Guest blog: Terry Boose differs from Governor on what will help Ohio agriculture

Editor’s Note:  State Rep. Terry Boose represents Ohio’s 58th house district, comprising the eastern third of Seneca County, all of Huron County, and western and southern portions of Lorain County.  This editorial was released to media outlets on 7/23/2010.

Strickland’s Agricultural “Deal” Detrimental to the Industry

Here in Ohio, farming represents a vital component of our economy and ensures the livelihood of a number of Ohioans. Agriculture ranks as Ohio’s largest industry, which is an indicator of its importance to the well-being of our communities as well as to Ohio’s economic success.

Lately, I have been hearing a lot of negative feedback from constituents about the “deal” Governor Ted Strickland has brokered between agriculture leaders and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Farmers in the 58th Ohio House District seem especially concerned with this troubling development. I am devoted to looking out for the best interests of my constituency, and Governor Strickland’s deal simply doesn’t reflect this objective.

This “deal” that the governor was instrumental in organizing was struck between the HSUS and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation on June 30th. It halted Ohioans for Humane Farms from submitting signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State, collected to put an HSUS-backed animal care initiative on the fall ballot. Strickland painted this agreement between Jack Fisher, CEO of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and Wayne Pacelle, CEO of HSUS, as a welcome compromise that reflects the best interests of both parties. In actuality, this deal negatively impacts farmers by placing on them a host of constraining regulations.

Ohio’s farmers and the agriculture industry as a whole did not need to enter into negotiations or make any of the compromises contained within this debilitating agreement. The Ohio Secretary of State’s office has noted that it was unlikely that the Ohioans for Humane Farms would have amassed the requisite 402,275 signatures to get their animal care initiative on the November ballot. Therefore, it was unnecessary for Ohio’s farmers to give in to any demands that would impede the success of their industry. It worries me that Governor Strickland would broker a deal that will have such a negative impact on our communities and economy.

I am listening to the feedback from the farmers in the 58th Ohio House District and will continue to address the concerns of my constituency. Many of the items that were negotiated in Governor Strickland’s “deal” have to be enacted with legislation for them to take effect. As your state representative, I will not support anything that is not also backed by the farmers of our community. My concerns lie with the well-being of Ohioans, and I will work to ensure that their livelihoods are not compromised by the governor’s ill-advised agreement.

Press release: Peter J. Corrigan gaining ground in competitive race for Ohio’s 10th Congressional district

Editor’s note:  This press release was issued on 7/23/2010 by the Cuyahoga County Republican Party.  In even-numbered years, all 435 seats in U.S. House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Congress, are up for election.  The general election this year will be held on November 2nd.  Those who are elected will take office in January 2011.  Ohio’s 10th Congressional district, wholly contained within Cuyahoga County, stretches along the lakefront from the west side of Cleveland over to Bay Village and extends inland as far south as Olmsted Falls and Parma.

10th Congressional Candidate Peter Corrigan Proves Tough Test For Kucinich

Seven-term incumbent Congressman Dennis Kucinich faces the toughest challenge of his Congressional career in 2010 against Peter Corrigan. Corrigan, the Republican candidate for Ohio’s 10th Congressional District has been on the move and experts in Ohio and the national stage have begun to take notice. A conservative Republican, Corrigan is running against ultra-liberal Dennis Kucinich in a seat that was previously thought of as “un-poachable” by mainstream political pundits. However the Weekly Standard recently published an article suggesting that if Dennis Kucinich can be defeated, Corrigan is the candidate to do it. To review the article please click on the following link

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has officially announced Peter Corrigan as an ‘On the Radar’ candidate, an important first step in its Young Guns program. Founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program is a member-driven organization dedicated to electing open-seat and challenger candidates nationwide.

NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions stated “Peter is an accomplished, independent leader who will fight to create jobs and rein in government spending. I am confident that we will be successful in our efforts to win this seat and add it to the Republican column in November.”

Recent polling by Scott Brown’s pollster, Neil Newhouse at Public Opinion Strategies, shows that Kucinich has lost a portion of his base support after abandoning his stated positions on key issues such as healthcare and the budget crisis by caving to political pressure from the Obama Administration. Voters in the District are evenly split (47%-47%) on whether Kucinich should be re-elected; very weak numbers for a 14-year incumbent Congressman, but not surprising given his – and the Democratic Congressional leaders’ – plummeting approval ratings.

Kucinich currently has twice the money on hand as Corrigan for this campaign; a gap Corrigan intends to eliminate and surpass in the next 30 days. For more information, to volunteer or make a donation please visit the Peter Corrigan for Congress Campaign website at or call the campaign office directly at 216-579-9487.

Corrigan comes from a long line of public servants to Ohio and enters the 10th Congressional District race this fall with his family’s legacy in mind. The grandson of a Chief of the Cleveland Fire Department, the nephew of a Cleveland city councilman and of a judge on the Ohio Court of Appeals, as well as the son of a well renowned Cleveland physician, Corrigan knows Ohio’s 10th Congressional District well and plans on representing it accurately and passionately. He was a high school Honors student, as well as a lettered Track and Field star who later attended Wake Forest University. After earning his Bachelors in Physics, Corrigan attended Case Western Reserve University to receive his Masters and afterwards, Harvard Business School. After many years of working as a tradesman, physicist, and business leader, Corrigan currently works as the Chief Operating Officer of Prestolite Electric in Cleveland where he resides with his wife and three children.  For more information, please visit Peter’s site

Press release from Ohio House Republicans: Straight Talk Drives Discussion on Jobs Creation Package


Editor’s note:  The Republican Caucus of the Ohio House of Representatives issued this press release on 7/23/2010.  Standing in the center of the photograph above is Brynn Allio, director of government relations at the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE).  Flanking Mr. Allio on the left side of the photo are Rep. Todd Snitchler of the 50th Ohio House district and Rep. Nan Baker of the 16th Ohio House district.  Next to Mr. Allio on the right side of the photo are Rep. Ron Amstutz of the 3rd Ohio House district, and Rep. William Batchelder of the 69th Ohio House district.  Rep. Batchelder also serves as the Minority Leader in the Ohio House.


Lawmakers: It’s All About Jobs!

WESTLAKE, OH- A crowded room conversed for more than two hours yesterday on how lawmakers and members of the business community need to proceed, with the “Future of Ohio” jobs package, legislation aimed to get Ohioans back to work.

 “The state loses $1,422 for each Ohioan who loses their job, plus the increased cost in social services needed to assist an unemployed Ohioan. It is vital that we focus on job retention and growth while fostering our small business community,” said Rep. Nan Baker (R-Westlake), who championed this legislative effort. “The recession’s toll on Ohio demands a swift answer from policy makers, and I firmly believe that this package is a necessary step to make Ohio a more business-friendly state.  As I continue to say, ‘It’s all about jobs!’

 This 10-bill package of legislation consists of a broad span of initiatives that will create jobs, retain college graduates and foster economic growth. The tax reforms contained within the package will make Ohio a more financially attractive place for its workforce and the businesses that employ them. Ohio lost 200,000 jobs in 2009 alone due to the exodus of businesses to other states.

 “Ohio’s economic climate is not appealing to businesses across the country looking to expand or relocate to our state,” said House Republican Leader William G. Batchelder (R-Medina). “For more than 18 months, Ohio has reported substantially higher unemployment numbers than the nation as a whole. We cannot hope to remedy this situation without concrete efforts to create a positive business perception.”

Currently, Forbes Magazine ranks Ohio 47th in the nation for prospective job creation, income growth, venture capital investments and business openings.

 “A healthy economy means increased job opportunity and business growth,” said Rep. Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster). “By attracting out-of-state companies to move and expand here, we are ensuring a more prosperous Ohio for generations to come.”

 The jobs package includes tax incentives, increases in flexibility in business options, and efforts to provide relevant information to companies. With this legislation, House Republicans have made a concerted effort to improve the business climate.

 “The goal of this legislation is to formulate both short and long-term solutions to economic problems specific to Ohio,” said Rep. Todd Snitchler (R-Uniontown).   “Without a thorough examination of how we (the state of Ohio) do business soon, the Buckeye state will continue to suffer.” 

When enacted, these legislative measures will address the departure of businesses, work to retain our college graduates, make the state more conducive to small businesses, and encourage businesses to expand their payroll. As the presentation came to an end, the representatives expressed their continued hope that the “Future of Ohio” jobs package will gain bipartisan support in the immediate future.