Columbus – Chair Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) and Vice Chair Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo), on behalf of the Executive Committee of the Ohio Democratic Women’s Legislative Caucus, today issued a joint statement regarding the arrest of conspirators by the FBI, who were allegedly planning to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

“It is alarming that members of a citizen militia allegedly conspired to violently kidnap Governor Whitmer and force her to ‘stand trial’ for treason, purportedly related to her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a continuation of a pattern of female state leaders, such as former Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, being harassed and threatened with harm. The Women’s Caucus is deeply concerned that these conspirators felt comfortable meeting in our state to plot their disgusting actions. We condemn these alleged actions, as well as the continuation of harmful actions and rhetoric against female public officials.”



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Democrats Lament Another Broken Promise By LaRose


State Reps. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) responded to the state Controlling Board refusing to hear Secretary LaRose’s late request for additional authority to pay return postage for absentee ballots in its meeting yesterday. LaRose said he will come back to the Board in mid-September, but absentee ballot applications are set to be mailed to 7.8 Million Ohio voters before that – around Labor Day – without return postage. The members have been urging LaRose for months to use existing authority of his office to pay return postage for both applications and ballots.


Democrats Urge LaRose To Keep His Word To Ohio Voters


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.  


Democrats Unite To Tell LaRose: Do Your Job


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.


OLBC President Rep. Stephanie Howse Urges Action On Pay Equity On Black Women's Equal Pay Day


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.