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April 2012


Becker Endorses Rob Portman for Vice President

My first choice would have been for Senator Portman to run for president. Since that's not happening, I hope that Governor Romney selects Senator Portman as his running mate.

Kudos to Scott Nichols
Scott was the only member of the State Central Committee to cast a “NO” vote at the April 13th meeting. This is not a commentary on the wisdom of Scott’s vote. What I like is the idea of a man willing to stand alone and vote his principles.

Ohioans for Workplace Freedom

If you believe the freedom to choose whether to participate in a labor organization and pay dues should be the right of all Ohioans, gather signatures for the Workplace Freedom Amendment Petition and get $1.50 for every signature you gather. Contact Mike Brem 513-335-1882 for details.

Video Central

Test of Fire: Election 2012 (<4 minutes)
It Matters Who Is On The Ohio Supreme Court (>1 minute)
Josh Mandel Ad: Boots (<1 minute)
Chesapeake Energy horizontal drilling method (6 minutes)
Chesapeake Energy hydraulic fracturing method (3+ minutes)
Well site reclamation in the Marcellus Shale (2+ minutes)


I recently attended my first Republican State Central Committee meeting as a non-member (or an alumnus). A number of observations and several questions came to mind: A great deal of money was spent on the election of the new members. Governor Kasich and the Tea Party won the fight. What did they win? It is true that Kevin DeWine is no longer Chairman. If I'm not mistaken, about a third of the committee turns over every two years. Therefore, I would have expected 20 new members. We have 24. With Governor Kasich and the Tea Party in control of the SCC, I would expect major changes. Aside from a new chairman, I don't see it (yet). Prior to the election, the three Party leaders (in alphabetical sequence) were
Bob Bennett (RNC)
Jo Ann Davidson (RNC)
Kevin DeWine (Chairman)
And the parliamentarian was Chris Slagle.

After the reorganization meeting, the three Party leaders are:
Bob Bennett (Chairman)
Jo Ann Davidson (RNC)
Kevin DeWine (RNC)
And the parliamentarian is Chris Slagle.

This is not a criticism of the process, the committee, or any individual(s). It just appears that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

And furthermore, I’ve been fascinated by all of the talk about which choices might be acceptable to the governor. A governor gets to make a lot of decisions. But Party chairman and the RNC members are not among them. Those decisions are entirely up to the members of the state central committee.

On a separate topic, check out This is a very easy way to study and learn the US Constitution. I wish they had an Ohio version. Also, check out 15 Questions The Mainstream Media Would Ask Barack Obama If He Were A Republican.

Becker for the 65th State Representative District
The election will be November 6th. I’ve raised over $32,000 and expanded my donor base to more than 335 people in six different states! Donation size has ranged from $1 to $1,000 and has averaged $57. 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 seconds.)

State Government Spending (45 seconds)

Donate (50 seconds)

State Government (37 seconds)


Past Events

April 21, 2012
The Heartbeat Bill (HB 125) was the primary topic of discussion at the Ohio Pro-Family Forum at the Potters House Church in Columbus. Other issues included the Voter Integrity Project, Replacement (School) Levies (HB 502), Total Fusion, Same-Sex Marriage, Religious Freedom, and Plans for November.

April 19, 2012
About 150 people attended the Adams County Lincoln Day Dinner to hear Ohio Speaker of the House Bill Batchelder. Representatives Bubp and Johnson also spoke to the crowd. Jeff Hardin was the only other person from Clermont County that I saw.

April 19, 2012
The Heartbeat Bill (HB 125) was the primary topic of discussion at the Values Action Teat (VAT) meeting in Columbus. Other items discussed included a ban on human and animal-hybrid cloning (HB 171), the religious liberty amendment, presidential politics, faith based initiatives, a constitutional convention (HJR 3) and replacement school levies (HB 502).

April 18, 2012
Congrats to Harry Snyder and Bob Turner who got elected to be vice chair of the executive committee and central committee respectively at the Clermont County Republican Central Committee meeting. Chairman Rudd talked about changes with the Ohio GOP and Obama’s failed policies. The ubiquitous Sharon Kennedy was once again on hand to give a rousing speech.

April 13, 2012
Bob Bennett was unanimously elected chairman at the Republican State Central Committee meeting in Columbus. Joann Davidson was unanimously re-elected to the RNC and Kevin DeWine was elected to the RNC with only one dissenting vote. Attendance was at a near record with 62 voting members plus scores of media and other interested parties. Dave Yost was the lunch time speaker.

April 11, 2012
Josh Gerth presided over the monthly meeting of the Anderson Twp GOP Club. Speakers included Peter Stautberg, Russ Jackson, Jim Ginocchio, Wayne Lippert, and Mike Jordan. About 25 people attended.

April 10, 2012
Nearly 30 people attended the Union Twp GOP meeting at the Civic Center. Jim Lewis was elected as exec to replace Ted Stevenot. Kathy Conlon was elected to the office of vice exec. Presidential politics, Party finances, and a few fundraising ideas were discussed.

April 3, 2012
About 200 people attended the monthly Clermont County Tea Party meeting at the Eastgate Holiday Inn. Rebecca Heimlich gave an EmpowerU presentation on Ohio's Oil and Gas industry. The information on the environmentally safe modern drilling techniques was fascinating. The Yellow Ribbon Support Center, election results, and The Making of America class graduates were also on the agenda.

March 30, 2012
About 160 people attended the Clermont County Lincoln Day Dinner at the Eastgate Holiday Inn. Brad Wenstrup was the featured speaker. Special guests included Justice Cupp, Ohio Supreme Court candidate Sharon Kennedy, and State Central Committee members Kay Reynolds and Lisa Hays.

March 27, 2012
Jon Husted, Bob Cupp, and Terry Johnson were the featured speakers at the Scioto County Lincoln Day Dinner. It was great to see Jeff Hardin, Curt Hartman, and Joe Uecker from Clermont County; Stephen Caraway and Theresa Lewis from Adams County; Brad Wenstrup from Hamilton County; and Dick Stobbs from Belmont County.

Event Calendar

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
Clermont County Tea Party at the Eastgate Holiday Inn

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 4, 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

May 5, 2012
Friends of the Fair (Clermont County) Spring Benefit for $15. Contact Lisa: 513-262-3229

May 10, 2012
EmpowerU: Ohio 2012: presented by Americans for Prosperity's Katie Eagan and Seth Morgan at Washington Hts Baptist Church in Dayton

May 15, 2012
EmpowerU: Ohio 2012: presented by Americans for Prosperity's Katie Eagan and Seth Morgan

May 16, 2012
(Possible) Clermont County Republican Central Committee at HQ in Batavia at 7pm

May 16, 2012
Breakfast fundraiser for Judge Pat DeWine featuring Mike DeWine at the Hyatt Regency at 7:30 am for $200

May 19, 2012
Ohio GOP Candidate Training Seminar in Columbus from 9am to 4pm. Contact
Bruce Tague 614-228-2481

May 20, 2012
National Day of Prayer

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

June 2, 2012
Southern Oho Republican Summit at the Madison House in Chillicothe at 9:30am featuring Josh Mandel

June 4, 2012
Union Twp Central Committee meeting at the Civic Center at 7pm

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

June 27, 2012
Clermont County Republican Central Committee at HQ in Batavia at 7pm

July 18, 2012

Clermont County Republican Central Committee at HQ in Batavia at 7pm

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

July 22 - 28
Clermont County Fair

August 7, 2012
National Night Out from 6 – 9pm at Veterans Park in Union Twp

August 15, 2012

Clermont County Republican Central Committee at HQ in Batavia at 7pm

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

September 8, 2012
Ohio Pro-Family Forum at the Potters House Church in Columbus at 10am

October 11, 2012
Evening for Life at the Kolping Center at 5:30/6:30pm featuring Melissa Ohden

November 6, 2012
Election Day

December 12, 2012
Miami Twp Tea Party meeting

March 1, 2013
Clermont County Lincoln Day Dinner

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