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Monthly Meeting Wednesday

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Monthly Meeting Wendesday Night, April 23, 2014 at Maplewood Career Center, 7075 State Route 88, Ravenna, OH 44266 at 7:00 PM - PUBLIC WELCOME
FOR RELEASE - Sunday, April 20, 2014
PCTEA PAC Endorses O'Brien, Bennett, Kubala and Mancini
Skeriotis, Henderson, Kline and Judge Candidates to Speak at April 23rd Meeting
Kent, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party PAC today announce their endorsement of Linda J. O'Brien in the Republican Primary for Ohio House in the 76th District which includes Northern Portage and all of Geauga County. They also endorsed Sabrina Christian-Bennett in the Republican Primary for County Commissioner and Jeneen Kubala and John Mancini for Republican State Central Committee.  Republican contenders for Ohio House in the 75th District, which includes Southern Portage County, Nick Skeriotis and Kenneth Hendrickson will speak at the groups public meeting on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Maplewood Career Center north of Ravenna at 7:00 PM. Also speaking that night will be Democratic Candidate for Portage County Commissioner Vicki Kline, and candidates for Judge Ron Tamburrino and Geoff Weaver. Ballot issues such as school levies will be discussed and recommendations will be made on those issues at this event. The Portage County TEA Party Monthly Meeting is open to the public and all citizens are invited to attend to meet the candidates personally and be informed before deciding how to vote in the primary on May 6th.
In making the endorsements, Executive Director Tom Zawistowski said, "Linda O'Brien is a Write-in candidate for Ohio House who we are proud to endorse to fill the seat vacated by Matt Lynch. O'Brien has been a successful business owner for 22 years after helping to build Progressive Insurance into one of the top employers in NE Ohio. She is Conservative Christian, who is for Voter Photo ID, believes in the Constitution particularly the 1st and the 2nd Amendments, is for traditional marriage, and is against Common Core. We ask voters in Portage County to click on the Write-in button on the electronic voting machines and type in O'Brien for 76th House. Voters in Geuaga County will actually have to write the name O'Brien on their ballot and we ask them to do so."
Zawistowski continued by saying "Sabrina Christian Bennett has strong conservative values and a lot of experience running her business and serving on local board. She is capable of working with the other two commissioners to protect the best interests of the citizens of Portage County and is a solid choice for Commissioner. While most voters have no idea what the Republican or Democratic State Central Committee is or does, these are very important people because they represent the values and principles of all registered party members in governing the state party which is the Ohio Republican Party (ORP) in this case. The TEA Party movement in Ohio recruited Jeneen Kubala and John Mancini, as well as 37 other candidates across the state, to run for the State Central Committee for one main purpose - to vote to adopt the Republican Party National Platform as the official platform of the Ohio Republican Party. The ORP, by design, currently has no platform and therefor no way to hold Republicans who are elected to stay true to the values and principals included in that platform. This is why so many Republicans in Ohio are RINO's and don't vote or govern as Republican Voters expect. All of the current members of the State Central Committee are hand picked by the Republican Establishment to do what they are told to do and not ask any questions. Many of them are given jobs, positions of influence and other perks for their loyalty to the party elite while ignoring the party members they are supposed to represent.  That is why we have recruited and endorsed Jeneen Kubala and John Mancini, neither of whom are party insiders nor are their votes for sale. Both of whom simply want to restore the Republican values and principals to the Ohio Republican Party. We urge all Republicans to vote for them in the Primary."
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 meeting in their area so that they can participate in their self governance.  The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.

TPP Citizens Fund Endorses Lynch

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TEA Party Partiots Citizens Fund

Endorses Matt Lynch

in Ohio 14th Congression Race

The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund is proud to announce its endorsement of Matt Lynch for the GOP nomination in Ohio’s 14th Congressional District!

As our official press release states, the overwhelming majority of our grassroots activists in Ohio expressed their enthusiastic support of Matt’s candidacy. And it’s not hard to see why.

Matt Lynch was at the first Tea Party rally in Cleveland back in 2009, and he has been a close ally of our movement ever since. 

He has the courage to stand on principle that far too many elected officials lack today. He is determined to repeal Obamacare – unlike his opponent, who declared “Obamacare is the law of the land, like it or not’” – and was even willing to sue a Governor of his own political party when that Governor moved to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. He was one of only six Republican state legislators with the guts to vote against his Governor’s budget. That’s the kind of courage we need in Congress right now.

Matt supports term limits for Congress and a Balanced Budget Amendment, opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants and Common Core, and he’ll fight for a fairer, flatter tax code. His values and principles are the values and principles of Ronald Reagan and the Tea Party. 

For these reasons and many more, we are proud to give our endorsement and our full support to Matt Lynch’s campaign for Congress this year.


Charles Koch Fighting to Restore Freedom

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Koch: I'm Fighting to Restore a Free Society

Instead of welcoming free debate, collectivists engage in character assassination.


Updated April 2, 2014 7:47 p.m. ET


I have devoted most of my life to understanding the principles that enable people to improve their lives. It is those principles—the principles of a free society—that have shaped my life, my family, our company and America itself.

Unfortunately, the fundamental concepts of dignity, respect, equality before the law and personal freedom are under attack by the nation's own government. That's why, if we want to restore a free society and create greater well-being and opportunity for all Americans, we have no choice but to fight for those principles. I have been doing so for more than 50 years, primarily through educational efforts. It was only in the past decade that I realized the need to also engage in the political process.

A truly free society is based on a vision of respect for people and what they value. In a truly free society, any business that disrespects its customers will fail, and deserves to do so. The same should be true of any government that disrespects its citizens. The central belief and fatal conceit of the current administration is that you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you. This is the essence of big government and collectivism.

More than 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson warned that this could happen. "The natural progress of things," Jefferson wrote, "is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground." He knew that no government could possibly run citizens' lives for the better. The more government tries to control, the greater the disaster, as shown by the current health-care debacle. Collectivists (those who stand for government control of the means of production and how people live their lives) promise heaven but deliver hell. For them, the promised end justifies the means.

Instead of encouraging free and open debate, collectivists strive to discredit and intimidate opponents. They engage in character assassination. (I should know, as the almost daily target of their attacks.) This is the approach that Arthur Schopenhauer described in the 19th century, that Saul Alinsky famously advocated in the 20th, and that so many despots have infamously practiced. Such tactics are the antithesis of what is required for a free society—and a telltale sign that the collectivists do not have good answers.

Rather than try to understand my vision for a free society or accurately report the facts about Koch Industries, our critics would have you believe we're "un-American" and trying to "rig the system," that we're against "environmental protection" or eager to "end workplace safety standards." These falsehoods remind me of the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan's observation, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts." Here are some facts about my philosophy and our company:

Koch companies employ 60,000 Americans, who make many thousands of products that Americans want and need. According to government figures, our employees and the 143,000 additional American jobs they support generate nearly $11.7 billion in compensation and benefits. About one-third of our U.S.-based employees are union members.

Koch employees have earned well over 700 awards for environmental, health and safety excellence since 2009, many of them from the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. EPA officials have commended us for our "commitment to a cleaner environment" and called us "a model for other companies."

Our refineries have consistently ranked among the best in the nation for low per-barrel emissions. In 2012, our Total Case Incident Rate (an important safety measure) was 67% better than a Bureau of Labor Statistics average for peer industries. Even so, we have never rested on our laurels. We believe there is always room for innovation and improvement.

Far from trying to rig the system, I have spent decades opposing cronyism and all political favors, including mandates, subsidies and protective tariffs—even when we benefit from them. I believe that cronyism is nothing more than welfare for the rich and powerful, and should be abolished.

Koch Industries was the only major producer in the ethanol industry to argue for the demise of the ethanol tax credit in 2011. That government handout (which cost taxpayers billions) needlessly drove up food and fuel prices as well as other costs for consumers—many of whom were poor or otherwise disadvantaged. Now the mandate needs to go, so that consumers and the marketplace are the ones who decide the future of ethanol.

Instead of fostering a system that enables people to help themselves, America is now saddled with a system that destroys value, raises costs, hinders innovation and relegates millions of citizens to a life of poverty, dependency and hopelessness. This is what happens when elected officials believe that people's lives are better run by politicians and regulators than by the people themselves. Those in power fail to see that more government means less liberty, and liberty is the essence of what it means to be American. Love of liberty is the American ideal.

If more businesses (and elected officials) were to embrace a vision of creating real value for people in a principled way, our nation would be far better off—not just today, but for generations to come. I'm dedicated to fighting for that vision. I'm convinced most Americans believe it's worth fighting for, too.

Mr. Koch is chairman and CEO of Koch Industries.


Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 08:35


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FreedomWorks for America and Activists Rally to Un-Seat Rep. David Joyce in OH-14

FWFA Executive VP Adam Brandon will make a special announcement about the OH-14 race

WHAT: FreedomWorks for America Executive Vice President Adam Brandon will join a coalition of conservative groups across the state of Ohio at a rally in Chagrin Falls to make a special announcement in the OH-14 race.

The rally will include the distribution of 1,000 yard signs and other voter education materials. Other group representatives will include: Tom Zawistowski (Portage County TEA Party), Chuck Laughlin (Lake County Liberty Coalition), Dana Adams (Summit County TEA Party), Ralph Spampanato (Stark-Tusc 9/12 Group), Pastor Ernie Sanders (Geauga County TEA Party), and Dom Sciria (Cuyahoga Valley Republicans).

WHEN: Thursday, March 20, 2014 beginning at 11:30am ET.

WHERE: Clubhouse in the Tanglewood Club, 8745 Tanglewood Trail, Bainbridge, OH 44023

WHY: Ohioans are ready to take their government back from unions and special interests. Rep. David Joyce is a bought-and-paid-for politician who is financially backed by Washington insider PACs, including thousands of dollars from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Speaker John Boehner and Republican Main Street PAC run by lobbyist and former Rep. Steve LaTourette. Rep. Joyce has also received tens of thousands of dollars from building trade and transportation unions.

ABOUT FREEDOMWORKS FOR AMERICA: FreedomWorks for America is a grassroots service center to a community of over 6 million activists supporting candidates who believe in individual liberty and constitutionally-limited government. For more information, please visit www.FreedomWorksforAmerica.org or contact Jackie Bodnar at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 08:17

Monthly Meeting TONIGHT!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Candidates to Speak at PCTEA Monthly Meeting
Kent, OH - The Portage County TEA Party announced today that three of the four candidates for County Commissioner will speak at the groups Monthly Meeting on Tuesday, March 18th as well as one of the Ohio House Candidates. Republican Primary candidates Sabrina Christian-Bennett and Kristen Kline-Morris and Democratic Primary Candidate Angelo Battaglia will all speak. Vicki Kline, also a Democratic candidate for County Commissioner, had a scheduling conflict and will attend a future meeting.  Linda O'Brien, the Republican candidate for Ohio House in the 76th District will also speak at the event. The event will be held at 7:00 PM at the Maplewood Career Center, at 7075 State Route 88, Ravenna, OH 44266. The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served.
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 meeting in their area so that they can participate in their self governance.  The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.



Monthly Meeting Monday June 17th

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Monthly Meeting Open to the Public - Monday, June 17th


Our Government is Targeting TEA Party Groups and individuals through the IRS, capturing your Verizon Phone Records, recording every email and web site you visit through the PRISM program. What does it all mean to the ordinary American and how will this affect you personally?  Come to the Portage County TEA Party meeting this Monday, night June 17th and find out.  The meeting is open to the public and will be held at 7:00 PM at the Maplewood Career Center at 7075 State Route 88, just North of Ravenna in Portage County.  
Distinguished Law Professor David Forte from Cleveland State University will be the opening speaker followed by a presentation on the IRS Targeting by Portage County TEA Party Executive Director Tom Zawistowski.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Join your fellow citizens Monday, June 17th in Ravenna for this informative presentation, and learn what we as citizens can do to stop this abuse of power and restore Constitutionally limited Government.

PCTEA Announce State and Federal Endorsements

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 31, 2012




Kent, Ohio -  The Portage County TEA Party today announced its endorsements for federal and state candidates for the election on November 6, 2012. In making the announcement, Executive Director Tom Zawistowski said, “When Chief Justice Roberts made the announcement about the legality of Obamacare this June, he said that, “It is not the job of the Supreme Court to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.” We agreed. The time for the American People to do the vital job of electing officials who truly represent their values and their dreams for America is November 6th and we intend to do just that.” 


He then announced, “It is with great pride and hope for a better future for our Nation, that the Portage County TEA Party endorses Mitt Romney for President.  We have no doubt that he will steady the ship of state and release the full power of our private business and industry to create millions of tax paying jobs and grow our nation out of this financial crisis.”


He continued by saying, “We are equally excited to endorse Josh Mandel for US Senate and look forward to bringing the same level of conservative thinking to that body as we did to the US House in 2010.  Mandel will vote for the people before the party and we welcome that commitment. We further endorse Congressman Jim Rennaci in the 16th Congressional District, Dave Joyce in the 14th Congressional District and Dr. Marisha Agana in the 13th Congressional District. They are all dedicated to stopping the spending, stopping the borrowing and balancing the federal budget. They are also dedicated to restoring our individual liberty and freedom by retrenching federal government intrusion into our personal lives and into our businesses.”


Moving to the Ohio state races, Zawistowski explained, “In the race for Ohio Senate we endorse incumbent Republican John Eklund who has worked hard to become a familiar and well-known face in Portage County and is an excellent representative of our values and views.  In the Ohio House, we are fortunate to have two extremely talented and dedicated candidates in Matt Lynch in the 76th District in the Northern part of the County, and Nick Skeriotis in the 75th District in the Southern part of the county.  Both are conservative thinkers who believe in the Constitution and will defend it while in office.” 


He concluded by saying, “Our organization believes that too many voters ignore the role of Judges when voting. These are key positions in our government and deserve attention equal to the other candidates.  We endorse and urge voters in Portage County to vote for Robert Cupp, Sharon Kennedy and Terrance O’Donnel for the Ohio Supreme Court.  We further endorse Mary O’Toole for the very important Appellate Court Judge position.”


Voters can find information for all federal, state, and local races and issues on the organization’s website at www.PortageCountyTEAParty.com.  They will also find videos of many candidates as well as candidate surveys on the website.  Those who do not have internet but would like to find out who the organization endorses can call the 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 meeting 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 Friday, 02 November 2012 23:18

Issue 1 Analysis

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Last Updated on Saturday, 20 October 2012 17:49

Romney Pays for Visit-Obama does NOT

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Bob Dyer: Romney pays own freight in the Falls

By Bob Dyer 
Beacon Journal columnist

Interesting contrast.

As I reported in August, Copley Township is still owed $10,549 for the expenses it incurred during a 2008 campaign stop by then-vice presidential hopeful Joe Biden.

Copley’s fiscal officer, Janice Marshall, sent a bill to the “Obama for America” campaign but never received a penny.

And Fairlawn rang up $34,146 in police overtime and other expenses this summer when President Barack Obama brought his re-election campaign to town and spent the night at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.

Shortly thereafter, Fairlawn’s assistant finance director, Patricia Bertsch, sent a bill to the Obama campaign. She said at the time she wasn’t holding her breath. Good thing. She’d still be holding it.

Now along comes Mitt Romney, dishing out his own election patter in Cuyahoga Falls on a Tuesday night in October.

Same deal?

Far from it.

Long before his big rally at the Falls’ Natatorium, Romney’s campaign folks contacted the city, said they’d like to stage an event there and promised to pay for any extra expenses the city would incur.

Romney’s people asked the Falls to come up with an invoice, and said the invoice could be adjusted upward if unforeseen expenses cropped up.

To Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart, that speaks volumes about the difference between the candidates.

“I think it’s self-evident,” he said. “[It tells you] who is accountable for their deeds and who isn’t, who’s accountable for their actions and who keeps blaming everybody else.”

Of course, Robart, a conservative Republican, has virtually nothing nice to say about the president and limitless good things to say about the Romney-Ryan ticket.

Still, regardless of which party you favor, as a taxpayer you have to prefer Romney’s approach to campaign expenses, especially if you live in a small city or town.

The final cost of Tuesday’s rally in the Falls was $7,050, most of it for overtime and facility rental. That’s $7,050 that Cuyahoga Falls’ 49,473 residents won’t have to pay.

The city of Akron, run by a moderate Democrat mayor, said in August it had no intention of billing Obama’s campaign for his 25-minute speech at the John S. Knight Center. The city decided to eat $21,304 in expenses in exchange for what it called the privilege of hosting a sitting president.

There’s an undeniable thrill in getting an up-close look at the most powerful person on the planet. But perhaps we ought to differentiate between someone acting in a presidential capacity and someone trolling for votes.

The biggest downside of the Romney visit — aside from ugly traffic jams — was that the Natatorium was shut down for the entire day, depriving 10,000 dues-paying members of a day of prepaid exercise. However, the city announced in advance that it would extend everyone’s membership by one day.

The Nat employs only a handful of full-time people, and they were paid their usual salaries because they had functions to perform and spent the day working. Losing out were the many part-time employees, none of whom worked or got paid.

Robart was still glowing several days after the Romney visit.

“It was just electric,” he said.

Although Robart initially supported Rick Santorum, and would have preferred Newt Gingrich had Gingrich not been saddled with “so much baggage going in,” Robart’s affection for Romney has heated up considerably.

“I wasn’t on his bandwagon in the primary because I thought he was a little too liberal for me. I was misguided. All of his actions since then spell out a real honorable, honest man.”

Romney’s choice of hotels was interesting. Even though the Sheraton Suites, right around the corner from the Nat, is one of the finest hotels in the region, Romney bedded down at the Fairfield Inn across from the Regal Interstate Park Cinema 18, near South Arlington Road in Green.

Robart attributed that decision to the Fairfield’s connection to the Marriott chain, founded by J. Willard Marriott — who, like Romney, was a Mormon. Romney served two terms on the Marriott board.

As the GOP hopeful was heading out to his campaign bus Wednesday morning (carrying his own luggage), he came over to Robart and spent more than 15 minutes chatting with the mayor and a small group of Cuyahoga Falls officials that included the police and fire chiefs.

“He was very, very gracious,” Robart said. “He couldn’t have been more charismatic. ...

“You always think of politicians as being phoney baloneys” — please note that Robart is saying this, not me — “but I didn’t see an ounce of that in Mitt Romney.”

If nothing else, the guy pays his bills.

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 October 2012 19:59

Road Rally Big Success

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Ryan-Romney Road Rally Big Success:

We had a VERY successful Romney-Ryan Road Rally Saturday, October 13, 2012.  This clearly was a very effective tool to get our message out in the community and it was FUN as well.  Thank you to everyone who joined us throughout the rally as we "toured" Portage County on a beautiful fall day. We had families with young children with us, we had several dogs along on the trip, and we had nearly 100 patriots spending their day to fight for America! Thank you also to WNIR Radio for promoting the event virtually all day which resulted in people who are not even in the Portage County TEA Party joining us. We had cars join us at every stop. We impacted tens of thousands of voters who we would normally not be able to reach with the names of our candidates and showed them that their is significant support for the Romney-Ryan ticket in Portage County. Lot's of people came out and waved to us as we went buy. We saw that our candidates signs clearly out number the signs from candidates on the left throughout the County. Finally, there are a LOT of empty chairs in front yards all over Portage County!!!



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