The Strongsville Republican Club is dedicated to informing voters of issues important to the community and to promoting candidates who will work for good government.

Unless noted otherwise, our regular meetings are held at the Strongsville Old Town Hall (18825 Royalton Road) at 7PM on the second Monday of each month.

Any patriot interested in today's issues is welcome to attend.

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Politics on the Rocks

Jul 18 2014 5:30 pm

Join your conservative friends (old and new) at Don's Pomeroy House on Friday, July 18th from 5:30PM to 7:30PM for our first "Politics on the Rocks" social event.


Anyone interested in politics and today's issues is welcome to attend. All patriots are welcome to attend! 


There will not be a regular Club meeting in July.

Supreme Court to Consider New Obamacare Case

Ken Klukowski is Director, Center for Religious Liberty at Family Research Council. This article appeared on Breitbart.com, September 19, 2013.

Obamacare is before the U.S. Supreme Court again. On Thursday, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) lawyers filed the first viable petition for Supreme Court review involving Kathleen Sebelius' HHS Mandate, which requires employers to provide abortion-related insurance coverage, even if those employers have a religious objection to abortion.

Section 1001 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) requires all large employers to offer "preventive services" to their employees or face enormous financial penalties. With President Obama's approval, Sebelius issued a regulation that defined preventive services to include access to birth control, including those that cause abortions after conception. The regulation issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) only allows narrow exceptions, such as for churches, but leaves other religion-oriented or religiously-owned employers subject to the regulation.

Over 60 lawsuits have been filed nationwide against this unprecedented government command. Many involve nonprofit entities, such as the University of Notre Dame. But roughly 35 of these lawsuits involve for-profit businesses which are wholly owned by a person or family with a religious belief against abortion, such as devout Christians .

These lawsuits argue both that the HHS Mandate violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment as well as a federal law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The federal appeals courts have split on whether a religiously-owned business can claim religious-liberty protections and whether requiring people to provide abortion-related services is a substantial burden on religious faith.

In Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held in its opinion that the company-owned by the Hahn family, who are devout Mennonites-must obey the HHS Mandate even though they believe abortion is immoral, because companies cannot assert religious-liberty rights.

In ADF's petition for certiorari, the Hahns' lawyers ask the Supreme Court to reverse the Third Circuit. The petition states, "Petitioners, a Mennonite family and their closely-held, family-run woodworking business, object as a matter of conscience to facilitating certain contraceptives that they believe can destroy human life."

It is almost certain the Supreme Court will take up this issue in the coming year, and Conestoga is the first case to offer an acceptable vehicle for the justices to take up the question. Another such case would have been Hobby Lobby's challenge to the mandate, but Hobby Lobby won before the Tenth Circuit appeals court; the Obama-Holder Justice Department has not asked the High Court to grant review.

Where do we go from here? A message from RPCC Chair Rob Frost

Now that we have had some time to reflect after the November elections, many party members have been asking me, "where do we go from here?" I know as well from many of the organizations that I have visited and from our local elected officials that there is concern about the future direction of the Republican Party at the national, state and local levels. Indeed, many of the party faithful are wondering if we should change our focus and reorder our priorities.

It is helpful to recall that on this date 36 years ago, February 6, 1977, Ronald Reagan gave a speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee that resonates today. He opined that "we are currently in the midst of a re-ordering of the political realities that have shaped our time." Reagan, speaking on his 66th birthday, went on to say, "we who are proud to call ourselves 'conservative' are not a minority of a minority party; we are part of the great majority of Americans of both major parties and of most of the independents as well."

When Reagan spoke in 1977 Republicans were facing difficulties very similar to what we face today. He saw a conservative future, and we know from history that his vision was true. Let us heed Reagan and not mistake confusion in our messaging for problems with our core beliefs. We know our principles are sound, and we will hone our focus and direct our efforts towards what is most needed at the national, state and local levels.

We have the opportunity to set an agenda where we can lead in those areas of the country most in need of conservative principles and where conservatism can work to cause dramatic change. It is an urban agenda, one that encompasses opportunity, enterprise and education reform and which can strike the fires of belief and hope in those with the most to benefit from a conservative message: minorities and underprivileged families.

We are seeing this agenda being put forth in a number of other states, but it is here in Ohio that Republicans are setting a national example. Governor John Kasich has worked steadfastly to reduce bureaucracy, regulatory burdens and complex tax structures to achieve an amazing turnaround in private sector job creation and business development. He has gotten the state's budget out of the red and has developed a comprehensive energy strategy. As a result Ohio is leading the Midwest in job creation and has seen its unemployment rate fall faster than the rest of the country.

Governor Kasich partnered with the Mayor of Cleveland to implement educational reforms that bring accountability to teachers and provide greater options for students. More recently, the Governor's educational financing initiatives have drawn the praise of educators and administrators and will cause dynamic and creative changes in school choice and educational performance.

We have the opportunity here in Cuyahoga County to further develop this urban agenda. Part of our strategy must be a clear plan for communicating our message and making sure it is heard by those desperately in need of the hope that jobs and growth will bring. Due to our successful support of county reform, we have Republican County Council members who will provide leadership and clarity as we work to re-establish Greater Cleveland as the economic engine that sustains Ohio as a Midwestern powerhouse.

We will also be working with our local mayors, state and national representatives and senators to implement workforce development and business creation initiatives. And we will be fighting tirelessly for transparency and accountability with all of our elected officials.

As Ronald Reagan said at the conclusion of his speech at CPAC:

Our party must be based on the kind of leadership that grows and takes its strength from the people. Any organization is in actuality only the lengthened shadow of its members. A political party is a mechanical structure created to further a cause. The cause, not the mechanism, brings and holds the members together. And our cause must be to rediscover, reassert and reapply America's spiritual heritage to our national affairs.

As we celebrate today the anniversary of President Reagan's birth, I believe that we are at the beginning of a new age of opportunity for conservatism and the values that it brings to Cuyahoga County. As we work on the important local elections this year and look forward to the elections of 2014, let us work together to seize that opportunity and win from within.

Strongsville Makes National News in Japan

A local Presidential caucus hosted by the Strongsville Republican Club Monday was covered by a news crew from Japan, bringing international attention to town and underscoring Ohio's role in the March 6 primary.

The crew hopes to use an Ohio suburb to illustrate the flavor of the election to Japanese viewers, said Jumpei Yoshioka, a correspondent with the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (Nippon Hoso Kyokai).

"Through this small event, we want to get a big picture," Yoshioka said.

The Japanese media is following the Republican Presidential primary closely, he said.

"American politics is really important for Japanese people," he said.

The crew was planning a trip to the United States when they spotted an online notice about the Strongsville meeting.

"They called me and asked if they could cover it," said Dave Gusman, president of the Strongsville Republican Club.

On Monday night, about 75 people listened to representatives from four campaigns -- Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum -- and voted in a straw poll that saw Romney win by a one-vote margin over Paul.

Santorum was third and Gingrich came in a distant fourth.

Yoshioka said Japanese people generally like President Obama and were surprised to learn there is a serious threat to his re-election.

"Four years ago, the American people were so enthusiastic (about Obama)," he said.

The caucus was a first for Strongsville, largely because this is the first Presidential primary in recent history not already decided by the time Ohioans went to the polls.

"This is great for the party and great for the country, because it gives the candidates a chance to get the issues out there," said Gusman, who predicts no candidate will have more than 50 percent of the delegates by the time the Republican National Convention starts.

Yoshioka, producer Yuko Matsuda and a two-man technical crew arrived in Cleveland Monday.

The crew plans to visit Michigan next and remain in the United States through Super Tuesday.

From the Strongsville Patch

Congratulations to Our Republican Candidates!

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Congratulations to the following Republican candidates on their recent election victories on November 8th: 

Mayor - Tom Perciak
Ward 2 - Mat Schonhut
Ward 3 - Jim Carbone 
Ward 4 - Scott Maloney
School Board - Carl Naso
School Board - Richard Micko
School Board - Ruth Brickley 

The swearing-in ceremony for city offices is on Monday evening, January 2nd at 7 PM at the Strongsville Rec Center. Refreshments will be served following the swearing-in ceremony.


Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this event! 

Please note that the first City Council meeting of 2012 is January 2nd at 8PM.

If not the Tea Party, then Who? By John Palmer

The attacks against the ordinary concerned citizens who call themselves "the Tea Party," are coming fast and furious. It would seem the Tea Party is responsible for the debt crisis, the credit downgrading, and removing the brakes from granny's wheelchair .

It is hard to believe that only a year ago, I was recalling how the Canadian newspapers were advising their people not to get involved in the running of the government like their neighbors to the South. They advised leaving that to the "experts." Judging from the congressional approval ratings, one wonders whether that term could be used for our senators and representatives.

If not for the Tea Party, who would sound the warning that our future economic viability is vulnerable without drastic spending cuts? We Tea Party citizens become informed about the government and those elected to represent us. I believe we gave many conservative representatives a backbone to stand up for what they believed in, but didn't have the outspoken support of the people before. They were not sent to Washington to mark time while their elder colleagues continued to dole more out of the treasury than was in it or coming into it.

These freshman representatives and the few new senators were sent to do something now, as in immediate, to reign in the irresponsible and unsustainable spending or else we would be exactly where we are now - the same predicament. Due to our baseline budgeting schemes, the agreed upon cuts are not really cuts. There is only a slower increase to the spending.

Standard and Poors downgraded our credit rating not because of the Tea Party. It was downgraded despite the Tea Party's best effort to cut spending. It was downgraded because real spending wasn't cut and there was an impasse to cut it.

President Obama vowed to veto a bill with more spending cuts. Republicans got the best they could with some significant cuts (really smaller increased spending,) but not enough to make the Tea Party and the rest of the world happy about the U.S. economic future. The world regards our debt as being riskier now.

If you want to be upset with the Tea Party, be upset that we couldn't shake enough sense into Harry Reid and President Obama to rescue our economy. Be upset that we couldn't take full advantage of the opportunity to force our leaders to be responsible.

One final word about taxation. The majority of the so-called "rich" are just those a little better off than you, and are paying the brunt of the tax burden. Expanding that burden isn't balance. During this economic downturn, removing more dollars from the private sector will only hurt economic expansion and job growth. This hurts all, but especially will hurt those struggling to get or keep a job. It is irresponsible to put up more obstacles to a real recovery.

John Palmer

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