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.