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Legislators Call for an End to Disenfranchising, Disempowering, and Dehumanizing Voters
May 23, 2013
Democrats Expose Slow, Quiet, Methodical Attacks on Voting Rights by Ohio GOP

Ohio House and Senate Democrats held a press conference today to lay out all of the attacks on voting rights by the Ohio GOP so far in this General Assembly and the impact that GOP voter suppression tactics are having on real voters in the House District 98 Election Contest. 

Back dues owed to Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission
May 23, 2013
Kasich Administration Shirks Fiscal Obligations for Transportation Consortium

After withdrawing from the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission in this year’s transportation budget, the Kasich administration has again underlined their unwavering opposition to non-auto transportation by not settling an account in arrears with the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission.

Legislators and activists tackle hard-hitting issues
May 22, 2013

Tuesday, the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus hosted a Women’s Lobby Day to discuss issues of concern to women and working families across our state. The event featured legislative briefings, an expert “How to Lobby” training from former Rep. Nancy Garland, and keynote speaker, Kathy Groob, a former elected official and author of Pink Politics. This thirdWomen’s Lobby Day brought together over 60 women from all across Ohio to get involved with their state government and to meet their representatives.

Ethical implications, possible conflicts of interest fuel ongoing controversy
May 22, 2013

State Rep. Matt Lundy (D- Elyria) sent a letter to Gov. Kasich today and President and CEO of JobsOhio John Minor calling on them to voluntarily release the list of the five anonymous donors that provided $6.9 million used to run JobsOhio in its first year. The anonymous donations raise serious concerns about ethics at the organization and the potential for misusing funds. It is also important for Ohioans to know whether those who made the donations received any loan or grant from JobsOhio.

Phillips, Ashford, Ramos elected to round out House Dems New Leadership Team
May 22, 2013
State Rep. Tracy Maxwell Heard Chosen as House Democratic Leader

Tuesday, the Ohio House Democratic Caucus selected State Rep. Tracy Maxwell Heard (D-Columbus) as the new Democratic Leader of the Ohio House of Representatives.

House Bill 167 draws from Columbus Education Commission's meetings, recommendations
May 16, 2013

Today, House Democratic Whip and State Rep. Tracy Maxwell Heard (D-Columbus) introduced House Bill 167 with her joint sponsor, House Republican Whip and State Rep. Cheryl L. Grossman (R-Grove City). The bill comes after months of deliberation by the Columbus Education Commission on how to best address the issue of improving education in the Columbus City School district.


State Representative Debbie Phillips will hold a series of Community Roundtable meetings in the district on May 20th and May 23rd. These meetings provide a chance to speak directly with area residents and leaders about their issues and concerns, and to provide an update on legislative matters at the Statehouse.

Large Raises, Questionable Statements and Possible Conflicts of Interest Fuel Ongoing Controversy
May 8, 2013

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Matt Lundy (D- Elyria) sent a letter to Gov. Kasich today calling on him to voluntarily release the staff salaries for JobsOhio employees, and to clearly identify what criteria was used to set salary levels for staff.  Recent news stories raising questions about the number of former state employees hired by JobsOhio, their large raises, and questionable statements made about JobsOhio not being “restrained by ethics laws” have only fueled controversy and questions surrounding the quasi public-private agency. 

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