Ohio Democratic Party Applauds Tavares Legislation To Require Transparency For Governor’s Travel Expenses

COLUMBUS — Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper today applauded state Sen. Charleta Tavares’s proposed legislation to ensure Ohio taxpayers do not have to foot a secret bill for Gov. John Kasich when he is on the presidential campaign trail and requires a security detail.

“The fact that Kasich refuses to reveal if state taxpayers are footing a chunk of the bill for his out-of-state campaigning isn’t surprising, but no one in Ohio should stand for his stonewalling,” said Pepper. “Kasich’s attempts to stymie public requests for this information are ridiculous.

“And if it turns out Ohio taxpayers are paying for his out-of-state campaign security, the campaign should reimburse the state for every nickel.”

A Kasich spokesperson last week refused to answer questions about whether Ohio taxpayers were ponying up for Kasich’s security detail on the campaign trail, claiming it was “for the safety of the governor.”

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Stark County Republicans All In On Sham Candidacy

COLUMBUS – The Stark County Board of Elections yesterday voted 2-2 on a challenge to County Commissioner Thomas Bernabei’s candidacy for mayor of Canton, with both Republicans on the board voting in favor of Bernabei, despite evidence clearly showing that he did not reside in the city when he filed his candidate papers and that he is not an independent as he claims.

This decision by the Republicans on the Stark County Board of Elections rewards a farcical scheme to circumvent state law and get on the ballot,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper. “Given years of rhetoric about voter fraud, it’s astounding that Ohio Republicans would support would-be candidates and voters submitting false paperwork in order to run and vote in communities where they don’t live. The voters of Canton and Stark County deserve better, and we trust that Secretary of State Jon Husted will put an end to the shenanigans.”

Evidence before the board showed Bernabei registered to vote at an address where he’d never spent a single night. Bernabei lived in Hills and Dales, a suburb of Canton, when he decided to run for Canton mayor. On April 30, he signed a one-month lease for a vacant house at 2118 University Heights Ave. in Canton. The lease took effect on May 1.  After signing the lease on April 30, Bernabei left for a vacation in Florida. Bernabei returned to Ohio on May 3.  After returning, he filed a change of address form with the Stark County Board of Elections, listing the University Heights Ave. address as his voting residence. Bernabei then spent his first night in the University Heights Ave. address on the night of May 3-4.

Furthermore, Bernabei never intended to make University Heights his permanent address (see below for more details).

These are just two examples of numerous irregularities and false assertions Bernabei made to get on the ballot improperly.

With the county elections board’s deadlocked vote yesterday, the decision now falls to Secretary Husted, who will issue a ruling on whether Bernabei can remain on the ballot in Canton.

 

FACTS ON BERNABEI’S SHAM CANDIDACY

Fact:  Bernabei registered to vote at an address where he’d never spent a night.  

Bernabei lived in Hills and Dales, a suburb of Canton, when he decided to run for Canton mayor. On April 30, he signed a one-month lease for a vacant house at 2118 University Heights Ave. in Canton. The lease took effect on May 1. After signing the lease on April 30, Bernabei left for a vacation in Florida. Bernabei returned to Ohio on May 3. After returning, he filed a change of address form with the Stark County Board of Elections, listing the University Heights Ave. address as his voting residence. Bernabei then spent his first night in the University Heights Ave. address on the night of May 3-4.

Fact: Bernabei never intended to make University Heights his permanent address.

Bernabei has owned a property on Lakecrest St. in Canton for several years, which he rented out. The tenants closed on a new house on April 30 and would be moving out in the near future. During the hearing, Bernabei admitted under oath that he only intended to stay in the University Heights address until his tenants vacated the Lakecrest St., which would have occurred on May 6.

Fact: Bernabei’s wife, dog, and most of his possessions remained in Hills and Dales while Bernabei was at the University Heights Address.

Bernabei admitted under oath that his family and the vast majority of his possessions remained in Hills and Dales until his Lakecrest residence was ready. ORC 3502.03(D) says that “The place where the family of a married person resides shall be considered to be the person’s place of residence.”

Fact: Republican board members disregarded precedent and statute in determining that Bernabei met the residence requirements to run for mayor.

Bernabei’s voting residence was in Hills and Dales when he filed his candidacy for mayor of Canton and voted in the Canton primary election. Bernabei had no intent to make the University Heights address his permanent address, which is how courts and the Secretary of State have interpreted ORC 3503.02(A) (“That place shall be considered the residence of a person in which the person’s habitation is fixed and to which, whenever the person is absent, the person has the intention of returning”).

Fact: Bernabei admitted under oath, “I wish I had run in the Democratic primary.”

Bernabei is claiming to be an independent in his run for mayor because it is the only way he can now get on the ballot. But numerous facts presented to the board showed that he remains a Democrat. At the hearing itself, Bernabei admitted under oath as much, saying: “I wish I had run in the Democratic primary.”

Chamber Swoops In To Rescue Struggling Portman Campaign As A Thank You For Fast-Track Vote

COLUMBUS – U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s special interest friends are so threatened by Ted Strickland’s early lead in the polls, they’re already launching attack ads — 17 months before the election.

“Corporate interests called on Congress to do their bidding with Fast-Track, Rob Portman answered, and now they will do anything they can to keep their number-one lapdog in the Senate,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue. “Rob Portman has spent his career at the beck and call of Washington special interests, but come 2016 he’ll have to answer to Ohio voters, and no amount of mudslinging can cover up Portman’s long record outsourcing Ohio jobs.”

FACT CHECK: AS PORTMAN STRUGGLES WITH RE-ELECTION, SPECIAL INTEREST ALLIES SWOOP IN TO THANK HIM FOR VOTING TO FAST TRACK JOBS OUT OF OHIO AND TRYING TO BLAME STRICKLAND FOR THE GLOBAL RECESSION

TITLE

“Say No To Ted Strickland”

MEDIA

TV :30 [link]

DATE

7/6/15

THE CHAMBER IS PUSHING THE ALREADY-DISPROVEN ARGUMENT THAT STRICKLAND WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GLOBAL RECESSION

·         Fact checkers said it was “political hyperbole” to blame Strickland for the effects of a global recession.

·         States across the country – including Republican-led states – felt the economic pain of the recession.

OHIO’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY BEGAN UNDER STRICKLAND

·         Economists agree: the economic recovery began under Strickland, with Ohio gaining jobs, lowering the unemployment rate, and raising wages.

·         In 2010, Ohio was rated as having the fifth-fastest growing economy. In fact, Strickland’s final year in office saw greater job growth than either of Kasich’s first two years.

STRICKLAND LEFT WITH OHIO WITH A BUDGET SURPLUS, AND REPORTS OF A BUDGET SHORTFALL WERE INFLATED

·         Ohio’s constitution requires balanced budgets, and Strickland’s last budget ended with a $183 million surplus.

·         The $8 billion claim relied on budget gimmicks and outdated information to inflate the projected shortfall.

REMEMBER: PORTMAN IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE IN THE RACE TO AUTHOR A BUDGET WITH A DEFICIT

·         As President George W. Bush’s budget director, Portman authored a budget that was projected to increase the federal deficit by $513 billion.

AFTER LEAVING THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE, STRICKLAND JOINED A THINK TANK TO FIND POLICY SOLUTIONS TO HELP THE NATION’S WORKING FAMILIES

·         At the Center for American Progress, Strickland focused on issues of economic growth, income inequality, and health care.

COULD THE U.S. CHAMBER AD BE A ‘THANK YOU’ AFTER PORTMAN VOTED FOR FAST TRACK?

·         In late June, Portman voted for Fast-Track authority for the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. The Guardian reported Portman took nearly $120,000 from Fast Track’s corporate backers in advance of the vote.

·         In Congress, Portman has voted for every trade deal he could.

·         The U.S. Chamber of Commerce named TPP’s passage as a “top priority.”

·         Reckless trade deals haven’t worked for Ohio, with Ohioans having lost over 320,000 manufacturing jobs since NAFTA’s passage.

AD CLAIMS

THE FACTS

NARRATOR: “Ted Strickland’s Record as Governor?”

VISUAL: TED STRICKLAND’S RECORD AS GOVERNOR?

NARRATOR: “Let’s look at the facts. Over 370,000 jobs lost,”

VISUAL: THE FACTS: OHIO LOST OVER 370,000 JOBS SOURCE: POLITIFACT OHIO, 10/25/12

NARRATOR: “Unemployment skyrocketed over 9%,”

VISUAL: UNEMPLOYMENT SKYROCKETED OVER 9% SOURCES: BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, ACCESSED 2/24/15; CLEVELAND.COM, 6/21/15

THE GLOBAL RECESSION CANNOT BE PINNED ON STRICKLAND – IT WAS FELT NATIONWIDE

POLITIFACT: “THE CLAIM THAT STRICKLAND DESTROYED OHIO JOBS AMOUNTS TO POLITICAL HYPERBOLE”

PolitiFact: “The Claim That Strickland Destroyed Ohio Jobs Amounts To Political Hyperbole” Since All Industrial States Shed Jobs When The Recession Hit, And “The Causes Of The Recession Are Much Broader Than Just The State’s Budget Woes.” “Finally, the claim that Strickland destroyed Ohio jobs amounts to political hyperbole. Ohio and other industrial states all hemorrhaged jobs when the economy hit the skids, and the causes of the recession are much broader than just the state’s budget woes. […] The ad pins Ohio’s job losses on the governor, claiming they were a result of those state budget woes. We rate Kasich’s claim that ‘Ted Strickland destroyed Ohio jobs when he busted the budget’ as False.” [PolitiFact, 10/19/10]

PolitiFact: The Claim That Ohio Lost Jobs Under Strickland “Does Not Reflect The Larger Economic Backdrop, One That Both Democrats And Republicans In Charge Of States Admit Produced Results Out Of Their Control.” “So even if the campaign phrase – ‘Ohio lost 400,000 jobs on his watch’ — is stuck in a voter’s head, the claim does not reflect the larger economic backdrop, one that both Democrats and Republicans in charge of states admit produced results out of their control.” [PolitiFact, 8/3/10]

Joe Hallett Op-Ed: Strickland Served “During The Worst Economic Downturn Since The Great Depression. He Can’t Be Blamed For That.” “But Strickland spoke the truth last month when he said, ‘I am not responsible for the (national) recession, but I am responsible for the decisions I’ve made and am making in helping this state move through the recession.’ Strickland has had the misfortune of serving during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. He can’t be blamed for that. Virtually every state in the union has lost plenty of jobs and is awash in red ink.” [Columbus Dispatch, Joe Hallett Op-Ed, 1/10/10]

OHIO’S REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED NEIGHBORS WERE FEELING THE SAME ECONOMIC CRUNCH

Every State With A Republican Governor Saw An Increased Unemployment Rate From 2007 To 2011. Every state that had a Republican governor from January 2007 to January 2011 saw an increase in their unemployment rate over that period. [Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 5/6/15; National Governors Association, Accessed 5/6/15]

Republican Governor Of Indiana Mitch Daniels Made The Same Argument As Strickland That Midwest States Were Hurt By Forces Beyond Their Control During The 2000s. “Strickland argues that Ohio – like Michigan and other Midwest states — was especially hurt by forces beyond his control, namely a recession and the decline of manufacturing. Ohio and the nation have suffered through two recessions, one that started in 2001 and one that started in 2008, which triggered an avalanche of job losses here and was considered a global economic crisis. Strickland is not the only one making this argument. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican elected in 2004 who is in his second term, says the same thing, at least he did July 22 during an interview in Cleveland.” [PolitiFact, 8/3/10]

  • Republican Governor Of Indiana Mitch Daniels: “To Some Extent, Everybody Is At The Mercy Of National And Global Events, And We Are No Different.” “Strickland argues that Ohio – like Michigan and other Midwest states — was especially hurt by forces beyond his control, namely a recession and the decline of manufacturing. […] Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican elected in 2004 who is in his second term, says the same thing, at least he did July 22 during an interview in Cleveland. What makes the Daniels’ comments worth highlighting is that the rising GOP star was in town campaigning with Kasich. The two were beating up on Strickland for the state’s job losses. But Daniels became a bit defensive when questioned about Hoosier State less than stellar performance in the last several years. Indiana lost 174,000 net jobs since January of 2007 and the state has a current unemployment rate of 10.1 percentage points compared to Ohio’s 10.5 rate. ‘In a time when every state that is not sitting on a pile of natural gas is struggling, you bet we are,’ Daniels said. He argued that Indiana is adding jobs faster than other states and its ‘business climate’ is better than Ohio’s. But, echoing the sentiments of other governors in defense of their states’ economic woes, he said, ‘To some extent, everybody is at the mercy of national and global events, and we are no different.’ That’s right. Daniels delivered the line that many Democrats make to defend themselves from the charge that the state’s job losses are all their fault.” [PolitiFact, 8/3/10]

DURING STRICKLAND’S LAST YEAR AS GOVERNOR, OHIO WAS GAINING JOBS AND RECOGNIZED AS THE FIFTH-FASTEST GROWING ECONOMY

ECONOMISTS AGREE: THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY BEGAN UNDER STRICKLAND

PolitiFact: It Is “Mostly True” That Ohio’s Economic Recovery Started In February 2010 Under Strickland. “Strickland, in announcing he would sit out in 2014, said Ohio’s economic recovery ‘started in February 2010.’ […] As is, Strickland’s claim requires clarification. On the Truth-O-Meter, that makes it Mostly True.” [PolitiFact, 1/24/13]

PolitiFact: “Evidence And Expertise Confirm […] That Ohio’s Recovery Started While [Strickland] Was Governor.” “Strickland, in announcing he would sit out in 2014, said Ohio’s economic recovery ‘started in February 2010.’ The Ohio Democratic Party, which circulated the release, attributed the remark to BLS figures that showed the first in a series of unemployment declines came that month. Economics is never so simple. One expert thinks the recovery might have started earlier, another believes it started a few months later. Strickland served from 2007 through 2010. The timeline might not be as precise as he suggests, but evidence and expertise confirm the accuracy of his larger point: that Ohio’s recovery started while he was governor.” [PolitiFact, 1/24/13]

Economist George Zeller Said Ohio’s Economy Began To Recover In 2010. “We also checked in with Cleveland economic research analyst George Zeller, another expert. Zeller finds fault with the BLS model favored by others and prefers the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. Zeller said the QCEW numbers show that Ohio began gaining jobs in 2010, but several months later than February. If he had to pick a month when the Ohio economy began to turn around, Zeller said he would choose July 2010 or October 2010. ‘In the end,’ Zeller wrote in an email to PolitiFact Ohio, ‘more than a third of all the net jobs gained in Ohio during 2010 were in October 2010.’” [PolitiFact, 1/24/13]

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio’s Climb Out Of The National Recession “Began Before Kasich Became Governor.” “But Ohio’s climb out of a deep national recession also has been key — a climb that began before Kasich became governor and has continued under his watch.” [Columbus Dispatch, 6/22/14]

STRICKLAND LEFT OHIO THE FIFTH-FASTEST GROWING ECONOMY IN THE NATION

October 2010: The Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia Rated Ohio As Having The Fifth-Fastest Growing Economy During The Past 12 Months. “Other outside experts have seen signs that Ohio’s economy is rebounding including the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, which rated Ohio as having the fifth-fastest growing economy during the past 12 months. And personal income tax collections are up 5 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2011 as well as sales tax collections over the past four months when both are compared to the same period a year ago.” [PolitiFact, 10/19/10]

Throughout 2010, Ohio’s Real GDP Was Growing. According to monthly financial reports filed under Republican Governor John Kasich, Ohio real GDP was expanding throughout the entirety of 2010. [Ohio Office Of Budget And Management, Monthly Financial Report, 1/10/13]

…WITH DECLINING UNEMPLOYMENT

In 2010, Strickland’s Last Year As Governor, Ohio’s Unemployment Rate Fell 1.6 Percent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010, Ohio’s unemployment rate fell 1.6 percent. [Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 5/11/15]

January 2011: Ohio Was One Of Only Two States To Have Eight Consecutive Months Of Declining Unemployment. “Kasich hammered Strickland during the campaign for the state’s double-digit, above-the-national-average unemployment rate. But in an exit interview with The Plain Dealer, Strickland said that his administration had begun to reverse that negative trend just in time for Kasich to now claim the credit. ‘We are one of only two states to have eight consecutive months of declining unemployment,’ Strickland said in the interview on Dec. 20. ‘Twenty-one states had increased unemployment last month. Ours went down.’ Politifact Ohio wanted to know if the outgoing governor had his facts right, particularly given how hard Kasich and the Republicans hammered him for the economy during the election. As it turns out, the governor is right on both accounts, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor.” [PolitiFact, 1/3/11]

November 2010: Ohio’s Unemployment Rate Was Even With – Instead Of Above – The National Average For The First Time Since December 2002. “Ohio and Illinois are the only two states that have shown a drop in unemployment — typically by one-tenth of a percentage point, but a drop nonetheless — for every month from April through November. December figures are not yet available. And, indeed, unemployment increased in 21 states in November compared to October, according to the labor statistics seasonally adjusted figures, further highlighting Ohio’s gains. In fact, Ohio’s unemployment rate in November was 9.8 percent, drawing even with instead of hovering above the national average for the first time since December 2002, according Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Director Douglas Lumpkin.” [PolitiFact, 1/3/11]

…MORE JOBS

August 2010: Ohio Began 8 Straight Months Of Job Growth And Added 27,500 Jobs In The Last Six Months Of 2010. “Beginning in August 2010, with Strickland still in office, the state started a string of eight consecutive months of job growth. Ohio added 27,500 jobs in the final six months that year.” [Columbus Dispatch, 6/22/14]

PolitiFact: “The Number Of Employed Ohioans Began Climbing In January 2010” And “Nearly 30,000 More Ohioans Were Employed In December 2010 Than At The Beginning Of The Year.” “We reconnected with Ken Mayland, an economist with Pepper Pike’s ClearView Economics and one of the experts cited in the check of Sabety’s November 2010 statement. Mayland said that employment numbers offer a clearer picture of an economy because they measure who is working. The unemployment rate excludes those who have stopped searching for work. […] Our check of BLS data shows that after months of decline, the number of employed Ohioans began climbing in January 2010. Employment dipped again that summer but was rebounding by fall. Nearly 30,000 more Ohioans were employed in December 2010 than at the beginning of the year.” [PolitiFact, 1/24/13]

Strickland’s Final Year As Governor Had Greater Job Growth Than Either Of Governor Kasich’s First Two Years In Office. From January 2010 to December 2010, Ohio gained 25,927 nonfarm jobs. Ohio only exceeded that level of annual job growth in 2013. This finding is detailed in the chart below:

Year

Ohio Annual Job Growth

2010

25,927

2011

24,232

2012

17,422

[Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 5/14/15]

…AND HIGHER WAGES

After A Long Recession, In 2009 Mean Earnings Finally Increased. “There is no question that the 2000s recession deepened sharply in 2008 within Ohio, with both employment and mean earnings falling sharply. […] But, in 2009, despite the large job loss in Ohio, the mean earnings of a surviving Ohio job actually increased by 0.8% in 2009, returning average job earnings in Ohio to a level 0.3% above the same inflation-adjusted level that Ohio jobs paid in 2000.” [Jobs and Earnings Trends in Ohio Counties – Third Quarter 2010 Update, George Zeller – Economic Research Analyst, May 2011]

Economist George Zeller: “Ohio Gained $1.2 Billion In Paychecks Between The Third Quarters Of 2009 And 2010” Which “Was Widely Distributed Across Ohio” In 71 Out Of 88 Counties. “Then, in the new data for the third quarter of 2010, employment levels actually increased relative to the third quarter of 2009 in 47 of Ohio’s 88 counties. […] A corresponding increase in aggregate paycheck earnings was faster than the 2009-2011 job growth. Ohio gained $1.2 billion in paychecks between the third quarters of 2009 and 2010. That one year increase was 2.5%. The growth in paychecks was widely distributed across Ohio, with 71 of the 88 counties enjoying a one year increase.” [Jobs and Earnings Trends in Ohio Counties – Third Quarter 2010 Update, George Zeller – Economic Research Analyst, May 2011]

NARRATOR: “And he left a massive $8 billion budget hole.”

VISUAL: LEFT BEHIND AN $8 BILLION BUDGET HOLE SOURCE: THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH – EDITORIAL, 6/30/11

STRICKLAND’S BUDGET WERE BALANCED – THERE WAS NO DEFICIT

The Ohio State Constitution Mandates Balanced Budgets. “Although no one statute or section of the Ohio Constitution explicitly states that Ohio must keep its budget in balance, there are several provisions that, when construed together, make such a requirement clear.” [Ohio Legislative Service Commission, Accessed 5/22/15]

Ohio Ended FY 2011 With A $183.8 Million Surplus In The General Revenue Fund. Ohio ended FY 2011 with a $183.8 million general revenue fund balance. [State Of Ohio Executive Budget, FY 2014-2015, Page C-12, 2/4/13]

PolitiFact: Under Strickland, “The Budget Wasn’t Busted, It Was Balanced.” “Ohio law requires the state budget be balanced, and the governor shares authority and responsibility for it with the General Assembly. […] The ad pins all of Ohio’s budget woes on Strickland, when no one person is responsible for the state’s budget. As governor, Strickland must work with the legislature to get a budget approved. The bottom line is that the budget wasn’t busted, it was balanced.” [PolitiFact, 10/19/10]

THE $8 BILLION CLAIM RELIED ON BUDGET GIMMICKS AND OUTDATED INFORMATION TO INFLATE THE PROJECTED SHORTFALL

Cleveland Plain Dealer On The $8 Billion Shortfall Claim: “It’s Important To Keep In Mind That The Figure Was Based On Initial Projections Made In January That Now Have Changed.” “That’s a subject of debate. But one thing’s for sure: as the term ‘$8 billion deficit’ becomes a badge of pride and a weapon in the partisan battles over the budget, it’s important to keep in mind that the figure was based on initial projections made in January that now have changed.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 5/29/11]

The $8 Billion Shortfall Was Based On Counting One-Time Federal Dollars Used In The 2010-2011 Budget. “So did Kasich and Co. really get stuck with an $8 billion hole in the budget? Like many things in life, what once seemed true is now evolving as we learn more. Let’s start at the beginning: There was a projected gap of about $7.7 billion between state spending and expected revenues in the current budget for 2010-11, once you subtracted federal stimulus money and other ‘one-time’ dollars used to balance the books, according to Kasich’s budget team. The projection, made in January, confirmed estimates that had been made months earlier.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 5/29/11]

The $8 Billion Shortfall “Was Based On A Number Of Assumptions” Including Two That “Changed” – That There Would Be No New Revenue Growth In 2012-13, And That Tax Revenues In The Current Budget Would Continue At The Same Rate. “So did Kasich and Co. really get stuck with an $8 billion hole in the budget? Like many things in life, what once seemed true is now evolving as we learn more. […] The January projection was based on a number of assumptions, including these two biggies: There would be no new revenue growth in 2012-13, and tax revenues in the current budget would fill the state’s piggy bank at the rate that was anticipated. But those assumptions have changed.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 5/29/11]

·         The 2011 Budget Included $1.6 Billion To $1.8 Billion In New Revenue Not Accounted For In The Shortfall Projection. “Tucked away in the details of Kasich’s massive state spending blueprint released on March 15 was a projection that tax revenues will actually grow by about $800 million as the economy comes back from the recession of 2008. That makes the $7.7 billion gap between spending and revenues actually about $6.9 billion once you factor in tax revenue growth in 2012 and 2013. The second assumption, about tax revenues in the current budget, is also turning out to be faulty. Revenues for this fiscal year are actually about $840 million higher than expected — and on pace to be about $1.03 billion higher than expected when the books for fiscal 2011 close June 30. Add up all the extra revenue and you get $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion. So the real deficit is actually turning out to be about $5.9 billion to $6.1 billion.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 5/29/11]

…AND KASICH’S FIRST BUDGET ULTIMATELY SPENT MORE THAN STRICKLAND’S

Kasich’s First Budget Spent $5 Billion More Than Strickland’s Last Budget. According to the Ohio Legislative Service commission, Governor Kasich’s first budget spent $5 billion more than Governor Strickland’s last budget. Strickland’s FY 10-11 budget spent $50.3 billion, and Kasich’s FY 12-13 budget spent $55.7 billion. [Ohio Legislative Service Commission, 8/15/11]

REMEMBER: PORTMAN’S BUDGET AS PRESIDENT BUSH’S BUDGET GURU INCREASED THE DEFICIT BY $513 BILLION

Portman’s Budget As OMB Director Projected To Increase The U.S. Deficit By $513 Billion. From FY 2008 to FY 2012, Portman’s budget was projected to increase the U.S. deficit by $513 billion. [Government Publishing Office, FY 08 OMB Budget, 2/5/07; Office Of Management And Budget, Accessed 5/25/15; U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Of St. Louis, FRED Data, Accessed 7/6/15]

·         Wall Street Journal Headline: “Legacy of Deficits Will Constrain Bush’s Successor.” “George W. Bush took office in 2001 with budget surpluses projected to stretch years into the future. But it’s almost certain that when he returns to Texas next year, the president will leave behind a trail of deficits and debt that will sharply constrain his successor.” [Wall Street Journal, 2/1/08]

NARRATOR: “Then after crippling Ohio’s economy Strickland moved to Washington to lead a liberal think tank,”

VISUAL: “STRICKLAND JOINS TOP DEMOCRATIC THINK TANK” HUFFINGTON POST, 3/19/14

NARRATOR: “Calling it his dream job.”

VISUAL: “DREAM JOB”

STRICKLAND WORKED AT CAP TO FIND POLICY SOLUTIONS TO BUILD THE NATION’S MIDDLE CLASS

Strickland’s Role At CAP “Will Focus On Policies That Build An Economy And A Country That Work For Everyone, Including Economic Inequality, Poverty, Climate Change, And Health Care.” “Within his role at CAP Action, Strickland will focus on policies that build an economy and a country that work for everyone, including economic inequality, poverty, climate change, and health care. He will also work with CAP Action to raise awareness about policies being driven at the state level, such as voting rights, increasing the minimum wage, and protecting the rights of workers to organize and bargain for safe conditions, decent pay, and adequate benefits. He will be an important national voice on progressive policies.” [Center for American Progress, 3/19/14]

NARRATOR: “Now Strickland wants a seat in the US Senate.”

VISUAL: TED STRICKLAND IN THE SENATE?

NARRATOR: “Does he deserve it?”

VISUAL: DOES HE DESERVE IT?

NARRATOR: “Say no to Ted Strickland.”

VISUAL: SAY NO TO TED STRICKLAND

VISUAL: PAID FOR BY THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (USCHAMBER.COM). NOT AUTHORIZED BY ANY CANDIDATE OR CANDIDATE’S COMMITTEE. THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT OF THIS ADVERTISING.

WHY IS THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUPPORTING PORTMAN? MAYBE BECAUSE HE JUST CLEARED THE WAY FOR THEIR “TOP PRIORITY,” THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

Portman Voted For Fast-Track Authority. [H.R. 2146, Vote 219, 6/24/15]

Passing The Trans-Pacific Partnership Was A Top Priority For The U.S. Chamber. “The debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership — see our TPP explainer and Ezra Klein’s account of the administration’s case for the TPP — has been one of the more frustrating things to cover in my career. The agreement has not exactly captured the imagination of the reading public, but it is the subject of a furious amount of politicking in DC. Passing it is a top priority of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and killing it is a top priority of the American labor movement. The White House and the Republican congressional leadership badly want to pass it. Backbench members of Congress — especially Democrats — are less enthusiastic.” [Vox, 3/25/15]

The Chamber Of Commerce Called On Congress To Renew Trade Promotion Authority. Chamber of Commerce’s Senior Vice President for Asia offered testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific: “First, however, Congress must approve legislation to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). TPA is a vital tool to help Americans sell their goods and services to the 95% of the world’s customers living outside our borders. Without TPA, we simply cannot enter into new trade agreements. We are pleased to see that Congress is preparing to consider legislation to renew TPA, which promises to spur economic growth and job creation at home.” [U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, 3/4/15]

PORTMAN TOOK $120,000 FROM TPP’S CORPORATE BACKERS IN ADVANCE OF THE FAST-TRACK VOTE

Portman Took $119,700 From The Corporate Members Of The US Business Coalition For TPP In Advance Of The Fast Track Vote. “Using data from the Federal Election Commission, this chart shows all donations that corporate members of the US Business Coalition for TPP made to US Senate campaigns between January and March 2015, when fast-tracking the TPP was being debated in the Senate: […] He received $119,700 from 14 different corporations between January and March, most of which comes from donations from Goldman Sachs ($70,600), Pfizer ($15,700), and Procter & Gamble ($12,900).” [The Guardian, 5/27/15]

The Guardian Headline: “Here’s How Much Corporations Paid US Senators To Fast-Track The TPP Bill.” [The Guardian, 5/27/15]

THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUPPORTED RECKLESS FREE TRADE DEALS THAT HAVE HURT OHIO, STRICKLAND WILL FIGHT THEM

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Supported Free Trade Deals With South Korea, Colombia, And Panama. “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hailed the bipartisan Congressional approval of the trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama and urged the president and lawmakers to build on it with an aggressive new trade agenda.” [U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 10/11/11]

Strickland Voted Against Eight Free Trade Deals In Congress. Portman Voted For Eight Free Trade Deals. During his time in Congress, Strickland voted against eight trade deals. Portman, during his time in Congress, voted for eight trade deals. These votes are detailed in the table below:

Free Trade Agreement

Year

Strickland

Portman

U.S.-Colombia

2011

YES

U.S.-Panama

2011

YES

U.S.-South Korea

2011

YES

U.S.-Oman

2006

NO

U.S.-Bahrain

2005

NO

CAFTA

2005

NO

U.S.-Morocco

2004

NO

YES

U.S.-Australia

2004

NO

YES

U.S.-Chile

2003

NO

YES

U.S.-Singapore

2003

NO

YES

NAFTA

1993

NO

YES

[H.R. 3078, Vote 163, 10/12/11; H.R. 3079, Vote 162, 10/12/11; H.R. 3080, Vote 161, 10/12/11; H.R. 5684, Vote 392, 7/20/06; H.R. 4340, Vote 616, 12/7/05; H.R. 3045, Vote 443, 7/28/05; H.R. 4842, Vote 413, 7/22/04; H.R. 4759, Vote 375, 7/14/04; H.R. 2738, Vote 436, 7/24/03; H.R. 2739, Vote 432, 7/24/03; H.R. 3450, Vote 575, 11/17/93]

Public Citizen: “Ohio Has Endured A Net Loss Of More Than 323,000 Manufacturing Jobs – One Out Of Every Three – Since The 1994 NAFTA And The World Trade Organization Agreements Took Effect.” “Ohio has endured a net loss of more than 323,000 manufacturing jobs – one out of every three – since the 1994 NAFTA and the World Trade Organization agreements took effect. Nearly five million manufacturing jobs have been lost nationwide. U.S. manufacturing workers who lose jobs to trade and find reemployment are typically forced to take pay cuts. Three of every five who were rehired in 2014 took home smaller paychecks, and one in three lost greater than 20 percent, according to Department of Labor data.” [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

The U.S. Trade Deficit In The Top Ohio Exports To NAFTA Countries Rose 476 Percent In The Last 17 Years. “The U.S. trade deficit with NAFTA partners Mexico and Canada in the top 10 products that Ohio exports to those countries has more than quintupled in the last 17 years, rising 476 percent.” [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

Ohio Has a $10 Million Agricultural Trade Deficit With NAFTA Partner Countries, But A $1.8 Billion Agricultural Trade Surplus With The Rest Of The World. “Ohio has a $10 million trade deficit in agricultural products with NAFTA partners Mexico and Canada, but a $1.8 billion agricultural trade surplus with the rest of the world. The disparity owes largely to the fact that Ohio’s agricultural exports to NAFTA partners actually have fallen $4 million, or 3 percent, in the last five years, while the state’s agricultural exports to the rest of the world have risen $1.5 billion, or 452 percent.” [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

More Than 12,000 Ohio Small-Scale Farms, Or 17 Percent, Disappeared In The First 21 Years After NAFTA’s Passage. “Small-scale U.S. family farms have been hardest hit by rising agricultural imports and declining agricultural trade balances under FTAs. Since NAFTA took effect, more than 12,000, or 17 percent, of Ohio’s smaller-scale farms have disappeared. Nationwide, nearly 180,000 small U.S. farms have gone under since NAFTA and NAFTA expansion pacts have taken effect.” [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

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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.”

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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]

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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.

Columbus

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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.”

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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.

 

LISTEN:

Transcript:

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.

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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.”

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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.”

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