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TEA Party Leader Responds to Politico Article

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TEA PARTY LEADER RESPONDS
TO REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENT CLAIMS
AGAINT TEA PARTY IN POLITICO ARTICLE
 
Akron, OH - Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party and President of the We the People Convention and the Ohio Citizens PAC, responded today to statements in aPolitico article detailing a purported “tipping point” being achieved by the Republican Establishment in the 2014 election between “moderate” and “TEA Party” Republicans. In the article Senate GOP Whip John Cornyn and Steven Law from American Crossroads try to make the case that a Republican takeover of the Senate this election will demonstrate that the “party had experienced a “very, very important evolution” this year — one from which it would not turn back.”
 
Zawistowski responded by saying, “For Cornyn to say that TEA Party Republicans are a 'small sliver' of the Republican party and that we 'insisted on nominating people who could win the primary but couldn’t win the general' shows both his ignorance and his dishonesty in continuing to sell a lie about the 2012 election that only media and the uniformed in the Republican Party continue to buy.  Fact, even according to a May 8, 2014 Gallop Poll: TEA Party Republicans represented 41% of all Republicans - hardly a small sliver. They can’t win without us no matter how much money they extort from donors. Fact: In 2012, Establishment Senate Candidates lost more races than TEA Party Candidates, and by larger margins, despite Chief RINO herder Carl Rove spending a BILLION dollars on their candidates. Ever since 2012 they have been trying to distract the gullible GOP donors by trying to blame the TEA Party, when Rove and Company deserve all the blame because they not only did NOTHING to support TEA Party Republicans after they won 2012 Senate primaries fair and square, but they actually undermined them. Proving once again that they would rather have a Democrat win than a Conservative Republican they don’t control.”
 
Zawistowski went on to say, “The fact of the matter is that the only reason the races in North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, Georgia and others are even close is because of the pathetic candidates the Republican Establishment puts up year after year. They are trying to make the case that being 'moderate' is the key to success, when all it does is give Democrats a chance in races that they should have no chance to win - like Kansas. Then again, moving to the 'middle' sure helps keep those races close so the consulting class can shake down donors, which is what it's really all about isn't it? Theirr stated position in the Politico article is laughable, as indicated by the literal begging being done by the Establishment's spokesmen all over the county and in the media for TEA Party Republicans to “Please, please vote for RINO X, Y or Z!” Well if the Republican Party has 'evolved' so much, how come they can’t win without our votes?”
 
Zawistowski concluded with a warning for the Establishment: “I’ve got news for Cornyn and Law and the rest of the Establishment. If they think what happens in this election gives them the green light to push a Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush or Chris Christie down our throats in 2016, they better think again because they will lose again. The 2016 Republican Convention in Cleveland may look like the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago if they don’t get right with the Republican Party National Platform and the values and beliefs of registered Republican voters going forward. The gulf between the elite 'governing class', which is how the Republican Establishment see themselves, and the members of their party has never been greater. Ignore us at your own peril, as they may learn painfully in Kansas on Tuesday and again in 2016.”
 
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Monthly Meeting Features Talk About FED

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PRESS RELEASE
 
FOR RELEASE - Sunday, July 20, 2014
 
 
PCTEA Monthly Meeting Wednesday to focus on
Newly Discovered Effect of Federal Reserve Actions on Job Growth
 
 
Kent, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party announced today that Jack Boyle, co-founder of Ohio based "Put Growth First", will be it's featured speaker at the groups monthly meeting this Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The meeting will be held at the Maplewood Career Center at 7075 State Route 88 just North of Ravenna and will begin at 7:00 PM and is open to the public.  Boyle's presentation will focus on a new discovered negative effect of actions by the Federal Reserve on job growth, which he and his co-founder Rich Laurie discovered through extensive statistical analysis. The group has been making the rounds in Washington to bring this new information to the attention of key lawmakers and has been getting a lot of attention from both elected officials and economic think tanks. Boyle's presentation to the citizens of Portage County will be one of the first public presentations on this eye opening topic that the group has  given.  Admission is free 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.
 
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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 08:36
 

PCTEA PAC Endorsement 2014 Elections

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PRESS RELEASE

 

 

PCTEA PAC Announces State and Local

Endorsements for November Elections

 

Kent, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party PAC today announce its endorsement for state and local offices and local issues for the November Election. The PCTEA PAC is endorsing Mike DeWine for Attorney General, Josh Mandel for Treasurer of State, Dave Yost for Auditor of State, Sharon Kennedy for Ohio Supreme Court, Nick Skeriotis for Ohio House in the 75th District, Sarah Fowler for State School Board, Ron Tamburrino and Geoff Weaver for 11th District Court of Appeals, Becky Doherty for Court of Common Pleas, David Brode for Court of Common Pleas - Juvenile/Probate, Janet Esposito for Auditor.  Videos of the local candidate in these races and some races in which we have not endorsed can be viewed by the public unedited at www.PortageCountyTEAParty.com.

 

In regards to local ballot issue, the Portage County TEA Party PAC does not oppose any renewal levies at this time.  The PCTEA PAC asks voters to please support only one additional tax levy which is the 2 year .5 mill Portage County Criminal Justices Services levy which is needed to increase space for women prisoners in the county jail which is a critical need.  The PCTEA PAC asks voters to reject all other additional levies including the two Ravenna City School District additional levies, the Field School District Additional levy (not the Field renewal levy), the Portage County Library levy, the City of Ravenna Income Tax Increase, the Hiram Village Fire protection levy, Mantua Village Road and Bridge Construction, the Sugar Bush Knolls five year increased tax levy, the Windam Village Public Library and Parks and Recreation levies, and the Hiram Township Emergency Medical Services levy.

 

In making the announcement, Portage County PAC President, Tom Zawistowski said, “First of all, no citizen should ever vote for a permanent levy such as the Field SD Additional levy for a “continuing period of time.” That means forever and by voting for such a levy the tax payer gives up their right to control how much they pay to support those public entities in the future. Never give up your rights. Second, while some in the community criticize the TEA Party for exposing the ramifications to tax payers inherent in these levies, it is a fact that the efforts of the PCTEA have saved the 11,493 voters in the Field SD millions of dollars by defeating levies over the past 4 years that ultimately have proved to be unnecessary as we had argued all along. The same is true with Waterloo and other school districts in the County.  This is a particularly important time not to support any additional school levies as many of the highest paid teachers in these districts will be retiring over the next few years, causing a dramatic drop in payroll expenses, that many of these districts are currently not factoring into their budget projections. The same is true with many municipalities. The reality is, if you vote for an additional levy today you may be giving them money you can’t afford, and that they will in fact not need, to fund their future operations. We also believe that all school districts should be audited by Dave Yost's office where they have found hundreds of millions of dollars in waste an irregularities in accounting.”

 

The Portage County TEA Party PAC is required by the State of Ohio in order for our members to be able to endorse candidates. It is legally separate from the Portage County TEA Party and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the members of the Portage County TEA Party.  The PCTEA PAC is a state PAC and thus, by law, cannot endorse in Federal Elections.  The Portage County TEA Party can itself endorse federal candidates under the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling.

 

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 Monday, 10 November 2014 12:42
 

Court IRS Ruling Not End of Fight

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IRS Court Ruling Not End of Fight
 
Kent, OH - Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party, reacted to Thursday's ruling by the US District Court dismissing two law suits against the IRS by TEA Party Groups and other Conservatives groups, including the Portage County TEA Party, by calling the action "Bizarre."  Zawistowski pointed out that Judge Walton made it clear that the suits were dismissed "on procedural grounds" and not on the merits of the case.
 
Zawistowski clarified by explaining, "Basically the court ruled that even thought the IRS may have targeted TEA Party groups and illegally denied us our rights to free speech, freedom of assembly and other Constitutionally guaranteed rights, the only thing that mattered is that the IRS said it is no longer doing that so the TEA Party Groups are no longer being impacted. Therefore they dismissed the case. I find that finding incredibly bizarre based on the letter I got just two weeks ago from the IRS concerning the We the People Convention, of which I am the President, which I think is evidence that the IRS is still targeting conservative groups and in fact has never stopped."
 
Zawistowski concluded by saying, "We will discuss next steps with our attorney's and we will not stop until the full story is known about this politically motivated attack on the American people by our federal government and until people like Lois Lerner and others are brought to justice. Let me be clear, we are not seeking and never have sought any monetary benefits from this legal action for ourselves, we are simply standing up for every American who fears the IRS and other parts of our government. We are in court to say that we, the American people, will not allow our government to ever again use its power to deny us our rights. We will be relentless in our fight for justice for all Americans."
 
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 Friday, 24 October 2014 12:34
 

Muslim Brotherhood to Be Topic of Monthly Meeting

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PRESS RELEASE
FOR RELEASE - Sunday, August 24, 2014
 
 
 
ACT! for America to Describe Muslim Brotherhood infiltration
 of US Government at PCTEA Monthly Meeting
 
 
Kent, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party announced today that Dan Hroma, Northeast Ohio Chapter Leader for Act! for America, will be the main speaker at its monthly meeting which will held Tuesday, August 26, 2014. The meeting will be held at the Maplewood Career Center at 7075 State Route 88 just North of Ravenna and will begin at 7:00 PM and is open to the public.  Hroma's presentation will focus on the efforts of the Muslim Brotherhood to infiltrate the US Government and influence political policy making in the US through front groups such as Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and dozens of other groups.  He will also discuss their connection to groups like Hamas and ISIS which recently sprung up out of Syria and into Iraq. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
 
ACT! for America was founded by Brigitte Gabriel, a Lebanese immigrant who came to the United States after losing her country of birth to militant Muslim fundamentalists during the Lebanese Civil War. ACT! for America is the only grassroots organization dedicated to national security and terrorism.  They have over 875 chapters across the country and 279,000 members.   ACT! for America is a non-partisan, non-sectarian organization whose mission is to give Americans concerned about national security and terrorism a powerful, organized, informed and mobilized voice.
 
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 Wednesday, 27 August 2014 22:30
 

Liberty Camp Exceeds Expectations

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Two Weeks of 2014 Liberty Camp Exceeds Expectations:

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Week 2 Group Picture

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 20:44
 

President Needs to follow his Own Advice

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PRESS RELEASE

For Release: Thursday, July 31, 2014

 

President Needs to follow his Own Advice

 

Kent, OH - Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party, reacted to President Barack Obama's comments in Kansas City, MO on Wednesday with some advice for the President. Zawistowski, said "We find it rich that on the very day that emails were disclosed from top IRS official Lois Lerner, and devout Obama supporter, spewing the most vile hatred at those of us in the TEA Party, whom she then went on to illegally target, that the President thinks it is we who need to stop the hatred. We suggest Mr. President that you take a look in the mirror because it is you and your party that is the locus of the hate and divisiveness in our nation. Your penchant for portraying disagreement with your policies as somehow hating you personally or even worse, as your incompetent Attorney General often asserts, is racially motivated, is not only disingenuous but is hateful and hurtful to those like us who simply have a different view than yours. Unfortunately, the President has shown himself incapable of, or perhaps more accurately unwilling to, rise above his own long held hate and prejudice to lead our country because it assist him politically to keep us divided and keep the focus on everything and anything other than his failed policies."

 

Zawistowski concluded by saying "The canard that it is the US House that is doing nothing, intentionally hides the truth that it is Harry Reed and the "do nothing" Senate that has executed a "government shutdown" that the media has failed to report and the republican establishment has been unable to articulate coherently to the public. While the 30% who still support the President may believe this outright lie, the vast majority of Americans understand that it is the goal of the Democrat Party to stop the legislative process so that they can unconstitutionally and unlawfully impose their will on the rest of the nation. This isn't about you Mr. President, it's about your radical anti-American ideology and our unwillingness to bend to your will. That doesn't make us haters, it makes us Patriots."

 

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Last Updated on Saturday, 09 August 2014 07:13
 

Ohio's Portman wants Answers on Prisoner Swap

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Next Monthly Meeting: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Maplewood Career Center at 7:00 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 13, 2014 
MEDIA CONTACT: Caitlin Conant | 202-224-5190

Ohio Senator Portman Demands Answers on the Taliban Prisoner Swap in Fox NewsOp-Ed 

Washington, D.C. – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s (R-Ohio) opinion piece on the Taliban prisoner swap was featured on Fox News. Portman highlights the need for Congress to push for answers on the Obama Administration’s Taliban prisoner swap to ensure that proper notification and Congressional input are provided with regard to future Administration proposals to release detainees from Guantanamo Bay, and that the full national security implications of this decision are known.

Earlier this week, Portman introduced a resolution stating that the Obama Administration’s decision to release five high-level Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay violated legislation enacted last year and calling for an investigation.

Excerpts of the op-ed are below and it can found in its entirety here.

Congress must demand answers on Bergdahl prison swap

Sen. Rob Portman

Fox News

June 12, 2014

The administration’s decision to release five top Taliban leaders in exchange for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl without consulting Congress violated the clear language of two laws and has put American lives in more danger.

This is not an issue of partisan politics. Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle have expressed concern about how this exchange was handled. Nor is it about what kind of soldier Sergeant Bergdahl may have been. I trust the Army will handle that matter appropriately. This is about an administration that ignored a direct requirement to consult with Congress and provide a detailed explanation before releasing dangerous detainees back into the field, where they will likely resume combat against our men and women in uniform and our allies in Afghanistan.

We must not be blind to the fact that the Taliban aims to regain as much power as they can in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

And that’s not just my opinion—it is the administration’s own assessment.…

These men were senior members of the Taliban. They include the Taliban Deputy Defense Minister, Deputy Minister of Intelligence, and Minister of the Interior. Some were closely associated with Usama bin Laden or Al Qaeda. Two are wanted by the United Nations for war crimes.

Yet despite these red flags—which, according to reports in the press, were reiterated during internal White House debates over the transfer—President Obama released these men anyway. And he did so in violation of a clear requirement that he consult with Congress before releasing detainees housed at Guantanamo.

This requirement was put in place precisely to avoid the situation we now face. It requires the President to explain the basis for a release, why it is in the country’s national security interest, and what actions the Administration will take to ensure that released detainees do not return to threaten American lives.

Had the president followed this requirement—one that he signed into law as part of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014—then many of the dangers posed by this decision could have been avoided altogether.

This president seems laser focused on washing his hands of Afghanistan as quickly as possible. The deteriorating situation in Iraq demonstrates what can happen when we rush to the exits.

I have introduced a resolution in the United States Senate that makes clear that the law was violated, and calls for an investigation to determine what led the administration to take this dangerous step and to assess its long-term impact on our national security and the success of our mission in Afghanistan.

If Congress does not take action, I fear that the president’s tendency to unilateral action will continue to undermine our national security with far-reaching consequences we cannot yet anticipate.

We should be able to trust that the White House will make its highest priority ensuring that these men and others like them are never again free to commit terrorist acts against innocent people.

The decision to release high-ranking members of the Taliban—while the fight against the Taliban continues—has shaken that trust.

Congress has a responsibility to get to the bottom of how this could happen and to ensure it does not happen again. The stakes are simply too high to do otherwise.

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Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 21:09
 

PCTEA Monthly Meeting Features Candidates

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PRESS RELEASE
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Sunday, September 21, 2014
 
 
Portage County TEA Party Monthly Meeting
to Feature Candidates Tuesday
 
 
Kent, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party will hold it's monthly meeting Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Maplewood Career Center at 7075 State Route 88 in Ravenna, Ohio.  The entire meeting is open to the public and will feature candidates who will be on the ballot in November. All Portage County Citizens are encouraged to attend to meet the candidates personally before casting an absentee ballot or voting in person. 
 
Scheduled to appear and speak on Tuesday are Joseph Lanese, Democratic Candidate for the 76th House District; County Commissioner Candidates Independent Richard Duncan and Republican Sabrina Christian Bennett; County Auditor Candidates Republican Janet Esposito and Democrat Christopher Mallin; Common Pleas-Probate/Juvenile Judge Candidate David Brode; Common Pleas-General Division Candidate Becky Doherty; 11th District Court of Appeals Candidates Ron Tamburrino and Geoffrey W. Weaver; and State Board of Education Candidates Incumbent Sarah Fowler and challenger David Spencer. Video's of each candidate will be posted on the Portage County TEA Party website before the election at www.PortageCountyTEAParty.com.
 
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 Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:57
 

PCTEA Submits Ballot Signatures

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PRESS RELEASE
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Monday, June 30, 2014
 
 
Portage County TEA Party Turns in Petitions to Put One 
License Fee Tax Increase on the November Ballot
 
 
Kent, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party today turned in 81 petitions with approximately 2,834 signature, the minimum number of signatures projected, prior to a ruling by a court, to put one of the $5 License Fee tax increases on the November ballot.  The increase from $5 per year to $15 per year, per vehicle, was imposed by the Portage County Commissioners on May 29th without giving citizens the opportunity to vote on the tax increase. Due to confusion about how to collect the signatures, and from which voters, the PCTEA only had one week to give Portage County citizens the opportunity to sign the petition to be able to vote on the increase. The group also collected approximately 2,800 signatures for the other $5 License Fee tax increase but was not close to the approximately 4,323 signatures projected to be required to put that increase on the ballot. 
 
Executive Director Tom Zawistowski said, "We had no problem getting signatures, nearly everyone we talked to wanted to vote on it, we just did not have enough time to do it. I thank all the members of the Portage County TEA Party who volunteered for the past 7 days to give there fellow Portage County citizens the opportunity to vote on this tax increase. It is unlikely that they will get that opportunity without a court ruling since this type of challenge is apparently fairly uncommon and nobody really understood the process or the requirements. We started asking for guidance on June 2nd and even today we do not have definitive answers as to which citizens could sign which petition. Everyone believes that we should have had 90 days to get the signatures and our effort in one week makes it clear to any reasonable person that we certainly would have collected enough signatures if we had been granted the normal amount of time to do so."
 
Zawistowski continued by explaining, "We understand the roads need to be repaired.  We opposed the fee increase because fixing the roads requires a short term capital expenditure and that is how it should have been finance if you wanted to address that problem.  Doubling the maintenance budget forever, was not in our opinion a reasonable approach, and the fact that the Commissioners did not put it up for a vote of the public really made it impossible for the issue to be discussed fully by the public.  We also have some problem with the fact that the Engineer's office says that the roads got this bad because the Commissioners have historically provided no funding from the County budget to maintain our roads and bridges in the first place when we believe that, next to safety, roads should be the second highest priority in the County Budget."
 
Zawistowski concluded by saying, "In talking with Commissioner Chandler she explained that the maintenance budget for the county roads was decreasing because Portage County citizens were either unemployed, and thus driving less and buying less gas, or they had purchased a higher milage car to give their budget some relief from higher gas prices both of which decreased the taxes received by the County Engineer's office from gasoline purchases. I then pointed out to her that like good citizens they were taking action to control their personal spending and live within their budget, but the Commissioner, by their decision, just took those saving away from them by raising their taxes because the County could not live within it's budget by setting spending priorities.  It just wasn't right and that is why the Portage County TEA Party stood up for the citizens of Portage County who made it clear to us that they certainly feel Taxed Enough Already."
 
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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