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Stop Obamacare

Stop Obamacare in Ohio – Action Alert

We need grassroots help to stop Obamacare in Ohio The Ohio House is working on the budget right now. There a several liberty-minded lawmakers that are taking a stand and expecting Governor Kasich's Obamacare Medicaid Expansion removed from the budget. They need your help to stop Obamacare. Call your member of the State House and tell them to get Obamacare out of Ohio. Ohio is facing a massive budget deficit. You would assume that in a situation like ours, no legislator would look to spend more taxpayer money on a program that has already proven to be fatally flawed. Right? ...
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Warren Davidson Congress

Warren Davidson is sworn into Congress

Thursday, June 9, 2016, my son Zack and I had the honor of attending the swearing-in of Warren Davidson to Congress.  It was an amazing experience. After a morning of taking in the sites of DC, Zack and I headed up to the Capital building.  We entered the Longworth House Office Building, went through security and found the office for the 8th District of Ohio. This was Speaker Boehner's old Congressional Office. It was a big office because he was a senior member of Congress.  After November's election, Warren will move to one of the little offices - but for ...
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Lakota, spending and Common Core - Road to fiscal responsibility in government

Lakota, spending and Common Core – Road to fiscal responsibility in government

My history with the Lakota Local Schools has been quite an adventure. I have learned and grown a ton over the years as I have gotten more interested in the Constitution,  the free market and what role government is supposed to play in our lives. As I have gotten older, I have learned a lot about what I want my local school district and government to look like. My first adventure into Lakota politics was when I was in my twenties. My oldest daughter was in preschool at West Chester Cooperative Nursery School - an amazing place that I think ...
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Why good men don't run for political office

Why good men don’t run for political office

I have been in politics for 7 years. One of the questions I get asked all the time - when are people going to wake up?  When are the principled people going to take a stand? I have been looking, searching, supporting and teaching people how important it is to find politicians that will put the Constitution first.  Many people have stepped up to the plate, and it has given me hope. A few months ago, after Speaker Boehner stepped down from his Congressional seat, my search for the right person to replace him went into overdrive. I live in ...
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Ohio Primary Ballot Issues

Issues with the Ohio Primary Ballot

When you go to vote on the Ohio primary ballot March 15th you might be a bit confused.  You will be asked to vote for your choice for President and your choice for the 8th District Congressman twice on the same ballot. The Congressional vote is a bit easier to explain.   We vote once for the Republican we would like to fill the seat Speaker Boehner vacated - we have to vote for that again in a June special election.  The second vote is the regular Republican Primary to determine which Republican will be on the November ballot. Usually you ...
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Ted Cruz

How I am voting March 15th in Butler County, Ohio

There are many races on the ballot this March 15th.  Some consider this the most important primary vote in Ohio history, I agree.  Once again Ohio is the be all and end all of politics.  We are used to it and are up to the challenge. Here is a link to the ballot that you will see on Tuesday if you are in Butler County.  One resource I used for looking at the candidates was the ivoterguide, it is a look at all the people that are your ballot. Republican nominee for President - I am voting for Ted Cruz.  ...
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Ann Becker for State Central Committee

Rich or Poor – Voters are done with the status quo

I have been on the campaign trial the past few weeks going door to door all over Butler County.  It has been a great experience talking to voters and hearing their concerns and thoughts about the status of our country and the Republican Party.  I've been talking to Republican voters that will probably vote in the primary. I have gone to well-off neighborhoods, nice cars, nice homes, nice people.  I have gone to poor neighborhoods, bootstrapped cars, lived in homes and nice people.  All Republicans.  All people who are committed to doing their civic duty and heading to the polls ...
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Warren Davidson

Interview with Warren Davidson, Candidate for Ohio’s 8th Congressional District

I had a chance to interview Warren Davidson.  He is running for the 8th Congressional District to fill the seat that is being vacated by John Boehner. Enjoy this conversation.  We cover topics including - the debt, immigration, the War on Terror, term limits and many more issue. [podcast src="https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/4175592/height/0/width/0/theme/standard/autoplay/no/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/forward/" height="" width=""] I have lived in the 8th Congressional District for twenty years. For those 20 years, I have been disappointed with my Representative, Speaker John Boehner. John and I disagreed over one very simple thing; he wanted to win elections, and I wanted to govern with principle. He was ...
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Warren Davidson in Hamilton Ohio

People are angry at the Republican Party – State Central Committee is the answer

I don't think the establishment realizes how angry voters are at the state of our country and our party.  State Central Committee is the answer. Walter and I went to a meet the candidate event last night at Miami University in Hamilton, Ohio. It was a packed room, probably 100 people. It was a nice mix of college students and older adults - some liberal, many conservative. All the candidates got a few minutes to speak. We didn't know we were going to address the crowd, so we weren't prepared - which is good, I didn't get nervous. I was ...
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State Central Committee interview with Brian Thomas

State Central Committee interview with Brian Thomas

State Central Committee is the most important vote you will cast in the March Primary. I had the opportunity today to talk with Brian Thomas from 55krc on the issue of State Central Committee. Talking with and Ted Stevenot, we explored the purpose of State Central Committee - endorsing candidates, standing for the principles of the Republican Party and turning out the Republican vote. Listen to the interview here. The big takeaway from the interview was sharing information about good candidates running for State Central Committee. We mentioned sharing the map of Ohio with all the candidates running on a ...
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Ann Becker and Walter Simms

Why I am running for State Central Committee

I am running for election to the Ohio Republican State Central Committee as your representative in the 4th Senate District so that I can end the problem of self-proclaimed Republicans telling you one thing when they run for office and doing the opposite when they are actually in office. I intend to do this by taking these important actions. First, believe it or not, the current Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee refuses to adopt any policy or platform that defines what Republican values and principles people running for office on the Republican Party Ticket should adhere to and believe ...
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What is State Central Committee?

What is State Central Committee?

State Central Committee is the governing body of the Ohio Republican Party.  The committee manages all the affairs of the Ohio Republican party including; day to day operations, fundraising, and deciding which candidates to support and give resources. This is the group of people that decides who leads the Republican Party in Ohio.  The Central Committee chooses the Ohio Republican Party Chairman or woman. This may seem like a small thing, but it has huge ramifications for the direction the GOP moves. Our current Chairman is a good man, but his political philosophy is to win elections, not to stand ...
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Trouble at Butler County GOP endorsement vote

Trouble at Butler County GOP endorsement vote

"Why is she here?" Last night was the endorsement vote for the 8th Congressional District seat in Ohio to replace our outgoing Congressman, Speaker John Boehner. There was no endorsement by the Butler County Republican Party Central Committee, which is expected when you have so many good candidates.  I have gotten a chance to speak to a few of the candidates, there are a few differences, but overall they are good men. I went to the endorsement meeting to continue learning about the candidates and to hear the questions that the members of Central Committee had for them and how ...
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Meet the candidates for the Ohio 8th Congressional District

Meet the candidates for the Ohio 8th Congressional District

The opportunity to choose your Congressman doesn't come around every day.  I have lived in the 8th district of Ohio for 20 years and my Congressman has been John Boehner.  After he retired earlier this year, the seat opened up and gave an opportunity for new blood in the 8th district. I have never been one to make a choice quickly.  I like to get to know the candidates before I decide who to vote for, so in an effort to educate myself I contacted the candidates to speak with them directly.  I recorded these conversations for the Ohio Rising ...
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Republican Liberty Caucus of Ohio

Republican Liberty Caucus of Ohio

Speech before the Ohio Republican Liberty Caucus of Ohio. November 14, 2015. Abraham Lincoln said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” A few years ago, I had a meeting with then-House Majority Leader John Boehner. My former Congressman. I was with a group of Liberty Leaders in the 8th District of Ohio – we call it the cheese and cliche meeting.  There were good snacks… I had a minute with John after the meeting and asked him a question.   Why are you making decisions ...
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Understand the 2015 Ohio ballot issues in 30 minutes

Understand the 2015 Ohio ballot issues in 30 minutes

Understand the Ohio ballot issues in under 30 minutes An interview with Maurice Thompson from 1851 Center for Constitutional Law Interview length: 29:09 minutes   Post read time: 3:00 minutes I had the opportunity to interview Maurice Thompson, Executive Director of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law http://www.ohioconstitution.org/ .   Maurice is the guy I go to if I have questions about the Ohio Constitution. He knows it backwards and forwards. Since we have three Ohio Constitutional Amendments on the ballot November 3rd, I thought it would be a good time to check in with Maurice and see where he stood on ...
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Why I am voting No on all three Ohio Constitutional Amendments in 2015

Why I am voting No on all three Ohio Constitutional Amendments in 2015

Voting is underway in Ohio for the 2015 general election.  We have three statewide Ohio Constitutional Amendments on the ballot. Issue One This is an Ohio Constitutional Amendment that creates a bipartisan, public process for drawing legislative districts. Currently Ohio has a ‘reapportionment’ board that draws the lines for Ohio offices. The Reapportionment board consists of five members; Speaker of the Ohio House, President of the Senate, Governor, State Auditor and State Treasurer. Currently these are all Republicans, with no minority party representation. This amendment will add two seats from the minority party to the Reapportionment Board in an attempt ...
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West Chester November 2015 Election

West Chester November 2015 Election

I am in the midst of going door to door in my neighborhood to encourage voters to go to the polls on Tuesday, November 3rd.   Here are my thoughts and some research on the issues we will face at the polls. West Chester Trustee – There are two men on the ballot for one seat on our Board of Trustees; George Lang and Chuck Cramer. Both are good men. The West Chester Tea Party hosted a candidate forum asking questions of the candidates.  You can see the forum on YouTube, Rich Hoffman’s channel called West Chester Trustee Election 2015 ...
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West Chester Trustee Meeting from September 8, 2015

West Chester Trustee Meeting from September 8, 2015

A review of the the West Chester Trustee meeting from September 8, 2015. Here is the link to the meeting agenda. Below is the video of the meeting. This meeting moved very fast because Trustee Lang had to attend another meeting, so the motions went at lightning speed. The first part of the meeting was an approval of bills. This is standard for our trustee meetings. One number that always stands out on this list is the amount of money that we spend on legal services. That number for last month was $28,200.49. Some months it is over $50,000 dollars. The ...
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We have a Presidential Primary problem!

We have a Presidential Primary problem!

Most political talk right now surrounds the Presidential Primary race; the debate, the news, talk radio, the internet, Facebook….President, President, President. I have been paying attention. What I see is something that should be very concerning to Republicans. I watched the debate on Thursday night. There are some good candidates and a few super stinkers...John Kasich...Yes, I have lived in Ohio my whole life.... John Kasich is not my choice for President. What I am looking for in a political candidate, from President all the way down to dog catcher, is someone who will eliminate programs, get rid of regulations ...
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Ten things you need to know about Central Committee

Ten things you need to know about Central Committee

This is part one in a four part series on Ohio Central Committee. All of the political power in the United States of American comes from a small elected position called Central Committee. It is the smallest and most important elected position in the Republic. Learn about it and get involved. What is Central Committee? Central Committee is the governing body of the political parties. Each political party has a Central Committee; Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens etc… What is a Central Committeemen? Central Committeemen and women are the representatives of a neighborhood or precinct to a political party. Every precinct ...
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Planning for the long game

Planning for the long game

I have had a few experiences the past month that have made me think a lot about the work I do in politics. This month has changed me. Who knew an almost old lady could change.... I am ticking up to my 39th birthday and I really thought my opinions were getting set in stone, so when I realized I had changed I took notice. I disagreed with a friend on a political issue. A friend that I thought was with me 100%. Rock solid. Someone who I didn't have to watch, someone who would always do the right thing ...
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Letter I wanted to deliver to Kasich

Letter I wanted to deliver to Kasich

As a lot of you know, I was kept out of a Kasich event on Monday because I wanted to ask him about Common Core.  I guess I was naive.... About 30 protesters gathered to waive signs to bring awareness to the attendees about the issue of Common Core. After the cars stopped coming in I had planned to go into the rally.  It was in my town, it was actually in my polling location where I will cast my vote in a few weeks. The Butler County Republican party was hosting the event.  I was on Central Committee for ...
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Kicked out by Kasich over Common Core

Kicked out by Kasich over Common Core

Yesterday won't go down as my favorite day in politics.  I was not allowed entrance to a Kasich campaign event...because they say I wasn't on the list, but I say was because I wanted answers on Common Core. For the past five years I have been a very vocal opponent of the expansion of government and fiscal irresponsibility.  During the past year, my fellow small government activists and I have taken great issue with the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in our state.  At many of Governor Kasich’s stops on the campaign trail, we have protested against Common ...
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Governor Kasich, Common Core is not 'higher standards'

Governor Kasich, Common Core is not ‘higher standards’

"I'm for higher standards."  I hear that from all of our elected officials.  Big problem with that statement, the standards that they are advocating for, Common Core, are not higher standards. In an interview with WHIO, Governor Kasich was asked a question about Common Core. The Common Core section of the interview begins at 17:53 in the video below. In this interview, Governor Kasich was asked if he supports keeping or repealing the Common Core standards. His response was, "Look, there's a lot of discussion around it. People need to understand, we need higher standards for our children in this ...
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Early voting, how I look at candidates

Early voting, how I look at candidates

Tuesday is the start of early voting here in Ohio.  It is the day you can start going to your board of elections and casting your vote for the November elections.  Yes, I agree… it’s early.  Many candidates have just started going to neighborhoods.  There aren’t many political signs in the yard.  The inundation of mailers has not yet begun.  So how do you know who to vote for? I am a bit lucky.  I have been involved in politics in my county, Butler County, for several years.  I have met or have worked with our local crop of politicians ...
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A Letter to Senator Peggy Lehner on Common Core

A Letter to Senator Peggy Lehner on Common Core

State Senator Peggy Lehner is the person in Ohio that holds the fate of Common Core in her hands. She is a supporter of Common Core. Senator Lehner, a Republican from Kettering, is serving her second term as the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Education.   The Senator's position on Common Core  first came to my attention during the hearings for House Bill 597, the bill to repeal and replace Common Core in Ohio.  The Senator took to Twitter commenting on one aspect of the bill's Common Core replacement plan.  House Bill 597 calls for school districts to move ...
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State Board of Education Candidates, important this November

State Board of Education Candidates, important this November

One of the most important elections this November is probably for a position you have never heard of…  State Board of Education. I have seen it on my ballot.  Some years there is only one name to choose from…or two people I don’t know.  It’s one of those ‘down ticket’ elections that matter, but no one really talks about…until now. Ohioans for Educational Freedom (OEF), an Ohio PAC focused on parental choice and in particular homeschooling rights in education, is spearheading a push to get grassroots folks elected to the State School Board.  “The Ohioans for Educational Freedom PAC is ...
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No Local Control with Common Core

No Local Control with Common Core

There has been a lot of talk in the media about Common Core this week, a big article in the Columbus Dispatch and an amazing response by Mediatrackers Ohio on support of Common Core by the Dispatch.  Governor Kasich is in town tomorrow, he has been all over the place on this issue; willing to look into repeal and supporting Common Core.  Common Core is my big issue right now, not only because I have children in public school, but also because I am a firm believer in limited government.  So I thought I would write post about what I would ...
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Common Core Hearings -Pictures and Recap

Common Core Hearings -Pictures and Recap

Do we cut ties with the federal government, keeping control of education in the hands of Ohioans? The debate on Common Core in Ohio heated up again this week; hearings have begun for Ohio House Bill 597.  This House Bill, sponsored by Representative Andy Thompson and Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Huffman, is a repeal and replacement of the Common Core Standards.  This would make Ohio the fifth state after Indiana, Oklahoma, North and South Carolina to reject Common Core.  Testimony was taken in the Ohio State House before the House Rules Committee.  The hearing room was full of supporters of ...
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Fiscal Responsibility Wins the Day for Union Terminal Sales Tax Increase

Fiscal Responsibility Wins the Day for Union Terminal Sales Tax Increase

Today I attended the meeting of the Hamilton County Commissioners.  The main topic of the meeting was voting on a proposed quarter of a percent sales tax increase that would be used to restore Union Terminal and renovate Music Hall.  These are two buildings very important to the arts in Cincinnati. I have been very involved in making sure this plan is fiscally responsible for the people of Hamilton County.  I am proud to say that today, fiscal responsibility won the day.  The plan that will be on the ballot this November is one that will not over burden tax ...
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Big News on the Fight Against Common Core

Big News on the Fight Against Common Core

Yesterday, there was big news coming out of Columbus on the struggle to repeal Common Core in Ohio. This news is a step in the right direction, but it isn't the end of this fight!!! Speaker Pro Tempore, Matt Huffman presented the outline of a bill that will fast track the repeal of Common Core from the state of Ohio and will establish committees to develop a curriculum to replace it with something that will be designed by the State of Ohio.   From the Cincinnati Enquirer, "Ohio will repeal the state's use of national Common Core educational standards and require schools ...
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Common Core... Can we get rid of it?

Common Core… Can we get rid of it?

At a packed forum, the only question on people's minds were 'How do we get rid of this Common Core monstrosity?' The forum was hosted by Citizens for Community Values and presented by Heidi Huber, leader of Ohioans Against Common Core.  The over 300 person crowd were presented with the sorted history on how we got to the point of the federalization of education in Ohio and in the country.  The history took us all the way back to the Great Society in the Johnson Administration.  This was the beginning of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or as it is ...
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Protesting Jeb Bush over Common Core

Protesting Jeb Bush over Common Core

Common Core is an issue that will define our country for the next few years.  Common Core is a curriculum, or a course of study, that has been handed to the states through the National Governors Association and Bill Gates.  This curriculum has its interesting points, but even if it is the most perfect curriculum ever designed it should not have been implemented the way it was here in Ohio and all over the nation. Our education system is bottom-up.  The people that are closest to our children, parents and teachers, local school boards are charged with the development of ...
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