Sunday, January 11, 2015

COAST Founder Begins Term in Ohio House

COAST is proud of the electoral success enjoyed by founding member Tom Brinkman in 2014. First unseating an incumbent in the Republican primary, then cruising to victory in November. Now, the hard work starts as Tom rejoins the Ohio House.

Congratulations to Tom Brinkman.

State Representative Tom Brinkman was sworn in by State Treasurer Josh Mandel on Monday, January 5, 2015. Accompanying Tom on the floor of the Ohio House are his wife Cathy and daughter Kelley.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Business Courier recognizes wisdom of Regenold. Capell

COASTers Dan Regenold and Jeff Capell fought a lonely fight against some of the richest and most powerful Cincnnatians during the "icon tax" battle earlier this year, ultimately putting forth a plan that gave significant new capital funding for Union Terminal, but not Music Hall.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ohio Supreme Court Red Light and Speeding Camera decision is simply...embarrassing

OK, it's a confusing week on Red Light and Speeding Cameras in Ohio, as on Friday, Governor John Kasich signed in to law a somewhat confusing bill "regulating" the devices; if things go according to plan with the Courts, "regulating" them out of existence.  One day earlier, the Ohio Supreme Court fumbled another case on municipal authority -- this one addressing Red Light and Speeding Cameras.  So pay attention if you really want to know what's going on.

Sad tale of the attempted Democrat takeover of the Cincinnati NAACP

As our loyal readers know, for the past seven years, COAST and the Cincinnati branch of the NAACP have partnered on issue after issue to effectuate progress for the working men and women of Cincinnati:

Governor Kasich signs bill outlawing Red Light and Speeding Cameras in Ohio

With COAST attorney Chris Finney present, along with Representatives Ron Maag and Dale Mallory, Senator Bill Seitz and Cincinnati attorney Mike Allen who is challenging the devices in a series of actions throughout the State, Governor Kasich signs a bill outlawing red light and speeding cameras.

Thank you Senator Seitz, and Representatives Maag and Mallory, as well as Governor Kasich, for this great decision for liberty!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Governor Kasich to sign bill banning Red Light Cameras

Maggie Thurber and OhioWatchdog.org has the story here: Governor Kasich commits to sign bill effectively banning Red Light Cameras.

Attorney, WXIX help expose fraud in North College Hill

COAST's legal team has been monitoring and helping whistleblowers in the City of North College Hill to stop fraud and abuse by its City fathers, the Mayor and City Manager.  Their conduct is truly abusive.  We are glad it is getting attention:

Monday, December 15, 2014

Battle of 2015: SORTA tax

The signals are all clear: SORTA intends to seek a massive sales tax increase in 2015 to fund the losses on the Cincinnati Streetcar.  We know this will be our battleground this coming year.

COAST stands ready to expose the commitment of SORTA to fund the Cincinnati Streetrcar losses and to oppose its cash grab.

Note: This will be the battleground in 2015.  

Friday, December 12, 2014

Stunning: Judge finds probable cause national NAACP suppressing vote, manipulating election!

It is as stunning as it is sad: Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Martin today found probable cause that the nation's preeminent civil rights organization, the NAACP, is suppressing the vote of its own members in the upcoming election for NAACP Cincinnati Chapter Presidency and Board members.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sad tale of voter suppression by national branch of NAACP

It is sad to see the national NAACP aggressively seeking voter suppression of its own members in a local branch election.

As our loyal readers know, this fiscally conservative organization (COAST) has proudly partnered with the Cincinnati branch of the NAACP to achieve progress in our community, reaching across racial and political boundaries to form a ground-breaking coalition on the Jail Tax, Red Light Cameras, the sale of the Cincinnati Water Works, the Parking Plot and other fulcrum issues for our community.

We are shocked, shocked that the Streetcar budget was "cooked"

In the manner that Captain Renault recited his alarm about gambling in the movie Casablanca, we are shocked, shocked we say that the Streetcar budget was cooked by Mayor Mallory and Finance Committee Chairman Roxanne Qualls all along.

Today, Mayor John Cranley was pointed in his criticism of the project and its fraudulent handling by the prior administration, calling the books "cooked."

Read the latest sad news, one of dozens of bad news stories to roll out before the launch of the boondoggle, right here.

COAST's six-year battle against Red Light Cameras ends with State ban

In 2008, COAST continued its historic coalition with the Cincinnati branch of the NAACP and others in the WeDemandAVote.Com alliance by placing before Cincinnati voters a ban on Red Light Cameras in the City of Cincinnati, one of the first such citizen initiatives in the nation against the pernicious devices.  We won that battle and since then we have continued the fight throughout Ohio.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

SORTA Surveys crosstabs available

Our loyal readers may recall that the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Agency conducted a public opinion survey using tax dollars, but refused to release the results to the public.  Well, after COAST applied pressure and they feared litigation, they released the results publicly about a month later.

COAST then demanded the cross-tabs -- the detail of those results -- and they were provided.  They are linked here.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Streetcar price goes up by $15 Million; also, entire contingency is used up only 1/2 way through construction

It's truly sad to see Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley saddled with the construction and implementation of the Cincinnati Streetcar project, when it was Mayor Mark Mallory and Finance Committee Chairman Roxanne Qualls who designed and approved a plan that was destined to fail.  And it was a new Council of Yvette Simpson, Wendell Young, David Mann, Kevin Flynn and P.G. Sittenfeld who voted to force the project to proceed.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Red Light Camera fight takes new turn

The evil Empire Strikes Back, doesn't it?

With the citizens of Cleveland and Maple Heights less than two weeks ago voting 77% to ban Red Light Cameras in their cities, and a chorus of voters from Cincinnati to South Euclid banning the pernicious devices over the past seven years, you would think our legislators, the servants of the people would get the message: Keep them out of Ohio.

Monday, November 17, 2014

COAST's Cleveland Red Light Camera Win featured on Autoblog

Well, COAST has gotten press far and wide for its work, but even we were surprised at the lengthy piece on the Autoblog, here, discussing our work on Red Light Cameras in Cleveland-- a 77% win!

We are hopeful the Ohio legislature will address the cameras in the coming lame duck session.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

King v. Burwell before U.S. Supreme Court could devastate ObamaCare

When the democrat Congress enacted ObamaCare, it wanted to force reluctant Governors to set up their own healthcare exchange.  Thus, they included language within the bill that persons are eligible for subsidies for healthcare coverage only if they are in “an exchange established by the state.”  The alternative to “an exchange established by the state” is that for those states that fail to enact an exchange, individuals are relegated to the federal exchange.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

COAST crushes Red Light Cameras in Northeast Ohio

COAST sponsored two ballot initiatives in 2014, red light camera bans in the City of Cleveland and the City of Maple Heights, a suburb of Cleveland.  They were, respectively, Issues 35 and 99 on the Cuyahoga County ballot.  Both issues were placed on the ballot by a coalition of black-white, republican-democrat activists, similar to those that banned the cameras in Cincinnati.

One of the most remarkable developments of an utterly remarkable night -- Governorships

It was a night even the most optimistic observers did not anticipate, November 4, 2014:  A potential 10-seat pickup and control of the U.S. Senate and a 13-seat picket-up (so far) for the already lopsided U.S. House.

But the most remarkable, and entirely unexpected, outcome of November 2014 was the pickup of new governorships in left-leaning states and fending off tough challenges of Republican incumbents: