Akron, OH – Today four key Ohio TEA Party Leaders urged the Ohio House to vote NO on the state budget proposal and asked citizens to call their House members and encourage them to kill this outrageous spending bill. The vote on the budget is expected to be taken this Thursday, April 23, 2015.
Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC said, “Glenn Newman, President of the Ohio Liberty Coalition; Ted Stevenot, President of Ohio Rising; John McAvoy, President of the Northwest Ohio Conservative Coalition; and I, are urging the Ohio House to vote NO on the proposed budget this Thursday. This budget will not only continue the illegitimate expansion of Obamacare in Ohio by our liberal Republican Governor’s failed implementation of Medicaid Expansion, but it will increase the size of state government to historic levels. With inflation at 1.6% how can a so-called Republican Governor and Super-Majority Republican Ohio House vote for a budget that grows by 9.6% in 2016 and an additional 3.9% in 2017? How many Ohio taxpayers are seeing their income increase 9.6% per year or even 3.9%?”
Zawistowski then made a call to action, “We would hope that Liberty Group members and other budget conscious citizens will take the time to protect their wallets and call their Representatives on Wednesday. Ask them directly why they would support Obamacare when the vast majority of Ohioans are against it, it doesn’t work and we can’t afford it? Ask them how they justify growing our state government spending by $10 billion dollars – up from the $26.2 billion spent in 2011 to $36 billion in 2017? This is simply outrageous. Worse yet, our state’s dependence on federal dollar will reach 36% of total state spending under this budget plan. Ohio is growing our nation’s debt by becoming a welfare state. That federal money is borrowed from our children and younger voters should be outraged by this generational theft. No true Republican can be this reckless about spending. They must vote NO on Thursday or face the wrath of conservative voters next year in the Republican primary.”
Akron, OH – Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, today exposed the facts about Ohio Governor John Kasich’s misleading claims about his election results in the 2014 Election. Zawistowski provided results from Cuyahoga County that show that Kasich got even less people to vote for him in Cuyahoga County than Mitt Romney did and would actually have no chance of winning Ohio if he were the Republican nominee.
Zawistowski said “Here are the facts on John Kasich in Cuyahoga County. Mitt Romney got 190,660 votes in Cuyahoga County in 2012, John Kasich only got 172,319 in his pretend “land slide” election victory. Kasich didn’t get anyone in Cuyahoga County to vote for him, he got them to NOT vote for him! 447,273 Cuyahoga County voters voted for Barack Obama in 2012. No sane person believes that those voters would come out and vote for John Kasich for President.”
Zawistowski concluded by saying, “As we documented after the 2014 election, nearly 1,000,000 Ohioans were motivated to not vote at all by John Kasich’s campaign and record and those people would come out and vote against him in a Presidential election where they actually had a Democrat for which to vote. Secondly, 88,000 Ohioans who actually went to the polls choose NOT to vote for Kasich and left their ballot blank, which is more than his margin of victory of 77,000 in 2010. John Kasich is no Scott Walker but the Karl Rove Establishment wing of the Republican Party are going to makes sure that Kasich splits the Walker vote to make sure Jeb Bush wins the nomination. All Conservatives need to understand, a vote for Kasich is a vote for Jeb Bush.”
Akron, OH – Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, spoke out today against the hypocrisy of the left with its unwarranted and ill-informed attacks on Indiana and Religious Freedom. Zawistowski said “The media knows, and the facts prove, that the largest group being discriminated against in America today are Christians and Jews. Not Muslims, not blacks, not gays – Christians and Jews. They are being unfairly stereotyped as haters and bigots and the source of discrimination in America. They are being forced out of our schools, our government and our universities by anti-American extremists on the left. It is Muslims who discriminate against women and gays, it is blacks who’s hate for white police officers are being stoked by fabricated untruths about Ferguson and other cases, it is gays who want to force their life style on Christians and take away their 1st Amendment right to Religious Freedom. We applaud the Indiana Legislature and Governor for defending Religious Freedom because it is under attack.”
Zawistowski continued by saying “The symbol of justice is a scale. It signifies that there must be a balance between the rights of one group, or one person, and another. The Indiana law strikes that balance, that is what the outrages the left and the media. The Indiana law does not discriminate against gays or anyone else, it does “Restore” the fact the Religious Freedom is a fundamental right not to be infringed by other rights. The radical regressive left doesn’t want equal rights, it wants to dominate other citizens, to force people to do what “they” say – and they do it by claiming that the opposite is true. This tactic is right out of “rules for radicals” and the media is either complicit or foolish enough to buy the lie. We are not. Gays and the anti-American left are the bullies and the hypocrites and the bigots – not Christians and Jews.”
Zawistowski concluded by saying “Apple’s gay CEO Tim Cook threatens the people of Indiana for not doing what he wants them to do against there will, but he sells Apple products in Russian and China and Saudi Arabia where they kill gays just for being gay – how disengenuous. The NCAA can litterally use black youth as slaves to earn them billions in profits without giving the vast majority of them even an education, and then have the gall to speak down to the people of Indiana about descrimination. The NAACP can shout the lie “Hands Up Dont’s Shoot” and claim “Black Lives Matter” then do nothing about the black-on-black genocide in our American cities. Connecticut’s despicable Governor can attack the new Indiana law knowing full well that his state has an even tougher Religious Freedom law because for the left truth does not matter, only forcing their will on others matters. This is not about gay rights at all, this is about using gays as a tool to destroy religion in America so that all citizens must answer to the state, not a higher power. We will not be bullied. We will not give up our rights. We will not believe your lies. We will defend our rights, and the right of all Americans, to practice our religion in public and in our daily lives. God bless America and God bless Governor Pence and the good people of Indiana. All true Americans stand with you.”
Speaker John BoehnerHouse office Building # H-232The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Speaker Boehner,
I am writing to you today to express our organization’s concerns about possible changes to the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. One of the rare entitlement programs that is structured to embrace free market principles, Part D successfully serves seniors – including the truly needy and many members and/or relatives of the TEA Party movement in our state. As you well know, 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 projections and have remained stable for a number of years. That’s an excellent record. One that should not be changed.
The failed Obamacare program has Democrats searching for new ways to extort money from taxpayers and it is our understanding that they would like to eliminate the free-market elements of the Medicare Part D program and replace them with more government controls. Again government wanting to pick winners and losers among the insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies – all at a higher cost to seniors. Our organization is asking you to defend the free market and our conservative values by making sure no changes to Medicare Part D are inserted into any future budget plan. This is not an area that is open to “compromise.” Let’s focus on fixing federal programs that are broken instead of breaking programs that actually work.
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?”