Skindell addresses environmental issues

State senator Michael J. Skindell spoke about environmental policy prospects in the Ohio General Assembly, today, at a well attended meeting of Faith Communities Together for a Sustainable Future.

Skindell said that his biggest concern in the Ohio legislature, currently, is a proposal that would impose draconian penalties on protesting fossil fuel extraction projects—and potentially on nearly anyone who crosses a property line in Ohio even unknowingly.

SB 250 applies severe penalties to any trespass on property with “critical infrastructure,” which is defined to include not only fossil fuel extraction sites, but also “electric distribution or transportation lines,” phone and fiber optic lines, cell phone towers, and even “water systems.”

The audience laughed as Skindell noted the absurdity of these broad definitions, yet he warned that “everybody should be deeply concerned about this legislation.”


The Working Families Party’s Candidate

The Working Families Party today announced its endorsement of Michael J. Skindell in the Democratic primary for Ohio House District 13.

The endorsement’s arrival one week before Ohio’s primary is timely. The next seven days are crunch-time for campaigns, and The Working Families Party will mobilize its grassroots supporter base to volunteer for endorsed candidates, including Skindell.

The Working Families Party endorsement is a “seal of approval” for progressive voters. Combined with the recent endorsement by another national organization, Our Revolution, and its local affiliate the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, progressive leaders have signaled clearly that Skindell should be Democrats’ choice in this contest.


Our Revolution endorses Skindell for State Rep

National progressive organization Our Revolution has endorsed Michael J. Skindell for state representative.

Like the local northeast Ohio affiliate, the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, Our Revolution works to sustain the grassroots energy brought together by Senator Bernie Sanders’s 2016 campaign.

Skindell says that the support of both groups is encouraging, particularly as three other northeast Ohio candidates for state representative share the dual endorsement: Kyle Earley (HD-10), Yvonka M. Hall (HD-12) and Steve Holecko (HD-14).


Everyday leaders support Mike Skindell

In addition to the strong support of labor organizations and other groups, Michael J. Skindell has been honored with letters to the editor from active citizens and community leaders:

“Mike Skindell embodies everything a public servant should aspire to be: principled, resolute, responsive, objective, and steadfast. … Time and again, Mike Skindell has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to Lakewood, demonstrating integrity in the way he carries himself as a public servant and compassion in the way he continues to serve others. He has my unwavering support and my vote on May 8th…and he should have yours, too.” – Laura Rodriguez-Carbone, community organizer

“Mike is also a fighter for the working class. He was on the front line against SB5 in 2011 and continues the fight against the ‘right to work’ for less. He’s a firm supporter of a $15/hr minimum wage on the journey to a living wage. And that doesn’t mean women get paid eighty percent of that—Mike is committed to pay equity to close the wage gap. … I am proud to be a resident of Lakewood for 13 years, and I am proud to be supporting Michael J. Skindell for State Representative for District 13.” – Brad Presutto, parent and activist


Signs of support in many forms

Formal endorsements continue to arrive for Michael J. Skindell for State Rep. Recently, North Shore AFL-CIO announced its endorsement of Skindell, joining a long list of labor organizations including Communications Workers of America, Ohio Federation of Teachers, United Food & Commercial Workers, and National Nurses United among others.

Literal signs of support are also sprouting from more and more yards in House District 13. If you would like a yard sign (or if you lost one after a windy day and need a replacement) you can send in your sign request with this form.

This week’s reception at Astoria Café and Market was a welcome opportunity to spend some time with friends and supporters. Old and new volunteers gathered, along with a number of elected officials including: State Representative Nickie Antonio; County Council member Dale Miller; Lakewood City Council Members Dan O’Malley, Meghan George and Tristan Rader; among others.


Skindell Encourages “Yes” on Issue 1 Redistricting Reform

State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) is calling on all Ohio’s eligible voters to support Issue 1, on the May primary ballot. Early voting for the primary begins Tuesday, April 10, and voters of any party as well as independents can vote on ballot issues.

Skindell encourages everyone to vote Yes on Issue 1, a bipartisan reform to Ohio’s congressional redistricting process.

Under the existing process, “The gerrymandering of our state’s congressional districts creates more partisanship that undermines our ability to find common ground on issues affecting Ohioans on a daily basis,” Skindell said last May.

Skindell has fought for years to get gerrymandering out of Ohio politics. (more…)

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio endorses Skindell for state rep.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio announced today its endorsement of Michael J. Skindell in the Democratic primary to represent Ohio House District 13.

Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Kellie Copeland said “Members of the current Ohio House have co-sponsored legislation that would subject women who access abortion care to the death penalty. Pro-choice Ohioans can count on our endorsed legislative candidates to stand up against these dangerous proposals. Our endorsed candidates are committed to policies that will improve access to quality affordable reproductive health care in our state.


Sen. Skindell congratulates activists for bringing fair dog laws to Lakewood

State Senator Michael J. Skindell congratulates local activists, whose campaign to bring fair dog laws to Lakewood finally succeeded Monday evening, after a decade of effort.

At the April 2, 2018 Lakewood City Council meeting, council members voted for updated legislation, that ends the city’s pit-bull ban and 10 years of discriminatory breed-specific legislation (BSL).

As a legislator Skindell dedicated years to a parallel effort, to repeal statewide BSL, which expert studies have found impractical, costly and potentially counterproductive to public safety. In session after session, Skindell introduced, co-sponsored and voted for bills to make Ohio law breed-neutral. In 2012, his own persistence finally met with success.


Campaign trail notes

Thursday evening, Sen. Skindell addressed a room of well over 100 people at the Lakewood Democratic Club’s March meeting. A number of candidates for statehouse and other offices joined the unusually large crowd drawn by two candidates for Ohio governor: Richard Cordray & Dennis Kucinich.

During his own brief remarks, in-between the two headline guests, Skindell talked through highlights of what he has accomplished as a legislator:

  • Drafting the first budget in 70 years to receive unanimous support in the Ohio House
  • Getting the Department of Disabilities records online for the first time
  • Passing legislation letting judges extend protection orders to companion animals, which too often have been threatened or harmed to attack a person granted a protection order
  • Creating Ohio’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard
  • Pushing back firmly against the initial draft of a congressional redistricting update—which reformers also derided as a sham—and helping to steer negotiations toward the far better language of Issue 1

Earlier in the week, Skindell paid a visit to Cleveland’s Ward 15 Democratic Club. (more…)

Recognition by Moms Demand Action

Michael J. Skindell for State Representative has been recognized as a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes. Since its inception after the tragedy at Sandy Hook School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Everytown Survivor Network, is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than four million supporters.

The group awards the Gun Sense Candidate distinction to those “standing up for gun violence prevention and recognizing gun safety.”

Skindell’s record on gun laws includes: