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PCTEA Float wins 3rd Place in Parade

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Portage County TEA Party Float wins 3rd Place

in First Ever Appearance in Stow 4th of July Parade!

The members of the Portage County TEA Party

 want to thank Nan Zawistowski, Brenda and Lanny Derreberry,

Marsha and Rob Frost, Anne Kaczmarek, Ron Wartko, Bob Longshore,

Dave and Sue Mercer, Jeff Phelps, Larry and Debbie Stewart,

Nancy and Carl Capps, Linda Lallathin, John McCarty, Hank Dunkel,

Jim Lutz, Kathy Katz, Mindie Durr, Claire Crittenden, Jackie Searfoss

and others for designing the float, building the float, dressing in costume,

And handing out 2.,400 flags, 4,000 flag stickers and 2,000 Flyers!

Fair Tent at Kent Heritage Festival all Day on July 4th!

We also want to thank Bob Longshore, Dave and Sue Mercer, Pat Stephens,

Hank Dunckel, Joanie Hormel, Jim Aldridch, Don Roepke, Brian Ames,

Ursula Ficht, Herb Stacy, Nancy Brown

and others for volunteering to work the Tent this year! Thank You All!

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 July 2015 17:52
 

PCTEA Float wins 3rd Place in Parade

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Portage County TEA Party Float wins 3rd Place

in First Ever Appearance in Stow 4th of July Parade!

The members of the Portage County TEA Party

 want to thank Nan Zawistowski, Brenda and Lanny Derreberry,

Marsha and Rob Frost, Anne Kaczmarek, Ron Wartko, Bob Longshore,

Dave and Sue Mercer, Jeff Phelps, Larry and Debbie Stewart,

Nancy and Carl Capps, Linda Lallathin, John McCarty, Hank Dunkel,

Jim Lutz, Kathy Katz, Mindie Durr, Claire Crittenden, Jackie Searfoss

and others for designing the float, building the float, dressing in costume,

And handing out 2.,400 flags, 4,000 flag stickers and 2,000 Flyers!

Fair Tent at Kent Heritage Festival all Day on July 4th!

We also want to thank Bob Longshore, Dave and Sue Mercer, Pat Stephens,

Hank Dunckel, Joanie Hormel, Jim Aldridch, Don Roepke, Brian Ames, Ursula Ficht,

Herb Stacy, Nancy Brown and others for volunteering to work the Tent this year.

 

 

 

CRUZ MAINTAINS WIDE MARGIN IN OHIO POLL

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Liberty Camp for Kids Float will be in the Stow-Kent Parade at 10:00 AM on July 4th
Stop By our booth at the Kent Fest in Downtown Kent on July 4th!
 
 
CRUZ MAINTAINS WIDE LEAD OVER WALKER IN
OHIO CONSERVATIVES UNITED STATEWIDE POLL 
 
Toledo, OH - Today John McAvoy, Spokesman for the Toledo based Ohio Conservatives United, announced the result of the second monthly Republican Presidential Poll. Ted Cruz maintained a wide lead among Ohio Conservatives with 34% of the votes cast. Scott Walker was second again this month with 21%, while Rand Paul was third with 14%. Ohio Govenor John Kasich, who is expected announce he is entering the race this month, today only has support from 1.5% of Ohio conservatives.
 
Participation in the poll increased in June, with 43 different Ohio conservative groups participating, and over 2,000 individuals voting in the polls. The surveys were conducted in person during the month of June at monthly group meetings, and by special web based surveys set up for each group. Results for the survey, including individually by groups, can be viewed at www.OhioConservativesUnited.org
 
 
 
Ohio June Poll
 
DR. BEN CARSON TAKES SURPRISE LEAD
IN PORTAGE COUNTY TEA PARTY POLL
 
PORTAGE COUNTY JUNE POLL
 
 
 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 21:57
 

SUPREME COURT RULING IGNORE RULE OF LAW

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RULING ON HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE IS NO SURPRISE

FIGHT WILL CONTINUE

 

Akron, OH - Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, reacted today to the 4-3 decision by the US Supreme Court to ignore the lawful Constitutional votes of tens of millions of Americans, and impose their own ideological view about what marriage should be, in a ruling that undermine the entire Constitutional concept of States Rights. Zawistowski said "The ruling by the Supreme Court Friday is no surprise. It is equally illogical and unlawful as yesterday ruling on Obamacare. Which is demonstrated by Robert's hypocritical dissent today which completely contradicts his own ruling yesterday. Clearly the US Supreme Court is no longer operating within the bounds of the US Constitution or the concept of the rule of law. They can not legislate morality and this ruling does not change the hearts and minds and values of the vast majority of Americans who don't need elitist judges to tell us what words mean, or what natural marriage is, or what is in our bible, or how to live our lives."

 

Zawistowski concluded by saying, "While this may appear to be a Conservative's and a Christian's darkest hour, today, I am thinking about December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor. I am thinking about Winston Churchill, who while saddened by the tragedy of that day, was also filled with joy and hope because the Japanese had "woken a sleeping giant". Finally the American public had seen that they could no longer stand on the sidelines. That they had to join the fight against evil or be consumed by it. I believe that today, and this week with TPP and Obamacare and other events, is the beginning of a similar awakening that will lead to a similar outcome for the left. I and my fellow Americans look forward to continuing the fight to protect and defend our Constitution and our way of life in the months and years ahead. Like Churchill, while the fight may be long and bitter, the ultimate victory will be all the more sweet."

 

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SUPREME COURT RULING
UNDERMINES THE RULE OF LAW
 
Akron, OH - Today, Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, derided the Supreme Court 6-3 ruling to uphold the Obama Administrations decision to provide healthcare cost subsidies to people enrolled in the Federal Healthcare Exchanges. Zawistowski said "I think we should all go out and break any law we want today, because we are no longer a nation of laws. You can say that you simply "interpret" the meaning of the words in any law, any way that serves your needs. I'll drive 70 in a 55 mile per hour zone today, because 55 doesn't really mean 55 in my opinion, or in the law that Congress passed, because I have to get to the next appointment on time and it was not the "intention" of Congress for me to be late because that would cost me money. Right? This ruling shows that US Supreme Court does not uphold the rule of law. They can't even read English. They rule on what the "outcome" of the ruling will be not on what the law actually says. That is not their job. That is the job of Congress. They should have said to Congress, the law says what it says and if you didn't mean it to say that then Congress needs to fix it. But the Court did not rule that way and that is the problem."
 
Zawistowski continued, "This ruling shows that we now have no separation of powers. The Supreme Court feels that it must do the job of Congress. Everyone is doing the job of Congress except Congress, which insist upon giving all of it's power to the Executive branch and is now conceding it to the Supreme Court. The "Law of this Land" is the Constitution, this ruling and the previous ruling by the Robert's Court proves that the Constitution does not exist. The Governing class is free to interpret any law, any way they want, regardless of the actual written words, to implement their agenda."
 
Zawistowski concluded, “Obamacare has never had the majority of Americans behind it. Obamacare has been jammed down our throats by elitist of both political parties. Every branch of government has participated in this unlawful, unconstitutional takeover of our healthcare system.  We in the TEA Party Movement have stood against this law from the beginning for three reasons. The first is the preservation of our personal Liberty. Throughout history, dictators and despots have moved to take over healthcare as a means of controlling the population. If Government controls your healthcare, they control you. That is the intent of Obamacare, not to give healthcare to those who cannot afford it, but to destroy the individual freedom and liberty of American citizens to make their own healthcare choices.
 
Second, we stood against Obamacare because we knew that it would increase the cost of healthcare for all Americans dramatically and artificially because it eliminated competition.  The result has been that we have all seen a 40% tax increase on our healthcare cost, something that no one would have supported if that were disclosed during the passage of the law. Which is why it was not disclosed as Jonathan Gruber so boastfully pointed out.
 
Third we knew it would drive down the quality of healthcare by eliminating innovation and by driving doctors out of the medical industry. Not only are doctors dropping out in record numbers and retiring earlier, they are no longer encouraging their children to enter the field. The result is a collapse in the quality of healthcare and an inability to meet the growing healthcare needs of an aging population.
 
The TEA Party Movement will not stop this fight to replace Obamacare with a Free Market alternative that returns control of our healthcare to individual Americans and their doctors.  Any candidate for any office who does not commit to replacing Obamacare, will not get our votes in coming elections regardless of party. The Republican’s in particular who have run and been elected on the promise to “Repeal and Replace Obamacare” now must fulfill that promise or face the consequences from an angry electorate.”
 
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Last Updated on Friday, 26 June 2015 14:56
 

FBI Files Document Communism in Valerie Jarrett’s Family

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FBI Files Document Communism in Valerie Jarrett’s Family

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files obtained by Judicial Watch reveal that the dad, maternal grandpa and father-in-law of President Obama’s trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, were hardcore Communists under investigation by the U.S. government.

Jarrett’s dad, pathologist and geneticist Dr. James Bowman, had extensive ties to Communist associations and individuals, his lengthy FBI file shows. In 1950 Bowman was in communication with a paid Soviet agent named Alfred Stern, who fled to Prague after getting charged with espionage. Bowman was also a member of a Communist-sympathizing group called the Association of Internes and Medical Students. After his discharge from the Army Medical Corps in 1955, Bowman moved to Iran to work, the FBI records show.

According to Bowman’s government file the Association of Internes and Medical Students is an organization that “has long been a faithful follower of the Communist Party line” and engages in un-American activities. Bowman was born in Washington D.C. and had deep ties to Chicago, where he often collaborated with fellow Communists. JW also obtained documents on Bowman from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) showing that the FBI was brought into investigate him for his membership in a group that “follows the communist party line.” The Jarrett family Communist ties also include a business partnership between Jarrett’s maternal grandpa, Robert Rochon Taylor, and Stern, the Soviet agent associated with her dad.

Jarrett’s father-in-law, Vernon Jarrett, was also another big-time Chicago Communist, according to separate FBI files obtained by JW as part of a probe into the Jarrett family’s Communist ties. For a period of time Vernon Jarrett appeared on the FBI’s Security Index and was considered a potential Communist saboteur who was to be arrested in the event of a conflict with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). His FBI file reveals that he was assigned to write propaganda for a Communist Party front group in Chicago that would “disseminate the Communist Party line among…the middle class.”

It’s been well documented that Valerie Jarrett, a Chicago lawyer and longtime Obama confidant, is a liberal extremist who wields tremendous power in the White House. Faithful to her roots, she still has connections to many Communist and extremist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood. Jarrett and her family also had strong ties to Frank Marshal Davis, a big Obama mentor and Communist Party member with an extensive FBI file.

JW has exposed Valerie Jarrett’s many transgressions over the years, including her role in covering up a scandalous gun-running operation carried out by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Last fall JW obtained public records that show Jarrett was a key player in the effort to cover up that Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about the Fast and Furious, a disastrous experiment in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) allowed guns from the U.S. to be smuggled into Mexico so they could eventually be traced to drug cartels. Instead, federal law enforcement officers lost track of hundreds of weapons which have been used in an unknown number of crimes, including the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona.

In 2008 JW got documents linking Valerie Jarrett, who also served as co-chairman of Obama’s presidential transition team, to a series of real estate scandals, including several housing projects operated by convicted felon and Obama fundraiser/friend Antoin “Tony” Rezko. According to the documents obtained from the Illinois Secretary of State, Valerie Jarrett served as a board member for several organizations that provided funding and support for Chicago slum projects operated by Rezko.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2015/06/communism-in-jarretts-family/?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Judicial%20Watch%20Tipsheet%20(15)&utm_content=
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 08:21
 

Why YOU need to run for School Board

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NEXT PCTEA FULL MEMBERSHIP MEETING IS: TUESDAY, JUNE 23rd at 7:00 PM at Maplewood Career Center

 

Why YOU need to run for School Board this Year!

 

Lots of things are important in life, it’s just that some things are more important than others. While it is important, and even exciting, for some to talk about all the Presidential candidates, the reality is that we are more impacted by out of control government locally than we are federally.  All the flawed policies, and wasteful spending, that the federal government implements, are implemented by your state and local government. Common Core being one egregious example.
 
Instead of taking up your time watching the “bright shiny object” of the Presidential races, particularly in 2015 when nothing they say changes anything, we need to recognize a critical opportunity to do something that is much more important and much more attainable in 2015.  We need You to run for school board in your local area.

Now it has always been important for your movement to try and take back our schools by taking over the school board and we have been successful in some case in doing that. However, this year the stakes are higher than ever.  Why?  Changes in the teachers retirement system.  
 
The State Teachers Retirement System changed the rules a few years ago and is now going to calculate teacher and administrator retirement benefits based on the five highest years of income instead of the three highest years. The result being a lower base rate. Plus they have changed the rules about who can retire and when. The result being that many teachers who don’t retire in the next two or three years will lose approximately 11.5% of their annual income for life.  That’s a huge incentive for teachers and administrators to get out now and that is exactly what is happening.

Why is that important to Conservatives and why does it make winning school board seats more important now than it has ever been? Well as conservatives, we are concerned about taxation. A large part of our property taxes go to school districts. (Even if you rent, you pay the property taxes through your rent, the landlord doesn’t pay them!)  In 99% of school districts, those taxes only go up, they never come down. Even when we have less students, they spend it anyway.  While we have been successful in defeating some levy renewals, we have not had enough success, because the schools would often make a case that they could not survive any cuts because their expense kept going up. Uninformed people in the community believe it, and therefore, we have been able to defeat new levies but not renewal levies.  However, that is all about to change - if we take action NOW.

It is critical that we win school board seats this year, because all of these teacher and administrator retirements are going to save school districts millions of dollars in salaries. These retires are the highest paid employees in the schools and they are going to be replaced with young teachers who should cost about 40% of what the old teachers were making. So, for example, one school district in Portage County announced that they have 18 teachers retiring this year. Each of them cost the tax payer $100,000 per year or more in salary and benefits - yea the 20% you pay above their pay for health insurance and for their retirement that teachers like to pretend is not part of their salary. So, that school district is going to save $1.8 million next year and then only have to spend $720,000 to replace them. Saving $1.08 million per year for years to come. That is only the beginning because more teachers will be retiring next year and the year after that.  For this small district, the saving will come out to over $3 million per year! For big school districts, it could be much more!

Now, do you think the unions are going to let the school board give that money back to the taxpayers like they should?  Of course not, they are going to spend it all. They will be demanding not 3% annual raises but 5% or more until it is all gone - because the school board can afford it! Unless we act, the school board will do it, because they are all former teachers, the husbands or fathers of teachers or former administrators. Once again the fix will be in UNLESS we do something about it!

With these savings, school boards should be in a position to not even put some renewal levies on the ballot.  We will be able to argue for the first time that they don’t need the money because of all the retirements.  But it will be a lot easier if we are sitting on the school board with a majority and we can vote not to put the renewal on the ballot!  Otherwise they will keep putting them on the ballot multiple times and lying to the tax payers until they are passed despite the fact that they don’t need the money!

They are already laying the groundwork. One of the administrators in our area has already been quoted as saying “Districts will save money with the lower salaries of beginning teachers, but will have to increase the supervision and monitoring in the classroom”!  So, let's get this straight. Even thought they graduated from college and are certified to teach, and the superintendent hired them because they are qualified to do the job they hired them to do, we are going to have to pay to hire more high paid administrators to “monitor” these new teacher because they really aren’t qualified! Got it?  Yea right.  This chart shows that the biggest problem in public schools in the ridiculous increase in non-teaching staff:
 
 
 
It gets worse. In Avon Lake Ohio the citizens were dumb enough to just pass a 10 year renewable levy!!  Isn’t that interesting. Why would they do that? Why would the school board recommend that? Well, now when all those teacher retire, they won’t have a levy come up for  renewal for 10 years, during which the Union will distribute all that money to teachers and administrators so when it comes up for renewal, they can plead poverty AGAIN!

This is why YOU must consider putting yourself on the ballot this year to run for School Board. If you are on the school board, you can decide how this money is spent, or if it is returned to the tax payers. The deadline is the first week of August to put your name on the ballot. You simply go to the Board of Elections and flll out a form. You may need a few signatures depending on your county, but never more than 5.  The election is in November. So, from August until November you have to get out and ask for the community to vote for you.
 
Now, School Board races are what they call Non-Partisan, meaning you don’t run as a Republican or Democrat or Libertarian. Second, most school board have five members.  Depending on your school board, their may be three seats up for re-election or there will be two.  When you run, all candidates are usually running for all the seats. So, if their are two open seats, the top two vote getters win the seats. We need to get as many of us to run as possible and even if you are not up to running, you need to find someone who will and help them win by going door to door for them and asking your neighbors to support them. Best of all, these are low cost races. You need some signs and materials to hand out when you go door to door and perhaps a robo call or two. 
 
Just know, that the Union is thinking the same thing. They will use your tax dollars, extorted through forced Union dues, to fund their Union candidates. They have databases of every person in your community who will vote yes on just about any levy. They will work to turn out their vote for Union candidates and you have just got to out work them and take those seats.

I wanted to spell this out for you so that you had time to consider running, or to find someone to run who has great name recognition in your community and who you could support. This is why the TEA Party exists. To cut taxes and hold people we elect accountable so that they spend our hard earned taxes wisely.  This year is the year that we can really make a difference.  Litterally, in many cases, if you could cut property taxes by not renewing a levy, it could make the difference between a senior citizen on social securty being able to keep their home! They are being force to sell their homes because they can not affort the property taxes and their social security income has not been increase in years. Let’s make the choice to take back some of our money this year and help everyone in our community without hurting the students at all! Run for School Board!

Best Regards,

Tom Zawistowski
President
Last Updated on Sunday, 21 June 2015 10:14
 

Two Important Events This Week

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 June 2015 10:02
 

PCTEA to Host Fund Raising Seminar

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PRESS RELEASE
 
FOR RELEASE - Sunday, March 1 , 2015
 
 
 
Portage County TEA Party to Host Fund Raising Seminar
For Ohio Nonprofits on March 21st
 
 
Mogadore, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party today announced that it would be bringing trainers from the Leadership Institute in Washington, DC to put on a full day Fund Raising Training Seminar on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Comfort Inn in Brimfield.  The Seminar is open to any nonprofit organization that would like to improve their fund raising operations and will be taught by Chris Doss from the Leadership Institute and one or two other staff members. The event will start at 8:30 AM on March 21, 2015 and end at 4:30 PM.  Lunch will be provided along with class materials. The cost is only $25 per person and checks, made out to the Portage County TEA Party, can be mailed to: P.O. Box 253, Mogadore, OH 44260.  Seating is limited to the first 50 reservations received. For more information, call the Portage County TEA Party office at 330-474-3878.
 
The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement. The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful.  Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individual to vote, to run for office and to attend government meetings in their area so that they can participate in their self-governance.  The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.
 
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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2015 12:51
 

Letter to Senator Portman concerning DHS Funding

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Dear Senator Portman,

 
I am writing on behalf of the Officers and the 2,600 members of the Portage County TEA Party to ask you to use your influence to convince Senator McConnell to change the Senate rules in order to pass the House version of the Department of Homeland Security funding bill.  In our opinion, it is your duty Senator, and Senator McConnell's and all the Republicans that TEA Party groups around the nation elected, so that Republicans could have control of the Senate, to honor your oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. All credible legal experts, even those on the left, agree that the President's actions are an over-reach of the Executive Branch and are in fact Un-Constitutional and should not be allowed. 
 
The bill passed by the US House fully funds the DHS but explicitly does not fund the amnesty for illegal immigrants that is being unlawfully implemented by the Executive Branch under direct orders of the President.  For Senator McConnell to suggest that following Senate rules, which former Senate Leader Harry Reid had no problem changing to achieve the goals of the left, is somehow more important than your Oath of Office and defending the very essence of the US Constitution is beyond contemptible. Not to mention the fact that during his campaign in Kentucky, and during most of the Senate campaigns around the nation, he and the Republican Party promised the voters that they would take the "necessary action" to stop the President.
 
We hereby demand that you and the rest of the Republicans in the Senate keep your oath and take whatever action is necessary to defend our Constitution and the rule of law.  To protect the millions of low income Americans, particularly blacks and legal hispanics, who will face unfair competition from these illegals if you do not take action to protect them. Not to mention the middle class tax payers who's hard earned tax dollars will be used to subsidize this illegal action against our will.
 
The time for excuses is over, we will not accept your or anyone else's excuses. The people spoke loudly in November and they said "Stop Obama's destruction of our nation."  They did not say loudly "protect the senate rules!" We trust that you will pass our message on to Senator McConnell and to your fellow Republican Senators and that you will all do your jobs as the House has done.
 

If the President want's to veto funding for the Department of Homeland Security than let him put the safety of the American people in jepardy for his own crass political ambitions.  Remember, your job is not to serve the Washington, DC based media or to serve the defenders of the President's actions. Your job is to serve the people in your states who elected you to office.

 
Sincerely,
 
Tom Zawistowski
Executive Director
Portage County TEA Party
P.O. Box 253
Mogadore, OH  44260
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330-474-3878
Last Updated on Monday, 16 February 2015 17:53
 

Husted raises concerns about Illegals voting in Ohio

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Dear Friends,


Recently, I delivered a letter to President Obama concerning his executive actions on immigration, which dramatically expand the potential for illegal voter registrations in Ohio. Today in Washington, D.C., I testified during a congressional hearing to further voice those concerns.

 
As the chief elections official for the state of Ohio, I simply cannot allow this expanding loophole to go unaddressed. Anyone who doubts the impact of this risk should consider this: 72 Ohio counties conducted recounts in the last three statewide elections alone. Of those cases, 51 officials and 19 issues were decided by just one vote or tied

I take my responsibility to safeguard Ohio's elections system very seriously. The recent executive actions could jeopardize the integrity of our voter rolls. I hope you will join me in demanding that only eligible voters be able to vote in our federal, state and local elections.

I promise to remain committed to my responsibility to all Ohioans: Making it easy to vote and hard to cheat.
 
Sincerely,Signature
 
Jon Husted



P.S. You can read my letter to President Obama by clicking here and you can read my testimony by clicking here.
 

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 February 2015 12:19
 
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