GOP en Schwarzenegger Backs Ohio City For GOP Convention <p>Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is putting his muscle behind a bid by Ohio's capital to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.</p><p>Columbus leaders incorporated a letter of endorsement from the champion bodybuilder, movie star and Republican politician into their bid presentation Monday in Washington, D.C.</p><p>Schwarzenegger wrote that Columbus has been "an extremely successful" location for his annual Arnold Sports Festival. The event has grown since the 1970s from a one-day men's bodybuilding competition to the largest multi-sport fitness festival in the world.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Associated Press 46627 at Schwarzenegger Backs Ohio City For GOP Convention Ohio Cities Send Reps To Check Out GOP Convention <p>Representatives of Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland went to Washington to chat with Republican officials who will choose the site for their 2016 convention.</p><p>The three Ohio cities are in the running to host the convention, and the meetings Monday were informal sessions for GOP officials to answer questions about the process.</p><p>Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges said the meetings were an opportunity for the cities to "get the real lowdown on what it's going to take," according to The Columbus Dispatch.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Associated Press 45759 at Ohio Tea Party Convention Highlights 2014 Elections, Split With GOP <p>Tea Party activists are being told they have a lot of opportunity in next year&rsquo;s elections, as they continue to oppose Republicans on several issues. But they also are being told they have a lot of work to do.</p><p>The Tea Party&rsquo;s annual statewide We The People Convention was a sellout. More than 300 activists gathered in a ballroom at the Columbus Convention Center to talk about religion in politics, the economy, a Constitutional amendment for a federal balanced budget, Medicaid expansion and a preview of next year&rsquo;s statewide ballot.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:04:00 +0000 Karen Kasler (Ohio Public Radio) 39938 at Tea Party Upset GOP Is Capitalizing on IRS Flap <p>Reaction to the IRS targeting several conservative groups is dividing some Ohio conservatives.</p><p>Tom Zawitowski is a Tea Party activist in Portgage County and was among those wrongly investigated by the IRS. The Ohio Republican Party this week sent out a email asking supporters to donate money to help fight the IRS. Speaking on All Sides with Ann Fisher today, Zawitowski called the email, “an example of how unconnected the Ohio Republican Party is with their base.”</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 12:35:00 +0000 Steve Brown (WOSU) 33270 at Split Among Conservatives Becoming More Pronounced <p>The rift among Republicans over the Ohio GOP's stance on major issues and its support of Gov. John Kasich is starting to look like a serious split. And some Republicans say they're ready to run away.</p><p>Tea Party leader Tom Zawistowski says he met this past weekend with the Ohio Constitution Party and is talking with others about finding a new political home for activists he calls “the force of the party”. And he says he doesn’t worry that this split is making conservatives look divided going into next year’s campaigns.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 10:35:00 +0000 Karen Kasler (Ohio Public Radio) 32767 at