December 31, 2012 Deadline!
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return.) is available every year. The "Ohio political contributions
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Simply claim it on your state of Ohio tax return and get your money back.
Contributions to candidates for State Representative (and other "state
offices") qualify for this credit. That is why it will cost you nothing.
The postmark, where you live, or when I receive your check, does not impact
your ability to claim the tax credit for the 2012 tax year. I'm happy to accept
any amount up to $11,543.70 per family member, older than six-years-old, per
election cycle. Please be generous.
I'm just as horrified as anyone by the mass murder in Newtown, Connecticut. My prayers and sympathies certainly go out to the families.
My wife is a retired teacher. I asked her if a similar incident could have occurred where she taught (Walnut Hills High School). She told me that it could very easily occur there or in any school. She went on to explain that they have "lock down" procedures, but a determined gunman could quickly and easily kill scores of people before police could arrive. I then asked her what the school could, or should, do to protect the students and employees. She quickly responded that the teachers should be armed. After further discussion, she concluded that school personnel who are trained in firearms safety and usage should not only be allowed, but encouraged to be armed in the school buildings. My wife's viewpoint is very logical. I can envision how one or more armed employees or volunteers could stop an assailant long before police could arrive. I'm looking forward to a spirited debate on this topic in the General Assembly.
Predictably, US Senator Dianne Feinstein is orchestrating a major gun control bill and a companion bill to be introduced in the US House. I think that's great! I hope that both bills quickly get roll call votes to flush out the closet gun control advocates.
Ohio House of Representatives
Many thanks to Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy. She did me an extraordinarily high honor by swearing me into the Ohio House of Representatives on December 28th. Also, 12th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Bob Ringland swore Joe Uecker into the Ohio Senate, Jeff Hardin to the Ohio State School Board, and Ed Humphrey to the Clermont County Board of Commissioners. About 200 people attended the festivities at Eastgate Receptions in Clermont County.
As I look forward to my new lifestyle as a legislator, I'm considering what proposals I should support or initiate. The outgoing General Assembly (129th) left behind some unfinished business that I'm interested in pursuing in the 130th General Assembly:
All of those bills died in
the senate and will need to be reintroduced next year.
A few initiatives of my own might include:
The above is not an exhaustive list. They are just
a few of my "off-the-cuff" ideas and will require vetting.
Hey, I'm interested in reader feedback. What else should I add to my list? Or what concerns do you have regarding any of the above?
Decree For America (4+ minutes)
Obama's Catholic Plan - The Vortex (3+ minutes)
The Dictator Vote (<1 minutes)
Thomas Sowell: "We're Lost" (2+ minutes)
The Difference Between Liberal and Conservative (4+ minutes)
Thomas Sowell - Left vs Right (4 minutes)
John Wayne on liberals (4+ minutes)
Responsibility to the Poor - Milton Friedman (5+ minutes)
Union Violence in Michigan (1+ minute)
Bill Whittle talks about Romney, Obama, Iran and more (15+ minutes)
John Stossel - Gun Laws That Kill (15+ minutes)
January 7, 2013
Opening day and swearing-in for the 130th General Assembly in Columbus at 2pm
January 8, 2013
Clermont County Tea Party at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7pm
January 16, 2013
Clermont County Republican Central Committee at HQ in Batavia at 7pm
February 4, 2013
Union Twp (Clermont County) Republican Central Committee at the Civic Center at 7pm
March 1, 2013
Clermont County Lincoln Day Dinner
Becker for the 65th State Representative District
Iíve raised $54,000 and expanded my donor base to over 370 people in six different states! Donation size has ranged from $1 to $1,000 and has averaged $81. You could donate for FREE! You may know that a $50 per taxpayer dollar-for-dollar tax CREDIT (It is $100 on a joint return.) is available every year. The "Ohio political contributions credit" is on line 55 of your Ohio IT 1040. Simply claim it on your state of Ohio tax return and get your money back. Contributions to candidates for State Representative (and other "state offices") qualify for this credit. That is why it will cost you nothing. Iím Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, Pro-Limited Government and Lower Taxes. Please see the following brief videos:
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