For Immediate Release: May 7, 2014
Totally Engaged Americans
For Immediate Release: May 7, 2014
Ohio Citizens PAC Candidates win Five House Races
Achieves other Major Goals
Akron, OH - Tuesday, in the 2014 Primary Elections, candidates endorsed by the Ohio Citizens PAC won five (5) Ohio House races as well as state central committee, county central committee and many local races. This despite ORP assurances that the TEA Party would not win any races in the primary. In the 27th House District Tom Brinkman defeated Peter Stautberg 57-43%; in the 54th House District Paul Zeltwanger won a three way race by getting 51%; in the 75th House District Nick Skeriotis defeated Kenneth Hendrickson 67-33%, in the 79th House District Kyle Koehler won a three way race with 54% of the vote and in the 85th House District Nino Vitale won a three way race with 54% of the vote. None of the seven OCP endorsed candidates for Senate were able to win their primary. The OCP can not endorse in Federal races, but did endorse in two congressional races through the We the People Convention under Citizens United. Richard May won his primary against Robert Horrocks 72-28%, while Matt Lynch lost to Dave Joyce 45-55%.
Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, said "We are so proud of our candidates, their volunteers and supporters. Tuesday was the culmination of a new effort that started for us just five months ago in December. That is when we decided that we would never get the governance we seek until we can elect people who we chose to represent us and are not controlled by monied special interests. To do that we needed to develop new competencies, because we had no real experience recruiting candidates and running campaigns or winning elections. So, we decided to start with a very small first step, we simply asked people to put their name on the ballot. At the time we were told by the "experts" and the political establishment that we would not get five people run for office. Instead we got 68 to run for state office and hundreds more to run for county and local offices. The Ohio Republican Party assured the media as recently as Sunday that the TEA Party would not win any races. Winning five House races is a pretty amazing achievement, particularly when you are outspent 20-1 or more. We are proud of all our candidates because they had the courage to put their name on the ballot and give citizens a choice when few others would do the same."
Zawistowski concluded by saying, "What this effort is about is trying to find a way to reclaim the electoral process from the monied special interests, on both sides, so that we can restore representative government to the people. We took a major step toward doing that Tuesday by successfully recruiting candidates, learning the hard way how to run a campaign, and actually electing people that the establishment party did not pick or finance. This is just the start for us. Many of those candidates will be running again in future elections and we will recruit many more for future elections. Overall, it was a great day in Ohio for the TEA Party. The only disappointment was the lack of primary challengers in both the Democratic and Republican Primaries overall, which is what the establishment parties want, and the horrible turnout of just 16.65%. Which is a direct reflection of that lack of choice and the overall disgust with the political process by citizens - which no one understands better than those of us who are directly confronting the political establishment of both parties."
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 8, 2014
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:
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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Ohio voters don't know who runs state elections, poll finds
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.
Important Information about Ebola in Ohio
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 Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/matt.lynch.969
or on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/MattLynch4Ohio
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.
The Expanding Absurdity Postulate and the Pandering Paradox
OCTOBER 7, 2014 BY LEAVE A COMMENT
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 . 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.  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.  (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.” 
[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 .
[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) . (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.
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.
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!"
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