Romney in Kettering today; Obama in area Thursday

Published: Monday, October 29, 2012 @ 12:46 PM
Updated: Monday, October 29, 2012 @ 9:10 PM

Mitt Romney Disaster relief event in Kettering

An event in Kettering for Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney will happen as scheduled today, despite campaign officials canceling other rallies because of Hurricane Sandy. Early Monday, the Romney campaign issued a news release stating the Trent Arena event had been canceled. But late Monday afternoon, the campaign reversed course and stated that the event would go on but focus instead on disaster relief.

Here’s the details of the event:

Where: James S. Trent Arena, 3301 Shroyer Road, Kettering.

Time: Doors open at 10 a.m., event begins at 11 a.m.

Barack Obama late-night rally in Springfield

When: Thursday, doors open at 9:30 p.m.

Where: Springfield High School Athletic Complex, 701 East Home Road

Tickets: To pick up your ticket, visit one of the following locations beginning today from noon to 9 p.m.

Depending upon their availability, you can also pick up tickets at the following locations on Wednesday from 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

OFA-OH Springfield Office

1214 N. Bechtle Ave.

Springfield, OH 45503

Clark County Democratic HQ

1335 N Limestone Ave.Springfield, OH 45503

Champaign County Democratic HQ

111 S. Main St.

Urbana, OH 43078

Eight days before the election, President Barack Obama switched from campaigner to hands-on commander of the federal response to Superstorm Sandy as the sprawling storm struck the Eastern Seaboard.

Republican Mitt Romney scaled back his appearances and urged supporters to “do your very best” in donating to relief efforts.

The planned Republican campaign event in Kettering will take place today, but Romney may not give a speech.

Romney will be at Trent Arena at Fairmont High School, but the earlier planned rally is now focused on helping hurricane victims.

Doors at Trent Arena open at 10 a.m. and the event will start at 11 a.m.

Fairmont High School planned to dismiss students early to accomodate the event and Community Relations Coordinator Kari Basson said Monday night that the district is still planning to keep dismissal at 1:45 p.m.

“Governor Romney believes this is a time for the nation and its leaders to come together to focus on those Americans who are in harm’s way,” a campaign spokesperson via information released to the media.

“The event in Dayton will take place — it will be a disaster relief event where Gov. Romney may make brief remarks,” Catherine Gatewood, Ohio spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, wrote in an  email. “We will encourage attendees to bring disaster relief supplies to the event.”

Gatewood said Romney’s event today in Lima has been canceled.

On Thursday, President Obama will have a late-night event in Clark County at the Springfield High School Athletic Complex, on East Home Road. Doors open for the event at 9:30 pm.

But even without the customary clash of rallies and rhetoric, the political pace quickened on Monday. Romney’s allies put down $1.2 million for a last-minute television ad campaign designed to make Pennsylvania competitive, and the roll of early voters swelled past 15 million.

With the race in its final full week, most national polls showed Romney either slightly ahead of Obama or tied with him. But the election will be won or lost in the eight or nine most competitive states.

Republicans claimed momentum there, but Obama’s campaign projected confidence as Romney’s increasingly narrow focus on Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio suggested he was still searching for a breakthrough to deny Obama the 270 electoral votes needed for victory.

The president changed roles quickly Monday, highlighting the advantages of the incumbency. He scrapped a morning campaign appearance in Florida, boarded Air Force One for a bumpy flight to the nation’s capital and appeared before reporters in the White House not long afterward.

“We’re making sure that food and water and emergency generation is available for those communities that are going to be hardest hit,” he said.

At the same time, he warned that heeding evacuation orders from local authorities was paramount for those in the storm’s path.

The president didn’t mention the campaign in his prepared remarks, and when he was asked how the storm might affect the election, he said he wasn’t thinking along those lines.

“I’m worried about the impact on families, and I’m worried about the impact on our first responders. I’m worried about the impact on our economy and on transportation,” he said.
Romney went ahead with part of his campaign schedule, although he blended his appeal for political support with one for donations to the Red Cross or other relief agencies.

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.

(Article courtesy of www.daytondailynews.com)

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.

(Article courtesy of www.daytondailynews.com)

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.

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