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You're Invited

We are very excited to announce that our annual Truman Kennedy Holcomb Spring Gala will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at the Oscar Event Center in Fairfield.  Our featured speaker will be Sharen Neuhardt, candidate for Lt. Governor.  We also may have other special guests.  The reception starts at 5:30, and the dinner and program will be at 6:30.  This is the Party's largest fundraising event of the year and promises to be a fun and exciting evening and will include a silent auction.  Tickets start at $75.  Click here to reserve your seat today.

Make the Commitment Today

Remember ten days ago when I sent out a plea for your help over the next 31 weekends before Election Day?  Well, now we are down to 29.  The countdown continues and I am asking you to commit at least one weekend day per month to help with our voter contact efforts from now through Election Day.  In April, we will be canvassing at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.  We are talking to voters about what issues are important to them and identifying undecided voters for our state House candidates and in the Auditor’s race.  Can you commit to helping at one of our staging locations this weekend?

In Hamilton/Fairfield:  Headquarters, 224-226 Park Avenue, Hamilton, OH 45013.  Meet at 1pm for training and to pick up a walk packet.  

In Liberty Twp/West Chester:  Coffee Beans and Brew, 7041 Yankee Rd., Liberty Twp., OH  45011.  Meet at 1pm for training and to pick up a walk packet.  

In Middletown/Monroe/Trenton:  Coffee Beans and Brew, 294 N. Main Street, Monroe, OH  45050.  Meet at 1pm for training and to pick up a walk packet

Sign up today for any of these canvasses by emailing our Coordinated Campaign Field Director Michael Flores today.

Rather make phone calls?  No problem.  We also will be running phone banks on Saturday and Sunday at headquarters, 224-226 Park Avenue, Hamilton, OH  45013, from 1:30 – 4:00pm.  Please let us know if you’d like to help this weekend.

We also have phone banks between now and May 6th for Tom Poetter, the endorsed Democratic candidate for Congress in the 8th District.  You can help Monday through Thursday from 6:00 – 9:00 at his headquarters in Oxford located at 5020 College Corner Pike or on Thursdays starting April 10thfrom 6:30 – 9:00 at Party headquarters, 224-226 Park Avenue in Hamilton.  Please email Brian Sipp from the Poetter campaign to sign up for a phone bank.

Have you signed the Voter Bill of Rights Petition?

Please don’t wait.  We need your signature now to put an end to the attacks on voter’s rights in Ohio.  We must collect over 385,000 signatures across the state (including over 4,000 here in Butler County) by July 2.  This important effort, led by the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, will enshrine in the Ohio Constitution voter rights and access to the polls, guaranteeing a 35-day window for early voting, voting the weekend before Election Day, and more open access to the ballot box.  Petitions are available to sign and circulate.  If you canvass this weekend, you can sign one of our candidates’ petitions.  We also have petitions available for signing at headquarters on Wednesdays from 10 – 4pm or on Thursdays from 1-4pm.  Email headquarters if you need to arrange another day and time to sign.  Interested in helping to circulate a petition?  Please email Jocelyn today.

Congratulations to our newly formed Butler County Young Dems!

More than a dozen young Democrats gathered last week at Ryan's Tavern in Hamilton and founded the Butler County Chapter of Ohio Young Democrats.  Congratulations to Brittany Gerhold, newly elected President, Branden Rudie and Michael Flores, Vice Presidents, Tiffany Harmon, Secretary, Joe Andrews, Treasurer, and Chris Klug, Sergeant-at-Arms.  We are so excited to work to elect Democrats by engaging young people in Butler County and across the state!

Please see our complete calendar of events for other great events and opportunities to get involved or meet other statewide candidates.


Jocelyn Bucaro

Chair, Butler County Democratic Party

Calendar of Events:

Monday, April 21, 2014, at 7:00pm - Democratic Women of SW Ohio meets at St. Ann's Episcopal Church, 6461 Tylersville Rd., West Chester, OH.  Social at 6:30; meeting at 7:00. 

Thursday, April 24, at 7:00pm - Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee meets at the LCNB Bank Building, 30 W. Park Place in Oxford.  Our April meeting will be “On the Road,” meeting in our Western Region.  Please note we have changed the date due to Holy Week and Easter holiday weekend activities.  All are welcome!

Tuesday, May 6 - Primary Election Day.  Be sure to vote... including for our Central Committee members and for Tom Poetter for 8th Congressional District, as well as all of our Democratic candidates up and down the ballot.  Polls are open from 6:30am - 7:30pm.  See the Board of Elections website for your polling location or early voting hours.

Wednesday, May 7, at 5:30pm - Governing Board meets at headquarters, 224-226 Park Avenue, Hamilton.  All are welcome.

Wednesday, May 7, at 6:30pm - Fundraising Committee meets at headquarters, 224-226 Park Avenue, Hamilton.  All are welcome.

April Volunteer Opportunities

Canvassing Schedule:

Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm: (Except Easter Sunday, April 20)

In Hamilton/Fairfield:  Headquarters, 224-226 Park Avenue, Hamilton, OH 45013.  Meet at 1pm for training and to pick up a walk packet.  Email Nancy Powell if you can help.

In Liberty Twp/West Chester:  Coffee Beans and Brew, 7041 Yankee Rd., Liberty Twp., OH  45011.  Meet at 1pm for training and to pick up a walk packet.  Email Cathina Hourani if you can help.

In Middletown/Monroe/Trenton:  Coffee Beans and Brew, 294 N. Main Street, Monroe, OH  45050.  Meet at 1pm for training and to pick up a walk packet.  Email Suzi Rubin if you can help.


Phone Bank Schedule

2014 Victory Campaign Phone Banks

Saturdays and Sundays in April (Except Easter Sunday), from 1:30-4pm:  In Hamilton/Fairfield:  Headquarters, 224-226 Park Avenue, Hamilton, OH 45013.  Meet at 1:30 for phone banks.  Email Nancy Powell if you can help.

In addition to the times listed above, you may come into the office anytime we are open to make calls or take out a walk list.  Regular office hours are Monday - Thursday, 10am - 4pm.  Call headquarters at 513-896-5201 to learn more.

Poetter for Congress Phone Banks

Monday – Thursdays, from 6:00 – 9:00pm:  Oxford Poetter HQ, 5020 College Corner Pike, Oxford, OH  45056.  Email Brian Sipp if you can help.

Thursdays beginning April 10th from 6:30 – 9:00pm:  Party Headquarters, 224-226 Park Avenue in Hamilton.  Email Brian Sipp if you can help.



7.1 Million Americans Enrolled for Healthcare

President Barack Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, delivers a statement on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the Rose Garden of the White House, April 1, 2014.


For video, click the picture above or follow this link.

Hello everybody,

Last night, the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act came to an end.

And this afternoon, we announced that 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces.

7.1 million.

That doesn't count the more than 3 million young adults who have gained insurance under this law by staying on their families' plans. It doesn't count the millions more who have gotten covered through the expansion of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. It doesn't include the more than 100 million folks who now have better care -- who are receiving additional benefits, like mammograms and contraceptive care, at no extra cost.

Now, millions of our fellow Americans have the comfort and peace of mind that comes with knowing they're no longer leaving their health and well-being to chance. For many of them, quality health insurance wasn't an option until this year -- maybe because they couldn't afford it, or because a pre-existing condition kept them locked out of a discriminatory system.

Today, that's changed. And while our long-broken health care system may not be completely fixed, it's without question a lot better. That's something to be proud of -- and there's no good reason to go back.

Regardless of your politics, or your feelings about the Affordable Care Act, millions more Americans with health coverage is something that's good for our economy and our country.

At the end of the day, that is what this law -- and the other reforms we're fighting for, from a 21st-century immigration system to a fairer wage for every American who's willing to work for it -- are all about:

Making sure our country lives up to our highest ideals.

I am thankful to be your President today, and every day. And I am proud that this law will continue to make life better for millions of Americans in the years to come.

Thank you.

President Barack Obama


Hobby Lobby Invested In Numerous Abortion And Contraception Products While Claiming Religious Objection
by Rick Ungar, Forbes Magazine, April 1, 2014

Hobby Lobby Huber Heights

Hobby Lobby Huber Heights (Photo credit: Nicholas Eckhart)

In what just may be the most stunning example of hypocrisy in my lifetime,Mother Jones has uncovered numerous investments on the part of Hobby Lobby’s retirement fund in a wide variety of companies producing abortion and contraception related products.

Hobby Lobby is currently seeking relief from certain contraception benefit requirements of Obamacare in a United States Supreme Court case that promises to be a landmark decision on the rights of corporations and the extension of personal religious protections to corporate entities. In the case of the Hobby Lobby corporation, the company is closely held by the Green family who purport to have strong religious objections to certain types of contraceptive devices and are suing to protect those religious rights.

Remarkably, the contraceptive devices and products that so offend the religious beliefs of this family are manufactured by the very companies in which Hobby Lobby holds a substantial stake via their employee 401(k) plan.

As I suspect many readers will find this as hard to believe and digest as I, the data can be confirmed by reviewing the company’s 2012 Annual Report of Employee Benefit Plan as filed with the Department of Labor.

This according to Mother Jones’ Molly Redden:

Documents filed with the Department of Labor and dated December 2012 (see above)—three months after the company’s owners filed their lawsuit—show that the Hobby Lobby 401(k) employee retirement plan held more than $73 million in mutual funds with investments in companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and drugs commonly used in abortions. Hobby Lobby makes large matching contributions to this company-sponsored 401(k).

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Odds Are Senate Will Go Republican

Nate Silver's new Senate forecast could terrify Democrats into action

Polling expert Nate Silver has come out with a new forecast: Republicans are currently favorites to take control of the Senate this fall. That prediction could open Democratic wallets.

By Staff writer / March 23, 2014

Nate Silver, the political prognosticator pilloried by Republicans for correctly predicting President Obama's convincing victory in 2012, has perhaps just given the GOP another reason to curse him.

He has predicted that Republicans are better than even odds to take back the Senate this November.

At first blush, that might seem like something for Republicans to celebrate. Control of the Senate is the Grand Prize up for grabs in this fall's midterm elections. Few doubt that Republicans will hold on to the House, and most also acknowledge that Republicans are likely to cut into the Democrats' 55-to-45 majority in the Senate. (There are actually only 53 Senate Democrats, but both Senate Independents side with the Democrats.)

The burning question is whether that Republicans will win enough seats to become the majority. And now Mr. Silver, the web's foremost political polling analyst and the very man who refused to give Mitt Romney much electoral love two years ago, has suggested on his FiveThirtyEight blog that "Republicans are now slight favorites to win at least six seats and capture the chamber."

Crack open the caviar, right? Cue the images of Mr. Obama's final two lonely years in the Oval Office, where filling out the presidential Final Four bracket will be the height of his executive action.

But here's the rub.

One of the great challenges facing Democrats this November is the threat of getting outspent, big time. That is why Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D) has taken every conceivable opportunity (and a couple fairly inconceivable ones) to attack the Koch brothers, the conservative political donors who even at this early stage of the election are spending millions on advertisements to unseat the most vulnerable Senate Democrats.

Fortunately for Senator Reid, no one opens Democratic pocketbooks like Nate Silver, it seems.

Democratic operatives have found that the most effective way to get a potential donor to open an e-mail is to put Silver's name in the subject line, according to a report by National Journal's Scott Bland. As in: "Nate Silver's terrifying math."

Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D) of Nevada, seen here on Capitol Hill in Washington, has been trying to turn voters against the Koch brothers, two obscure billionaires who are funding attacks on Senate Democrats and the president’s healthcare law. A new poll could help Democrats' counter-fundraising.

Charles Dharapak/AP

The last time Silver released a Senate forecast (July), he called Senate control a "toss-up." His new analysis, released Sunday, could be the forecast that launches a thousand Democratic e-mails. If the June forecast was "terrifying," the new one is nearing a Democratic Senatepocalypse.

"There's a lot of testing, particularly for subject lines, to see what has the best open rates," Taryn Rosenkranz, a Democratic digital fundraising consultant, told National Journal. "Using that name [Silver] over and over suggests it's successful, and people are opening and giving."

The Koch brothers' early spending is already forcing some Democrats to dip into funds they had hoped to hold in reserve. The Koch brothers' "super political action committee," Americans for Prosperity, has reportedly spent $3 million on ads attacking Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) of Louisiana on Obamacare. 

"Now, Landrieu is reserving $2.6 million in airtime between April and June, an apparent recognition that the cascade of opposition ads has forced her to consider spending big months before the November election," The Washington Post reported last week.

Perhaps the biggest problem facing Democrats this fall is getting their own voters to the polls. In midterm elections, when the political buzz is lower, many voters stay at home – and those voters often trend Democratic.

"During presidential elections, young people vote, women are more likely to vote, blacks, Hispanics more likely to vote," Obama said Thursday at a fundraiser in Miami for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "But in midterms, we get clobbered – either because we don't think it's important, or we've become so discouraged about what's happening in Washington that we think it's not worth our while."

Motivating those voters to think voting is worth their while this November will be Job No. 1 for the Democratic campaign operatives. And on Sunday, Silver might have given them a little more ammunition.

Why Would OHIO Make It More Difficult to Vote?

Ohio GOP resumes effort to make voting harder

Ohio GOP resumes effort to make voting harder

02/26/14 10:17PM

Rachel Maddow reports on a litany of measures enacted by Ohio Republicans to make voting harder and reduce voter turnout to their benefit. watch

Fellow Democrats --

Depending on your perspective, the year 2013 was either chock-full of positive milestones or one mired in bad news and defeat. Here’s our quick take on the good, the bad, and the Buckeyes.

The good:

  • Anounced for Governor last March and Ed has since visited ALL 88 Ohio counties, racking up 28,901 miles traveled;
  • Received the endorsements of the Ohio Democratic Party, Sherrod Brown, Marcia Fudge, Ted Strickland, Marcy Kaptur, Jennifer Brunner, SEIU, OSCEA, OEA, Ohio AFL-CIO, UFCW, Steelworkers, Teamsters, UAW, Chemical Workers, Ironworkers, Machinists, Transport Workers, Teachers, and thousands more Ohio voters;
  • Fought back against Republican voter suppression, winning victories in the courts and sending a message that tampering with an individual’s right to vote is an illegal unacceptable campaign strategy;
  • Defeated long-serving, anti-worker incumbents like Don Robart and Mike Bell (Google ‘em!);
  • Began to build a state-wide voter contact operation;
  • Neck and neck with Governor Kasich to become one of the hottest races in the country.

The bad:

  • Because of the Kasich Model, Ohio is one of the only states LOSING JOBS and currently ranks 46th in growth;
  • JobsOhio has been embroiled in scandal and allegations of deception and wasteful use of taxpayers’ dollars to benefit the rich;
  • Governor Kasich chose to limit access to food stamps for 130,000 people, making it harder for them to keep food on the table;
  • Kasich sat on his hands when 40,000 Ohioans lost access to long-term unemployment insurance.

The Buckeyes:

  • We had a great football season and couldn’t be prouder of our boys. How many days until the Scarlet and Grey game?

Tell us what you think: How will you remember the year 2013?

Looking forward to a great 2014,

Team FitzGerald, December 31,2013


We've got the momentum and need your help to keep it going. It's an easy but important gesture: Will you sign your name and say you endorse Ed FitzGerald for Governor?

We have a long road ahead, but with your help, we can clean up Ohio and create an economy that works for all of us.

Thanks again for all you do,


Campaign Manager
Friends of FitzGerald
Paid for by Friends of FitzGerald

Prof Tom Poetter Challenges Boehner for Congress

Tom Poetter for Congress

Back Home, Boehner Finds Something Unusual: A Challenger

Important Truths About Affordable Care

How the Republican Tempest Over the Affordable Care Act Diverts Attention from Three Large Truths


posted by Robert Reich

Having failed to defeat the Affordable Care Act in Congress, to beat it back in the last election, to repeal it despite more than eighty votes in the House, to stop it in the federal courts, to get enough votes in the Supreme Court to overrule it, and to gut it with outright extortion (closing the government and threatening to default on the nation’s debts unless it was repealed), Republicans are now down to their last ploy.

They are hell-bent on destroying the Affordable Care Act in Americans’ minds.

A document circulating among House Republicans (reported by the New York Times) instructs them to repeat the following themes and stories continuously: “Because of Obamacare, I Lost My Insurance.” “Obamacare Increases Health Care Costs.” “The Exchanges May Not Be Secure, Putting Personal Information at Risk.”

Every Republican in Washington has been programmed to use the word “disaster” whenever mentioning the Act, always refer to it as Obamacare, and demand its repeal.

Republican wordsmiths know they can count on Fox News and right-wing yell radio to amplify and intensify all of this in continuous loops of elaboration and outrage, repeated so often as to infect peoples’ minds like purulent pustules.

The idea is to make the Act so detestable it becomes the fearsome centerpiece of the midterm elections of 2014 — putting enough Democrats on the defensive they join in seeking its repeal or at least in amending it in ways that gut it (such as allowing insurers to sell whatever policies they want as long as they want, or delaying it further).

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No Corruption in State Government? Think Again...

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) is the largest charter school in the state of Ohio.  The online school is larger than the vast majority of Ohio’s traditional school districts and received over $88 million in state funding last school year.  This year that amount is expected to jump to over $92 million.

On the latest report cards released by the Ohio Department of Education, ECOT continues to rank below all of the 8 large urban schools that are often-criticized by legislators and in the media for their “sub-par” performance.

ECOT’s Performance Index Score of 68.1 earned them an F grade [...]

Full Story... 

Investigating JOBS OHIO

Like you, I've been following the JobsOhio controversy closely.

Governor Kasich and his cronies at JobsOhio have been padding their own pockets, using state economic development dollars to benefit companies to which have direct financial ties. It just stinks.

And when Ed FitzGerald and others called for an investigation, the Ohio Ethics Commission punted. And now we've got an idea why.

Just days ago, The Plain Dealer revealed that "three of the panel's five members, or their spouses, have contributed to Governor John Kasich's campaigns over the years." Can you believe that?

And not only is JobsOhio mired in controversy, it's also underperforming and failing to do its job.

Just last week yet another company that got millions in state tax dollars from JobsOhio announced a plan to move its corporate headquarters to Chicago.

If that's what Governor Kasich calls economic development, no wonder we're 47th in the nation in job growth.

Former FBI agent and current Cuyahoga Executive Ed FitzGerald, State Representative John Patrick Carney, and other Democrats have taken action to stand up for your tax dollars. But we need your help to keep fighting back.

Thank you for your support.                               

Sincerely, Chris Redfern, Chairman, Ohio Democratic Party




We are not going to have a Supreme Court that will overturn Roe versus Wade.  There will be no more Antonin Scalias and Samuel Alitos added to this court.  We’re not going to repeal health reform.  Nobody is going to kill Medicare and make old people in this generation or any other generation fight it out on the open market to try to get themselves health insurance.  We are not going to do that!  We are not going to give a 20 percent tax cut to millionaires and billionaires and expect programs like food stamps and kid’s insurance to cover the cost of that tax cut.  We’re not going to make you clear it with your boss if you want to get birth control under the insurance plan that you’re on. We are not going to redefine rape.  We are not going to amend the United States constitution to stop gay people from getting married.  We are not going double Guantanamo.  We are not eliminating the Department of Energy or the Department of Education or Housing at the federal level.  We are not going to spend $2 trillion on the military that the military does not want.  We are not scaling back on student loans, because the country’s new plan is that you should borrow money from your parents.  We are not vetoing the DREAM Act.  We are not self-deporting.  We are not letting Detroit go bankrupt.  We are not starting a trade war withChina on Inauguration Day in January.  We are not going to have, as a president, a man who once led a mob of friends to run down a scared, gay kid, to hold him down and forcibly cut his hair off with a pair of scissors while that kid cried and screamed for help - and there was no apology, not ever.  We are not going to have a Secretary of State John Bolton.  We are not bringing Dick Cheney back.  We are not going to have a foreign policy shop stocked with architects of the Iraq War.  We are not going to do it.  We had the chance to do that if we wanted to do that, as a country.  And we said no, last night, LOUDLY.


                                                                                                                           Rachel Maddow, 11-7-12


The Bottom Line


Over 50 years ago President Kennedy prevented a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. 
Over 50 years ago he signed an order to withdraw our troops from Vietnam.
Today we are left to work for peace...

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

August 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech.
50 years later, voting rights are still under attack. 

Stand up for voting rights!

The King Center



This is still the BEST GRAPH EVER!  Can you figure out why?  
Can you imagine a Republican who understood this graph?
NO WAY!!  He would switch sides....



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Butler County Democratic Party

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