ORP Statement on Dems Absurd Additions to COVID-19 Bill OP

Statement from ORP Chairman Jane Timken Regarding
Democrats’ Absurd Additions to COVID-19 Bill
“Sherrod Brown and Ohio Democrats continue putting party over country by refusing to vote for a bill that will give Americans access to essential financial relief in a time of global crisis. We feel strongly that a COVID-19 bill should only include stimulus plans relating to the economic hardship Americans are experiencing as a result of the coronavirus. Instead, elitist Democrats are trying to sneak funding for non-emergency items into the bill, like $35 million for the JFK Center for the Performing Arts and tax credits for wind and solar energy. The Democrats’ true colors have once again shone through.”
List of just a few of the proposed additions to the COVID-19 stimulus bill as proposed by Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats
·     Corporate Board Diversity
·     Airline Emission Standards Increase
·     Study on Climate Change
·     Same Day Voter Registration
·     $35 million for the JFK Center
·     Union Bargaining Powers Increase

ORP Statement on Sherrod Brown’s Refusal to Vote for Trillion Dollar Rescue Package OP

Statement from ORP Chairman Jane Timken Regarding
Sherrod Brown’s Refusal to Vote for Trillion Dollar Stimulus Package
“Senate Republicans attempted to put partisanship to the side by working on a stimulus package that would benefit all Americans in the midst of COVID-19 uncertainty. Senate Democrats, including Ohio’s very own Sherrod Brown, disgraced the American people by voting against the rescue package which included measures such as providing payroll and rent for small businesses, credit to businesses across the country to help them survive, unemployment benefits, and putting cash in people’s pockets. Senator Brown must be rooting for a recession because there is no logical reason as to why he would deny Ohioans access to this much-needed financial relief. Democrats have proven once again they are only interested in playing partisan politics, even in the midst of a global pandemic.”

Statement from ORP Chairman Jane Timken on the Life of Ohio State Representative Don Manning

Statement from ORP Chairman Jane Timken on the Life of Ohio State Representative Don Manning
“Today, Ohio Republicans are mourning the loss of a beloved member of our party, State Representative Don Manning. I was saddened to learn last night of his passing at such a young age. Don was a Veteran, devoted father, public servant, and tireless advocate for the Mahoning Valley. My heart goes out to the Manning family during this difficult time.”

ORP Statement on Dangerous Rhetoric from Sherrod Brown OP

Statement from ORP Chairman Jane Timken Regarding
Dangerous Rhetoric from Sherrod Brown
“Today, Sherrod Brown stated to the Columbus Dispatch that he was, “worried that President Donald Trump will use the delay of Ohio’s primary election as precedent moving the general election in November.” This dangerous language in a time of a national emergency should not be tolerated. We strongly denounce Sherrod for his remarks and we would hope that he focuses on using his platform to share information to his constituents on how to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. President Trump and Governor DeWine are focused on real solutions to flattening the spread of this catastrophic virus. Sherrod needs to do the same.”

ORP Statement on Recommendation of Postponement of Primary Election OP

Columbus, Ohio
Monday March 16, 2020
Statement from Chairman Jane Timken on Postponement of Primary Election
COLUMBUS – “Today, Governor Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Frank LaRose made the recommendation to postpone the primary election that was set to be held tomorrow. This tough recommendation was made in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the integrity and security of our election. We fully support this recommendation, while knowing how difficult this will be on our candidates and their campaigns. We will work with all parties to assist in disseminating information on the new primary date and the new voting rules associated with this change.”

Press Release: Joe Dills Makes False Claims on Political Mail, ORP Issues Cease and Desist

Columbus, Ohio
Wednesday March 11, 2020
Joe Dills Makes False Claims on Political Mail, ORP Issues
Cease and Desist
Inaccurately Claims He Still Holds the Ohio Republican Party’s Endorsement
“COLUMBUS – Joe Dills has recently been sending mail to households in Clermont County with false claims, stating that his campaign is still endorsed by the Ohio Republican Party. The Ohio Republican Party State Central and Executive Committee convened a special meeting on Thursday, February 6 where his endorsement was revoked.
In light of this information, the Ohio Republican Party has issued a cease and desist letter to the Joe Dills campaign.
“Joe Dills has repeatedly lied to the voters of the 65th district. He cheats on his wife, he cheats on his taxes, and now he’s cheating to try to win an election. This is just another case of Mr. Dills displaying an inability to do the right thing,” said Rob Secaur, Ohio Republican Party Executive Director. “Furthermore, we ask that Mr. Dills release a public statement acknowledging that his campaign does not have the ORP endorsement or support of the ORP.”
  • Cease and Desist Letter was sent out by representation on Tuesday, March 10th.
  • See below for the lit piece and cease and desist letter

Chairman’s Update 3-22-2020

Good Evening,
In the interest of public health and safety, Governor DeWine issued a stay-at-home order this afternoon. The order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 23rd and will last until April 6th. Ohioans may still leave their homes to obtain necessary supplies and services, for outdoor activity, for certain types of work, if it is a matter of health and safety, and to care for others.
In the midst of all that is happening in our own state, nation and around the world, we have truly seen great leadership from Governor DeWine and his administration. Consulting with health officials, he took the COVID-19 outbreak seriously from the beginning. His leadership has united Ohioans from both sides of the aisle, and has set an example for other states to follow. Winning praise from multiple news outlets, like The Dayton Daily News, Governor DeWine has shown that leadership is not partisan.
The Cincinnati Enquirer published an article bearing that same praise. Reading along, Ohioans may gain more insight into how and why the Governor has made such bold decisions. It becomes easy to understand how Governor DeWine is an empathetic leader, outlining measures such as the closure of schools and senior centers to protect those very same populations. One thing is clear above all else – Ohio is very lucky to have Governor DeWine leading us in the midst of something we have never before encountered.
ICYMI: I wrote an Op-Ed published in the Columbus Dispatch touching on the tough times Ohioans are going through and the importance of the strict measures taken in Ohio.
Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party
Portman Continues to Fight for Assistance for Ohioans During the Coronavirus Crisis
Last week, Senator Portman voted in support of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides free coronavirus testing, paid sick leave, small business aid and additional help for individuals and families in Ohio and across the nation. The measure has already been signed into law by the President.
Throughout last week, Portman hosted a number of conference calls with outsidestakeholders, such as employers, hospitals and health care providers, foodbanks, small business owners, workers and more. Portman is using the ideas and concerns to help inform his discussions with his colleagues in the Senate as well as the Trump Administration as they work to finalize the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. This legislation takes bold action to direct financial help for the American people; provide rapid relief for small businesses and their employees; take significant steps to stabilize our economy and protect jobs; and, most importantly, provide more support for the brave healthcare professionals and patients who are fighting the coronavirus on the front lines. Portman believes the Senate must stay in session until they pass another robust economic package to help workers, families, and our economy.
Portman has been in consistent contact with Governor DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Acton to ensure the federal government is providing everything they need. Portman praised Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza’s quick approval of Ohio’s application to qualify for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, which allows small businesses to apply for up to $2 million in low-interest loans. The approved application will help the state get critical resources to Ohio’s small businesses and non-profit organizations.
Additionally, Portman introduced a bipartisan resolution to amend the Standing Rules of the Senate to allow senators to vote remotely during a national crisis. On Thursday, Portman discussed the resolution on Fox Business with Stuart Varney.
Governor DeWine Provides Resources for Latest Updates on COVID-19 Preparedness
For the latest updates on COVID -19 preparedness in Ohio, please visit Coronavirus.Ohio.govor call 833-4-ASK-ODH (833-427-5634). Ohio Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted are also providing daily briefings at around 2:00 p,m. to the public and the news media with the latest COVID-19 updates. These briefings are broadcast on the Ohio Channel (available online at www.OhioChannel.org) and on many local PBS and NPR affiliates.
Lt. Governor Husted Highlights Assistance for Businesses & Workers
Lt. Governor Jon Husted has helped spearhead the state’s economic response to the COVID-19 Pandemic by collecting resources for businesses and workers who are being impacted by the outbreak. Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted applied for and were granted entry into the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program to get businesses access to up to $2 million in low-interest federal loans to help them stay afloat during the crisis. The DeWine-Husted Administration also implemented immediate changes to the state’s unemployment system to get more workers quick access to income while they are temporarily displaced. The Lt. Governor also made available resources to help employees who may wish to use this time to obtain online job training in order to qualify them for a different position once work can resume. You can find that information at Workforce.Ohio.gov and selecting “Training Resources.”
Yost Works with Lawmakers to Strengthen Anti-Price Gouging Laws Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
Attorney General Dave Yost announced plans to seek an anti-price gouging law amid the coronavirus pandemic when the Ohio General Assembly meets next week. State law currently bans unconscionable sales practices, but does not have a statue that directly addresses price gouging.
“I’m outraged that anybody would try to profiteer on a crisis, particularly on items that are necessary for the health and safety of Ohioans,” Yost said. “We don’t have a price gouging law in Ohio because we believe in free markets, but free markets don’t include the idea of holding toilet paper and surgical masks hostage. We need a law that can tell the difference between someone who’s price gouging and somebody who’s reacting to normal price pressure in the market.”
During the coronavirus outbreak, the Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section has received more than 150 complaints of price gouging. Yost’s office is reviewing every complaint, and working with the business community to protect consumers. If you suspect unfair business practices, please contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office atwww.OhioProtects.org or 1-800-282-0515.
LaRose Takes Necessary Steps to Ensure Safe, Fair Election
In response to the new information regarding the dangers of the Coronavirus, the governor ordered polling locations closed on March 17th to keep Ohioans safe. Secretary LaRose then took decisive action to protect the integrity of our democracy by extending the March 17th election so voters can safely have their voices heard. Voters can learn more about what’s being done to safely bring Ohio’s primary election to a conclusion at VoteOhio.gov/CoronaFacts.
We are in unprecedented times and the health and safety of Ohioans must come first. Secretary LaRose is working with legislators to ensure that every Ohioan will have the opportunity to make their voice heard in this election. The actions taken this week will ensure that will be done so safely.
Auditor of State Keith Faber Promotes Electronic Public Meetings to Ensure Transparency
In an oped in the Cincinnati Enquirer this weekend, Auditor of State Keith Faber highlighted the importance of government transparency throughout the ongoing health crisis.
“Public officials are still making enormous decisions as we all discuss how to move forward during this pandemic.” Faber wrote, “Our leaders will be answering many important questions in the coming weeks. As a citizen, you have the right to be witness to the meetings where leaders make the hard choices.”
Auditor Faber encourages all public officials to take advantage of electronic meetings, open to the public, to make sure they are complying with Ohio’s Open Meeting Laws.
To read the full oped, click here. 
Treasurer Sprague Reminds Families that STABLE is Here to Help
The COVID-19 situation has brought no shortage of unforeseen challenges here at home and across the country. But, Ohioans have stepped up at every turn.
During this time, Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague is asking that we remember our friends and loved ones living with disabilities. Earlier in the month, Treasurer Sprague touted the themes of empowerment, inclusion, and employment in marking March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The STABLE Account program, which has become a hallmark program of the Treasurer’s office, provides people living with disabilities low-risk, FDIC-insured savings options that allow them to save and remain eligible for benefits like Medicaid and SSI. In challenging times like these, the STABLE Account program can be especially helpful in providing individuals and families added peace of mind, while also ensuring health care expenses and needs are met.
For more information about STABLE Account: https://www.stableaccount.com/
Kennedy Reflects On Her Travels From Last Week
Last week, Justice Sharon L. Kennedy made the most of her days before choosing to take her campaign remote. Between touring businesses, speaking to Rotary Clubs, and meeting with local media outlets about her initiative Lean Forward: Advancing Veterans Treatment Across Ohio, she found time to speak at several Lincoln Day dinners.
During her keynote address at the Knox County Lincoln Day dinner, Sharon discussed the importance of the judiciary.
“Imagine, if you can, living in a country, where you do not have the rights to free speech; free exercise of religion; to bear arms; or the ability to live in your homes free of government intrusion. Here, in the greatest country on the earth, our tripartite system of government protects our God given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness from the overreach of government. The primary role of judges who serve the third branch of government – an independent and co-equal branch – is to protect the Republic by upholding the law, not rewriting it or legislating from the bench. And their second commandment is to protect our constitutional rights and strike down laws as unconstitutional when those laws strip us of our constitutional rights of free speech; free exercise of religion; and the right to bear arms; and to live free without government intrusion.”
Sharon concluded by thanking the Knox County Republican Party for hosting the event, and reminded everyone in attendance to vote all the way down the ticket on November 3rd and to vote for a Kennedy.
Please stay safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.
Justice French Speaks at Lincoln Day Dinners
Justice French was featured in an article by the Advertiser Tribune where she discussed her race, the office and more importantly the toll the past several weeks have taken on Ohioans:
“In this extraordinary moment, like the rest of Ohio, I am staying home as much as possible,” she said. “It’s a big change from traveling the state at a fast pace. But it’s also an opportunity to catch my breath and keep the campaign in perspective,” she said.
“My heart is with the individuals and families around Ohio who are struggling, physically and financially.”

Chairman’s Update 3-15-2020

Good Evening,
We have waded through uncharted territory this past week, but I believe Ohioans are resilient enough to get through this together. Governor DeWine has been a great leader for us in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, and his proactive measures are sure to be a great help to curbing the spread of the virus. Governor DeWine has put the health and safety of all Ohioans first and his administration is leading by example to keep our communities safe.
On Friday night, Governor DeWine went on Tucker Carlson to discuss the proactive steps his administration is taking to keep Ohioans safe. I can promise this to all Ohio families: Governor DeWine will not rest until our community is safe from COVID-19.
With Election Day only two days away, we are encouraging every Ohioan to fulfill their civic duty by going to vote. If you registered for an absentee ballot, you have until tomorrow, March 16th, to mail it in. You can also deliver your absentee ballot in-person to your county board of elections before the close of polls at 7:30pm on Election Day. If you are planning tovote in-person, you can do so on Monday and Tuesday. We urge those voting in-person to choose non peak hours if possible in order to help practice the social distancing that both Governor DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton spoke of. Lastly, Ohio needs more poll workers. There are some people who are no longer able to fulfill their duty due to the risks associated with underlying medical conditions. We are calling on those who are healthy and able to please consider becoming a poll worker.
We must remain vigilant and proactive to combat this crisis. For more information, please visit:
ICYMI: In the interest of public health and safety, the Ohio Republican Party will be postponing all public facing events until April 12th.
Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party
Governor DeWine and Ohio Leaders in COVID-19 Preparedness
Throughout the week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine was joined by Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton M.D., MPH, where they announced several decisions to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • On Monday, Governor DeWine signed  Executive Order 2020-01D, declaring a state of emergency in Ohio to protect the well-being of Ohioans from the dangerous effects of COVID-19. The state of emergency allows state departments and agencies to better coordinate in their response. The Emergency Operations Center for the state was also activated.
  • On Tuesday, Governor DeWine and Director Acton recommended that large, indoor gatherings in Ohio be canceled or postponed due to the potential for COVID-19 exposure.
  • On Wednesday, the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Veteran Services issued an order limiting the number of visitors to one person per resident per day.
  • On Thursday, Governor DeWine ordered that all kindergarten through 12th grade schools close for a period of several weeks.
  • Also on Thursday, Governor DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH signed an order to prohibit mass gatherings in the state of Ohio.
  • On Friday, Governor DeWine announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved two waiver requests to continue school breakfast and lunch programs during Ohio’s K-12 school closures. Governor DeWine also signed an executive order easing the teacher/ student ratio currently required for day cares and preschools. Also, a letter was sent to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence requesting critical personal protection equipment including surgical procedural masks, N-95 respirators, gowns and gloves, etc., for Ohio’s healthcare workers. An additional order will be issued in the coming days for community jails and corrections facilities throughout Ohio to prohibit visitors and require health screenings for mission-critical vendors, contractors, etc.
  • On Saturday, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Lori Criss prohibited visitors to the state psychiatric hospitals and video visitation will be available for patients. In partnership with the Ohio Department of Medicaid, Director Criss announced emergency orders that reduce restrictions on telehealth, ensuring that every Ohioan has access to behavioral health care via telehealth services by landline or cell phone.
  • Also on Saturday, Governor DeWine asked all health care providers and others that use personal protective equipment (PPE) to conserve their supplies. He specifically requested that dentists and veterinarians postpone elective surgeries.
  • On Sunday, the Ohio Department of Health issued an order that will close all Ohio bars and restaurants to in-house patrons. Restaurants with take-out and delivery options will still be able to operate those services. Governor DeWine has also issued an executive order to grant the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services with the authority to accept and grant requests for unemployment compensation suspending the normal 1-week waiting period.
  • Also on Sunday, the Ohio Department of Commerce has begun to offer a one-time liquor buyback option to support bars and restaurants. the Ohio Development Services Agency has also prepared an application to quality Ohio for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.
As of Sunday afternoon, there were 37 confirmed cases.
For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH

Chairman’s Update 3-08-2020

Good Evening,
As the Democrat field narrows after Super Tuesday, it is important to acknowledge there are no moderate choices. Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden may appear to be at two ends of the political spectrum, but in reality they have very similar end goals. Both candidates have been pushing a radical agenda that includes a government takeover of our healthcare system, open borders, eliminating fossil fuels, and higher taxes. As their party remains divided while touting radical agendas such as these, Republicans remain united behind President Trump. That unification is evident by the record amount of fundraising Republicans saw in February alone. The RNC, Trump campaign, and authorized joint fundraising committees recently announced a massive $86 million fundraising haul. Americans are excited for another four years of President Trump, and we have the numbers to back that up.
In honor of Women’s History Month, President Trump has urged that Americans “pay tribute to the women who strengthen and enrich our society.” The president’s leadership has allowed women to succeed. In January, the unemployment rate for women remained near a generational low of 3.5%, and more than 4 million jobs have been created since President Trump was elected. Families thrive when women thrive, and the president has a strong base of support from Ohioans and women across the country.
As Election Day approaches, I would just like to remind you all that early in-person voting began last month and will continue until Election Day. It includes the two Saturdays, one Sunday and the Monday before Election Day. If you requested an absentee ballot, be sure to get that in the mail before March 17th. Make sure you do your part and that your voice is heard! You can find the Republican slate card here.
Lastly, we also celebrate International Women’s Day today, acknowledging all of the accomplishments and achievements of the many influential women who have helped shape our world.
ICYMI: Vice President Mike Pence will be the special guest at the annual Summit County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner on March 24th! You can purchase tickets here. We hope to see you there!
Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party
Portman Supports $8.3 Billion Measure to Help Combat Coronavirus
On Thursday, Senator Rob Portman voted for and applauded the Senate passage of the $8.3 billion funding measure to help prevent, prepare, and respond to the domestic spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. President Trump signed the bill into law Friday morning. Portman released the following statement:
“The worldwide threat of the novel coronavirus is serious, and we must be prepared. By passing this legislation in an overwhelmingly bipartisan manner, the Senate took an important step toward ensuring that our federal, state, and local agencies have the funds to help prevent, prepare, and respond to the spread of the virus. While there have been no confirmed cases in Ohio to date, this funding will help Ohio respond to any potential outbreaks and will expedite the development of a vaccine and treatment options, increase the production of and access to diagnostic tests, and help states and municipalities fund response efforts.
“I’ve attended multiple briefings by the Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, and the administration and have been in close contact with Governor DeWine and his team. All of our federal, state, and local agencies are working together, and we must ensure they have the resources they need to prepare for this threat.
Governor DeWine Gathers Ohio Public Health Leaders to Enhance Coronavirus Preparedness
On Thursday, Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, and other state and local health officials held a summit for local health officials on COVID-19 preparedness. Attendees heard from Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted, Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, representatives from Butler County General Health District, and U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H, among various other health officials. Governor DeWine also joined 38 governors in sending a letter to Congressional leadership in support of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 6074).
Husted to Chair Innovation Council at University of Cincinnati
Last week, Lt. Governor Jon Husted joined the Governor, JobsOhio, the University of Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for the launch of the new Cincinnati Innovation District that will support the growth of research and entrepreneurship in Southeast Ohio. This strategy builds on the DeWine-Husted Administration’s efforts to promote entrepreneurship throughout the state through the Ohio I.P. Promise, launched in 2019 through InnovateOhio to make our state university campuses hubs of innovation. U.C. also announced the formation of an innovation advisory council, which Lt. Governor Husted will chair.
AG Dave Yost Seeks Aggressive Robocall Reform
Attorney General Dave Yost ramped up the fight against illegal robocalls last week with the launch of a new anti-robocall initiative. Yost announced the formation of the Robocall Enforcement Unit, which is made up of attorneys and investigators that will partner with anti-robocall groups at the national level to investigate suspected illegal robocalls, pursue aggressive enforcement action and seek legislation to expand the state’s authority over robocalls.
Yost also unveiled a new tool that will allow Ohioans to report robocalls. Ohioans can report robocalls by texting “ROBO” to 888111 and answering a set of questions, or by visiting OhioProtects.org or calling 1-800-282-0515.
“Ohioans are tired of playing defense against annoying robocalls,” Yost said. “Now it’s Ohio’s turn to play offense – and we need your help.”
LaRose Looking Out for Ohio Businesses
This week, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose warned Ohio business owners to be on the lookout for a deceptive mailing from a business that is selling Certificates of Good Standing for a significantly marked up price.
“Entrepreneurs have enough on their mind as they work to grow their business,” said LaRose. “Deceptive mailings that look official but only serve to bilk Ohioans of their hard-earned money are simply unacceptable. If you need a Certificate of Good Standing, call my office and we’ll get you one for five dollars.”
LaRose is actively communicating this information to new business owners and is referring this case to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Ron O’Brien to investigate whether this exorbitant markup constitutes any legal wrongdoing.
For more on the Ohio Secretary of State’s Business Services Division, visit OhioSOS.gov/Businesses
Auditor of State Keith Faber Speaks at Statehood Day Prayer Breakfast
This week Auditor of State Keith Faber was in Chillicothe, Ohio’s first capital city, speaking at the 54th Annual Statehood Day Prayer Breakfast. Faber spoke about the history of freedom of religion in America and how the religious character of our nation has shaped its history. He also touched upon the importance of faith in politics and how his faith informs his public life everyday.
Sprague Rallies GOP Faithful in Crawford, Logan Counties
Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague hit the Lincoln Day circuit last week. Speaking at events in Crawford and Logan counties, Sprague touted the importance of standing up for our conservative values. He also urged attendees to get involved well ahead of the November election in order to ensure victory for Republican candidates across Ohio.
Justice Kennedy Headlines Hancock County’s First Friday Luncheon
It was an invigorating week on the campaign trail for Justice Sharon L. Kennedy. With a dozen county stops, she engaged audiences young and old alike. Spending time speaking at high schools, Republican dinners, and participating in a women in politics panel, but the
highlight of the week was returning to see her friends in Hancock County.
In Findlay, she spoke at the First Friday Luncheon discussing the Supreme Court of Ohio’s impact on the lives of Ohioans, why the role of the judiciary is important in our tripartite system of government, and reinforcing the message that it is imperative to vote down the
“Today, the fate of the Supreme Court of Ohio is in your hands,” said Sharon. “It is up to you, your family and your friends to retain the philosophical makeup of the court. While I am here now and touch your hands, I need you to touch the hands of everyone you know. Make sure to tell everyone in your contact lists to vote all the way down the ticket for a Kennedy on November 3.”
Justice French Appears at Event Sponsored by Cleveland Metro Bar Association in Honor of International Women’s Day
In honor of International Women’s Day, Justice French appeared at an event sponsored by the Cleveland Metro Bar Association, where she offered her perspective on women in politics. Her message was one of reality—letting the participants know the rigors of campaigning and serving—but also one of encouragement. Her position, Justice French urged, offers her opportunities to serve on and off the bench. While being a Justice undoubtedly means taking action that impacts the lives of all Ohioans, it also allows her to work for causes like equal access to our justice system and civic education.

Statement: Chairman Jane Timken on Senator Brown’s Divisive Rhetoric

Statement from Chairman Jane Timken on Senator Brown’s Divisive Rhetoric
“By spewing a false and damaging narrative about our elections and President Trump, Senator Brown is only aiding the spread of dangerous misinformation. This type of rhetoric is only meant to polarize, and it is shocking to hear a sitting senator encouraging its spread.”
It is ridiculously hypocritical as well. Just two weeks ago David Pepper tweeted, “Dems trying to ‘steal the election’… this was precisely the unhinged disinformation undermining our democracy” misrepresenting the email our organization sent out. Will Mr. Pepper disavow this dangerous rhetoric from Senator Brown or is it just a one-way street for Ohio Democrats?”