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Chagrin Falls final votes support that corporations are not people

November 5, 2014

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – Chagrin Falls must ask the U.S. Congress to reverse a 2010 Supreme Court decision that allows corporations unlimited spending in political campaigns, after voters approved Issue 34 with two-thirds of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Greg Coleridge, the coordinator for Ohio's Move to Amend efforts, said he isn't surprised voters approved the issue saying corporations are not people.

Chagrin Falls to vote on whether corporations are people

October 6, 2014

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – Chagrin Falls voters will decide in November whether to ask U.S. Congress to reverse a 2010 Supreme Court decision allowing corporations unlimited spending in political campaigns.

Becky Thomas, a resident in Chagrin Falls, organized the petition that put Issue 34 on the November ballot. If the issue is approved, council will hold public meetings every other year where residents can testify on the impact of political money. Officials would also send a letter to Congress detailing village residents' desire for an amendment.

Liberals too nice for own good

October 1, 2014

The wonderful thing about liberals is they live in an ivory-tower world where all things
are possible, as long as they remain diligent and polite in their pursuit of truth, justice
and the American way.

But being polite becomes a problem, because it usually forces them to back off of
arguments for fear it might hurt the other person's feelings.
Example: Seven ladies out to dinner are discussing their passion for knitting when the
conversation turns to politics. Liberal views are batted around like a shuttlecock on a
Sunday afternoon.

Restore rights to real people

October 1, 2014

Thanks to fellow citizens who have exercised their First Amendment right "to petition the
government for a redress of grievances," the voters of Chagrin Falls and Gates Mills at
least will get to exercise their First Amendment right to freedom of expression on
Election Day. And that's exactly what they ought to do -- loud and clear.

Lakewood City Council passes resolution declaring corporations are not people

July 22, 2014

LAKEWOOD, Ohio – City Council Monday night approved a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to abolish "corporate personhood."

One councilman, Shawn Juris, voted against the measure, saying he didn't think it was a solution to campaign finance spending issues.

About a half-dozen Move to Amend volunteers earlier this year submitted a petition with 538 signatures asking council approve a resolution supporting a constitutional amendment declaring "corporations are not people and money is not speech."

Marcy Kaptur, Nickie Antonio And Tom Bullock To Speak At "We The People" Day

January 22, 2014

The Lakewood Move To Amend Comittee is sponsoring "We The People" Day on Saturday, February 1, to host a community conversation about money in politics. A panel of public officials including Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, State Representative Nickie Antonio and Lakewood City Council Member Tom Bullock will guide the discussion. Following prepared remarks from panel members, community members will be encouraged to offer observations and ask questions about the influence of large political contributions from nonhuman entities as wealthy donors to candidates for public office.

"Democracy shutdown" is worse than government shutdown: Letter to the Editor

October 18, 2013

As wasteful, painful and embarrassing as the government shutdown has been, it pales in comparison to the democracy shutdown - that is, the immobility and stagnation of government to represent the public interest. The disconnect between what the public wants and what laws and rules we have widened over the decades
 as corporations have acquired never-intended constitutional rights and money has been defined constitutionally as "speech" - thus, in both cases, beyond the reach of
 meaningful public regulation and definition.

Cuyahoga County Council missed a chance to curb spending on countywide campaigns

August 29, 2013

The following is a guest column by Greg Coleridge, director of the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee who also served on the Cuyahoga County Transition Advisory Committee on Campaign Finance Reform. He writes in favor of amending the Cuyahoga County charter to impose limits on donations to candidates seeking countywide office.

Cleveland Heights voters to decide whether corporations are people

August 7, 2013

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Voters will decide in November on a citizen initiative seeking a Constitutional amendment to reverse a 2010 Supreme Court decision allowing corporations unlimited spending in political campaigns.

Similar measures were approved in 2012 in Brecksville and Newburgh Heights, while Lakewood City Council is expected to enact a similar resolution in September.