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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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.”

 

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

Found on Craigslist in Both Des Moines and Columbus Today

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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

 

columbus.craigslist.org

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

 

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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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Will Rob Portman Denounce Hate Group?

Hate Group Leader Listed ‘Slumlord’ as Occupation on 2010 Contribution, Portman Returned Only Today

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Democratic Party is calling on Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman to publicly denounce the Council of Conservative Citizens and its leader Earl Holt III. Portman reportedly donated a 2010 contribution from Holt today – only after reports of the contribution surfaced over the weekend – but has yet to publicly denounce the white supremacist organization, which has reportedly said the suspect in last week’s Charleston church shooting may have had “legitimate grievances.”

Holt listed his occupation as ‘slumlord’ with Portman’s campaign at the time of his contribution in 2010.

Holt was tied to the Council of Conservative Citizens as early as 2003, and the organization has been officially listed as a ‘hate group’ by the Southern Poverty Law Center since 1999.

“While there’s no question donating the money was the right thing to do, it’s disappointing Senator Portman did not publicly denounce the hate that money represents. The dangerous views promoted by this organization have no place in our society, and Ohio leaders across the political spectrum have a responsibility to be proactive in standing up and speaking out against this type of hatred,” said  Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue.

According to FEC filings, Portman accepted $250 from President of the Council of Conservative Citizens Earl Holt III in 2010.

Portman reportedly donated the contribution to charity today, only after The Guardian reported the contribution over the weekend in the context of last week’s shooting.

According to the New York Times, “a manifesto that appeared on a website registered to Mr. Roof said that the manifesto’s author had first learned of ‘brutal black-on-white murder’ from the Council of Conservative Citizens’ website.”

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Chairman David Pepper Comments on Senate Budget Passage

COLUMBUS — Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper released the following statement today following the passage of the state budget by the Ohio Senate:

“With stagnant wages holding back so many Ohio families, eroded local services and schools due to years of cuts, and high levels of poverty in so many places, the budget that just passed the Ohio Senate focused on one thing —  giving away tax breaks to special interests and their lobbyist friends,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “These giveaways come at the expense of critical investments that would address the underlying challenges everyday Ohioans and Ohio communities face.

“However, Ohio Senate Republicans didn’t stop there. They threw in new attacks on workers’ rights and access to women’s health care while also placing limitations on landline phone services that benefit low-income and elderly Ohioans. This budget shows that Ohio Republicans are out of touch with the needs of Ohio families.”

“Throughout the process, Ohio Democrats have stepped up and offered amendments to make this budget better for the people of Ohio. I applaud them for standing up for those who just want to be offered a fighting chance. Their work and dedication shows that they have Ohioans best interest at heart.”

 

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The Only Job Rob Portman Is Guarding Is His Own

COLUMBUS – Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman continued efforts to distract from his outsourcing record today with yet another web ad released just as the Fast-Track debate gains new attention in Washington. The latest ad, titled “Guarding Ohio Jobs,” attempts to portray Portman on the side of Ohio workers, but his record clearly shows Portman is on the side of Washington special interests that fund his campaigns.

“Ohio has lost more than 300,000 manufacturing jobs since Rob Portman helped pass NAFTA, and after raking in thousands in campaign cash from corporate backers of NAFTA 2.0, Portman is pushing their latest outsourcing agenda through Congress right now,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue. “With this disastrous outsourcing record hanging over his head, the only job Rob Portman is trying to guard is his own.”

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. [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

Portman raked in nearly $120,000 from corporate interests ahead of his Fast-Track vote:

According to The Guardian’s analysis, Portman took more than six times the average contribution to U.S. Senate campaigns from corporate members of the U.S. Business Coalition for TPP between January and March 2015. 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. Learn more HERE.

Portman has a long record outsourcing Ohio manufacturing jobs:

  • 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 575, 11/17/93; Cleveland Plain Dealer, 5/3/11; U.S. Trade Representative Press Release, March 2006]. AND Portman quarterbacked CAFTA for President George W. Bush. [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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