Our team recently wrapped up a series of community conversations across Ohio, in an attempt to answer the question: What would it look like if your community was vibrant for everyone?

Over the last week, we’ve continued our journey across the state with meetings in Warren, Akron, Stow, Cleveland, and Euclid. Now that we’ve asked Ohioans in 9 different cities about what their communities might look like if they were thriving for everyone, we’re starting to see common themes emerge. Here’s a rough look at what we’ve found.

When I was an editor at the Akron Beacon Journal not long ago, the sports editor dropped by with something new every few weeks. It could be a watch, a podcast, a phone, an electronic notebook, recording pen, something that made cool beeps, or perhaps Angry Birds.

Pre-K funding in Ohio increased by more than $4 million in 2017, ultimately serving 11 percent of the state’s 4-year-olds and less than 1 percent of 3-year-olds — numbers that are well below the national averages of 33 and 5 percent, respectively.

After Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown faced a $6 million attack campaign funded by anonymous donors in 2012, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington complained to the FEC that Crossroads GPS, a major conservative nonprofit, should have to disclose its donors. When the FEC dismissed the complaint, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sued in 2016. On Aug. 3, the D.C. Circuit Court agreed with CREW, and gave the agency 45 days to adopt a new rule.

In the coming days, the Senate will pass a package of legislation to fight the opioid crisis. And in that legislation, I worked with my Republican colleague, Senator Capito of West Virginia, to include important provisions to support Ohio efforts. 

Bank executives shouldn’t be allowed to scam hardworking families to pay for a CEO’s yacht. But that’s what’s happening as expensive, unexpected overdraft fees are costing too many Americans. 

We need strong tools to guard against national security threats to our technology from countries like China. That’s why I’ve spent this year working with my Republican counterpart on the Banking Committee, Senator Mike Crapo, to strengthen the tools the U.S. uses to block national security t…

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