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14 Ohio counties to receive $3.6M for child services programs strained by opioid epidemic
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Indexed 2017-03-23 06:05:14 (Article ID 1359976183)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Fourteen southern Ohio counties will receive $3.6 million to boost child welfareprograms strained by the state's opioid epidemic. The pilot program will cover trauma counseling, additional home visits and other victim services to families hurt by Ohio's drug crisis over the next two and a half years.The program isprimarily paid for with a $3.5 million grant fromthe state Victim
 

 

A big day for the GOP healthcare plan: Ohio Politics Roundup
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Indexed 2017-03-23 07:45:02 (Article ID 1360071464)

Republican leaders are pushing for a vote today on the GOP plan to replace Obamacare. U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, of Ohio, said Wednesday he opposes the plan. And cleveland.com's Andrew J. Tobias has a report from Jefferson County, Ohio, where he spoke with workers at a coal-fired plant about their hopes for the Trump administration. Read more in today's Ohio Politics Roundup. Big day for the AHCA:
 

 

A mandate to use U.S.-made steel in school repairs?
(Twinsburg Bulletin © 03/23/2017)
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Indexed 2017-03-23 03:14:38 (Article ID 1359974987)

COLUMBUS -- Ohio schools would be required to use U.S.-made steel products in their renovations, under legislation being considered in the Ohio House. Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) offered HB 57 in response to lead contamination in water systems in Sebring in Northeast Ohio. Lead was identified in a middle school in that community, he told the House's Economic Development, Commerce and Labor Com
 

 

AG DeWine announces pilot program for families harmed by parental opioid abuse
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Indexed 2017-03-23 06:16:38 (Article ID 1360064863)

COLUMBUSOhio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Wednesday the creation of a new pilot program that will serve families harmed by parental opioid abuse in more than a dozen southern Ohio counties. Ohio START (Sobriety, Treatment, and Reducing Trauma) is an intervention program that will provide specialized victim services, such as intensive trauma counseling, to children who have suffered vict
 

 

Attorney General Wants More Drug Prevention Lessons in School
(State Impact Ohio © 03/23/2017)
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Indexed 2017-03-23 03:14:38 (Article ID 1359974228)

Ohio schools may increase or expand their anti-drug message to students.  Attorney General Mike DeWine says 8 Ohioans die each day from drug overdoses and he wants schools to help reduce the problem.  But members of the state board of education remember past failures.  State Impact Ohios Mark Urycki reports.   Anti-drug classes in the 1970s unintentionally taught kids how to take drugs, not pr
 

 

Bill would mandate search warrant for drone use by law enforcement
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Indexed 2017-03-23 03:14:38 (Article ID 1359974988)

COLUMBUS -- Law enforcement agencies would have to obtain search warrants to use drones to gather evidence to be used in criminal proceedings, under legislation being considered in the Ohio Senate. SB 60 seeks to establish procedures for officers' use of unmanned aerial vehicles. "In the past few years, drones have become an omnipresent device in our society," Sen. Mike Skindell (D-Lakewood),
 

 

Husted seeks more information before appointing Lucas Co. elections director
(Toledo Blade © 03/23/2017)
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Indexed 2017-03-23 06:05:14 (Article ID 1359975605)

The Ohio Secretary of State today has asked for more information about the Lucas County Board of Elections recent tie votes before deciding whether to break a 2-2 tie to approve a new director. Secretary of State Jon Husted is specifically requesting records of cell-phone text exchanges and details of a meeting between two board members to discuss a possible deal over the director position.
 

 

Judge receives 10 days in jail for campaign-finance offenses
(Akron Legal News © 03/23/2017)
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Indexed 2017-03-23 04:32:35 (Article ID 1360034261)

COLUMBUS (AP) An Ohio judge is to serve 10 days in jail, give $2,065 to a food bank and undergo alcohol treatment after authorities say he improperly spent campaign funds, including more than $1,000 at an upscale restaurant to celebrate his opponent dropping out of the 2014 race. Franklin County Appeals Court Judge Tim Horton pleaded guilty Thursday to three misdemeanor counts of inaccurate camp
 

 

Kids of Ohio addicts focus of DeWines pilot program
(Lancaster Eagle-Gazette © 03/23/2017)
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Indexed 2017-03-23 07:45:02 (Article ID 1359976874)

COLUMBUS - In the fight against opioid addiction in Ohio, children are the "innocent, invisible victims." So said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Wednesday when he announced a pilot program that will help children abused or neglected due to their parents' drug use. Families in 14 southern Ohio counties most impacted by opiate abuse, including Fairfield, Ross and Pike, will soon benefit from
 

 

Ohio Senate votes to allow $5 license plate fee increase
(Springfield News Sun © 03/23/2017)
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Indexed 2017-03-23 06:05:14 (Article ID 1359976705)

Columbus 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 a
 

 

NATIONAL POLITICAL NEWS

8 House members whose votes on health care could be key
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Indexed 2017-03-23 04:45:03 (Article ID 1360043760)

The U.S. Capitol Building is seen at sunset on Feb. 8. 2017.(Photo: Michael Reynolds, European Pressphoto Agency) WASHINGTON — Thursday's to replace Obamacare is shaping up to be extremely close, with victory or defeat for the legislation potentially coming down to a handful of members. With Democrats united against the GOP's American Health Care Act, the key votes will come from Republicans — ma
 

 

A Senator's Plan to Reduce the Flow of Legal Migrants
(The Wall Street Journal © 03/23/2017)
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Indexed 2017-03-23 05:15:31 (Article ID 1360044249)

However much they quarreled over illegal immigration, political leaders in both parties used to agree that the U.S. needs more legal immigrants to sustain its aging labor force. Among Republicans, that consensus is dissolving. One dissident who bears watching is Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas. He says the U.S. admits too many legal immigrants based on family ties rather than skills, education or th
 

 

Andy Puzder, Trump's former pick for labor secretary, steps down from CEO post
(Washington Times © 03/23/2017)
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Indexed 2017-03-23 06:05:14 (Article ID 1360008005)

President Donald Trumps former labor secretary nominee, Andy Puzder, is stepping down as CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of the Hardees and Carls Jr. fast food chains. CKE announced in a press release Tuesday that Jason Marker, former president of Kentucky Fried Chicken U.S., has been selected as the companys new chief executive officer. Jason has tremendous experience in franchising,
 

 

Bentley supports GOP health care bill with 'conditions'
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Indexed 2017-03-23 06:05:14 (Article ID 1360008076)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said Wednesday that he supports the proposed Republican health care overhaul in Congress with conditions - help for states that did not expand Medicaid and giving states the ability to put co-pay and work requirements on recipients. Bentley took a state delegation to the nations capital this week to discuss the proposed health care plan that cou
 

 

Biden questions Trump administration's 'romance' with Putin
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Indexed 2017-03-23 03:14:38 (Article ID 1359990229)

WASHINGTON (AP) Former Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday hes concerned about an apparent romance between the Trump administration and Russian President Vladimir Putin.While declining to comment on an FBI probe of possible links between Russia and associates of President Donald Trump, Biden said the whole notion that theres still this romance with Putin was worrisome. Biden cited Secretary
 

 

Black lawmakers agree to meet regularly with President Trump
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Indexed 2017-03-23 06:05:14 (Article ID 1360005565)

WASHINGTON Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said they were surprised Wednesday how little President Trump seemed to know about some problems facing African Americans, but said they're pleased he wants to meet regularly to discuss pressing issues. He listened and we talked and we proposed a lot of solutions, many of which I think he had never heard before, said Rep. Cedric Richmond, chai
 

 

CBC: Trump has potential, still exhibits racist tendencies
(Washington Times © 03/23/2017)
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Indexed 2017-03-23 06:05:14 (Article ID 1360007979)

Leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus emerged from a meeting Wednesday at the White House to say they found some areas of agreement with President Trump on helping minority communities but still are not convinced hes not a racist. CBC Chairman Cedrick L. Richmond said that many of their constituents urged them to not attend the meeting because of their hostility toward the president. But he s
 

 

Donald Trump, desperate for a win, bets on health care
(CNN.com © 03/23/2017)
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Indexed 2017-03-23 03:14:38 (Article ID 1359993966)

Washington (CNN)It's D-Day for Republicans in their epic quest to kill Obamacare. The House is expected to hold a cliffhanger vote on a repeal bill Thursday as acrimony among GOP lawmakers threatens to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on an objective that has motivated conservative voters for years. The vote heralds a moment of massive political significance, especially for President Donald
 

 

Ed Royce says lawmakers will dig into Trump's proposed State Dept. cuts
(Washington Times © 03/23/2017)
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Indexed 2017-03-23 06:05:14 (Article ID 1360008456)

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce said Wednesday that the committee will next week begin digging into the sweeping State Department and USAID funding cuts proposed by President Trumps 2018 budget blueprint. The California Republican said in a statement that lawmakers must ensure our foreign aid is effective, efficient and adequately funded to address a host of grave threats facing
 

 

Ended: Supreme Court confirmation hearing
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Indexed 2017-03-23 06:05:14 (Article ID 1360008732)

(CNN)The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings Wednesday for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.CNN's live coverage of the hearing on Apple News has ended.Full coverage of Gorsuch's confirmation hearing and other big politics stories of the day is available on Apple News, CNN.com and television.Explore the latest Trump administration news at CNN Politics.
 

 

GOP congressman: Trump could be one-term president if health bill passes
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Indexed 2017-03-23 06:05:14 (Article ID 1360008729)

(CNN)As President Donald Trump makes his final push to seal the deal with Republicans before the House votes Thursday on its bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, one Republican congressman opposed to the bill has a dire warning for the President."We're afraid he's a one-term president if this passes," Rep. Thomas Massie said during an interview on CNN's "Outfront" with Kate Bolduan. "We are tryin
 

 

Gorsuch express confidence in government, thanks senators in his closing remarks
(Washington Times © 03/23/2017)
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Indexed 2017-03-23 06:05:14 (Article ID 1360007982)

As Judge Neil Gorsuchs third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee came to a close, he asked the chairman if he could make a few remarks. He had spent more than ten hours onTuesday, and more than eight hours on Wednesday, answering questions from the 20 senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee about his record and judicial philosophy. The judge, who has met wit
 

 

House Democrats find unlikely allies in House Freedom Caucus to sink GOP health care bill
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Indexed 2017-03-23 06:05:14 (Article ID 1360007984)

Lacking the troops to block the GOPs health care bill on their own, Democrats are looking for help this week from their ideological opponents on the right, knowing the best chance for sinking the Obamacare repeal lies with Republican rebels. House Democrats say they dont agree with their reasoning, but they are pleased that members of the House Freedom Caucus are trying to torpedo the bill worked
 

 

House panel seeks broad document trail of ex-Trump aide Michael Flynn's foreign contacts
(Washington Times © 03/23/2017)
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Indexed 2017-03-23 06:05:14 (Article ID 1360007985)

Former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn faced fresh scrutiny on Wednesday when the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee formally requested the White House, FBI, Defense Department and Director of National Intelligence surrender all documents related to his foreign contacts and payments. Last month the former general resigned as Mr. Trumps top security aide following report
 

 

House Passes Pieces of Health Overhaul's Promised 'Third Prong'
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Indexed 2017-03-23 05:15:31 (Article ID 1360044267)

One day ahead of a crucial planned vote on their plan to dismantle large swaths of the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans passed two minor pieces of legislation on Wednesday afternoon they touted as the first building-blocks of their replacement health-care system. The two bills, which permit the creation of association health plans and strengthen antitrust laws for health-care companies, re
 

 

Joe Biden says Republican health care is a giveaway to the rich
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Indexed 2017-03-23 06:05:14 (Article ID 1360005865)

WASHINGTON Former vice president Joe Biden on Wednesday said the Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act is a tax bill that would transfer close to $1 trillion, now spent on health care benefits, to wealthy people who dont need it. Hoping to preserve President Obamas signature health care law, Biden appeared at a rally on the U.S. Capitol steps with fellow Democrats and beneficiarie
 

 

Justice Department Asks Court to Speed Review of Travel-Ban Ruling
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Indexed 2017-03-23 04:45:03 (Article ID 1360044210)

WASHINGTON--The Justice Department on Wednesday asked an appeals court to speed up its review of a judge's ruling last week that prohibited President Donald Trump from enforcing his revised executive order barring U.S. entry for people from six Muslim-majority countries. Judges in Maryland and Hawaii issued rulings within hours of one another last week that put Mr. Trump's latest travel ban on
 

 

Koch network pledges to defend Republicans who vote against GOP health bill
(Politico.com © 03/23/2017)
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Indexed 2017-03-23 06:05:14 (Article ID 1360009981)

The Koch brothers' network of well-funded outside groups says it will spend millions to protect Republicans who oppose the party's health care bill from political fallout. Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners, the Koch network's big budget grass-roots activism and advertising groups, are teaming up to create a "seven-figure" reserve fund to support lawmakers who buck President
 

 

McCain: House panel lost credibility to handle Russia probe
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Indexed 2017-03-23 06:05:14 (Article ID 1360009979)

Sen. John McCain said Wednesday that a special committee was needed to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials because the House Intelligence Committee lost "the credibility to handle this alone." The Senate Armed Services Chairman was highly critical of the public feuding between House Intel Chairman Devin Nunes, a Republican, and ranking Democratic member Re
 

 

Pence: Were very confident we will have the votes on health care
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Indexed 2017-03-23 06:05:14 (Article ID 1360010029)

Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday morning that the administration is “very confident” Republicans will have the votes to pass their health care bill through the House on Thursday. Asked on Birmingham radio station 99.5 what the administration plans to do if the bill fails to get the needed votes to pass on Thursday, Pence did not entertain the concern, even as a group of House conserv