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925 Locust Lane
Cincinnati, Ohio 45245-1313


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

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The Becker Report
Volume IV, Issue XVII
February 2012

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US Senator Rob Portman Endorses John Becker
This is yet another exciting high level endorsement to boost my campaign. Senator Portman also provided the following:
“John Becker has been attending my town hall meetings since 1993. I know John to be a solid fiscal and social conservative. He will serve Clermont County well.”

US Senator Rob Portman

“John Becker is a principled conservative who will prove to be an excellent State Representative.”
US Senator Rob Portman

My additional endorsements for the 65th State Representative District include:

Additionally, I’ve won the “Well Qualified” rating from the Clermont County Republican Party and the “Highly Recommended” rating from Ohio Veterans United.
I've also signed the
Cut, Cap, and Balance Pledge, the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, and the No Climate Change Tax Pledge.

Becker for the 65th State Representative District
The 2012 Primary Election is March 6th and early voting has begun. I’ve raised $31,000 and expanded my donor base to more than 330 people in six different states! Donation size has ranged from $1 to $1,000 and has averaged $56. Nearly all contributions have been from individuals only. You could donate for FREE! You may know that a $50 per taxpayer dollar-for-dollar tax CREDIT (It is $100 on a joint return.) is available every year. The “Ohio political contributions credit” is on line 55 of your Ohio IT 1040. Simply claim it on your state of Ohio tax return and get your money back. Contributions to candidates for State Representative (and other "state offices") qualify for this credit. That is why you will be able to help me, to help you, and have it cost you nothing. 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 sec’s.)

State Government Spending (45 seconds)

Donate (50 seconds)

State Government (37 seconds)

 


Media
My opponent and I were profiled in the February 21st print edition of The Cincinnati Enquirer.
To get the details, click the “more” button below the map on the left side. Scroll down and please notice my opponent’s
“HEALTH” exception for abortion.

The Clermont Sun interviewed my opponent and me.

Clermont County Candidate’s Forum This is a 27 minute Q&A sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Clermont Chamber of Commerce.

Other Clermont County Races
Congresswoman Jean Schmidt is being challenged by Joe Green, Fred Kundrata, and Brad Wenstrup.
County Prosecutor Don White is being challenged by Vince Faris.
Clerk of Common Pleas Barb Wiedenbein is being challenged by David Uible.
14th Senate District candidates include
Tony Adkins, Paul Hall, Steve Purtell, and Joe Uecker.
66th State Representative District candidates include
Doug Green, Rick Herron, and Nick Owens.
14th Senate District Republican State Central Committee candidates include: Curt Hartman,
Scott Nichols, and Greg Simpson.

Where are these new districts?
The 65th State Representative District consists of Goshen, Miami, Stonelick, Union, and Wayne Twps. It also includes the city of Milford and the City of Loveland that is inside Clermont County. I need your support to win that race.

The 66th State Representative District consists of the balance of Clermont County plus Brown County.

The 90th State Representative District consists of Adams, Scioto, and the Lawrence County townships of Upper and Hamilton.

The 14th State Senate District consists of the above three House Districts. It is Clermont, Brown, Adams, Scioto, and the Lawrence County townships of Upper and Hamilton.

The 2nd Congressional District includes Clermont, Brown, Adams, Highland, Pike, and parts of Hamilton, Scioto, and Ross Counties.

Maps
Ohio House Districts
Ohio Senate Districts
Congressional Districts

Kudos to Jean Schmidt
Congresswoman Jean Schmidt has earned a 100 percent rating from the Family Research Council.

Beckerisms
When I applied for the FOP Lodge 112 endorsement, I was concerned about how they would view my support of SB5/Issue 2. I knew that I would be asked about it and knew that, if it were a deal breaker, I would have no chance of winning their endorsement. Fortunately, it was not a deal breaker. My answer was as follows: "I'm not going to give you any political bull sh_ _ and you're not going to like my answer. I supported Issue 2. I lobbied for it. I engaged and persuaded voters. I spoke out forcefully in favor of it. I even went door-to-door asking voters to support it. That being said, I also publically stated that it was not perfect legislation. I did not have a hand in crafting the legislation. By the time it got to my level, it was an up or down vote. On balance, I believed it to be worthy of support. The electorate obviously felt differently. During the process, one of my police officer friends explained to me why he was opposed to it. 'How can you make evaluations performance based? Do you judge a fireman by how fast he runs into a burning building?,' he asked. I don't know the answer to that question. But if this issue comes up again, I'm going to want to sit down with you guys so that you can help me to write a better bill."
During the interview, I told them that state government needs to be focused on three broad areas. In sequence of importance: 1) Public safety (police, fire, courts, prisons, etc.): 2) Infrastructure (roads bridges, water, sewer, etc.); 3) Education (primary and secondary).
I also told them that I'm a graduate of the Union Twp Citizens' Police Academy. I was asked what my motivation was to take that class. Did somebody suggest it to me? "No. I went into the class with an eye toward running for the legislature. I wanted to learn which laws, if any, that you all needed changed. I figured that the more I knew and understood about police work, then the better job I would be able to do to help you in the legislature," I responded.
When asked about why I want the FOP endorsement, I replied, "To me, it's a partnership. I'm going to do what I can to help you guys whether you endorse me or not. The FOP is connoted positively in the community and it's a way for us to help each other."
A few days later, I was thrilled to learn that I had won the FOP Lodge 112 endorsement.

Video Central
Archie Bunker on Obama (3+ minute)
Taxing the Rich (6+ minutes) I’ve run this before. It’s my favorite.

Nancy Pelosi explains The Benefits of Unemployment (<1 minute)

The following are from the League of Women Voters and the Clermont Chamber of Commerce candidate’s forum at Glen Este High School on February 6, 2012.
The first clip is David Uible vs Barb Wiedenbein for Clerk of Courts. It begins at about eight minutes and runs until about 31 minutes. The second portion is Vince Faris vs. Don White for County Prosecutor. It runs about 30 minutes.

The second clip is for State Representative. The first 27 minutes is me and my opponent for 65th District State Representative. The next 30 minutes is Doug Green, Rick Herron, and Nick Owens for the 66th District State Representative. Starting at about 57 minutes, the State Senate Candidates begin.

The third clip is for State Senate. It is the continuation of Tony Adkins, Paul Hall, Steve Purtell, and Joe Uecker. It runs about 34 minutes.

Past Events
February 17, 2012
About 750 people attended the Brown County Lincoln Day Dinner to hear presidential candidate Rick Santorum. His speech was a home run for southern Ohio conservative values. Many past and current elected officials attended. It was also great to see Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine and Vice Chairman Kay Ayres.

February 16, 2012
The Values Action Team (VAT) met in Columbus. Issues discussed included the Republican State Central Committee, right-to-work, Tea Party, ProLife Action endorsements, CCV Action endorsements, Personhood Amendment, changes to Ohio's Constitution, and the HHS decision on contraception.

February 15, 2012
Chairman Rudd presided over the regular business meeting of the Clermont County Republican Central Committee at HQ in Batavia. The meeting was closed to the public and open to committee members only. Most of the discussion was related to the process of appointing a new county commissioner. I gave my final report as a member of the state committee.

February 7, 2012
About 200 people attended the monthly Clermont County Tea Party meeting. Topics discussed included the new rules for membership on the Republican State Central Committee, Stonelick bridge, and Chris Finney discussed ethics in congress. Tina Sanborn was the only elected official that I saw.

February 6, 2012
The League of Women Voters and the Clermont Chamber hosted a Candidate’s night. That was my first experience as a candidate in that type of event. Overall, I was pleased with the contrast with my opponent. I could have been less nervous and should have done better. For the most part, I did get my message out. My opponent continues to come across very likable and gentlemanly. The moderator did a fine job.

February 4, 2012
The Fifth Annual Friends of NRA Banquet was held at Eastgate Receptions. The elected officials I saw included Rick Eagan, Jean Schmidt, and Joe Uecker.

February 3, 2012
My final meeting as a member of the state committee was exciting and contentious. The committee approved a rule requiring that all members must have voted in the previous three Republican Primary elections. Therefore, anybody running for the state committee must have voted Republican in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Without regard to any election results, no candidates will be sworn-in unless they have met that criterion. (The Ohio GOP has had a long-standing rule that no elected officials can be sworn-in as state committee members unless they first resign their other elected office. The only exception is precinct committeeman.) I voted "NO" on the new rule for three reasons: 1) Candidates are currently campaigning for the office and it would be inappropriate to change the rules at this time without a grandfather clause; 2) Using retroactive criteria is inappropriate; 3) In all likelihood, the Ohio GOP would effectively be ignoring the will of the voters by refusing to swear-in, otherwise legitimate, 2012 election winners. An amendment was proposed to kick the can down the road to 2014. It failed. I supported the amendment only because it would protect current candidates and give the next committee time to vet the issue. I would have been willing to support a compromise to kick the can down the road to 2016. That proposal would require that state committee candidates vote in Republican Primary elections in 2012, 2014, and 2016.

January 30, 2012
I held my first ever fund raising event. It was a lot of fun for my family, friends, and volunteers. It didn’t bring in a lot of money, but it was worthwhile. Some of the elected officials who attended included Joe Uecker, Matt Beamer, and Bob McGee.

January 25, 2012
Vince Faris held a meet and greet at Eastgate Receptions. The elected officials I saw included Ric Ferenc, Tom Herman, George Pattison, Tim Rudd, Tina Sanborn, and Bob True. Nearly 200 people attended.

Event Calendar
February 29, 2012
Meet and greet for John Becker at the home of Travis and Brandi Hall from 7pm  - 9pm or so, at 1135 Creek Stone Drive, Batavia, Ohio 45103-2551. This is a free event. Food and beverages will be provided. Call 513-753-9075 for more info.

February 29, 2012
Josh Mandel conference call at 7:30 pm. Contact
Jared@JoshMandel.com to RSVP and get a call-in number and passcode.

March 1, 2012
Susan B. Anthony List (national pro-life group) is bringing their Santorum Bus to the Norwood Plaza Parking Lot at 3pm

March 1, 2012
EmpowerU: State Pension Funds and Illegal Immigration: presented by Senator Bill Seitz at Joy Community Church

March 2, 2012

First Friday luncheon at 12:00 PM in a private room on the second floor of McCormick & Schmick’s downtown overlooking Fountain Square for $20

March 2, 2012
Meet and greet for Paul Hall at the FOP hall in Mt. Carmel from 12pm to 2pm

March 2, 2012
Meet and greet for Paul Hall at the Union Twp Civic Center from 7-9pm

March 3, 2012
Coffee and pancakes with Congresswomen Jean Schmidt at Hilltop Design in Winchester from 10:30am to 12:30pm

March 6, 2012
Primary Election

March 8, 2012
Miami Twp Tea Party meeting at 7pm at the Miami Twp Civic Center

March 8, 2012
EmpowerU: I will be presenting information about the Republican State Central Committee at Washington Hts Baptist Church in Dayton from 7pm – 8:30pm

March 13, 2012
Scioto County GOP meeting in New Boston

March 13, 2012
EmpowerU: It's a Republic Ma'am If you can Keep it: Fairfield Ln. Library

March 14, 2012
Clermont County GOP commissioner selection meeting at 7pm at the Eastgate Holiday Inn

March 21, 2012
EmpowerU: FairTax at LCNB in Oxford

March 22, 2012
EmpowerU: Powering Ohio's Economy by Rebecca Heimlich at Washington Hts Baptist Church

March 22, 2012
EmpowerU: Right-to-Work: at Madeira Library

March 27, 2012
Scioto County Lincoln Day Dinner at the Friends Center

March 27, 2012
EmpowerU: What it means to be a Libertarian: at the Glendale Lyceum Sun Room

March 28, 2012
EmpowerU: Why the Education System is Failing our Children: presented by Kellie Kohls at the Warren County commissioners Office

March 30, 2012
Clermont County Lincoln Day Dinner at the Eastgate Holiday Inn: Social at 6pm and dinner at 7pm

April 3, 2012
EmpowerU: Powering Ohio's Economy by Rebecca Heimlich at the Clermont County Tea Party meeting at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7pm

April 5, 2012
EmpowerU: FairTax at Washington Hts Baptist Church in Dayton from 7pm – 8:30pm

April 6, 2012
First Friday luncheon at 12:00 PM in a private room on the second floor of McCormick & Schmick’s downtown overlooking Fountain Square for $20

April 10, 2012
Scioto County GOP meeting in New Boston

April 10, 2012
EmpowerU: Start an Initiative or Win by Lobbying the Ohio General Assembly: at Connections Church

April 11, 2012
EmpowerU: Ohio Schools; College and Career Readiness: presented by Debe Terhar at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Fairfield

April 16, 2012
EmpowerU: Citizens, the Constitution and the Courts: presented by Judge Pat DeWine at The Farm

April 18, 2012
Clermont County Republican Central Committee at HQ in Batavia at 7pm

April 19, 2012
Adams County Lincoln Day Dinner featuring Ohio Speaker of the House Bill Batchelder

April 19, 2012
EmpowerU: FairTax at Joy Community Church

April 24, 2012
Scioto County GOP Club meeting in New Boston

April 24, 2012
EmpowerU: Constitution for Kids: at the Fairfield Lane Library

April 26, 2012
Brown County GOP Club meeting

April 26, 2012
EmpowerU: The Changing Climate of Global Warming: at the Parkland Theater

April 28, 2012
EmpowerU: Poll Worker Training: at Miami Valley Christian Academy from 9:30 am to noon

April 30, 2012
CCV Spring Partnership Banquet with Gary Bauer at the XU Schiff Family and Conference Center beginning at 6pm with dinner at 6:30pm

May 1, 2012
EmpowerU: Make your Marketing: at the North Central Branch Library

May 3, 2012
EmpowerU: Open Records Act and Open Meetings Act: presented by Curt Hartman at the Harry Whiting Brown Scout House

May 21, 2012
EmpowerU: Powering Ohio's economy: by Rebecca Heimlich at Clippard Industruments

June 12, 2012
Miami Twp Tea Party meeting

June 24, 2012
Mike DeWine Ice Cream Social from 1pm to 5pm in Cedarville.

July 18, 2012
EmpowerU: Poll Worker Training: at LCNB in Oxford

August 27 – 30, 2012
Republican National Convention at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida

September 13, 2012
Miami Twp Tea Party meeting

November 6, 2012
Election Day

December 12, 2012
Miami Twp Tea Party meeting

Distribution:
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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