COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of August 11, 2017

COP on the Hill:

Stories from the week of August 11, 2017

Mr. Oklahoma: After finishing a presentation and headed for the next, I saw 3 guys in the Hart bldg. going for the elevator. One looked familiar. We had passed each other, when I realized he was a former Congressman from OK. I called out, “Mr. Oklahoma,” as I turned and went to meet him. He also stopped and we had a solid chat about the need to make drugs a medical issue, not criminal…Just after we parted, I remembered his name: JC Watts, 4 term Cman.

What??!!: Spending all week in the Senate for presentations and dropping off 2017 updates (see bottom for them), I noted that five (5) Republican offices had the public TV screen tuned to CNN, not the usual Fox News. That is a big change in the last year. FWIW

This week’s stats:

2531 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 16 this week
210 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. 01 this week

COP stats since inception: August 2009

0 meetings

226 personal chats with a Member of Congress… this week
78 Radio Interviews. 0 this week
84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000).. 0 this week
42 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
72 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media..This week (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss. French TV and radio) 00 this week
148 interviews and reports in minor media = 00 this week.
26 major conferences attended – (United Nations drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc) 00 this week (CPAC)
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

* Consider being a member of COP at $30.00 or more per year. All contributions are tax-deductible. 30 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 prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

Updates for 2017
In July 2017, the American Legion endorsed HR 2020 which would re-schedule marijuana to 3 – the same as Marinol (a synthetic pill of pure THC)

Ohio in 2016 and West Virginia in 2017 became the first Republican-controlled states to pass a full, medical marijuana law. His people are now benefiting from His medicine. Big Pharma is not happy. 71% of Florida in 2016 voted for a robust medical MJ program. Arkansas passed by 53%, North Dakota by 64%

Since legalization in Colorado, the vehicle search rate of African American drivers 21 and over dropped by nearly half, while the search rate of Hispanic drivers fell by 58 percent. White drivers faced almost two-thirds fewer searches after recreational marijuana was legalized. http://www.businessinsider.com/police-are-searching-far-fewer-cars-in-states-that-have-legalized-marijuana-2017-6

In 2016 voters (57%) in OK voted to de-felonize simple possession of hard drugs. Max penalty now 1 year in jail.

The Taliban in Afghanistan continue to fund their battles with money made from the flow heroin & hash. http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/04/03/follow-the-money-the-talibans-growing-criminal-empire.html

A 2017 report from the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education shows that youth marijuana use is not rising in the age of legalization.

Understand & accept the police are helpless to slow down the Tsunami of drugs coming f/ Mexico. The police have never made a real dent in supply. Heroin is readily available in all small towns in the USA.

Filed under:On the Hill

COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of August 4, 2017

COP on the Hill:

Stories from the week of August 4, 2017

Hey LEAP: As I was leaving a House office, a staffer called out. He had seen my name plate and wanted to say hi. He wanted to say thanks for all we do. He had gone to a LEAP presentation at his college.

Switch to Senate: Starting on Tuesday I began my visits to Senate offices. For some reason Senate offices are much better at meeting me on one request vs. the House which takes multiple email requests. I’ll end up with about 30 this month.

This week’s stats:
2515 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 14 this week
210 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. 01 this week
1 meeting

COP stats since inception: August 2009
226 personal chats with a Member of Congress… this week
78 Radio Interviews. 0 this week
84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000).. 0 this week
42 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
72 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media..This week (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss. French TV and radio) 00 this week
148 interviews and reports in minor media = 00 this week.
26 major conferences attended – (United Nations drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc) 00 this week (CPAC)
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

* Consider being a member of COP at $30.00 or more per year. All contributions are tax-deductible. 30 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 prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

Filed under:On the Hill

COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of July 28, 2017

COP on the Hill:

Stories from the week of July 28, 2017

Ending of an Era: In 2004 at the National Sheriff’s Association convention I stopped by the DEA booth and picked up what would become my best tool to demonstrate the absolute futility of police efforts. At the top of their brochure it states, “Drugs are readily available to America’s youth…..” In Congress I have passed out this brochure to some 5,000 staffers. – every year thereafter, I had my DEA colleague/buddy confirm to me that the data/analysis was still correct.
This week I realized I was simply wasting paper and trees. Since (as I point out) heroin is available in every small town in every Congressional district AND the staffers and Members of Congress know and accept this before I walk in – I have ceased giving out the brochure. RIP DEA brochure…you are now old news.

Sales Tip of the Week – How you and your message can be remembered: As I passed out 2017 updates to Member offices, I take about 60 seconds to state COP beliefs and the need to employ the 10th amendment. The end of this statement goes like this, ‘once Congress employs the Tenth, you will have more time to discuss important issues and based on my experience as a street cop, . {dropping my voice to a soft whisper)..”everything is more important than God’s green plant.”
80% of the staffers smile or smile broadly at the whisper and out the door I go.

GitRDun

This week’s stats:

226 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 05 this week (especially Diane Black, Chair of the House Budget Committee)
2501 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 11 this week
209 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. 01 this week
78 Radio Interviews. 01 this week
1 meetings

COP stats since inception: August 2009

84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000).. 0 this week
42 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
72 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media..This week (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss. French TV and radio) 00 this week
148 interviews and reports in minor media = 00 this week.
26 major conferences attended – (United Nations drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc) 00 this week (CPAC)
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

* Consider being a member of COP at $30.00 or more per year. All contributions are tax-deductible. 30 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 prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

Filed under:On the Hill

COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of July 21, 2017

COP on the Hill:

Stories from the week of July 21, 2017

Olympia doesn’t need your help, Congresswoman: Karma always helps. I was in a bit of a hurry to catch the train, so I left the House complex via the Longworth building. In the crowded elevator, I was standing next to Cwoman McMorris-Rogers (WA-R & part of leadership). I acknowledged her (easier, since she is also 6 feet tall).

When she also went out the same door, I introduced myself and made my 10th amendment pitch. She pushed back. I told her Colorado and the others were doing just fine without Federal advice. ‘Olympia doesn’t need your help Congresswoman.’ We parted ways.

This week’s stats:

221 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 04 this week
2490 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 06 this week
77 Radio Interviews. 0 this week
2 meetings

COP stats since inception: August 2009
208 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. this week
84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000).. 0 this week
42 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
72 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media..This week (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss. French TV and radio) 00 this week
148 interviews and reports in minor media = 00 this week.
26 major conferences attended – (United Nations drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc) 00 this week (CPAC)
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

* Consider being a member of COP at $30.00 or more per year. All contributions are tax-deductible. 30 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 prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

Filed under:On the Hill

COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of July 14, 2017

COP on the Hill:

Stories from the week of July 14, 2017

Big Table – Yes: Grover’s meeting had two US Senators this week. Senator Roberts (R-KS) started his presentation by commenting on my hat, then asked about my horse, thanked me for my police service and we had a ‘private’ dialog for 45 seconds. Later we had a great chat in the hallway on marijuana and the 10th Amendment.

Senator Strange (R-AL – took Sessions place) and I had a solid chat in the hallway after his presentation. Probably my place at the table helped to corral a bit of their time.

How’s it goin’ cowboy?: asked the voice behind me in the Longworth café. I turned to see Cman Labrador (R-ID)…we had a good chat, as I asked him to convince fellow Idaho Cman Simpson to vote 10th. It was about my third chat with him.
Personal Privilege – it was a thrill to have a Congressman make contact with me from out of the blue. This was a first in 10 years.

This week’s stats:

217 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 05 this week
2484Presentations to Congressional staffers… 08 this week
2 meetings

COP stats since inception: August 2009
77 Radio Interviews. 0 this week
208 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. 0 this week
84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000).. 0 this week
42 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
72 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media..This week (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss. French TV and radio) 00 this week
148 interviews and reports in minor media = 00 this week.
26 major conferences attended – (United Nations drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc) 00 this week (CPAC)
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

* Consider being a member of COP at $30.00 or more per year. All contributions are tax-deductible. 30 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 prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

Filed under:On the Hill