Weekly Newsletter 2.20.2019

Weekly Newsletter 2.20.2019

Take Action with Toms

In such divided times, it can be hard to remember that we agree on the most basic human issues. All of us deserve access to education, safe water, a place to call home, and a pair of shoes. And none of us want to live in fear of gun violence. Today we take our first stand on an issue that unites us all. Because the only way forward on the issues that matter is together.

Tell our representatives to pass universal background checks, something that 90% of Americans agree on. Simply go to Tom's website HERE and they will send the postcard for you.


Membership Matters

We have made great strides in Clermont County since 2016. How can you help keep that momentum going? Join our Donkey Club and your donation will help to amplify the Democratic voice in Clermont County. Every member of the Clermont County Democratic team is a volunteer, but the hard work is not enough. We need your donation to help local candidates, to create and promote community events, and to keep our office open. Not all counties are lucky enough to have a full-time office to support its blue citizens in a sea of red. You can opt for one of our preselected donation levels or chose your own.

You can even set up a reooccuring donation. Use the secure link to donate today at ClermontDems.org.


Local Government Spotlight: Stonelick Township

Stonelick Township was established in March of 1812 and formed from Miami and Williamsburg Townships. The township was named for the creek that passes through it.

Stonelick Township is situated in the north central area of Clermont County, Ohio. Township consists of 29 square miles and is home to over 5,000 residents.

You can visit the official township website HERE.

Stonelick Township is governed by three elected trustees: Naomi Stahl, Chairman, Edward Cooper, Vice Chair, and Kermit Beckworth.

To speak to any of the trustees, you may contact:

Secretary, Andrea Schuster
Phone: (513) 732-3299
Fax: (513) 732-3298

or send an email.

The Stonelick Township Trustees conduct a business meeting every first & third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Township Hall located at 457 South Broadway. The public is always welcome!


At The Statehouse: Bills, Bills, Bills.
 
New Legislation

 

Last week, the floodgates opened as lawmakers in both the Ohio House and Senate introduced a total of 118 bills for consideration by the 133rd General Assembly.

 

Some of the proposals that we'll be watching in the coming months include:

 

House Bill 19 - Menstrual Hygiene Products (Antani, Kelly) - Exempts tampons and other menstrual hygiene products from the sales and use tax.

 

House Bill 34 - Minimum Wage (Kelly) - Increases the state's minimum wage to be $15 per hour by 2023. Also allows for municipalities, townships, and counties to establish higher minimum wage requirements.

 

House Bill 49 - Voter ID (Greenspan) - To authorize the use of a concealed firearms permit as an approved photo identification for voting purposes.
House Bill 54 - Local Government Fund (Cera, Rogers) - To restore revenue sharing between the state and its counties, cities, townships and villages via the Local Government Fund to its pre-2011 levels.

 

House Bill 62 - Transportation Budget (Oelslager) - To approve expenditures of gas tax revenue for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. A placeholder bill today, the legislation will soon be amended to include the DeWine Administration's proposals to address what they are calling a transportation funding "crisis."

 

House Bill 68 (Hood, Keller) / Senate Bill 23 (Roegner) - Abortion Ban - Bans abortion at the point of a detectable fetal heartbeat. The bill would also criminalize doctors who perform an abortion after this point with a fifth degree felony, with the ability for the State Medical Board to suspend a medical license without a hearing. Many believe this measure would result in the closure of all remaining clinics in Ohio, effectively ending legal abortion in the state.
Senate Bill 3 - Drug Sentencing (Eklund, O'Brien) - To revise Ohio's drug sentencing laws.

 

Senate Bill 11 - Ohio Fairness Act (Antonio) - Prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, meaning that it would add LGBTQ people to the laws that make discrimination illegal in Ohio. The bill would not affect existing religious exemptions that are currently present in Ohio's law.

 

Senate Bill 19 - Extreme Risk Protection Order (Williams) - To allow family, household members and law enforcement officers to obtain a court order temporarily restricting a person from having access to firearms if that person is deemed a danger to themselves or others.

 

Senate Bill 27 - Fetal Remains (Uecker) - To require the burial or cremation of fetal remains resulting from a surgical abortion procedure.
Senate Bill 30 - Women's Suffrage (Kunze, Williams) - Creates the Bi-Partisan women's Suffrage Centennial Commission responsible to plan and carry out events that educate and raise the awareness about the women's suffrage movement in recognition of the one hundredth anniversary of the 19th amendment.

 

Senate Bill 33 - Critical Infrastucture (Hoagland) - To increase penalties for damage to certain so-called "critical infrastructure" facilities. This measure is believed to be targeted at environmental protests of pipelines and other energy infrastructure.

 

Senate Bill 43 - Domestic Violence (Kunze, Antonio) - Addresses domestic violence by enhancing penalties and restricting firearms from convicted perpetrators. The bill also prohibits strangulation against a family or household member or dating partner.
 
 
Committee Hearings To Watch

 

Tuesday

 

11 am - House Health Committee - First hearing on HB58 (SNAP benefits) featuring sponsor testimony in Statehouse Room 116

 

1 pm - Senate Health Committee - Second hearing on SB23 (6-week abortion ban) featuring proponent testimony in Senate South Hearing Room.

 

1 pm - House Finance Committee - Second hearing on HB62 (2020-21 Transportation Budget) featuring all testimony in Statehouse Room 313.

 

3 pm - House Ways & Means Committee - First hearing on HB19 (tampon taxes) & HB60 (diaper taxes) featuring sponsor testimony in Statehouse Room 116.
Wednesday

 

9 am - House Finance Committee - Third hearing on HB62 (2020-21 Transportation Budget) featuring all testimony in Statehouse Room 313.

 

9:30 am - Senate Judiciary Committee - First hearing on SB33 (critical infrastructure) featuring sponsor testimony in Senate North Hearing Room.
Thursday
 
9 am - House Finance Committee - Fourth hearing on HB62 (2020-21 Transportation Budget) featuring all testimony and a possible substitute bill in Statehouse Room 313.

 

Follow us on Twitter for for updates on newly scheduled events and hearings.
 
In Session
This week, the Ohio House is scheduled to meet in full session on Wednesday at 1pm. The agenda has not yet been announced, and as yet, no bills have been reported by committee for consideration by the Chamber as a whole.
Budget Update: Fiscal Year 2019 Surplus Could Approach Half a Billion

Many news outlets have reported that state Income tax collections have come in below estimates for the past two months. We thought it would be helpful to put this news into context. State officials note that these lower-than-projected collections are not the result of shrinking paychecks, as withholding from workers' paychecks is coming in where it should. Instead, the shortfall is with taxpayers who pay estimated taxes each quarter, and likely has to do with uncertainty around the size of April tax bills, resulting from big changes to federal tax law enacted in 2018.

In fact, when taken as a whole, state tax collections for Fiscal Year 2019 (which ends on June 30) are $80 million ahead of forecast, thanks to better-than-expected collection of the sales' and other state taxes.

While state tax collections are above estimate, state spending is actually below initial forecasts. In particular, the Medicaid program is estimated to be costing taxpayers nearly $400 million less than what budget officials estimated it would.

Taken together, higher than expected tax collection and lower than expected state spending will give the DeWine administration a nearly $500 million cushion going into the state two-year budget process.The DeWine agenda includes a great deal of new spending, so this surplus could help them to make a down payment on campaign promises without the need to sell a tax increase to the Republican-dominated legislature.


Interested in running for office? Learn the basics with ODP’s Main Street Training.


Training director, Sam Melendez, is holding an all-day session  in Columbus. All are geared to 2019 (local) races. Every township has at least one trustee position and the fiscal officer up for election in November. All cities, villages, etc. also have elections, plus there are school board seats up as well. If we are to change Ohio, we must start at the local level. Offering voters a choice and a voice is fundamental to democracy.

Saturday March 2

  • Statewide training for candidates in Columbus; this will last all day.

To register or ask questions, contact Sam [email protected].



 

Ten Reasons to Run 2019

  1. Local race are the pipeline to bigger races and our GOP friends use it well.
  2. No party is designated for school boards, township and city councils so you don’t say if you are a D or R .
  3. Local races are low dollar races (not difficult fundraising).
  4. Learning to work together at the local level is one fundamental step toward chaining the politic disclosure in this country.
  5. Training and mentoring are available.
  6. Even place holders help hold our elected officials accountable.
  7. Running raises awareness of community issues and demands accountability.
  8. Unchallenged races give the GOP a free pass to divert money and resources to other races.
  9. You will meet many amazing people along the way.
  10. All politics are local.

 

In 2019, all Ohio townships elect their fiscal officer and one trustee. Cities and villages have 1-3 up for actions as do school boards.

 

For more information attend the Central Committee Meeting on February 28, 2019. All are welcome and we need your help—you may want to run, help with a campaign or take information back for a friend.   We need your network.   Join us February 28, at 7:00 174 E Main Street, Batavia, OH.

 


 


Want to understand Ohio government? Want to impact your state legislators?

 

Attend a FREE “How Things Work at the Ohio Statehouse” training presented by current/former Statehouse staffers!

This presentation will teach you how to find your representatives, testify in committee, impact legislation, and understand policy. We will also answer any and all questions you have!

Even if you attended this presentation before, join us again - it's been updated for the 2019 legislature.

Please also join the “How Things Work at the Statehouse” Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1202571436523926/ There you can download useful documents, ask us questions, or invite us to come speak to your organization.


From Precinct Captain Carrie Brown:
As the Promise Leader Ambassador of Southern Ohio I would like to encourage you to join us in raising both awareness and funds for Sandy Hook Promise by participating in some easy volunteer opportunities with the 2019 Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati!! Here are 3 ways to pitch in and do your part to support the important prevention programs Sandy Hook Promise provides at no cost:
*Run or walk in any of the events of the weekend- 5K, 10K, half/full marathon, relay. Join the Sandy Hook Promise Team!! If you are interested, please email [email protected]. You don't need to be a serious runner- training support will be provided to all team members!!
*Volunteer with us!! Saturday, May 4! Come help with the "Piglet" event from 10:15- 2:00 in downtown Cinci. It will be fun and we will raise 500.00 for Sandy Hook Promise!! Please sign up here:: http://signup.com/go/aeZoLVZ.
* This one is SO easy- buy tickets for the Piggest Raffle!! Only 5.00 each and Sandy Hook Promise receives the FULL 5.00 back when you designate them as your charity of choice. You can win 5,000.00 as the 1st place prize!! Read all about it, buy tickets and please share on all social media and with friends!!  The Piggest Raffle Ever.
This is a great chance for Ohio to represent and support Sandy Hook Promise at this fun annual event! Please join in and volunteer, buy a raffle ticket and spread the word!!!
Feel free to email me with any questions at [email protected] . Thanks for your continued support!!


Clermont County Young Dems

February 21, 6:30 PM Jungle Jim's Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate S Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45245

 

Loveland Action Team

March 6, 6:30 PM Above Plaid Room Records, 122 W Loveland Ave, Loveland, OH 45140

 

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March 7, 7:30 PM Green Kayak Pub & Grill, 200 Front St., New Richmond, OH 45157

 

West Clermont Dems

March 11, 7:00 PM By Gollys, 714 Lila Ave, Milford, OH 45150

 

Drinking Liberally

March 18, 6:30 PM El Rancho Grande Eastgate, 4476 Glen Este Withamsville Rd, Cincinnati OH 45245


Social Media

1. Like our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts

2. Use the hashtags #OHDems #ClermontOHDems

3. We need content! Send your content, photos, info to: [email protected]

4. Visit our website at ClermontDems.org .


Monthly Meetings

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

 

Clermont County Dems Executive Committee

6 PM, Thursday, February 28 at HQ

 

Clermont County Dems Central Committee

7 PM, Thursday, February 28 at HQ

 

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