FW: Stories from the week of January 17, 2014

From: Howard W.
Sent on: Monday, January 20, 2014 2:55 PM
 
COP on the Hill
Stories from the week of January 17, 2014
 Just show up...with The Hat:  After a morning at Grover's meeting I came
out of the Longworth House Office Bldg. elevator to hand-deliver a note to
Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke (thanking him for signing onto HR 1523).
Georgia R Congressman Woodall was walking towards the elevator, when he
pointed to me and said, "You were on the front row at Grover's this
morning."  
"Guilty."  I replied.  We shook hands and I was able to have a 90 second
chat on the 10th Amendment and HR 1523.  He promised to give it a look.
After we parted, I went directly to his office and dropped off a copy of the
one sentence bill.
At Congressman O'Rourke's office I asked to see his Chief of Staff for a
minute (we have met before).  I spied the Congressman whom I had met before.
We shook hands, I thanked him for endorsing the bill and I asked him who
else might sign.  He recommended talking to Congressman Cardenas which I
will.
Ask the right question:  At a packed (170 person) seminar on Mexican
security at the Wilson Center I used my hat to attract attention and sure
enough, I was the first called up during Q and A.  I stated that Guatemalan
President Perez-Molina was in favor of legalizing all drugs in order to
diminish the power of the Cartels in Central America... The five on the
panel all jumped in to answer this question and it ended up taking up half
of the Q and A time.
It IS who you know:  When a Spanish-speaking Florida-based radio station
wanted me to be a guest in 45 minutes...to discuss Senator Reid's statement
regarding his changing views on marijuana, I knew how to spend those
minutes.  I called Reid's office and asked to speak with his chief legal
counsel, Gavin Parke...I have had 3 meetings with him over the past 5 years.
I asked about his two young kids, etc. &   I was able to obtain a bit more
info on what the Senator was doing.  I spread that positive news during the
subsequent 20 minute radio interview in español....Building relationships
these past eight (8) years is really beginning to pay dividends.  Double
shot of Crown this week.
PS>..the Chicago Tribune published my LTE in the Sunday edition (bottom)
*	1470 Presentations to Congressional staffers..  04 this week
*	39 Radio Interviews..   01 this week 
*	55 brief chats with Members of Congress..  03 this week
*	48 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs,
etc.  01 this week (x Congressman)
*	73 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free
publicity: $72,000) 01this week
*	

COP stats since inception: August 2009
*	65 interviews and reports in minor media = blogs, cable TV, weekly
papers, etc..  this week 
*	23 published interviews in major (daily)newspapers or magazine... 00
this week
*	17 major conferences attended..  this week (CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC,
ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions.  etc)  this week
*	34 Appearances on major TV networks..this week(Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC,
Univision)
*	2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard's efforts & in
support of COP position
*	Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist's Wednesday brunch attended by
150 conservative leaders.   Named the "Grand Central Station of the
Conservative Movement."
*	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.   If you agree that Modern Prohibition/War on Drugs is
the most destructive, dysfunctional and immoral policy since slavery & Jim
Crow and want to be a part of the solution...  Go to: 
*	www.CitizensOpposing­Prohibition.org
<http://www.citize...;­  and click on Donate/Join - by
credit card or send a check to: 
*	Citizens Opposing Prohibition
*	POB 543
*	Buckeystown, MD 21717
MURDER TOLL 

Speaking as a retired detective, I was astounded that your lament over the
murder rate did not mention the massive role that drug prohibition plays in
the carnage ( "Choosing Chicago's murder toll; Defy the odds; Push the body
count lower in 2014 and beyond," Editorial, Dec.  29 ).  Per experts
testifying in the U.S.  House, gang violence would be cut in half if, the
gangs had no drugs to sell.  You do your readers a disservice not mentioning
the biggest driver of felony crime in Chicago. 

- - Howard Wooldridge, Washington

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