Dana Loesch Will Present Keynote Speech at Citizens for Community Values’ Gala in Cincinnati

Conservative media personality Dana Loesch will be the keynote speaker at the Citizens for Community Values (CCV)’s upcoming Celebration Gala to be held in Cincinnati.

Loesch will speak at the gala on Thursday, October 1 at Xavier University.

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Conservative Organizations Call For Next Ohio House Speaker to Have Character, Be Supporter of Faith and Family

Even as the Ohio House of Representatives looks to replace disgraced Speaker Larry Householder, a coalition of conservative organizations is urging lawmakers to be thoughtful in how they do so.

Householder and four others were arrested July 21 in connection with a $60 million federal bribery probe in connection with the Legislature’s 2019 bailout of FirstEnergy and its nuclear power plants.

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Citizens for Community Values Pushes Back Against Hit Piece in The Columbus Dispatch

Citizens for Community Values is pushing back against a “blatantly biased” story in The Columbus Dispatch newspaper attacking them for working with the state to help people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CCV says it is “Ohio’s Family Policy Council” and “We endeavor to create an Ohio where God’s blessings of life, family, and religious freedom are treasured, respected, and protected.”

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DeWine Signs Student Religious Liberties Act Into Law

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed the Student Religious Liberties Act into law Friday, a bill that protects prayer and religious expression in public schools.

“No student should have to hide their faith just because they enter a public school. The Student Religious Liberties Act is carefully crafted to ensure school administrators can’t unfairly penalize students of all faiths, or no faith,” said Aaron Baer, president of Citizens for Community Values, one of twelve groups that testified in support of the bill.

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Traditional Districts, Republican Senator Lehner and State School Board President Complain About Increase in EdChoice Vouchers

Changes to the law for the EdChoice voucher program in this year’s state budget resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of school buildings whose students are eligible for the state-funded scholarship to attend participating private schools. State Board of Education President Laura Kohler plans to push lawmakers to “revisit” the issue. One Legislator already agreed it is a concern – Republican Senate Education Chair Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering).

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First Annual InspirEd Conference Boasts George Barna and Assistant Secretary of Primary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan

The Statehouse Atrium was filled with Christian educators, concerned citizens and major players in education policy for the first InspirEd Conference Monday. Hosted by The Ohio Christian Education Network (OCEN) –  a subsidiary of Citizens for Community Values (CCV) – the four-hour event included keynote speeches by pollster and culture analyst George Barna as well as Assistant Secretary of Primary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Frank Brogan.

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Toledo City Officials Not Enforcing Law Concerning Sexually Oriented Businesses, Resident Says They are Contributing to Human Trafficking

Citizens for Community Value’s President Aaron Baer and City Light Church Pastor George Williams held a press conference along with Toledo-area residents who live and work in the red light district. They had hoped to announce a sexually-oriented business operating illegally in their midst was being forced to close. Unfortunately, their pleas have fallen on mostly deaf ears. A daycare owner located near the strip club said the city officials are contributing to human trafficking.

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Pastor Sees African-American Community Rising Up Against Abortion, Credits President Trump and Exposure of Planned Parenthood Selling Baby Parts

  The National Black ProLife Coalition was joined by approximately 75 pro-life leaders and supporters from around Ohio and the nation at their press conference at Preterm Abortion Clinic in Cleveland on Tuesday. The purpose was to draw attention to the tragic abortion-related death of Tia Parks. Although the local…

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Planned Parenthood Walks Away from Title X Money, Sen. Sherrod Brown Blames Trump Admin for ‘Taking Health Care Away’

United States Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is attacking President Donald Trump over Planned Parenthood’s decision to walk away from Title X funding.

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Democrats Condemn AG Yost for Siding with Conservatives in LGBTQ Supreme Court Case

Ohio Democrats are condemning Attorney General Dave Yost for joining with other states in a Supreme Court case declaring that federal civil rights laws do not apply to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders or others in the LGBTQ category. Aaron Baer from Citizens for Community Values (CCV) is praising him.

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Ohio’s Republican Legislature Passes Massive Budget Increase

  COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate overwhelmingly passed House Bill 166 on Wednesday. Arriving at the final version of the biennial budget had been a source of contention between the two chambers, resulting in a 17-day extension. But the hatchet was buried and…

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Nineteen Ohio State Reps Declare Pornography a Public Health Crisis

  State Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) introduced House Resolution 180 in the Ohio House of Representatives on June 30. It declares pornography a public health crisis. The resolution has been assigned to the House Health Committee. Resolution 180 states its purpose is “to declare that pornography is a public health hazard with…

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Bill Passed to Ensure Students’ Rights to Exercise Freedom of Religion in Public Schools

  COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio House Primary and Secondary Education Committee passed a bill reaffirming the First Amendment right of children to the free exercise of religion in public schools Wednesday. It passed 9 to 4 on a party line vote. “House Bill 164 will simply codify into Ohio…

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ACLU Sues State of Ohio Over Heartbeat Bill

  The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the State of Ohio over the recently signed “Heartbeat Bill” (SB 23), which is set to take effect on July 10. [pdf-embedder url=”http://battlegroundstatenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/OhioHeartbeatBillComplaint.pdf”]   The lawsuit seeking declaratory and injunctive relief was filed in the U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio…

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Ohio’s Largest Christian Public Policy Team Is Expanding

  Ohio’s Family Policy Council, Citizens for Community Values (CCV), added a new member to its public policy team. CCV announced on Monday the hiring of University of Cincinnati Law School graduate Rachel Citak, who will serve as CCV’s legislative liaison out of the Columbus office. The CCV has been…

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Christian Family Values Organization Calls for Ohioans to Share Their Displeasure With Sen. Sherrod Brown for Voting Against Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act

A Christian pro-family organization is calling for Ohioans to share their displeasure with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who voted against a bill to protect babies born after a botched abortion. Citizens for Community Values’ website says of the organization, “As Ohio’s Family Policy Council, Citizens for Community Values seeks…

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Citizens for Community Values Joins Case Defending Christian Schools From State Discrimination

Wednesday, the Ohio-based Citizens for Community Values filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court, supporting the Tree of Life Christian School in their Supreme Court case; Tree of Life Christian School v City of Upper Arlington. In 2001, the city of Upper Arlington decided that it needed to increase tax…

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Citizens for Community Values Announces New Board Chair to Take Organization to ‘New Heights’

Ohio’s Citizens for Community Values announced Friday that pro-family advocate Tom Minnery has been named as the organization’s new chairman of the Board of Directors. “CCV is incredibly blessed to succeed a leader like Joe Trauth with Tom Minnery,” CCV President Aaron Baer said in a press release. “As CCV…

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Kasich Vows to Veto Pro-Life Heartbeat Bill as Senate Leaders Round Up Votes

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich has threatened to veto pro-life legislation that overwhelmingly passed the State House last week with the goal of protecting almost all unborn babies in the state from being aborted. Last Thursday, the Ohio House voted 60 to 35 to pass House Bill 258, which bans doctors from aborting any…

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Ben Shapiro to Testify at Ohio General Assembly in Support of Free Speech on Campus

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro will testify before the Ohio State House next week in support of a bill that would promote diversity of opinion and open debate on college campuses in the state. Shapiro, an attorney and best-selling author, is scheduled to testify at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in support of…

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