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April 10th Congressional Call-in Day
The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is mobilizing advocates across the nation in a Congressional Call-In day on Wednesday, April 10th, the day that President Obama releases his budget including cuts to Social Security.
Our goal is to flood Members of Congress with calls reminding them that Americans of all ages and political parties oppose cutting Social Security to pay for deficit reduction. President Obama’s Chained CPI budget proposal in his 2014 Budget will do exactly that. Our message to Congress is simple:
Keep the Promise. Social Security doesn’t contribute to the deficit and Americans of all parties oppose cutting benefits earned by middle-class families. The Chained CPI isn’t a “tweak” it’s a benefit cut America’s retirees, veterans and the disabled simply cannot afford.
NCPSSM’s Legislative Hotline will connect callers directly to their Congressional leaders from one toll-free number:
CHAINED CPI CONGRESSIONAL CALL IN DAY
The National Committee led the charge against privatization and will do the same against any plan to cut Social Security benefits, including through the chained CPI.
The National Committee, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization acts in the interests of its membership through advocacy, education, services, grassroots efforts and the leadership of the Board of Directors and professional staff. The work of the National Committee is directed toward developing better-informed citizens and voters.
Ohio Senate Bill 47 (SB 47) was recently passed by the Ohio Senate. It would make it harder for citizens to petition for a referendum (to stop a law as we did with SB 5 ( the anti-collective bargaining law) and HB 194 (the voter suppression law)). Similarly it would make it harder for citizens to petition for an initiative such as to amend the constitution as was attempted in Issue 2 on redistricting reform. SB 47 was heard in the House Committee on Wed, March 13 and will likely have additional hearings next week and then a vote in the Ohio House. Please act against this power grab; the last thing the Ohio legislature should be doing is to erode the power of its citizens to petition. Here is a convenient action link which allows you to send emails to your member of the Ohio House and the members of the House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee. It also gives phone numbers: http://statevoices.salsalabs.
If you might be able to go to Columbus next week for the next Committee hearings, please contact Lynn Buffington at ABUFFLG@gmail.com or 657-0426, and she will let you know the day and time of the hearings and of possible car pool options. Day will be announced!
Additional optional details: This bill is more harmful than it may appear as the effects would be much greater than simply decreasing the time allowed for signature gathering. For example, it would require the printing of new petition forms on just one day’s notice for petition gathering during the ten days after any notification by the Secretary of State of an insufficiency of valid signatures. Furthermore, it would create a dead zone for the petition efforts where issue staff and volunteers would have to completely halt signature gathering and then rev back up on one day’s notice. Under current law, signature gathering can be a continuous process with no stops and starts and no changes in procedures. Also, the “fairness through uniformity” argument claimed by the sponsors of SB 47 does not hold water. SB 47 removes a variable time period of one sort and replaces it with a variable time period of another sort! (SB 47 removes the variability in one of the three time periods that issue campaigns can collect signatures by prohibiting collection during that middle time period, but SB 47 introduces a new variability in the time that issue campaigns will have to put their signature gathering efforts on hold). As was pointed out in the Senate hearings, the provisions in SB 47 on petition efforts are a solution in search of a problem. When the bill sponsors were asked who has complained about unfairness due to the variability in the current procedures, they were silent! This fairness and uniformity argument doesn’t apply and it’s just an excuse. The law ain’t broke, so don’t try to fix it! (There are some other parts of SB 47 which are reasonable and acceptable. What should not be passed are all the parts that have to do with citizen referendum and initiative petitions).
Our holiday party will be held at the Greene County Media Room at 551 Ledbetter Road, Xenia. Please RSVP 937-372-6003, so we will know how many to plan for.
There will be a silent auction. We need donations of new or gently used items. Proceeds will benefit the GCDP. There will be forms that will need to be completed for each item showing your name, address, and fair market value of the items donated. You may drop these items off at the GCDP Headquarteres at 10 S. Detroit St., Xenia any Thursday thru Saturday (hours 10 AM to 4 PM) thru December 14th.
Bidding on silent auction will begin at 5:00 on December 15 and end at 7:15.
We will be adopting families again this year. More information will follow.
More information to follow!!!!!!!!!!!!
This information from Lynn Buffington is updated regularly on this website and listed under Important Actions on the right of the screen. It is always worth the time to read! This is such great info – wanted to list it twice!
In this email I’ve collected information about this election. 1. Party affiliations of some of the candidates who are listed without party affiliations on the ballot. 2. Please consider voting Yes On Issue 2. 3. Link for previewing ballots for Greene County voters 4. Reminder that October 9 is the last day to register to vote. 5. Election Hotline Phone Numbers 6. Early Voting In Person: Less Stringent ID Requirement and Schedule 7. Election Day Voting, ID Requirements , Hours and Polling Location 8. Absentee voting by mail 9. One page (double sided) attachment containing much of this information available as an attachment
1. Party affiliations of some of the candidates who are listed without party affiliations on the ballot. Whether or not you wish to vote a party line, it helps to have this information since it is not on the ballot. The Greene County Dems has a nice slate list that you may have picked up. Here is the info:
JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT- Term Commencing 1-1-2013
MIKE SKINDELL – Democrat TERRENCE O’DONNELL – Republican
JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT- Term Commencing 1-2-2013
WILLIAM M. O’NEILL – Democrat ROBERT R. CUPP – Republican
JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT-Unexpired Term Ending 12-31-2014
YVETTE MCGEE BROWN – Democrat SHARON L. KENNEDY– Republican
JUDGE OF THE COURT OF APPEALS- 2nd DISTRICT – Term Commencing 2-9-2013
CARLEY INGRAM – Democrat JEFFREY M. WELBAUM – Republican
State Board of Education, 10th District
TODD BOOK - Democrat JEFF HARDIN - Republican
There is a comparison of these two candidates at http://c3.thevoterguide.org/v/columbus12/race-detail.do?id=11088760 Todd Book says he wants to protect education from privatization for profit. Jeff Hardin says he would like to have a Ohio State School Superintendent who is a CEO, CFO, or corporate treasurer.
2. Please consider voting Yes On Issue 2. More at http://votersfirstohio.com/ and http://www.toledoblade.com/Editorials/2012/09/30/Yes-on-Issue-2.html Please note and spread the word that the ballot language is overly long and unclear, due to the fact that the ballot board is Republican dominated. Most Ohio Republican legislators oppose Issue 2 because they oppose true reform of redistricting because it will spoil the way they rig the districts (gerrymandering). If Issue 2 passes, it will be more difficult for either party to pervert the process for their own benefit. The League of Women Voters is a champion of Issue 2 .
3. Greene County voters can preview their ballots and/or print a sample ballot by entering their name at http://voterfind.tzo.org/greeneoh/vtrlookup.aspx and clicking on “sample ballot. ” Note that the order of listing of candidates for a given office may vary from that on the sample ballot as the order is randomized on the actual ballots.
4. Reminder that October 9 is the last day to register to vote. Boards of Election are open 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Tuesday, October 9 for voting, registering to vote, and updating voter registration addresses and names. Greene County BOE is at 551 Ledbetter Rd, Xenia, 45385. You may also mail in a registration form to the Greene County BOE, but it must be postmarked on or before Tuesday, October 9. Forms can be printed from http://www.co.greene.oh.us/BOE/forms/B42993-Voter_Reg.pdf Addresses can be updated after October 9, but will probably result in voting on a provisional ballot; it is definitely worth voting a provisional ballot if that is the only option, but regular voting is simpler and less error prone.
5. Election Hotline Phone Numbers You can seek information and assistance at
ODP/Obama hotline 855-Vote199 (855-868-3199)
Nonpartisan Spanish hotline:
You can also seek information and assistance from the Greene County Dems in Xenia at 372-6003.
6. Early Voting In Person: Less Stringent ID Requirement and Schedule
Note that the ID requirements for properly registered voters are less stringent during early voting in person at the Board of Elections. The only requirement for properly registered voters is the last four digits of the voter’s social security number or the Ohio driver’s license.
Early voting in person is at the Board of Elections. For Greene County this is 551 Ledbetter Rd, Xenia, 45385. Directions: take Route 35, at “y” stay right on 35 E (do not take Route 35 business thru downtown), take US 42 N Exit, go a little more than ½ mile and turn right on Ledbetter Rd. Board of Elections is in on the right in the middle of government offices. Caution: the Board of Elections moved from Dayton Xenia Rd in summer of 2011.
The Early Voting In Person Schedule is:
Tuesday, October 9th (last day to register/update) 8 am – 9 pm
Wednesday, October 10th – Friday, October 12th 8 am – 5 pm
Monday, October 15th – Friday, October 19th 8 am – 5 pm
Monday, October 22nd – Friday, October 26th 8 am – 7 pm
Monday, October 29th – Thursday, November 1st 8 am – 7 pm
Friday, November 2nd 8 am – 6 pm
We do not yet know if there will be any early voting in Greene County on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, Nov 3, 4, or 5. Check for updates at http://www.co.greene.oh.us/BOE/BOE_Absentee_Voting_Hours.htm
7. Election Day Voting, ID Requirements , Hours and Polling Location
Current Ohio Drivers’ license (does not need current address but must not be expired)
Current state ID card with your name and photo issued by OH Bureau of Motor Vehicles, (does not need current address but most not be expired)
Current government photo ID with name and current address
Current U.S. Military ID with your name and photo (not sure if photo is absolutely required)
An original or copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or pay-stub, or government document that shows your name and current address. Exception: you may not use a notice from the Board of Elections.
If you do not have any of the above, you may use the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. You will have to vote a provisional ballot. A regular ballot is best because it is simpler and therefore less error prone, but provisional ballots are definitely worthwhile and can make the difference in a close election. Regular ballots are best, but provisional ballots are definitely better than not voting. Provisional ballots are on paper but are not to be confused with regular paper ballots used by someone who votes by mail or who requests a paper ballot when voting in person either on election day or when voting early in person.
Hours: Election Day, Tuesday, Nov 6, 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM
As long as you are in line at 7:30 PM you can stay and vote after 7:30 PM
Voting Locations Election Day:
You can verify your polling location in Greene County by entering your name at
http://Voterfind.tzo.org/greeneoh/vtrlookup.aspx or by calling one of the hotlines in item 5. Note that some voting locations have changed since 2008 and 2010.
8. Absentee voting by mail
Some voters used the application mailed to them by the Secretary of State office to apply for an absentee ballot by mail. Voters may also use other forms, such as the one at
Voters wishing to vote by mail should request a ballot as soon as possible. Note that voters should ONLY request an absentee ballot if they plan to vote with an absentee ballot. Voters who request an absentee ballot and then go to vote in person will need to vote a provisional ballot which will be counted after it is verified that the voter did not also mail in an absentee ballot. Voters voting absentee by mail should make sure to carefully follow the directions for completing the ballot, sealing the envelope, adding correct postage, etc. As an alternative to mailing the ballot, voters may personally deliver the completed paper ballot to the Greene County Board of Elections office or outside drop box at 551 Ledbetter Rd, Xenia. Voters CANNOT return the absentee ballot to their election day polling location. Absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before Monday, November 5 (earlier is better) or hand delivered to the Board of Elections office before 7:30 pm on election day.
9. Reply to this email if you would like me to email you an attachment with a two page (one page double-sided) summary of voting information for Greene County Dems so you can print it for yourself or others or forward it to those who might like to have a list of the Democrats on the ballot in Greene County (including those not designated by party) as well as info on early voting in person times, hotline numbers, etc.
Thank you and sorry for the length of this email! Let me know of any corrections. Please let me know if you wish to discontinue receiving these emails. Please consider voting early so you can volunteer on election day. Obama volunteers will be knocking on doors going out mid-morning, early afternoon and late afternoon on Sat, Sun, Mon, and Tues, Nov 3 – 6 as well as most weekday evenings and weekend days from now until Nov 6. Please volunteer with any of the candidates or let me or one of the Obama staffers know when you can help; we need door knockers in the greatest numbers, but also needed are efforts of other kinds.
Lynn Buffington, volunteer, firstname.lastname@example.org 657-0426
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2012
Contact: Michael McGovern, 937-245-1232
Turner Fails To Answer Basic Questions In Debate
Dayton, OH – Today Sharen Neuhardt and Mike Turner met for the one and only debate in the 10th District race. Given that Rep. Turner has failed to attend any candidate forums and answer to voters, Neuhardt asked that he address three basic questions in this morning’s debate. Turner failed to provide answers to any of them.
1. Why are you willing to cripple Wright-Patt and cost the Miami Valley thousands of defense jobs just to protect tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans?
If Congress does not come to a bipartisan agreement by the end of the year, the automatic cuts of sequestration would be devastating to the Miami Valley. Congressman Turner himself estimates that 4,000-5,000 jobs would be lost. Turner’s extreme partisanship is worsening this crisis. Rep. Turner and his GOP colleague’s unwillingness to compromise on eliminating tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans has prevented a deal from being reached. Eliminating these tax cuts would impact only 2% of Americans and 3% of small businesses.
By refusing to compromise on this issue, Turner is putting tax breaks for millionaires ahead of our national security and thousands of local jobs at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
2. In one 2-year period, you spent over $200,000 from your campaign account on legal and accounting fees. In fact, in one quarter you made the largest single legal payment of any member of Congress. What legal or ethical problems were you facing?
Between 2005 and 2006 Mike Turner spent more than $200,000 on legal and accounting fees. He has not provided an explanation for these bills. During this time he was paying Wylie Rein LLP, a Washington DC based law firm, as well as Freund, Freeze, & Arnold, a Dayton firm.
Particularly strange is a single $115,000 payment to Freund, Freeze & Arnold in November 2006 as well as a $23,000 payment to Dayton accounting firm Kenter Sellers LLP during the same month. The legal payment was the largest such payment of any member of Congress during that period. Freund, Freeze & Arnold advertises itself as a firm specializing in litigation.
Such huge legal and accounting expenses are not typical of a campaign. Turner has yet to explain what legal or ethical trouble required him to pay for these services. 10th District voters deserve an explanation.
3. Why should you be re-elected to Congress when the Miami Valley is worse off now than when you were first elected?
Mike Turner’s record speaks for itself. His time in Congress has been a disaster for the Miami Valley. An analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that the region has lost more than 50,000 jobs in the past 10 years. Instead of focusing on our community, Turner has been accused of corruption because of his wife’s business activities. Rather than strengthening Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, he has been fighting for wasteful defense projects in New Mexico that benefit his campaign donors that the military doesn’t even want. In Washington, he’s turned his back on Miami Valley families and seniors by supporting reckless budgets that gut important programs and end Medicare as we know it.
Communications Director, Neuhardt for Congress
Early In Person/Absentee Voting Office Hours
Early/Absentee voting begins on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 for the November 6, 2012 General Election.
|In Person Absentee Voting Days and Hours:|
|8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, from October 2, 2012 through October 5, 2012|
|8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday October 9, 2012 (also close of voter registration)|
|8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, from October 10, 2012 through October 12, 2012|
|8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, from October 15, 2012 through October 19, 2012|
|8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, from October 22, 2012 through October 26, 2012|
|8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, October 29, 2012 through November 1, 2012|
|8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday, November 2, 2012|
The Secretary of State has established the following uniform hours for in-person absentee voting during the three days immediately preceding the November 6, 2012 general election:
Saturday, November 3, 2012 – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, November 4, 2012 – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
|Monday, November 5, 2012 – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.|
Written requests that absentee ballots be mailed to you are accepted until noon on Saturday, November 3, 2012. All board of elections must be closed on Monday, October 8, 2012 in observance of a state holiday.
Please highlight the Dates of Activities on the right side of page for a listing of events, etc from Doris
You are invited to a Costume and Chile Cook-off that will be a fund raiser for our candidates. The fun will start at 5 PM at 71 E Second Street, Xenia (Elk’s Lodge #668).
Prize will be given for the best costume and the best chili! (Regular clothing welcomed, too.)
Menu – fantastic chili – great desserts and hot spiced apple cider and coffee.
Tickets are available at the Headquarters at 10 S. Detroit St, Xenia. Ths cost is $20.00 (this is for our candidates). Please purchase your tickets early so we will know how many to plan.!!
See you there!!!! Boo!!!!!
This is an email from our ever faithful Lynn Buffington about parking and access for Tuesday’s Rally! Have fun!!
Hello Beavercreek and Friends,
I know that many of you have tickets for the rally tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct 23). I have had several phone calls asking about parking, seating, etc. Below is the information the campaign has given out:
Gates Open 12:30 pm. (It will probably be hours after the doors open before the President speaks)
Address Even Entrance Island Metro Park 101 E Helena St no pedestrian traffic will be permitted through Triangle Park to access Island Metro Park.
Parking: Area parking is limited and we encourage carpooling or the use of public transportation. Shuttle buses will be available to bring guests to the event from downtown. Buses will leave and return from Main St, Dayton between Second St and Third St, adjacent to the Courthouse (on the west side of Main St, the southbound side of the street). This shuttle will be available from 11 am until 1 pm before the event, and directly after the event.
Security: small cameras and cell phones permitted. Please limit personal belongings to go through security in a timely manner.
Do not bring signs, bags, umbrellas, chairs, liquids, or sharp objects. Water will be provided at the event.
It is important to arrive early in order to pass through security.
A ticket is required for entry. An ID is not required.
Even will be primarily standing room and it suggested that attendees wear comfortable shoes. A limited amount of seating will be provided for individuals with disabilities.
Lynn Buffington, volunteer, email@example.com 657-0426
Email/call to phone bank for Obama – Justin Corvino 937-594-5971, firstname.lastname@example.org
Email/call to phone bank for Sherrod Brown & all the rest of the Democrats running – Shonda Sneed 937-559-4643, sLsyo1971.hotmail.com
Email/call to phone bank for Sharen Neuhardt – Jerzy Dydecki 347-909-5591, jDydecki@gmail.com