For Immediate Release: May 7, 2014
Totally Engaged Americans
For Immediate Release: May 7, 2014
Ohio Citizens PAC Candidates win Five House Races
Achieves other Major Goals
Akron, OH - Tuesday, in the 2014 Primary Elections, candidates endorsed by the Ohio Citizens PAC won five (5) Ohio House races as well as state central committee, county central committee and many local races. This despite ORP assurances that the TEA Party would not win any races in the primary. In the 27th House District Tom Brinkman defeated Peter Stautberg 57-43%; in the 54th House District Paul Zeltwanger won a three way race by getting 51%; in the 75th House District Nick Skeriotis defeated Kenneth Hendrickson 67-33%, in the 79th House District Kyle Koehler won a three way race with 54% of the vote and in the 85th House District Nino Vitale won a three way race with 54% of the vote. None of the seven OCP endorsed candidates for Senate were able to win their primary. The OCP can not endorse in Federal races, but did endorse in two congressional races through the We the People Convention under Citizens United. Richard May won his primary against Robert Horrocks 72-28%, while Matt Lynch lost to Dave Joyce 45-55%.
Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, said "We are so proud of our candidates, their volunteers and supporters. Tuesday was the culmination of a new effort that started for us just five months ago in December. That is when we decided that we would never get the governance we seek until we can elect people who we chose to represent us and are not controlled by monied special interests. To do that we needed to develop new competencies, because we had no real experience recruiting candidates and running campaigns or winning elections. So, we decided to start with a very small first step, we simply asked people to put their name on the ballot. At the time we were told by the "experts" and the political establishment that we would not get five people run for office. Instead we got 68 to run for state office and hundreds more to run for county and local offices. The Ohio Republican Party assured the media as recently as Sunday that the TEA Party would not win any races. Winning five House races is a pretty amazing achievement, particularly when you are outspent 20-1 or more. We are proud of all our candidates because they had the courage to put their name on the ballot and give citizens a choice when few others would do the same."
Zawistowski concluded by saying, "What this effort is about is trying to find a way to reclaim the electoral process from the monied special interests, on both sides, so that we can restore representative government to the people. We took a major step toward doing that Tuesday by successfully recruiting candidates, learning the hard way how to run a campaign, and actually electing people that the establishment party did not pick or finance. This is just the start for us. Many of those candidates will be running again in future elections and we will recruit many more for future elections. Overall, it was a great day in Ohio for the TEA Party. The only disappointment was the lack of primary challengers in both the Democratic and Republican Primaries overall, which is what the establishment parties want, and the horrible turnout of just 16.65%. Which is a direct reflection of that lack of choice and the overall disgust with the political process by citizens - which no one understands better than those of us who are directly confronting the political establishment of both parties."
TIME FOR OHIO DEMOCRATIC SENATOR
SHERROD BROWN TO STAND WITH VETERANS
Akron, OH - Tom Zawistowski, President of the We the People Convention and the Ohio Citizens PAC, challenged Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown to sign on to Senate Bill 2013 which will give the Secretary of the Veterans Administration the ability to fire VA Administrators who participated in the scandal that has resulted in Veterans dying for lack of treatment. Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman is a co-sponsor of the Senate bill, and the companion bill 4031 passed in the US House on Thursday by a by-partisan vote of 330-33.
Zawistowski said "This is not a partisan issue as was proven by the overwhelming House vote. The American people demand accountability for this outrage that has resulted in dozens of deaths and untold suffering by our Veterans. Republican Rob Portman is a co-sponsor of the bill and Democrat Sherrod Brown needs to sign on to Senate Bill 2013 today - as should every Democrat in the Senate. I ask you Senator Brown, are you willing to stand by and allow more of our veterans to die and suffer simply because you can not cross union lines and allow a single federal government employee to lose their job no matter how incompetent they are? It is time to do the right thing and stand with our veterans, especially on Memorial Day weekend, and stop protecting incompetent federal employees who deserve to not only be fired but who should also be prosecuted. The President has known about these problems in the VA for years, and has done nothing about it. It is time for the US Senate to do something about it now and the first step is to pass Senate Bill 2013. We ask all Ohioan's to call Senator Brown's office today at 202-224-2315 and urge him to vote for this important bill so we can stop the VA from killing any more of our veterans."
REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition
Sherrod Brown’s SET ACT hides Anti-Gun Agenda
KENT OHIO - The group REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition is voicing their concern in response to Senator Sherrod Browns June 2, 2014 email notification of pending legislation titled the “Significant Event Tracker (SET) Act”. Amanda Suffecool – Director of REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition says “ In my opinion, Sherrod Brown is taking advantage of the VA crisis and the public outcry of ‘Help the Veterans’ to lay the groundwork necessary to promote his anti gun agenda”.
In Brown’s 6/2/14email the SET action was described as: The SET Act will ease the record-keeping burden on veterans, providing service members with an individualized document detailing when they were exposed to events – such as roadside bombings – that might later be connected to “invisible injuries.” This document will provide a detailed, real-time account that links what is already included in DOD unit reports to the individual service members, will help military medical officers better diagnose and treat service members that have mental health concerns, and will help veterans file better initial claims.
Using Brandon Raub (see article links below) as an example, creating an additional database of information to track Veterans for mental health concerns is of grave concern to us. Current active military are speaking of bonuses (both monetary and returning to in country assignments quicker) associated with seeking mental health / psychological evaluations. Statements are being made that the mental health of our Veterans and their knowledge and access to firearms is a danger to US Citizens.
Suffecool concluded by saying “This reeks of slowly building a case to disarm our Veterans. Historically – US Veterans are primarily pro 2nd amendment, pro firearms. What better way to – over time – attack the 2ndamendment and the Constitution than to slowly and systematically disarm our veterans. Spend 5 minutes researching Marine veteran Brandon Raub and his story of what happened in the last few years and you can see that this is not an unfounded concern.” REALIZE focuses on 2nd amendment issues and in our opinion this Veterans issue is smack dab in the middle of the firearms issue.
From: Senator Sherrod Brown [mailto:Senator_Brown@Brown.Senate.Gov]
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2014 1:32 PM
Subject: Ensuring Veterans Receive the Care They Deserve
For Immediate Release: Friday, March 7, 2014
Ohio Citizens PAC demands investigation
by Secretary of State of Delaware BOE "Staple Gate"
Akron, OH - Today, the Ohio Citizens PAC released a letter to Ohio Secretary of State John Husted demanding an investigation of the Delaware County Board of Elections into the removal of a candidate for Republican State Central Committee because his ballot petitions were not stapled together. In his letter, Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC said "I am writing to express my outrage, and to protest the actions of the Board of Elections in Delaware County, concerning the the totally unwarranted removal from the ballot of Mr. Dan Offeneer who wished to run for Republican State Central Committee. For Mr. Offeneer to be removed from the ballot because the front and back of his ballot petitions were not stapled together is outrageous on its face. If the pages needed to be stapled, then why did the clerk at the Delaware Board of Elections not staple them when they were handed to her? It is my understanding the the Board of Elections job is to HELP people get on the ballot and run for office, not go out of their way to keep them off the ballot."
Zawistowski claimed that his organization believes that the actions by the BOE may have been politically motivate. He said in his letter "That lack of common sense and common courtesy is bad enough. However, we have reason to believe the actions of the Deleware County Board of Elections are purely politically motivated and orchestrated by Steve Cuckler, Republican County Chairman and BOE Board Member based on comments Mr. Cuckler has made about “keeping TEA Party Candidates” from taking over the party."
He concluded by saying "Mr. Offeneer, with the assistance of Attorney Robert Owens, none the less asked the BOE to reconsider their previous decision based on the fact that they had ruled in a recent situation, that was exactly the same, that a Republican Candidate could be on the ballot after providing affidavits from his signees that their were in fact two sheet of paper when they signed his petitions. Attorney Owens was prepared to provide the Board with similar affidavits at the hearing Wednesday. However, the Board Refused to accept them and instead provided a statement that they had made a “mistake” when they had let the Republican establishment candidate be on the ballot previously and therefore they were not going to let the Republican TEA Party candidate on the ballot this time! This is totally unacceptable behavior."
The letter concludes by demanding a full investigation and the re-storing of Mr. Offineers name to the ballot. This is just another example of a pattern of Rebublican Party efforts to keep citizens off the ballot who are not choosen by the Party elite and efforts to demean any candidate that does manage to get ballot access. The Ohio Citizen's PAC is endorsing dozens of canidates in primary races this spring. Candidates currently supported by the Ohio Citizens PAC include:
For Ohio Senate: Corey Shankleton (SD 1), Kevin Solveson (SD 3), Julie Busby (SD 5), Kelly Kohls (SD 7), Kris Jordan (SD 19), Caleb Davenport (SD 27), Dennis Harbert (SD 29). For Ohio House: Meta Hahn (HD 19), Jim Burgess (HD 25), Tom Brinkman (HD 27), Kristina Roegner (HD 37),Scott Allegrini (HD 47), Ron Young (HD 61), John Becker (HD 65), Chris Swawicki (HD 69), Linda O'Brien (HD 76), Ron Hood (HD 78), Kyle Koehler (HD 79), Nino Vitale (HD 85), Dan Fogt (86)Richard Geyer (HD 88), Barb Cole (HD 91), Nancy McArthur (HD 99). As well as over 30 Republican State Central Committee Candidates, over 700 Republican County Central Committee Candidates, and over 100 local and county candidates.
Kasich Enters Congressional Race
To Carry Out Vendetta Against Lynch and TEA Party
Akron, OH - Today, Ohio Governor John Kasich entered the Congressional Race between Dave Joyce and Matt Lynch in Northeast Ohio's 14th District by authorizing the distribution of a full color mailer directly attacking former House member Lynch. The flyer, featuring photos of Kasich and Lynch, but not Joyce, has the headline "Thanks for Nothing, Matt" and doesn't even mention Joyce.
Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party, said "So, I guess this confirms that we were right all along when we said that Steve LaTourette moved his daughter Sarah to Lynch's House district as a favor to Governor Kasich to take out Lynch. After all, Lynch dared to represent his district and vote against the Governor's Medicaid Expansion and his ever increasing budgets. So, the Governor told his old buddy Steve to go teach Lynch and his TEA Party supporters a lesson. This is nothing but a vendetta against Lynch and the TEA Party. Guess that isn't working out so well for Steve, or the Governor, or daughter Sarah now that Lynch and the TEA Party took the offense and are taking on Dave Joyce while also taking on Sarah LaTourette with write-in candidate Linda O'Brien. You think the Governor is jumping in at the last minute because Joyce is ahead in the polls?? Think again. Even LaTourette’s Main Street Partners, who happened to pay for the flyer, and the US Chamber, and the Hospital Association don’t have enough money to convince fed up Republican primary voters that Joyce is anything close to a conservative, or that LaTourette and Kasich are anything but bought and paid for by special intesests.”
Zawistowski went on to say, "The Governor criticizes Lynch in the flyer for, heaven forbid, suing the Governor for jamming Medicaid Expansion down our throats in the Controlling Board. Well we've got a message for you Governor. The Republican base overwhelmingly does not want your Medicaid Expansion and they thank God for men like Matt Lynch who went to the mat to stop you. The Republican base knows that you are the obstacle to stopping Common Core in Ohio and it is you will will not let the bills move forward in the House. The Republican base knows that it is you who is stopping Workplace Freedom which polls at over 65% for all Ohioans - Republicans, Independents and Democrats. The Republican base knows that you have increased the state's budget by 23% in just four years instead reducing the size of government and now 50% of our state budget is federally funded. To coin a phrase from your own flyer Governor - Thanks for Nothing John! We’ll look forward to seeing you at the polls next Tuesday."
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 individuals 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.
In his own word's Dave Joyce Surrenders on ObamaCare . . .
so why is he running all those ads saying that he is voting to stop Obamacare???
Ohio Citizens PAC files Complaint with Ohio Election Commission against Ohio Republican Party Flyers
Akron, OH - Today, the Ohio Citizens PAC filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission concerning the mailers produced and sent out by the Ohio Republican Party claiming that endorsed Republican State Central Committee candidates can "Vote Republican's Stainbrook and Gallagher to Stop Obmacare." A statement that the Ohio Citizens PAC says is patently false and is intended to mislead voters. Multiple versions of the mailer were sent out around the state with the names of the endorsed State Central Committee candidates changed to match the district.
Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, said "This type of unethical behavior by ORP Chairman Matt Borges and others within the Ohio Republican Party has got to stop. The statements on these mailers are clearly an intentional attempt to misleads voters by making a false claim of some legislative authority being held by Republican State Central Committee members which simply does not exist. Not only are their actions unethical, they are insulting to the educated Republican party base who will vote in Tuesday's primary election. We are asking the Ohio Elections Commission to hold a hearing on this issue before the election and to force the Ohio Republican Party to take action to inform voters of the truth."
Zawistowski concluded by saying, "Unfortunately, this incident is a part of a pattern of unethical behaviour that resonates from the ORP Chairman right through to the local level. The people endorsed by the Ohio Citizens PAC for State Central Committe who are listed on our website at www.OhioCitizensPAC.org are running for two simple reasons. First, they have all pledged to vote, if elected, for the Ohio Republican Party to adopt the National Republican Party Platform, because the ORP currently has no platform of its own. Second, to hold Republican elected officials accountable to the values and principles within the National Republican Party Platform, which is why the ORP currently does not have a platform because they do not want Republican elected official to be held accountable to anything. Sending out this flyer shows the desperation of the ORP leadership to keep control of the state central committee and that they will do anything to keep their power - including lying to voters. We are hopeful that primary votes will see the truth and vote in our candidates to restore the Ohio Republican Party to Republican values and principles."
Union Bosses Keep Funneling Money to Ohio Republicans
Sen. Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton)
Rep. Barbara Sears (R-Monclova Twp.)
Rep. Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville)
Sen. Jim Hughes (R-Columbus)
Sen. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville)
Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Copley)
Rep. Mike Dovilla (R-Berea)
April 14, 2014
New Poll Shows Decline in Support for Same-Sex Marriage
A new independent poll of 405 registered Ohio voters confirms a decline in support for same-sex marriage in Ohio. The poll was commissioned by Citizens for Community Values Action (CCVA) and conducted during the week of March 31 - April 3.
Highlights of the poll show:
1) Only 33% of respondents are certain they would vote to allow marriage between two people of the same sex. Correspondingly, 52% of people are certain to vote to keep marriage as only between one man and one woman.
2) 55% do not think it is necessary to have another vote this year on homosexual marriage.
3) On the question, "Do you personally agree or disagree that marriage should only be between a man and a woman?" 56% agreed and 34% disagreed, with 9% don't know/no response.
4) 89% of those polled are either absolutely (66%) or very likely (23%) to vote.
"These are the kind of numbers we saw prior to the 2004 vote when Ohioans passed Issue 1, the Marriage Amendment, with nearly 62% of the vote," said Phil Burress, CCVA Chairman. "I believe this return to pre-2004 polling numbers is a direct result of the open hostility and bullying being experienced by citizens and people of faith who hold a natural or traditional view of marriage."
"Like Ohio, voters in 31 out of 34 states have voted with margins as high as 60-80% to recognize marriage as only between one man and one woman," Burress stated. "The shockingly intolerant decision by Federal Judge Timothy Black to invalidate the Ohio Constitution's Marriage Amendment and the clear will of more than 3.3 million Ohio voters is egregious. It's another example of homosexual activists using sympathetic judges and the courts as a blunt instrument to force a redefinition of marriage and family on the people of Ohio. It seems clear that when advocates of'marriage equality' cannot convince the people and win at the ballot box, they resort to the courts and judicial fiat. But it's also clear that most Ohioans still understand that natural marriage has no equal."
"We believe Judge Timothy Black's decision will be overturned - as it should be - by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit," Burress concluded.
Open Letter to Ohio Legislators
I write to you as an Ohioan and conservative. Because of Governor John Kasich’s relentless push to expand Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, you face a momentous decision in the next sixty days: do you give in to Governor Kasich and Democrats by expanding Medicaid, or do you resist the pressure and keep greater control over Ohio’s future finances? Make no mistake, given the forty-four year history noted in Figure 7 below, expanding Medicaid is akin to writing a blank check
because no one has any real idea about (1) how many new enrollees will show up and (2) how much each of those new enrollees will cost. Estimates of expansion range from Governor Kasich’s low-ball estimate of 275,000 new enrollees to the Kaiser Commission’s estimate of nearly 900,000 new enrollees.
Keep in mind, back when President Lyndon Johnson launched the Great Society and Medicaid in 1966, the federal government claimed it would cost $35.3 million in Ohio in 1967. In fact, it cost $67.4 million – nearly twice as much as promised. What began as a $1 billion national entitlement is projected to hit $900 billion by 2020. In 2012, Ohio Medicaid spending hit $17 billion—a 25,123% increase in 45 years!
In terms of future costs, Matt Salo, the Executive Director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors noted in testimony: “More people show up than you think will show up, and the people that show up are sicker than you expected.” If—and that “if” is a big one—the debt-ridden federal government keeps its commitment to fund expansion at 90 percent, the 10 percent Ohioans will have to pay is 10 percent of an unknown number. That unknown number is a blank check you will not be able to control or predict no matter what expansionists say. Please don’t fall prey to the temptation that you can cut deals for expansion—whatever “reforms” you try to get will barely impact the unknown costs associated with adding hundreds of thousands of able-bodied Ohioans to the entitlement rolls. And, no politician will kick people off the rolls should Washington break its funding promise.
Every future state tax dollar spent on Medicaid expansion is a dollar that must be taken from Ohioans and that cannot be spent on other priorities like educating our kids. As Figure 9 above shows, Americans now spend more on Medicaid than on making sure our children can compete in the 21st century. Expanding Medicaid will expand that spending differential even more and swallow other spending priorities, as well.
I know I can’t compete with the campaign funding from the Hospital Industrial Complex, the emotional appeal of liberal-progressives, the bully pulpit of Governor Kasich, and the collective lobbying by and adoration of the major newspapers to expand Medicaid. I can only appeal to your fiscal prudence and principles. I am confident you did not run for elected office so you could expand one of the largest federal entitlement programs in existence that already costs too much and gets mediocre to poor results for current recipients. I know you did not throw your hat into the arena of politics to expand one of the core components of the Great Society. I firmly believe you did not ask for the campaign contributions, votes, and volunteer efforts of Main Street Ohioans so you could begin or end your political career leaving a legacy of an expanded Medicaid program that will require ever higher levels of government spending and taxes.
Voting to expand Medicaid – when you have a chance for once to say “Enough!” to Washington – would be wholly inconsistent with the core philosophies of limited government, fiscal restraint, and good government. That is why 65 percent of Republican voters and 62 percent of independent voters in Ohio oppose Medicaid expansion (at p. 182). More specifically, Republican and independent voters oppose Medicaid for two overarching, common sense reasons: (1) Medicaid already is so riddled with waste, fraud, abuse, and bureaucracy, that expanding it would be reckless (at p. 214) and (2) the huge level of uncertainty on the future costs of expanding Medicaid renders expansion fiscally irresponsible (at p. 246).
That is also why more than twenty other states have rejected Medicaid expansion, thereby preventing half a trillion dollars in deficit spending that our kids and grandkids would have had to pay. The only Ohio voters who support expanding Medicaid are Democratic voters who will not vote for you no matter what you do (at p. 182). With your enormous fundraising advantage, the Hospital Industrial Complex won’t dare fund the Democratic House and Senate Caucuses given the realities of redistricting.
And you should ignore the threat of the Hospital Industrial Complex to put a ballot initiative to voters in 2014—a midterm election experts believe will be a referendum on ObamaCare. Between the lack of support for expansion by Republicans and independents and the month-by-month deterioration of support for ObamaCare plus the 2011 supermajority vote by Ohioans for the Healthcare Freedom Act, no amount of spending will convince a majority of Ohioans to expand a federal entitlement program that costs too much, gets weak results, and requires a blank check by Ohioans. Let them waste money trying.
So whether you are a first term legislator just starting out or a conservative caveman in your 35th year, stick with your base and the persuadable middle, your conservative principles, and your common sense knowledge that expanding Medicaid will cost more than they say and not truly help those they claim to be helping. We’ll never get the power and money out of Washington if we keep expanding its power over our lives and pocketbooks.
You have a fundamental choice to make. Make the right one.
Matt A. Mayer (Dublin, Ohio)
Mr. Mayer is the former President of the Buckeye Institute and the current President of the Opportunity Ohio www.OpportunityOhio.org
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