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Hagan Campaign to CCW supporters: He's ''NOT your Candidate''

As we continue our investigation of the illegal Hagan/Flanary flyer being distributed at the GM Powertrain plant in Defiance, OH , we are receiving more and more information on just where Mr. Hagan truly does stand on Concealed Carry Reform, and on gun control. The following letter was forwarded to us, and we have verified its authenticity as having been mailed by the Hagan campaign: Date: Wed,...

Attack letters being sent to OFCC PAC donors

With all that's going on this week, we hate to waste your time with this, but you'll understand why we must, as you read. The following was originally published to an Ohio gun-related newsgroup, in response to an inquiry posted there by a concerned recipient of the attack letter. It has been updated to include the latest information available: Greetings - We are aware that two separate attack...

Million Mom March Staging CCW Attack Rally: JOHN LOTT to Attend Counter-Rally!

Attention Cleveland-area Concealed Carry Reform supporters: Jim Trakas, Republican Representative in House District 17, is under attack. Last month, we reported that anti-CCW forces had decided to make Trakas' support for Concealed Carry Reform a linch pin in their campaign to unseat him . Attack ads were televised in the 17th House District, essentially making the claim that Trakas supports Wild...

Hagan & Flanary campaigns deny involvement in UAW CCW letter

Yesterday we reported that a document is being circulated around a union "shop" that remained unnamed. In response to our massive distribution of that information, numerous people have come forward to tell us that they too received the letter. One confirmation comes from an employee at GM Powertrain - UAW 211. The actual document is now available on the OFCC website in PDF format. If you would...

Why We Fight: Supremes protect life of cop-killer, but not law-abiding Ohioans

The following is a stunning Election-eve display of just how important the election of Evelyn Stratton and Maureen O'Connor to the high court truly is: The Ohio Supreme Court has just thrown out the death sentence of a Zanesville man who was convicted of killing a sheriff’s deputy on a technicality. Voting 4-3 Wednesday, the court vacated the sentence of Tony Gross, who was convicted of...

Maureen O'Connor Shines in Debate against Black

Current Lt. Gov. Maureen O'Connor and Democrat Tim Black, candidates for Ohio Supreme Court, were entertaining last night as they sparred on a live statewide television forum. O'Connor, who has been well ahead in most public-opinion polls, appeared confident while Black's responses were often dry, almost robotic. He exhaustively repeated the fact that he has served nine years as a judge, while at...

Under pressure, Burnside denounces anti-Stratton ads in debate

After weeks of refusing to disassociate herself from a supporting PAC's negative ads against her opponent, Evelyn Stratton, the liberal Janet Burnside finally bent. Under mounting pressure from major media, after official condemnation from the Ohio State Bar Association, and with slipping poll numbers, Burnside denounced the ads Tuesday evening in a statewide televised debate. "The people who...

Hagan smelling trouble with labor on the gun issue?

Less than two weeks ago, while discussing what he could have done better in his first debate with Governor Taft, Tim Hagan told the Columbus Dispatch he thinks Ohio's existing affirmative defense law is good enough for those wishing to carry concealed. "I should have been clear in saying I don't think everyone in Ohio should have access to a gun,'' Hagan said, reiterating that he opposes the...

What if the Ohio House Minority Leader threw a party, and no-one showed up?

A rally which featured House Minority Leader Dean DePiero of Parma attracted a scant six members of the OU Democrat Club and three others. Eight elected Democratic county officeholders, a Democratic county office candidate, the party’s county chairwoman and four news media representatives outnumbered participants at a Wednesday afternoon rally held at the Athens County Courthouse The event was...

Two experienced politicians go head to head in District 17

Two experienced politicians are competing to represent the newly-redrawn 17th Ohio Senate District. The Republican Party is trying to move the pro-CCW, OFCC PAC-endorsed John Carey of Wellston from the Ohio House to the Ohio Senate, while Democrats seek to maintain a seat for veteran Senator Michael Shoemaker of Bourneville. Carey has served in the House since 1994. He is vice-chairman of the...

Warren, OH's Tribune-Chronicle joins Stratton-O'Connor endorsement sweep

The endorsements for Justice Evelyn Stratton & Maureen O'Connor for Supreme Court keep piling up. Warren, OH's Tribune-Chronicle has announced their endorsement for the two Republican candidates as well, joining a long and impressive list of major Ohio newspapers. In the newspaper's words, "We feel the qualifications of both Stratton and O'Connor make them the candidates most qualified to be...

Zanesville Times-Recorder highlights key difference between Stratton & Burnside

In a state where many major rulings are made by 4-3 decisions, every seat on the Ohio Supreme Court is precious. And this year one of the tightest statewide races involves one of those seats, as Democrat Janet Burnside tries to unseat Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton. Burnside's main backers, trial lawyers and labor unions, would like to see her win to ensure the court's 4-3...

Lorain, OH's Morning Journal endorses Jeffry Armbruster for Senate 13

Republican Jeffry Armbruster has represented Senate District 13 since 1998, and is seeking re-election. In the Lorain, OH Morning Journal's words, "He is a successful businessman, owning a chain of gasoline stations, and has served as mayor and councilman in North Ridgeville. Armbruster knows the people and knows the ropes as far as getting things done at the state level." Armbruster's opponent,...

Stratton rips ‘frivolous’ ad promoting her campaign, wants it taken off the air

When Democrat Supreme Court candidates Black and Burnside were asked to request the removal of PAC attack ads benefitting them, they refused. Even in the face of the ads' being condemned by the State Bar Association , and even as three appeals-court judges in Lima unanimously found that there is probable cause that one of Burnside's campaign ads violated the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct , both...

Cleveland Plain Dealer/ OFCC PAC endorse Chuck Calvert (R) for House 69

In the words of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Charles Calvert, state representative for the 69th District, "is a strong candidate who deserves election to a third, two-year term." Both the OFCC PAC and the Cleveland Plain Dealer endorse him. OFCC PAC has been impressed with Chuck Calvert's voting record on CCW/self-defense-related issues. His familiarity and experience with HB274, for which he...

Burnside ad may violate judicial code, judges say

The Ohio Republican Party has secured a hearing Wednesday Oct. 30 in Lima on a complaint filed against Judge Janet R. Burnside. Yesterday, three appeals-court judges unanimously found that there is probable cause that one of Burnside's campaign ads violated the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct. Republican Party Chairman Robert T. Bennett alleged the Democratic Supreme Court candidate's first...

KEY RACE: Cincinnati Post endorses Evelyn Stratton (R) for Supreme Court

Completing what has clearly become a major media sweep in Ohio, the Cincinnati Post has joined the the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Columbus Dispatch, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Toledo Blade, the Akron Beacon Journal and the Canton Repository (not to mention OFCC PAC and the NRA!) in its enthusiastic support for Justice Evelyn Stratton (R) for Ohio Supreme Court. Justice Stratton, the daughter...

Cincinnati Post/ OFCC PAC endorse Bill Seitz (R) for House 30

Republican Bill Seitz has represented House District 29 in the 124th General Assembly, and is seeking re-election. Both the OFCC PAC and the Cincinnati Post endorse him. In the newspapers words, "Seitz is, well, Seitz, one of the best known members of the Hamilton County legislative delegation. He's an original thinker, he minds the details, and he follows the facts to conclusions that sometimes...

Cincinnati Post/ OFCC PAC endorse Patricia Clancy (R) for House 29

Republican Patricia Clancy has represented House District 29 since 1998, and is seeking re-election. Both the OFCC PAC and the Cincinnati Post endorse her. In the newspapers words, "Her seniority and her standing in the Republican caucus have made her a prominent member of the Hamilton County legislative delegation. She currently serves as Majority Floor Leader and as such is part of Speaker...

Cincinnati Post endorses Jim Raussen (R) for House 28

In a race deemed by the OFCC PAC as "too-close-to call" when it comes to giving an endorsment based on CCW issues, the Cincinnati Post chose Republican Jim Raussen for House District 28. The district is currently represented by Wayne Coates, a first-term Democrat. Coates is a proven pro-Concealed Carry Reform voter. In the words of the Post, "Coates in a conservative Democrat whose voting record...

Ohio Conservatives: No good choice for Governor?

A recent Columbus Dispatch story reports that Ohio's more conservative voters say their backing of Taft comes with reservations. Among other things they list as points of contention, they tell the story of one Ned Burden, 38, a Honda employee from Sidney. Ned spoke for many of us when he told the Dispatch that he backs Taft reluctantly, since he would like the governor to get behind a House-...

Fine Young (pro-CCW) Democrats

Derrick Seaver (D - 78), 20, is running for re-election after the Auglaize County man became the youngest person to become an Ohio legislator when he took office two years ago. He is a proven pro-Concealed Cary Reform voter, and OFCC PAC has endorsed his candidacy. At 18, Kenneth Bailey (D) is trying to become a state legislator. He graduated from Norwalk High School in May, and now he campaigns...

AGAIN! State Bar condemns 2nd anti-Stratton ad as maligning judiciary

For the second time in the last week , an anti-Justice Evelyn Stratton television advertisement, intended to benefit her opponent Janet Burnside, has been condemned by the Ohio State Bar Association. The ad - produced by a political action committee funded by trial lawyers, teachers, and unions - impugns the integrity of candidates for two seats on the court by suggesting they are biased,...

Dayton Daily News/ OFCC PAC endorse John White (R) for House 38

Republican John White is seeking re-election to represent Ohio House District 38. Both OFCC PAC and the Dayton Daily News endorse him. In the newspapers words, "[White] has represented his district and community energetically and thoughtfully, and he deserves re-election." OFCC PAC has been impressed with John White's voting record on CCW/self-defense-related issues. His familiarity and...

Dayton Daily News/ OFCC PAC endorse Jon Husted (R) for House 37

Republican Jon Husted is seeking re-election to represent Ohio House District 37. Both OFCC PAC and the Dayton Daily News endorse him. In the newspapers words, "Rep. Husted has earned a second term. Rep. Husted's name receives frequent mention among representatives to watch for House leadership. In an era of term limits, that goal is wholly realistic. ...Rep. Husted has been a loyal GOP soldier...

Flush with campaign cash, Gov. Taft supports KEY RACES

With his own campaign war chest overflowing, Gov. Bob Taft is sharing the largess with fellow Republicans in key races across the state. Governor Taft gave $5,500 each to the two Republican candidates for Supreme Court. Incumbent Justice Evelyn Stratton is locked in a re-election battle with Democratic Cuyahoga County Commissioner Janet Burnside. Lt. Gov. Maureen O’Connor is opposed by Democrat...

KEY RACE: Battlegrounds for Concealed Carry Reform defined by campaign spending

Ohio House Republicans have spent themselves into a deficit with a $4.8 million blitz in an attempt to hold their 59-40, pro-Concealed Carry Reform edge. Their Democratic counterparts still have $581,893 to unload before the Nov. 5 election on anti-Reform campaigns. House Minority Leader Greg L. DiDonato of New Philadelphia said at least $700,000 would be spent in trying to unseat Republican Sens...

KEY RACE: Stratton Campaign Donations Boosted

Bolstered by an infusion of $150,000 in just six weeks, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton has stretched her fund-raising lead in the closest race on the statewide ballot. Because current Lt. Gov. Maureen O'Connor is well ahead of her opponent, Democrat Tim Black, many contributors are redirecting their money to Stratton. "When the polls showed that O'Connor had a large lead,...

Ohio Poll: Taft lead over Hagan holding steady, Taft fundraising eclipses Hagan

The latest Ohio Poll, released Wednesday, October 23 by the University of Cincinnati’s Institute for Policy Research, shows Governor Bob Taft with a 54 to 38 percent lead over Tim Hagan. In a similar poll released last month, Taft had a 53 to 35 percent lead. Recent anti-Concealed Carry Reform comments by Hagan have highlighted this race in the eyes of self-defense reformers more than some would...

Ohio Poll: Stratton pulls ahead in KEY Supreme Court Race

According to an Ohio Poll released Wednesday, Oct. 23, Justice Evelyn Stratton has stretched out to a 38 percent to 31 percent lead over her opponent for the Nov. 5 election with 30 percent undecided. In previous polls, the candidates were shown in a statistical dead heat, but the majority of voters had yet to form an opinion. As more and more people are informed, this poll suggests they are...

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