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Normally, we don’t republish press releases verbatim here.  Then again, normally it’s not every day the Fraternal Order of Police issues a press release in response to something we originally wrote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 30, 2011
Jay McDonald, President

FOP CORRECTS RECORD ABOUT MT. STERLING POLICE DEPARTMENT LAYOFFS

COLUMBUS — The Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio (FOP) today expressed disappointment that some supporters of Issue 2 and Senate Bill 5 are claiming that the complete layoff of the Mt. Sterling, Ohio police department was a positive development for citizens there […]

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Earlier this week a Warren County Sheriff’s deputy was killed in the line of duty. The officer, Sergeant Brian Dulle, was hit by the driver of a stolen car while putting down stop sticks.

Two weeks ago three Columbus police officers were shot while while pursuing a murder suspect. Two of those officers were also Sergeants.

These are not isolated incidents. Police sergeants across the state are out in the field, answering calls and facing the same dangers as other officers.

But under Senate Bill 5, officers like these three men – and all police officers with the […]

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This morning the Columbus Dispatch breathlessly reported “Hint of Progress Amid the Protests Over Senate Bill 5:”

A key Senate Republican said at least one public union has shown a willingness to go beyond the "kill the bill" chants heard repeatedly from the estimated 5,200 protesters who swarmed the Statehouse yesterday to fight an overhaul of Ohio’s collective-bargaining law.

"They are remaining pragmatic and so are we," Sen. Kevin Bacon, R-Minerva Park, said yesterday after a meeting with the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio. "We have some things that maybe we can come together on."

Jay McDonald, […]

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The Ohio Highway Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association represents largely the uniformed officers of the Ohio Highway Patrol.  They announced this morning that they’re endorsing Governor Ted Strickland for re-election.

From the Strickland-Brown campaign’s presser:

“The O.P.B.A. endorses Governor Strickland based on his strong record on law enforcement and public safety issues, and his continued support for the collective bargaining rights of public employees,” said Terry Gallagher, Executive Director of the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
Strickland has demonstrated his commitment to public safety by protecting the Local Government Fund from cuts and preserving local law enforcement jobs. He has also embraced […]

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Apparently, the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police issued their endorsements today.  Here’s the list with some thoughts and obligatory press release quotes from the campaigns after the jump:

Governor: Governor Ted Strickland Senate: Rob Portman Attorney General: Richard Cordray Treasurer: Kevin Boyce Secretary of State: Maryellen O’Shaughnessy Auditor: ???

Yep, you read that right.  The F.O.P. announced no endorsement in the Auditor’s race between Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper and Deleware County Prosecutor David Yost.  Given Yost’s present elected office, I would say that the lack of a law & order endorsement by the F.O.P. hurts his candidacy the most.

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Senator Tim Grendell and Rep. Robert Hagan (D-Youngstown) plan on introducing legislation to overturn a recent Supreme Court decision written by the GOP’s candidate for chief justice, Maureen O’Connor, which held that a person could be convicted of speeding (ordinarily a minor misdemeanor subjecting a person to a fine and points on their license) based on a law enforcement officer’s testimony without the aid of a radar gun if the officer has been specifically trained, certified, and experienced in visually determining if a vehicle is speeding.

Senator Tim Grendell, who lampooned against […]

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The problem with the Senate Republicans who may want to make political hay out of today’s report by the Inspector General is that they cannot hammer the Director of Public Safety without first dealing with the obvious perjury that was committed by (Ret.) Maj. Booker, Cpt. Henderson, and former Superintendent Richard Collins, especially in light of the new information offered in the Inspector General’s report.

You’ll recall that both Booker and Henderson testified, under oath, that there was “no doubt” that the alleged contraband would be drugs, but both public documents I’ve shown on our site […]

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Pt. I😕 You’d think there’d be drugs involve in a drug raid… Pt. II: Trooper lied; the Dispatch denies

One of the supporting characters in the trumped up farce being called “Troopergate” is former Highway Patrol Superintendent/Col. Richard Collins.? Collins is part of the retired Superintendent’s forming “Trooper to Trooper” who are alleging that that Ohio Department of Public Safety is wrongfully trying to assert influence over Patrol matters.? He is an advocate that the Patrol be able to act independently of the Ohio Department of Public Safety even though it legally is not […]

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This is the funniest Ohio teabagging video NOT shot by Tim or Eric (Awesome Show, Great Job!).

Second Amendment….. YEEEEESSSS!  CPA! CPA!  Constitution.  WHOOOO!

They’re mostly protesting Mike DeWine’s nomination as AG, but it’s being held while the Ohio GOP’s Executive Committee is endorsing David Yost over Dayton Teabagging favorite freshman House Member/CPA!!!! Seth Morgan.

And the sirens at the end?  Yeah, Matt Hurley at WMD repotrs that it was the Ohio GOP that called the police over the nonviolent, peaceful Teabagging protestors:

Where is Mr. “I was Tea Party before there was a Tea […]

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The “culture of fear” fomented by our current government and the media seems to have really taken hold in Boston.

In a scene reminiscent of the Cartoon Network bomb scare that paralyzed the Boston area in January, police shut down a strip mall yesterday in this small western suburb after employees at a Bank of America branch mistook a botched fax for a bomb threat.

Sigh.

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Rothenberg’s Shadows on High this week is a good one. Brian wonders aloud why our legislature makes time for such pressing things as gay adoption, the distance between patron and stripper, and Wexner Indie films while human trafficking and forced prostitution exists in the state.

Then again, if history is an indicator, we can just forget human trafficking exists and move on to gay adoption or unrated, independent films at the Wexner or whatever the evangelicals choose next in our never ending quest for ?salvation-legislation.?

Salvation legislation. That’s a good line. Brian also points out that now that the […]

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