    Or a broken leg?  Would you miss arthritis, if suddenly the meds for that actually worked, and cooled those seething joints?  Do you miss a crippling Migraine, after its blinding effects finally subside?? Or Stage Four Cancer, after a miraculous surgery cleared your charts of any evidence of that insidious disease??? I don’t think so.   We’d be so thankful
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Asking Questions about the Impact of the North Coast on Nutrient Loading - Recent concerns at Lake Erie have increased public awareness of the importance of water and reducing phosphorous loading in Ohio waterways.  Water is important to our quality of life and the recent issues in Toledo that left 400,000 residents without clean drinking water has brought this issue to the fore front in a hurry. The Mayor of Toledo acted swiftly to ensure read more.
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State Representative Richard Adams… Combating Opiate Addiction from the Start, the Issue of Overprescribing - Since the beginning of 2013, the Ohio General Assembly has been working tirelessly to study the opiate addiction epidemic that plagues Ohio and its public health. Two study committees have traveled around the state during the summers to learn from public officials, law enforcement, and constituents about how the epidemic has had real-life impacts on society read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Revitalizing Ohio Neighborhoods and Communities
The financial crisis devastated homeowners and investors in Ohio and across the country. In the years since, we’ve made great progress but we know that the economy cannot fully recover until the housing market does. Cleveland’s Thriving Communities Institute estimates that there are 50,000 abandoned properties in Ohio that have fallen into disrepair
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Broke Wife, Big City… Catwoman loves my hair, By Aprill Brandon
You know that old saying, “This is why we can’t have nice things”? Well, my husband and I are the poster children for the phrase “This is why we can’t do nice things.” We are, to put it nicely, casual people. We’re the Gap of couples. The Olive Garden of lovers. The Netflix of man and wife. Not that there’s anything wrong with this. In fact, we prefer it this way. There is no shame in our footie pajama Saturday
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Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall… Unfiltered
This past Saturday, I had an interesting conversation with a good friend of mine whom I can count on to be brutally honest.  I like that about her, she tells me what I need to hear, instead of what I want to hear.  We were talking politics, about the problems, and the people in charge, and jokingly I said I should run for President.  Immediately, she said “You would never get elected because you aren’t tactful enough.  Your mouth is unfiltered
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U.S. Rep. John Boehner… House Takes 'Important, Initial Step Forward in Taking on ISIL'
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following statement today after the House passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government running past September 30 (H.J. Res. 124): "By authorizing the Department of Defense to help train and equip the Syrian opposition, this measure represents an important, initial step forward in taking on the Islamic State of Iraq and the
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State Senator Bill Beagle… September is Campus Fire Safety Awareness Month
September marks the beginning of a new school year, the start of football season and cooler weather, but more importantly, it’s Campus Fire Safety Month.  Last month I introduced Senate Bill 359 which addresses the very real need for improved fire safety measures in off-campus and rental homes. Nearly two years ago on January 1, 2013, two families in our community endured a horrific tragedy.  Ellen Garner, graduate of
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. “Income Inequality”, …starts with Language Inequality, By Joe Facinoli - To take full advantage of all the myriad opportunities available to everyone in this still industrious and productive, embracing, and mostly free country, …you have to speak the language.  And that would be the English language.  The better you speak it, and the more you are able to communicate to the general populous with it, then the more of all those wide open chances read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Mercer County a Destination for All
West central Ohio is the best place in the world to live, work and rear a family.  I am fortunate that our local papers print Statehouse Updates, but often we forget to talk about how great our local communities are.  For the past few months I have periodically focused a column on the unique characteristics that make each county in western Ohio the best place to live, work and rear a family.  This month I will discuss Mercer County
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Ensuring Clean Drinking Water for Ohio Communities
Earlier this month, I visited Put-in-Bay to tour The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory. I met with Stone Lab scientists and accompanied them as they collected water samples of Lake Erie to better understand the rise in toxic algal blooms. A high level of phosphorous in the lake is a contributing factor to the algal blooms, and I’ve recently announced funds to help farmers implement conservation practices
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U.S. Rep. John Boehner… GAO Report Confirms Taxpayers Fund Abortions Through ObamaCare
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following statement responding to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirming that, contrary to specific promises made by President Obama and Democratic leaders, ObamaCare subsidies are supporting insurance plans that cover abortions: “In 2010, President Obama and the leaders of the Democratic
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Broke Wife, Big City… Eat your disgusting, mushy vegetables, By Aprill Brandon
It happened inexplicably. One minute, he’s just fine, chowing down on some mushed carrots like it’s his job. Which, considering he’s a baby, it technically is his job. (Sleeping and throwing toys on the floor, of course, being his leisure activities). And the next? He’s crying and creating a fuss like I’m forcing him to eat pinecones. Or worse, Arby’s. Yes, feeding time in our household has become pure chaos. For the
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Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel… Cost-Cutting produces more than $6 Million in savings
COLUMBUS - Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today that cost cutting measures he has implemented in the Treasurer's office have saved taxpayers more than $6 million over the last four fiscal years. Treasurer Mandel outlined these cost savings and other initiatives of his administration as part of his Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report. "Our work in the Treasurer's office has helped save taxpayers more than
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Destroying This Terrorist Threat Requires Decisive Action - September 10, 2014 - “The president tonight recanted his earlier dismissals of ISIL’s capabilities and rightly acknowledged the grave and growing threat posed by the spreading global epidemic of radicalized Islam.  He has finally begun to make the case the nation has needed him to make for quite some time: that destroying this terrorist threat requires decisive action and must be read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. The Peacock, …and his Video Game “Strategy”, By Joe Facinoli - As he strutted his way bad, and very cool self on up to the White House podium last week, just before allowing us to listen to His instructive wisdoms (and versions of the truth), …you could almost see His glorious array of feathers, begin to spread out behind and around Him, in all their amazing (and self-serving) resplendency. “He” had arrived, …and “He” would tell us now read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Taking Steps to Remove and Replace Common Core
Common Core, an attempt at nationalizing education standards, has been a hot topic in Columbus and the west central Ohio for over a year now.  Efforts have been made in the House Education Committee to repeal the standards and or limit the impacts of the Common Core on our schools. Some attempts at limiting the impacts of the Common Core have been successful and are being implemented, but a full repeal of the Common Core has proved a difficult feat
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The White House… Slide to the left:
10 million -- that's the number of jobs American businesses have added over the last 54 months, marking the longest streak of private-sector job growth in American history. While there's still a lot more work to do, the economy has improved significantly since President Obama took office in 2009. Back then, the economy was shedding jobs by the hundreds of thousands, the housing market had hit rock bottom, and the
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Broke Wife, Big City… World War Z, Part Two: The Crawling Dead, By Aprill Brandon
Guys, GUYS, I don’t want to alarm anyone, but it appears the zombie apocalypse is finally upon us. And not to alarm you even more, but it seems that no one, not even babies, are safe from these undead fiends. These undead fiends who are technically illegal immigrants. Oh yeah, I said it. Since they’re legally considered dead, that renders their social security card invalid, which means they are in this country illegally
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Representative John Boehner…We’re Maintaining Our Focus
It’s filling up at the gas pump and watching the numbers climb to more than $40 for a tank of gas, or it’s a trip to the grocery store where the packaging seems to be shrinking but price tags are growing higher and higher. While we’re seeing a lot of growth here in Ohio, the trouble is, we’re paying more for the things we need under the president’s policies, “further constraining family budgets…still reeling from a stagnant economy
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Dayton Daily News… Good writers wanted for Ideas & Voices, Connie Post
Are you interested in contributing to our Ideas & Voices page? We’re looking for several dedicated local writers to share their opinions on a regular basis, once or twice a month. Conservative, liberal or somewhere in the middle — we welcome and want to include all political leanings. The keys are to have a consistent viewpoint; be aware of current political and social issues and respond to them; introduce others that are possibly
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CAUV formula: still a good deal in growing economy… Ohio Senate President Keith Faber, Ohio Representative Jim Buchy - Farmers are no doubt familiar with the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) formula.  For those who are not, the CAUV was enacted through a voter-passed 1973 amendment to the Ohio Constitution.  This formula was adopted so that qualifying agricultural land would be taxed at a value based on the farm’s potential income read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. On the Wrong Side of his OWN Red Line… By Joe Facinoli - Heavyweights, …especially those with knock-out power in one or both of their hands, …don’t have to apologize for doing the right thing.  When you are the biggest, baddest, and nastiest dude on the block, …you don’t need the approval of some community, nor group, before you act. You ARE the group!! If you are threatened, or perceive some threat, to yourself, family, friends, or merely to the street read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Assistance for Veterans Going Back to School
Veterans are very important to Americans. Just as they did their part to protect our freedoms, one of the most important duties of government is to assist these veterans in return, making sure that they face minimal struggles and succeed in life as civilians. The Ohio General Assembly knows how important helping veterans is, and has made veterans’ services  first priority. Many of my colleagues are former service members and
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Broke Wife, Big City… Like a red-headed biological child, By Aprill Brandon
“Look at that red hair!” That sentence, those five words, are my very first memory of my son. Well, that and a giant blue screen pressed up against my face and the sensation that on the other side of the screen a hyena was burrowing through my lower intestines.  A drunk hyena. Who hated me. Passionately. Ah, the miracle of birth. But back to my point. Those words were said by my doctor, the wielder of the C-section knife, the very
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Prosecuting Attorneys Endorse DeWine For Re-Election
COLUMBUS - Today, Attorney General Mike DeWine’s campaign announced the endorsement of all 10 Prosecuting Attorneys in central Ohio.  Prosecutors from Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union Counties praised DeWine’s accomplishments as attorney general, recognizing the work he’s done with them prosecuting rapists, scammers who target the elderly, and drug dealers
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Commissioner’s Corner… County moving along economically
August means the traditional end of summer, especially now that the fair is over. Hard to believe schools have started, and harvest time is not far behind.  That also means cold weather is not far behind either.  Aren't we all looking forward to that!? Quite a lot has happened this month in the County. Whirlpool, the new Greenville K-8 building, the Greenville
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Lower Natural Gas Prices Benefit Local Governments
The services provided by local governments are very important to our communities and that is why we have spent considerable time in the legislature to reduce their costs of operations and provide them new ways to save tax dollars.  In particular, the recent growth in Ohio’s gas industry has lowered natural gas prices for all Ohioans including the community and township halls in western Ohio. The positive effects of natural gas on households around the state
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… As you head back to school, remember these things
With school starting back up for most students in our area, there are a few things I’d like you to keep in mind this year. If you’re a high school junior in Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District who is interested in attending a Military Service Academy, you have until Friday, October 31, 2014, to apply for a nomination from my office.  Call 513-779-5400 for more information. And college students – remember that internship applications for spring of 2015 are currently
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Broke Wife, Big City… Bad Mom, By Aprill Brandon
I feel this should go without saying, but judging by the amount of hate mail I’ve gotten recently, apparently it does, in fact, need to be said. I love my son. More than anything. More than my own life. More than coffee. COFFEE, people. I’m not just willing to die for him, I’m willing to kill for him if it comes down to it. Granted, the only weapons in my house are a 32-pound dog and a frying pan, but I will throw both at your face if you even feign
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Addressing Infant Mortality in Ohio
According to humanitarian organization Save the Children, the United States has the highest first-day death rate for infants among industrialized countries – more than 11,000 babies die within 24 hours of their birth each year. It’s unthinkable. And each year in the U.S., there are more than 4,600 sudden unexpected infant deaths. What’s worse – Ohio is near the bottom compared with other states, ranking 48th in the nation for infant mortality and
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Ohio Conservative Review… Common Core Repeal Bill ‘Sub HB 597’ a Campaign Tool, Unlike Legitimate HB 237, By Diana Fessler -- In August of 2013, Rep. Thompson (R-Marietta) introduced House Bill 237 to repeal Common Core (CC) in Ohio. The bill never budged. In an attempt to give the bill some traction, Rep. John Adams (R-Sidney) introduced a discharge petition. The bill still didn’t budge. Anytime during the past year, Rep. Huffman, Speaker Pro Tempore of the House (the second highest position in the House) could have used read more.
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Good roads?-Of course!... Pay for them?-Not!
It is an absolute certainty that working in a public service related to infrastructure is at best challenging, and at worst totally frustrating. I was reminded of this by reading the results of last month’s national AP-GfK poll which revealed that a majority of Americans believe the economic benefits of good transportation outweigh the cost to taxpayers, but they cannot agree on how to pay for new highways or the repairs of old ones. Six of ten people surveyed said
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State Senator Bill Beagle… Keeping our Children Safe
The back to school rush is now in full-swing in my home as I’m sure it is in yours as well.  It never ceases to surprise me at how quickly this season comes and with how much must be done. This August I will have two children attending universities here in the state of Ohio and another in high school.  Over the next week, my family and I will be collecting last minute school supplies and familiarizing ourselves with the school campuses and talking about how
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ORP Chairman’s Update… Greetings for Aug. 16, 2014, By Matt Borges
Our Party lost a great friend this week with the passing of former State Senator and State Representative Merle Kearns. Kearns was a dedicated leader who spent much of her adult life in public service, first as a state legislator for fifteen years and then as the director of the Ohio Department of Aging. She served as majority floor leader for the Ohio Senate in 2005. There is no denying that Kearns leaves behind a great legacy of devotion
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Fighting to Save Ohio Postal Service Jobs
In 2015, the United States Postal Service (USPS) plans to close and consolidate up to 82 mail processing facilities across the country – including ones in Akron, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown – putting 15,000 jobs at risk. To protect these jobs and ensure that Ohioans continue to receive reliable mail service, I joined with 49 other Senators in signing a letter, urging
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Recent Events in Western Ohio Highlight the Importance of a Federal Bill - Grand Lake St. Marys is a landmark of the 84th House District, promoting jobs in the area and offering a place that families can visit to fish, boat, and enjoy time together. Being residents of western Ohio and the Grand Lake St. Marys area, we are all familiar with Algal Blooms, and it is something we have been dealing with for decades.  We are also aware of the read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Mommy brain: The struggle is real, By Aprill Brandon
I had to use a calculator the other day. To figure out what 12 plus 9 was. I was paying bills (during the 10 minutes my baby, Riker, usually agrees to sleep in the crib before he wakes up crying like he’s being murdered by a serial killer named Icepick Ivan) and trying to figure out how much money we’d have left over for frivolous things such as food and industrial strength “wall poop remover.” And then suddenly, this basic arithmetic problem
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State Senator Bill Beagle… The Miami Valley on the Road to Economic Prosperity
When I first joined the Ohio Senate nearly four years ago, our unemployment rate was almost in the double digits, Ohio had lost 350,000 jobs in four years, and business closures were becoming all too common. Today, jobs are returning, our family and friends are going back to work, and our unemployment rate is steadily declining. In fact, our region is leading the state in job creation.  Over 2,000 new jobs have been announced in our community since January of
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Protecting Ohio Children from Liquid Nicotine and E-Cigarettes - Act would regulate childproof packaging on liquid nicotine - The tobacco industry, in an effort to replace the 480,000 customers it loses each year to smoking-related deaths, has turned to electronic cigarettes, a new nicotine product that it hopes to make appealing to young people. These so-called e-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that simulate traditional tobacco products and contain read more.
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So long, Brenda… but I’ll never say goodbye! By Amanda Olson, Editor
Earlier this week, a good friend of mine passed away after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. Now, I’ve lost loved ones in my life, and Brenda Sue Baker is right at the top of the list of those I miss most. As Editor of this site, it was my job to post her obituary for all of our readers to see. And let me tell you, it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. But after reading her obituary, it left me thinking about all of the things that aren’t
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Governor Kasich’s Tax Cuts Help Ohio Farmers
Representing a district that includes the largest agriculture producing counties in the state also means representing farmers in the area and throughout Ohio, who know the true meaning of back-breaking labor. I respect people who work in agriculture because of the unbelievable hard work and sacrifices that are required to produce the crops that we eat. Working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week defines these family businesses. That’s why I always say, never
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U.S Representative John Boehner… A Do-Something House
It began as the following question: Are we keeping track of all the jobs bills that House Republicans have passed? Soon, that question became a list. Then, as the bills piled up, the list became a to-do list for Senate Democrats – a to-do list that I recently highlighted for Vice President Biden when he visited Cincinnati (it’s too bad he didn’t stay long enough to visit even one local business – let alone stop for some of our famous Cincinnati chili). And now, that
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U.S. Representative Boehner… Health Care Law is Once Again Driving up Insurance Costs in Ohio
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today released the following statement in response to the final 2015 federal exchange insurance premium rates, as confirmed by the Ohio Department of Insurance: “Another day, another story about how the president’s health care law is – once again – driving up insurance costs in Ohio for everyone from families to small businesses.  Unfortunately, we’ve seen this coming – between
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Broke Wife, Big City… The five stages of panic, By Aprill Brandon
There are a lot of firsts when it comes to marriage. The first time you kiss as husband and wife. The first dance. The first fight. The first time you lose your first fight. The first time you bring back up the original fight a few months later in a vain effort to try to win this time.  And, it's inevitable: The first time you lose your wedding ring. Luckily, I managed to make it this far before the latter finally happened to me (which is pretty amazing
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. Death, by Negotiation, …and Killing, to Save Face, By Joe Facinoli - The Irish cop, played so well by Sean Connery, in the movie “The Untouchables”, has a telling line, near the end of that show. It describes in perfect symmetry, and brutal vengefulness, …the way mobsters, ruthless political leaders, and ego-maniacal religious and other fanatics, have functioned over the centuries. He said, that:   “…if they pull a knife (on you), …then you pull out a gun read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Darke County - My Historic Hometown
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 Darke County. With over 600 square miles of land
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Ohio Senator Bill Beagle… Combating Infant Mortality in Ohio
Most babies grow to live full and long lives, but infant mortality is a tragedy that too many Ohio families face. Infant mortality, which refers to any baby that passes away before their first birthday, is a horror that affects more people in Ohio than many developed nations. Currently, Ohio ranks 48th out of 50 states for the highest rate of infant mortality. The leading causes for infant mortality are serious birth complications including premature births or birth
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The White House… The Cost of Inaction, by John Podesta
Hey, everyone -- The facts are in. The science is definitive. The question is no longer whether climate change is happening, but whether we can afford not to act. In the western United States, changes in our climate are fueling wildfire seasons that are longer and more intense -- putting people, communities, and businesses at risk. As we’re seeing right now, wildfires unquestionably have devastating impacts on the lives of many Americans
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Treating Opiate Addiction in Ohio Communities
Addiction to opioids, like prescription painkillers and heroin, has increased significantly in the past few years, devastating communities across Ohio – rural, suburban, and urban. In 2012, a record 1,914 Ohioans died from accidental drug overdose – an average of five Ohioans each day – and 680 of those deaths can be attributed to heroin use. Frustratingly, the doctors willing to help address this crisis have federal restrictions placed on the number of patients
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Broke Wife, Big City… The Battle of Crib Hill, By Aprill Brandon
Today is the day. The battle lines have been drawn. The weapons sharpened and at the ready. And once the smoke clears, a clear victor shall emerge from the carnage. For over five months now, I’ve been a prisoner in this war. Day after day, praying and hoping and scheming to win back my freedom. Only to be disappointed yet again as the sun disappears beyond the horizon. Hungry. Sleep-deprived. Covered in filth. No one should have to
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Ohio Republican Party… ORP Chairman's Update Aug. 3, Matt Borges
Greetings! Our grassroots organization is in full swing as the countdown to the election continues - 93 days! We have volunteers across the state knocking doors, making calls, and connecting with voters. Take a moment to look at the many ways that you can get involved in your area and join us for our next door knocking deployment on Super Saturday - August 16, 2014! Eleven companies to invest $471 million, impacting more
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Focusing Efforts on Working Together to Curb the Drug Problem - The drug problem facing our community in western Ohio and across the state is an issue that requires persistent attention and steadfast resolve. I have been very tuned into this issue and will keep working to address it. Last summer, a study committee traveled across the state to learn more about the drug problem facing us. As a result, the committee was able to discuss several policy initiatives that read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. If You Want Them to “Stop Hatin’ ”, …then …Stop Hatin’ !! By Joe Facinoli - This has now, truly and officially, gone from the ridiculous to the perverse.  Last week, President Obama, in his best and full flight campaign mode, played to a giddy and clueless crowd of supporters in Kansas City, by saying that the Republicans in Congress needed to “…Stop Hatin’ ” on him, and should instead, …actually get something done (that he approved of, …of read more.
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Commissioners Corner… July a ‘happening’ month
July has been a “happening” month here in Darke County, and in neighboring counties. This month has seen the “4th of July Fireworks” displays in a lot of local communities, the “Country Concert” in Shelby County, a very successful “First Friday” in Greenville, and a successful “Food Truck” gathering, also in Greenville. The “Kings Royal” and the “NASCAR Camping World Truck Series” races at Eldora were this
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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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