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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
 

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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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 20:44
 

President Needs to follow his Own Advice

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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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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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Last Updated on Sunday, 06 July 2014 09:43
 

PCTEA to collect License Fee Signatures

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Portage County TEA Party Decides to try and collect signatures to put License Fee Tax Increase on November Ballot


Kent, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party announced today that it is going to attempt to collect the 5,000 or more signatures that are needed to put the two 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. The group is attempting to get the signatures despite the short time frame and lack of clarity on just who can sign the petition and how the process works. 

In making the announcement Executive Director Tom Zawistowski said, "Our survey showed that 86% of Portage County citizens want this issue on the ballot. Despite the inability of the County Prosecutor, the Board of Elections or the Secretary of State's office to clearly explain the process, we feel that we have enough information to get it done. We are focusing on the areas of the county that we know can sign the petitions as indicated by the chart below and we are already out getting signatures."

Zawistowski continued by explaining, "Beside PCTEA members going door to door, we have also set up a few fixed locations where citizens can stop by and sign the petitions. The Hiram Corner Store at 11658 Garfield Road from 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM every day this week. Shoemaker's Outlet at 257 West Main Street in Ravenna - Thursday and Friday from 10:00 - 6:00 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Oracle Motor Sports at 3101 State Route 14; Edinburg, OH. Near Wistful Cafe. Generally there from 10 AM to 6 PM. Suffield Town Hall from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Thursday and Friday. Brimfield Plaza on Friday 27th - 5:00 - 6:00 pm and on Saturday 28th - 10:00 am - 11:00 am The PCTEA will also be collecting signatures at its booth at the Garrettsville Summerfest this weekend from Friday through Sunday. The deadline for submission of all signatures is next Monday, so anyone who would like to help get signatures or who owns a business that can be used as a location for people stop by and sign the petition, please call 561-512-3762 and we will do our best to get you the petitions as quickly as possible."

Zawistowski concluded by saying, "Everyone agrees that the 30 day time frame for this process is overly burdensome on the citizens. Losing three weeks just trying to get answers on how to do it has made this very challenging. However, as our signs say, the Portage County TEA Party is "Working to Make Government Work for US" and we felt that we had to give citizens a chance to have their vote counted. Now it is up to them. If they want to be able to vote on this tax increase then they need to help get signatures and sign the petition themselves. The Portage County TEA Party will make sure that they have that opportunity."

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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Attachments:
Download this file (Portage County Complete Petition #1, June 2014.pdf)Petition#1[Petition#1]255 Kb
Download this file (Portage County Complete Petition #2, June 2014.pdf)Petition#2[Petition#2]281 Kb
Download this file (PetitionEligibilityGrid.pdf)EligibilityGrid[EligibilityGrid]28 Kb
Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 19:20
 

PCTEA Announces Liberty Camp for Kids

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Liberty Camp Registration Deadline Extended to Monday, July 22, 2013


PORTAGE COUNTY TEA PARTY TO HOLD

“LIBERTY CAMP FOR KIDS”
AT PORTAGE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

Ravenna, Ohio -  The Portage County TEA Party announced today that they will be hosting the first annual “Liberty Camp for Kids” at the Portage County Historical Society facilities in Ravenna. The camp will be for children who will be enrolled in the 1st through 5th Grade starting this fall. The Liberty Camp will be held from July 29th through August 2nd, and will run from 9:00 AM until Noon each day.  The cost will be $25 per child. The Portage County Historical Society facilities are located at 6549 North Chestnut Street in Ravenna. Reservations can be made by calling the Portage County TEA Party office at 330-474-3878 or by stopping by their office at 4682 State Route 43, in Brimfield, 44240.

 

Portage County TEA Party Executive Director, Tom Zawistowski, said in making the announcement “The Liberty Camp for Kids is intended to be a hands-on, fun and educational experience that will allow kids to learn about the people and the key events involved with the founding of our nation and our county.  This being the first year for this annual event, we are accepting applications for the first 60 children. If we get more than 60 paid reservations, we will create a waiting list and will consider adding an additional week.”

 

Zawistowski concluded by saying “The kids are going to love this camp and parents will as well. Each of the five days will have a particular theme, including the Revolutionary War, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the Difference between a Republic and a Democracy, and our Founding Fathers.  Every day six groups of kids each will rotate through three learning stations where they will have a short, meaningful lesson that reinforces the Daily Theme.  They will also rotate through a Craft, Games and Snack station daily.  The activities at these three stations are well thought out and also pertain to the founding of our great nation. These exciting stations allow the kids to re-charge and be physically active, all while learning even more about America’s amazing beginning! Liberty Camp is based on the curriculum and handbook of "Patriot Camp", which was developed by an organization called Constitutional Champions, whose mission it is to promote patriotism through American History Education. 

 

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 Saturday, 27 July 2013 12:47
 

D-Day Message

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D-Day Message for All Americans

70 years ago Today, our grandfathers, fathers, brothers, uncles, nephew and cousins did what had to be done, did whatever it took, to defend Freedom and defeat tyranny.  

 

Today, the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, we honor all of those who had the courage and the fortitude to do what needed to be done - as horrific as that was. They did it not for themselves, but for a belief, that all men and women have a right to be free but that freedom is not free. They showed for all time that in order to be free, all men and women must be willing to do whatever it takes, to defend their freedom or their freedom will surely be lost.

 

Our nation and our world is where it is today, because the enemies of individual freedom and liberty are willing to do whatever it takes to enslave mankind, and those of us who claim to value our freedom, are all to often unwilling to do whatever it takes to defeat them. 

 

Today, I ask you to reclaim the courage and committment of those brave soldiers, and sailors, and airmen, who defended our freedom 70 years ago, and honor their sacrifice, by personally committing to do whatever it takes to protect the freedom of all men and women going forward.

 

Tom Zawistowski

Executive Director

Portage County TEA Party

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 June 2014 10:21
 
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