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Portman Co-Sponsors Bill to Prohibit Federal Education Mandates

imgresA few high profile Republican U.S. Senators introduced S. 182, Learning Opportunities Created at the Local (LOCAL) Level Act, on January 16th, which would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (EASA) to prohibit federal education mandates. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Sponsored by Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) and co-sponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), James Inhofe (R-OK) and Ohio’s Rob Portman, S. 182 […]

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Retaliation begins…

Retaliation BeginsThe revenge on the Congressmen who voted for new leadership in the House of Representatives has begun.  There are several reports of members being taken off committees and being removed as sponsors of legislation.

From the Politico, ” John Boehner is getting revenge. After he secured his third term as speaker Tuesday afternoon, losing 25 votes on the House floor to some relatively unknown members of the Republican Conference, Boehner moved swiftly to boot two of the insurgents from the influential Rules Committee. That could be just the start of payback for the speaker’s betrayers, who might see subcommittee chairmanships and other perks fall away in the coming months.”

It is clear that the leaders on Capitol Hill will continue to not listen to the voices of the people.   From Politico, “We don’t need these fringe guys as much as we did anymore,” said a GOP leadership aide, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We can let them walk on certain bills, and it just won’t matter. That gives us breathing room.”

Please send a kind word to those who stood up for principles in the Speaker Race. NOW is the time to call those 25 members who put themselves out there for us and tell them how much we appreciate their efforts. Some are NEW members.

Rep. Justin Amash, Mich.        202-225-3831
Rep. Rod Blum, Iowa             202-225-2911
Rep. Dave Brat, Va.             202-225-2815
Rep. Jim Bridenstine, Okla.     202-225-2211
Rep. Curt Clawson, Fla.         202 225-2536
Rep. Scott DesJarlais, Tenn.   202-225-6831
Rep. Jeff Duncan, S.C.          202-225-5301
Rep. Scott Garrett, N.J.        202-225-4465
Rep. Chris Gibson, N.Y.         202-225-5614
Rep. Louie Gohmert, TX         202-225-3035
Rep. Paul Gosar, Ariz.          202-225-2315
Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Kan.     202-225-2715
Rep. Walter Jones, N.C.         202-225-3415
Rep. Steve King, Iowa           202-225-4426
Rep. Thomas Massie, Ky.      202-225-3465
Rep. Mark Meadows, N.C.     202-225-6401
Rep. Rich Nugent, Fla.          202-225-1002
Rep. Gary Palmer, Ala.          202-225-4921
Rep. Bill Posey, Fla.               202-225-3671
Rep. Scott Rigell, Va.             202-225-4215
Rep. Marlin Stutzman, IN       202-225-4436
Rep. Randy Weber, TX          202-225-2831
Rep. Daniel Webster, Fla.      202-225-2176
Rep. Ted Yoho, Fla.               202-225-5744
Rep. Brian Babin, TX             202-225-1555

We need to have “their backs” in the year to come and give them our full support.

Kasich Administration Reduces Medicaid Services for Developmentally Disabled

imagesWhile Governor Kasich talks of renewing Medicaid expansion for abled bodied adults, his Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) is quietly reducing Medicaid services for Ohio’s developmentally disabled population. The DODD released its Final Report of the Strategic Planning Leadership Group in late December which calls for a 50 percent reduction in beds for Intermediate Care Facility homes that provide skilled nursing and personal care as well as community access to school, day services, and recreation […]

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Irony Alert: Kasich to Travel Country Promoting Balanced Budget Amendment

thThe Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Governor Kasich plans to travel the country in 2016, not to get a jump on a presidential campaign, but to push for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Ohio is one of 24 states which has called for a constitutional convention. Ten more states are needed to convene the convention and 38 states are needed to ratify an amendment. The stops Kasich plans to make on his […]

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CATO Institute’s John Allison Discusses Liberty

imagesJohn Allison, President and CEO of the CATO Institute, spoke at the Federalist Society’s 14th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture. Mr. Allison discussed CATO’s mission, the fundamental role of government, and what he sees as the philosophical fight for western civilization currently underway between libertarians and statists.  Allison also spoke in depth on the progressive movement and its desire to attain what it believes to be the moral high ground. Allison pacts much in […]

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