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OCP Candidates win Five House Races

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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."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 20:04

Even Democrats Hate Ohio Chairman Redfern

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Democracy in Ohio is Hard Enough Already

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Democracy in America is such that, after its citizens have participated in national elections, and all of their votes have been counted, with each state's combined number of U.S. House Representatives and Senators determining an allotment of Electoral College votes, added together with due diligence reveal -- reliably -- that it all comes down to whichever way Ohio goes, every time. The rest of the country is at a disadvantage during national elections; Ohio has become our de facto kingmaker.

In 2006 I set out to understand the state and its quirks for a documentary, which turned into two: FREE FOR ALL! about voter suppression in Ohio, and PAY 2 PLAY, about outsiders running for office in Ohio amidst rampant corruption. Three statewide elections later, I have seen how not only is Ohio a prognosticator for the rest of the country, but in order for our democracy to work, we need a fair political process in this state more than anywhere else. Achieving this is like the entire country working to thread a needle. 

In FREE FOR ALL, I searched for how we can make sure our votes are counted. In making PAY 2 PLAY, I came to recognize how running for office seems rigged to favor insiders, diminishing our chances for real representation. If we could learn the rules of the game, I figured, maybe we could find a way outsiders can win. 

I was looking at the costs of running for office, but observed how there can be considerably bigger barriers to running for office -- your own party members. A former statewide candidate describes in PAY 2 PLAY how he learned that his campaign materials, paid for by good Democratic donors, were destroyed routinely at the behest of the Democratic Party Chair, who was pushing his own guy in the primary. That this was the candidate of color whose campaign was sabotaged by his own party makes it all the more disquieting. 

Such bare-knuckled tactics should be revolting to those who believe in a democratic process, who cherish the American dream of open and fair elections. Thwarting candidates in the primary undermines building a party, by only offering the Good Old Boy Network approved choice, when primary participation is already so low for the most pivotal voting. By limiting or derailing their own candidates for office, the Ohio Democratic Party prevents participation and discourages new interest. Instead of clearing the field for minimal opposition, a party leader might be better off building a stable of popular contenders, like a professional wrestling franchise.

And today, in 2014, we have the same Chair of the Ohio Democratic Party openly disparaging his own party's nominee for governor just a month before the election. Not mocking your own candidate at the top of the ticket is a tip they teach in law school. Just kidding, nobody teaches that, because it is so fucking obvious. 

In a new poll, the current Democratic candidate for Ohio Governor, Ed FitzGerald, netted 35 percent of the expected vote. He was not the first choice for Democrats, as the previous governor Ted Strickland was expected to run again against John Kasich. But when Ted Strickland abruptly decided he wasn't going to run in 2014, suddenly there was an opening at the top of the ticket. Chris Redfern, the Ohio Democratic Party Chair, told The New York Times that no other major Democrats stepped up to run for governor. 

Yet when another potential contender sent his chief of staff around Ohio to solicit support from Democratic leaders for a possible gubernatorial bid, the party leadership swatted away the overtures of one who would dare run against Ted Strickland. Such defiance leads to threats against others to disavow the persona non grata, and future leaders are outcast. Participation in the democratic process should not be a scorched-earth process.

Looking at the current Democratic gubernatorial candidate distracted by the curious revelation that he hasn't had a drivers license in a decade, wouldn't Ohioans prefer to be able to vote for the head of Elizabeth Warren's Consumer Protection Bureau, who also happens to be a Jeopardy champion? 

Instead, Republican Governor John Kasich, who was humbled just a few years ago in a two-thirds statewide vote smacking down his anti-union legislation -- brought to you by ALEC -- Kasich is now setting his sights on the White House. 

Moreover, the effects on the the rest of the down-ticket Ohio Democratic candidates is disastrous. Important candidates like State Senator Nina Turner, campaigning hard for secretary of state, will lose the turnout they need to win their races. In the battleground state of Ohio, where the current secretary of state's efforts to reduce early voting was just supported by the Supreme Court, this is the kind of race that determines future presidential elections. Did Hillary Clinton plan on winning Ohio?

Over the years of making these documentaries, a number of would-be candidates have told me that they cannot run while Chris Redfern is chairman, because he has ostracized them and put others on notice that they are disloyal to the party if they dare side against him. It's like potential candidates are getting mugged before stepping out the door to run for office, already a thankless undertaking. These kinds of rivalries, how-dare-you-question-me-I-banish-thee, these are the kinds of feuds propagated by a Palin. 

Perhaps it is incumbent on me to raise these issues because as an Angeleno, I don't fear retribution from a vindictive party boss. And yet, if I am aware of these long-simmering problems from three timezones over, this discontent is probably no secret. 

All of this makes more sense when you consider that Redfern did not enter politics with lofty ideals of empowering the common man or the gratification of public service, but rather, as he bluntly put it to me in an interview, he joined the College Democrats to impress girls. Whose party is this in Ohio?

If Redfern's behavior only mattered for colorful documentary material, that would be one thing. But the reality is, this is a vindictive individual suppressing candidates and their potential supporters. If we are to weave a new era reflecting the interests of people instead of corporations, we can't even thread the needle if citizens are bullied away from participating in our democratic process in the most pivotal state of the union.

How can you have democracy in Ohio when you can't even have democracy in the Ohio Democratic Party? 

PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy's High Stakes is now showing in Columbus and Cincinnati


Last Updated on Sunday, 19 October 2014 10:49

Kasich Admits He Never Read Party Platform

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Kasich Admits that he has never read the Official Party Platform
Ohio Governor John Kasich as quoted in the Washington Times Friday, October 17th,  “The platform doesn’t mean diddly to normal people out there,” he told the AP. “You think somebody ever read … I’ve never read the Republican platform. I mean, who reads a platform?"
Republicans read the platform Governor, Republican representative from all 50 states wrote the platform Governor, ALL the delegates at the Republican National Convention approved the Republican Party Platform Governor, many state and county Republican Central Committees adopt is as their own Governor because it represents what Republicans believe. You sir are no Republican when your record is compared against the offical platform you never bothered to even read.

When is a political party not a political party?  When the people in it have no policy or platform, which is the definition of a political party, and therefore are not a party but an election machine. The Ohio Republican Party intentionally has no platform and no "Republican" in Ohio is held accountable to the National Republican Party Platform so that they can claim to be Republicans when they run for office and then act like Democrats after they are elected. There is a name for that - it's called bait and switch.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/17/gay-marriage-stances-in-ohio-races-true-to-parties/?page=2#ixzz3Gb24ylWm
Attached below is a PDF of the Republican Party National Platform for you to read. It is a beautiful document which represents the values and principals that real Republicans believe in and want the real Republicans they elect to fight for and implement. I have read it several times and all real Repubicans should as well.
In light of the District Court ruling yesterday that keeps Libertarian Charlie Earl off the ballot in the Ohio Governor's race, please also visit this website that was put together by our good friend John McAvoy from the Toledo TEA Party: http://www.threeotherchoices.com
  1. political party is an alliance of like-minded people who work together to win elections and control of the government. Political parties compete against one another for political power and for the ability to put their philosophies and policies into effect.
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Last Updated on Friday, 24 October 2014 12:36

Portman 2016 Re-Elected in Question

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 8, 2014





CCVA just completed a statewide telephone survey of 457 random registered Republican Values Voters with a high likelihood to vote. We asked this question:


"In March 2013, Senator Portman announced his support of same-sex marriage. Do you support his move?"


15% of these Republican voters responded that they support his decision, 72% responded that they do not support his decision, and 13% were unsure.


"Senator Portman has alienated conservatives and is very likely to lose in 2016 because the conservative base will not vote for him. Senator Portman should step down before the 2016 election so that conservatives can support a pro-life / pro-natural marriage candidate," said CCVA Chairman Phil Burress. "In short, Portman is placing a Senate seat at risk to lose to a potential liberal Democrat."


Four facts predict a Portman defeat in the 2016 general election:

  1. The pro-life / pro-family base that a Republican candidate must secure to win an election will not campaign for or vote for anyone who supports same-sex marriage.

  2. In November 2012, 144,100 Ohio voters went to the polls and did not vote for either presidential candidate.

  3. In 2006, then-Senator Mike DeWine lost re-election after opposing the 2004 Ohio Marriage Amendment. Later Mr. DeWine reversed his position, and, as Ohio's Attorney General, is now defending the Marriage Amendment in federal court.

  4. Senator Portman will not receive the endorsement of many pro-life groups including Cleveland Right to Life and Ohio Pro Life Action. These organizations require a candidate to support Natural Marriage in order to earn their endorsement.


On Tuesday, the Cincinnati Enquirer published an Op-Ed letter written by pro-life / pro-family activist Lori Viars. Click here to read Ms. Viars' article. She clearly articulates the concerns, reasoning, and expectations of Values Voters.


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. CCVA has three non-negotiable issues: Life, Marriage, and Religious Freedom/ Conscience Rights. Any candidate that is wrong on any of these three issues will be listed as "Unacceptable for Public Office" on the CCVA webpage at www.ccvaction.org.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 17:12

Ohio Voters don't know who runs elections

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Ohio voters don't know who runs state elections, poll finds

By Jackie Borchardt, Northeast Ohio Media Group 
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on October 14, 2014 at 3:56 PM, updated October 14, 2014 at 5:20 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Voting is underway for Ohio's next top election official, but a new poll shows the vast majority of Ohioans don't know who is in charge of running elections statewide.

Only 8 percent of registered Ohio voters correctly identified the secretary of state as the chief elections official in Ohio in a survey conducted earlier this year by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Half of those surveyed "didn't know" who manages and conducts elections in Ohio and 42 percent gave incorrect answers.

Pew surveyed eight states: California, Florida, Illinois, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. Ohio had the highest rate of incorrect answers, with many voters saying that the governor or a state board manages elections.

Ohio voters also were misinformed about how to register to vote, according to the survey results. Nearly half -- 46 percent -- of Ohio voters did not know they could update their voter registration information through the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. More than one-third of Ohio voters did not know the postal service does not automatically update voter registration when an Ohioan moves.

Ohio voters prefer to get information about their polling place and other election information online, according to the survey. Only 30 percent said they "would definitely check" the secretary of state's website while 69 percent said they would check Google, Bing or another search website.

The survey also asked Ohio voters their opinions about online voter registration and maintaining the state's voter registration database. A majority -- 51 percent -- of registered Ohio voters favor being able to register to vote online through an official website. Secretary of State Jon Husted has lobbied lawmakers to pass a law establishing online voter registration, but legislators have yet to act on either of two bills that have been introduced.

Ohio voters also favored keeping voter information up to date by allowing states to exchange information, 57 to 31 percent. A majority of Republicans, Democrats and independents supported comparing official records such as driver's license, change-of-address and death records to clean up voter rolls.

The poll surveyed 600 registered voters in Ohio from Jan. 19-22 with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent. 


Last Updated on Sunday, 19 October 2014 10:49

Important Information about Ebola in Ohio

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Important Information about Ebola in Ohio
Dear Friends,
For the past week I have been inquiring with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) about our Ebola preparedness. Tonight my questions were answered and you need to know what is going on. At 8pm tonight I was on a conference call with Govern Kasich and the Ohio Department of Health. Here is what I now know about Ebola in Ohio.
Beginning this past July the Governor and his staff began planning and preparation for the possibility of Ebola spreading to Ohio. The ODH held strategic planning sessions and ordered increased supplies of protective gear such as masks, gowns, etc. These supplies are now in place and have been increased by 500% at all regional hospitals in Ohio.
This week a nurse who had treated the Texas Ebola patient flew to northeast Ohio arriving through Cleveland Hopkins airport. The CDC had implemented only a "voluntary" quarantine of Ebola health care workers. Despite CDC warnings she traveled to Ohio and visited relatives in Akron. She returned to Dallas and was confirmed to have the Ebola virus.
In response, Ohio has adopted a "mandatory" quarantine policy. Family members in Akron are under mandatory quarantine and will remain so for at least three weeks. At least one family member has left the State and presumably (hopefully) is being contacted by the CDC. At least two family members are employed at Kent State University but are now under quarantine in their homes.
The Governor has flown a CDC "tracking" team to Northeast Ohio to follow any family members or other contacts who may have been exposed to Ebola. It is hoped that no further cases will develop. I urge you to be in prayer for all those afflicted.
Earlier today I began an online petition on Twitter at #StopEbolaFlights demanding that all flights from infected nations be halted. Please go to MattLynch.com, my Facebook page or Twitter to sign the petition. While there is no reason to panic, common sense dictates we prevent the spread of this disease.
As circumstances warrant I will keep you informed. You can contact me anytime by cell phone (440-821-2247),
or at my website at: http://mattlynch.com/
or on Twitter at:   https://twitter.com/MattLynch4Ohio
Matt Lynch
Ohio State Representative


Leviticus 13:46 : As long as they have the disease they remain unclean. They must live alone; they must live outside the camp.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 13:49

The Absurdity of Political Correctness Writ Large

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The Expanding Absurdity Postulate and the Pandering Paradox


By Doug Magill

The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning – in other words, of absurdity – the more energetically meaning is sought.  Vaclav Havel

Newspapers hate to print corrections. Unfortunately, once something is printed and distributed, correction becomes the only recourse when the story is proved to be demonstrably wrong or false.

The digital world, however, creates opportunities to never be wrong. All one has to do is “update” a story, and previous errors disappear as if they never were. That makes editors smile, and ideologues feel omnipotent.

Consider the recent imbroglio concerning the visit to the White House of an uninvited guest – Omar Gonzalez. While the media did not go to the quantum ethnicity distortion effect as in the Trayvon Martin case and call him a “white Hispanic”, there seems to have been some changing the “side of history” revisionism in reporting on the matter.

Original reports showed our non-accidental tourist had not only entered the White House but overpowered a female Secret Service agent before being tackled by another, presumably male, off-duty agent. Within hours, both the Washington Post and The New York Times had changed their online stories to omit the word “female” when describing the agent that had been physically dismissed from the incident.

Curious. Yet important to the question of how best to protect the President.

Upon further investigation one finds that the Secret service has lowered its standards for female agents versus male agents. Ah, affirmative action. What’s a physical standard when concerns about providing opportunities for females are more important?

Except when the safety of the President and his family is at stake.

One begins to wonder if there is any limit to which political correctness will not stretch reality regardless of consequences. If the President or his family had been hurt by Mr. Gonzalez, would anyone in the media begin to shine a light on the deterioration of the security provided them by lowering standards for the Secret Service? And advocate for meaningful standards?

At some point the Expanding Absurdity Postulate begins to grow more important to the story. One would hope the original physical fitness standards for Secret Service Agents were sufficiently difficult to keep out dilettantes and those unable to render the best security possible for our leaders. One might surmise that such standards generally precluded females. Perhaps not all, but certainly the vast majority.

It is not known at this time whether the movement of the Secret Service from the Treasury Department to Homeland Security has anything to do with diminishing standards and the recent problems with the agency – but one has to wonder.

Someone in authority at some point decided that having female agents was more important than providing the best protection available in the world to the most important leader in the world. One might consider that absurd. But, confound that absurdity with another: Let’s not report on that because it conflicts with the politically correct theme of opportunities for women and the mythical supposition that there really aren’t any differences between men and women except those that we construct in society.

Mr. Gonzalez didn’t particularly care about political correctness and tossed our no-doubt sincere Secret Service agent aside like yesterday’s newspaper and wandered further into the White House. In this case there was a substantial difference between male and female agents, and the one that tackled him probably didn’t care: he just happened to be fit enough and determined enough to stop Gonzalez.

But this is where we have come to in regards to the silliness of affirmative action. It creates a situation that clearly shows that it was not the best solution to the real issue – security for the President – but let’s not talk about that. Let’s cover it up! And so on. Soon, there will be discussions of roadblocks further down Pennsylvania Avenue to prevent such things from happening and laser-loaded drones and heat-seeking darts and whatever else can be dreamt up concerning White House security, without ever asking about the real issue: the decline in standards and professionalism at the Secret Service.

At some point, the Expanding Absurdity Postulate leads us to the question: what are standards for anyway if they interfere with some larger politically correct goal? I mean, if they are different for men and women, why?

Recently our moonbeam-obsessed governor of California signed a law that allows one to change his/her/? birth certificate. So, if you decide you feel female you can change your birth certificate to reflect that. Or vice versa, or both, or soon to be whatever (I assume that all of the Vital Records departments throughout the tarnished Golden State are undergoing system changes to make gender a multiple choice with sub-categories entry). There is no objective reality (DNA notwithstanding).

So now we are entering the world of the Pandering Paradox. Once you begin pandering to a group (one of the officially recognized groups of moral sympathy as defined by liberal groupthink) you can never pander enough to the point that the Expanding Absurdity Postulate becomes unable to be computed as the pandering defies logic, understanding, practicality or usability. And ultimately loses meaning.

The problem is that most people know that this is absurd and that pandering ultimately leads to so much distortion in the social fabric that it degrades society as a whole. And hurts those who we genuinely need to protect. Such as children.

There is a middle school in Lincoln, Nebraska that is now advising teachers not to use the term “boy” or “girl” because that conflicts with the desire to promote gender “inclusiveness”. There are two massive problems with this: One, boys and girls know who they are and will undoubtedly be confused by the absurdity of the adults supposedly helping them learn, and two, for those few that are genuinely gender-confused we have now created enormous future psychological problems that puberty generally otherwise resolves.

The problem is, who speaks for society, and who speaks for the now-developing young boys and girls that need certainty and clarity in their lives to help them through those difficult times in middle school? This will all lead to an explosion in psychotherapists for the emotional and psychological damage being done to our young people.

And if you don’t think that this will hurt those tiny few who will supposedly be helped by this you don’t have a clue how things work in middle school or high school these days. Anyone who has children in high school can tell you that after years of unending propaganda about the “normalcy” of homosexuality will find that the word “gay” is not a compliment.

Modern liberalism at work. To hell with the majority, let’s find a miniscule minority whose interests we can champion to benefit our sense of moral entitlement to the detriment of everyone else.

And ultimately, the Pandering Paradox means that the idiocy of the attempt to help a few at the expense of everyone else means everyone gets hurt.

Okay, let’s take the Expanding Absurdity Postulate down another level. Suppose a healthy former high school football player that isn’t too keen on exercise decides he wants to be a Secret Service agent. Knowing that from an official recognition standpoint male and female are relatively elastic terms these days, he changes his birth certificate to say he’s female. Then he applies and takes the fitness test, failing the male standards but barely passing the female ones. Denied entry by an old-school examiner who thought he saw a male, our applicant sues the agency and under the Expanding Absurdity Postulate has to be considered female because what he feels he is is undeterminable objectively and so he says he is a she but doesn’t want to go through the hassle of gender reassignment so he should be accepted under the lower standards for females. And figures he should use the female bathrooms to prove his supposed sexual-identity transformation.

Somewhere in all of this we find that the original mission – security of our leaders – isn’t relevant any more. And rather that climbing up out of the abyss of absurdity, they’ll probably cancel all physical fitness standards to avoid the litigation, “labelling” and hectoring by liberal congresspeople.

Someday, as the American Experiment collapses into that abyss, history will render a verdict on affirmative action and political correctness by those who kept to their original mission.

Until then, it’s just absurd.

Doug Magill is a communications consultant, freelance writer and voice-over talent.  He can be reached at doug@magillmedia.net

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:56

Two Paths to Common Core Repeal

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This Article orginally appeared on the Ohio Conservative Review

In August of 2013, Rep. Thompson (R-Marietta) introduced House Bill 237 to repeal Common Core (CC) in Ohio. The bill never budged. In an attempt to give the bill some traction, Rep. John Adams (R-Sidney) introduced a discharge petition. The bill still didn’t budge.

[RELATED on OCR: "Why I Proposed H.B. 237 to Repeal Common Core in Ohio"]

Anytime during the past year, Rep. Huffman, Speaker Pro Tempore of the House (the second highest position in the House) could have used his high rank to advocate for a good bill, HB 237. Instead, Rep. Huffman co-sponsored a new bill, HB 597. The new bill functionally rendered both HB 237 and the discharge petition moot.

The new bill, HB 597, an education bill, was not assigned to the House Education Committee. Instead, in a bizarre move, it was assigned to the House Rules and Reference Committee — a committee chaired by none other than Rep. Huffman [1]. HB 597 sets Rep. Huffman up to tout advocacy for anti-CC legislation when he runs for Senator Faber’s open Senate seat in 2016.

HB 597 was a placeholder bill. [2] By design, a placeholder bill isdeliberately void of details. HB 597 did not specify any specific changes. A credible bill always includes the applicable sections of the Ohio Revised Code and it shows all instances where text is being added, repealed or otherwise altered. [3] (Unequivocally, the placeholder tactic should not be attributed to Rep. Thompson. It is certainly possible that he has not seen the placeholder maneuver in action before.)

The pig-in-a-poke placeholder maneuver left theoretical supporters of HB 597 in the peculiar situation of speaking in favor of a bill that was void of the details necessary for informed decision-making. HB 597 is now dead. A new version of it was introduced on August 18, and its formal name is Substitute HB 597. Unfortunately, any proponent testimony on the original vague bill will become evidence of support for the substitute bill, a bill that, in the end, may not be worthy of the support of those truly opposed to CC.  Accordingly, to keep one’s name from being citied as being in support of the final bill, an individual testifying on any version of the bill may want to testify as an “Interested Party” rather than as a “Proponent.” [4]

[RELATED on OCR: "Common Corruption: What Ohio Can Expect with Common Core"]

The new bill (a tool for political gain) will be voted out of the House Rules and Reference Committee because bills introduced by high-ranking members of the House don’t die on the vine. According to Chairman Huffman, the Full House will vote on the bill after the November election. The timing is a strategic maneuver to delay the bill from moving forward through the remainder of the legislative process in an expeditious manner.

Based on the House calendar, it is likely that the vote by all 99 members of the House may take place on or about, November 19 (or even later). Note the limited number of days (approximately 11) remaining on the legislative calendar [5].

[RELATED on OCR: "Confrontational Politics and the Common Core"]

Next, the bill will be forwarded to the Senate. Currently, the key players in the Senate relative to CC are President of the Senate Keith Faber (R-Celina), and Chairman of the Education Committee Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Montgomery County) [6]. (Neither is up for re-election this year, and neither has shown any serious interest in repealing CC.)

Normally, once in the Senate, a bill such as Substitute HB 597 would be assigned to the Education Committee, currently chaired by Senator Peggy Lehner, for public hearings (one obligatory hearing for sponsor testimony, and optional hearings for proponent and opponent testimony). Ideally, the bill would be promptly voted out of committee and scheduled for a full vote by the 33-member Senate. However, it is doubtful that any bill, let alone a bill dealing with Common Core, could make it through the Senate process in 11 days.

The only way even to begin to overcome the narrow 11-day window is for a member of the Senate to introduce a bill to repeal Common Core, now, so that hearings can begin, now. For the sake of discussion, let’s presume that an anti-CC bill does pass in the Senate (as implausible as that would be).

[RELATED on OCR: "Common Core Means Common Failure for States"]

The probability that the House and Senate bills would match, word-for-word is extremely low. Consequently, still within the 11-day window, the two bills would then be sent to a Committee of Conference for reconciliation. The six members of the committee would most likely be the President of the Senate (Faber), the Speaker of the House (Batchelder), the chairs of the relevant committees (Huffman and Lehner), and two other members.

In theory, members of the Committee of Conference attempt to mesh the two bills into one, but the result can be something quite unexpected.Whatever changes the six members agree upon are turned into a Conference Report and then sent back to each chamber for ratification — potentially, in this case, with a retained poison pill, or a new one. The ratification vote, in each Chamber, is straight up or down, no amendments allowed.

If either chamber rejects the Committee’s new version of the bill, the bill dies (but the record of how members voted will stand and those votes will be touted during the 2016 elections). Accordingly, the greatest political advantage would come from both Chambers passing an anti-CC bill that later gets “hung up” in the Conference Committee or fails to gain ratification in both chambers.

The second greatest political advantage, and the one most likely in play, would come from just the House passing the bill and then letting the clock run out.

Passage of Substitute HB 597 by the House meets an important political objective: it ensures that specific Republicans in contested 2016 primaries will be able to portray themselves as being against Common Core. Ultimately, some candidates, including a certain chairman, will proclaim that they fought to repeal CC but, sadly, forces beyond their control prevailed. Some voters will believe such claims, while others will recognize (and remember) the manipulation and vote accordingly. I’ll remember. Will you?


Diana Fessler is a public policy analyst. She served four terms as an elected member of the Ohio House of Representatives and was twice elected to serve as a member of Ohio’s State Board of Education. She is also the author of A Report on the Work Toward National Standards, Assessments and Certificates (precursor of Common Core) andSex Instruction in the Classroom.

All opinions expressed belong solely to their authors and may not be construed as the opinions of other writers or of OCR staff.







Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 09:27

Cuyahoga GOP Takes Heat over Gay Games

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Mr. Chairman,

Conservatives across Ohio were disappointed to see Cuyahoga Co GOP participating in the Gay Games & making statements that sound supportive of the liberal homosexual agenda.  
Lest you think it's just a small segment that objects, remember the Ohio Marriage Amendment passed, 61.7% to 38.2%.  In all or nearly all states where voters have had a say, gay marriage has been banned.  (Granted, the pro-gay-marriage side has made some strides when liberal courts & legislators made the decision....but the voters agree with me on this.)
Our problem in recent presidential elections has been depressed turnout because our base rarely sees GOP leaders & nominees "painting in bold colors."  Instead they see "pale pastels"....in this case, lavender.
Here on the ground, we have lost numerous door-to-door volunteers who are disgusted with state and national GOP leaders not standing up for conservative values---both social and fiscal.  Former Central Committee members have told me they don't even consider themselves Republican anymore.  Two local elected officials just this past month (a twp trustee & a city councilman) told me the same thing. A respected GOP Board Member who had broad support to be our new Party Chairman, refused to even be considered. He said what I keep hearing:  "I'm not leaving the party....the party is leaving me."  
This depressed activity from the base won't sink us when we have a big margin over a weak Democrat (ie, Kasich vs. the Wreck of the Edward Fitzgerald).  But it can sink us when we have close elections--like the next presidential.  The last time I saw conservatives excited (social conservatives in particular) was 2000 & 2004.  And Bush won.  Conservatives were not excited about our nominees in 2008 & 2012.  And Obama won.
I hope Cuyahoga Co GOP will turn from the pale pastels, embrace our national platform & give our conservative base something to be excited about.  GOP candidates in Ohio will do fine against some of the weak Dems in 2014.  2016 is the concern.  Help us win the White House by exciting the base.  Paint in bold Red.  Not Lavender.
Lori Viars
Warren Co. Republican Executive Committee & Central Committee Member

August 10, 2014 


Cuyahoga County Republicans 

Welcome the 2014 Gay Games to Cleveland



The Republican Party of Cuyahoga County today launched an outreach campaign at the 2014 Gay Games.  The event is presented by the Cleveland Foundation and is hosted by the City of Cleveland from August 9 through August 16, 2014.


"Cuyahoga Republicans are thrilled to welcome the 20,000 to 30,000 LGBT athletes and fans of the 9th Gay Games to our great city," said Rob Frost, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County. "We believe in a Big Tent Republican Party, where our membership reflects the diversity of America. We realize many members of the LGBT community may not have experienced a welcoming Republican Party in the past, but Cuyahoga County Republicans are committed to engaging everyone on the principles of a smaller government based on personal responsibility."


The Cuyahoga County Republicans will host a booth in the Gay Games' Festival Village where local Republicans will personally welcome participants to Cleveland and talk to visitors about our new campaign to reach the LGBT community with the conservative message of limited government. County Republicans will also hand out free, 24-ounce water bottles to the visitors.  The bright red bottles are made in the United States, and are 100% recyclable and BPA free.  They are emblazoned with the word "Refreshing" underneath "The Republican Party of Cuyahoga County welcomes you to the Gay Games in Cleveland!"




Last Updated on Sunday, 24 August 2014 20:35

Ask Senator Brown to Stand with Veterans

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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."
Last Updated on Sunday, 25 May 2014 14:33
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