The Becker Report
Volume IV, Issue XI
March 22, 2011
Tim Rudd, Clermont County GOP Chairman
Paul Hall, Brown County GOP Chairman
Harty Wallingford, Adams County GOP Chairman
Dr. Terry Johnson, Scioto County GOP Chairman
Ray “Moose” Dutey, Lawrence County GOP Chairman
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According to the National Journal, Jean Schmidt is the 6th most conservative member of congress. As a point of reference, Michelle Bachmann is 19th.
The American Conservative Union rated Jean Schmidt as a 100% for both 2009 and 2010. Her lifetime rating is 92.42%. She is also on the ACU “House standout” list and earned the coveted “Defenders of Liberty” award.
Debe Terhar is now president of the State Board of Education.
Darren Bearson is the new Executive Director for the Ohio GOP.
John Becker in the News
A few quotes of mine made it into the print edition of The Cincinnati Enquirer on March 21st. The on-line version is here. The topic was Democrat momentum and the labor movement: “John Becker, a GOP state central committeeman from Clermont County, said he believes the trend will reverse when Ohioans see that Kasich's budget and Senate Bill 5 are working, ‘creating a better climate to grow jobs in Ohio.’
‘This is what the governor said he would do; and following through on your campaign pledges is never a bad thing,’ Becker said.”
It is my understanding that our federal budget deficit is currently about $1.5 trillion. Therefore, if congress does not cut spending by that amount, they are arguably incompetent. Regarding funding for National Public Radio, Public Television, and the National Endowment for the Arts: Unconstitutional and unnecessary. Regarding funding for Planned Parenthood: Unconscionable!
2011 State of the State Address
Click this link for the transcript.
Sen. Rob Portman Delivers the Republican Weekly Address (6+ minutes)
Gov. Kasich with Sean Hannity (1+ minute)
Gov. Kasich: “A reform agenda in Ohio like no one has ever seen" (1+ minute)
Gov. Kasich: State of the State Address (75 minutes)
Chairman DeWine Update - Collective Bargaining (1+ minute)
A Tribute to Ronald Reagan – Shown at the Brown County Lincoln Day Dinner by Matt Hurley and Mark Garbett (17+ minutes)
Teachers’ Unions Explained (4+ minutes)
Ohio's Marriage Penalty
It is a little known fact that Ohio's married taxpayers are frequently better off Filing Separate returns instead of Joint when both spouses have taxable income. This is due to Ohio’s progressive income tax. The more you make, the greater percentage they take. The marriage penalty begins when Joint Taxable Income reaches $5,800! For more information, I've updated an information page for the 2010 tax year. Additionally, I've updated an Excel spreadsheet calculator for taxpayers to calculate exactly how much they are personally impacted by Ohio's marriage penalty. From experience, I can tell you that few legislators are aware of this problem and even fewer seem to care. That will change after I'm elected to the Ohio House!
When you file your Federal 1040 and your Ohio IT 1040, please remember the check-off box to contribute $3 and $1 respectively to the major political parties. The Ohio and county Republican Parties will benefit.
On the subject of taxes, I am registered with the IRS to do tax returns including e-file. Please contact me if I can be of service.
Becker for 2012 Ohio House of Representatives
The 2012 Primary Election is 12 months away and only 10 months until early voting. I’ve raised $17,900 and expanded my donor base to nearly 220 people! Donation size has ranged from $5 to $125. All contributions have been from individuals only. I’m Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, Pro-Limited Government and Lower Taxes. Please see the following brief videos regarding my candidacy:
Introduction (38 seconds)
Second Amendment (36 seconds)
Taxes (49 seconds)
Energy (55 seconds)
Pro-Life (42 seconds)
Creation Science and Evolution (42 seconds)
State Government Spending (45 seconds)
Donate (50 seconds)
State Government (37 seconds)
March 16, 2011
Nearly 90 people attended the regular meeting of the Clermont County Central Committee in Batavia. Most of the discussion regarded the endorsement process and proposed bylaw changes.
March 15, 2011
The CCV Values Action Team (VAT) met in Columbus to discuss several topics including the Heartbeat Bill (HB 125), DOMA, and the Ohio Adolescent Health Association.
March 10, 2011
A record crowd of about 250 people attended the Lawrence County Lincoln Day Dinner at South Point High School. Mike DeWine was the featured speaker. Much of the evening focused on Ray “Moose” Dutey. Moose is arguably the pride of Lawrence County and has been an icon there for nearly 50 years. He served as County Recorder from 1965 – 1987 and then County Auditor from 1987 until his retirement in 2011. Fortunately, he will continue to serve as Chairman of the Lawrence County Republican Party.
March 9, 2011
Mike Hartley emceed a conference call for Governor Kasich. The discussion was a preview of the budget and its general principles.
March 7, 2011
Nearly 35 people attended the Union Twp (Clermont County) Central Committee meeting. Topics of discussion included public sector collective bargaining, West Clermont Local Schools, and the 2012 County Prosecutor’s race. Special guests included Tammy Brinkman, Vince Faris, and George Pattison. Tina Sanborn and Tammy Brinkman announced their candidacies for the West Clermont School Board.
March 4, 2011
About 200 people attended the Clermont County Lincoln Day Dinner at the Eastgate Holiday Inn. Senate President Tom Niehaus was the featured speaker. Other speakers included Jean Schmidt and Jane Portman. Chairman Tim Rudd emceed the event. It was great to see two of my State Central Committee Colleagues: Kay Reynolds and Christa Criddle.
March 4, 2011
Cincinnati Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls was the guest speaker at the First Friday Luncheon sponsored by Government Strategies Group. She discussed City Council’s plans for pension reform. It was my pleasure to share a table with Randy Smith and Joe Uecker.
March 2, 2011
About 30 people attended the Anderson Twp Republican Club meeting to hear Russ Mock, Pat Dinkelacker, Tom Brinkman, Sue Hardenbergh, and Tim Kappers. Topics included Obama Care, SB5 and the Estate Tax.
March 1, 2011
Scott Nichols emceed the Clermont County Tea Party meeting at the Eastgate Holiday Inn. Faye Miller, Tina Sanborn, Stuart Kennedy, John McGraw, Roger Baxter, and Ted Stevenot gave updates. Elected officials in the crowd included Bob True, Matt Beamer, and Ed Humphrey.
February 26, 2011
Senate President Tom Niehaus was the featured speaker at the Brown County Lincoln Day Dinner in Georgetown. Other speakers included Jean Schmidt, Danny Bubp, Sherri Carbo, and Gary Abernathy. About 200 people attended. One of the evening’s highlights was the Tribute to Ronald Reagan that was created by Matt Hurley and Mark Garbett.
February 23, 2011
Governor Kasich sponsored a conference call to discuss Jobs Ohio, regulation reform, the budget, and collective bargaining. Matt Carle and Scott Milburn gave Legislative and Communications Updates.
February 17, 2011
The Clermont County Tea Party presented a movie about Food. Unfortunately, it appeared that it could have been produced by PETA.
March 23, 2011
Scioto County Executive and Central Committee meeting at 6pm at the New Boston Community Center for the purpose of accepting the resignation of Nancy Shepherd from the Board of Elections and appointing a replacement.
March 25, 2011
4th Annual Friends of NRA event at Eastgate Receptions for $30: Social at 6pm, Dinner at 7pm. For Tickets, call Cathy Darnell at 513-753-3112 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
March 26, 2011
Adams County Lincoln Day Dinner at the Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center in West Union. Social at 6pm and dinner at 7pm.
March 29, 2011
Scioto County Lincoln Day Dinner featuring Bill Batchelder at 6pm and dinner at 6:30pm at the Friends Center in Portsmouth for $25
April 1, 2011
First Friday Luncheon sponsored by Government Strategies Group at McCormick & Schmick's at 12pm for $20 featuring Oho House Speaker Bill Batchelder
April 4, 2011
Union Twp (Clermont County) GOP Central Committee meeting at the Civic Center at 7 pm
April 6, 2011
Clermont County Central Committee Endorsement meeting at 7pm at the Eastgate Holiday Inn
April 6, 2011
Anderson Twp Republican Club meeting
April 9, 2011
Southern Ohio GOP Chairs Assn Meeting at the Ponderosa in Jackson at 9:30am
April 12, 2011
Scioto County GOP Club Annual Pie Auction in New Boston at 7pm
April 13, 2011
Pregnancy Center East Banquet for Life at the Hyatt Regency featuring Pam Tebow
April 14, 2011
Miami Twp Tea Party meeting at the Civic Center featuring Colleen Grady, school financing expert and former member of the state board of education, and former state rep from district 18, from the Cleveland area (Strongsville)
April 25, 2011
CCV’s Annual Spring Banquet featuring David Barton at Xavier’s Cintas Center at 6:30
April 30, 2011
Jackson County Lincoln Day Dinner at the James A. Rhodes Building in Coalton featuring Senator Portman.
May 6, 2011
First Friday Luncheon sponsored by Government Strategies Group at McCormick & Schmick's at 12pm for $20 featuring Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus
May 18, 2011
Clermont County Central Committee meeting at 7pm in Batavia
June 25, 2011
Clermont County GOP Picnic at the Warbird Museum.
July 24 – July 30
Clermont County Fair
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