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Ohio Citizens PAC Supports Actions by Ohio Senate
Asks House to Follow Through
Akron, OH - The Ohio Citizens PAC came out today to support two initiatives by the Ohio Senate. The group supports Ohio House Bill 5, which brings some much needed reform to Ohio's burdensome and overly complicated Municipal Tax system, and Senate President Keith Faber's Ballot Issue Plan On Pay Raises. HB 5 passed the Ohio Senate on Wednesday and the Ohio Citizens PAC is urging all Ohio House members to vote to pass it this week so that the Governor can sign it into law before the end of the year. The Pay Raise Ballot Issue (SB9) is being fast tracked and was referred to the State Government Oversight & Reform Committee before going to the House.
In announcing it's support, the organization's President, Tom Zawistowski, said "While HB 5 has been through a multi-year gauntlet, during which municipalities have managed to remove many reforms that are still needed, the bill is still a small step in the right direction. However much more needs to be done as was outlined in the recentBuckeye Institute white paper released November 6, 2014. The dirty little secret in Ohio is that we are not one of the highest tax states in the nation because of state taxes, but because of the 6,400 local taxing agencies that take $4 billion out of Ohio tax payers pockets each year. Often through double taxation schemes and onerous penalties and fees from employers who fail to navigate the convoluted and confusing tax landscape. This hurts small business employers and stifles job creation. We urge the House to pass this bill and then do more in the next session."
Zawistowski added "Our organization and all Ohio tax payers should be against the Stebelton pay raise bill in the Ohio House, which pretty much just gives every state employee a 3% raise. The Faber Pay Raise Ballot Issue (SB9) is a much more fair and reasoned approach to the problem. While there is no way to completely take politics out of the mix, this bill strikes the right balance of having citizen involvement with the process with some legislative oversight. We expect it to clear the Senate and we will encourage House members to approve it."
Zawistowski identified one more Senate action of interest by saying "One bill we have our eye on, and will be watching in the Senate, is House Bill 175 by Representative DoVilla which attempts to codify the "Open Checkbook" iniative implemented by Ohio Treasure Josh Mandel. This effort by Mandel far exceeded our expectations as far as providing transparency for every dollar that the State of Ohio spends and we congratulate Treasure Mandel and his staff for this effort. We understand that the Governor's office is working against the DeVitis bill in the Senate and we hope that Ohio's Senators will vote for the people of Ohio and make sure that these type of online tools will always be available from the Ohio Treasures office."
Zawistowski concluded by saying "We are obviously still hoping for action on the Heartbeat Bill, Common Core repeal and the American Laws for American Courts bill and will keep pushing them. All of these initiatives have overwhelming support among Ohio voters and yet special interest manage to keep our Representatives from keeping their campaign promises and acting in the best interest of the voters. I can only assure them that they should pass all of these initiative now, because we are not going away until they are passed, either by those we elected to the next House and Senate or by people we elect who will replace them in the House and Senate in 2016."
For immediate release
Republicans ask Ohio GOP to adopt Republican National Platform
RNC Platform Table of Contents
Brinkman, Vitale and Zeltwanger Join Growing List
of Ohio House Members Returning Leadership Vote Survey
Akron, OH - The Ohio Citizens PAC announce today that Representatives Tom Brinkman from the 27th House District, Nino Vitale from the 82nd House District and Paul Zeltwanger from the 54th House District joined Representative John Becker from the 65th House District in returning the Leadership Vote Survey being distributed by Ohio Liberty Group members before the official January 5, 2015 vote for the new Speaker of the Ohio House. All returned survey's can be viewed on the www.OhioCitizensPAC.orgwebsite where voters can also get a copy of the survey to give to their Ohio House members to fill out and return to them.
Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, said "The purpose of the survey is both simple and incredibly important. Governor John Kasich is attempting to unlawfully control both the Ohio House and the Executive Branch by using bribes, intimidation and threats of retaliation, to force the election of Cliff Rosenberger as House Speaker, whom he controls. This effort by the Governor has one purpose and that is to control not only what bills get passed in the Ohio House over the next four years, but to go so far as to control what bills are even debated in the people's House. This act, takes away from Ohio voters, particularly Republican voters, their Constitutional right to have their values, and views and policy preferences REPRESENTED during policy debates by their duly elected Representative in the Ohio House. If the Governor succeeds in this power grab, issues important to Ohio voters such as Common Core, Medicaid Expansion, Photo Voter ID, American Laws for American Courts and the Heartbeat Bill, will never see the light of day. Despite their overwhelming 60%+ support in polls and the fact that nearly EVERY Republican House member who won ran on those issues. That is just wrong and every citizen needs to contact their Ohio House member to demand that they not give in to the Governor."
Zawistowski concluded by saying "In November, Ohio voters elected an unprecedented super majority of 65 "Republicans" to the 99 member Ohio House. Those they elected should now represent the values and policy views that they ran on and were elected to follow when they vote for the new Speaker of the House. The Ohio Citizens PAC Leadership Vote Survey asks Representatives to disclose who they voted for as the new Speaker in the secret straw poll conducted after the election and why they voted for that person to be the third most powerful political official in the State. It also ask that they declare that their official vote in January will be consistent with the separation of powers required in the Ohio Constitution and the policy positions that each Representative ran on in November. We urge Ohio's citizens to defend their Constitutional right to be represented in the Ohio House by demanding that the representative they elected fill out a copy of the survey, which they can get atwww.OhioCitizensPAC.org, and have them return it before the January 5, 2015 vote."
Republican Control = Money Grab?
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."
Kasich Immigration stance shows he is a Progressive not a Conservative . . .
By Julie Aldrich, Ohio Citizens for Sensible Immigration
Kasich's immigration views "evolved" and he could not even wait until the month was out AFTER the ELECTION to tell the Ohio voters! Ohioans who have worked on the illegal immigration issue have known where he stands even though his staff members would tell us differently. So many requests were made to speak with him on the issue, but we were never given the opportunity. We delivered thousands of Ohio signatures to ask him to take a stand against illegal immigration, no response.
The governor never did anything to stop illegal aliens from receiving drivers' licenses and in-state tuition after Obama passed another executive order for illegal aliens giving some DACA status. Rep. Lynch had entered two bills to stop driver's licenses and in-state tuition going to illegal alien (DACA'S) and they never went past sponsor testimony in committee. Sen. Seitz had a bill to stop illegal aliens from receiving workers' compensation - still sitting in committee. Raises given to the Ohio Hispanic Commission, who has fought every bill for illegal alien enforcement measures and spent most of their time and our tax dollars working for illegal aliens; raises to this commission - but stripped funding from our local government and schools. OCHLA has had the ear of our dear governor and attorney general, supporting expanded Medicaid and common core. How convenient that the governor announces his evolvement on illegal immigration after his victory as governor and before his run for president. We are soon to be the next California.
There is no compassion is selling out your constituents, reaping what they have sown- to pass on to those who have broken laws, through taxes. We have evolved enough as citizens to decide who we wish to help with charity and when we can afford it. The governor apparently does not realize many Ohio citizens have had their health care rates nearly double in a short time, many to lose their homes - so he can feel compassionate redistributing your tax dollars to those he chooses, many of them here illegally. I would not call that very compassionate.
Kasich’s immigration views ‘evolved’
BOCA RATON, Fla. — A little more than four years ago, John Kasich told The Dispatch, “One thing that I don’t want to reward is illegal immigration.”
He called for a comprehensive federal immigration law protecting America’s borders. And he reiterated his longtime support for amending the U.S. Constitution to end birthright citizenship for children born here to illegal immigrants.
But now, as his fellow Republican governors loudly voice many of the same sentiments, Kasich is urging them to ratchet down the rhetoric and try to work with President Barack Obama to solve one of the nation’s longstanding vexing problems.
Related stories: Obama takes bold action on immigration | Obama didn’t go far enough, say immigrants in central Ohio
Hours before Obama outlined executive action that could grant a reprieve from deportation for millions now in the country illegally, Kasich conceded that his own stance on immigration has “ evolved” because he is “maybe a little smarter now.”
“The country needs healing,” he said. “I wouldn’t ever be one to tell you that I don’t change my mind or that my thinking doesn’t evolve. … I’m also a different guy than I was years ago. This job grows you up.”
He was the only governor during the Republican Governors Association’s conference this week to express openly a willingness to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
“I don’t want to see anybody in pain,” Kasich said. “So I guess when I look at this now, I look at it differently than I did in ’10. Because I’ve become convinced that sometimes, you just got to say this is what we’re gonna do and if you don’t like it, there’s nothing I can help you.”
In contrast to what he said a month before he won the governor’s office in 2010, Kasich sounded a note of compassion for those struggling to make a new life in America. He noted that his wife had a friend who was forced to return to Nicaragua, and there was nothing he could do about it.
“So when I look at a group of people who might be hiding, who may be afraid, who may be scared, who have children, I don’t want to be in a position of where I make it worse for them,” he said.
In response to questions, Kasich said he didn’t know whether Ohio will have to act on such issues as driver’s licenses, Medicaid services or in-state college tuition in response to Obama’s action tonight.
The governor also said he hasn’t thought about whether Ohio would join a lawsuit threatened by Wisconsin Gov. Walker and outgoing Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
“You have to have dialogue in this country with people who may not think exactly the way you think,” Kasich said.
He did criticize Obama for acting unilaterally rather than reaching out to Republicans, who increased their majority in the U.S. House and took control of the Senate in this month’s election.
“When you do this, you really create such antipathy,” Kasich said. “We really can’t move forward as a country. … When we become so divided, it gets harder.”
Liberty Groups begin distributing House Speakership
survey to Ohio Republican House Members
Akron, OH - Today, Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, announced that Liberty Group leaders and members around the state have begun distributing the Ohio Citizens PAC survey to Republican Representatives concerning their January vote for Speaker of the Ohio House. The multi-question survey asks Ohio Republican House members to disclose, to the citizens they represent, who they voted for in the "straw poll" held last week and why they voted for that person. They are also asked to assure citizens that the actual vote they will cast in January will be consistent with the Ohio Constitution and with the positions they ran on to get elected among other things. (Copy of full survey attached as PDF.)
In making the announcement, Zawistowski said, "The issue comes down to elected members of the Ohio House defending the right of all citizens to be represented in the Ohio House by the people they elected. Will their vote for Speaker ensure an Independent Ohio House not controlled by the Governor as required by our Constitution? Will their vote for Speaker in January be consistent with the campaign promises they made to the citizens who voted for them and elected them? Will their vote ensure voters that their voices will not be silenced by the next speaker and that conflicting views on issues will be heard in what must be a deliberative body to truly represent all the varying views of the people of Ohio?"
Zawistowski continued "If our representatives do not stand on principle, they willingly turn their backs on the few voters who still came out to vote for them this month, believing that our system of government can still work. Believing that those who swear an oath to our Constitution will faithfully defend that oath. To betray these citizens will deny them the opportunity for the issues that matter to them to be heard and debated on the floor of the House by their duly elected Representatives. That is what the Governor's blatant attempts to install his puppet as House Speaker are designed to do. Government of the people, by the people, and for the people will be replaced by government for the people who donate money to the Kasich campaign - to the detriment of all other citizens."
Zawistowski, concluded by saying "The citizens in each Ohio House District deserve to know who their Representative intends to vote for as the next House Speaker and why. This is the people's business, it should be conducted in the full light of day and not in some back room "secret ballot", that is determined by influence pedaling and worse, a month before the legal vote. The Ohio Revised Code calls for the vote to be taken in public on January 5, 2014 and nothing less than a full roll call vote for this important government position is deserved by the citizens of Ohio. The only thing a "unanimous vote" tells the people, particularly when it includes Democratic votes that should clearly be dissenting, is that the fix was in and the rights of the people lost out to the special interests. We will publish the results of each Representatives survey on our website at www.OhioCitizensPAC.org and we will expose any who refuse to fill out the survey. Our actions are designed for no other purpose but to defend the rights of the citizens of Ohio to be heard in the peoples House, and to hold accountable any and all people or parties who will deny them their lawful constitutional rights."
Cleveland's Proposed "Transgender-friendly" legislation opening all restrooms to both sexes Defines the Depravity of Left.
Akron, OH - Tom Zawistowski, President of the We the People Convention, spoke out today about proposed legislation in Cleveland, Ohio that would allow people who "claim" to be transgender to decide at any time which public restroom or shower they wish to use at that moment. Furthermore, the legislation would provide fines of "not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), or sentenced to not less than three (3) months imprisonment, or both" for any person or any business barring one gender from using a facility designated for the other that is a public restroom or shower.
The authors of the Legislation, Matt Zone from Ward 15 and Joe Cimperman from Ward 3 in Cleveland, claim that this is "common sense legislation" and that "the measure is designed to give transgender people the power to use whichever restroom aligns with their gender identity" in an effort to help transgendered people feel more comfortable using public restrooms. On Wednesday, November 12, at 1:30 PM there will be a committee meeting in Cleveland City Hall to discuss the proposed ordinance.
Zawistowski, responded to the proposal by saying "The fact that the radical regressive Democratic left, continues to use gay and transgender citizen's to advance their anti-American, anti-liberty, anti-religious agenda is just beyond the pale. Like the phony "gay-marriage" fight which has nothing to do with gay rights or marriage, but is simply a well hidden attack on religious freedom for the vast majority of US Citizens as well as an attack on America's critical social institutions, this insane legislation, has nothing to do with helping citizens who "claim" to be transgender to be more comfortable in society. All this does is raise anger against transgender citizens, not because of prejudice, but because the radical regressive left goes out of their way to put them in a position of looking like they are attacking non-transgender citizens by asking for laws the are discriminatory to the majority. They don't want equal rights, they want "special" additional rights."
Zawistowski went on to give several examples, "Look at Councilman Zone and Cimperman's quotes. Clearly their is nothing common sense about letting men into women's bathrooms without the consent of those women. But that is not the half of the problem. They say the measure is designed to "give transgender people the power" to use which ever restroom they want. Power over who? Over the 99.97% of all Clevelander's who are not transgender! They don't want transgender citizens to be treated equally, they want to give them more rights than you and I - even if you don't live in Cleveland. What if our are from other parts of Ohio, and you are a woman who goes to Browns game, do you want men in the restroom with you who you don't know and haven't agreed to let in there with you? How would you like to be fined $1,000 if you try to throw them out of the women's restroom? This legislation intends to take away your rights to be safe and secure when you go to the restroom or shower and will do so without your permission. Do you want your 14 year old daughter or granddaughter to go into a restroom at a park or restaurant and be followed in there by some creepy guy you don't know? What happens the first time someone "claiming" to be transgender assaults a women in your place of business? Who do you think is going to get sued? The result of this legislation will not result in an infinitesimal minority of citizens feeling "more comfortable", it will result in nearly all other American's feeling uncomfortable and will cause their to be less "public" restrooms for everyone. Exactly what the left wants - public chaos and the destruction of our civil society and the institutions that support it! These Councilmen are unfit for office and clearly do not represent the interests of 99.97% of the voters in their wards or in all of Cleveland for that matter."
Zawistowski concluded by saying, "This is another in a long line of attacks by the radical regressive Democratic left to break down the norms of our society using semantics, like "gay-marriage" and "social justice", and emotional appeals of "injustice" to hide their true intent. Which is to take away our liberty and individual freedom to make our own decisions, all the while claiming to do the opposite. The left's is trying to take away the right of the majority of citizens to decide what is "normal" in our society and instead have the state tell us what we must accept as normal. That is not how it works in our representative republic, which is a form of democracy where power comes from the people to it's representatives in order to implement the wishes of the majority while still protect the rights of minorities. No one is denying Transgender citizens the right to use a bathroom now, but a "claim" that somehow this makes them "uncomfortable" does not rise to the level of violating their rights - so that they can violate ours. I hope that the citizens, pastors, and business owners of Cleveland show up in droves at the Committee meeting on Wednesday, to protect their rights and make it clear in no uncertain term that anyone who votes to take your rights away to give to someone else will not be in office for long."
Article in Cleveland Plain Dealer with link to Actual Proposed Legislation
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