Rumbles from the rotunda
Case dismissed: The Ohio Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit by a Dayton-area pastor challenging state officials’ decision to reject his bid for governor in the November election. According to Andrew Tobias, Niel Petersen had filed a lawsuit on August 1, which, among other things, challenged Ohio’s 5,000 signature threshold for independent gubernatorial candidates, versus the 1,000 signature requirement. signatures for the candidates of the major parties. But Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, a Republican, said in a written order Monday that Petersen missed a Friday deadline the court set for her to sum up her case in writing. Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a Republican, determined last month that Petersen had lost 555 signatures against the 5,000 signature deadline.
An apple for the teacher: According to a new poll by Baldwin Wallace University and the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio, a children’s advocacy group, the vast majority of parents and caregivers of Ohio K-12 students trust their teachers. However, Laura Hancock reports that state lawmakers are sponsoring several bills that would exert more control over the classroom. The survey also shows parents support social and emotional learning, which involves teaching skills to get along with people different from you, setting and achieving positive goals, and showing empathy for others. , as well as Ohio’s Whole Child Framework, Ohio State Board of Education Strategic Plan that goes beyond traditional learning to support social-emotional learning, safety, health care mental health and even school lunch nutrition.
Cash 4 cops: Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday that he is increasing the amount of grants for law enforcement to fight violent crime from $42 million to a total of $100 million. As Jeremy Pelzer reports, the grant money — almost all of which comes from federal coronavirus aid passed by Democrats — comes as DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted try to campaign for their support for the law enforcement as they stand for re-election this year.
Firm hand: U.S. District Judge John Adams chose Cincinnati-based law firms Markovits, Stock & Demarco and Abraham, Fruchter & Twersky to represent FirstEnergy shareholders in lawsuits over the company’s stock value lost through the project Bill 6 laden with scandals. Adam Ferrise writes that Adams pulled previous attorneys, believing they were trying to escape his scrutiny and get to the bottom of how bribes were paid.
Who takes care of the children? Cuyahoga County and state officials say they are unable to stop children in custody from leaving the Jane Edna Hunter Social Services Center in Cleveland, where it was revealed two months ago that many children have gone out into prostitution or trafficked other children, or participated in other harmful behavior. Officials say they are prevented by state law from keeping children inside the building. But when Kaitlin Durban asked state and county officials what the law requires to prevent this, no one answered her questions.
Stick to their guns: The Ohio Education Association says most school districts in Ohio are opting out of allowing teachers and staff to be armed with just 24 hours of training, under a new law. Kaylee Remington found that it includes districts in northeastern Ohio from Medina to Cleveland Heights-University Heights.
Back: President Joe Biden will attend Intel’s groundbreaking ceremony in Columbus as part of a “Building a Better America” tour to tout the Democratic legislative agenda and show how Democrats “beat down special interests and deliver what is best for the American people,” according to a White House document released Monday. The document did not provide a date for Biden’s visit, although Biden said last week the groundbreaking would take place in early fall. A Dewine spokesperson said Monday that the governor’s office hopes to announce a date “within the next few weeks.”
Searching for answers: House Judiciary Committee Republicans led by Jim Jordan of Champaign County sent letters monday to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray seeking all of their documents and communications from last week’s search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence. The letters also instructed them to “keep all relevant documents in your possession, custody or control.” “We will be content with your full cooperation with our investigation,” the letters read.
In the air: U.S. Representative Mike Turner of Dayton, the top Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, joined several of his GOP colleagues in a letter Monday urging Wray on whether his use of an FBI plane to visit his vacation home in Saranac Lake, NY, taxpayers’ money was abused. The group has requested all documents and communications relating to their travel on government aircraft, a full statement of the cost of their personal travel on government aircraft for taxpayers, and all communications relating to any reimbursement that he carried for travel.
Drill: In an article for the Columbus Dispatch, Peter Gill profiles Munira Abdullahi and Ismail Mohamed, two Columbus Democrats who are set to be the first and second Somali-born state legislators. Abdullahi, 26, is a lock to win in November after winning his primary in a heavily Democratic district, while Ismail Mohamed, 29, is neck and neck with another candidate in another heavily Democratic district.
Vacationland gets a grant: Road improvements are coming to one of the state’s most popular vacation spots. The grant will also pay for an extension of the Sandusky Bay Pathway, a multi-use trail along Lake Erie that will eventually connect downtown Sandusky to Huron.
Five things we learned from the July 3, 2022 financial disclosure of David Dovos, a Republican candidate for Ohio’s 10th House District:
1. He is the President of Next Level Prep LLC, an ACT and SAT tutoring company.
2. In addition to his work with Next Level Prep, he was also paid to provide ACT prep services to Tipp-Monroe Community Services.
3. He is president of the West High School Alumni Association as well as the Hilltop Historical Society.
4. He revealed that he does not own any real estate. Legislative candidates are not required to disclose their personal address.
5. He does not hold any professional license.
John Bridgeland, former chief of staff to Senator Rob Portman, announced in an editorial in the Cincinnati Enquirer over the weekend he launched “Republicans for Tim Ryan” supporting the Democratic congressman’s candidacy for the US Senate.
The Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, the gun control group, has endorsed Democrat Nan Whaley for governor.
Chynna Brady, Ohio House Payroll and Benefits Officer
Straight from the source
“I don’t remember being involved in this issue. I just don’t remember.
-Governor. Mike DeWine on Monday, saying he doesn’t recall whether he advocated for FirstEnergy’s nuclear plant subsidies in House Bill 6 to extend for many years beyond the seven offered by the US legislature Ohio, according to the dispatch. Newly leaked text messages show Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted wanted them to continue for a decade.
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