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Ohio Gov. Strickland Declares Obama Next President at Senior Forum on Retirement Security in Columbus

Ohio Gov. Strickland Declares Obama Next President at Senior Forum on Retirement Security in Columbus

OhioNews Bureau

COLUMBUS, OHIO: Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, whose political machine helped Hillary Clinton win the state from Sen. Obama in early March, stood Friday with the Democratic nominee for President and his wife, Michelle, at a small venue with senior citizens interested in the topic of retirement security and declared that the first-term senator from Illinois will beat Republican John McCain in November to win the White House.

CrissCrossing Ohio Solution Page

CrissCrossing Ohio
By John Michael Spinelli

For ePuribus Media OhioNews Bureau

COLUMBUS, OHIO: EPluribus Media OhioNews Bureau on Monday launched the first edition of CrissCrossing Ohio, the Buckeye State's first, greatest and only political and government word puzzle, which featured clues related to Ohio government, Gov. Ted Strickland, now-resigned Attorney General Marc Dann, Ohio bloggers and print reporters and more.

Ohioans Filing Bankruptcy Since 2006 Skyrocket

OhioNews Bureau

COLUMBUS, OHIO: New statistics drawn from the two federal bankruptcy courts in Ohio show an 80 percent increase in the number of Buckeyes going bust since the spring of 2006.

The report, issued by Bob Lawless and found at Credit Slips, a nationally respected blog about credit and bankruptcy, is based on bankruptcy data from March 2008 that revealed that the US average filing rate went over 4,000 per day for the first time since the 2005 bankruptcy law was passed.

Of the ninety federal judicial districts in the 50 states, Ohio’s Southern and Northern districts ranked 49th (representing an 81.2% increase) and 51st (representing an 80% increase), respectively, in the number of bankruptcy filings reported from April 2006 to March 2008.

“Castle Doctrine” Bill Passes Ohio Senate, Beware Criminals, No Civil Lawsuits for You

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: With succinctness and a dab of dark humor, Sen. Tim Grendell, R-Chesterland, told criminals who commit crimes in someone's home or car that “you will not get a volume discount on killing more than one person.”

Grendell's grim comment came following the unanimous passage Wednesday by the Ohio Senate of the aptly dubbed ”Castle Doctrine” bill. It protects anyone who uses deadly force to defend themselves or another person from any civil liability against the person who created the threat against whom the deadly force was used.

In a 31-0 vote, the bill sponsored by Sen. Steve Buehrer, a member who represents a group of conservative counties in Northwest Ohio, was an identical twin of a House bill that sought to devise a bulwark defense for anyone who uses a gun to protect themselves, their family or their property against the nightmarish scenario of someone breaking into their home or their car.

Power Play over Ohio Power Bill Produces Problems for Pubic Officials, Energy Consumers

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: After spending months dawdling over a bill that will redefine Ohio’s energy system for years to come, the Public Utilities Committee in the Ohio House yesterday got a sudden burst of energy that kept them sequestered into the wee hours of the morning in a subterranean meeting room, as they accepted a new, possibly industry-built version of a bill that the majority Republican party accepted and passed out of committee without Democrats even being in the room.

Democrats voiced concerns that they were given precious little time to read the new version of the bill, which one source reported had the digital fingerprints of a known utility insider on it and also said the committee chairman’s denial of their request to meet in private to review amendments they had not seen before was a case of disrespect to minority members.

Ohio Hamstrung by More Job Losses as National Decay Won’t Go Away

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: In the latest monthly economic health profile issued Thursday by the Ohio Department of Budget and Management, the grim impact a decaying national economy is having on Ohio was evidenced by job losses in February and a turn down in personal income, consumer spending and consumer confidence.

Hard Rains Falling in Ohio Sign of Global Warming, Environmental Report Says

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: In the 60s, Bob Dylan sang about the metaphorical "hard rain" that was going to fall in poetic response to the tumbling, trying tumult of the time.

Fingerhut, Strickland Release Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Higher Education

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, both as a candidate for the job and during the 14 months in the job, has said solving Ohio’s education puzzle – constitutional funding for primary and secondary education and taming the lions of higher education that have produced a college education in Ohio more expensive than others -- will be the central issue in his first-term, one that will define whether he has been a success or not.

Ohio Print Editors Cry to AP Over Rates, Vow to Share Content

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: Ohio blog site DaytonOS posted a link to a story by Editor & Publisher about how the Buckeye State's top newspapers, looking for an alternative to the high rates the Associated Press (AP) charges for its stories, pictures and graphics, have inked an agreement share content amongst themselves.

Range War in Ohio Breaks Out Over Public Records Requests

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: Two days after the Vernal Equinox, when the sun crosses the equator marking the beginning of Spring in the northern hemisphere, it was still cold and overcast in Central Ohio, as nearly two dozen activists representing half as many groups gathered on the tail end of Sunshine Week for a workshop on the basics of Ohio’s Sunshine Laws and how to ask for pubic records.

Payday Lenders Growing in Ohio, Report Shows

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: A report released Wednesday on payday lending practices in Ohio shows the industry is growing with such vigor that the number of locations, which as recently as last year outnumbered the combined Buckeye State outlets for fast-good giants like McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King, has expanded by another 76 units (or 5%) in one year and spread from mostly urban areas to rural Ohio, where economic conditions have soured the most.

Ohio Helps Homeowners Facing Foreclosure to Save the Dream

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: What do Ohioans facing home foreclosure and Shakespeare’s legendary Prince of Denmark have in common? Both hope a dream can help them escape “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.”

For the growing tide of Ohioans facing home foreclosure “to sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub” could be one way to keep their American Dream of owning a home alive long enough for circumstances to change sufficiently to allow them to tell the wolf of foreclosure that prowls outside their door today to go away.

Ohioans Negative on Economy, Still Like Strickland and Give Pre-President Election Advantage to Democrats, Poll Shows

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: The Spring 2008 Akron Buckeye Poll released Wednesday covered an assessment of Ohio, government and politics and provided insight on baseline information for the 2008 general election in Ohio.

High Court Orders Ohio SOS to Testify Under Oath

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: From her first day on the job in January 2007 as Ohio Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner has acted as if she was bullet proof. To those who found themselves at odds with her proposals or directives in one way or another, she has given no quarter in using the authority of her position as chief election officer more as a political bludgeon than a tool to heal the divides that have opened between her, local boards of elections and the officials that run them and other stakeholders in Ohio's system of elections.