Romney at rally: I will not cut military spending

Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 @ 10:05 AM
Updated: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 @ 4:20 PM

A rally for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was conducted this afternoon at the Wright Brothers Aero Hangar at the Dayton International Airport. The following are notes about what occurred there.

@3:54 p.m.: Romney finishes speaking to crowd at the Dayton International Airport near the Wright Brothers Aero hangar.

@3:47 p.m.: Romney continues speaking and tells the crowd trade is good for the country. “China has cheated … I will not allow that to continue,” he says.

@3:38 p.m.: “I will not cut our military spending,” Romney tells the crowd. He goes on to say Obama did not keep promises he made in his 2008 campaign for president. “His idea now … he’s got one new idea … to raise taxes,” Romney said. “Is there anyone that thinks raising taxes will help the economy?” The crowd says, “No.”

@3:36 p.m.: Mitt Romney begins speaking to the crowd. Asks them to chant, “Romney, Ryan; Romney, Ryan; Romney, Ryan …”

@3:35 p.m.: Ryan pauses for a moment while the crowd begins to chant, “Romney, Romney, Romney …”

@3:33 p.m.: “This is the man who knows how to do turnarounds,” Ryan says of Mitt Romney. “We need leadership … someone who will not blame other people for the next four years. … That’s this man right here,” Ryan says. “This is a man who knows how the economy works because he’s created over 10,000 jobs.”

@3:27 p.m.: Paul Ryan speaks to the crowd. “We cannot afford four more years of President Obama’s failed policies,” he says. Mitt Romney has “proven policies to get the country back on track,” he said. “Gas, oil, coal, renewables, all of the above, it’s here, it’s ours … on Day 1 you know what he’s going to do? He’s going to say ‘yes’ to the Keystone Pipeline.”

@3:24 p.m.: Sen. Rand Paul takes the stage and asks, “Anybody here think it’s time for a new President? Anybody here mortified to see people burning the American flag?”

@3:20 p.m.: Sen. Rob Portman asks the crowd how many have an absentee ballot and will be voting that way. Asks that people spread the message to vote. “We need their vote and we need it now,” he says. “There are a thousand Delphi workers here in the Miami valley that were left behind by the Obama administration,” he says. “The Delphi workers deserve our support, don’t they?” Portman asked.

@3:09 p.m. Romney’s plane and Ryan’s bus have arrived at the rally. Ryan, Rand Paul, Romney and Portman take the stage together.

@2:50 p.m.: DeWine tells the crowd Romney is en route to the rally and will be there soon. Music resumes, kicking off with a Rascal Flatts song, and the crowd is waiting.

@2:44 p.m.: DeWine said, “O-H!” and the crowd chanted back, “I-O!” as he spoke. He encouraged voters to email and text friends and family to encourage them to vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. “Imagine the difference,” he said. “Let’s look at judges,” he said. “If Barack Obama is sitting in the White House four years from now … he will have changed the complexion of the United States Supreme Court for decades. … is that what we want?” He asked. The crowd shouted back, “No!” The decision for president “will come down to Ohio,” DeWine told the crowd.

@2:43 p.m.: Congressman Mike Turner and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine are addressing the crowd. Turner gave a “shout out” to those who attended the same high school he did. he asked, “Who’s going to control the out-of-control spending in Washington … and who are we going to greet with a warm Ohio welcome?” The crowd shouted, “Romney.”

@2:36 p.m.: Ohio Senator Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, is speaking to the crowd.

@2:33 p.m.: A fifth-grader is leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. @2:30 p.m.: Ohio Auditor Dave Yost introduces a pastor from a church who led the group in prayer. It is followed by a singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

@2:15 p.m.: Country music singer Lee Greenwood is singing for the crowd of hundreds at the event near the Wright Brothers Aero hangar at the Dayton International Airport.

@1 p.m.: Vendors are hawking T-shirts, hats, buttons and more, both along McCauley Drive and inside the airplane hangar. The Romney-Ryan plane is out on the tarmac, near where the speech is to be delivered.

@ Noon: Doors open to the public.

@11 a.m.: Attendees are lined up outside along McCauley Drive to get through security checks. Several local Republican candidates, including Ohio Rep. Jim Butler and Montgomery County commission candidate Dave Vore are campaigning outside the event. Outside the entrance to the event two people in reindeer costumes waved signs. One said “Romney Fire Half of the Reindeer” and the other “Romney Bankrupted KB Toys, Stage Dept. and North Pole.” They were playing off a quote from former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland at the Democratic National Convention earlier this month when he said if Mitt Romney were Santa Claus he would “fire the reindeer” and “outsource the elves.”

@9:30 a.m.: Secret Service, Dayton Regional Bomb Squad and other agencies are putting security measures in place.

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.