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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 smelendez@ohiodems.org.



 

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 sarah.lopez@sandyhookpromise.org. 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 westofparis123@gmail.com . 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

 

Quin T

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: communications@clermontdems.org

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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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, 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 reoccurring donation. Use the secure link to donate today at ClermontDems.org .


We are proud to announce that our newly designed website is LIVE! You will be able to find the latest county news, local events, and community resources. Find out how to contact your elected officials. Meet your Precinct Captain. Discover all of your voting resources linked at one page. Our site has it all for you. Bookmark us and know we've got your back.

ClermontDems.org


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 smelendez@ohiodems.org.


Local Government Spotlight: Pierce Township

Founded in 1853, Pierce Township encompasses 23.5 square miles located in the Southwest corner of Clermont County, Ohio.  With over 14,000 residents, Pierce has been able to maintain its rural charm as it’s grown and transformed from a farming community into primarily a residential community.

You can view the township's official website HERE.

Pierce Township is governed by three elected trustees and a fiscal officer.

Bonnie Batchler, Chair of the Board

Email Mrs. Batchler by clicking here.

Nick Kelly, Vice Chair

Email Nick by clicking here.

Allen Freeman, Member

Email Allen by clicking here. 

The Board holds regularly scheduled public meetings on the second Wednesday of each month to conduct Township business. Special meetings or work sessions, which are also open to the public, are called and advertised as needed. Pierce residents, business owners, visitors and any interested persons are welcome to attend, and are encouraged to participate in, public meetings.

You can review the previous meeting minutes HERE .

Gregg Conrad is the Pierce Township representative to the Clermont County Democratic Party's Executive Committee. He can be reached at greggconrad@ymail.com .


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.


At The Statehouse: It's Infrastructure Week in Ohio
Last week, we learned Ohio faces a looming crisis in transportation funding. Speaking to an Advisory Committee appointed by Governor DeWine, new ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks revealed that Ohio had effectively run out of money to maintain its roads and bridges. According to ODOT, the state has maxed out its ability to borrow against future gas tax revenue and, compounding the issue, the state's 24-cent per gallon tax -- which hasn't been increased since 2005 -- only buys a fraction of what it used to, thanks to inflation.
The DeWine administration was fairly blunt in calling out the prior administration for leaving them a mess. The state estimates the shortfall in funding for maintenance, safety and major new construction is $1.5 billion per year, $500 million of which is at the local level, as cities, counties, townships and villages see their share of the gas tax decline.
This week, against the backdrop of these newly-understood funding challenges, the DeWine administration will introduce its two-year transportation budget for fiscal years 2020-2021. While Ohio law requires the passage of this spending plan for motor fuel taxes and fees by March 31, the process is certain to be more closely watched than usual this year.
The first hearing of the yet-to-be-introduced legislation has been scheduled in the House Finance committee for Wednesday at 10am (see "Week at a Glance," below). While no agenda has been made public, we expect committee members will hear from the ODOT Director, and additional hearings will be scheduled to give the public an opportunity to testify.
House Committee Assignments
On Friday, Speaker Householder released the list of committee assignments for the Ohio House. Notably, some important committee leadership jobs went to members who supported Householder's rival in the recent race for Speaker. The Senate will announce committee assignments in a press briefing tomorrow morning.
Week at a Glance
Tuesday 10 am - Press Briefing on Legislative Priorities - Senate President Obhof will reveal committee assignments and legislative priorities for the Senate majority caucus. Watch online at ohiochannel.org.
 
Wednesday 10 am - House Finance Committee - First hearing on the soon-to-be-introduced Transportation Budget in Statehouse Room 313 or watch online atohiochannel.org.
New Legislation
Ballot Measures - Since our email last week, we shared what we know so far about proposed new legislation from Republican State Representative Kyle Koehler to reform the process for placing constitutional amendments on the ballot, and shared it on our website. You can read our post here.
Other Legislation - As noted earlier, Senate leaders are preparing to introduce their list of "priority" bills tomorrow morning, which they have said could include proposals around regulatory reform, Lake Erie, criminal justice reform, human trafficking and abortion.
When bills are introduced, you can find and track them online at legislature.ohio.gov.


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 sarah.lopez@sandyhookpromise.org. 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 westofparis123@gmail.com . Thanks for your continued support!!

Drinking Liberally

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

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

Quin T

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


Social Media

1. Like our FacebookTwitter, and Instagram accounts

2. Use the hashtags #OHDems #ClermontOHDems

3. We need content! Send your content, photos, info to: communications@clermontdems.org

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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Clermont County Democratic Party

In Memoriam: Detective Bill Brewer

Sadly, Clermont County lost one of its own , Detective Bill Brewer, on February 2 in the line of duty. Det. Brewer was a life long resident of Clermont who served our county for twenty years. His tragic passing will leave a hole in our community.

Visitation will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 at Mt. Carmel Christian Church. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the church. He will be laid to rest at Pierce Township Cemetery.

There are many fundraisers being held to help his surviving family. If you are interested and cannot find one, please contact us and we will help.


We worked hard in 2018 and we have to work harder in 2019 as we set the groundwork for the presidential election in 2020. There are dozens of local offices across the county up for grabs this year. Township Trustee, School Board and Village Council offices all across the county will be voted on in November. These are non-partisan races. Filling these offices will give Clermont County Democrats a chance to start building a stronger base in Clermont County government. One- party rule must end.

We do need your help to keep the momentum going.

Please join the Clermont County Donkey Club. The Donkey Club is the Clermont County Democratic Party’s major fundraising initiative. Your membership in the Donkey Club helps us pay our bills, build the Democratic Party in Clermont County, and support our candidates.

You can join online by going to Clermontdems.org. You can also set up a recurring donation if that works better for you. Whatever amount you can contribute will be appreciated. We are all Democrats working for the future of everyone in our county, our state, and our nation. We are all in this together. Membership matters.


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


Training director, Sam Melendez, is holding two local trainings and an all-day session  in Columbus in the next few weeks. 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 February 9 (two options)

  • Warren County Dem HQ: 1975 N. Rt. 42, Lebanon, OH 45036 10:00am-Noon
  • Butler County Dem HQ: 224-226 Park Ave, Hamilton Ohio 45013 1:30pm- 3:30pm

Saturday March 2

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

If you are interested please respond to this email and we will send the list to Sam.  (For questions, contact Sam smelendez@ohiodems.org.)


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 sarah.lopez@sandyhookpromise.org. 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 westofparis123@gmail.com . Thanks for your continued support!!

Local Government Spotlight: Ohio Township

Ohio Township is the smallest of the 14 townships in Clermont County with a total area of 13.8 sq. mi. The 2010 census reported 5,192 living in the township, 2610 of whom were in the unincorporated portions of the township. There are two school districts that serve the area, New Richmond Exempted Schools and West Clermont Schools.

Located within the township are, the Village of New Richmond and the unincorporated settings of Lindale and Mt Pisgah.   The township itself offers a rural setting, yet close to shopping, churches and easy access to major highways.

You can visit the official website HERE.

Ohio Township is governed by three elected trustees and a fiscal officer.

Trustees:
Rick Hinson           513-553-4210
Keith Vogelsang   513-553-1308
Charles Polster     513-553-2656

Fiscal Officer:
Bill Gilpin               513-553-2300

The Ohio Township Trustees hold their regular scheduled meeting
on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 pm.

The Township Center's location is 2877 Mt. Pisgah Road, Mt Pisgah.
The Township's meeting room is located behind the firehouse.
Township residents are always welcome and encouraged to attend.


It's Official: The Legislature In Back In Session
This week we'll see the House and Senate take care of business for the first time since they convened in early January.  On the agenda in the Senate, which meets at 1:30 pm on Wednesday:
?? appoint a member to replace Sen. Gardner, who resigned to serve as Higher Ed Chancellor
?? vote to replace Sen. Gardner in majority leadership
?? adopt rules for the operation of the chamber
??introduce GOP priority bills (President Obhof has indicated this could include proposals to eliminate regulations, review & sunset state agencies, reform Ohio's criminal sentencing laws and protect Lake Erie)
The agenda for the House, which also meets on Wednesday at 1:30 pm, looks similar:
??adopt rules for the operation of the chamber (more below)
??vote on House Republican (except Speaker) and Democratic leadership teams
??appoint a replacement for Rep. Hill, who was appointed to the Senate
Week at a Glance
Up Next: Committee Assignments
Once caucus leadership is in place, we will quickly see members and leaders named to the various House and Senate standing committees. And similar to salary enhancements for being a member of caucus leadership, being named to lead a committee comes with a $2,500 to $10,000 annual pay supplement.
From LSC's Guidebook for Ohio Legislators, here is what being appointed to committee leadership can add to a lawmaker's base salary of $60,584:
 
New Legislation
While no bills have been introduced yet, we're starting to hear about some that are in the works. Incoming House Speaker Larry Householder sat for a wide-ranging conversation with Statehouse reporters on Friday in which he touched on likely legislative proposals including Stand Your Ground, the 6-week ("heartbeat") abortion ban, taxpayer bailouts of First Energy's nuclear plants, restoring state cuts to local communities, more equitable school funding and prohibiting for-profit charter school operators.
We're also hearing this week about three other House bills dropping soon:
 Block the Ballot is Back 
House Rep. Kyle Koehler has sent out a cosponsor request to House colleagues advising them that he will be introducing a bill to change the requirements for putting a constitutional amendment on the Ohio ballot. Koehler indicates his proposal would not change the number of signatures required to access the ballot. Instead, his bill would require signatures from more parts of the state (in 60 of Ohio's 99 House districts vs today's requirement to signatures in 44 of 88 counties), and from 10% of the electorate in each district, rather than the 5% now needed in each county.
Koehler's messaging makes that the strategy is no longer focused on getting monied interests out of politics (because deep-pocketed backers could still hire signature gatherers to work across the state), but instead on having a more "representative" (read: rural) sample of voters weigh in before an issue can go to the ballot. The proposal will absolutely make it much harder for grassroots campaigns to succeed.

Bipartisan Push To Eliminate Ohio's "Pink Tax"

Democratic Rep. Brigid Kelly is reintroducing her proposal to end Ohio's application of the sales tax to feminine hygiene products like tampons and pads, but this time it's bipartisan. Republican Representative Niraj Antani will join Kelly for a press conference tomorrow to announce their proposal to end Ohio's so-called "pink tax."
 
Aisha's Law
 

Also tomorrow, Representative Janine Boyd will hold a press conference to talk about legislation she is sponsoring to help identify high-risk situations of domestic violence before they lead to more violence. Her proposal is to be named "Aisha's Law" after Shaker Heights teacher Aisha Fraser, who was murdered by her ex-husband in November. Fraser's killer, Lance Mason, was formerly convicted of domestic assault against Fraser in 2014. Read more on the proposal from wkyc.com

House To Adopt Rules Allowing Minority Democrats More Input
The bipartisan panel charged with recommending changes to House rules reported back last week with a set of proposals that will give minority Democrats more representation on committees and more power to offer amendments and bring proposals to the House floor. Missing among the changes is a hard commitment to broadcast committee hearings online. Speaker Householder has verbally committed to do so "by the end of the year," so that is an area where statehouse advocates will need to remain vigilant.

Since it is tax time, we would like to reming remind at least you about the OPPF checkoff box on their tax returns. The $1.00 does not affect you returns in any way, shape or form including making the return amount more or less! If you believe in public funding of campaigns, this is a very easy, painless way to advocate for it in Clermont County.


Loveland Action Team

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

Quin T

February 7, 7:30 PM Green Kayak Pyb & Grill, 200 Front St., New Ricmond, OH 45157

West Clermont Dems

February 11, 7 PM By Gollys, 714 Lila Ave, Milford, OH 45150

Drinking Liberally

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

Clermont County Young Dems

February 28, 6:30 PM Jungle Jim's Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate S Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45245


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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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Join the Donkey Club! https://clermontdems.org/2019/02/join-the-donkey-club/ https://clermontdems.org/2019/02/join-the-donkey-club/#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2019 01:29:57 +0000 https://clermontdems.org/?p=994 We worked hard in 2018 and we have to work harder in 2019 as we set the groundwork for the presidential election in 2020. There are dozens of local offices across the county up for grabs this year. Township Trustee, School Board and Village Council offices all across the county will be voted on in November. These are non-partisan races. Filling these offices will give Clermont County Democrats a chance to start building a stronger base in Clermont County government. One- party rule must end.

We do need your help to keep the momentum going.

Please join the Clermont County Donkey Club. The Donkey Club is the Clermont County Democratic Party’s major fundraising initiative. Your membership in the Donkey Club helps us pay our bills, build the Democratic Party in Clermont County, and support our candidates.

You can join online HERE! You can also set up a recurring donation if that works better for you. Whatever amount you can contribute will be appreciated. We are all Democrats working for the future of everyone in our county, our state, and our nation. We are all in this together. Membership matters.

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Thinking of Running for Office? https://clermontdems.org/2019/01/thinking-of-running-for-office/ https://clermontdems.org/2019/01/thinking-of-running-for-office/#respond Thu, 31 Jan 2019 01:38:52 +0000 https://clermontdems.org/?p=835


Run For Office

Are you thinking of running for local office? Here are some important pieces of information you will need to know.

Form Number Office Signatures Required Filing Fee               Filing Deadline    
3-I Municipal Court Judge 50 required, no more than 150 accepted $80.00 May 6, 2019 by 4:00 PM
3-R Township Trustee and Fiscal Officer 25 required, no more than 75 accepted $30.00 August 7, 2019 by 4:00 PM
3-W County Educational Service Center 50 required, no more than 150 accepted $30.00 August 7, 2019 by 4:00 PM
3-T Local and Exempted Board of Education 25 required, no more than 75 accepted $30.00 August 7, 2019 by 4:00 PM
3-T Loveland School Files in Hamilton County 75 required, no more than 225 accepted $30.00 August 7, 2019 by 4:00 PM
3-O Municipalities UNDER 2,000 in population.
Cities and Villages-(Council and
Board of Public Affairs) Villages
of Batavia, Chilo,Felicity, Moscow, Neville, Newtonsville, Owensville
10 required, no more than 30 accepted $30.00 August 7, 2019 by 4:00 PM
3-O Municipalities OVER 2,000 in population.
Cities and Villages-(Council and
Board of Public Affairs) Villages of Amelia, Bethel,
New Richmond, and WIlliamsburg
50 required, no more than 150 accepted $30.00 August 7, 2019 by 4:00 PM
3-O Milford City Council 50 required, no more than 150 accepted $45.00 August 7, 2019 by 4:00 PM
3-O Loveland Council files in Hamilton County 50 required, no more than 150 accepted $45.00 August 7, 2019 by 4:00 PM

                                        Loveland and Milford Mayors are appointedAmelia, Batavia, Bethel, Chilo, Felicity, Moscow, Newtonsville, Owensville, and New Richmond Fiscal Officers are appointed

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Weekly Newsletter – 1/30/19 https://clermontdems.org/2019/01/weekly-newsletter-1-30-19/ https://clermontdems.org/2019/01/weekly-newsletter-1-30-19/#respond Thu, 31 Jan 2019 01:28:45 +0000 https://clermontdems.org/?p=992 Clermont County Democratic Party


Run For Office

Are you thinking of running for local office? Here are some important pieces of information you will need to know.

Form Number Office Signatures Required Filing Fee               Filing Deadline    
3-I Municipal Court Judge 50 required, no more than 150 accepted $80.00 May 6, 2019 by 4:00 PM
3-R Township Trustee and Fiscal Officer 25 required, no more than 75 accepted $30.00 August 7, 2019 by 4:00 PM
3-W County Educational Service Center 50 required, no more than 150 accepted $30.00 August 7, 2019 by 4:00 PM
3-T Local and Exempted Board of Education 25 required, no more than 75 accepted $30.00 August 7, 2019 by 4:00 PM
3-T Loveland School Files in Hamilton County 75 required, no more than 225 accepted $30.00 August 7, 2019 by 4:00 PM
3-O Municipalities UNDER 2,000 in population.
Cities and Villages-(Council and
Board of Public Affairs) Villages
of Batavia, Chilo,Felicity, Moscow, Neville, Newtonsville, Owensville
10 required, no more than 30 accepted $30.00 August 7, 2019 by 4:00 PM
3-O Municipalities OVER 2,000 in population.
Cities and Villages-(Council and
Board of Public Affairs) Villages of Amelia, Bethel,
New Richmond, and WIlliamsburg
50 required, no more than 150 accepted $30.00 August 7, 2019 by 4:00 PM
3-O Milford City Council 50 required, no more than 150 accepted $45.00 August 7, 2019 by 4:00 PM
3-O Loveland Council files in Hamilton County 50 required, no more than 150 accepted $45.00 August 7, 2019 by 4:00 PM

                                        Loveland and Milford Mayors are appointed

Amelia, Batavia, Bethel, Chilo, Felicity, Moscow, Newtonsville, Owensville, and New Richmond Fiscal Officers are appointed


Local Government Spotlight - Monroe Township

Monroe Township is governed by three elected elected trustees and a fiscal officer.

You can visit the offical township website HERE.

You can contact those elected officials below.

Dwain Forder

Monroe Township Trustee

dforder@monroetwp-oh.gov
(513) 383-2728

Tom Peck

Monroe Township Trustee
tom.peck78@icloud.com

(513) 404-5912

Darlene Jowers

Monroe Township Trustee
mdjowers@roadrunner.com
(513) 535-5597

Midi Drew

Fiscal Officer
mdrew@monroetwp-oh.gov

(513) 734-7200

Township meetings take place on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm. The public is always welcome.

Trustee Meeting minutes can be read HERE.


House and Senate Still in Organizational Mode
 
January is nearly over, but neither the House or Senate has finished the organizational work of electing leadership, organizing into committees and introducing legislation. We are seeing slow but steady movement that suggests things will be up and running by mid-February at the latest.

 

House Democrats voted in an internal caucus meeting last week to finalize their leadership slate for the 2019-2020 session, naming Emilia Sykes as Minority Leader, Kristin Boggs as Assistant Minority Leader, Kent Smith as Minority Whip and Paula Hicks Hudson as Assistant Minority Whip.

 

We're still awaiting word as to who will join Speaker Larry Householder in House Republicanleadership -- yet to be named are a Speaker Pro Tem, Majority Floor Leader, Assistant Majority Floor Leader, Majority Whip and Assistant Majority Whip.

 

From LSC's Guidebook for Ohio Legislators, here is what being elected to leadership means to a lawmaker's salary (note, these are current 2018, and are set to increase as a result of legislation enacted during lame duck):

 
Nothing is official until the full House reconvenes and holds a floor vote, expected to take place on Wednesday, February 6.
The Senate cancelled its only session scheduled for this week, meaning that neither chamber will get to the work of assigning members to committees and introducing bills until at least next week.

 

House Rules Update Process Underway

 

We noted last week that Speaker Householder had appointed members from both parties to a special committee to recommend the rules under which the chamber will operate for the next two years. The panel is holding a meeting this Wednesday, when it could vote to adopt rules, or determine that more work is needed. Groups and individuals wishing to submit suggested changes to the House rules need to act quickly -- amendments must be submitted 24 hours in advance, meaning members need to get them drafted by tomorrow at the latest.

To submit your thoughts, contact any of the committee members, namely: Reps Callender(chair), Sykes (ranking), EdwardsAntaniButlerSchafferOelslagerCera and Leland.
Members Named To Key Legislative Committees

 

While neither the House or Senate has finalized its list of committees and corresponding membership for the upcoming General Assembly, we are starting to see members named to many of the joint (House and Senate) committees that serve important oversight roles. Here are some of the appointments made last week:

>> Sign up for legislative alerts and other updates at innovationohio.org/signup


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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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Weekly Newsletter – 12/19/18 https://clermontdems.org/2018/12/newsletter-12-19-18/ https://clermontdems.org/2018/12/newsletter-12-19-18/#respond Sat, 22 Dec 2018 18:39:02 +0000 http://clermontdems.org/?p=576

It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of George Biehle. George was a long time member of the Clermont County Democratic Party as a Precinct Captain in Goshen. He served as Party Treasurer from August 2011 to February 2018. He was also the recipient of both the Golden Donkey Award and the Grass Roots Award.

Service Arrangements to follow.


Local Government - Spotlight: Goshen Township

Goshen Township, Ohio is a growing community of 17,500 people – the 4th largest of the fourteen townships in Clermont County. Located 30 miles east of Cincinnati, our thirty-four square mile community offers shopping, recreation, and employment opportunities found in urban places along with the solitude of the rural countryside.

Goshen Township's official website is located HERE.

Goshen Township is governed by three Trustees and a Fiscal Officer. The Board is the responsibility for passing ordinances, adopting the annual budget, and appointing other boards and committees. All members are elected to their positions for four years on staggering cycles. The Trustees are elected to administer the affairs of township government as the representatives of the people and they hold their offices in trust for the people of the Township.

You can contact the officials below.

BOB HAUSERMANN
Chairperson
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LISA ALLEN
Vice Chairperson
SEND AN EMAIL

DAN HODGES
Member
SEND AN EMAIL

BRITTANY KOEPKE
Fiscal Officer
SEND AN EMAIL

The Trustees encourage residents to attend their Business Meetings as well as all Special Sessions. The Business Meetings which are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 PM at the Goshen Township Government Center at 6757 Goshen Road can include a wide range of topics – recognition and swearing in ceremonies, budget transactions, and policy decisions as well as an opportunity to speak on the meeting agenda issues. Special Sessions – which cover new policy, budget, and development topics are held as needed and will be posted on this website.

You can view previous meeting minutes HERE.


Main Street

The Ohio Democratic Party’s “Main Street Initiative” provides training and support to Democratic candidates running for local office. The program has nearly tripled in size from when it launched in 2015.

 

If you’ve ever thought of running for office — this is the time to do it. Click here to find out when, where and how you can run for office!

Click here to access the Main Street candidate portal and resources


Veto Watch
Last week, lawmakers worked late into Thursday night to wrap up work on dozens of bills, including several that have been delivered to Governor Kasich for his signature.
Three high-profile bills on the watch list for possible vetoes are now sitting on Kasich's desk:
  • House Bill 228, a firearms bill that preempts municipal gun ordinances and previously contained "Stand Your Ground" language
  • House Bill 258, which would criminalize abortion after a detectable fetal heartbea
  • Senate Bill 296, a bill dealing with survivor benefits for public safety personnel that was amended to include a pay raise for lawmakers and other elected officials.
The Governor has 10 days, not including Sundays, to act (sign, veto or allow to become law without a signature) on each measure. That gives Gov. Kasich until Wednesday to act on HB228, and until December 26 to act on HB258 and SB296.
To override a veto, a 3/5 majority vote is required in both chambers: 60 votes in the House and 20 in the Senate. The later we go into December, the harder those numbers will be to achieve with lawmakers departing on scheduled vacations.
To take up these potential veto overrides, Senators have sessions scheduled on Wednesday at 1:30 and on Thursday, December 27, while the House will meet on Thursday and Friday, December 27th and 28th.
Bills Not Yet Delivered To The Governor
Some bills have not yet been delivered to the Governor for his signature. Those include:
House Bill 58 - Cursive Handwriting
House Bill 119 - Food Assistance (SNAP) Eligibility
House Bill 402 - Telephone Regulation
House Bill 494 - Franchise Labor Laws
House Bill 497 - Revenge Porn
Senate Bill 51 - Lake Erie Shoreline and Various Appropriations
Senate Bill 119 - Opioid Medications
Senate Bill 145 - 2nd Trimester Abortions
If Governor Kasich chooses to veto any of these bills still awaiting delivery to his office, it would push the timeline for overrides to Saturday, December 28 or beyond.
Awaiting Legislative Action
A handful of significant bills are just one vote away from final passage, so it's worth watching to see if any are scheduled for action in the legislature's final days.
Awaiting a House vote
Senate Bill 28 - To Require Burial & Cremation of Aborted Fetal Remains
Awaiting a Senate vote
House Bill 425 - To Regulate The Release of Body Camera Video
House Bill 428 - To Protect Student Religious Expression
House Bill 511 - To Raise Ohio's Marriage Age for Girls

Congratulations to newly-elected local club officers!

West Clermont Dems
President- Elaine Barnett
Vice President- Rich Perry
Treasurer - Tom Jenkins
Secretary - Chris Barnett
Thank you to outgoing Secretary Terry Conway.

West Clermont Dems meet the second Monday of every month at By Golly's in Milford. Come at 7:00 for social time: order food & enjoy conversation. The meeting is called to order at 7:30 PM. Join their public group here on FB – search for West Clermont Democrats.

Quin-T Club
President - Cheryl Richards
VP - Donna Hermann
Treasurer - Deb Cooke
Secretary - Jeff Richards

The Quin-T Democrat Club meets the first Thursday of every month at the Green Kayak Pub and Grill in New Richmond, Ohio at 7:30p.m. All are welcome regardless of residence! Find them on Facebook & Twitter as @quintdems
Website: http://quin-tdemocratclub.webs.com/
Email: qtdemclub13@gmail.com


The Clermont County Democratic Party wishes you and your loved ones the happiest of holidays. The newsletter will take a two week break for the season and return on January 9, 2019!


We're on Social Media!

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Monthly Meetings

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Clermont County Dems Executive Committee

6 PM, Thursday, January 24 at HQ

Clermont County Dems Central Committee

7 PM, Thursday, January 24 at HQ

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