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

Media Spin of Kasich Win Distorts Facts

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, November 14, 2014
 
Media Spin of Kasich Win in Ohio Distorts the Facts
 
Akron, OH - Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, today rejected the spin the media is putting on the re-election of Ohio Governor John Kasich, prompted by Kasich and his staff, as a distortion of the facts.  Kasich won re-election by a 31% margin and won in 86 of Ohio's 88 counties. He and his team are trying to use the results, such as their winning "69% of Independent Voters, 60% of Women Voters, and 57% of Young Voters", to suggest that Kasich could be a viable republican candidate for President in 2016.
 
Commenting on the Governors “race” Zawistowski said “Here are the facts that the media is leaving out of their post election reports of what actually happened in Ohio. As the chart below shows, nearly a million more Ohioans stayed home this year compared with 2010 - 3,956,045 vs 3,010,760 - because the voters are not stupid and they knew they had no real choice for governor. This year Kasich ran virtually unopposed, due to his nefarious actions, and had 18 times the cash, $20 million compared with $4.6 million for FitzGerald, yet he only attracted a measly 33,000 more votes than he got in 2010. Which shows that his popularity is not what he claims. Furthermore, 88,000 Ohioans voted and left the Governor's choice blank, more than his margin of victory in 2010. In his two elections for governor, Kasich has yet to attract even 25% of the votes in the state - having had only 23.5% of voters vote for him in 2010 and only 24.81% in 2014. Hardly a mandate. Kasich did not get people to vote for him, he only got people to not vote at all and stay home. If they would not vote for him this year, they would not come out to vote for him for president in 2016, they would come out to vote against him."
 
Kasich Election
Zawistowski concluded, "We just had an election for Governor in which not one issue was discussed. Not one debate was held about the actual state of the Ohio economy and our future direction. Despite Kasich's dubious claims of economic growth Ohio is 44th in the nation in job growth, we are still 200,000 jobs down from where we were when the bottom fell out. We haven't even recovered let alone grown jobs and Kasich is just blowing smoke about how everyone is doing great. Does anyone believe that Kasich could win Ohio in a presidential race when Barack Obama got over 1,000,000 more votes in 2012 than Kasich did in 2014 running without any credible Democratic campaign or money against him? Particularly after alienating the conservative base with his liberal first term record as indicated in the chart below? Like we said before this election, not only would conservatives not vote for John Kasich for president, we would not work for him as a presidential candidate and he can't win if we don't.  He would not have won re-election this year if he had not bribed the democrats and kept other candidates off the ballot. What he did to win re-election this year will not work in a presidential election.”
 
 
 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:05
 

Liberty Groups begin distributing House Speak Survey

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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."
 
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Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 09:07
 

Cleveland Transgender Law Defines Depravity of Left

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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."
 
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Article in Cleveland Plain Dealer with link to Actual Proposed Legislation
 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:06
 

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
 

OCP to Dispute Ohio Speaker "Vote"

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Ohio Citizens PAC to Dispute

Today's "Vote" for Speaker of the Ohio House

 

Akron, OH - Today, Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, released a statement indicating that his organization intends to dispute today's "vote" for Speaker of the Ohio House. The announcement comes after the Ohio Republican Party controlled House Majority announce that Cliff Rosenberger has been "elected" in a secret ballot "vote" by the 65 Republican House Members who will be serving for the next two years. Including those who were just elected a week ago.

 

Zawistowski explained the reason for the challenge, "While it may be convenient for the Ohio Republican House Caucus to try to call what happened today a "vote" the fact is that is nothing more than a "straw poll" and is in no way legally binding on anyone. How can people who were just elected last week, but will not be sworn in until January or have even met the Speaker candidates, vote on anything involving the peoples business? The answer is that they can't and they did not "vote" today.  Otherwise they would not have to vote again in January."

 

Zawistowski continued by saying, "The only reason for this charade was that the corrupt Republican "leadership" did not want to give citizens the opportunity to talk with their Representatives before voting. This is unacceptable for the citizens of Ohio as is the fact that they conducted a "secret ballot." The only reason for a secret ballot was to avoid retribution by the Party and we find that unacceptable as well. We also understand that various House members may have been offered committee seats and other benefits for their "votes" today. This corruption in our state government must be stopped. Therefore, the Ohio Citizens PAC is going to stand up for Ohio citizens and ask Liberty Group leaders and members around the state to join other citizens in every Republican controlled House District in surveying their House members between now and January. We will be demanding to know who they are going to actually vote for in January and why, if they have been offered anything in return for supporting a particular candidate, and where they stand on key issues concerning all citizens, like common core, medicaid expansion, Photo Voter ID, taxing Oil and Gas, etc."

 

Zawistowski concluded by explaining, "We will use our considerable resources to educate the public in each district about the positions held by their Representative and may even hold a public debate between Jim Butler and Rosenberger so that all citizens can learn the qualifications, beliefs, values and vision of those who wish to be the third most powerful political person in the state of Ohio. The citizens deserve no less than total transparency for what must be a co-equal, independent branch of Government."

 

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 11:05
 

TEA Party's Kraus Defeats Dem Chairman Redfern

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TEA PARTY CANDIDATE STEVE KRAUS DEFEATS

OHIO DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN CHRIS REDFERN

IN RACE FOR OHIO HOUSE 89th DISTRICT

 

Akron, OH - In a major victory by the Ohio TEA Party Movement, TEA Party Republican Candidate Steve Kraus from Sandusky, Ohio, has defeated Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern for Ohio House seat in the 89th District that includes Erie and Ottawa Counties. Redfern had been in the Ohio House since 1999 and has been State Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party since 2005.  Kraus made a strong but unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2012.  He decided to run for Ohio House against Redfern after the Ohio Republican Party showed little interest in fielding a candidate in the race.  Kraus got little support from the ORP even after early poling showed him with a small lead. The Ohio Citizens PAC did robo calls into the district as did the TEA Party run Ohio Republican PAC in and effort to get Kraus over the top. Kraus won 51% to 49%.

 

Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, said "Steve is a great citizen candidate who will faithfully represent the people of Erie and Ottawa county - not himself or some political party.  He ran a terrific race two years ago but I was surprised when he told me he thought that he could beat the Ohio Democratic Chairman. But he worked very hard and ran a great race and with a little help from his friends in the TEA Party he pulled off the biggest upset in the State tonight. Hopefully this will stop the whining by Republicans who claim we never go after Democrats. This win proves that the TEA Party does not care about political parties, we care about people and the way government serves them.”

 

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Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 12:42
 

Followup: How RINO Kasich used your tax dollars to buy Re-Election

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I thought in light of recent news reports that confirm the statements in this email that I wrote in March of 2014, that I would provide real Republican's with an update on how John Kasich bought this election with our money by giving the Democrats everything they wanted and turning his back on those conservatives who elected him.  No one has earned the monicure RINO more than John Kasich . . . Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director, Poratage County TEA Party.
 
"I have a right to define what conservatism is."
John Kasich, Coldwater Ohio, October 22, 2014
JOHN KASICH = RINO
 
This is how you buy an election using our tax dollars . . .
 
Step 1:  Mortgage the Ohio Turnpike and give a $4 Billion dollar gift to NE Ohio Constructions Unions - he intentionally restricted the construction to roads North of Route 30 in Canton.
UPDATE 10/23/14:
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Republican Gov. John Kasich picked up his second labor union endorsement Wednesday at the Columbus office of the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters. The carpenters' union political director, Jason Clark, cited the Ohio Department of Transportation budget, the passage of Issue 1, the 2013 capital appropriations bill and the growing oil and gas industry as reasons for endorsing Kasich.  “It’s notable he is receiving some union support, but these are construction unions and they’re pretty happy because the governor has a capital budget and is using money borrowed against the turnpike’s tolls that require construction workers,” said Bill Binning, retired chairman of Youngstown State University’s political science department. (Youngstown Vidicator 10/23/14)
 
Step 2:  Campaign for and help pass a $15 mil Cleveland School District Tax Levy that increased property taxes on a $60,000 home by $300 per year as a gift to the Cleveland Teachers Union. Then call one of the worst school districts in our nation a "model" for other school districts to follow. (See RED Section of Greater Cleveland Partnership Below)
 
Step 3:  Force Medicaid Expansion on Ohio Tax payers against the wishes of your party and the public as a $2 Billion gift to the most powerful liberal group in the state, the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Ohio Hospital Association. Doing so increases medicaid spending in Ohio to more that 50% of the state budget with no assurance that Washington will provide continued funding in the future leaving Ohio tax payers to fund this new welfare program for decades to come. (See RED Section of Greater Cleveland Partnership Below)
 
Step 4:  Use nefarious methods to eliminate all competition in the election by jamming through Senate Bill 193, then when that got thrown out by the courts, get the Libertarian candidate thrown off the ballot by what a federal judge strongly suggested was an effort funded by the Republican Party to challenge his ballot petitions on a technicality. 
 
Pay off:  Democrats put up Ed Fitzgerald as a "show candidate" for Governor whose job it is to lose the election, while the unions and the national Democrat party put up little resistance in a key state, because they are already getting everything they want from RINO John Kasich.  Why should the Democrats spend any money to fight Kasich when they can get billions of our tax dollars and big government programs from the Governor as a payoff to support his re-election? There are no coincidences in politics.
UPDATE: (See RED section of Huffington Post Blog Below)
 
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?"  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. Their is a name for that - it's called bait and switch. Read below to decide if John Kasich is a Republican or not in your opinion:
 
Is Kasich a Republican or Democrat?
Democrat Position
Republican Position
Kasich Action
 
 
 
 
Medicaid Expansion
FOR
AGAINST
Forced Through AGAINST Republican Opposition
Workplace Freedom
AGAINST
FOR
Kasich would not raise the money to fight Unions over SB5
Common Core
FOR
AGAINST
Kasich takes the Federal Check supports Union position
Increased State Spending 
FOR
AGAINST
Kasich is spending 22% more than Strickland
 
Taxing Oil and Gas
FOR
AGAINST
Top of Kasich Agenda after Re-election
Photo Voter ID
AGAINST
FOR
Kasich will not allow it to be brought up by legislature
 

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Greater Cleveland Partnership partners with Kasich: the Mix

 
Robert L. Smith, The Plain Dealer By Robert L. Smith, The Plain Dealer 
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on March 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM, updated March 30, 2014 at 9:36 AM
 
CLEVELAND, Ohio--Ohio Gov. John Kasich will join the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the state's largest chamber of commerce, as it celebrates its 10th birthday next week and outlines its goals under new leadership.
 
In announcing Kasich as the keynote speaker at its annual meeting Wednesday, the GCP described the governor as a kindred spirit.
 
"Many of his top achievements align with the GCP's top priorities," including school reform, funding for the Opportunity Corridor, and expansion of health insurance to "more low-income and working poor Ohioans," the partnership said in a press release.
 
Kasich took advantage of the Affordable Care Act to extend Medicaid coverage to Ohio's working poor, a move opposed and derided by many in his Republican party. He also supported a tax increase for the Cleveland schools and helped find funding for the city's largest new highway project in decades.
 
Huffington Post Blog:
Filmmaker, Activist, Father author 
Democracy in Ohio is Hard Enough Already
Posted: 10/01/2014 5:17 pm EDT Updated: 10/02/2014 12:59 am EDT
 
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?
 
 
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Last Updated on Saturday, 25 October 2014 13:20
 

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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OHIO SENATOR ROB PORTMAN UNLIKELY TO KEEP SEAT IN 2016

 

 

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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