Ohio Court of Appeals Denies the People’s Right to Local Community Self-Government

Ohio Court of Appeals Denies the People’s Right to Local Community Self-Government Affirms corporate “rights” and state preemption over community rights in Broadview Hts. March 8, 2016 Last week, the eighth appellate court of Ohio ruled against Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhoods (MADION) in a class action lawsuit brought by Broadview Heights residents in 2014. The lawsuit was filed against the State of Ohio and two corporations seeking to drill for gas within the City. In the filing, MADION asserted the people have a community right to local, democratic self-government to protect their health, safety, and welfare. The people of Broadview Heights exercised that right in November 2012, adopting a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking with 67% of the vote. The lawsuit was filed to enforce their Community Bill of Rights. The court, however, was not moved by the will of the people, and affirmed the decision of a lower court – disregarding that this nation was forged in battle over the inalienable right to local, democratic self-government. Instead, the court affirmed the corporate claimed “right” to bring industrial drilling and fracking into residential neighborhoods against the will of that community. The court affirmed the state legislature’s claimed authority to strip people of their right to self-govern and protect their families and community from the environmental and economic harms brought by fracking. The court affirmed the corporate claimed “right” to use communities as resource colonies for the benefit of a few people, living far removed from the harms – people who hide behind the corporate shield, and, with permits in hand, site harmful projects for the sake of...

Vote NO State Issue 2

Issue 2 is a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution that will appear on the ballot in the November 2015 general election. Initiated by the Ohio General Assembly, the stated intent of Issue 2 is to thwart passage of the “Marijuana Legalization Amendment” sponsored by the Responsible Ohio PAC, due to its approach toward marijuana cultivation (allowing only 10 growing sites in Ohio). Issue 2 has far-reaching consequences. It could forever change the ability of “We the People” to engage in direct democracy, especially when our legislators cannot or will not. Tough enough already. The process of fielding a citizen-led ballot initiative in Ohio is already far more costly, complicated and cumbersome than it is in other states, where initial filings and committee procedures are easier or the required number of signatures and geographic regions are smaller. Issue 2 would make this process even more complex. The end result would silence the voice of “We the People” in favor of the legislature. In summary, Issue 2 is about far more than thwarting monopolies. Its real purpose is to quash the citizen-led ballot initiative process that has been part of the Ohio Constitution since 1912. It can be argued that these measures have been instrumental to gaining public acceptance of controversial issues like same-sex marriage, collective bargaining and marijuana. Issue 2 will change these long standing procedures, while politicizing the process clearly to favor the political party in power. It would require campaigns for even the most worthy issues to undergo the arduous, time consuming and multi-million dollar ballot placement process only to have three politically appointed members of the...

Charter government request challenged Placement on ballot lies with state

August 3rd, 2015 By David J. Coehrs – dcoehrs@civitasmedia.com Three Fulton County residents filed an objection with the Board of Elections Wednesday over a petition from NEXUS opponents requesting a county charter government. Gilders confirmed that the six-page objection drafted by Metamora attorney Charles M. Saunders was received about one half-hour before last Wednesday’s 4 p.m. deadline to file objections to the petition. It was signed by Saunders and county residents RJ Lumbrezer and Roy Norman. Read the rest...