Dave Kern, former executive chairman of the Butler County GOP. / Enquirer file photo
Sheila McLaughlin reports:
Closing its headquarters at Bridgewater Falls Shopping Center in August has caught up with the Butler County GOP.
Bridgewater Falls Station LLC sued the political party for $39,704.31 Dec. 18 in Butler County Common Pleas Court, saying the local GOP broke its lease.
Dave Kern, who resigned as executive chairman of the GOP a day before the suit was filed, has said he moved the office to a member’s trucking company to save money. The five-year lease at Bridgewater was signed in 2009, before Kern was appointed to lead the party in 2010.
Some party members lately had accused Kern, a tea party activist and longtime Liberty Township trustee, of keeping the GOP’s failing finances secret.
Kern has denied the allegations and said he quit because he was sick of party infighting.
Damages sought in the Bridgewater lawsuit include $10,898.48 in rent through December, as well as $28,805.83 in interest, attorney fees and rent through 2014.
Dave Kern has resigned as executive chairman of the Butler County GOP. / Enquirer file photo
Sheila McLaughlin reports:
Dave Kern resigned Tuesday as executive chairman of the Butler County Republican Party, citing frustration with infighting.
“Unfortunately there is and always is within any party infighting and bickering and I’ve had enough of it,” Kern told The Enquirer.
Party members have criticized Kern, accusing him of keeping the party’s failing finances secret. Party Treasurer Nancy Nix aimed to resign in August, saying the party was coming so close to being unable to meet its bills and that she couldn’t ethically be part of that as the county treasurer and a certified public accountant.
But she stayed on until the party could find a replacement. That hasn’t happened yet.
Kern moved the GOP’s headquarters out of Bridgewater Falls Shopping Center in Fairfield Township to streamline the organization.
Kern said his term began with a “fiscally challenged and over-committed party” and that he “tried to guide the party into living within its means.”
Tea Party groups, including those from Cincinnati and West Chester Township, will question House Speaker John Boehner‘s primary challengers at a forum and straw poll 7 p.m. Thursday at Crestview Baptist Church, 6600 Salem Ave., Clayton, Ohio.
Candidates include Republicans Matthew Trisler, Don Carter, Eric Gurr and J.D. Winteregg. Boehner declined an invitation, according to organizers. Democrat Tom Poetter did not respond to an invitation, they said.
Candidates will be questioned on policy and political issues. Questions will focus on tea party principles of fiscal responsibility, limited Constitutional government and the free market.
WASHINGTON—After a closed-door meeting with his GOP troops, House Speaker John Boehner’s efforts to counter an emerging Senate plan to reopen the government and avert a debt crisis had collapsed.
The West Chester Republican is once again in familiar territory—with hard-line conservatives lukewarm about his new proposal and Senate Democrats unabashedly opposed.
Before Boehner even had a chance to outline the proposal in public, it disintegrated because GOP leaders realized they couldn’t win enough GOP votes for it to pass the House.
Here’s what Boehner said instead at a news conference Tuesday morning: “There are a lot of opinions about what direction to go. There have been no decisions about what exactly we will do.”
The government shutdown, now in its 15th day, began when House Republicans refused to advance a stopgap funding bill unless it included provisions to delay or defund the Affordable Care Act. That fight has now spilled into a parallel battle over raising the debt ceiling. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has said the U.S. will stop being able to meet all of its financial obligations on time by Oct. 17 if Congress does not increase the nation’s borrowing authority.
On Monday night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, crafted a tentative deal to fund federal agencies through Jan.15 and raise the debt limit through Feb. 7.
With less than 14 hours until a federal government shutdown, all eyes are back on House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester.
The Senate is expected Monday afternoon to kill two amendments–one that delays Obamacare and a second that repeals a medical device tax–which House GOP leaders added to a government funding bill over the weekend.
Then Boehner will have to decide whether to pass the Senate bill–a move that would require him to seek Democratic votes and would infuriate hard-line conservatives in his conference–or push another GOP proposal that funds the government only on the condition of undermining the health care reform law.
“With the government set to shut down at midnight tonight, there is only one relevant question in political Washington: How far will House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) go?” noted “The Fix,” the Washington Post’s blog this morning.
But as the Enquirer reported over the weekend in this story, Boehner has already signaled that he’ll side with tea party conservatives, even though that’s not the path he wanted to take. That would ensure a government shutdown, which this new poll suggests could end up hurting Republicans.
Here’s one of the more interesting columns we’ve seen so far this morning on Boehner’s predicament and his options, in which the Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus argues that Boehner “has more power than he seems to believe.”
While the IRS is still under investigation for allegedly targeting political groups unfairly, those who were affected believe without a doubt its intentions were to target conservative groups.
Four witnesses stood before the Ohio House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee — comprised of eight Republicans and five Democrats — Thursday at the University of Cincinnati to explain their strong conviction and elaborate on how they were affected.
Timothy Savaglio, board member of the Liberty Township TEA Party, said dealing with the IRS’s demands following his request for his organization to be recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit became a “full-time job.”
“I served 23 years in the United States Air Force voluntarily giving up personal freedoms only to find my government placed barriers and obstruction when I exercised those liberties as an ordinary citizen,” Savaglio said.
He applied for the tax exempt status in May 2010, and his request still hasn’t been approved or denied by the IRS. (more…)
While conservatives protested the IRS at the nation’s Capital last week, back in West Chester, Ohio, local tea party members held signs and waved at passing motorists outside House Speaker John Boehner’s local office – wanting their congressman to step up.
James Pilcher reports:
The Liberty Township Tea Party became the latest conservative group to join a class action lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service stemming from the agency’s improper targeting of conservative groups during their application process for nonprofit status.
The Liberty Township organization is joining 40 others in a suit that has been filed by the American Center for Law and Justice, a Washington-based conservative legal advocacy/issues group.
The Liberty County Tea Party filed for nonprofit status in March 2009 and has yet to receive word whether its application has been approved or denied, group president Tim Savaglio said in a statement. The organization has received lists of 35 questions and more, and was one of the few of those targeted that received questions about specific individuals – in this case local conservative activist Justin Binik-Thomas, who helped create the Cincinnati Tea Party.
The IRS has acknowledged that its downtown Cincinnati-based tax exempt determinations office improperly targeted and questioned conservative groups, and Monday, the interim IRS director said that other progressive and issues groups may have also been targeted improperly.
While conservatives protested the IRS at the nation’s Capital Wednesday, back in West Chester, Ohio, local tea party members held signs and waved at passing motorists outside House Speaker John Boehner’s local office – wanting their congressman to step up.
Local Tea Party protests IRS – Members of The Cincinnati Tea Party, as well as members from the Liberty Township and West Chester tea parties, held signs and waved at passing motorists outside House Speaker John Boehner’s West Chester office last Wednesday afternoon. The group was protesting the IRS and its alleged targeting of conservative groups.
Man to turn in guilty plea in fatal loose tire crash – Paul Lallier signed and submitted a written guilty plea to misdemeanor counts of vehicular homicide and and obstructing official business in the March 28, 2011, death of Dylan Morrison, 22, of West Chester, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced last week. Lallier was driving a truck when a tire came loose and flew onto the other side of the highway, crashing into Morrison’s windshield.
But. Co. helping with Colo. fire – Eight firefighters from Butler County are doing their part to help combat the devastating Black Forest fire in Colorado – and, at the same time, they’re learning tactics that could be put to use for any major disaster that could strike here, Monroe Fire Chief John Centers told The Enquirer last Monday. The Butler team hailed from the cities of Monroe, Middletown and Oxford, along with Ross, West Chester, Liberty and Fairfield townships.
Evan Cook with his mother Kathy Cook, Evan just graduated from the Lakota Plans Junior School in Liberty twp. over the last year Lakota has seen it’s enrollment drop. Photo taken by Tony Jones.
Shrinking enrollment causes problems – Michael D. Clark reported last week that while the school year might be finished but there is no end in sight for shrinking enrollments at some once-booming, suburban school systems. The trend adds to the nervousness of Southwest Ohio school officials and school parents who await the state budget’s unveiling later this month. Smaller enrollment often means less school funding in Ohio’s biennium budgets. And fewer state dollars mean districts often ask voters to pay higher school taxes.
Coney Island 1965 opens – EnterTRAINment Junction officially opened its replica of Coney Island as it was in 1965 on Friday. Overall, the project cost more than $150,000 to build and includes a 40-foot long roller coaster called the Shooting Star. The original Shooting Star was built in 1948. EnterTRAINment Junction is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
AK Steel expects loss in 2Q – West Chester Township-based AK Steel warned investors last week that it expects a net loss of between $0.33 and $0.38 per diluted share of common stock for the second quarter of 2013. The company also expects its average selling price per ton for the second quarter of 2013 to decrease by approximately 1 percent from its price for the first quarter of 2013, falling from $1,063 to $1,055 per ton.
SentriLock opens global HQ – Electronic lockbox systems provider SentriLock opened its new West Chester headquarters on Friday. The National Association of Realtors-owned SentriLock sought the move from Sharonville to a new 40,000-square-foot facility at 7701 Service Center Drive to house its 100 employees. The company said it sought the move as a result of its expanding operations.
Butler County’s local drive-in taking the digital plunge – Time is running out. People in the drive-in industry expect film distributors to stop producing 35mm prints of new films this year. Todd Chancey took the plunge. He and his business partner invested in digital projection equipment and began showing digital films this month at Holiday Auto Theatre. Debi Brooks did the same thing at her Starlite Drive-in in Amelia (Clermont County) in March.
Members of The Cincinnati Tea Party, as well as members from the Liberty Township and West Chester tea parties, held signs and waved at passing motorists outside House Speaker John Boehner’s West Chester office Wednesday afternoon. The group was protesting the IRS and its alleged targeting of conservative groups.
Meanwhile, on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capital, Republican lawmakers, media personalities and Tea Party members also protested in the Tea Party Patriots’ organized “Audit the IRS” rally Wednesday afternoon.
“We are standing in solidarity with the Tea Party Patriots, they are out in Washington D.C. doing a big rally on the Capital lawn trying to encourage Congress to abolish the IRS and hold the IRS accountable for their actions against Tea Party and Liberty groups throughout the country,” said Ann Becker of West Chester, who is president of both the West Chester and Cincinnati tea parties.
Among those in attendance at the Washington rally included Rand Paul, Michele Bachmann and Glenn Beck, among others, according to the Washington Times.
Becker, who also hand delivered roughly 50 letters to Boehner’s office from concerned residents of Ohio’s Eighth District, was joined at the local rally by Butler County Republican Party chairman David Kern.
“The American public, all of us both left and right, should not tolerate the abuses that the IRS has submitted,” Kern said. “It is so grossly unfair and illegal.
“If they do it to us, they will do it to anybody.”
While conservatives protested the IRS at the nation’s Capital Wednesday, back in West Chester, Ohio, local tea party members held signs and waved at passing motorists outside House Speaker John Boehner’s local office – wanting their Congressman to step up. Photo taken by Adam Kiefaber.
Justin Binik-Thomas, a former Cincinnati Tea Party spokesman and owner of Conservative Media Group, Deer Park, Ohio, talks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, May 17, 2013, during a break in the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the extra scrutiny the Internal Revenue Service gave Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. During the hearing, Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, asked witness, ousted IRS chief Steven Miller why the IRS wanted to know about Binik-Thomas when the Liberty Township Tea Party in Ohio applied for tax-exempt status. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Deirdre Shesgreen reports:
Organized by the Tea Party Patriots, the “Audit the IRS rally” comes amid the unfolding scandal over the tax agency’s targeting of conservative groups.
Justin Binik-Thomas, a founding member of the Cincinnati Tea Party, and George Brunemann, leader of the SouthWest Cincinnati Tea Party, are listed as speakers for the event.
According to a news release, GOP Sens. Mike Lee, of Utah, and Rand Paul, of Kentucky, will be there, along with GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, to talk about “actions being taken to protect citizens from being attacked by their own government.”
Meanwhile, back in West Chester, The Cincinnati Tea Party will have a sign wave from noon to 1 p.m. at John Boehner’s West Chester office, 7969 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, according to Today’s Pulse.