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Congress ok’s the killing of wolves and bears in Alaska wildlife refuges

How did YOUR U.S. rep and YOUR TWO, U.S. senators vote?

The U.S. House and the U.S. Senate voted to OVERTURN a rule banning “some of the most appalling practices … denning of wolf pups, killing hibernating bears, spotting grizzly bears from aircraft and then shooting them after landing, and trapping grizzly bears and black bears with steel-jawed leghold traps and snares” … This will be on “16 national wildlife refuges covering 76 million acres, all in the state of Alaska.”

“Republican lawmakers did this for the NRA, the Safari Club, and some hunting guides and outfitters.” (Read the details in Humane Society, linked)

http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2017/02/u-s-house-sanctions-killing-hibernating-bears-wolf-pups-dens-federal-refuges-alaska.html?credit=blog_em_021617_id8790&utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=humanenation

I strongly encourage you to call your three, federal legislators to voice your support or opposition to their votes.

“Good morning, Senator Brown.  This is (your name), an Ohio voter, calling from (your city and zip code).  Thank you for your NO VOTE on SJ Res 18, which overturns important, wildlife protections for wolf pups and hibernating bears.  It allows for aerial spotting of bears and steel-jawed, leg traps.  I do not support these cruel methods of killing wildlife. I appreciate that you do not either.”

TWEET 

Just click on @SenSherrodBrown below.  You will be taken to his Twitter account. Non-Ohio voters can use their own U.S. senators here.

@SenSherrodBrown   Thanks 4 your NO VOTE on SJ Res 18 – No more killing vulnerable, wolf pups & hibernating bears in Alaska #STOPreversingprotections

@senrobportman  I’m disheartened that you VOTED YES on SJ Res 18 – I oppose killing wolves & bears on Alaskan wildlife refuges 

You can find YOUR two U.S. senators and their contact information at the link below.  Contact information for Ohio Senators Brown and Portman follow. 

https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/  (Find all 100 U.S. senators here)

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/   (Find all 435 U.S. representatives here)  

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (D)

Cleveland  (216) 522-7272     Toll Free 1-888-896-OHIO (6446)

Cincinnati  (513) 684-1021     Columbus  (614) 469-2083

Lorain  (440) 242-4100     Washington, DC  (202) 224-2315

Ohio Senator Rob Portman (R)

Washington, D.C.   (202) 224-3353     Columbus (614) 469-6774

Toll-Free 1-800-205-6446 (OHIO)     Cincinnati  (513) 684-3265

Cleveland  (216)  522-7095     Toledo  (419)  259-3895

https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/  (Find all 100 U.S. senators here.)

U.S. senators voted largely on party lines 52-48, 2 not voting

YEAS – 52  (to OVERTURN the current rule)
Alexander (R-TN)   Barrasso (R-WY)   Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)   Burr (R-NC)   Capito (R-WV)
Cassidy (R-LA)   Cochran (R-MS)   Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)   Cornyn (R-TX)   Cotton (R-AR)
Crapo (R-ID)   Cruz (R-TX)   Daines (R-MT)
Enzi (R-WY)   Ernst (R-IA)   Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ)   Gardner (R-CO)   Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)   Hatch (R-UT)   Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)   Inhofe (R-OK)   Johnson (R-WI)
Kennedy (R-LA)   Lankford (R-OK)   Lee (R-UT)
McCain (R-AZ)   McConnell (R-KY)   Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK)   Perdue (R-GA)   Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID)   Roberts (R-KS)   Rounds (R-SD)
Rubio (R-FL)   Sasse (R-NE)   Scott (R-SC)
Shelby (R-AL)   Strange (R-AL)   Sullivan (R-AK)
Thune (R-SD)   Tillis (R-NC)   Toomey (R-PA)
Wicker (R-MS)   Young (R-IN)
NAYs – 48  (to KEEP the current protections)
Baldwin (D-WI)   Bennet (D-CO)   Blumenthal (D-CT)
Booker (D-NJ)   Brown (D-OH)   Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)   Carper (D-DE)   Casey (D-PA)
Coons (D-DE)   Cortez Masto (D-NV)   Donnelly (D-IN)
Duckworth (D-IL)   Durbin (D-IL)   Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)   Gillibrand (D-NY)   Harris (D-CA)
Hassan (D-NH)   Heinrich (D-NM)   Heitkamp (D-ND)
Hirono (D-HI)   Kaine (D-VA)   King (I-ME)
Klobuchar (D-MN)   Leahy (D-VT)   Manchin (D-WV)
Markey (D-MA)   McCaskill (D-MO)   Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)   Murphy (D-CT)   Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)   Peters (D-MI)   Reed (D-RI)
Sanders (I-VT)   Schatz (D-HI)   Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)   Stabenow (D-MI)   Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-NM)   Van Hollen (D-MD)   Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA)   Whitehouse (D-RI)   Wyden (D-OR)
Not Voting – 2
Isakson (R-GA)   Paul (R-KY)

Ohio:  Brown (D-OH), Nay  Portman (R-OH), Yea

Ohio U.S. representatives

Please check below to see how YOUR U.S. Rep voted today on HJ 69, (renamed SJ Res 18 in the U.S. Senate). Then, call him either to thank him for his vote or to respectfully tell him his vote does not represent your views and why.

Ohio U.S. reps voted strictly on party lines. 

Steve Chabot (R) YES (513) 684-2723
Warren Davidson (R) YES (513) 779-5400
Bob Gibbs (R) YES (419) 207-0650 
Jim Jordan (R) YES (419) 999-6455
Bill Johnson (R) YES (740)-376-0868
David Joyce (R) YES (440) 352-3939
Bob Latta (R) YES (419) 354-8700
Jim Renacci (R) YES (330) 336-3001
Steve Stivers (R) YES (614) 771-4968
Pat Tiberi (R) YES (614) 895-0900
Mike Turner (R) YES (937) 225-2843
Brad Wenstrup (R) YES (513) 474-7777

Joyce Beatty (D) NO (202) 225-4324 
Marcia Fudge (D) NO (216) 522-4900
Marcy Kaptur (D) NO (216) 767-5933
Tim Ryan (D) NO (330) 630-7311

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll098.xml (Check non-Ohio US reps’ votes here)

Send your VOICES & TWEETS to Columbus!

OHIO ANIMAL ACTION ALERT!

SB 331. “Dog Sales in Pet Stores”, IS EXPECTED TO HAVE AMENDMENTS AND TO BE VOTED ON and PASSED BY THE FULL HOUSE THIS WEEK!

Your VOICES & TWEETS are needed to STOP the passage of SB 331,”Dog Sales in Pet Stores”

Tuesday, December 4 – House Finance Committee hearing, possible amendments added

Some two hundred jurisdictions across the nation have passed ordinances, banning the sale of mill animals in pet stores.

Additionally, some twenty-one states have passed “Puppy Lemon Laws”.  These laws promote the humane treatment of animals and  protect unsuspecting consumers from purchasing unhealthy, unsocialized animals.

OHIO is headed in the OPPOSITE direction!

It appears that special interests and big business influence state law.  The chorus of “No More Big Government” is silent here.  State government is strong-arming Ohio voters by moving quickly to OVERTURN “home rule” in Toledo and Grove City and to prevent it from popping up in jurisdictions across the state.  

These bills are primarily an affront to our Ohio Constitution. Our Constitution has “home rule”.  “Home rule” intends to protect the wisdom of each community to know best what its own values are and to independently legislate in order to preserve those values.   

When Petland comes a-knocking, our state legislators open the door wide. The Statehouse ignores the state Constitution, the will of its voters, and the orderly progression of bills. 

The business interests of one company, Petland, are being promoted by the Ohio General Assembly over “home rule”, the will of the voters, consumer protections, and animal welfare. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Ohio, CALL your STATE REPRESENTATIVES and the HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE in opposition to SB 331.  Instructions and contact information follow below.  This bill is a runaway locomotive, … but that does not mean we should not try.
  • If you buy pet food, animal toys, pet shampoo, or pet products of any kind, thank you for only supporting those stores that advocate for our animal friends and the families that purchase them.  

SB 331, “Dog Sales in Pet Stores”, PASSED the Ohio Senate.  It aims to pass the House in the next couple of weeks.

Sponsor – Senator Bob Peterson (R), Cosponsors – Senators John Eklund (R) and Bill Seitz (R)

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-SB-331 (Read SB 331 here.)

Please RESPECTFULLY write or call the members of the House Finance committee.  It’s always better to tweak the script to make it fresh.  Calls require more effort of the office staff than e-mails; therefore, our calls make a stronger impression in Columbus. 

You might say, “Good morning, Chair Smith.  This is (your name) from (your city).  I strongly urge you to VOTE NO on SB 331, ‘Dog Sales in Pet Stores’.  

“I stand firmly against this bill for several reasons.  First, it was only introduced in the late spring.  SB 331 is being fast-tracked and has not been properly vetted.  

“Second, I am opposed to the state legislators stomping on ‘home rule’, embedded in the Ohio Constitution.   “Home rule” says local jurisdictions are in the best position to know what their community values are and to make their own ordinances.

“This is yet another example of ‘big government’ (132 state legislators) deciding what’s best for all and imposing laws which the local jurisdictions do not want.

“Third, state legislation should protect unsuspecting families from buying defective, unsocialized animals instead of opening the floodgates to sell more mill animals.

“Fourth, how do the wishes of one, Ohio business, Petland, override the wishes of the voters in Toledo, Grove City, and in jurisdictions across the state?

“Again, I urge you to VOTE NO on SB 331, ‘Dog Sales in Pet Stores’.”

House Finance Committee

Rep Ryan Smith (R), Chair  (614) 466-1366  rep93@ohiohouse.gov

Rep Scott Ryan (R), Vice Chair  (614) 466-1482  rep71@ohiohouse.gov

Rep Denise Driehaus (D), Ranking Minority Member  (614) 466-5786  rep31@ohiohouse.gov

Rep Marlene Anielski (R), (614) 644-6041  rep06@ohiohouse.gov

Rep Nickie J. Antonio (D), (614) 466-5921  rep13@ohiohouse.gov

Rep Kevin Boyce (D), (614) 466-5343 rep25@ohiohouse.gov

Rep Tony Burkley (R), (614) 644-5091  rep82@ohiohouse.gov

Rep Jack Cera (D), (614) 466-3735  rep96@ohiohouse.gov

Rep Kathleen Clyde (D), (614) 466-2004 rep75@ohiohouse.gov

Rep Robert Cupp (R),  (614) 466-9624  rep04@ohiohouse.gov

Rep Timothy Derickson (R),  (614) 644-5094  rep53@ohiohouse.gov

Rep John Patterson (D), (614) 466-1405  rep99@ohiohouse.gov

Rep Debbie Phillips (D), (614) 466-2158  rep94@ohiohouse.gov

Rep Barbara Sears (R), (614) 466-1731  rep47@ohiohouse.gov

Today, I am Ohio

Today, I am Ohio.  I am shocked at what happened in Arizona this year.  I am chilled at what is happening right now in Ohio.

A rotting stink is slowly wafting across the nation.  It’s not just the usual, rising stench of the 10,000 mills with puppies and kittens, endlessly crated, lying in their own waste.  This nasty odor starts in Arizona.  A bill was signed this spring into law by Arizona Governor Ducey.  This new state law, allowing pet stores to sell animals from large-scale breeders (AKA “puppy mills”), trumps and VOIDS ordinances already in effect in the cities of Tempe and Phoenix, and finishes off the proposed ordinance in Tucson.  These three cities had independently legislated that they would only allow shelter and rescue dogs to be sold in pet stores.  The state legislature decided otherwise for them.  

The new law also STOPS other Arizona jurisdictions from passing such ordinances in the future.

Arizona’s initiative is larger than the mill animals being sold in pet stores.  Please note that there are some 18, Arizona state bills that aim to trump local ordinances.  

Additionally, there is a state bill that intends to withhold state funds from jurisdictions that want to pass local ordinances that do not line up with the Arizona legislature’s proposals.

Two, fast-tracked, Ohio bills

This same rotten funk is now hovering over Ohio.  Two bills are being fast-tracked at the end of the legislative session against the will of Ohioans and against “home rule”, embedded in the Ohio Constitution.

Two years ago, Toledo passed an ordinance, banning the sale of mill animals in pet stores. Grove City passed this same ordinance in March.

So, Petland pushed back hard.  First, it sued Grove City Council because it not want the local ordinance. Then, Petland, whose international headquarters is in Chillicothe, approached Senator Bob Peterson (R) of Chillicothe, to sponsor state legislation similar to Arizona’s.

SB 331, sponsored by Senator Peterson (R) moved through committee and passed a full Senate vote in about a week, lightning speed. Amendments are expected to be added this week.  A full House vote is expected to pass SB 331 this week, the last week of the General Assembly.  

These bills are not good for mill animals, where profit stomps puppies, and not good for unsuspecting, pet owners. Additionally, the passage of these initiatives does not bode well for the passage of future, animal welfare legislation in Ohio. These bills must be stopped.

What can you do to stop these bills from being enacted?  Call Speaker Rosenberger’s office (614) 466-3506 today  to RESPECTFULLY oppose SB 331, Dog Sales in Pet Stores!

You might say, “Good morning! This is (your name) from (your city). I am calling to ask Speaker Rosenberger to use his authority as Speaker of the Ohio House to oppose SB 331, Dog Sales in Pet Stores. 

“SB 331 is not good for Ohio animals, families, or communities.  It perpetuates the inhumane treatment of animals by large-scale breeders.  It does not protect unsuspecting families, who buy pet store animals that often have enormous medical and behavior problems.  It stomps ‘home rule’, embedded in the Ohio Constitution.  Ohio jurisdictions know what their own community values are, and are capable of legislating accordingly. 

“Most states across the nation are moving in the OPPOSITE direction. Their pet stores use the successful business model of selling pets from shelters and humane agencies, not large-scale breeders. 

“Thank you for using your leadership to protect Ohio animals, families, and communities by OPPOSING the passage of SB 331!”

 

Is your state rep a humane legislator?

Paws and the Law is proud to endorse

these humane legislators …

The single, most important act you can take to curb animal cruelty and neglect is to VOTE SMART!  Vote for HUMANE LEGISLATORS that have a proven, voting record of sponsoring / cosponsoring and voting for good, companion animal bills and voting against bad ones.

Here are the humane legislators, currently serving in the House of Representatives.  The newer representatives are not included since they do not have a significant voting record yet.  Some candidates on your November 8 ballot have no voting records because they have not been elected yet.

Please VOTE SMART for HUMANE LEGISLATORS on November 8.  All 99 House seats and half of the 33 Senate seats will be on the ballot. These are the Columbus decision makers who vote for (or against) our companion animal laws.

Find your state rep and your state senator by filling in BOTH boxes (zip code PLUS four-digit extension) at the link below.

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legisl…/find-my-legislators

Candidates running for office have both a web site and a Facebook page.  Why not call them or message them on their web page or on Facebook?  Ask them which companion animal bills they have voted for in the past.  Ask what their position is on an animal cruelty registry, animal fighting, and felony for animal cruelty.

Be sure to share what you have learned with your family and friends before November 8!

Because of our heavily gerrymandered districts in Ohio, the November winners for our Senate and House will be largely determined in March. Yet, that does not mean that we should not try!

Thank you for VOTING SMART!

 Marlene Anielski (R ) 

Nickie J. Antonio (D)

Michael D. Ashford (D) 

John E. Barnes (D) 

Heather Bishoff (D)

Louis Blessing (R) 

Kristin Boggs (D) 

Janine Boyd (D) 

Tim Brown (R )

 Jim Butler (R ) 

Nicholas J. Celebrezze (D) 

 Jack Cera (D) 

Kathleen Clyde (D) 

Margaret Conditt (R )  

Bob Cupp (R ) 

Anthony DeVitis (R ) 

Mike Duffey (R ) 

Tim Ginter (R ) 

Anne Gonzales (R ) 

Doug Green (R ) 

Christina M. Hagan (R ) 

Stephanie Howse (D)

Jim Hughes (R)

Terry A. Johnson (R )

Al Landis (R ) 

Michele Lepore-Hagan (D) 

John Patterson (D) 

Rick Perales (R ) …

Dan Ramos (D) 

Alicia Reece (D) 

Wes Retherford (R ) 

John M. Rogers (D) 

Mark Romanchuk (R ) 

Cliff Rosenberger (R )

Gary K. Scherer (R ) …

Kirk Schuring (R) 

Michael Sheehy (D)

Marilyn Slaby (R)  

Kent Smith (D) 

Ryan Smith (R )

Robert Cole Sprague (R )

Fred Strahorn (D) 

Ron Young (R ) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOTE SMART in November! Vote for change in the Ohio Senate!

Ohio cats and dogs want you to VOTE SMART in November!

Use your precious vote to VOTE for HUMANE LEGISLATORS.  We vote for them.  They vote for our bills.

Each voter can vote for no more than one, state rep and one, state senator.  

So, just focus on your TWO legislators. Don’t worry about the other 130 legislators right now.

Find your state rep and your state senator at the following link.  Fill in BOTH boxes.  In the first box, type your zip code.  In the second box, type your 4-digit extension.  If you do not know your 4-digit extension, there is a quick link right above the boxes to find it.

If you have done everything correctly, you will see JUST TWO NAMES, your state rep and your state senator. 

If you have problems with the link, just Google “Find my Ohio, state legislators” for  fresh link.

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislators/find-my-legislators

Our bills languish and die in the Ohio Senate year after year. We need to change the state Senate!

Remember that only 16 of the 33 Senate seats are up for reelection.  Perhaps your state senator is one that will not be up for reelection this year.

Each candidate has a Facebook page and a web site.  Call or write to them.  Ask about the voting records and their positions on animal issues that are important to you.

“VOTE 411” is an excellent web site for voters

You can find your own voting location and see your own ballot.  There are links to more  complete information on the candidates and the issues on your ballot.  This site is constantly updated right until March 15.  So, if some information is not there, keep trying back.   

Just type in your address on the first page.  Then, follow the green button, “Get personalized information on candidates and issues.”  Then, click on the green button, “View My Races”.

http://www.vote411.org/home#.VtL9d8eMC9Y (Excellent web site for personal voter information)

I strongly encourage you to VOTE OUT the STATE SENATORS who do not vote for or sponsor our bills.

 

Gerrymandering Blunts All Hopes

Disgraceful gerrymandering of Ohio districts blunts all hopes of the passage of our companion animal bills. Our congressional and state legislators are all in “safe districts”. Those comfortable districts have been carved out with laser precision by computers to assure a predetermined outcome on Election Day.

Efforts to control the district lines for political gain have been in effect since the beginning of our nation. Democrats and Republicans alike have used this technique to their advantage over the years. Patrick Henry opposed the Constitution. So, he attempted to draw district lines in a way that would cause James Madison, a prime author of the Constitution, to not be elected.

In the 1812, Elbridge Gerry, governor of Massachusetts, endorsed a redistricting plan to ensure his party’s domination. Some of the redrawn district lines were long and skinny, like a salamander. Thus, a combination of “Gerry” and “salamander” gave us the origin of Gerrymander, a partisan attempt at drawing district lines so that the party in control benefits politically.

Gerrymandering leads to serious consequences for the health of our democracy.  It is a root cause of  frustrating political inertia. The MAJORITY PARTY NOW CHOOSES THE VOTERS in advance. It both carves out large districts for itself and packs the minority party’s voters into a few districts.

Outcomes for the November election are decided in the spring primary.  In a designated Democratic district, for example, the winner of the Democrat primary will also be the winner in November.  The winner of the Republican primary has little chance of success in that Democratic district.

Legislators are so comfortable in their districts that they do not have to work across the aisle. This is what leads to extreme political positions and lack of progress on important issues.

In contrast, in a healthy democracy, the voters choose the legislators.  The legislators compromise by working across the aisle.  There is progress on important issues, like our companion animal bills.

                                            US Supreme Court Decision

Arizona voters wanted a fairer, less partisan system of the voter districts. So, in 2000, they made created an independent redistricting commission.

The Arizona commission has five members, two chosen by Republican lawmakers and two by Democratic lawmakers. The fifth member is chosen by the other four.

The Republican-led, Arizona state legislature sued. The legislators said the voters did not have the authority to take the power away from the legislators to draw district lines.

The Arizona case made its way all the way up to the US Supreme Court. In 2015, the Court ruled, 5 – 4, that Arizona voters could create an independent, redistricting commission.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony M. Kennedy, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan were in the majority.

Justice Ginsburg wrote for the majority, “The animating principle of our Constitution is that the people themselves are the originating source of all the powers of government.”

“In so acting, Arizona voters sought to restore ‘the core principle of republican government’, namely, that the voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around.”

Justices John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. were in the minority.

                                    What happens to Ohio, companion animal bills?

Our companion animal bills do not fair well year after year in the Statehouse. They have some activity in the House. Then, when they are assigned to the Senate Agriculture Committee, they meet failure. In the Senate, our bills generally languish and die in a two-year period without even a hearing.

In the last General Assembly we supported ten, companion animal bills. One bill was enacted. Nine bills died. SB 177, Domestic Violence and Pet Protection Orders, the one bill that passed, had been in the General Assemblies for eight, long years.

In Ohio, when the votes are cast, Republicans and Democrats win about the same number of votes. Yet, 75% of Ohio congressional legislators and 66% of state legislators are Republicans.

Gerrymandering is why we get so little response to our calls, visits, and e-mails.  Ohio legislators are all sitting comfortably in their political offices.  They do not have to work at compromise across the aisle to stay in office. The strength of the individual voice has been seriously compromised.

                                                            What you can do

VOTE YES on ISSUE 1 on your November ballot. Issue 1 is endorsed by the Ohio Democrats, the Ohio Republicans, the League of Women Voters, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO, and many more organizations.

With a fairer, more representative redistricting plan in place, there will be hope again for the passage of our companion animal bills.  It is the way forward for our bills.

 

Ohio House Humane Report Card

 

 Representatives

   

Counties

 

Districts

 

 Humane       Voting         Scores

Adams, John R Champaign, Logan, Shelby 85   not on 2014 ballot
Adams, Richard R Darke, Miami 80   not on 2014 ballot
Amstutz, Ron R Wayne 1 62% U
Anielski, Marlene R Cuyahoga 6 93% A
Antonio, Nickie D Cuyahoga 13 100% A+
Ashford, Mike D Lucas 44 100% A+
Baker, Nan A. R Cuyahoga 16 94% A
Barborak, Nick D Columbiana 5 100% A+
Barnes, John Jr. D Cuyahoga 12 100% A+
Batchelder, Wm R Medina 69   retiring
Beck, Peter R Butler, Warren 54   not on 2014 ballot
Becker, John R Clermont 65 75% C
Bishoff, Heather D Franklin 20 100% A+
Blair, Terry R Montgomery     deceased
Blessing, Louis R Hamilton 29 95% A
Boose, Terry R Huron, Lorain 57 76% C
Boyce, Kevin D Franklin 25 100% A+
Boyd, Barbara D Cuyahoga 9   not on 2014 ballot
Brenner, Andrew R Delaware 67 100% A+
Brown, Tim W. R Wood 3 100% A+
Buchy, Jim R Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, Shelby 84 67% U
Budish, Armond D Cuyahoga 8   not on 2014 ballot
Burkley, Tony R Auglaize, Defiance, Paulding, Van Wert 82 100% A+
Butler, Jim R Montgomery 41 100% A+
Carney, John P D Franklin 22 93% A
Celebrezze, Nicholas D Cuyahoga 15 93% A
Cera, Jack D Belmont, Jefferson, Monroe 96 100% A+
Clyde, Kathleen D Portage 75 93% A
Conditt, Margaret R Butler 52 100% A+
Curtin, Michael D Franklin 17 100% A+
Damschroder, Rex R Sandusky, Seneca 88   not on 2014 ballot
DeVitis, Anthony R Summit 36 71% C-
Derickson, Timothy R Butler 53 94% A
Dovilla, Mike R Cuyahoga 7 100% A+
Driehaus, Denise D Hamilton 31 100% A+
Duffey, Mike R Franklin 21 100% A+
Fedor, Teresa D Lucas 45 100% A+
Foley, Mike D Cuyahoga 14   not on 2014 ballot
Gerberry, Ron D Mahoning 59 100% A+
Gonzales, Anne R Franklin 19 100% A+
Green, Doug R Brown, Clermont 66 100% A+
Grossman, Cheryl R Franklin 23 95% A
Hackett, Bob D. R Clark, Madison 74 100% A+
Hagan, Christina R Stark 50 100% A+
Hagan, Robert D Greene, Mahoning 58   not on 2014 ballot
Hall, David R Ashland, Holmes, Medina 70 75% C
Hayes, Bill R Coshocton, Licking, Perry 72 100% A+
Heard, Tracy M D Franklin 26   not on 2014 ballot
Henne, Michael R Montgomery 40 85% B
Hill, Brian R Guernsey, Muskingum 97 80% B-
Hood, Ron R Athens, Fairfield, Morgan, Muskingum, Pickaway 78 80% B-
Hottinger, Jay R Licking 71   not on 2014 ballot
Huffman, Matt R Allen 4   not on 2014 ballot
Johnson, Terry R Adams, Lawrence, Scioto 90 100% A+
Kunze, Stephanie R Franklin 24 100% A+
Landis, Al R Holmes, Tuscarawas 98 100% A+
Letson, Tom D Ashtabula, Trumbull 64 100% A+
Lundy, Matt D Lorain 55   not on 2014 ballot
Lynch, Matt R Geauga, Portage 76   not on 2014 ballot
Maag, Ron R Warren 62 79% C
Mallory, Dale D Hamilton 32   not on 2014 ballot
McClain, Jeff R Crawford, Marion, Monroe, Seneca, Wyandot 87 88% B
McGregor, Ross R Clark 79   not on 2014 ballot
Milkovich, Zach D Summit 35   not on 2014 ballot
O’Brien, Sean D Trumbull 63 100% A+
Patmon, Bill D Cuyahoga 10 100% A+
Patterson, John D Ashtabula, Geauga 99 100% A+
Pelanda, Dorothy R Marion, Union 86 90% A-
Perales, Rick R Greene 73 100% A+
Phillips, Debbie D Athens, Meigs, Vinton, Washington 94 100% A+
Pillich, Connie D Hamilton 28 100% A+
Ramos, Dan D Lorain 56 94% A
Redfern, Chris D Erie, Ottawa 89 100% A+
Reece, Alicia D Hamilton 33 80% B-
Retherford, Wes R Butler 51 100% A+
Roegner, Kristina R Summit 37 56% U
Rogers, John M. D Lake 60 100% RepresentativesA+
Romanchuk, Mark R Richland 2 100% A+
Rosenberger, Cliff R Clinton, Highland, Pike, Ross 91 100% A+
Ruhl, Margaret Ann R Delaware, Knox 68 95% A
Scherer, Gary R Fayette, Pickaway, Ross 92 100% A+
Schuring, Kirk R Stark 48 100% A+
Sears, Barbara R Fulton, Lucas 47 94% A
Sheehy, Michael D Lucas 46 100% A+
Slaby, Marilyn R Stark, Summit 38 100% A+
Slesnick, Stephan D Stark 49 93% A
Smith, Ryan R Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Vinton 93 100% A+
Sprague, Robert R Hancock, Hardin, Logan 83 100% A+
Stautberg, Peter R Hamilton 27   not on 2014 ballot
Stebelton, Gerald R Fairfield 77   not on 2014 ballot
Stinziano, Michael D Franklin 18 100% A+
Strahorn, Fred D Montgomery 39 100% A+
Sykes, Vernon D Summit 34   not on 2014 ballot
Terhar, Louis R Hamilton 30 100% A+
Thompson, Andy R Belmont, Carroll, Noble, Washington 95 73% C
Uecker, Joe R Adams, Brown, Clermont, Lawrence, Scioto     is running in the Senate (67% – U when he was in House)
Wachtmann, Lynn R Fulton, Henry, Putnam, Williams 81   not on 2014 ballot
Williams, Sandra D Cuyahoga 11   not on 2014 ballot
Winburn, Roland D Montgomery, Preble 43 100% A+
Young, Ron R Lake 61 100% A+

Let’s get political for Ohio dogs and cats on November 4!

Ohio, I challenge you to get political for our cats and dogs!  Take the pledge today.   “I will not vote for any legislators who have not voted for companion animal bills in the past. ” 

Then, look at the Ohio candidates in the November 2014 election below for state offices.

Ohio, we are concerned with the 132 legislators in the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate because those legislators vote on our companion animal bills.  We vote for them.  They vote for our bills.

Each Ohio voter can vote for ONE STATE SENATOR and ONE STATE REPRESENTATIVE, based on where he lives.

Look below to see who the individuals are in your district that are running for office. Then, click on this link to see how those individuals have voted in the past for companion animal bills.    http://pawsandthelawblog.com/?p=99

Additionally, Paws and the Law gave current Ohio House representatives grades, based on their votes for companion animal bills.  The percentage and the letter grade are to the far right of each candidate’s name.  If there is no grade, that means they have not been in office this year and were not able to vote on the bills.

While there has been a lot of activity during the last six years on the companion animal bills in the Ohio House, the same is not true of the Ohio Senate.  Our companion animal bills often languish, “time out”, and die in the Ohio Senate.  That is why I cannot give a grade to the Ohio senators.  There is not enough substantial work done on our bills in the Ohio Senate to merit a grade for the senators.  Look for yourselves.

In my opinion, unless we have a change in the Ohio legislature in November, our bills will continue to meet defeat not only this year, but next year as well.

Ohio, pay close attention to the committee work and the votes of your state representatives and state senators.  Vote with care on November 4.  Ohio dogs and cats are counting on you!  

2014 November General Candidates List

For offices of Governor, Attorney General, Auditor of State, Secretary of State, Treasurer of State,

U.S. House of Representatives, State Senate, State House of Representatives

Party Key: C-Constitution; D-Democrat; G-Green; L-Libertarian; I-Independent; R-Republican; WI-Write-In                                                                                         

Governor/Lieutenant Governor                D             Edward FitzGerald  /  Sharen  Neuhardt

Governor/Lieutenant Governor                G             Anita Rios  /  Bob Fitrakis

Governor/Lieutenant Governor                R             John Kasich   /  Mary Taylor

Attorney General            R             Mike DeWine                   

Attorney General            D             David Pepper                    

Auditor of State                D             John Patrick Carney                94%   A       

Auditor of State                R             Dave Yost                           

Auditor of State                L              Bob Bridges                       

Secretary of State            D             Nina Turner                       

Secretary of State            R             Jon Husted                        

Secretary of State            L              Kevin Knedler                   

Treasurer of State           D             Connie Pillich     100%  A+             

Treasurer of State           R             Josh Mandel                                     

State Senate – District 01               R             Cliff Hite                              

State Senate – District 03               D             Star Johnson                     

State Senate – District 03               R             Kevin Bacon                      

State Senate – District 05               D             Dee  Gillis                           

State Senate – District 05               R             Bill Beagle                           

State Senate – District 07               R             Shannon  Jones                               

State Senate – District 09               R             Charlie  Winburn                             

State Senate – District 09               D             Cecil Thomas                     

State Senate – District 11               R             Ernest   D.  McCarthy                     

State Senate – District 11               D             Edna Brown                       

State Senate – District 13               D             Marcus Madison                            

State Senate – District 13               R             Gayle Manning                

State Senate – District 15               R             Joe Healy                            

State Senate – District 15               D             Charleta  B. Tavares                       

State Senate – District 17               R             Bob Peterson                   

State Senate – District 19               R             Kris Jordan                         

State Senate – District 19               D             Neil  Patel                           

State Senate – District 21               R             Sikiru  Kafaru                     

State Senate – District 21               D             Sandra  Williams                              

State Senate – District 23               D             Michael Skindell                             

State Senate – District 23               R             Tom Haren                         

State Senate – District 25               D             Kenny   Yuko                     

State Senate – District 25               R             Hasani   A. Crider                             

State Senate – District 27               R             Frank  LaRose                   

State Senate – District 27               D             George S. Rusiska                           

State Senate – District 29               R             Scott  Oelslager                

State Senate – District 29               D             Connie  Rubin                   

State Senate – District 31               R             Jay Hottinger                    

State Senate – District 31               D             John  Carlisle                     

State Senate – District 33               D             Joseph  L. Schiavoni                        

State House of Representatives – District 01        R             Ron  Amstutz                  62%   U

State House of Representatives – District 02        R             Mark J. Romanchuk               

State House of Representatives – District 02        D             Don Bryant                        

State House of Representatives – District 03        R             Tim  W. Brown          100%   A+   

State House of Representatives – District 03        D             Steve  Long                        

State House of Representatives – District 03        L              Nathan Eberly                 

State House of Representatives – District 04        R             Bob  Cupp                          

State House of Representatives – District 04        D             Bo Huenke                         

State House of Representatives – District 05        R             Tim Ginter                          

State House of Representatives – District 05        D             Nick Barborak         100%   A+

State House of Representatives – District 06        R             Marlene  Anielski       93%    A                    

State House of Representatives – District 06        D             Anthony  Fossaceca                       

State House of Representatives – District 07        R             Mike Dovilla             100%  A+ 

State House of Representatives – District 08        R             Mikhail Alterman                           

State House of Representatives – District 08        I               Jocelyn Conwell                              

State House of Representatives – District 08        D             Kent Smith                         

State House of Representatives – District 09        R             CharlesT. Hopson                           

State House of Representatives – District 09        D             Janine  Boyd                      

State House of Representatives – District 10        D             Bill  Patmon     100%  A+            

State House of Representatives – District 10        I               Miesha Strickland                          

State House of Representatives – District 10        I               Robert  M. Kilo                 

State House of Representatives – District 10        I               Danielle Shepherd                          

State House of Representatives – District 11        D             Stephanie Howse                           

State House of Representatives – District 12        D             John  E. Barnes                100%   A+

State House of Representatives – District 13        D             Nickie  J.  Antonio           100%   A+            

State House of Representatives – District 13        R             Maria Anderson                              

State House of Representatives – District 14        R             Anna  E.  Melendez                        

State House of Representatives – District 14        D             Martin  J.  Sweeney                       

State House of Representatives – District 15        D             Nicholas Celebrezze      93%  A     

State House of Representatives – District 15        R             Patty  Gascoyne                              

State House of Representatives – District 16        R             Nan  A.  Baker             94%   A

State House of Representatives – District 16        D             Todd LeVeck                     

State House of Representatives – District 17        R             Mike Newbern                

State House of Representatives – District 17        D             Mike Curtin                 

State House of Representatives – District 18        D             Michael             100%  A+                                 Stinziano                        

State House of Representatives – District 18        R             Robert  Sharrah                               

State House of Representatives – District 19        L              Chad  Monnin                   

State House of Representatives – District 19        R             Anne  Gonzales    100%  A+                       

State House of Representatives – District 19        D             Michael                  Johnston                          

State House of Representatives – District 20        D             Heather  Bishoff         100%     A+           

State House of Representatives – District 20        R             Dan  Mefford                    

State House of Representatives – District 21        D             Dawn  Valasco                  

State House of Representatives – District 21        R             Mike  Duffey      100%  A+           

State House of Representatives – District 21        G             Will  Johnsen                     

State House of Representatives – District 22        D             David  Leland                    

State House of Representatives – District 22        R             Andrew C.  Hall                 

State House of Representatives – District 23        D             Rick  Redfern                    

State House of Representatives – District 23        R             Cheryl L. Grossman      95%   A                 

State House of Representatives – District 24        R             Stephanie  Kunze     100%    A                       

State House of Representatives – District 24        L              Mark  Noble                      

State House of Representatives – District 24        D             Kathy  Hoff                        

State House of Representatives – District 25        D             Kevin  L.  Boyce       100%   A+

State House of Representatives – District 25        R             Seth  Golding                    

State House of Representatives – District 26        D             Hearcel  F. Craig                               

State House of Representatives – District 26        R             Dustin Pyles                      

State House of Representatives – District 27        D             Joe Otis                               

State House of Representatives – District 27        R             Tom Brinkman                  

State House of Representatives – District 28        R             Jonathan Dever                               

State House of Representatives – District 28        D             Micah  Kamrass                

State House of Representatives – District 29        R             Louis W.  Blessing             95%   A           

State House of Representatives – District 29        D             Tammy Simendinger                    

State House of Representatives – District 29        G             NathanD. Lane                

State House of Representatives – District 30        D             Mark A.                Childers                              

State House of Representatives – District 30        R             Lou Terhar     100%  A                      

State House of Representatives – District 31        L              Queen  Noble                  

State House of Representatives – District 31        D             Denise Driehaus          100%  A+                    

State House of Representatives – District 31        R             Mary E. Yeager                

State House of Representatives – District 32        D             Christie Bryant                 

State House of Representatives – District 32        R             A. Brian  McIntosh                          

State House of Representatives – District 33        D             Alicia Reece      80%  B –                  

State House of Representatives – District 34        R             CynthiaD. Blake                               

State House of Representatives – District 34        D             Emilia Sykes                       

State House of Representatives – District 35        D             Greta  Johnson                

State House of Representatives – District 35        R             Linda  Robinson                               

State House of Representatives – District 36        R             Anthony  DeVitis          71%      C –                  

State House of Representatives – District 36        D             Paula  Prentice                 

State House of Representatives – District 37        R             Kristina Daley  Roegner    56%   U            

State House of Representatives – District 37        D             David  Worhatch                              

State House of Representatives – District 38        D             Tim  Crawford                   

State House of Representatives – District 38        R             Marilyn Slaby      100%  A+               

State House of Representatives – District 39        R             Jeffrey  Dalton                  

State House of Representatives – District 39        D             Fred  Strahorn     100%  A+               

State House of Representatives – District 39        I               WilliamPace                     

State House of Representatives – District 40        R             Mike  Henne          85%  B         

State House of Representatives – District 40        D             David  L.  Richards                           

State House of Representatives – District 41        R             Jim  Butler                  100%  A+        

State House of Representatives – District 41        D             Wayne  E.  Small                               

State House of Representatives – District 42        D             Patrick A.  Merris                             

State House of Representatives – District 42        R             Niraj  J. Antani                 

State House of Representatives – District 43        R             Jeff  Rezabek                    

State House of Representatives – District 43        D             Roland  Winburn     100% A+                         

State House of Representatives – District 44        R             John  W. Insco                  

State House of Representatives – District 44        D             Michael                 100%  A+   Ashford                             

State House of Representatives – District 45        R             James  S. Nowak                             

State House of Representatives – District 45        D             Teresa  Fedor     100%  A+            

State House of Representatives – District 46        R             Drew  Blazsik                     

State House of Representatives – District 46        D             Michael   Sheehy    100%  A+                        

State House of Representatives – District 47        R             Barbara  Sears     94%  A             

State House of Representatives – District 48        R             Kirk  Schuring     100%  A+              

State House of Representatives – District 49        R             Dallas  Charton                 

State House of Representatives – District 49        D             Stephen  D.  Slesnick    93%   A                   

State House of Representatives – District 50        D             Deborah  L.  Cain                             

State House of Representatives – District 50        R             Christina  M.  Hagan     100%  A+                

State House of Representatives – District 51        R             Wes  Retherford                             

State House of Representatives – District 51        D             Lucinda  Greene                              

State House of Representatives – District 52        R             Margaret  Conditt         100%   A+               

State House of Representatives – District 52        D             Cathina  Hourani                             

State House of Representatives – District 53        R             Timothy  Derickson      94%   A                    

State House of Representatives – District 53        D             Suzi   Rubin                        

State House of Representatives – District 54        R             Paul  Zeltwanger                             

State House of Representatives – District 54        D             Rick Smith                          

State House of Representatives – District 55        D             Brendan  Mackin                             

State House of Representatives – District 55        R             Nathan H.  Manning                       

State House of Representatives – District 56        D             Dan  Ramos     94%  A                  

State House of Representatives – District 57        D             Matt  Lark                           

State House of Representatives – District 57        R             Terry  Boose                    76%     C 

State House of Representatives – District 57        L              Robert  F.  Sherwin                         

State House of Representatives – District 58        D             Michele Lepore-Hagan                

State House of Representatives – District 59        D             Ronald  V.  Gerberry     100%   A+                   

State House of Representatives – District 59        R             Paul  Mitchell                    

State House of Representatives – District 60        R             George M.  Phillips                        

State House of Representatives – District 60        D             John  M.  Rogers    100%  A+                          

State House of Representatives – District 61        D             Rick  Walker                       

State House of Representatives – District 61        R             Ron  Young           100% A+              

State House of Representatives – District 62        L              Scott  C.  Pettigrew                         

State House of Representatives – District 62        D             Charlene  Schneider                      

State House of Representatives – District 62        R             Ron  Maag          79%  C                  

State House of Representatives – District 63        R             Devon   A.  Stanley                          

State House of Representatives – District 63        D             Sean  J.  O’Brien     100%  A+                          

State House of Representatives – District 64        D             Michael O’Brien                                

State House of Representatives – District 64        G             Elaine  Mastromatteo                   

State House of Representatives – District 64        R             Randy  Law                        

State House of Representatives – District 65        R             John  Becker          75%   C         

State House of Representatives – District 65        D             Charlie Carlier                  

State House of Representatives – District 66        D             Ken  P.  McNeely                             

State House of Representatives – District 66        R             Doug  Green      100%   A+                

State House of Representatives – District 67        R             Andrew O. Brenner         100%   A+             

State House of Representatives – District 67        D             David  Hogan                     

State House of Representatives – District 68        R             Margaret  Ann   Ruhl     95%  A                   

State House of Representatives – District 68        D             R.  Joyce  Skocic                               

State House of Representatives – District 68        I               Randy  Miller                     

State House of Representatives – District 69        D             Richard   A.  Javorek                       

State House of Representatives – District 69        R             Steve  Hambley                               

State House of Representatives – District 69        WI          Gregg  E.  Depew                            

State House of Representatives – District 70        R             Dave  Hall              75%     C                

State House of Representatives – District 70        D             James  E.  Riley                 

State House of Representatives – District 71        R             Scott  K.  Ryan                   

State House of Representatives – District 71        D             Ann  Rader                         

State House of Representatives – District 72        R             Bill  Hayes            100%   A+          

State House of Representatives – District 72        D             Janee  L.  Bowman                          

State House of Representatives – District 73        R             Rick  Perales     100%  A+                  

State House of Representatives – District 73        D             Dave  Ogan                        

State House of Representatives – District 74        R             Robert  D.  Hackett     100%  A+                  

State House of Representatives – District 75        R             Nick  Skeriotis                   

State House of Representatives – District 75        D             Kathleen  Clyde            93%    A                   

State House of Representatives – District 76        R             Sarah  LaTourette                           

State House of Representatives – District 76        D             Joseph  Lanese                 

State House of Representatives – District 77        R             Tim  Schaffer                     

State House of Representatives – District 77        D             Hollie  Ann  Saunders                    

State House of Representatives – District 78        R             Ron  Hood        80%   B-                   

State House of Representatives – District 78        D             Laina  Fetherolf  Rogers                

State House of Representatives – District 79        R             Kyle  Koehler                    

State House of Representatives – District 79        D             Darrell  Jackson                

State House of Representatives – District 80        R             Stephen  A.  Huffman                   

State House of Representatives – District 80        D             Jonathan  Michalski                        

State House of Representatives – District 81        D             John  P. Lymanstall                       

State House of Representatives – District 81        R             Robert  McColley                           

State House of Representatives – District 82        R             Tony  Burkley            100%   A+     

State House of Representatives – District 83        L              Gregory  A.  Norris                          

State House of Representatives – District 83        R             Robert  Cole  Sprague     100%  A+               

State House of Representatives – District 83        I               Kevin  Rettig                      

State House of Representatives – District 84        R             Jim  Buchy                 67%    U         

State House of Representatives – District 85        R             Nino Vitale                         

State House of Representatives – District 86        D             John  Allen  Babik                            

State House of Representatives – District 86        R             Dorothy  Pelanda     90%  A –                        

State House of Representatives – District 87        D             Jeffrey  A.  Lehart                            

State House of Representatives – District 87        R             Jeff  McClain       88%   B                

State House of Representatives – District 88        D             Bill  Young                           

State House of Representatives – District 88        R             Bill  Reineke                       

State House of Representatives – District 89        R             Steven  W.  Kraus                            

State House of Representatives – District 89        D             Chris  Redfern     100%  A+            

State House of Representatives – District 90        R             Terry  A.  Johnson     100%  A+                      

State House of Representatives – District 90        D             Thomas   Jefferson  Davis                            

State House of Representatives – District 91        R             Cliff  Rosenberger     100%  A+                       

State House of Representatives – District 92        R             Gary  Scherer    100% A+               

State House of Representatives – District 93        R             Ryan  Smith   100%  A+                     

State House of Representatives – District 93        D             Josh  Bailey                        

State House of Representatives – District 94        R             Yolan  G.  Dennis                             

State House of Representatives – District 94        D             Debbie Phillips      100%  A+            

State House of Representatives – District 95        R             Andy  Thompson     73%   C                        

State House of Representatives – District 95        D             Charlie  Daniels                

State House of Representatives – District 96        R             Ron  Ferguson                  

State House of Representatives – District 96        D             Jack  Cera              100%  A+          

State House of Representatives – District 97        R             Brian  D.  Hill        80%  B-            

State House of Representatives – District 97        L              Nelson  E.  Roe                 

State House of Representatives – District 98        R             Al  Landis      100%   A+                     

State House of Representatives – District 98        D             Jeremiah  M.  Johnson                  

State House of Representatives – District 99        R             Nancy   McArthur                           

State House of Representatives – District 99        D             John  Patterson      100%  A+