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Published: Friday, August 03, 2012 @ 10:12 PM
Updated: Friday, August 03, 2012 @ 10:42 PM
A local Chick-fil-A drew few participants Friday night for an event aimed at protesting remarks made by the president of the fast-food chain, although business continued to be busy.
Last month, Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A, was quoted in The Baptist Press as saying: “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
In response, gay rights activists and other supporters planned the National Same-Sex Kiss Day Friday evening. Turnout was low for the event at the Chick-fil-A on Miamisburg Centerville Road in Washington Twp., which got slammed with hundreds of additional customers Wednesday.
The restaurant continues to be busier than normal, said owner Marla Davis. Customers, across the nation, inundated the restaurants on Wednesday in a show of support for Cathy.
“Our philosophy here is to treat each customer with honor, dignity and respect. That’s the golden rule for us,” Davis said.
Managers there walked out to offer drinks and food to two people who stood on the sidewalk holding signs - one in support of gay and lesbian rights and the other representing the view that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
“Even though I’m not gay, I wanted to come out and show my support,” said Christina Barr, a 29-year-old stay-at-home mom of Fairborn. “People who are gay have families too. They want to live normal lives just like everybody else.”
The restaurant on North Fairfeild Road in Beavercreek had a busy lunch hour. Cones were set up in the parking lot to direct drive-thru traffic, but employees said this was standard protocol. The restaurant was not taking any measures to prepare for the “Kiss In.”
Bret Wendel, vice president and pride chair of The Greater Dayton LGBT Center, said several organized groups and volunteers planned to participate in the “Kiss In” Friday night.
“The mission of this night is not to discourage free speech,” Wendel said.
The biggest problem the LGBT community has with Chick-fil-A’s stance is their funding of anti-gay hate groups, Wendel said. Some of the groups the restaurant funds go out of their way to keep the LGBT community from receiving equal housing and employment opportunities, according to several news organizations.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, there are 29 cities and counties in Ohio that have anti-discrimination ordinances in place. Eleven protect individuals from employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, including Dayton and Yellow Springs.
WinShape, a non-profit foundation supported by Chick-fil-A and founded by Cathy, donated over $1 million to the Marriage & Family Foundation as well as $37,000 to the National Institute of Marriage. Both of these organizations promote marriage between one man and one woman and have strong religious and traditional values.
Chick-fil-A also supports Exodus International, a Christian organization that attempts to correct gay and bisexual desires with reparitive therapy.
Wendel said Chick-fil-A encourages people to look down on the gay community by funding these groups.
“It encourages bullying,” he said. “We don’t think the business should get involved.”
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 12:54 AM
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Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:23 PM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 12:11 AM
WASHINGTON — The federal government shut down Saturday for the first time since 2013 late Friday, with a handful of Republicans and the vast majority of Democrats in the Senate opposing efforts to keep the federal government running for another month.
By a vote of 50-48, Senate Republicans fell far short of the 60 votes needed to end floor debate and clear the way for a vote on a bill approved Thursday by the House which would keep the federal government open until the middle of February.
Hundreds of housands of federal workers faced the possibility of being furloughed during a shutdown.
While most of the functions of the federal government will still operate – the mail will be delivered, Social Security checks will still go out, the military will still function – workers deemed “non-essential” would be asked not to go to work, and would be paid only after the federal government resumed operations.
At issue was what would be the fourth temporary spending bill passed by Congress since the fiscal year began in October.
That bill would also extend the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, for six years. Republicans included the measure as a sweetener aimed at attracting Democratic support.
At first, the plan seemed to work, with Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio indicating he’d likely support the bill. But Brown joined most Senate Democrats Friday in blocking a floor vote.
Brown was influenced in part by the announcement Friday that a handful of Republicans, including Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona did not plan to vote for the bill. They had been working toward a separate measure aimed at extending a program that allows people brought to the United States illegally as children to stay, and called for a short-term bill that would keep the government open through early next week, expressing confidence that they could come up with a long term plan during that time.
Brown jumped, saying he’d support the shorter-term plan.
“We are very close to a bipartisan agreement, and we owe it to the people we work for to keep working and get the job done,” said Brown.
But in agreeing to the shorter-term plan, he became the object of derision from Republicans who hope to unseat him later this year. They said by opting not to support the bill passed by the House, he was effectively voting against the six-year extension of CHIP.
Blaine Kelly of the Ohio Republican Party said Brown’s decision not to vote for the GOP plan “is a flip flop beyond belief, and puts the health insurance of nearly a quarter million Ohio children at risk.”
Jennifer Donohue, communications director for Brown, replied that CHIP would have passed “months ago” if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, “had listened to Senator Brown, but instead they’re holding the program hostage and using Ohio kids as political leverage.”
Last December, Brown voted against a temporary spending bill that kept the government open because it only extended CHIP money for three months instead of five years.
While Republicans blamed Senate Democrats for the shutdown, a Washington Post-ABC News Poll released Friday indicated most Americans blamed the party in power: 48 percent of those polled blamed Republicans while 28 percent blamed Democrats.
Ohio Democrats, meanwhile, pointed out that Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, who is challenging Brown for Senate, voted for the measure that led to the federal government shutdown in 2013.
“If the government shuts down tonight, the blame will lay at the feet of Republicans in control of Washington, like Rep. Jim Renacci, who irresponsibly govern by crisis and play political games,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Jake Strassberger.
Renacci and Senate Republican candidate Mike Gibbons were quick to strike back. James Slepian, a Renacci aide said “after Sherrod Brown vowed to shut down the government, cut off funding to our troops and deny health insurance to 9 million low income children, Senator Brown and his lackeys at the Ohio Democratic Party are terrified by the hell he’ll pay with Ohio voters.”
Gibbons said that “Sherrod Brown and Chuck Schumer are playing politics with people's lives for partisan advantage.”
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaking on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” seemed puzzled that Democrats were holding up the bill in large part because of the immigration issue, saying “it’s an issue that hasn’t been resolved yet and it will take a little more time.” He backed moving the bill forward.
“This is not a good way to score political points,” Portman said.
Despite the shutdown, much of the government will remain effectively operational, albeit on a smaller scale, at least in the short term. The mail will still get delivered, the post offices will remain open, the Army, Navy and Air Force operate as usual but active duty members will not be paid until the shutdown ends, and Americans receive their Social Security checks. Medicare and Medicaid continue to function.
The state in 2016 had 77,400 federal employees, of which 5,250 were on active duty with the Air Force. Air Force civilian employment was 13,838, almost all at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton.
During past partial shutdowns, some civilian workers were furloughed, although they were paid when the government re-opened. In the 2013 shutdown, 50 workers at the Defense Supply Center in Whitehall were furloughed.
In part, Democrats have adopted a strategy aimed at their political base which is demanding action on the Dreamers and wants more confrontation with Trump. By doing so, they are emulating the Republican strategy of 2013 in which the GOP closed the government in a futile effort to convince President Barack Obama to scrap his 2010 health law known as Obamacare.
“Smart Republicans have learned how stupid it is politically to shut down the government,” said one longtime Republican lobbyist in Washington. “You don’t win when you shut down the government.”
The Republican said the Senate Democrat strategy was complicated when House Republicans overcame their vast differences and passed the temporary spending bill Thursday. Until then, Senate Democrats could justifiably argue that the GOP-controlled House could not keep the government open.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:17 PM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 8:34 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 8:20 p.m.: DP&L crews are continuing to search for a possible cause of the power outage along Brown Street that affected 1,325 customers in total, spokesman Kevin Hall said.
The outage hit about 6:50 p.m., he said. Electric service was restored to all affected customers shortly after 8 p.m.
UPDATE @ 7:39 p.m.:
The DP&L online outage map now shows 126 customers without power along Brown Street, near Miami Valley Hospital and the UD student neighborhoods, from Chambers Street to U.S. 35.
A hospital administrator at MVH said the hospital is operating on generator power.
Elevators there stopped immediately when the outage struck about 6:45 p.m., she said. Workers and security were able to get everyone off the cars, she said.
No patients were put in danger because of the outage, she said.
Hundreds of businesses and residences along Brown Street, near Miami Valley Hospital and the University of Dayton student neighborhoods, are without power.
According to the Dayton Power & Light online outage map, nearly 1,200 customers are affected.
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Calls began coming into the newsroom just before 7 p.m.
We’re hearing the outage extends along Brown Street, from Chambers Street west to U.S. 35.
Jimmy’s Ladder 11, in the 900 block of Brown, and Subway, in the 1100 block, are among the businesses in the dark.
We have a call into DP&L for details about the possible cause of the outage.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:36 PM
— Vital services for veterans will not be threatened if the government shuts down this weekend.
The Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, including the Dayton VA Medical Center, would remain open.
After previous partial shutdowns caused headaches for the VA, the department lobbied Congress to fund the VA on a two-year budget cycle. That exempts the department from the latest funding skirmish in Washington.
About 4 percent of the department’s workforce — nearly 16,000 workers — would be subject to furloughs during a shutdown, with almost half of that total coming from the Veterans Benefits Administration, according to Navy Times.
Veterans would still get checks during a shutdown, but some education benefit programs would cease as well as the hearing of case appeals.