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Here are 19 bills Ohio lawmakers are sitting on: Capitol Letter

August 30, 2018

Here are 19 bills Ohio lawmakers are sitting on: Capitol Letter

Rotunda Rumblings

Hanging around: Cleveland.com’s Laura Hancock has compiled a list of 19 bills that aren’t going anywhere, due to being too liberal, too conservative or too difficult to enact.  Mystery solved: One item housed in Cliff Rosenberger’s office raised a lot of eyebrows on Monday: a painting of the former speaker playing cards with several former Republican presidents. Cleveland.com reporter Jackie Borchardt reached out to the artist of the original work sans Rosenberger, who said he didn’t authorize the addition of Rosenberger’s likeness. So how did Rosenberger get in the scene? Borchardt found out.

Along for the ride: State Rep. Nathan Manning, who’s running for state Senate this year, is under attack from Democrats for accompanying Rosenberger and payday-lending lobbyists on a trip to London last year – a trip that the FBI is now scrutinizing. But as the Columbus Dispatch’s Jim Siegel writes, Manning insists, “this investigation did not involve me whatsoever.” However, Manning, a North Ridgeville Republican, declined to say what he’s told the feds about the trip and won’t give specifics about what happened while he was there.

OH-1 gets ugly: As first reported in Capitol Letter, the Congressional Leadership Fund, a conservative super PAC associated with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, launched its first ad against Democratic congressional hopeful Aftab Pureval, saying he lobbied for the Gaddafi regime in Libya and accusing him of “selling out Americans.” A spokeswoman for Pureval said the ad was false. “Aftab has never been a lobbyist nor worked for the Libyan government,” spokeswoman Sarah Topy said. “These false charges are funded by the special interest money Aftab has rejected and that Steve Chabot has taken more than $5 million from.” 

Blowback? Pureval’s camp is fundraising off the CLF ad, which has been picked up by several Democratic heavyweights, including the Pod Save America hosts Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor, as well as Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress. A source with knowledge of Pureval’s fundraising said, “We’ve had more contributions come in today than any other day of the campaign.”

No rush: With Republican Troy Balderson headed to Congress, his Senate District 20 seat is likely to remain vacant until after the November general election, Senate President Larry Obhof told the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Jessie Balmert. That would mean that if Balderson lost to Democrat Danny O’Connor in November, he could be appointed back to his Senate seat...but would he? 

Shift right: After (presciently) listing the special election for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District as a “tossup,” Kyle Kondik of Sabato’s Crystal Ball is moving his rating of the OH-12 general election to “Leans Republican” after Balderson prevailed in last week’s official vote tally.

Trying to defy the odds: Cleveland.com’s Mary Kilpatrick, who focuses on women’s issues, notes that the eight women who are running against congressional incumbents in Ohio face long odds. Democrat Betsy Rader, who is trying to unseat Republican Rep. Dave Joyce in the 14th District, is one of them. Rader, a recent guest on cleveland.com’s  Ohio Matters politics podcast, talks about why she and so many other women in the country are seeking office this year. They’re with Jim: U.S. House Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan of Champaign County is firing up the conservative base, reports Seth McLaughlin of the Washington Times. “More than 100 conservative groups and top-level activists have announced their backing for Mr. Jordan in his bid to win the House’s top post if Republicans keep control of the House,” McLaughlin writes.

High court takes case: The Ohio Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, has agreed to review whether Cleveland must pay $13.2 million to a wrongfully convicted man, cleveland.com’s Eric Heisig reports. David Ayers, a former Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority security officer, spent 11 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

Mail call: The first wave of absentee ballot applications for the November general election is set to hit Ohioans’ mailboxes early next week, Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office announced Wednesday. About 8 million applications will be sent out Friday to Ohio voters who registered before the end of July. Two more rounds of mailings are scheduled to go out in October for more recently registered or updated voters. 

Big Brother is watching: Cleveland.com’s Seth Richardson has an analysis on the Orwellian statements that have come out of the Trump administration. That includes everything from false election fraud claims to “alternative facts” to “Truth is not truth.”

Prison drug scare: Nearly 30 people at the Ross Correctional Institution were sent to the hospital Wednesday after an inmate apparently overdosed on an opioid. As cleveland.com’s Jeremy Pelzer explains, 28 others – corrections officers, nurses, and another inmate – were also treated for potential exposure to the drug, which a doctor identified as fentanyl.

Full Disclosure

Five things we learned from U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan’s May 15 financial disclosure report. Jordan, a Champaign County Republican from the 4th Congressional District, said he will run for House speaker if he’s re-elected in November and if Republicans hold onto their majority. 1. Jordan didn’t report any income outside of Congress, where he made $174,000 last year. He said his wife earned $2,900.35 as a teacher for Graham Local Schools.  2. His Ohio Public Employees Retirement System defined benefit plan was worth $100,001 to $250,000. He reported two Ohio State Teachers Retirement Plan defined benefit plans, together worth $5,102 to $15,000. 3. He received $1 to $200 in royalties from PRC Printing and Publishing for a book, “Victory: at the Training Table: A guide to sports nutrition.“https://www.amazon.com/Victory-training-table-sports-nutrition/dp/0944183190 4. He traveled to New York and Colorado Springs, Colorado, to attend events of the conservative Heritage Foundation last year. 5. He and his wife have two joint accounts at Security National Bank with $16,002 to $65,000 total. They owed the bank $15,001 to $50,000 on an Urbana home mortgage.

Birthdays Rep. Stephen Hambley

Straight From The Source

“It will have catastrophic consequences for our state. If Issue 1 passes, Ohio may have some of the most lenient drug crime laws in the nation.”

- Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, speaking out against Issue 1, a November ballot measure that would reduce penalties for non-violent drug offenders.

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