• Congressman Garrett (VA-R)

  • Gov. Chris Christy (NJ-R)

  • Colorado 2012

  • California Field Work, Prop 19

COP on the Hill: Stories from the weeks of August 9 & 17, 2019

COP on the Hill

Stories from the weeks of August 9 & 17, 2019

Update: For 2019 I have met with 68 of the Senate offices. Know that the last 32 are nearly all Republican and are very reluctant to take a meeting. Several have refused for years. I am asking for a meeting via email, drop by the office and phone calls.

Not for nothin: As noted below, at the Grover Norquist center-right meeting, I average about one chat monthly with a mid-level, domestic advisor to the President. Maintaining this eight (8) year-running, professional friendship is an important part of my week.

My bicycle injuries are healing and I am almost off OTC pain meds.

This week’s stats:

3231 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 07 this week
373 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. 03 these weeks (R candidate for Congress & 2X West Wing domestic advisor to Trump re: Red Flag Laws)
02 Meetings – Grover Norquist,

COP stats since inception: August 2009

312 personal chats with a Member of Congress… this week.
85 Radio Interviews.. 0 this week
164 interviews and reports in minor media = 0 this week
102 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media. 0 This week
Blaze TV {new, popular right-wing}, (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss, French, Spanish TV and radio) Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Grand Rapids Press + 9 other MI papers. Chicago Tribute, Honolulu Star Advertiser {foto and caption}, Reason Magazine, Reuters
31 major conferences attended – (UN drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc.) 0 this week
Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders. Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”
* 2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard’s efforts & in support of COP position
84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000) 0 this week
43 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
* Consider being a member of COP at $40.00 or more per year. All contributions are tax-deductible. 40 dollars buys all the copy paper COP uses in one year. Law Enforcement’s voice in opposition to current policy is vital on the Hill to achieve a repeal of federal drug prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

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COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of August 2, 2019

COP on the Hill

Stories from the week of August 2, 2019

RAGBRAI PS – the most effective messenger: Pam Sease, retired, rural mail carrier, entrepreneur and part of the support team that moved our stuff from town to town is the quintessential Iowa citizen. She is also a big fan of the power of the green plant, CBD, to take care of medical issues. After major surgery on her knee, she eventually found and settled on CBD sublingual drops 2X/day for all her issues. She was in charge of our breakfast. I often heard her speaking out how CBD was the way to go for pain, inflammation, etc. issues. It was a rare joy just to listen to her. She was a Tour de Force for our side during the Iowa bike trip.

A man has got to know his limitations: I went to the Swamp on Wednesday, spoke to a guy running for Congress and visited 46 offices, ending up with 6 presentations to staffers. And stop right there. It is intellectually interesting how a major bodily injury impacts the psyche. As always, I’ll do the best, most I can. For a while anyway, that might not be too much.

This week’s stats:

3224 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 06 this week
371 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. 01 this week (R candidate for Congress)
01 Meetings – Grover Norquist

COP stats since inception: August 2009

312 personal chats with a Member of Congress… this week.
85 Radio Interviews.. 0 this week
164 interviews and reports in minor media = 0 this week
102 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media. 0 This week
Blaze TV {new, popular right-wing}, (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss, French, Spanish TV and radio) Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Grand Rapids Press + 9 other MI papers. Chicago Tribute, Honolulu Star Advertiser {foto and caption}, Reason Magazine, Reuters
31 major conferences attended – (UN drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc.) 0 this week
Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders. Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”
* 2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard’s efforts & in support of COP position
84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000) 0 this week
43 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
* Consider being a member of COP at $40.00 or more per year. All contributions are tax-deductible. 40 dollars buys all the copy paper COP uses in one year. Law Enforcement’s voice in opposition to current policy is vital on the Hill to achieve a repeal of federal drug prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

Filed under:On the Hill

COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of July 26, 2019

COP on the Hill

Stories from the week of July 26, 2019

Funny Thing did not happen between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers: With my two amigos we were rolling about 10 MPH, 5 miles from the start, when I went down, hard. I did not notice that between the right and middle concrete lanes, there was 60 foot long, inch and a half difference in height probably due to buckling from the heat.

With 4 cracked ribs and a separated AC of a shoulder I was done and sent my compadres on their way. One suggested I catch an Uber to the Omaha airport and fly home. That was not in my DNA. I decided to stay and chat with the 500 in our group. Good Drugs and encouragement from everyone helped, as I rode in a vehicle from town to town. I had many dozens of great chats off the heroin shirt over beer in the evenings.

By the last day, I was not to be reasoned with. I rode my bike around the parking lot for 15 minutes, making sure not to fall, or at least on the same shoulder and ribs! Yes, I rode the last 67 odd miles to the MS River. Maybe 2,000 read the shirt and I had lots of 1 minute chats with folks passing me, slowed down to hear why and then they kept going. It was truly a lot of fun and worthwhile.

The media part of the project was a complete poop, I am sad to report. We can’t hit a homer every time.

PS…doc said no permanent injury…good as new in about 3 months..since my work involves mostly my legs and my mouth, see me back in Congress next week.

This week’s stats:

One event: RAGBRAI = (Des Moines) Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa

COP stats since inception: August 2009

3218 Presentations to Congressional staffers… this week
00 Meetings – Grover Norquist,
312 personal chats with a Member of Congress… this week.
370 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. 0 this
85 Radio Interviews.. 0 this week
164 interviews and reports in minor media = 0 this week
102 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media. 0 This week
Blaze TV {new, popular right-wing}, (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss, French, Spanish TV and radio) Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Grand Rapids Press + 9 other MI papers. Chicago Tribute, Honolulu Star Advertiser {foto and caption}, Reason Magazine, Reuters
31 major conferences attended – (UN drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc.) 0 this week
Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders. Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”
* 2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard’s efforts & in support of COP position
84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000) 0 this week
43 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
* Consider being a member of COP at $40.00 or more per year. All contributions are tax-deductible. 40 dollars buys all the copy paper COP uses in one year. Law Enforcement’s voice in opposition to current policy is vital on the Hill to achieve a repeal of federal drug prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

Filed under:On the Hill

COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of July 19, 2019

COP on the Hill

Cautious Optimism: I learned this week that the Really Big Boys Who Control the Swamp might attach the clean, simple 10th Amendment bill to some ‘must pass’ legislation and quietly be signed by the Prez. I’ll keep you posted.

Fun Story of the Week: Thursday, I was strolling down the hallway of the Rayburn building, as two staffers, not familiar, approached from the opposite direction. One asked if it was “free sample day.” I replied, ‘no, the free sample day is always on Friday.’ “Ok…See you tomorrow and giggled.” She replied. I am telling you that my Free Sample Friday slogan is more known/widespread than I thought. I am still chuckling over this. BTW, even the Capitol Police ask about it… Seriously, you can’t make this up.

As my voice wears out faster and knees begin to bark in the afternoon, I feel damn good about what I am doing…creating an ambiance for change. I really wish I could film my interactions with staff and my presentations. Suffice to say, that a vast majority of even Republican staffers are On Our Side.

Next week I will be in Iowa for RAGBRAI (Sturgis for bicycle nuts).. 22,000 bikers (pedal) go from River to River, 420 miles in 7 days. I am doing this with 3 others in a coordinated effort for media and exposure. And yes, the temp in Council Bluffs, Iowa on start day = Sunday will be 100…Cowboy Up!!!

Yes, this Iowa gig is a COP sponsored event. I am NOT doing for fun.. several presidential candidates are expected to participate for part of the trip.

This week’s stats:
3218 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 16 this week
01 Meetings – Grover Norquist

COP stats since inception: August 2009
312 personal chats with a Member of Congress… this week.
370 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. 0 this
85 Radio Interviews.. 0 this week
164 interviews and reports in minor media = 0 this week
102 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media. 0 This week
Blaze TV {new, popular right-wing}, (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss, French, Spanish TV and radio) Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Grand Rapids Press + 9 other MI papers. Chicago Tribute, Honolulu Star Advertiser {foto and caption}, Reason Magazine, Reuters
31 major conferences attended – (UN drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc.) 0 this week
Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders. Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”
* 2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard’s efforts & in support of COP position
84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000) 0 this week
43 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
* Consider being a member of COP at $40.00 or more per year. All contributions are tax-deductible. 40 dollars buys all the copy paper COP uses in one year. Law Enforcement’s voice in opposition to current policy is vital on the Hill to achieve a repeal of federal drug prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

Filed under:On the Hill

COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of July 12, 2019

COP on the Hill

Stories from the week of July 12, 2019

Having some fun at work: My law enforcement friend at the German embassy invited me to a Sommer Fest soirée yesterday. I had good chats with a British LE agent about smuggling drugs, cigarettes and people, an ATF agent about Red Flag laws (formally an Indiana State Trooper), among several others. It was most enjoyable to “work” with a cold, German beer in my hand.

Show Up!: I was able to chat with three Members this week – one of whom was in line with me at the Subway shop in Rayburn; another was waiting for an elevator in the Senate; the Cwoman was coming into her office, as I was going out… seriously, just go to work and stuff happens.

This week’s stats:

3202 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 08 this week
312 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 03 this week. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Cwoman Katie Hill (D-CA), CMan Ben Kline (R-VA)
370 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. 02 this week (two candidates for Congress in 2020)
02 Meetings – Grover Norquist, Wilson Center on Mexico

COP stats since inception: August 2009

85 Radio Interviews.. 0 this week
164 interviews and reports in minor media = 0 this week
102 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media. 0 This week
Blaze TV {new, popular right-wing}, (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss, French, Spanish TV and radio) Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Grand Rapids Press + 9 other MI papers. Chicago Tribute, Honolulu Star Advertiser {foto and caption}, Reason Magazine, Reuters
31 major conferences attended – (UN drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc.) 0 this week
Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders. Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”
* 2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard’s efforts & in support of COP position
84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000) 0 this week
43 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
* Consider being a member of COP at $40.00 or more per year. All contributions are tax-deductible. 40 dollars buys all the copy paper COP uses in one year. Law Enforcement’s voice in opposition to current policy is vital on the Hill to achieve a repeal of federal drug prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

Filed under:On the Hill