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Thank You!

Our Spring Gala was a great success, and I’d like to thank everyone who supported this annual event.  It is always wonderful to reunite with our Democratic family as we charge up for the election battles to come.  Our keynote speaker, Lt. Governor Candidate Sharen Neuhardt, was inspiring in her message, and I know we left the dinner fired up and ready to go!  A special thank you to our event committee, led by Event Chair Tiffany Harmon, the Democratic staff at the Butler County Board of Elections, and our fundraising committee. 

I’d also like to congratulate our award winners, including Volunteer of the Year Recipients Tiffany Harmon and Glenn Rymer, and Democrat of the Year Frank Cloud.  We also gave out a special award for Recognition of Public Service to Catherine Stoker.  Congratulations to all of you for your dedication and hard work on behalf of the Democratic cause.

Can You Join Us and March Proudly as a Democrat in the Memorial Day Parade?

The Party will have a presence in the Memorial Day Parade in Hamilton on Monday, May 26.  Lineup at 9am at the Firefighters Memorial.  The Parade down High Street to the Greenwood Cemetery begins at 10am.  Please email Kim Cornett if you can join us.  We need strong numbers!!!

Party Reorganization Meeting

Just a reminder that the Party reorganization meeting will be on Monday, June 2, at 7:00pm at the UAW Local 674 Hall, 1233 Symmes Road, in Fairfield.  Doors will open at 6:00pm.  We will be electing all party officers.  All Central Committee members elected in the May 6th Primary will be eligible to vote in the reorganization meeting.  Those current members of the Central and Executive Committee who did not run on the primary ballot are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting as well.

Please also consider bringing a donation for Broken Bus Ministry to our reorganization meeting.  The Butler County Democratic Party has begun collecting food items for Broken Bus Ministry, a Butler County ministry that serves the homeless in Hamilton, Middletown and Cincinnati. Each weekend the family who started the ministry drives their small bus through the streets, passing out snacks, toiletries and clothing. At both Party meetings in June we will be collecting snack items to donate. Snack items should be factory packaged in individual servings. Needed items include muffins, granola bars, breakfast bars, chips, Poptarts, candy, Little Debbies, cookies, etc… No can goods are needed, as those we are serving have no way to cook. Umbrellas and tarps are also needed. And gift cards to grocery stores are much appreciated. If you have questions contact Kim Cornett, Special Events chair, at (513) 255-1878.

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 – leaving us just over 1 month.  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.  We 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. 

We also are looking for volunteers to work in pairs at high traffic locations around the county on weekends.  Please email Michael Flores if you can help at one of these locations on Saturday from 11am to 1pm:

Panera Bread at Bridgewater Falls

Kroger Marketplace in Liberty Twp.

Middletown Library

Kofenya in Oxford

Join our Coordinated Campaign

Please sign up to join our coordinated campaign to elect Democrats up and down the ballot this year.  We are organizing weekly canvasses, phone banks, and house parties across the county, and we need your help if we are going to achieve our goal of talking to 20,000 voters before November.  Please sign up on our website or contact Coordinated Campaign Field Director Michael Flores at 440-714-0254.

The Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus cordially invites you to

THE OHIO WOMEN’S VOTER SUMMIT

SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014

The Women’s Voter Summit is the premier organizing event for Ohio women.

ODWC is proud to present this excellent day of action in collaboration with our partner organizations including Women in Labor, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice, and others.  Please join us. 

The Summit will offer programming and hands on training for activist women from across Ohio.  There will NOT be Volunteers in Action training in 2014, so DON’T MISS the opportunity to bring new information and organizing strategies back to your community.  ODWC is eager to bring women from across Ohio together to build skills to help from local elections all the way to the top of the ticket. 

Tickets are $14.00.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided for registrants.

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. | Event begins at 9:30 a.m. | Conclusion at 4:00 p.m.  The event will be held at the UA Hall Local 189  1250 Kinnear Road Columbus, Ohio 43212.  For more information, email jcraig@ohiodems.org | To register: goo.gl/c1A1Sf

Seats Still Available for the State Dinner featuring Bill Clinton

The Party has filled one table, but is taking reservations for a second table at the Ohio Democratic Party State Dinner on Friday, June 13, featuring former President Bill Clinton.  If you’d like to attend – and help offset the Party’s annual assessment – please email me today.  Seats are $150 each.  Checks should be made out to the Butler County Democratic Party and mailed to 224-226 Park Avenue, Hamilton, OH  45013. 

I hope to see you on June 2!  Please see our complete calendar of events for other great events.

Sincerely,

Jocelyn Bucaro

Chair, Butler County Democratic Party

Calendar of Events:

Monday, May 26, 2014 – Memorial Day Parade in Hamilton.  Please march proudly as a Democrat with the Party.  Lineup at 9am at the Firefighters Memorial.  Parade to Greenwood Cemetery at 10am.  Email Kim Cornett to sign up.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 – Ohio Women’s Voter Summit, sponsored by the Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus, at the UA Local 189 Hall, 1250 Kinnear Road Columbus, Ohio 43212

Saturday, May 31, 2014 – The Butler County Building and Construction Trades Council will be holding its 19th Annual Ed Pence Memorial Golf Scramble on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Potters Golf Course in Hamilton, Ohio.  This is a great day of golf, fun and fellowship.  The outing will be a 4 person scramble with a shot gun start beginning at 1:00 p.m.  The cost is $480.00 per team. This includes green fees, cart, and dinner with door prizes afterwards.  All proceeds from this outing go towards the Edwin L. Pence Memorial Scholarships given to seniors from participating high schools in Butler County.  RSVP to 513-868-1020 ext 15.

Monday, June 2, 2014 at 7:00pm – Party Reorganization Meeting at the UAW Local 674 Hall, 1233 Symmes Road, Fairfield, OH  45014.  Doors open at 6:00pm.  Elected members of the Central Committee will be eligible to vote for party officers.  The meeting is open to the public and all party members and activists are encouraged to attend.

Friday, June 13, at 5:30pm – Ohio Democratic Party State Dinner featuring President Bill Clinton in Columbus.  The Butler County Democratic Party is reserving a table (or two).  If you would like to attend, please help our party pay our assessment by making your reservation at our table.  Seats are $150 each.  Email me if you’d like to attend.

Tuesday, June 24, at 6:30pm – Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting at headquarters, 224-226 Park Avenue, Hamilton, OH  45013.  This will be our regular monthly party meeting in June.  We will serve dinner at 6:00pm (a $6 donation is requested for dinner).  The meeting will begin at 6:30.  Following the meeting at 7:00, we will conduct a Central Committee Member Training Workshop.  The Workshop will feature training on the role of a Precinct Executive, importance of voter contact, and an overview of VoteBuilder, the Party’s voter file system.

Thursday, June 26 – Reception for Nancy Powell for Auditor at the Council Chambers Restaurant, 863 Central Avenue, Hamilton.  Contact the Powell for Auditor campaign by emailing Kayla Danford for more information.

Save the Date – Saturday, September 20 – Butler County Democratic Party Annual Trap Shoot at the Middletown Sportsmen’s Club.  Details forthcoming.

 

 

FITZGERALD-NEUHARDT for OHIO

 

May 6, 2014... As of tonight, this race is officially between me and Governor Kasich.

This campaign is about making Ohio work for everyone -- not just a small, privileged group of people. It’s time for an Ohio where hard work is rewarded, where we invest in our teachers and students, and where the wealthy pay their fair share.

If we can get that message to Ohio voters before Election Day, we can win and begin to make an Ohio that works for everyone.

Will you help spread the word about our vision for Ohio by inviting a friend to join this campaign?

The last three years have seen an unprecedented attack on workers, seniors, educators, police officers, firefighters, and many more Ohioans. Ohio’s wealthiest have gotten cushy tax breaks, while the rest of us have been left out and stuck with the bill.

A good leader should stand up to this injustice -- but instead, Governor Kasich has facilitated it. I will fight for hard working Ohioans, support our schools, and invest in our towns and cities.

We know Kasich has millions of dollars to spend spinning his last three years in office, and that plenty of outside groups will try to help him. We’re counting on folks like you talking to your friends, family, and neighbors to help spread our message and win.

Will you invite a friend or family member to join our campaign to make an Ohio that works for everyone?

http://shpg.org/68/7673

Ed FitzGerald

The Democratic Family for OHIO in 2014

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all of your support and effort on behalf of our Democratic family over the past few months—and especially for coming out to vote yesterday. I know that this fall is going to be a busy and important one for communities all across our state.

Democrats are continuing to fight for Ohio’s workers, minorities, women and middle-class families-will you contribute $5 to help us in this fight?
 

 

We all know this is going to be a tough election year, but I’m proud of each of the candidates on our Democratic statewide ticket: Ed Fitzgerald for Governor, David Pepper for Attorney General, Nina Turner for Secretary of State, Connie Pillich for Treasurer, John Carney for Auditor, John O'Donnell for State Supreme Court and Tom Letson for State Supreme Court.

Each of these candidates is working for you—will you contribute $5 to the Ohio Democratic Party to help elect them?

Again, I can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done in support of progressive values in our state this year. Let’s continue to work together to ensure Democratic victories across Ohio this November.

Sincerely,

Chris Redfern
Chair, Ohio Democratic Party
 

Paid for and authorized by the Ohio Democratic Party, not authorized by any federal candidate or campaign committee. Chris Redfern, Chairman, 340 East Fulton St, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

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.


WHITE HOUSE APRIL FIRST, 2014.

For video, click the picture above or follow this link.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmONeJ_j8EU



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

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

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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,

Nick

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

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

 
                                     
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WE REMEMBER - THE ELECTION OF 2012

 

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



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The Bottom Line

JFK 

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

http://www.jfklibrary.org







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
http://www.thekingcenter.org/


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STILL THE BEST GRAPH EVER



FROM THE WASHINGTON POST - WONKBLOG
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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