Romney to hold rally in Kettering on Tuesday

Published: Friday, September 21, 2012 @ 6:12 PM
Updated: Friday, September 21, 2012 @ 10:10 PM

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be in Kettering on Tuesday for a public rally.

The event, dubbed the “Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class” bus tour across Ohio, will be at James S. Trent Arena at Fairmont High School, 3301 Shroyer Road.

Doors for the event open at 3:30 p.m. and the event starts at 5:30.

All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids, or signs will be allowed in the venue. Cameras are permitted.

Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, will be in Lima on Monday for a rally.

On Tuesday, Ryan will also have a rally in Cincinnati at Byer Steel Group, 200 West North Bend Road. Doors for the event open at 9 a.m. and the event starts at 11.

On Wednesday, both Romney and President Barack Obama will be in Ohio. Romney will campaign in Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo. Obama will be just a few miles away campaigning in Bowling Green and Kent.

Report: Supreme Court Justice Kennedy ‘contemplating’ retirement

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 7:54 PM

President Donald Trump, left, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, center, and Justice Neil Gorsuch participate in a public swearing-in ceremony for Gorsuch in the Rose Garden of the White House White House in Washington, Monday, April 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Multiple reports from CNN and the Associated Press say Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is considering retirement.

Latest: Big cases, retirement talk make news at end of SCOTUS session

Kennedy, who has sat on the court for 30 years and will soon turn 81, has been mulling retirement according to some of his former clerks. His clerks gathered this weekend for a reunion with the Kennedy, a year ahead of schedule, spurring rumors Kennedy may step down as soon as Monday when the Court’s current session ends.

The Sacremento, Calif., native has been the Court’s most moderate voice for years and is often the deciding vote.

Kennedy’s most famous decision was Obergefell v. Hodges, which swung the Court vote in legalizing gay marriage. Kennedy’s decision was praised by gay marriage advocates for its sweeping opinion and eloquence, while others criticized the decisions for the many loopholes it left open, including how gay marriage fits within the legal realm with religious institutions. 

Decisions expected by the court this week, one involving a Missouri church and it being denied state funds to build safe soft sources for a playground and possibly a decision on 

 

Teens selling water on National Mall handcuffed by police

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 2:43 PM

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 24:  U.S. Park rangers walk on the National Mall near the Washington Monument August 24, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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U.S. Park Police are facing criticism for handcuffing three teenagers who were selling water Thursday on the National Mall.

Officials said police were just doing their job, as the teenagers were vending in a prohibited area, WUSA9 reported.

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Bystander Tim Krepp took a photo of the incident, and told WUSA9 that he thought the officers went too far in handcuffing the teenagers. The image quickly went viral on social media.

The teens were given a verbal warning and released to their guardians, WUSA9 reported. 

U.S. House moves to bolster lawmaker security in wake of baseball shooting

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 8:00 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 8:14 AM

Responding to concerns about personal security for lawmakers after last week’s gun attack at a Congressional baseball practice, U.S. House leaders are moving to provide extra money to members for protection back home, as well as new funding to bolster the work of police and security officials on Capitol Hill.

Under a plan approved by a House spending subcommittee on Friday, the Congress would provide an extra $7.5 million next year to the Capitol Police for an “increased security posture” around the Capitol, along with $5 million to the House Sergeant at Arms to help with security for lawmakers back in their districts.

“We are taking a new fresh look at security,” said Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS), the Chairman of subcommittee that deals with funding for the Legislative Branch.

“The tragic events of June 14 weigh heavily on these deliberations,” said Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, which could vote on the extra money as early as this next week.

Also being put into motion is a separate plan to funnel an extra $25,000 to each member of the House – about $11 million in all – to help them increase security back in their districts.

“The scariest part for us is there used to be this impression by the public that we all had security everywhere we went,” said Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH).

“Now, everyone knows that isn’t the case,” Ryan added, as he lent his support to the extra funding for security as well.

The money in this budget bill would not take effect until the new fiscal year – which starts October 1 – so, House leaders are ready to okay extra money immediately for members worried about security back in their districts.

Roll Call newspaper reported that could be approved in coming days by the House Administration Committee.

Yoder said Congressional leaders are also waiting to see if money raised in campaign contributions for House elections could be put to use for security as well.

“Pending an FEC (Federal Election Commission) decision, we’re also looking at whether campaign funds could be used to continue to support security upgrades at personal residences,” Yoder added.

Trump signs new law to allow VA to more quickly fire workers for poor performance

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 12:33 PM
Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 12:33 PM

With strong bipartisan support from both houses of Congress, President Donald Trump on Friday signed into law a plan to make it easier for the Veterans Affairs Department to get rid of employees for poor performance or misconduct, all in an effort to improve veterans health care and other services.

“We’re taking care of our veterans and we’re taking care of them properly,” said the President, as he signed the bill at a White House ceremony.

“Those entrusted with the sacred duty of serving our veterans will be held accountable for the care they provide,” Mr. Trump said.

New legislation was needed from Congress mainly because previous efforts to make it easier to fire employees at the VA had become bogged down in the courts, even preventing the VA from getting rid of people like the former head of the Phoenix VA health care director, where a health care scandal broke out in 2014.

“We won’t be able to accomplish any of the reforms we need to in the VA if we don’t get the right people in place,” said VA Secretary David Shulkin, who with the support of the President, has pressed ahead with internal changes.

Shulkin said this new law would “make it easier and quicker to hold our employees accountable.”

Among the changes in the bill:

+ A streamlined VA process to fire, suspend or demote workers for misconduct or poor performance

+ The Secretary would have the power to reduce the pension of a VA worker if that person is convicted of a felony crime that influenced their job performance

+ The VA would be allowed to claw back bonuses given to employees who are later found to have engaged in misconduct

The new law also includes provisions to protect whistleblowers from retaliation inside the VA, and gives greater authority to the VA Secretary to fill top positions more quickly inside the VA health care system.

“As you all know – all too well – for many years, the government failed to keep its promises to our veterans,” Mr. Trump said, saying “we are just getting started” on major changes to the VA, one of his central campaign promises in 2016.