Last Tuesday’s debate further highlighted the stark contrasts between President Trump and Joe Biden. Throughout the debate, President Trump held Biden accountable for a career full of failed policies. Ohioans appreciate President Trump’s Promises Made Promises Kept agenda, and know that he truly puts America First. As a career politician, Joe Biden’s only accomplishments have been to ship millions of jobs overseas to China and raising taxes. As Vice President, he presided over one of the worst economic recoveries ever, and will be disastrous for our economy going forward. The choice Americans will face on November 3rd is clear.
On Friday, we all learned of the president and first lady’s positive covid-19 test results. I hope you will all join me in praying for President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s speedy and complete recovery.
There are just 30 days left until Election Day. Our electoral system would not function properly without the help of poll workers. If you are interested in working at a polling site on Election Day, visit ohiosos.gov/DefendDemocracy. You can also sign up to join Team Trump’s Election Day Team to assist with grassroots operations and Getting Out The Vote (GOTV). You can find more information here.
You can also find the Republican slate card at ohiogop.org.
Jane M. Timken
On Senate Floor, Portman Praises Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court, Calls for Fair and Thorough Confirmation Process
Last week on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Rob Portman discussed the recent nomination by President Trump of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. He noted her nomination was consistent with Senate precedent when the presidency and the Senate are controlled by the same party during an election year. In addition, Portman expressed his belief that Judge Barrett will prove well-qualified to capably fill the role as a nonpartisan judge who does not legislate from the bench. Highlighting her impressive background as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, a law professor at Notre Dame Law School, and a working parent to seven children, Portman said that he looks forward to his one-on-one meeting with Judge Barrett as part of the evaluation process by the Senate. In addition, Portman urged his Democratic colleagues not to malign Judge Barrett’s character in an attempt to discredit her from the court the way they did to Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation process.
A video of his speech can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jq4rBw5R8XA&feature=youtu.be
Governor DeWine Announces Day of Prayer for President, First Lady
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted issued a proclamation for Sunday, October 4, 2020 as a Day of Prayer. The Day of Prayer is for President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, who have recently tested positive for COVID-19, as well as all those who suffer from and have been affected by COVID-19.
Friday morning, Governor DeWine issued the following statement on the news that the President and First Lady had tested positive:
“Fran and I join our fellow Ohioans in praying for President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump after they announced early today that they have both tested positive for COVID-19.
“Along with millions of others, we extend our prayers and best wishes to the President and First Lady during this time for a speedy recovery and for their good health.”
Husted Kicks Off Effort to Support Ohio Military Jobs
Lt. Governor Jon Husted kicked off a virtual event this week to launch JobsOhio’s new Military and Federal Installations sector. Ohio was recently designated by the U.S. Department of Defense as a “Defense Manufacturing Community.” JobsOhio’s new sector is designed to focus on retention and expansion of Ohio’s military and federal installations, which both support national security as well as many jobs in our state.
Yost Continues to Aggressively Pursue Illegal Robocalls
Attorney General Dave Yost announced settlements in a groundbreaking lawsuit against illegal robocall services last week. The lawsuit against 10 defendants alleged they deceived Ohio consumers with illegal robocalls offering bogus credit card interest rate reduction services.
“Not only were these fraudsters bombarding Ohioans with illegal robocalls, they were also peddling a bogus pitch and demanding upfront fees,” Yost said. “I want this case to serve as a warning to others who knowingly play a role in facilitating robocalls scams – we will continue to aggressively pursue and prosecute all parties involved.”
To report illegal robocalls to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, call 800-282-0515 or text “ROBO” to 888111.
Important Election Updates from Secretary LaRose
With early voting starting this week, Secretary LaRose is encouraging Ohioans to make a plan for how they are voting this election.
Here is what you need to know:
No matter how you decide to vote, you can be assured your voice will be heard!
Auditor Faber Hosts Unemployment Roundtable in Cincinnati
This week, Auditor of State Keith Faber was in Cincinnati to hear from Ohioans who have struggled to get their unemployment benefits in the midst of the pandemic. Auditor Faber’s office is planning to begin a performance audit of the state’s unemployment system to ensure that failures in the system are fixed and unemployed Ohioans get the benefits they deserve.
Sprague Announces Compass Award Honorees for October
On Thursday, Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague announced Compass Award honorees for the month of October. Established earlier this year, the monthly recognition program commends organizations, programs, and individuals across the state who are working to guide Ohioans toward financial literacy and empowerment.
“Financial literacy education plays a critical role in preparing our young people to navigate the challenges of adulthood and the modern workforce,” said Treasurer Sprague. “The Compass Award program recognizes the people and organizations across the Buckeye State who are making a lasting impact on young Ohioans and putting them on a path toward success.”
Read more about this month’s honorees at: https://tos.ohio.gov/newsroom/article/treasurer-sprague-announces-october-compass-award-honorees/
Sprinting to Election Day – Kennedy Touches 15 Counties
Justice Sharon L. Kennedy blanketed Ohio this week, hitting 15 counties. Connecting with business and community leaders in Holmes, Henry, Paulding and Defiance, speaking to faith based organizations in Hamilton and Butler, participating in events in Mahoning, Harrison, Williams, Miami, Montgomery, Noble, and Meigs, trap shooting in Greene County at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and knocking doors in Fairfield.
While in Hamilton County, Sharon also attended the Black Republican Renaissance picnic. While addressing the group she thanked attendees for supporting her race, emphasizing what needs to be done in the final days before early voting starts.
“Thank you for all you have done, preparing for the upcoming election,” said Sharon. “Whether knocking doors, making phone calls, or posting on social media, your voice has made a difference. And next week, Ohioans will begin casting their ballots either from their kitchen tables or at the polls. Do not stop knocking, calling, and posting yet. Go through your contact lists, reach out to those you haven’t and make sure they understand the importance of this election. Remind them to vote for a Kennedy on November 3rd.”
Justice French Visited 42 Counties in September
Judi and Team French visited 42 counties during the month of September, almost half of Ohio. In the coming weeks she’ll have visited all 88 of Ohio’s counties during this election cycle, her 5th time doing this as a Justice on the Ohio Supreme Court.