Politics 2017-01-13T20:02:07+00:00

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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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Prevailing Wage Change Bill in Ohio

Ohio uses prevailing wage to determine the cost of a project. Should local governments use the market to determine how much a job should cost? We all have to pay for services.  Our car breaks, we take it to a mechanic.  Our kid needs braces, we take them to the orthodontist. We talk to the service provider, tell them our problem and we figure out how much it is going to cost. If we don't like the price, we can go somewhere else.  In Ohio, if our local governments want to get some work done, a new fire house, road ...
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Ohio Republican Party By Laws

Ohio Republican Party By Laws and Committees

As we have begun to reorganize the Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee more information has been presented about how the party will run in the future.  We were just sent the most recent copy of the Ohio Republican Party by laws.  You can find them here - Ohio Republican Party By Laws 2015. We have also begun the process of being a more committee based party.  That has many advantages, including having different voices from all over the state on issues related to technology and organizing.  It also decentralizes the power of the party and gives the elected representatives ...
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Trump Inauguration Celebration

As a Republican Party, we are changing and growing.  We should all be proud of our accomplishments, especially here in Butler County. In November, we elected Mr. Trump as the next President of the United States.  Our Sheriff, Rick Jones, go to cast our vote to the Electoral College for Mr. Trump. This week we celebrate the Inauguration of the President Elect.  If you are not going to DC, but want to celebrate all are invited to celebrate the Inauguration of Mr. Trump at a celebration in West Chester. Join us at Uno's Pizzeria on January 20th, 2017 from 4:00 ...
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Big Changes for the Ohio Republican Party

On Friday the Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee met for the final meeting of 2016.  The State Central Committee is the governing body of the Republican Party – we hire the Chairman, endorse candidates and direct the Chairman on how the Republican Party should be run. The agenda of this meeting was a roundup of information on the 2016 general election.  In addition to the win of Mr. Trump and Senator Portman, local elections went very well. As a result of the 2016 election, Republicans hold: 139 of the 172 County Commissioner Seats 68 of the 88 County Prosecutors ...
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Ohio Republican Party needs a Platform

The Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee met last week to discuss a resolution on the platform (or lack there of) of the GOP in Ohio. The Ohio Republican State Central Committee, on the heels of the Republican Nation Convention, submitted a resolution praising the GOP platform that was written at the convention but would not go as far to accept it as their own. The platform can be reviewed here.The resolution reads:WHEREAS, the Ohio Republican Party was proudly represented by our delegates and RNC Committee members during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Our Party was dutifully and loyally ...
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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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Ohio Republican State Central Committee Oath of Office Mary Taylor presiding

Welcome to the Establishment – Reorganization of the State Central Committee

Friday, April 29th was the reorganizational meeting of the Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee after the March 15th primary. This first meeting was the swearing in of all members, including first time members - myself included. The meeting was held at the Nationwide Conference Center in Columbus.  The State Central Committee is the operating committee of the Republican Party - since this is an election year, I had high hopes for this meeting. Right out of the gate I was in trouble.  Matt Borges, Executive Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party - hired by the State Central Committee to ...
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Warren Davidson

Elect Warren Davidson to Congress June 7th

Are you ready to get out the vote for Warren Davidson on June 7th? Butler County and the entire 8th Ohio Congressional District has a special election on June 7th.  The election will fill the remaining term of our former Congressman, Speaker John Boehner. We already voted for Congress? - You might remember in the March 15th primary voting twice for the Congressional seat.  These were both primaries. The first vote was to determine the Republican/other party candidate for the June 7th special election.  The second vote was to determine the candidates that will be on the ballot in November ...
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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 and Walter Simms

Walter Simms and Ann Becker for State Central Committee in Butler County

I am a candidate for Republican State Central Committee here in Butler County with my running mate Walter Simms because the Republican Party needs to stand on principle. I grew up a Reagan baby. I watched Reagan give speeches about how the free market is the key to a strong economy and how ‘”government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem.” As I got older, I saw a Republican Party that was not living up to the Regan principles that made the Republican Party great. I saw the government getting more and more involved in people’s ...
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Ann Becker State Central Committee

Door to Door with Local 12 talking State Central Committee

I had a good time going door to door with Channel 12 yesterday talking about my race for State Central Committee, Ted Cruz and Warren Davidson. I have been going door to door for about a month. Talking to people in Butler County has humbled me. Meeting people and talking to them about the issues that they face and how the government has made it better or worse has opened my eyes. One word that I always use, in all my conversations, is the Constitution. When I talk to them about how important the Constitution is, how pivotal it is ...
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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 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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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

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 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

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

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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September 11th. I remember.

Today is September 11th, a day that will forever live in the minds of Americans as one of the most tragic and courageous of our history. My seventh grade daughter has been studying the day in social studies class, she wasn’t born until after September 11. To her it is history, for us, it was life. She asked my husband and I to tell her about our memories of that day. I had a tough time doing it, even 14 year later. But I knew it was important to tell her about it my memories. To tell her about the ...
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Open letter to Glenn Beck

Today I wrote a letter to Glenn Beck about how Central Committee is the way we are going to make change to our nation. I have been listening to his radio show while I walk. He is so passionate about changing our world. I feel like he is missing one of the easiest and most effect ways we can make change.  Who knows, maybe he will see it... Central Committee is the way we are going to change the world. Glenn, I have been a fan for years, since 9/11 when I went through the ‘white hot hate’ phase after ...
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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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Jefferson would be so mad at us

I went to DC over the weekend and visited the Jefferson Memorial. I had never visited the memorial before. I got up early on Saturday took a cup of coffee and sat for a bit with Jefferson. The memorial is very striking, all white marble with the large statue of Jefferson in themiddle. The breeze coming off the tidal pool during the cool hours of morning made it a perfect place to think. There were benches around the edge of the room.  I sat watching the tourists take pictures, On the walls are great quotes from Jefferson. The quote that ...
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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

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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Don’t judge a caterpillar by its fur

We took the family to Kings Island, a big and very fun amusement park about ten minutes from our house last night. It was our anniversary, 16 years. Every year we have a family 'birthday party.' Cassie and I were in line to ride the Diamondback, our favorite coaster. We had a goal to ride in front seats at night. To ride in the front seat, you have to wait a bit. One man, a few people in front of us, was very animated. He was laughing with the people around him. A larger set man with tattoos including one ...
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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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Exercise and nutritional advice for active mums-to-be

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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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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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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

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

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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Union Terminal Tax Increase Public Hearing

Wednesday night, I attended the public hearing before the Hamilton County Commissioners regarding the proposed sales tax increase for the Union Terminal repairs and Music Hall renovation.   The hearing was held at the Sharonville Convention Center. My testimony, which is below, turned out to be the least interesting part of the evening. I got there early because I wanted to speak to support the Citizens Oversight Board's presentation of their alternative plan to the sales tax increase.   I knew it was first come, first serve.  After I got signed in, I waited.  The people started to trickle in ...
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A Fair Share Approach to Union Terminal

For the past three weeks, it has been my honor to be a part of a small group of citizens called the Citizens Oversight Board.  We have gone up against some of the most power people in Cincinnati to ask one simple question, "What would be a Fair Share approach to paying for the repairs needed on Union Terminal?" The current plan, a quarter of a cent sales tax increase, is being considered by the Hamilton County Commissioners.   The following is an alternative plan put forth by the Citizens Oversight Board.  They call it the Fair Share Approach. If ...
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Is this the best plan for Union Terminal?

Good government requires making choices. Sometimes those choices are difficult, sometimes they are easy.  In the case of the proposed Hamilton County sales tax increase this decision isn’t difficult.  The community has two well-known buildings: Music Hall and Union Terminal. The decision is how best to keep them well-maintained. One plan on the table would get most of the necessary money from a Hamilton County sales tax increase.  Is that the best plan we can come up with?  Is it the most equitable for those who are footing the bill?  Is it fair to ask a single mother from Northside ...
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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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Hamilton County Sales Tax Increase

The Hamilton County Commissioners are considering increasing a sales tax increase to pay for a $331 Million renovation to Music Hall and Union Terminal.  This sales tax increase is being proposed for the November ballot.  Hamilton County Commissioners have 30 days to decide if they will put this tax increase before the voters. Several groups in Southwest Ohio have created a Citizen Task Force to look at this potential tax to provide you information in the short term. In our initial review, we suggest that this tax increase not go on the ballot in its current form.  We believe that a ...
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Central Committee – The Most Important Election

May 2014, I  ran for my Central Committee seat. Many people have no idea what Central Committee is within the grand scheme of politics,but it is so important that the Speaker of the House got involved in my race. John Boehner lives in the same town that I live in, the neighborhood behind me.  He is a very well connected and well thought of leader in my county.  So, in 2010, when I started down the road of political activism, we didn't really become best of friends. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mh2SY7l09bI In 2010, many of us realized that protesting, rallying and sign waiving, ...
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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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