Chairman’s Update 9/13/20

Chairman’s Update

Good Evening,

With only 50 days left to go until Election Day, it is important we continue fighting to re-elect President Trump. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem visited our great state last week, and I had the privilege of attending several events with her throughout Ohio. The purpose of her visit was to help campaign for the president and to see the strong support he has right here in the Buckeye state. From a Westerville Women for Trump event to a Cleveland economic roundtable discussion, Governor Noem saw just how enthusiastic Ohioans are about re-electing President Trump and how his policies have positively impacted our communities. The support for him out here could not be more apparent.

Americans have a choice in November between a President who continues to lead our Great American Comeback and who has proven he will always put America First, and a candidate whose radical policies will cripple our economy. We must continue reminding Ohioans about what that choice truly means for the future of this country, and how it will affect all of our lives. Let’s keep working full steam ahead to re-elect President Trump for Four More Years.


Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party


On CNBC, Portman Discusses Support for Targeted COVID-19 Relief Package

Last week on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Senator Portman discussed his support for the targeted COVID-19 relief package.  While Senate Democrats voted to block and refused to even debate this bill, Portman voted for the targeted legislation because it is focused on the areas of agreement between Republicans and Democrats: increased testing, additional funding for schools and universities, and restarting the Payment Protection Program, which has saved countless small businesses.

The interview can be found here.


Governor, First Lady DeWine Promote Flu Shots

With flu season approaching, Governor Mike DeWine reminded Ohioans of the importance of getting a flu shot this year. The Governor, along with First Lady Fran DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted, all received their flu shots. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older receive an annual flu shot, with rare exception. The recommendation includes flu shots for pregnant women, whose vaccinations can protect their babies after birth.  

“While the flu can be deadly on its own, we also are concerned that Ohioans who get both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time could become severely, if not fatally, ill,” said Governor DeWine. “Our youngest and oldest Ohioans, those who are pregnant, those in long-term care facilities, and those with chronic health conditions may be especially susceptible to severe illness or complications from the flu.”

Those who are elderly and need help getting to their physician’s office can contact their local Area Agency on Aging at 866-243-5678 to access transportation resources and other services.

Anyone without a primary healthcare provider can visit to find nearby pharmacies and other healthcare locations offering the flu vaccine.

Husted Announces Award-Winning Customer Service Improvements

Lt. Governor Jon Husted last week announced the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) has received the “Customer Convenience Award” for the BMV “Get In Line – Online” system, which was spearheaded by InnovateOhio. The system allows Ohioans to check in to the BMV online before arriving to reduce the time they have to spend physically in line at the BMV. The project is part of the Lt. Governor’s and InnovateOhio’s mission to provide better services to Ohioans through state services.

Yost Discusses Possible Legal Action Against Big Ten 

If the Big Ten does not play football this fall, Attorney General Dave Yost said he will recommend that Ohio State University file a lawsuit against the conference and its schools for tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue.

“I think we have a cause of action” for violating contracts between the Big Ten and Ohio State for illegal interference in a business relationship, Yost said last week. “If these negotiations fall apart, we will be recommending legal action to our client, Ohio State University,” he said, adding that his office believes the Big Ten lacked the legal authority to cancel the football season.

You can learn more about the potential lawsuit here.


LaRose Fights Against Ohio Democratic Party Efforts to Weaken Election Security

With monumental steps taken by Secretary LaRose, Ohio has become the nationally recognized leader in election security. The Ohio Democratic Party, however, have attempted to dismantle this work through litigation. Their efforts would roll out the red carpet to hackers just three weeks before early voting begins.

Although the Franklin County Judge ruled in their favor, Secretary LaRose appealed to a higher court and this reckless, partisan effort has been temporarily halted.

It is clear that the Democratic Party is not interested in election security and will, in fact, go to great lengths to create an unsafe cyber infrastructure.


Auditor Faber Stumps for Trump in Tiffin

This week, Auditor of State Keith Faber was in Tiffin Ohio with more than 500 people who came out to open the Local GOP Headquarters. The enthusiasm among Ohioans to re-elect President Trump is high. Auditor Faber plans to spend the next 2 months reminding Ohioans of the economic victories that Trump has won and reminding people how important it is that we have a President who will appoint judges who will defend the constitution to courts throughout the country.

Treasurer Sprague Announces September Compass Award Nominees

On Wednesday, Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague announced the latest round of Compass Award honorees. The monthly recognition program commends organizations, programs, and individuals across the state who are working to guide Ohioans toward financial literacy and empowerment. September’s honorees included the University of Akron, the University of Akron’s Adult Focus Office, and the University of Cincinnati’s $martpath program.

“Innovative and effective financial literacy education plays a critical role in preparing our young people for success later in life,” said Treasurer Sprague. “The Compass Award program recognizes the people and organizations across Ohio who are working tirelessly to ensure the next generation of Ohioans are headed toward a bright financial future.”

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Kennedy Continues Criss Crossing Ohio
With fifty days to go before Election Day last week – Justice Sharon L. Kennedy continued her pursuit of touching all of Ohio’s 88 counties for a second time in 2020.  She started and ended the week in Pickaway County.
On Labor Day – she attended the Lincoln Day and Fall Roundup Lunch at the new Pickaway County Fairgrounds. Then worked her way through Champaign, Delaware, Cuyahoga, Medina, and back to Pickaway.  From rallying attendees to vote down the ticket at the opening of the Victory Center in Champaign and the Delaware County Lincoln Day Dinner to discussing the importance of the third branch of government in our tripartite system of government and why it matters who serves as a justice at the Supreme court of Ohio at Cleveland’s Black Voices for Trump event and the Medina County Friends And Neighbors meeting.  Sharon rounded out the week with knocking doors in Circleville.
“I love to open Victory Centers.  It gives me the opportunity to thank the many volunteers working across Ohio on my behalf and to inspire them to make one more call or knock on one more door,”  Kennedy said.  And this year what has been the best part of campaigning -knocking doors. “People are very engaged.  Voters are thirsty for a conversation about the upcoming election and welcome the opportunity to share their perspective on what will happen in November.”
French Goes Door-to-Door in Franklin County, Visits 15 Others 

Justice French and her volunteers teamed up this week with Judge Lisa Sadler and her volunteers for some door-to-door campaigning in Franklin County.

Judi also made stops this week in 15 counties all around the state. Her aggressive campaign includes business visits, campaign rallies, and even church services, all in an effort to meet as many Ohio voters as possible.