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Taft win [in Lucas County] noticed by Bush advisers

National Republicans enjoyed unprecedented success in the Nov. 5 midterm congressional elections, but as President Bush scans the Midwestern political landscape for sitting governors who can help his 2004 re-election bid, Ohio’s Bob Taft is the last man standing. Mr. Taft easily won re-election, in part on the strength of a big victory in Lucas County that top White House and gubernatorial aides...

GOP spent heavily to boost majority

Ohio House Republicans spent almost $6 million to increase their majority to 62-37 for the upcoming legislative session, and on the Senate side, Republicans spent $4.6 million to increase their majority to 22-11. Click here to read the entire Columbus Dispatch story (subscription site - paid access only). An archived version follows. GOP spent heavily to boost majority State races in House,...

House ''in position to pass [CCW] in February or March''

The Columbus Dispatch printed a story Monday summarizing some of the hotter issues that dominated the post-election session. Of particular interest were comments regarding the General Assembly's failure to pass concealed carry reform, including but not limited to: ---> A mention of "Taft and his wife, Hope", not being wild about the concealed carry concept. (When did Mrs. Taft get elected to...

Supreme Court Uncertainty:Justice Cook May Finally Be Confirmed to Federal Bench

Those anxiously awaiting a high court ruling on the constitutionality of Ohio's ban on carrying concealed weapons may have more waiting, and worrying, to do. After the successful election of two conservative justices in Election 2002 (thanks in no small part to the efforts of OFCC PAC volunteers), confidence in the possibility of a high court ruling concurrent with the lower courts grew. Some...

Columbus Dispatch Op-Ed:[Senate's] Concealed-carry legislation too full of holes

The Columbus Dispatch has printed a Lee Leonard op-ed piece which points out still more reasons why it was better that the Senate's amended HB274 died without a House vote. While we don't agree with all of Mr. Leonard's assessments, this piece does highlight the contrast between the strong leadership from Speaker Householder in the House vs. that from Finan/ Jacobson in the Senate. He also...

Dayton Daily News: ''Super Jeff''?

The Dayton Daily News has published what could simply be reprinted in 2004 as their endorsement of Jeff Jacobson for Senate President. Jacobson chaired the Senate committee which negotiated the "reform" right out of HB274, this year's concealed carry reform bill. "He got the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police to shift from opposed to neutral on a bill to allow Ohioans to carry concealed weapons...",...

Letter to the Editor: Think Sky is Falling

On Sunday, December 15, the Defiance Crescent-News printed a letter to the editor from OFCC PAC Vice Chairman Chad Baus. Click on the "Read More..." link below to read the letter. Former Toledo Mayor Carty and city council enacted a ban on inexpensive handguns, citing rising crime rates. Result? Violent crime continues to rise in Lucas County ( Toledo Blade , November 2002). This week, Toledo...

Letters to the Editor: People have right to self-defense

On December 13, the Findlay Courier printed two pro-CCW letters to the editor. Since the Courier does not offer it's opinions page online, click on the "Read More..." link below to read both letters. People have right to protect selves Soon, a concealed-carry bill may or may not be up for a vote. With all its new alterations, my opinion is not to pass such legislation. With all its new...

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