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November 2018



Becker Wins!!!
Many thanks to all of my supporters. Without you, wins would not be possible. Thank you for entrusting me with another two years in the statehouse.

Patty Lawrence was the toughest opponent I've ever had for this office. She is very smart, worked it hard, raised money, and articulated her positions very well. Additionally, she is very personable, likable, and showed good temperament for the office. I wish her well and expect that she'll have a bright future in the Democrat Party.

Becker Assassination Demand
From time-to-time, left wingers get their dander up and come after me verbally. I rarely get death threats, but it is an occupational hazard. In September, a left-wing blog published misleading information based on an interview with me. Their "low information" readers contacted me with a fascinating assortment of four-letter words, f-bombs, racist taunts, and somewhat veiled death threats. One in particular crossed the line. I sent the evidence to the Union Township (Clermont County) Police. They investigated and traced the guy's location to Columbus. The Columbus police arrested him for "terroristic threatening." That's a third-degree felony. He has been extradited to Clermont County to stand trial for "Telecommunications Harassment" which is a 1st degree misdemeanor. His trial is scheduled for February 19-21 in Common Pleas Court.

On that same topic, my favorite phone call came from an angry woman who had allegedly "just moved into the district." After inviting her to have coffee with me on my tab, it was later revealed that she was a resident of San Francisco. It apparently wasn't worth the plane ticket to continue the ruse to tell me how much she hates me in exchange for a free cup of coffee. Oh well; I tried.

Other left-wingers posing as constituents called "from the county" to tell me off. Their ruse would have a better chance of success if they bothered to look up what county they are allegedly from.

Frankly, the whole experience has been a fascinating exploration of the left-wing low-information mentality.

Becker Bills in the Ohio House of Representatives

HB 53 - Public Sector Right to Work - This bill was assigned to the House Finance Committee and has had one hearing.

HB 233 - Decriminalization Effort for Ending Notorious Deaths (DEFEND). It decriminalizes so-called "gun free zones" for Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders. This bill passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate. It is in the Government Oversight and Reform Committee and has had no hearings.

HB 333 - Eliminates the Ohio Marriage Penalty. It is in the Ways and Means Committee. It has no opposition and is awaiting an up or down vote in committee.

HB 421 - Replica Title Bill. It is in the Transportation Committee and has had one hearing.
HJR 8: Private-sector Right-to-Work – No worker should be required to subsidize a union as a condition of employment. Furthermore, this amendment will tell the world that Ohio is "open for business." This is in the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee and has had no hearings.
HJR 7: Public-sector Right-to-Work – This legislation is about freedom of association. Like for the private sector, no worker should be required to subsidize a union as a condition of employment. This is in the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee and has had no hearings.
HJR 9: Public-sector Prevailing Wage – Repeals the requirement for taxpayers to pay artificially inflated wages, rather than those that are market-based. This is in the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee and has had no hearings.
HJR 12: Public-sector Paycheck Protection – This amendment prohibits state and local government employers from withholding union dues or fees from workers' wages. Additionally, unions will be prohibited from spending workers' money on political activities without workers' consent. This is in the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee and has had no hearings.
HJR 10: Public-sector Project Labor Agreements – This legislation is the Michigan model approved by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. State and local government entities will be prohibited from minimizing competition for construction projects by requiring that only union or non-union labor can be considered. A level playing field will be required. This is in the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee and has had no hearings.
HJR 11: Public-sector Union Recertification – Requires annual reconsideration and recertification of workers' bargaining units. This amendment will open up competition for new bargaining units, will give workers a chance to have their voices heard, and will make union leadership accountable to their membership. This is in the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee and has had no hearings.
HB 488 - Truth in advertising for property tax levies. It is in the Ways and Means Committee and has had one hearing.
HB 649 - Average Wage Fully Uniform Law (AWFUL) - Sets legislative salaries to Ohio's household median income. It is in the State and Local Government Committee and has had one hearing.
HB 703 - Decriminalization Effort for Ending Notorious Deaths - Teachers With Options (DEFEND-TWO) - Largely eliminates so-called "gun free zones." They are the most dangerous places in America. The bill is in the Federalism Committee and has had one hearing.
HB 708 - Double Dippers Inappropriately Privileged (DDIP) - Elected officials as well as state and local government employees will no longer be able to be working in the public sector and retired at the same time. Current retirees and survivor benefits are exempted. The bill is in the Aging and Long-Term Care Committee and has had one hearing.
HB 761 Convention and Visitors Bureau Accountability. This bill requires open records for any CVB that has an elected official on its board.

Video Central

Hamilton: The Man Who Invented America (5 minutes)
Politics and Sports: Keep Your Hands Off My Football (5 minutes)
Lincoln and Thanksgiving: The Origin of an American Holiday (5 minutes)

Event Calendar
December 3
Union Township GOP meeting at the Clermont County Sheriff's Office at 7 PM.

December 7
"First Friday" Luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's.

December 11
Scioto County GOP Christmas party.

December 10
Clermont County Township Association Christmas party.

December 12
Brown County Christmas party

Becker for State Representative - Vetted, Tested, and Proven!
"Becker has a legitimate claim as the state's most conservative legislator," according to The [Cleveland] Plain Dealer (September 2017).
"Rep. John Becker, suburban Cincinnati Republican… [holds] the unofficial title as the General Assembly's most conservative lawmaker," proclaimed the Columbus Dispatch (September 2015).
Becker wins prestigious William Wilberforce Leadership Award (April 2015).
"GOP Ohio House freshman Becker is no shrinking violet," headlined the Columbus Dispatch (December 2014).
" arguably the most conservative member of the Ohio House," said The Cincinnati Enquirer (January 2014).
Ranked as a top tier "most archconservative" by the Columbus Dispatch (September 2013).

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