Ohio Corruption in One Photo

PHOTO: Hamilton County prosecutor Paula Adams makes oral arguments to the Ohio Supreme Court, including recent co-counsel Justice Joseph Deter.

In the above photo former county prosecutor Joe Deter, now Ohio Supreme Court Justice, listens to his former co-counsel, Paula Adams, make arguments in a case they had tried together 2 years earlier in Hamilton County.
This is a blatant violation of the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct.
This is corruption.
This is a rigged system.
The judge was the prosecutor, knows intimately the details of the prosecution and is entirely biased. No matter how Deter might rule his presence alone demands a mistrial.
Deter should recuse or be impeached for breach of ethics and conduct unbecoming a judicial member.

But we all know Mike DeWine will protect his corruption buddy and the spineless Ohio Democrats pine for that sweet, sweet corruption power someday. 🤬

h/t David Pepper, see tweet below and thread. 🧵

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UPDATE: Yesterday, I wrote about the blatant conflict of interest at the Ohio Supreme Court. It went viral.

Well, today that conflict played out.

And one simple photo captures it all.

It’s this one:

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Tweet 🧵: https://x.com/DavidPepper/status/1755259271388836245?s=20

Tweet 🧵: https://x.com/DavidPepper/status/1755259271388836245?s=20

Candidate Quick Start Training

Franklin County needs energetic people to run for office! Libertarian elected officials get to make policy that reduces the scope of government and increases personal liberty.

Join Franklin County Libertarians for a “Candidate Quick Start Training”.

We have scheduled 2 candidate training sessions at the Whitehall branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.
4445 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43213

Both sessions will cover the same “Candidate Quick Start Training”.

Candidate Training – FCLPO
Franklin County Libertarians
Tuesday, February 06, 2024: 6:00PM – 8:30PM
Whitehall – Meeting Room 1

Candidate Training – FCLPO
Franklin County Libertarians
Thursday, February 15, 2024: 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Whitehall – Meeting Room 2

Candidate Training Agenda

Opening and guest introductions

Candidate introductions
• Name and office you want to run for
• Why do you want to run for this office?
• How do you see Libertarian philosophy being applied to your office?

Presentation: “Getting Started”

• What’s involved in being a candidate
• Legal steps to get on the ballot detailed
• Why legislative and statewide campaigns should be seen as two-year effort
• Translating Libertarian principles into policy

Questions and answers

• What do you most need to know to get off to a good start?

Close

Handouts
• Candidate Quick Start
• Elections Calendar
• Libertarian National Platform (condensed)
• Resources for Libertarian Candidates


Columbus Metropolitan Library: Whitehall Branch
4445 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43213

How much can you campaign and win? Even just filing and having a simple website can win an election!

The county party is in a position to support candidates county wide to collect signatures for ballot access, fundraise, coordinate community events and run campaigns. Even just a “basic” campaign that involves filing paperwork, simple website, answering surveys and directing volunteers to help other more engaged candidates would be worthwhile and provide those communities with choice on the ballot.

 

You can run a basic, engaged or all out campaign.We already have several candidates across Franklin County that are gearing up “all out” campaigns and we know the more people running with the same message the more attention we can get everyone.The following elected roles will be UNOPPOSED going into the November General Election! (without an independent opponent they have already won that election)Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas 
Franklin County Coroner 
Franklin County Recorder 
Franklin County Sheriff 
Franklin County Treasurer 
State Representative Ohio House District 01 
State Representative Ohio House District 03 
State Representative Ohio House District 07 


Review requirements for each role in the Ohio Secretary of State Candidate Requirement Guide.

The filing date for Independent candidates is March 18, 2024.



THREE district races for Ohio Assembly are UNOPPOSED for the general election in November 2024.
Get started today!
Get connected with FCLPO and get started!

Run for Local Office! Get started today!

Taxation Is A Curse On Civilization

No matter the number of residents who collude in public ceremony, there is no distinction between taking by tax and taking by theft.

What difference is there between stealing from your paycheck and commanding physical labor?
Just because you sit comfortably in an office or stand in a shop those hours stolen from your wages are time you cannot get back, or bargain for again.

If a local city commanded its residents to work for free in efforts of maintenance, such as road or park upkeep, the fury and protest would be resounding.

If the city demanded that residents came to city hall a few hours a month to clean and file, mop or just answer the phone, the outrage would be deafening.

Instead, we are commanded to turn over a portion of our income, hundreds of hours worked, combining to many billions of dollars, most before even seeing it, and instead of righteous indignation and defiance, we squabble over what luxury the city should subsidize and what inefficient services the city should offer without recourse, and how we should pay the people we empower to punish us for petty or imagined offenses.

Elections do not bestow the power of aristocracy on the elected, do not give them special knowledge or enhanced intelligence, nor does the will of 51 percent of election participants magically grant them power that they do not have individually.

Taxation is a curse on civilization, a remnant of primitive authority left over from a barbarous time when men and women were ruled under constant threat of violence.
Taxation is a curse that must be lifted.

When we consider ourselves so modern, so mature, governing ourselves with democracy, representatives, councils, commissioners and officials, consider, just consider, for a moment, what roots of our traditions still strangle our progress and if we can ever be truly free while we are still taxed.

We are Americans. We are Ohioans. Risk is our business. Freedom is our heritage.
If you are more afraid of how we might pay for roads then the damage done when stealing from your neighbor, I ask you, where is your compassion.

If something is worth doing, we will find a way to do it, if someone needs help, we will find a way to help them. We are more powerful together, committed with compassion than ever when compelled.
You cannot compel compliance and expect people to prosper. You cannot steal from your neighbor and not ferment resentment.

If you look around and feel that everyone is angry with everyone else all the time, think, just think, what injustice have you participated in, what we’re told by authority to just accept and pay no mind, what resentment is building and bubbling up?

We throw down the challenge of a new American Century, to embrace the next transformation for a free people, accept that our traditions of taxation are hindering our growth as a society, and throw off the shackles of authority thinking.

Taxation is theft.
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Franklin County Libertarian Executive Committee Endorses House Bill 73, Enact Dave and Angie Patient and Health Provider Protection Act

Proposed law will ensure medical freedom and discourage interference in the doctor-patient relationship.

*** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***

Columbus, OH: The Franklin County Libertarian Party, a county affiliate of the Libertarian Party of Ohio, announced that the Executive Committee has endorsed House Bill 73, “Enact Dave and Angie Patient and Health Provider Protection Act” sponsored by Representative Jennifer Gross and Representative Mike Loychik.

While it is concerning that such a law would even be needed, the clear interference from federal and state authorities, illegal pressure placed on pharmacists and social stigma invented around safe and effective medicines has found such urgency.

As passed by the Ohio Assembly the new law would place appropriate restrictions on the reach and influence of state government authorities and protect health providers ability to prescribe on/off label medication and protects their free medical speech without fear of retribution. Further, provide protection for pharmacy/pharmacists’ ability to fill a prescription without fear of retribution and a patient’s right to access treatment.

Additionally, the new law would protect a patient from being withheld nutrition or their prescribed daily medications while hospitalized because they decline to consent to a protocol treatment.

While this state law is very similar to federal statute already in place, our shared experience through the past several years, abuses from health authorities and clear violations of civil liberties without consequence, reinforcement of these basic protections seem prudent.

House Bill 73 has been passed by the Ohio House of Representatives and is waiting to be addressed by the Ohio Senate.

We strongly encourage our state senators to pick up this urgent legislation and move forward to provide all Ohioans the certainty they deserve in the chain of trust from their physician to their pharmacist and home to be well.

About Franklin County Libertarians: The Franklin County Libertarian Party of Ohio is a county political party and affiliate of the Libertarian Party of Ohio. FCLPO has monthly business meetings of the Executive Committee every third Tuesday at 7pm, at the LPO Office, 6230 Busch Blvd, Suite 102, Columbus. Monthly socials are also hosted at various restaurants and venues across and around Franklin County on dates that are announced through the website, fclpo.org, monthly newsletter and Facebook page.

“Here Am I; Send Me!”

Election season is on us again and we have a problem: unopposed seats.

By last count, at least 12 seats were running unopposed.

Those being:

Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas
Franklin County Coroner
Franklin County Recorder
Franklin County Sheriff
Franklin County Treasurer
State Representative Ohio House District 01
State Representative Ohio House District 02
State Representative Ohio House District 03
State Representative Ohio House District 05
State Representative Ohio House District 07
State Representative Ohio House District 08
State Representative Ohio House District 09

This in intolerable.  This is not democracy.  Surely, we can do better.

During last year’s election, I was appalled at the number of unopposed seats on the ballot.  I would love to see fewer.

Letting seats run unopposed is giving up.  It’s saying we no longer care who makes the decisions that affect our lives.

Surely, there must be some among those reading this who are willing and able to run for public office and at least give the voters a choice.

Well, I am.

I just so happens that I live in District 8, and I don’t like unopposed races either so I’m tossing my hat into the ring.  I’m entering the race for State House Representative for District 8.

Do you live in any of the other Districts?  Will you consider running?

If you are interested, See the Run for Office section at the end of this newsletter.

Hope to see you on the ballot.

Ken Holpp, Secretary, Franklin County Libertarian Party and District 8 Ohio Statehouse Representative candidate.

How much can you campaign and win? Even just filing and having a simple website can win an election!

The county party is in a position to support candidates county wide to collect signatures for ballot access, fundraise, coordinate community events and run campaigns. Even just a “basic” campaign that involves filing paperwork, simple website, answering surveys and directing volunteers to help other more engaged candidates would be worthwhile and provide those communities with choice on the ballot. 

You can run a basic, engaged or all out campaign.

We already have several candidates across Franklin County that are gearing up “all out” campaigns and we know the more people running with the same message the more attention we can get everyone.

The following elected roles will be UNOPPOSED going into the November General Election! (without an independent opponent they have already won that election)

Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas 
Franklin County Coroner 
Franklin County Recorder 
Franklin County Sheriff 
Franklin County Treasurer 
State Representative Ohio House District 01 
State Representative Ohio House District 02 
State Representative Ohio House District 03 
State Representative Ohio House District 05 
State Representative Ohio House District 07 
State Representative Ohio House District 08 
State Representative Ohio House District 09 

Review requirements for each role in the Ohio Secretary of State Candidate Requirement Guide.

The filing date for Independent candidates is March 18, 2024.

SEVEN district races for Ohio Assembly are UNOPPOSED for the general election in November 2024.

Get started today!

Franklin County needs energetic people to run for office! Libertarian elected officials get to make policy that reduces the scope of government and increases personal liberty.

Please complete this form, and our Political Director will be in contact with you.

Contact Information *
Required
Name: *
Phone:
Email: *
What office do you want to run for? (required) : *
 
 


Run for State and County Office!

The following elected roles will be UNOPPOSED going into the March Primary AND the November General Election! (without an independent opponent they have already won that election)

Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas 

Franklin County Coroner 

Franklin County Recorder 

Franklin County Sheriff 

Franklin County Treasurer 

State Representative Ohio House District 02 

State Representative Ohio House District 07 

State Representative Ohio House District 08

State Representative Ohio House District 09

The filing date for Independent candidates in March 18, 2024.

Franklin County Libertarians will support candidates in collecting signatures and raising money.

Get started today!

Franklin County needs energetic people to run for office! Libertarian elected officials get to make policy that reduces the scope of government and increases personal liberty.

Please complete this form, and our Political Director will be in contact with you.

Contact Information *
Required
Name: *
Phone:
Email: *
What office do you want to run for? (required) : *
 
 


Thinking about running for public office?

Franklin County Libertarians wishing to run in “partisan” races will need to file as Independent.
The county party pledges assistance and resources to qualify.

Partisan candidates with ballot access (not Libertarians, booo) are required to file by Wed, Dec 20th.
Independent candidates have until Mon, Mar 18th, 2024.

The petition signature requirements for party candidates are different for each race, but substantially lower than the requirements for independent candidates.

Example: State Representative for District 6
Partisan candidate signatures required: 50 (max 150)
Independent candidate signatures required:
273 (max 819)

Now, you might be wondering “Just how hard is it to collect 50 signatures?”

Short answer: hard

Long answer: Not just 50 signatures, 50 validated signatures.

The person signing the petition must be a registered voter in the district or area of your election. Not registered, not counted.

The person signing the petition must have voted in any election in the last 2 years. Not voted, not counted. (This is squishy.)

The signature on the petition must match the signature the county board of election has on record. No match, not counted.

On average experienced circulators can collect 50 to 100 signatures a day, with validity averaging 1 in 4.
It also depends on location and time of day. Going door-to-door produces better signatures and higher validatity. Standing in front of grocery stores or bustling shopping areas produces lower validity.
Thus means you can’t just get the bare minimum 50, you must collect more, and experience recommends 2x more.

Even longtime incumbent candidates collect plenty more than the minimum, and potential candidates are disqualified all the time for missing the minimum by as few as 1 signature. 

In 2018 the Libertarian Party of Ohio submitted 102k signatures to qualify for minor party status.
Roughly 64k were deemed “valid” by county boards of election.

Get that ball rolling now, the sooner we connect, the better our chances of getting you elected!

Run for local or state office: https://www.fclpo.org/run-for-local-office/

Source: https://vote.franklincountyohio.gov/BOEL-website/media/Election-Info/2024/(1)%20Primary%20Election%20-%20March%2019,%202024/(1)%20Notices%20of%20Election/2024-Election-Schedule-8.pdf

Choosing Our Lords And Masters

“Many forms of government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, is has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”   
Winston Churchill

Democracy has been called many things: 
“The rule of the ignorant” 
“The tyranny of the majority”
“Two wolves and a lamb voting on what’s for supper”

While it is all that, unless something drastic happens, it’s the system we have to work with, and I’m not sure I’d have it any other way. 

It’s messy and open to all kinds of corruption, but it is participatory…for those who choose to participate.

Or are allowed to participate.

I would love to recommend a slate of Libertarian candidates for office this election cycle, but Ohio no longer recognizes us as a political party, nor the Greens, nor the Constitutions, nor anyone else that’s not a Republican or Democrat.

But that’s not going to change on its own.

Perhaps the worst thing about democracy is that it takes work, and people who are willing to work – especially to break the two-party system. Let’s get the word out about the Two Party Lie and do our work to ensure that there are more than two candidates available for the races. And then vote for them.

And running for office would also be helpful.  In my own district, with the exception of City Council and the Board of Education, all other candidates are unopposed. 

There is no excuse for that.

We need to get more involved to make the changes we want and not just sit back and let other people make those decisions for us. 

Ken HolppSecretary, Franklin County Libertarian Party