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We need to fill you in on everything that happened this week, so let’s jump right in.
Ohio Democrats Family Reunion
Tickets here! Get your tickets here!
Bust out your Saturday best, prepare your potato salad and lemonade, the Ohio Democrats are BACK with another Family Reunion on Saturday, July 15th.
Tickets are ON SALE NOW. We hope you will join us for a fun afternoon with our Democratic stars!
Drinks with Dems
Ohio Democratic Party Chairwoman Liz Walters will be in Cincinnati on Tuesday, May 16th for an evening cocktail reception.
We’re hoping to pack the house with Democrats from all over the Cincinnati area to join the amazing host committee of local elected Democrats. RSVP BELOW.
The Big Scoop
It’s OFFICIAL. President Biden announced that he is running for re-election in 2024.
From creating thousands of good-paying jobs to delivering historic investments in infrastructure projects like the Brent Spence Bridge, President Biden has delivered for working families in Ohio. President Biden has had our back, and we look forward to supporting his re-election.
Also, I’ll always throw my support behind a shared ice cream enthusiast!
A Sprinkle of News
Signature collection to put reproductive rights on the ballot is well underway and Ohio Democrats have collected 30,000 signatures from across the state. We are partnering with reproductive rights champions who are leading the ballot initiative as we work together to tell GOP politicians: we won’t go back.
Check out Cuyahoga County Democrats dropping off a stack of completed petitions this week!
If you want to get in on the fun and circulate a petition yourself, you can sign up BELOW to for a Zoom training. Upon completion of the training you will receive a petition to circulate.
If you want to help out but can’t circulate petitions yourself, you can sign up to make calls with us! These are vital calls to recruit people to our signature gathering canvasses throughout the state. Every person we recruit to canvas with us helps us immensely in our signature collection.
Last week, we filled you all in on the latest Republican anti-voter power grab, a plan that would effectively end citizen-led ballot initiatives in Ohio and create a taxpayer-funded, $20 million special election in August.
HJR 1 and SJR 2 would make it harder for voters to amend our Ohio Constitution by raising the threshold for passage from 50% to 60%.
The House did not pass HJR 1 off of the floor this week. And it’s possible that decision was made in the wake of four former Ohio governors, two Democrats and two Republicans, coming out publicly in opposition to the plan.
Unfortunately, all common sense seems to have left the Governor’s office because DeWine has already said that he will sign the bill if it ends up on his desk.
Citizen-led initiatives in Ohio have given union members the ability to keep their collective bargaining rights, created an independent redistricting commission (we still have yet to see Ohio Republicans play by the rules here), and right now Ohioans are in the process of putting reproductive rights on the ballot, all against the wishes of the GOP Supermajorities.
It’s clear that Republican politicians in Columbus know they’re on the wrong side of the issues that are important to working Ohioans. So now they’re attempting to rig the rules and make it nearly impossible for citizen-led ballot initiatives to pass – all so they can consolidate power for themselves and do the bidding of their special interest pals.
Ohio Democrats are riled up over this and will be working over the coming days, weeks and months to fight these attacks on Ohio voters and keep power in the hands of the people, not politicians. Join our team to hold Republicans accountable.
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