Ohioans Share Why Trump Support Among Black Voters is Soaring

The Washington Examiner revealed polling data this week that found President Trump has a 34% approval rating with African Americans. The Ohio Star spoke with four African American Trump supporters in Ohio and asked them why they support the President. State Representative Candidate Bobby Mitchell of Canal Winchester, Columbus entrepreneur Tyrone Jackson and Pastor Walter Moss of Canton gave their insights about the phenomena.

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AG Yost Tells OptumRx ‘We’ll See You in Court’ for Overbilling the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Millions

Attorney General Dave Yost announced Monday he amended his lawsuit filed against pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) OptumRx, claiming the PBM excessively charged the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation for generic drugs. The overcharge totaled nearly $16 million. It is now “significantly more.”

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Senate Passes House Bill 2, a TechCred Bill That Caused Words Between the Two Legislative Leaders

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Last week the Speaker of the Ohio House and the Senate President exchanged a few words via the media. The Speaker expressed frustration that the House priority bills, House Bills 1 through 14, were not moving fast enough in the Ohio Senate. The most recent bill to cause Householder concern was House Bill 2. It passed the Senate Wednesday.

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Some Ohio Politicians Praise Lordstown Sale, Senator Portman Expressed Skepticism, Brown Says Union Support Necessary for Success

Most elected officials praised the reported sale of the Lordstown plant last week. Senator Portman expressed skepticism and Senator Brown told the new owners they needed to partner with the union if they wanted to be successful.

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General Motors Sells Lordstown Assembly Plant to an Electric Car Company

Auto maker GM announced Thursday that indeed – as President Trump tweeted in May – the Lordstown facility in Ohio would be sold and reopened to manufacturer the Workhorse electric vehicle called the Endurance. GM declared their intent to idle the plant a year ago, and shut the lights out on March 6th after 52 years of business. 

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Grocery Giant Kroger Continues Far Left March with New ‘Gender Fluid’ Customer Survey Option

A central Ohio Kroger shopper was shocked to read one of the questions on the online survey the company offers at the bottom of their receipts. The Ohio-based grocer has expanded the list of gender options from two, male and female, to four, including “gender fluid/non-binary” and “prefer not to answer.” It is not the first time Kroger has embraced far-left progressive sexuality.

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Opportunity Ohio Finds Right-to-Work States Dominate the Recovery, Ohio Not Among Them

Matt Mayer, president of the the pro-growth advocates Opportunity Ohio, crunched the numbers and graphed the results of private sector job growth in all the states and the District of Columbia. The news for Ohio, a compulsory union state, is that it continues to lag behind those states that have embraced worker freedom.

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Americans for Prosperity Exposes ‘Corporate Welfare Horror Show’ to Congress for Halloween

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) launched the latest installment of their Unrig the Economy campaign on Tuesday entitled “Corporate Welfare Horror Show.” AFP is continuing to encourage Congress to reject the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank and “zombie” tax extenders.

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Lawyers and Lobbyists Likely to Have Income Tax Deduction Restored in Bill Giving Deductions to Teachers

When the biennium budget was passed in July, a last minute provision added in Conference Committee took away the Business Income Deduction (BID) from two specific groups – lawyers and lobbyists. The deduction may be returned thanks to Senate Bill 26, a bill originally designed to give teachers a write-off when they spend unreimbursed money for their classrooms.

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Ohio State Rep. Dick Stein Creates ‘Ohio Nuclear Caucus,’ Welcomes Ohio Nuclear Forum to Statehouse

COLUMBUS, Ohio – State Representative Dick Stein (R- Norwalk) announced the creation of the Ohio Nuclear Caucus on Tuesday. He also welcomed more than half a dozen nuclear experts to speak at the Ohio Nuclear Forum. Those experts provided an in-depth look at where nuclear power is today and where it could be soon with the proper policies in place.

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Opponents to Nuclear Bailout Start Television Ads to Combat Bailout Supporters Attacks

Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts have been fighting House Bill 6, the “nuclear bailout bill”, passed by the Legislature in July. The group received permission to proceed on their petition drive the end of August. They are attempting to put the bill on the ballot in November 2020. On Sunday, they began their own television ad campaign to combat the ads being run by Ohioans for Energy Security, an organization trying to stop the referendum from getting to the ballot.

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National Unemployment Steady, Ohio Unemployment Ticks Up: Experts Weigh in on Ohio’s Economy

  Nationally the unemployment figures remained steady at 3.7%, but Ohio’s figure edged up a tenth of percent to 4.1. Several economic analysts have weighed in over the last few days to discuss the overall state of Ohio’s economy compared with the nation’s. Opportunity Ohio found, “Latest @BLS_gov job figures…

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President Trump and Prime Minister Morrison Celebrate ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept’ in Wapakoneta

Two countries played a key role in the building of the new Pratt Industries plant in Wapakoneta – Australia and the United States. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and President Donald J. Trump, visited that new plant on Sunday. The opening of the recycled paper and cardboard plant represents, “Promises made, promises kept,” on the part of President Trump and Pratt Industries, which is owned by Aussie billionaire Anthony Pratt.

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Ohio’s Future Foundation Pushes Pro-Business Policies to Help All Residents Prosper

  YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Former Congressman Jim Renacci and Ohio’s Future Foundation (OHFF) were hosted by the Mahoning County Republican Party Tuesday evening.  The GOP group held a social for OHFF in their meeting room in Youngstown. Rick Barron, the Mahoning County Leader, announced that, ‘Tom (Weyand – OHFF’s Outreach…

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The Fed Lifts Rates for Third Time in 2018 and One More Raise Is Expected

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised a key interest rate for the third time this year in response to a strong U.S. economy and signaled that it expected to maintain a pace of gradual rate hikes. The Fed lifted its short-term rate — a benchmark for many consumer and business…

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Amazon: The World’s Most Dangerous Crony Capitalist

Amazon

by Rick Manning   The bedrock of American commerce – and of the broader capitalist experiment – has always been competition.  If you can build a better mousetrap, invent a longer-lasting light bulb or more efficiently churn out widgets (or in this case, clichés), odds are your endeavor will encounter success. It doesn’t…

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Report: Google And Mastercard Strike Secret Deal To Track Customers In-Store Purchases

by Kyle Perisic   Google and Mastercard have reportedly struck a secret deal to monitor users’ in-store purchases, to collect data on what Google ads have resulted in purchases. After years of negotiations, Google paid Mastercard millions of dollars for its customer data, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing two anonymous sources. The two could…

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SEC Transaction Fee Pilot Program Could Save Big Money for Small Investors, Pensioners

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By Robert Romano   In March, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed a new transaction fee pilot that would “subject stock exchange transaction fee pricing, including ‘maker-taker’ fee-and-rebate pricing models, to new temporary pricing restrictions across three test groups, and require the exchanges to prepare and publicly post data,” according to the…

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Wisconsin and New Jersey are Among the States Looking To Copy Minnesota Model Of Using Federal Funds To Lower Insurance Premiums

Minnesota capitol

by Evie Fordham   Several states including Wisconsin and New Jersey are seeking to copy Minnesota’s model of federal reinsurance program funding that contributed to a 13-percent drop in premium rates in the state from 2017 to 2018. The Minnesota legislature adopted the program, which uses mostly federal funds to…

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Contrary to Nervous Nellie ‘Economic Experts,’ the Trump Economy is Booming with Elevated Aluminum and Steel Prices

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By Robert Romano   One of the conventional wisdoms to do with the tariffs and duties levied by the Trump administration on steel, aluminum and lumber is that they will lead to higher prices and inflation, hurting producers and consumers, thus stunting economic growth. For example, billionaire Charles Koch warned on July…

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Tribune Media Terminates Merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group, Files Lawsuit Alleging Breach of Contract

Tribune - Sinclair

by Nick Givas   Tribune Media Company killed its merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group on Thursday and filed a lawsuit against the media conglomerate, claiming breach of contract. Tribune is seeking financial compensation for losses it claims it suffered as a result of Sinclair’s breach of the merger agreement. Tribune is…

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Maverick Musk Eyes $72 Billion Buyout to Take Tesla ‘Private’

Elon Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is considering leading a buyout of the electric car maker in a stunning move that would end the maverick company’s eight-year history trading on the stock market. In his typically unorthodox fashion, the eccentric Musk dropped his bombshell on his Twitter account, which he has used…

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The New York Stock Exchange Monopoly Set to Raise Fees to Access Trade Data

New York Stock Exchange

by Robert Romano   Government-created monopolies are not a new thing, and indeed there are times when Congress has determined that having a government charter for an authoritative, monopoly function can serve a valuable public need. Sometimes these are agencies. The Federal Reserve is tasked by Congress to control the money…

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Ivanka Trump to Shutter Fashion Line, Focus on Government

Tennessee Star

Reuters   President Donald Trump’s oldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, is closing her fashion line to focus her energies on advising her father’s White House, she said through a representative on Tuesday. Trump, whose fortune comes from real estate development, came into office carrying a broad family business portfolio that trades…

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Fiat Chrysler Names Jeep Boss to Replace CEO Stricken with Illness

Mike Manley

Reuters   Fiat Chrysler named on Saturday its Jeep division boss, Mike Manley, to take over immediately for Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne, who is seriously ill after suffering major complications following surgery. The carmaker said British-born Manley, who also takes responsibility for the North America region, will push ahead with…

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Google, Microsoft, Facebook And Twitter Reveal ‘Data Transfer’ Partnership

Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft

by Eric Leiberman   Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook are teaming up to provide users with the capability of transferring data across platforms and services, the latter two social media giants announced Friday morning. After heightened concerns over data utilization (even exploitation and manipulation), companies appear to be trying to…

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Hardly ‘Crumbs’: Cookie Maker Hires Five Workers, Raises Pay, Expands Production Under Tax Cuts

Joseph Semprevivo

by Rachel del Guidice   The overhaul of the tax code by congressional Republicans didn’t produce just crumbs for the business of a popular cookie maker based in Florida. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has meant hiring, raises, investment in new equipment, and expanded operations, he says. “It has had…

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Occupational Licensing Reform: A Bipartisan Blueprint for Helping Low-Income Workers

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by Alex Muresianu   A new report from the University of Wisconsin-Madison comparing employment between Minnesota and Wisconsin after Minnesota raised its minimum wage found that Minnesotan workers saw a decline in employment, especially for young, inexperienced, and low-skilled workers, as employment in Wisconsin rose. Despite this evidence reaffirming that the minimum wage can hurt…

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Three Ways Milton Friedman Improved the Field of Economics

Milton Friedman

by Luis Pablo De La Horra   Milton Friedman is probably the most important free-market thinker of the twentieth century. His ideas in defense of capitalism and economic freedom had an enormous influence on the shift towards free-market policies that took place from the 1970s onwards. Countries like the UK, China,…

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President Trump’s Fuel-Efficiency Reality Check Revs Up the American Economy

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by Derrick Hollie   Despite rampant speculation that President Donald Trump’s trade policy might increase some car prices, how his regulatory relief agenda may lower sticker prices and increase safety goes largely ignored. How did this happen? The Trump administration is revising the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards imposed on automakers…

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In Another Blow to Iran’s Faltering Economy, Shipping Giant CMA CGM Announces Exit, Citing US Sanctions

CMA CGM Shipping

Reuters   One of the world’s biggest cargo shippers announced Saturday that it was pulling out of Iran for fear of becoming entangled in U.S. sanctions, and President Hassan Rouhani demanded that European countries to do more to offset the U.S. measures. The announcement by France’s CMA CGM that it was…

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Conservatives Team Up with Immigrants to Tackle Costly New Jersey ‘Hair Braiding’ Regulation

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by Elias Atienza   The New Jersey state chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is helping West African immigrants lobby the New Jersey legislature to change cosmetology requirements. West African immigrants, usually women, operate hair-braiding businesses that are essentially illegal, since state regulations require these workers to get a license, WNYC reported Monday.…

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How Restrictive Labor Laws Keep Puerto Rico’s Economy Down

Puerto Rico

by Rachel Greszler   An economic crisis has engulfed Puerto Rico. The Financial Oversight Management Board, a federally-mandated advisory group, has worked to help Puerto Rico deal with its financial crisis and establish policies that will lead to long-run growth. The board says Puerto Rico must reform its labor market to…

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Tennessee’s Zealous Barber Licensing Board Sued for ‘Irrelevant Requirements’

Elias Zarate

Those looking for a swifter path to becoming a barber in Tennessee just might find relief. The Tennessee Board of Cosmetology and Barbers Examiners is under fire for what twenty-five year-old Elias Zarate is calling “irrelevant requirements” associated with obtaining a Barber license – namely, a high school diploma. Born…

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Malware Discovered Pre-Installed On Android Devices Including Chinese Company ZTE

Smartphones

by Kyle Perisic   An anti-virus company has discovered malware comes pre-installed on Android phones, including on ZTE phones — a Chinese phone company with ties to the Chinese government. “Thousands of users are affected” by the ad-related malware, or adware, according to Avast, the Czech anti-virus company, in its…

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Bredesen-Backed Company Silicon Ranch Has History of Ethics Issues

Bredesen Solar Ranch

If Tennessee voters send former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen to the U.S. Senate this fall then Bredesen will step down as chair Silicon Ranch, a company he founded that has ethics problems. Silicon Ranch Corporation helps finance the construction of solar arrays. According to the Tennessean, Silicon Ranch owns or…

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Nashville Firm Files Class Action Lawsuit Against United Community Bank For Alleged Improper Overdraft Fee Practices

United Community Bank for Alleged Improper Overdraft Fee

Nashville, Tennessee-based law firm Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings has filed a class action lawsuit against Georgia-headquartered regional bank United Community Bank, which has locations in three additional states, including Tennessee. BS&J filed the lawsuit with Cohen & Malad, LLP of Indianapolis, Indiana. The suit was filed in the United States…

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