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Ohio overdose deaths hit new high: Capitol Letter

September 28, 2018

Ohio overdose deaths hit new high: Capitol Letter

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Drug death defense: Gov. John Kasich said Thursday that the perception that Ohio’s drug problem is ranging out of control is “simply not true,” cleveland.com’s Laura Hancock reports. Meanwhile, drug overdose deaths have hit a new high: about 13 people in Ohio die on average each day.  

The breakdown: Hancock provides a list of who is for and against Issue 1, an amendment on the November ballot that would lessen penalties for some drug offenses. It’s largely divided along partisan lines, with a few exceptions.  

Oh ‘no:’ Leadership of the Ohio Manufacturer’s Association and the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio released statements Thursday against Issue 1. 

Portman still backs Kavanaugh: Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on sex abuse allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh didn’t alter Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman’s conviction that he should be confirmed or Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown’s belief that he shouldn’t, cleveland.com’s Sabrina Eaton reports. Neither is on the Senate Judiciary Committee, but both said they listened to the hearing with interest.

Yikes: Beverly Goldstein, the Republican challenger to Cleveland-area Rep. Marcia Fudge, published a tweet late Thursday blaming black illiteracy for the passage of Cuyahoga County legislation that makes sexual orientation or gender identity a protected class in local anti-discrimination law, Eaton writes. Goldstein has made fighting adult illiteracy a cornerstone of her campaign, her husband told Eaton. Cuyahoga County Republican Party Chairman Rob Frost told Eaton Goldstein’s statement “was not optimally phrased.” 

2020 watch: Montana Gov. Steve Bullock stopped in Cleveland on Thursday to stump for Richard Cordray, the Democratic Ohio governor candidate, cleveland.com’s Andrew Tobias reports. Bullock is a possible 2020 contender, and previously has made stops this year in Iowa and New Hampshire. 

2016 lookback: The U.S. Department of Justice’s inspector general has issued a report questioning nearly $14 million of the $49.9 million security grant Philadelphia got for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the Associated Press reports. Cleveland, which hosted the 2016 Republican National Convention, meanwhile, got a clean DOJ IG audit earlier this year.  

Fashion police: The Fraternal Order of Police has asked Mike DeWine, the Republican governor candidate, to stop using the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation logo in his campaign materials, the Associated Press reports. The police union has endorsed DeWine’s Democratic opponent Richard Cordray in the governor’s race, and has faulted DeWine for not replacing 50 expired, state-owned bulletproof vests.  

Gas up the bus: The statewide Democratic ticket is going on the road next week as part of the “People First” bus tour. The six-day statewide tour is set to include every statewide Democratic nominee (though most of them will only be along for parts of the tour). The tour will start with an Ohio Statehouse rally next Tuesday and end at the Ohio Democrats’ annual state dinner on Oct. 7, three days before the start of early voting in Ohio.  Debates in OH-01: Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot and Democratic rival Aftab Pureval announced Thursday they have agreed to three televised debates on Oct. 16, Oct. 24, and Oct. 30. Details about the air times, formats, and tickets have yet to be announced.   ...But not elsewhere: Three other Ohio Democratic congressional nominees -- Danny O’Connor in the 12th District, Betsy Rader in the 14th District, and Susan Moran Palmer in the 16th District -- issued press releases Thursday criticizing their respective Republican opponents for ignoring or turning down offers to debate.

Full Disclosure

Five things we learned from the April 9 financial disclosure of state Rep. Nathan Manning, a North Ridgeville Republican. Manning is running against Democrat Sharon Sweda for Senate District 13, in which his mother Sen. Gayle Manning currently serves. 

1. Manning reported income of $25,000 to $49,999 as an attorney for Manning & Manning Attorneys at Law. He made $1,000 to $9,999 each as a member of MGNR Properties LLC and on dividends from Charles Schwab. As a representative for the state of Ohio, Manning earned $60,584. 

2. Manning owed GOPAC more than $1,000 in 2017. Manning attended a GOPAC-sponsored trip to London with payday industry lobbyists with former House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, which has prompted an FBI investigation into Rosenberger. 

3. Manning received gifts worth $75 or more from Rosenberger, GOP donor Virginia Ragan, the Committee to Elect Cliff Rosenberger, GOPAC, The Council of State Governments, National Conference of State Legislatures, Marine Barracks Washington 8th & 1 and Bob Starr. 

4. His travel expenses amounted to $8,365.34 throughout 2017 – including $3,649.36 in mileage from the House for travel between home and Columbus. He received $958.48 for travel associated with GOPAC, $761.63 from Rosenberger’s campaign committee and $1,062.12 from the Council of State Governments. 

5. He owned stock with AT&T, Amazon, Apple, Berkshire Hathaway, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Daimler, Ford, Netflix, Pfizer Holdings, Starbucks, Target, Tesla, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Walmart and other companies.

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Ohio Sen. Lou Terhar

Straight From The Source

“I’ve known Rich Cordray for 10 years. We started serving as attorney general together. I’ve worked by his side. I worked with him when he was at CFPB and I think he’s someone that’s making a meaningful, meaningful difference for folks in Iowa.”

-Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, speaking to a reporter before a Thursday morning appearance in Cleveland. Bullock has been making the rounds as a possible 2020 Democratic presidential contender, and mixed up his states a few times.

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