Rumbles from the rotunda
In debate? U.S. Senate candidates from Ohio, Democrat Tim Ryan and Republican JD Vance, each announced on Friday that they had accepted multiple debate invitations. But as Jeremy Pelzer reports, the places and times of debate announced by each do not correspond to what their opponent has accepted. Meanwhile, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley continues to push Republican Gov. Mike DeWine to debate, but DeWine said again on Friday that he still plans to attend something other than newspaper editorial board meetings. (some of which are broadcast online).
Candidate Challenge: A retired Ohio Supreme Court justice has recommended that Secretary of State Frank LaRose decertify an election conspiracy theorist’s candidacy to challenge him in the November election as a political independent. As Andrew Tobias writes, Terrence O’Donnell on Friday recommended rejecting 18 of the 5,010 voter signatures that Terpsehore “Tore” Maras submitted with his candidate petitions last month, which would drop her below the threshold of 5,000 signatures that independent candidates must reach to make the ballot. Partially agreeing in favor of a July 30 lawsuit filed by a senior Ohio Republican Party official, O’Donnell cited a variety of technical grounds, including addresses written by voters that did not match the address of their electoral register. A spokesperson for LaRose said the office is considering the recommendation.
Jail time: Gov. Mike DeWine announced another round of funding for local jail building and renovation projects. According to Tobias, the $51 million for local projects comes from the $3.5 billion capital budget bill passed by lawmakers in June. The money is intended to promote prison modernization projects aimed at reducing inmate recidivism.
Down to the roots: Tony Lee Coffman, 59, of Birch River, West Virginia, has been charged in federal court in Columbus with acquiring illegally transported ginseng. Laura Hancock writes that the roots of American ginseng, which grows in the shady, mature forests of Appalachia, can sell for hundreds of dollars a pound because they have become popular in Chinese herbal medicine.
Gas attack: The US Department of the Interior has given Ohio $25 million in bipartisan infrastructure bill funding that the state will use to plug between 170 and 320 abandoned oil and gas wells, writes Sabrina Eaton. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it has yet to identify specific wells that will be plugged with the latest round of funding. Most of Ohio’s 88 counties contain orphan oil and gas wells.
Go to court: Eric Ungaro, a Polish township administrator, is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to rule that his name will be listed on the Nov. 8 ballot as an independent candidate for State House District 59. He thinks the Mahoning County Board of Elections didn’t certify him. because he prefers Youngstown 5th Ward Councilwoman Lauren McNallly, a Democrat. Electoral Board Chairman David Betras, a former chairman of the county’s Democratic Party, sarcastically responded to the allegations: “You caught me because I give like…about this race,” reports David Skolnick of The Vindicator.
Jonesing for influence: Jones and Day began as a business law firm in Cleveland. Over the years, it expanded its offices across the country and played an increasingly important role in shifting the justice system to the right. David Enrich of The New York Times reports how Jones Day attorneys began representing more ideological cases, becoming “a sort of in-house conservative think tank” and swaying the Trump administration’s pick of dozens of federal judges.
Pay for the hikes: Employees of the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund received merit increases this year, as well as increases to fight inflation. Laura Bischoff of The Dispatch reports that this comes at a time when the fund is pushing legislation that would increase taxpayer money coming into the system.
Tuition: After President Joe Biden announced the cancellation of up to $20,000 in student loans for many Americans, Susan Tebben of the Ohio Capital Journal asked experts for other ideas to help affordability college studies. They said if schools used the funding for actual education, prioritized offering scholarships, and encouraged high school students to earn college credit through programs like College Credit Plus, it would help reduce the student debt. She noted that a bipartisan bill that would forgive some student loans if college graduates stayed in Ohio was not moving quickly through the General Assembly.
Withdrawal request: On Friday, Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Paduchik cried foul over an attack ad-style video that Ryan posted to social media the day before. In the video, Ryan criticizes Vance for his response to a gunman’s recent attempt to attack the FBI’s field office in Cincinnati, saying Vance and other Republicans “didn’t say a word to thank the forces.” of order” after the episode, in which state troopers shot and killed the man. The announcement does not state that Vance spoke out about the attack the following morning when asked about it during a radio interview, although when asked, Ryan’s campaign repeated that Vance hadn’t thanked the police.
In the tank: Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman on Friday applauded the announcement that the U.S. military would supply Poland with 250 M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams main battle tanks, worth up to $1.148 billion. The tanks are made in Ohio. “Equipping our Polish allies with these tanks signals to Russia that we remain committed to supporting our allies in the face of ongoing Russian aggression,” Portman said.
Five things we learned from the August 1 financial disclosure of Tim Barhorst, a Republican candidate for State House District 85 in western Ohio. No Democrats are running for the seat, so Barhorst will likely win Nov. 8.
1. Barhorst listed two employers: Business Partner Inc. and TBAR LLC.
2. He also earned rental income on three properties last year in the Columbus area, Shelby County and the Fort Meyers, Florida area.
3. He listed two life insurance policies and a health savings account as investments.
4. Last year, he owed over $1,000 to Citi, First Financial Bank, Mr. Cooper, LFT Development LLC, Chickasaw Point and UST.
5. He has a license in Ohio to sell insurance and a “Series 6” license which allows him to sell certain mutual funds, annuities and insurance.
State Representative Adam Bird
Michael Wing, Legislative Assistant to Representative Marilyn John
Straight from the source
“If you make $125,000 in Ohio, you’re more than rich enough to pay your own student loans. Conservators, sheet metal workers, landscapers, and auto mechanics will foot the bill for your degree. Sorry if you’re mad at someone saying it out loud.
– Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost in of a series of tweets he posted on Friday criticizing Democratic President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan.