I hope you all had a restful Thanksgiving holiday.
President Trump continues fighting for the American people and for the integrity of our elections. Democrats disputed the results of the 2016 election for years with no evidence of any wrongdoing, and now conservatives must stand with the president as lawsuits across the country continue finding irregularities from the November 3rd election.
We must also focus our attention on the Georgia Senate races. We must maintain our conservative majority in the Senate, or else we risk the Democrats’ socialist policies taking over both chambers of Congress. The fight for free and fair elections continues in Georgia. If you are interested in helping us win two very important Senate races, you can Volunteer Here!
Jane M. Timken
Portman New Video Highlights Portman’s Participation in COVID-19 Vaccine Trial
A new video highlights Senator Portman’s participation in the ENSEMBLE phase 3 trial for the COVID-19 vaccine candidate being developed by Johnson & Johnson and managed by CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services (CTI) at its research center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
At a time when COVID-19 cases are surging in Ohio and across the country and only about half of Americans have confidence in the upcoming vaccines, Portman felt it was important to participate in a vaccine trial to raise awareness of the safety and effectiveness while encouraging others to participate as well. In the video, he discusses the importance of the vaccines to ensure Americans feel comfortable returning to retail establishments, schools, the workplace and gathering with friends and family. Portman also applauds the Trump Administration’s Operation Warp Speed, which has led the unprecedented development of the vaccine candidates.
The video can be found here.
DeWine Signs Certificate Appointing Trump Electors
On Thursday, Governor DeWine issued a video on Twitter wishing Ohioans a Happy Thanksgiving.
On Friday, Governor DeWine signed Ohio’s Certificate of Ascertainment, which identifies the appointed electors and final vote count in Ohio for each candidate in the U.S. Presidential Election held on November 3, 2020.
Ohio’s Certificate of Ascertainment shows the most popular votes, 3,154,834, for Donald J. Trump and Michael R. Pence.
“As Chief Executive of the State of Ohio, I certified today the Certificate of Ascertainment, which is a part of the electoral process in our state,” said Governor DeWine. “I want to thank Ohio voters for exercising their right to vote, as well as all of our poll workers, local election officials, and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose for a smooth democratic election process in Ohio.”
The Certificate of Ascertainment is the legal document that links the popular vote in Ohio to the electoral process. Federal law requires the Chief Executive of each state to certify the Certificate of Ascertainment.
The State meetings of the electors will be held on December 14, 2020. At the meetings, the electors vote for President and Vice President.
Under Ohio law, the candidate with the most popular votes in Ohio receives all 18 of Ohio’s electoral college votes, which will be cast by the electors:
Ken Blackwell, Bonnie Ward, Barbara Clark, Keith Cheney, Mark Wagoner, Dave Johnson, Joy Padgett, Patti Alderson, Steve Loomis, Rob Scott, Patricia Weber, Robert Paduchik, Karen Arshinkoff, James Wert, Jim Canepa, Jane Timken, Darrell Scott, Madison Gesiotto
Husted Brings Attention to Ohio Retailers
During Tuesday’s press conference, Lt. Governor Jon Husted brought attention to a newly announced initiative launched by the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants that encourages everyone to consider supporting Ohio workers this holiday season by buying from businesses based in the state — boosting economic activity.
“If we could just get 10 percent more business from Ohio consumers with Ohio businesses, that would make a dramatic impact to help our retailers,” said Lt. Gov. Husted.
Yost Obtains Settlement with Home Depot After Data Breach
Attorney General Dave Yost announced that Home Depot will pay a $17.5 million settlement to 45 states and the District of Columbus following a 2014 data breach. The breach exposed the credit card information of approximately 40 million Home Depot customers nationwide. Ohio will collect $656,210 through the settlement.
“The Home Depot might have the right hardware for customers but, in this case, it lacked the necessary tools to protect their information,” Yost said. “That’s now going to change with this settlement.”
In addition to the monetary settlement, Home Depot agreed to implement and maintain data security practices to strengthen its security program and safeguard the personal information of consumers.
LaRose Certifies Record Setting Election
This week, Secretary of State Frank LaRose certified the official results of the 2020 Presidential General Election. The Secretary’s signature Friday marked the completion of the official canvass and certifies winners for what has become an all-time record setting 2020 General Election. The 74% voter participation and nearly 6 million votes cast prove Ohio’s election was both secure and accessible.
View the official certified results at OhioSoS.gov.
Faber Wishes Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving
This Thanksgiving gave us the opportunity to reflect on the many blessings we have as Americans. In spite of what the media and loud voices on social media try to portray, Americans have much to be grateful for and should look forward to the coming holiday season, surrounded by family and friends.
Sprague Announces More Savings Through OMAP
Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague recently announced that the Village of Walton Hills (Cuyahoga County) is the latest community to save money through the Ohio Market Access Program (OMAP).
“Through OMAP, communities can benefit from the state’s high credit rating to finance important infrastructure projects while saving money on interest costs. We’re proud to have Walton Hills participate in this program for the fifth consecutive year.”
Since its 2014 launch, OMAP has supported more than 190 deals, ranging from $390,000 to over $100 million. To date, the program has generated more than $3.76 million in estimated savings for local governments.
As the final results of the election continue to play out, it is important that we allow recounts and law suits to run their course to ensure it was a free and fair election. As of November 19th, there are a combined 485 sworn declarations in 5 states and there have been more than 13,500 incident reports filed in those states since Election Day. We must continue supporting President Trump and see this through.
In Georgia, it is imperative we continue the fight for the two Senate seats that will now have run off elections in January. If it is determined that Joe Biden is truly our next president, we must keep his liberal policies in check by maintaining a Republican majority in the Senate. Georgia Democrats have been attacking the safeguards of our elections processes for years, and we must fight to maintain conservative control of these seats.
We need people to volunteer their time to ensure that we win these run-offs. If you are interested in helping us win two of the most important Senate races in our nation’s history, you can Volunteer Here!
Our Thanksgiving celebrations may look different this year, but I wish you all a safe and happy holiday spent with loved ones.
Jane M. Timken
On Fox News, Portman Highlights Participation in Vaccine Trial & Urges Bipartisan Action on COVID-19 Relief Legislation
On Fox News’s The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino, Senator Portman discussed his participation in the ENSEMBLE phase 3 trial for the COVID-19 vaccine candidate being developed by Johnson & Johnson and managed by CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services (CTI) at its research center in Cincinnati, Ohio. At a time when COVID-19 cases are surging in Ohio and across the country and only about half of Americans have confidence in the upcoming vaccines, Portman felt it was important to participate in a vaccine trial to raise awareness of the safety and effectiveness while encouraging others to participate as well. He discussed the importance of the vaccines to ensure Americans feel comfortable returning to retail establishments, schools, the workplace and gathering with friends and family. Portman also applauded the Trump Administration’s Operation Warp Speed, which has led the unprecedented development of the vaccine candidates and urged his fellow elected officials to stop casting doubt on a potential vaccine for the sake of political victories.
In addition, Portman discussed the need for Congress to come together and negotiate in good faith on a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package that bolsters our health care response, helps our economy and small businesses continue to recover, provides funding for schools and state and local governments, permanently expands telehealth options for addiction treatment, and provides enhanced federal unemployment benefits to help people who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Portman has given 18 floor speeches calling for bipartisan action focused on the bipartisan areas of agreement, saying that now is the time to put aside political differences and act on behalf of the American people.
The interview can be found here.
DeWine Urges Ohioans to Continue COVID Efforts; Launches New PSA
On Monday and Wednesday, Governor DeWine, joined by local medical professionals, traveled across the state to hold press conferences in areas heavily affected by COVID-19. From his home in rural Cedarville to some of Ohio’s largest cities, Governor DeWine continued to plead with Ohioans to not let up on their efforts to protect themselves and others while awaiting a vaccine.
“Every single day, do something that cuts back on your contacts with other people,” said Governor DeWine at Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport. “If we don’t step up now, a lot of things we cherish are going to take a heavy, heavy hit.”
On Thursday, Governor DeWine shared the Ohio Department of Health’s new COVID-19 public service announcement by CBS sports analyst and former basketball player for Ohio State University and the NBA, Clark Kellogg. Kellogg also spoke during the press conference on Ohioans’ grit, perseverance, teamwork, and unity.
“My hope and prayer is simply this: That we all, as Ohioans, as citizens of this great state and country we live in, that we not grow weary in the doing of good, for we know that the harvest comes as we don’t give up,” said Kellogg. “And I hope that message resonates with all of us as we move into a challenging and difficult period here in the next several weeks. But victory’s on the other side; we just have to stay committed and vigilant in those things that we can do for ourselves and for each other.”
Kellogg’s public service announcement is available at https://youtu.be/5t87JKmzgEo
Husted Visits Zanesville Hospital
On Wednesday, Lt. Governor Jon Husted visited Zanesville to learn first-hand how Genesis Hospital has been impacted by the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the region. Joined by Genesis HealthCare System CEO Matthew Perry and Zanesville Mayor Don Mason, the Lt. Governor reinforced the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing to help ensure that the local hospital system is not overwhelmed.
Yost: New DNA Technology Solves Missing Persons Case
Attorney General Dave Yost announced that his Bureau of Criminal Investigation used a new DNA technology to link previously unidentified human remains with a missing persons case from 2013. BCI’s newly implemented technology made is possible to identify recently uncovered remains in Toledo as those of Dewayne Lewis, who was last seen in that city in October of 2013.
“Sometimes, superheroes wear lab coats,” Yost said. “Congratulations to our scientists and the investigators who took this cutting-edge technique out of the academic ivory tower and took it to the streets.”
This comes after Yost announced the creation of a Cold Case Unit earlier this year. The unit takes a proactive role in reaching out to local cold case police units to assist with cases of homicide, rape and other violent crimes.
LaRose Prepares for Election Certification
This week, Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections completed their official canvass, compiling the legal votes cast early, absentee, or on Election Day. The next step in the process is certification of results by the Ohio Secretary of State by November 28th. Ohio has already shattered its all-time voter turnout record. That record will only grow upon the completion of the certification.
Find out more about the process here.
Secretary LaRose is ensuring that every legally cast vote is counted so Ohioans can be confident in the results of the election.
Faber Finds Medicaid Fraud That Could Add Up To $500 Million
This week, Auditor of State Keith Faber released an audit from his office showing fraudulent payments that could add up to $500 million. Faber is committed to rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse in state government. This audit is the latest example of inefficiencies that need to be corrected to ensure taxpayer dollars aren’t being misspent.
Sprague Addresses County Treasurers Association of Ohio
On Thursday, Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague joined the County Treasurers Association of Ohio for the organization’s annual conference. This year’s conference was held virtually, and Treasurer Sprague provided a series of updates about the Treasurer’s office. Among his remarks, Sprague highlighted the work his office has undertaken to provide local fiscal officers with more virtual and online options for continuing financial education.
The fight for ballot integrity is not yet over as Republicans across the country pursue legal challenges to ensure November’s election was free and fair. As Americans, we are entitled to safe and secure election processes. For four years, President Trump has put Americans, and America, first. He has continually fought to keep the American Dream alive and to implement policies that made a real difference in the lives of many people living in this nation. With slim margins and many voting irregularities, we owe it to the president and voters to see this through to the end.
We are prepared to accept the outcome, whatever it may be, while knowing we have done our best to fight for election integrity. If you would like to contribute to the fight for fair elections, you can visit gop.com to donate. If you have witnessed any voting irregularities, click here to report fraud.
On Friday, I directed some of my staff to go down to Georgia to help hold the U.S. Senate. It is imperative that Republicans keep a hold on those seats, or we risk letting the liberal elites run our country.
We need people to volunteer their time to ensure that we win these run-offs. If you are interested in helping us win two of the most important Senate races in our nation’s history, click below and fill out the form.
On Senate Floor, Portman Stresses Dire Need for Bipartisan Action to Address Surging COVID-19 Pandemic
Last week, on the Senate floor, for the 18th time since March, U.S. Senator Rob Portman spoke on the urgency for Congress to act to pass bipartisan legislation to respond to the health care and economic crises caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Senator Portman called on Congress to provide the relief Americans need and deserve. In particular, he believes funding for testing and contact tracing, funding for vaccine and therapy developments, and his Healthy Workplaces Tax Credit, which helps businesses reopen and stay open, are all common-sense proposals with bipartisan support upon which a new COVID-19 response package should be built. He urged his colleagues to put aside the partisanship that has stymied previous efforts to pass COVID-19 relief legislation and focus on solutions that help the American people.
The video of the floor speech can be found here.
DeWine Asks Ohioans to Mask Up to Keep Businesses Open
On Wednesday, Governor DeWine called on citizens to recommit to their individual efforts to prevent coronavirus spread as Ohio moves through its most intense, widespread, and dangerous surge of cases to date.
Ohio is currently facing a record number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations and intensive care admissions, with nearly 3,000 people in the hospital, including more than 700 people in the ICU as of Wednesday. During the first week of November alone, 104 Ohioans infected with the coronavirus died.
“With this new wave of COVID-19, the onset of flu season, and an already-exhausted group of healthcare workers, there are serious concerns that there won’t be enough people to fully staff our healthcare facilities in the next few weeks,” said Governor DeWine. “If we don’t change this, Ohio won’t be able to provide appropriate care for COVID patients or for Ohioans who require other emergency care for things like accidents, strokes, and heart attacks. Hospitals will again be forced to postpone important, but less urgent, care.”
Although testing capacity in Ohio has nearly doubled, the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus has increased almost four times. At the end of September, Ohio averaged under 1,000 new cases per day; on Tuesday, Ohio hit a record high of more than 6,500 new cases reported in a single 24-hour period.
“As we wait for the vaccine, which could come as soon as December, we have so much to protect,” said Governor DeWine. “What each Ohioan does in his or her own life impacts every citizen and every place we desperately want and need to keep open– our schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and businesses.”
To reinforce the necessity of wearing masks and slowing virus spread, Governor DeWine announced two forthcoming orders:
REVISED MASK ORDER
Although most people and businesses have properly followed COVID-19 safety guidelines issued in Ohio’s July 23, 2020, mask order, others are not following the order.
To protect frontline workers and customers, the Ohio Department of Health will reissue Ohio’s mask order and add the following provisions:
NEW SOCIAL GATHERING ORDER
Ohio’s April order that limits public events and private gatherings of more than 10 people is still in effect, however, there has been rampant spread of the virus as a result of banquets, wedding receptions, and social gatherings following funerals.
To address the tragedies that have resulted from such events, the Ohio Department of Health will issue an order that will place significant new restrictions on these social activities. Specifically, open congregate areas will no longer be permitted to open, and everyone will be required to be seated and masked unless they are actively consuming food or drinks.
Bars, restaurants, and fitness centers may remain open, but this will be reassessed one week from tomorrow for potential closure.
“If the current trend continues and cases keep increasing, we will be forced to make these closures,” said Governor DeWine. “I am very well aware of the burden this will place on employees and owners, but these are places where it is difficult or impossible to maintain mask-wearing, which we know now is the chief way of slowing this virus.”
Husted Reminds Businesses About Grant Opportunities
Lt. Governor Jon Husted this week reminded Ohio businesses that the application period for the Small Business Relief Grant and the Bar & Restaurant Assistance Fund remains open. Both opportunities are aimed at helping Ohio’s vital small business sector combat the impacts of COVID-19.
The Small Business Relief Grant provides a $10,000 grant to small businesses with at least one but no more than 25 employees. This funding can help businesses pay for a variety of expenses, including mortgage or rent payments; utility payments; salaries, wages, or compensation for employees and contractors; business supplies or equipment; and other costs.
The Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund provides $2,500 for those permit holders who haven’t been able to fully use their liquor permit. Businesses with an on-premise consumption permit through the Ohio Department of Commerce will be eligible to receive $2,500 per unique business location. Businesses need to have an active on-premise permit as of close of business on October 23, 2020.
More information can be found at BusinessHelp.Ohio.gov.
Yost Files Amicus Brief in Pennsylvania GOP Lawsuit
Attorney General Dave Yost filed a brief last week asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that defied state law by extending the deadline for accepting absentee ballots in Pennsylvania. Yost argued the United State Constitution clearly says that each state legislature is responsible for setting election law, and not the courts. Under Pennsylvania law, absentee ballots must be received by Election Day to count. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, however, overstepped and extended the deadline by three days.
“This constitutional question will come up again in future elections,” Yost said. “It is in the best interest of all Ohioans – all of America – to gain a definitive answer, regardless of politics.”
You can read Yost’s full briefing here.
Ohio is a Model for How to Run an Election, Says LaRose
Ohio is receiving praise from around the nation for how smoothly the election was run. Secretary LaRose wrote a column for the Cincinnati Enquirer about how he, in partnership with bipartisan election officials from across the state, made it happen.
“In the days following Nov. 3, the eyes of the world focused on several states around this great nation as they worked to count every legally cast ballot…” said LaRose. “Not in Ohio.”
Faber Honors Veterans in Delaware
This week, Auditor of State Keith Faber attended a Veterans Day Ceremony in Delaware, paying tribute to all the brave men and women that have fought to defend America.
Sprague Joins Local Officials and Business Leaders in Brown County
Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague spent Tuesday traveling southwest Ohio. His day included a stop in Brown County to discuss current events and issues with local officials and business leaders. As part of the conversation, Sprague offered an update about his office and highlighted various Treasurer’s office programs that are currently helping communities and business owners across our state.
Election Day was once again a success for Republicans across Ohio. We held the supermajority in the Ohio House, electing great conservative leaders who will represent our values and voices in the Statehouse. President Trump once again swept Ohio, winning the state by nearly the same margin he won by in 2016 – 8%. As I said on election night, it was the president’s America First policies that resonated with Ohioans, along with a general conservative message that propelled state Republicans to leadership roles. Ohio Republicans also picked up seats in the Ohio Senate, maintaining the conservative majority there as well.
The Democrats’ messaging of defunding police, far-left socialist policies, raising taxes, and forcing government-run healthcare on Americans simply does not resonate in Ohio. We even flipped Mahoning County red. Ohio Democrats’ hopes to flip Republican seats and suburban districts turned out to be nothing more than wishful thinking.
I am incredibly proud of our Republican candidates and all the hard work they put in to ensure another victorious election year in Ohio.
As you all know, I support our President and I believe in fair and secure elections. We need to ensure that every legal vote is counted, no illegal votes are counted, and all sides are able to observe the process, just like in Ohio. That’s why as soon as November 3rd, Ohio Republican Party and Ohio Trump/Victory staff headed to Pennsylvania and Michigan to help make sure that there were no inconsistencies with the voting process in those states. It’s crucial that all Americans are confident in our election process and its outcomes.
Lastly, there are two elections still to come that need our attention. The coming runoff elections in Georgia will decide who controls the U.S. Senate. Senator Portman needs to keep his conservative colleagues, so we must do all we can to support Senator David Perdue and Senator Kelly Loeffler
Portman Congratulates Trump on Ohio Victory and Calls for Transparency as States Complete Counts
On Wednesday, Senator Rob Portman issued the following statement: “Congratulations to Secretary of State Frank LaRose, the county boards of elections, and the more than 50,000 Ohio poll workers for conducting a safe, secure, and transparent election in Ohio. It was not easy in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. And congratulations to President Trump on his decisive victory in Ohio. I think Ohio voters know he is the right choice to rebuild our economy as we work to emerge from this pandemic. Under our Constitution, state legislatures set the rules & states administer our elections. We should respect that process and ensure that all ballots cast in accordance with state laws are counted. It’s that simple. I hope we can reach a final resolution as quickly as possible.”
In response to the uncertainty in several states around the nation, Senator Portman issued the following statement on Thursday: “Seems pretty straightforward: Every ballot cast in accordance with state law should be counted. Those that are not cast in accordance with state law should not be counted. As states work through counting the remaining ballots, both parties must be able to observe the process, as always, and any evidence of illegal activity should be investigated immediately. Our courts and legal system are set up to resolve any disputes in accordance with the law. Then, once the final count has been completed, we will abide by the results, as we always have as Americans.”
DeWine Continues COVID Fight with New Health Director
On Sunday, Governor DeWine released an open letter to the people of Ohio leading up to the election calling for unity and renewed commitment to fighting the coronavirus.
“Today, and for some time to come, we also share a common enemy…an enemy that is relentless and clearly on the march. This enemy has invaded our nation, stealing nearly 230,000 American lives and at least 5,300 Ohio lives–all on our own soil,” said Governor DeWine. “Throughout our history, in the face of a shared enemy, we have come together as a people, whether we were in the midst of a war or a national disaster, such as a flood or tornado.”
A video recording of Governor DeWine reading the letter is available by clicking this link.
On Thursday, Governor DeWine announced multiple key additions to the existing administration at the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).
Director Stephanie McCloud: Director McCloud previously served as Governor DeWine’s administrator of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, managing an agency of 1,800 colleagues and over $28 billion in assets. She has considerable experience in the area of mental health and addiction treatment which is a priority in Ohio’s health improvement plan.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff: Dr. Vanderhoff previously served for more than a decade as a Senior Vice President and as the Chief Medical Officer at OhioHealth. He has years of experience leading large teams in successfully dealing with important healthcare issues in Ohio and prepared OhioHealth to deal with the threat of Ebola and the H1N1 flu pandemic.
Senior Deputy Lance Himes: Himes had previously served as the interim director of ODH where he has played an integral role in running and managing many aspects of the pandemic response operation. He will lead the coordination of the state’s vaccine distribution plan and will continue to work directly with Ohio’s local health commissioners.
Chief of Staff Kathleen Madden: Madden had previously served as Assistant Director at the Ohio Office of Budget and Management and will now play a key role in keeping ODH’s pandemic and non-pandemic programs and operations on track. She will work to prioritize and resolve critical issues, provide oversight and guidance to ODH staff, and ensure that ODH funds are spent responsibly and strategically.
Other key members of the ongoing COVID-19 response who will continue their roles in assisting ODH are:
Adjutant General Maj. Gen. John Harris, Ohio National Guard: Maj. Gen. Harris will continue work to ensure complex operations, such as COVID testing and contact tracing, are well-coordinated, monitored, and improved when necessary. He will also work directly with Senior Deputy Himes on the planning and logistics of the forthcoming vaccine distribution program.
Director Ursel McElroy, Ohio Department of Aging: Director McElroy will continue to direct virus prevention efforts for older adults in the community and in long-term settings, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Director Lori Criss, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services: Director Criss will continue to lead efforts to address the increasing mental health needs of citizens during the pandemic.
Governor DeWine also announced that John Logue, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s (BWC) Chief of Strategic Direction, will become the new administrator of Ohio BWC effective on November 16.
Logue has worked for 26 years in the industry. Before returning to BWC in 2019, he most recently served as the vice president of client services for International Absence Management Company where he focused on Ohio workers’ compensation.
HUSTED TALKS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, BIPARTISANSHIP AFTER ELECTION
Lt. Governor Jon Husted last week spoke at the Impact Ohio Post Election Conference, where he discussed what the administration is doing to improve broadband, strengthen Ohio’s workforce and end costly regulations that hinder job growth.
The Lt. Governor also advocated for collaboration and building bridges to tackle the issues and challenges Ohioans face in their daily lives.
Yost: Ex-Cuyahoga County Jail Guard Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Drugs Into Jail
Attorney General Dave Yost announced a former Cuyahoga County jailer pleaded guilty last week to taking bribes from inmates to smuggle drugs and other items into the jail. Stephen Thomas is the fourth and final person to plead guilty in the smuggling ring that investigators with Yost’s office broke up in 2019. Along with drugs, Thomas pleaded guilty to smuggling cell phone batteries and vape pens into the jail in exchange for bribes.
The smuggling case is part of a broad investigation by Yost’s office into the Cuyahoga County Jail. Other cases include officers who beat inmates, and charges against the former warden and jail director accused of negligently making decisions that made the jail unsafe.
Secretary of State LaRose: Ohio shatters voter turnout record
The unofficial results from the November 3rd election show 5,812,804 Ohioans voted in the 2020 General Election, already breaking the all-time record of 5,773,777 set in 2008.
“The old saying from my time in the military is ‘you sweat in peacetime so you don’t bleed in battle’,” said LaRose. “Partnering with the county boards of elections, we sweated throughout the spring and summer to boost participation in early voting opportunities, make sure voters were safe, voting systems were secure, and enough poll workers trained and ready. And it worked. Ohio shattered the record and voters proved it’s easy to make your voice heard in the Buckeye State.”
Auditor Faber Talks CARES Act Dollars with Local Officials
This week, Auditor of State Keith Faber continued reaching out to local governments across Ohio to ensure that they can spend the CARES Act dollars to help those hurting the most by the coronavirus pandemic. He held a virtual townhall with dozens of county auditors and local leaders from Northwest Ohio to answer their questions.
Sprague Announces Three New Additions to the Ohio Checkbook
Last week, Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague announced three new additions to the recently revamped OhioCheckbook.gov. Euclid City Schools, Madison Township, and the Village of Crestline are the latest local government entities to come aboard the online transparency portal.
OhioCheckbook.gov was launched in June 2020. The new transparency website combined OhioCheckbook.com (previously administered by the Treasurer’s office) and Ohio’s Interactive Budget (previously operated by the Office of Budget and Management) to create a single, one-stop resource for taxpayers to learn more about spending at the state and local levels of government.
Kennedy Thanks You for Your Support
Thank you to the voters of Ohio for entrusting me with a second full term as Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio.
A special thank you to Chairman Timken and the Ohio Republican Party family for all of their efforts on my behalf. Thank you to the Kennedy for Ohio team Alicia, Sam, and Lara, and all of the County Chairmen, County Coordinators, and volunteers who worked tirelessly across the state. And thank you to my family and friends back home in Butler County particularly, Ryan, Mick, Barry, and Brian.
My journey to our state’s highest court was driven by a singular belief that a justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio must be someone who will vigilantly and strictly adhere to their limited role in government – to interpret the law not rewrite it or legislate from the bench. Serving as your Justice has enabled me to do the compelling work of the Court and continue meaningful work beyond the bench – bringing people together, building community partners, and solving community problems.
Looking back I am proud to say that I have honored the Constitution, ensuring that the next generation is afforded the same protection under the law that we have enjoyed. And along the way, educated generations about the judicial system, worked to build partnerships that help our veterans find mental health and substance abuse treatment, and grow relationships and programs that will help others find a pathway out of the circumstances in life they find themselves in.
To those of you who gave me your vote, I reiterate my deepest gratitude. To those of you who voted a different way, I hope to earn your trust and respect. Regardless, I promise to humbly serve each and every Ohioan with a full heart and steady moral compass.
The people of Ohio have bestowed upon me the greatest honor of my life in giving me the opportunity to continue to serve this state – I won’t let you down. Thank you.
With only two days left until Election Day, I see the enthusiasm Ohioans have for President Trump first hand. I spent two days traveling the state with Team Trump on Tour, visiting 9 counties throughout Ohio on Friday and Saturday. Ohioans braced the cold weather and showed up for early visits just to show support for our great president. On November 3rd, voters will head to the polls knowing that our president delivered on the promises he made to Americans four years ago.
Our Great American Comeback is truly well on its way with GDP growth booming at 33.1% last Thursday – higher than economists’ predictions. President Trump has proven he is a fighter who will go to work every day for ordinary Americans looking to provide for their families and live the American Dream. There is no better person to lead our nation for another term than President Trump. The excitement for him is clearly palpable, and I am confident that Ohio will go red once again to re-elect President Trump for Four More Years!
If you haven’t made it to the polls to vote yet, there is still time to do so. Make sure you visit slate.ohiogop.org to find the Republican slate card of candidates. Every vote counts, so make sure your voice is heard!
In Youngstown, Senator Portman Joined Ivanka for a “Make America Great” Rally
Last Saturday, Senator Portman campaign with Ivanka Trump in Youngstown. By working together with President Trump, we brought new jobs to Ohio, provided record funding to fight the addiction epidemic, passed legislation to help end human trafficking, enacted historic tax reform, and more.
DeWine Requests BWC Send $5 Billion Dividend to Ohio Employers
On Wednesday, Governor DeWine was joined by Lt. Governor Husted to request the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) send up to $5 billion in dividends to Ohio employers to ease the continued financial impact from the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘This pandemic is unprecedented, and continues to financially impact Ohio employers and businesses,” said Governor DeWine. “Issuing these dividends is important. This is about keeping businesses open and people employed.”
If approved by BWC’s Board of Directors, it would bring the total dividend dollars for employers this year to nearly $8 billion.
More information is available at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/resources/news-releases-news-you-can-use/covid-19-update-10-28-20
Husted Discusses More Resources for Ohio Job Creators
Lt. Governor Jon Husted last week continued talking with businesses across Ohio about resources the administration has made available to support employers across the state to help them weather the COVID-19 economic slowdown. Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted have announced in recent weeks several packages of relief that will provide over $400 million in funding to support small businesses, restaurants and bars, hospitals, non-profit organizations, and individual Ohioans who need financial assistance. The administration also announced the largest-ever dividend in Bureau of Workers Compensation payments to insured businesses and local governments. The Lt. Governor continues to conduct media interviews to raise awareness among businesses for the new assistance.
Yost Announces Success of Largest Human Trafficking Sting in Ohio History
Attorney General Dave Yost joined federal, state and local law enforcement partners last week to announce the success of the largest human trafficking sting in Ohio history. Operation Autumn Hope, coordinated through Yost’s Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, resulted in 177 arrests and 109 human trafficking victims being rescued.
“The success of Operation Autumn Hope is measured not only in the number of arrests but in the lives that were rescued from this evil,” Yost said. “Every agency on this team looks for the day when no person is bought and sold in Ohio. Don’t buy sex in Ohio!”
During the operation, the U.S. Marshals cleared 76 missing and exploited children cases. The majority of the cases and arrests occurred in Toledo, Cleveland and Columbus. You can read more about Operation Autumn Hope here.
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Auditor Faber Talks CARES Act Funding with Local Governments
This week, Auditor of State Keith Faber continued reaching out to local governments to help provide guidance on spending CARES act dollars. Faber has been working hard to ensure that governments have the tools they need to make sure the monies make their way to local services and businesses to help our communities stay strong throughout the pandemic.
Sprague Addresses OML’s Municipal Finance Officers Fall Meeting
On Thursday, Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague spoke to the Ohio Municipal League’s Fall Meeting of Municipal Finance Officers. During the virtual conference, Sprague provided an overview of the various programs in the Treasurer’s office that are designed to support local governments. Additionally, Sprague offered an update on recent happenings around ResultsOHIO, the newly launched pay for success program.
Final Days – Kennedy Set to Eclipse Second Round of 88 Counties in 2020
With two days left to cast a ballot, Justice Sharon L. Kennedy finished her last full week on the campaign trail with stops in 18 counties. After she visits Perry County on Election Day, Sharon’s second tour of all 88 counties in 2020 will be complete.
Justice Kennedy’s message to everyone was the same – “do not stop now.”
“This year, you have all made it abundantly clear just how important this election is,” said Sharon. “The work of a volunteer is often difficult and thankless, but people like me cannot win without people like you – and from the bottom of my heart – I thank you. But our fight is not over yet. We have worked too long and too hard to stop now. I leave you with one last request, in the final hours before the closing of the polls, go through your contacts one more time to send one final reminder to vote all the way down
Justice French Visits 12 Counties with Trump Bus Tour
The highlight for Judi was getting an opportunity to thank the many volunteers who’ve supported her throughout Ohio. She wouldn’t be successful without their continued friendship and support.
Speaker Cupp Knocks Doors for Representatives Lanese and Jordan
This weekend we knocked for Rep Lanese and Rep Jordan in their respective districts with the Speaker and the ORP team along with our many volunteers.