During his Toledo rally last night, Donald Trump claimed that Ohio had its “best year economically” — but that was a bald-faced lie. Here is the truth: Since January 2019, Ohio has lost more than 4,000 jobs. Trump also lied about bringing “a lot of car companies into Ohio” — which must be news to the laid-off workers of GM Lordstown.
Ahead of his speech, Ohio Democrats held a news conference to call out Trump’s broken promises.
Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said there was only one reason for the president to visit Ohio so much during his last campaign and come back to the state to kick off his 2020 campaign.
“Our state is in play,” he said.
Mr. Pepper was part of a group of Democratic leaders, candidates for office, and local stakeholders who came together mid-morning Thursday for a news conference to highlight what he calls President Trump’s broken promises and failed policies.
Jobs — specifically in manufacturing and agriculture — education, healthcare, and trade have all been negatively affected by the president’s policies, Mr. Pepper said, and Ohioans specifically have been forced to bear the consequences.
State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D., Toledo) said medical costs for many families have gone up despite President Trump’s promise to lower healthcare prices. Thousands of Ohioans — including children — have also lost access to health insurance, she said.
Sheena Barnes, Toledo Public Schools board member, emphasized the debt that many graduates are under and how that’s stagnating the progress they could be making.
“Ohio graduates can’t focus on the future if they can’t pay for it,” she said.
OHIO DEMS IN THE HEADLINES
Ready … Set … Caucus!
This week thousands of Ohio Democrats participated in 16 caucuses across the state to elect district-level delegates for the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. This year more than 3,000 Ohioans applied to run for delegate — shattering the previous record of 800 in 2016.
The results of Ohio’s presidential primary on March 17 will determine the number of delegates each presidential candidate is allocated in each congressional district and statewide.
Ohio will have a total of 153 convention delegates and 11 alternates, evenly divided between men and women, with diversity goals for African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, LGBTQ+ folks, people with disabilities, veterans and young people (age 18-36).
Congrats to everyone who won the opportunity to attend the convention as a delegate!
- Saturday, Jan. 11 — Canvass with Congresswoman Joyce Beatty in Reynoldsburg
- Sunday, Jan. 12 — State Rep. Beth Liston Campaign Kickoff in Columbus
- Monday, Jan. 13 — Michaela Burriss for Upper Arlington City Council Swearing-In
- Monday, Jan. 13 — Richland County Democratic Women’s Caucus Meeting
- Wednesday, Jan. 15 — Worthington Area Democratic Club Candidate Forum for Ohio Senate District 16
- Wednesday, Jan. 15 — 224 Corridor Democratic Club Meeting in Poland
- Wednesday, Jan. 15 — Clermont County Young Dems Meeting
- Thursday, Jan. 16 — Jessica D’Varga for Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Swearing-In
- Thursday, Jan. 16 — Cleveland Stonewall Democrats Election and Meeting
- Thursday, Jan. 16 — Wood County Young Dems Meeting
- Saturday, Jan. 18 — Central Ohio Young Black Dems Conversation With Congresswoman Joyce Beatty
- Saturday, Jan. 18 — Ohio Young Dems Winter Meeting in Columbus
- Tuesday, Jan. 21 — Joe Schiavoni for Mahoning County Court Judge Campaign Kickoff
- Tuesday, Jan. 21 — Sen. Teresa Fedor Community Forum on Public Education in Toledo
- Saturday, Jan. 25 — Knox County Democratic 2020 Strategy Session
- Sunday, Jan. 26 — Candidate Forum for 15th Congressional District in Hilliard
- Sunday, Jan. 26 — Women’s Democratic Caucus of Rural Northwest Ohio Meeting
- Tuesday, Jan. 28 — Franklin County Young Democrats Election and Meeting
- Wednesday, Jan. 29 — Hamilton County Young Democrats Cross-Generation Dems Meet Up
- Thursday, Jan. 30 — Greater Dayton Young Democrats 2020 Fundraiser Kickoff
- Saturday, Feb. 1 — We Belong Here PAC Brunch in Akron
- Monday, Feb. 3 — Candidate Forum for Ohio Senate District 16 in Upper Arlington
- Saturday, Feb. 8 — Greene County Democratic Women’s Club Meeting
- Saturday, Feb. 8 — Mahoning/Trumbull County Democratic Women’s Caucus Training
- Sunday, Feb. 9 — Wood County Young Dems Book Club Meeting
- Wednesday, Feb. 12 — Fairfield County Democratic Party Happy Hour
- Thursday, Feb. 13 — Summit County Democratic Party Valentine’s Day Party
- Saturday, Feb. 22 — College Democrats of Ohio Fundraiser in Columbus
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