Chagrin Gateway Dems Newsletter: 7/30/22

Chagrin Gateway Dems Newsletter: 7/30/22

Chagrin Gateway Dems Newsletter: 7/30/22

WEEKEND UPDATE

Welcome to the weekend. If you’re like many of us, that no longer means taking it easy by the pool or spending time on long walks—unless you’ve got a clipboard in your hand. There’s simply too much at stake and with 100 days to go, there are precious few days to waste.
 
This weekend, we’re trying to build on the terrific start to our second postcard drive. The first thousand postcards are in the mail, but we’re sitting on 4,000 more and have lists and packets ready to go.
 
We also have an equal amount of door hangers to distribute—but fewer volunteers. If you can cover a two hour shift this weekend or next week, on your own time, please sign up to walk. Our door hangers are meant to complement the postcards and increase effectiveness, so time is becoming critical on this piece.
 
Finally, if you are the parent of an Orange or Chagrin High School graduate from the past four years who is attending college this fall, and you would like to help with an organizing project to secure the votes of these younger voters, please contact anthony@chagringatewaydems.com

EVENT: FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS ACTION NIGHT
Thursday, August 4 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Orange Library, 31975 Chagrin Blvd, Pepper Pike

Join the Chagrin Gateway Democrats for our first in-person meeting of the 2022 cycle. “Fight for Your Rights Action Night” will feature speakers from local organizations working to protect and defend reproductive and health care rights, voters rights and gun safety rights.
 
This is more than just a collection of speakers. While we listen, we’ll be writing postcards to voters in our club area…maximizing every minute of the evening. Bring yourself and some friends and let’s get to work and fight for your rights!

WEEKEND READING

U.S. Senate candidate JD Vance isn’t the only Ohio Republican comparing abortion to slavery. Ohio Supreme Court Justice Patrick Fischer was caught on tape saying the same thing to a room of supporters two weeks ago. Fischer is running against Democratic-endorsed candidate Terri Jamison this fall. 

Continuing the trend of justices making fools of themselves, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito took some time away from yelling at kids to get off his lawn to travel to Rome and try his hand (poorly) at stand-up comedy

Finally, back home, Governor Mike DeWine continued his life’s work of eroding the health care choices of Ohio women when he announced he intended to reappoint the president of Ohio Right to Life to the state medical board.

In the News

Ryan v. Vance Debate

Ryan v. Vance Debate

On Monday night, JD Vance will finally have to stand toe-to-toe with Tim Ryan as the two faceoff in their only debate. The one hour debate will air on WJW Fox 8 Cleveland at 7pm. The Cuyahoga County Democratic Party will be hosting a pre-debate rally at 5pm at Horizon...

Chagrin Gateway Dems Newsletter: 7/26/22

Chagrin Gateway Dems Newsletter: 7/26/22

Chagrin Gateway Dems Newsletter: 7/26/22

GOP SENATE CANDIDATE JD VANCE AT IT AGAIN

Trump-backed U.S. Senate candidate JD Vance recently suggested that victims of domestic violence should stay in bad marriages. His comments, from an appearance last fall in California, were first reported by VICE and come weeks after another incident where Vance compared abortion to slavery.
 
Vance is in a tight race against Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan this fall.

LET’S GET TO WORK!

Our latest door hangers and postcards are in and already making a difference. New volunteers and supporters are reaching out to learn more about the Democratic ticket and asking how they can get involved in this critical election cycle. We have thousands of doors and mailboxes to hit in the next few weeks. Can you help by writing postcards or walking on your own schedule with door hangers? Join us this week!

EVENT: FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS ACTION NIGHT
Thursday, August 4 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Orange Library, 31975 Chagrin Blvd, Pepper Pike

Join the Chagrin Gateway Democrats for our first in-person meeting of the 2022 cycle. “Fight for Your Rights Action Night” will feature speakers from local organizations working to protect and defend reproductive and health care rights, voters rights and gun safety rights.
 
This is more than just a collection of speakers. While we listen, we’ll be writing postcards to voters in our club area…maximizing every minute of the evening. Bring yourself and some friends and let’s get to work and fight for your rights!

REMEMBERING DEBI SAMAD THOMAS

The Chagrin Gateway Democrats mourn the passing of Debi Samad Thomas, a lifetime activist and champion of progressive causes. Debi worked tirelessly for good through issues-based groups such as Patriots for Change and by supporting local candidates through the Chagrin Falls Democrats, the Chagrin Gateway Democrats, as a member of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Executive Committee and as an elected member of the county party Central Committee. Her advice and counsel, committment to justice, patriotism and friendship will be truly missed. Please join us in sending sympathy and thoughts to Debi’s husband, Stephen, her daughters Stephanie and Emilee, and their entire family.

In the News

Ryan v. Vance Debate

Ryan v. Vance Debate

On Monday night, JD Vance will finally have to stand toe-to-toe with Tim Ryan as the two faceoff in their only debate. The one hour debate will air on WJW Fox 8 Cleveland at 7pm. The Cuyahoga County Democratic Party will be hosting a pre-debate rally at 5pm at Horizon...

Chagrin Gateway Dems Newsletter: 7/21/22

Chagrin Gateway Dems Newsletter: 7/21/22

Chagrin Gateway Dems Newsletter: 7/21/22

LET’S GET TO WORK!

Our new door hangers and postcards arrive tomorrow and we’re looking for volunteers to get these out to voters. If you’ve already signed up for a walk shift or postcard packets, we’ll be in touch over the next day or two as packets are assembled and made available for pickup. If you have not signed up, please do so quickly so we can work through this batch. 
 
Also, on Sunday, July 24, we’ll be setting up a voter registration station in Pepper Pike and will need help to cover at least an hour or two of the three-hour shift from 11 a.m – 2 p.m.

EVENT: FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS ACTION NIGHT
Thursday, August 4 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Orange Library, 31975 Chagrin Blvd, Pepper Pike

Join the Chagrin Gateway Democrats for our first in-person meeting of the 2022 cycle. “Fight for Your Rights Action Night” will feature speakers from local organizations working to protect and defend reproductive and health care rights, voters rights and gun safety rights.
 
This is more than just a collection of speakers. While we listen, we’ll be writing postcards to voters in our club area…maximizing every minute of the evening. Bring yourself and some friends and let’s get to work and fight for your rights!

ANOTHER BAD WEEK IN WASHINGTON

House Republicans are at it again. Every week, they’re pushing the limits and eroding democracy. While you’re tuning in for the January 6th Committee hearings tonight, take a look at some of the nonsense happening when the cameras are off.
 
This past week:
  • 209 House Republicans vote against abortion rights
  • 205 House Republicans vote against protecting interstate travel for reproductive care
  • 195 House Republicans vote against protecting contraception access
  • 157 House Republicans vote against marriage equality
Other recent bills the House Republicans voted against:
  • 208 House Republicans voted against reporting white supremacists in the U.S. Army
  • 169 House Republicans voted against an active shooter alert system
  • 193 House Republicans voted against lowering the cost of insulin
  • 192 House Republicans voted against $28 million for baby formula
  • 207 House Republicans voted against the oil and gas gouging bill
  • 174 House Republicans voted against veterans benefits 

In the News

Ryan v. Vance Debate

Ryan v. Vance Debate

On Monday night, JD Vance will finally have to stand toe-to-toe with Tim Ryan as the two faceoff in their only debate. The one hour debate will air on WJW Fox 8 Cleveland at 7pm. The Cuyahoga County Democratic Party will be hosting a pre-debate rally at 5pm at Horizon...

Chagrin Gateway Dems Newsletter: 7/14/22

Chagrin Gateway Dems Newsletter: 7/14/22

Chagrin Gateway Dems Newsletter: 7/14/22

CALL TO ACTION!

The Chagrin Gateway Democrats are off and running into the 2022 campaign.
Next week, we’ll start going door to door with a new set of door hangers and also writing postcards to likely voters in the Chagrin Gateway area.
 
On Sunday, July 24, we’ll be setting up a voter registration station in Pepper Pike and will need help to cover at least one two-our shift.

GOP OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL VERBALLY ATTACKS 10-YEAR OLD RAPE VICTIM

Local and national news outlets continue to discuss the outrageous comments of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Governor Mike DeWine. Earlier this week, Yost suggested a 10-year-old Ohio girl—who was forced to travel to Indiana for an abortion following her rape—was likely making her story up. Yost told USA Today he believed “more likely that this is a fabrication.”
 
On Wednesday, a Columbus man confessed and was arrested and charged with two counts of rape and is held in Franklin County on a $2 million bond. 

Yost confusingly doubled back, saying “we rejoice anytime a child rapist is taken off the streets.” Odd, considering a day earlier he said the man didn’t exist.
 
This fall, Yost is being challenged by Democrat Jeff Crossman. It’s time for an attorney general who places victims first and will fight for the women of Ohio.
 
Visit our website to study up on Crossman and the other Democrats on the ballot this fall. Bookmark that page, share it, and LEARN THESE NAMES.

In the News

Ryan v. Vance Debate

Ryan v. Vance Debate

On Monday night, JD Vance will finally have to stand toe-to-toe with Tim Ryan as the two faceoff in their only debate. The one hour debate will air on WJW Fox 8 Cleveland at 7pm. The Cuyahoga County Democratic Party will be hosting a pre-debate rally at 5pm at Horizon...

Chagrin Gateway Dems Newsletter: 12/10/20

Chagrin Gateway Dems Newsletter: 12/10/20

Chagrin Gateway Dems Newsletter: 12/10/20

Chagrin Gateway Forum: Nan Whaley

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley
Thursday, February 4, 2021 – 7pm – 8:30pm (this is a new date)

With the 2022 races right around the corner (including Governor and U.S. Senate), the Chagrin Gateway Democrats invite you to spend an evening discussing the future of Ohio and the nation with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. This is a virtual event.

It’s Time to Fill the Gap in the Senate!

Georgia Action Project

Over the last few weeks, our club has written 5,000 postcards to assist Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock as they take on incumbent Republicans David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler respectively. Now, we’ve got another batch of 2,500 coming this weekend!

If you’d like to write postcards (cards will need to be mailed Dec. 26-28), please email info@chagringatewaydems.com

Help us carry these two Senate races on January 5th!

Additional details will be forthcoming later this week about making phone calls, text messaging, and any other creative vehicle we can build to help turn out the vote in Georgia and give President-elect Biden the majority he needs to turn the country around.

While we will be working to organize with maximum impact—as a team with a specific focus—we are also encouraging you to get involved individually in a variety of other ways. Here are a few to consider…

Sign up to volunteer at the campaigns of Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. The campaigns are especially looking for phone bankers.

Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight Action group is doing phone banks and texting banks frequently. Follow them on Facebook here or bookmark this page which will update as events are added.

In the News

Ryan v. Vance Debate

Ryan v. Vance Debate

On Monday night, JD Vance will finally have to stand toe-to-toe with Tim Ryan as the two faceoff in their only debate. The one hour debate will air on WJW Fox 8 Cleveland at 7pm. The Cuyahoga County Democratic Party will be hosting a pre-debate rally at 5pm at Horizon...

Chagrin Gateway Dems Newsletter: 11/7/20

Chagrin Gateway Dems Newsletter: 11/7/20

Chagrin Gateway Dems Newsletter: 11/7/20

You’ve Made History in America

President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris have received more votes for president and vice president than any other candidates in U.S. election history, with more than 74.5 million tallied as of this morning. They have broken the record set by Barack Obama in 2008. Nationally, Biden currently leads President Trump by roughly 4 million votes, and analysts expect his margin is very likely to grow. Democrats have now won the popular vote in 7 of the last 8 presidential elections (1992, 1996, 2000, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020), despite not holding the White House for 12 of those years. The U.S. is the world’s only democracy that chooses its head of state via an Electoral College system. This year, however, it got it right.

Thank you for being a part of a historic effort in an unprecedented year. While we did not win Ohio, our work helped expand the popular vote and lift our local candidates. Every postcard (of 12,000 mailed), every door hanger, every pop-up visibility, and every phone call helped drive turnout—especially the early vote.

Of the 75 cities, villages, townships, and Cleveland city wards in Cuyahoga County, 7 of the 8 communities in our club area were in the top 25 for turnout. Pepper Pike, Orange, Moreland Hills, Bentleyville and Hunting Valley all cracked 80% turnout and Chagrin Falls and Chagrin Falls Twp. trailed close behind at 77.90% and 77.60% respectively. 

Over the summer, our club set a series of goals and targets. Knowing that Hillary Clinton lost statewide by 8.13%, we knew the state would have to move 4.065% from Donald Trump’s column to Joe Biden’s…plus one. Our goal was simple: to do our part and move the Chagrin Gateway Democrats club area by 4.065 (plus 1 vote). 

In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the club area 60.65% to 34.64%. This year, it’s safe to say, through our hard work, we did our job as Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in our club area 66.35% to 32.71%.

Not only did we move every city by 4.07%, we moved some by a whole lot. Bentleyville moved 9%. Chagrin Falls moved 7%. Moreland Hills moved 6%.

Joseph R. Biden won 17 of the 18 precincts in our club area, losing only Hunting Valley BY ONE VOTE. Yes, Joe Biden lost HUNTING VALLEY by a single vote.

We may not have won Ohio, but we decisively carried our weight. This lifting also helped down ballot.

In the 6th State House District (Chagrin Falls, Bentleyville, Moreland Hills and Hunting Valley), we improved our performance from 2018 by 1.22% (vs. a 0.32% improvement district-wide across the 6th) and saw improvement in every single precinct (9 total). State Representative Phil Robinson was re-elected district-wide 51.65% to 48.35%. In our club area, he won 54.08% to 45.92%.

In the 12th State House District (Pepper Pike, Orange), State Representative Juanita Brent, who ran unopposed two years ago, won decisively against a Republican opponent (82.17% to 17.83%). Our club delivered every single precinct in this race by wide margins.

In the 24th State Senate District (Chagrin Falls, Bentleyville, Moreland Hills and Hunting Valley), Tom Jackson, despite losing the race district-wide, saw our club area outperform the district outcome in 6 of the 9 precincts—including Chagrin A, the home precinct of the Republican incumbent who narrowly won there.

So, What’s Next?

After the success we’ve had this year, we must resist falling into the trap that far too many Democrats in this county and state find themselves in after each cycle. We cannot stop building and expanding our base. As we look ahead to local races in 2021 and the entire slate of statewide races in 2022 from U.S. Senate and Governor to Attorney General and State Treasurer, we must keep building and organizing. 

This means registering new voters, staying engaged with supporters, and persuading those who will listen with a message that inspires them to join our cause.

Our work isn’t done. In many ways, it is just getting started. That brings us to the U.S. Senate and the State of Georgia…

When the final votes are counted, the United States Senate caucuses will likely sit at 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats (incl. 2 independents). The two remaining races, which will control the control of the Senate, will be decided on January 5th as the state of Georgia holds two runoff elections—with Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock taking on incumbent Republicans David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler respectively. 

Our club is going to help carry these two Senate races! We’ve been working to connect with friends on the ground in Georgia in an effort to adopt a block of “sister cities” that we can work with to help drive turnout for this unique January election. Details will be forthcoming in the days ahead, but our work will likely include postcard writing, phone calls, text messaging, and any other creative vehicle we can build to help turn out the vote in Georgia and give President-elect Biden the majority he needs to turn the country around. 

Please join us in this fight! Sign-up today for the Chagrin Gateway Georgia Action Project! Let’s keep this going!

Thank you for everything you have done this year! Great days are truly ahead of us!
Fran Dryer and Anthony Fossaceca

In the News

Ryan v. Vance Debate

Ryan v. Vance Debate

On Monday night, JD Vance will finally have to stand toe-to-toe with Tim Ryan as the two faceoff in their only debate. The one hour debate will air on WJW Fox 8 Cleveland at 7pm. The Cuyahoga County Democratic Party will be hosting a pre-debate rally at 5pm at Horizon...