Citizens taking back the Mississippi GOP

This week I had a chance to speak with the most amazing person. Her name is Julie Patrick and she is Chairperson of the Marshall County, Mississippi Republican Party. Before all the election shenanigans surrounding Thad Cochran, her citizen-led local party censured him for not standing on principle as an elected Republican official. “Thad Cochran […]

Citizens taking back the Mississippi GOP

This week I had a chance to speak with the most amazing person. Her name is Julie Patrick and she is Chairperson of the Marshall County, Mississippi Republican Party. Before all the election shenanigans surrounding Thad Cochran, her citizen-led local party censured him for not standing on principle as an elected Republican official. “Thad Cochran […]

Ohio Unions Plan Two Minutes Hate Against Koch Brothers

Ohio union bosses have scheduled a special Columbus screening of Citizen Koch, a far-left revisionist history of Big Labor’s failed attempt to unseat Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in 2012.

“Behind every Tea Party, there’s a billionaire. Or two,” reads the documentary’s tagline.

After the screening, Ohio Education Association (OEA) President Becky Higgins will speak “about the Koch Brothers attack on public education” during a 30-minute “panel discussion about the Koch Brothers influence in Ohio,” according to an OEA advertisement of the event.

Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA) announced that the panel will also feature “OCSEA President Christopher Mabe; Monica Moran, Director of Public Affairs at SEIU 1199; and Executive Director of Progress Ohio, Brian Rothenberg.”

In addition to its emphasis on Charles and David Koch, whom leftists blame for almost every problem on Earth, Citizen Koch explores the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling — another obsession of union bosses.

“CITIZEN KOCH investigates the impact of unlimited, anonymous spending by corporations and billionaires on the electoral process,” explains the film’s website, which describes Big Labor’s recall campaign against Gov. Walker as “a bi-partisan grassroots movement.”

After more than a year of being vilified over Act 10, a package of reforms to Wisconsin’s government union laws, Walker won his recall election with help from the Kochs and other wealthy conservative donors.

“Progressive” groups funded by unions, billionaire George Soros, and wealthy left-wing foundations have yet to recover.

Now that workers in Wisconsin’s heavily-unionized public sector are free to choose whether to pay union bosses, membership in the state’s public employee unions has cratered. Big Labor is scrambling to stem a tide that has spread to Indiana and Michigan, as well.

In 2011, legislation similar to Act 10 was overturned in Ohio as the result of a smear campaign led by union front We Are Ohio. Killing the reforms cost unions more than $40 million, including $20 million from outside Ohio.

To union bosses’ dismay, worker freedom legislation — which would let workers opt out of paying union bosses – has since been introduced in the Ohio House, and language for a worker freedom ballot initiative has been approved.

Hosts of the June 25 “Special Labor Screening” of Citizen Koch include Ohio’s most powerful labor unions:

  • Ohio AFL-CIO
  • Ohio Education Association (OEA)
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199
  • Union-funded activist group ProgressOhio
  • We Are Ohio
  • Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA)
  • AFL-CIO advocacy group Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans Educational Fund

No word on whether Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) will be attending, but Reid is present in spirit anywhere two or more leftists gather to rage against the Kochs.

Although OEA and OCSEA are routinely among the top political spenders in Ohio, outrageous underdog rhetoric is central to the union brand.

Case in point: when Michigan enacted worker freedom in December 2012, OEA-run We Are Ohio compared the state’s legislators to the Japanese who bombed Pearl Harbor.

OCSEA is a local of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the country’s second-highest campaign donor since 1989.

OEA is the state affiliate of National Education Association (NEA), the country’s third-highest campaign donor.

Railing against Citizens United hasn’t prevented union bosses from taking advantage of the ruling’s loosened restrictions on funding of nonprofits and political action committees referred to as super PACs, either.

NEA has funneled almost $15 million into its NEA Advocacy Fund super PAC. In the 2014 cycle alone, AFSCME has given more than $2 million to super PACs including AFL-CIO Workers’ Voices PAC.

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Ohio GOP Wasted $112K in House District 27 Primary

Ohio Republican Party (ORP) leaders blew $112,039 this spring on in-kind support for incumbent Rep. Peter Stautberg, who lost the May 6 Republican primary in Ohio House District 27.

Stautberg’s committee reported expenditures of $156,766 during the pre-primary and post-primary campaign finance periods — more than 6 times the $23,069 that winner Tom Brinkman’s campaign committee spent.

Including in-kind support, Stautberg spent more than 11 times as much as Brinkman only to lose the primary race 54 to 46 percent.

Brinkman, a former Ohio House member and founder of Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST), received no in-kind support.

Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee (OHROC) and ORP’s State Central and Executive Committee State Candidate Fund spent $112,039 on media buys, printing, and postage for Stautberg during the pre-primary and post-primary reporting periods.

Remarkably, Republican leadership didn’t just spend six figures promoting Stautberg, a reliable party-line vote; much of ORP’s in-kind support for Stautberg came in the form of attack ads smearing Brinkman as an ally of President Obama.

House District 27 is located in eastern Hamilton County, one of the most conservative parts of Ohio. OHROC and ORP poured $112,039 into the race not to stop an “unelectable” candidate from advancing to the general election, but to keep a conservative out of the Ohio House.

Brinkman ran on opposition to Common Core and the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, two big-government policies that are supported by the Ohio GOP because they are supported by Republican Governor John Kasich.

In neighboring Clermont County and neighboring Warren County, grassroots activists have taken over the GOP’s county central committees since the May 6 primary. They are encouraging liberty-minded citizens across Ohio to do the same.

“One of the many lessons to be learned in this story is not to listen to the naysayers.  Though it does require work, taking back the parties is extremely doable,” Clermont County activist Ted Stevenot wrote.

“If we are to reclaim our country from the progressives and the cronies, more grassroots takeovers of local parties must become the norm,” Stevenot added.

Although dishonest, ORP’s portrayal of the more conservative candidate in the 27th House District primary as a secret Democrat could at least be explained as part of the typical incumbency protection racket.

But when it comes to conservative incumbents, ORP and OHROC are far less protective.

ORP endorsed only 2 of the 6 incumbent House Republicans who sued over Gov. Kasich’s Obamacare expansion. Rep. Matt Lynch (R-Bainbridge Twp.) chose not to seek reelection after an ORP staffer’s wife filed to unseat him in the primary, and in a move one lawmaker called “unprecedented,” ORP refused to endorse the other 3 incumbents.

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Talking Central Committee with Glenn Beck

Yesterday was a day for radio. It started off with a group of us getting up early and spending an hour on 550KRC’s morning show with Brian Thomas. We had a terrific time talking about local victories in our battle for the citizens to take back the parties through the central committee process. After such […]

Talking Central Committee with 55KRC’s Brian Thomas

Wednesday, a few of us appeared on the 550KRC morning show with Brian Thomas to talk about our recent successes with citizens taking back the political parties through central committee. On hand were Ohio Precinct Project co-founder, Rick Herron; newly elected “tea party” Warren County Republican Party Chairman, Ray Warrick; and Libertas Project Board Member, John Stevenot. […]

Kasich: Job Growth, Big Government are “Two Wings of a Bird”

Ohio Governor John Kasich fleshed out his vision of big-government Republicanism during a June 16 speech at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

Video of Kasich’s remarks is available courtesy of Marc Kovac at Ohio Capital Blog.

“I like to compare a strong state like I compare a mom and a dad. When mom and dad have more, they can do more for their kids and for their relatives,” Kasich said.

“And when the State of Ohio is stronger, they can do more for people who don’t always participate and enjoy the fruits of economic growth,” the governor continued.

Gov. Kasich has previously used this analogy to defend his unilateral implementation of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, which has already put nearly 250,000 Ohioans on Medicaid.

Moments later, Kasich reiterated his belief that God wants the government to spend more taxpayer money on entitlement programs.

“We had our bumps and all this other stuff on expanding Medicaid, but you know what, we got it done. And it wasn’t just that, it wasn’t just expanding Medicaid — we’ve been working on this stuff forever.”

“Whether it was more money for the mentally ill, whether it was more money for drug-addicted, we started this thing 3 1/2 years ago,” Kasich explained. “It’s just that, Marty, the Medicaid expansion came the seminal moment where people went, ‘Oh, a-ha’ — but this is nothin’ new.”

“So, I always struggle with talkin’ about my motivation, cause people tend to look at it and be very critical of it,” the governor said. “I guess that’s ok. I believe it’s pretty clear — at least to me, you don’t have to agree with this, it’s ok if you don’t — I believe the Creator wants everybody to be lifted.”

“I believe the Creator says, is that, ‘There is a rule here about the poor, the disabled, the infirmed. Ignore them, it’s at your peril.’ I’m not doin’ that.”

Later in the speech, Kasich spelled out more explicitly his view that all Ohioans should be treated as wards of the State.

“For those in the legislature that sometimes say, ya know, well, ‘What’s the role of government,’ well, Doug’s here, he’s from the private sector. The churches and synagogues do their role, but in the 21st Century, they can’t do it all. We have a responsibility,” Kasich said.

“Ignore that responsibility, and it’s at your own peril. But we’re not gonna do that, we’re gonna do the best we can to keep buildin’ things up.”

Gov. Kasich also used his bully pulpit to rhetorically bludgeon his Republican and Democrat critics.

“This whole business of poverty, training, welfare, EITC, tax cuts — hey, they can fight everywhere else in the country, but we’ve gotta stop fighting here in Ohio. Because there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between us when it comes to lifting people,” Kasich said.

“And sometimes the darn partisanship — am I right, Milkovich? — sometimes it gets in the way, and it gets people to fight over, ya know, trippin’ over the anthills on the way to the pyramids. We got big things to do, and they are happening. We are trying to transform the state and include everyone — everyone — in the transformation.”

Wrapping up his remarks, Kasich said, “To me, it’s two wings of a bird. It’s the economic growth side which is, go about cutting taxes and helping people be rewarded for work, and it’s the other side, which is to help people to get on their feet, help them to grow, help them to have hope, so they can inspire that hope, they can implement, or they can direct that hope into the lives of their children.”

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Kasich: Job Growth, Big Government are “Two Wings of a Bird”

Ohio Governor John Kasich fleshed out his vision of big-government Republicanism during a June 16 speech at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

Video of Kasich’s remarks is available courtesy of Marc Kovac at Ohio Capital Blog.

“I like to compare a strong state like I compare a mom and a dad. When mom and dad have more, they can do more for their kids and for their relatives,” Kasich said.

“And when the State of Ohio is stronger, they can do more for people who don’t always participate and enjoy the fruits of economic growth,” the governor continued.

Gov. Kasich has previously used this analogy to defend his unilateral implementation of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, which has already put nearly 250,000 Ohioans on Medicaid.

Moments later, Kasich reiterated his belief that God wants the government to spend more taxpayer money on entitlement programs.

“We had our bumps and all this other stuff on expanding Medicaid, but you know what, we got it done. And it wasn’t just that, it wasn’t just expanding Medicaid — we’ve been working on this stuff forever.”

“Whether it was more money for the mentally ill, whether it was more money for drug-addicted, we started this thing 3 1/2 years ago,” Kasich explained. “It’s just that, Marty, the Medicaid expansion came the seminal moment where people went, ‘Oh, a-ha’ — but this is nothin’ new.”

“So, I always struggle with talkin’ about my motivation, cause people tend to look at it and be very critical of it,” the governor said. “I guess that’s ok. I believe it’s pretty clear — at least to me, you don’t have to agree with this, it’s ok if you don’t — I believe the Creator wants everybody to be lifted.”

“I believe the Creator says, is that, ‘There is a rule here about the poor, the disabled, the infirmed. Ignore them, it’s at your peril.’ I’m not doin’ that.”

Later in the speech, Kasich spelled out more explicitly his view that all Ohioans should be treated as wards of the State.

“For those in the legislature that sometimes say, ya know, well, ‘What’s the role of government,’ well, Doug’s here, he’s from the private sector. The churches and synagogues do their role, but in the 21st Century, they can’t do it all. We have a responsibility,” Kasich said.

“Ignore that responsibility, and it’s at your own peril. But we’re not gonna do that, we’re gonna do the best we can to keep buildin’ things up.”

Gov. Kasich also used his bully pulpit to rhetorically bludgeon his Republican and Democrat critics.

“This whole business of poverty, training, welfare, EITC, tax cuts — hey, they can fight everywhere else in the country, but we’ve gotta stop fighting here in Ohio. Because there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between us when it comes to lifting people,” Kasich said.

“And sometimes the darn partisanship — am I right, Milkovich? — sometimes it gets in the way, and it gets people to fight over, ya know, trippin’ over the anthills on the way to the pyramids. We got big things to do, and they are happening. We are trying to transform the state and include everyone — everyone — in the transformation.”

Wrapping up his remarks, Kasich said, “To me, it’s two wings of a bird. It’s the economic growth side which is, go about cutting taxes and helping people be rewarded for work, and it’s the other side, which is to help people to get on their feet, help them to grow, help them to have hope, so they can inspire that hope, they can implement, or they can direct that hope into the lives of their children.”

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Kasich: Job Growth, Big Government are “Two Wings of a Bird”

Ohio Governor John Kasich fleshed out his vision of big-government Republicanism during a June 16 speech at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

Video of Kasich’s remarks is available courtesy of Marc Kovac at Ohio Capital Blog.

“I like to compare a strong state like I compare a mom and a dad. When mom and dad have more, they can do more for their kids and for their relatives,” Kasich said.

“And when the State of Ohio is stronger, they can do more for people who don’t always participate and enjoy the fruits of economic growth,” the governor continued.

Gov. Kasich has previously used this analogy to defend his unilateral implementation of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, which has already put nearly 250,000 Ohioans on Medicaid.

Moments later, Kasich reiterated his belief that God wants the government to spend more taxpayer money on entitlement programs.

“We had our bumps and all this other stuff on expanding Medicaid, but you know what, we got it done. And it wasn’t just that, it wasn’t just expanding Medicaid — we’ve been working on this stuff forever.”

“Whether it was more money for the mentally ill, whether it was more money for drug-addicted, we started this thing 3 1/2 years ago,” Kasich explained. “It’s just that, Marty, the Medicaid expansion came the seminal moment where people went, ‘Oh, a-ha’ — but this is nothin’ new.”

“So, I always struggle with talkin’ about my motivation, cause people tend to look at it and be very critical of it,” the governor said. “I guess that’s ok. I believe it’s pretty clear — at least to me, you don’t have to agree with this, it’s ok if you don’t — I believe the Creator wants everybody to be lifted.”

“I believe the Creator says, is that, ‘There is a rule here about the poor, the disabled, the infirmed. Ignore them, it’s at your peril.’ I’m not doin’ that.”

Later in the speech, Kasich spelled out more explicitly his view that all Ohioans should be treated as wards of the State.

“For those in the legislature that sometimes say, ya know, well, ‘What’s the role of government,’ well, Doug’s here, he’s from the private sector. The churches and synagogues do their role, but in the 21st Century, they can’t do it all. We have a responsibility,” Kasich said.

“Ignore that responsibility, and it’s at your own peril. But we’re not gonna do that, we’re gonna do the best we can to keep buildin’ things up.”

Gov. Kasich also used his bully pulpit to rhetorically bludgeon his Republican and Democrat critics.

“This whole business of poverty, training, welfare, EITC, tax cuts — hey, they can fight everywhere else in the country, but we’ve gotta stop fighting here in Ohio. Because there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between us when it comes to lifting people,” Kasich said.

“And sometimes the darn partisanship — am I right, Milkovich? — sometimes it gets in the way, and it gets people to fight over, ya know, trippin’ over the anthills on the way to the pyramids. We got big things to do, and they are happening. We are trying to transform the state and include everyone — everyone — in the transformation.”

Wrapping up his remarks, Kasich said, “To me, it’s two wings of a bird. It’s the economic growth side which is, go about cutting taxes and helping people be rewarded for work, and it’s the other side, which is to help people to get on their feet, help them to grow, help them to have hope, so they can inspire that hope, they can implement, or they can direct that hope into the lives of their children.”

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Common Core “Stop Jeb Now” Rally – Pictures

In Cincinnati on Monday, the RNC held a $32,400 per “co-chair” fundraiser with featured speaker, former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush. Rally attendees were on hand from Ohioans Against Common Core to point out to Mr. Bush – a major pro Common Core cheerleader – that both the Hamilton County GOP and the RNC have passed […]