OH - Cleveland Press Coverage

Cleveland Heights Voters Will Weigh-In On Citizens United Ruling

August 7, 2013

Cleveland Heights voters will decide whether they support or oppose the controversial Citizens United Supreme Court ruling at the ballot box in November.

The Cleveland Heights City Council voted this week to send a ballot issue to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections opposing the Citizens United ruling, which loosened corporate spending restrictions on election issues.

The ballot issue was championed by the local chapter of Move To Amend, a local chapter of a national effort to repeal the Supreme Court Ruling.

"Move To Amend Lakewood" Files Petitions

July 10, 2013

A Lakewood citizens' group marked Independence Day by completion of a petition drive that seeks to eliminate the growing influence that corporations, unions and other artificial entities have on the political process. The U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 ruling in Citizens United vs. FEC further expanded the influence of these nonhuman creations of law on our political process by extending to them the right of free speech as represented by the large amounts of money that these entities injected into our elections.

NE Ohioans join movement against idea that the Bill of Rights applies to corporations

July 8, 2013

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.

Cleveland Heights residents very receptive to 'Move to Amend' petitions

July 4, 2013

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.

Locals organize to end corporate use of individual rights

February 1, 2013

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.

Co-founder of Brecksville Citizens for Transparent Politics looks forward to Democracy Day

January 21, 2013

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.

Super lobbyists: Citizens stand up to corporate power: letter to the editor

November 25, 2012

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.

Green says no to gambling, Broadview Heights against new gas well in voting on Tuesday

November 8, 2012

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.

Cuyahoga County Board of Elections reports Brecksville Issue 25 passed

November 7, 2012

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.