Citizen Initiative Removes Corporations from Election Campaigns, Caps Campaign Contributions

Youngstown residents submit signatures for their Community Rights Fair Elections Initiative Aug 7, 2017 Youngstown, OH:  Today, a long-standing community rights group in Youngstown, OH, submitted over 1,900 signatures to qualify their Youngstown Fair Election Bill of Rights initiative for the November ballot. The measure is the first of its kind in the state, limiting campaign contributions to registered voters within the City, and capping those contributions at $100. The Youngstown Community Bill of Rights Committee drafted the initiative with the support of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). CELDF has been assisting Youngstown residents to advance their democratic and environmental rights since 2013, when residents launched their community rights work to protect themselves from fracking activities. Fracking threatens their drinking water and has caused earthquakes in the area. Read...
Proposed charter amendment submitted in BG

Proposed charter amendment submitted in BG

“Representatives of the Bowling Green Climate Protectors charter amendment group Monday submitted a ballot initiative to the city of Bowling Green focused on disallowing new fossil fuel transportation infrastructure within the city.” Read more...

Athens New LTE By Dick McGinn, Athens County Bill of Rights Committee, Jul 26, 2017

Editor Smith’s critique of proposed charter is seriously flawed “…There are three serious flaws in this paragraph alone. First, Smith begs the question of who wants a charter form of government while forgetting that it can only be answered at the ballot box. Second, he implies that the people of Athens County are better off if decisions affecting their health and the quality of their environment are made in Columbus, by politicians, most of whom don’t live here and very likely don’t care about what happens….Read...
Petition aimed at prioritizing people over pipelines

Petition aimed at prioritizing people over pipelines

A group of concerned citizens is trying to place an issue on Bowling Green’s ballot aimed to protect the city and its water supply from pipelines. The group’s goal is to prioritize people over pipelines. Brad Holmes, president of the Environmental Action Group at Bowling Green State University, talked about the charter amendment earlier this week during a City Council meeting. Read...
Elections board doesn’t certify county charter petitions

Elections board doesn’t certify county charter petitions

Lawrence Pantages  | The Gazette  | Published on July 11, 2017 MEDINA TWP. — The Medina County Board of Elections on Monday did not certify petitions with 6,494 signatures of registered voters supporting the placement of a county charter form of government on the Nov. 7 ballot. One of the leaders of Sustainable Medina County, Kathie Jones of Sharon Township, said, “I’m shocked that they voted against democracy. This is undemocratic.“They’re not lawyers,” she said, referring to the elections board members. “They can’t decide the law. Read more...