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As we near the end of 2010, Ohio’s suffering job market continues to brew economic turmoil across the state.

 As a small business owner, it is disappointing to watch jobs and businesses flee from our state when there are so many ways we can improve the business climate. I know firsthand how a burdensome business climate hinders job creation and economic development, and throughout this General Assembly, I have fought to make Ohio’s business climate more competitive. Unfortunately, due to political gamesmanship, we are still at square one.

Nine years ago, the world we all knew changed when America was viciously attacked on our home soil. 

The Toledo-Lucas County Housing Trust Fund is locked in a battle for its existence with the Bell administration and city council.

The Lucios, a large migrant farm family, simply wanted to live their version of the American Dream. They found it each summer in the farm fields of Northwest Ohio. Then each of seven children found out there's even more to be had, but it starts with a close-knit family.

This General Assembly, the people of Ohio have experienced a roller coaster of triumphs and struggles.

Updated: Roll Call is reporting today that PMA Founder Paul Magliocchetti was arrested and charged with making hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of fraudulent campaign contributions to members of Congress.

Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez was visibly sweating in the evening heat Thursday night, as she furiously worked the patio outside El Camino Real, where she was celebrating a "40-something" birthday with more than 100 of her closest Democratic pals at a political fundraiser.

But she also was feeling the heat of a furious rumor: that the widow of the incumbent she beat four years ago plans to wage a Republican write-in campaign to unseat her.

Toledo’s mayor did the sensible thing when he recently broke a tie vote among city council on a non-binding resolution calling on Congress and the president to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

A federal judge blocked parts of Arizona’s controversial immigration law last week, but Toledo City Council is still debating the issue in the form of a non-binding resolution—even after Mayor Mike Bell broke a tie vote to send the resolution to defeat. Instead, another councilman took up the cause, then redrafted and reintroduced a resolution Tuesday night.

There are only a handful of days throughout the year that we honor the sacrifices of our servicemen and women, with barely any time devoted to their families.

It only takes a quick review of Ohio’s economy to see that the state is in trouble.

Here in Ohio, farming represents a vital component of our economy and ensures the livelihood of a number of Ohioans. Agriculture ranks as Ohio’s largest industry, which is an indicator of its importance to the well-being of our communities as well as to Ohio’s economic success.

Toledo's mayor did the sensible thing when he broke a tie vote on a non-binding resolution calling on Congress and the president to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

A pair of big decisions coming on Tuesday are burning behind the scenes like a vacant home in the Old South End. One involves the controversial issue of immigration, while the other could mean more new taxes for TPS homeowners.

Ohioans have long felt the effects of the downturn in our state’s economy. With unemployment in the double digits for the 14th consecutive month, the vitality of our communities is being challenged and the wellbeing of our families compromised.

As small wind turbines started to dot the metro Toledo landscape outside schools, the zoo, and other public institutions, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur declared that she envisioned Northwest Ohio one day would become "the Saudi Arabia of wind." So what happened?!?

Northwest Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is under fire for federal earmarks. But is it bringing home the bacon or pork-barrel politics at its worst?

Lost among the week's headlines are the stern words of Toledo Police Chief Mike Navarre, who's vehemently opposed to a proposed racial profiling ordinance now before city council, which received an earful at a public hearing Tuesday on all things immigration-related.

With the passing of our nation’s Independence Day, it is hard to forget those who have fought to maintain that independence through the years.

Muddy and Spike may sound more like a Saturday morning cartoon, but once the pair of high-speed, high-efficiency cargo cranes swing into action this summer, the Austrian-made twins will transform Toledo’s docks forever.

As you celebrate the unofficial halfway point of summer with barbecues, camping, fireworks and a myriad of other events, please take a moment to say a silent prayer for our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who make each Independence Day possible.

Now that Toledo Public Schools is the latest governmental unit to avoid budgetary catastrophe with a short-term financial fix, the board of education, Lucas County Commissioners, and the Bell administration all are talking long-term, lasting change. There needs to be less talk and more action.

As Toledo City Council gets set to debate a proposed resolution opposing Arizona’s controversial immigration law, another piece of proposed legislation that would ban interfering with civil rights and prohibit racial profiling is entering that same arena.