Help Us Drive A Stake Into The Ohio GOP

From the diaries--Chris

So you think you are an activist huh ? Well we need your help in Ohio once again.

The biggest election in 2005 is in Ohio: The Reform Ohio Now campaign, issues 2, 3, 4, and 5. This is our chance to drive a stake into the heart of the Ohio GOP, but time is running out.

How can you help ?

First, we only have about 8 weeks left, so please recommend this so as many people as possible can get a chance to stick it to the Ohio GOP - They deserve it !

Action steps in the extended.

1. First you can take a second and sign a petition. Stop these "Patriot Pastors" Fundie whacko's

Dear Rev. Johnson,

You recently began mobilizing the Ohio Restoration Project's "Patriot Pastors" to stop Reform Ohio Now's good-government amendments.

I respect your right to religious expression, but I ask you to take a look at the dishonesty and corruption that have become hallmarks of our state government.  3 out of 4 Ohio voters think we're going in the wrong direction.  Is this a time to protect the status quo?

RON's amendments would put the people back into the process by making politicians more accountable to voters.  These reforms don't favor one party over another; they simply ensure that neither party can rewrite the rules to stay in power.

I urge you to reconsider your stance and let Ohioans decide on these amendments for themselves. The Ohio Restoration Project should join Reform Ohio Now - and help restore trust and faith in Ohio's government.  

Sincerely,

2. If you live in Ohio - Sign up to Volunteer. Canvassing, phone banking, all that great grass roots stuff - it's literally the donkey work to success. Even if you can only spare a couple of hours - spare it.

3. Wherever you live, Donate to the Reform Ohio Now Campaign. We are up against some REALLY big money determined to maintain the corruption and gerrymandered districts (RON is worth an extra 6 congressional seats!). If all you can spare is $10 - spare it for Ohio.

4. Letters to the Editor. Anyone can do this. Before you write a diary, write a letter ! We really need to educate Ohio Voters about Issues 2 thru 5 and LTE's are a great way to do that - let's flood those news rooms. The DNC has a pretty neat tool - just hit this link, enter your zip code and write your letter ! Couldn't be easier. IF you live outside of Ohio - here is a list of Ohio Zip codes.

5. If you have a Blog - Blog it ! Grow Ohio has a ton of info, and you can always check the Ohio lefty blogs aggregator too to keep up to date. Every time someone googles RON it better come up with our responses ! Also put up a link to RON - graphics here.

6. Video Design Guru's. Make a 30 second Ad for Reform Ohio Now !

7. If you are an Ohio Blogger - send me an email if you want to join the netroots effort ! russ1436-at-hotmail.com

8. If you are a member of a group - talk to them about endorsing RON. Some of the current endorsements can be found here

9. If you are in Ohio, or have family and Friends in Ohio - Talk to them about RON - tell them how important it is.

10. Download the RON flyer, print it out and stick it in high visibility areas - libraries, stores, everywhere. Flyer here.

So there are 10 simple things to do, a little something for everyone.

This is the kick off for a co-ordinated netroots wide effort - see kos's post here

Let me know in the comments what you are signing up for, and please recommend this so that others have a chance to get involved in taking back Ohio.

You guys and Gals ROCK. Thanks ![editor's note, by Pounder] If you have reached this diary from a goggle of "Help Us Drive A Stake Into The Ohio GOP" - you have probably heard this from a Ohio GOP talking point!

In that talking point email they sent out to their email list they claimed that I am somehow a Liberal Group. In fact I am just a blogger sick of the corruption - looking for help to put an end to it.

For the Record I believe The morally bankrupt Ohio Republican party has been sucking the life blood out of Ohio for a decade with their special interests, pay for play and out right corruption. Protected in the knowledge that their gerrymandering has rendered them untouchable and unaccountable. It is time for reforms that will take the power out of the hands of the rich and powerful and put it firmly back in the hands of the Ohio people.

If this was 20 years ago, It would be the Democratic party that needed the stake. The Ohio people have a right and the power to drive a stake into the heart of all corruption and Reform Ohio Now is that stake.

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RECOMMENDED!
This is the most important election of 2005, bar none.  We are talking as many as six seats if this passes.  Republicans are freaking out.

Starting Monday, I am going to be writing a ton about RON (especially on Grow Ohio & Swing State Project) to do whatever little I can to help.

Tim

by Tim Tagaris 2005-09-21 11:16AM | 0 recs
Re: RECOMMENDED!
Thanks as always !

I have a feeling RON is where we begin to turn things around in this country - a true watershed moment for citizens taking back government form the corrupt.

by Pounder 2005-09-21 11:25AM | 0 recs
I've updated my site
I've updated my site to add my support to Reform Ohio Now:  http://stubbornliberal.blogspot.com
by Marie Smith 2005-09-23 05:58AM | 0 recs
If you post this over at D Kos
and other sites, I will recommend it as I've recommended it here. I agree- voting is crucial regardless of one's political views in a thriving democracy
by bruh21 2005-09-21 05:53PM | 0 recs
Re: If you post this over at D Kos
Its over there at this link
by Pounder 2005-09-21 07:07PM | 0 recs
Re: If you post this over at D Kos
I recommended it for what its worth. Frankly, I find most the diaries on blogs are too focused on the theorectical, and not enough on the practical as your diary is. I think this is the real flaw with blogs- theya re good but they can do more for causes such as yours- because if you suceed- we suceed.
by bruh21 2005-09-21 07:35PM | 0 recs
My LTE...
...which was printed today in one of the suburban Columbus papers.

To the editor:

I am mystified as to the reason Rev. Russell Johnson and the "Patriot Pastors" plan to oppose the election-reform measures proposed by Reform Ohio Now.  These measures would allow early voting, limit campaign contributions, place creation of legislative districts under the control of a nonpartisan panel, and create an independent election oversight board, yet Rev. Johnson claims that they would "take the process out of the hands of the people."

I can only speculate on Rev. Johnson's theological justification for supporting gerrymandering, pay-to-play politics, and election oversight by partisan officials.  I am unaware of any reference to these topics in the Bible, and I cannot recall any sermons about them.  Perhaps I should try a different church.  Of course, it is possible that Rev. Johnson's reasons are not theological, but political.

Rev. Johnson and I might not see eye-to-eye on matters of faith, but we should be able to agree on the need for honest and responsible government.  It is disturbing that Rev. Johnson has chosen to oppose measures that would go a long way toward changng the political climate of this state for the better.

by KTinOhio 2005-09-21 06:25PM | 0 recs
Re: My LTE...
excellent ! These fundies need taking down a peg or two.
by Pounder 2005-09-21 07:07PM | 0 recs
Donation page not completely secure so do this...
When I clicked on the donation link, I was prompted with the old "page not secure" prompt. In order to achieve a secure page, answer "No" to the prompt. Apparently the "Donate" graphic on the page is not on a secure site.

As such, you can make a secure donation as I did.

by desertjedi 2005-09-21 06:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Donation page not completely secure
I'll pass that on to the RON folks
by Pounder 2005-09-21 07:08PM | 0 recs
Common Cause
is hosting house parties in Ohio. We are hosting one ourselves. Anyone in NE Ohio is welcome to attend.

http://www.partyhostcenter.com/commoncause/index.cfm

by hopeful 2005-09-22 03:24AM | 0 recs
Crucial
This movement is very important.  Lets hope the Ohio Dems can pull it off!
by Illustrious 2005-09-22 05:49AM | 0 recs
Great Ways to Get Active This Fall
America Votes and its partners are putting together campaign trainings on Amendments 2, 3 ,4 and 5.  The trainings will be in Cincinnati (Oct. 1st), Columbus (Oct. 8th), and Cleveland (Oct. 15th).  

The trainings will review the amendments, why they are important for 2005 and beyond and provide a field 101 component for activists to improve their campaign skills for this election and those in the future.  

We should all sign up today! Visit www.americavotes.org to sign up for events.  

They also need help with recruitment for the trainings and are phone banking in Columbus.  You can sign up here to volunteer.  

by karenfromcolumbus 2005-09-22 10:08AM | 0 recs
Re: Great Ways to Get Active This Fall
Thanks, I'll spread this around too
by Pounder 2005-09-22 12:47PM | 0 recs
by ninapam 2006-05-18 11:37PM | 0 recs

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