Less than 200,000 people lived in Butler County when it was last a political stronghold for Democrats.
But as the 1960s ended, so did the party’s political grip on the county.
Some 40 years after that political change, Democrats are hoping to make Butler County blue again, though party leaders know that could take years to happen.
That starts with “building the bench,” where local-level nonpartisan offices are occupied by Democrats, said Kathy Wyenandt, the party’s Central Committee chairwoman.
The Democratic Party’s bottom-up approach to take back some of the GOP’s political power is exactly what they need to focus on, said Miami University Regionals political science professor John Forren. That includes convincing strong, viable candidates to run, helping those candidates navigate the political ropes, and making sure they have the resources to mount a competitive campaign.
When it comes to taxes, Governor Kasich isn't much different than Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's failed experiment on marching to eliminate progressive income taxes. As the Ohio faces it's own self-induced budget mess, maybe it should eliminate the same business owner tax cut that failed in Kansas as well.
Despite assurances by the Butler County Republican Party that financial reports “will be made complete,” county Democrats say they can’t see how the GOP can verify a dozen anonymous donations, such as a $200 anonymous donation in an envelope left on a desk.
There were also 80 people’s donations not identified with the donor’s full name, and a $14 cash donation from someone identified as “Donald Trumpster,” according to an audit recently completed by the Butler County Board of Elections.
The Journal-News reported earlier this week that tens of thousands of dollars invested by the Butler County Republican Party into helping Donald Trump win Butler County and Ohio in the presidential election were not properly reported to the Federal Elections Commission, according to the audit.
“Campaign finance laws exist for voters to know who is influencing our elections,” said Butler County Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Rieger. “The GOP fundamentally violated multiple federal and state laws. This hasn’t been ‘fixed.’ They can’t ‘fix’ this.”
The Butler County Democratic Party took the GOP to task on Twitter this week for its messy bookkeeping, and called the party out for similar messy finance reporting for the 2016 primary.