I am concerned about Team Obama wanting to change Medicare’s Prescription Drug Program known as Medicare Part D. One of the rare entitlement programs that is structured to embrace free market principles, Part D successfully serves seniors – including the truly needy. Yet after more than a decade of operation costs, Part D costs 45% less than was projected when it was enacted. Average monthly premiums paid by seniors have remained well below projection and have remained stable for a number of years. That’s an amazing record for ANY federal program!
I know that many of our Liberty Group members have benefited from Medicare Part D. When my Mother-in-Law was in her last years it really helped with her medications. Part D’s free market model is simple. Competing insurance companies have designed a variety of plans from which seniors can choose. Each plan offers different benefits at different price points and with different co-pays. Seniors have real choice and can select a plan that serves their individual needs.
Each plan has an incentive to offer good quality and a fair price to seniors. If they do not, seniors will choose another company. The insurance companies in turn have an economic incentive to drive the best bargain they can with the drug manufacturers, thus holding down the cost of prescription drugs.This free-market structure has been extremely effective.
But proponents of big government say – we cannot have that – we have to get government more involved. That’s why the Obama Administration wants to interfere in the free market negotiations between plans and drug manufacturers which we know will undermine the program. Likewise, proposals to impose “rebates,” which are essentially tax increases, threaten Part D’s success.
We need to defend the free market principles in Medicare Part D. I am asking you and members of your group to join me, and other conservatives around the country, in keeping the Obama Administration from messing with Medicare Part D. If you use Medicare Part D, or have a parent or other relative that does, and want to help me defend itplease click on this link to find out what you can do to help. I would greatly appreciate it!
Recently, I delivered a letter to President Obama concerning his executive actions on immigration, which dramatically expand the potential for illegal voter registrations in Ohio. Today in Washington, D.C., I testified during a congressional hearing to further voice those concerns.
As the chief elections official for the state of Ohio, I simply cannot allow this expanding loophole to go unaddressed. Anyone who doubts the impact of this risk should consider this: 72 Ohio counties conducted recounts in the last three statewide elections alone. Of those cases, 51 officials and 19 issues were decided by just one vote or tied.
I take my responsibility to safeguard Ohio’s elections system very seriously. The recent executive actions could jeopardize the integrity of our voter rolls. I hope you will join me in demanding that only eligible voters be able to vote in our federal, state and local elections.I promise to remain committed to my responsibility to all Ohioans: Making it easy to vote and hard to cheat.
P.S. You can read my letter to President Obama by clicking here and you can read my testimony by clicking here.
Republican Governor John Kasich and the Ohio GOP may not care that over half of the Lucas County Republican Party Central Committee (LCRP-CC) members recruited by Jon Stainbrook did not vote in the November General Election.
This is the quality of Chairman Stainbrook reign over the Lucas County Republican Party: Half of the people he recruited didn’t even vote in November (see list below)
If you’re a loyal Lucas County Republican concerned with the future growth and welfare of the Republican party, this should be alarming.
Republican County Chairman Jon Stainbrook recruited them, filled out all their paperwork, gathered their signatures, placed them on the ballot, and they were elected by their neighborhood Republicans to represent them in the Lucas County Central Committee.
The Central Committee member is the foundation of the party, everything is then built on that foundation. This explains why the Lucas County Republican Party is in shambles, Republican Chairman Jon Stainbrook builds the Lucas County Republican Party on a foundation that doesn’t even take the time to vote in an election.
Whats sad, the Ohio GOP continues to endorse and support Jon Stainbrook as one of their leaders.
We can understand why some didn’t bother to vote, because as shown in this audio, one of Stainbrook’s Republican Central Committee members didn’t even know who “Kasich” was. (READ HERE)
These are people that Republican Chairman Jon Stainbrook recruited from bars, night clubs, concerts, and God knows where else to represent the Republican Party in their neighborhoods and precincts. Jon Stainbrook’s crew collected their candidate petition signatures, with accusations that signatures were being collected on blank petitions (READ HERE). In all, Stainbrook’s crews submitted over 270 Candidate petition packets for people they put on the ballot, most running for the Republican Party Central Committee. (READ HERE). Many of these Stainbrook candidates were run against active Republicans who would not support Stainbrook.
In April 2014, there was testimony provided to the Ohio’s Secretary of State that Stainbrook Associate Meghan Gallagher, then director of the Lucas County BOE, had intentionally delayed publishing the official 2014 primary election candidate list specifically to thwart Republican candidates who wished to oppose or challenge Stainbrook candidates in the May election. (READ HERE) In April 2014, the four member board replaced Gallagher as the Lucas County BOE Director. (READ HERE)
Following the May 2014 LCRP-CC, a review of the election records shows another interesting piece of information, 75% of the Jon Stainbrooks Republican party Central Committee candidates voted by Absentee ballot. (READ HERE)
These Central Committee Representatives also have one very important job, They select the Executive Committee and in turn the County Party Chairman at the bi-ennual “Re-Organization” meeting.
We were unsuccessful in gaining access to the Lucas County Republican Party attendance records for the June 2014 Re-organization meeting, but our analysis of video and photographs support our theory that these 102 people did show up to vote for Jon Stainbrook as the Republican Party Chairman at that meeting.
It appears as if Jon Stainbrook recruited these people for one purpose, to show up at that Re-organization meeting and cast a vote for him as the party chairman.
Sadly, this reflects on the quality of Republican Party in Lucas County and perhaps the Ohio GOP.
The Ohio Secretary of State fired Jon Stainbrook from the Lucas County Board of Directors with accusation of Election tampering. (READ HERE) and (READ HERE)
Even after all this taking place in Lucas County, the Ohio GOP continued its full support of Jon Stainbrook. Ohio GOP Chairman Matt Borges denied and ignored countless requests for assistance from Lucas County Republicans to intervene in this problem. In July 2014, the Ohio GOP continued to support Jon Stainbrook when they ignored the law and refused to schedule a hearing when two Republican organizations claimed they were the “Official Representative” of the Republican Party in Lucas County (READ HERE) and (READ HERE)
Jon Stainbrook will continue his stranglehold on Lucas County Republican party as long as he continues his unethical recruitment of people that know nothing about the party and are recruited specifically to vote for him at the re-organization meetings. The Ohio GOP seems happy with this arrangement, perhaps they encourage this type of recruitment for all their county chairman.
A CHALLENGE FOR LUCAS COUNTY REPUBLICANS
If Lucas County Republicans wish to unseat Stainbrook from the Chairmanship, they will need to simply outnumber Stainbrook at the re-organization meetings, as the Ohio GOP has a proven track record of ignoring the laws and supporting whomever they wish.
You must do your best to recruit good quality Republicans that will represent the party, You will need a Representative in each of the 350 plus precincts.
If you are not able to recruit someone who will work for the party and support the party, you will need to revert to the same low standard that Jon Stainbrook uses,recruit a warm body that will show up at the re-org meeting and vote for you.
This will be a lot of work, you will need to collect their signatures, put them on the ballot, do their request for an absentee ballot, and make sure you go to their house, help them fill in the ballot, and pay for the postage to mail it in. You will probably need to drive over and pick them up for the re-organization meeting to ensure they show up and vote for you.
Then and only then will you be able to finally unseat Stainbrook and bring back a respectable Republican Party leadership in Lucas County.
The Ohio GOP continues to support Jon Stainbrook. We can only assume that if enough Counties work to recapture the majority, then and only then will changes also be made at the Ohio GOP.
LCRP- CC MEMBERS WHO DID NOT VOTE IN NOVEMBER
According to public records available from the Lucas County Board of Elections, these are the Lucas County Republican Party Central Committee members who did not vote in the November 2014 General Election.
If you live in one of these Precincts, perhaps you need to run against them in 2016. Contact us and we’ll put you in touch with the people who can help you.
I am writing to congratulate you on your election as Speaker of the Ohio House. I understand in Cincinnati today that you emphatically stated that you were not “the Governor’s man” and that you would make your own decisions as Speaker. I assure you that I will be the first to send out a Press Release praising you as a man of your word, when we see you actually stand up to the Governor on an important issue like Common Core, Religious Freedom, the Severance Tax, etc.
Let me also say that, while those in the political class clearly have no idea what I or the TEA Party movement are about, I can assure you that all we want from you as Speaker is for the voices of our duly elected Representatives to be heard in the People’s House. Conservative or liberal, Democrat or Republican, majority or minority, they all deserve to be heard and to have the chance to make their case for the people in their district. They many not have the money or the political clout to win their point, which is another issue all together, but by God you as Speaker can at least insure that they get to make it. All to often in recent memory that has not been the case. It is our sincere hope that the Ohio House under your leadership will not be the “Siberian Death Camp” it has been in the past for all those Republicans and Democrats who dared to have their own views, ideas and opinions that do no agree with the Governor’s.
Governor Kasich just warned Republicans in December by saying “I’m going to have a whole lot more to say to those who stand in my way.” We will see if you as House Speaker can get through the Governor’s thin skin that it is not about his way and help him understand that there is no “my way” in Representative Government. Everyone has a right to participate, not just take orders. If you can accomplish that you will truly be one of great Speakers in Ohio History. We are hoping and praying that will be the case. All the best to you and your team.
Akron, OH – The controversy over next Monday’s, January 5, 2015, vote for Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives continues as not one Representative is willing to admit to their constituents that they intend to vote for the announced “secret” straw poll winner Cliff Rosenberger from Cincinnati. Several supporters of challenger Jim Butler have filled out and returned the Ohio Citizen PAC House Speaker survey. While citizens all over the state have been asking Representatives to explain who they intend to vote for and why, few have been willing to disclose this information to their constituents. Leading many to question “if those votes were not coerced through threats and bribes, why is no one willing to proudly stand and say that they support Rosenberger and explain why he is the best choice?” Reports continue to come in indicating that the Governor is choosing the new House Speaker and that Representatives are concerned about political retribution if they do not support the Governor’s man Cliff Rosenberger.
Leon Neisius from Fairfield County reported that “I spent almost two hours two days ago with Tim Schaffer, who will be the new House Representative for the Northern part of Fairfield County (district 77). I asked him who he voted for the House Speaker and he said they were in caucus and he could not reveal. He did not say much except to make some remarks to the effect that the Governor’s men got involved.”
Chuck Laughlin from Lake County reported that he talked to Ron Young (R-61), a veteran of the Ohio House, and Young indicted that if he did not vote for Roseberger “he would lose his chance at a chairmanship and wouldn’t get any consideration on any legislation for his district.”
Gary Woodburn from Zanesville said “I have mailed (the) survey form to my representative Brian Hill (R-97) 3 times (twice by certified mail) and phoned his office. He has not responded.” In his letter to Representative Hill, Mr. Woodburn asks his Representative if his vote for Speaker on January 5, 2015 will be consistent with Republican Values and raises the concerns about the values and voting record of the proposed Leadership team that were raised by Citizens for Community Values Action about Representatives Barbara Sears and Dorothy Pelanda. He refuses to answer.
Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, said “The total lack of transparency among our elected representative concerning what is in fact the most critical vote any of them will make in the next two years is reprehensible. Particularly in light of the shameful actions of the outgoing Speaker Bill Batchelder in the lame duck session before the holidays. In a move reeking of irony, Speaker Batchelder single handedly killed the Heartbeat Bill by intentionally failing to recognize Representative Matt Lynch who was attempting to make a motion to lawfully attach the Heartbeat Bill to another bill that ultimately passed and became law. A young Representative Bathchelder in 1983 was so outraged by Democrat Speaker Vern Riffe doing the same thing to him that he wore a dog muzzle on the House floor! Now as one of his final acts as Speaker, as Republican Speaker, he intentionally denied a Republican Representative his right to lawfully act in the interest of the citizens in his district and this state who support the Heartbeat Bill.
Furthermore, the same day, he used a parliamentary procedure to deny Representative John Adams the same right to attach a bill repealing CommonCore to another bill, even though most Republicans in the Ohio House ran on a platform opposed to the implementation of CommonCore in Ohio. The Governor wants CommonCore and Batchelder followed orders to the very end. Why would any Representative vote to continue this tyranny by the Governor, vote to give up their right to represent the views and values of their constituents, unless they were forced to do so?”
Zawistowski concluded “The outrageous and shameful actions of Speaker Batchelder demonstrate how important it is to have a co-equal independent Ohio House of Representatives as required by the Ohio Constitution. A place where all citizens can have their views represented. Instead it is clear, that the vast majority of our Representative’s first act, after swearing an oath to uphold the Ohio Constitution, will be to violate that oath, by giving into the threats and bribes of the Governor’s agents and allowing the Governor to dictate to them that they must vote for Cliff Rosenberger or face political retribution. Thus, dooming the House to the undignified role of simply being a rubber stamp for the Governor’s agenda for the next two years regardless of the wishes of the citizens they represent. This is what is wrong with government and what citizens hate about government. The action on January 5, 2015 by our “Representatives” will confirm that our government is a fraud, that it does not work for the people, but only for the powerful and politically connected. We in fact have NO Representation. Therefore we have no choice but to act to protect our Constitutional rights by changing the system and those within the system. We look forward to recruiting 2016 primary challengers for all those who vote for Rosenberger. What better platform to run on than the fact that the incumbent refused to uphold the Ohio Constitution and in his/her first vote they voted for a leadership team that goes against the very values that they ran on to get elected?”
PROPOSED STATE HOUSE LEADERSHIP RAISES DEEP CONCERNS OVER VALUES
Citizens for Community Values Action is deeply concerned about the potential leadership choices for the Ohio State House. Our research into the voting record of some of the Representatives proposed for the leadership team, rightfully raises questions about their qualifications for leadership roles. Their voting records should also cause concerns for many elected House members who ran as conservatives in the November election, particularly if they ran as social-conservatives.
We, and our members, would certainly expect Representatives to vote for a leadership team that represents their values as well as the values of their district, particularly those who were endorsed by Citizens for Community Values Action PAC.
Barbara Sears (R 47):
Supporting abortion language in Medicaid expansion,
Opposed to Common Core Reform,
Co-sponsoring Needle Exchange language,
Opposed Pro-life legislation.
Dorothy Pelanda (R-86):
Support of Sexual Orientation Rights, HB 163
Sponsored Sexual orientation language for HB 624
Supporting abortion language in Medicaid expansion,
Opposed gateway sex-ed,
No pro-life endorsement.
“We encourage all Ohio Citizens concerned with values to speak with their representative-elect and discuss voting on House-leadership based on their votes, positions, and values. In addition, we encourage Representatives to vote their conscience, and their campaign promises.” stated Charles Tassell, Vice President of Citizens for Community Values Action.
CCV Action, the non-profit and tax-exempt legislative action arm of Citizens for Community Values was founded in 2004 to promote the common good and general welfare, primarily by means of education and direct and grassroots lobbying in support of laws and protect the sanctity of human life, marriage and the family, and which are consistent with principles of good government.
CCV Action is a 501(c)(4), non-profit education and lobbying organization based in Cincinnati, OH and is dedicated to preserving and advancing the interests of family, faith, and freedom in the political arena.
CCV Action seeks to fortify the traditional foundations of civil society through efforts to educate, inform and influence elected officials in support of the country’s historic ideals of equality under the law, and the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness on which the nation was founded.
Titled: Republican’s to TEA Party: Stop Costing us elections
Dear Mr. Smith,
I thank you for writing your letter to the Editor is the 12/13/14 edition of the Columbus Dispatch. It gives me the opportunity to correct the misinformation you presented, that has been invented and propagated by Karl Rove and the Republican Establishment to hide their failures and corrupt activities by blaming the TEA Party for their election disasters.
Let me begin by correcting your first misstatement, when you say “they attack Republicans, not Democrats.” Would you accept our defeating the sitting Ohio Democratic Party Chairman in the past election as factual evidence that we “attack” Democrats as well as Republicans? Not to mention the five year war we have waged, at times with little Republican support, with President Obama, whom I am pretty sure is a Democrat, over Obamacare?
Next let me help you see how Rove and company have lied to you and other Republicans to distort the election results you site from 2010 and 2012 to cover their corrupt activities. In 2010, you sight the losses by “TEA Party” Republican candidates Ken Buck in CO, O’Donnell in DE, and Angle in NV. However, Rove and company don’t want you to remember the “TEA Party” wins by Mike Crapo in ID, Mike Lee in UT, John Hoeven in ND, Jerry Moran in KS and Tom Coburn in OK do they? But here is the real secret they don’t want you to know. Buck lost in Colorado by less than 1% and Angle lost in NV by only 5.2% and Mr. Rove and company did NOTHING to support these REPUBLICAN candidates. Both of whom experts agree could have won if Rove and the Establishment did not INTENTIONALLY withhold funding.
In 2012, if is a fact that Establishment Republican Senate Candidates lost more races than TEA Party Candidates, and by larger margins, despite Chief RINO herder Carl Rove spending a BILLION dollars on their candidates. Ever since 2012 they have been trying to distract the gullible GOP donors, like you, by trying to blame the TEA Party, when Rove and Company deserve all the blame. See here is the other secret I will let you in on. After TEA Party Republicans have won Senate primaries fair and square, Rove and company not only don’t support them, the Republican candidate, they actually undermined them. Proving, once again, that the Liberal Republican Establishment you have been misled by, would rather have a Democrat win than a Conservative Republican they don’t control.
Your statement that we don’t understand that we must win the general elections is as inaccurate as your saying that the TEA Party cost “us”, meaning the Republicans, the Senate in 2010 and 2012. Funny how you don’t count the HISTORIC 64 seat TEA Party fueled House wins in the 2010 GENERAL ELECTION as our understanding the process. Do you see any inconsistency here? We can win House seats but not Senate seats which are much more expensive to run. Who controls the money, the TEA Party or Rove and Company? Who’s fault is it when we don’t win Senate seats due to our candidates not having enough money? Who cost the Republicans the Senate the Establishment or the TEA Party?
The latest Gallop Poll (Sept ’14) showed that 24% of ALL Americans affiliate with the TEA Party and that 42% of Republican consider themselves TEA Party members. So your statement that only 1 in 5 Republicans are in the TEA Party appears to be grossly inaccurate. This was never more evident in November 2014 when it was the TEA Party that caused the Republicans to take control of the Senate. You point to Roberts, McConnell, Cochran, and Graham – all of whom withstood TEA Party Challenges in the primary. However, you and Rove fail to talk about Tom Cotton (AR), Joni Ernst (IA), Thom Tillis (NC), Garnder (CO), Sullivan (AK), Lankford (OK), Enzi (WY), and others who are TEA Party through and through, and many of whom came out of the House after the TEA Party elected them in 2010. Not to mention the fact that it was TEA Party support in the General Election that allowed Roberts in (KS) and Cochran in (MS) to win after the establishment BEGGED for our support.
So Mr. Smith, you should be clear on three things. The enemy of the Republican Party is not the TEA Party, but the corrupt Republican Establishment that is controlled by the US Chamber of Commerce and the K-Street machine that has sold out you, and the rest of our nation, for 30 pieces of silver and trillions more. Second, that the only reason that the Republican party will be in control of the US House and the US Senate in 2015 is because of the incredible selfless commitment and effort of the heroic common citizens who make up the TEA Party and defend our Constitution against Karl Rove and your Republican Establishment friends. Third, that the TEA Party will make sure that no Republican wins the White House in 2016 if those who we elected to the US House and Senate in 2010, 2012 and 2014 do not keep their promises to the American People to defund Obamacare, stop the Illegal Immigration Amnesty, cut oppressive government regulations so the businesses can create jobs, and cut taxes. As for Senator Portman, he will have to stand on his record in 2016, just like everyone else.
REPUBLICAN REDISTRICTING PROPOSAL IS SELF-SERVING AND ANTI-VOTER
Akron, OH – Ohio Citizens PAC President, Tom Zawistowski, called the latest Redistricting Reform Proposal being discussed in the Ohio House “self-serving” and “anti-voter.” Zawistowski said “Claiming that they are acting out of fairness and in the public interest, this self-serving plan is really intended to allow the party in power to control it’s members, by punishing those who do not get in line, by redistricting them out of office. As Republican Ron Hood said on the House Floor Thursday night, under this plan, it will not be a House of Representative chosen by the people, it will be a House that chooses which people get to vote for them. It is anti-voter, because it takes choice away from voters. If you vote for the wrong person, or heaven forbid someone who actually represents you instead of the party’s interest, then you will be put in a different district so you can’t vote for them again.”
Zawistowski went on to say, “We have already seen the anti-democratic results of redistricting done by the politicians protecting their own self interests and not our voting rights in this last election. We had NO competitve Congressional races, we had NO competitive Ohio Senate races, and we had perhaps four competitive Ohio House races out of 99. That is why people don’t vote, because the two political parties have already rigged the vote by redistricting and through other anti-democratic means. Our Republic is being destroyed by these type of activities and we the citizens can not allow it. It is clear that the citizens of Ohio are going to have to take action to defend their right to vote. Which means a ballot initiative and I think that is what we are going to have to do.”
Akron, OH – The Ohio Citizens PAC came out today to support two initiatives by the Ohio Senate. The group supports Ohio House Bill 5, which brings some much needed reform to Ohio’s burdensome and overly complicated Municipal Tax system, and Senate President Keith Faber’s Ballot Issue Plan On Pay Raises. HB 5 passed the Ohio Senate on Wednesday and the Ohio Citizens PAC is urging all Ohio House members to vote to pass it this week so that the Governor can sign it into law before the end of the year. The Pay Raise Ballot Issue (SB9) is being fast tracked and was referred to the State Government Oversight & Reform Committee before going to the House.
In announcing it’s support, the organization’s President, Tom Zawistowski, said “While HB 5 has been through a multi-year gauntlet, during which municipalities have managed to remove many reforms that are still needed, the bill is still a small step in the right direction. However much more needs to be done as was outlined in the recent Buckeye Institute white paper released November 6, 2014. The dirty little secret in Ohio is that we are not one of the highest tax states in the nation because of state taxes, but because of the 6,400 local taxing agencies that take $4 billion out of Ohio tax payers pockets each year. Often through double taxation schemes and onerous penalties and fees from employers who fail to navigate the convoluted and confusing tax landscape. This hurts small business employers and stifles job creation. We urge the House to pass this bill and then do more in the next session.”
Zawistowski added “Our organization and all Ohio tax payers should be against the Stebelton pay raise bill in the Ohio House, which pretty much just gives every state employee a 3% raise. The Faber Pay Raise Ballot Issue (SB9) is a much more fair and reasoned approach to the problem. While there is no way to completely take politics out of the mix, this bill strikes the right balance of having citizen involvement with the process with some legislative oversight. We expect it to clear the Senate and we will encourage House members to approve it.”
Zawistowski identified one more Senate action of interest by saying “One bill we have our eye on, and will be watching in the Senate, is House Bill 175 by Representative DoVilla which attempts to codify the “Open Checkbook” iniative implemented by Ohio Treasure Josh Mandel. This effort by Mandel far exceeded our expectations as far as providing transparency for every dollar that the State of Ohio spends and we congratulate Treasure Mandel and his staff for this effort. We understand that the Governor’s office is working against the DeVitis bill in the Senate and we hope that Ohio’s Senators will vote for the people of Ohio and make sure that these type of online tools will always be available from the Ohio Treasures office.”
Zawistowski concluded by saying “We are obviously still hoping for action on the Heartbeat Bill, Common Core repeal and the American Laws for American Courts bill and will keep pushing them. All of these initiatives have overwhelming support among Ohio voters and yet special interest manage to keep our Representatives from keeping their campaign promises and acting in the best interest of the voters. I can only assure them that they should pass all of these initiative now, because we are not going away until they are passed, either by those we elected to the next House and Senate or by people we elect who will replace them in the House and Senate in 2016.”