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John Becker
Republican State Committeeman and Candidate for the 2012 Ohio House of Representatives

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The Becker Report
Volume IV, Issue XII
April 25, 2011

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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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Who is running for US Senate in 2012?
The list seems to change from day-to-day, but the following are candidates who have declared, or will likely declare, their candidacy: Ken Blackwell, Captain Rusty Bliss, Eric Gregory, and Josh Mandel. The GOP establishment seems to be favoring Josh Mandel. However, Ken Blackwell could change that. It’s interesting to watch Rusty Bliss and Eric Gregory. They are working hard to make a difference.

Ohio GOP Endorsement Policy
I am on a subcommittee that will be meeting in Columbus on May 4th to discuss proposing a policy regarding congressional candidates, state school board, court of appeals, local offices, and members of the state central committee. We may also address our existing policies regarding statewide and legislative offices. I detailed this topic in the May 17, 2010 edition of The Becker Report. From that, I received about a dozen responses that were well reasoned. Unfortunately, there was no real consensus of opinion. This is an issue that I’m continuing to struggle with and I need more input from my readers.
My thoughts are as follows: If it were entirely my decision, our endorsement policy would be very simple. “We don’t endorse in primaries.” That being said, a few other comments are necessary: What about state school board and other races where there isn’t a primary? Furthermore, since we do have an endorsement policy in place, I’m the one who led the charge to endorse Rob Portman. And I always participate in the Clermont County and Union Twp endorsement processes. I have mixed feelings about endorsements. Additionally, I feel that the Ohio GOP should always defer to, and take a back seat to, endorsement decisions made at the local level. These decisions should always be bottom up rather than top down.
The realities are that we will continue to have an endorsement policy. I will argue on behalf of consistency, fairness, and local control. (As an aside, I’m having minor dental surgery that morning. Unfortunately, I may be limited in my physical ability to argue at all.)

Healthcare Freedom Amendment
Please contact Clermont County coordinator, Jane Brandt, at and schedule a time to help out. Jim Lewis is the Southwest Ohio Coordinator for the Ohio Project. Contact him at:

Video Central
Josh Mandel Speech on School Choice (4 minutes)
Nullification: Interview with a Zombie (8 minutes)
Fascinating National Education Assc. (NEA) video boasting of their power (6 minutes)
Gov. Kasich First 100 Days (3 minutes)
Chairman DeWine’s April 24th Update (1+ minutes)

Ohio Tea Party PAC
Tea Party supporters are being asked to donate $25 in an April Virtual Fundraiser.

Becker for 2012 Ohio House of Representatives
The 2012 Primary Election is 11 months away and only 9 months until early voting. I’ve raised $18,300 and expanded my donor base to nearly 225 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)


Past Events
April 19, 2011
The CCV VAT (Values Action Team) met in Columbus to discuss several topics including the Heartbeat Bill and other pro-life initiatives. We also got updates from the Ohio Adolescent Health Association and a variety of other proposed legislation.
Afterward, I had a brief meeting with Chairman DeWine and enjoyed lunch with Michael Bir.

April 13, 2011
About 30 people attended the Anderson Twp Tea Party meeting to hear Asst. Fire Chief
Tom Riemar talk about safety issues. Randy Smith gave an update on Forest Hills Schools and talked about SB5. Megan Shanahan also addressed the crowd.

April 7, 2011
Kevin DeWine hosted a conference call for State Central Committee members. Topics discussed included Mary Swain’s resignation. The Butler County GOP nominated Bea Lyons to replace her. Chairman DeWine also discussed the State Dinner, a Candidate Training Seminar, and SB5. Mike DeWine joined the call to discuss events in the Attorney General’s office. Kay Ayres announced that the Endorsement Policy Committee will meet on May 4th in Columbus. Executive Director Darren Bearson talked about the Ohio GOP’s good customer service and that he is interviewing candidates for the positions of Political Director and Communications Director. He also said that they were in the process of validating the Repeal Obama care petitions. A Q&A followed.

April 6, 2011
About 150 voting members of the Clermont County Central Committee held an endorsement meeting at the Eastgate Holiday Inn. Two Municipal Court seats will be on the ballot in November. Judge Tony Brock was endorsed for re-election to Municipal Court. George Pattison was endorsed for Municipal Court Judge on the second round. Kudos to Mary Lynne Birck for stepping aside to make Mr. Pattison’s endorsement possible. Mrs. Birck received a well-deserved standing ovation for her professionalism and putting the best interests of the Party first.

April 5, 2011
The Union Twp (Clermont County) Tea Party met to discuss mostly local issues. Additionally,
Joe Uecker discussed SB5, Jane Brandt discussed the Obama Care petitions, and Roger Baxter presented other state and federal issues. About 200 people attended.

April 4, 2011
The Union Twp (Clermont County) GOP Central Committee hosted a discussion about the
West Clermont School levy. Dr. Brooks (Superintendent), Alana Cropper (Treasurer) and Denise Smith (Board Member) gave a presentation and answered questions from the crowd. Ohio Supreme Court candidate Sharon Kennedy also addressed the committee. More information on Clermont County Schools is here.

April 2, 2011
Jean Schmidt sponsored a pancake breakfast for her constituents in Brown and Adams Counties. Several notables attended including Danny Bubp and Hart Wallingford. Brown County cooking was made exceptionally delicious by Mariah Votel. About 100 people attended.

April 1, 2011
I was honored to be the featured guest on the
TIB All Stars Radio Show.

April 1, 2011
Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder was the featured speaker at the First Friday Luncheon sponsored by Government Strategies Group. He addressed a number of issues including SB5. During Q&A, Mr. Batchelder was asked about raising the income tax. Without batting an eye, he responded, “We are planning to address that issue about a week and a half after hell freezes over.” The crowd loved it. It was a pleasure to share a table with Russ Jackson, Bob McEwen, and Randy Smith. State School Board member Jeff Hardin and Representative Joe Uecker also attended.

March 29, 2011
About 350 – 400 people attended the Scioto County Lincoln Day Dinner.
Justice Terrence O'Donnell was the keynote speaker. State Representatives Danny Bubp, Terry Johnson, and Joe Uecker addressed the crowd. We also heard from Ohio Supreme Court candidate Sharon Kennedy and US Senate candidate Eric Gregory. My State Central Committee colleagues included Kay Ayres, Marilyn Ashcraft, and Kay Reynolds. State School Board member Jeff Hardin also attended. It was also great to see Peter Schmidt and Lawrence County GOP Chairman Ray “Moose” Dutey.

March 26, 2011
Garry Brenner emceed the Adams County Lincoln Day Dinner at the Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center in West Union. Jon Husted was the featured speaker. Other speakers included
Jean Schmidt, Danny Bubp, and Terry Johnson. Several of my State Central Committee colleagues attended: Kay Ayres, Christa Criddle, and Kay Reynolds. Clermont County was represented by Jeff Hardin, Peter Schmidt, and Joe Uecker.

March 25, 2011
About 160 people attended the 4th Annual Friends of NRA event at Eastgate Receptions. Many elected officials attended including
Jean Schmidt, Joe Uecker, Danny Bubp, Ed Humphrey, and Kathy Rodenberg. It was also great to see Peter Schmidt and Barry Cole. I especially enjoyed having dinner with retired US Army Colonel Howard Hill.

Event Calendar
April 25, 2011
CCV’s Annual Spring Banquet featuring
David Barton at Xavier’s Cintas Center at 6:30

April 26, 2011
Scioto County GOP Club meeting in New Boston at 7pm

April 28, 2011
Tea Party movie at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7pm: “Waiting for Superman”

April 30, 2011
Jackson County Lincoln Day Dinner at the James A. Rhodes Building in Coalton featuring
Senator Portman.

April 30, 2011
US Grant Birthday Celebration at Point Pleasant in Clermont County

April 30, 2011
Hope Church, in Mason, Ohio, is hosting a
one-day event from Exodus International specifically targeted towards family members and loved ones impacted by the issue of homosexuality from 8am – 5pm

April 30, 2011
Southern Ohio GOP Chairs Assn Summit in Chillicothe at 9am for $20

May 2, 2011
Union Twp (Clermont County) Central Committee meeting at 7pm at the UT Civic Center

May 3, 2011
Election Day

May 3, 2011
Union Twp Tea Party meeting at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7pm

May 4, 2011
Anderson Twp GOP Club meeting at the Government Center at 6pm (social) and 7pm

May 5, 2011
Fundraiser for Matt Beamer at Eastgate Receptions from 5pm to 7:30pm for $100

May 5, 2011
Military Support Group at the Union Twp Civic Center at 7pm

May 5, 2011
National Day of Prayer

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 7, 2011
Ohio Pro-Family Forum meeting at the Potter’s House Church in Columbus from 10am to 3pm

May 10, 2011
Scioto County Central Committee meeting in New Boston at 7pm

May 12, 2011
Miami Twp Tea Party meeting at the Civic Center at 7pm

May 13, 2011
Center-Right Coalition meeting at the
Schuler Athletic Complex in Sycamore Twp at 7:30am

May 13, 2011
Ohio Christian Alliance Freedom Banquet featuring William Federer for $50 in Akron. Call 330-887-1922 to register.

May 14, 2011
The Truth Project will be at College Hill Presbyterian Church from 8:30am to 12:30pm

May 17, 2011
CCV Values Action Team (VAT) meeting in Columbus

May 18, 2011
Clermont County Central Committee meeting at 7pm in Batavia

May 21, 2011
American Majority is hosting Candidate/Campaign Manager Training at the Miami University Voice of America Learning Center from 9:00am to 4:00pm in Room 116

May 26, 2011
Anderson Twp Tea Party meeting at Anderson High School at 7pm

June 2, 2011
Military Support Group at the Union Twp Civic Center at 7pm

June 3, 2011
First Friday Luncheon sponsored by
Government Strategies Group at McCormick & Schmick's at 12pm for $20

June 6, 2011
Union Twp (Clermont County) Central Committee meeting at 7pm at the UT Civic Center

June 7, 2011
Union Twp Tea Party meeting at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7pm

June 9, 2011
Miami Twp Tea Party meeting at the Civic Center at 7pm

June 10, 2011
Center-Right Coalition meeting at the
Schuler Athletic Complex in Sycamore Twp at 7:30am

June 11, 2011
Nineteenth Annual St. Vincent de Paul Run for the Poor at St. Elizabeth Seton Church at 9am

June 14, 2011
Scioto County Central Committee meeting in New Boston at 7pm

June 15, 2011
Clermont County Central Committee meeting at HQ in Batavia at 7pm

June 17 - 18
Citizens for Community Values Action will host a campaign training school in Columbus featuring former Congressman Bill Redmond, now with Focus on the Family

June 25, 2011
Clermont County GOP Picnic

July 24 – July 30
Clermont County Fair

Pro-Life | Pro-Gun | Limited Government | Lower Taxes

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