Deputy Wounded in Shooting Honored With Bravery Award

A Central Ohio deputy received a national award for bravery Thursday for his role during a check on a marijuana field in Morrow County.

Brown to Discuss Blue Alert System

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown will be in Youngstown today to discuss his support for legislation for a national alert system aimed at capturing criminals who injure or kill law-enforcement officers in the line of duty.

Brown will be joined by local law-enforcement officials and Holly Miktarian, the wife of a slain Twinsburg officer, at 11 a.m at the fallen officers memorial on the city’s Central Square to discuss the “Blue Alert” system.

Sen. Brown Announces New Resources to Bolster Firefighter Resources in Clermont County

The office of Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has issued the following news release:

New federal resources have been awarded to a fire department in Clermont County. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Central Joint Fire- EMS District and Wayne Township Fire and Rescue departments have been awarded resources by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

"Our first responders put their lives on the line every day across Ohio," said Brown. "These funds ensure that firefighters in Clermont County have the resources they need to perform their jobs safely."

Sen. Brown Makes Some Progress On Blackout Rule

Ever since the Bengals run of blackouts began, Senator Sherrod Brown has made numerous requests to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to open a petition to public comment in regards to repealing the rule.

It looks like the Senior Senator from Ohio has made some progress.

Ohio pols keeping close tabs on Republican presidential hopefuls — Mitt Romney, in particular

With the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary in the books, Ohio pols are keeping close tabs on Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney and the other GOP candidates for president.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, said Tuesday in a meeting with Plain Dealer reporters and editors that several contenders have sought his advice in recent weeks. Specifically, Kasich mentioned Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Sen. Rick Santorum.

But Kasich, as he has for months, was noncommittal when asked who he might endorse.

"Every time I get behind someone to run, he drops out," the governor said, referring to Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, both of whom took a pass.

"I'm just not inclined to wade into [an endorsement] right now."

Asked what advice he has offered the hopefuls who have called him, Kasich, who ran for president in 2000, replied: "Talk about jobs. That's all that matters in the country right now."

An aside: Kasich, whose poll numbers took a beating last year as he championed a new and restrictive collective bargaining law for public-employee unions, has figured this out himself.

After voters repealed the law last November, he quickly changed focus to promoting job-creation efforts at feel-good events across the state. Unspoken Tuesday was the fact that a Kasich endorsement, when his disapproval rating hovers near 50 percent, might not be helpful.

Meanwhile, Ohio Democrats hoping to help re-elect President Barack Obama have been relentless in slamming Romney. The former Massachusetts governor made history Tuesday by being the first Republican candidate since 1976 to win in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

Much to their glee, Democrats are receiving help from two of Romney's GOP rivals: Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Both demonize Romney for his work at Bain Capital.

"Candidate Romney comes out of New Hampshire wounded because that campaign exposed many aspects of his record," Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern said Wednesday morning in a conference call with reporters. "While he claims to be a job creator, he's spent his corporate career as a job cremator. Voters are seeing just how shameful his record is."

At one point, Redfern invoked Gingrich to bolster his points: "Ask Newt Gingrich."

Gingrich has accused the venture capital firm of looting companies; Perry has compared the firm with vultures. Both finished near the back of the pack Tuesday, but their remarks fit into the Gordon Gekko narrative that Obama supporters are hoping to weave around Romney.For his part, Romney addressed the attacks in his New Hampshire victory speech by denouncing "the bitter politics of envy." Expect to hear more of this line and others like it.

Democrats cast Romney's inability to quickly run away from the pack as a sign of weakness.

Obama, whose nomination is assured, has been able to focus more on winning Ohio's 18 electoral votes in the general election. It's hardly a coincidence, for example, that the president appeared in the Cleveland area last week a day after the Iowa caucuses. And Vice President Joe Biden will visit Columbus on Thursday to discuss college costs and raise re-election cash.

OU alumna seeks to remain on high court

An Ohio University alumna who is the first African-American woman to serve on Ohio’s highest court has announced she is seeking election to the position to which she was appointed.

Yvette McGee Brown, a 1982 OU graduate and former member of the OU Board of Trustees, is running for justice of the Ohio Supreme Court — a position she was appointed to by former Gov. Ted Strickland. McGee Brown, a Democrat, is running opposite Republican Sharon L. Kennedy. McGee Brown was selected to fill a vacancy on the court created by the election of Justice Maureen O’Connor as chief justice in 2010.

McGee Brown was also Strickland’s running mate during the 2010 gubernatorial election.

In her prepared remarks announcing her candidacy, McGee Brown said she is seeking to be a justice because she felt she had an impact in the position.

“I believe that I have had a real impact, by bringing a life experience and a perspective to the high court that might not otherwise be represented,” she said. “Our courts need to be the place where the scales of justice are balanced, where individual citizens have the same rights as the biggest corporations. “

McGee Brown graduated from Ohio University with a degree in journalism/public relations. She received a law degree from Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law in 1985.

OU President Roderick McDavis said he was excited to hear of McGee Brown’s candidacy.

“I am proud of her and all of her accomplishments in her career as they relate to being an advocate for families and children,” he said, adding she “did a magnificent job for Ohio University” in the nearly two years she served on the university’s board of trustees.

“I am excited about having this opportunity to have an alumnus serve on the Ohio Supreme Court,” McDavis added. “I’m very excited about it and very pleased for her.”

McGee Brown was first elected to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas’ Domestic Relations and Juvenile Division in 1992, where she led in the creation of the Family Drug Court and the SMART Program, a truancy and educational neglect intervention program. She served on the Common Pleas Court until she retired from the bench in 2002 to create the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. The center is a multi-disciplinary child abuse and family violence program. She served as founding president until 2010, when she became a candidate for lieutenant governor of Ohio.

McGee Brown has served on the board of Ohio University, Ohio State University Medical Center, the National Council of the OSU Moritz College of Law, M/I Homes Inc. and Fifth Third Bank of Central Ohio. She is the former chairwoman of United Way of Central Ohio, the Ohio State University Alumni Association and the YWCA Columbus Board of Directors. McGee Brown was inducted into the Oho Women’s Hall of Fame in 2008. She has received the Champion of Children Award, YWCA Woman of Achievement Award and several honors from Ohio University and Ohio State University.

Program Retrains Workers

After unsuccessfully knocking on doors for two years looking for a job, single mom Wendy Terwilliger says she now wakes up every day excited about her life.

Since August, the West Chester woman has been working in the manufacturing area of Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s $700 million diabetes drug manufacturing plant in West Chester, which expects FDA approval of its drug Bydureon later this month.

Terwilliger, who lost her job at an insurance company, was retrained to work in Ohio’s growing bioscience manufacturing industry with the help of a $5 million Department of Labor program.

Sen. Brown, who urged the Department of Labor to approve the program in 2009, said it’s the kind of effort needed to put more Ohioans back to work. He’s touting the program as part of his effort to pass legislation that would tailor workforce development to the needs of regional high-growth industry sectors.

Stow Fire Department Receives Federal Grant for $128,439

The Stow Fire Department has received a federal grant for $128,439 for operations and safety, according to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Office.

“Our first responders put their lives on the line every day across Ohio,” Brown said. “These funds ensure that firefighters in Summit County have the resources they need to perform their jobs safely.”

Chinese Currency Manipulation Undercuts Ohio Jobs, Sen. Brown Says

MORAINE — During a visit to HARCO hydraulic brake manufacturing plant Wednesday, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said Chinese currency manipulation undercuts Ohio products by an estimated 25 to 40 percent, killing manufacturing jobs.

Brown called on the House of Representatives to pass legislation that would allow penalties on currency manipulating nations to combat the loss of jobs.

Brown cited an Economic Policy Institute and the Alliance for American Manufacturing report that said the trade deficit with China cost the U.S. more than 2.8 million jobs since 2001, including more than 1.9 million manufacturing jobs. EPI said ending Chinese currency manipulation could create 2.25 million American jobs.

Sherrod Brown’s Reelection Campaign Under Attack

Sherrod Brown, Ohio’s senior senator, is up for reelection in 2012 after being elected in the first democratic wave year in 2006. Big money republican groups are very aware of the seat and plan on making Sherrod Brown their top priority.

Brown’s political background in the State is well documented; he served in the Ohio Statehouse in the late ‘70s into the ‘80s, he was a house representative for more than a decade, and he defeated incumbent Senator Mike DeWine in 2006, riding a wave of anti-Bush sentiment. Brown has fairly been given a reputation for being one of the more progressive members of the Senate, championing government programs such as Medicare and social security.

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