Description: Description: Description: facebook

Description: Description: Description: twitter

Description: Description: Description: linked in

Description: Description: Description:

February 2016



Oregon Ranchers
That mess didn't end well. Where is the Constitutional authority for the federal government to control that land? I'm not saying that two wrongs make a right, but…

Veterans Hospitals
It seems a real shame that the people who earned medical benefits suffer inferior care to those who have earned nothing.

Why the Republican US Senate is wrong (again) on the SCOTUS nominee controversy
I'm amazed by how much people are suddenly paying attention to the Constitution. I'm hoping that will continue, but it won't. The Constitution does not enumerate any minimum or maximum number of justices. Therefore, in theory, only one is necessary.

The Senate is constitutionally permitted to confirm no one. They could let the current justices die off until they're down to one. (However, they would be in violation of current law which requires nine.) Under the modern practice of SCOTUS superiority over the executive branch, legislative branch, and the states, that would effectively make the Chief Justice an emperor.

Rather than taking the position that no hearings will be held, I think it might be better to encourage President Obama to nominate a constitutional conservative cut from the same cloth as Scalia. He won't, but he might nominate a moderate. If he does, hold hearings. If a Democrat president gets elected in November, then the country would be better off by the Senate confirming the Obama moderate. Otherwise, the next Democrat president will likely nominate a liberal. If a Republican wins in November, then the Obama nominee expires with Obama and we'll hopefully get another Scalia early next year.

Raise the gasoline tax?
Let's talk about controlling expenses first. Repealing the Ohio prevailing (Union) wage law would be a good place to start. At the federal level, the problem is the Davis-Bacon Act. It requires that artificially inflated (Union) wages be paid on all federally funded construction projects. Both of these laws are the antithesis of the free market. Let the union shops compete with the merit shops on a level playing field. Whoever can offer the best value, while meeting all safety and engineering requirements, should get the construction contract.

Ohio Elections Law against making false statements in political campaign ads struck down by Judge Black.
The US 6th Circuit Court agreed with Judge Black and now Ohio law, once again, will not be enforced. I have two thoughts on this: 1) This is a bad law and I agree with Judge Black's opinion; 2) The federal courts do not have the Constitutional authority over state election laws of this nature. Therefore, the higher court should have vacated the opinion of the lower court and left the issue in the hands of the people and their elected representatives.

The Letter that the Cincinnati Enquirer Refused to Print
The January 28, 2016 edition, "Judge Hunter drama cost $1.7 million," explained that the taxpayers are on the hook to pay.

Only one person is responsible for creating this mess. No. I'm not blaming Tracie Hunter for the circumstances of how she became a judge or for defending herself all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court. She is exercising her rights under the law.

Nor am I blaming the Hamilton County Commissioners for funding the case. They have the responsibility to finance the criminal justice system.

I'm certainly not blaming the attorneys who either assisted with the prosecution or the defense. They all had a job to do and did it.

All of the above have been doing, to the best of their abilities, what they should have been doing.

There is one person who created this mess. The $1.7 million cost should come out of federal Judge Susan Dlott's budget. In an act of judicial tyranny, Judge Dlott overturned the 2010 election of John Williams by requiring the counting of ballots determined to be illegal by the Ohio Supreme Court. Judicial arrogance is the explanation for Judge Dlott asserting herself into this local issue that had been decided by Ohio's highest Court.

The US Constitution does not grant the federal government authority over state election laws of this nature. Nor does the federal government have the authority to determine the boundaries of their own power.

The people who followed those illegal orders bear some responsibility for all of this too. They could have asserted state sovereignty per the 10th Amendment and determined Judge Dlott's orders to be null and void. But then, I can't really blame them for not wanting to be illegally jailed for contempt. Not all of us are a Kim Davis.

Ohio House of Representatives
House Bill 456 - Create Safeguards that Prevent ‘Election Shenanigans’
The major provisions of HB 456 are as follows:

This is an opportunity to move a bi-partisan bill forward that helps all parties.

House Bill 257 - Becker Budget
In summary, the provisions of HB 257 include:

·         Slow (state only) spending growth by $1.3 billion from HB 64 (state budget).

·         Reduce income tax rates proportionally.

·         Phase out income tax over five years.

·         Slow "all funds" growth by $6.2 billion from HB 64.

·         Eliminate Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

·         Defund Planned Parenthood.

·         Eliminate the Ohio Marriage Penalty.

·         Allow sales tax refunds for Core charges.

·         Allow Governor Kasich's proposed severance tax to apply to public lands only.

·         Expand Indigent tort reform.

·         Prohibit double dipping in the state pension system (grandfather in current double dippers).


Video Central
So God Made a Liberal... (2 minutes)
How Liberals Argue (7 minutes)
Fox 19: Wenstrup keeps Clermont GOP endorsement despite vote (2 minutes)
Repairing the lightning rods on Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro (3 minutes)
DNC Chair Explains why the System is Rigged Against Sanders (2 minutes)
Robert Reich Makes the Case For Ted Cruz (2 minutes)

Older Clips
Article V: What Aren't They Telling You? Part 1 of 3 (20 minutes
Article V: What Aren't They Telling You? Part 2 of 3 (14 minutes)
Article V: What Aren't They Telling You? Part 3 of 3 (21 minutes)
Ted Stevenot – Ohio Rising 1 of 3 (31 minutes)
Ted Stevenot – Ohio Rising 2 of 3 (41 minutes)
Ted Stevenot – Ohio Rising 3 of 3 (4 minutes)
Planned Parenthood "Chop Shop" Video #1 (7 minutes)
Planned Parenthood "Chop Shop" Video #2 (8+ minutes)
Planned Parenthood "Chop Shop" Video #3 (<12 minutes)
Planned Parenthood "Chop Shop" Video #4 (11+ minutes)
Planned Parenthood "Chop Shop" Video #5 (<16 minutes)
Planned Parenthood "Chop Shop" Video #6 (10+ minutes)
Planned Parenthood "Chop Shop" Video #7 (<11 minutes)
Planned Parenthood "Chop Shop" Video #8 (2 minutes)
Planned Parenthood "Chop Shop" Video #9 (<10 minutes)
Planned Parenthood "Chop Shop" Video #10 (9 minutes)
Planned Parenthood "Chop Shop" Video #11 (12 minutes)
John Becker on Fox 19 News talking about Homosexual Marriage (HB 296) (2+ minutes)
John Becker live CNN pro-life interview defending Down syndrome people (HB 135) (This is the full six minute uncut version)
John Becker live CNN pro-life interview defending Down syndrome people (HB 135) This is the edited version currently on the CNN web site (< 2 minutes)
Sarah Palin interview with State Representative Dave Hall (8 minutes)
The Becker Budget Interview with Karen Kasler (6 minutes)
League of Women Voters Candidates forum: John Becker vs. Democrat opponent (28 minutes)
John Becker on Fox 19 News talking about "Stand Your Ground" (HB 203) (3 minutes)
John Becker on Ch. 10 News in Columbus regarding the impeachment of Judge Black (3 minutes)
John Becker on Fox 19 talking about HB 244 (3 minutes)
John Becker on Fox 19 talking about Medicaid (2 minutes)
John Becker radio interview with Chris Long, Ohio Christian Alliance (25 minutes)

Event Calendar

March 4, 2016
First Friday Luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's at noon for $20.

March 7, 2016
Union Twp Republican Central Committee meeting

March 11, 2016
Clermont County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner at the Oasis

March 12, 2016
NEHCRC Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Sharonville Convention Center

March 15, 2016
Primary Election Day from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM

Becker for State Representative
Ranked a top tier "most archconservative" by the Columbus Dispatch (September 2013).
" arguably the most conservative member of the Ohio House," said The Cincinnati Enquirer (March 2014).
"GOP Ohio House freshman Becker is no shrinking violet," headlined the Columbus Dispatch (December 2014).
Becker wins prestigious William Wilberforce Leadership Award (April 2015).
Rep. John Becker, suburban Cincinnati Republican… [holds] the unofficial title as the General Assembly's most conservative lawmaker, said the Columbus Dispatch (September 2015).

If the above Donate button does not work, use the button at
You could donate for FREE! You may know that an Ohio Income Tax $50 per taxpayer dollar-for-dollar tax CREDIT (It is $100 on a joint return.) is available every year. The "Ohio political contributions credit" is on line 58 of your Ohio IT 1040. Simply claim it on your state of Ohio tax return and get your money back. Contributions to candidates for State Representative (and other "state offices") qualify for this credit. That is why it will cost you nothing. I'm Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, Pro-Limited Government and Lower Taxes. Please see the following brief videos:

Introduction (38 seconds)

Second Amendment (36 seconds)

Taxes (49 seconds)

Energy (55 seconds)

Pro-Life (42 seconds)

Creation Science and Evolution (42 sec.)

State Government Spending (45 sec.)

Donate (50 seconds)

State Government (37 seconds)

Did this newsletter get sent to you by someone other than me? If so, please let me know at and I will add you to my distribution list. That will ensure that you get it in a timelier manner. You may also forward this to your friends.
Let me know if you would like to unsubscribe. This issue and back issues are available at:


This newsletter is not sanctioned by the GOP, ORP, or any organization, or affiliation. I am fully and solely responsible for its content. Although I strive for accuracy, this is not "The Gospel according to John." Additionally, I don't necessarily try to be "fair and balanced." After all, I didn't get into politics to be a news reporter. My agenda is to influence public policy consistent with Southern Ohio conservative values. For more information on my motivations or how to get involved, see:
What is a Central Committee?

Pro-Life | Pro-Gun | Limited Government | Lower Taxes

Paid for by Friends of Becker