Politics Nice guys don’t finish last. They take a job with the Ohio Chamber
Progressives Blast GOP Calls to End $300 Weekly Unemployment: 'Greed Has No Bounds'
"Raise your wages. Pay decent benefits," Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted, describing it as a "simple solution."GOP lawmakers and the Chamber of Congress, a pro-business lobby group that generally backs Republican candidates, blamed extra federal unemployment payments approved by Congress in the American Rescue Plan for the significantly less than expected job growth in April. The Department of Labor released the April jobs report on Friday, showing that the economy added just 266,000 jobs last month despite predictions that it would be closer to 1 million.
No one would mistakefor a RINO. The Ohio Republican, who retired on Sunday after 10 years representing suburban Columbus, the National Republican Congressional Committee. Yet Stivers’ unfailing politeness and willingness to work with Democrats when they saw eye to eye meant he was one of the better liked politicians on the Hill.
Stivers thought about running for Ohio’s open Senate seat but,, ultimately decided against it. Instead, he’s heading to the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. Heard on the Hill asked him about that, whether nice guys finish last in today’s hyperpartisan politics, and where the Republican Party should go from here. This interview has been edited and condensed.
Sami Jo's Podcast: Episode 7 – Becky Kellar
Three-time Olympic Gold medalist Becky Kellar chats with Sami Jo Small about how to reinvent yourself to stay valuable and how to stay at the top of your game. © Provided by Hockey News on Sports Illustrated Becky Kellar is a four-time Olympian medalist with Canada’s national team. She chats with host Becky Kellar about how to adapt and change to stay relevant at the highest level. Kellar also talks about coming back twice after the birth of her sons, how she helped make this process easier for other women, and how teammates and coaches made the journey more memorable.
Q: Who are you going to miss most in Congress?
A:and are two of my closest colleagues. I talked to them almost every day.
Q: And who will you miss least?
A: I’m not sure I even know.
Q: It’s hard to get the co-founder of theto talk smack about anyone. But tell me, why leave now?
A: The job I’m taking at the Ohio Chamber hasn’t been open for 38 years. So, if I wait again, I’ll be 80-some years old. I don’t think I want to wait that long.
Q: Do you think this is a trend? Serious GOP lawmakers jumping ship because they feel they can get more done outside D.C.?
A: I don’t leave bitter in any way. I’ve been in the Army National Guard for 35 years, and I believe in the Cincinnatus model of military and political life. You come in, you make a difference, and you go back to your farm, your life, your hometown. It shouldn’t be forever.
How some NASCAR bettors, DFS players are benefitting from lack of practice, qualifying
The two races on the NASCAR Cup schedule following the Drydene 400 feature a return to the sport‘s traditional rhythm of running practice and qualifying ahead of the main event. That means Sunday‘s race at Dover is the last chance of the month for a certain segment of bettors and DFS players to capitalize on […]All bettors and bookmakers are privy to practice and qualifying data, evening the playing field to a certain degree. Plus, oddsmakers are quick to move their lines after watching how teams perform on that week‘s track, eroding value from the numbers posted earlier in the week.
Q: You’re known as being a civil guy. Did that persona ever work against you on the Hill?
A: You know, people say nice guys finish last. But when you try to do the right thing, and you work hard, you can usually do OK. I’ve gotten 21 things turned into law or regulation in my time here in 10 years. I feel really good about that.
Q: Despite your work with Beatty on the Civility Caucus, it seems Congress has only gotten less civil the last couple of years.
A: Congress represents America pretty well, and the members of Congress represent their districts, and sadly America’s social fabric has been ripped apart. It’s not just here in the halls of Congress, it’s at home during the Thanksgiving dinners or Mother’s Day dinners.
Q: But what can political leaders do to lessen the tension a little bit?
A: The first thing we can do is lead by example. Not trash talk each other, not run each other down, not assume bad motives. Some issues are so divisive, we may never find common ground. We have to start with smaller issues first.
EXPLAINER: How Ohio's Vax-a-Million lottery will work
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With the first drawing for Ohio’s Vax-a-Million lottery system scheduled for May 26, state officials announced a change to the process Monday that will require participants to opt-in. The lottery system unveiled by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine last week will begin next Wednesday and continue for five weeks, offering residents a $1 million prize or a full-ride scholarship to a four-year university in the state. Ohio hadThe lottery system unveiled by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine last week will begin next Wednesday and continue for five weeks, offering residents a $1 million prize or a full-ride scholarship to a four-year university in the state.
Q: What is your take on the state of the GOP, especially after House Republicans oustedfrom leadership for standing up to Donald Trump’s claims about the 2020 election?
A: Obviously, I’d like to see the Republican Party united and moving forward. But I will tell you, if elections are important and the integrity of elections is important, there’s a solution.
We need to be auditing our elections. There are millions of Americans today who don’t believe the 2020 election had integrity. Now, I don’t happen to be one of those. However, I think what they believe matters, and I want to fill the void with facts and not with conjecture. I don’t want to fight this on social media. I’d like to fight it in all of America by auditing every state’s presidential election returns. We could choose to go back to the 2020 election, or we could not.
Every corporation audits their financials every year because it’s important to our shareholders and our economy. I think our presidential election, which happens once every four years, is equally important.
You’d have real accounting firms do it, and test the integrity of cyber connections to some of these machines, and the internal workings of the machines, and all the vendors. That’s the real answer. Going forward, how do we prove to all 320 million Americans that the American election system has integrity? I’d rather focus on that than looking backward and pointing fingers.
How the business lobby created the "labor shortage" myth — and GOP used it to slash benefits
Republican governors weaponized weak jobs report to cut unemployment aid — as the result of a year-long strategy South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 27, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Begun in 1974, CPAC brings together conservative organizations, activists, and world leaders to discuss issues important to them.
Q: Speaking of moving forward, does the Republican Party need to move past Trump to have a better future?
A: Do I think it’s time for a new figure in American politics? Yes. But the voters get to decide that.
Q: You raised quite a bit of money eyeing a Senate bid but didn’t end up running. Why was that?
A: My kids are eight and 11, and I decided it made more sense to go back home and spend more time with them while they’re young, and then someday I may run for office again. Or I may never run for office again. I’m refunding a lot of that money. I’m sending it back to the friends and supporters who sent it to me.
Q: Since you aren’t a culture warrior type, were you worried about winning the GOP primary? Was that a factor in your decision?
A: I’m convinced I could have won. That’s not worth anything, because we’ll never know, but I believe I could have won if I would have gotten in the race.
I feel like I had a really clear lane. Everybody else was from Northeastern Ohio, so I had geography on my side, I had a solid military record on my side, I had legislative experience on my side. I raised more money in 60 days than the declared candidates did. But it has to make sense for your family.
Q: What was the best party or event you ever went to in Washington?
A: I’m not a big party guy.
Q: What about your most memorable moment?
A: I was really honored to go to the 100th anniversary of World War I. My grandfather fought in World War I — we tend to have babies late in our family — so that was really cool.
And then I got a chance to pass a lot of bills that make a difference in people’s lives, whether it’s the National Veterans Memorial and Museum or the Small Business Credit Availability Act or helping women in the military get equipment and uniforms that fit.
There are two reasons to run for office — you either want to be somebody or do something. I ran for office to do something, and I got 21 things done, and I’m proud of it.
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'I bring an equilibrium': Tim Scott steps into the spotlight as he tries to negotiate police reform for Republicans .
Success on police reform could to vault Sen. Tim Scott to the forefront of a party trying to appeal to voters of color. "His position as a Republican, as a person of color, but also somebody who has experienced police discrimination ... I just think for all kinds of reasons, he's really uniquely positioned to broker a compromise to try to get Democrats and Republicans together," said Gibbs Knotts, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at The College of Charleston in Scott's home state. "I think if there's really anyone who can do it, it's somebody like Tim Scott, who I think is generally respected.