Politics

Tim Brown named president of TMACOG

State. Rep. Tim Brown, R-Bowling Green, was selected Wednesday to be president of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. Brown will replace Tony Reams, who is retiring. Brown, whose salary is being negotiated, may start as early as July 1. Brown, 53, was first elected to the Ohio House in 2012. He was appointed a Wood County commissioner in 1997 and subsequently elected. Brown said it would be up to Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, to determine the process to fill Brown’s seat in the House.


NextGen enlists young voters to go to polls to fight climate change

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News With the primary season all but over and the Democrats and Republicans settled on their presumptive nominees, a national effort is under way to turn out young, environmentally aware voters in November. NextGen Climate has been reaching out to college-aged voters since early this year urging them to pledge to vote for candidates who will take action to address climate change. The effort started on campuses in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus and expanded to a dozen more campuses throughout the state, including Bowling Green State University. By fall the effort hopes to be on 60 campuses in Ohio. “Our goal is to help young voters turn their passion for climate action into votes for climate champions,” said Joanne Pickrell, state director. “We want to harness the energy brought out by the primary and harness it to this important issue. “ Ohio is one of seven states NextGen Climate is focusing on. The others are Pennsylvania, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Illinois, and Colorado. The states were chosen, she said, because they are important to the presidential contest and because they have contested senatorial races. “The response on college campuses has been great,” Pickrell said. “We believe that young voters want to vote on important issues in their lives like climate changes. Young voters want to see action on climate change. … We think this a huge issue for a large voting bloc.” Millennials and Baby Boomers are the two largest voting blocks. A poll by USA Today/Rock the Vote found that the percentage of 18 to 34 year olds who say they are likely to vote has risen from 60 percent in January to 70 percent in March. Another poll taken late last year by ABC News/Washington Post found that 76 percent of 18 to 29 year olds thought climate change was a serious problem, with 63 percent of them saying it was a very serious problem, and 64 percent said the federal government should do something to address it. “We want candidates to really…


U.S. Senate candidate Joe DeMare serves as point man in Green campaign to upend the political status quo

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Joe DeMare, Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate, was a happy guy when he arrived for his interview with the BG Independent News. The results from the presidential election were in, and the Green Party candidate had won. That would be the Austrian presidential election, and the winning candidate was Alexander Van der Bellen. “It’s a good day to be a Green,” DeMare said. “Our first head of state.” The Bowling Green resident has set his sights on being the first Green in the U.S. Senate. In part his campaign was spurred by the requirements of the political system. In order to maintain its place on the Ohio ballot, the party must secure votes in a statewide primary race. DeMare’s candidacy was intended to achieve that. He noted that about half the registered Green voters who cast ballots in the March primary defected to the Democrats, most likely to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. But, he said, for every Green who voted Democratic, two unaffiliated voters cast Green ballots. So the Greens came out stronger. DeMare expects that many of those Sanders-leaning Greens will return to the fold in November if Hillary Clinton wins the nomination. Jill Stein will be the party’s presidential candidate. DeMare, though, is running for more than strategic reasons. The incumbent, Republican Senator Rob Portman, “desperately needs to be replaced, and I intend to replace him.” The Republican Party doesn’t know enough about science to be entrusted with the environment, he said. He cited a recent rider on the defense appropriations bill that would weaken legislation on ocean-going vessels dumping their ballast into the Great Lakes. For him, the Democrats are little better. “I feel the Democrats have been given many opportunities to protect our country and our ecology. And sometimes they’ve come through. But more and more, especially over the past 10 years, they’ve failed again and again,” he said.  “If I thought the Democrats could do it, I’d be a Democrat.” In fact, in 2008 he…