AP: Bennett re-elected as Ohio GOP chief

The Ohio Republican Party - fresh off a third straight sweep of statewide offices - has re-elected Chairman Robert Bennett to an eighth two-year term. The party's state central and executive committee gave Bennett its endorsement on Sunday. Last month, Bennett said he would seek another term, two years after saying that term might be his last. Bennett, 63, has been chairman since 1988 and has...

Dispatch: Republican rivalry brewing for 2006

Those interested in electing a true pro-CCW to the Ohio governorship in 2004 will be interested in a report filed today in the Columbus Dispatch. Auditor Betty Montgomery, Attorney General Jim Petro, Treasurer Joe Deters and Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell each want the Republican nomination for the office of governor in 2006, when Gov. Bob Taft is barred from seeking a third consecutive...

Enquirer: Bradley likely bound for a national stage

The Cincinnati Enquirer has printed an extensive piece on Ohio's new Lt. Gov., Jennette Bradley (R), who appears in next month's Jet magazine. "In four years she will be in high demand," said Ohio Republican Chairman Bob Bennett, who foresees a prime speaking position for her at the 2004 presidential convention. "I think the opportunities for her right now are unlimited." While Ms. Bradley's...

Lawmaker gets ready for term

Now that January is here, Trumbull County's new state senator, Sen.-to-be Marc Dann, D-Liberty, is busy getting ready for his first term in the Ohio General Assembly. As OFCC PAC reported on December 13 , Dann was selected from among four candidates to fill the seat being vacated by Timothy J. Ryan and is expecting 50 to 60 friends and relatives for his swearing in on Monday. The first order of...

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...


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