The General Assembly is currently contemplating Ohio Senate Bill 63, which would give voters the option of registering online. The Ohio Voter Integrity Project has come out in favor of such an option, provided it’s done right:
Although online voter registration will not solve all of Ohio’s voter registration related issues it will undoubtedly, with the proper security, set a higher level of correctness and verification which at the present time does not exist.
Read about their position in more detail here.
If you missed our meeting last week, or if you want to know more about what you heard there:
In our (admittedly unscientific) Internet poll for last fall’s elections, more than half of those who responded preferred cutting spending rather than increasing taxes to preserve Cincinnati’s historic landmark buildings Music Hall and the Museum Center/Union Terminal.
Ohio Rising has a new survey (n = 1,162 responses) about last week’s vote to keep John Boehner as Speaker of the House for another term. They find that 91.3% of their respondents disagree with the way their representative voted.
See the details here.
We asked, “Who’s your top pick for the next president of the United States?”
We received three dozen responses. The results were:
Rand Paul: 36%
Ted Cruz 28%
See note below about Senator Rob Portman’s donation from his PAC of $25,000 which funded a racial attack on Chris McDaniel who was running for the Republican nomination for the U. S. Senate seat in Mississippi against Senator Thad Cochran.
On May 22nd, we held a meeting (hosted jointly by the Cincinnati East Tea party, the Anderson Tea Party, and Women for Liberty) where Heidi Huber presented on Common Core. The presentation is available here:
(Read the Cincinnati Tea Party 2014 Candidate Pledge)
The Cincinnati East Tea Party does not endorse candidates, but that’s no reason you shouldn’t! Discuss which candidates you think best embody the Tea Party values expressed in our Cincinnati Tea Party candidate pledge, or who your favorite candidates are, and why, by commenting below.
Please help observe our pledge yourself by staying positive and civil!
World Net Daily interviews Congressman Gohmert. Excerpt:
WASHINGTON – One of the tea-party leaders in Congress believes the days of Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, as speaker of the House of Representatives are numbered.
The following is a press release reprinted from the Portage County, Ohio Tea Party.
Akron, OH: The Ohio Citizens PAC announced today that a coalition of TEA Party, pro-life and pro-marriage advocates, home schoolers and other conservative groups worked together to place an unprecedented number of challenges to incumbents on the ballot during Wednesday and Thurday’s filing deadline. Highlighting this effort are primary challenges to seven of the eight Ohio Republican Senators, challenges to Republican Congressman John Boehner and Dave Joyce, dozens of challenges to both Republican and Democrat incumbents in the Ohio House, plus over 20 challenges to incumbents on the Republican State Central Committee, hundreds of conservatives filing for county central committee seats in both the Democratic and Republican parties and a yet to be counted number running in local races against incumbents.
This week, the Hamilton County Republican Party announced that it opposes Common Core as an attempt to nationalize school curricula. The HCRP adopts the resolution issued by the Republican National Committee last year, which can be read in full here (at a concise one page, the whole thing is worth reading). Excerpt:
Earlier this week, news came out that Clermont County Tea Party leader Ted Stevenot was going to challenge incumbent John Kasich for the Republican nomination for governor. Excerpt from the Media Trackers Ohio story:
“Former Ohio Liberty Coalition (OLC) President Ted Stevenot will challenge Governor John Kasich in Ohio’s May 6 primary election, a January 1 press release confirms.
by Nick Noel
The people who have been running this city for the last few years, Mayor Mallory, Council Majority Members Qualls, Sittenfeld, Young, Thomas, Quinlivan, Simpson, and Seelbach, have been no better than a gang of thieves. Together, they’ve taken a lot of money belonging to the citizens of Cincinnati that should have been used for public safety, paving roads, maintaining other infrastructure, making payments into the pension fund, and other legitimate functions of city government.
The Buckeye Institute has its monthly report out, “Ohio by the Numbers” for October 2013. As the Buckeye Institute explains,
The October 2013 Ohio By the Numbers report (now available on the Buckeye Institute website) shows 8,700 private sector jobs gained. However, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.5 percent while the labor force declined by slightly over 6,000.
According to World Net Daily, one of the lawsuits still pending against Obamacare
argues that since the U.S. Constitution requires that revenue-raising measures originate in the U.S. House and Obamacare was created in the Senate, the law is unconstitutional. The case is headed toward the Supreme Court.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who has been leading the Obamacare charge since its inception, took a House-passed bill, deleted its contents and then substituted the Senate’s 2,000-page bill.
The message below from the Ohio Liberty Council notes three important subjects that will command much attention by Tea Party groups across Ohio in 2014. I particularly want to draw your attention to the opportunity we have in 2014 to influence the actions of the Hamilton County Republican Party by electing representatives to the Hamilton County Republican Party Central Committee. This is done through the election of a Precinct Executive in each Hamilton County Precinct.
We asked, “Do you support or oppose 2013 Cincinnati Issue 4, the charter amendment to reform Cincinnati’s public-pension system?” We got ten responses. Here are the results from those who chose to respond:
70% Yes. Without reforms like this, Cincinnati could go the way of Detroit.
20% No. I’m afraid the measure will do more harm than good.
10% I’m still undecided.
Issue 4 went on to lose 78-22 in this month’s elections (article at WCPO, election results from the Hamilton County Board of Elections).
Related entry: “Video: Arguments on Both Sides of 2013 Cincinnati Issue 4”
Video of election day from the Cincinnati Free Beacon:
The article is here.
If you live in the city, you have an important job to do next Tuesday: It’s time to vote for City Council and mayor, this time for four years. If you haven’t already decided, here is the Cincinnati Enquirer’s handy guide as a place to start.
The Cincinnati East Tea Party does not endorse candidates. However, other area groups of concerned citizens do; in case it would be helpful as you do your own reading and make up your own mind, information on a few of them is below.