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Mike DeWine's task force takes one-and-a-half kilos of fentanyl off the streets

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Three people from the Houston area were charged in federal court after authorities arrested them in Toledo with what is believed to be more than three pounds of fentanyl. Read More


Sherrod Brown's Countdown to Tax Day

Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown's favorite day of the year, tax day, will be here before we know it. To help him celebrate, we will highlight his abysmal record on taxes every day until April 17th! April 16 - Sherrod Brown supports Obamacare which raised taxes by $819.3 Billion On the eve of tax day, we are highlighting one of Sherrod Brown's biggest blunders - voting for and continuing to support the failure known as Obamacare. Not only has Obamacare forced some Ohioans to pay a tax for choosing not to purchase healthcare, it has also raised taxes by $819.3 Billion. (Roll Call Vote #396; JCT, 6/15/12; CBO, 5/14/13; CBO, 7/30/13) To make matters worse, Brown voted against ensuring that Obamacare would not result in a federal tax increase for individuals making less than $200,000, or married couples making less than $250,000. (Roll Call Vote #66) Additionally, when given the opportunity in 2013, Sherrod Brown voted against efforts to protect taxpayers from tax hikes in Obamacare. He voted against an amendment to create a reserve fund to repeal tax increases on low and middle-income Americans enacted under Obamacare. (Roll Call Vote #53) Brown also voted against removing the Medical Device Tax from Obamacare in both 2010 and 2013. (Roll Call Vote #79) ; (Roll Call Vote #71) The IRS said the Medical Device Tax applies to “Mostly medical devices used and implanted by medical professionals,” ranging from pacemakers to tongue depressors. (Reuters, 12/5/12) In Ohio, Obamacare has failed. Premiums rose 86% from 2013 to 2017 and rose another 34% in 2018. Last year we found out that both Anthem and Premier Health were dropping out of Ohio's Obamacare market, leaving 20 counties without an option for health insurance. Thankfully other insurers filled the void, but this was a major blow to thousands of Ohioans. Overall, Brown supports Obamacare when it's good for him politically, but has trouble defending it publicly when pressed. Just listen to him blow up on a radio host when asked basic questions about Obamacare. April 14 - Sherrod Brown flip-flopped on CHIP to waste your tax dollars on the Schumer Shutdown In the months leading up to a critical vote to fund the government, Sherrod Brown's favorite talking point was the need to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). He even went on MSNBC to wrongly attack Republicans for not taking care of CHIP.   Less than a month later, when it came time to take care of CHIP, Sherrod Brown voted NO. Instead of standing by his calls to ensure funding for the 223,583 Ohio children depending on CHIP, he caved to Chuck Schumer and supported a government shutdown. Before supporting the Schumer Shutdown, Brown opposed shutdowns: "Another shutdown would hurt all Americans, but would be particularly hard on those that need the help the most: children, older Americans, and those with disabilities,' Brown said. 'It's time to stop the partisan stunts, and pass a clean continuing resolution so that these Ohio families don't have to worry about where their next meal is coming from." (Senator Sherrod Brown, 9/23/15) Other Democrats previously opposed shutdowns as well: "Congress cannot keep governing by crisis and expecting the American people to pick up the slack." (Senator Jon Tester, 9/30/15) "In the event of a catastrophic economic debacle, it will be middle class Pennsylvanians that will shoulder the consequences." (Senator Bob Casey The Philadelphia Tribune , 10/13/13) "When the government is shut down, it costs this country literally billions, even trillions of dollars." (Senator Elizabeth Warren, MSNBC 5/2/17)  Sherrod Brown's hypocrisy on government shutdowns and his flip-flop on CHIP was a disgrace. His political games wasted taxpayer dollars and accomplished nothing. It's time to elect a Senator who keeps their word and puts Ohioans first! April 13 - Sherrod Brown supports using your tax dollars to fund abortions in foreign countries. The Mexico City Policy was originally announced by President Reagan in 1984 and required nongovernmental organizations to agree as a condition of receiving any federal funding that they “would neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.” (CBS 1/23/17) During his 25 years in Congress, Sherrod Brown has voted against this policy every time it has been put on the floor.   The policy was rescinded by Clinton in 1993, reinstated by Bush in 2001, rescinded again by Obama in 2009, and finally reinstated by President Trump in 2017. This is yet another example of Sherrod Brown wasting your tax dollars to further his far-left ideology. April 12 - Brown consistently votes for policies that leave taxpayers holding the bag, like President Obama’s failed $830 Billion stimulus program. In February 2009, Sherrod Brown voted for Obama's $830 Billion stimulus program that promised massive economic growth, but failed almost immediately. By December 2009, Brown told taxpayers that a second stimulus was needed. “The call for more spending comes as the federal budget deficit has climbed to $1.4 trillion, and the government is expected to record massive deficits throughout the next decade. ‘We have no choice,’ said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.” (The Columbus Dispatch, 12/7/09) Obama made big promises about the stimulus that failed miserably: The stimulus will keep unemployment below 8 percent and it will fall under 6 percent by 2012.  Brown: “This bill will go a long way toward putting Americans back to work and our economy back on track." (The Toledo Blade, 2/12/09) By August of 2012, unemployment was still over 8 percent. (BLS) Shovel ready jobs. Brown: So it’s not just shovel-ready projects that are ready to go now that will create jobs, it’s also – it’s also green jobs" (ABC’s “This Week,” 12/28/08) Even Obama admitted this failure, stating: The "green economy" will create millions of jobs. The Department of Energy handed out $35.2 Billion to jumpstart clean energy, but instead of a roaring "green economy" we got Solyndra.  One million electric cars will be on the road by 2015.  It's 2018 and there are still not one million electric cars on the road in America. Instead of one million electric cars, we got Fisker and A123 systems. Sherrod Brown has gambled with taxpayer dollars for too long. It's time to elect someone who knows how to differentiate between a successful investment and an $830 Billion failure.  April 11 - Sherrod Brown supports the individual mandate, which hits low and middle-income Ohioans hardest. Sherrod Brown loves the word "mandate." Yesterday we highlighted his calls for higher taxes in 2012 when he said, "Democrats have a mandate to raise taxes." Today we'll take a look at his support of the Obamacare individual mandate. So what is the Obamacare individual mandate? The "individual shared responsibility payment," as Healthcare.gov explains, is the tax you pay if you choose not to purchase healthcare. Does that sound like freedom? Many Ohioans don't think so, but Brown pushed back against that criticism in 2011, saying: "The contentious requirement that all U.S. residents have health-care coverage or pay penalties is not a move toward communism, and everyone needs to have a plan if insurance companies are to be required to cover those with high-risk conditions." (The Toledo Blade, 1/3/11) What Brown cannot push back on is the fact that lower and middle-income Ohioans have been hit hardest by his support of the individual mandate. According to the New York Times, Ohioans making between $25,000-$50,000 per year are most likely to pay the penalty tax than purchase healthcare. This income group is less likely than higher earners to get health insurance through work, and many do not qualify for an exemption based on affordability because they would be eligible for premium subsidies reducing the cost. (NYT 11/28/17) 37 percent of those uninsured, who must pay the penalty tax, say they do not buy healthcare because they can't afford it. Making matters worse, the average penalty tax in 2017 was $708, more than double what it was just two years prior. That means the average Ohioan, who made a choice not to purchase healthcare, was forced to pay the federal government $708 in 2017 for NOTHING. What could you do with an extra $708?    Thankfully, the individual mandate was repealed with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Brown voted NO) and will no longer penalize Ohioans beginning in 2019! April 10 -  After the 2012 election, Sherrod Brown said Democrats have a mandate to raise taxes to reduce the deficit.  Sherrod Brown showed his true colors in 2012 by immediately calling for higher taxes after his reelection.  “Sen. Sherrod Brown said Democrats have a mandate after this month's elections to raise taxes on the wealthy as part of any agreement to reduce the deficit.” (The Cincinnati Enquirer, 11/22/12) This wasn't the first time that Brown supported raising taxes to pay for his big government ideals. As we said on April 4th, Brown voted for the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993, which included $250 Billion in higher taxes, and was called "one of history's largest tax increases by the Columbus Dispatch.  Sherrod thinks the only way to reduce the deficit is to raise taxes. To prove him wrong, we only need to look at Ohio. After Ted Strickland and Richard Cordray left Ohio in an $8 Billion hole with 350,000 fewer jobs, Republicans turned it into a $2 Billion dollar surplus WITHOUT raising taxes. In fact, Republicans lowered taxes for Ohio families and created a pro-growth business environment that has attracted nearly 500,000 jobs. April 9 - Sherrod Brown and Chuck Schumer want to repeal your tax cut. Middle-class families are keeping more of their hard-earned money, but Senator Sherrod Brown wants to repeal their tax cuts with his boss, Chuck Schumer. Brown is not only pushing to repeal your tax cut, he is pushing to eliminate new economic opportunities for Ohio families as well. Tax reform is already delivering bigger paychecks to Ohioans. In fact, the average Ohio family is expected to save nearly $2,300 per year as a result of the new law. Additionally, millions of Americans have already received bonuses from hundreds of companies. This includes dozens of Ohio companies, like Nationwide and Sheffer Corporation. Tax reform is working and 59% of Ohioans approve of the new law. Tell Sherrod Brown to stop this charade and keep his hands out of your pockets! As White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said: “Only tone-deaf Democrats could think the proper response to the booming Trump economy, higher wages and hardworking Americans keeping more of their own money is to reverse the policies that got us here." Read More


Tax Day - Ohio Democratic Party Staffers Receive Up to $2,900 More This Year Than Last


Report: Ohio one of only 13 states 'adequately' addressing opioid crisis

WFMJ The National Safety Council has pegged the states which they consider the leaders in implementing policies to help combat the deadly opioid epidemic. Read More


Rep. Jim Renacci: Trump's infrastructure plan is badly needed and deserves congressional approval

Fox News Op-Ed by Jim Rennaci I joined President Trump on Thursday at an event in Richfield, Ohio where he discussed his bold plan to rebuild infrastructure in America with minimal federal involvement. I’m proud to support his proposal because it’s in best interests of my nearby congressional district and of America as a whole. Read More


Women Leading GOP Into the Future

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Trump’s approval climbs higher than Obama’s at same point into his presidency

Washington Examiner President Trump's approval rate among likely U.S. voters hit 50 percent on Monday, which puts him higher than former President Barack Obama's score at the same point into his first term, according to a new poll. Read More


Sherrod Brown's countdown to tax day

Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown's favorite day of the year, tax day, will be here before we know it. To help him celebrate, we will highlight his abysmal record on taxes everyday until April 17th!  Read More


President Trump Talks Infrastructure in Richfield, Ohio

abc News President Donald Trump arrived in Richfield, Ohio, Thursday to speak with local workers and make a renewed public relations push for his administration's $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. Read More


Chuck Schumer's Batboy

As President Trump visits Richfield, Ohio to discuss his $1.5 trillion dollar plan to rebuild our nation's crumbling infrastructure, Chuck Schumer and his batboy Sherrod Brown will be schmoozing liberal elites at Progressive Field.  From flip-flopping on CHIP in support of the Schumer Shutdown, to voting against tax cuts for Ohio families, to another flip-flop on infrastructure, Sherrod Brown has proven himself to be a reliable batboy for Chuck Schumer.  Read More