Sunday, May 31, 2009

Next Meeting!

Just wanted to remind everyone that the next meeting of the Young Republicans is Tuesday night at Beef O Brady's. We will start at 7 o'clock. I'm very excited about some of the things we have to discuss and hope everyone can bring a friend!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Some interesting questions....and answers....

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Taylor Announces Re-Election!

This is a article published online at

Auditor Taylor to seek re-election, not U.S. Senate seat
By William Hershey | Friday, May 15, 2009, 02:16 PM
State Auditor Mary Taylor well seek re-election next year and not run for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. George Voinovich, according to Greg Gantt, Montgomery County GOP chairman.

Auditor Mary Taylor
The state Republican Central Committee on Friday, May 15, endorsed Taylor for re-election.
Gantt said he was informed of Taylor’s decision earlier in the week and was pleased.
Taylor, however, would not confirm her decision, but issued this statement:
“I appreciate the endorsement of the Ohio Republican State Central Committee and Executive Committee. I will make an official announcement of my intentions for 2010 later next week.”
State GOP offficials, however, had wanted to avoid a primary and were pleased.
“Mary Taylor has done an outstanding job as our state auditor for the last two years, keeping the governor accountable, which is what she’s supposed to do,” said John McClelland, Ohio GOP spokesman.
News of Taylor’s decision followed the announcement on Tuesday, May 12, from Democratic Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper that he’s running for auditor next year.
Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern wasn’t impressed with Taylor’s decision.
“I think if you ask 10 Ohioans who Mary Taylor is, nine wouldn’t know and the tenth wouldn’t return your phone call,” said Redfern. He said the winner in the auditor’s race will be the candidate who works hardest at jobs such as meeting the voters and Pepper “is that kind of candidate.”
The auditor is on the five-member Apportionment Board that will draw new state legislative districts after the 2010 census.
Taylor’s decision avoids a battle with former U.S. Rep. Rob Portman of the Cincinnati area for the GOP Senate nomination. Cleveland-area auto dealer Tom Ganley also has said he plans to seek the nomination.
On the Democratic side, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher are seeking the nomination.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Austria fights Guantanamo!

This is an article that appears at

Austria introduces bill to bar Guantanamo detainees from Buckeye state
By Jessica Wehrman | Thursday, May 7, 2009, 05:35 PM

U.S. Rep. Steve Austria does not want former prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba sent to Ohio - and he’s introduced a bill to keep it from happening.

Austria, R-Beavercreek, introduced a bill Thursday, May 7, to keep enemy combatants currently housed at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from being transferred to prisons in Ohio. The bill also bars the use of federal dollars to build facilities in Ohio to house enemy combatants from Guantanamo.

Austria’s bill -Â cosponsored by U.S. Reps. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, Jean Schmidt, R-Loveland, Jim Jordan, R-Urbana and Pat Tiberi, R-Columbus - comes after a handful of lawmakers from other states, including Minnesota and California, introduced similar bills to keep Guantanamo prisoners from being sent to their state.

Austria said he and other members of Congress are worried that President Obama, who promised during the presidential campaign to close Guantanamo, hasn’t crafted a plan for where to send the approximately 245 detainees currently located there.

Obama earlier this year issued an executive order to close the Guantanamo detention center. On Monday, the House Appropriations Committee turned down Obama’s request for about $80 million to move prisoners from Guantanamo because he had yet to release a plan for where he intended to send them.

“I don’t believe Congress should approve the administration’s request for funds until they have a clear plan in place of how they’ll be relocated and where they’ll be relocated that ensures the safety of all Americans,” he said.

This bill is Austria’s first standalone bill since he came to Congress in January, although he has also attached an amendment supporting greater military pay raises to an earlier bill.