My Grandmother & Grandfather

My Grandmother Dorothy Louise Humston passed this week.

I was honored to make brief remarks at her funeral.

I also chose to read the following extraordinary condolence letter that was written by Thomas Jefferson to John Adams upon Jefferson's hearing of the death of Adams' wife, Abigail.  The letter could have been written to my grandfather, Asa, upon the loss of his beloved friend, wife, and partner of 74+ years: 

MONTICELLO, November 13, 1818.

The public papers, my dear friend, announce the fatal event of which your letter of October the 20th had given me ominous foreboding.

Tried myself in the school of affliction, by the loss of every form of connection which can rive the human heart, I know well, and feel what you have lost, what you have suffered, are suffering, and have yet to endure. The same trials have taught me that for ills so immeasurable, time and silence are the only medi­cine.

I will not, therefore, by useless condolences, open afresh the sluices of your grief, nor, although mingling sincerely my tears with yours, will I say a word more where words are vain, but that it is of some comfort to us both, that the term is not very distant, at which we are to deposit in the same cerement, our sorrows and suffering bodies, and to ascend in essence to an ecstatic meeting with the friends we have loved and lost, and whom we shall still love and never lose again.

God bless you and support you under your heavy affliction.

Th: Jefferson
— The Writings of Thomas Jefferson. Volume: 15. Contributors: Andrew A. Lipscomb - editor, Albert Ellery Bergh - editor, Thomas Jefferson - author, Richard Holland Johnson - editor, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association of the United States

Happy Birthday Mr. Jefferson!

I'm confident that Mr. Jefferson would likely deflect any notice of his birth to a discussion of such passage of time as a measure of the progress of the nation founded and secured under his watch.

Undoubtedly, he would be shocked at our growth and strength. He would not be surprised by the divisions and animus in our policy and politics. But most importantly, as an eternal believer in the potential of man, he would still believe that Americans could collectively overcome all, and that there was so much more yet to come.

Happy Birthday Th:Jefferson and thank you.

Jeff and RCO Launch INDIVISIBLE.LEGAL to assist progressive organizations!


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You can also interact with the team through Facebook and Twitter.'s goal is to assist and guide independent Indivisible groups as they lawfully create, organize and deploy under-utilized, but existing tools and organizations to ENGAGE VOTERS, WIN ELECTIONS, AND INFLUENCE POLICY.

Today saw the posting of the first two sets of educational materials (in an intended regular series): 

  1. Presentation/slides that outline recent use of independent organizations (ex: 501(c)s and SuperPACs) as powerful tools for the development of policy and winning elections; and
  2.  Quick reference chart outlining some of the DO's and DONT's for 501(c)s and SuperPACs.

Indivisible and other progressive activists are encouraged to contact Jeff to schedule training and consultations as they work to TURN ADVOCACY TO ACTION!

As always, Jeff and RCo's goal is to serve the political, advocacy and startup communities and help them THRIVE in challenging environments.

So much more to come.


Given some of the truly deplorable legislation slipped into existing bills during this "Lame Duck" session of the Ohio Legislature, a lot of folks have asked me about the Governor's Veto Power / Veto Process.

Here is a brief primer based off my past as "Captain Veto" in the Strickland Administration:

You can also access the .pdf on the Client Portal page of my law fim site,