DeWine Continues to Bungle Controversial Program

As DeWine’s Pay-to-Play Unfolds, OHLEG Task Force

Facial Recognition Program Safeguards Largely Ignored

COLUMBUS – In response to today’s Cincinnati Enquirer story about Attorney General Mike DeWine’s OHLEG panel looking at his controversial facial recognition program, Ohio Democratic Deputy Communications Director Brian Hester released the following statement:

“Mike DeWine apparently is too busy raising campaign money in his pay-to-play schemes to safeguard Ohioans from having their personal records abused.  David Pepper’s plan to fix this was largely endorsed by DeWine’s hand-picked panel, but it’s been four months with virtually zero progress.  Ohio needs an Attorney General that will protect Ohioans’ private records from abuse.”

BACKGROUND

After published reports that the facial recognition program was launched months ago, without any public notice or Attorney General Mike DeWine’s knowledge, DeWine publicly claimed that there were adequate safeguards in place.  In response to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s initial report that the facial recognition program was launched in June without any public notice or even Mike DeWine’s own knowledge, DeWine told the paper that he believed there were already adequate safeguards in place to prevent abuse.  Internal e-mails of his staff suggested otherwise. [Source: Cincinnati Enquirer (8/26/2013), “WATCHDOG: Ohioans not told how license photos used.”]

Then, DeWine announced he would appoint a task force to review the safeguards in OHLEG and report back to him in 60 days.  While still maintaining publicly that adequate safeguards were in place, DeWine announced he would appoint a panel to review OHLEG and the facial recognition program and report back to him with any recommendations in sixty days.  [Source: Toledo Blade (8/26/2013), “Ohio A.G. DeWine defends facial recognition program.”]

DeWine’s panel recommended that DeWine remove the facial recognition from the standard OHLEG search engine, just as David Pepper already recommended.  According to today’s Cincinnati Enquirer, the panel would like DeWine’s office to separate “facial recognition from the standard OHLEG search engine so that its access can be restricted.”  [Source: Cincinnati Enquirer (10/25/2013), “Face-check access goes beyond Ohio.”]

David Pepper made the same recommendation when he announced his own plan weeks earlier.  [Source: David Pepper for Attorney General Campaign Blog (10/8/2013), “Facial Recognition Plan.”]

DeWine’s panel recommended to restrict access to law enforcement, similar to David Pepper’s Plan.  According to the Enquirer, the panel is in agreement to recommend that “[l]aw enforcement officers, no matter how small their department, should keep access to facial recognition.  But the board has favored cutting off court employees’ access.”  [Source: Ohio Attorney General Website (10/25/2013), “OHLEG Advisory Group Report of Recommendations.”]

David Pepper made a similar recommendation when he announced his own plan, but his plan would have limited access to a select number of law enforcement officers as most states have done.  [Source: David Pepper for Attorney General Campaign Blog (10/8/2013), “Facial Recognition Plan.”]

The panel also supports Pepper’s plan to implement random audits of use. The Enquirer  also reported that “members want to see random audits, likely performed by police chiefs who could look over recent OHLEG or facial recognition searches.” [Source: Cincinnati Enquirer (10/25/2013), “Face-check access goes beyond Ohio.”]

Again, David Pepper has advocated that the technology’s use should be subject to outside audits.  [Source: David Pepper for Attorney General Campaign Blog (10/8/2013), “Facial Recognition Plan.”]

The panel requested a permanent panel be created, just as David Pepper has recommended.  The panel asked DeWine to create a permanent advisory committee.  [Source: Ohio Attorney General Website (10/25/2013), “OHLEG Advisory Group Report of Recommendations.”]

Again, David Pepper has advocated that the technology’s use be overseen by an independent, transparent, and public oversight panel.  [Source: David Pepper for Attorney General Campaign Blog (10/8/2013), “Facial Recognition Plan.”]

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Rep. Antonio Condemns DeWine For Arguing Employers Can Interfere With Women’s Healthcare Choices

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Today, State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) condemned Attorney General Mike DeWine for filing an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Conestoga v. Wood, a case involving a Pennsylvania company.

DeWine’s brief, which allows for employers at for-profit corporations to deny a female employee access to birth control under her own health insurance, is part of his nationwide campaign against women’s healthcare.

“It’s an embarrassment to Ohio families that our Attorney General believes that anyone other than a woman and her doctor should be in control of private medical decisions.   I am astonished that the Attorney General can argue that an employer has more rights to dictate a patient’s medical choices than the patient,” Antonio said.

Since taking office in 2011, DeWine has led a national campaign to deny women the right to birth control under their employer-provided health insurance.

DeWine has been involved in at least five cases nationally, most of which do not even involve Ohio residents. He has filed briefs or been a plaintiff in cases in Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, and Illinois.

“Mike DeWine should be using his office to focus on the critical issues facing Ohioans, not as a platform to push his dangerous and extreme personal agenda.”

State Rep. Antonio is the Chair of the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus. She is also the Ranking Member of the House Health and Aging Committee and serves on the House Finance and Appropriations Committee. Rep. Antonio is serving her second term representing the 13th Ohio House District.

BACKGROUND:

Mike DeWine endorsed Rick Santorum for President.  In 2012, Mike DeWine switched his endorsement from Mitt Romney to Rick Santorum before the Ohio GOP primary. [Source: Columbus Dispatch (2/18/2012), “In a shift, DeWine backs Santorum.”]

DeWine attempted to inject his office in a contraception case in Nebraska.  The week following his endorsement of Santorum, DeWine filed an amicus brief on behalf of seven Republican state Ohio Attorney Generals seeking to challenge the Affordable Care Act’s provisions mandating contraceptive coverage.  [Source: Reuters (2/24/2012), “DeWine joins lawsuit over Obama birth-control rule.”]

The Nebraska lawsuit was dismissed by a federal court judge for the parties’ lack of standing.  In July 2012, a federal judge dismissed the Nebraska lawsuit holding that the plaintiffs did not have legal standing to bring a lawsuit to challenge the contraception provisions of the Affordable Care Act. [Source: Lincoln Journal Star (7/17/2012) “Judge tosses out contraception lawsuit filed by Nebraska, six other states.”]

In September, the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected DeWine’s challenge to the same contraception provisions in a Michigan case.  In Autocam v. Sebelius (6th Cir. Case No. 12-2673, an unanimous panel ruled that the plaintiffs, like the district court did in the Nebraska case, lacked standing.  [Source: U.S. Sixth Circuit Opinion, Autocam v. Sebelius (9/17/2013), Case No. 12-2673. As found: http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/13a0278p-06.pdf.]

DeWine filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in Conestago Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius challenging the contraception provision in a Pennsylvania case.  Earlier this year, the Third Circuit held that a for-profit corporation’s challenge of the conception coverage provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act in Pennsylvania failed as for-profit corporations cannot engage in religious exercise.  Yesterday, DeWine joined in an amicus brief challenging that ruling after filing an initial amicus with the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  [Source: U.S. Third District Court Opinion, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation v. Sebelius (7/26/2013), Case No. 13-1144.  As found: http://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/131144p.pdf.]

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Chris Christie’s Open Ohio Invitation?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 23, 2013
Contact: Jerid Kurtz, 216-392-8198
jkurtz@ohiodems.org

Chris Christie’s Open Ohio Invitation?

Today, attention turns to Republican Governors Association (RGA) Chairman and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as a scandal embroils him and his top political lieutenants.

Considering this scandal, Governor Kasich has yet to state whether he will still take Christie up on his offer to “come to Ohio for John as frequently as he wants me to, and as frequently as I can” as RGA chairman in support of his re-election campaign.

 

‘I love John Kasich,’ Chris Christie says
Columbus Dispatch // by Joe Vardon

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – John Kasich and Chris Christie are officially bros. 

“I love John Kasich,” Christie said today at the Republican Governors Association conference at the picturesque Phoenician resort.

The New Jersey governor’s comments came a day after Kasich, Ohio’s governor, said of Christie: “Chris and I are friends. He texts me, we laugh, we bust each other’s chops.

“He’s like a big teddy bear, he’s just, I like him,” Kasich said here.

All of the public, mutual admiration in the desert this week between the two governors has been brought on by a few factors, primarily Christie’s skyrocketing status as a national power for Republicans and an early frontrunner for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination (should he run).

Kasich, by contrast, is also mentioned as a possible entrant into the party’s nomination fight, but in the meantime he was kind of a magnet in Scottsdale for national reporters looking for insight.

There’s also something else that binds them: Christie today became the RGA’s chairman, making him chiefly responsible to raise money and help Republican governors win election next year. Kasich, of course, is up for re-election.

“I’ll come to Ohio for John as frequently as he wants me to, and as frequently as I can, given the balance” required of helping other GOP governors and running his own state, Christie said.

Kasich predicted great success for Christie in his new role.

“Christie is going to do great out there. Are you kidding?” Kasich said. “Christie, he is like a force now. People want to be around him. He came out to Ohio during my last campaign, people just loved him. He said if you don’t elect this guy I am coming back here New Jersey style. They liked it.”

Kasich also said Christie “has one other thing going for him — it’s called celebrity.

“In case you hadn’t noticed, that’s a big darn deal in America today.”

To reporters, Kasich said “you all can’t get enough of him.”

Christie said he Kasich “get along very well because we have very similar approaches to governing.

“We’re both very direct, we say what we believe, and we do so enthusiastically,” Christie said.

Chairman Redfern Announces Liz Walters As Executive Director of the Ohio Democratic Party

COLUMBUS, OHIO –Today, following a national search, Chairman Chris Redfern announced that effective January 21st, Liz Walters will begin as the newly hired Executive Director for the Ohio Democratic Party.

“As a Congressional staffer, deputy field director in the fight against Senate Bill 5, and political director for the Ohio Democratic Party, Liz has shown time and again that she has both the experience and background to lead the largest state party in the nation,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern. “Without a doubt, Liz will serve as an aggressive advocate for the middle class, seniors, and women throughout our state as we work to hold Governor John Kasich and the rest of the Republican ticket accountable in 2014.”

Walters hails from Silver Lake, Ohio and is a graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School, earning her BA in History from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. In 2008, Liz completed a Masters in Public Administration at Cleveland State University.

After years of volunteering on political campaigns, Liz joined Obama’s Campaign for Change in Ohio as a field organizer. Following the 2008 cycle, she went to work for her hometown Congresswoman, Betty Sutton, eventually serving as District Director for the 13th Congressional District. She took a break from the Congresswoman’s office during the 2010 cycle, serving as a regional GOTV Lead for the Ohio Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign.

Liz joined the Ohio Democratic Party as Political Director in November of 2011 after six years of legislative and political work in Northeast Ohio. Prior to joining ODP, she served as the Deputy Field Director for Northeast Ohio for the We Are Ohio campaign that defeated Senate Bill 5 – Issue 2 – by a more than twenty percent margin. In 2012, Liz was a crucial part of the team that helped secure Senator Sherrod Brown’s re-election, and Democratic wins up and down the ballot.

“Liz brings outstanding energy and experience to this role, and our campaign is excited to continue to be able to work so closely with what is hands down the strongest state party in the country, holding Governor Kasich accountable and building a foundation to win in November,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald.

John Kasich’s Tea Party Primary

Following months of feuding with the Ohio Republican Party’s establishment, the Tea Party has finally made good on its promise and will field a Republican primary challenge to Governor John Kasich.

Libertarian Charlie Earl has also announced plans to challenge the Governor in the general election, and in a move of self-preservation John Kasich recently signed a law to make it harder for third-party challengers to qualify for the ballot.

 

Gov. John Kasich facing re-election primary challenge from Tea Party leader Ted Stevenot
Cleveland Plain Dealer // by Henry Gomez

Ted Stevenot, a Cincinnati-area Tea Party leader who has been eying a primary challenge to Republican Gov. John Kasich, is prepared to make it official.

Stevenot will declare his candidacy Tuesday at a Columbus hotel, according to an email his campaign and supporters circulated to reporters late Wednesday evening.

At the event he will introduce Brenda Mack as his running mate for lieutenant governor. Mack, of Canfield, is the former president of the Ohio Black Republicans Association.

Tea party leader intends to face Kasich in primary
Columbus Dispatch // by Joe Vardon

If the Stevenot-Mack ticket were to collect 1,000 valid signatures from registered voters and submit them to the secretary of state by Feb. 5, Kasich would become the first sitting Ohio governor to face a primary challenge since Gov. James A. Rhodes was challenged by Charles Kurfess in 1978.

Kasich would have a vast advantage in name recognition and campaign cash over Stevenot, who couldn’t start raising money until last month. But at minimum, Stevenot’s candidacy would show that a group of tea party conservatives — unknown in size but vocal in their opposition to Kasich’s accepting of $2.56 billion in federal money under the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid — has taken its frustration with the Republican governor to a new level.

Tea Party Leader Ted Stevenot To Challenge John Kasich in Republican Primary
Huffintgon Post // by Luke Johnson

Stevenot’s candidacy complicates Kasich’s path to reelection. After fighting with Democrats over unions and abortion rights, Kasich decided to expand Medicaid using federal money under the president’s health care law…The move rankled conservatives, ultimately sowing the seeds for a primary challenge from the right.

In the Buckeye State, the Tea Party Bucks the Establishment Republican Governor
The Daily Beast // by David Freedlander

The Tea Party challenge to the governor comes as the Republican establishment was looking to avoid conservative challenges that have cost the party winnable seats in Congress and in statehouses across the nation. Last year, GOP strategist Karl Rove announced the creation of a new super PAC, the Conservative Victory Project, designed to funnel the money from GOP mega-donors into establishment-backed primary campaigns.

Even when the hand-picked candidate of the Republican establishment has emerged victorious in these campaigns, they have been bruised for the general election contest.

READ MORE…

Ohio Gov. John Kasich faces tea party rival
Politico // by Tal Kopan

Tea Party challenger to primary John Kasich
Salon // by Elias Isquith

Kasich draws tea party challenger in Ohio
Wall Street Journal // by Neil King

Tea party activist set to challenge Ohio GOP gov
Associated Press // by Dan Sewell

Tea party’s Stevenot is expected to run against Kasich in GOP primary
WKSU // by Andy Chow

Kasich gets tea party challenger
Cincinnati City Beat // by German Lopez

[Video] WYTV: Kasich Faces Primary Challenger

[Video] WTOL: Kasich’s Tea Party Primary

FED REPORT: For First Time Since 2010, Ohio Continues Downward Trend in Fed’s Economic Coincident Report

As nation recovers, Ohio one of only two states to decrease in Fed’s November State Coincident Index

 COLUMBUS, OHIO – In the latest report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, economic markers paint a bleak picture of Ohio’s economy, showing the state headed in the wrong direction as the rest of the country continues to improve.

According to the December report, in the Federal Reserve’s monthly “Coincident State Index” 46 states increased positively, two states remained stable, and only two states decreased negatively (Alaska and Ohio). In the three-month index, only three states were headed in a negative direction, including Ohio, Wyoming and Alaska.

“John Kasich can falsely claim, as he did this past month, that Ohio is ‘headed in the right direction’, but most economic metrics like this Federal Reserve report paint a bleak picture for our state under the Governor’s top-down policies,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Jerid Kurtz. “While Governor Kasich continues to just benefit his rich friends at the expense of the rest of us, 427,000 Ohioans are out of work and month after month our state experiences the worst job loss in the nation. Governor Kasich’s policies simply aren’t working and Ohio’s middle class deserves better.

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The Fed’s Coincident Index is a combined measure of states’ unemployment, non-farm payroll employment, average hours worked in manufacturing, and wage and salary disbursements.

BACKGROUND

During Governor Kasich’s December 2013 “Year End Review” He Claimed Ohio Is Headed in Right Direction. During the Governor’s December 2013 speech at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, he claimed, “Ohio is going in the right direction folks. You feel it. People across the state feel it. We know it to be true. Now is the time to double down.” [Ohio Capital Blog, accessed 12/30/2013]

November 2013: Ohio Was One of Only Two States To Show A Negative One Month Trend In Its Coincident Index [Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia, November Coincident Release accessed 12/30/2013]

November 2013: Ohio Was One of Only Three States To Show A Negative Three Month Trend In Its Coincident Index [Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia, November Coincident Release accessed 12/30/2013]

October 2013: Ohio Was One Of Only Five States To Show A Negative Three Month Trend In Its Coincident Index [Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia, 2010-2013]

September 2013: Ohio Was One Of Only Seven States To Show A Negative Three Month Trend In Its Coincident Index [Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia, 2010-2013]

Prior To September 2013, The Most Recent Negative Growth In Ohio’s Coincident Index Was September Of 2010 [Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia, 2010-2013]

Coincident Index Combines Four Indicators To Summarize Economic Conditions: Employment, Average Hours Worked In Manufacturing, Unemployment Rate, And Wages. According to Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia “The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia produces a monthly coincident index for each of the 50 states… The coincident indexes combine four state-level indicators to summarize current economic conditions in a single statistic. The four state-level variables in each coincident index are nonfarm payroll employment, average hours worked in manufacturing, the unemployment rate, and wage and salary disbursements deflated by the consumer price index (U.S. city average).” [Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia, accessed 12/3/13]

2013: Nonpartisan Study Ranked Ohio 46th In Job Creation Over The Previous Year. According to a nonpartisan study by the W.P. Carney School of Business at Arizona State University, Ohio ranked 46th in job creation over the previous year for total nonfarm payroll between November 2012 and November 2013. [Job Growth Update, W. P. Carey School of Business - Arizona State University, 2013]

Ohio Previously Ranked 44th in Job Creation in October And As Low As 48th in March. According to a nonpartisan study by the W.P. Carney School of Business at Arizona State University, Ohio ranked 44th in job creation over the previous year for total nonfarm payroll between October 2012 and October 2013, and as low as 48th between March 2012 and March 2013. [Job Growth Update, W. P. Carey School of Business - Arizona State University, 2013 Archive]

In November, Ohio Experienced The Worst Job Loss In The Nation. In November 2013, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 43 states and decreased in 7 states and the District of Columbia. The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Ohio (-12,000),followed by North Carolina (-6,500) and Washington (-6,000). [Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 12/20/13]
For The First Time In More Than Three Years, Ohio’s Unemployment Is Worse Than The Nations’. Unemployment in Ohio has been creeping up since April and pulled even with the national rate in August. The October numbers are the first since October 2010 to show Ohio faring worse than the rest of the country. [Cincinnati Enquirer, 11/22/13]
In October, unemployment dropped across the nation in 39 states. Sixteen states saw the jobless rate in October fall to its lowest level in more than four years. In all but two, October unemployment was at its lowest level since late 2008 or the early months of 2009…In all, unemployment dropped from September to last month in 39 states.” [Washington Post, 11/25/13]

But while the rest of the nation recovered in October, only three states, including Ohio, experienced nearly two-year unemployment highs. “And only three states–Arkansas, Oklahoma and Ohio–saw nearly two-year highs.” [Washington Post, 11/25/13]

In August, Ohio Experienced The Second Worst Job Loss In The Nation. In August 2013, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 29 states, decreased in 20 states and the District of Columbia, and was unchanged in Montana. The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Georgia (-16,100), followed by Ohio (-8,200) and Arizona (-7,900). [Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 9/20/13]
In June, Ohio Experienced The Second Worst Job Loss In The Nation. In June 2013, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 37 states, decreased in 12 states and the District of Columbia, and was unchanged in Arkansas. The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Tennessee (-16,500), followed by Ohio (-12,500) and New York (-11,400). [Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 7/18/13]
In March, Ohio Experienced The Worst Job Loss In The Nation. In March 2013, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 23 states, decreased in 26 states and the District of Columbia, and was unchanged in New Mexico. The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Ohio (-20,400), followed by Illinois (-17,800). [Bureau of Labor and Statistics,4/19/13]

Under Gov. Kasich, Ohio Plummets to 46th In The Nation In Job Growth

Following News Ohio Experienced Worst Job Loss in Nation In November, Non-Partisan Arizona State University Notes Ohio’s Worsening Ranking

 COLUMBUS, OHIO – Today, Arizona State University’s non-partisan W.P.Carey School of Business released its monthly state job growth rankings, noting that Ohio plummeted to 46th in the nation in job growth for the month of November.

Today’s disastrous economic news closely follows reports that during November, Ohio lost 12,000 jobs – the worst job loss of any state in the nation – while employment increased in 43 states across the country.

“While the rest of the country continues to recover, under Governor Kasich’s policies Ohio is headed in the wrong direction and now we’ve even fallen to 46th in the nation in job growth,” said Ohio Democratic Party Spokesman Jerid Kurtz. “In Kasich’s economy, more than 427,000 Ohioans are out of work and for the first time in more than three years our state’s unemployment is worse than the rest of the nation’s.”

But despite the state’s struggling economy, Governor Kasich continues to refuse to ask his allies in Washington to extend federal unemployment benefits for the more than 40,000 Ohioans that will see their benefits immediately terminated in five days on December 28th.

“As our state’s economy stalls out, Governor Kasich refuses to pick up the phone and demand Congress continue federal extended unemployment for the more than 40,000 Ohioans set to immediately lose benefits on Saturday,” continued Kurtz. “Ohio deserves a Governor that’s willing to stand up for middle-class families, not just his rich friends.”

Ohio’s continuing economic decline stands in stark contrast to Governor Kasich’s recent claim that “Ohio is going in the right direction folks. You feel it. People across the state feel it. We know it to be true. Now is the time to double down.”

 

BACKGROUND

2013: Nonpartisan Study Ranked Ohio 46th In Job Creation Over The Previous Year. According to a nonpartisan study by the W.P. Carney School of Business at Arizona State University, Ohio ranked 46th in job creation over the previous year for total nonfarm payroll between November 2012 and November 2013. [Job Growth Update, W. P. Carey School of Business - Arizona State University, 2013]

Ohio Previously Ranked 44th in Job Creation in October And As Low As 48th in March. According to a nonpartisan study by the W.P. Carney School of Business at Arizona State University, Ohio ranked 44th in job creation over the previous year for total nonfarm payroll between October 2012 and October 2013, and as low as 48th between March 2012 and March 2013. [Job Growth Update, W. P. Carey School of Business - Arizona State University, 2013 Archive]

In November, Ohio Experienced The Worst Job Loss In The Nation. In November 2013, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 43 states and decreased in 7 states and the District of Columbia. The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Ohio (-12,000),followed by North Carolina (-6,500) and Washington (-6,000). [Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 12/20/13]

For The First Time In More Than Three Years, Ohio’s Unemployment Is Worse Than The Nations’. Unemployment in Ohio has been creeping up since April and pulled even with the national rate in August. The October numbers are the first since October 2010 to show Ohio faring worse than the rest of the country. [Cincinnati Enquirer, 11/22/13]

In October, unemployment dropped across the nation in 39 states. Sixteen states saw the jobless rate in October fall to its lowest level in more than four years. In all but two, October unemployment was at its lowest level since late 2008 or the early months of 2009…In all, unemployment dropped from September to last month in 39 states.” [Washington Post, 11/25/13]

But while the rest of the nation recovered in October, only three states, including Ohio, experienced nearly two-year unemployment highs. “And only three states–Arkansas, Oklahoma and Ohio–saw nearly two-year highs.” [Washington Post, 11/25/13]

In August, Ohio Experienced The Second Worst Job Loss In The Nation. In August 2013, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 29 states, decreased in 20 states and the District of Columbia, and was unchanged in Montana. The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Georgia (-16,100), followed by Ohio (-8,200) and Arizona (-7,900). [Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 9/20/13]

In June, Ohio Experienced The Second Worst Job Loss In The Nation. In June 2013, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 37 states, decreased in 12 states and the District of Columbia, and was unchanged in Arkansas. The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Tennessee (-16,500), followed by Ohio (-12,500) and New York (-11,400). [Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 7/18/13]

In March, Ohio Experienced The Worst Job Loss In The Nation. In March 2013, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 23 states, decreased in 26 states and the District of Columbia, and was unchanged in New Mexico. The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Ohio (-20,400), followed by Illinois (-17,800). [Bureau of Labor and Statistics,4/19/13]

October 2013: Ohio Was One Of Only Five States To Show A Negative Three Month Trend In Its Coincident Index [Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia, 2010-2013]

September 2013: Ohio Was One Of Only Seven States To Show A Negative Three Month Trend In Its Coincident Index [Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia, 2010-2013]

Prior To September 2013, The Most Recent Negative Growth In Ohio’s Coincident Index Was September Of 2010 [Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia, 2010-2013]

Coincident Index Combines Four Indicators To Summarize Economic Conditions: Employment, Average Hours Worked In Manufacturing, Unemployment Rate, And Wages. According to Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia “The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia produces a monthly coincident index for each of the 50 states… The coincident indexes combine four state-level indicators to summarize current economic conditions in a single statistic. The four state-level variables in each coincident index are nonfarm payroll employment, average hours worked in manufacturing, the unemployment rate, and wage and salary disbursements deflated by the consumer price index (U.S. city average).” [Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia, accessed 12/3/13]

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PPP Poll: Ohio Governor’s Race Nearly Tied as “Democrats continue to have an excellent chance at a pick up next year”

John Kasich at 40%, Ed FitzGerald at 38%, Libertarian Charlie Earl at 6%

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Today, in a poll commissioned by Freedom to Marry Ohio, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and Governor John Kasich continue to be locked in a near dead heat going into 2014. The poll can be downloaded here, while an accompanying memo is available here.

The survey conducted between December 6th and 8th of 1,011 Ohio voters by Public Policy Polling (PPP), one of the most accurate pollsters in America, found that if the election were held today, John Kasich would carry 40% of the vote, followed by Ed FitzGerald at 38%, and Libertarian Charlie Earl at 6%. In the poll, FitzGerald held a 13% lead over Kasich with Independent voters.

In a separate memo released on the poll, Tom Jensen, Director of PPP stated “… Democrats continue to have an excellent chance at a pick up next year.”

“With more than 427,000 Ohioans out of work and the state’s unemployment worse than the nation’s for the first time in three years, voters are tired of Governor Kasich’s policies just benefitting the rich,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern. “This poll shows what every struggling middle-class family already knows: John Kasich is vulnerable going into 2014 because under his leadership Ohio’s economy is headed in the wrong direction while the rest of the nation recovers.”

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Join us in celebration of David Duffey

As we mourn the loss of former operations director David Duffey, the longest-serving member of our staff and a true friend to Democrats across the country, I wanted to let you know about an event this weekend.

This coming Saturday, the Ohio Democratic Party will host a celebration of David Duffey at 2:00 PM in the OAPSE room at our headquarters in Columbus.

Friends and coworkers, both past and present, are invited to join and reminisce about David and his 25 years dedicated to unabashedly supporting progressive causes. We anticipate members of David’s family will also be in attendance.

ODP will host the event, and several of David’s friends and coworkers will also be invited to speak.

 

WHO:
David’s friends and coworkers

WHAT:
A celebration of David Duffey

WHEN:
Saturday, December 14
2:00 PM (Before the Holiday Party scheduled for 4:00 PM)

WHERE:
Ohio Democratic Party HQ
340 E. Fulton Street
Columbus, Ohio

Statement on the Passing of David Duffey, Ohio Democratic Party Director of Operations

Democrats Mourn Loss of Duffey, 25-year Member of ODP Staff

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Ohio Democratic Party announces with a heavy heart that David L. Duffey, the longest-serving member of staff and a true friend to Democrats across the country, passed away this morning.

Raised in Silver Lake, Duffey was a graduate of the University of Toledo School of Law. A lifelong Ohioan, Duffey’s career of service in Democratic politics began in 1981 as the Executive Director of the Lucas County Democratic Party.

Hired in 1988 by former Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Jim Ruvolo, Duffey fought for progressive causes for more than 25 years as the director of operations for the State Party.

“Without reservation, David dedicated both his personal and professional life to furthering our Democratic values each and every day,” said Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern. “David was a friend to generations of Democrats across our state, and he will be sorely missed in the days ahead.

Arrangements are pending.

Paid for and authorized by the Ohio Democratic Party, not authorized by any federal candidate or campaign committee. Chris Redfern, Chairman, 340 East Fulton St, Columbus, Ohio 43215.