FCC Considers Ending the Blackout Rule

Last month, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) called for the NFL to end its “failed” blackout policy, after said policy successfully had prevented six of seven Bengals home games from being televised in the Cincinnati area.

On Thursday, the FCC decided to seek public comment on the elimination of rules that prevent blacked out games from being televised via cable and satellite operators. If those rules are eliminated by the FCC, blackouts essentially would end.

Airborne Mercury Reduction is Critical for Ohioans' Health, Despite Josh Mandel's Misgivings

Josh Mandel's recent criticism of the newly implemented rule for airborne mercury reduction by the Obama administration — that it is "unnecessary and job-killing" — is counterproductive to the needs of Ohio's future. Mercury and air pollution can cause neurological damage, birth defects and asthma in children and other vulnerable people. This problem is right at our front door, with numerous mercury-emitting plants in the Cleveland area. We can't ignore the debilitating effects of mercury for the hopes of our future health.

Brown Pushing for National 'Blue Alert' System

YOUNGSTOWN — Flanked by numerous Mahoning Valley law-enforcement officials, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said today that there is a great need for a national alert system aimed at capturing criminals who injure or kill law-enforcement officers in the line of duty.

Brown, a Democrat from Avon, said he supports a national “Blue Alert” system that would quickly provide needed information about those particular suspects to law-enforcement agencies, the public and the media.

Another Ohio Business Sounds Alarm Over China's Unfair Currency Manipulation, Josh Mandel's Silence Continues

Dayton Area Manufacturing Plant Cites Unfair Practice As Key Reason For Number Of Employees Plummeting From 500 To 110

Last Month Mandel’s Campaign Admitted He Wouldn’t Be Taking Positions On Major Issues Before Congress, Offering To “Leave It To Sen. Brown”

COLUMBUS, OHIO – This past Wednesday Sen. Sherrod Brown visited HARCO hydraulic brake manufacturing plant in Moraine, Ohio to discuss the seriousness of China’s unfair currency manipulation and its devastating effect on Ohio’s manufacturing jobs. HARCO’s General Manager Rick Garver explained:

“HARCO on Kettering Boulevard in Moraine now employs 110, down from nearly 500 in 2007. The company’s products are hammered by market rigging in other nations, Garver said. “The playing field needs to be leveled. Our elected officials need to address trade and tax policies. It’s a bipartisan issue,”

Rick Garver is right, cracking down on China’s unfair currency manipulation is a bipartisan issue, but not if your name is Josh Mandel.

Josh Mandel has repeatedly refused to stand up for Ohio’s middle class against China’s unfair currency manipulation. Recently his campaign arrogantly admitted that because Josh Mandel wasn’t a Senator yet, he wouldn’t even be addressing the issue. From Mandel’s mouthpiece:

“Mandel spokesman Joe Aquilino said that the candidate is not a Washington politician and, ‘consequently, for the next year we're not going to pretend like he's there and voting on every bill that's introduced or that's on the floor.’”

There you have it: Josh Mandel wants your vote, but he’s unwilling to stand up—or even address–a policy that the Economic Policy Institute and the Alliance for American Manufacturing says is responsible for killing “more than 2.8 million jobs since 2001, including more than 1.9 million manufacturing jobs,” many of them in Ohio.

“Josh Mandel’s refusal to stand up for Ohio’s middle class by speaking out against the job loss resulting from China’s unfair currency manipulation is further evidence that the only job he’s willing to fight for is his next one,” said Ohio Democratic Party press secretary Justin Barasky. “The chorus of Ohio businesses supporting Sen. Brown’s bipartisan bill to crack down on China’s currency manipulation continues to grow louder and Josh Mandel should join Sen. Rob Portman and stand up against this job killing policy.”


HARCO General Manager: “The Playing Field Needs To Be Leveled” For Manufacturers. In January 2012, the Dayton Daily News reported “Garver said HARCO on Kettering Boulevard in Moraine now employs 110, down from nearly 500 in 2007. The company’s products are hammered by market rigging in other nations, Garver said. ‘The playing field needs to be leveled. Our elected officials need to address trade and tax policies. It’s a bipartisan issue,’ Garver said.” [Dayton Daily News, 1/12/12]

Mandel Silent On Sen. Brown’s China Currency Bill For Manufacturers – Spokesman Said Mandel Wouldn’t Be Commenting On Issues Before The Senate. In December 2011, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported “Mandel also would not give his opinion on a foreign trade bill promoted by Brown and supported by small Ohio manufacturers as well as Portman, a former White House trade ambassador. Brown's bill would authorize economic sanctions against China if authorities found China manipulated its currency, providing its exports with an unfair pricing advantage. Some conservatives say punitive tariffs might start a trade war. Asked about these issues, Mandel spokesman Joe Aquilino said that the candidate is not a Washington politician and, ‘consequently, for the next year we're not going to pretend like he's there and voting on every bill that's introduced or that's on the floor.’” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 12/24/11]


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.

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."

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 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.

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