Miami U. grad picked as Romney's running mate

Published: Saturday, August 11, 2012 @ 8:17 AM
Updated: Saturday, August 11, 2012 @ 6:21 PM


            House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. introduces Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney before Romney spoke at the Grain Exchange in Milwaukee, in this April 3, 2012 file photo. Romney has picked Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate, according to a Republican with knowledge of the development. They will appear together Saturday Aug. 11, 2012 in Norfolk, Va., at the start of a four-state bus tour to introduce the newly minted GOP ticket to the nation.
House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. introduces Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney before Romney spoke at the Grain Exchange in Milwaukee, in this April 3, 2012 file photo. Romney has picked Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate, according to a Republican with knowledge of the development. They will appear together Saturday Aug. 11, 2012 in Norfolk, Va., at the start of a four-state bus tour to introduce the newly minted GOP ticket to the nation.

Mitt Romney’s decision to select Republican congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate is a bold stroke designed to convince skeptical conservatives that as president he will crusade for lower taxes and curbing federal spending.

Analysts acknowledge that Romney’s choice Saturday could prod voters to focus on the federal deficit and the sluggish economy as opposed to Romney’s career with a Boston investment firm.

But some GOP officials privately fear that the Republican ticket could hurt itself in the crucial state of Florida, which has 29 electoral votes, by emphasizing restraints on the rapidly growing entitlement programs of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

Ryan, a Wisconsin lawmaker who chairs the House budget committee, has pressed for a sweeping overhaul of Medicare’s current fee-for-service plan into a system in which the federal government would subsidize private insurance plans so seniors could buy their own policies. Although Ryan has stressed his Medicare plan would not into effect for a decade, it could prove toxic with many seniors.

In addition, even though Ryan graduated from Miami University in Oxford, many Republicans were convinced that Sen. Rob Portman had a better chance than Ryan to tip Ohio toward Romney.

“It was a bold choice and it will virtually guarantee that the issues of the role of the government and fiscal responsibility will be a top priority in the general election,’’ said David Walker, former comptroller of the United States and founder of Comeback America Initiative, a nonpartisan organization that champions lower deficits.

“It increases the likelihood that the debates will be more substantive and the American people will be provided with a real choice,’’ Walker said. “And whoever wins the election will be able to claim they have a mandate for action.’’

But even as many Republicans praised Ryan as smart and possessing an encyclopedic knowledge of the federal budget, they know that Obama and Democrats will hammer the GOP ticket on the type of Medicare changes that Ryan has championed as chairman of the House budget committee.

“Paul Ryan is a great guy,’’ said Barry Bennett, a Republican consultant in Washington with close ties to Portman. “My heart’s 100 percent with Paul Ryan.’’

“But my head says we need to talk about how people are hurting (economically), not how to end Medicare. I just hope it doesn’t turn into a debate on how much to cut entitlement programs. If it does, we’re going to lose.’’

Chris Redfern, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, said that by picking Ryan, Romney’s “chances have been irreparably harmed in Florida. The majority of Floridians understand the importance of Social Security and Medicare.’’

As he introduced Ryan to an enthusiastic rally in Virginia on Saturday, Romney praised Ryan as “an intellectual leader of the Republican Party. He understands the fiscal challenges facing America: our exploding deficits and crushing debt – and the fiscal catastrophe that awaits us if we don’t change course.”

Neither Romney nor Ryan has much international experience.

“Who would have thought that only a decade after 9/11, the Republicans would have so little foreign policy experience on the Presidential ticket?” asked University of Dayton political science lecturer Dan Birdsong. “This underscores a simple ‘truth’ about presidential elections: domestic policy trumps foreign policy.”

Ryan signaled an aggressive course when he said that Obama and many others in Washington “have refused to make difficult decisions because they are more worried about their next election than they are about the next generation. We might have been able to get away with that before, but not now. We’re in a different, and dangerous, moment. We’re running out of time — and we can’t afford four more years of this.’’

Yet Romney appears to understand the potential danger with Ryan’s Medicare plans. The Romney campaign has advised its surrogate speakers that are differences between Romney and Ryan on some of the major issues, including Medicare revisions and reforming entitlements.

Federal spending on Medicare, which pays for health coverage for seniors, is projected to nearly double from $560 billion this year to $1 trillion in 2022. By 2022, Washington will spend almost as much on the entitlement programs of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as it spends today for the entire federal budget.

Without restraining the growth of the entitlement programs, the only way the government can eventually balance the budget is through either large tax increases on all Americans or politically unpopular reductions in spending for national defense and domestic programs.

While the Ryan choice will thrill economic conservatives, particularly those who write for the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal and the Weekly Standard, many analysts doubt whether he can broaden the appeal of the ticket to the handful of swing voters in a dozen states who will decide the election.

“It makes no sense whatsoever,’’ said one political strategist who spoke on condition of anonymity. “You don’t win elections with your base vote and this guy doesn’t get you anything beyond the base. What’s the No.1 rule? Don’t pick anybody who can hurt you? Do you think swing voters in Ohio are going to like this guy’s message?’’

Naturally, local Democrats and Republicans had different opinions on how Ryan would affect the local vote. Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Rob Scott said having Ryan on the ticket will make his job easier because so many voters are looking for a real plan with specifics.

“There’s been a huge push for good fiscal management in our government, from Washington D.C. to Columbus to here locally,” Scott said. “And Congressman Ryan’s plan speaks directly to that.”

But county Democratic Chairman Mark Owens said he was looking forward to spelling out pieces of Ryan’s plan to voters, saying it would help the Obama campaign.

“Raising the tax burden on the middle class, cutting education through Head Start programs and Pell Grants that allow middle income families to go to college, all that’s going to have an effect on everybody in the Miami Valley,” Owens said.

Ryan, who was born, raised and still lives in Janesville, Wis., has an interesting parallel to the Miami Valley in the auto industry. General Motors closed its Janesville Assembly plant on Dec. 23, 2008, the same day as GM’s Moraine Assembly plant closed here. Janesville made trucks and SUVs, as did the Moraine plant.

Ryan voted in favor of the auto industry bailout, but later explained to The Daily Caller newspaper that he was told the industry was going to get government money no matter what, and he voted for what he thought was the better of two options.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich hailed the choice of Ryan, saying “he’s got a keen intellect and the kind of courage to think big on solutions that America needs from its leaders. That he’s a graduate of one of Ohio’s great universities – Miami University – doesn’t hurt either.’’

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Centerville, said that “the selection of Paul Ryan shows that we are serious about putting this country back on the path to prosperity. Unfortunately, the President has failed to offer a plan to put Ohioans back to work or to end the largest federal deficits since World War II. Governor Romney has a plan, and our country is in desperate need of leadership.”

Asked how Ryan was different from other possible Romney running mates, Turner said Ryan is “young, dynamic, intelligent, well-studied and very well-spoken.” He said the fact that Ryan has been overwhelmingly re-elected six times in an otherwise Democratic district is proof that he can appeal across party lines.

Romney will be back in Ohio on Tuesday as part of a four-state bus tour. He will stop in Chillicothe and eastern Ohio, but the campaign has not yet said whether Ryan will be with him.

Clouds and more snow expected over coming days

Published: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 5:19 AM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 4:50 PM

VIDEO: Snow falls on public square in Troy

Mainly clear skies are expected this evening, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures will fall into the 20s.

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  • Clouds return tonight
  • Chance for snow returns this week
  • Low temperatures remain

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More snow is expected during the coming work-week in the Dayton area.

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DETAILED FORECAST

Overnight: Clouds build in overnight, which will be cold with lows in the lower to middle 20s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the middle to upper 30s. There is the chance for a passing light rain shower in the afternoon, but most look to stay dry with a better chance for snow coming overnight into Tuesday. 

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Tuesday Lake-effect snow showers are expected. Highs will be in the upper 20s.

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Wednesday: A few flurries are possible. It's also going to be a cold day, with morning temperatures in the middle teens. Highs will only be in the middle to upper 20s. 

Thursday: The chance for more snow returns with highs in the middle 30s.

Friday: A few flurries are possible with highs in the lower 30s.

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Should Ohio legalize recreational marijuana? Issue could be heading back to voters

Published: Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 3:10 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 5:48 PM

Ohio’s medical marijuana users won’t be able to have firearms

Ohioans may be voting again on full legalization of marijuana.

Jimmy Gould, a backer of the 2015 statewide ballot issue, is expected to announce Monday that he and others are backing the “Free Market Adult Consumption of Marijuana” ballot issue in November 2018.

Ian James, Gould’s business partner at Green Light Acquisitions, LLC, said the amendment will seek to legalize adult use of marijuana and allow those 21 and older to own and operate cultivation, processing and dispensaries. It would be separate from Ohio’s new medical marijuana law, James said.

More details are expected to be released Monday at a press conference in Columbus.

Related: Marijuana campaign admits mistakes

To put a proposed constitutional amendment before the voters in November, the group would need to collect valid signatures from 305,592 registered Ohio voters by early July. Although that is a large number, it’s a hurdle the group has cleared in the past and James owns a petition circulating company.

Gould, James and other investors were the driving force behind ResponsibleOhio, the 2015 marijuana legalization issue that voters rejected by nearly a 2:1 margin. It was opposed by business, health, civic and political leaders as well as pro-marijuana advocates.

The group is also among the 97 applicants who were not awarded one of the 12 large-scale grower licenses for medical marijuana that the Ohio Department of Commerce announced last week.

Related: Ohio announces first set of marijuana grower licenses

“We plan to challenge the entire process and seek a complete review of all scores and re-assessment by new graders, with proper oversight, because this process is severely broken,” Gould said in a written statement after learning his company was not selected.

The statement hinted at another ballot initiative.

In November 2015, voters rejected the ResponsibleOhio ballot issue calling for legalization of medical and recreational marijuana. But strong public support for medical marijuana as well as the threat of another ballot issue prompted lawmakers to craft a legal medical marijuana law.

Related: Springfield, Yellow Springs to get large scale marijuana operations

In June 2016, Kasich signed a bill into law that authorizes use by patients with 21 conditions, including cancer or chronic pain, in the form of edibles, oils, patches and vaporizing. Patients and their caregivers will be allowed to possess up to a 90-day supply. Smoking or home growing it is barred.

The Medical Marijuana Control Program is jointly managed by the commerce department, pharmacy board and state medical board. Regulators have been busy writing rules and guidelines for growers, processors, testing labs, dispensaries, patients and caregivers as well as reviewing and scoring applications for licenses. It is expected to be fully operational by September 2018.

Child survives double fatal crash in Greene Co.; Victims ID’d

Published: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 5:26 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 5:20 PM

Child survives double fatal crash in Greene Co.; Victims ID’d

UPDATE @ 5:20 p.m. (Dec. 10)

We're waiting to learn more information about a young girl who survived a crash that killed two of her family members.

The girl, who was restrained in a child seat, was taken to Dayton Children's Hospital with injuries described by troopers as not life-threatening. Troopers today said they did not have any updates on how she is doing, or if she is still in the hospital.

>> One dead after 2-vehicle crash in Butler County

The crash killed Carl A. Perry, 49, who was driving a pickup truck that overturned and crashed into a tree on Ohio 308 in Spring Valley Twp. The crash also claimed his passenger, 73-year-old Linda J. Davis.

It was snowing at the time of the crash and they were traveling on a downhill grade, but troopers have not yet confirmed the accident was weather-related. They did say alcohol is not a factor.

UPDATE @ 9:35 p.m.

A young girl is the lone survivor of a double fatal crash this evening in front of Camp Jabez in Spring Valley Twp.

Carl A. Perry, 49, of Xenia, was identified as the driver of a 2004 Ford F-Series pickup truck who was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Linda J. Davis, 73, also of Xenia, was taken with life-threatening injuries to Miami Valley Hospital, where she died, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Xenia Post.

>> Woman critically injured in Harrison Twp. crash

At the time of the crash, reported around 5 p.m., it was snowing and the pickup was headed north in the 3100 block of Ohio 380. The pickup struck a sign, overturned, struck a fence and then struck a tree.

“They were going down a downhill grade, so obviously it struck the tree with a significant amount of force,” Sgt. Richard Milstead said.

A young girl was restrained in a child seat. She suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital.

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Neither adult was wearing a seat belt, according to the highway patrol.

Alcohol is not suspected in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Xenia Police Department, Spring Valley Twp. Fire and EMS, Xenia Twp. Fire and EMS and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m.

The Greene County coroner has been called to a multiple-injury crash this evening in front of Gospel Mission on Ohio 380.

According to reports, there were as many as three people in a vehicle who were injured. At least one person was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, and another to Dayton Children’s Hospital.

It has not been confirmed whether the crash was weather-related.

FIRST REPORT

A serious-injury crash this evening has shut down a portion of Ohio 380 in the Spring Valley area.

The single-vehicle crash was reported shortly after 5 p.m. in front of Gospel Mission, 3191 Ohio 380. There were reports there were children in the car, and that occupants initially were trapped.

>> Woman critically injured in Harrison Twp. crash

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office said they were unable to confirm the severity of injuries.

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3 doctors aboard flight save unresponsive woman

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 5:41 PM

Debbie Taylor is grateful for the doctors aboard her flight that helped save her life. (Photo: WFTV.com)
Debbie Taylor is grateful for the doctors aboard her flight that helped save her life. (Photo: WFTV.com)

A Tampa woman said she is grateful to three doctors who saved her life during a flight home from Vietnam.

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Debbie Taylor said she started feeling sick on the plane and then became unresponsive.

That's when three doctors administered CPR until the pilot could make an emergency landing in Alaska.

"It feels really good to be alive," Taylor said. “I have some angels up there that said it wasn't my time yet."

Taylor said she temporarily entered a coma after the flight.

Taylor said she never got a chance to thank the unnamed doctors. 

"They saved my life. Thank you very much," she said.

Taylor is home and doing well, she said.