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.

Chairman’s Update 9-15-19

Good Evening,
The Democrats are headed to Otterbein University for their next debate. Their goal is to win over suburban voters, but we know that Democrats continue to be out of touch with all Ohioans. Democrat policy proposals will only result in higher taxes on the middle class, and voters see right through their plans. Ohioans, along with all Americans, are enjoying a booming economy thanks to President Trump’s leadership. The success of the President’s pro-growth policies have proven that radical agendas don’t resonate here, and we are confident that our momentum will only increase over the next year.
ICYMI: Our State Dinner will take place next Saturday, on September 21st. Kellyanne Conway will join us as the keynote speaker, and it will be a great night to celebrate our party and President.
Sincerely,
Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party
In Cincinnati, Senator Portman Participates in Second Annual Taft Day
Last Friday, U.S. Senator Rob Portman participated in the Second Annual Taft Day breakfast celebrating the birthday of President William Howard Taft, the only U.S. president born and raised in Cincinnati. Portman participated in this program last year. The breakfast celebration was held at the William Howard Taft National Historic Site, which includes the two-story house where William Howard Taft was born and grew up. The site, including the house, surrounding landscape, and education center, has $2.1 million in long-delayed maintenance needs, and Portman has introduced legislation to help address this backlog.
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).
Governor DeWine Visits Honda Headquarters During Trade Mission to Japan
On Sunday, Governor Mike DeWine arrived at the Midwest U.S.- Japan Association Conference and met with fellow Midwestern Governors. On Tuesday, Governor DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine visited Honda’s headquarters in Tokyo. Honda recently celebrated it’s 40th anniversary in Ohio and currently employs over 15,000 Ohioans. Their largest operation is in Marysville, Ohio, producing the Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe, along with the Acura TLX and ILX.
Lt. Governor Husted Honors Dayton Heroes at the White House
Lt. Governor Jon Husted led the state’s delegation to the White House last week as President Donald J. Trump honored the Dayton first responders for their quick action and bravery that ended the deadly mass shooting in the Miami Valley in August. During the ceremony, the President bestowed the Medal of Valor on each officer and Lt. Governor Husted later gave the department a proclamation from himself and Governor Mike DeWine.
The Lt. Governor also spoke with Fox Business News’ “Varney & Co.,” about Ohio’s strong economy and what the DeWine-Husted Administration is doing to build on the state’s success and ensure everyone has the chance reach their dreams.
AG Dave Yost Joins Big Tech Investigation
Attorney General Dave Yost joined 49 other attorneys general last week in announcing a multistate investigation into Google’s business practices. The investigation will determine whether Google’s practices violate state and federal antitrust laws.
Yost joined CNN’s New Day to discuss the investigation, which centers on Google’s control of online advertising markets and search traffic that may have led to anticompetitive behavior.
“Antitrust has always been about the concentrated power to dominate the market and society,” Yost said. “Money is the traditional tool to gain that monopoly power. Data is the new money.”
LaRose Wants to Add Safeguards to Voter Registration Systems
Secretary LaRose continues his efforts to ensure accurate and secure voting systems by pushing for new legislation that will require new standards for how counties manage their voter registration systems.
Partnering with Senator Rulli (R-Salem), this new legislation will require the vendors who maintain each county’s voter registration to meet increased cyber-security and administrative standards.
“This legislation provides a much-needed layer of security to protect our elections,” said Rulli “We know foreign governments infiltrated voter registration databases in Illinois and Florida leading up to the 2016 election. I want to make sure Ohio is being proactive to this threat and continues to be a national leader in election security.”
This legislation adds to LaRose’s continued work to ensure a secure and accurate election in 2020 and beyond.
Auditor Faber Talks Government Efficiency with Students
Auditor of State Keith Faber visited with accounting students at Ohio State University to talk about how his office works to make state government work better, faster, and cheaper for all Ohioans.
Treasurer Sprague Shares Current Initiatives and Priorities in the Mahoning Valley
Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague visited the Mahoning Valley on Thursday to provide an update on his office’s work through the first eight months of 2019. Earlier in the day, he and State Rep. Don Manning stopped by the Warren Tribune Chronicle where they discussed the recently passed ResultsOHIO initiative. Following the interview, Treasurer Sprague joined other state and local policymakers at the 2019 Impact Ohio Youngstown/Warren Regional Conference. Sprague highlighted the various ways the Treasurer’s office can be a valued resource to local leaders and government finance officers.

Chairman’s Update 9-8-19

Good Evening,
As many of you know, our state dinner will take place in just a few weeks on September 21st. We are thrilled to have Kellyanne Conway join us as the keynote speaker for the evening, and are looking forward to a great night full of support for our president and party.
The August jobs report once again shows what a strong economy we continue to enjoy under President Trump’s leadership. In August alone the U.S. added 130,000 jobs, nearly half of which were filled by women. Wage growth remains strong, at 3.2% in August – the 13th month in a row of 3% or better. These numbers show nothing but support for the fact that President Trump’s economy is working for all Americans.
While we maintain our focus on the thriving U.S. economy, the Democrats continue talking about radical agendas surrounding climate change. Some of their proposals include the banning of plastic straws, carbon taxes, government control of lightbulbs and meat, and the elimination of commercial air travel. These policies will only result in crushed industries, higher taxes, and and a drastic change in Americans’ everyday choices.
As we look towards 2020, let’s remember our values and what we stand for. Higher taxes and the elimination of an American classic, the hamburger, are not included. President Trump has kept his promises, and our country is thriving. Let’s continue working for another four great years of President Trump’s leadership.
Sincerely,
Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party
Last Thursday, Portman Hosted Ohio Faith-Based Security Conference in Columbus
Last week, Senator Rob Portman hosted an Ohio Faith-Based Security Conference to facilitate a conversation with federal and state security experts and stakeholders on best practices for how to prepare, prevent, respond, and recover from potential adverse events. The conference was comprised of a panel discussion as well as presentations focusing on best practices and funding opportunities for implementing security measures to help prevent attacks as well as how to best respond to potential threats. In addition, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Director of Public Safety Tom Stickrath, and Deputy Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Matthew Travis joined the event.
The idea of bringing together faith-based groups and non-profit entities originated after a discussion Portman had with the Jewish community after the Pittsburgh Tree of Life tragedy in October of 2018. The conference was attended by leaders from various places of worship throughout Ohio representing the Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, and Sikh communities.
This past May, Portman introduced bipartisan legislation – the Protecting Faith-Based and Nonprofit Organizations From Terrorism Act – to authorize $75 million annually for FYs 2020-2024 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 a potential terrorist attack.
Governor DeWine Meets With Ambassador Sugiyama Ahead of Trade Mission to Japan
On Wednesday afternoon, Governor DeWine met with Shinsuke Sugiyama, Ambassador of Japan to the United States, at the Ohio Statehouse. Governor DeWine and Ambassador Sugiyama discussed Ohio’s long-standing relationship with Japan and the Governor’s upcoming business development mission from September 8-13, 2019. Anchoring the mission will be Governor DeWine’s participation in the 51st Midwest U.S.-Japan Association annual conference in Tokyo. He also will have several business meetings with Japanese companies including Honda and Kao Brands. Governor DeWine will also visit Saitama Prefecture, Ohio’s sister state in Japan. Next year marks the 30th anniversary of the Ohio-Saitama sister state relationship. Governor DeWine plans to explore ways to build on the strong ties that have been established with Saitama. J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and chief investment officer, and Lydia Mihalik, Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, will join the Governor to support the mission.
Husted Announces Launch of “Ohio IP Promise” Initiative
On Friday, Lt. Governor Husted announced the launch of the “Ohio IP Promise,” which is an initiative to make Ohio universities more attractive to innovators and entrepreneurs. The Ohio IP Promise brings together the state’s higher education institutions to provide a unified process for commercialization so students and faculty have a clear path to commercialization of their research in Ohio. Many schools possess the ownership rights to research and inventions with no plans to bring it to the marketplace. In order to correct this problem, the Ohio I.P. Promise establishes a uniform set of guiding principles so researchers know exactly how they can take charge of their work and make it available to the public, if that is their desire.
AG Yost: Hamilton County Man Facing Charges for Impersonating Nurse
Attorney General Dave Yost announced the indictment and arrest of a Hamilton County man last week for allegedly impersonating a nurse for four years using a stolen identity. Yost’s Health Care Fraud Section uncovered evidence that Martez Rhandall Morris stole the identity of a licensed practical nurse, and used fraudulent documents to gain employment at two Hamilton County home health agencies. Several of the patients under Morris’ care were children.
Morris now faces 12 counts, including felony charges, for engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, identity fraud and tampering with records. Yost’s office is prosecuting the case.
Ohio Democratic Party Loses Legal Challenge Against LaRose
On Tuesday a federal court denied a legal challenge aimed at preventing Frank LaRose from carrying out his obligation to ensure Ohio’s voter rolls are accurate and up-to-date. Contrary to the Ohio Democratic Party’s claims, the court ruled that the “evidence does not establish that the secretary is implementing measures which render the voting system fundamentally unfair.”
The Columbus Dispatch even agreed that, “the Democrats are seeing the voter purge process as half empty,” while reminding voters that they have a right and responsibility to register and vote.
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Auditor Faber Honors Cincinnati Reds on 150 Years in Major League Baseball!
This week, Auditor of State Keith Faber honored the Cincinnati Reds, who were the first team in professional baseball and this year are celebrating their 150th Anniversary.
Treasurer Sprague Provides Update on Ag-LINK, Recent Activity
On Wednesday, Treasurer Robert Sprague reminded Ohio’s farming community that there’s still time to obtain reduced interest loans through the Ag-LINK program. In July, Treasurer Sprague re-opened the Ag-LINK application period to provide relief to farmers and agribusiness adversely impacted by the summer’s extreme weather. Through the current round of applications, more than 30 reduced interest loans totaling over $3.4 million have been made available to qualified farmers and business owners.
“As Ohio’s farmers get ready to head out to the fields to harvest, it’s not too late to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Treasurer Sprague. “I’m proud of our office’s strong partnership with the banking community as we help provide a boost to a critical sector of our state’s economy during this difficult year.”
The current Ag-LINK application period will remain open until November 15.
Read more about Ag-LINK here.

Chairman’s Update 9-1-19

Good Evening,
Today, we celebrate the 125th anniversary of Labor Day. It is a time to honor the social and economic achievements of the American worker.
With more people re-entering the labor force and low unemployment rates, American workers continue to contribute to the strength and prosperity of our great nation.
This day belongs to all of the hard-working men and women across the country. I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend to reflect on your accomplishments and mark the end of summer, and enjoy a well-deserved day off.
Sincerely,
Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party

Chairman’s Update 8-25-19

Good Evening,
Last week, the Trump campaign held numerous “Women for Trump” events across the country in an effort to celebrate women’s suffrage. Also key to the events were training sessions on how to become effective volunteers for the 2020 election.
I helped kick off an event in Cuyahoga Falls on Thursday evening. The event was titled “An Evening to Empower” and it truly was empowering to see such a strong group of women come together in support of President Trump’s broad agenda that has already benefitted many Americans, women included.
Under President Trump’s leadership, women have been empowered to reach their economic potential. The unemployment rate among women remains near a generational low, and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has doubled the child tax credit, benefitting families across the United States.
Women are an important voting bloc, especially in this upcoming election, and what I saw on Thursday night has only made me more confident that we will re-elect President Trump with the help of women across the country.
ICYMI: Last month, I wrote an Op-Ed on how women have benefitted from Donald Trump’s presidency. You can read it here.
Sincerely,
Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party
Portman, NASA Administrator Bridenstine Visit NASA Facilities in Cleveland and Sandusky
Last Wednesday, Senator Portman accompanied NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in a visit to NASA’s Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland and Plum Brook Station in Sandusky to view progress on the agency’s Artemis Program — its multi-year plan to return American astronauts to the Moon and eventually send manned missions to Mars.
This summer, Portman announced that he plans to introduce legislation in September to rename NASA’s Plum Brook Station, the agency’s test facility in Sandusky, after Neil Armstrong. Portman most recently visited the Plum Brook Station in 2017 as part of a tour of Ohio’s military and space installations.
Last year, Portman sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee in support of full funding of $712 million for the NASA Glenn Research Center, which was met and exceeded in the FY 2019 appropriations bill.
Husted Announces New Tool to Cut Burdensome Regulations
Lt. Governor Jon Husted this week announced that InnovateOhio is working on the procurement of a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool that can efficiently search Ohio’s laws and regulations to find rules that are duplicative, outdated, or conflicting. In April, Husted announced his office had cleared a backlog of rules left at the Common Sense Initiative (CSI) when he took office and promised that, with the backlog fixed, CSI would now go on offense to improve Ohio’s regulatory environment for job creators. The implementation of this AI tool is a step toward making Ohio a better place to do business.
AG Dave Yost Announces Increased Funding for Ohio’s Rape Crisis Centers
Attorney General Dave Yost announced his office was awarding $4.16 million in state grants to 32 rape crisis centers and agencies statewide last week. This is nearly triple the amount of grant money awarded to rape crisis centers in each of the last three years.
“Women who have lived through the horrific act of rape will now have access to expanded services in every corner of our state,” Yost said. “This massive increase in funding to our local partners will improve lives moving forward.”
The increase is due to the recently enacted state budget, and the grants were awarded by the Crime Victim Services Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Join #TeamLaRose for the Barberton Labor Day Parade!
On Monday, September 2nd Frank, Lauren, and the team will be walking in the Barberton Labor Day parade and we would love for you to join us.
The parade will kick off at 10:00 a.m. and circle around beautiful Lake Anna. To get fueled up for the walk, the Barberton Kiwanis serves a fantastic pancake breakfast at St. Augustine Church near the ending point of the parade. We hope you can join the Secretary for the morning to celebrate the hardworking men and women in the labor community.
To RSVP, and get all of the details, contact Dalton Miller at Dalton@FrankLaRose.com or 614-949-5712.
Auditor Faber Finds Former Dog Warden Stole Over $26,000
This week, Auditor Keith Faber issued a finding for recovery for $26,267 against the former dog warden for the Columbiana County Dog Pound. “Theft in office will simply not be tolerated.” Faber said, “Fortunately, because of the coordinated effort between the Columbiana County Prosecutor’s Office and our Special Investigations Unit, this former employee has repaid the stolen money and will spend time in jail for her crimes.” Auditor Faber has been dedicated to rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse in governments at all level. To read more, click here.
Sprague Talks ResultsOHIO in Columbus, Chillicothe This Week
On Wednesday, Treasurer Sprague addressed the Ohio Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors as part of the organization’s quarterly meeting. The Treasurer’s remarks were highlighted by an update regarding his ResultsOHIO initiative which received legislative approval last month as part of the state operating budget.
A day later, Treasurer Sprague took his message to Ross County where he continued discussing the innovative, new pay-for-success program with local economic leaders. In addition to ResultsOHIO, the Treasurer toured downtown Chillicothe and also shared information about the Ag-LINK program. AG-LINK is a reduced interest rate loan program administered by the Treasurer’s office and available to farmers and agribusinesses that have been hit hard by weather in recent months.

Chairman’s Update 8-18-19

Good Evening,
We continue to enjoy a strong economy, a more secure border, and are lucky to have a leader who will do what is best for Americans across the country thanks to President Trump. We have seen real results under the president’s leadership and many people have rejoined the workforce thanks to his policies.
By taking an unprecedented stance on border security, President Trump has proven that he will put the needs and safety of Americans first. His promise of building a border wall continues to be fulfilled, and U.S. Border Patrol has arrested hundreds of members of dangerous gangs. His policies continue to protect our communities and families.
As we look towards the 2020 election, I am confident that we can count on President Trump’s leadership to carry us through another great four years.
Sincerely,
Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party
Portman Launches Southeast Ohio Tour
This week, Senator Rob Portman toured through Southern and Southeast Ohio, visiting 12 counties over three days and covering over 750 miles. On Wednesday, Portman visited Southern State Community College in Highland County, held a workforce roundtable at The Point in Lawrence County, visited a small business helping secure our border in Vinton County, unveiled a historical marker honoring Tippy Dye as part of the Meigs County Bicentennial, and attended the Meigs County Fair.
On Thursday, Portman visited BuckEye Cam in Athens, a company that makes cameras used along our borders. He also visited Rocky Boots in Nelsonville, Hocking College’s branch campus in Logan, Maxwell Farms in Perry County, and Finley Fire in Morgan County. On Thursday evening, Portman hosted a dinner in Noble County with Republican leaders from across Eastern Ohio.
On Friday, Portman held a workforce roundtable at Eastern Gateway Community College in Jefferson County, toured and met with workers at an Encino Energy Oil and Natural Gas Rig in Harrison County, and spoke at the Coshocton County Port Authority’s legislative luncheon.
Governor DeWine Discusses Dayton Tragedy on Fox News Sunday
Last week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine spoke with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer about his proposals to reduce gun violence and increase mental health treatment.
Husted Speaks to Dayton Strength at Hometown Heroes Celebration
Lt. Governor Jon Husted threw the first pitch during the Dayton Dragons Hometown Heroes celebration and addressed the crowd at the top of the second inning. The Lt. Governor spoke of the strength and resilience of the Dayton community following the deadly shootings on August 4th and encouraged the community to stay united and continue being #DaytonStrong.
Following the Lt. Governor’s remarks, new recruits were sworn in as members of the U.S. Airforce.
AG Dave Yost Announces Funding for Marijuana Testing
Attorney General Dave Yost announced the creation of the Major Marijuana Trafficking Grant Program last week, which will assist law enforcement in differentiating between newly legalized hemp and marijuana. Yost’s Bureau of Criminal of Investigation will provide free testing of confiscated cannabis to local law enforcement once machines are installed by early next year. In the meantime, his new Major Marijuana Trafficking Grant Program will provide $50,000 in funding for law enforcement agencies to have large quantities of marijuana tested in private labs.
“Just because the law changed, it doesn’t mean the bad guys get a ‘get out of jail free’ card,” Yost said. “We are equipping law enforcement with the resources to do their jobs.”
LaRose Encourages Youth Engagement
Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced a new outreach effort to encourage Ohioans to register to vote, with a particular focus on young people. Starting in the end of August, postcards will be sent out with information on registering to vote and important deadlines.
“Voting is one of our fundamental rights as Americans, and we want every eligible voter to have the chance to exercise that right,” said LaRose. “We expect this effort will reach a lot of younger Ohioans who haven’t yet taken advantage of the opportunity to register to vote, so we’re making sure they’re given every chance to have their voice heard.”
Register to vote today at VoteOhio.gov!
Auditor Faber Visits Scioto County
This week Auditor of State Keith Faber continued his tour of Ohio, stopping in Lucasville to talk with local officials about how government can work better, faster, and cheaper for all Ohioans!
Sprague Adds Clark, Jefferson, and Perry Counties to OhioCheckbook.com
Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague has added three more counties to OhioCheckbook.com. Clark, Jefferson, and Perry counties all saw their spending data go ‘live’ this week on the transparency-focused website. These new additions came less than a week after Sprague announced that both Lake and Logan counties had also joined OhioCheckbook.com.
“The Ohio Checkbook provides communities with a direct line of sight into where their tax dollars go and how their government operates,” said Treasurer Sprague. “We are thrilled to welcome these valued partners in government transparency and accountability.”
Spending information for more than 1,100 local government entities is currently featured onOhioCheckbook.com.

Chairman’s Update 8-11-19

Good Evening,
President Trump has continued to achieve monumental results for the American people. In July alone, the United States added 165,000 jobs. The unemployment rate remained near a generational low of 3.7% and 370,000 people reentered the labor market. These are remarkable figures, and prove that President Trump goes to work for us each and every day.
Confidence in our economy has only grown thanks to President Trump’s pro-growth policies. Throughout his administration, the president has rolled back unnecessary regulations detrimental to job growth, saving billions of dollars and unleashing economic growth in the process.
As we look towards the 2020 election, let’s remember these great accomplishments.
Sincerely,
Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party
Last week, Senator Portman Launched his Ohio’s North Coast Tour, Highlighting Lake Erie’s Importance to Ohio’s Economy
Over five days, Portman will have traveled nearly 700 miles along Ohio’s north coast. Portman has seen federally-funded research at Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory at Gibraltar Island, has hosted a tourism roundtable in Sandusky, has visited ports in Cleveland and Ashtabula to highlight economic development, and has held his annual fishing trip and conservation roundtable in Lake County.
An independent voice for Ohio, Rob continues to be a leader in protecting our Great Lakes and the environment. As co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, Portman has taken the lead in protecting Lake Erie from harmful algal blooms, invasive species, contamination, and microbeads.
Governor DeWine Remembers Shooting Victims, Takes Action on Mental Health
Following the tragic attack in Dayton on Sunday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine ordered flags to remain at half mast in honor and memory of the victims who lost their lives. He issued this statement and traveled to Dayton, joining Mayor Nan Whaley, state legislators, and other officials.
On Tuesday, Governor DeWine, along with Lt. Governor Jon Husted, announced 17 proposals to reduce gun violence and increase mental health treatment.
At Dayton Children’s Hospital on Thursday, Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted announced that the Governor along with the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association will host an event called “Building Resiliency: A Pediatric Mental Health Summit” in September in Dayton to help communities support the mental health needs of kids.
Lt. Governor Husted Returns to Dayton Following Shooting
Lt. Governor Jon Husted traveled to Dayton numerous times this week following the tragic shooting in Dayton’s Oregon District. A former Dayton resident, the Lt. Governor once lived not far from the place where the shooting took place and returned to the city to visit with survivors, thank first responders, and donate blood. The Lt. Governor also threw the first pitch at Saturday’s Dayton Dragons’ game honoring “hometown heroes.”
AG Dave Yost Continues to Fight Human Trafficking
Attorney General Dave Yost penned an op-ed in The Vindicator last week outlining a new proposal in the fight against human trafficking. Yost will ask the General Assembly this fall to make the buying and selling of sex in Ohio two separate offenses, with buying being the more serious crime. Without buyers’ money, there is no market for sex; without a market, there is no human trafficking.
“The slave master gets the money, of course…The women get to keep their addiction,” Yost wrote. “This is what human trafficking looks like.”
LaRose Keynotes Millennial Action Project Conference
This week, Secretary of State Frank LaRose joined young leaders from around the country to keynote the Millennial Action Project’s 2019 Future Summit.
Secretary LaRose, a co-chair of the group’s future caucus, made the case for making self-government work again and emphasized the progress Ohio has made to keep elections secure, free and fair.
“I sincerely believe that our generation will make self-government work again and these are the folks who are already rolling up their sleeves to get the work done!” LaRose said.
Auditor Keith Faber Visits University of Cincinnati
This week, Auditor of State Keith Faber met with officials at the University of Cincinnati to discuss how higher education can be more affordable. Faber celebrated much of the progress UC has made in recent years to cut costs – including moving to open sources textbooks which saves students money every year. He also toured the 1819 Innovation Hub, speaking with students and business leaders to hear how this private public partnership is benefiting the Cincinnati community.
Sprague adds Lake and Logan Counties to the Ohio Checkbook
This week saw Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague add two more counties to OhioCheckbook.com. On Tuesday, Sprague joined Lake County Auditor Chris Galloway to announce the county government’s addition to the online transparency platform. Just two days later, Sprague traveled to Bellefontaine to announce that Logan County has also come aboard OhioCheckbook.com. County Auditor Jack Reser and Logan County commissioners were also on-hand for the announcement.
These two announcements further build on Treasurer Sprague’s commitment to transparency and accountability in government. Since entering office, Treasurer Sprague has added more than 45 local government entities to the Ohio Checkbook.
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ORP statement on President Trump’s visit to the southern border

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 10, 2019

Columbus – Ohio Republican Party Chairman Jane Timken today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s visit to the southern border.

“As Democrats play petty political games with our national security, President Trump remains committed to performing his most important job – protecting American lives. Seizures of heroin, fentanyl and other deadly drugs continue to spike at the southern border, further fueling Ohio’s opioid epidemic, but Democrats like Tim Ryan and Sherrod Brown are unfazed by the fact that these illegal drugs cost America over $500 billion per year in addition to priceless lives lost. Providing the $5.7 billion needed for the wall is a small price to pay for a more secure nation. I urge Democrats to end these games and join President Trump in protecting the American people.”