Chairman’s Update 11-10-19

Good Evening,
Last week, we saw Republicans across the state win some great races. Republican incumbents in Hamilton, Lucas, Franklin and Cuyahoga counties nearly swept seats in urban county judicial races. Five candidates in those counties won re-election in districts that voted overwhelmingly for Democrats at the top-of-the-ticket in both 2016 and 2018. We even saw success in the suburbs, which the Democrats like to say have become liberal strongholds, within Hamilton County.
Now that the 2019 election is behind us, it’s time to really gear up for 2020. The support for President Trump is clearly palpable across Ohio and the country as a whole. I am confident the enthusiasm of our voters will lead to another Trump victory and I’m excited to ramp up our efforts to get there. Let’s continue to work hard to ensure we get another four great years of President Trump’s leadership.
Sincerely,
Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party
Portman Visits Youngstown Air Force Reserve Station, Discusses Current Wing Mission with Commander
On Friday, U.S. Senator Rob Portman met with the Youngstown Air Force Reserve Station (YARS) Commander Colonel Joseph Janik, members of the Wing Command and representatives from the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission to discuss the importance of YARS to the Youngstown community and to our country. The focus of their discussion was on the current Wing mission, potential for upgrades to the C-130 fleet and future vision of the aerial spray mission.
Governor DeWine Honors 20 at Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
On Thursday, Governor DeWine attended the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. There were 20 Ohio veterans inducted into this year’s Hall of Fame Class. Those selected for induction were Ohio veterans who have honorably served their country through military service, and have continued to serve, and inspire fellow Ohioans with their deeds, and accomplishments throughout their lifetime.
Husted Tours Southeast Ohio, Promotes Economic Development
Last week, Lt. Governor Husted spent an entire day traveling Southeast Ohio, promoting workforce, economic development and investments in infrastructure. The Lt. Governor celebrated Apprenticeship Day with students at the Tri-County Career Center, offered the keynote address at the Impact Ohio Southeast Regional Conference, and traveled to the University of Rio Grande for an announcement about rural broadband expansion in the area. Lt. Governor Husted’s InnovateOhio continues to lead efforts to draft a statewide broadband expansion strategy for Ohio.
AG Yost, Lawmakers Unveil New Legislation to Combat Human Trafficking
Attorney General Dave Yost joined members of the Ohio House and Senate last week to unveil major legislative initiatives in the fight against human trafficking. The proposed legislation would separate the buying and selling of sex in Ohio into different criminal offenses, establish a new criminal offense for knowingly receiving proceeds from a prostitute, and create a public registry for arrests of johns, pimps and traffickers.
“Our goal is to reduce the demand and in return rescue victims from this modern-day slavery,” Yost said. “Making that a reality starts by unmasking and penalizing those who buy sex or profit from human trafficking.”
Sen. Tim Schaffer is sponsoring legislation in the Senate, while Reps. Jena Powell, Rick Carfagna and Cindy Abrams are sponsoring bills in the House.
LaRose Oversees Successful November Election
This week, Secretary of State Frank LaRose oversaw his first general election as the state’s Chief Elections Officer.
“Another successful election is in the books. About 35,000 poll workers helped Ohioans vote at nearly 3,700 polling locations on the issues & candidates that will be impacting their communities,” said LaRose. “I want to thank each and every election official for the long hours and dedication to civic duty. As the world turns its eyes to Ohio in 2020, we’ll utilize the lessons we’ve learned this year to continue running the secure, accurate, and accessible elections Ohioans deserve.”
This election saw new voting machines being utilized in many of Ohio’s counties and served as a test of Ohio’s readiness for the 2020 election.
Auditor Faber Talks Cyber Security 
Auditor of State Keith Faber was in Sidney this week talking to business and community leaders about the threats posed by cyber terrorists. As he has traveled the state, Auditor Faber has heard from local government officials that every day attempts are made to steal money or information. Most of these attempts fail because of sound internal controls. Auditor Faber reminded everyone present to test their cybersecurity systems and their backups to prepare for a possible attack.
Treasurer Sprague Announces Effort to Help Families Navigate the Adoption Process
On Wednesday, Treasurer Robert Sprague held a Statehouse press conference to announce his new Family Forward initiative. Under the plan, prospective parents seeking to adopt may qualify for reduced interest rate loans to help them in managing the expenses associated with the adoption process.
“Across Ohio, there are families wishing to open their hearts and homes through adoption,” said Treasurer Sprague. “But the financial barriers they face are daunting and enough to deter even the most compassionate of prospective parents. Through Family Forward, we hope to chip away at these financial stressors and provide families with much needed relief.”
State Rep. Jon Cross (R-Kenton), who joined Treasurer Sprague at the press conference, will soon introduce legislation to make Family Forward a reality.
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Chairman’s Update 11-3-19

Good Evening,
Last Thursday, the Democrats held an impeachment vote. It was nothing more than a sham and they should be ashamed they have allowed it to continue for this long. Whether the Democrats ever accept the results of the 2016 election or not, we know our supporters are fired up and ready to re-elect President Trump in 2020.
Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at the Belmont County Republican Party’s fall dinner. It was a great night and I was excited to see all the local support. One thing I made sure to mention is how important it is to get involved, especially at the state level. The Ohio Supreme Court is at stake and we must all work together to re-elect Justices French and Kennedy next year.
Lastly, Tuesday is Election Day so make sure you head to the polls if you haven’t participated in early voting.
Sincerely,
Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party
Portman Applauds Trump Administration Announcement of Drug Free Communities Grants to Combat the Drug Crisis 
Last week, U.S. Senator Rob Portman welcomed the announcement of Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant recipients, both new and continuation, in the state of Ohio. In 1997, Portman authored the Drug-Free Communities Act, which supports evidence-based, community-oriented drug prevention programs.
The Drug-Free Communities Act is designed to be optimally effective and accountable by capping the amount spent on administrative and overhead expenses, requiring all coalitions that receive grants to have experience in drug abuse prevention, and to match federal funding with local funds. No other drug prevention program has achieved the same reduction in youth drug use that has been achieved consistently by the DFC program.
The grant awards can be found at this link.
Governor DeWine Keynotes Conferences on Higher Education and Aging
On Wednesday, Governor DeWine delivered remarks at the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s annual Trustees Conference. More than 200 university and community college presidents, trustees, administrators, and leaders from Ohio’s public two-year and four-year colleges and universities attended. On Thursday, Governor DeWine attended the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging Conference. This was a two- day conference attended by more than 450 social workers, nurses, professionals, advocates, and volunteers, representing the area agencies on aging, service providers, and others in the aging and disability network.
Husted Announces Job Creation in Cleveland, S.E. Ohio
Last week, Lt. Governor Jon Husted traveled to London, England to finalize a deal with the London Stock Exchange to secure Cleveland, Ohio as the new home of their ELITE Program’s headquarters in the Americas. As part of the trip, the Lt. Governor also announced the creation of 100 new jobs in Ohio and an expanded partnership to help drive capital and investment into our state to create jobs. To celebrate the expanded business connections, the Lt. Governor was invited to open the London Stock Exchange.
AG Yost Sends $1.3 Million to Local Drug Abuse Response Teams
Attorney General Dave Yost recently sent $1.3 million in grants to local Drug Abuse Response Teams, which address drug addictions and overdoses within Ohio communities. The Drug Abuse Response Team Grant Program is reimbursing some of the personnel and other costs for local law enforcement and government agency teams that respond to overdoses and other effects of the opioid epidemic.
“When an overdose tears the fabric of our communities, these are the people that begin the mending,” Yost said. “They bring the first principle of compassion to the first response.”
The grant program, which began in 2017, is administered by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. You can see which agencies in your community received grants through an interactive map here.
LaRose Highlights Early Voting
This week, Secretary LaRose and his wife Lauren highlighted how easy and convenient voting is in Ohio by participating in early voting for the November Election.
Reminder: Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th and polls are open from 6:30am – 7:30pm. Visit VoteOhio.gov to find your polling location.
Auditor Faber Rallies Voters in Zanesville 
Auditor of State Keith Faber was in Zanesville this week supporting local candidates for office and meeting with local government officials. With the election just 2 days away, Auditor Faber has been reminding voters all across the state to turn out for our Republican officeholders.
Treasurer Sprague Announces Another STABLE Milestone
On Friday, Treasurer Robert Sprague announced that the STABLE program has surpassed $100 million in total contributions since it was launched in 2016. STABLE accounts are specialized investment accounts that allow individuals living with disabilities to save and invest money without losing eligibility for programs like Medicaid or SSI.
“This $100 million mark signifies so much more than a dollar amount,” said Treasurer Sprague. “For our STABLE account holders, this means peace of mind. With the STABLE program, people with disabilities are now more easily able to join the workforce and save what they earn. They’re able to plan for their futures and live more independently. That kind of security is more than worth its weight in gold.”
Earlier this year, Treasurer Sprague announced that more than 10,000 individuals had opened STABLE Accounts. That number continues to grow, and today there are nearly 13,500 people with active STABLE Accounts
Read more here.

Statement from ORP Chairman Jane Timken on RNC Exec Committee Resolution

Columbus, OH – Ohio Republican Party Chairman Jane Timken released the following statement on the RNC resolution condemning the impeachment inquiry.

“We strongly support the RNC Executive Committee for passing this resolution that condemns the Democrats phony impeachment process. Starting with the Russia Hoax two years ago, to holding closed door impeachment proceedings, the Dems have never accepted the results of the 2016 election and are trying anything they can to re-write history. We urge these Democrats to drop this charade and get back to working for the American people.”

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Statement from ORP Communications Director Evan Machan on the Democrats’ Impeachment Vote

Statement from ORP Communications Director Evan Machan on the Democrats’ Impeachment Vote

 

Columbus, OH – Ohio Republican Party Communications Director Evan Machan released the following statement regarding the Democrats’ impeachment vote:
“The Democrats should be focused on working alongside President Trump to create a better future for all Americans. Instead, they continue to meddle with the results of the 2016 election merely because they cannot accept the outcome three years later. These sham impeachment hearings, and today’s vote, stem from nothing but baseless accusations. This entire process has been a distraction from President Trump’s accomplishments as well as a convenient distraction from the Democrats’ radical agendas. The Democrats should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this witch hunt to continue for as long as it has.”

 

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Chairman’s Update 10-27-19

Good Evening,
As the Democrats continue their phony impeachment proceedings, President Trump and Republicans go to work everyday to fight for the American people. The Democrats have always rejected the outcome of the 2016 election, and this impeachment process is just one more attempt at meddling with results they don’t like. Voters see right through this distraction and are tired of the Democrats’ endless witch hunts.
Last week, the RNC launched a new campaign entitled “Victims of Socialism.” Their video team spent time interviewing people who fled terrible living conditions in socialist countries. The message is clear: socialism, and the government programs that come with it, would be a disaster for America.
Sincerely,
Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party
Portman Participates in the Grand Opening of Cuyahoga Valley National Park Boston Mill Visitor Center
On Friday, U.S. Senator Rob Portman participated in the grand opening of Cuyahoga Valley National Park Boston Mill Visitor Center. The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park raised more than $7 million through community and corporate support to fund the project and oversaw construction in collaboration with the National Park Service.
Last year, Senator Portman introduced the Restore Our Parks Act, bipartisan legislation that would help address the nearly $12 billion backlog in long-delayed maintenance projects at the National Park Service (NPS). The bill, which has been praised by key stakeholders, would establish the “National Park Service Legacy Restoration Fund” from existing unobligated revenues the government receives from on and offshore energy development to fund deferred maintenance projects in national parks across the country. Notably, the measure would help tackle the more than $100 million maintenance backlog at Ohio’s eight national park sites. Specifically, Specifically, Cuyahoga Valley National Park has more than $50 million in unmet maintenance needs such as building renovations, road, and infrastructure improvements. Senator Portman has visited Cuyahoga Valley National Park on numerous occasions, including in August earlier this year.
Governor DeWine convenes statewide meeting on opioid litigation
On Wednesday, Governor DeWine met with more than 100 state and local elected officials and community leaders at the Governor’s Residence to discuss the opioid ligation. Governor DeWine convened the meeting so that Ohio can present a unified front in potential settlement discussions and maximize the amount of money local communities can receive to combat the drug epidemic. Representatives of the state and local governments will continue meeting this week as the litigation process advances. DeWine was joined at the by numerous county commissioners, several mayors, and Attorney General Dave Yost.
Husted Remembers What Made America Great
On Tuesday, Lt. Governor Jon Husted delivered a speech called “Remembering What Made America Great” at an Ashbrook Center event on the campus of Ashland University. The Lt. Governor used the slogan, made popular by Presidents Reagan and Trump, to highlight the principles he believes made America into the great country it is: Hard work, personal responsibility, family, faith, and freedom. You can read more in the Richland Source or the Ashland Times-Gazette.
AG Yost Announces $700 Million Multistate Settlement with Drug Distributor
Attorney General Dave Yost announced the state of Ohio will receive $39.4 million from a $700 million multistate settlement with drug distributor Reckitt Benckiser Group. The firm distributed Suboxone, a drug approved to reduce withdrawal symptoms for recovering opioid addicts undergoing treatment.
The agreement settles allegations that the distributor downplayed Suboxone’s addictive nature, and promoted Suboxone to doctors who prescribed it for uses that were unsafe, ineffective and medically unnecessary.
“This firm downplayed the risks of Suboxone while marketing it to providers who sidestepped rules for prescribing opioids,” Yost said. “These are the sort of practices that landed us in this opioid crisis.”
New LaRose Backed Law Positions Ohio as National Leader in Election Security
Last week Governor Mike DeWine signed SB 52 into law. This landmark bill strengthens Ohio’s cyber-security posture and better prepares the state for the digital threats facing Boards of Elections, critical infrastructure, and all local government entities.
“Imagine looking out the window and seeing foreign paratroopers parachuting into your town,” said LaRose. “We wouldn’t tell a community, ‘you’re on your own – your sheriff department can fight off that threat’. Well likewise, in the online world, we can now respond with Ohio’s best cyber warriors so these counties and cities have the support they need.”
The bill, originally proposed by Secretary LaRose during his time in the State Senate, does the following:
  • Empowers the Secretary of State and Ohio National Guard to both better enhance resilience to cyber-attacks of our election systems and improve responsiveness if such an attack would occur.
  • Incorporates a Chief Information Security Officer into the Secretary of State’s office to put a laser-focus on technological election security efforts both in our office and in all 88 counties.
  • Provides for the Secretary of State to have a seat on the Ohio Homeland Security Advisory Council.
  • Requires post-election audits by county Board of Elections to better ensure the accuracy of the results.
Auditor Faber Attends Bluffton University Business Competition
This week Auditor of State Keith Faber spoke to students at Bluffton University’s Business Competition. Faber highlighted the importance of the Auditor’s office in being a watchdog of taxpayer dollars. He gave real life examples of fraud and waste in government that his office has worked to identify and end. In just his first 10 months in office, Auditor Faber and his team have already identified over $4 million in misspent taxpayer dollars.
Treasurer Sprague Rallies Party Faithful in Muskingum County
Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague was in Zanesville Thursday night, where he provided the keynote address at the Muskingum County GOP Fall Dinner. In addition to providing an update on his first year in office, Treasurer Sprague touted the need to defend Ohio’s Republican majority on the Supreme Court in 2020.

Chairman’s Update 10-20-19

Good Evening,
Last Tuesday in Westerville, we once again heard nothing new from the Democrat candidates. What we did hear included Elizabeth Warren’s refusal to give an honest answer as to how her radical policy proposals will be paid for. The answer to that question is that Americans’ taxes will increase in order to pay for college for all, Medicare for all, and the Green New Deal. If the candidates refuse to be candid on the debate stage, there is zero chance we can trust them to run our country.
President Trump has kept his promises to the American people and we have a great economy plus job and wage growth to prove it. As Democrats compete to see who can be the most progressive, let’s keep working hard to re-elect President Trump. Electing anyone else will bring our great American comeback to a screeching halt. You can read my most recent Op-Ed on this very topic here.
ICYMI: I spoke with our friends at Fox Business leading up to the debate to explain why socialism will never win in Ohio.
Sincerely,
Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party
Portman Visits Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio
This week, Senator Rob Portman visited Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio in Toledo to highlight a nearly $1 million grant the organization received through Portman’s Bipartisan Second Chance Act. During the visit, Portman met with individuals going through the organization’s “Stay the Course” reentry program that provides job training and guidance to medium to high risk incarcerated individuals who are reentering society and working to get their lives back on track. Portman’s Second Chance Act was reauthorized as part of the First Step Act which President Trump signed into law late last year. In total, Ohio has received over $39 million in Second Chance Act grants since 2009, which includes funds for job training, drug rehabilitation, case management, and mental health treatment.
Governor DeWine, BWC, RecoveryOhio Help Injured Workers Reduce Opioid Abuse and Diversion
On Thursday, Governor DeWine, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud, and RecoveryOhio Director Alisha Nelson announced that injured workers receiving an opioid prescription will also receive a drug disposal bag upon filling the prescription at a retail pharmacy. The bags destroy the opioids in a chemical process, rendering them useless for legitimate or recreational use. This disposal method not only helps prevent abuse and diversion, but is also safer for the environment. Ohio is the first state to provide drug disposal bags through its worker’s compensation program. DeWine held the announcement at Crosby’s Drugs and Home Health Care, a small business in Columbus, and was also joined by State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark).
Lieutenant Governor Speaks With Students at Lima Makerfest
On Friday, Lt. Governor Husted spoke to around 1,000 students at Lima Makerfest. The event celebrates products that are made in the region. Makerfest brings together businesses, education providers, and students to showcase all the potential career paths available to young people right in their own community. As Lt. Governor, Husted leads InnovateOhio, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, and the Common Sense Initiative, which together seek to create a good environment for economic growth and opportunity for Ohioans.
AG Dave Yost Announces $117 Million Multistate Settlement with Johnson & Johnson
Attorney General Dave Yost announced a nearly $117 million multistate settlement with Johnson & Johnson and a subsidiary last week for its deceptive marketing of surgical devices. Ohio will receive $6.3 million under the settlement, which found the companies violated consumer protection laws by misrepresenting the safety and effectiveness of transvaginal surgical mesh devices.
“Patients can’t make the best decision for their health unless they and their health care providers know all the pros and cons of a product,” Yost said. “These companies didn’t paint a clear picture of the device’s medical risks, preventing patients from making well-informed decisions.”
Under the settlements, Johnson & Johnson will pay $116.9 million to 41 states and the District of Columbia.
Ohio Reaches Annual 100,000 New Business Milestone in Record Time
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced 9,989 new entities filed to do business in Ohio in September, allowing Ohio to reach 101,352 new businesses in the first nine months of 2019. That’s the fastest Ohio has ever reached that milestone in state history.
“It’s a big milestone to reach, and to do so faster than it’s ever been done in Ohio says a lot about the hardworking men and women who are realizing their dream right here in the Buckeye State ,” said LaRose.
LaRose has been a strong advocate of entrepreneurship, and has recently implemented innovative strategies to connect new businesses with the resources they can use to be successful in Ohio.
Auditor Faber Addresses Ohio Clerks of Court
This week, Auditor of State Keith Faber addressed the annual meeting of the Ohio Association of Municipal and County Clerks of Court. Auditor Faber discussed ways for his office and local officials can better work together to make government more efficient, effective, and transparent for all Ohioans.
Treasurer Sprague’s Ag-LINK Efforts Continue to Help Ohio’s Farmers
On Thursday, Treasurer Sprague provided the keynote address at the fourth and final Center for Public Investment Management (CPIM) regional conference of 2019. Administered by the Treasurer’s Office, CPIM provides continuing education to public funds managers across Ohio. More than 100 local government fiscal officers attended the conference and participated in courses, such as finance, investments, and cash management. During his remarks, Treasurer Sprague touted the importance of financial training and how it plays a critical role in fostering strong stewardship and accountability in government.

Chairman’s Update 10-13-19

Good Evening,
The 2020 Democratic candidates will travel to Ohio for their fourth debate on Tuesday. They can pander here all they want, but Ohioans know their radical policies and calls for higher taxes on the middle class are not welcome. Our values do not align their with their agendas calling for a government takeover of the healthcare system, free college for all, and massive tax hikes to fund their progressive proposals. On top of their extreme views, they refuse to acknowledge anything the president has accomplished. Voters see right through their partisan agendas, and as we continue to work hard towards another Trump victory we will continue to spread the word of what the president does to fight for Americans every single day.
Sincerely,
Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party
In Miamisburg, Senator Rob Portman Tours Brainerd Industries, Hosts Workforce Discussion
Last week, U.S. Senator Rob Portman toured Brainerd Industries, a powder coating and stamping manufacturer in Miamisburg. Following the tour, Portman met with the company’s leadership and local stakeholders to discuss Career and Technical Education and how his bipartisan JOBS Act legislation will help more Ohioans get the skills and training they need to find in-demand jobs.
Portman has taken the lead to address this skills gap by authoring the JOBS Act, bipartisan legislation makes high-quality and rigorous short-term job training programs more affordable by expanding access to Pell Grants for low-income students. President Trump included the JOBS Act in his FY 2020 budget request and Portman is working to include this measure in broader legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act this year.
Governor DeWine unveils STRONG Ohio bill to address gun violence
On Monday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine unveiled his STRONG Ohio bill, a series of legislative proposals to better protect Ohio citizens and law enforcement officers from those with a propensity toward violence and to provide help to individuals who are a danger to themselves or others. DeWine was joined at the announcement by numerous Ohio leaders, including Lt. Governor Jon Husted and State Senator Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls), who will be the bill’s primary sponsor. The bill focuses on helping enforce existing laws that prohibit dangerous individuals and violent felons from possessing firearms through a number of statutory enhancements. A detailed summary of the STRONG Ohio bill is available here.
Husted Celebrates #SaveTheCrew Victory
Last week, Lt. Governor Jon Husted spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Columbus Crew SC stadium in the Arena District, near Downtown Columbus. The Lt. Governor congratulated the fans who participated in the #SaveTheCrew movement as well as brought greetings on behalf of Governor DeWine, who, as Attorney General, led the effort to ensure Ohio law was followed and that the community had the opportunity to buy the team and keep it in Ohio.
AG Dave Yost Shares Plans to Curb Opioid Addiction with Fox News
Attorney General Dave Yost spoke with Fox News last week about a new project his office is leading in the fight to prevent opioid addiction. Yost and his team at the Attorney General’s office are beginning an unprecedented study to identify genetic factors that may make a person more prone to opioid abuse.
As the Toledo Blade noted in an editorial last week, “Ohio could be at the forefront of research on opioid abuse with a newly announced study to determine which genetic markers make people susceptible to opioid addiction. It could produce monumental results to help curb future addiction problems.”
You can watch Yost’s full interview with Fox news here, and read more of the Toledo Blade’s editorial here.
LaRose Spotlights Ohio Businesses
This week, Secretary of State Frank LaRose kicked off the Ohio Business Spotlight – an initiative designed to highlight strong businesses that can serve as examples of Ohio’s economic potential. Ohio businesses start at the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, so there is a special opportunity to empower new entrepreneurs with the knowledge they need to succeed in the Buckeye state. Each month, Secretary LaRose will select various businesses around the state that share a common theme. In honor of Manufacturing Month, this October we are featuring manufacturing businesses around the state.
“My great-grandfather achieved his American dream by building a business here in Ohio — and it all started right here at the Secretary of State’s office when he filed his paperwork,” said LaRose. “By highlighting some of our state’s entrepreneurial success stories, we’ll encourage more Ohioans to make their dream a reality and maybe give them some inspiration and insight as they prepare to start their business.”
Check out the businesses in the spotlight OhioSoS.gov/Spotlight.
Auditor Faber Celebrates Wright State University Lake Campus Extension 
Auditor of State Keith Faber was in his hometown of Celina this week celebrating the extension of Wright State University’s Lake campus. Auditor Faber has focused his efforts on working to make state colleges and universities more affordable through increased frequency of performance audits.
Treasurer Sprague’s Ag-LINK Efforts Continue to Help Ohio’s Farmers
Treasurer Robert Sprague recently announced that more than 145 new and refinanced loans totaling $17.3 million have been made possible through the Ag-LINK program since July. Administered by the Treasurer’s Office, Ag-LINK provides eligible farmers and agribusinesses with reduced interest operating loans up to $150,000. Following the extreme weather of early summer, Treasurer Sprague re-opened the program’s application period to provide relief to Ohio’s farming community.
“We’re proud to partner with Ohio’s agriculture community and offer Ag-LINK as an option during this difficult growing season,” said Treasurer Sprague. “Whether it’s a new loan or refinancing an already existing one, farmers and agribusinesses can help curb some of their losses through this program.”
The current Ag-LINK application period will remain open until November 15.
Read more about Ag-LINK here.

Chairman’s Update 10-06-19


Good Evening,

As we continue to deal with the Democrats’ baseless accusations and calls for impeachment, we must continue to fight for President Trump’s re-election in 2020. The Democrats have never accepted the results of the 2016 election, and they are more focused on obstructing President Trump’s agenda than doing the jobs they were elected to do. I wrote an Op-Ed on the very topic of impeachment, and you can find it here.

ICYMI: Have you seen our “IMPEACH THIS” T-shirts? Funds raised from the sale of these shirts will be directly invested into the field as we continue our grassroots efforts for 2020. Wear them proudly!

Sincerely,

Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party

 

Sen. Portman’s Op-Ed: Let’s Give Our Religious Communities the Resources They Need to Be Safe

Last week, in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Senator Portman wrote a new op-ed about his efforts to protect faith-based and nonprofit organizations from security threats and terrorist acts. Earlier this month, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, Portman hosted an Ohio Faith-Based Security Conference with federal and state security experts and local faith-based and nonprofit groups to discuss best practices for how to prepare, prevent, respond, and recover from potential adverse events. He has also introduced the Protecting Faith-Based and Nonprofit Organizations From Terrorism Act to authorize $75 million annually for the Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which provides grants to nonprofits and faith-based organizations to help secure their facilities against potential threats.

In the op-ed, Portman writes: “I pray we will see the day when such security grants are not necessary because we will abide by the admonition to love our neighbor as ourselves. In the meantime, let’s do all we can to give our religious communities the resources they need to be safe.”

The op-ed can be found at this link.

Governor DeWine Announces Acquisition of New Land for Hunting, Fishing, Recreation

On Wednesday, Governor DeWine was joined by sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts as he announced the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and American Electric Power (AEP) have reached an agreement that will secure more than 31,000 acres of public land in perpetuity for conservation and outdoor recreation, including hunting and fishing. The land is in Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, and Guernsey counties in eastern Ohio and will be acquired in parcels over the next two years. Also joining Governor DeWine at the announcement were Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), Senator Frank Hoagland (R-Mingo Junction), Senator Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster), Senator Michael A. Rulli (R-Salem), and ODNR Director Mary Mertz.

Husted Stumps for Ohio’s Workforce Development Programs around the State

Lt. Governor Jon Husted continued traveling the state last week to increase awareness for what the state is doing to upskill workers and qualify Ohioans for jobs in new and growing fields. The Lt. Governor specifically talked about TechCred, a program launched last week by the DeWine-Husted Administration, which will help up to 10,000 Ohioans every year get the skills they need to take their career to the next level. Last week, Lt. Governor Husted’s tour took him to Cleveland, Rootstown, Youngstown, Toledo, Lima, Wapakoneta, and Columbus.

AG Dave Yost Unveils Two New Initiatives in the Fight Against Opioid Addiction

Attorney General Dave Yost unveiled two new projects last week that are aimed at preventing people from entering the opioid addiction pipeline. The first is an unprecedented scientific study that will identify the genetic factors that make an individual more susceptible to developing an opioid addiction. This is revolutionary information that can be used to guide physicians when prescribing pain medication.

“We want to know why two people can take the same drug in the same dosage and only one becomes addicted,” Yost said. “Answering that question could help us get in front of this epidemic and begin to relieve the pressure on those who are working so hard to save those who already are in the clutches of the opioid monster.”

The second initiative is a task force called SCOPE, the Scientific Committee on Opioid Prevention and Education. SCOPE will identify and develop innovative prevention and education techniques. You can read more about these two innovative projects here.

Liberal Elites Scare Voters, LaRose Stands Firm
This week, Secretary LaRose was targeted by top liberal elites in an effort to irresponsibly scare voters.

Hillary Clinton accusing Secretary LaRose of “voter suppression tactics” when he carries out his legally-required obligation to maintain accurate and secure voter rolls is just plain wrong.

Day in and day out, Secretary LaRose is working to find solutions and encourage participation in our elections, not settling for the Washington-style political games that Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren have spent her career playing. He’s following the law and running the most transparent voter list maintenance process in state history – and doing so with lots of great partners from communities all across Ohio.

While Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren go low to try to score cheap political points, Secretary LaRose is going high — working to protect the voting rights that so many Americans have fought and died for.

Auditor Faber Meets with County Officials in Marion

Auditor of State Keith Faber Met with county officials from across central Ohio this week in Marion about how government can become more efficient, effective, and transparent for all Ohioans.

Sprague Addresses JobsOhio Board of Directors

Treasurer Sprague addressed the JobsOhio Board of Directors’ quarterly meeting in Lima on Monday. Sprague provided an update on his office’s work, specifically, the ResultsOHIO program. Through the initiative, Ohio will be able to enlist private sector ingenuity to tackle public sector challenges through a series of pay-for-success pilot projects.

Chairman’s Update 9-29-19

Good Evening,
For years now, Democrats have shown that they are more concerned with concocting lies and conducting baseless investigations than serving the American people. We saw that first hand this week. While President Trump was leading on the world stage at the United Nations General Assembly, Democrats made another desperate attempt to undermine him, rushing to judgment on a call between the President and a foreign leader before ever seeing the transcript. In an effort of full transparency, the White House took the unprecedented action to release the unredacted transcript of the July 25th call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. We will continue to work hard to make sure President Trump is handily re-elected in 2020.
Lastly, we launched our new website this week! Check it out at ohiogop.org.
Sincerely,
Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party
Portman on Fox News: Democrats’ Rush to Impeachment is Unwarranted
In an interview with Fox News’ Fox News at Night with Shannon Bream last week, Senator Portman discussed his efforts to secure the release of the security assistance to Ukraine, including his call with President Trump to push for its release. He said President Trump was focused on the need for the international community, specifically Europeans, to join in supporting Ukraine, a point with which Portman agrees. Portman said he believes there was no quid pro quo in the conversation President Trump and President Zelensky had regarding providing US military aid to Ukraine and that Democrats’ rush to impeachment is unwarranted.
His interview can be found here:
Governor DeWine Convenes Mental Health Summit Focused on Children
On Thursday, Governor DeWine and the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association co-hosted the Building Resiliency: A Pediatric Mental Health Summit in Dayton. The summit was intended to help communities support the mental health needs of their children. More than 700 participants from across the state attended the event, where they learned more about how to spot the signs and symptoms of trauma in children, and gain tangible strategies to address it from experts in mental health, health care education, and other fields.
Husted Announces Launch of Ohio’s TechCred Program
This week, Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced the official launch of Ohio’s TechCred program, which Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted promised during the campaign. The program will fund the completion of up to 10,000 micro-credentials every year to help Ohioans in the incumbent workforce improve their skills so they are ready to take the next step in their career. The credentials are all short-term and technology focused to prepare Ohioans for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
AG Dave Yost: Hamilton Doctor Pleads Guilty to Pill Mill Charges
Following an investigation by Attorney General Dave Yost’s Medicaid fraud team and its partners, a Cincinnati-area doctor pleaded guilty last week to illegal distribution of controlled substances, healthcare fraud and violating the anti-kickback statute.
Nilesh Jobalia owned and operated a Hamilton pain clinic, and entered a guilty plea in federal court for trafficking drugs by means of a prescription pad and receiving kickbacks. He also pleaded guilty to billing Medicare, Medicaid and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation for medically unnecessary prescriptions. In total, Jobalia caused more than $2 million in false claims.
“This pain relief clinic was nothing more than a front for hard drug handouts,” Yost said. “Shutting the operation down is a big win for a region that’s been hit especially hard by the opioid crisis.”
 LaRose Focuses on Election Security on National Voter Registration Day
On Tuesday, Ohio celebrated National Voter Registration Day. LaRose hosted members of the press at the Franklin County Board of Elections and gave them a look at the many safeguards that exist during each stage of the elections process.
LaRose also joined up with University Student Government and College Republicans on the campus of Ohio State University to hold a voter registration drive.
The deadline to register to vote is October 7th. Register today at VoteOhio.gov
Auditor Keith Faber Meets with Small Businesses
This week, Auditor of State Keith Faber visited City Machine Technologies in Youngstown for a meeting with small business owners and members of the National Federation of Independent Businesses. Auditor Faber is committed to making government more efficient, effective, and transparent so that Ohio’s citizens and businesses can thrive.
Treasurer Sprague Visits Washington, D.C.
This week, Treasurer Robert Sprague traveled to the nation’s capital. On Wednesday morning, he stopped by Capitol Hill for Senator Portman’s weekly Constituent Coffee event. Later in the day, he joined US Treasurer Jovita Carranza and state treasurers from across the country at a dinner hosted by the State Financial Officers Foundation. On Thursday, the Treasurer visited the Heritage Foundation to discuss the ResultsOHIO initiative and the ways pay for success projects can help in combating persistent public sector challenges.

Chairman’s Update 9-22-19

Good Evening,
Last night we enjoyed a wonderful evening with Kellyanne Conway for our annual state dinner. We discussed the role of women in politics, the 2016 campaign, and why we will overwhelmingly re-elect President Trump in 2020. It was an exciting night and we are even more energized heading into 2020!
You can read more about our annual state dinner here.
Lastly, this week the Trump Campaign kicked off its national youth outreach program “Make Campus Great Again” at Akron University. You can read more about this program here.
Sincerely,
Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party
At U.S. Department of Transportation, Portman Praises Award of Autonomous Driving Systems Grant to Ohio Researchers
Last week, U.S. Senator Rob Portman delivered remarks at a press conference at the U.S. Department of Transportation with Secretary Elaine Chao announcing the federal grant awards to study autonomous driving systems, including $7.5 million for the state of Ohio and university groups.
The ADS Demonstration grant will be allocated to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and its consortium, which includes the Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC), The Ohio State University, and DriveOhio.
In March of this year, Senator Portman led a delegation letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao in support of ODOT’s application for this grant. In August, Portman visited TRC – the largest and most sophisticated independent vehicle proving ground in North America – where he saw firsthand how TRC Ohio has become a global leader in advancing new automotive technologies.
Governor DeWine Highlights Ohio Agriculture Industry at Annual Farm Science Review
On Tuesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine gave remarks during the Farm Science Review’s 2019 Celebration Luncheon. The annual Farm Science Review, which is hosted by the Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, attracts approximately 140,000 visitors from throughout the United States and Canada to learn about the latest in agricultural production. Food and agriculture employs one in eight Ohioans and accounts for more than $124 billion in annual investment in the state.
Husted Rallies Support for Republican Candidates
Lt. Governor Jon Husted last week delivered the keynote address to the Franklin County Republican Party’s Slate Dinner. The event recognized candidates running for local office in the 2019 General Election. “Leadership matters. Local elections matter. The mark of strong communities is good leaders and its our job to get them there,” Lt. Governor Husted told the crowd.
The Lt. Governor also convened the second meeting of the Governor’s Executive Workforce Board of the DeWine-Husted Administration last week. The meeting focused on strategies for getting restored citizens back into the workforce so they can more effectively contribute to their communities.
AG Dave Yost Discusses Opioid Litigation, Vaping with Fox
Attorney General Dave Yost joined Fox Business Network last week to discuss his office’s work to hold Purdue Pharma accountable for its role in the opioid crisis. He also spoke with Fox about recent public health concerns associated with vaping.
“Although there is no dollar amount that will undo the pain that so many families have faced, I’m focused on getting resources to Ohioans as quickly as possible, and this bipartisan deal makes that a reality,” Yost said regarding a tentative settlement with Purdue Pharma. “Ohio is in.”
You can watch Yost’s full interview with Fox Business Network here.
LaRose talks Election Security at National Cybersecurity Summit
This week, Secretary of State Frank LaRose joined national cybersecurity experts at the 2nd Annual Cybersecurity Summit held by the Department of Homeland Security and the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency. 
At the summit, LaRose discussed the many initiatives Ohio has put in place to ensure fair and secure elections leading up to the 2020 elections.
Ohio has been seen as an example for election security and several states are starting to model their systems on Ohio’s standards.
Auditor Keith Faber Talks College Affordability on Spectrum News
This week, Auditor of State Keith Faber joined Mike Kallmeyer on Spectrum News 1 to discuss the rising cost for a college degree. Auditor Faber has been traveling the state, visiting state colleges and universities, promoting Senate Bill 120 tol allow the Auditor’s office to conduct more performance audits on state institutions of higher learning, T=Auditor Faber hopes to find savings and efficiencies that can be passed on to students.
Treasurer Sprague Talks Programs and Priorities with the Sandusky Register
Treasurer Sprague recently stopped by the Sandusky Register to highlight some of the ways his office is working to support Ohio’s communities. As part of his visit, the Treasurer shared information on a variety of programs, including ResultsOHIO, the Ohio Checkbook, and Ag-LINK, which continues to provide aid to Ohio’s farmers through reduced interest loans.