Chairman’s Update 9-15-19

Good Evening,
The Democrats are headed to Otterbein University for their next debate. Their goal is to win over suburban voters, but we know that Democrats continue to be out of touch with all Ohioans. Democrat policy proposals will only result in higher taxes on the middle class, and voters see right through their plans. Ohioans, along with all Americans, are enjoying a booming economy thanks to President Trump’s leadership. The success of the President’s pro-growth policies have proven that radical agendas don’t resonate here, and we are confident that our momentum will only increase over the next year.
ICYMI: Our State Dinner will take place next Saturday, on September 21st. Kellyanne Conway will join us as the keynote speaker, and it will be a great night to celebrate our party and President.
Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party
In Cincinnati, Senator Portman Participates in Second Annual Taft Day
Last Friday, U.S. Senator Rob Portman participated in the Second Annual Taft Day breakfast celebrating the birthday of President William Howard Taft, the only U.S. president born and raised in Cincinnati. Portman participated in this program last year. The breakfast celebration was held at the William Howard Taft National Historic Site, which includes the two-story house where William Howard Taft was born and grew up. The site, including the house, surrounding landscape, and education center, has $2.1 million in long-delayed maintenance needs, and Portman has introduced legislation to help address this backlog.
Last year, Senator Portman introduced the Restore Our Parks Act, bipartisan legislation that would help address the nearly $12 billion backlog in long-delayed maintenance projects at the National Park Service (NPS).
Governor DeWine Visits Honda Headquarters During Trade Mission to Japan
On Sunday, Governor Mike DeWine arrived at the Midwest U.S.- Japan Association Conference and met with fellow Midwestern Governors. On Tuesday, Governor DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine visited Honda’s headquarters in Tokyo. Honda recently celebrated it’s 40th anniversary in Ohio and currently employs over 15,000 Ohioans. Their largest operation is in Marysville, Ohio, producing the Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe, along with the Acura TLX and ILX.
Lt. Governor Husted Honors Dayton Heroes at the White House
Lt. Governor Jon Husted led the state’s delegation to the White House last week as President Donald J. Trump honored the Dayton first responders for their quick action and bravery that ended the deadly mass shooting in the Miami Valley in August. During the ceremony, the President bestowed the Medal of Valor on each officer and Lt. Governor Husted later gave the department a proclamation from himself and Governor Mike DeWine.
The Lt. Governor also spoke with Fox Business News’ “Varney & Co.,” about Ohio’s strong economy and what the DeWine-Husted Administration is doing to build on the state’s success and ensure everyone has the chance reach their dreams.
AG Dave Yost Joins Big Tech Investigation
Attorney General Dave Yost joined 49 other attorneys general last week in announcing a multistate investigation into Google’s business practices. The investigation will determine whether Google’s practices violate state and federal antitrust laws.
Yost joined CNN’s New Day to discuss the investigation, which centers on Google’s control of online advertising markets and search traffic that may have led to anticompetitive behavior.
“Antitrust has always been about the concentrated power to dominate the market and society,” Yost said. “Money is the traditional tool to gain that monopoly power. Data is the new money.”
LaRose Wants to Add Safeguards to Voter Registration Systems
Secretary LaRose continues his efforts to ensure accurate and secure voting systems by pushing for new legislation that will require new standards for how counties manage their voter registration systems.
Partnering with Senator Rulli (R-Salem), this new legislation will require the vendors who maintain each county’s voter registration to meet increased cyber-security and administrative standards.
“This legislation provides a much-needed layer of security to protect our elections,” said Rulli “We know foreign governments infiltrated voter registration databases in Illinois and Florida leading up to the 2016 election. I want to make sure Ohio is being proactive to this threat and continues to be a national leader in election security.”
This legislation adds to LaRose’s continued work to ensure a secure and accurate election in 2020 and beyond.
Auditor Faber Talks Government Efficiency with Students
Auditor of State Keith Faber visited with accounting students at Ohio State University to talk about how his office works to make state government work better, faster, and cheaper for all Ohioans.
Treasurer Sprague Shares Current Initiatives and Priorities in the Mahoning Valley
Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague visited the Mahoning Valley on Thursday to provide an update on his office’s work through the first eight months of 2019. Earlier in the day, he and State Rep. Don Manning stopped by the Warren Tribune Chronicle where they discussed the recently passed ResultsOHIO initiative. Following the interview, Treasurer Sprague joined other state and local policymakers at the 2019 Impact Ohio Youngstown/Warren Regional Conference. Sprague highlighted the various ways the Treasurer’s office can be a valued resource to local leaders and government finance officers.