Troy Balderson, with narrow victory official, looks to November: Capitol Letter

August 27, 2018

Troy Balderson, with narrow victory official, looks to November: Capitol Letter

Rotunda Rumblings Looking to November: With Republican Troy Balderson’s narrow victory becoming official Friday, cleveland.com’s Jeremy Pelzer writes that Democrat Danny O’Connor’s best opportunity to win the 12th Congressional District is ahead of him. Friday’s results were for the Aug. 7 special election. The two men face off again Nov. 8.

In remembrance: Cleveland.com’s Robin Goist assembled reactions from Ohio politicians on both sides of the aisle to Arizona Sen. John McCain’s passing. Gov. John Kasich has ordered that flags be flown at half staff at public buildings and grounds around the state until McCain’s interment.

Striking back: Democrat Richard Cordray is out with a new ad responding to Mike DeWine’s latest attack in the governor’s race, cleveland.com’s Seth Richardson reports. DeWine’s ad portrayed Cordray as soft on crime and blamed him for a backlog of untested sexual assault kits. In Cordray’s commercial, a local Republican sheriff disputes that, saying Cordray established a testing system. “I’m voting for the man, not the party and so are cops across Ohio,” Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart says in the ad.  A dive into history... At a time when President Donald Trump is facing legal woes, cleveland.com’s Laura Hancock reviews U.S. history and finds six other U.S. presidents who had legal troubles. 

Corruption matters: The latest episode of Ohio Matters, cleveland.com’s politics podcast, features Democrat Betsy Rader, who is trying to unseat Rep. Dave Joyce in the 14th Congressional District in Northeast Ohio. Rader, an employment lawyer, is largely focused on health care in her campaign, but believes corruption is becoming a bigger issue in the midterms, Richardson writes.

He’s a ‘no:’ Ohio Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he’ll oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, cleveland.com’s Andrew Tobias reports. Brown said Kavanaugh would “threaten the rights of Ohioans.”

An aging prison population: The Dayton Daily News’ Laura Bischoff writes that about 20 percent of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction inmates are 50 or older, up from 12 percent a decade ago. Tough-on-crime laws are costing Ohio big bucks to house geriatric inmates, such as the $150 million in planned new beds to the Franklin Medical Center prison hospital in Columbus. 

Work and state: Except for Pennsylvania, Ohio is an island surrounded by right-to-work states. The Toledo Blade’s Jim Provance explores what this means for business climate, wages and labor unions. 

Getting bluer: The Cook Political Report has moved Ohio’s 1st Congressional District race to a “Toss Up” rating. The contest between incumbent Republican Rep. Steve Chabot and Democratic challenger Aftab Pureval in the Cincinnati area had been rated as leaning to the Republican side.

Compliments and condemnation: President Trump admires U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan’s wrestling prowess and really doesn’t like Democrat Richard Cordray. Richardson has the rundown of the insults and praise Trump dished out Friday while speaking to Ohio Republicans in Columbus.

On the hook: Taypayers -- and not any campaign committee or political party -- will foot the bill for the Secret Service traveling to Columbus, because the event was billed as an “official” as opposed to “political” trip, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Rallying the troops: Trump’s visit to Ohio Friday served as a “party pep talk” for Ohio Republicans ahead of the midterms, Pelzer reports. Outside the venue, Hancock caught up with anti-Trump protestors. And before he visited with Republicans, the president and First Lady Melania Trump toured Nationwide Children’s Hospital and sat down with some kids to color pictures, the Associated Press reports.

Full Disclosure

Five things we learned from the April 9 financial disclosure statement of Jim Trakas. Trakas, an Independence council member, is a Republican running for House District 6 in eastern and southern Cuyahoga County, a seat he formerly held, against Democrat Phil Robinson. 

1. Trakas listed as income Independence city and American Online Learning Center LLC, of which he is chief executive officer, and American Online Learning Services LLC, for which he is a consultant. 

2. He has equity in both American Online Learning Center and American Online Learning Services LLC. 

3. He listed as real estate a house on Brettin Drive in Independence. 

4. At one point in 2017 he owed at least $1,000 each to Bank of America and Best Buy credit cards and a Huntington Bank small business loan. 

5. He didn’t report any gifts. The form doesn’t require candidates to disclose gifts from family or from a will or inheritance. He also didn’t report any travel payments or reimbursements.

Straight From The Source

“Rep. @stevestivers on @realDonaldTrump: ‘He tries to be truthful. I think he thinks he is truthful ... sometimes he gets carried away.’ @nbc4i”

-A Sunday morning Tweet from Columbus Dispatch reporter Randy Ludlow.

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