Many thanks to all of you who helped with the campaign. Whether it was putting up signs, helping with mailers, financial, or prayers, it was much appreciated.
Ask Texas Governor, Rick Perry, how easy it is to get indicted. With that in mind, I fully expected Officer Wilson to be indicted for the purposes of political expediency. He would then, of course, stand trial for an alleged crime(s). I am pleased by the grand jury verdict for two reasons: 1) Verification that Officer Wilson acted within the law and in self-defense; 2) The members of the grand jury took their jobs seriously and made a decision based on facts rather than popular opinion.
The media continues to refer to Michael Brown as the victim. We now know that the evidence supports the conclusion that Officer Wilson and his family are the victims. Additionally, we also now know that Michael Brown physically struck Officer Wilson and attempted to grab his gun. That type of behavior is much more consistent with being a street thug rather than a gentle giant looking forward to college. And let’s talk about the race issue. The media descriptions have always been about the white cop who gunned down the unarmed black teenager. Had either man’s race been reversed, the entire incident would have never gotten news coverage outside of the immediate area. Just who are the racists? Has anyone considered where Officer Wilson goes from here? He did his job. He did it correctly and his life has been turmoil ever since. Click this link to go to an interesting perspective from a black NFL player.
More Fatal Shootings
Frankly, I’m disturbed and confused by the recent deaths of Michael Brown (Ferguson, Missouri), John Crawford (Walmart – Beavercreek, Ohio), and Tamir Rice (Cleveland, Ohio). Like everyone else, I’m trying to make sense out of the senseless. I don’t blame the police for these incidences. It doesn’t appear that they did anything wrong. So why did these deaths occur? Was it drugs? Mental health issues? Suicide by cop? I’m particularly horrified by the shooting of the 12-year-old boy (Tamir Rice) in Cleveland. What was he thinking when he pulled his pellet gun on the cops? We might never know.
I agree that there are bad cops. Some of them are jerks. Abuses and injustices do occur. That being said, I also believe that documentation and legal action works better than anarchy.
In light of recent events, I’m considering introducing legislation requiring the schools to teach respect for authority. The lesson plan might include teaching kids to say “yes, sir” and “no, sir.” Keeping your hands on top of the steering wheel until told to do otherwise is a good idea. The words “please” and “thank you” are also well received. A few test questions might include:
1) Let’s say you’re walking down the middle of the street high on dope after committing a strong-arm robbery. When stopped by a police officer, the best way to start the conversation is:
a. Shout “FU_ _ YOU, PIG” and punch the cop in the face.
b. Grab for his gun and then charge at him.
c. Carefully follow all instructions and submit to the pending arrest.
2) Let’s say that you’re high on dope in a Walmart walking around with an air rifle, that appears to be a firearm, and pointing it at people threateningly. When the police arrive and tell you to drop the gun, you should:
a. Run and hope they don’t catch you.
b. Point the rifle at the police officer.
c. Drop the rifle, carefully follow all instructions, and submit to the pending arrest.
3) Let’s say that you’re in a public park walking around with an air pistol, that appears to be a firearm, and pointing it at people threateningly. When the police arrive and tell you to put your hands in the air, you should:
a. Ignore them and hope they go away.
b. Immediately grab for the gun in your waistband.
c. Carefully follow all instructions and submit to the pending arrest.
Ohio House of Representatives
The list of bills that I've sponsored include:
HB 188 eliminates the Ohio Marriage Penalty. (Ways and Means Committee)
HB 191 corrects the definition of a machine gun. (Transportation Committee)
HB 210 prohibits law enforcement from destroying firearms and requires that they be sold to federally licensed firearms dealers (FFL). (Transportation Committee)
HB 234 allows hunting with suppressors. (Senate)
HB 236 allows public sector employees with concealed carry licenses to carry into government buildings. (State and Local Government Committee)
HB 240 eliminates the February and August special elections. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)
HB 244 elevates the crimes of rape and child molestation to capital crimes subject to the death penalty. (Judiciary Committee)
HB 250 allows for two weeks of early voting concluding the Friday before the election. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)
HB 255 reforms Medicaid and saves taxpayers $1.5 billion per year. (Health and Aging Committee)
HB 263 specifies that early voting days and hours shall be M-F 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)
HB 266 prohibits the board of elections from sending out unsolicited materials and prohibits pre-paid postage. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)
HB 269 requires photo ID for voting. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)
HB 271 expands immunity from malpractice litigation for health care professionals providing free services to the poor and uninsured. (Insurance Committee)
HB 285 eliminates double dippers. (Health and Aging Committee)
HB 305 makes Ohio a closed primary state and allows voters to change party affiliation at any time other than 30 days prior to an election. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)
HJR 8 is a constitutional amendment expanding term limits to all state and local offices and setting them at 12 years with a few exceptions. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)
HCR 37 is a resolution for Ohio's General Assembly to ask the US Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings against Federal District Judge Timothy Black. (Judiciary Committee)
HB 340 is the Firearms Freedom Act based on the Montana law that asserts state sovereignty over intra-state commerce. (Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee)
HB 351 prohibits private and public insurance companies from covering abortions. The only exception is ectopic (tubal). (Insurance Committee)
HB 357 provides taxpayer relief from the sales tax on core charges such as batteries and other automobile parts. (Ways and Means Committee)
HB 372 permits water skiers and the like to utilize a rear view mirror rather than a spotter on boats and personal watercraft. (Transportation Committee)
HB 396 permits all married couples, regardless of sexual orientation, to file Ohio tax returns separate without regard to how they filed their federal returns. Under the current practice of the Ohio Department of Taxation, only homosexuals are allowed this privilege. (See IT S.) And therefore, only homosexuals are currently allowed to avoid the Ohio Marriage Penalty and maximize both federal and state tax benefits. HB 396 aligns statute with current practice and solves the litigation problem based on the Equal Protection Clause. (Ways and Means Committee)
HB 403 is a follow-up to HB 236 and allows all citizens, with concealed carry permits, to enter most public buildings.(State and Local Government Committee)
HJR 10 is a constitutional amendment allowing for recall elections for all state and local elected officials. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)
HB 420 is employee parking lot carry. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)
HB 475 allows the courtesy of flashing headlights to warn of hazards such as police radar. (Transportation Committee)
HB 618 reduces the township population threshold from 50,000 to 40,000 to allow more townships to exercise authority on interstates.
You’re not a liberal!; by Bill Whittle (6 minutes)
SNL Schoolhouse Rock Parody (3+ minutes)
League of Women Voters Candidates forum: John Becker vs. Democrat opponent (28 minutes)
John Becker on Fox 19 News talking about "Stand Your Ground" (HB 203) (3 minutes)
John Becker on Ch. 10 News in Columbus regarding the impeachment of Judge Black (3 minutes)
John Becker on Fox 19 talking about HB 244 (3 minutes)
John Becker on Fox 19 talking about Medicaid (2 minutes)
John Becker radio interview with Chris Long, Ohio Christian Alliance (25 minutes)
December 2, 2014
Clermont County Tea Party at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7 pm
December 5, 2014
First Friday Luncheon
December 15, 2014
COAST Christmas Party at deSha’s at 6pm
Becker for State Representative
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