He was secretary of state of Ohio. He was the first black nominee for governor of the state. He played a key role as honorary co-chair in George W. Bush’s strongly contested 2004 presidential race. And now, this Republican Party maverick adds one more title to his resume—President-elect Donald Trump’s selection to lead his domestic transition.
Ken Blackwell is heading up Trump’s “action team,” which will examine the departments of energy, health and human services, housing, environmental protection, labor, transportation and urban development, interior, and agriculture.
Blackwell, the former mayor of Cincinnati, currently sits on the boards of the National Rifle Association and Club for Growth.
Newsweek Bet Big On “Madame President”—And Lost
Newsweek issued a national recall Wednesday for 125,000 copies of its magazine that it had prematurely shipped to newsstands with Hillary Clinton pictured on the cover beneath the headline “Madame President,” the New York Postreports.
“Like everybody else, we got it wrong,” said Tony Romando of Topix Media, which partners with Newsweek to publish its special issues. Newsweek had produced two versions of the commemorative issue—one for Clinton and one headlined “President Trump”—but late last week, believing that Clinton would win, Topix Media shipped only the Clinton commemoratives.
Newsweek believes the Trump version will sell even better than the Clinton version, with 150,000 copies en route and more to be printed after that. “We expect it to sell very well as there is obviously a great demand,” Romando said.
Lawsuits Planned Over California’s Proposition 63
Could one of first victories in post-Trump victory America come in California? Chuck Michel of the California Rifle and Pistol Association hopes so.
The Second Amendment attorney plans to file a legal challenge against Proposition 63, the so-called “Gunmaggedon” ballot initiative that passed this week. The measure, which requires background checks for ammunition sales among other things, benefited from the support of wealthy donors.
“With our victory in the presidential election, successful legal challenges will now be filed against all these new ill-conceived and unconstitutional laws,” Michel said, “and those cases will be heard by a new Supreme Court that will see these laws as the Second Amendment violations that they are.”
FL: 2A Advocates Celebrate As Prominent Anti-Gun Senator Ousted
Florida gun owners are celebrating an unusual turn of events, as anti-gun Republican state Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla was defeated in Tuesday’s election by a pro-gun Democrat.
During his term, Diaz de la Portilla, who chaired the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, helped kill an emergency concealed-carry bill, refused to hold hearings on a campus-carry bill, and was instrumental in defeating bills on open carry and campus carry. With that record, even an $85,000 donation from Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown couldn’t hold his place in the Senate, and he was defeated by state Rep. Jose Javier.
With Diaz de la Portilla out—and Republicans’ 25-15 majority preserved by the defeat of Democratic Sen. Dwight Bullard by Republican Rep. Frank Artiles—gun advocates predict the next session will be much more productive.
“We are in a very advantageous political position this year, especially now that Diaz de la Portilla cannot block our efforts,” Bekah Hargrove, member of Florida Students for Concealed Carry, told guns.com. “The people have shown they do not appreciate politicians who lie and advance their own agenda while ignoring the wishes of their constituents.”
Armed 88-Year-Old Shoots Attacker
When thieves burglarized an 88-year-old Ohio man’s house last week, robbing him and stealing his gun, he immediately went out and bought another one. That decision just might have saved his life.
According to local media reports, the very next night two people broke into the Hamilton, Ohio, man’s home again. While a woman tried to steal his TV, her male accomplice was beating the senior citizen.
Thankfully, the homeowner managed to reach his brand new .38 special and shoot his attacker once in the leg, causing both of the criminals to flee. “I guess he was counting my money,” the man later said. “I aimed for his leg and I got him.” According to the homeowner, the female burglar begged him not to shoot her, too. He replied, “You get your ass out of here and I won’t shoot you!”