Granholm to Headline Ohio Democratic Party 2015 State Dinner

COLUMBUS — Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will be the keynote speaker at the Ohio Democratic Party’s 2015 State Dinner on Saturday, June 27, at 6 p.m. at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

“Governor Granholm inspired the country with her fiery 2012 Democratic National Convention speech, so we’re thrilled to welcome her to Ohio to do the same as we prepare for 2016,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper.

“The Governor’s electrifying speech in 2012 highlighted the fact that the auto recovery didn’t just save Michigan jobs — it saved more than 150,000 good-paying, family-sustaining jobs right here in Ohio,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Donohoe. “Neither Rob Portman nor John Kasich fought to save those jobs. In fact, they opposed the auto rescue, and worse, tried to make excuses for Mitt Romney, who wanted to let the industry go bankrupt and lose millions of American jobs. Democrats are fighting for economic opportunity for all Ohioans and good jobs for the long term, and Governor Granholm will make that message crystal clear.”

As an adjunct faculty member at UC Berkeley, Granholm teaches courses in law and public policy. She is also a senior research fellow at the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute and the Director of the American Jobs Project, a national research project focused on developing state-specific policy and technology roadmaps to create jobs in advanced energy economic sectors. She served as Michigan’s 47th governor from 2003 to 2011 and as Michigan’s attorney general from 1998-2002. After leaving office, she hosted Current TV’s political news analysis show “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” and co-authored with her husband, Dan Mulhern, “A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future.” She is co-chair of Priorities USA Action, a super PAC that is supporting Hillary Clinton for President in 2016.

Granholm is one of the nation’s leading authorities on clean energy policy. During her tenure, she pioneered clean energy policies, working with business, labor, Republicans and Democrats, to create new economic opportunities in Michigan. Her leadership attracted to Michigan more than 89,000 clean energy jobs and $9.4 billion in investments in that sector.

Under her leadership, Michigan had the second-highest rate of child health care coverage in the nation. While serving as governor, Michigan was repeatedly named one of the top three states in the nation for business locations or expansions and was twice recognized by The Pew Center on the States as one of the best-managed states in the nation.

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Members of the news media can request credentials for the state dinner by emailing Kirstin Alvanitakis at kirstin@ohiodems.org.

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ICYMI: Portman’s Dark Money Friends Brag Over Outsourcing Record

COLUMBUS – Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is so vulnerable that Karl Rove is pumping dark money into Ohio for the second time in less than a week to prop up Portman.

Rob Portman and his Washington backers are so out of touch with everyday Ohioans, they’re actually bragging that Portman is leading the way to Fast-Track jobs right out of Ohio,” said Ohio Democratic Party Spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue. “Too bad for Portman the only support he’ll get from his outsourcing agenda is from the special interests that fund his campaigns.”

According to reports, the Rove-backed radio ads boast that Portman is “helping to lead the way” in getting things done in Washington and point to Portman’s recent vote to advance Fast-Track legislation — the same Fast-Track legislation that sets the stage for the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to sail through Congress with no amendments to protect Ohio jobs.

Fast-Track is simply the latest vote in a long record outsourcing Ohio jobs that has left Portman vulnerable in 2016.

  • 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 fourth-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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Portman Faces Credibility Crisis As Fast-Track Amendments Begin

COLUMBUS – Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman faces a credibility crisis as debate over the so-called “Fast-Track” bill begins today with an amendment to bolster retraining programs for workers displaced by trade.

The Senate is expected to vote today on an amendment to bolster Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), a program that helps Ohio workers whose jobs are displaced by trade agreements… trade agreements like NAFTA, which Portman supports, and the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which Portman voted to Fast-Track.

But not only has Portman helped to outsource Ohio jobs, he’s voted repeatedly to slash the retraining programs Ohio workers depend on – making his election-cycle conversion hard to believe.

Rob Portman has made a career out of siding with Washington special interests to send Ohio jobs overseas, but now that he’s worried about losing his own job, Portman is hiding behind the same retraining programs he’s voted to slash time and time again,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue. “All the amendments in the world can’t change the fact that Portman will stand with the Washington special interests that fund his campaigns and vote to Fast-Track jobs right out of Ohio with TPP, just like he did with NAFTA.

Rob Portman’s Real Record on TAA

  • In March 2011, Portman voted for a bill that would have cut job training funding in Ohio by nearly $60 million, cutting off job training for nearly 80,000 Ohio workers, including more than 6,000 whose jobs had been displaced. [Vote 36, 3/9/11; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/1/11]

  • In September 2011, Portman voted to cut Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits for workers hurt by trade. [Vote 143, 9/21/11]

  • In September 2011, Portman voted to hold support for Ohio workers hostage to the very trade agreements that cost them jobs in the first place by voting to delay Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) until pending trade agreements passed. [Vote 142, 9/21/11]

  • Portman voted twice in 2011, September and October, to end Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for certain companies altogether. [Vote 145, 9/21/11; Vote 168, 10/18/11]

  • In 2003, Portman voted against an amendment to protect health insurance benefits for workers displaced by foreign trade. [Vote 291, 6/19/03; Washington Post, 6/22/03]

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ICYMI: Rove Dark Money Group Launches Pro-Portman Ad Blitz As Ohio’s GOP Senator Struggles To Defend Record On Trade

COLUMBUS – Just as Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is struggling to defend his dismal record on trade, fellow Bush administration crony Karl Rove swooped in this week with a dark money super PAC ad that strains belief in depicting Portman as a defender of Medicare, despite vote after vote to end Medicare as we know it.

For those who are keeping track, Rove’s pro-Portman ad blitz comes nearly 18 months before the election — and in the same week Portman voted twice to move forward with debate of fast-track legislation that paves the way for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Here are the facts on Portman’s record on Medicare:

·         Portman voted to turn Medicare into a voucher program THREE TIMES

o   Portman has voted for the extreme Ryan budget the Wall Street Journal said would “essentially end Medicare” every single time it has come up for a vote – in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

·         Portman voted to “severely slash” Medicare and Social Security

o   In 2011, Portman voted for the extreme “Cut, Cap & Balance” plan opposed by AARP and The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

o    According to The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare: “These proposals would require draconian spending cuts of such a magnitude as to force policymakers to severely slash Medicare, Medicaid, and many other programs.”

[National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, 7/18/11]

o    AARP said the plan put Social Security and Medicare “at risk for arbitrary reductions.”

[AARP Letter, 7/21/11]

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Ohio House Republicans’ Medicaid Plan Creates Bureaucratic Nightmare, While Cancelling Affordable Health Care For Thousands

COLUMBUS – A nonpartisan research group sounded the alarm this week about the Ohio House Republicans’ budget plan, which calls for changes to the state’s Medicaid expansion program that would create a vast new bureaucracy, place burdensome mandates on participants and enable cancellation of coverage for the mentally ill, domestic violence victims and the medically frail.

“George Orwell himself would be proud of the House GOP’s ‘Healthy Ohio’ plan,” said Ohio Democratic Party Executive Director Greg Beswick. “For a party that claims to hate government waste and bureaucracy, Republicans are proving themselves to be quite inventive in creating more paperwork and mandates for Ohio’s working families that need access to affordable health care. The inevitable result will be thousands of families kicked off their coverage and forced into overcrowded emergency rooms, while insurance rates go up for all of us.”

The Center for Community Solutions released their report on the Ohio House Republicans’ Medicaid plan this week and detailed how “Healthy Ohio” would require children to open health savings accounts, force many participants to drop coverage and seek care in “costly hospital emergency room settings” and increase government spending on “administratively burdensome” requirements. In addition, “Healthy Ohio” provides no exceptions for participants who suffer from natural disasters or domestic violence, the medically frail or mentally ill.

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Portman Votes To Fast Track Jobs Out Of Ohio

Republican Senator Looks to Mislead Voters on China, Worker Training Record

COLUMBUS – Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman voted once again today to move forward with debate of fast-track legislation that paves the way for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – and sided with Washington special interests over pleas from Ohio communities to stop his outsourcing agenda.

As the Senate looks to consider amendments next week, Portman is attaching himself to anything he can to distract Ohio voters from his long record of outsourcing their jobs – including China currency and Trade Adjustment Assistance issues he’s been on the wrong side of for years.

“Rob Portman is running for political cover wherever he can find it, but all the amendments in the world can’t cover up Portman’s long history of siding with China and Washington special interests over Ohio jobs. No matter how many amendments Portman claims to support, at the end of the day he’s going to vote to fast-track the Pacific Trade Agreement and send Ohio jobs overseas, just like he did with NAFTA,” said Ohio Democratic Party Executive Director Greg Beswick.

Rob Portman: China’s Best Friend, Ohio Workers’ Worst Enemy

China

·         While Portman was U.S. Trade Representative from 2005-2006, the trade deficit with China soared up $228 billion, an increase of more than 20 percent. [PolitiFact, 9/9/10]

·         Yet Portman failed to crack down on China’s unfair trade practices, even drawing criticism for his inaction from the libertarian Cato Institute.  [Cincinnati Enquirer, 6/22/12]

·         And as a result, Ohio workers lost jobs: A 2014 study showed that Ohio had lost more than 100,000 jobs due to the trade deficit with China that grew under Portman –  77,000 in manufacturing alone. [Cleveland Plain Dealer,12/11/14; Economic Policy Institute, 12/11/14]

Worker Retraining

·         In March 2011, Portman voted for a bill that would have cut job training funding in Ohio by nearly $60 million, cutting off job training for nearly 80,000 Ohio workers, including more than 6,000 whose jobs had been displaced. [Vote 36, 3/9/11; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/1/11]

·         In September 2011, Portman voted to cut Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits for workers hurt by trade. [Vote 143, 9/21/11]

·         In September 2011, Portman voted to hold support for Ohio workers hostage to the very trade agreements that cost them jobs in the first place by voting to delay Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) until pending trade agreements passed. [Vote 142, 9/21/11]

·         Portman voted twice in 2011, September and October, to end Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for certain companies altogether. [Vote 145, 9/21/11; Vote 168, 10/18/11]

·         In 2003, Portman voted against an amendment to protect health insurance benefits for workers displaced by foreign trade. [Vote 291, 6/19/03; Washington Post, 6/22/03]

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Portman’s Outsourcing Agenda Suffers Huge Blow

COLUMBUS – Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s outsourcing agenda suffered a huge blow today when the Senate rejected his so-called “fast-track” legislation that paves the way for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

“Defeating fast-track was a victory for Ohio jobs, but it’s no thanks to Rob Portman,” said Ohio Democratic Party Executive Director Greg Beswick. “Rob Portman has spent his career cheerleading for NAFTA, voting for tax breaks for corporations that ship our jobs overseas, and turning a blind eye to repeated abuses by China – and today’s vote proves once again that while Ted Strickland is fighting on the side of Ohio workers, Rob Portman is fighting on the side of the Washington special interests who want to ship their jobs overseas.”

Portman is on Wrong Side of Fight for Ohio Jobs

Portman is a “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 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]

Portman’s pro-China record has jeopardized thousands of Ohio jobs

  • While Portman was U.S. Trade Representative, the trade deficit with China soared up $228 billion, an increase of more than 20 percent. [PolitiFact, 9/9/10]
  • Yet Portman failed to crack down on China’s unfair trade practices, even drawing criticism for his inaction from the libertarian Cato Institute.  [Cincinnati Enquirer, 6/22/12]
  • And as a result, Ohio workers lost jobs: A 2014 study showed that Ohio had lost more than 100,000 jobs due to the trade deficit with China that grew under Portman –  77,000 in manufacturing alone. [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 12/11/14; Economic Policy Institute, 12/11/14]

Portman has voted consistently against supporting the Ohio workers whose jobs were outsourced to countries like Mexico and China

  • In March 2011, Portman voted for a bill that would have cut job training funding in Ohio by nearly $60 million, cutting off job training for nearly 80,000 Ohio workers, including more than 6,000 whose jobs had been displaced. [Vote 36, 3/9/11; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/1/11]
  • In September 2011, Portman voted to cut Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits for workers hurt by trade. [Vote 143, 9/21/11]
  • In 2003, Portman voted against an amendment to protect health insurance benefits for workers displaced by foreign trade. [Vote 291, 6/19/03; Washington Post, 6/22/03]

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Rob Portman’s Trail of Broken Promises

COLUMBUS –Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s committee vote helped send a bill to “fast-track” the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the Senate floor this week. As debate begins, Portman continues adding insult to injury with empty promises of increased exports. But a look back at Portman’s long career in outsourcing reveals a trail of broken promises and no proof TPP stands to be any different.

Portman promised NAFTA was a, “proven success” for the U.S. 

[Office Of The U.S. Trade Representative Press Release, March 2006]

TRUTH:

  • 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]
  • The U.S. trade deficit in the top Ohio exports to NAFTA countries rose 476 percent in the last 17 years. [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

Portman promised the U.S.-Korea free trade agreement would, “Mean new opportunities for American workers, farmers, and businesses.”
[U.S. Trade Representative Remarks, 2/2/06]

TRUTH:

  • The U.S. trade deficit in the top Ohio exports to Korea rose 22 percent after passage of the U.S. Korean free trade agreement.
    [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

Portman promised “If you care about Ohio farmers, you should be for more exports.”
[Associated Press, 5/2/15]

TRUTH:

  • 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. [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]
  • U.S. exports in two of Ohio’s top agricultural products – pork and corn – fell to Korea after passage of the Korean free trade agreement. [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. [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

Portman promised expanding exports would reduce poverty.
[Cleveland Plain Dealer, 7/18/14]

TRUTH:

  • The trade model Portman supports has dovetailed with an historic rise in income inequality. [Public Citizen, Accessed4/24/15]

 

Press Release: Ohio Democratic Party Candidates Advance to General Elections

Ohio Democratic Party Candidates Advance to General Elections

Endorsed Candidates: Ginther, Healy, Catazaro Perry and Others Victorious

COLUMBUS — Ohio Democratic Party-endorsed mayoral candidates, incumbents, and Main Street Initiative participants across Ohio posted strong results in yesterday’s primary election.

In April, the Ohio Democratic Party endorsed a slate of mayoral candidates, including Councilman Andy Ginther of Columbus, Mayor Jamie Healy of Canton, Mayor Kathy Catazaro Perry of Massillon and candidate Pamela Limes of Hillsboro, all of whom won contested primaries yesterday to advance to the General Election in November. Also, moving forward were Democrats Mayor Doug Franklin of Warren, Mayor Tim DeGeeter, Mayor Chase Ritenauer of Lorain, Mayor David Johnson of New Philadelphia, and candidate Ron Abrams (Mansfield), among others.

The Ohio Democratic Party played a significant role in the Columbus and Canton mayoral primaries, endorsing Ginther and Healy and communicating that support to voters.

“We are proud of our talented group of public servants leading communities across Ohio, and yesterday only added to that,” stated Chairman David Pepper.

“Everything in politics starts at the local level—good candidates, good ideas, critical services. It’s where most Ohioans’ interact on a day-to-day basis with their government. It is vital that we elect Democrats who fight for what we stand for to these positions, and this also builds a strong bench of candidates for the future.”

Additionally, several council candidates in the Ohio Democratic Party’s Main Street Initiative won primary elections Tuesday, including Chris Shaw in Dayton, Mike Ray in Youngstown, and Jane Tumas-Serna and Kevin Paskawych in Marietta.

The Main Street Initiative, announced in January by Chairman David Pepper, recognizes that developing local candidates and winning local elections are the foundation of a strong Party. The Initiative identifies rising stars in the party and provides them with training, resources, tools and direct support to run successful campaigns.

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Rob Portman Is No Friend to Ohio Workers

COLUMBUS – After siding with Wall Street to fast-track the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) last week, Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman is now adding insult to injury by claiming to support the very workers whose jobs he voted to ship overseas.

In a news release Wednesday, Portman insulted the intelligence of Ohio families by claiming credit for extending Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), which helps Ohio workers whose jobs are displaced by trade . . . Yep, the very same trade he pushed through with NAFTA and is now working to fast-track with the NAFTA-like TPP.

But, Ohio workers won’t be fooled by Portman’s Washington bait-and-switch. His record voting against Ohio workers is clear.

Rob Portman’s Real Record on Trade Assistance for Ohio Workers

  • In March 2011, Portman voted for a bill that would have cut job training funding in Ohio by nearly $60 million, cutting off job training for nearly 80,000 Ohio workers, including more than 6,000 whose jobs had been displaced. [Vote 36, 3/9/11; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/1/11]

    In September 2011, Portman voted to cut Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits for workers hurt by trade. [Vote 143, 9/21/11]

  • In September 2011, Portman voted hold support for Ohio workers hostage to the very trade agreements that cost them jobs in the first place by voting to delay Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) until pending trade agreements passed. [Vote 142, 9/21/11]
  • Portman voted twice in 2011, September and October, to end Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for certain companies altogether. [Vote 145, 9/21/11; Vote 168, 10/18/11]
  • In 2003, Portman voted against an amendment to protect health insurance benefits for workers displaced by foreign trade. [Vote 291, 6/19/03; Washington Post, 6/22/03]

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