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Come Say Hi to Ed at the Fair on Friday


Ed FitzGerald, our Democratic nominee for Governor, will be stopping by the Butler County Democratic Party Tent at the Fair on Friday from 6:00 – 6:30pm.  Let’s give him a huge welcome and show him how much support he has here in Butler County.  Please come by the tent to say hello to Ed.  Again, he will be at the tent from 6:00 – 6:30pm on Friday, July 25.

Nina Turner in Hamilton on Saturday

State Senator Nina Turner, our Democratic Nominee for Secretary of State, will be in Hamilton for a reception to raise money for her campaign on Saturday, July 26.  The event is from 2:00-5:00pm at the Council Chamber Restaurant, owned by Democrat Councilmember Archie Johnson and his wife.  The minimum suggested donation is $10, and will include light appetizers.  Please come out and support this event – or consider being a sponsor with a $100 donation.  Checks payable to Friends of Nina Turner.  For those who’ve heard Senator Turner speak, or if you haven’t heard her yet, this is a great opportunity to be inspired and fired up!

What:     Reception for Senator Nina Turner for Secretary of State

Where:  Council Chamber Restaurant, 863 Central Avenue, Hamilton

When:    Saturday, July 26, from 2-5pm

Important Central Committee Meeting July 31

All Party Central Committee members are needed at a special meeting on Thursday, July 31, at 6:30pm at Headquarters, 224-226 Park Avenue, Hamilton.  The purpose of the meeting is to officially nominate Brenda Williams as the Democratic candidate for County Commissioner.  She is replacing Randy McDonald, who has withdrawn due to some job opportunities outside of the county.  Brenda is a central committee member from Middletown, where she is has been a longtime community activist.  We are very excited about her candidacy!  According to state law, we must have a majority of our central committee members in attendance in order to nominate Brenda.  If you haven’t already, please email Central Committee Chair Bruce Carter to confirm you can attend.

Can You Help Fund Our 2014 Victory Campaign

We are half way to our goal of $5,000 raised in July to fund our Victory Campaign in the fall, including sample ballots and our field program.  Can you help us raise the remaining $2,500 we need by sending a $25, $50, or $100 check today?  Please mail a check made payable to the Ohio Democratic Party Federal Account to our party treasurer, Glenn Rymer, at 6440 Fairfield Rd., Oxford, OH  45056.

Thank you again for all of your support!  Please see our complete calendar of events for other great events.


Jocelyn Bucaro

Chair, Butler County Democratic Party

Calendar of Events:

Tuesday, July 23, at 6:30pm – Fundraising Committee Conference Call to discuss event planning for our fall fundraisers.  Dial in (712) 432-1212; code 402-625-254#.  Please dial in to learn how you can help us execute our events this fall.

July 20 - 26 - Butler County Fair - The Party needs volunteers to help in our tent on Friday and Saturday from about 11am - 8pm, with 2- and 4-hour shifts available.   Contact Kim at to help with any shifts or with tear down on Saturday.  And be sure to stop by the tent from 6:00 – 6:30 on Friday evening to say hello to the next Ohio Governor Ed FitzGerald before heading on to Suzi Rubin Night in Monroe (see below)!

Friday, July 25, from 7:00 – 11:00pm – Suzi Rubin Night sponsored by the Middletown Firefighters Local 336 and Monroe Firefighters Local 3824, at the Clubhouse Sports Grille, 250 N. Main Street, Monroe.  Come out to support Suzi Rubin’s campaign for State House!

Saturday, July 26, from 2:00 – 5:00pm – Nina Turner for Secretary of State Reception, at Council Chamber Restaurant, 863 Central Avenue, Hamilton.  $10 minimum suggestion donation includes light appetizers.  Sponsorships start at $100.  Checks payable to Friends of Nina Turner.

Thursday, July 31, at 6:30pm – Central Committee Meeting at Headquarters, 224-226 Park Avenue, to nominate Brenda Williams for County Commissioner.  We need a majority of members to attend to get Brenda on the November ballot.  Please plan to attend if you are on the Party’s Central Committee.  RSVP to Central Committee Chair Bruce Carter at

Tuesday, August 5, at 5:30pm – Governing Board Meeting at headquarters.  All are welcome.

Monday, August 18, at 6:30pm – Democratic Women of SW Ohio Meeting at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 6461 Tylersville Rd., West Chester, OH  45069.  Social at 6:30; meeting at 7pm.  All are welcome.

Thursday, August 21, at 7:00pm – Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting, 224-226 Park Avenue, Hamilton, OH  45013.  All are welcome to attend to learn more about opportunities to get involved in our coordinated campaign this year.

Saturday, August 23, from 4:00 – 7:00pm – Nancy Powell for Auditor Hog Roast, featuring live Appalachian style music, dinner, quilt auction and door prizes.  Minimum donation of $12.00 requested for adults; $5.00 for kids 12 and under.  5023 Wayne Milford Rd., Hamilton, OH.  RSVP to 513-726-4323

Save the Dates

Saturday, September 6 from Noon – 1:30pm – Butler County Democratic Party Women’s Luncheon Honoring Our Women Candidates.  This is a tentative date for a fundraising luncheon to honor the five women running in Butler County this year as well as our fantastic women statewide candidates.  Details will be forthcoming, but we will be seeking to raise money for the Party’s Coordinated Campaign.  Sponsorships at $100, $250 and $500 available.  Please contact Jocelyn at if you are interested in sponsoring or helping with this event.

Tuesday, September 9, at 7:00pm – Butler County Progressive PAC Meet the Candidates Night, LCNB Bank Building, 30 Park Place West, Oxford.  Come meet our local candidates, including Tom Poetter, Democratic candidate for Congress in the 8th District, as well as state House and countywide candidates.

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

In addition to the above events, we have daily and weekend canvassing from 6:30 - 9:00 on weekdays and at 10:00 and 2:00 on weekends.  To learn more or to sign up for a shift on any day, please contact Michael Flores at or by calling 440-714-0254.


Mary Poppins for Minimum Wage

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.


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.


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

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

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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