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Hello everyone,
I, for one, am tired of politicians not listening to their constituents.  I am tired of them campaigning one way and governing another. I am tired of policies being implemented that most people don't want - like Common Core and Obamacare.
But, then again, if you look at the numbers, why should the politicians listen to their constituents? In 2014, Congress had an approval rating of around 13%. But, what percentage was reelected nationwide that same year? 
The people have lost - or more accuratelywillingly given up - their voice. 
The surest way to get politicians listening again is for the citizens recapture the power to elect and un-elect them. That power currently resides in two places, primary elections and party central committees.
People talk about "calling" their Congressman?
My Congressman actually calls me.
That is in part because he knows as a member of central committee, I have the power to give - or withhold - his endorsement for reelection in the primary.
Begging, complaining, and watching cable TV news to see the latest antics of the presidential hopefuls won't change the direction of our country. 
Taking back the power over who gets elected or unelected will.
Attend Ohio Precinct Project's next Central Committee Training on August 29th in Ravenna, OH to learn more. 

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7075 State Route 88
Ravenna, OH 4426
Cost: Free! Refreshments will be served!
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 17:44

Portage Commissioners IMPOSE New Tax

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By Mike Sever | Staff Writer Published: 

Portage County commissioners have agreed to impose a 0.25-percent hike on the county's sales tax for five years, effective Oct. 1. That will put Portage's sales tax at 7.25 percent, the same as most other counties in Ohio. It will mean an extra penny tax on a $4 purchase.

The agreement came after a 90-minute meeting Tuesday afternoon in which the board heard from Sheriff David W. Doak, municipal court judges Barbara Oswick and Kevin Poland, and others.

A final vote on a resolution is expected to come on Tuesday. If the board approves the resolution by Tuesday, the tax will be collected starting Oct. 1, but the county won't see revenue until after Jan. 1.

Commissioner Vicki Kline said she was glad the board made progress on the issue.

"I don't feel good about imposing the tax, we have to do it, and we have to be very transparent and accountable about how we spend it," she said.

Commissioner Kathleen Chandler said she was concerned that addiction is leading to more deaths and more crime by people stealing to buy drugs.

Commissioner Maureen T. Frederick said part of the reason the county doesn't have money to expand the jail without the tax is because the Kasich administration has cut Local Government Funds to the county by $1.5 million.

"With all due respect, ma'am, the governor is not going to give that money back. It's time to move on," said Jim Smith, who sits on the task force looking at jail needs.

The board has asked for confirmation from the county prosecutor's office on how sales tax revenue can be used.

Commissioners want to make sure the estimated $5 million per year raised by the tax will be used only for "criminal and administrative justice services." Those include the sheriff, prosecutor, courts, clerk of courts and coroner. That category also allows the tax revenue to be spent on rehabilitation and detention services, facilities and operations.

Commissioners have said they plan to use the revenue first to expand the jail's capacity for female inmates. Doak said the jail had 65 female inmates as of Monday and Tuesday. The jail is certified to house 34 female inmates. The expansion would add about 30 beds. Tax money also would be used to add corrections staff to the jail and add at least one new road patrol position on a 24-hour basis.

In future years, commissioners said they want to pursue adding a jail section to include a drug rehabilitation program.

Poland and Oswick, like Judge Becky Doherty last week, argued for imposing the tax rather than putting it on the November ballot for a three-year term.

"I don't think we can wait until November or wait a year to try again when it fails," Poland said. He also argued that three years is not enough to develop a track record of how the tax is being used.

Oswick agreed, saying "nobody I've talked to thinks (the tax) has a good chance of passing." Both said the number of drug incidents, overdoses and drug-related deaths require immediate action by the board.

Poland noted there were six overdoses in Ravenna and two elsewhere in the county in one night last week. All eight victims survived, thanks to quick action by emergency responders.

The number of fatal overdoses, particularly from heroin, has skyrocketed in the past two years. Heroin was noted as the cause of 14 out of 22 fatalities in 2013 and of 18 out of 27 fatal overdoses last year.

Attorney George Keith warned against waiting to take action because the county could end up with a federal court order.

"We may end up with an alligator we can't begin to wrestle," he said.

He said judges do a good job of identifying people who end up before them who need help. While there are programs out there, they are overcrowded and it takes time for people to get in.

"If we don't do something immediately, some of them are going to be dead," Keith said.

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Portage County TEA Party
P.O. Box 253 • Mogadore, OH  44260 • 330-474-3878 • 330-779-8225 (Fax)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Friday, July 17 , 2015
Contact: Tom Zawistowski
County Commissioners Derelict in Their Duty
if they Impose Sales Tax
Mogadore, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party challenged the claims made by Portage County Commissioners and Judge Becky Doherty in today's Record Courier.  The story says, "Commissioners and other elected officials have said they see little voter support for raising the tax. And public interest was almost nonexistent at three public hearings to explain the tax." It also quotes Judge Doherty as saying, "They understand, they just don't care. That's why I don't think it should go on the ballot." 
Portage County TEA Party Executive Director Tom Zawistowski said  "The idea that no one in the public will come to a meeting and that Portage County residents "understand, they just don't care" is not only false, it is an insult to the good people of this community who do care deeply about the drug issue and will do the right thing with the right leadership.  My proof is the June 16, 2015 meeting just held at Maplewood Career Center to discuss Police Community Relations in which over 150 citizens attended and the main topic was the Heroin epidemic and the need to build a new jail.  People were stunned by what they learned and are ready to act to build a new jail.  They don't need the Commissioners to "impose" a tax on them because the Commissioners and Judge Doherty think they are to stupid to understand or to lazy to act. The fact that the Commissioners can't get anyone to attend their meetings is an indication of how out of touch they are with the people of Portage County. They never called or wrote to the Portage County TEA Party and asked if they could meet with our group on the issue. Why? What other groups did they approach about the meeting? Did they really want citizens to participate? The fact is that they are derelict in their duty as Commissioners if they try to "impose" this tax just like they did the tripling of the license plate fees, where the used the courts to keep the Portage County TEA Party from putting that on the ballot. The PRIMARY job of the County, by our County Charter, is public safety. The jail and the Sheriff's department should be funded FIRST in every budget out of the taxes we already pay but it is not fully funded by their choice. The Commissioners use the Sheriff's Department like the schools use sports and busing to force citizens to agree to taxes they should not have to pay. Despite their failure to do their duty, the Portage County TEA Party knows that the citizens of Portage County will do their duty and pass a tax increase - if it is limited to 5 years.  The reality, is that the commissioners are trying to use the jail issue as a way to permanently increase their budget and that is why they don't want it on the ballot. They must put this to a public vote."
Zawistowski continued,  "I personally served for a time on the Jail Expansion Committee, put together by the Commissioners, to explore ways to fund a badly needed addition to the jail and I told that Committee and I told Sheriff Doak at that time that the Portage County TEA Party would aggressively support a five year quarter percent sales tax hike like the one used originally to build the jail. I went further than that and said that I was confident that we could get the community to support such a tax increase at the ballot and that we would commit to do so. My frustration was that they would not put it on the ballot. We should have been building the new jail by now but they would not act."
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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By Mike Sever | Staff Writer Published: July 17, 2015 4:00AM

Portage County commissioners may vote to impose a one-quarter percent sales tax, rather than waiting for voters to turn it down in the November election.

Thursday, the board debated the need to move ahead now to raise the sales tax from 7 to 7.25 percent on most sales. The hike would mean an extra one cent tax on a $4 purchase.

The tax would raise an estimated $5 million per year with money focused on building new jail facilities to relieve overcrowding of women inmates. The tax would also be used to add to the road patrol of the county sheriff's office and eventually, fund some drug treatment and rehabilitation programs to help stem the flood of drug addiction in the county.

Commissioners and other elected officials have said they see little voter support for raising the tax. And public interest was almost nonexistent at three public hearings to explain the tax.

Judge Becky Doherty, who is working to get a drug court certified by the Ohio Supreme Court, said commissioners should impose the tax.

She said she has talked to people about the problems drug addiction is causing for the county courts and jail system.

"They understand, they just don't care. That's why I don't think it should go on the ballot," Doherty said. She said she tries to keep addicts in jail as long as possible.

"I can keep them locked up until their head clears enough to decide they are ready for treatment," she said. "We need to keep them in a position they are not a threat to themselves or the public," Doherty said.

County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said the county jail has medical staff, but it is not properly staffed or equipped to handle a drug rehabilitaion program.

"We're running a detox center now, by default," Vigluicci said. The county lacks a long-term solution for inmates, he said.

"We can't arrest them, put them through arraignment and cut 'em loose -- they're just going to commit more crimes or kill themselves," he said.

Commissioner Kathleen Chandler said she's very frustrated by the lack of public concern.

"There are so many addicts out there, it's only a matter of time before they are in your house," she said. The only hope of reducing the demand on jail space is for the county to offer some intervention, Chandler said.

"If we do nothing," and people continue to overdose and die, "then it is our responsibility," Chandler said.

During an hour-and-a-half discussion Thursday, commissioners Chandler and Vicki Kline indicated they are willing to consider imposing the tax while Commissioner Maureen T. Frederick said she was reluctant to vote to impose. It would take a unanimous vote of the three commissioners to impose the tax.

"To me, it does seem like a dastardly deed to not give voters a chance to vote on it," Frederick said.

Kline said she was torn on the issue.

"I believe voters need a choice, but personally I don't think it will pass," she said.

Auditor Janet Esposito, who was a county commissioner when the county built the jail 20 years ago, suggested the board impose the tax but for a limited time.

"I would not ever vote for a tax for $5 million a year for a continuous time. I'd rather you impose it or not," she said. "But I would vote for a tax for $15 million over three years."

That would give enough money to meet most of the immediate needs, she said. But it would not give a continuing source of revenue to pay for needed additional jail staff, said Todd Bragg, head of the commission's budget office.

Kline said the time-limited tax "is a good compromise."

The board is scheduled to discuss imposing the tax at its Tuesday session.

If the board does impose the sales tax hike as an emergency measure, voters could put the tax to a referendum by filing petitions signed by at least 4,079 county voters.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 08:35

Protect your Rights Boycott Macy's

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Mr. Gary Weaver
Assistant Manager
Macy's Department Store
4301 Kent Road
Stow, OH  44224
Dear Gary,
Thank you for meeting with Anne, Nan, Jo, Hank and myself on July 4th at the Macy's store in Stow, Ohio after the July 4th Parade.  As we expressed to you in our meeting, we are very disturbed by Macy's removing the Donald Trump line of ties and other clothing from its stores and we demand that you reverse your decision. 
First, on July 4th we celebrated the Declaration of Independence, the founding of our great nation, and the Constitution upon which all of freedoms are based. The most important part of that document is Article 1 in which all Americans are guaranteed the right to free speech, particularly free political speech. The actions by Macy's against Donald Trump is an attempt to deny Mr. Trump those freedoms and to publicly bully him and financially hurt him in and effort to force him to give up his free speech. Fortunately, Mr. Trump has the financial ability to fight back and defend his free speech, but it is wrong for Macy's to "play politics" with presidential candidates. Most importantly, Mr. Trump did not say anything that was wrong or untrue.  He did not say what you, Macy's, and your liberal friends on TV are claiming he said. 
Second, this bogus "On-Line Petition" supposedly getting 700,000 "signatures" demanding the removal of Trump's materials is simply a fiction created by the technology experts on the left. Wake up. Those signatures are not real and the sure are not Macy's customers! That ploy is intended to bully Macy's into participating in their efforts to demonize Trump and "drive up his negatives" in an effort to keep him from exposing the obvious truths about the policies of the President and Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. Stop being played for fools!  The three ladies with me that met with you are REAL Macy's customers and they pay real money to buy your products. As they told you to your face, they will take their business elsewhere if the management of Macy's is so weak that they cannot standup and defend the Constitution of the United States against a phony on-line petition.  Here's and idea for your management, how about deciding if Trump stays in your store based on SALES not phony surveys! 
Third, as I explained in our meeting, the Portage County TEA Party is one of the largest in Ohio with 2,600 members. If Macy's does not reverse it's policies, and respect the wishes of it's real customers, I will share this letter with all of our members and encourage them not to shop at your store. I also have a radio program on WHLO 640 AM in Akron at 9:00 AM on Saturday and I will share this letter with my listeners. If need be I will organize protests outside your store to let your other customers know that Macy's is trying to deny them the opportunity to vote for the presidential candidate of their choice. Finally, I will share this letter with TEA Party Groups across the Nation to see if they are like minded and will confront the Macy's store in their area. They are real customers who shop at your stores and do not appreciate American companies who support the goals of the Anti-American Left.
As you promised, please forward this email to you management and we will see if Macy's is worthy of our continued financial support. I thank you for taking the time to meet with us last Saturday.
Best Regards,
Tom Zawistowski
Executive Director
Portage County TEA Party
"The most important achievement of the TEA Party Movement in the past six years has been it's ability to raise the political IQ of the American Voter to levels not seen in the past half century." 
"An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic."
Thomas Jefferson
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 12:28

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, Ernie Storcher,

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, Ernie Storcher,

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

Last Updated on Monday, 06 July 2015 08:23

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.





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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!
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
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 21:57


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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."




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.”
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.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 08:21

Why YOU need to run for School Board

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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
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