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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
ORP statement on President Trump’s visit to the southern border
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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.”
ORP Statement on Speaker Householder’s Election
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Columbus – Ohio Republican Party Chairman Jane Timken released the following statement following today’s vote for Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives:
“Congratulations to Speaker Larry Householder! As the 133rd General Assembly begins, I look forward to working with him, President Obhof, our Republican majorities, and the DeWine-Husted Administration to move Ohio forward.”
Let’s keep Ohio’s economic future bright on November 6th by electing Mike DeWine and the entire Republican ticket!
When you head to the polls on Tuesday, don’t forget to take your Republican slate card with you! Print it here.
Republicans Embark on Protecting Ohio’s Future Tour
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On October 25th and 26th, Republican candidates embarked on the Protecting Ohio’s Future tour!
This eight-stop, 1,000-mile tour gave voters an opportunity to meet the Republican candidates on the November 6th ballot and hear their plans to keep our economy booming, protect our families, and build a stronger future of all Ohioans.
Watch the recap video above for more!
Comrade Cordray – Communists for Cordray
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This is not a joke. The Communist Party USA is targeting Ohio’s gubernatorial race in hopes of getting Richard Cordray elected.
ORP Statement on Kavanaugh Confirmation
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October 6, 2018
Columbus – Ohio Republican Party Chairman Jane Timken released the following statement regarding Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation:
“Congratulations to Justice Brett Kavanaugh, whose confirmation will ensure future Supreme Court decisions are based on interpretations of the law and Constitution as written. Today’s vote is a victory for our right to due process and serves as a reminder to voters just how critical the upcoming election is to preserving that right. Senate Democrats, including Sherrod Brown, engaged in one of the most despicable political ploys in American history and will face the consequences on November 6th.”