Romney campaign stops in Troy

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2012 @ 10:52 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2012 @ 10:52 PM

TROY – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a stop in Troy on Sunday during a tour of small Ohio cities that are a key part of his campaign strategy to win the state.
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-West Chester Twp., joined Romney at K’s hamburger shop downtown, the first time the two have campaigned together. Troy is in Boehner’s congressional district.

“Ohio’s going to make the difference,” Romney said. “Ohio I need you to help me become the next president of the United States.”

During his brief remarks in front of K’s, Romney told the crowd he would get rid of President Obama’s health care plan, move the country closer to balancing the budget and become more energy independent.

“Ladies and gentlemen the president’s policies have failed,” said Boehner. They have made the economy worse.”

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a possible vice presidential candidate, joined Romney and Boehner and emphasized the importance of Ohio in determining the outcome of the election.

“Two of the last three presidential elections were decided by Ohio,” Portman said.

The 2000 and 2004 elections were decided by less than Ohio’s electoral votes.

The three Ohio stops took place in counties that overwhelmingly voted for GOP Sen. John McCain in 2008, located about 20-30 miles outside Democratic city centers.
Miami County and most of the rural counties around Dayton have not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since the 1964 election between Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater. But rural areas and suburbs are a key part of Romney’s strategy to win Ohio and try to balance out the advantage President Obama will have in the major cities of the state.

Wife, grandchildren accompany Romney
Romney’s wife, Ann, and three grandchildren joined him on the platform in front of the diner where he addressed the crowd.

Steve Bruns, a the owner of a Tipp City general contracting business said the country is at a crossroads right now and he was encouraged by Romney’s speech in Troy.

“Small businesses are what create jobs in this country,” Bruns said.

Marcia Ryan, who owns K’s, opened the restaurant for the event. It is normally closed on Sundays.

“I’m a small business owner, and I think he would be good for the economy,” said Ryan. “If you just have the government hiring all the time, you have to raise taxes to pay them. It’s a vicious cycle.”

Hundreds of people stood outside in the heat waiting for Romney’s bus to arrive. Many fanned themselves with their Romney signs to cool off.

“I think he has to be given a chance to do all the ideas he has to put our country on track and make it a better place for our children,” said Joanne Disbrow, a 78-year-old Troy resident.

Steve Simpson, a 37-year-old Troy resident, stood outside with his 7-year-old son, Anakin, waiting for the Republican candidate to arrive.

“He’s our only chance at saving my son’s future,” Simpson said.”

Protesters shouted “Romney go home” throughout his appearance.

A group of Romney staffers moved a set of speakers into the middle of the group of protesters to try to drown them out in return. The group had gone through regular security, and no staffers or security attempted to remove them from the event area.

Troy was the last stop Sunday of Romney’s “Every Town Counts Tour.” The five-day bus trip started Friday in New Hampshire, where Romney announced his candidacy last year, stopped in Pennsylvania on Saturday and continues on to Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan.
All six states were won by President Barack Obama in the 2008 election.

Candidate promises to stimulate growth
On Sunday, in the town square of Newark, east of Columbus, Romney promised to stimulate growth in the private sector and build an American economy that will “shock the world.”

“This is an election about a fair shot for the American people, a fair shot for the coming generations, a fair shot for job entrepreneurs and innovators,” Romney said.
“I think it’s time for a fair shot for the middle class of America.”

The tour’s campaigning at ice cream socials and pancake breakfasts is a shift from Romney’s recent string of fundraisers and closed-door meetings with business leaders.
The tour is an opportunity to get off the beaten path and visit towns where “people are really struggling in the Obama economy,” a Romney adviser told reporters Friday.

The national unemployment rate increased slightly in May to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent in April.

Ohio’s rate was lower — 7.3 percent — and the three counties Romney visited Sunday posted even lower rates in April, according to the most recent data available.
Republicans fare better in places like Troy and Newark, and the Obama campaign has set up offices there and in other small towns.

Democrats said Romney could not relate to small towns and residents in the Troy community,” during a news conference a couple of hours before Romney arrived.
“Mitt Romney thinks he understands Miami County and Ohio, but the truth says otherwise,” said Dave Fisher, Miami County Democratic Party chairman. “Mitt Romney not only has a devastating and dangerous philosophy for our nation’s public sector workers, he has a dangerous philosophy for workers right here in Ohio,” he said.

Hundreds gathered in the rain in Brunswick, south of Cleveland, Sunday morning to greet the candidate with a pancake breakfast.

The clouds cleared by mid-afternoon in Newark. Romney rallied the crowd of about 1,000 there around criticism of Obama’s economic policies.

“Last time when he ran for president, his campaign theme was hope and change — this time he’s hoping to change the subject because the American people aren’t happy,” Romney said.
Romney didn’t delve deeply into solutions, but said he’d do three things differently than Obama, starting with tapping coal and natural resources.

To cheers, Romney said he would bring the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada, and he’d build it himself if he had to.

He also said he’d get rid of what he called the cloud of uncertainty hanging over businesses including “Obamacare” and work toward a balanced budget.

Husted bucks GOP, is against voter photo ID push

Published: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM
Updated: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The official who oversees Ohio's elections says he doesn't agree with a measure proposed by some fellow Republicans to require voters to show photo IDs at the polls.   

Secretary of State John Husted tells The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday that he would not change current policy that allows voters to prove their identities with photo IDs or other documents, such as utility bills or paychecks.   

A bill approved by the Ohio House would require voters to show the photo ID before casting an in-person ballot. It is now being reviewed by the Senate.   

Husted instead proposes changes for voters casting early ballots or provisional ballots. He says those voters should be required to give their full Social Security numbers instead of the currently required last four digits.

Election Board Moves Carefully On Husted Investigation

Published: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Montgomery County Board of Elections attorney will review voting residency laws before the board decides if it will move forward on an investigation of Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering.

The four-person board has asked for the legal review after member Dennis Lieberman, a Democrat, said an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News article raised questions about Husted's residency and voter registration.

"I think we have an obligation to look into it," Lieberman said.

Republican board members Jim Nathanson and Greg Gantt, county party chairman and chairman of the board, both referred to an investigation of Husted as a "witch hunt." Nathanson said he does not think it "serves anyone" to look into Husted's residency this close to the election.

Husted, elected to the House in 2000, said, "if they haven't filed a complaint (then) they must not think there is a problem."

He is running for a Senate seat from the 6th District against Centerville School Board member John Doll, a Democrat.

The deadline to remove names from the ballot has passed, but the board can review the validity of Husted's voter registration.

A legislator must be a legal resident of his district and can be forced to forfeit the seat if he is not.

Ohio law on residency for voting purposes says a person's residence is the "place where the family of a married person resides."

Husted has been dogged by questions about his residency for several years because he stays with his wife and children in Upper Arlington and is rarely seen at his home in Kettering, 148 Sherbrooke Drive.

He is registered to vote in Montgomery County. His wife, Tina, is registered in Upper Arlington. Jon Husted voted absentee every time he cast a ballot since 2005 and voted in person every time prior to that, according to Montgomery County board of elections records.

Since their marriage in 2005, the Husteds have simultaneously owned or co-owned properties that they've called "principal residences" and received 2.5 percent property tax reductions allowed for owner-occupied homes. The law states that a couple can take the tax break on only one house. Neither Husted applied for an exception.

On Friday, Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa said Tina Husted should repay a tax break the Husteds claimed on the Columbus condominium she and Jon co-owned as a "principal residence" at the same time she got a $207.46 tax break on a different home she owned.

Husted said he and his wife have now repaid $27.22 to the auditor, who told him there are no other problems. Testa could not be reached for comment. Husted said Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith informed him "everything is fine" in this county.

However, Keith said he's only verified that the tax break was properly taken on the Kettering home since 1995 and that Husted is registered to vote there. He said it is up to Testa to review that information for possible conflicts with Tina's tax breaks. Keith said he will continue his inquiry.

As of last week, the couple was renting a home at 2672 Coventry Road in Upper Arlington. Husted would not directly say if they moved over the weekend to a house Tina owns at 2305 Haverford Road, Upper Arlington.

"We are no longer renting the Coventry and the only Columbus residence or Columbus property that we own, that my wife owns, is the property on Haverford," Husted said.

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Husted Residency Still Questioned, To Appear Before Board

Published: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering, must appear on Jan. 7 before the Montgomery County Board of Elections, which is investigating whether he lives in his district at the Kettering address where he is registered to vote, the board decided on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

A letter will be sent to Husted outlining what documents the board is requesting he provide to prove his residency, said Steve Harsman, board director. Requests for an investigation came from a Kettering Republican and a liberal nonprofit group after an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News story raised new questions about Husted's residency.

Husted, who could not be reached for comment, says his home is at 148 Sherbrooke Ave. in Kettering. However, he said he sometimes stays with his wife, Tina, in an Upper Arlington house she owns because the demands of his job as House Speaker frequently keep him in Columbus. Jon and Tina have one son and Jon has a son from his first marriage.

Husted took an apartment in Columbus shortly after becoming 37th District representative in 2001 and bought a Columbus condominium in 2003. He became speaker and married Tina in 2005. They co-owned a Columbus condominium they sold in 2007. Husted's wife is registered to vote at the Upper Arlington home.

Husted rarely had official business scheduled on his calendar after mid-August, when the House was not in session this year, according to a daily calendar provided by his office. It also shows few trips to his district. A travel expense report Husted signed for a 2005 trip to a conference in Las Vegas listed his home address as 911 Manor Lane, Columbus, which was the first condo he owned. A 2005 traffic citation handled in Upper Arlington Mayor's court also lists that as his home address.

In January Husted will take office as a sixth district senator. Ohio law requires that legislators live in their district.

In October the Daily News reported that Jon and Tina Husted had simultaneously claimed homes in Upper Arlington and Kettering as "principal" residences and taken property tax breaks for owner-occupied homes on them. They also claimed the condo they co-owned as a principal residence, while claiming the same tax break on homes in Kettering and Upper Arlington.

Tina was ordered by Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa to repay the tax break for the condominium. Testa said he considers the matter closed. Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith said he believes Husted qualifies for the tax break in Kettering, and he said state payroll records list it as Husted's home.

"If the board of elections determines that his voter registration is invalid at that address then I will have to take another look," Keith said.

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Snake in bathroom saves woman from bedroom attacker

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM

Snake Saves Woman From Sexual Assault

A Florida woman is crediting a snake in her home with saving her from a sexual assault last week.

Police said the Lee County woman called deputies when she found the reptile in her bathroom, minutes before a man broke into her house, grabbed her and demanded sex, according to media reports

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Malcolm Porter, 28, allegedly sneaked up on the victim, choked her, then demanded she get condoms from another room. Once free, the woman fled from her home where deputies, who responded to the snake call, were waiting outside. 

Porter was arrested and is jailed without bond on charges of battery by strangulation.

The victim told police she knew the man and that he “may have been high" on drugs, local media reported. 

One of the victim's neighbors called the snake encounter "a blessing in disguise."

"The snake played a role in saving her," the neighbor said.