One more Iott town hall meeting scheduled

Rich Iott, U.S. representative candidate for Ohio’s 9th Congressional District had already announced a schedule of town hall meetings (shown here), including one tonight (8/19) in Sandusky at 6:30 pm at the Erie County Senior Center, 620 E. Water Street.

Added to the schedule on August 30, at 7 pm, in Holland, OH, is a town hall meeting to be held in the Holland Branch Library, 1032 South McCord Road.

Kipton, Port Clinton, and Oak Harbor are the other communities Iott will be visiting between tonight and September 2nd.

Ohio’s 9th Congressional District includes nearly all of Lucas County, all of Ottawa County, all of Erie County, and southern Lorain County.

What I’ve been up to during the blog’s hiatus

As one can tell at a glance, some time has elapsed between the prior post and this one.  I hope I can ramp up the political coverage and commentary here in the next few weeks.  The problem, of course, that arises when a blog is on hiatus for long periods of time is that readership dissipates, and I end up writing to myself.  In a way, that’s OK, as this blog is mostly an outlet for my expression, and no one needs to read it for the blog to perform that function.  Nevertheless, I can tell that the vast number of visitors to the site have come purposely to try to add spam to the comments sections of my posts.  The spam filter has performed admirably in preventing ads for link farms, online casinos, and bogus pharmaceutical suppliers from appearing on this site.

But I wouldn’t mind having my readers return.

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15th Annual Hispanic Leadership Conference

Hosted by the Coalition for Hispanic/Latino Issues and Progress (CHIP), one of the County’s oldest Hispanic advocacy organizations the conference invites expert speakers and professionals to inform attendees on the major issues affecting Latinos and the at-large community throughout the United States and beyond. It serves as a forum where civic leaders, educators, students, social workers, non-profit organizations, Union and corporate representatives, Hispanic-Latino advocacy groups and concerned citizens, can exchange views, network, and review information provided by national, state, and local presenters, enabling us all to better address the major issues facing the Hispanic-Latino and greater community. Additionally, we promise all an atmosphere of friendship, rejuvenation, and inspiration through out the Friday Speaker /Media/Sponsor reception, Saturday conference and Saturday Evening Formal Gala.

Editor’s note:  The date of the event is May 1st.  Please act quickly if you wish to register (by Friday of this week).  I received a registration form by email, but don’t have the tools to post it here. $70 for all the activities of the conference, $35 for just the Gala (fiesta!), or $35 for just the daytime speeches and workshop presentations.  For registration, you may contact Michael or Dina Ferrer by email ( or by phone (440-989-1178).  I have attended some of these conferences in the past, whenever my calendar permits.  I highly recommend it.  For those of Hispanic-Latino heritage, this is tailored to you.  For those not of Hispanic-Latino heritage, like myself, this is fun, highly informative, and an is excellent chance to mingle & network.  From my own experience, I would estimate that 98% to 99% of what is spoken by the presenters is in English, so there is no reason for anxiety if you don’t know the Spanish language.  There’s nothing else like this in all of Ohio! More information continued below:

15th Annual Hispanic Leadership Conference

Scheduled for May 1, 2010

The 15th Annual Hispanic Leadership Conference hosted by the Coalition for Hispanic Issues & Progress (CHIP) will be held at Lorain County Community College’s Spitzer Conference Center and Stocker Theater on May 1, 2010 from 8:00am-4:00pm followed by the Saturday Evening Formal Gala, a celebration of culture, entertainment, fellowship and dancing from 6:00pm to midnight at the Lorain Party Center. Tickets are $70 for Conference and Gala, $35 each for the conference or Gala Only tickets, and $15 for dance only tickets after 9:00pm on Saturday. College students are ½ priced and limited scholarships are available for high school students. Conference and Gala tickets include a continental breakfast, lunch and dinner. Read the rest of this entry »

Press release: On the passing of Moyer, by Batchelder

Editor’s note:  Thomas J. Moyer was the sitting Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, who originally hailed from Sandusky.  William Batchelder is the Minority Leader in the Ohio House of Representatives, and represents the 69th District.  This press release was issued yesterday.

Batchelder Statement on the Passing of

Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer

COLUMBUS— House Republican Leader William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) today released the following statement on the passing of Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer.

“Chief Justice Thomas Moyer was a very fine public servant.  He was an excellent chief justice and his death is a loss to the people of the state of Ohio, whom he served so well.  Furthermore a loss to the system of justice upon which he made many important improvements. He will be sorely missed.”

Crunch time for candidate petitions

I just want to remind potential candidates that time is running out to get signatures gathered before the petition deadline.

February 18th is the cutoff.  That’s a little over a week away.

I’m certainly hoping that we won’t have uncontested races this year.  Voters need choices on the ballot in order to effectively check and balance government.

I’ve mentioned the mechanics of gathering signatures in past blog articles here and here.  For more campaign tips, let me plug the Killer Campaigning website one more time.

For an official resource, please make use of the Ohio Secretary of State webpage.

County Lincoln Day Dinners starting to appear on the calendar

The Republican Party, at the county level, being closer to the grassroots, is not always as dysfunctional, out-of-touch, and misguided as the GOP at the state level.  Many county parties host annual fundraisers often known as Lincoln Day Dinners (not always, though–for example, Ashtabula County will have a Lincoln Day Breakfast, and Marion County will have a Harding Day Dinner) where attendees enjoy a catered meal, meet Republican candidates (especially helpful during primary season if there are contested nomination races) and elected officials, and listen to featured speakers.

If you consider yourself a Republican but haven’t ever attended a Republican function or event but figure it’s about time you started getting yourself involved before the GOP self-destructs without your input, a county-level Lincoln Day Dinner might be an excellent venue to make acquaintances that can propel you into a greater level of involvement.  If you do manage to become more involved in the GOP, perhaps you can have a positive impact on the party’s future.

ORP has a directory of county parties throughout Ohio.  Some counties haven’t announced Lincoln Day Dinner plans yet on the web, but the calendar is starting to take shape.  Some counties will band together to have a multi-county Lincoln Day Dinner.  I’ve copied and pasted the ones I can pinpoint so far, but I must urge caution that times and places for these events are subject to change (I’ve known them to change with relatively short notice), so it’s best if you use this information and take the next step of actually contacting somebody (using the directory) in the county organization to verify all the details of the event when reserving a seat (yes, please reserve in advance) and obtain a promise to notify you promptly should any of the details change.

Clermont County Lincoln Day Dinner
Friday, February 5, 2010
Holiday Inn Eastgate
Social 6:00 PM
Dinner 7:00 PM

Columbiana County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Salem Elks Lodge
824 East State Street
Salem, Ohio
5:00pm Early Bird Reception
6:30pm Dinner
Guest Speaker Rob Portman
To RSVP or for more information please contact Tara Canestraro at (330) 223-1511

Clinton County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
Monday, February 8, 2010
Clinton County Fairgrounds Expo Center
958 W. Main St
Wilmington, Ohio
Guest Speaker Ohio Auditor Mary Taylor
To RSVP or for more information please contact the Clinton County Republican Party

Hancock County Lincoln Day Dinner
Monday, February 8, 2010
Lincoln Day Dinner at Riverbend Lodge.
Speakers will be the two candidates for Ohio Attorney General, Mike DeWine and Dave Yost.

Holmes County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
February 8, 2010
6:00 PM
Carlisle Village Inn
4949 Walnut St, Walnut Creek, OH

Licking County Republican Party’s Annual Lincoln Day Dinner
Friday, February 12, 2010
Location: Longaberger Golf Course
Event Chair Beth Yocum—details to follow

Lake County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
Thursday February 18, 2010
Croatian Party Lodge Center
34900 Lake Shore Blvd
Eastlake, OH (Just west of Route 91)
Keynote speaker will be Rob Portman
VIP – $150 (includes private reception beginning at 5:30 PM)
Patron – $75 (including general reception and dinner at 6:00 PM)
Dinner Only – $40 (beginning at 7:00 PM)
For information or to RSVP call 440-357-1200 or visit
Reservations needed by February 12

Seneca, Ottawa and Wyandot Counties Joint Lincoln Day Dinner
February 18, 2010
Crystal Arbors, 2270 W. Hayes Ave., Fremont, OH
Social Time – 6:00 PM
Program – 6:30 PM
Cost is $35 per person
Guest Speaker will be John Kasich

Wayne County Lincoln Day Dinner
February 18, 2010
Greenbriar Conference Center
50 Riffel Road
Wooster, OH 44691

Portage County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
February 19, 2010
Kent American Legion
1945 Mogadore Rd
Kent OH,44240?
Guest Speaker will be Rob Portman

Ashtabula County Republican Party Lincoln Day Breakfast
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Casa Capelli Restaurant
4641 Main Ave.
Ashtabula, Ohio
$25 for a reserved floor seat
$20 for a balcony seat
To RSVP or for more information please contact Bill Pikor at (440) 812-5704

Medina County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
February 20, 2010
Weymouth Country Club
3946 Weymouth Road
Medina, OH 44256
Cost is $35 per person (RSVP by 2/16)
Guest Speaker will be Rob Portman
Cash bar starts at 6:00 PM
Dinner at 7:00 PM
For more information and to RSVP please visit:
or contact Sandy Calvert

Brown County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
February 20, 2010
Guest Speaker will be John Kasich

Fayette County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
February 22, 2010
Details to Follow
Guest Speaker will be Jon Husted

Tuscarawas County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
February 24, 2010
5:30 PM Sponsor Social and
6:30 PM Dinner
Dutch Valley Restaurant
1343 Old Route 39 Northeast
Sugarcreek, OH 44681
Guest Speaker will be Dave Yost

Muskingum County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
February 25, 2010
Details and location yet to be determined

Clark County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
February 25, 2010
Details coming soon…

Hamilton County Republican Party Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner
Friday, February 26, 2010
5:30pm – 10:30pm
Paul Brown Stadium
Speaker: Rep. Michelle Bachmann
Cocktails: 5 p.m. Dinner: 7 p.m.
Parking under Paul Brown Stadium in garage for $4/car
For more information, please contact HQ at 381-5454

Coshocton County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
March 2, 2010
Ravens Glenn Winery
56183 U.S. 36
West Lafayette, OH 43845
Social 6:30 PM
Dinner 7:00 PM
Guest Speaker will be Josh Mandel

Meigs County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
March 2, 2010
6:00 PM
Meigs High School
42091 Pomeroy Pike
Pomeroy, OH 45769
Guest Speaker will be John Kasich

Madison County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
Thursday, March 4, 2010
First United Methodist Church
52 North Main Street
London, Ohio
6:00pm Social
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Program
Guest Speaker John Kasich
$25 per person
To RSVP or for more information please contact Pete Kitchen (614) 879-7044 or Steve Saltsman (740) 852-3115

Darke County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Guest Speaker Rob Portman
More details soon….

Washington County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
March 11, 2010
Social 5:30 PM
Dinner 6:30 PM
Location yet to be determined
Guest Speaker will be Dave Yost

Gallia County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
Saturday March 13, 2010
Time is 6:00 pm
Rio Grande University
Rio Grande, Ohio.
Speaker for the event is Josh Mandel

Lorain County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
March 20, 2009
DeLuca’s Place in the Park
6075 Middle Ridge Road
Lorain, Ohio 44053
Guest Speaker will be Mike DeWine

Knox County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
March 20, 2010
Dan Emmett Conference Center
160 Howard Street
Mt Vernon, OH 43050
Guest Speaker will be Auditor Mary Taylor

Geauga County Lincoln Day Dinner
March 27, 2010
Guest Speaker will be Rob Portman
Contact Chairman Ed Ryder for more information

Crawford County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
April 5, 2010
Keynote speaker will be John Kasich
Woodlawn United Methodist Church
1675 Hopley Avenue, Bucyrus
Location is subject to change
Ticket price is yet to be determined

Marion County Republican Party Harding Day Dinner
April 19, 2010
All Occasions Catering & Banquet Facility
6989 Waldo-Delaware Rd, Waldo, OH, 43356
Social Hour 5:30 PM
Dinner 6:30 PM
$25 per person/$45 per couple
Guest Speaker will be Rob Portman
RSVP to by 4/13/10
For more information please visit

Butler County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
April 23, 2010
Savannah Center
5533 Chappell Crossing Blvd
West Chester, OH 45069

Another round of town halls with state rep Terry Boose coming soon

Editor’s note:  Last fall, State Rep. Terry Boose, (R-Norwalk) of Ohio’s 58th House District, hosted a successful town hall tour.  The following press release, dated Jan. 28, announces that more town halls are on the way, starting in Norwalk on Feb. 27, 2010.

Local Legislator Terry Boose to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Norwalk

COLUMBUS— State Representative Terry Boose (R- Norwalk) announced today that he will be holding a town hall meeting in Norwalk on Saturday, February 27th, 2010.

“Over the past year I have enjoyed meeting with constituents throughout the district,” Rep. Boose said. “Some of the best ideas that I have brought down to Columbus, such as job-creating proposals in the Future of Ohio Jobs Package, have been inspired through my town hall meetings.”

The Town Hall meeting will be at Norwalk High School in the Fisher-Titus Learning Center from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The building is located at 350 Shady Lane Drive in Norwalk.

In addition, Representative Boose is planning for Town Hall meetings in Amherst, Bellevue, Vermilion, Wellington, and Willard over the next few months.  The announcement for these Town Halls will be sent out once the location is confirmed.

The 58th House district includes The City of Norwalk, Huron County, Southern and Western Lorain County, and Eastern Seneca County.