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Drug treatment issue makes November ballot in Ohio: Capitol Letter

July 24, 2018

Drug treatment issue makes November ballot in Ohio: Capitol Letter

Rotunda Rumblings

A new Issue 1: Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office announced Monday that a proposed drug treatment and rehabilitation constitutional amendment will be on the Nov. 6 ballot and be known as Issue 1, cleveland.com’s Laura Hancock writes. Backers of a kidney dialysis amendment didn’t meet necessary requirements yet to get on the ballot, but they have 10 days to fix that.

Summer session: On Tuesday, the Ohio House will likely vote for the last time – at least this year – on whether to restrict payday loans, Hancock reports. The House session begins at 11 a.m.

County courting: Last week, Ohio mayors called on the state’s next governor to give cities more money and local control. On Monday, it was county officials’ turn. In a white paper, the County Commissioners Association of Ohio “proposed the long-term restoration of more than $350 million in annual revenue to counties lost to tax changes and cuts in local government funds,” according to the Columbus Dispatch’s Randy Ludlow. County commissioners, who are 75-percent Republican, met with gubernatorial nominees Rich Cordray and Mike DeWine last Friday; the CCAO president said the candidates offered “good vibes.” More GOP OH-12 ads: The National Republican Congressional Committee is spending an additional $250,000 on TV ads to help Troy Balderson in the 12th Congressional District race against Democrat Danny O’Connor. As the Dispatch’s Jack Torry writes, the extra spending “is a sign Republicans are worried O’Connor could win the race.”

Balderson looks to join Leneghan lawsuit: The Zanesville Republican last week asked the Ohio Supreme Court last week to add his name as a respondent to primary rival Melanie Leneghan’s request to hold a new primary election or declare her the winner because of ballot-counting violations. In a brief, Balderson’s attorney argues he has a “unique and personal interest in this matter,” because if the court sides with Leneghan, Balderson might no longer be the OH-12 GOP nominee.

Taxing issue: These days, there’s only one party in the OH-12 race talking about the Republican tax plan - and it’s not the Republicans. As the Washington Post’s David Weigel reports, O’Connor and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have been blasting the tax cut on the airwaves while a GOP ad about the new law has been taken down.

Another spotlight on OH-12: In the latest national profile of the 12th District race, Bloomberg News’ Sahil Kapur writes that “Republicans are highlighting immigration and culture wars as Democrats focus on taxes and fortifying Social Security and Medicare.”

Out of sight: Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has kept a low profile since dropping out of the U.S. Senate race in January, the Dispatch’s Marty Schladen reports. His work schedule looks to be light, he is quiet on social media and he has rarely made public appearances, Schladen writes. Ryan running? U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, who’s been hyped as a possible presidential candidate, has told “political consultants and operatives” that he plans to run for the highest office in 2020, according to a report by the Intercept. But the Mahoning County Democrat “won’t be running on a stereotypical working-class persona; instead, he believes his path to the White House runs through the ‘yoga vote,’” the Intercept’s Ryan Grim and Zaid Jilani write.  Dems in the middle: NBC News has a report on a convention in Columbus last week organized by moderate Democrats who “are warning that ignoring them will lead the party to disaster in the midterm elections and the 2020 presidential contest.” Alex Seitz-Wald reports that the summit “gave middle-of-the-road party members a safe space to come together and voice their concerns.”

Blockchain reaction: Luxury-car dealer Bernie Moreno and other Cleveland leaders are trying to position the city as a leader in blockchain technology. In a meeting at cleveland.com’s offices on Monday, more than 80 business, education and government figures discussed their progress. Cleveland.com’s Emily Bamforth and Andrew Tobias have the details, which include a proposed 300,000-square foot tech campus for 1,500 workers.

Full Disclosure 

Five things we learned from the April 9 financial disclosure statement of Rep. Nick Celebrezze, a Parma Democrat:

1. Celebrezze earned $25,000 to $49,999 as an attorney for McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co. LPA. As the House’s assistant minority leader, he earned $82,194 last year, according to the Ohio Treasurer’s office. 

2. He owns FirstEnergy stock. He has a pension with the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and a 457(b) retirement plan with Ohio Deferred Compensation.

3. He owns a house on Marda Drive in Parma. State rules don’t require him to list his personal residence.

4. At some point in 2017 he owed at least $1,000 each to Ally Auto Financing, Great Lakes Student Loan Corp., PNC Bank, CitiBank Visa and Capital One Mastercard.

5. The Ohio Chamber of Commerce footed the $133.09 bill for his lodging during the Policy Conference at Salt Fork in September. The House reimbursed him $5,992.48 for mileage between home and Columbus.

Straight From The Source

“Troy Balderson of Ohio is running for Congress against a Nancy Pelosi Liberal who is WEAK on Crime & Borders. Troy is the total opposite, and loves our Military, Vets & 2nd Amendment. EARLY VOTING just started with Election Day on August 7th. Troy has my Full & Total Endorsement!”

- President Donald Trump, endorsing 12th Congressional District Republican nominee Troy Balderson on Twitter Saturday.

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