The Republican National Convention was an inspiring and patriotic show of leadership. In sharp contrast with the Democrats’ own doom and gloom messaging, Republicans reminded Americans of how strong and great our country truly is. The Democrats recruited Hollywood celebrities to their events while Republicans highlighted supporters from middle America and all walks of life. There could not be more differences between what has become a radicalized party, and the one which our great president, Donald Trump, leads.
From criminal justice reform and job creation to fighting China and de-regulation, President Trump has been a champion for every community in America. With plans to make the United States the manufacturing superpower of the world, anchor medical supply chains in our own country, and expand opportunity zones, President Trump highlighted an ambitious agenda for his second term on Thursday night. He is a president who always puts Americans, and America, first.
President Trump stayed true to his first-term promises. I know we can count on him to do the same throughout the next four years. The choice could not be clearer for voters, and President Trump said it best: “How can the Democrat Party ask to lead our country when it spends so much time tearing down our country?”
Jane M. Timken
Portman’s Message on Importance of Re-Electing President Trump
During this week’s GOP convention, U.S. Senator Rob Portman reiterated why the presidential race is so critical to Ohio and our nation. Portman, who was one of the first U.S. Senators to endorse the president’s re-election back in February of last year, released the following statement:
“Working with President Trump, we passed historic tax reform, drug treatment and recovery measures, criminal justice reform, and the biggest piece of conservation legislation in a generation.
The Senate has confirmed a record number of his judicial nominees – smart men and women who will not legislate from the bench. And working together we built the strongest economy our nation has ever seen. With COVID-19, now we must do it again.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are fighting for higher taxes for middle class families, job-killing regulations, the Green New Deal, and government-run health care. Their policies would be bad for Ohio jobs and bad for Ohio middle-class families.
Ohio and our nation need someone who will help rebuild our economy again, stronger than ever before as we recover from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and that’s why I support Donald Trump.”
Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted Send Video Greetings for Trump RNC Address
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted sent Ohio RNC delegates and watch party guests across the state video greetings before President Trump’s convention address Thursday. Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine and Second Lady Tina Husted also joined in the video message. In case you missed it, you can watch the video below:
Husted Works to Grow Next Generation of Tech Talent
Lt. Governor Husted this week encouraged businesses to enroll in Ohio’s Diversity & Inclusion Internship Program, which works to grow the state’s future tech talent. The program pairs college students who want to start a career in a technology field with businesses with a demand for talent. Businesses that sign up will be paired with an intern and reimbursed for up to 2/3 of that intern’s wages. The Lt. Governor emphasized that this program support’s the administration’s goal of strengthening Ohio’s workforce in growing fields.
Yost Announces $85 Million Multistate Settlement with Honda
Attorney General Dave Yost announced that Ohio will receive about $2.3 million from Honda as part of an $85 million settlement stemming from defective airbag systems. Yost and attorneys general from 48 states settled a lawsuit with Honda over allegations the automaker concealed safety issues related to defective airbag systems.
“I’d never buy a car if I knew systems meant to save me and my family could actually hurt us,” Yost said. “That is what Honda denied to Ohio consumers – the chance to make the best decisions for their families. This agreement will ensure that doesn’t happen again.”
You can read more about Ohio’s involvement here.
LaRose Busts Election Myths About Absentee Ballots
This week, Secretary LaRose posted a video busting an election myth that was circulating saying that absentee ballots in Ohio are not secure and confidential. As LaRose explains, in Ohio, this accusation cannot be further from the truth. Absentee voting is done right in Ohio. With signature matching, confidential envelopes and ballot tracking through VoteOhio.gov/Track, Ohioans can choose this option and know their vote will be counted. Of course, Ohioans still have the option to take advantage of in person voting this election through early voting at their county board of elections or at their polling location on Election Day.
Faber Joins Lima Republicans to Celebrate President Trump’s Renomination
This week, Auditor of State Keith Faber joined Republicans in Lima to watch President Trump be nominated as the Republican candidate for president. Auditor Faber has been a staunch supporter of the President and has travelled the state reminding Ohioans why it’s so important to re-elect President Trump this November. Watch his latest pitch here.
Treasurer Sprague Revs Up the Crowd in Kettering Ahead of the RNC
On Monday, Treasurer Sprague joined volunteers in Kettering to gear up for the week’s Republican National Convention. Energy and excitement was sky high in anticipation of President Trump formally accepting the party’s nomination. During his visit, Treasurer Sprague commended the crowd for all their hard work and urged them to keep the momentum going through Election Day.
Kennedy Discusses Veterans’ Issues with Retired Colonel Michael Brown
It was another great week on the campaign trail for Justice Sharon L. Kennedy. She began the week in Southwest Ohio meeting with friends in Brown and Adams, and attending a rally in Warren. She ended in Northeast Ohio with an event in Carroll and doors in Lake. In between that she participated in the first virtual Hamilton County Judicial Salute and was interviewed on the Ohio podcast, Crisis in America – PTSD and Veteran Suicides about her Lean Forward initiative.
“Colonel Michael Brown is an American hero. He and his family have served and sacrificed so much for our country. I am honored to have met him and to have been asked to speak on the podcast,” said Sharon. “The Crisis in America – PTSD and Veteran Suicides podcast brings to the forefront the invisible wounds of war and the mental health toll that has been taken on the men and women who have served. Across America we should all Lean Forward into the problems facing our returning servicemembers to ensure that they come wholly home.”
Justice French Added to Her Broad Coalition of Endorsements This Week
The Ohio Teamsters joined the Iron Workers, ACT Ohio, the Ohio Chamber, Ohio NFIB, Ohio Manufacturers Association and many other groups representing a large coalition of business and labor groups supporting her re-election.
Last week’s Democrat Convention showcased what our country will look like under radical rule: $4 trillion in tax hikes, a radical immigration agenda, defunding police departments, and environmental policies that would wreck our energy sector and crush millions of jobs. The Democrats aren’t interested in doing what is best for the American people. They are only concerned with pushing progressive agendas that will be detrimental to families across the nation.
Americans should be concerned that Democrats refuse to stand up to violent rioters, instead choosing to bow to their every demand and allowing them to burn American cities to the ground. Unless, of course, the riots bring violence to the suburbs. Then Dems are happy to go on the record disavowing the chaos. The hypocrisy of the left continues to astound me, and should worry every voter out there. Democrats do not have true convictions and we cannot rely on them to protect our communities.
This election is crucial to the way American life as we know it will continue. This week, at the Republican National Convention, President Trump and his vision for America will stand in sharp contrast to the ideologies on display at the DNC. Democrats constantly focus on what divides us, but President Trump’s focus will be on what brings us together and what makes our nation great. If voters want to continue the Great American Comeback and feel safe in their own communities, the choice they have ahead of them in November is clear.
Jane M. Timken
Portman Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Require the Defense Logistics Agency to Issue Long-Term Contracts for American-Made PPE
Last week, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation that will strengthen efforts to onshore production of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the United States by requiring the Defense Logistics Agency to issue long-term contracts for American-made PPE.
Reshoring production will ensure American workers, students, health care professionals, and more have the PPE they need as the economy continues to reopen. Domestic production of PPE supplies will also create manufacturing American jobs.
Governor DeWine Offers Guidance on High School Sports
On Tuesday, Governor DeWine announced that an order from the Ohio Department of Health would be issued to outline how sports, both contact and non-contact, may move forward in Ohio. The order applies to all organized sports in the state and includes guidelines for spectators. The decision for high school fall sports to be postponed to the springtime will be left to the school districts. This order is available below and on coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Governor DeWine also spoke with Dr. Jim Borchers of The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Borchers specializes in sports medicine. He discussed the importance of sports, and its impact on the physical and mental health of young people. Dr. Borchers also reminded parents and students about the importance of immediately sharing information with coaching staff and a doctor if a COVID-19 case is probable or confirmed, and then following the appropriate protocols.
Lt. Governor Husted Announces Return to Sports
Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced last week that the state has approved a plan for high schools, colleges, and others to return to play this fall. This is the next step in the Responsible Restart Ohio plan, which seeks to balance the health and safety of all Ohioans while getting people back to work and resuming as many of the things they enjoy in a thoughtful and safe manner. The Lt. Governor emphasized the important role that extracurricular activities play in young people’s lives, including developing character, a strong work ethic, and the ability to work as part of a team.
AG Yost: Ohio’s Opioid Trial to Begin in October
Attorney General Dave Yost spoke with Cleveland.com last week following the announcement that Ohio’s trial against drug distributors over the opioid crisis is set to begin October 19. Ohio’s attorneys are arguing that drug companies distributed enough opioids to fill an average of more than 11.8 million prescriptions a year between 2011 and 2016. More than 7,200 people in Ohio died of unintentional opioid overdoses between 2011 and 2017.
“I like our case, and we want to try it,” Yost said. “We have more than 100 depositions, and we have truckloads of documents. I like the story that we’re going to tell to a jury. It’s compelling and heartbreaking, and I think that the jury is going to tell the distributors to open their checkbooks.”
You can read more about the upcoming trial here.
Ohio Made Masks Donated to County Boards of Elections Ahead of November
On Tuesday, Lake County business RB Sigma LLC announced a partnership with Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose to donate 463,500 Ohio-made surgical masks to help keep voters and poll workers safe. The masks will be delivered to every county board of elections between August 28 and September 2.
Auditor Faber Gives CARES Act Update
This week Auditor of State Keith Faber held virtual meetings with school treasurers and city finance officials to discuss how to manage funds from the CARES Act. Local officials have been working hard to ensure that they are still providing critical services to taxpayers. Auditor Faber wants to ensure that his office is working to provide local officials with the resources they need to be successful.
Treasurer Sprague Rallies Volunteers and Supporters in Lima
Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague was in Lima this week encouraging attendees to get involved in the upcoming November election.
The event was hosted by Trump Victory and the Allen County GOP as part of the “MAGA Meetup” effort. During his remarks, Treasurer Sprague touted President Trump’s record and the importance of putting American workers first in the coming years.
Kennedy Hits 6 More Counties
With the last day of oral arguments coming to a close, Justice Sharon L. Kennedy sprinted across Ohio touching six counties, including Portage, Geauga, Auglaize Shelby, Miami, and Greene. With county Republican parties and clubs not yet back in the full swing of hosting events – Sharon took the opportunity to engage voters door-to-door.
“Walking door-to-door takes me back to my first race in 1998,” said Sharon. “Back then, we were knocking doors from April clear through to Election Day. I enjoy being out there with the volunteers and having the opportunity to talk to Ohioans. Some voters are so thirsty for a conversation it is hard to stay on schedule, but those discussions are priceless.
Justice French Rated as Highly Recommended by the Ohio State Bar Association
Justice French was rated Highly Recommended by the Ohio State Bar Association this past week. The bipartisan 24 person Commission on Judicial Candidates panel takes into account legal knowledge, ability, professional competence, judicial temperament, integrity, diligence, personal responsibility, and public and community service.
Last week, Joe Biden announced that he chose Kamala Harris as his running mate. It is more important now than ever that we continue moving full steam ahead to November. Joe Biden has tried to market himself to voters as a moderate Democrat, but we know that is not true, especially with Kamala Harris as his VP pick. This is a radical ticket that will only be disastrous for Americans. Although she is in the company of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in the Senate, Harris has been rated the most liberal Senator in the country. She has said she wants to abolish private health insurance, but has struggled to explain how she would pay for her government takeover of health care without raising taxes on the middle class. Kamala Harris is a left-wing, radical progressive who is using her platform as Biden’s running mate as a launch pad for the rest of her career.
Americans care about having more money in their pockets to provide for their families, the ability to choose their own health care plan, and lower taxes. The Democrats’ radical agendas will make that impossible. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are out of touch with Americans. I am confident Donald Trump’s ability to achieve real results for the American people will result in another victory come November.
President Trump’s brother, Robert, passed away last night. I hope you will join me in praying for the President and his family during this difficult time.
Jane M. Timken
Portman Op-Ed in Cleveland Plan Dealer Highlights Bipartisan Bill to End China’s Theft of U.S. Taxpayer-Funded Research
In an op-ed published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Senator Portman discussed his bipartisan Safeguarding American Innovation Act to help stop foreign governments from stealing American taxpayer-funded research and intellectual property developed at U.S. colleges and universities. Recently, both FBI Director Wray and Attorney General Barr have spoken about the threat to American taxpayer-funded research and intellectual property from foreign governments, particularly China, which would be addressed by this legislation. In fact, FBI Director Wray announced that the FBI is opening a new China-related investigation every 10 hours with around 2,500 open counterintelligence investigations across the country. In addition, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has reported that 54 scientists have resigned or been fired as a result of a NIH investigation into American taxpayer-funded grant recipients’ failure to disclose financial ties to foreign governments, particularly China. In fact, according to the NIH investigation, more than 90 percent of the scientists had undisclosed ties to China.
There are already troubling reports that China, and other global competitors, may be trying to steal COVID-19-related research. The Safeguarding American Innovation Act, which passed the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee last month, will help prevent this from happening. For that reason, it was recently announced that this legislation has been included in Senate Republicans’ HEALS coronavirus rescue package.
Governor DeWine Discusses Safer Back-to-School
On Tuesday, Governor DeWine continued to stress the importance of masks, social distancing, and proper hygiene as Ohio’s school students approach the start of the upcoming school year.
“I have every confidence that Ohio’s schools will do everything they can to keep children safe, but any spread happening in the broader community will, without a doubt, be reflected in Ohio’s classrooms,” said Governor DeWine. “If we want our kids to go to school in person, to play sports, to be in extracurricular activities – it’s up to all of us to cut down the spread in our communities.”
Currently, Ohio has left the decision to individual school districts on how to approach the new school year.
According to information gathered by the Ohio Department of Education, 325 public school districts in Ohio are planning to return to school full-time which equates to approximately 590,000 students. A total of 55 districts representing approximately 398,000 public school students will begin the school year remotely. Approximately 380,000 students in 154 public school districts will start the school year with a hybrid of online and in-person learning. Information on 78 public school distracts was not readily available.
Dr. John Barnard from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Dr. Patty Manning from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Adam Mezoff from Dayton Children’s Hospital also participated in Tuesday’s press conference. They discussed the prevalence of COVID-19 among children; how to prevent spread in schools by wearing masks, practicing social distancing, maintaining good hand hygiene, keeping surfaces clean, and ensuring good ventilation; and what schools can do if a student or staff member tests positive.
Lt. Governor Husted Supports Minority & Women-Owned Businesses
Lt. Governor Jon Husted last week delivered the virtual keynote address to the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) where he talked about the resources being offered through the state to support Ohio’s small businesses during the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. He also addressed resources for minority business owners during Thursday’s press conference with Governor DeWine. The Lt. Governor has made supporting Ohio’s workers and businesses one of his key focuses during the coronavirus crisis.
AG Yost Announces Felony Arrests in Child Pornography Case
Attorney General Dave Yost announced two Austintown Township men were arrested on felony charges involving child pornography last week. The arrests stem from an ongoing investigation by the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force, which is part of AG Yost’s Organized Crime Investigations Commission.
“Child pornography never goes away in the internet age – it is easy to copy and multiplies in the darkness,” Yost said. “But child pornographers victimize no children in prison. [Mahoning County] Sheriff Greene and the task force are statewide leaders I’m proud to work with.”
You can read more about the felony arrests here.
While Democrats Play Politics, LaRose Assures a Safe and Secure Election, Guarantees All Ohioans Have Option to Vote in Person
This week, Secretary LaRose addressed the state to assure Ohioans about the safeguards in place to ensure a safe and secure election this November. In his Wednesday press conference, LaRose reaffirmed Ohioans will have the same secure voting options Ohioans expect with early, absentee and Election Day voting options.
Unlike some other states, Ohio has safeguards in place to ensure absentee voting is secure with voter ID requirements, ballot tracking and a ban on ballot harvesting. Additionally, the early in person and election day voting are not only safe but secured by layers of safeguards to ensure every vote is counted accurately on Election Day.
Meanwhile, Democrats have been on the attack, attempting to bring significant changes to Ohio’s election with less than two months before early voting begins. Thanks to Secretary LaRose‘s leadership, Ohioans can be sure that the results will reflect the voice of each and every Ohio voter.
Watch his full press conference here and tweet @FrankLaRose to voice your support for Secretary LaRose‘s efforts to ensure a fair election this fall.
Auditor Faber Launches Online Portal for Potential Inaccurate COVID-19 Test Results and Data
Auditor of State Keith Faber this week announced the launch of an online portal for personal experiences with inconsistent or erroneous COVID-19 test results.
The office is seeking first-hand information from individuals who have received notices from the State or County Department of Health or a medical provider with experiences of inconsistencies in testing procedures including, but not limited to, receiving test results that were later reversed or receiving results for a test the individual did not take.
“It is important that Ohioans have confidence in the data used for making COVID-19 policies,” said Auditor Faber. “There are widespread concerns and reports regarding false data. I saw a need for us to verify the data being used to either identify data errors or debunk what may, in some cases, be urban legends. I want to stress that this portal is only for first-hand experiences to establish facts or disprove rumors. With this audit and portal we can provide valuable feedback to key policy makers and increase confidence for all Ohioans.”
The submissions to the portal will add data to the ongoing multi-state COVID-19 reporting audit that the office is conducting. In addition to the portal, the audit’s intent is for states to be able to assess their own data gathering processes and use of applied data analytics to mitigate virus spread, as well as to gain understanding from approaches taken by other states.
The questions were designed so that comparisons among states can be made after all reviews are completed.
The framework was conceived through collaboration from five states: Delaware, Florida, Mississippi, Ohio, and Pennsylvania with assistance from the National State Auditor’s Association.
The portal is available on the Auditor of State’s website.
Sprague Featured in NAST’s “Thought Leadership Thursday”
Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague was recently featured in the National Association of State Treasurer’s “Thought Leadership Thursday” series. The weekly series features state treasurers across the country sharing their ideas and information about various initiatives in their respective states. Treasurer Sprague‘s column highlighted the importance of government transparency and detailed the recent collaboration between his office and the DeWine-Husted Administration to create the new OhioCheckbook.gov.
NAST Column: Building a More Transparent Future, Together
Kennedy Interviews with Hello Lima
Justice Sharon L. Kennedy rounds out another great week on the campaign trail, touching 8 counties. In between events in Ottawa, Allen, Trumbull, Licking, Medina, and Ashtabula, Sharon met with local business leaders in Morrow, knocked on doors in Cuyahoga, and enjoyed Sunday services at Greater Love Baptist Church and Cathedral Church of God in Christ both in Cleveland.
Before her event in Allen County, Sharon sat down with Jerome O’Neal, host of local program “Hello Lima”, to discuss the importance of the Supreme Court of Ohio and her work beyond the bench – the Lean Forward initiative that advances the treatment of veterans in the justice system.
“Ohio has the sixth largest veterans population in the United States. More than 1.9 million servicemembers have served in the sands of Iraq and Afghanistan. Many returning home are suffering from the invisible injuries of war such as traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress, depression, and are self-medicating. The Lean Forward initiative engages education and training across systems so that criminal justice partners know what services are available to help us identify and treat veterans and the invisible wounds of war.”
Justice French: Campaign Trail
This is one of the best photos of the year from the campaign trail, capturing one of Judi’s favorite moments: a little girl named Mallory asking how to become a judge. You go, Mallory!
Columbus,OH – Ohio Republican Party Chairman Jane Timken released the following statement regarding Joe Biden choosing Kamala Harris as his running mate:
“We knew Joe Biden’s eventual running mate would be someone with their own progressive agenda to peddle. With Kamala Harris chosen earlier today as Biden’s choice for vice president, that assumption remains true. Harris has supported taxpayer-funded healthcare, slashing the defense budget, raising taxes, and eliminating the Electoral College – radical proposals that will be disastrous for Ohioans. The choice for voters is between two extreme liberal candidates and a President who has kept his promises and led Americans through tough times. To voters who value being able to keep their insurance, having more money in their pockets thanks to tax cuts, and limited government, the choice is clear.”
We were so happy to have President Trump in Ohio once again last Thursday, to speak at the Whirlpool plant in Clyde. Ohioans love President Trump for his ability to stand up for Americans, keeping the promises he made to voters in 2016. To a great crowd, the president said, “We’re going to win Ohio by even more this time.” Given the contrast between President Trump and Joe Biden, I am confident that Ohio will stay red for the president in November.
The July jobs numbers recently came out indicating the Great American Comeback is fully underway. Throughout the month, 1.8 million jobs were added, exceeding economists’ expectations yet again. The leisure and hospitality industry added more than 500,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate dropped by nearly a full percent – the fourth largest one-month drop in history. President Trump has helped build a great American economy, and he will continue to do so as he serves another four years.
Our organization will be forming a temporary partnership with Ohio House members and candidates who will be on the ballot on November 3rd. I thank Speaker Cupp for choosing to work with us towards victories in November. We have the resources necessary to give attention to every campaign and candidate, and are excited to work more directly with all the candidates as Election Day nears.
Jane M. Timken
Portman Praises Trump’s Visit to Clyde, Ohio’s Whirpool Factory
In light of President Trump’s recent visit to the Whirlpool factory, U.S. Senator Rob Portman said the president’s trade policies have worked for Whirlpool and protected Ohio jobs there. Since joining the Senate in 2011, Portman has fought on behalf of Ohio Whirlpool workers against unfair trade practices. Specifically, Portman has consistently worked to level the playing field for Whirlpool and its 10,000 Ohio workers, including the more than 3,000 workers at Clyde — Whirlpool’s largest American factory. He was instrumental in the president’s decision in 2017 to take action to protect Whirlpool jobs.
Portman is the co-author of the ENFORCE Act and the Leveling the Playing Field Act, legislation that is paying dividends for Ohio’s workers, and he has worked closely with Whirlpool and its Ohio employees to combat unfair foreign trading practices. In 2012, Portman sent a letter urging the Commerce Department to defend Whirlpool, which returned all production to the United States in 2008. He also provided testimony to the ITC on four separate occasions on behalf of Whirlpool. In response to evidence of foreign companies dumping their washers in the U.S. market, the ITC heeded Portman’s concerns and penalized those foreign companies with anti-dumping tariffs. After foreign competitors moved production to other countries to avoid paying those anti-dumping tariffs, Portman advocated for Whirlpool’s Section 201 “safeguard” case to impose global tariffs on washing machines. President Trump imposed those Section 201 tariffs in January 2017.
Governor DeWine Launches Ohio’s Top Jobs Lists
On Monday, Governor DeWine announced the launch of Ohio’s Top Jobs List. The list combines Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs and newly created Critical Jobs into one list of prioritized job sectors.
Critical Jobs ensure that the state’s workforce supports the health and well-being of Ohioans, their families, and their communities. Governor DeWine made developing the workforce in critical job areas a priority because of their impact on the lives of Ohioans at every stage of life.
The eight career clusters include:
In addition to creating the Top Jobs List, Governor DeWine announced the new career pathways feature on TopJobs.Ohio.gov. Career pathways illustrate the progress Ohioans can make within the career clusters and information on the skills and education needed for Ohioans to advance to the next level of their chosen career pathway.
Both the list and the career pathway feature are available at TopJobs.Ohio.gov.
Husted Announces Record TechCred Enrollment
Lt. Governor Jon Husted last week announced a recordamount of enrollment in TechCred, a program he launched as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation to help Ohioans improve their technology-related skills to qualify for new career opportunities. There was a more than 100% increase in the number of credentials sought in the latest round of the program, which continues to prove a very popular option for Ohio job creators and job seekers alike. To learn more about the current application period, visit TechCred.Ohio.gov.
Yost: More Than $500,000 & Fentanyl Seized by Narcotics Task Forces
Attorney General Dave Yost announced that more than half a million dollars and 1 kilogram of fentanyl were seized in southwestern Ohio last week. As part of an ongoing investigation, authorities with the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force and Southwestern Ohio Bulk Smuggling-Major Drug Interdiction Task Force uncovered the drug trafficking operation. Both task forces are part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission.
“Drug traffickers aren’t staying at home during the pandemic – they are out actively working to smuggle deadly drugs into our communities,” Yost said. “This interdiction shows the relentless perseverance our task forces and law enforcement partners have to keep these drugs off our streets.”
You can read more about the arrests and seizures here.
LaRose Is Prepping for November
13 Ohio counties held a special election this past Tuesday. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose visited the Fayette County Board of Elections to observe their tabulation process and safety procedures. To ensure accuracy and security, county boards of elections utilize bipartisan teams to ensure every ballot is properly counted. Read about Secretary LaRose’s visit by clicking here.
Auditor Faber Talks Unemployment in Painesville
This week, Auditor of State Keith Faber joined local legislators in Painesville to hear from Ohioans struggling to receive their unemployment benefits. Auditor Faber has been traveling the state hearing about the unemployment compensation system has been slow to respond to many citizens looking to receive their benefits. He is working with the legislature to help identify ways the Auditor’s office can find solutions for the system’s failures.
Treasurer Sprague Announces #ABLEtoSave Month
Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague recently recognized August as #ABLEtoSave Month. The occasion coincides with a national effort to tout the importance of promoting financial security for people living with disabilities.
Through passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act in 2014, Ohio became the first state in the nation to launch an ABLE program. Today, Ohio’s STABLE Account program is thriving and has helped more than 18,000 individuals living with disabilities navigate their financial journey and obtain greater independence.
“As the nation’s first and largest ABLE program, our STABLE team works hard to grow the program and offer families a reliable way to save money and invest in their futures,” said Treasurer Sprague.
VIDEO: Sprague #ABLEtoSave
Kennedy Continues Sweeping Ohio
Justice Sharon L. Kennedy rounds out another full week traveling our beautiful Ohio with events in Delaware, Columbiana, Medina, Muskingum, Stark, Summit, and Columbiana counties. While in Stark she spoke with employees at Advanced Industrial Roofing about the importance of our tripartite system of government and the role of the judiciary in that government.
On Friday, Sharon criss-crossed Medina with Senator Larry Obhof. Beginning with a tour of RICO Manufacturing, and an awesome event at a virtual gun range, her day ended her day by stopping at Sérénité Restaurant & Culinary Institute. Staffed by members of the Medina County Recovery Center, the restaurant is designed to give formerly incarcerated men and women a second chance. Having toured the facility a year ago, Sharon discussed with the Director the challenges Sérénité has faced due to COVID 19, as well as the success rate of the program.
“It was an awesome day in Medina with President Obhof,” said Sharon. “I loved the Engage Virtual Range shooting experience! And it was great to learn that they offer cutting edge real world shoot-don’t-shoot training to law enforcement officers and departments across Ohio.”
Justice French Gives Keynote Address to Home School Graduates
Judi was honored to give the keynote address to the home school graduates with the Christian Home Educators of Ohio.
Although the graduates had to stay in their cars for the ceremony, the honking horns instead of applause made it a unique and memorable experience.
As many of you know, Larry Householder was removed from his position as Speaker of the House by the GOP caucus last week. I commend House Republicans for taking these allegations seriously and moving swiftly to find a replacement. Representative Bob Cupp is the best person to not only unite the caucus, but to bring decorum back to the role. Ohioans deserve representatives that serve in their best interests. I believe with Representative Cupp at the helm, House members will do exactly that.
After much pressure from our party, DNC Chair Tom Perez, and Ohio Congressman Bob Gibbs, the Ohio Democrat Party has decided to repay their Paycheck Protection Program loan, totaling $334,000. Partisan political activities were never meant to be funded by this loan program, but David Pepper and the Ohio Dems didn’t seem to care. Their recent decision to return the money is great news for Ohioans and small business owners across the country.
ICYMI: Last week, we launched our online store. From hats to mugs, we have it all. As we head into August, we are only 3 months out from the election. Help us show support for President Trump – every item you purchase is a donation to help us win in November! You can visit the store here.
Jane M. Timken
Portman Introduces Judges Michael Newman, James Knepp & Philip Calabrese at Nomination Hearing to Serve on U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio
Last week, U.S. Senator Rob Portman introduced Judges Michael Newman, James Knepp, and Philip Calabrese at their Senate Judiciary Committee nomination hearing to serve on the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio. Judge Newman, based in Dayton, currently serves as a federal magistrate judge in the Southern District of Ohio. Judge Knepp, an Ohio native, serves as a federal magistrate judge in the Northern District of Ohio. Judge Calabrese was appointed by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to sit on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas in June 2019.
A video of his remarks can be found here.
Governor DeWine: Child Care Providers May Return to Normal Ratios
On Tuesday, Governor DeWine announced that child care providers in Ohio may return to their normal, statutory ratios and class sizes beginning on August 9, 2020.
Child care providers have a choice to increase the number of children and staff members to the normal statutory ratios or to maintain their current, lower ratios to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is structuring a financial incentive to providers that maintain smaller ratios and classroom sizes.
“Children cannot learn unless they are safe and cared for, and without access to child care, parents may resort to less-than-ideal options for their child’s care, such as relying on an elderly grandparent who is at greater risk for contracting COVID-19. By allowing normal ratios to resume, we’re giving parents more options,” said Governor DeWine. “We will continue to closely monitor reports of COVID-19 in child care, as well as compliance with rules and best practices, so that we can respond as needed to keep our children, families, and teachers safe.”
All child care providers must comply with stringent health and safety requirements including:
Additionally, providers must report any COVID-19 cases to ODJFS and their local health department.
Lt. Gov. Husted Partners with White House, Promotes Plasma Donation
Lt. Governor Jon Husted spoke last week on a White House call with leaders around the country, including Governors, Lt. Governors, and state health commissioners to promote plasma donation during the COVID-19 global pandemic. The Lt. Governor has used time during the regular press conferences with Governor DeWine to highlight the need for plasma donations, specifically by those who have recovered from the coronavirus who may be able to help others by donating plasma with the antibodies for the virus.
Yost: Members of Jail Drug Smuggling Enterprise Plead Guilty
Attorney General Dave Yost announced members of a criminal enterprise that smuggled illegal drugs and contraband into the Cuyahoga County Jail pleaded guilty. Prosecutors say the drug ring operated in the jail from January 2017 through July 2019, and that inmates and family members bribed guards to smuggle heroin, fentanyl, marijuana, cell phones, vape pens and other contraband.
“Proud of my relentless team on these cases, bringing justice into the cracks and corners of this rogue jail,” Yost said.
The ongoing investigation that led to the charges is being conducted by Yost’s office with assistance from the FBI, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department and the Cleveland Division of Police. Yost’s office is also prosecuting the cases.
LaRose Affirms That Only United States Citizens May Vote in Ohio Elections
In the 2020 primary election,the Village of Yellow Springs approved a charter amendment that explicitly allowed non-citizens to register and vote in local elections. In response, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose ordered the Greene county board of elections to reject non-citizen voter registrations and put measures in place ensuring only citizens are allowed to vote this November.
“Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any weirder, the village of Yellow Springs forces me as Ohio’s chief elections officer to restate the obvious – only US citizens may vote,” said LaRose. “Incredibly, I’m being put in a position where I need to remind a village here in Ohio that a vote is a sacred right which many have fought and bled to protect – but only a right that is earned by birth or the oath of citizenship. American citizenship is precious. It has value and with it comes the right and responsibility of being a voter. I won’t tolerate any local government who tries to subvert our laws, devalue American citizenship, and sew chaos in our elections. ”
Auditor Faber Congratulates Newly Elected Speaker of the House Bob Cupp
Auditor of State Keith Faber was pleased to see the Ohio House of Representatives remove Larry Householder from his office and replaced with Representative Bob Cupp.
“As a former Senate President, I understand the importance of having leaders with integrity in charge of the legislature,” Faber said, “I can think of no one better to lead the House, repair its damaged reputation, and continue delivering for the people of Ohio than Bob Cupp.”
Sprague: Carrying on the Mission of ADA 30 Years Later
On Sunday, July 26, The Columbus Dispatch featured a column by Ohio Treasurer Robert Spraguecommemorating the 30th anniversary of Pres. George H.W. Bush’s signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Since then, the landmark legislation has made great strides toward eliminating discrimination and providing equal opportunities for individuals living with disabilities.
“Thirty years later, it’s clear the mission of the Americans with Disabilities Act is alive and well,” said Treasurer Sprague. “The Buckeye State is fortunate to have an ever-growing advocacy network that does a tremendous job of ensuring people with disabilities have every opportunity to thrive. Together, we’re breaking down barriers to build a more inclusive state that benefits from the talents of all Ohioans.”
Kennedy Sweeps Western Ohio
Traveling nine counties from Northwest to Southwest, Justice Sharon L. Kennedy enjoyed a busy week across Ohio. In between multiple events, she spoke at the Foundation for Life Legislative Briefing Breakfast in Perrysburg, received the endorsement from the Fraternal Order of Police and knocked doors in Wood, Clermont, and her home base – Butler.
“It’s great to be home,” said Sharon to the crowd of volunteers at the Butler County Headquarters. “As I look around this room I see many friends. People who have been with me since the beginning. Together we have worked late nights, made many calls, and knocked hundreds of doors. Today despite the heat we work toward a victory on November 3rd. I am humbled to have the support of all of you. Thank you for all if your efforts!”
Justice French Administers Oath of Office to New Speaker
It was my great honor to administer the oath of office to the new Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, Bob Cupp.
In his remarks, Speaker Cupp quoted a statement that appears on the beautiful Moyer Judicial Center in honor of the pioneers of the Northwest Territory: “They raised a standard to which the wise and honest can repair.” May it be so.