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  • If I Knew My Daughter Had Down Syndrome, I Would Have Aborted Her – All Women Should Have That Right

    09/01/2015 9:45:37 PM PDT · by Morgana · 40 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | September 1, 2015 | Hallie Levine
    Ohio is poised to become the second state in this country to ban abortion because of a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome this fall. As a pro-choice woman who has a 7-year-old daughter with Down syndrome, I find this absolutely appalling. This is an issue that hits close to home for me: If I had had a prenatal diagnosis, I would have obtained an abortion. Today, I am beyond grateful that I didn’t. But I cannot ever in any circumstances imagine insisting others not have that right. STORY: Mom’s Emotional Facebook Post About Baby With Down Syndrome Goes Viral Studies...
  • Mitch McConnell: This Congress won’t be able to defund Planned Parenthood

    09/01/2015 4:55:10 PM PDT · by markomalley · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/1/15 | Mike DeBonis
    Attempts by Congress to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding are destined to fail as long as President Obama is in office, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said. "We just don't have the votes to get the outcome that we'd like," McConnell said in an interview taped Monday with WYMT-TV, which serves eastern Kentucky. "I would remind all of your viewers, the way you make a law in this country, the Congress has to pass it, and the president has to sign it. The president's made it very clear he's not going to sign any bill that includes defunding...
  • Donald Trump: I'll Change Denali Back to Mount McKinley

    09/01/2015 12:05:06 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 100 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 1, 2015 | Benjamin Bell and Ali Weinberg
    Donald Trump, apparently assuming he will secure the White House, tweeted on Monday evening that he would reverse the decision announced by President Obama to change the name of Alaska's Mount McKinley back to the traditional name Denali, saying it is an affront to the Buckeye State.
  • Controversial Clinton ally trashed 'alcoholic' John Boehner in emails to Hillary

    09/01/2015 1:31:51 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 9-1-15 | Hunter Walker
    Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime Hillary Clinton friend who was an unofficial adviser while she was secretary of state, is trailed by reporters as he takes a lunch break from being deposed in private session of the House Select Committee on Benghazi at the U.S. Capitol in Washington June 16, 2015. A new batch of messages from Hillary Clinton's private email account that was released on Monday evening shows she received advice about political strategy from her controversial confidante Sidney Blumenthal in the leadup to the 2010 midterm elections. Blumenthal's suggestions focused on attacking Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio). Boehner became speaker...
  • Ohio lawmakers slam Obama plans to rename Mt. McKinley 'Denali' during Alaska trip

    08/31/2015 12:25:31 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 64 replies
    FOX News Network ^ | August 31, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    Ohio lawmakers reacted angrily Sunday to the White House's announcement that President Obama would formally rename Alaska's Mt. McKinley — North America's highest peak — "Denali" during his trip to The Last Frontier this week. "Mount McKinley ... has held the name of our nation's 25th President for over 100 years," Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, said in a statement. "This landmark is a testament to his countless years of service to our country." Gibbs also described Obama's action as "constitutional overreach," saying that an act of Congress was required to rename the mountain, because a law formally naming it after...
  • Video: ‘You Made Direct Eye Contact With Me,’ Ohio Officer Tells Driver During Traffic Stop

    When a police officer in Dayton, Ohio, handed John Felton a warning for a traffic signal violation, Felton asked whether was stopped for something besides having out-of-state plates, according to a video of the conversation posted on Facebook. “Because you made direct eye contact with me and held onto it when I was passing you,” the officer replied in the video. ... Felton grew up in Ohio but now lives in Michigan. His car has a Michigan license plate. He told WKEF the officer followed his car about two miles and originally said he’d committed a minor traffic offense —...
  • Trump, Carson in close fight in Iowa poll

    08/29/2015 8:45:58 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 63 replies
    http://thehill.com ^ | August 29, 23015 | Mark Hensch
    The Bloomberg/Des Moines Register survey released on Saturday finds that the two are tied in Iowa caucus-goer support when voters’ first and second choices for the Republican coronation are combined. Each is the first or second choice of 32 percent of respondents. Trump won the poll overall, getting 23 percent support. Carson comes in second at 18 percent. The next-closest competitors are Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at 8 percent each. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are tied for fifth place with 6 percent support each. After them is Carly Fiorina...
  • Graham: Kasich 'not ready' for presidency

    08/29/2015 10:20:07 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 33 replies
    Hill ^ | August 29, 2015 - 10:00 AM EDT | Rebecca Shabad
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich is “not ready to be Commander in Chief” because of his stance on spending cuts for the U.S. military, GOP presidential rival Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told New Hampshire voters Friday. “John Kasich is a good friend of mine,” Graham said, according to Time , before adding, “He said he has no problem with sequestration.” Graham told voters that sequestration hurts U.S. national security. “As the enemy increases in its ability, our approach is to disarm,” Graham said. “If the next president doesn’t understand that the cuts are killing us, in terms of defending ourselves, you’re...
  • Democratic Party shuts their fair booth over Confederate-flag sales

    08/29/2015 10:23:58 PM PDT · by euram · 61 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | Aug 29, 2015 | wire reports
    The local Democratic Party has closed its booth at a county fair in northeastern Ohio because officials won’t ban the sale of Confederate flags at the event.
  • Confederate Flag Love Still Super Strong in Ohio

    08/29/2015 7:38:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    Scene ^ | Thu, Aug 27, 2015 | Sam Allard
    The 12,000-strong city of Bucyrus, Ohio, down near Mansfield, will host a "Confederate Flag Pride Parade" on Saturday. The Port Clinton News-Herald reports that roughly 50 vehicles are expected to participate, and that city leaders are expecting neither disruption nor significant changes in traffic volume. Event organizers didn't exactly echo the "heritage not hate" refrain of Confederate Flag supporters nationwide. One told the News-Herald that the flag is "not racist at all," that it's "just another red, white and blue flag," a "military thing." He said that organizers in Bucyrus had been trying to assemble a parade before, but couldn't...
  • Confederate Flag-Vest-Wearing Ohio Police Chief Won’t Apologize

    08/28/2015 4:20:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    The Root ^ | Aug. 28 2015 | BREANNA EDWARDS
    Port Clinton, Ohio, Police Chief Robert Hickman was seen in photos wearing a Confederate flag vest while on vacation in South Dakota.An Ohio police chief isn’t really addressing the controversy that has unfolded since he was seen in photos wearing a Confederate flag vest while vacationing in South Dakota, WKYC reports. Port Clinton Police Chief Robert Hickman said that he doesn’t “look at the Confederate flag as a racist symbol,” with some residents defending him, saying he doesn’t have a “racist bone” in his body. “I think he was just wearing a shirt,” Port Clinton resident Bryan Meek told the...
  • Judge Andrew Napolitano’s Bizarre Op-Ed on RFRAs: He argues that RFRAs are unconstitutional

    04/06/2015 9:47:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/06/2015 | Ed Whelan
    In a challenging field of competitors, Fox News Channel’s Andrew Napolitano has a strong entry for the most laughable legal analysis of the Indiana religious-freedom law. In an April Fool’s Day op-ed that he evidently means to be taken seriously, Napolitano argues that state Religious Freedom Restoration Act laws are unconstitutional. Napolitano’s core claim is that the Supreme Court, in its 1997 ruling in Boerne v. Flores, ruled that the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act is unconstitutional. In Boerne the Court ruled that Congress lacked the constitutional power to apply the federal RFRA against the states. Napolitano accurately summarizes...
  • Donald Trump trounces GOP field, Biden leads general election match-ups (Quinnipiac)

    08/27/2015 11:51:03 AM PDT · by xzins · 76 replies
    CNN ^ | August 27, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    The Quinnipiac University poll, released Thursday, also shows Donald Trump smashing the GOP presidential competition garnering 28% support from registered Republican voters in the 17-member field. The real estate mogul's closest competitor is retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who tallies 12%. Just 7% said they would vote for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a record low since November 2013. Those results show just how far both Trump -- now the Republican front-runner -- and Bush -- the old one -- have come. Bush led national polls for much of the first half of 2015, but was quickly dislodged by Trump, after...
  • Abortion and Down Syndrome [Zot!]

    08/25/2015 10:31:30 AM PDT · by Bluewater2015 · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/25/15 | Editorial Board
    It is tempting to dismiss the latest anti-choice salvo from Ohio lawmakers, which would criminalize abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome, as a blatantly unconstitutional ploy that would never be enforced. That would be a mistake. The bill stands a disturbingly good chance of approval this fall by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature A similar bill passed in North Dakota in 2013 bans abortions on the grounds of fetal genetic anomalies, including Down syndrome. The law has not yet been enforced — under existing Supreme Court precedent it is hard to see how it could be — but...
  • John Boehner Calls Sen. Ted Cruz a “JackA$$” at Colorado Fundraiser

    08/27/2015 12:32:25 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 94 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 27,2015 | Jim Hoft
    Speaker John Boehner held a fundraiser this week in Steamboat Springs for Rep. Scott Tipton. Boehner referred to Senator Ted Cruz as a “jacka$$” during his speech. The Daily Caller reported: Speaker of the House John Boehner stunned audience members Wednesday evening at a Colorado fundraiser by referring to Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz as a “jackass,” two people in attendance tell The Daily Caller. At a Steamboat Springs event for GOP Rep. Scott Tipton, the Ohio Republican quipped that he likes how Cruz’s presidential campaign keeps “that jackass” out of Washington, and from telling Boehner how to do his...
  • Young Buckeyes fan worried heart surgery at Michigan would convert him

    08/27/2015 11:35:43 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 15 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 08/27/2015 | staff
    --SNIP-- In an announcement revealing the successful implementation of a new tool in battling heart defects, the University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital also passed along an amazing anecdote. It turns out one of its patients was a 10-year-old Toledo boy named Ivan Applin, who roots for Ohio State. According to his mother, Jennifer, young Ivan had a concern about trusting his heart to just anyone. “He asked if the Michigan doctors were going to make his heart love the University of Michigan instead of Ohio State
  • Columbus schools administrator who changed data gets jail time

    08/27/2015 10:44:38 AM PDT · by relictele · 2 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 27 Aug 2015 | Bill Bush
    Michael Dodds, a former top-level administrator who oversaw several Columbus City Schools buildings, will report to jail today to start serving a 14 day sentence for his role in manipulating student data to make the district look better. Dodds pleaded no contest in June and was convicted on three felony charges: attempted tampering with government records and two counts of unauthorized use of property. Today, Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Kimberly Cocroft sentenced Dodds to a jail term of one day less than that received by Stephen B. Tankovich, the former district administrator who masterminded the data purging, received for...
  • Trump Leads in NH

    08/26/2015 6:28:43 PM PDT · by LS · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8/26/2015
    PPP New Hampshire: Trump 35%, Kasich 11, Fiorina 10, Bush and Walker 7, Carson 6, Cruz 4
  • POLL: MIKE HUCKABEE TAKES SECOND TO DONALD TRUMP

    08/26/2015 10:28:41 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 26,2015 | ALEX SWOYER
    GOP presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee is doing quite well according to two national polls conducted after the first GOP presidential primary debate. One poll has Huckabee in second place behind GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and another poll has Huckabee listed with the highest favorability rating among 15 GOP presidential candidates; however, former neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson takes the highest net favorability rating when comparing the results in totality. A Reuters-Ipsos poll conducted August 21-25 has Huckabee in second behind Trump – the only two candidates with double digits in that poll: Donald Trump – 30.1 percent Mike Huckabee –...
  • NEW NATIONAL POLL: DONALD TRUMP HAS BIGGEST LEAD EVER WITH CARSON A DISTANT 2ND…(40% to Bush 10%)

    08/26/2015 10:19:51 AM PDT · by xzins · 342 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | The Right Scoop
    A new national poll out today by OANN and Gravis Marketing has Trump up to 40%, his YUGEST lead ever over his Republican contenders. Here’s how each candidate rated: oann_trump_forty While Carson’s lead more than doubled, he’s still a distant second place with the rest of the GOP field behind him. Not that Jeb lost a bit as both Cruz and Fiorina gained. Here’s the info on the poll: Gravis Marketing, a nonpartisan research firm, conducted a random survey of 3,567 registered voters across the U.S. regarding the presidential election. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2%....
  • Strickland ekes out lead over Portman in Ohio

    08/25/2015 3:04:48 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 25, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D) leads Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in their race for Portman’s Senate seat, but only by the margin of error in a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday. Strickland grabs 44 percent support in the poll, slightly more than Portman's 41 percent. The Republican incumbent has also trailed in previous surveys from the polling outlet. Ohio voters approve of the job Portman is doing by a margin of 45 percent to 26 percent. Portman is viewed favorably by a margin of more than 2-1, 42 percent to 19 percent, while Strickland is viewed favorably 44 percent...
  • Trent Lott endorses John Kasich for president

    08/25/2015 11:04:12 AM PDT · by massmike · 72 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 08/25/2015 | RYAN LOVELACE
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich collected another endorsement from a prominent Southern Republican on Tuesday. Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott pledged his support to the governor, and will serve as a national co-chair on Kasich's campaign. Lott, 73, spent 35 years in Congress from Mississippi's delegation, and rose through the ranks of GOP leadership in the Senate to secure the top spot. His colleagues ousted him from that position after he made comments praising former South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond, who ran as a "Dixiecrat" for president in 1948. Thurmond's states' rights platform challenged the civil rights movement of the...
  • Donald Trump up 24 points in New Hampshire: Poll

    08/25/2015 10:58:12 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 20 replies
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | 24 August 2015 | By David Sherfinski
    Donald Trump has raced out to a huge lead against the rest of the 2016 Republican presidential field in the early-voting state of New Hampshire, according to a poll released Tuesday that showed him more than tripling the support of his closest competitor. Mr. Trump was the first choice of 35 percent of GOP primary voters in the Granite State, followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 11 percent and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina at 10 percent, according to the survey from the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling.
  • Donald Trump is blowing everyone else out of the water in 2 key states (Poll: NH 35% and SC 30% )

    08/25/2015 9:06:17 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 91 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 25, 2015 | Maxwell Tani
    Donald Trump is dominating in two key early-primary states, according to new polls of the states released Tuesday. A new Public Policy Polling poll of Republican primary voters in New Hampshire found that the real-estate mogul is far ahead of the competition, with 35% saying that they would vote for Trump if the primary were held today. The closest opponent was Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), who garnered 11%. "This is by far the best we’ve found Donald Trump doing anywhere during his entire surge,” Dean Debnam, the president of Public Policy Polling... The results were similar to a Monmouth...
  • Trump Way Ahead in New Hampshire; Sanders Leads Clinton

    08/25/2015 8:19:32 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 17 replies
    PPP ^ | 8/25/15 | Tom Jensen
    PPP's new New Hampshire poll finds Donald Trump in the strongest position of any poll we've done anywhere since he entered the race. Trump laps the Republican field with 35% to 11% for John Kasich, 10% for Carly Fiorina, 7% each for Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, 6% for Ben Carson, 4% each for Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio, and 3% for Rand Paul. Candidates falling outside the top ten in the state are Rick Perry at 2%, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Rick Santorum at 1%, and Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, and Bobby Jindal all at less...
  • Prosecutors: Boys taken from US custody, put to work at farm

    08/24/2015 6:31:33 AM PDT · by EBH · 28 replies
    AP ^ | 8/23/2015 | Mitch Stacey
    MARION, Ohio (AP) — The thousand-mile journey to the Texas border was supposed to bring the Guatemalan teenagers to a better life. Instead, it was the beginning of a terrible ordeal: prosecutors say they were fraudulently plucked from U.S. custody by conspirators posing as friends or family who forced them to work as virtual slaves. As the country's immigration system was being overwhelmed by an unprecedented flow of unaccompanied children fleeing unrest in Central America, prosecutors said one of their countrymen orchestrated the scheme to force them to work on egg farms in Ohio. U.S. immigration policy dictates that unaccompanied...
  • JOHN KASICH’S OBAMACARE MEDICAID EXPANSION SLAMMED AT OHIO AFP EVENT

    08/24/2015 5:45:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 23 Aug 2015 | SARAH RUMPF
    Kasich’s decision to expand Medicaid under Obamacare—a move that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled was optional and up to state discretion—is a sore subject for fiscal conservatives and led to him being, not just left out of an event held in his backyard, but attacked by several of the event’s speakers, including former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and AFP President Tim Phillips. Obamacare critics do not like how the law allows Medicaid, originally enacted as a safety net to provide health coverage for poor mothers and children, to be expanded to cover able-bodied, working-age adults. Federal funds cover the costs...
  • (June 28, 2015) GOP Gov.: "Time To Move On" From Same-Sex Marriage

    08/23/2015 3:36:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 79 replies
    CBSNews ^ | June 28, 2015 | REENA FLORES
    By REENA FLORES CBS NEWS June 28, 2015 GOP Gov.: "Time To Move On" From Same-Sex Marriage Possible Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich believes it's "time to move on" from the same-sex marriage issue in the wake of the Supreme Court's landmark ruling. "I do believe in traditional marriage and the court has ruled and it's time to move on," Kasich said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, adding that there's "so many other things now that we have to focus on." Gov. John Kasich talks issues ahead of possible 2016 run Kasich, who has not yet...
  • Ohio Bill Would Ban Abortion if Down Syndrome Is Reason

    08/23/2015 9:15:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/23/2015 | By TAMAR LEWIN
    CLEVELAND — Opening a new front in the abortion wars, abortion opponents are pushing Ohio to make it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion if a woman is terminating her pregnancy to avoid having a baby with Down syndrome. The legislature is expected to approve the measure this fall because lawmakers endorsed by the National Right to Life Committee, which supports the bill, make up more than two-thirds of both houses. Gov. John R. Kasich, a Republican who is running for president, opposes abortion but has not yet taken a position on this bill. Since his election in...
  • Hundreds protest outside East Side Planned Parenthood (Ohio)

    08/23/2015 8:38:22 AM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    dispatch.com ^ | August 23, 2015 | Holly Zachariah
    At 25 weeks pregnant, registered nurse Aubrie Drayer stood on an East Side street corner on Saturday, took the microphone and told several hundred people gathered there that her baby isn’t for sale. She pointed to the Planned Parenthood clinic behind her on E. Main Street and referenced videos that purport to show that the national organization is profiting from the sale of tissue from aborted fetuses. “As a mother, I grieve over what happens at this place,” she said. “When I think of the baby that I am carrying, I think of love and hope. But when Planned Parenthood...
  • Jeb Bush gets polite -- but not adoring -- response at conservative summit

    08/23/2015 5:34:31 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | 8/22/15 | Fox News Latino
    Casting himself as a tax-cutting, passionate government reformer, Jeb Bush drew merely polite applause Friday from thousands of the nation's most-active tea party conservatives gathered at the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers' summit. Only when the Republican presidential candidate wrapped up his 20-minute speech by calling for a military buildup did the more than 3,000 conservatives from around the nation join in a sustained cheer for Bush, a familiar face in American politics but a newcomer in front of the tea party crowd.
  • Cruz Outshines Bush at Americans for Prosperity Summit

    08/22/2015 4:23:57 PM PDT · by PROCON · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 22, 2015 | THOMAS BEAUMONT
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was the hands-down favorite of the Americans for Prosperity annual summit in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend, if the number and volume of ovations during the speeches of five presidential candidates who addressed the annual convention of tea party activists was the measure. At the other end of the spectrum was former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a newcomer to events financed by conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch. Bush was attending his first national conference of Americans for Prosperity and was greeted with respectful but restrained applause by a group that rose essentially out of Republican dissatisfaction...
  • Cruz outshines Bush at Americans for Prosperity summit

    08/22/2015 4:26:42 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 13 replies
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was the hands-down favorite of the Americans for Prosperity annual summit in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend, if the number and volume of ovations during the speeches of five presidential candidates who addressed the annual convention of tea party activists was the measure.
  • BIG CHANGES FOR 9 CANDIDATES IN 'BIRTHRIGHT' RATING

    08/22/2015 3:25:13 PM PDT · by Nep Nep · 30 replies
    NumbersUSA ^ | Fri, Aug 21st 2015 @ 11:08 am EDT | Roy Beck
    BUSH: changed Rating from No Action to VERY HARMFULCARSON: from No Action to VERY GOODCHRISTIE: from No Action to GOODCRUZ: from No Action to VERY GOODFIORINA: from Unhelpful to VERY HARMFULJINDAL: from No Action to VERY GOODPERRY: from No Action to UNHELPFULRUBIO: from No Action to VERY HARMFULTRUMP: from No Action to EXCELLENTIn addition, the following candidates stuck with the positions (and Ratings) that they had previously staked out. (Santorum and Paul deserve special recognition for taking strong stands long before Trump stirred the media's interest this past week.)EXCELLENT: SantorumVERY GOOD: Paul1st STEPS: GrahamNO POSITION: Chaffee, WalkerUNHELPFUL: Biden, Clinton, Sanders,...
  • Boehner Aide, Sister of CEO Aborted Baby Parts, Resigns to Join Lobbying Firm

    08/22/2015 1:23:56 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | August 22, 2015 | Michael W. Chapman
    Charlotte Ivancic -- the older sister of Cate Dyer who runs the biotech company StemExpress, and who discussed and laughed about shipping “intact” aborted baby parts in an undercover video released on Friday – is leaving her position as the health policy adviser to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to go to work for the lobbying firm Tarplin, Downs & Young. The resignation of Ivancic--who worked for Boehner and as legal counsel to the House Budget Committee–was announced on August 5, as reported in The Hill. In late July, StemExpress and its founder and CEO, Cate Dyer, were mentioned in...
  • Top Boehner health aide leaving for lobbying firm (sister of StemExpress CEO—PP baby parts merchant)

    08/22/2015 1:26:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/05/15 11:57 AM EDT | Peter Sullivan
    Charlotte Ivancic, Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) top health policy aide, is leaving his office to join the lobbying firm Tarplin, Downs & Young, the firm announced Wednesday. Ivancic led the negotiations for Boehner on the repeal of Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate this year. The elimination of the annual Washington headache of automatic cuts to doctors under Medicare, after negotiations with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was a significant achievement. […] Tarplin, Downs & Young was founded in 2006 by former Republican healthcare staffers in the Bush administration and on Capitol Hill. It also has former Democratic staffers. …
  • Trump Joins Kasich as the Anti–Anti–Gay-Marriage Candidate

    08/21/2015 9:44:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/21/2015 | Maggie Gallagher
    Even as the Phillips family is struggling for financial existence against punishing government fines for refusing to bake a gay-wedding cake, Donald Trump is doubling down (along with Kasich) on his position as an anti–anti–gay-marriage Republican. As Paul Dupont points out, Trump, when asked whether gay marriage was a dead issue, did not respond even by saying he would fight for religious liberty, or the right to make a living. He simply said a constitutional amendment is not going to pass, the Supreme Court has ruled, and it’s time to move on. This is from an interview with The Hollywood...
  • Immigration Could Get Push From Pope Francis When He Visits the USA

    08/21/2015 1:03:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 08/21/2015 | Emily Wilkins
    Many advocates for revamping immigration laws have tried to coax Congress into action over the years, but a particularly powerful one will be arriving next month: Pope Francis. Lawmakers and immigration activists expect the pontiff’s message will resonate beyond Capitol Hill and inspire members of Congress and their constituents. The pope's U.S. schedule includes an address to Congress on Sept. 24 and a meeting two days later with immigrants and Hispanic families at Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. “He’s been clear on our failure to respond appropriately to immigrants and refugees,” Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., told CQ. “I don’t think anyone will...
  • Joe Biden is suddenly polling a little better than Hillary. I didn’t see that coming.

    08/21/2015 3:02:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/21/15 | David Weigel
    The Quinnipiac poll giveth; the Quinnipiac poll taketh away.One month ago, when a batch of Q polls found Hillary Clinton struggling to beat Republicans in three states won by President Obama, I dismissed the calls for Vice President Biden to save the Democrats. "The vice president polls substantially worse against Republicans than Clinton does," I wrote.And at the time, it was true. For most of his time in the Naval Observatory, Joe Biden has polled behind the president and his assumed successor for the Democratic nomination, weakened by — respectively — slightly lower support from black voters and slightly lower...
  • Erick Erickson: Trump’s momentum should be used to get rid of Boehner

    08/20/2015 5:10:28 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 47 replies
    redalertpolitics.com ^ | 8/20/15 | Ryan Girdusky
    Conservative blogger Erick Erickson is hoping the momentum of the Donald Trump presidential campaign can lead to the overthrow of House Speaker John Boehner. Erickson recounted on his blog Wednesday that despite the effort by conservative House members like Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), and Steve King (R-Iowa), Boehner was reinstated as Speaker by a slim margin of victory in January. He credited Boehner’s victory to his ironclad agreement to conservatives that he would fight “tooth and nail” against President Obama’s executive amnesty on the Department of Homeland Security. Boehner broke that promise and funded DHS with barely...
  • POLL: GOP RISES, CLINTON COLLAPSES IN CRUCIAL SWING STATES [Fla: Losing to Jeb, Rubio, Trump]

    08/20/2015 6:00:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 8/20/15 | John Nolte
    Despite the best efforts of the media to report the details of Hillary Clinton’s ongoing email scandal but not let it disqualify her (like they would do to a Republican), the former First Lady’s poll numbers continue to implode. A new Quinnipiac poll shows her support cratering in the crucial swing states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The big news is that while Trump doesn’t do as well as Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio against Clinton, he is most certainly a player; just a few points behind. The argument that the billionaire businessman can’t win a general election is...
  • Q-poll swing-state poll shows Hillary trailing Republicans in FL, OH … and PA

    08/20/2015 7:45:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/20/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Pennsylvania? The last time a Republican won the Keystone State, the Berlin Wall was still in place. Yet Hillary Clinton trails both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio in Quinnipiac’s head-to-head matchups in today’s swing-state polling. She only trails Rubio in Ohio, the must-win state for Republicans, and loses to all three in Florida if the race were held today.And watch out for … Joe Biden. Or not: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are clear winners in the Democratic and Republican primaries in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, but Vice President Joseph Biden runs as well as...
  • Quinnipiac Swing State Poll (FL, OH, PA) Trump leads GOP in FL, PA

    08/20/2015 7:54:38 AM PDT · by LS · 32 replies
    Very strangely reported poll because the very first thing they highlight is BIDEN vs Bush, Rubio, or Trump. The second thing they highlight is a "third party run" by Trump in which Hillary wins. When they finally get to the real world as it now stands, Trump beats Hillary by two in FL (43-41), Bush wins by 11, Rubio by 12. But neither Bush nor Rubio can beat Trump for the GOP nod there. In OH, Kasich leads Trump 27-21, but in the general, Clinton ahead of Bush by 2, ahead of Trump by 6, Rubio beats Clinton by 2...
  • Jeb Bush donors reach out to Kasich-supporting super PAC

    08/20/2015 5:16:11 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/20/15 | Fox News
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich's climb up the polls in the GOP presidential race has not gone unnoticed by supporters of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. A spokesperson for New Day for America, the super PAC supporting Kasich, told Fox News late Wednesday that several Bush donors have been in contact with the organization in recent days. The spokesperson declined to elaborate how many donors had contacted the PAC or whether they had donated any money. The apparent shift comes as Kasich has been collecting endorsements from several key Republican players. Earlier this week, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley threw his support...
  • Ohio veteran, 91, gets France's highest civilian honor for his military service in WWII

    08/19/2015 7:17:03 AM PDT · by Hombre Malevo · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/12/2015 | AP
    Clarence Devore Jr. was presented with his Legion of Honor medal Tuesday. About 93,000 people have received that honor over more than two centuries.
  • Kasich: GOP 'has never been my master' [I guess that means Obama is?]

    08/18/2015 6:36:39 PM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/18/15 | Gabby Morrongiello
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich stuck to his message of compassionate conservatism during remarks at the Iowa State Fair, speaking more about the Golden Rule than domestic or foreign policy. Kasich was the last Republican presidential candidate to join the Des Moines Register's Soapbox Tuesday and in his 30-minute speech he heaped praise on U2 singer Bono for fighting poverty in Africa and said he doesn't believe "anybody should be left in the shadows." The two-term governor, who expanded Medicaid in Ohio and recently defended illegal immigrants as "some of the hardest working, God-fearing, family-oriented people you can ever meet," has...
  • Police: Man who shot burglar charged with voluntary manslaughter

    08/18/2015 1:53:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    WJW-TV ^ | August 17, 2015 | Darcie Loreno
    AKRON, Ohio — Police have charged an Akron man with voluntary manslaughter after he allegedly shot and killed a home invasion suspect earlier this month. **For a previous story, watch the video player above** According to a release from Akron police, David Hillis, 21, of Hilbish Avenue, was arraigned Monday morning in Akron Municipal Court and then booked into Summit County Jail. He’s accused of shooting and killing burglary suspect Marcus Glover, 25, of Akron, on Aug. 7. A second burglary suspect, who police say was with Glover, has also been arrested. Terry Tart, 37, of Akron, faces charges of...
  • Governing Higher Education

    08/18/2015 7:41:36 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 17, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    At least half a dozen current and former governors are running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Two-thirds of that sestet have records on higher education that resemble those of their Democratic counterparts. The John William Pope Center looked at the proposals and records of Governors Scott Walker, Chris Christie and John Kasich as well as the vitae of former Governors Jeb Bush, Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee. Although all of them claim to emulate Ronald Reagan, of the sitting governors, only Scott Walker comes close to this standard while among the retired execs, Rick Perry does. The others have...
  • Parents Demand Answers After Daughter Dies in Foster Care

    08/17/2015 5:14:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    whdh ^ | : Aug 17, 2015 | Jennifer Eagan, Byron Barnett
    The biological parents of a girl found dead in foster care in Auburn are demanding answers about what happened to their daughter. The Department of Children and Families said 2-year-old Avalena Conway-Coxon died at the hospital after she was removed from her foster home on Pheasant Court in Auburn. The Worcester County DA said another girl around 2 years old who was removed from the home remains hospitalized in "very critical" condition. "I will never see her smile again," said a tearful Jessica Conway, Avalena's mother. "I will never be able to hold my daughter again and it's because of...
  • New Fox Poll Features Some Big Surprises [For Both Parties]

    08/17/2015 8:20:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/16/2015 | Rick Moran
    A new poll released by Fox News holds some surprises for both parties. On the rise in the new survey are Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Ted Cruz. Falling are Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and Rand Paul. Businessman Donald Trump still leads the field for the Republican nomination. He gets 25 percent among GOP primary voters. He was at 26 percent before the debate. TrumpÂ’s support among women went from 24 percent two weeks ago to 21 percent now. He mostly held steady among men (28 percent).The real-estate mogul maintains his first-place status despite also being judged in the...