Less than 200,000 people lived in Butler County when it was last a political stronghold for Democrats.
HAMILTON – Today, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services reported that the unemployment rate in Butler County went up for the third straight month in a row to 4.9%, leaving it at virtually the same level it was in January 2017 (5.1%) and at the exact same level it was two years ago (4.9% June 2015). Butler County’s rising unemployment rate is higher than all surrounding counties except Montgomery County (5.2%). [Source: Journal News (08/22/2017), “Jobless rate in Butler County ticks up;” U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Data, LAUS Survey (not seasonally adjusted) from 2007-2017 by County (accessed 08/22/2017) (“BLS data”).]
Butler County Executive Committee Chair Jocelyn Bucaro issued the following statement in response to today’s disappointing jobs numbers for Butler County:
“Once again, Republicans’ economic policies have failed Butler County families. Butler County Republicans have been in one embarrassing headline after another this year as our economy is stuck in neutral and an opioid epidemic rages out of control. The Democratic Party is ready to give voters a real choice and change in this county from the failed leadership of the GOP.”
In response to this weekend’s events, Ohioans have seen tepid responses from Republicans from President Donald Trump down to all of the GOP candidates for Governor in Ohio and Josh Mandel. [Source: Cincinnati Enquirer (August 14, 2017), “Ohio GOP sounded a lot like Donald Trump in responses to Charlottesville.”] The Butler County GOP took the opportunity to… spread an attack on former President Obama. Butler County Sheriff Jones took to Twitter to call for a ban of masks before advocating President Trump to pardon a former sheriff convicted of ignoring court orders about engaging in illegal racial profiling. [Source: Washington Post (08/14/17), “Trump says he is considering a pardon for former Ariz. sheriff Joe Arpaio.”]
“A ban on masks would have done nothing to prevent the murder in Charlottesville. The problem isn’t masks; it’s that white supremacists feel comfortable going without them as politicians like Josh Mandel defend their agenda of racism and sexism. We need our leaders to call this for what it was: an act of domestic terrorism against Americans by white supremacists who have no place in our political parties. They need to say any politician seeking to attract their support is unfit to serve public office. That anyone who ignores the rule of law to further racist policies shouldn’t be given a slap on the wrist. We need them to stand up against Nazis and hatemongers. That shouldn’t be this hard for them to do. Our WWII veterans and Holocaust survivors deserved better in this moment of character and choosing,” said Jocelyn Bucaro, Chair of the Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee.
(HAMILTON)- A review of the most recent campaign reports on file with the Butler County Board of Elections compared to reports filed at the same time going back to 2011 show that the Democratic Party has never raised as much money during the same period (first six months of the year), nor had as much on hand, and the party continues to chip away at the cash advantage of the Republican Party in the county.
Jocelyn Bucaro, Chair of the Executive Committee, credits the party’s growing grassroots small donor base. “With our growing fundraising base of small donors, our party is breaking fundraising records and have more cash on hand than we have ever had at this point in the year for the past decade. Butler County residents are tired of Republican politicians who are more focused on pushing controversial wedge issues to get themselves some free press rather than actually addressing the lack of economic opportunity in many of our communities and an opiod epidemic that is raging out of control.”
The Democratic Party raised nearly four times the amount it raised in 2012 and an 18% increase in its fundraising from a year prior. Recently, the party’s Executive Committee authorized the party to exercise its option to purchase its headquarters in downtown Hamilton early next year, making the Democratic Party the only county party with a permanent headquarters in the county.
“With no debts, unlike our counterparts, the Butler County Democratic Party has shown it is fiscally frugal so that it can make permanent investments in building the party in Butler County while closing the gap with the Republican Party. This county changed parties in the 1990s because Republicans argued that they could deliver change and improve the ‘Rust Belt’ communities here being left behind economically. They have failed to deliver and voters are again looking more and more at making a change in this county,” said Butler County Democratic Party spokesman Brian Hester.
(HAMILTON)- While most Ohioans were in bed, the U.S. Senate rejected the third secretly drafted TrumpCare with bipartisan opposition in an after midnight vote on legislation that Senators had a two hours to read and review before voting.
Jocelyn Bucaro, Chair of the Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee, says it’s time for bipartisan Congressional action to improve the Affordable Care Act with Congressional hearings and the regular process to pass legislation.
“Americans were overwhelmingly opposed to TrumpCare, and so, apparently, are a significant number of Congressional and Senate Republicans. Trump’s goal of railroading a party-line vote through Congress with no public input and little notice and no regard for how many Butler County families it would hurt lost. The only path forward is to for ALL Members of Congress to work to improve the ACA so that health care is more accessible and affordable to everyone.”
“Seven years ago, we signed into law legislation that prevented our friends and neighbors from being one medical emergency away from bankruptcy. Legislation that gave us our most effective tool in dealing with a still growing heroin epidemic. This is a victory for our families that wouldn’t be possible without the work of dedicated activists in the party, in groups like Indivisible and Our Revolution, and countless others,” said Kathy Wyenandt, Butler County Democratic Central Committee Chair. “Working families have a fundamental right to access to affordable and quality medical care.”
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.
Warren Davidson sure looked like the right candidate on paper. Served his country, became an elite Army Ranger, garnered an appointment to West Point, earned an MBA from Notre Dame, and joined the family business. So when he asked voters of Ohio’s 8th District to send him to Washington in 2016 claiming “I WILL fight for you,” it was easy to believe he would do just that.
But Congressman Davidson hasn’t fulfilled that promise. In fact, the only people Davidson seems to be fighting for are a small percentage of his constituents; people who — like Davidson himself — stand to benefit from legislation will hurt the majority of Ohioans.
Take the President’s American Health Care Plan. By supporting this bill, Davidson essentially voted for a significant tax break for households like his making more than $200,000 a year. According to the 2015 US Census that’s about 9,300 households in District 8 – barely above 3 percent.
Meanwhile, roughly 61,000 individuals in the district stand to lose their health insurance because of this bill. This could be due to being charged significantly more for having a pre-existing condition, being charged more simply because you’re older, or because you’re poor.
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 a recent audit.
Audits recently completed by the Butler County Board of Elections turned up missing pages of campaign finance reports, laxed record-keeping, and more than $43,000 in discrepancies related to the 2016 general election.
HAMILTON – After its last meeting in which the Butler County Democratic Party appointed over twenty new members to its Executive and Central Committees, the BCDP Executive Committee had another historic meeting that intends to have a lasting impact in the 2017 general election and beyond.
The Butler Democratic Party issued its first of what is anticipated to be several rounds of endorsements for the 2017 general election and endorsed the following candidates:
- Beth Yauch for Middletown Municipal Court Judge
- Edna Southard (incumbent) for Oxford City Council
- Jacob Bruggeman for Oxford City Council
- Pastor ShaQuila Mathews for Hamilton City Council
The Executive Committee also uanimously endorsed the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act initiative that will be on the Nov. 7, 2017 general election ballot and authorized the purchase of its current headquarters before its current lease expires.
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