Elections board nixes county charter; next stop the courts

Elections board nixes county charter; next stop the courts

Athens News, By David DeWitt, Jul 12, 2017 “We have to follow the LAW” Elections board member Carpenter-Colvin said.” “Bill of Rights Committee member Sara Bryant maintained that the Board of Elections is not a judicial branch of government and shouldn’t be interpreting law. It’s an egregious breach of separation of powers,  she said.” Read more here....
Anti-Fracking Activists Seek 2 Charter Amendments

Anti-Fracking Activists Seek 2 Charter Amendments

By George Nelson | June 6, 2017 YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – “Citizens are never going to have their voices heard again unless we change the system,” said Lynn Anderson, a longtime opponent of oil and gas activity in the city and who is affiliated with the Community Bill of Rights Committee. Read full story...

Corporate State Attempts to Choke Off Citizens’ Initiatives

by Tish O’Dell JANUARY 28, 2017 On December 8th, wrapped in a bill addressing foreclosures, HB 463 was adopted by legislators who see citizen initiated legislation as a threat to the interests of their corporate masters rather than as the will of the people they are duty-bound to serve. The state senate quietly and secretly added language unrelated to the subject of the foreclosure bill. The clause granted Boards of Elections and the Ohio Secretary of State the authority to block citizens’ initiatives at the local level based on their opinion of the content. Read Full Article...