Ohio Democratic Party Calls on Kasich to Use Line-Item Veto for Women’s Health Care Provisions in Budget

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party and Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus today called on Gov. John Kasich to exercise his line-item veto power to remove provisions attacking women’s health care from the state budget.

“Governor Kasich needs to put his presidential ambitions on pause and focus on what his cronies in the Republican legislature are doing with the state budget,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper. “This is a sneak attack on women’s health care, and Kasich needs to use his veto pen to put a stop to it.”

Both the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Toledo Blade have penned editorials encouraging Kasich to excise the anti-choice language.

Cleveland Plain Dealer: “These draconian rules aimed at closing Ohio’s abortion clinics appear to be a thinly veiled effort to get before the U.S. Supreme Court a challenge to Roe v.Wade, the case that legalized abortion. Ohio women’s access to legal, safe abortions should not be curtailed for such a reason. Kasich should jettison both provisions.”

Toledo Blade: “The governor knows that the General Assembly’s anti-abortion extremism is out of step with Ohioans’ preferences and with women’s constitutional rights. As a self-described compassionate conservative, Mr. Kasich should defy his party’s cruel instincts, and affirm women’s right to make their own health-care choices.”

“Women’s health care decisions are not an issue for the state budget,” said Kathy DiCristofaro, chair of the Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus. “These provisions are dangerous for women’s health, and Governor Kasich should use his line-item veto power to protect Ohio women.”


Two Years Later, Portman Still Refusing to Take a Stand for Voting Rights

Republican Senator Hasn’t Had Time for Civil Rights, Offers Commemorative Stamp as Consolation Prize

COLUMBUS – Last week marked two years since the 2013 Supreme Court ruling that gutted the Voting Rights Act… and two years since Rob Portman has refused to support legislation restoring those rights.

Portman told the Cincinnati Enquirer in March that in the past two years, he “hadn’t had a chance to review it carefully.”

In fact, Portman didn’t bother to find out there was a Senate bill until asked about it during events in Selma earlier this year to commemorate the 50thanniversary of the march for voting rights.

He said in Selma, “I haven’t looked at it. Is there a Senate version?” – Cleveland.com.

So, to recap:

  • Portman has refused to sign on to Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis’ bill to restore voting rights, because he hasn’t had time.
  • But, Portman found time to travel to Selma earlier this year to celebrate the voting rights he hasn’t had time to protect.
  • Portman found time to tout his trip to Selma in the press.
  • Portman even found time to sign on to a Selma commemorative postage stamp.

“In two years since the Voting Rights Act was gutted, the best thing Rob Portman has done for voting rights is a postage stamp. But it’s no surprise Portman’s priorities are so out of touch – he has a long history siding with Washington special interests over what’s right for Ohio,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue.

  • “Portman Noncommittal On Voting Rights Act” – Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/13/15
  • Portman: “We Ought To Have A Review” Of The Voting Rights Act, But “I Really Have Hadn’t A Chance To Review It Carefully.” – Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/13/15
  • ‘Portman Showed “Caution” Against New Voting Rights Bill.’ – Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/13/15

The truth is, despite Portman’s best efforts to ride the fence on the Voting Rights Act, his record is clear.

  • In 2013 Portman voted to require photo ID in federal elections. [CQ, 3/23/13; S.Amdt. 526 to S.Con.Res. 8, Vote 83, 3/23/13]
  • In 1993, Portman voted against allowing Americans to register to vote when applying for a driver’s license. [CQ, 5/5/93; H.R. 2, Vote 154, 5/5/93]


Ohio Democratic Party Executive Committee to Meet

COLUMBUS – The Executive Committee of the Ohio Democratic Party will hold a quarterly meeting on Saturday, June 27, at 3 p.m. at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St., Columbus.

WHO: Ohio Democratic Party Executive Committee

WHAT: Quarterly meeting

WHEN: Saturday, June 27, at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Fairfield Room

Greater Columbus Convention Center

400 N. High St.



Ohio Democratic Party Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Obergefell v. Hodges

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement on today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.

“Ohio Democrats strongly believe that every Ohioan should have the freedom to marry, no matter whom they love,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper. “That is the fight Ohioans Jim Obergefell and John Arthur took on, and that is a fight the Ohio Democratic Party was proud to be a part of.”

The Ohio Democratic Party, with the Michigan Democratic Party, had filed an amicus brief in the Obergefell case.

“Today’s victory is exhilarating — but it is just the beginning,” said Pepper. “Across the state, our courts must take immediate steps to follow the law of the land and make marriage equality real for Ohio couples. We applaud those groups that have been working toward today — groups like Equality Ohio, HRC, the ACLU and Freedom to Marry — and who have already been laying the groundwork for same-sex couples to take their vows here in Ohio. We also applaud those judges and court administrators who have been working behind the scenes to be ready to issue licenses to these groundbreaking couples.

“Finally, we pause to honor Jim and John — two Cincinnatians whose love built a home, created a family and inspire us still even today. Justice was delayed, but it would not be denied.”


Strickland on Pacific Trade Deal: “Vote the Damn Thing Down!”

U.S. Senate Candidate Continues Fight for Ohio Jobs after Portman Fast-Tracks NAFTA 2.0

Columbus– Former Ohio Governor and U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland appeared on the Ed Schultz radio show to stand up for Ohio jobs after Congress passed legislation yesterday that will Fast-Track a massive new Pacific trade agreement without amendments to protect Ohio jobs.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman voted for Fast-Track yesterday, despite receiving hundreds of letters, phone calls and personal pleas from Ohio workers to vote against it.




Strickland: Good to be with you Ed, and it’s good to hear my friend Tim Ryan holding fort there in the Capitol, because everything he says is absolutely accurate.

Schultz: I think it is too, I think that he has been a real advocate for workers. Is this a big issue, do you hear this on the ground campaigning in Ohio?

Strickland: Absolutely Ed, Ohioans have never recovered from NAFTA, and now they bring this trade agreement forth, and you know we feel betrayed. So many of us feel absolutely betrayed, because as Congressman Ryan said we got nothing out of this, they got everything they wanted, we got nothing. And I want to tell you Ed, if I’m in the Senate and I hope to be, and they bring this trade deal back after they’ve negotiated it in secret and it’s a bad deal, I’ll vote it down. Even if we can’t amend it we’ll just vote the damn thing down.

Schultz: Well you’re not going to be able to amend it, that’s the tough thing about it. The President’s going to negotiate it with his staff, and then he’s going to bring it to Congress and you get an up or down vote on it. I think it’s certainly not a way to run a democracy, and it’s certainly a way to railroad American jobs. We haven’t done one trade agreement that’s helped American workers whatsoever, and I think that Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin have been hit the hardest when it comes to outsourcing of jobs and what not. But this trade agreement is going to be far worse than what we had in the past. What is playing, what’s important to Ohio voters right now?

Strickland: Well I’ll tell you what’s important to Ohio voters Ed, and that’s the ability to get a decent paying job, with decent benefits that allows you to live a middle class life. And those kinds of jobs are leaving our country, many of them have left Ohio. You know Ohio’s unemployment has gone down, but so many of the jobs that have come pack pay little or nothing, they don’t pay a living wage and Ohioans lost at least 350,000 manufacturing jobs, living wage jobs as a results of our trade deals. And a lot of jobs that were related to the manufacturing industry have been lost as well. So Ohioans know what these trade deals do, and Ohioans I think are going to hold Senator Portman and everyone else who supported this trade deal responsible. We can’t continuously allow the big guys to win, and so many Ohioans feel like they’ve been slapped in the face by what’s happened in Washington DC over the last few hours. It’s really bad for our state, it’s bad for our country, and it’s time that people who support these trade deals have to pay a price for it.

Schultz: Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland with us here on the Ed Schultz Internet broadcast running for Senate in Ohio against incumbent Rob Portman.


Ohio Democratic Party Statement On Supreme Court Decision In King v. Burwell

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement on today’s U.S. Supreme Court 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell to uphold Affordable Care Act tax credits for millions of Americans — including more than 160,000 Ohioans.

“Today’s ruling is a huge victory for Ohio families and our state’s health care system,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper. “More than 160,000 Ohioans are receiving a tax credit to help them afford health insurance through the federal marketplace. With today’s ruling, they get to keep affordable insurance — even though Republicans like Rob Portman and John Boehner have cast vote after vote after vote to take away that coverage.

“The facts are that the Affordable Care Act is making a real difference in the lives of so many. A recent Commonwealth Fund study found the vast majority of people who have gained health coverage under the Affordable Care Act are happy with it. Here in Ohio, more than 600,000 have gained Medicaid or CHIP coverage, and the uninsured rate is falling.

“It’s time for the GOP to give up the ghost. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land — and it is benefiting Ohio families. Today’s ruling is a vindication of what we’ve said all along. We can only hope it marks the end of wasteful efforts by politicians such as Mike DeWine to take away affordable health care from hundreds of thousands of Ohioans.”


Ohio Democratic Party Backs Efforts To Restore The Voting Rights Act

COLUMBUS — On the eve of the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder, the Ohio Democratic Party today endorsed efforts by members of Congress — including Sen. Sherrod Brown — to restore the Voting Rights Act.

Ohio Democrats are working to ensure that every eligible voter is registered, every registered voter is able to vote, and that every vote is accurately counted,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Our democracy is better when more people participate in the process, and I applaud Senator Sherrod Brown and other lawmakers who are working to strengthen the Voting Rights Act and bring our voting laws into the 21st century.”

This legislation would expand federal oversight when states try to institute strict photo ID requirements that make it harder to vote for students, seniors, people with disabilities and people of color,” added Nina Turner, Chair of Party Engagement. “In state after state, we’ve seen attacks on voting rights. We’ve seen them here in Ohio, too, and we’ve fought them back at every turn. Even as we speak, Ohio Republicans are backing a plan to force some voters to purchase a state ID card in order to exercise their constitutional rights. That’s a poll tax, plain and simple. The Voting Rights Advancement Act would stop these sorts of unconstitutional laws dead in their tracks, and I would encourage Congress to act on this bill immediately. Our democracy is depending on it.”


Greater Northwest Ohio AFL-CIO Endorses Paula Hicks-Hudson for Toledo Mayor

TOLEDO — Today Paula Hicks-Hudson released the following statement after Greater Northwest Ohio AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer George Tucker, union members and community leaders announced their endorsement of her candidacy for Toledo Mayor:

I am honored to receive this endorsement from my AFL-CIO brothers and sisters, who’ve been the backbone of America’s economy,” said Hicks-Hudson. “When discussing the benefits of creating good and sustainable jobs with employers in Toledo, I am proud to talk about our unions. My long-standing partnership with the AFL-CIO solidifies our commitment to building a newer and stronger Toledo, and I look forward to working to ensure that happens.”



Missed Connections — OH Gov. 4 Constituents In Ohio, Caucus Goers In Iowa

Found on Craigslist in Both Des Moines and Columbus Today


OH Presidential Candidate from 1999 – I4C (Iowan 4 candidate)

You briefly ran for President here in 1999-believe I saw you at a coffee shop in Iowa before your campaign quickly fizzled out. Me: Average Iowa caucus goer hoping you’re the same divisive politician who helped orchestrate the 1995 government shutdown & gives the bulk of tax breaks to the wealthy few. You should have some money to spend after your “fantastic time” at Lehman Brothers, taking in millions in salary while with the company, and our economy, collapsed. I’ve seen you’ve been to NH & SC more than 20 times this year; feeling neglected here in Iowa, even though I know you said you’d “never go to Iowa again.” Hit me up if you’re back in town?

·      do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers



I was afraid to say hello — O4G (Ohioan For Governor)

So you were here the other week, and then you jetted back out of town on Mark Kvamme’s jet. Our eyes met, but I was afraid to say hello because I’ve heard from other folks you can be kind of cranky sometimes. It was amazing that I saw you at all since you’re “more commonly found walking the streets of another state than the hallways of the Ohio Statehouse.” When you’re back in town, can you stop by and say hi? And maybe finish our state budget?

·      do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers


Governor Kasich’s Record

  • While rarely in Ohio, Kasich has visited South Carolina 12 times this year and New Hampshire 10 times, showing little interest in the needs of Iowa’s voters.

    • This shouldn’t be too surprising, since in 2014 Kasich said, “You can go with me out to Iowa. You wouldn’t believe it. You’d never go to Iowa again.”

  • As a Congressman in the 1990s, Kasich orchestrated a government shutdown, calling it “one of the greatest accomplishments of my career”

  • After a brief and failed Presidential bid, Kasich went to become a managing director for Lehman Brothers, collecting over half a million dollars in 2008 before the company collapsed, that helped drag the U.S. into the financial crisis

  • As governor, Kasich gutted funding for local governments, resulting in increased local taxes and fees; signed tax cuts with half the benefits going to the top 5 percent of earners; slashed $1.8 billion from Ohio’s public schools



How Much Will Outsourcers Give Portman for Fast-Track Round Two?

COLUMBUS – As the U.S. Senate begins voting for a second time on so-called Fast-Track legislation today, Republican Sen. Rob Portman stands to rake in thousands more in campaign cash from corporate backers of the massive Pacific trade agreement.

“Rob Portman raked in $120,000 from the outsourcing lobby ahead of his first Fast-Track vote, so he must be thrilled at a chance to sell Ohio workers out yet again,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue. “Outsourcers are sparing no expense to keep Portman in the Senate, because, from crafting President Bush’s outsourcing agenda to cheerleading NAFTA through Congress, Washington special interests have always counted on Portman to stand with them against Ohio workers.”

  • Portman collected nearly $120,000 in campaign cash from corporate members of the U.S. Business Coalition for TPP ahead of his first Fast-Track vote on May 23 according to The Guardian newspaper.
  • According to The Guardian’s analysis, Portman took more than six times the average contribution to U.S. Senate campaigns in just the first three months of this year. In fact, more than 10 percent of the total $1.15 million spent by the group went to prop up Portman’s re-election campaign.

The U.S. Senate began votes today to pass the latest version of Fast-Track, approved by the House earlier this month. If passed by the Senate this week, Fast-Track legislation will be sent to the President to be signed into law.

Fast-Track legislation sets the stage for the massive Pacific trade agreement known as TPP to pass through Congress with no opportunity for amendments that protect Ohio jobs.

It’s no surprise Portman is a top recipient of outsourcing dollars. After all he has earned the title of  ‘Dedicated Outsourcer’ . . .

  • The U.S. Business Industry Council called Portman a “dedicated outsourcer.” [CQ Today, 3/17/05]
  • Portman voted for and has been a consistently staunch supporter of NAFTA, which according to a 2011 study, has cost Ohio the 4th highest percentage of its total state employment among all states and the District of Columbia. [Vote 75, 11/17/93; Cleveland Plain Dealer, 5/3/11; U.S. Trade Representative Press Release, March 2006].
  • Portman served as President George W. Bush’s top trade architect, and quarterbacked CAFTA. [CNN, 7/28/05]
  • Portman voted twice to support tax breaks for corporations that ship Ohio jobs overseas. [Vote 181, 7/19/12; Vote 249, 7/30/14]



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