Chairman’s Update 4/12/2020

Chairman’s Update

Good Evening,

To all those celebrating, I wish you a Happy Easter. Although this year’s celebration looks a little bit different than normal, we can and should still connect with our friends and family. From Zoom to Skype, there are many ways we can all keep in touch with our loved ones. I have faith that we will get through this tough season together, even while following social distancing rules, and soon this will be behind us.

I’d like to remind you all once again that voting by mail for the Ohio primary has been extended to April 28th. You can find an absentee ballot application at, and you can also track your request and ballot at that same site. You can find your county slate card at It is so important that we all fulfill our civic duty by voting, even in a time like this.

Wishing you all a blessed Easter.


Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party


Portman Working for Ohio During Coronavirus

The coronavirus crisis has impacted the lives of all Ohioans. That’s why Senator Portman has been made it a priority to communicate with constituents through tele town halls and Facebook about the work he has done with the state and federal government, as well as with Ohio companies and stakeholders throughout the state to ensure Ohio has the resources it needs to respond to this unprecedented health crisis and can contribute to the national effort to slow the spread of the virus.

Here are some of the key priorities Portman has been working on during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic:

  • Portman helped break through bureaucratic red tape that was preventing UC Health in Cincinnati from getting a critical cobas 6800 testing device. With this device, UC Health will now be able to process more than 1000 diagnostic tests per day in southwest Ohio, filling a key testing gap in the state;
  • Portman worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure an extension for filing of claims and appeals for veterans’ compensation benefits was put in place since VA offices have been closed due to the pandemic;
  • Portman worked to help get Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s major disaster declaration request approved quickly by President Trump, unlocking additional Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance and funding for Ohio;
  • We successfully helped stop the Bureau of Prisons from sending new prisoners to the Elkton Federal Prison as the Ohio National Guard works to provide medical assistance to the staff and prisoners dealing with the coronavirus outbreak there, and;
  • Portman helped secure swift approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) to operate the Disaster Household Distribution Program in Ohio. This will allow ODJFS to efficiently and safely provide meals to foodbanks and Ohio families in need.  

Governor DeWine, State of Ohio Continue to Earn Accolades for Getting COVID-19 Response Right, “Textbook” Handling of Pandemic

This week, the Washington Post profiled Ohio Governor Mike DeWIne for Ohio’s “textbook” handling of the COVID-19 crisis and preparations. The article, “Did Ohio get it right? Early intervention, preparation for pandemic may pay off.” by Lenny Bernstein, stated in part:
“Ohio may be realizing the benefits of early intervention in the pandemic by its government and medical community. With about 5,100 covid-19 cases, it has fewer than a third the number of people with the novel coronavirus than in three comparably sized states — Michigan, Pennsylvania and Illinois. And Ohio has just a small fraction of the deaths reported in those states.”

Lt. Governor Encourages Ohioans Ahead of Easter Weekend

In the midst of both the health and economic challenges brought on by the COVID-19 emergency in Ohio, Lt. Governor Jon Husted used some time during one of last week’s press conferences to encourage Ohioans to not give up. Quoting the book of Galatians, he reminded us that, if do not give up on doing good, we will soon reap a harvest. On Twitter he stated that “It’s Friday – but Sunday is coming.”

Yost Ramps Up Fight Against Price Gouging Amid COVID-19

Attorney General Dave Yost’s fight against price gouging took a major step forward last week with the introduction of Senate Bill 301. The legislation was introduced by Sens. Nathan Manning and Steve Wilson, and provides a market-based approach to protect buyers and sellers.

Yost’s office has received more than 400 complaints of price gouging – both online and in-person – as coronavirus ramped up in Ohio, and in-demand items such as hand sanitizer and toilet paper flew off the shelves.

“A marketplace has rules to protect both buyer and seller,” Yost said. “When predators try to turn it into a knife fight with no rules, it’s time to take the knives away. There is a difference between a free market and a free-for-all.”

LaRose Releases PSA with Gov. DeWine Encouraging Ohioans to Vote by Mail 

This week, Secretary of State Frank LaRose launched a Public Service Announcement, featuring Governor Mike DeWine, encouraging Ohioans to vote by mail in the 2020 primary election. Learn how to request your ballot by visiting and mail it in before April 28th!

Auditor of State Keith Wishes Everyone a Happy Easter 
These are difficult days, but today we have the privilege of celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As we continue following the CDC guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19, I pray we all remember the that God that loves us and will see us through this crisis. You all are in my prayers.
I hope everyone has a blessed Easter Sunday.
– Keith

Sprague Op-Ed: Relief for Ohio’s Small Businesses 

This week, Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague helped get the word out to Ohioans about the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) available through the Small Business Administration. Established as part of the federal CARES Act, the new program provides 100% federally-guaranteed loans to small businesses. Loans obtained through the program will be forgiven so long as they are used to cover qualified costs and maintain payroll through the current COVID-19 crisis. 

“As we all know, small businesses serve as the economic engines that drive communities across our state,” said Treasurer Sprague. “Their success is Ohio’s success, and we must never fail to support them.”

The application period for PPP loans opened on April 3.
Justice Kennedy Wishes Ohioans a Happy Easter & Passover 
As Easter Sunday approaches, I think of all the things I have to be grateful for.  Easter is a very special time for my family.
It is a time to come together – to attend Mass, to celebrate the resurrection of God’s only Son and the gift of eternal life, and to be together as one family – enjoying the Olde World traditions of my Great Great Uncle Gus, ravioli and red sauce.  It is also a time to remember and pray for our friends who have been persecuted through the ages as they celebrate Passover.
While this year may be different, as many of us are separated by physical distance, we are never truly apart.  For family lives in our hearts.  May you and your loved ones have a blessed Easter and Passover.
“This day was made by the Lord we rejoice and be glad.” Psalm 117:24.
Justice French Takes Part in Remote Arguments
From her chambers in Columbus, Justice French took part in the Ohio Supreme Court’s first-ever remote oral arguments.  With justices in their chambers and lawyers in their offices, the court heard cases from around Ohio.
Justice French also conducted an online discussion with the Ohio State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy.  She encouraged these emerging leaders to consider running for public office, to explore new opportunities without fear of failure, and to embrace change.
In this season of hope and new beginnings, Justice French wishes all Ohioans peace and good health.