Hamilton County Republican Party

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On the morning of Saturday, June 22 – exactly 500 days before the 2020 election – the Hamilton County Republican Party hopes to fill the Sharonville Convention Center with the GOP faithful for a gigantic pep rally that will feature Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, President Trump's campaign press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, and a cast of thousands.

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Alex Triantafilou, the chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party, would be well-pleased on the morning of Saturday, June 22, if the traffic on Chester Road in Sharonville is bumper-to-bumper with cars trying to make their way into the parking lot of the Sharonville Convention Center.

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The last few elections in Hamilton County have been good for women candidates.

Democratic women, mostly. Republican women, not that much.

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There is a three-foot stack of forms over at the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes that contain 38,065 signatures.

Some are the legitimate, valid signatures of Hamilton County voters.

Some are not.

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Hamilton County Republicans who mounted a petition drive to put an issue on the November ballot repealing a .02 percent increase in the sales tax marched into the county auditor's office with a tall stack of about 37,800 signatures Wednesday afternoon.

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Hamilton Co. GOP chairman and former judge Alex Triantafilou has applied for a vacant judgeship on the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

It's not surprising that, in Cincinnati, people who follow politics closely are fixated between the mayoral race between two Democrats – incumbent John Cranley and council member Yvette Simpson.

Two-term Republican Greg Hartmann  said Tuesday morning he will officially resign from office on Monday, clearing the way for the Hamilton County Republican Party to name his successor.

That is likely to be Dennis Deters, a Colerain Township trustee. Deters and two other Republicans filed for the office by the Dec. 16  deadline for the March primary. Two have dropped out, leaving only Deters.

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Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartmann’s sudden decision not to run for a third-term next year leaves the county Republican party scrambling for a replacement.

The filing deadline for candidates in the March 15 primary is Dec. 16 – 23 days from now.

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Utah Sen. Mike Lee, a Tea Party favorite, is coming to Cincinnati in May to speak at the county party’s biggest fundraising dinner of the year, but he is also helping Ohio Sen. Rob Portman raise money for his re-election campaign.

Lee has agreed to be the keynote speaker at the Hamilton County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner on May 16 at the invitation of Portman, according to county party chairman Alex Triantafilou.

“Senator Lee and Rob are good friends; and he wants to help Rob any way he can in getting re-elected,’’ Triantafilou said.

The Hamilton County Democratic Party is getting better these days at something they used to struggle with – recruiting candidates to run for judgeships.

On Nov. 4, we will see if they are getting any better at actually electing them.

This year, there are 13 judgeships for election in Hamilton County –a seat on the Ohio First District Court of Appeals, eight in the general division of Common Pleas Court, and one each in the juvenile, domestic relations, probate and drug court divisions of the Common Pleas Court.

Seven of them are contested races.

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There was no declaration of candidacy for president Friday night when Rand Paul appeared before a large crowd at the Hamilton County Republican Party’s Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner, but he sounded like a man who may well run.

And, before a crowd of over 600 at the Duke Energy Convention Center, the junior senator from Kentucky made it clear that if he does run and becomes the 2016 GOP nominee, he knows who his Democratic opponent will be – former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

  Will Cincinnati be the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention? Last Friday local Republicans and officials from the Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau came away feeling confident after making their presentation to the Republican National Committee’s selection committee.

There’s an old saying in the game of golf – “never up, never in.”

It means that if your ball is on the green, a long way from the cup, you have to swing your putter with an extra “oomph” to get the ball somewhere close to the hole. That way, if you don’t sink it, you have an easy tap-in putt.

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The Hamilton County Republican Party has landed one of the hottest names in national GOP politics as its speaker at the annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner in May - Rand Paul, Kentucky's junior senator.

Paul, who was elected to the Senate in 2010, is said to be seriously considering a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

The event will take place on the evening of Friday, May 16, although the county party organization has yet to set the time and place for the Lincoln-Reagan dinner, one of the party's major fundraising events each year.

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Update: The meeting to pitch Cincinnati for the 2016 GOP National Convention has been postponed, see tweet:

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Eugene Ruehlmann, who was mayor of Cincinnati in the late 1960s and early 1970s, died Saturday night at the age of 88.

Mr. Ruehlmann, a lawyer who was first elected to council in 1959, served through 1971. During his last four years on council, his Republican council colleagues elected him mayor; and he is credited with working to put together the deal that led to the construction of a new stadium on the riverfront and helping to bring professional football to the city.

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A first-time candidate, businesswoman Melissa Wegman of East Price Hill, will kick off her campaign for a seat on Cincinnati City Council with a reception Thursday at the Incline Public House in her home neighborhood.

Wegman - who is vice president of The Wegman Company, a commercial furniture services company - is a first time candidate for elective office; and she will run with an endorsement from the Hamilton County Republican Party, according to GOP county chairman Alex Triantafilou.