State Rep. Michael Stinziano released the following statement on the decision by President Obama’s campaign to file suit in federal court to restore early voting during the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before Election Day.
“I applaud the lawsuit that was filed by the Obama campaign to restore voting rights to Ohioans. When I co-sponsored HB 224 with Rep. Dovilla to protect voting rights for Ohio’s men and women in uniform, we took that responsibility very seriously. I never thought that this common sense solution to a known voting issue created by outdated Ohio law would then be used to take away voting rights from properly registered Ohio civilians.
“Never in the debate about HB 194 or HB 224 was there a purposeful effort to create two different deadlines during the early voting periods – particularly for voters in identical circumstances. All voters who are located in their county of residence on the weekend and Monday before voting should have the exact same early voting period. This local control standard is ideal to address each county’s needs for a smooth and efficient election. Having two non-uniform periods of voting for civilian and military voters lacks any common sense and does nothing but confuse voters and create unnecessary problems for voters and election officials.
“Colleagues in both chambers supported protecting military voting rights when they voted for HB 224. However, it remains ridiculous how some members of the General Assembly have twisted some last minute technical amendments into a way to take away the voting franchise of properly registered Ohio voters.
“As the former Director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, I have seen and experienced firsthand the importance of an efficient early voting period. In 2008, almost roughly 93,000 voters appeared at their early vote center during the last three days of early voting prior to Election Day. Unfortunately, instead of building on this success and a desire for a smooth election day, there are apparently policy makers who prefer the long election lines encountered in 2000 and 2004 and are fighting to limit voting rights instead of expanding them.
“Fortunately, the Supreme Court said in Bush v. Gore that every voter is entitled to equal protection of the laws of this country. That means that similarly situated voters must be treated similarly.The new lawsuit highlights the lack of justification or sound election policy for having two different early vote periods.”
State Rep. Kathleen Clyde released the following statement on the decision by President Obama’s campaign to file suit in federal court today to restore early voting during the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before Election Day.
“I applaud President Obama’s decision to fight the shameful attempts by Ohio Republicans to limit early voting. I have fought this battle on the floor of the legislature and also made repeated calls to Secretary of State Jon Husted to allow the people to vote, all to no avail. The last three days of early voting are by far the three busiest. These days are crucial to the ability of all Ohioans to exercise their right to vote, free from the long lines and chaos that plagued our state in 2004. Ohio Republicans want to take us back to a time when voting was a privilege, not one of our most sacred rights. President Obama wants to take us forward, and I commend him for it.”
Ohio House Democratic Leader Armond Budish released the following statement praising President Obama for the continued drop in unemployment in Ohio. April’s unemployment numbers were released today showing Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.5 percent to 7.4 percent in April.
“Ohio’s continued drop in unemployment is proof that President Obama’ policies are working. This is particularly impressive in light of the massive job losses resulting from Governor Kasich’s budget cuts and other attacks on middle class workers. If the Governor and his Republican cohorts in the legislature would put aside their extremist and divisive social agenda, and instead focus on job creation, we could be putting a lot more Ohioans back to work.”
Published April 18, 2012
Tags: Leader Budish, Lorain County Community College, Partisanship, President Obama, Voter equality, voters' rights, voting rights, Women, women's rights, Worker's rights, Working families
Ohio House Democratic Leader Armond Budish released the following statement on President Obama’s visit to Lorain County Community College in Elyria:
“I welcome President Obama to Ohio today to see his economic policies at work, rebuilding our economy and creating jobs. Lorain County Community College is a great example of a higher education leader preparing working and middle class Ohioans for the jobs of today and the future in manufacturing, clean energy production and technology.
“While President Obama and Democrats here in Ohio are working to create and maintain good paying jobs through programs focused on education like our Kids and Communities First Fund, just introduced, Republicans continue their partisan agenda attacking women’s rights, workers’ rights and voter’s rights. Their effort to defund Planned Parenthood is just the latest example. This overreaching partisan agenda only continues to demonstrate the clear difference in priorities between President Obama and the Republican majorities in the Ohio House and in Washington.”
State Rep. Vernon Sykes called for Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder to apologize for comments he made suggesting that President Obama should be sent to jail.
“Speaker Batchelder’s recent comments are absolutely deplorable. I call on the Speaker to apologize for such distasteful remarks immediately,” said Rep. Sykes. “The unprecedented disrespect we have seen for President Obama only serves to undermine and threaten our democracy. I would expect my longtime friend, colleague and the Speaker of the Ohio House to respect the office of the President of the United States regardless of party affiliation.”
This past weekend, while introducing Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder (R- Medina) told an audience of more than 1,000 at the Summit County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner that he thinks President Obama should be sent to jail. Speaker Batchelder is quoted in the Washington Post as saying, “The liberals are asking us to give Obama more time. And I think 25-to-life would be a good start.”
State Representatives Denise Driehaus (D- Cincinnati) and Mike Foley (D- Cleveland) released the following statement in support of the announcement today that the federal government and 49 states reached a landmark agreement of at least $25 billion with the five largest mortgage servicers—Bank of America, JP Morgan, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and Ally Financial.
“President Obama along with others, such as former Ohio Attorney General and head of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau Rich Cordray, have stood up for working families and middle class Ohioans against Wall Street giants and today they won. This historic settlement will give relief to homeowners who have been hit hard by the mortgage crisis and it will establish new homeowner protections for the future,” said Rep. Foley.
“While Governor Kasich has been busy rewarding his Wall Street buddies with jobs, lavish benefits, and massive tax cuts; Ohioans have been suffering. Tuesday, during his State of the State address, the Governor never made mention to what he has accomplished to help struggling homeowners, rather he lectured about the need for bi-partisanship. Democrats have taken action to protect Ohioans against the abusive practices that created this mess and we will continue to fight for Ohio’s working families. Rep. Foley and I have introduced House Bill 187 which would work to protect consumers and homeowners, but this bill has been sitting for months yet to receive committee hearings,” said Rep. Driehaus.
This morning, Assistant Minority Leader of the Ohio House of Representatives Matthew A. Szollosi (D-Toledo) issued the following statement on the appointment of Richard Cordray as Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB). The CFPB was established by Congress through the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The CFPB officially began operations in July of 2011, with the mission of ensuring consumers are well-informed and protected when applying for mortgages, credit cards or other consumer financial products.
“I commend President Obama on his appointment of Rich Cordray to be the Director of the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” said Rep. Szollosi. “As Ohio’s Attorney General, Rich earned a lot of respect for his passion, work ethic and attention to detail, particularly with regard to his advocacy on behalf of protecting Ohioans from Wall Street. I have complete confidence in his ability to bring a balanced, well-reasoned approach to this position. I think he will do quite well.”