Politics is big in these parts, and we’ve got it covered. John Arthur Hutchison, Betsy Scott, Jeffrey L. Frischkorn and other staff writers will offer their inside information on the events, big news and little moments of Lake County’s political machine. Follow along as area candidates march through the 2011 election season.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Rep. Steven LaTourette supports national right-to-carry
The National Rifle Association and the Buckeye Firearms Council both are reporting that Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Bainbridge Township) voted "yea" on Wed., Nov. 16, to help pass H.R. 822, the "National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act."
The bill - which faces an uphill battle in the Senate and an almost certain veto by President Obama - would allow any law-abiding concealed carry permit holder to legally carry a concealed firearm while visiting any state that does not prohibit concealed carry.
Jeffrey L. Frischkorn
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Lake County races coming into focus
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Next filing deadline isn’t far off
Monday, November 7, 2011
House reaffirms 'In God We Trust' as U.S. motto
H. Con. Res. 13 is a resolution "Reaffirming 'In God We Trust' as the official motto of the United States and supporting and encouraging the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions." If you're interested in reading the entire resolution (it's very short), you can see it as a PDF, an XML file or the printer-friendly version.
The bill was sponsored by Rep. J. Randy Forbes, a Republican from Virginia's Fourth District. It was introduced in the House back in January (and gained 64 cosponsors), and on Nov. 1 was passed in the House by a 396-9 vote (two members of the House voted "present," while 26 did not vote). On Nov. 2, it was received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Check out the Final Vote Results for Roll Call 816 to see how all the members of the House voted. Republican Steven C. LaTourette of Ohio's 14th District and Democrat Marcia Fudge of Ohio's 11th District both voted in favor of the resolution.
You can also read the text of the dialogue from when H. Con. Res. 13 was brought to the floor.
According to Voterama in Congress, critics said time would be better spend on a jobs bill. The Washington Post quoted President Barack Obama sharing the same sentiment:
"In the House of Representatives, what have you guys been doing, John?" Obama said, calling out House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio).Read more from the Washington Post's story on the resolution.
"You've been debating a commemorative coin for baseball. You've had legislation reaffirming that 'In God We Trust' is our motto. That's not putting people back to work," Obama said. "I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work."
The House is in recess this week.
-- Cheryl Sadler | CSadler@News-Herald.com | @nhcheryl
Saturday, November 5, 2011