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John Kasich signs executive order expanding felony reporting to reduce gun violence: Capitol Letter

September 25, 2018

John Kasich signs executive order expanding felony reporting to reduce gun violence: Capitol Letter

Rotunda Rumblings 

Executive decisions: Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order Monday requiring law enforcement to upload certain protection orders and warrants into a system that could prevent people from illegally buying guns, cleveland.com’s Laura Hancock reports. The governor has been pushing for gun reform for the past several months, which the GOP-dominated statehouse has refused to take up. 

Dettelbach up on TV: Steve Dettelbach, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, will be the first downticket statewide candidate to buy TV ads. His campaign says it’s launching a $300,000 week-long ad buy on Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus broadcast stations starting Tuesday. The 30-second spot highlights the former U.S. attorney’s work to prosecute members of both parties on corruption charges. 

They should see a doctor for that: For years, Republicans have been running on repealing Obamacare, but as cleveland.com’s Sabrina Eaton writes, that’s causing some headaches in the 2018 midterms. Democrats throughout Ohio are placing ads that argue Republican plans to dismantle Obamacare would jeopardize insurance coverage for people pre-existing medical conditions. Nowadays, Ohio Republicans who once highlighted their Affordable Care Act opposition are instead stressing their support for its provisions that keep insurance companies from discriminating against sick customers. 

Medicare-for-nah: Democratic congressional candidate Betsy Rader says the latest ad from incumbent GOP Rep. Dave Joyce misrepresents her position on Medicare, Eaton writes. Rather than expanding Medicare to cover the entire country, she says Americans should have the opportunity to buy into it. Joyce’s campaign manager accused Rader of not wanting “people to know she is a Bernie Sanders liberal.” 

Money talks: As reported by Capitol Letter on Monday, Danny O’Connor, the Democrat running for Congress in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District, is back on the air, this time with an ad attacking Republican U.S. Rep. Troy Balderson. The 30-second spot knocks Balderson for taking corporate PAC money from the big banks, drug companies and insurance groups.

Ad watch: Randy Ludlow of the Columbus Dispatch dissects Republican governor hopeful Mike DeWine’s latest ad, which again attacks Democrat Richard Cordray over his support of Issue 1.

Dewine-Cordray: DeWine and Cordray appeared before the Dispatch’s editorial board over the last couple of days. Ludlow has the highlights.  

The Dispatch backs Brown: The Columbus Dispatch editorial board came down with its ruling on who to support in the Senate race, backing Brown. “We see no need to oust a proven leader, one of Ohio’s longest-serving elected officials,” the board said. 

Ice cream wars: Per the Cincinnati Enquirer, Aftab Pureval, the Democrat challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot in the 1st Congressional District, is getting his own limited-edition Ben & Jerry’s flavor. Not to be outdone, Chabot tweeted two photos of himself eating at Graeter’s and United Dairy Farmer’s in the same day. 

Indebted: Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci will talk about an awful lot in the Senate race, but one thing they’ve both steered clear of is the national debt, writes the Dispatch’s Jack Torry and Jessica Wehrman. That’s probably because most polling shows voters aren’t concerned with the debt, Torry and Wehrman write. 

Quick fix: One race that hasn’t gotten much attention this cycle is Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District in suburban Cincinnati and Southern Ohio. The Enquirer has a 30-second primer video to catch everyone up to speed.  

Abortion clinic closure: Women’s Med, the Dayton area’s last abortion provider, is appealing a judge’s ruling that would force its closing, per the Dayton Daily News. The clinic is fighting a ruling from the state health director that revoked its license for violating transfer agreement and backup physician rules. 

Workplace solutions: Businesses in three Ohio counties are hoping to take advantage of a Bureau of Workers’ Compensation pilot program to help address the problem of workers addiction, the Dispatch reports. The program is aimed at helping businesses offset the costs of drug testing, train supervisors to assist workers in recovery and build a network for workplaces to share best practices.  

Full Disclosure 

Five things we learned from Jay Carson’s April 19 financial disclosure. Carson, a Republican from Lakewood, is running against Democratic Sen. Mike Skindell in House District 13.  

1. Carson reported earning $132,083 as a lawyer for Wegman Hessler & Vanderburg. 

2. Carson serves on the board for the Three Arches Foundation as well as the secretary and board member for North Coast Health. 

3. He has four investment funds. He has mutual funds in CUNA and Raymond James, a pension with the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and an annuity with Allianz.  

4. At some point in 2017, Carson owed over $1,000 each to Fifth Third Mortgage, First Federal Lakewood, Chase VISA and Huntington National Bank.  

5. Carson listed no travel, meals or gifts from lobbyists.  

Straight From The Source 

″(It’s) an enduring base, it’s never going to close, unless someone blows it up.” 

- Theresa Gasper, the Democrat running against GOP U.S. Rep. Mike Turner in the Dayton area 10th Congressional District, on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base during a campaign event, per the Dayton Daily News. Gasper apologized for the remark, but not before Turner seized on the news to criticize his opponent. 

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