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

“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.

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

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.
Volunteer. Donate. Get Involved.

Summary Results Report – Franklin County Board of Elections

2023 August Special

August 8, 2023

Registered Voters – Total -> 874,980

Ballots Cast – Total -> 334,864

Voter Turnout – Total -> 38.27%

Source: https://vote.franklincountyohio.gov/BOEL-website/media/Election-Info/2023/(2)%20Special%20Election%20-%20August%208,%202023/(3)%20Election%20Results/Franklin-s-Official-Canvass-Group-Detail-Report.pdf

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has clearly made campaigning in favor of Issue 1 a central plank in his platform for his US Senate race.

FTA/ In addition to pro-Issue 1 campaign events, LaRose challenged his opponents in the Republican race for U.S. Senate next year to donate to the campaign. LaRose called for Sen. Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) and Northeast Ohio car dealer Bernie Moreno to pony up $1 million each to the fight for Issue 1. Moreno’s campaign said he’s already given six figures to the campaign and offered to match LaRose’s donations dollar-for-dollar. LaRose’s campaign responded by saying he is not as wealthy as his opponents and has put “sweat equity” into the campaign by appearing at more than 60 pro-Issue 1 events. / 

From The Article: https://woub.org/2023/08/02/libertarian-party-of-ohio-secretary-of-states-pro-issue-1-stance-violates-hatch-act/

As many have observed this is a speech issue.

And here is the thing, the Ohio and US Constitutions place restrictions on _govt_ regarding speech, not residents. 

Frank LaRose is the Ohio Secretary of State. There are issues regarding the upcoming elections where Frank’s opinion has the force of law. Whether it’s spoken to staff, written in a memo to county Boards of Election, or posted to Twitter, his statements influence the levers of power he controls.

There is not a magic hat that Frank can take off that stops him from being the Ohio Secretary of State. He raised money from donors, ran for public office, gained a majority of votes for that election and swore an oath to uphold and defend the Ohio Constitution. This should not be a surprise to Frank.

Frank is literally Mr. Govt.

In the privacy of his home, or at private events, Frank is a private resident with freedom of speech.

In public, anywhere in public, even Twitter, and not just at his desk at 180 E Broad St, Frank is the Ohio Secretary of State, a walking extension of govt and he must abide by the restrictions that we have placed on govt, and, in some cases, he helped become law.

When Frank is campaigning for himself, to get elected to another office, he can say whatever he wants about himself, or his opponents. All other issues on a ballot are off the speaking list.

We didn’t make these rules, and we often opposed them when they were created, but Frank is no hero to break this rule, no modern scofflaw or dark knight. 

He comes across as just another corrupt politician showing us in public how they really act in private.

From The Article: https://woub.org/2023/08/02/libertarian-party-of-ohio-secretary-of-states-pro-issue-1-stance-violates-hatch-act/

Libertarian Party of Ohio Files Complaint Against Secretary of State Frank LaRose for Violating The Hatch Act

Libertarian Party of Ohio

Since 2013, Ohio Libertarians Have Known All Too Well That “Two Faced Frank” Will Do Whatever It Takes to Get Ahead

– FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –

COLUMBUS, OHIO –– August 1, 2023 –– As the unprecedented, unnecessary and expensive special election approaches on August 8, the Libertarian Party of Ohio (LPO) still stands with over 200 other organizations against Issue 1. But now the LPO is taking things further by filing a complaint against one of Issue 1’s biggest proponents, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.

On Monday, the LPO filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, saying that LaRose violated the federal Hatch Act as a public official by receiving federal funds for elections, while also using his office to affect an election. LaRose first earned the LPO’s scorn by voting for SB 193 when he was a state senator in 2013, which gutted minor parties’ ballot access.

“It’s clear that LaRose’s use of federal funds for elections and his support of Issue 1 place him in direct violation of the Hatch Act,” said notable ballot access attorney Mark Brown, who filed the complaint on behalf of the LPO. “By supporting Issue 1 as Ohio’s Secretary of State, his official actions will affect the result of an Ohio election and are not protected by the First Amendment.”

“For someone who is using Issue 1 to campaign for federal office, LaRose should probably be more familiar with federal laws while administering federal funds,” said LPO Communications Director and former Libertarian candidate for governor in 2018 Travis Irvine. “Libertarians have known all too well since 2013 that ‘Two Faced Frank’ will do whatever it takes to get ahead.”

More info about the LPO can be found on their website, or follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

Learn more at: https://lpo.org

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The Franklin County Libertarian Party of Ohio Executive Committee voted to approve joining this complaint and fully support this action.