Monday, March 29, 2010

COAST endorses Chris Monzel for Hamilton County Commissioner

COAST proudly endorses Council member Chris Monzel for the Republican nomination for the Hamilton County Commission.

During his nearly eight years on Cincinnati City Council, Monzel frequently has seemed to be the lone voice of fiscal restraint in a tri-partisan City Council chorus demanding higher spending and taxes.

He has consistently opposed Cincinnati's foolish and wasteful trolley project and funds for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Monzel co-chaired the campaign in 2007 to defeat the Super-Sized Jail Tax, and COAST's campaigns against the Red Light Cameras in 2008 and to stop the Trolley spending in 2009. Monzel has opposed City budget after City budget that provided funding for such things as the Greater Cincinnati Film Commission and recycling bins with electronic monitoring chips. Monzel has fought annually to preserve the property tax rollback, and has vigorously opposed the new trash tax push by the City Manager.

"Chris Monzel is one of the few candidates, Republican or Democrat, who 'gets it,'" said COAST Chairman Jason Gloyd. "He stands out among elected officials as understanding what it will take to spur jobs and development in our region. COAST enthusiastically supports Chris Monzel on May 4."

COAST will be urging its members to donate to and volunteer for the Monzel campaign. Few races in May are more important.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Boyce Banking Scandal Continues

State Democrat caught in Pay-to-Play???

In yet another scandal out of Treasurer Kevin Boyce's office, over the weekend the Cleveland Plain Dealer printed another investigative story on Kevin Boyce's handling of state banking contracts. This story reveals new facts verifying that Treasurer Boyce did in fact initiate talks to delay the designation of lucrative state banking contracts before the State Board of Deposit. The Plain Dealer also reported that the State Auditor's office added verification, explaining that "...the state treasurer's office raised the issue of delaying the designation decision..."

The Plain dealer had reported that Boyce has delayed awarding the lucrative, biennial designation of depositories for public funds, until April 29th – suspiciously a week after Boyce will file his April 22nd campaign finance report. This decision flies in the face of Ohio law (O.R.C. 135.12) which requires that by the third Monday in March, the Boyce-led State Board of Deposit designate which banks will serve as depositories for the billions of dollars of state funds. Postponing the decision until late April not only disregards state law, but also affords Boyce another six weeks to raise money from banks that are competing for the multi-million dollar contracts.This follows a July 2009 story from the Dayton Daily News, which caught Boyce awarding a $160,000 per year banking services contract to a bank that hosted a $30,000 fundraiser for him a week later.

In response to this sad situation, the Plain Dealer quoted State Representative, and candidate for State Treasurer Josh Mandel as saying: "Treasurer Boyce's actions here are part of a pattern of unethical behavior and questionable fundraising practices. As with every other scandal in Treasurer Boyce's office, he's refusing to take responsibility for his own actions."

COAST Candidates Forum

The most important candidates forum of 2010

The eight most influential and respected conservative organizations in southwest Ohio have joined together for one night to present questions to and answers from candidates for Hamilton County Commisison, the Ohio Senate's 7th District, the Ohio House's 28th district, and the 2nd U.S. Congressional District. Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, COAST, the Cincinnati Tea Party, Family First, Citizens for Community Values Action, Warren County Right to Life, Ohio Liberty Council and Americans for Prosperity have joined forces to present this important program.

This event that is free of charge at 7 PM on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel off the Pfeiffer Road Exit of I-71. Please join us. Primary election day for these important races is May 4, and absentee voting starts on April 4. Confirmed candidates for the event are:

Hamilton County Commissioner
Leslie Ghiz
Chris Monzel
Cecil Thomas

State Representative (28th District)
Bryant Callaghan
Tom Weidman
Mike Wilson
Vicky Zwissler

State Senator (7th District)
Shannon Jones
Michelle Schneider

2nd Congressional District
Marc Johnston
C. Michael Kilburn
Tim Martz
Debbie Alsfelder

Date: Wednesday, March 24th
Time: 7pm - 9:30 PM
Location: Crowne Plaza HotelAddress: 5901 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH, 45242

No ticket required. Attendance is free of charge.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Conservative Guys N' Dolls Gathering

Meet Rand Paul:

Our next United States Senator, Dr. Rand Paul, will attend a Town Hall meeting of local conservative candidates at Guy's N' Dolls in Cold Spring this Wednesday March17th.

This event starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30pm.   

The address is 4210 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY in Campbell County  just south of Newport.

(Take the I-471 bridge south exit at US 27 'Alexandria -Cold Springs south on highway US 27 2 miles to Guy's and Dolls on the right) Bring your friends and hear Dr. Rand Paul, the champion of the U.S. Constitution.
Adult refreshments and a very nice dining experience is available at reasonable prices.

Admission is free.