While many Northeast Ohioans celebrated the Fourth of July holiday week with picnics and parades, citizens in Mentor, Lakewood and Cleveland Heights celebrated by launching or completing citizen initiative petition campaigns declaring their independence from corporate rule and big money in politics.
On this 4th of July, we would like share with our fellow citizens the great experience we have had petitioning to put the “Move to Amend” on the Cleveland Heights ballot.
Sometimes we went door-to-door, but on several weekends we got permission from Zagara’s, our community-minded grocery store, to petition in their lobby.
This is how it went: We would politely stop people to ask if they were registered voters in Cleveland Heights. If they said yes, we would explain we were seeking their signatures to put an issue on the ballot this November.
Cleveland Heights citizens are joining others across the country in a non-partisan attempt to overturn the controversial 2010 Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. Equating money with speech, the judicial majority ruled that limits on corporate and union campaign contributions were a denial of First Amendment rights, opening the floodgates regarding election spending.
BRECKSVILLE - The city has announced that it will hold its first Democracy Day Feb. 25.
The scheduling of what will be the first of a series of five such events, held once every two years over the course of the next 10 years, is part of the city’s compliance with the Nov. 6 vote to enact a law requiring it to do so.
From Massachusetts to Oregon, Colorado to Illinois, and California to Ohio, citizens throughout the country voted overwhelmingly on Nov. 6 for their legislators to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling and declare that only human beings -- not corporations -- are entitled to constitutional rights and that money is not speech and campaign spending can be regulated.
Voters used local ballots to take a hard line against gambling in Green and gas wells in Broadview Heights. In two Cuyahoga County communities on Tuesday, they also rejected the idea that corporations are people.
Bedford Heights residents, meanwhile, got quick action on an advisory question asked of them. After the people voted 2-to-1 to take former mayor Jimmy Dimora's name off the city's community center, it was down by early Wednesday.
BRECKSVILLE - What started with an initiative petition distributed by a small group called Brecksville Citizens for Transparent Politics will now be made law as the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections reports Issue 25 has passed.
With all 11 precincts reporting at 9:03 a.m. Nov. 7, the issue passed by a narrow margin with little more than 51.52 percent of the vote by a count of 3689 for, 3471 against.
As residents of a swing state, Ohioans know all too well the effects of unlimited money in politics. President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney’s campaigns have spent a combined $128 million in TV ads in Ohio alone this election season.
Petsche, co-leader of Citizens for Transparent Politics in Brecksville, participated in a panel discussion on local ballot issues -- most of which focused on their Move to Amend citizens initiative ballot measure.