Blog Posts For The Week Of July 19, 2014 Through July 25, 2014

Release: NFIB/Ohio Announces Additional Endorsements for the November General Election
By Gongwer Staff
Posted: July, 25 2014 2:42 PM

COLUMBUS, July 25, 2014 – The political action committee of the National Federation of Independent Business/Ohio, the state’s leading small business association, today announced additional endorsements of the following candidates for election to the Ohio legislature this November:

           Gayle Manning (North Ridgeville) for Ohio’s 13th Senate District

           Bob Peterson (Sabina) for Ohio’s 17th Senate District

           Kris Jordan (Ostrander) for Ohio’s 19th Senate District

           Jay Hottinger (Newark) for Ohio’s 31st Senate District

           Ron Amstutz (Wooster) for Ohio’s 1st House District

           Mark Romanchuk (Ontario) for Ohio’s 2nd District

           Tim Brown (Bowling Green) for Ohio’s 3rd House District

           Bob Cupp (Lima) for Ohio’s 4th House District

           Tim Ginter (Salem) for Ohio’s 5th House District

           Marlene Anielski (Walton Hills) for Ohio’s 6th House District

           Mike Dovilla (Berea) for Ohio’s 7th House District

           Nan Baker (Westlake) for Ohio’s 16th House District

           Michael Stinziano (Columbus) for Ohio’s 18th House District

           Anne Gonzales (Westerville) for Ohio’s 19th House District

           Mike Duffey (Worthington) for Ohio’s 21st House District

           Cheryl Grossman (Grove City) for Ohio’s 23rd House District

           Jonathan Dever (Cincinnati) for Ohio’s 28th House District

           Louis Blessing III (Cincinnati) for Ohio’s 29th House District

           Louis Terhar (Cincinnati) for Ohio’s 30th House District

           Tony DeVitis (Green) for Ohio’s 36th House District

           Kristina Roegner (Hudson) for Ohio’s 37th House District

           Marilyn Slaby (Copley) for Ohio’s 38th House District

           Mike Henne (Clayton) for Ohio’s 40th House District

           Jim Butler (Oakwood) for Ohio’s 41st House District

           Jeffery Rezabek (Clayton) for Ohio’s 43rd House District

           Stephen Slesnick (Canton) for Ohio’s 49th House District

           Christina Hagan (Alliance) for Ohio’s 50th House District

           Tim Derickson (Oxford) for Ohio’s 53rd House District

           Paul Zeltwanger (Mason) for Ohio’s 54th House District

           Nathan Manning (North Ridgeville) for Ohio’s 55th House District

           Terry Boose (Norwalk) for Ohio’s 57th House District

           George Phillips (Willoughby) for Ohio’s 60th House District

           Ron Young (Leroy Township) for Ohio’s 61st House District

           John Becker (Cincinnati) for Ohio’s 65th House District

           Doug Green (Mount Orab) for Ohio’s 66th House District

           Andy Brenner (Powell) for Ohio’s 67th House District

           Steve Hambley (Brunswick) for Ohio’s 69th House District

           Scott Ryan (Newark) for Ohio’s 71st House District

           Bill Hayes (Pataskala) for Ohio’s 72nd House District

           Rick Perales (Beavercreek) for Ohio’s 73rd House District

           Bob Hackett (London) for Ohio’s 74th House District

           Sarah LaTourette (Bainbridge Township) for Ohio’s 76th House District

           Ron Hood (Ashville) for Ohio’s 78th House District

           Stephen Huffman (Tipp City) for Ohio’s 80th House District

           Jim Buchy (Greenville) for Ohio’s 84th House District

           Nino Vitale (Urbana) for Ohio’s 85th House District

           Jeff McClain (Upper Sandusky) for Ohio’s 87th House District

           Bill Reineke, Jr. (Tiffin) for Ohio’s 88th House District

           Terry Johnson (McDermott) for Ohio’s 90th House District

           Andy Thompson (Marietta) for Ohio’s 95th House District

           Ron Ferguson (Wintersville) for Ohio’s 96th House District

           Brian Hill (Zanesville) for Ohio’s 97th House District

           Al Landis (Dover) for Ohio’s 98th House District

“Small businesses are the traditional job creators in our state and nation. The more than 25,000 NFIB members across Ohio participate in a member driven process to identify those candidates who believe in the free enterprise system and support our members ability to own, operate and grow their businesses,” said Vice President/Executive Director of NFIB/Ohio Roger R. Geiger.

“Our members continue to engage in the electoral process because they recognize just how important the policy decisions made by legislators in the Ohio statehouse are to the future of our state. We’re excited about the slate of additional candidates we’re endorsing throughout Ohio. Through their answers to our candidate questionnaire and interviews with our members, we know they have an understanding of what it will take to maintain and continue our state’s economic comeback through business growth and job creation.”

Release: Ohio Statehouse to mark World War I centennial
By Gongwer Staff
Posted: July, 25 2014 2:41 PM

(COLUMBUS, OH)—The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I with an exhibit of American recruitment posters from the Great War titled “America Mobilizes for War.” The exhibit will run Monday, July 28, through Friday, August 29, 2014 in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse.

CSRAB— in coordination with the “The United States World War One Centennial Commission” and the commission’s Ohio working group—developed the exhibit to highlight the United States’ involvement in the Great War and to commemorate the war that changed the trajectory of the 20th century and ultimately led to further global conflict 21 years later.


“The Ohio Statehouse is committed to the goal of the commission to educate citizens on the causes and outcomes of World War I. I must say, the current confrontations in Eastern Europe and the Middle East have roots in the First World War; today’s world was forged by the hammer of the Great War,” said William Carleton, CSRAB executive director.

World War I started when Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia July 28, 1914, setting in motion a series of events that would ultimately engulf the world in war.


The Central Powers consisted of the German Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the beginning of the war. The Ottoman Empire joined the Central Powers later in 1914. In 1915, the Kingdom of Bulgaria joined the alliance.

The Entente or Allied Powers were comprised of the French Republic, the British Empire and the Russian Empire prior to 1917. In 1917 the Allied Powers expanded to include the Unites States of America, Italy and Japan. More information on the centennial celebration and “The United States World War One Centennial Commission” can be found at

Visit the Ohio Statehouse to commemorate the start of the World War I centennial and explore the posters that helped mobilize the United States for war in April of 1917. For more information about the Ohio Statehouse, please, visit

Letter: Concept Schools Responds To Charter Allegations
By Gongwer Staff
Posted: July, 22 2014 3:15 PM

As educators, we believe that nothing is more fundamental to our students’ futures than the education they receive today. That means providing high-quality, college prep curriculum, but it also means ensuring safe, secure and professional learning environments for students and faculty. This commitment to serving our students and families to the best of our ability is just as strong now as it was when we, as an organization, established our first school in 1999.

Since then, we have worked hard – hand-in-hand with teachers, parents and community leaders – to ensure our students are prepared for the brightest futures, and along the way to earn the trust and confidence of our parents, local leaders and most of all – our students. And when troubling claims are made about our schools, as they recently were made by former employees, we take them very seriously.

To be clear: these claims do not represent or reflect the high standards we hold for our organization. We have already begun to conduct an internal review, and will also take a close look at our processes and operations. We are in close communication with local and state officials, and we have every intention of cooperating fully with any external review.

Recognizing the trust that is placed in us and the responsibilities we have as educators, our focus and commitment remains where it belongs: on our students. We look forward to these issues being resolved and working with local officials to ensure our students are getting the kind of educational experience they deserve.

Salim Ucan

Vice President

Concept Schools

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