A Thank You Note

OLC_Sep19_logo-320x202I would like to thank all of those involved in the Ohio Liberty Coalition statewide meeting on Saturday for an absolutely wonderful and educational event. I received the following very gracious email, and the message I could not have said better. “I wanted to take a minute to thank you all for your hard work in putting on the OLC State Meeting in Marysville, Ohio Saturday. I, and the rest of those in attendance, greatly […]

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NO to Iran nuke deal

Brown_Portman_TrustButVerifyReagan said “Trust but Verify” Under the Obama, Kerry, Iran treaty, this is how we are supposed to verify Iran is living up to their end of the bargain and not creating nuclear weapons. You had better sit down for this: Iran will appoint Iranian Inspectors to perform periodic inspections at the Iranian facilities. If the Iranian inspectors find any peculiarities in the Iran nuclear facilities, they will report them immediately to the Iranian leadership […]

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Steve Kraus sentencing today in Ottawa County

Steve-Kraus-HeadshotFrom Ralph Kraus, Fireland Patriots. I hope everyone got the message that the sentencing was moved up to 10:00 am this morning. We met outside the Court House and prayed for 30 minutes. I would estimate around 40 observers entered the court room as spectators filling all available seats. 95% were Steve’s family, friends and supporters. From the Prosecution side, we saw only the owner of the house Helen Stein & someone with her. No […]

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Republican Liberty Caucus Announces Formation of Ohio Charter

Ohio_RLCThe Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) is pleased to announce the approval of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Ohio’s (RLCOH) charter application, making it the 41st official state affiliate of the RLC. “The Republican Liberty Caucus is an important grassroots organization that advocates for liberty at all levels of government,” said Congressman Thomas Massie (R- KY). “Before I ran for Congress, I was honored to receive their endorsement in my local race for County Judge Executive. […]

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Portman Co-Sponsors Bill to Prohibit Federal Education Mandates

imgresA few high profile Republican U.S. Senators introduced S. 182, Learning Opportunities Created at the Local (LOCAL) Level Act, on January 16th, which would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (EASA) to prohibit federal education mandates. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Sponsored by Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) and co-sponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), James Inhofe (R-OK) and Ohio’s Rob Portman, S. 182 […] Continue reading

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Kasich Administration Reduces Medicaid Services for Developmentally Disabled

imagesWhile Governor Kasich talks of renewing Medicaid expansion for abled bodied adults, his Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) is quietly reducing Medicaid services for Ohio’s developmentally disabled population. The DODD released its Final Report of the Strategic Planning Leadership Group in late December which calls for a 50 percent reduction in beds for Intermediate Care Facility homes that provide skilled nursing and personal care as well as community access to school, day services, and recreation […]

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Irony Alert: Kasich to Travel Country Promoting Balanced Budget Amendment

thThe Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Governor Kasich plans to travel the country in 2016, not to get a jump on a presidential campaign, but to push for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Ohio is one of 24 states which has called for a constitutional convention. Ten more states are needed to convene the convention and 38 states are needed to ratify an amendment. The stops Kasich plans to make on his […]

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CATO Institute’s John Allison Discusses Liberty

imagesJohn Allison, President and CEO of the CATO Institute, spoke at the Federalist Society’s 14th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture. Mr. Allison discussed CATO’s mission, the fundamental role of government, and what he sees as the philosophical fight for western civilization currently underway between libertarians and statists.  Allison also spoke in depth on the progressive movement and its desire to attain what it believes to be the moral high ground. Allison pacts much in […]

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Ohio High Court Rebukes School District Tax Increase

1851  Taxpayers cheated by Indian Hill School District’s “Inside Millage Move” by raising taxes without public vote. Cincinnati – Indian Hill School District’s property tax increase without voter permission violated state law, according to unanimous ruling late yesterday from the Supreme Court of Ohio.  This decision rebuffs Ohio school districts’ efforts to take advantage of a legal loophole created in 1998, which appeared to allow such tax increases in limited circumstances, though not to collect […]

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Ohio High Court Rebukes School District Tax Increase

1851  Taxpayers cheated by Indian Hill School District’s “Inside Millage Move” by raising taxes without public vote. Cincinnati – Indian Hill School District’s property tax increase without voter permission violated state law, according to unanimous ruling late yesterday from the Supreme Court of Ohio.  This decision rebuffs Ohio school districts’ efforts to take advantage of a legal loophole created in 1998, which appeared to allow such tax increases in limited circumstances, though not to collect […]

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Obamacare Updates: Enrollment, Perverse Incentives, and Governor Kasich

thObamacare’s second annual open enrollment period has been underway for approximately two weeks, but even before it began, the Obama administration downplayed expectations by lowering its projected 2015 enrollment figure by 30%. The Congressional Budget Office orginally predicted there would be 13 million Obamacare customers in 2015, but that figure has now been lowered to between 9 and 9.9 million when taking into consideration returning customers and new enrollees. Fox News indicates that the administration […]

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Obamacare Enrollment Not As Reported by Obama Administration

thHow much more obfuscation and misinformation about Obamacare will Americans be subjected to? Bloomberg reports that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee discovered that the Obama administration has been misreporting the number of people enrolled in Obamacare by approximately 380,000. The administration was double accounting for consumers who were enrolled in both a medical and dental plan through the federal and state health care marketplaces in order to get the enrollment numbers above 7 […] Continue reading

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