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  • Ohio AG: Enough fentanyl to kill 4 million people seized by Bulk Smuggling Task Force

    06/12/2018 6:06:45 PM PDT · by bgill · 43 replies
    kxan ^ | June 12, 2018 | Gabi Warwick
    The Ohio Attorney General's office said that enough fentanyl to kill more than 4 million people was seized in a Clark County bust Monday night. The Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force seized about 20 pounds of fentanyl as part of an ongoing investigation, and four people were arrested. A large amount of marijuana and more than $100,000 in cash were also seized. Aguilar Reyes-Espinosa of New Carlisle, Omar Cantu-Garcia of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, David Cantu-Garcia of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and Pedro Medina of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, are currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail on drug trafficking charges....
  • Supreme Court allows Ohio voter purge

    06/11/2018 7:57:15 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 88 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | 11 June 2018 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing Ohio to clean up its voting rolls by targeting people who haven’t cast ballots in a while. The justices rejected, by a 5-4 vote Monday, arguments that the practice violates a federal law intended to increase the ranks of registered voters. A handful of other states also use voters’ inactivity to trigger a process that could lead to their removal from the voting rolls. Justice Samuel Alito said for the court that Ohio is complying with the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. He was joined by his four conservative colleagues. The four...
  • Supreme Court gives OK to states to clean voting rolls

    06/11/2018 7:53:50 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | june 11, 2018 | Stephen Dinan
    Ohio’s process for deleting people it deems inactive from its voting rolls is legal, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, in a decision that could boost the movement to clean up voting rolls across the country. The court, in the 5-4 ruling, also seemed to side with those who say the potential for voting fraud exists, with Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. citing statistics that 2.75 million people are registered to vote in more than one state, and some 24 million names on voting lists are inaccurate.
  • Supreme Court rules in favor of Ohio 'voter purge'

    06/11/2018 7:48:32 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/11/18 | Lydia Wheeler
    The Supreme Court on Monday upheld Ohio’s "use it or lose it" practice of cleaning up its voter rolls. In a 5-4 decision, the court’s majority said the practice, known as the “supplemental process,” does not violate the National Voter Registration Act, which bar states from removing the names of people from the voter rolls for failing to vote. The court's five conservative justices voted in the majority, with the court's four liberals dissenting. Under the supplemental process, voters who have not voted in two years are flagged and sent a confirmation notice. Voters who then fail to respond to...
  • The Eight States that Will Determine Which Party Controls the House of Representatives

    06/11/2018 5:18:19 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 11 replies
    brietbart ^ | 06/10/2018 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    The majority of the 99 seats in the House of Representatives identified by the Cook Political Report as “competitive” in 2018 are in eight states: California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Michigan. Of the 435 seats in the lower chamber of Congress, 336 are not competitive–180 held by Democrats, 156 held by Republicans, according to the Cook Political Report’s ratings. Only 15 of the 99 competitive seats are currently held by Democrats, while 84 are held by Republicans. The simple math–24 more non competitive seats are held by Democrats than are held by Republicans–and the Republicans...
  • What Black Voters Want

    05/09/2018 3:40:59 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 52 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 5/8/2018
    In 2018, black voters are finding out just what the hell they had to lose. Nazis and Klansmen march openly and proudly, and hate crimes appear to be on the rise. Police killings of people—especially black people—remain largely the same year to year, and this iteration of the Justice Department has largely abdicated any federal responsibility in reducing brutality. An infant-mortality crisis is tightening its grip on the most marginalized communities, and across many economic metrics—from evictions, to generational wealth, to segregation—disparities are either stagnating or trending in the wrong direction. Fifty years after the Kerner Commission’s report said the...
  • Ryan remarks on Trump ‘Spygate’ leave conservatives fuming

    06/07/2018 2:34:41 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/07/18 | Katie Bo Williams and Olivia Beavers
    A vocal bloc of House conservatives are fuming at Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) behind the scenes, after the lame-duck speaker publicly sided with Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) in the debate over the FBI’s tactics in its investigation into the Trump campaign. Gowdy shot down allegations last week that the FBI improperly used a confidential informant to “spy” on the campaign, saying that the bureau “did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do.” Ryan on Wednesday called Gowdy’s assessment “accurate,” dealing another blow to the claims dubbed “Spygate” by President Trump. But Trump allies on Capitol Hill say that...
  • 591M went to ECOT over local school districts -- of that nearly $9.6M came from TPS

    06/07/2018 8:05:06 PM PDT · by madison10 · 3 replies
    WTOL ^ | 6/6/2018 | Staff
    OHIO (WTOL) - The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) scandal has grown thanks to new data that shows that $591 million of taxpayer money went to ECOT over local school districts. Innovation Ohio (IO) released new data on Wednesday that showed how much money each Ohio school district lost to the online charter school since 2012...
  • Rick Perry’s Obama Imitation

    06/06/2018 4:33:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 5, 2018
    One Trump Administration achievement has been liberating U.S. energy producers of all kinds from federal shackles. Companies have responded with jobs and investment, but all of a sudden the Administration wants to do a Barack Obama imitation and play energy favorites. The National Security Council on Friday reviewed a 41-page internal memo, leaked to Bloomberg News, suggesting that President Trump invoke emergency authority to require grid operators to buy nuclear and coal power. But there’s no emergency, and the political intervention will do more harm than good. *** The supposed problem is that the U.S. is producing an abundance of...
  • Obama-era license aimed to let Iran convert money in dollars

    06/06/2018 7:54:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 06, 2018 8:29 AM EDT | Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee
    The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran access — albeit briefly — to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal, despite repeatedly telling Congress and the public it had no plans to do so. An investigation by Senate Republicans released Wednesday sheds light on the delicate balance the Obama administration sought to strike after the deal, as it worked to ensure Iran received its promised benefits without playing into the hands of the deal’s opponents. Amid a tense political climate, Iran hawks in the U.S., Israel and elsewhere argued that the...
  • Nearly 115 Illegal Alien Workers Arrested at Ohio Landscaping Business by Trump’s ICE Agency

    06/06/2018 5:29:39 AM PDT · by davikkm · 34 replies
    breitbart ^ | JOHN BINDER
    Close to 115 illegal alien landscaping workers were arrested in Sandusky, Ohio on Tuesday by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. In an effort to crack down on businesses hiring illegal aliens over American citizens, ICE agents arrested about 114 illegal aliens who were working for Corso’s Flower & Garden Center in Ohio, according to the Associated Press. The arrests of the illegal alien workers were made at the landscaping business’s two locations in Ohio, with ICE officials saying that criminal charges are expected to include tax evasion and identity theft. Thus far, no charges have been filed against...
  • Immigration agents arrest 114 in sting at Ohio landscaper

    06/05/2018 9:45:31 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 47 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 6/5/2018 | John Minchillo and Elliot Spaga
    SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) -- U.S. immigration agents made more than 100 arrests Tuesday at a gardening and landscaping company, aided by about 200 law enforcement workers in one of the largest employer stings in recent years. The 114 arrests occurred at two locations of Corso's Flower & Garden Center, one in Sandusky, a resort city on Lake Erie, and another in nearby Castalia. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it expected criminal charges including identity theft and tax evasion. No criminal charges have been filed against Corso's, but the employer is under investigation, authorities said. Two locations were searched, and...
  • Kent State gun girl challenges Hogg to arm wrestling contest for gun rights (Trunc)

    06/04/2018 5:27:21 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 92 replies
    https://www.bizpacreview.com ^ | June 4, 2018 | Tom Tillison
    With Parkland high school graduate David Hogg expected to announce a 60-day, 20-state, 75-stop summer bus tour Monday to push for more stringent gun control laws and to register young people to vote, the 18-year-old found himself facing another daunting challenge that could break the internet if he accepts. Kaitlin Bennett, the Kent State grad who took the internet by storm recently when she posed on campus with an AR-10 strapped across her back, took to social media to challenge Hogg to an arm wrestling contest. (snip) “I have a challenge for you @davidhogg111. Let’s arm wrestle. If I win,...
  • Kasich attacks GOP for not opposing Trump on tariffs, DACA

    06/02/2018 6:45:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 75 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 2, 2018 9:23 PM EDT
    Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich is pushing Republican leadership to stand up to President Donald Trump on tariffs and immigration. […] Kasich urged Republicans in Congress “to do whatever they can do legislatively” to push back against Trump’s decisions to impose tariffs on several ally nations and end an Obama-era program to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. …
  • Believe it or not, John Kasich matters

    03/16/2018 2:01:58 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 49 replies
    Cbs news.com ^ | 3/15/18 | Will Rahn
    It is not immediately evident why anyone, or at least anyone outside Ohio, should care much about what John Kasich says or thinks. The lame-duck governor has already run for president twice and lost. He's not a particularly charismatic or appealing figure. And to the extent most people in America know who he is, it's probably from his role as a marginal and somewhat irritating participant in the 2016 Republican primaries. To those in need of a refresher, he was the one who kept talking about how his dad was a mailman. Still, the guy clearly thinks of himself as...
  • Kasich slams GOP leadership: 'Republican Party has gone dormant'

    05/31/2018 10:58:05 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/31/18 | Justin Wise
    Gov. Jon Kasich (R-Ohio) slammed GOP leadership on Thursday, saying the "Republican Party has gone dormant" and criticizing its lack of action on helping young immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Kasich on CNN praised the group of Republican lawmakers who are bypassing leadership to force a floor vote on immigration bills. "What you’re seeing happening now is that there are a group of Republicans who are getting fed up with inaction for these young people," Kasich said. "What you’re seeing is a group of people saying we’ve had enough, we don’t care about the political,...
  • McConnell sees Ohio in play as confidence about midterms grows

    05/26/2018 2:45:10 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/26/18 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in an interview with The Hill said he thinks Republicans can make a play for Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown’s seat in Ohio. Brown previously hadn’t been a top target of McConnell’s, who just last week left Ohio off a list of Democratic-held seats he saw as top midterm targets. His new comments point to the growing optimism among Republicans that they can widen the map, and that their electoral prospects are improving with a strengthening economy and an uptick in President Trump’s approval numbers. “I saw a survey within the last week in Ohio...
  • Ohio Self Defense Reform Bill Passes House Committee

    05/26/2018 2:52:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 24 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Ohio bill HB 228 has passed out of the House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committe on a seven to three vote. The vote was along party lines, with seven Republicans voting for the bill and the three Democrats voting against the bill.The Ohio legislature is looking to reform Ohio law on self-defense. Currently, Ohio appears to be the only state where the burden of proof in a self-defense case rests with the defender. When a person claims self-defense in Ohio, the defender has to prove that they acted in self-defense. In nearly every other state, the burden of proof...
  • WATCH: LeBron James Appears to Snub Fan in ‘Make America Great Again’ Hat

    05/23/2018 10:38:50 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | 5/22/18 | J Street
    NBA star LeBron James appeared to snub a fan wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat at Game 3 of the NBA playoffs Saturday by beginning to toss his towel to the Trump supporter — before throwing it in another direction, out of the fan’s reach. James, no supporter of President Donald Trump, made clear last year his thoughts on the Republican president, for whom his home state of Ohio voted for in 2016. “I don’t think a lot of people was educated,” James said of Trump voters. “And I think that’s one of the biggest problems when it becomes...
  • Exclusive — Revolt Underway: Rep. Gosar Calls for Ryan Removal as Speaker, Replace with Jim Jordan

    05/22/2018 10:40:23 AM PDT · by xzins · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 May 18 | Matthew Boyle
    WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 17: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a weekly news conference May 17, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Ryan held his weekly news conference to answer questions from members of the media. ( Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) on Monday evening became the first sitting GOP member of the House of Representatives to publicly call for the removal of House Speaker Paul Ryan now, rather than on Ryan’s planned schedule post-election, during an interview on Breitbart News Tonight on SiriusXM. During a discussion with host and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large...