Jocelyn Rhynard Goes Negative — Makes Crazy Accusations — Says Jyl Hall “Stands Against Our Community”

The attack flyer sent by Jocelyn Rhynard implies that Jyl Hall made, or agrees with, these anti-choice quotes. Jyl has never made comments such as these.

A candidate’s character is revealed in how he or she deals with the truth. In her latest mailing, Jocelyn Rhynard puts her character into question by distributing a flyer that makes false accusations. Jocelyn’s flyer wants readers to believe that Jyl Hall “stands against our community.” This is crazy. The evidence shows the opposite — that Jyl has worked to build and strengthen community and that in Kettering her efforts and her dedication to service has made our community better.

Jocelyn is trying to get votes by misrepresenting the truth. The big “Yes” vote for Issue 1  guaranteed abortion rights in the Ohio Constitution. Jocelyn would have voters believe that Jyl, if elected, would work to undermine these rights. This is not true. Jyl has made clear that though she personally is opposed to abortion, she absolutely will not support any efforts to change the Ohio Constitution to repeal Issue 1. On her web-site Jyl writes:  “I respect the will of the people.” She writes: “I will defend the Constitution of the state of Ohio.”  

This attack mailer implies that Jyl has been endorsed by anti-choice groups, like “Democrats For Life.” This is not true. The mailer gives outrageous quotes implying that Jyl, if elected, would support laws to “prosecute doctors and clinics.” This is crazy. 

The Democratic Primary is March 19. Three Democrats — Jocelyn, Jyl, and Willis Blackshear Jr. — are vying for the Ohio Senate / District 6 nomination. The flyer asks a good question: “Who would YOU rather have representing our community in the statehouse?”   There are two big questions to answer in deciding who to vote for in this contest: 1) Who has the best chance of getting elected in November?  2) Who, if elected, has the best chance of actually passing legislation that will help District 6 citizens?

  • If Jocelyn gets the nomination she will be hoping for a 51% victory in November, at best. With Jocelyn, a Democratic victory, if it happens at all, will be a squeaker. Jyl will get the votes of Independents and disaffected Democrats who would never vote for Jocelyn. Jyl, I’m betting, can realistically shoot for a 57% – 60% winning vote.  A strong showing in November will give our Democratic candidate credibility and strength in the Ohio Senate.
  • The Ohio Senate now has 7 Democrats and 26 Republicans. In such a lopsided group, the person whose hair is on fire with passion for abortion rights will seem irrelevant. The Ohio Constitution has already been changed and now guarantees abortion rights. The focus now should be on working with the Republican majority to advance legislation that will actually help women and children. Jyl’s demeanor, her deep understanding of poverty (the focus of her Phd dissertation) will help make her effective.


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In The Contest For The Ohio Senate Nomination, Jyl Hall Pushes Back On Abortion Accusations

Jyl Hall, Willis Blackshear, and Jocelyn Rhynard at the “Meet the Candidates” event last Wednesday, February 21 — the first day of early voting.  Willis and Jocelyn both emphasized that they are “pro-choice,” and emphasized that even though Issue 1 has changed the Ohio Constitution, the battle for abortion rights in Ohio is not over.  The event was held at the MCDP meeting place — the union hall on Jefferson St.

With three strong Democrats vying for an open seat, Jyl Hall knew the contest for the Democratic nomination for the Ohio Senate District 6 would be rough. But, she says, she is surprised at the animosity and accusations — all about abortion. 

Jyl personally is opposed to abortion but, in this heated race, she is being outrageously accused of not valuing women’s health. Jyl says, “With the passage of Issue 1, voters overwhelmingly chose to put abortion rights into the Ohio Constitution and, regardless of my personal conviction, if elected, I will respect the will of the people and will oppose any efforts to rescind abortion rights approved by Ohio voters.” 

With the over-turning of Roe v Wade — the heated rhetoric, and the flagrant rigging of the Supreme Court by Mitch McConnell and the Republicans — abortion has polarized our political parties. Jyl’s dad, Tony Hall, served in Congress as a “pro-life” Democrat. He was known as a liberal. When Tony was in Congress (1978-2002), there were over fifty other Democrats in the US House who also were “pro-life.” Now there is only one. 

The hope for our democracy is that the Democratic Party can truly be the party of inclusion, the party of the people. The Democratic Party must be welcoming to voters, like Jyl, who personally are opposed to abortion but who support the Democratic Party’s efforts to build a fair, successful, and just society. 

I’ve received great looking flyers from all three candidates.

Jyl, as senator, will challenge Republicans for their hypocrisy of claiming to be “pro-life” while failing to pass legislation to help the children and infants of parents struggling to get by. Jyl says that the data shows that decreasing poverty by 50% decreases abortions by 30%. The Republican super-majority, in power for many years, has focused on gun rights and tax cuts but:

Jy will push Republicans to pass legislation that will make abortions less likely — legislation like increasing the minimum wage and financing early child care.

Jyl serves on the Kettering City Council and she has been a hard worker who has brought more harmony and agreement in the Council. She has shown a lot of thoughtfulness in finding ways to help ordinary citizens. She has an earned Phd dealing with poverty in Dayton. She has lived a life of service. I have a lot of confidence in Jyl.

I think Jyl, if elected, will get a lot done — because she will build a coalition of Independent voters and disaffected Democrats that the Democratic Party in Ohio so badly needs.

Each of the three candidates for the Ohio Senate has a core group of supporters, and each has the money needed for a successful campaign. The margin of victory  likely will be very small. For Democrats trying to decide who to vote for, there’s a lot to consider — but women’s heath and women’s rights should not be an issue. Jyl, of course, values women’s health and women’s rights, and Jyl can be counted on to keep her word to, “oppose any efforts to rescind abortion rights approved by Ohio voters.”

Republicans are expected to spend one million dollars, or more, to keep this district. Jyl Hall, of the three candidate, absolutely, has the best chance of winning the general election, and, Jyl, by far, has a best chance of winning with a large margin. I am voting for Jyl.

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Tony And Janet Hall Wanted Their Children, Jyl and Matt, To See The Hungry / The Poor And To Care About Them

Tony Hall is 82!  Jyl is holding the cake.

I was glad recently to join with fellow Democrats to sing “Happy Birthday” to Tony Hall. Tony was our representative to the US House from 1978-2002. He celebrated his 82nd birthday by organizing a fund-raiser for his daughter, Jyl Hall. Tony looks good — happy and healthy. He is walking with a cane and soon will have knee replacement surgery.

Jyl Hall is campaigning to become the Democratic Party’s nominee for the Ohio Senate. The Democratic Primary is March 19. Early voting starts on February 21. Also seeking the nomination are Willis Blackshear Jr. and Jocelyn Rhynard. One reason I’m supporting Jyl is because, as a Kettering resident, I am impressed and happy with her work on the Kettering City Council. Jyl is a worker who gets things done. A second big reason I’m supporting Jyl is that Jyl, like her dad, has a real passion for helping the hungry and the poor. 

In her campaign to be elected to the Kettering City Council, Jyl and her dad campaigned on my street. Here I am in front of my house with Jyl and Tony.

At the party, I told Tony that he was a hero of mine for his daring 22 day fast in 1993 — to raise awareness about hunger — and, that I admired his efforts even more having just read his 2006 book, “Changing The Face Of Hunger.” He laughed and said amazingly that was written eighteen years ago and that recently he had re-read the book. 

“Changing The Face Of Hunger” not only helped me to better appreciate Tony, but it also helped me to better understand Jyl. Tony writes in his book about how as parents, he and Janet: “From the time our children, Jyl and Matt, were old enough to understand, we made a concerted effort to expose them to the needy and to teach them the importance of helping those who are less well-off than we are.”

Tony helped establish the House Select Committee on Hunger and in 1984 traveled to Ethiopia to see first-hand the famine in that place. This “horror” changed his life. He tells, in his 2017 Tedx talk, Do the Thing in Front of You, how, in one morning, he saw twenty-five children perish. He says that, as he witnessed this suffering, he thought of his own two children, ages 8 and 4, and he became determined to increase his focus on hunger — “This was how my life in Congress was to matter.” He writes:

Some years later, I had the great privilege of meeting Mother Teresa herself. I asked her how we could hope to solve the problems of the hungry, the sick, the poor, and the oppressed since there is such an overwhelming number of them. She replied, “You do the thing that is in front of you.” …That, of course, is what Mother Teresa’s missionaries were doing in Ethiopia in 1984. That’s what I have been trying to do since I witnessed their example.

Jyl and her husband, Ryan, and their children — taken from Jyl’s website

Tony’s 22 day fast happened in 1993 when the Democratic leadership, to respond to the charge of wasteful spending, decided to eliminate several committees — including the House Select Committee on Hunger, chaired by Tony. This decision left him “burning with anger.” Tony writes: “This committee was widely credited with causing or contributing to a significant number of important accomplishments including … preserving threatened U.S. nutrition programs for poor women, infants, and children, famines in various nations, hunger in poor U.S. communities … And this wonderful committee was about to be taken from me.” 

Tony was increasingly upset. He writes, “Sensing my frustration and anger, my wife, Janet, said to me one evening, ‘Tony have you thought about going on a fast?’”

This photo was taken at the fund-raiser by a professional photographer.

In 1985, Tony had organized a forty-hour fast in Dayton to raise funds for anti-hunger programs, but this 1993 fast would be much different. He writes: “It was not easy to take this step … would (my constituents) understand that I was fasting, not as a protest, but as a personal act of witness… an attempt to show others that hunger is not a problem we should ignore … Would I be committing political suicide? Would I be perceived as a flake? … My staff worried — as I did — that a fast would be seen as too radical.”

Initially, as he became weaker and weaker, Tony’s fears of being ostracized in Congress became reality. But nothing succeeds like success and, eventually, this radical action inspired over 2000 high schools and 400 colleges to sponsor short fasts in support of Tony’s cause. A big group of Hollywood celebrities, organized by Jeff Bridges and Valerie Harper, signed on to fast for one day. The World Bank made new commitments to help and Tony decided to end his fast when “The Agriculture Department announced it would conduct a national conference on domestic hunger and a series of regional conferences.” 

After it was all over and Tony had regained his strength he was invited to address the Democratic caucus in the US House. He was greeted with a standing ovation and gave prepared remarks for about thirty minutes. He concluded by saying:

“As a body we lack intensity for issues like these… Now it seems we spend all our time worrying about the rich. Somewhere along the line, we lost our voice for the voiceless, the have-nots, the children, the widows, the orphans, the people that stink and don’t look so good. Let’s get it back. There is still time.”

He received another standing ovation. 

Later in the book, Tony explains that “Our poor are invisible, so most Americans don’t even realize they’re there.” He writes: “Nationally, 12.7% of the population live in poverty. But the middle class and the rich seldom see the poor … even some of my best friends will say, ‘Tony , that can’t be true. We never see many poor people.’ And I’d say, ‘You don’t see them because you don’t look for them…”

Tony and Janet taught Jyl and Matt to see the hungry and the needy. In the chapter, “All In the Family,” Tony quotes, Janet: “We have only a limited time to teach our children.” Tony writes, “In Washington, where my family and I spent most of our time, we all worked in local soup kitchens. Matt and Jyl helped in our church’s project to deliver food to the poor, many of whom were refugees of civil war in El Salvador.”

Tragically, Matt, in 1996, at age fifteen, died from leukemia.

Tony writes,“Janet and I are well aware that Jyl did not have a typical childhood. She has seen great luxury and abject poverty up close. And she experienced the horrible personal tragedy of losing her brother …she has attended events at the White House and met presidents. She has traveled in two dozen countries. …She attended public schools where she was in the racial minority. She has done humanitarian work in places of extreme poverty….” 

Tony at the fund raiser introduced Jyl and made a few comments. It is easy to see how pleased he is that his daughter has chosen a life of service. He recalled how Jyl at age 15 spent a month in Uganda working with orphans, many who had AIDS. Tony said that he is proud that Jyl, since childhood, has demonstrated the character, the empathy and the leadership that our democracy so badly needs. 

Jyl’s received her Phd in 2019 from Asbury Seminary —  fifty years after I graduated from Asbury College! — a third reason I am voting for Jyl. Her dissertation concerns poverty in the Dayton region.


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To “Save Democracy,” David Pepper Should Tell How Democrats Can Help Democratize The Democratic Party

Wikipedia says,
“David Pepper is the son of former Procter & Gamble CEO John Pepper.[2] Pepper graduated from Cincinnati Country Day School, earned his B.A. at Yale University, and his J.D. from Yale Law School. …In 2010, Pepper was a candidate for Ohio Auditor, and in 2014, Pepper ran unsuccessfully for Ohio Attorney General.” Pepper has authored four works of fiction — just released, “The Fifth Vote” — and two books about democracy.

I’m looking forward to hearing David Pepper speak at our South of Dayton Democratic Club this evening, Wednesday, January 17. Pepper served as Ohio Democratic Party Chairperson from 2015 to 2020. 

Pepper’s latest book, “Saving Democracy: A User’s Manual For Every American,” offers a lot of good ideas to discuss.  Missing from the book, however, is a chapter about the Democratic Party. Political parties have a big role to play in our democracy and, with Pepper’s background, it seems the “user’s manual” should contain suggestions for what rank-and-file Democrats can do to democratize our Democratic Party. 

I was first elected to the MCDP Central Committee in 2006 and, I was expecting to participate in a democratic community. Instead, I was surprised to find that the MCDP ran as a political boss system, not as a democratic system, and all of the decisions of the organization were made by a core group. I was appalled at the audacity of this group to make early endorsements of their friends and deliberately suppress participation in Democratic Primaries. 

We’ve made some progress. Our new MCDP Chair, Mohamed Al-Hamdani, was elected on the promise of no endorsements for open seats, and, for now, that practice has been discontinued. 

After Pepper resigned, there was a contest for his replacement between Liz Walters and Antoinette Wilson. The winner would be the first woman elected ODP Chair. Eventually Wilson withdrew and Walters was crowned unanimously.  The Columbus Dispatch reported:  Walters had the backing of organized labor leaders, which hold significant sway with the party’s executive committee of about 150 members. Those leaders also hold their own seats on the committee and were pledged to Walters.”

This article points out that the labor leaders — those pushing for Walters’ election — have their “own seats” on the ODP Executive Committee. Of this 148 member executive committee, only 66 members are elected by rank-and-file Democrats — a man and a woman in each of the 33 senatorial districts. Our district, OSD-06, elected Mark Owens and Nan Whaley. 82 members, 55% of the ODP Executive Committee, are non-elected insiders. They have their “own seats.”

The 66 elected members are called the ODP Central Committee. By Ohio law, this is the “controlling committee.” If a majority of this elected group could agree, rather than empowering 82 insiders to vote in the ODP Executive Committee, this “controlling committee” could do otherwise. I have a suggestion below. The next election for the ODP  Central Committee is 2026, and I’m suggesting that Democrats work to elect “pro-democracy” Democrats to the ODP Central Committee so the current ODP Constitution can be amended.

In 2015, Pepper, as the newly elected ODP Chair, along with Nina Turnerm produced a document entitled: “Turning the Tide: Our vision”  They wrote: “Leading the Ohio Democratic Party, our number one responsibility and goal will be to win elections.” To accomplish this goal Pepper and Turner said it was essential to “energize the infrastructure.” I wrote an article in response:

“Turning the Tide” describes the current Democratic Party infrastructure as a “long list of names in a database,” and says it is essential for individuals on these lists to be energized. As it is, these loyal Democrats who volunteer for the party have little, or no, say-so in the party.

To energize the base, we need to reimagine an Ohio Democratic Party that is a democratic community of the rank-and-file. I’d like to see changes in the ODP Constitution implemented in 2026 so that:

      • Any Ohio citizen who has voted in two consecutive Democratic primaries is invited to become a member of the ODP and a full participant in the organization. 
      • In 2028 there will be an ODP Convention, where the full membership of the ODP will be empowered to participate and vote — with both in-person and on-line participation — electing party leadership through a rank-choice process.

I’m looking forward to hearing Mr. Pepper this evening and if the opportunity arises, I’ll ask:  Do you support a change to the ODP Constitution that will provide for the selection of the ODP Chairperson through a process where every ODP member has a vote?


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To Lift Debt Ceiling, Mike Turner Calls On Biden To Negotiate And Make Concessions, Says The House Has Already Voted To Raise Debt Limit

Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and the committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut, recently were interviewed on CNN’s “State of the Union”


Congressman Turner recently appeared on CNN’s “State of the Nation.” I’m disappointed that my representative in the US House, on the matter of raising the debt ceiling,  took a harsh partisan stance and loyally pushed the party line. Turner, in his actions and attitude, obviously represents the Republican tribe, not the grassroots citizens of OH-10.

Jack Tapper asked him if he thought the House Republicans might consider a temporary extension of the debt limit. Turner replied, “The House has already done its job.” He said the House voted to raise the debt ceiling, but President Biden refuses to negotiate. He said, “The President needs to make some concessions.”

The Republicans are making demands. On CNN, Turner failed to tell that the Republican legislation that extends the debt limit also spells out what the Republicans’ demands. From, according to summaries of the GOP bill, the legislation:

  • Repeals certain renewable and clean energy tax credits in the Inflation Reduction Act,
  • Blocks Biden’s executive actions canceling student loan debt,
  • Reclaims some of the unspent COVID-19 funding,
  • Rescinds funds designated for the Internal Revenue Service, and,
  • Creates new work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries and
  • Expands work requirements for those enrolled in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program


From CNN:

Tapper: “Do you think House Republicans would consider a temporary extension  so that President Biden and Speaker McCarthy had more time to try to hammer out some sort of a deal?” 


Mike Turner: “As Speaker McCarthy said, The House has done its job. We voted to raise the debt limit. The President is doing this unrealistic position where He is saying that spending has nothing to do with debt. Of course you don’t get debt unless you are spending more than you are bringing in. President needs to come to the table and negotiate with the Speaker and come up with a plan that the American people want overwhelmingly, the polls show,  the American people want Washington to rein in spending and the President needs to make some concessions.”   


Tapper: “Do you agree with your colleague, Congressman Himes, that this is a national security threat not solving this problem?”


Mike Turner: “If the President fails to negotiate with Congress and has continued out-of control spending that threatens our economy, it is a national security threat and he has the ability to sit down and do that and for us to do that and come to a deal and agreement that is what the American people want and that is what I think they are going to require from the President and Congress and he needs to get on with it.”

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Dear Neighbors: This Election Is Not About Personalities — It is About Stopping A Dangerous Republican Party

I have modest goals. Kettering has over forty precincts. I hope to distribute my letter in only the precinct where I live. My goal is for my precinct to make a good showing for the Democratic candidates and to have an outstanding turn-out of registered voters.

I have prepared a letter, 647 words, one page both sides — lots of information that I hope is not too much to be read. My goal is to print this one page and to distribute it to the voters in my precinct — Kettering 4-K. This is what it says:

Dear Neighbors In Precinct Kettering 4-K

This is the first time I’ve written and distributed a letter to all of the voters in my precinct and I have lived at 3808 LeFevre Dr for 45 years!


About this election, I’m sure many of you have made up your minds. I have. This note is for those who are still undecided and, especially, for those who are not sure whether, or not, you even want to vote.


I’m making this effort — and wearing out my printer — because I fear what is coming. The best hope to save our republic is that rank-and-file citizens will become awakened voters, and this note is my effort to influence voter in the precinct where I live.


My message is that all citizens of good will — especially citizens who usually vote Republican — should reject the Republican Party as it is today. I grew up in a Republican home. My Mom and Dad stayed true to Nixon to the very end. The change from the Eisenhower Republican Party to the Trump Republican Party has been astonishing and, I’m afraid, the trend points to a terrible future. I fear what is coming.


Trump is trying to ride his Big Lie back to power. The Big Lie is that the 2020 election was stolen from him and that he was stabbed in the back — by leftists, Democrats, devil worshipers, etc. Trump keeps repeating and exaggerating his lies and grievances. This is a dangerous man. He has shown how it can happen here that a “Dear Leader,” a Fuhrer, could arise in America as part of an authoritarian nationalist “Christian” movement.  Rank-and-file Republicans must reject Republican radicalism and bring the Republican Party back to the mainstream.


    • Reject the election denier Republican J.D. Vance. Vote against Vance.
    • Reject the loyal Republican incumbent, Michael Turner. Vote against Turner.
    • Reject the the radical actions of the Ohio House.Vote against Andrea White.


This election is not about personalities. I’ve met Andrea White, our Ohio House incumbent, and she is a nice person. But, she is a nice person who reliably votes with the radical super-majority in the Ohio Assembly. White voted for:


    • A “Constitution Carry” law.Now, everyone in Ohio is welcome to carry a concealed gun, without training, and without registration.
    • A tax give-away to the wealthy. White voted to reduce Ohio income taxes by $1 billion each year — The richest 1% of taxpayers on average will save $5400 each year in taxes. The bottom 80% of taxpayers will save about $45.

ADDISON CURUSO would be a good replacement for Andrea Whitein the Ohio House. Addison is a good-hearted 26 year old who graduated with honors from Duke School of Law and is now working at a non-profit as an advocate for the poor.


TIM RYAN would make a great US senator.J.D. Vance won the Republican Primary by championing Trump’s Big Lie and getting Trump’s endorsement. We are in big trouble if we empower election deniers.


DAVID ESRATI would keepKevin McCarthy from becoming Speaker of the U.S. House. McCarthy has threatened that, as Speaker, he will use his majority to default on the US debt — UNLESS President Biden agrees to spending cuts, including cuts in Social Security and Medicare.


STEVE ABSHIRE would make a wonderful Juvenile Court judge. Steve is a long-time friend of mine andhas been preparing for this opportunity his whole life.


My message is that all citizens with a deep concern about the future of our republic — especially established Republican voters — should reject the candidates of today’s radicalized Republican Party. You can disagree and we can still be good neighbors and friends. I’d like to start a Kt 4-K Civic Community. Send me an email and I’ll explain. Finally, if you are considering not voting, please reconsider. I hope it will help to know that you have a neighbor who really, really, cares and is encouraging you to vote.


Sincerely,  Mike Bock

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