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August 11, 2017  New Report: Manufacturing Accounts for 18% of Ohio’s GNP
How important is manufacturing in Ohio? The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association “2017 Ohio Manufacturing Counts” report notes that the industry provides 700,000 jobs for Ohio workers and an annual payroll of $39 billion, with $50 billion in products to 213 countries and territories.
Manufacturing, the report says, is the largest of the 20 sectors of Ohio’s economy.
Ohio’s manufacturing sector would be more robust had the GOP not scaled back green-energy requirements put in place under then-Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat. Under Strickland, Ohio manufacturers ramped up production of components needed to supply green energy, especially solar and wind power. Experts argue that the reduced green-energy requirements and continued uncertainty about them are hurting Ohio’s green-collar jobs.

August 8, 2017 Government report finds drastic impact of climate change on U.S. NYT:
“The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration. The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies, which has not yet been made public, concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and that the ability to predict the effects is limited.”

August 7, 2017 On Fri./day, Martin Shkreli, the “most hated man in America,” was found guilty. Shkreli, the judge ruled, fraudulently shuttled money from Retrophin — a pharmaceutical corporation he created — to repay investors in two hedge funds he administered. But where is the justice for the cancer and HIV patients who saw the price of Daraprim jump from $13.50 to $750.00 for a single tablet? They received none.

Here’s the truth of the matter. There’s nothing unusual about inflating drug prices to boost shareholder profits. There’s nothing out of the ordinary about hedge funds driving health care decisions. And there’s nothing illegal about raising the price of a medication that’s been around for decades, just to make a quick buck. That’s why it’s time to change the rules.

One way to start is to require Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices, a proposal supported by four out of five people. This would drive down drug prices for Medicare recipients and everyone else as well. The U.S. Government is one of the world’s largest buyers of prescription drugs. It’s time we demand a better deal from big pharmaceutical companies.

We believe medications are a public good, and should b e available to everyone in our country. The public pays for much of the research to develop prescription medications. There’s simply no reason private drug corporations should be raking in exorbitant profits at our expense. Tell Congress: We demand Medicare be required to negotiate prices with drug corporations. It’s time to put people before profit.

July 31,2017 Dem campaign chief vows no litmus test on abortion
Democrats will not withhold financial support for candidates who oppose abortion rights, the chairman of the party’s campaign arm in the House said in an interview with The Hill.

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) said there will be no litmus tests for candidates as Democrats seek to find a winning roster to win back the House majority in 2018. READ MORE.

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