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Trump Wows Crowd in Wilmington

For those who don’t subscribe to the Record Herald or haven’t visited its web page at, here is a well written article about Donald Trump’s great visit to the Roberts Centre north of Wilmington on Thursday. Please forward and share with everyone.  This election will be the most critical in our lifetimes.  We must elect someone who shares our values.  That man is Donald Trump !

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Trump: America first


Supporters pack Clinton County Trump rally

By Gary Huffenberger – – and Tom Barr –


Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump makes a point during his speech at a rally Thursday at the Roberts Centre.

WILMINGTON — A day after delivering a speech on immigration security, Donald Trump continued to stress his America-first approach at a Thursday rally in the Roberts Centre near Wilmington.

Trump said, as president, he would “treat everyone with dignity, respect and compassion.”

But then the Republican presidential nominee added, “our greatest compassion will be for the American citizen,” a statement that drew loud applause from the thousands attending.

Trump in a Wednesday night speech in Arizona said he would immediately force out immigrants living in the country illegally who’ve committed crimes, as well as expel people who’ve overstayed visas.

In Clinton County Thursday, Trump started his 23-minute talk by speaking about economic policy. He said some practices are going to stop, citing product dumping, unfair foreign subsidies and currency manipulation.

“The era of economic surrender, which is what we’ve done essentially, is over. A new era of American greatness is going to begin,” said Trump.

His Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, backed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), China’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO), and a “job-killing trade deal” with South Korea, Trump said.

Ohio has lost nearly one in three manufacturing jobs since NAFTA was enacted in the 1990s, he said.

The GOP nominee promised “a massive tax cut for working Americans,” and to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (often called ObamaCare) — the latter pledge receiving a lot of cheering.

With an eye to minority populations, Trump said, “We’re going to fight to ensure that every young African-American and Latino child is put on the ladder of American success.”

On education, Trump spoke in favor of school choice and against Common Core.

He said he and the president of Mexico, with whom he met Wednesday, have a shared desire to secure the border between the two countries, “put the [drug] cartel out of business,” and keep jobs in the Western Hemisphere.

On foreign policy, Trump said he supports rebuilding what he called a depleted military, and called for avoiding “needless foreign wars” and for building new friendships overseas.

He spoke of working with allies “to crush, defeat and utterly destroy ISIS.”

With a Trump administration, there would be a new immigration screen test for entry into the United States, he said.

“We only want to admit those into our country who share our values and love our people,” said Trump.

He sounded a populist message during the Wilmington campaign rally, telling the crowd he is fighting for them in contrast to “the powerful protecting the powerful; insiders fighting for insiders.”

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani introduced Trump at Roberts Centre. Local pastor Dan Mayo gave the invocation, local military veteran Josh Sams led the pledge of allegiance, and local resident Becky Riley sang the national anthem.

Speaking prior to Trump were Ohio Senate President Keith Faber and Clinton County Republican Party Chairman Tim Inwood.

Inwood, a strong gun rights advocate, said at one point, referring to Hillary Clinton, “My friends, never trust a politician that does not trust you with your firearms.”

The local GOP chairperson also spoke about “illegal aliens,” expressly saying he would not use the term “immigration,” explaining that immigration is a legal process and the people at issue had not gone through that process.

Inwood said Clinton County was “flooded with them [undocumented foreigners] for a number of years,” adding “our crime rates took a spike while they were here.”

He said the 2011 knife-killing of Christina Hill in Wilmington was committed “by an illegal alien.”

Most attending the Trump visit liked what the candidate had to say and were excited by the entire experience of the rally.

“It was an exhilarating experience and very cool to see Mr. Trump in person and so close,” said Tyler Wells, a Wilmington High School senior who attended the rally with his father, Bill.

“His speech was very gripping. He really reached out to the young people here and about protecting our future,” Tyler Wells added. Tyler, 17, will turn 18 on Nov. 6 and will be registered to vote in his first election.

“Once again the national spotlight shined brightly on Clinton County,” said Clinton County Commissioner Patrick Haley, a Republican. “The county is beginning to bounce back from the grim local economy of a few years ago. It seems to me people are looking for the same recoveries to occur in their towns, and Trump’s populist message is promising them hope. I watched the Trump plane take off from the air park, and was pleased the national media was there to show off one of Clinton County’s greatest assets.”

Clinton County Auditor Terry Habermehl said, “Mr. Trump’s energy and excitement were contagious. Donald Trump understands that the American people are frustrated and scared, with most of us believing our country is headed in the wrong direction. He outlined his strategy for making America great again, and it really resonated with the crowd.”

The Republican auditor added, “I think the point that really hit home with those in attendance was that he is working for us, and if elected, he will re-establish a government of the people, for the people, and by the people. Americans are tired of watching a federal government that fails to work for them, and my sense from the crowd was that they believe Donald Trump can change that because he is not a politician and is not beholden to special interests.”

Of course, not everyone in Republican-concentrated Clinton County was pumped up by Trump’s local stop.

“Clinton County families know what it’s like to go through tough economic times and we know what it’s like to bounce back,” said Ann Reno, executive chair of the Clinton County Democratic Party, in a statement to the News Journal prior to Trump’s speech.

“The choice in this election is clear: Trump’s reckless plans would cost millions of jobs and devastate the economy. Hillary Clinton would build an economy that works for everyone — not just those at the top. Trump’s empty rhetoric and irresponsible ideas are not welcome here.”

In addition to the Secret Service, law enforcement officers from the Clinton County and Highland County Sheriff’s Offices as well as the Wilmington Police Department were spotted providing security at the event. Clinton County Sheriff’s Office Col. Brian Prickett said afterward, “We had no issues, other than traffic.”

On Thursday before coming to Wilmington, Trump told attendees at the national American Legion convention in Cincinnati that, if he’s elected president, he’ll work on “promoting American pride and patriotism in America’s schools.”

Trump said he wants to work with the group to ensure that the children learn about America’s common values. “We will stop apologizing for America. And we will start celebrating America.”

Trump is also vowing to invest more money in the military to make sure soldiers have the best equipment and medical care.

He’s telling veterans, “I will never let you down.”

Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768 or on Twitter @GHuffenberger. The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Ohio Liberty Groups Align with NRA to Elect Trump



Akron, OH:  The We the People Convention, announced today that the majority of the TEA Party/Liberty Groups in Ohio will be aligning with the National Rifle Association in an effort to elect Donald Trump as the next President of the United States.

“We are pleased to align our efforts in this Presidential election with the NRA because so many of our members are also NRA members and gun owners,” said Tom Zawistowski, President of the We the People Convention. “The NRA came out early to endorse Donald Trump, which was no surprise since Hillary Clinton’s anti-2nd Amendment positions are crystal clear. It’s a simple choice- if we want to keep our guns, we need to elect Donald Trump as President. Working together with the National Rifle Association we believe we can get that done in Ohio.”

In 2012 members of TEA Party/Liberty Groups made over 75% of the calls and 75% of the door knocks for the Romney Campaign in Ohio.

“Our members will make phone calls and knock on doors through the NRA’s Political Victory Fund,” Zawistowski explained. “This decision to align with the NRA was made for two important reasons. First, we needed to align with an organization that we could trust and that would respect the value of the volunteer effort we bring to the election. I am confident that the NRA is a trustworthy partner who will respect our volunteers as true partners. Second, there are possible concerns about the resources that the Ohio Republican Party will commit to supporting Trump, based on Governor Kasich’s refusal to attend the Convention in Cleveland let alone endorse Trump.  Taking these factors into consideration, we had to find a partner that has no questions about supporting Trump’s election and the NRA has proven that commitment. This year’s combined effort will bring significant grassroots resources to bear on the mutual goal of ensuring Hillary Clinton is defeated and Donald Trump is our next President.”

“Any group interested in lending a hand should contact us at, for information on how to contact NRA staff in their specific geographic region. They will personally setup and train staff to make phone calls or set you up and train your members over the phone so you can start making calls immediately. We will also hold a one-day state meeting in August to organize other efforts in support of Trump. We will notify all the leaders in the state concerning that event within the next week,” Zawistowski concluded.


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Ohio’s ‘Tea Party for Trump’ Organizes


Ohio’s ‘Tea Party for Trump’ Builds Grassroots Get-Out-The-Vote Machine

An crowd of more than three hundred grassroots activists pushed into a church in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday as organizers unveiled a get-out-the-vote plan to win the swing state for Donald Trump.
“The message is simple,” Tom Zawistowski, spokesman for Tea Party for Trump, told the energized Ohio crowd. “If you want to keep your guns and 2nd Amendment rights, you have to vote for Trump.”

Zawistowski is the co-founder of the Portage County Tea Party and is also president of the ‘We the People Convention,’ a coalition of Tea Party and liberty groups across Ohio. He opened up the Tea Party for Trump’s kick-off event by explaining the group’s partnership with the National Rifle Association in Ohio and other key swing states.

“Go to the website, Tea Party for Trump. Sign up. We can have you calling voters who are leaning our way immediately. And if you want to come up here to Ohio to knock on doors, we can make that happen,” he said.

Local representatives of the National Rifle Association’s political arm, the Institute for Legislative Action, provided details about the get-out-the vote program, and Linda Walker, a board member of the NRA in Ohio, explained the importance of the presidential election this year.

“If Hillary is elected, our God-given rights will be on her target,” Walker told the audience.

“I was thrilled when I learned that Donald Trump had picked Kelly Conway to head up the campaign,” said Phil Burress, another activist at the meeting. As the president of Citizens for Community Values, “We hired her to do research for us [a few years ago] … I’ve had meetings with her – she is one of us, and she is smart,” said Burress, who was not speaking for the CCV.

Burress explained why evangelical Christian voters should back Donald Trump.

“Pro-life judges: Hillary no, Trump yes. Supports Iran nuclear deal: Hillary yes, Trump, no. Protects Second Amendment: Hillary no, Trump yes. Supports boys and girls in public school bathrooms: Hillary yes, Trump no,” Burress began. “I can’t believe I’m even talking about this,” he quipped to laughter from the audience.

“Defund Planned Parenthood: Hillary no, Trump yes. Repeal tax for family inheritance: Hillary no, Trump yes. Supports Biblical religious conscience: Hillary no, Trump yes. Reduces EPA regulations on coal and oil, Hillary no, Trump yes,” he continued.

“It just goes on and on. He scores perfect for us,” Burress said of Trump.

“I don’t know what they’re thinking if they’re not on the Trump bandwagon,” Burress said of Christian voters who have not yet decided to vote for Donald Trump. “The simple answer is this: Supreme Court,” Burress added.

Zawistowski then introduced Katrina Roma, a police officer in Ohio who had just come off a ten-hour shift. Police unions traditionally have supported Democratic candidates for president, but that support, especially among the rank-and-file, looks this year to be going for Donald Trump, he added.

“I’ve been a police officer here for eighteen years, patrolling urban neighborhoods here in Ohio,” Roma told the audience. “I’m here today to support Donald Trump for president,” Roma declared.

“I see first hand what reckless policies do to citizens in these [urban] neighborhoods. Drugs, gang violence, robberies, shootings, and killings of innocent people, including precious children caught in the crossfire,” she said.

“We need a president  who understands these issues and will support law enforcement officers who risk everything,” she said.

Doctor David Mungo, representing the medical industry, explained why Obamacare, which Hillary Clinton supports, must be repealed and why he is supporting Donald Trump, who opposes it.

“I’m an orthopedic surgeon in Northeast Ohio. I fix broken bones for a living,” Mungo said. “I still see patients on a daily basis who have no idea what the Affordable Care Act [Obamacare] is or what it means to you,” he noted.

“How many people here have a good understanding of  what the Affordable Care Act is and read all 15,000 pages of regulations [that govern it],” Mungo asked rhetorically, to gales of laughter from the audience.

Let me read you the stated purpose of the Affordable Care Act. It was passed ‘for the purpose of expanding health insurance coverage while also reforming the health care delivery system to improve quality and care. It requires U.S. citizens and legal residents to have health insurance and creates state based exchanges for individuals and small businesses to purchase coverage.’

“That’s what they say,” Mungo said, noting that what it really does has little to do with its stated purpose. “The Affordable Care Act is nothing more than the federal takeover of health care. It also happens to be the largest tax increase in U.S. history,” he said.

“It’s not about improving health care. It’s about submission to the government, and them telling us what to do with our health care,” Mungo added.

Diane Stover of North East Ohio Value Voters, explained why pro-life voters should back Donald Trump. “I’m here today to support Donald Trump because, literally, lives are at stake if Hillary Clinton is elected president,” she said.

Mike Chadsey of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, speaking as an individual, explained why energy workers and voters who rely upon reliable energy sources should be involved in Tea Party for Trump. “I have not said anything more important throughout this entire year than Donald Trump should be elected president,” Chadsey said.

The coal industry and the oil and gas industry, have been hurt by excessive regulations imposed by the Obama administration, regulations that will continue and likely accelerate if Hillary Clinton is elected president, he said.  Those regulations are hurting the creation of energy sector jobs in Ohio, and adversely effecting the cost of energy for Ohio voters, he said.

Marie Jackson, the last speaker, wowed the audience with her message about why voters should cast their ballots for Trump.

“What is this election really about?” Jackson asked rhetorically. “It’s about our children and children’s children,” she said.

“If we fail to put Donald Trump in office, I shudder to think what this nation will look like,” she said.

After the speeches, the event broke into a working sessions where volunteers obtained detailed instructions on how to participate in the get-out-the-vote activities of the Tea Party for Trump-NRA program in Ohio.

A second Tea Party for Trump kick off event, this one a Tea Party rally, will be held in St. Louis on Sunday.

Michael Patrick Leahy is one of fourteen Founding Members of Tea Party for Trump and the author of Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement.

U S Court of Appeals: No More Golden Week


    The State of Ohio still allows 29 days of early in-person voting days before election day, which is more days than most other states.  Also, any voter can vote absentee without giving a reason or leaving his/her home.  What is not allowed is being able to register and vote at the same time during a so called Golden Week. The Board of Elections needs time to send a postcard to the new voter’s address to assure it is valid before voting begins.



No more ‘Golden Week’ for Ohio voters, court rules

By Darrel Rowland The Columbus Dispatch  •  Tuesday August 23, 2016 3:07 PM

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Ohio voters should not have a “golden week” in which they can both register to vote and cast a ballot, a federal appeals court declared today.

“Proper deference to state legislative authority requires that Ohio’s election process be allowed to proceed unhindered by the federal courts,” said a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that split 2-1.

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“Ohio is a national leader when it comes to early voting opportunities. The state election regulation at issue allows early in-person voting for 29 days before Election Day. This is really quite generous,” the majority said.

Today’s ruling overturned a decision last spring by Judge Michael Watson of U.S. District Court in Columbus. He ruled that the GOP-dominated state legislature’s measure, signed by Gov. John Kasich, violated the U.S. Constitution and federal Voting Rights Act by eliminating the week of early voting, used disproportionately by minority voters.

The two judges in the majority, David W. McKeague and Richard Allen Griffin, were appointed by GOP President George W. Bush. The disstenter,  Judge Jane Branstetter Stranch, was placed on the bench by Democratic President Barack Obama.

Stranch wrote in her dissent: “I do not think that it is federal intrusion or micromanaging to evaluate election procedures to determine if discrimination lurks in an obvious rule or in a subtle detail.”

She called the majority’s assertions about the ease of voting in Ohio “problematic” because after the lower-court judge analyzed the evidence and heard from a host of witnesses during a 10-day trial, his finding “that Ohio law imposes some burden on the right of African Americans to vote in Ohio indicates that how ‘easy’ it is to vote under Ohio’s new regime bears some small but definable relationship to the color of your skin.”

The lawsuit against Secretary of State Jon Husted and Attorney General Mike DeWine, both Republicans, was brought by the Democratic Party organizations of Ohio, Cuyahoga County and Montgomery County.

The Democrats can choose to request that the case be heard by the entire 6th circuit court or appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Ohio offers a generous number of days, hours and ways to vote – making us one of the easiest states in which to cast a ballot,” said Secretary of State Jon Husted in a statement. “This issue has been dragged through the courts by political activists twice over the course of several years, and both times, it has ended with the same result: Ohio’s laws are fair and constitutional.

“I hope the Democrats will end their wasteful lawsuits so we can all move forward with this election.”

DeWine said in a statement: “I am pleased the court agreed that Ohio’s voting period, among the most generous offered in all the states in the nation, is nondiscriminatory.”

The majority judges also hit Democrats’ reasoning.

“They insist that Ohio’s prior accommodation—35 days of early voting, which also created a six-day ‘Golden Week’ opportunity for same-day registration and voting—established a federal floor that Ohio may add to but never subtract from. This is an astonishing proposition.

“Nearly a third of the states offer no early voting. Adopting (the Democrats’) theory of disenfranchisement would create a ‘one-way ratchet’ that would discourage states from ever increasing early voting opportunities, lest they be prohibited by federal courts from later modifying their election procedures in response to changing circumstances.”

The two members of the appellate panel said the change in Ohio law eliminating Golden Week “results, at most, in a minimal disparate burden on some African Americans’ right to vote.”

The duo added: “At worst, it represents a withdrawal or contraction of just one of many conveniences that have generously facilitated voting participation in Ohio. This is especially apparent when Ohio’s voting practices are compared to those of other states.”

Since the change in Ohio law afforded “abundant and convenient opportunities for all Ohioans to exercise their right to vote, is well within the constitutionally granted prerogative and authority of the Ohio legislature to regulate state election processes.”

Stranch said the elimination of Golden Week “improperly burdens the right to vote of African American citizens of Ohio and constitutes a violation of equal protection” guaranteed under the Constitution.

“The charge that this appeal — and apparently many other — intrude upon the right of the states to run their own election process is both unfounded and antiquated. Our American society and legal system now recognize that appropriate scrutiny is essential to protection of the fundamental right to vote. The scrutiny applied by the district court was proper and in accord with governing precedent.”

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent, said in a release that the majority appellate judges “ignored the intensive fact-finding done by District Court Judge (Michael) Watson and applied a test that would appear to allow voting restrictions straight out of the 1950s. The facts uncovered by the lower court remain: there was no sufficient justification to eliminate the first week of early voting and the burden falls disproportionately on Ohio’s minority voters.”


Need Another Reason to Vote in November, 2016 ?

The Fayette County Tea Party welcomes everyone who stopped by our booth at the Fair. And thank you for participating in our Presidential Straw Poll.  Donald Trump was the winner, but 23 % voted for “Neither”.  If you are still in the undecided category, please read the article posted below from the Marietta 9 12 Liberty Group.

Need a Reason to Vote in November 2016

by marietta912 • August 10, 2016 •

I have five scary words for all voters who backed losing candidates in the Republican primaries and who are threatening to sit out the November election because they don’t like Donald Trump:

Supreme Court Justice Barack Obama

The choice in November is clear – it will be either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, and a no-vote is the same as a vote for Hillary Clinton. If Hillary Clinton, arguably the most dishonest and corrupt person ever to run for President of the United States, wins, I have no doubt that President Hillary Clinton will name President Obama to the Supreme Court for several very good reasons: he has covered her backside, no easy task that, in the email server scandals and now wants payback; he claims credentials as a Constitutional lawyer; he is buying a mansion in Washington D. C. and has made no secret of his desire to stay in the capital; and he could complete his “fundamental transformation” of our Republic during a lifetime on the Supreme Court.

Obama could end up like President William Howard Taft, who became chief justice of the Supreme Court after leaving the White House. Taft decided life on the Supreme Court was far easier than running the country, as the hours were better and summer vacations were longer. This sounds like it would appeal to Obama.

If that’s not enough to scare everyone into voting, I don’t know what will.

FCTP Meetinf Announcement



Tea Party Thanksgiving Meet and Greet
Come share refreshments of Starbucks coffees and special, catered cookies Nov. 19th at 7 PM in the Conference Room of the Center for Economic Opportunity, 101 E. East Street ( old DP&L building). Fayette County Tea Party members will greet the public and welcome stories about what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving Holiday. Friendly conversation is also anticipated on other subjects of concern to local citizens. Bring a friend.

Common Core Curriculum and Testing Meeting


Common Core Curriculum and Testing Discussed

Heidi Huber, founder of Ohioans Against Common Core, will be speaking at the Fayette County Tea Party meeting Thursday, October 15 at 7 pm. Ms. Huber will be discussing how Federal and State curriculum and testing mandates are affecting students, parents, teachers and administrators. She will provide an update on current legislation pending in the Ohio Legislature and what parents can do to reclaim their authority over their children’s education. The public is invited and may ask questions at the end of Ms. Huber’s presentation. The meeting will be held in the Center for Economic Opportunity, corner of East Street and S. Main Street in Washington C H.

September Meeting

Greetings, Fayette County TEA Party Members and Supporters:

Come join us to hear a panel of local leaders discuss State Issue 3…the proposed constitutional amendment which calls for the legalization of marijuana in Ohio. We will be voting on this critical measure at the upcoming November 3rd election. If approved by the voters, State Issue 3 will legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Ohio for persons who are 21 years of age or older and the use for anybody regardless of age who has a medical need. Our local leaders from education, law enforcement, city government and the courts will tell us how their areas could be impacted if marijuana is legalized. You will then be able to ask the panel questions about this issue in the following question and answer secession.

This free public meeting will be held:

Thursday, September 24th @ 7:00pm

Community Room of Southern State Community College 1270 US Highway 62 SW, Washington Court House, OH 43160


This program is being presented by the Fayette County TEA Party as part of its community education programs on political issues.






Fayette County TEA Party August Immigration/Sanctuary Cities Meeting

Sheriff Stanforth will be speaking about immigration and sanctuary cities in Ohio at Thursday night’s Fayette County Tea Party meeting.

Fayette County TEA Party August 20th Meeting

Immigration – Sanctuary Cities

People taking a recent survey, conducted by a conservative web site, that asked them to list the issues most important to them, reported immigration as the second most important issue, just behind national spending and debt. And some experts suggest that our immigration policies on our Southern border are also part of our National Security Problem. Undocumented immigrants are traveling across our borders with some seeking the protection and benefits offered by Sanctuary Cities.

Just what are Sanctuary Cities? How are Ohio and Fayette County affected by this problem? Most citizens don’t realize that Dayton and Columbus are Sanctuary Cities along with four to five other cities in Ohio. Are you concerned that such things as general safety, drug traffic, voter fraud, and other related problems are only 45 minutes from Fayette County?

Sheriff Vernon Stanforth will be at our meeting to answer questions about Fayette County and its response to possible related issues. Join us at 7:00 p.m. this Thursday at The Economic Development Center, located at the corner of S. Main & East Streets, Washington C.H. to discuss this area of concern.

The Fayette County Tea Party, which meets the 3rd Thursday of each month, is sponsoring this program. Meetings this fall will include programs on Common Core, testing, and the state school board and the legalization of marijuana in Ohio. Meetings are free, open to the public and are held at 7:00 p.m. at the Economic Development Center, 101 East Street, in a handicap accessible room.

Do hope to see you at this timely and informative program and bring a friend.

The Fayette County TEA Party Planning Committee