(HAMILTON)- On June 20th, House Bill 297 was introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives. State Representative Candice Keller (R-Middletown) was among its list of co-sponsors, even though the sole purpose of the legislation is to create state funding via a refundable tax credit for donations to organizations of which State Rep. Keller currently serves as an Executive Director and draws a salary.
According to every financial disclosure Keller has filed since first being a candidate for State Representative in 2015 with the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee, Keller has reported receiving a salary somewhere between $50,000 and $99,000 a year as the Executive Director of a community crisis pregnancy center. This salary would be in the same range as what she also already collects as a State legislator. The median household income in Middletown is $39,116 a year.
“Apparently, Republicans in Butler County learned nothing from the Dynus scandal about politicians using their office to enrich themselves. Given her contradictory public statement over her unethical misconduct, I am officially calling on the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee to open an investigation of State Representative Keller’s obvious self-dealing in this matter. After she voted against tax relief for the lowest income workers in her district, Keller used her office to support efforts to financially benefit private donors to her organization in order to enrich those donors, her organization and, through it, herself. It is clear Keller viewed HB 297 as a way to help repair the finances of her organization and prevent any further loss of her personal income from it. If Ohio’s ethics laws truly do allow such a publicly brazen act of self-dealing, then Ohio needs better ethics laws and better legislators to push for them,” said Brian R. Hester, Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee Chair.
(HAMILTON)- The Butler County Democratic Party will hold four regional debate watch parties throughout the county for the first round of official Democratic presidential candidate debates this week. All events are free admission.
(HAMILTON)- Tomorrow, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is expected to attend Butler Tech’s “Signing Day” in which soon-to-graduates will announce which employers they will be working for upon graduation much like college sports prospects do. Before we respond to Devos’ visit, it’s important to straight the record straight so any coverage of this event does not mislead voters.
In each federal budget they have proposed, Secretary DeVos and the Trump Administration has sought to cut Career and Technical Education (“CTE”) funding to provide more funding for vouchers for private schools and to otherwise reduce the U.S. Department of Education’s budget to address the rising deficits caused by the Trump Administration’s massive tax cuts predominantly benefitting corporations and the wealthiest Americans. Had DeVos and Trump had their way last year, Ohio would have lost over $3 million in federal grant funding for CTE right now, funding that has helped Butler Tech grow and help Butler County adapt to a changing labor market.
“It’s great that we’re recognizing the valuable skills Butler Tech students have learned. Butler County believes in hiring qualified people, even if the President apparently doesn’t when it comes to his Cabinet. It’s shameful that after years of unsuccessfully pushing to cut funding for education programs and worker retraining while protecting shady, for-profit schools that compete with Butler Tech, Secretary DeVos would come here. But maybe by doing so she’ll finally recognize why both parties in Congress have rejected her policies. I hope when she returns to Washington she’ll reverse course and stop pushing to cut worker training programs, cutting Butler Tech’s funding and stop advocating for policies that makes college less affordable for Butler County families,” said Brian Hester, Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee.
(HAMILTON)- The following statement is issued by Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee Chair Brian Hester in response to today’s visit by Mike DeWine’s running mate in Butler County:
(HAMILTON)- The following statement is issued by Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee Chair Brian Hester in response to today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME:
Statement of 8th District Congressional Candidate Vanessa Enoch on Federal Immigrant Family Separation Policy
"I am truly outraged by The Trump Administration’s 'zero tolerance' policy of separating children from their parents. As much as I believe in the rule of law, what we are witnessing in southern U.S. Border States is nothing short of a humanitarian crisis. Every mother who has ever nursed a baby understands the pain and the horror of ripping a child from his or her mother’s breast.
(HAMILTON)- The Butler County Executive Committee will meet in Trenton on Thurs., June 21 to appoint over 40 new members to its Executive Committee as consider a resolution to endorse Rich Cordray for Governor and Vanessa Enoch for the 8th Congressional District. The party will also hearing from its new committee chairs to discuss how volunteering in the committees can help our 2018 candidates and build a stronger party in Butler County.
WHAT: Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting
(HAMILTON)- The newly elected members of the Butler County Democratic Party’s County Central Committee will hold the party’s reorganization meeting to elect new officers for the party’s Central Committee and then constitute the party’s Executive Committee and elects its officers.
WHAT: Butler County Democratic Party Reorganization Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, June 7th at 6:30 p.m.
(HAMILTON-) The Butler County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee last Thursday unanimously endorsed all Democratic candidates running in uncontested primaries both at the State and local level. In a separate vote, the Butler County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee endorsed State Issue 1- a state constitutional amendment to discourage partisan drawing of Ohio’s congressional districts and require bipartisan support to enact such districts.
“Across the nation, voters are turning to the Democratic Party to bring change in areas the Republican Party has long taken for granted and we expect to see a similar turn here in Butler County after decades of the Republican Party’s broken promises and partisan rhetoric. In every corner of the county, our Democratic candidates are fighting for those who believe if you work hard, you deserve to get ahead,” said BCDP Communications Director Brian Hester. “We are the only party on record supporting reforms that make sure voters get to choose who represents them in Congress instead of letting well-funded politicians choose which voters they claim to represent instead.”
HAMILTON -- The Butler County Democratic Party is meeting on Thursday, March 15th, 2018 at Hamilton Lane Public Library, 300 N. Third Street, Hamilton, Ohio.
Among the items on the agenda, the party will hear from Democratic candidates for the 8th Congressional District of Ohio as well as consider endorsements in all uncontested statewide, legislative, and county races, as well as an update on next month’s Gala Dinner.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.