Today, nearly 350 newspapers across the country came together to stand up for a #FreePress and defend the First Amendment in editorials. Here’s what Ohioans are reading across our state →
“We are indeed your lens into your community. We are not your enemy. Unlike some posts on Facebook and other social media sites, we verify our facts before publication. We are not anonymous. We stand by the veracity of our work.” – Chagrin Valley Times…
"Power…belongs to the people. The press thus received extraordinary protection because of its capacity to inform readers and check the powerful." – The Akron Beacon Journal / @ohiodotcom…
“At a time when we should be working with our communities to reform media, we find ourselves having to defend the very idea of a free press.” – @YSNews
“The media exist in a broad and diverse landscape with widely varying styles and viewpoints. What we have in common is a deep and abiding respect for freedom of speech...and our responsibility to report the news fairly and accurately.” – @YourChronicle…
"If not for questioning by professional journalists, would government officials and agencies be as responsive to the public’s concerns? We safeguard your right to know — especially in an election season." – @DispatchAlerts…
“Good reporting often succeeds in righting wrongs and making things better for people. More than anything, it engages citizens in civic and public affairs, & an actively engaged public is just as vital to our democracy as the free press.” – @TheAthensNEWS…
From CityBeat Cincinnati to the Fayette Advocate to the Wapakoneta Daily News, I’m proud to see Ohio’s tenacious, dedicated journalists defending the tremendous work they do.

To all the reporters out there, who defend the freedom of the press every day – thank you. -SB

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Jul 17, 2018
Just last week, a Federal Reserve official said, “There are definitely downside risks, but the strength of the economy is really pretty important at the moment. The fundamentals for the U.S. economy are very strong.”
If you just look at Wall Street, it certainly looks strong – that’s what happens after $1.5 trillion dollars in tax cuts for corporations and wealthy Americans are funneled into stock buybacks and dividends, juicing stock prices.
Meanwhile, the tax bill’s impact beyond Wall Street – on workers who haven’t seen a real raise in years, on young Americans drowning in student loan debt, on families trying to buy their first home – is an open question at best.
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Mar 7, 2018
If we want to help community banks, why not just help community banks? If we want to help credit unions, why not just help credit unions? If we want to help regionals, why not just help regionals? Why do the big banks get to have more, more, more? #DoddFrankRollback
What has Wells Fargo done to deserve an ounce of leniency? This is a bank that created more than 3.5 million fake accounts, including more than 1,500 in Ohio. And yet the bank wants more, more, more.
What has HSBC done to deserve any special treatment? Just since the crisis, the Department of Justice prosecuted the bank for laundering money on behalf of the Sinaloa drug cartel.
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Dec 8, 2017
.@jctgov confirmed GOP tax bill will add $1tril to the federal deficit, even after accounting for economic growth. We know that will force automatic cuts to Medicare - but what else will be slashed to pay for tax cuts to corporations that send jobs overseas?
Here are just a few:
Border Security: @CustomsBorder's operations and support will be cut by $1.3 billion. That makes U.S. borders less secure overall and takes critical resources away from Customs and Border Patrol officers working to keep fentanyl from entering Ohio communities.
Support for Ohio farmers: More than $18 billion would be cut from programs that help Ohio farmers do everything from stabilize farm prices to protect Lake Erie.
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Nov 20, 2017
Here’s what we learned last week about the Senate GOP tax proposal during last week’s Finance Committee hearings:
1. On Tuesday, a tax expert confirmed to Senator Brown that the bill actually encourages corporations to outsource jobs.
2. We learned the GOP had slipped a provision into their bill to repeal ACA, a move @USCBO said will actually take away $338B that currently goes toward helping working families afford their insurance to help pay for corporate tax cuts to the same companies who outsource US jobs.
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Sep 26, 2017
The recent fake account scandal at Wells Fargo and the data breach at Equifax have brought to light so-called “forced arbitration.”
These clauses, tucked in the fine print, force Ohioans to sign away their rights to access the court system if they are cheated.
Thankfully, the @CFPB, the @CMSGov, and @usedgov took action to protect consumers.
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