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."
As a Marine Corps veteran who served two tours in Anbar Province, Iraq, I have seen the great challenges and great rewards of advancing American security interests around the world, and I remain immensely proud of what men and women in uniform have achieved and continue to achieve. Yet today I join many other Ohioans and Americans who are deeply troubled by the direction of our nation’s foreign policy, as more of the world slips into chaos and global threats to American security grow unchecked. I believe that all of us who wish for stability, safety and prosperity in the 21st century should support Marco Rubio for president in 2016.
I originally got to know Marco through hours of windshield time criss-crossing Ohio, discussing family, football and foreign policy. I was impressed by his strategic and decisive approach to the complicated foreign policy challenges we face as well as his sound judgment and clear vision on how to protect America and advance American values. As a United States Senator serving on the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Marco has been a strong and thoughtful leader on the foreign policy and national security challenges facing our nation.
From the rise of ISIS, to the negotiation debacle with Iran, to the disastrous concessions to Cuba, Marco Rubio has been vocal and active when others have been timid and unsure. He possesses a clarity in his message and a confidence in his convictions that is not just needed in America, but in the world.
Marco has proven that he will lead when popular and, more importantly, when not. He will never neglect our allies such as Israel, and will never ignore our enemies such as radical Islam. He will protect our nation and advocate our core principles of freedom, justice and human rights. He will advance our interests wherever they need advancing – which, in our globalized world, may often be far from our shores.
Ohio GOP chair blasts Josh Mandel for presidential endorsement
on May 13, 2015 at 4:58 PM, updated May 13, 2015 at 5:49 PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges sharply criticized Treasurer Josh Mandel, a fellow Republican, for backing one of Gov. John Kasich's potential rivals for president.
Borges described Mandel as a "bit player" who should have waited for Kasich to announce his presidential intentions before endorsing U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida for the GOP nomination.
"The smart political move would be to wait and see if [Kasich] decides to get in," Borges said in a phone interview with Northeast Ohio Media Group.
The remarks came hours after Mandel's endorsement of Rubio was published by the Daily Caller, a conservative news website.
Mandel spokesman Chris Berry stated in an email that Borges "has a difficult job to do and we completely respect him and the position he's in."
Berry added that Mandel is supporting Rubio "because they have a personal relationship, and Josh believes he's a new generation conservative who can unite the party and inspire the nation."
New Day America, Kasich's political action committee, did not immediately return a phone call Wednesday afternoon. A Kasich administration spokesman referred comment to an Ohio Republican Party spokesman, who also didn't immediately return a phone call.
Borges, who has said he would like Kasich to run for the White House, said he shared his views with Mandel before the Daily Caller had published the endorsement.
Borges said he gave Mandel "what I believe to be the wise political advice," though the GOP chair declined to say how the treasurer responded.
Most Ohio Republicans are waiting to see what Kasich decides before backing a presidential candidate, Borges said, adding, "I don't think that not having the support of a bit player is going to impact that decision one way or the other."
Mandel, who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2012, has clashed with Kasich in the past, publicly opposing the governor's efforts to expand Medicaid and increase taxes on oil and gas fracking.
PROPOSED STATE HOUSE LEADERSHIP RAISES DEEP CONCERNS OVER VALUES
Citizens for Community Values Action is deeply concerned about the potential leadership choices for the Ohio State House. Our research into the voting record of some of the Representatives proposed for the leadership team, rightfully raises questions about their qualifications for leadership roles. Their voting records should also cause concerns for many elected House members who ran as conservatives in the November election, particularly if they ran as social-conservatives.
We, and our members, would certainly expect Representatives to vote for a leadership team that represents their values as well as the values of their district, particularly those who were endorsed by Citizens for Community Values Action PAC.
Barbara Sears (R 47):
Supporting abortion language in Medicaid expansion,
Opposed to Common Core Reform,
Co-sponsoring Needle Exchange language,
Opposed Pro-life legislation.
Dorothy Pelanda (R-86):
Support of Sexual Orientation Rights, HB 163
Sponsored Sexual orientation language for HB 624
Supporting abortion language in Medicaid expansion,
Opposed gateway sex-ed,
No pro-life endorsement.
"We encourage all Ohio Citizens concerned with values to speak with their representative-elect and discuss voting on House-leadership based on their votes, positions, and values. In addition, we encourage Representatives to vote their conscience, and their campaign promises." stated Charles Tassell, Vice President of Citizens for Community Values Action.
CCV Action, the non-profit and tax-exempt legislative action arm of Citizens for Community Values was founded in 2004 to promote the common good and general welfare, primarily by means of education and direct and grassroots lobbying in support of laws and protect the sanctity of human life, marriage and the family, and which are consistent with principles of good government.
CCV Action is a 501(c)(4), non-profit education and lobbying organization based in Cincinnati, OH and is dedicated to preserving and advancing the interests of family, faith, and freedom in the political arena.
CCV Action seeks to fortify the traditional foundations of civil society through efforts to educate, inform and influence elected officials in support of the country's historic ideals of equality under the law, and the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness on which the nation was founded.
If Gov. John Kasich wants to compete for the presidency in 2016, he ought to stand up for employees right now.
April 24, 2015 6:16 p.m. ET
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is considering a presidential run—and undoubtedly hoping to leverage his leadership of the quintessential swing state in the Electoral College. But if Mr. Kasich wants to compete against the likes of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, he must stand up for employees and against antiquated labor laws that have made Ohio uncompetitive against its Midwestern neighbors.
Reforms to state labor laws have spread quickly through the region, leaving Ohio behind. In 2011 Wisconsin’s changes to its public-sector labor rules drew the media spotlight. In 2012 Indiana and Michigan passed right-to-work laws, ending requirements that employees pay union dues or agency fees to keep their jobs. Gov. Walker followed in March, signing legislation to make Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state.
Labor reform has even rolled through states whose legislatures lack the political will to enact it themselves. In Kentucky, 12 counties have used their authority under home rule to pass local right-to-work laws. In Illinois, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an executive order enabling similar right-to-work zones. Then Mr. Rauner, joined by three state employees, filed a suit in federal court arguing that forcing workers who aren’t union members to pay “fair share” fees is unconstitutional.
Ohio and Gov. Kasich were once at the forefront of this trend. In March 2011, Mr. Kasich signed S.B. 5, a bill that included a variety of public-sector labor reforms, including limits on the ability to strike, limits to collective bargaining, and contribution caps for health-care benefits. But S.B. 5 is a story of mistakes—ones from which Ohio’s neighbors learned.
The law didn’t exempt firefighters and police, which allowed opponents to paint it as a threat to public safety. Supporters failed to predict, and thus prepare for, the union-funded effort to undo the law by referendum. More than $30 million was poured into the repeal campaign, much of it spent on scaremongering TV ads, and voters ultimately vetoed S.B. 5 in November 2011, 62%-38%. Days after the vote, a reporter with the Columbus Dispatch asked then-House Speaker William G. Batchelder III whether lawmakers would do things differently the next time around. “Oh, God, yes,” Mr. Batchelder replied. “If a fellow falls down the stairs, the next time he’ll turn on the light.”
Yet despite the furor, the GOP wasn’t routed at the polls. In the 2012 elections, Republicans picked up one House seat; in 2014 they gained five more. That put Republicans in control of 65 seats to the Democrats’ 35—the largest supermajority either party has held since the chamber became a 99-member body in 1967. The GOP held control of all statewide offices, too. Polls conducted in the aftermath of S.B. 5’s repeal showed that a majority of Ohioans said that workers should have the choice of whether to contribute dues to unions.
Even so, for the past four years Ohio’s legislature and Gov. Kasich have treated labor reform like a hot stove—once burned, they dare not touch again. But there are now signs that state leaders are getting back their nerve.
On Wednesday, the Ohio House of Representatives passed a budget that prohibits what are known as project-labor agreements in any construction that uses state funds. A project-labor agreement allows unions to negotiate wages and terms for workers on a construction site before any of them are even hired. The union-dictated rules then apply to all bidders, including nonunion employers, frequently requiring contributions to union benefit plans to which the nonunion employees may not even be eligible.
Studies by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University show that these agreements increase the cost of construction projects by 12%-18% and decrease competition by nonunion contractors. Experience has borne this out in Columbus: When a project-labor agreement was dropped between rounds of bidding for school construction contracts, the new bids came in as much as 22% lower.
Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger has given Gov. Kasich a modest but significant opportunity to remove impediments to the state’s success. The governor wields a line-item veto, so when the bill arrives on his desk, he can choose to keep or to strike the ban on project-labor agreements.
That’s assuming the ban makes it through the state Senate, which still must approve the budget. Pressure is mounting on the chamber to strip out the provision. Mr. Kasich could express disapproval quietly behind the scenes, encouraging senators to cut it. Or he could come out strongly and publicly in support of ending project-labor agreements, aiding passage of the reform.
The governor should take the latter step—and many more. As Ohio goes, so goes the nation. No Republican has won the White House without carrying the Buckeye State. The last Democrat to do so was John F. Kennedy. Mr. Kasich overcorrected after S.B. 5 was defeated, strongly suggesting that right to work is unnecessary for Ohio. “We have a pretty good labor climate here,” he told the Cincinnati Enquirer. He swung so far in the other direction that he picked up the endorsement last year of Local 18 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, which for years has run billboards claiming that workplace freedom “poisons workers.”
The polls say otherwise: Businesses and employees across Ohio are clamoring for right to work. The governor needs to walk back his error and take another crack at labor reform—for the sake of his state’s economy and his own presidential ambitions.
Mr. Alt is president and chief executive officer of the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions in Columbus, Ohio.
Akron, OH - Today four key Ohio TEA Party Leaders urged the Ohio House to vote NO on the state budget proposal and asked citizens to call their House members and encourage them to kill this outrageous spending bill. The vote on the budget is expected to be taken this Thursday, April 23, 2015.
Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC said, "Glenn Newman, President of the Ohio Liberty Coalition; Ted Stevenot, President of Ohio Rising; John McAvoy, President of the Northwest Ohio Conservative Coalition; and I, are urging the Ohio House to vote NO on the proposed budget this Thursday. This budget will not only continue the illegitimate expansion of Obamacare in Ohio by our liberal Republican Governor's failed implementation of Medicaid Expansion, but it will increase the size of state government to historic levels. With inflation at 1.6% how can a so-called Republican Governor and Super-Majority Republican Ohio House vote for a budget that grows by 9.6% in 2016 and an additional 3.9% in 2017? How many Ohio taxpayers are seeing their income increase 9.6% per year or even 3.9%?"
Zawistowski then made a call to action, "We would hope that Liberty Group members and other budget conscious citizens will take the time to protect their wallets and call their Representatives on Wednesday. Ask them directly why they would support Obamacare when the vast majority of Ohioans are against it, it doesn't work and we can't afford it? Ask them how they justify growing our state government spending by $10 billion dollars - up from the $26.2 billion spent in 2011 to $36 billion in 2017? This is simply outrageous. Worse yet, our state's dependence on federal dollar will reach 36% of total state spending under this budget plan. Ohio is growing our nation's debt by becoming a welfare state. That federal money is borrowed from our children and younger voters should be outraged by this generational theft. No true Republican can be this reckless about spending. They must vote NO on Thursday or face the wrath of conservative voters next year in the Republican primary."
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has made clear that he's seriously considering running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. If he formally announces, it will be important for conservative voters to punish him for his expansion of President Obama's healthcare law in his state.
Kasich is currently polling in the low single-digits, has no clear path to the nomination, and the grassroots aren't exactly clamoring for him to run. Yet he is being egged on by a group of Republicans who want to see the party move in a direction that's more comfortable with a larger role for government.
Though on the campaign trail he'll insist that he's a warrior for limited government, in reality not only did Kasich decide to participate in Obamacare's fiscally destructive expansion of Medicaid, in doing so he also displayed a toxic mix of cronyism, dishonesty and executive overreach. A 2012 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court made it easier for states to reject Obamacare's costly expansion of Medicaid — as many governors prudently chose to do.
But in February 2013, despite campaigning on opposition to Obamacare, Kasich crumbled under pressure from hospital lobbyists who supported the measure, and endorsed the expansion. When his legislature opposed him, Kasich bypassed lawmakers and imposed the expansion through a separate panel — an example of executive overreach worthy of Obama.
Kasich cloaked his cynical move in the language of Christianity, and, just like a liberal demagogue, he portrayed those with principled objections to spending more taxpayer money on a failing program as being heartless.
"Why is that some people don't get it?" Kasich asked rhetorically at an October 2013 event at the Cleveland Clinic, which lobbied the administration heavily for the expansion so that it could access a stream of money from federal taxpayers. "Is it because they're hard-hearted or cold-hearted? It's probably because they don't understand the problem because they have never walked in somebody's shoes."
Kasich's defenses of his decision to expand Medicaid are built on a mountain of lies, which have been doggedly chronicled by Ohio native Jason Hart (currently with Watchdog.org) for the past two years.
One of Kasich's recurring defenses has been that he was simply making sure that money Ohio taxpayers sent to the federal government got returned to the state. That argument could theoretically pass muster if it were a situation in which money not spent by Ohio were automatically funneled to other states, as with the economic stimulus bill. But that isn't the situation with Medicaid expansion, the funding for which is only spent in states that agree to participate.
It's also worth noting that although the federal government picks up the full tab for the expansion in its first three years, starting in 2017, states will have to start pitching in and by 2020 will have to cover 10 percent of the costs. As it is, Medicaid is crippling state budgets and is everywhere among the largest state expenditures.
Kasich has also emphatically tried to claim that the expansion of Medicaid has nothing to do with Obamacare. This is ridiculous. The Medicaid expansion is one of the central parts of the law, which is why the administration is fighting so bitterly for states to adopt it. According to the latest estimate by the Congressional Budget Office, Obamacare spends $847 billion over the next decade on expanding Medicaid — representing roughly half of the expenditures in the law.
As Kasich transitions from governor to presidential candidate, his position will become even more difficult to defend. It's one thing to argue to state residents that he's taking free money from the federal government (however misleading this line of argument is), but it will become much harder when he's running a national campaign seeking the votes of federal taxpayers, many of whom are not happy about the increased federal Medicaid spending that has been exacerbated by Kasich.
Republican voters made a terrible miscalculation when they chose so-called compassionate conservative George W. Bush as their nominee, as he went on as president to push the largest expansion of entitlements since the Great Society in the form of the Medicare prescription drug plan.
In 2012, Republican voters nominated Mitt Romney, letting him get away with his signing of a mandate and subsidy-driven healthcare law as governor that became a model for Obamacare. The result was an intellectually shallow general election campaign that neutralized an issue that has proven otherwise toxic for Democrats — having cost them the House and the Senate in two mid-term election cycles.
During this presidential primary season, Republican voters will have much better options than they did last time. They don't have to settle for another champion of big government.
By punishing Kasich for expanding Medicaid, conservative primary voters would be sending the message to state-level Republicans everywhere that if they choose to advance big government healthcare solutions, there will be consequences — and they will have no chance of rising to higher office.
From: Ohio Citizens PAC <
Subject: Congratulations on Speakership
Date: January 9, 2015 4:10:35 PM EST
To: Cliff Rosenberger
Dear Speaker Rosenberger,
I am writing to congratulate you on your election as Speaker of the Ohio House. I understand in Cincinnati today that you emphatically stated that you were not "the Governor's man" and that you would make your own decisions as Speaker. I assure you that I will be the first to send out a Press Release praising you as a man of your word, when we see you actually stand up to the Governor on an important issue like Common Core, Religious Freedom, the Severance Tax, etc.
Let me also say that, while those in the political class clearly have no idea what I or the TEA Party movement are about, I can assure you that all we want from you as Speaker is for the voices of our duly elected Representatives to be heard in the People's House. Conservative or liberal, Democrat or Republican, majority or minority, they all deserve to be heard and to have the chance to make their case for the people in their district. They many not have the money or the political clout to win their point, which is another issue all together, but by God you as Speaker can at least insure that they get to make it. All to often in recent memory that has not been the case. It is our sincere hope that the Ohio House under your leadership will not be the "Siberian Death Camp" it has been in the past for all those Republicans and Democrats who dared to have their own views, ideas and opinions that do no agree with the Governor's.
Governor Kasich just warned Republicans in December by saying "I'm going to have a whole lot more to say to those who stand in my way." We will see if you as House Speaker can get through the Governor's thin skin that it is not about his way and help him understand that there is no "my way" in Representative Government. Everyone has a right to participate, not just take orders. If you can accomplish that you will truly be one of great Speakers in Ohio History. We are hoping and praying that will be the case. All the best to you and your team.
OHIO Citizens PAC
P.O. Box 6211
Akron, OH 44312
Not one Represenative Willing to Admit Voting for Rosenberger in "Secret Poll"
Akron, OH - The controversy over next Monday's, January 5, 2015, vote for Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives continues as not one Representative is willing to admit to their constituents that they intend to vote for the announced “secret” straw poll winner Cliff Rosenberger from Cincinnati. Several supporters of challenger Jim Butler have filled out and returned the Ohio Citizen PAC House Speaker survey. While citizens all over the state have been asking Representatives to explain who they intend to vote for and why, few have been willing to disclose this information to their constituents. Leading many to question “if those votes were not coerced through threats and bribes, why is no one willing to proudly stand and say that they support Rosenberger and explain why he is the best choice?” Reports continue to come in indicating that the Governor is choosing the new House Speaker and that Representatives are concerned about political retribution if they do not support the Governor’s man Cliff Rosenberger.
Leon Neisius from Fairfield County reported that “I spent almost two hours two days ago with Tim Schaffer, who will be the new House Representative for the Northern part of Fairfield County (district 77). I asked him who he voted for the House Speaker and he said they were in caucus and he could not reveal. He did not say much except to make some remarks to the effect that the Governor's men got involved.”
Chuck Laughlin from Lake County reported that he talked to Ron Young (R-61), a veteran of the Ohio House, and Young indicted that if he did not vote for Roseberger “he would lose his chance at a chairmanship and wouldn't get any consideration on any legislation for his district.”
Gary Woodburn from Zanesville said “I have mailed (the) survey form to my representative Brian Hill (R-97) 3 times (twice by certified mail) and phoned his office. He has not responded.” In his letter to Representative Hill, Mr. Woodburn asks his Representative if his vote for Speaker on January 5, 2015 will be consistent with Republican Values and raises the concerns about the values and voting record of the proposed Leadership team that were raised by Citizens for Community Values Action about Representatives Barbara Sears and Dorothy Pelanda. He refuses to answer.
Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, said “The total lack of transparency among our elected representative concerning what is in fact the most critical vote any of them will make in the next two years is reprehensible. Particularly in light of the shameful actions of the outgoing Speaker Bill Batchelder in the lame duck session before the holidays. In a move reeking of irony, Speaker Batchelder single handedly killed the Heartbeat Bill by intentionally failing to recognize Representative Matt Lynch who was attempting to make a motion to lawfully attach the Heartbeat Bill to another bill that ultimately passed and became law. A young Representative Bathchelder in 1983 was so outraged by Democrat Speaker Vern Riffe doing the same thing to him that he wore a dog muzzle on the House floor! Now as one of his final acts as Speaker, as Republican Speaker, he intentionally denied a Republican Representative his right to lawfully act in the interest of the citizens in his district and this state who support the Heartbeat Bill.
Furthermore, the same day, he used a parliamentary procedure to deny Representative John Adams the same right to attach a bill repealing CommonCore to another bill, even though most Republicans in the Ohio House ran on a platform opposed to the implementation of CommonCore in Ohio. The Governor wants CommonCore and Batchelder followed orders to the very end. Why would any Representative vote to continue this tyranny by the Governor, vote to give up their right to represent the views and values of their constituents, unless they were forced to do so?”
Zawistowski concluded “The outrageous and shameful actions of Speaker Batchelder demonstrate how important it is to have a co-equal independent Ohio House of Representatives as required by the Ohio Constitution. A place where all citizens can have their views represented. Instead it is clear, that the vast majority of our Representative’s first act, after swearing an oath to uphold the Ohio Constitution, will be to violate that oath, by giving into the threats and bribes of the Governor’s agents and allowing the Governor to dictate to them that they must vote for Cliff Rosenberger or face political retribution. Thus, dooming the House to the undignified role of simply being a rubber stamp for the Governor’s agenda for the next two years regardless of the wishes of the citizens they represent. This is what is wrong with government and what citizens hate about government. The action on January 5, 2015 by our “Representatives” will confirm that our government is a fraud, that it does not work for the people, but only for the powerful and politically connected. We in fact have NO Representation. Therefore we have no choice but to act to protect our Constitutional rights by changing the system and those within the system. We look forward to recruiting 2016 primary challengers for all those who vote for Rosenberger. What better platform to run on than the fact that the incumbent refused to uphold the Ohio Constitution and in his/her first vote they voted for a leadership team that goes against the very values that they ran on to get elected?”
Republicans ask Ohio GOP to adopt Republican National Platform
Columbus, OH - What do Ohio Republicans stand for? What are their moral and social values? If we elect them, what type of legislation will they pass? What can we expect if we recruit, work for, and elect Republicans? To what standards do we hold our Republican representatives?
All of this should be defined in the Ohio Republican Party platform, if they had one.
Years ago, the Ohio GOP dropped their platform and has been running on "We need to elect more Republicans."
At last Friday's Republican State Central Committee (SCC) meeting, when Chairman Borges asked for any new Business, Lisa Cooper (SCC-26) spoke up and asked that the Ohio GOP adopt the RNC platform as their own.
Several other SCC spoke as to the importance of having a platform that voters could refer to and gain knowledge as to what the party stood for.
Gary Burkholder (SCC-31) read the following paragraph from the RNC platform: ... We respectfully submit this platform to the American people. It is both a vision of where we are headed and an invitation to join us in that journey. It is about the great dreams and opportunities that have always been America and must remain the essence of America for generations to come. ...
RNC Platform Table of Contents •Restoring the American Dream: Rebuilding the Economy and Creating jobs •We the People: A Restoration of Constitutional Government •Americas Natural Resources: Energy, Agriculture and the Environment •Reforming Government to Serve the People •Renewing American Values to build Healthy Families, Great Schools and safe neighborhoods •American Exceptionalism|
The Ohio GOP SCC reps voted to move the platform to the Policy Committee. We are urging all Ohio Republicans to call, write, or meet with your SCC members and ask them to adopt this platform. If they agree with the adoption, please ask them to call one or two of the members on the Policy Committee to let them know their thoughts. It would also be helpful if all Republicans would call 2 - 3 members on the Policy Committee to let them know WHY you think the platform is important to Ohio’s future. Think outside the box on how this could help with voter turnout, donations, 2016 results, candidate recruitment, etc.
CONTACT YOUR REPUBLICAN PARTY STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE
Several years ago, the Ohio Republican party removed all contact information from their web site, making it virtually impossible for Republicans to find or contact their SCC Representative.
We urge the Ohio GOP to place this information back on the Ohio GOP web site.
In the interim, we have published the following contact information for SCC members. Be aware that there may be inaccurate information, but it’s the best we could do without assistance from the Ohio GOP.
You can find the contact list in PDF and Excel format at Your Name on the Ballot
Contact your SCC member AND - Contact each of these members on the Policy Committee. The Ohio GOP needs a Platform. We need to tell new Republican voters what we stand for, what we strive for, and what our values and goals are.
When we recruit and support candidates for office, they should understand the platform, and run on adherence to that platform.
When our elected Representatives take office, they should conduct our business with the platform in mi9nd. We should hold our elected officials accountable to this platform.
Call each of these members of the
John Matthews Michelle Schneider Sharon Ray Pat Flanagan Stephen White Curt Braden Mary Ann Christie Pat Hennessey Joyce Houck Cheryl Buckland Mark Wagoner Lisa Cooper Dee Talmage Teri Morgan Doug Preisse
Call as many of these as you can, explain your concern about the Ohio Republican Party not having a Platform, and the need to adopt one similar in nature and scope to the RNC platform.
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."