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We had a busy week on the campaign trail, so let’s jump right in.
Congratulations to our Primary Winners
After an expensive, unprecedented, and unnecessary 2nd primary election, we are proud to report that our General Election team of statehouse candidates is STRONG. Please see the bottom of this week’s Scoop for a detailed list of our primary winners.
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Breaking: Mitch McConnell Dumps $5 million in Ohio
We told you last week JD’s campaign is very broke. An embarrassing reality for a San Francisco millionaire.
JD’s campaign is so broke, Mitch McConnell and Washington Republicans just announced plans to spend close to $5 million dollars worth of TV ads over the next couple of weeks to prop up JD and tear down Tim Ryan.
Tim Ryan is clearly winning and Mitch McConnell is scared. He has the ability to turn on the spigot and pour millions of dollars into Ohio at a moment’s notice.
Mike DeWine to Students, Teachers, and Law Enforcement:
Back in June, gun extremist Mike DeWine signed House Bill 99, a law designed to arm teachers in the classroom. He signed the bill even as teachers and law enforcement opposed it.
It’s disappointing, albeit not shocking, Mike DeWine caved to some of his largest donors in the gun lobby.
Yesterday marked the somber third anniversary of the horrific mass shooting in Dayton. After the 2019 shooting, DeWine promised he would “do something” to address gun crimes.
Mike DeWine won’t DO SOMETHING. Nan Whaley will.
Republicans Just Can’t Help Themselves
Kansas just proved: reproductive rights are on the ballot. Since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, Republicans across Ohio have proven time and time again that they’re too extreme for Ohio. From comparing abortion to slavery to questioning a ten-year-old rape victim, GOP politicians in this state are showing their true colors and saying the quiet part out loud when it comes to attacking women. Rather than try to tell you how radical they are, we thought we’d just let their words speak for themselves.
J.D. Vance’s disgusting comments on Roe v. Wade and abortion:
- “Hope the news of the leaked opinion is true. Would be an amazing victory for the pro life movement and, most importantly, the innocents we fight for.” [Twitter: May 2, 2022]
- When asked during a local interview whether abortion laws should include exceptions for rape and incest, Vance, a Republican, said he thinks ‘two wrong don’t make a right.’
“‘It’s not whether a woman should be forced to bring a child to term, it’s whether a child should be allowed to live, even though the circumstances of that child’s birth are somehow inconvenient or a problem to the society,’ Vance told Spectrum News in Columbus on Wednesday.” [Washington Post: September 24, 2021]
- “There’s something comparable between abortion and slavery, and that while the people who obviously suffer the most are those subjected to it, I think it has this morally distorting effect on the entire society.” [Vice News: July 7, 2022]
Dave Yost’s questioning of a 10-year-old rape victim who had to travel to Indiana for critical healthcare because of the six-week abortion ban Yost helped implement:
- Jesse Walters, Fox News: “So Dave, have you had anybody come to you in your state to say we’re looking into this, a police report was filed?
Dave Yost: “Not a whisper and we work closely with the- we have a decentralized law enforcement system in Ohio. But, we have regular contact with prosecutors and local police and sheriffs. Not a whisper anywhere. [Fox News: July 11, 2022]
- “Every day that goes by the more likely that this is a fabrication. I know the cops and prosecutors in this state. There’s not one of them that wouldn’t be turning over every rock, looking for this guy and they would have charged him. I’m not saying it could not have happened. What I’m saying to you is there is not a damn scintilla of evidence. And shame on the Indianapolis paper that ran this thing on a single source who has an obvious axe to grind.” [Gannett News: July 13, 2022]
- “I never apologize for the truth, and I stand by everything I said.” [Cleveland.com: July 22, 2022]
Justice Pat Fischer joining J.D. in comparing abortion to slavery:
- “Ladies and gentlemen, do you know what substantive due process is? It would take me hours to go into it,” [Fischer] said. “But you know what it’s the basis for? The Dred Scott decision. Not good. It’s the basis for Plessy v. Ferguson. Not good. And it was the basis for Roe v. Wade.” [Cleveland.com: July 29, 2022]
Mike DeWine’s promises to ‘go as far as we can’ to rip away reproductive rights:
- “‘If Roe is overturned, all it means is it comes back to each state and you still have a situation today as you know, where more and more abortions are taking place. Not surgical abortions, they’re taking place because of pills,’ DeWine said in the call on Friday. ‘Those options are still going to be out there for people one way or the other…You’re also going to have people traveling to other states.’”
- “He also noted that when lawmakers return to Columbus in November, they’ll discuss ‘how we want to craft that legislation to go as far as we can to protect human life based upon whatever that decision is.’” [Gannett News: June 17, 2022]
Flavor of the Week from Jim Obergefell
Jim Obergefell is running to represent Ohio’s 89th House District. He made history as an American civil rights activist who was the lead plaintiff in the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized marriage equality throughout the United States. Jim Obergefell is already a hero. Now, he’s ready to prove us proud in the halls of the Ohio Statehouse.
We asked Democratic Ohio House nominee Jim Obergefell his favorite Ohio ice cream and maker.
“I can’t choose between my favorite local ice cream shops because both are supporting my campaign! But my favorite ice cream flavor is coconut chip.”
Jim is everyone’s favorite for a reason. We aren’t an ice cream shop, but we’re supporting Jim’s campaign too. Learn more about Jim Obergefell’s fight for equality here.
Come party with the State Party
The Ohio Democratic Party is throwing a party in Columbus on September 24th and we can’t celebrate without you.
No one likes a four hour, rubber chicken dinner. And that’s not what we’re planning. Instead, we will gather for a fun and entertaining afternoon to celebrate Ohio Democrats and hear from our party leaders. Get your tickets here.
District 3 – Tina Maharath
District 7 – David Dallas
District 9 – Catherine Ingram
District 11 – Paula Hicks-Hudson
District 13 – Anthony Eliopoulos
District 15 – Hearcel Craig
District 17 – Garry Boone
District 19 – Heather Swiger
District 21 – Kent Smith
District 23 – Nickie Antonio
District 25 – Bill DeMora
District 27 – Patricia Goetz
District 33 – Bob Hagan
District 1 – Dontavius Jarrells
District 2 – Latyna Humphrey
District 3 – Ismail Mohamed
District 4 – Mary Lightbody
District 5 – Richard Brown
District 6 – Adam C. Miller
District 7 – Allison Russo
District 8 – Beth Liston
District 9 – Munira Yasin Abdullahi
District 10 – Russell Harris
District 11 – Anita Somani
District 13 – Michael Skindell
District 14 – Sean Brennan
District 15 – Richard Dell’Aquila
District 16 – Bride Rose Sweeney
District 17 – Troy Greenfield
District 18 – Darnell Brewer
Distrcit 19 – Phil Robinson
District 20 – Terrence Upchurch
District 21 – Elliot Forhan
District 22 – Juanita Brent
District 23 – Daniel Troy
District 24 – Dani Isaacsohn
District 25 – Cecil Thomas
District 26 – Sedrick Denson
District 27 – Rachel Baker
District 28 – Jessica Miranda
District 29 – Juan Valle
District 30 – Alissa Mayhaus
District 31 – Rita Darrow
District 32 – Matt Shaughnessy
District 33- Tavia Galonski
District 34 – Casey Weinstein
District 35 – Lori O’Neill
District 36 – Addison Caruso
District 38 – Willis E. Blackshear Jr
District 39 – Leronda Jackson
District 40 – Amy Cox
District 41 – Nancy Larson
District 42 – Erika White
District 43 – Michele Grim
District 44 – Elgin Rogers Jr
District 45 – Chuck Horn
District 46 – Lawrence Mulligan
District 47 – Sam Lawrence
District 48 – David Smith
District 49 – Thomas West
District 52 – Regan Phillips
District 53 – Joe Miller
District 54 – Bryan Burgess
District 55 – Paul Zorn
District 56 – Joy Bennett
District 57 – Evan Rosborough
District 58 – Bruce Neff
District 59 – Lauren McNally
District 61 – Louise Valentine
District 62 – Brian Flick
District 63 – Richard Perry
District 64 – Vincent Peterson II
District 66 – Mike Oliver
District 67 – Drew Burge
District 69 – Charlotte Owens
District 70 – Eric Price
District 71 – James Harvey Duffee
District 72 – Kathleen Clyde
District 74 – Daniel Saks
District 75 – Jan Materni
District 77 – Mark D. Gooch
District 79 – Taylor Eastham
District 82 – Magdalene Markward
District 83 – Claire Osborne
District 84 – Sophia Rodriguez
District 86 – Barbara A. Luke
District 88 – Dianne Selvey
District 89 – Jim Obergefell
District 90 – Andrew Dodson
District 94 – Rhyan Goodman
District 95 – William D. Ryan
District 96 – Charlie DiPalma
District 99 – Abby Kovacs
Until Next Week
Summer is almost over and time is ticking for us to win this November.
We have a lot of work to do to get more field organizers on the ground in every corner of the state. We have offices to open, phones banks to hold, canvasses to launch, and of course – thousands of unregistered Democrats to register by Election Day. To do this, we need your help and we need it now. Please consider contributing as much as you can to help build the infrastructure needed to win.
If you’re unsure about how much you can still contribute to help us win in November and beyond, simply reply to this email. My team will respond with what you can still do to help us grow the team.
As always, thank you for standing with us. We are so grateful for your incredible support.
I hope to see you out on the campaign trail,
ODP Senior Advisor
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