What you should know about Obama’s visit for Cordray

What you should know about Obama’s campaign stop for Cordray

By Chairman Jane Timken

President Obama is set to jump back into the spotlight this afternoon, campaigning for Richard Cordray. Before he does, there are a few things Ohio voters should know about the connection between these two Washington elites.

It all started in 2012 when President Obama unconstitutionally appointed Cordray to direct the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Then, after intense scrutiny, Cordray was eventually confirmed and took the reigns of the most unaccountable agency in the federal government. With Obama’s blessing, Cordray used his unchecked power to overregulate American companies, harming consumers.   

Worse than the overregulation that occurred on Cordray’s watch was the gross mismanagement, discrimination, and intimidation that took place at the CFPB.

According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, 25 percent of female, black, and Asian employees were discriminated against on Cordray’s watch. Multiple CFPB employees testified about the culture of discrimination and intimidation that Cordray let flourish, including Senior Enforcement Attorney, Angela Martin and Quality Assurance Monitor Kevin Williams.

Martin said – “Emotionally I’m devastated forever. The fact that this wasn’t addressed when it happened to me has allowed another trail of victims.” “This was overt discrimination and the Director should apologize.”

Williams said – “I personally witnessed and was the victim of racial discrimination perpetrated by black as well as white managers. The unit was dubbed the ‘plantation,’ because when we started, the majority of black employees were assigned to intake, which was basically data entry.”

That is not where Cordray’s mismanagement ends.

Cordray allowed renovation costs for the CFPB’s rented office building to skyrocket to more than $215 Million. For perspective, the renovation of the Quicken Loans Arena will cost $140 Million.

When asked about the exorbitant cost of his office renovation during a congressional hearing, Cordray replied – “Why does that matter to you?”

If that isn’t a good indication of the value Richard Cordray would place on your tax dollars as Governor, I don’t know what is.

Of course, there’s also the $43.8 million that Cordray’s CFPB funneled to GMMB, the ad agency and political consulting firm that worked on both of Obama’s presidential campaigns. You’re probably wondering if Cordray is now using GMMB for his campaign. He is.

It’s sad that President Obama knows about Cordray’s discrimination and gross mismanagement but is still willing to campaign alongside him. Just last week, President Obama said “we are supposed to stand up to discrimination,” but today he is standing with it.

In that same speech, President Obama attempted to take credit for Republicans’ roaring economy. Yet, Cordray and Obama want to turn back the clock on our economic progress.  Reports have shown that Obama plans to make the case against Republican economic policies here in the Buckeye State. 

The Republican economic agenda has proved beneficial for Ohioans, and our state is moving in the right direction. Ohioans are happy with where our country is headed – all you have to do is look at the facts.

The average Ohio family of four is seeing over $2,200 in savings, thanks to the GOP tax cuts. Jobs and investments have been pouring back into Ohio since Republicans took control – and on average, President Trump has added 82,000 more jobs per month than President Obama did.

National unemployment remains at a near-record low of 3.9%, marking only the ninth time since 1970 that unemployment has been under 4%.

Wages are growing at the fastest rate since the Great Recession, with average hourly wages rising 2.9% for the past 12 months.  In contrast, wages remained stagnant under President Obama. 

The GDP was revised up to 4.2% and is currently averaging nearly 3%. Under Obama, GDP averaged just around 2%.  

This is all great news for Ohio families and workers, but we can’t turn back the clock.  Richard Cordray has said that his first priority if elected Governor would be to “flip the economic policies implemented by Republicans.”  This means raising taxes.

Cordray would rather see Ohio go back to the devastating Obama-Strickland era policies of 10% unemployment, 400,000 Ohio jobs lost, and a depleted rainy-day fund of just 89 cents.  

We can’t let that happen.  Ohioans deserve better than Obama and Cordray’s failed economic policies.

Democrats may think that this week’s campaign stop from President Obama will motivate voters this midterm election season, but what they fail to understand is Ohioans have consistently rejected Democrat policies of over-regulation, increased spending and higher taxes.

And they will reject them again in November.

Richard Cordray ignores state law prohibiting use of taxpayer resources for political purposes

Yesterday, Democrat candidate for Ohio Governor Richard Cordray was caught using taxpayer resources for political purposes, a violation of Ohio law. 

“Once again, Richard Cordray has proved himself to be unfit for the office of Ohio Governor and showed Ohioans that he can’t be trusted,” said ORP Chairman Jane Timken. “It’s embarrassing that Cordray, a former Attorney General, is refusing to follow Ohio law and copyright agreements by using a taxpayer-funded multimedia service to prop up his political campaign.” 

Ohio Revised Code 3353.07 – “The Ohio government telecommunications service shall provide the state government and affiliated organizations with multimedia support including audio, visual, and internet services, multimedia streaming, and hosting multimedia programs. Services provided by the Ohio government telecommunications service shall not be used for political purposes included in campaign materials, or otherwise used to influence an election, legislation, issue, judicial decision, or other policy of state government.”

Richard Cordray must tell Ohioans where he stands on Medicare for all

Remember when Hillary Clinton said “You need both a public and a private position” on policy? Well, Richard Cordray has embraced that advice, especially when it comes to Medicare for all.

Ohioans have a right to know where Richard Cordray stands. Would he support Medicare for all as Governor, or not?

In public, Cordray dodged the question THREE TIMES. Watch:

Q: The Ohio Republican Party sent out a press release this afternoon, attempting to suggest you support single payer. Where do you stand?

CORDRAY: So I support the health care law that we have on the books today… I’ve not seen a plan that allows us to have single payer for the state of Ohio…

Q: So do you support or oppose single payer?

CORDRAY: Single payer is not in the law.

Q: Right, I’m asking you your position.

CORDRAY: Single payer is not part of the law, it is not part of the program in Ohio or the United States at this point in time…

In private, Cordray tells supporters that he is open to all options and would like to see healthcare for all. Listen:

Q: “You mentioned health care access earlier and I’d like to ask you, what you think you can do as governor to improve health care access? And particularly, I’d like to know is how you feel about a public option or Medicare expansion versus a market-based?”

CORDRAY: “I’m open to all suggestions and they have to be tempered a bit by affordability at the state level. You know I would like to see health care for all because I think it is a right, I think it is a basic human right and I think it’s in the UN charter that it’s a human right, not just a political right.”

Nobody’s perfect…

Democrat Richard Cordray has yet to apologize for comparing Republicans to Nazis on at least two occasions.

According to NBC 4 Columbus, Cordray “has yet to back down” from the comments, but instead continued to dismiss the outcry over his offensive remarks by claiming “nobody’s perfect.”

Outside of the Democratic party, Cordray’s remarks have been widely condemned, with The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Toledo Blade even publishing editorials criticizing him. By refusing to apologize for his statements, Cordray is demonstrating an alarming lack of judgment and character, proving himself unfit to lead.

DeWine Cleaned up Cordray’s Messes and Made Ohio a Model for the Nation

News broke today that the state of Washington is looking to Ohio as a model for clearing its rape kit backlog.

When Mike DeWine succeeded Richard Cordray as Ohio’s Attorney General, he found a mountain of untested rape kits. 

DeWine demanded every kit be tested and launched the Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative, resulting in all 13,931 formerly shelved kits being tested

Statewide Results:

  • 8,648: The number of DNA profiles uploaded to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database
  • 5,024: Total number of CODIS hits from uploaded DNA profiles
  • 1,127: The number of cases involving those 300 serial offenders

Thanks to Mike DeWine, rape victims are receiving justice and Ohio’s model for clearing rape kit backlogs is a model for the nation.

Washington looks to Ohio as model for clearing rape kit backlog

Republican Troy Balderson leads 12th Congressional District race, poll finds

COLUMBUS, Ohio–A new poll in the special-election race for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District indicates that Democrat Danny O’Connor has work to do if he hopes to upset Republican Troy Balderson.

Balderson, a state senator from Zanesville, holds a 10-point advantage (43 percent to 33 percent) over O’Connor, the Franklin County recorder, among potential voters in the Aug. 7 special election, according to a Monmouth University survey released Monday. The Central Ohio district has been vacant since Republican Pat Tiberi stepped down in January.

In addition, two voter models by Monmouth – based on a historical midterm turnout and a Democratic surge – also show Balderson ahead, though near the range of uncertainty. Given that 21 percent of voters are still undecided, this means there’s a chance O’Connor still might be ahead, but it’s likely that Balderson has the lead.

The Monmouth poll found Democrats in the 12th District aren’t as enthusiastic about the race as they have been in earlier special-election races, where Democratic candidates have either won or were competitive in red-leaning districts.

“Balderson seems to be doing reasonably well with core GOP voting blocs, but O’Connor is not running up the score in areas where he needs to over-perform in order to pull off the upset,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, in a statement.

The survey found 44 percent of Democrats and 40 percent of Republicans have a lot of interest in the race. Forty-five percent of both Democrats and Republicans say they have been following the race at least somewhat closely.

“Democrats seem to be more settled on a candidate than Republicans and O’Connor may have an opening to win over some of those undecided voters. But the real challenge may be motivation rather than persuasion,” Murray said.

Joe Manchik, the Green Party’s candidate in the race, polled at 1 percent.

O’Connor is ahead 43 percent to 33 percent in his home county of Franklin, which includes about a third of the district’s voters. But Balderson leads in the rest of the district, which covers Delaware, Licking, and parts of Marion, Muskingum, and Richland counties.

The poll was conducted by phone between June 7 and June 10 among 501 voters in the 12th district. The survey’s margin of error is +/- 4.4 percentage points for the full sample and +/- 5.1 percentage points for the two likely voter models.

Originally published on Cleveland.com

Democrat Attorney General candidate may face conflict in opioid suit

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s Democratic attorney general candidate is facing a potential conflict of interest that could affect his ability to prosecute the pharmaceutical industry in the state’s lawsuit over the opioid crisis if he is elected.

Former U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach has professional ties to a lawyer for one of five pharmaceutical companies sued by the state, a review by The Associated Press found.

Attorney Carole Rendon served as Dettelbach’s first assistant U.S. Attorney and briefly succeeded him when he resigned as U.S. Attorney in Cleveland. He later recruited her to his team at BakerHostetler, a law firm where health care industry cases are among his specialties.

Rendon represents Endo Pharmaceuticals in the lawsuit that Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine brought last year against five drugmakers.

The suit alleges the drug companies were complicit in causing Ohio’s addictions epidemic by intentionally misleading patients about the dangers of painkillers and promoting benefits of the drugs not backed by science.

It almost certainly would continue as one of the office’s highest priorities after DeWine leaves next year due to term limits. Dettelbach faces Republican State Auditor Dave Yost for the job in November in one of the nation’s most closely watched attorney general races.

Yet Dettelbach could be forced to recuse himself from the case if he’s been privy to inside information on Endo’s defense.

It wouldn’t be the first time.

Dettelbach had to recuse himself from direct involvement in the years-long Cuyahoga County corruption probe when he was U.S. Attorney. That was because BakerHostetler, his then previous employer, represented a company implicated in the sweeping investigation, which ended in the convictions of more than 60 public officials, employees and contractors.

Former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery, a Republican, said if Dettelbach’s ties to Rendon or BakerHostetler prevent him from being involved in the office’s top case, it could present challenges for him.

“The duty of loyalty and confidentiality to clients and former clients is a cornerstone of the law,” she said, adding that Dettelbach could face a situation where “he would not be able to be engaged in practical decisions on the case or make comments to the public informing them of what the intent of the office was with regard to that case.”

Originally published by AP.

Small Business Endorses DeGenaro & Baldwin in Supreme Court Races

The NFIB OH PAC, the political action committee of NFIB in Ohio, has announced the endorsements of Justice Mary DeGenaro and Judge Craig Baldwin as the best candidates for seats on the Ohio Supreme Court for the 2018 Ohio general election this coming November.

Mary DeGenaro and Craig Baldwin will bring strong constitutional backgrounds and years of legal knowledge and experience to the Ohio Supreme Court. Both have a well-rounded career of practicing law on both sides of the bench for over 25 years.

“We are proud to support Justice DeGenaro and Judge Baldwin in their election campaigns for the Ohio Supreme Court,” said Roger Geiger, NFIB’s executive director and vice president in Ohio. “They both have a wealth of judicial experience and combine that with strong records of fairness and impartiality, they have the necessary experience and temperament to serve at the highest level. Their philosophy of judicial restraint lends itself to maintain a stable and predictable legal environment in Ohio.”

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the Ohio NFIB PAC. I appreciate the support of their statewide network of small businesses and will continue to work on the Ohio Supreme Court to serve all Ohioans,” said Justice DeGenaro.

“I am honored to receive the NFIB Ohio PAC endorsement. I have great respect for this organization, their membership and the work they do on behalf of Ohio businesses.  I appreciate their confidence in me,” said Judge Baldwin

In determining the endorsements, the NFIB OH PAC thoroughly vetted the candidates for Ohio Supreme Court through a member-driven process, including surveying members and personal interviews with the candidates. After completing the process, Justice Mary DeGenaro and Judge Craig Baldwin are the strongest choices for Ohio’s small business owners.

Small Business Endorses DeGenaro & Baldwin in Supreme Court Races

U.S. Back At No. 1 Competitiveness Ranking — Will Trump’s Critics Ever Admit To Being Wrong?

Have Donald Trump’s policies had a big impact on the U.S. economy and its competitiveness? The answer, we think, is an obvious yes. Now comes a new report, based mainly on “hard” data, that confirms that.

The report comes from the IMD Competitiveness Center in Switzerland. Each year it ranks countries by 256 different variables to come up with its global competitiveness rankings.

For 2018, there was a surprise: The U.S. leapt three places to take over the top spot in global competitiveness — just ahead of Hong Kong, Singapore, the Netherlands and Switzerland. That jump was based on its “strength in economic performance and infrastructure,” ranking first in both areas.

That this is so shouldn’t shock anyone with any knowledge of what’s going on in the economy.

Sherrod Brown, Richard Cordray Oppose Bipartisan Dodd-Frank Reform as Entrepreneurs, Small Businesses Celebrate

Community banks — and those who depend on them — have plenty to celebrate. For America’s cash-strapped entrepreneurs, Dodd-Frank reform, singed Thursday by President Trump, is long overdue.

The legislation raises the level at which financial institutions are considered “systematically important” and exempts smaller banks from several Dodd-Frank mandates. Community banks would not have to go through a costly “stress test” to prove their financial sustainability.

Passed with good intentions after the Great Recession, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has become a poster child for unintended consequences. The legislation inundated the U.S. financial sector with more than 400 new regulations — five times more than any other law passed since 2009. To enforce the legislation, the federal government hired 3,000 full-time employees.

As you might imagine, Dodd-Frank didn’t come cheap. Since its inception, the law imposed well over $36 billion in regulatory costs on the U.S. economy and flooded those affected with 73 million paperwork hours. Dodd-Frank costs roughly $112 per person and $310 a household to enforce, and it would take nearly 37,000 employees working full-time to complete the paperwork required by the law in a single year.

Dodd-Frank also created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal agency that imposes penalties on auto lenders, short-term loan providers, and other financial institutions outside the purview of congressional oversight. To date, the CFPB has ordered more than $5 billion in total penalties, making it more difficult for creditors to provide working Americans with the capital they need to start a business, cover labor costs and provide for their families.

Community banks — some of America’s most important lenders — are perhaps the most adversely affected. Prior to the passage of Dodd-Frank, an average of over 100 banks opened annually. Since then, only a handful of local banks have opened in the United States. Moreover, community banks have seen their asset share decline by 12.4 percent.

This is a devastating blow to American entrepreneurship. Despite making up less than 20 percent of the banking industry’s assets, local banks provide nearly half of its small business loans.

Without them, many entrepreneurs struggle to find capital to invest in a storefront, new employees and other business expenses. That initial seed money is integral for job creators to grow their businesses and provide employees in their communities with career opportunities.

Female entrepreneurs are especially in need of the credit that community banks have traditionally ensured. While women own one-third of all small businesses, they receive less than five percent of total dollars in conventional small business loans made. Last year, the average funded business loan for women-owned firms came out to $57,097 — down from roughly $100,000 the year before. The average size of a business loan for male entrepreneurs, meanwhile, remained stable at $103,604.

Women launch an average of 850 new businesses per day, but the decline of community banks makes it more difficult for them to stay afloat. Lawmakers can help female entrepreneurs by cutting the red tape strangling their lenders — and, by extension, their businesses.

This is a bipartisan priority. While Republicans have long sought to reform Dodd-Frank, Democrats also recognized the importance of protecting community banks from government overreach. In 2016, 70 senators signed a letter urging then-CFPB Director Richard Cordray to exempt local banks from many of the agency’s mandates. Led by Sens. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, and Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, the Senate coalition described community banks as “essential to spurring economic growth and prosperity at a local level” and called for the CFPB to “prevent any unintended consequences that negatively impact” them.

They’re right. Now we can usher in a new era of American entrepreneurism — for men and women alike.

Originally posted on InsideSources