In-depth discussion on COVID “vaccine” and irreversible consequences

We are pleased to announce that world-renowned physician, speaker, author and vaccine expert Dr. Sherri Tenpenny will be the guest speaker. She’ll be speaking at the Totally Engaged Americans meeting in Lorain on the 2nd Saturday in March.

Here is a recent interview of Dr. Tenpenny with Reinette Senum.  Title:  Dr. Sherri Tenpenny – Explains how the depopulation mRNA Vaccines will start to work in 3-6 months.

RESERVATIONS are required and are now open.

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TEA 2020 Voter Guide

Totally Engaged Americans voter guide for the 2020 General Election.

Lorain County, Ohio – Totally Engaged Americans (TEA) of Lorain County published their voter guide today for use in the 2020 General Election in Ohio. TEA foundational values are constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets and the organization seeks to support candidates and issues that most closely aline with these values.

The last day ‘Election Day’ of voting season is quickly approaching, November 3. Voters have been voting in high numbers during early voting at the Lorain County Board of Elections office, 1985 N. Ridge Rd., Lorain, since October 6. Early voting ends on Monday, November 2.

Use this voter guide when you vote.

To find your polling location click here:

For the election day and early voting days and hours, see the calendar here:


If you have your absentee ballot at your house be sure to complete it and return it in person or by mail.

In-person returning ballot? A drop-box is available at the Lorain County BOE office 24/7. Voters can also go through the ballot drop-off drive thru which is open at the BOE office the same hours as in-person absentee voting during the week. Deadline to return your ballot in person is Tuesday, November 3, at 7:30 pm, when the polls close.

If mailing back your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by November 2, 2020, and received by the board of elections by November 13, 2020. See answers to this and other frequently asked questions here.

Jack Windsor to speak at TEA

Jack Windsor

Investigative Journalist Jack Windsor will be speaking for Totally Engaged Americans this Saturday, August 8, 2020. Click here for details.

He is one of the few if not the only reporter in the press conferences with Governor DeWine asking the questions we all would like to know the answers to.

To give you a glimpse into some of his work, see this article titled, “Governor DeWine suppresses data disproving COVID-19 policies” or read his testimony before the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee.

Want to see Jack in action asking a question of Governor DeWine? Here is a sampling from recent press conference.

Jack has a fan club on Facebook though recently the fan club page was removed by Facebook. Jack explains:

Click for quick video of Jack

Jack has been very busy. There’s more in his search for the truth about COVID-19 in Ohio. If you search the Watch module on Facebook using the term “Jack Windsor” you’ll see several very in-depth and informative recordings that he is a part of and leading. Page one of recent search results:

Join folks in Lorain County this Saturday morning, August 8, to hear Jack Windsor in person. 8:30 am Coffee and Donuts 9:00 am Program with Jack Windsor speaking. Location: 44905 N. Ridge Rd., Amherst, Ohio (MAP). Admission: Free for first- time guests and students, $3 for all others. This includes the refreshments.

This event is OPEN to the PUBLIC.

Here is the event listing on Facebook to SHARE with your friends there.

We look forward to seeing you.

9 more Voting days

Early voting is available everyday now, March 9 through March 16, at the Lorain County Board of Elections office, 1985 North Ridge Road, Lorain, OH.  (Click for MAP)   Hours are shown on the calendar below.

MARCH 2020 CLICK Here for full calendar.

Election Day voting is on Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at your local polling location.  Click here to find your polling location.

View videos of primary election candidates on the TEA YouTube channel.  Click here.

Be a totally engaged voter one of the next nine days!

A Clear Choice for America

Theme of TEA booth at the 2019 Lorain County Fair was “A Clear Choice for America”.

What does this mean? Where did this come from? Clear choice between what choices?

TEA rented a booth last week at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio. Considering all the talk of socialist policies by the candidates at the Democratic Party debates and in the mainstream media, it seemed appropriate to define what socialism is. Then, by extension, we thought socialism would be better understood by contrasting it with values on the other end of the spectrum, conservatism. Thus was born the idea in our fair booth planning committee to display a sample list of socialist values and sample list of conservative values.

Here are the signs that were displayed.

Cards were handed out to folks who visited the TEA fair booth. They had these lists plus more. Below is the message that appeared on the front of the card.

Dear Fellow Voters,
Citizens of Lorain County have a variety of perspectives.  We hope you will take time to look down these lists.  Think about what you value.  Discuss it with your family and friends.  Before you vote, weigh each candidate to decide who most closely matches your values.  Your friends, T.E.A.

Below is the card front and back.

TEA sent many-a fairgoer on their way with card in hand and questions to ponder. “What do I value?”, “What are the candidates saying they value? Which candidates (city, county, district, state, national) values most closely match mine?” Consider this with each race on the ballot each time elections are held, in the Spring and in the Fall.

For your information, the General Election coming up this Fall is on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Visit here to see the candidate and issue lists that will appear on your ballot. You can view your personal ballot.

Endorsements from Totally Engaged Americans!

With election night a week away, we are happy to share the endorsements made by our members. We decided against a simple 50% threshold in favor of a candidate who receives support of 70% of our members to earn our endorsement. There are two races in Lorain County where support was split between two candidates preventing either one from achieving the 70% mark, leaving a clear favorite in the remaining races. In this VERY important off-year election, voter turnout is incredibly important so please vote and then get others to vote as well.


In one of the most important races in Ohio, we endorse JIM RENACCI Jim Renacci(pictured) for U.S. Senate. While some polling puts him within the margin of error, this seat is rated by every major polling organization as a keep for the Democrats. Renacci was an early 2016 supporter of Donald Trump and would help move his agenda through the Senate. Senators like Elizabeth Warren or Chuck Schumer would not be able to win in Ohio, and there is no reason reason to vote with their fellow liberal simply because of name recognition. Jim Renacci is a clear choice to take over this U.S. Senate seat.

In Congressional races, we endorse the Republicans JIM JORDAN, BOB GIBBS, and STEVE KRAUS (pictured). And although this question is not on the ballot, many of us Steve Krausfurther support Jim Jordan to be Speaker of the House. For too long, Republicans have campaigned on a conservative agenda, and yet even in 2017, our Republican Congress sent a budget that pays for Planned Parenthood but not a border wall. This is unacceptable, and re-electing Jordan and Gibbs will help keep the House in Republican hands. Steve Kraus has a tougher road in taking on a 30+ year incumbent and we must provide all the help we can and change minds and get out his vote in traditionally Democrat areas in Lorain County.


While some conservative groups have made no endorsement in the governor’s race, or Mike DeWinehave suggested voting for the Libertarian candidate, Totally Engaged Americans of Lorain County has endorsed MIKE DEWINE (pictured). The current governor has been a wet blanket for many Ohio conservatives and the long intermittently-conservative record of DeWine has caused some concern. Nevertheless, DeWine is clearly the better candidate between the two candidates who are competing for the victory.

The other statewide races fall into place for the Republican candidates, as we’ve endorsed DAVID YOST (Attorney General), KEITH FABER (Auditor), FRANK LAROSE (Secretary of State), and ROBERT SPRAGUE (Treasurer). Each of these positions is important in their own way when it comes to Ohio voting, pending and potential lawsuits, and financial transparency.

For State Representative, we also followed the Republican line by endorsing ROB WEBER (pictured), GAYLE MANNING, and Rob WeberDICK STEIN. Like Steven Kraus, Rob Weber is campaigning in a traditionally Democrat area so please help him with your vote and voice in getting others to support him. Both his experience and his fresh ideas for the district are clearly superior to his opponent.

For State Senator, our members split between Republican Nathan Manning and Libertarian Homer Taft. There was some concern about Manning’s relationship with former Speaker Rosenberger, his ability to oppose potentially liberal policies (like Medicaid Expansion) from either Governor DeWine or Governor Cordroy, and a generic feeling against the Manning family simply switching seats. With Taft, there is certainty that he would vote as a fiscal conservative although his social positions caused others to shy away. Regardless, neither of these candidates achieved the 70% benchmark so we leave this race up to you.

Finally for the Ohio Supreme Court, we endorse CRAIG BALDWIN and MARY DEGENARO. For State Board of Education, our chair Kirsten Hill had put her name on the ballot, however she defers to SUE LARIMER for this important seat.


In the most important race for Lorain County voters, please support and vote for JOHN CIARRONE (pictured, standing right) for County John CiaronneCommissioner. The current Democrat monopoly on the Commission is unchecked when it comes to managing our county tax dollars, and unsurprisingly their answer to any hint of financial problem is to raise taxes. They raised the sales tax after voters rejected it, and they now want more money allegedly for an opioid rehab facility although there is no evidence that these elected characters are capable of supervising and operating it as a county facility. We must begin to change the culture of our county government, and it can begin with John Ciarrone.

For County Auditor, our members split between incumbent Democrat Craig Snodgrass and Libertarian Matt Doran. Members who preferred Snodgrass look to his experience and qualifications, while those who preferred Doran looked at his technology background to streamline tasks and that he is a Libertarian.

For the courts, we endorse JENNIFER HENSAL for Ohio Court of Appeals, and JENIFER BERKI MERRILL for Court of Common Pleas.


Vote NO on Issue 1Our members vote NO on STATE ISSUE 1, the amendment which increases the legal amount of drugs one may possess. This is promoted as a way to get non-violent criminals out of our overcrowded jails, however the answer to that problem cannot be to more permissiveness when it comes to drug volume and availability.

Our members also vote NO on ISSUE 8 and ISSUE 14. Issue 8 raises funds for Vote NO on Issue 14Lorain’s Joint Vocational System and Issue 14 raises funds to create a county-run opioid center. The property taxes and sales tax of Lorain County has gone up very recently and also over the last decade, and there is zero trust or faith that JVS or the Commissioners can spend any new money responsibly. Of course our members understand the need for county services and that they must raise the necessary money to operate. We do NOT believe, however, that our current county commissioners can effectively use the resources that Lorain County citizens are forced to provide through this tax system.


We encourage you and any of your friends and family in Ohio to go to and download a list of endorsements in your specific precinct. The only difference between our list and the list on this website is our endorsement for Mike DeWine for Governor.

Thank you all so much for your attention and your participation! It is our responsibility to become informed and engaged voters, and by getting through this list of endorsements puts you light-years ahead of many other voters in the county and in the state.

Get out and VOTE and get your friends and family to VOTE as well!

** ENDORSEMENTS from Totally Engaged Americans **

Thanks to ALL of our participating members for adding their voice to our group. Totally Engaged Americans of Lorain County strives to educate citizens in federal, state, and local matters so they can be a better informed voter. To that end, we held two candidate forums where we listened to those running for office as well as advocates for the issues that will be on our May 8 ballot. We set a threshold of 70% support where Totally Engaged Americans of Lorain County would make an endorsement of a candidate or issue. After gathering feedback from members, we have these endorsements: Continue reading “** ENDORSEMENTS from Totally Engaged Americans **”

Vote May 8 – Strive to be the best-prepared voter

PLAN and PREPARE to be the best voter you can be.

Did you know that your vote means more in the primary?  It is MUCH more powerful in the primaries.  This is for a couple of reasons.  One is because only a small percentage of registered voters show up for the primary elections compared to the general elections.  Another reason is due to the gerrymandering of districts.  The state and congressional districts are typically drawn to favor one political party over another therefore whoever is the candidate on the favored political party slate wins the majority of the time in the general election.

To make your voting experience the best it can be, we have put together some information for you.  We believe that it is a challenge to be an informed voter.  It is practically a full-time job to meet and talk to all the candidates and to learn the issues in depth.  Hear we go with the basics to start with.

What day do I vote?  Tuesday, May 8, 2018  (or Early Voting Calendar)

What time do I vote?  Between 6:30 am and 7:30 pm

Where do I vote?  CLICK HERE to find your personal Polling Location.

How do I vote?

There are a few steps required to answer this question.

  • Pick your political party – This primary election your political party choices are Democrat, Green, Republican or No party (aka independent or unaffiliated, ‘issues only’).  The poll workers will ask you which party’s ballot you would like when you check in at your polling location.
  • View your Sample Ballot before you go to your polling location.  You can CLICK HERE to obtain personal sample ballot.  You can actually view the ballots for each of the 4 party choices.
  • Issues and candidates – More detailed information follows starting with the issues.
  • TEA held Candidates and Issues Forums (OPEN to the PUBLIC) in March and April of 2018 in Amherst, Ohio (Lorain County).


What are the issues on my ballot in Lorain County?

  • Issue #1 (Statewide) – Changes method of drawing congressional districts (Constitutional Amendment)

Click on the picture to WATCH video on Issue # 1.  Ballot text is here.  Ballotpedia explanation is here.

Mary Kirtz, League of Women Voters, speaks about Issue #1 at April 14 TEA Forum.

  • What do property tax Issues #4 and #5 COST the homeowner?  Jeff Baxter explains in this video.

Jeff Baxter explains cost of county tax issues at March 10 TEA Forum.

  • Issue #4 (Lorain County) – Shall the tax levy for the Board of Mental Health be renewed for 5 years?

Click on the picture to WATCH video on Issue # 4.  Ballot text is here.

Dr. Kathleen Kern, Board of Mental Health, speaks on Issue #4 at March 10 TEA Forum

  • Issue #5 (Lorain County) – Shall the tax levy for Developmental Disabilities be renewed for 5 years?

Click on the picture to WATCH video on Issue # 5.  Ballot text is here.

Amber Fisher, Board of Developmental Disabilities, speaks about Issue #5 at March 10 TEA Forum.

CANDIDATES – Statewide and Congress

Meet several of the candidates you see on sample ballots available to you right here on videos recorded at the 2018 Spring TEA Forums.

  • WATCH Mary Taylor, candidate for Ohio Governor, speak.  Click on photo below to WATCH video PART I.

Mary Taylor, Governor Candidate, speaks at April 14 TEA Forum (PART I)

  • WATCH Mary Taylor, candidate for Ohio Governor, speak.  Click on photo below to WATCH video PART 2.

Mary Taylor, Governor Candidate, speaks at April 14 Forum (PART 2).

  • WATCH Sandra O’Brien, candidate for Ohio Treasurer.  Click on photo.

Sandra O’Brien, Ohio Treasurer Candidate, speaks at April 14 TEA Forum.

  • WATCH Keith Colton, candidate for Congress Ohio 9th District.  Click on photo.  Keith wins the prize for biggest prop brought to the stage.

Keith Colton, Congress Ohio 9th District Candidate, speaks at April 14 TEA Forum.

  • WATCH Steve Kraus, candidate for Congress Ohio 9th District.  Click on photo.

Steve Kraus, Congress Ohio 9th Dist. Candidate, speaks at April 14 TEA Forum.

CANDIDATES – County & District

  • WATCH John Ciarrone, candidate for Lorain County Commissioner.  Click on photo.

John Ciarrone, county commissioner candidate, speaks at March 10 TEA Forum.

  • WATCH Nathan Manning, candidate for Ohio Senate District 13.  Click on photo.

Nathan Manning, Ohio Senate candidate, speaks at April 14 TEA Forum.

  • WATCH Ryan Sawyer, candidate for Ohio Senate District 13.  Click on photo.

Ryan Sawyer, candidate for Ohio Senate, speaks at April 14 TEA Forum.

  • WATCH Dick Stein, candidate for Ohio House District 57.  Click on photo.

Dick Stein, candidate for Ohio House 57, speaks at March 10 TEA Forum.

  • WATCH Rob Weber, candidate for Ohio House District 56.  Click on photo.

Rob Weber, candidate for Ohio House 56, speaks at March 10 TEA Forum.

  • WATCH Kirsten Penton Hill, candidate for State Central Committee District 13.  Click on photo.

Kirsten Penton Hill, candidate for State Central Committee, speaks at March 10 TEA Forum.

  • WATCH Patty Stein, candidate for State Central Committee District 13. Click on photo.

Patty Stein, candidate for State Central Committee, speaks at March 10 TEA Forum.

Trying to be a fully-informed voter is a big job.  It can be exhausting.  We hope that we have helped you out just a little bit.  That is our aim here at Totally Engaged Americans®.  Our organization is run by all volunteers.  There is no paid staff preparing the TEA Forums, contacting candidates and issue speakers, videorecording the forum speakers or updating the TEA website with all this information.

Many thanks to the emcee at the 2018 Spring candidate forums, Mr. Michael Moats.  He did a superb job introducing the issues and the candidates and directing traffic to and from the podium.  Hats off to Mike!

Okay, now to wrap it all up.


  1. MARK your calendar to GO VOTE on May 8, 2018 between 6:30 am and 7:30 pm.
  2. In advance of May 8, find your polling location here.
  3. In advance of May 8, pick your sample ballot from the 4 party choices here.
  4. In advance of May 8, STUDY the sample ballot you chose in #3 and do RESEARCH on the candidates and issues.  WATCH the videos above.
  5. In advance of May 8, DECIDE how you are going to vote on the issues and the candidates.
  6. On May 8, DRIVE to your polling location, check-in with your i.d., SELECT your political party (or no party) ballot and VOTE on all the issues and races on the ballot.

Thank you for being the best voter you can be.  Our democratic republic lives on because of individuals like you, the informed voter.

Issue 1 Could Maybe Work


Ohio District Map with 12 red districts and 4 blueFor over 200 years, we’ve complained about gerrymandering for congressional districts. And 200 years later, we’re still complaining about it. In 2015, Ohio voters overwhelmingly supported a commission to address gerrymandering of state districts. Now we have Issue 1 which alleges to put an end to gerrymandering of congressional districts. Will it really create more cohesive districts, or will this be just another empty promise?

The Fair Districts = Fair Elections Coalition has been advocating for this issue by gathering signatures to get it on the May ballot, and now they are speaking to outside groups. Ballotpedia has the full text of Issue 1, and Senate Resolution 5 actually provides more detailed information.

Their campaign relies heavily on the appeal of bipartisanship. As engaged, black-belt voters who are studying this issue, we are naturally and justifiably skeptical of this promise. Past experiences reveal that “bipartisanship” only means that the bipartisan establishment will protect itself from the grassroots. Instead, advocates for Issue 1 should rely on the requirement of COMPACTNESS. No other measure can be more clearly and easily achieved.

Compactness means that districts are geographically tight, preferably in rectangular blocked shapes instead of the dropped plates of spaghetti we have now. It only requires common sense and a simple eye test to see if a district is drawn compactly or if it has tentacles and rabbit trails stretching in all sorts of directions. It does not mean drawing a district that is 120 miles long and only 15 miles wide (Marcy Kaptur’s OH-09). It does not include a district that squirrels through 8 whole and 6 partial counties (Jim Jordan’s OH-04). It looks more like the following computer-generated map at the left.

Two Ohio maps: one with computer-generated ideal districts, other with larger counties are colored

We have to get into SR5 to read what MIGHT be the teeth to requiring compactness.

  • Sec 2 B (5) Of the eighty-eight counties in this state, sixty-five counties shall be contained entirely within a district, eighteen counties may be split not more than once, and five counties may be split not more than twice. The authority drawing the districts may determine which counties may be split.

The five most populous counties (drawn in pink at the right) are Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Summit, and Montgomery. The most populous 18 counties (remaining drawn in beige) have over 130,000 residents and includes Lorain, Medina and Portage. So while any counties could be split based on the commission’s decision, these are examples of which counties can be split if based on population. Most importantly, none of the other 65 counties can be split!

Next, we need to see how much foolishness can be done within these split counties.

  • Sec 2 B 4 (b) If one municipal corporation or township in that county contains a population of not less than one hundred thousand and not more than the congressional ratio of representation, that municipal corporation or township shall not be split. If that county contains two or more such municipal corporations or townships, only the most populous of those municipal corporations or townships shall not be split.

Only six cities have more than 100,000 residents: Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron, and Dayton. Every other city, village, and township in the state of Ohio will have a single representative.

With strict rules, even the most corrupt politicians, whether elected or appointed, will struggle to create a grossly imbalanced map. Only in those six populous cities can a neighborhood be split with regard to congressional representation. Even in the counties that are split three different ways, each city other than those largest six will remain intact.

With politicians being who they are, and corruption being what it is, of course there will be instances of slanted districts. It’s also not realistic to expect Republicans to win heavily urban areas or Democrats to win those rural counties by the Indiana border (yet!). It cannot be as bad, however, as the current map which sees Democrats winning their districts with about 70% of the vote and Republicans at least 60%. Democrat voters will be spread out over more districts, and Republicans should prepare to lose their 12-4 House advantage.

And some Republicans will vote against Issue 1 because they will lose this advantage. Some feel that “to the winners go the spoils” and that when Republicans win statewide and legislative races (as they have in 2000 and 2010), they should have partisan reign over the district boundaries to create winnable districts. That’s working with the current map where Democrat House members received 47% of the vote in 2012 but only won 25% of the seats.

But if we are to believe that competition makes candidates better, then why should we reward representatives with a 10-year contract to serve at their own pleasure for simply winning that first redistricted race? Wanting representatives to derive their powers from the people, we cannot give these people, Democrats or Republicans, a 10-year pass on decisions they may make in office. As angry as conservatives have been at the Republicans in the House since 2010, none has ever been close to losing a primary or in the general. The status quo is not just having Republicans create gerrymandered districts, but it also includes some (not all) grassroots conservatives complaining about being powerless to influence their representation.

Remember that in the Gingrich Revolution of 1994, a Republican (Martin Hoke) won the western Cuyahoga County district later won by Dennis Kucinich. Also the Youngstown area has seen about a 10% switch away from the Democrat party, so who’s to say that a Republican cannot win that larger region in the near future.

Unfortunately, Issue 1 is truly a vote where we will “need to pass it to find out what’s in it.” The promise could be delivered upon with a good map. On the other hand, the bipartisan establishment could find loopholes and exemptions for more of the same type of gerrymandering that protects legislators from their voters. Ohioans will choose whether they want change or if they want the status quo. Even if they do want change, maybe there’s a feeling that THIS change is inadequate so they will wait and judge the next proposal. If they think this proposal will bring Ohio representatives more accountable and responsive to their voters, then they should support Issue 1 in May.


A Fix for Gerrymandering?

Mary Kirtz of the League of Women Voters spoke at April 14 TEA meeting about Ohio Ballot Issue #1.  This is a statewide ballot issue addressing how congressional districts are drawn.  

Mary Kirtz, League of Women Voters speaks about Ohio Ballot Issue #1 – Drawing Congressional Districts

Election Ballot Language:    (Source:  Lorain County Board of Elections)  This is what will appear on your Primary Election 2018 Ballot in Ohio.

Issue 1
Creates a bipartisan, public process for drawing congressional districts Proposed Constitutional Amendment
Proposed by Joint Resolution of the General Assembly

To amend the version of Section 1 of Article XI that is scheduled to take effect January 1, 2021, and to enact Sections 1, 2, and 3 of Article XIX of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to establish a process for congressional redistricting.

A majority yes vote is necessary for the amendment to pass.

The proposed amendment would:

  End the partisan process for drawing congressional districts, and replace it with a process with the goals of promoting bipartisanship, keeping local communities together, and having district boundaries that are more compact.

  Ensure a transparent process by requiring public hearings and allowing public submission of proposed plans.

  Require the General Assembly or the Ohio Redistricting Commission to adopt new congressional districts by a bipartisan vote for the plan to be effective for the full 10-year period.

  Require that if a plan is adopted by the General Assembly without significant bipartisan support, it cannot be effective for the entire 10-year period and must comply with explicit anti- gerrymandering requirements.

If passed, the amendment will become effective immediately.

Shall the amendment be approved?