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Akron Beacon Journal/ OFCC PAC endorse John Hagan (R) for House 50

Incumbent John Hagan of Alliance is seeking a second term in the 50th Ohio House District, and both OFCC and the Akron Beacon Journal endorse him. As the Journal put it, "As a freshman, Hagan, 47, has shown a good grasp of difficult issues. He has also shown an ability to make substantive contributions." "Hagan's advantage of legislative experience counts. He has proved a quick study and capable...

Canton Repository/ OFCC PAC endorse Stratton for Supreme Court

Stratton has earned new term on court Evelyn Lundberg Stratton is running for re-election to the Ohio Supreme Court. The Canton Repository and OFCC PAC endorse her candidacy. In the newspaper's own words, "she generally takes a conservative position on the court, reluctant to open new avenues for monetary reward in civil suits. She does not aspire to do the Legislature’s job by writing new law...

Business, Lawyers Groups Back Different Candidates For Supreme Court

In the two Ohio Supreme Court races in the November 5th election, groups are pushing candidates because of whether they are perceived as tending to be pro- or anti-business. The Ohio Chamber of Commerce endorsed Lundberg Stratton and Lieutenant Governor Maureen O'Connor, who is running for an open seat. Both are Republicans. The Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers backs Burnside and Hamilton County...

OFCC PAC Endorses Rep. Derrick Seaver (D) for House 78

Ohio House Race Pits Political Experience Against Life Experience Incumbent Democrat Derrick Seaver is putting his political experience against Republican John Adams' life experience in the race for an Ohio House seat in the western part of the state. Seaver, of Minster, is 20 and has been a House member for two years. He became the youngest state representative in Ohio history when he took...

Akron Beacon Journal/ OFCC PAC endorse Scott Oelslager (R) for House 51

After serving in the Ohio Senate since 1985, Stark County Republican Scott Oelslager this year faced an insurmountable re-election barrier: term limits. So Oelslager targeted the Ohio House seat in the 51st District. The newly drawn 51st Ohio House District includes parts of Tuscarawas, Perry and Plain townships, all of Jackson Township and Massillon and North Canton. Both the newspaper, and OFCC...

Akron Beacon Journal/ OFCC PAC endorse Kirk Schuring (R) for Senate 29

Kirk Schuring, in his ninth year as a legislator and currently representing the 51st Ohio House District, is seeking election to the 29th Ohio Senate seat. The 29th Senate district covers most of Stark County. Both the newspaper, and OFCC PAC, endorse Schuring's candidacy for the Senate seat. In the Journal's words, "he has developed as one of Ohio's seasoned legislators. Accessible and...

Time is Running Out - Register to Vote!

If you have not voted in the past four years, if you have moved, or if you need to register to vote for some other qualifying reason, please act quickly as you must register no later than 30 days prior to the election. From the Secretary of State's office website: Where may I register to vote? You may register to vote at the following locations. The office of the Secretary of State of Ohio, or...

KEY RACE: Plain Dealer/OFCC PAC endorse Cassandra Wyssbrod (R) for House 9

Two years ago, the Cleveland Plain Dealer endorsed Democrat Claudette J. Woodard in Ohio House District 9. In their own words, they "have been disappointed." This November, voters in the district have an extremely impressive candidate running for the seat in Republican Cassandra C. Wyssbrod. She has earned the newspaper's endorsement, and OFCC PAC's as well. Unlike her opponent, Wyssbrod says she...

Court candidates reluctant to give stances on issues

The Cleveland Plain Dealer asked the four Supreme Court candidates for their opinions on a variety of hot-button legal and political issues, in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows judicial candidates to announce their views on such topics. An Ohio rule barring such public pronouncements was abandoned in 1996, though few, if any, judicial candidates have publicly expressed...

Poll Suggests Taft Has 18-Point Lead Over Hagan

A new poll suggests Governor Bob Taft has a large lead over Democratic challenger Tim Hagan. That’s according to a new Ohio Poll, released Wednesday by the University of Cincinnati’s Institute for Policy Research. The poll finds Taft leads Hagan, a former Cuyahoga County Commissioner, 53 percent to 35 percent. In a race for an open Supreme Court race, current Lieutenant Governor Maureen O’Connor...

Voters face the unknown in Ohio Supreme Court races

In The Plain Dealer Poll conducted last week, most voters said they were undecided about how they will vote in the two Supreme Court races. The race between incumbent Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton and Janet Burnside, of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, is a statistical dead heat, but a whopping 78 percent of voters remain undecided. Read about it in the Plain Dealer. Commentary by Chad...

Clinton Starring In Cleveland Fundraiser For Hagan’s Campaign

Bill Clinton will host a fund-raiser in Cleveland for Democratic candidate Tim Hagan. Clinton’s appearance is part of a three-state trip to Ohio, Illinois and Michigan to support Democratic candidates. Clinton will speak at the Hagan event. Hagan hopes Clinton’s star power can help him raise some campaign funds. Reports filed last week show Governor Bob Taft has $8.4 million on hand. By...

How does PAC money get used?

It has been said that at the end of the money trail lies the answer to any question. We have all heard the horror stories about PACs collecting tens of thousands of dollars which were donated by well-meaning citizens with a desire to positively influence a political issue, only to learn later that the PAC was keeping most of the donations for themselves as "consulting fees". The people at OFCC...

Candidates To Campaign Together

Candidates for House seat will campaign together Reps. Tom Lendrum and Chris Redfern were put into the same district this year after lawmakers redrew the boundaries of the state's legislative districts. The new map pushed Lendrum, R-Huron, out of the district where he has lived for more than 20 years and into the one represented by Redfern, D-Port Clinton.

Supremes Agree to Hear Hamilton Co. CCW Case

Ohio's Supreme Court, which has become known in recent years for 4-3 split-decisions which effectively legislate from the bench, has agreed to hear the Hamilton County CCW case, of which Ohioans for Concealed Carry is a part. Read about the Court's announcement in the Dispatch. Commentary by Chad D. Baus: Because the court has become so well known for deciding along ideological lines (four...

POLL: Key Ohio Supreme Court race up for grabs

The media has certainly picked up on the importance of the Supreme Court contests in Ohio this fall. Read the Toledo Blade story. Then check out the analysis in the Columbus Dispatch. Commentary by Chad D. Baus: Justice Stratton is a proven pro-gun conservative with the voting record to prove it. Call your county Republican party HQ and get a yard sign. Take some to friends too. Offer to help her...

New Website Content Coming Soon

Thanks for checking out the new website. As you can see, we've opened to doors to the perverbial store, but we still have a lot of product in the back room, waiting to be put on the shelves. In the coming days, we will tackle our mission of helping inform pro-CCW Ohioans like you on how best to utilize your time and your vote to make a difference. To that end, very soon we'll be launching a...

Poll shows a surprisingly close governor's race

This is not supposed to be happening. Democrat Timothy F. Hagan -- lagging in name recognition, outgunned in campaign cash and all but written off by political experts -- is within striking distance of the incumbent in Ohio's race for governor. Hagan's biggest advantage? His name isn't Bob Taft. The first Dispatch Poll of the general election campaign shows the former Cuyahoga County commissioner...

OFCC PAC Website Launches

The Ohioans For Concealed Carry Political Action Committee officially launched their website on September 2nd, 2002. The site will be used to communicate with the general public about PAC activities. Currently, the site is under construction. Additional features will be added to the website over time.

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