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Republican wave expected in statehouses

Who will control statehouses in 2011 is one of the big questions that voters in 46 states will answer on November 2, when they cast ballots for more than 6,000 legislative seats. Other state chambers that insiders say could flip to Republican control include the Senate in New Hampshire and New York; the House in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania; both chambers in Wisconsin; and the Montana House and Alaska Senate, both currently tied in terms of party control.

The outcome on Election Day will be particularly important because the legislatures will draw new congressional and state district lines in 2011. If one party or the other controls that process, members can draw maps that help their electoral chances — both at the state level and in the U.S. House of Representatives — for the next decade.

That’s why both parties are paying close attention to races such as one in the Cincinnati suburbs, where Democrats hope state Representative Connie Pillich can hold off a strong challenge from Republican Mike Wilson. Republicans need to gain only four seats to take control of the Ohio House. If Republicans hold their majority in the state Senate — and if Republican John Kasich defeats incumbent Governor Ted Strickland — the GOP could “carve the districts the way they like them,” says James Broussard, professor of history at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania.

These districts are among 55 that the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee has deemed “essential.” The group has committed to spending $20 million on races that will have the greatest impact on redistricting.

Republicans are pouring money into key statehouse races, as well. The Republican State Leadership Committee is running a $20 million initiative called REDMAP — it stands for Redistricting Majority Project. “To control the process — or at least have a seat at the table — winning, defending and increasing state legislative majorities must be a priority,” its Web site says.

Another factor that will weigh on the outcome is term limits. As Stateline has reported, term limits are forcing at least 380 state lawmakers to retire this year.

Source: Stateline October 15, 2010.

Remarks by John Mitchel at the April 15th Springfield Tea Party Rally

Since 1980, Ohio has lost five Congressional House seats and will lose two more after the 2010 census. Since 1983 we have had three Congressional Representatives in the 7th District – Mike DeWine, Dave Hobson and Steve Austria. Who more than these three career politicians is more responsible for the sad state of affairs here in the 7th District and around the nation? It happened on their watch and they have to accept the responsibility for the runaway spending and $12.6 trillion debt.

There are at least three important issues that clearly set our campaign apart from these three career politicians; our support for term limits and the FairTax, and our relentless fight against fraud, waste, abuse and corruption in government.

If elected, I will spend no more than two terms in Congress; then I will return home to Ohio to enjoy the freedom and liberty we worked hard to protect while I served in Washington. We need many more citizen legislators and many fewer self-interested career politicians.

My first official act after taking the oath of office will be to co-sponsor H.R. 25, which will enable the FairTax. My opponent has had more than a year to do so, but has chosen not to, and the reason is that once we do away with the income tax, the lobbyists and special interests have much less leverage, if any at all in affecting the behavior of those congressmen who have traded campaign cash for special favors, kickbacks and tax loopholes.

We don’t have time to cover the broad spectrum of where I believe my opponent has enabled fraud, waste, abuse and corruption in government, but it’s important we give you a flavor of what is going on underneath the radar.

From 2006 until October 2009, Steve Austria took credit for bringing up 100 jobs to the TPI Composites plant at 2145 Airpark Drive in Springfield. Here is the timeline as characterized on Steve Austria’s and TPI Composites’ websites:

November, 2006: TPI Composites opens Springfield production facility;

April 10, 2007: TPI Composites triples wind blade production capacity in Mexico plant;

April 12, 2007: TPI Composites reaches agreement to manufacture wind blades in China;

May 7, 2007: TPI Composites unveils first all-composite Army-ready truck cab in Warren, R.I.;

October 29, 2007: TPI Composites opens second wind blade plant in Mexico;

November 26, 2007: TPI Composites expands capacity in Iowa facility;

December 17, 2007: TPI Composites opens holding company in Scottsdale, Arizona;

September 16, 2008: TPI Composites opens 316,000 square foot plant in Newton, Iowa;

February 2009: TPI Composites closes Springfield operation;

October 2009: Eight months after the plant closed, Steve Austria removes from his website his claim that he brought up to 100 jobs to the TPI Composites facility at 2145 Airpark Drive in Springfield.

Is that the kind of person we want representing us in Washington? — a person who makes false claims for almost three years, then tries to re-create history by quietly removing those false claims from his website. We think it’s time for a change. The issue is integrity; the candidate is John Mitchel; and the choice is yours. We request your strong consideration for a vote for John Mitchel in the May 4th Republican primary.

By Americans for John Mitchel

Former Air Force officer to challenge incumbent Steve Austria in May 4th primary

John Mitchel, former Air Force officer, is seeking the 7th Congressional District seat. He will be the sole challenger in the Republican primary to first term incumbent Steve Austria. Mitchel is not new to politics. He challenged Bob Taft for governor in 1998, and George Voinovich in the 2004 Republican primary when he received more than 195,000 votes.

In response to the announcement, Mitchel said, “America is at the abyss, and we are not far from the point of no return. Since 1983 we have had a series of career politicians representing the 7th Congressional District including Mike DeWine, Dave Hobson and Steve Austria. It’s time for that line of succession to end.”

Lieutenant Colonel Mitchel stakes out what he says are three irreconcilable differences with the incumbent: His passion for government reform, term limits and tax reform, specifically the FairTax.

“It all starts with government reform. Recall the 1994 Contract with America when the Republican caucus drafted a bill that declared Congress must live by the same laws as the people. That was a virtual confession that 435 congressmen and women were operating outside the law, but nothing changed,” commented Mitchel. “It’s time to bring citizen legislators to Washington; term limits and a tax code that is fair, simple and pays the bills will help make that happen.”

At A Glance:

Name: John Mitchel; Age: 62

Education: USAF Academy graduate; MBA, Michigan Tech, masters degree in economics, Wright State University

Career: Air Force Lieutenant Colonel; served more than 22 years as instructor pilot and in the defense acquisition corps; currently systems analyst at Wright Patterson AFB

Top issues: Government reform, term limits, tax reform

Revolving door undermines public trust in government

By John Mitchel

RE: Local contractors under scrutiny for using paid military “mentors”, Dayton Daily News, December 30, 2009: Many consider Gen. Bill Creech as “father of the modern Air Force.”

During his distinguished career and before he died in 2003, Gen. Creech practiced and preached the notion that the most important responsibility of a leader is to train new leaders. “Mentoring” was on Gen. Creech’s short list of important tasks required to prepare Air Force leaders for the future. However, simultaneous receipt of $1600 a day mentoring fees plus a six-figure military pension plus hundreds of thousands in consulting fees from defense contractors doesn’t seem to fit Gen. Creech’s noble intentions of preparing Air Force leaders for challenges they may face in the future. Besides, each senior officer participating in the Air Force mentoring program has more than 30 years experience on active duty. That should be sufficient time to positively instill the core values of duty, honor, country in subordinates of all ranks, and especially the senior troops who more senior officers deal with on a daily basis.

“Mentors for hire” may seem abusive to some, but it pales in comparison to the ease and speed in which elected officials and their staff members pass through the “revolving door.” Take for example Congressman Dave Hobson, who retired a multi-millionaire after nearly 30 years of public service, then took a job as a lobbyist for Vorys Advisors, a subsidiary of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLC, a Columbus law firm. And let’s not forget Congressman Steve Austria’s wife Eileen, who moved from Congressman Dave Hobson’s District Director to Director of Sales and Marketing with Nextedge Development Corporation, a non-profit, tax exempt company 60-70 percent financed by tax dollars including federal earmarks requested by Dave Hobson and Third Frontier and other state funding sponsored by Steve Austria when he was in the Ohio General Assembly. It’s no wonder approval ratings for Congress are at all-time lows.

If the revolving door between government and the private sector should exist at all, it should be with two conditions; full and open disclosure, and a reasonable cooling off period, especially at the most senior levels. Instead, the usual suspects prefer to conceal their self-dealing with faceless private corporations, and more often than not, through non-profit, tax exempt entities financed mostly with taxpayer dollars. Term limits, self imposed or otherwise, would be a step in the right direction to mitigate the revolving door issue for federal elected officials. That would motivate our congressional leaders to act as citizen legislators who serve for a time, and then return to their home districts to enjoy the liberty and freedom they helped protect as representatives of the people. The longer we allow the self-dealing career politician mindset to prevail in Washington and Columbus, the closer we will come to America falling into the abyss.

John Mitchel was a candidate for Ohio governor in 1998 and ran for U.S. House of Representatives in the 7th Congressional District in 2008. In 2006 he wrote and self-published America at the Abyss: A View from the Heartland.

Total control of our lives

By Rense Johnson, Chairman of Citizens for Term Limits

The Obama Health plan isn’t just about health. It is a cover for grabbing total control of our lives.

I have heard that health care is estimated to comprise about a sixth of our economy.

HR 3200, the Obama plan, was reviewed by Liberty Council, a nationwide public interest religious civil liberties law firm.

Reading the bill (see our Links pagehttp://www.liberty.edu/media/9980/attachments/healthcare_overview_obama_072909.pdf) reveals a power grab by Obama and the government elitists attempting to gain TOTAL CONTROL over our lives.

Meaning personal, family, financial, banking, spying, abortion, speeding up end-of-life.

Rather than attempting to list the ways in which Obama would assert such total control (they are legion), I will state it in the negative: I defy anyone to find in HR 3200 one iota of freedom, one iota of daylight, for American people. There are none.

We should be grateful for the 52 so-called “blue dog” Democrats, the conservatives in the Democratic House of Representatives. It is a reflection of Democrat rot in the House that there aren’t twice that number willing to stand up for conservative values. Makes Republicans look better than they actually are, by a long shot.

The only answer? A term-limited congress, House and Senate, that will serve the people as the Founders intended and not their own selfish interests – including Obamacare and all its elitist supporters.