Mike DeWine, big insurers suggest steps to combat opioid addiction: Capitol Letter
Mike DeWine, big insurers suggest steps to combat opioid addiction: Capitol Letter
Insurance jumps into opioids fight: Reps from Ohio’s eight largest insurers outlined 15 best practices for the industry to use to combat the opioid epidemic, cleveland.com’s Laura Hancock writes. The recommendations come at the request of Attorney General Mike DeWine, who is running for governor as a Republican. David Pepper of the Ohio Democratic Party criticized DeWine for what he described as talking more than acting.
Everything must go! Bidding closed Tuesday on more than 3,500 items from the now-shuttered Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. The online auction included everything from the scandal-ridden former charter school’s 138,000-square-foot Columbus headquarters (sold for $3.1 million to Columbus City Schools) to boxes of Capri Sun juice drinks (sold for $2.33 each). Proceeds from the auction will go to a court-appointed official to distribute to ECOT’s creditors and attorneys (as well as the auctioneer). I’ll be watching you: Democratic auditor candidate Zack Space said in a statement he would audit all of Ohio’s for-profit charter schools, the Columbus Dispatch’s Marty Schladen reports. Space said he planned to create a “SCAM” unit – Stop Charter Abuse and Malfeasance, which totally isn’t a backronym.
Heavey sigh: Guess who’s back?!? That’s right, it’s Rocky River Dr. Jon Heavey. As cleveland.com’s Seth Richardson reports, the onetime Democratic gubernatorial hopeful is now a nonpartisan gubernatorial hopeful. But it looks like the same petition signature problem that plagued his short-lived Democratic campaign will doom his independent campaign.
Can’t win if you don’t play: On paper, Republican state Rep. Theresa Gavarone’s House District 3 seat is potentially vulnerable for a Democratic pickup this fall. But there’s one catch: right now, there’s no Democratic candidate for the district, which covers all of Wood County. The Dems’ lone primary candidate, Bowling Green City Councilman Daniel Gordon, dropped out of the race in late May, citing health issues. Wood County Democratic Party Chair Mike Zickar told cleveland.com on Tuesday that the party is still looking for someone to run in Gordon’s place.
Throw ’em all out: Democratic 12th Congressional District nominee Danny O’Connor’s first TV ad goes after House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi as much as it does congressional Republicans. “I think we need a change in leadership on both sides of the aisle,” the Franklin County recorder says in the 30-second spot. ”[House Speaker] Paul Ryan’s not doing anything for working families, but we need new leadership on the Democratic side of things as well.” O’Connor has purchased $90,000 worth of Columbus broadcast TV time between Thursday and next Tuesday, according to political ad tracker Medium Buying.
Swing into action: O’Connor is getting a boost from Swing Left, a liberal organizing group that announced its support of him on Monday. Within 24 hours, the group directly raised $17,000 for O’Connor’s campaign, according to Swing Left spokesman Graham Newhall. Swing Left also plans to mobilize volunteers for voter-turnout phone banks and other activities. Voter purge on hold: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld Ohio’s controversial policy of booting voters who haven’t voted in six years or responded to mailed notices from elections officials. The policy was put on hold as the case worked its way through the courts, but it won’t resume until after the November election. Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office told local elections officials it’s too close to federal elections in August and November to start the process, and it will give further instructions at a later date. North Korea: Ohio lawmakers had mixed feelings about the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, cleveland.com’s Sabrina Eaton reports. Most of them hoped the meeting would ease tensions but warned that the North Koreans have completely reneged on their word multiple times before. Otto Warmbier: Meanwhile, the parents of Otto Warmbier – who died after being held as a prisoner by the North Koreans – said in a statement they hoped something good might come of the summit, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. Trump has showered praise on the Warmbiers since the tragedy, including inviting them as guests of honor to his State of the Union address. Anything you can do: Women candidates face outsized obstacles running for primaries, and Ohio is a prime example of that, writes cleveland.com’s Mary Kilpatrick. A race that at one point featured four women shrunk to one before the primary as their male counterparts raised more money and consolidated support. Coming soon? New Jersey and Delaware are moving quickly on sports betting after a Supreme Court decision legalized it nationwide, cleveland.com’s Rich Exner writes. Delaware Gov. John Carney placed the state’s first bet a week ago while New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy will do so on Thursday. As for Ohio? It hasn’t made a decision yet on whether to allow sports betting. Walking the tightrope: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, is playing a different game in Ohio than many of his colleagues, per Times-Gazette publisher and editor Gary Abernathy’s column in the Washington Post. That’s because Ohioans see Trump differently than the “liberal national media and Democrats in coastal blue states do,” Abernathy writes. Accuracy matters: At least maybe it does this time to Brown. After Brown got roasted for misleading negative ads to start the campaign, the Dispatch’s Jack Torry found Brown’s latest ad promoting his anti-free trade positions was accurate. Well, maybe not: Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Richard Cordray has gone around the state criticizing Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine for ignoring – and, thus, exacerbating – the opioid crisis. But Politifact Ohio found that Cordray’s claims were mostly false. Respect the pettiness: Mick Mulvaney, who took over for Cordray at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, might be the king of pettiness. As Vox reports, Mulvaney has even tried changing the name of the CFPB to the BCFP to emphasize that it’s part of the government, which Mulvaney doesn’t like.
Judges’ chamber: The Ohio Chamber of Commerce’s political action committee on Tuesday endorsed the two Republican candidates for Ohio Supreme Court this November: Justice Mary DeGenaro and Fifth District Court of Appeals Judge Craig Baldwin.
Five things we learned from Tracy Richardson’s April 9 financial disclosure statement. Richardson, a Republican from Marysville, is running for House District 86, currently occupied by Rep. Dorothy Pelanda, who is term-limited. 1.Richardson lists her employers as Marysville, where she serves on city council, and the U.S. Army Reserve, where she is a military academy liaison officer for her alma mater -- the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, according to her biography. Non-incumbents are not required to list salaries on financial disclosures.
2. She is an executive community board member of the Mill Valley Neighborhood Watch and on the Union County Drug Free Coalition advisory board.
3. Richardson owns stock in USAA Investment Management Co. She has life insurance with Prudential Financial Inc., an IRA with Investco Investment Services, a Roth IRA with Fidelity, a pension with the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and three 529 education savings plans.
4. At some point in 2017, she owed at least $1,000 each to Southwest Rewards Visa and American Express.
5. She received one gift worth at least $75 from Deb McDonald. The disclosure doesn’t require candidates to list gifts from family.
John M. Pattison, Ohio’s 43rd governor (1847-1906) Straight From The Source “Just won big Supreme Court decision on Voting! Great News!” - President Donald Trump, tweeting his approval of Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Ohio’s purge of inactive voters from voting rolls.
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