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.

Al Franken: What happens to his Senate seat if he resigns?

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:16 AM

What You Need To Know About Al Franken

Sen. Al Franken, (D-Minn.), will make an announcement on the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday as to whether he will resign his seat amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Franken is expected to speak at 11:45 a.m. ET.

Franken has been accused of inappropriate conduct by several women. On Wednesday, more than 20 fellow senators called for Franken to resign.

What happens to his seat if he does? Here’s a look at the process of filling the seat.


A person who would be a senator from Minnesota must:

Be at least 30 years old

Be a resident of Minnesota

Be a U.S. citizen for at least nine years

Who makes the decision on a replacement?

According to state law, Minnesota’s governor is authorized to fill the vacancy if a senator resigns. The governor, Democrat Mark Dayton, can make temporary appointments to fill Senate vacancies, but a special election must be held to fill the seat until the next scheduled election of that seat is held.

When would a special election be held in this case?

In Minnesota, if the seat is vacated at least 11 weeks before a scheduled primary, then a special election must be held the following November. There is a primary set for Aug. 14, 2018, in Minnesota, so that would mean that a special election would have to be held in November 2018 if Franken resigns before May 29, 2018. Minnesota’s other senator, Amy Klobuchar, (D), is up for re-election in that election.

The winner of the special election would serve out Franken’s term, which ends in January 2021. If that person wants to stay in the seat for the six-year term that begins in January 2021, he or she would have to face re-election in November 2020. 

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) looks over his papers during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, on Capitol Hill November 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Atheists erect billboard saying church is ‘fake news’

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 7:23 AM

Atheist Billboards Spark Controversy In New Mexico

A billboard in Albuquerque is turning heads this Christmas season., the website for American Atheists, has purchased billboard space touting “Just skip church it’s all fake news!”

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Nick Fish, a member of American Atheists, told KRQE, “It’s a great way for us to in a kind of lighthearted way start those conversations and get people talking.”

People were talking about the sign, but maybe not the way the group intended.

Connie Lindsay told KRQE, “I think it’s terrible, because Christmas is almost here for one thing and that’s not the way I wish to celebrate the holidays.”

But others agreed with the sign.

“I myself am an atheist so gonna have to concur with that,” Devon Gutierrez told KRQE.

The sign is meant, according to Fish, to not only get people to think critically about the message conveyed by religion, but also to remind people. “Christianity or any other religion doesn’t have a monopoly on December. So, our message here is, however you want to celebrate it, go ahead and do that,” Fish said.

Similar billboards were scheduled to be installed in Texas, NBC News reported.

Billboards were scheduled to be put up in Oklahoma, but they were not permitted by the billboard company, NBC News reported.

U.S. Navy sailor sketched Pearl Harbor attack before he was killed in action

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:40 AM

VIDEO: Sailor Sketched Pearl Harbor Attack Before He was Killed in Action

Leonard Franklin Tomlinson lived and served in an age before social media, and the image he left behind is less ephemeral and certainly more meaningful than the slew of selfies we all serve up today.

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Man saves wild rabbit from California wildfires

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 9:53 AM

Scenes from Southern California Wildfire

A California man risked his life to save a wild rabbit among the flames in the state’s wildfires.

KABC reported that a video posted to social media shows the unidentified man dressed in shorts and a hoodie running after the rabbit in La Conchita, California. 

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Witnesses said the man pulled over to save the wild rabbit along Highway 1 in Southern California’s Ventura Country, according to ABC News

The man could be seen jumping up and down in a panic before crouching down into the bush and attempting to grab the animal. The rabbit ultimately allowed the man to pick it up.
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The man did not want to be interviewed.

The Thomas fire started Monday and has since grown to 90,000 acres. It has prompted evacuations across the region.