Chairman’s Update 10-06-19

Good Evening,

As we continue to deal with the Democrats’ baseless accusations and calls for impeachment, we must continue to fight for President Trump’s re-election in 2020. The Democrats have never accepted the results of the 2016 election, and they are more focused on obstructing President Trump’s agenda than doing the jobs they were elected to do. I wrote an Op-Ed on the very topic of impeachment, and you can find it here.

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Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party


Sen. Portman’s Op-Ed: Let’s Give Our Religious Communities the Resources They Need to Be Safe

Last week, in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Senator Portman wrote a new op-ed about his efforts to protect faith-based and nonprofit organizations from security threats and terrorist acts. Earlier this month, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, Portman hosted an Ohio Faith-Based Security Conference with federal and state security experts and local faith-based and nonprofit groups to discuss best practices for how to prepare, prevent, respond, and recover from potential adverse events. He has also introduced the Protecting Faith-Based and Nonprofit Organizations From Terrorism Act to authorize $75 million annually for the Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which provides grants to nonprofits and faith-based organizations to help secure their facilities against potential threats.

In the op-ed, Portman writes: “I pray we will see the day when such security grants are not necessary because we will abide by the admonition to love our neighbor as ourselves. In the meantime, let’s do all we can to give our religious communities the resources they need to be safe.”

The op-ed can be found at this link.

Governor DeWine Announces Acquisition of New Land for Hunting, Fishing, Recreation

On Wednesday, Governor DeWine was joined by sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts as he announced the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and American Electric Power (AEP) have reached an agreement that will secure more than 31,000 acres of public land in perpetuity for conservation and outdoor recreation, including hunting and fishing. The land is in Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, and Guernsey counties in eastern Ohio and will be acquired in parcels over the next two years. Also joining Governor DeWine at the announcement were Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), Senator Frank Hoagland (R-Mingo Junction), Senator Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster), Senator Michael A. Rulli (R-Salem), and ODNR Director Mary Mertz.

Husted Stumps for Ohio’s Workforce Development Programs around the State

Lt. Governor Jon Husted continued traveling the state last week to increase awareness for what the state is doing to upskill workers and qualify Ohioans for jobs in new and growing fields. The Lt. Governor specifically talked about TechCred, a program launched last week by the DeWine-Husted Administration, which will help up to 10,000 Ohioans every year get the skills they need to take their career to the next level. Last week, Lt. Governor Husted’s tour took him to Cleveland, Rootstown, Youngstown, Toledo, Lima, Wapakoneta, and Columbus.

AG Dave Yost Unveils Two New Initiatives in the Fight Against Opioid Addiction

Attorney General Dave Yost unveiled two new projects last week that are aimed at preventing people from entering the opioid addiction pipeline. The first is an unprecedented scientific study that will identify the genetic factors that make an individual more susceptible to developing an opioid addiction. This is revolutionary information that can be used to guide physicians when prescribing pain medication.

“We want to know why two people can take the same drug in the same dosage and only one becomes addicted,” Yost said. “Answering that question could help us get in front of this epidemic and begin to relieve the pressure on those who are working so hard to save those who already are in the clutches of the opioid monster.”

The second initiative is a task force called SCOPE, the Scientific Committee on Opioid Prevention and Education. SCOPE will identify and develop innovative prevention and education techniques. You can read more about these two innovative projects here.

Liberal Elites Scare Voters, LaRose Stands Firm
This week, Secretary LaRose was targeted by top liberal elites in an effort to irresponsibly scare voters.

Hillary Clinton accusing Secretary LaRose of “voter suppression tactics” when he carries out his legally-required obligation to maintain accurate and secure voter rolls is just plain wrong.

Day in and day out, Secretary LaRose is working to find solutions and encourage participation in our elections, not settling for the Washington-style political games that Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren have spent her career playing. He’s following the law and running the most transparent voter list maintenance process in state history – and doing so with lots of great partners from communities all across Ohio.

While Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren go low to try to score cheap political points, Secretary LaRose is going high — working to protect the voting rights that so many Americans have fought and died for.

Auditor Faber Meets with County Officials in Marion

Auditor of State Keith Faber Met with county officials from across central Ohio this week in Marion about how government can become more efficient, effective, and transparent for all Ohioans.

Sprague Addresses JobsOhio Board of Directors

Treasurer Sprague addressed the JobsOhio Board of Directors’ quarterly meeting in Lima on Monday. Sprague provided an update on his office’s work, specifically, the ResultsOHIO program. Through the initiative, Ohio will be able to enlist private sector ingenuity to tackle public sector challenges through a series of pay-for-success pilot projects.