Stivers Seated in Senate

Republican Senator Steve Stivers of Columbus was sworn in Thursday at a special session. The 37-year-old former Bank One government affairs vice president succeeds Priscilla Mead, who resigned the 16th Senate District seat to escape the fund-raising grind and other aspects of political life.

AP: Columbus lobbyist to replace GOP senator

Last week, we reported on the resignation of anti-CCW Republican Senator Priscilla Mead , and on speculation about her replacement's stance on the concealed carry reform issue. The Associated Press is now reporting that a replacement has been chosen by a Senate screening committee. OFCC PAC will be in contact with the appointee's office, to determine his level of support for concealed carry...

Dispatch: General Assembly ready to tackle...handguns in new session

The Columbus Dispatch has published a detailed look at what can be expected in the early days of the 125th General Assembly. Click here to read the entire Columbus Dispatch story (subscription site - paid access only). An archived and edited version of the story follows. Monday, January 6, 2003 Lee Leonard THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH COLUMBUS - The Ohio General Assembly convenes its 125th session today...

President Bush pardons TN man so he can get his CCW permit

President Bush pardoned seven minor criminals as 2002 closed. One of those pardoned was Tennessean Kenneth Copley. Forty years ago he worked deep in the Hickman County woods, where in less than three hours he could turn grain into a clear liquid that would make its way into the murky distribution channels that supplied the local taste for untaxed whiskey. He'd been working his new trade for...

Plain Dealer: Columbus police see alarming rise in assaults by serial rapists

Here is yet another example of the sour irony that exists when law enforcement fails to protect citizens, yet opposes their right to protect themselves. What is made worse by this latest rapist is that he, like all criminals, ignores Ohio's laws, including the unconstitutional ban on carrying a concealed weapon. "Detectives are frustrated by an alarming increase in serial rapists, even while the...

Enquirer: Taft to name replacement for Justice Cook

Ohio Republicans are working on a list of candidates to replace Ohio Supreme Court Justice Deborah Cook, whose nomination to the federal appeals court will be taken up Jan. 14 by the Senate Judiciary Court. Once Justice Cook is confirmed, Gov. Bob Taft will choose a replacement. The governor has decided not to follow the recommendation of Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer, who asked him to set up a...

Dispatch: Ohio justice won't hear cases as Senate weighs nomination

An announcement has been made that has potential and unknown implications for the Hamilton County lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Ohio's concealed carry ban. Justice Deborah Cook will not take part in any cases argued before the Ohio Supreme Court as the U.S. Senate takes up her nomination to a seat on the federal court of appeals in Cincinnati. In a letter yesterday, Cook agreed to...

Ohio Association of Convenience Stores supports Concealed Carry Reform

Concealed Carry Reform continues to have plenty of support heading into 2003. A Columbus Business First article notes that HB274 had the backing from the Columbus-based Ohio Association of Convenience Stores. "The group is represented by the 3,300-member Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, and Josh Sanders, legislative affairs director for the group, said mom-and-pop owners like the idea of being...


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