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Say missed deadlines and broken promises becoming a pattern for GOP elections chief
August 21, 2020

State Reps. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) responded to Secretary LaRose’s announcement that he is requesting additional permission from the state Controlling Board to pay return postage for voting materials. The deadline for submitting such requests was Monday, Aug. 17 for the Board’s Aug. 24 meeting. No request from LaRose’s office appears yet on the Controlling Board’s website. It is unclear whether the late request will be added to the meeting agenda or what specifically is being requested.  

Statement follows tweet from President calling for a boycott of Goodyear Tires
August 19, 2020

COLUMBUS — Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron), State Representative Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) and State Representative Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) today released a statement in response to President Donald Trump’s calling for a boycott of an American company, based in Akron, Ohio, that employs approximately 62,000 people.


The House Democratic Caucus today sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose addressing recent major developments in Ohio’s elections. Last week, the country watched in horror as Post Office mailboxes and processing machinery were dismantled and removed across the country and in Ohio.


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron), chair of the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus, today issued a statement commemorating 100 years of women’s suffrage.

Says a sense of urgency from the governor would have saved Black lives amid pandemic
August 13, 2020

COLUMBUS –House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today issued a statement following the unveiling of the COVID-19 Ohio Minority Health Strike Force Blueprint, a formal report from the task force on minority health the governor convened in April.Leader Sykes, a member of the Strike Force, was not notified of the final report until this morning after several weeks of delays. Members of the Strike Force have been asking for weeks to see a final report.

Says passing Ohio Equal Pay Act is more important than ever during pandemic
August 13, 2020

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today urged action on the Ohio Equal Pay Act, legislation alongside Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) that would recognize the full value and potential of Ohio’s working women. 

Reps question beer tour, spending plan for $23 million in federal funds
August 12, 2020

State Representative Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose raising concerns about the treatment of Black voters who are being disproportionately harmed by the coronavirus pandemic. The lawmakers requested the secretary’s voter outreach plan, noting that he has undertaken an Ohio craft brewery tour without specific legal authority or funding to do so. They also requested his budget for using the $23 million in federal funds granted to the state and approved by the Controlling Board for spending on the election. 


State Representative Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) responded to Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s announcement that he will not allow multiple secure ballot drop boxes to be used by county boards of elections in this fall’s election. 

Say process corrupted by largest bribery scheme in state history
August 11, 2020

House Democratic leadership, including Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron), Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus), Minority Whip Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Assistant Whip Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today filed a protest of the passage of House Bill 6. 

While acknowledging challenges for parents, teachers and administrators, DeWine does little to help alleviate stress of the situation for local districts
August 11, 2020

COLUMBUS— State Rep. Phil Robinson (D-Solon), the Ranking Democrat on the House Primary and Secondary Education Committee, today released a statement criticizing Governor Mike DeWine on the lack of a statewide plan to address school re-opening and the continued confusion his lack of leadership creates.

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