Chairman’s Update 8/23/20

Chairman’s Update

Good Evening,

Last week’s Democrat Convention showcased what our country will look like under radical rule: $4 trillion in tax hikes, a radical immigration agenda, defunding police departments, and environmental policies that would wreck our energy sector and crush millions of jobs. The Democrats aren’t interested in doing what is best for the American people. They are only concerned with pushing progressive agendas that will be detrimental to families across the nation.

Americans should be concerned that Democrats refuse to stand up to violent rioters, instead choosing to bow to their every demand and allowing them to burn American cities to the ground. Unless, of course, the riots bring violence to the suburbs. Then Dems are happy to go on the record disavowing the chaos. The hypocrisy of the left continues to astound me, and should worry every voter out there. Democrats do not have true convictions and we cannot rely on them to protect our communities.

This election is crucial to the way American life as we know it will continue. This week, at the Republican National Convention, President Trump and his vision for America will stand in sharp contrast to the ideologies on display at the DNC. Democrats constantly focus on what divides us, but President Trump’s focus will be on what brings us together and what makes our nation great. If voters want to continue the Great American Comeback and feel safe in their own communities, the choice they have ahead of them in November is clear.


Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party


Portman Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Require the Defense Logistics Agency to Issue Long-Term Contracts for American-Made PPE

Last week, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation that will strengthen efforts to onshore production of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the United States by requiring the Defense Logistics Agency to issue long-term contracts for American-made PPE. 

Reshoring production will ensure American workers, students, health care professionals, and more have the PPE they need as the economy continues to reopen. Domestic production of PPE supplies will also create manufacturing American jobs.


Governor DeWine Offers Guidance on High School Sports

On Tuesday, Governor DeWine announced that an order from the Ohio Department of Health would be issued to outline how sports, both contact and non-contact, may move forward in Ohio. The order applies to all organized sports in the state and includes guidelines for spectators. The decision for high school fall sports to be postponed to the springtime will be left to the school districts.  This order is available below and on

Governor DeWine also spoke with Dr. Jim Borchers of The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Borchers specializes in sports medicine. He discussed the importance of sports, and its impact on the physical and mental health of young people. Dr. Borchers also reminded parents and students about the importance of immediately sharing information with coaching staff and a doctor if a COVID-19 case is probable or confirmed, and then following the appropriate protocols.

Director’s Order that Provides Mandatory Requirements for Youth, Collegiate, Amateur, Club, and Professional Sports

Lt. Governor Husted Announces Return to Sports 

Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced last week that the state has approved a plan for high schools, colleges, and others to return to play this fall. This is the next step in the Responsible Restart Ohio plan, which seeks to balance the health and safety of all Ohioans while getting people back to work and resuming as many of the things they enjoy in a thoughtful and safe manner. The Lt. Governor emphasized the important role that extracurricular activities play in young people’s lives, including developing character, a strong work ethic, and the ability to work as part of a team.

AG Yost: Ohio’s Opioid Trial to Begin in October 

Attorney General Dave Yost spoke with last week following the announcement that Ohio’s trial against drug distributors over the opioid crisis is set to begin October 19. Ohio’s attorneys are arguing that drug companies distributed enough opioids to fill an average of more than 11.8 million prescriptions a year between 2011 and 2016. More than 7,200 people in Ohio died of unintentional opioid overdoses between 2011 and 2017.

“I like our case, and we want to try it,” Yost said. “We have more than 100 depositions, and we have truckloads of documents. I like the story that we’re going to tell to a jury. It’s compelling and heartbreaking, and I think that the jury is going to tell the distributors to open their checkbooks.”

You can read more about the upcoming trial here.

Ohio Made Masks Donated to County Boards of Elections Ahead of November

On Tuesday, Lake County business RB Sigma LLC announced a partnership with Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose to donate 463,500 Ohio-made surgical masks to help keep voters and poll workers safe. The masks will be delivered to every county board of elections ‪between August 28 and September 2.

Check it out here!

Auditor Faber Gives CARES Act Update

This week Auditor of State Keith Faber held virtual meetings with school treasurers and city finance officials to discuss how to manage funds from the CARES Act. Local officials have been working hard to ensure that they are still providing critical services to taxpayers. Auditor Faber wants to ensure that his office is working to provide local officials with the resources they need to be successful.

Treasurer Sprague Rallies Volunteers and Supporters in Lima

Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague was in Lima this week encouraging attendees to get involved in the upcoming November election.
The event was hosted by Trump Victory and the Allen County GOP as part of the “MAGA Meetup” effort. During his remarks, Treasurer Sprague touted President Trump’s record and the importance of putting American workers first in the coming years.
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Kennedy Hits 6 More Counties
With the last day of oral arguments coming to a close, Justice Sharon L. Kennedy sprinted across Ohio touching six counties, including Portage, Geauga, Auglaize  Shelby, Miami, and Greene.  With county Republican parties and clubs not yet back in the full swing of hosting events – Sharon took the opportunity to engage voters door-to-door.

“Walking door-to-door takes me back to my first race in 1998,”  said Sharon.  “Back then, we were knocking doors from April clear through to Election Day.  I enjoy being out there with the volunteers and having the opportunity to talk to Ohioans.  Some voters are so thirsty for a conversation it is hard to stay on schedule, but those discussions are priceless.
Justice French Rated as Highly Recommended by the Ohio State Bar Association
Justice French was rated Highly Recommended by the Ohio State Bar Association this past week. The bipartisan 24 person Commission on Judicial Candidates panel takes into account legal knowledge, ability, professional competence, judicial temperament, integrity, diligence, personal responsibility, and public and community service.