Thursday, 20 July 2017 11:56

Ralph Regula Dies At 92

Reaction pouring in to the news Ralph Regula died at the age of 92.

The Navarre native was a 36-year veteran of Congress before he retired in 2009, leaving behind a legacy worth hundreds of millions of dollars through his influence as a leading member of the House Appropriations Committee. The Republican Regula and Akron Democrat colleague John Seiberling proved to be a powerful combination in the creation of the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area in the 70s, now standing as one of the most-visited sites in the country as the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Regula and his wife Mary were also untiring advocates for the legacy of Canton's President William McKinley, even to the point of calling then-President Barack Obama a "dictator" for changing the name of Mount McKinkley National Park to Denali National Park to recognize native names for America's highest peak in Alaska.

Regula was known best as a political moderate who fought for social programs as well as fiscally-conservative policies, and was unafraid to reach across the aisle to seek agreement with opponents. Among those reacting is Attorney General Mike DeWine, who served in Congress with Regula, who called him a "model of a dedicated public servant" who even preferred to be called a "representative to Congress" rather than Congressman.

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(U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown) "Without Ralph, there would be no Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Without Ralph and Mary, there would be no First Ladies Historic Site in Canton. Those are just two bookends on an incredible life dedicated to public service. "Ralph was kind, effective, and always delivered for Ohio. I knew him well after our 15 years serving together, and loved every opportunity to see him. With his vote against NAFTA and so many others, Ralph put the working people of Ohio ahead of Washington politics. "Connie and I send our deepest condolences to Mary and their family. He'll be missed."

(U.S. Senator Rob Portman) "I was so sorry to hear of Ralph Regula's passing. What a great American. I am, today, offering my condolences to Mary and his entire family. Ralph Regula was small in stature but a giant of a man. An amazing public servant, he served in the United States Navy, and then he served in the United States House of Representatives for three decades. He loved Ohio, and he loved his hometown Nevarre, Ohio. He was a great champion for education. That was one his real passions. He and Mary both were tireless in their advocacy that everyone have the opportunity to get ahead through a good education. We're going to miss Ralph. He leaves a big void in Northeast Ohio—and our state and our country—and we offer our condolences to the family and hope that Ralph Regula's model of legislating—working on both sides of the aisle and getting things done—will be something that others can emulate."

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(Secretary of State Jon Husted) “With the passing of Ralph Regula, Ohio has lost a devoted public servant and leader. From his days at the Ohio Statehouse to his many years on Capitol Hill, Ralph set a standard for service and dignity that we should all aspire to achieve. In addition to being a model public servant, he was also a devoted husband and father. Tina and I send our thoughts and prayers to his family at this time.”

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(State Auditor Dave Yost) “Ralph Regula was a true public servant, a man who put community above self. For 36 years, Ralph worked tirelessly in Congress to build relationships, forge consensus and break through bureaucracy to improve lives. His advocacy for Ohio was legend. Darlene and I extend our condolences to the Regula family.”

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(Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine) "Fran and I extend our deepest sympathy to Mary Regula, and to the children and grandchildren of former Congressman Ralph Regula. "Ralph was the model of a dedicated public servant. Instead of being called a Congressman, he preferred the term ‘representative to Congress.’ And throughout his 36 years in the U.S. House, he represented the people of Stark County and northeast Ohio incredibly well."His sense of public stewardship is reflected in the many projects he worked on including the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area, the Ohio and Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor, the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, the University of Mount Union and Stark State College."He and his wife, Mary, were the driving forces behind the National First Ladies Library in Canton, which honors the contributions of America’s First Ladies."With his senior position on the Appropriations Committee, and his role as the ‘Dean’ of the Ohio Delegation to Congress, he was a very effective advocate for our great state. There were many times I would go to him to ask for help on matters impacting other parts of Ohio and he always fought for them."Ralph Regula never forgot where he came from, and loved to return to his farm in Stark County. "Fran and I will miss our friend, but know that his legacy will live on through his family and the many public projects he was a part of." 

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 09:03

AUDIO: Sen. Brown On Healthcare Divide

The revised healthcare bill continues to be split down party lines, though some in the GOP are not exactly falling in line with their counterparts, either.

Senator Sherrod Brown joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to break down the mood in Washington, at least on his side of the spectrum. Senator Brown believes the revised healthcare bill, spearheaded by Mitch McConnell, is nothing more than “a tax cut bill” that will only help those the rich. Brown says cutting Medicaid will hurt those in states like Ohio getting treatments for opioids.

In addition to healthcare, Senator Brown discussed cyber threats and President Trump’s travel ban, which he does not believe was executed properly and could be considered illegal.

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 08:57

AUDIO: Sen. Brown On Alexandria Shootings

On Wednesday, GOP members of Congress were shot at on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, which caused a few injuries, including wounds to House Whip Steve Scalise. The Republicans were practicing for a charity baseball game at Nationals Park, with the Democrats warming up at a field a few miles away.

It was decided the game will go on. Current US senator and former member of the Democrat baseball team, Sherrod Brown, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the shooting. Brown wants something to be done about the violence in the country, and hopes President Trump can be “more of a healer and not a divider” in times like these.

As far as the charity baseball game goes, Brown says the game must go on, believing a cancellation of it would “look cowardly."

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News out of Washington over the last week has been divisive and partisan, and politicians from both sides have not been shy to weigh in.

One of those politicians is Ohio senator Sherrod Brown, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show on Thursday. As for the recent firing of FBI director James Comey, Brown questions the timing of Comey’s firing, calling it “troubling.” Brown also believes it's “pretty clear" about the ties between President Trump and Russia.

Commenting on the new healthcare bill, the Ohio senator says he has “no idea” what will happen as time goes on, but will “fight like hell” to oppose the bill. He also shared his thoughts on NAFTA and the airline industry.

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President Trump’s overhaul of the Affordable Care Act has been met with loud scrutiny, especially here in our backyard.

Senator Sherrod Brown joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss what he and fellow senator Rob Portman have on their plates. Brown and Portman, along with Governor Kasich, teamed up to combat what is colloquially known as “Trumpcare.” Brown believes the new healthcare plan will benefit the 2% while taking insurance away from 20 million people.

The Ohio senators have also teamed up with Bob Dole to go over trade policies that affect Ohioans.

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Thursday, 08 December 2016 09:05

AUDIO: Sen. Brown On John Glenn, Democrat Party

Every so often, US Senator Sherrod Brown joins the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss a slew of topics, at both the local and national level.

Senator Brown discussed a potential showdown between the Democrats and President-Elect Trump on the protection of Medicare and social security. Speaking of the Democrats, what is next for the party? Brown maintains his faith in the party, which opted to keep Nancy Pelosi as minority leader over Ohio congressman Tim Ryan.

The senator from Ohio also shared his thoughts on the declining health of another former senator, John Glenn.

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A week has passed since Donald Trump became president-elect of the United States, and the transition period has begun. The transition isn’t just the changing of the guard in the executive branch, but the GOP takeover in the Senate and House.

Senator Sherrod Brown joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to share his thoughts on the election. Being a Democrat, Brown has reservations for Trump’s cabinet, which includes right-wing media magnate Steve Bannon, but says he will help the transition in any way he can. However, he is not in favor of building walls or deporting immigrants and Muslims.

Senator Brown’s name, as well as Rep. Tim Ryan’s, has been floating around in terms of fresh leadership in the Democrat Party. Though he is flattered, Brown says his focus is not on a leadership position, but on Ohio, and wants to lead on issues such as trade and Medicaid.

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Monday, 01 August 2016 05:52

Pry Mourned

Reaction to the passing of Summit County Executive Russ Pry was quick on Sunday; Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said he would "...miss his leadership and his ability to bring people together" and credited Pry's personality to bring people together.

Congressman Tim Ryan calls Pry "...first and foremost...a dear friend, a thoughtful, compassionate human being who always put the good of the people ahead of politics."

Senator Sherrod Brown noted Pry's loss is "...will be felt by all those whose lives were made better by his service to his community.”

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Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan: “I’ve lost a great friend much too early. We will all miss his leadership and his ability to bring people together. Russ had an uncanny knack for empathizing and identifying with all people, regardless of their age, race, gender, orientation or creed, making him well-loved by all. Personally, I will miss his friendship, his quick wit and his invaluable advice.”

U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan: "Russ first and foremost was a dear friend, a thoughtful, compassionate human being who always put the good of the people ahead of politics.

I have never seen a better leader than Russ Pry, who made local government work efficiently and effectively for the people he represented. He had no ego and always brought people together to make lives better for ordinary people.There is a huge hole in Summit County today and a huge hole in my heart as well--one that can never be filled. But we can all learn from how Russ conducted himself; always with humility, always responsibly and, for those of us in public life, always making sure government was creating opportunity for those who were looking to get ahead in life.Andrea and I extend our deepest sympathies to Russ' family and his amazing group of friends and coworkers who know better than anyone the amazing gifts that Russ brought to the people of Summit County.He was a friend, a leader, a generous and brilliant public servant lost too soon."

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown: “Connie and I are saddened to hear of Russ’s passing and offer our deepest sympathies to his family and the Summit County community. His loss will be felt by all those whose lives were made better by his service to his community.”

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper: “Ohio Democrats’ hearts are heavy today as we mourn the passing of our friend, Summit County Executive Russ Pry. Russ loved the people of Summit County and served them with an open heart and generous spirit, always fighting for progressive values. He was a great champion for Summit County Democrats, and he helped nurture the current generation of Democratic leaders. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.”

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 10:04

AUDIO Brown To Trump: Where Were You?

Now that Hillary Clinton is the nominee -- time for Democrats to rally the troops. Put Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown in that corner. Brown spoke with Ohio's Democratic delegation this morning on day 3 of the RNC. He says 90% of Bernie Sanders supporters poll in favor of Clinton, and thinks most will come on board by November.

The Cleveland Democrat wasn't shy about taking on Donald Trump on the issue of free trade and economic growth, noting that while Trump was scheduled for Toledo today it was the Democrats who saved auto manufacturing jobs. He also bashed Trump for portrayiing himself as a friend of working Americans with deep reservations about trade deals, noting many of the products bearing the Trump name aren't even made in the United States and much of Trump's wealth was based on business overseas.

 

Brown also described himself as "honored" going through the vetting for consideration as running mate, the post that eventually went to fellow Senator Tim Kaine, whom Brown describes as one of his closest friends in the Senate.

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Though he was 79 years old, the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia shocked the world. Now that there is an opening in the court, the controversy over who will be nominated for that spot continues to circle.

Senator Sherrod Brown joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about Justice Scalia’s legacy and what President Obama plans to do next.

In addition to Scalia, Senator Brown also shared his thoughts on the auto industry, which he says "is stronger than it’s been in a decade.”

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US Senator Sherrod Brown is a frequent guest on the Ray Horner Morning Show, and will answer a variety of questions. Today’s focus was on the continued outbreak of the opioid addictions across Ohio and the country.

Senator Brown believes the government is trying to head off the opioid addictions off at the pass, especially with more education in the field in recent years. Still, the senator thinks Ohio does not have enough treatment centers, and wishes to scale up treatment centers.

In addition to the topic at hand, Senator Brown shared his thoughts on the recent New Hampshire primaries and why the voters seem to be gravitating toward Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

Also, the senator believes the Cleveland Indians, with the strength of their starting rotation, will be in the playoffs this season.

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The question whether to take in the Syrian refugees or not is split directly down party lines with no sign of compromise.

Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, sides with his party, believing a Republican embargo on the refugees is based on fear and not facts. The Ohio senator joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the vetting process with refugees and how the American people can be educated on the issue.

Sen. Brown also believes there's "demagoguery" on the part of the Right.

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