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Top Air Force general says budget is main concern

  • 11:18 am Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Our military affairs reporter Barrie Barber had a 1-on-1 interview with the top general of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein on Tuesday.

Goldfein said plainly that his top concern is the federal budget.

“For a service chief, the most important thing for me in terms of trying to really deliver for the nation is predictable funding because without it you just can’t plan,” he said. “If you’re going from year to year, it’s almost impossible to do any kind of long-term planning and it wreaks havoc on industry who is trying to deliver for us.

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Should Ohio students have to pass tests to graduate?

  • 4:29 pm Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The State School Board took steps toward making it to where Ohio students don’t have to pass tests to graduate.

Our education reporter Jeremy Kelley reports that: “The resolution used recommendations from the state’s graduation workgroup, allowing current high school juniors who don’t meet existing rules to earn a diploma via a mix of senior-year items like 93 percent attendance, a 2.5 GPA, 120 hours of work/community service or a “capstone project.”

Read more on the state action here

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What do you want Gov. Kasich to focus on?

  • 3:32 pm Monday, April 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is set to give his state of the state address Tuesday night.

RELATED: Preview of Gov. Kasich’s state of the state address

He is expected to focus on jobs, taxes and ways to fight Ohio’s growing drug epidemic.

We asked followers of our Ohio Politics Facebook page what issues they want Kasich to take on.  You can speak out here. Here’s some of their responses:

Mary Nickell-Beckelheimer Will you please legalize and start letting honest good people be able to buy it (marijuana) so we don’t have to become addicted to ridiculous drugs. It [More]

Ohio Senate OKs transportation budget.

  • 9:33 am Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

By Laura Bischoff

The Ohio Senate on Wednesday voted 33-0 in favor of a $7.86 billion transportation budget bill that includes $5.6 billion for highway construction and maintenance projects.

This leaves the state gas tax at 28-cents per gallon — unchanged since July 2005. But fees Ohioans pay for license plates are likely to increase. The legislation allows counties to ask for local voter approval for an additional $5 plate fee to help fund road and bridge projects.

Related: Lawmaker wants to cancel state gas tax in favor of $140 plate fee

Both the House and Senate versions of the bill include changes [More]

Do you think people seeking unemployment benefits should be drug tested

  • 10:27 am Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

An effort is underway to expand the number of  unemployment benefit applicants who need drug tested

The Associated Press is reporting that the Senate sent President Donald Trump a plan to make the change and the White House says Trump will sign it.

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Here’s the full story from the AP: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/national-govt–politics/congress-sends-trump-drug-test-measure-for-unemployed/39AFCau7JMyCijBOk0DRZM/?ecmp=daytondaily_social_twitter_2014_politics_sfp

Sen Portman plans to back Gorsuch for Supreme Court

  • 7:54 pm Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

By Jessica Wehrman

Washington Bureau

Sen. Rob Portman says he will back Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

The two met Wednesday in Portman’s office in what the Ohio Republican called “an engaging and productive meeting.”

“I expressed my belief that the job of a Supreme Court justice is to fairly and impartially apply the law, and to protect the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, not to legislate from the bench,” he said. “I believe that is exactly what he will do should he be confirmed to this important position. Judge Gorsuch has an outstanding record as a fair-minded, independent, and universally-respected judge, and, after [More]

Do you think Ohio elected officials should be punished if illegal immigrant kills, injures someone in their city?

  • 3:31 pm Monday, February 6th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, want to punish elected officials in Ohio inf an illegal immigrant kills or injures someone after the city declares itself a ‘sanctuary city.’

The move comes just days after Cincinnati declared itself a sanctuary city welcoming immigrants.

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