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Father and Daughter Win Election To Save Their Local Park

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Retired widower Steve Herbik and his 23-year old daughter Brittany launched an uphill fight to save their suburban Ohio park from a development plan supported by a Democrat-led city council, a Democratic mayor from a prominent local political family, a major construction company, and the local press.

Herbik lives in Brooklyn, Ohio, a stone’s throw from Cleveland city limits. He describes Brooklyn as a “small community” with a prized local venue called Memorial Park, which features bucks, turkey, and other wildlife. But the park was threatened by an initiative called Issue 3, which would have allowed the Geis family’s Geis Construction company to build over the park.

“I was told by a neighbor who came over and said, they’re putting something on the ballot. They want to tear up our park,” Herbik told Big League Politics. “They gave me a little zoning change ordinance in the mail.”

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“I went to City Hall, got the ordinance…I started realizing that there were a lot of things in that ordinance. They could take away 92 percent of the park, put in offices and condominiums, and basically pave over the whole park,” Herbik said. “I went to all the city presentations, where they’re putting drawings and plans for what the park could be. Every artist rendering was different. It was a complete snow job and I decided I wasn’t going to let that happen.” Herbik said the estimated cost range for the project was $240 million and that the city would have had to take out “tens of millions in loans just to get the project started.”

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So who joined his effort to save the park? Herbik said: “It was just me and my daughter.”

“I was off on a crusade for the truth, going to planning and steering meetings. Then I had city council meetings. They were all trying to get me to slow down and be quiet,” Herbik said, noting that he “took a lot of abuse.”

“The economic director insulted me half a dozen times in public meetings,” he said, adding that the local press was “one-sided toward the mayor,” Democrat Katie Gallagher.

“In the last eight days we did 33 miles of door-to-door knocking. The vast majority of the people we talked to had no idea about it, and we saved the park.”

Herbik drove around to all the precincts Tuesday night and reported the results exclusively to Big League Politics: 634 votes in favor of the development plan, and 1,152 votes against.

Herbik said Mayor Gallagher Facebook-posted her disappointment that the city lost $10,000 on planning the development, and also deleted a Facebook comment pre-emptively slamming Herbik for accusing her of paying off election officials.

Cleveland Tea Party co-founder Ralph King was involved in the effort to save the park, and said that the victory inspired him more than anything he’s recently seen in politics.

“I’ve been completely engrossed in this,” King told Big League Politics on election night. “They [Herbik and friends] spent probably about three hundred dollars and it’s looking like we won.”

“This is where my heart has been at since the beginning of the tea party. It goes on right here in your own backyards, when we’re watching the frontdoors,” King said, noting that America First policies have to be pushed for by citizens at the local level, and not by political interests.

“If you can’t put 20 people in a council room there’s no way in Hell you could organize a congressional race,” King said.

 

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After Violent Weekend and Black Terror Militia Display, Gov. Brian Kemp Deploys 1,000 Troops to Georgia Streets

Kemp is getting serious.

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is calling for a state of emergency and putting 1,000 National Guard troops on the streets after an exceptionally violent weekend that saw a black terror militia enforce racial dominance with firearms.

Kemp made the announcement that five people were killed in Atlanta over the weekend with over 30 people being shot. The most tragic of all the deaths was that of eight-year-old girl Secoriea Turner, who was gunned down near the Wendy’s recently burned down by a mob of Black Lives Matter (BLM) thugs.

In his announcement, Kemp said that “peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead.”

“This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city. I have declared a State of Emergency and called up the Georgia Guard because the safety of our citizens comes first,” Kemp added. “This measure will allow troops to protect state property and dispatch state law enforcement officers to patrol our streets. Enough with the tough talk. We must protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.”

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Perhaps even more alarming than the gun violence was the black terror militia that menaced white people with firearms at Stone Mountain.

Roughly 1,000 anti-white terrorists demonstrated with arms at Stone Mountain, demanding that a Confederate mural be torn down.

Members of the black terror mob harassed white drivers demanding reparations to slavery, as the U.S. begins to more closely resemble Somalia thanks to diversity and multiculturalism.

Video of the terror display can be seen here:

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms, who has cheered on the BLM terror spree as it has swept the country, is now remorseful because innocent people are being caught in the crossfire of the ongoing marxist revolution.

“We have talked about this movement that is happening across America at this moment in time when we have the ears and the interest of people across this country and across this globe who are saying they want to see change,” Bottoms said.

“We’re fighting the enemy within when we are shooting each other up in our streets. You shot and killed a baby,” she added.

Big League Politics reported earlier today about the father of the eight-year-old murder victim calling out the BLM movement for its immense hypocrisy:

The father of an eight year old girl killed by armed Black Lives Matter rioters in Atlanta excoriated his daughter’s killers for their hypocrisy, pointing out that they had killed a black child while “protesting” under the auspices of the movement.

Secoriya Williamson was speaking at an Atlanta City Council meeting. His daughter, eight year old Secoriea Turner, was shot and killed when armed protestors of the Black Lives Matter movement opened fire on a vehicle she was riding in that crossed over an illegal road barrier that the rioters had set up. Turner was killed near the parking lot of the Wendy’s in which Rayshard Brooks was shot after stealing a police officer’s taser, an event that set off a firestorm of Black Lives Matter protests in the city.

They say black lives matter… You killed your own. You killed your own this time. Just because of a barrier? They killed my baby because she crossed a barrier? You killed a child… She didn’t do nothing to nobody.

The killing of an eight year old child is an utterly unspeakable crime, to which the police shooting of an armed suspect resisting arrest pales in comparison to. Sadly, the death of Turner will receive only a small fraction of the media coverage and community outrage in comparison to the shooting death of Brooks.

Kemp hopes to restore law and order and halt BLM’s momentum with his state of emergency as troops are deployed to keep the peace.

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