Political briefs – July 21

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YOST ENDORSES KASICH – Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost recently endorsed Governor John R. Kasich for President.

“Results and leadership – that’s what America is yearning for, and what Governor Kasich brings,” Yost said. “Ohio went from tailspin to success under his bold, reform-minded leadership. And the last time John was in Washington, he doggedly prodded the careerists into a balanced budget – and America entered into one of its greatest bursts of prosperity ever. Today, our challenges are even more pressing, and we need a leader who has been there before and gotten the job done. John Kasich is the guy.”

HUSTED NAMES CYNTHIA TUTTLE TO THE MORGAN COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced he has appointed Cynthia Sue Tuttle to the Morgan County Board of Elections. Ms. Tuttle will complete the unexpired term of Wanda Curtis.

State law requires bipartisan representation on each of Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections. Each board is made up of two Republican members and two Democratic members, all of whom must be qualified electors in the counties for which they serve. The Secretary of State makes appointments to boards of elections based on the recommendations of the executive committees of the respective county political parties.

Cynthia Tuttle was recommended by the Morgan County Republican Executive Committee.

BROWN URGES PRESIDENT OBAMA TO FINALIZE NEW RULE TO RAISE OVERTIME PAY FOR MILLIONS OF WORKERS – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today led a letter to President Barack Obama in support of the Administration’s plan to expand the number of workers eligible for overtime pay and finalize the rule without delay. Currently, the overtime salary threshold is $23,660 annually. Under the new rule, workers earning $50,440 annually would be eligible for overtime pay.

“Our economy has been built on the simple idea that if you work hard you can succeed. But for decades, employers have taken advantage of overtime rules to avoid paying workers the wages they have earned, making it tough to succeed even if you work hard,” said Brown. “The proposed overtime regulations would put a stop to that abuse to ensure that workers get extra pay for extra work. I urge the administration to finalize it as quickly as possible.”

The letter was sent by U.S. Sen. Brown along with nearly 150 Democrats in both the Senate and House, including U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA-03). According to the White House, nearly five million workers – including 160,000 in Ohio – will be newly eligible for overtime pay within the first year of implementation.

In January, Brown joined a group of 25 Senators in calling on the White House to increase the overtime pay threshold to include workers earning $1,090 per week and index the overtime threshold to inflation.


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