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U.S. Senate race poll shows Sherrod Brown with double-digit lead: Capitol Letter

September 13, 2018

U.S. Senate race poll shows Sherrod Brown with double-digit lead: Capitol Letter

Rotunda Rumblings

New poll not good for Renacci: A new national poll has Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci trailing incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown by 16 points in Ohio’s U.S. Senate race, cleveland.com’s Andrew Tobias reports. Tobias sorts through the differences between this online poll and an earlier one that showed a much closer race. Renacci’s view of the race: Renacci says his internal polling shows the “race is tightening up every day,” according to a Q & A with the National Journal’s Zach C. Cohen. Renacci also talks about his alliance with President Donald Trump, how he plans to get his message out in the next two months and the non-involvement of Gov. John Kasich in his campaign. Diplomatic development: Cleveland businessman and GOP donor Ed Crawford will be nominated as the U.S. ambassador to Ireland, according to Irish newspapers, Sabrina Eaton writes for cleveland.com. Crawford, 80, president of Park-Ohio Holdings Corp., was President Donald Trump’s Ohio finance chair. Cleveland’s Irish community reacted enthusiastically to the news, reports Michael K. McIntyre of The Plain Dealer.

More marijuana docs: Ohio certified 71 more doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients with one of 21 qualifying medical conditions on Wednesday. That brings the total number of certified doctors to 293, cleveland.com’s Jackie Borchardt reports. Search for a doctor in cleveland.com’s doctor database. 

Bet on it: In his sports betting column for cleveland.com, Aaron Marshall looks at the cautious approach Ohio lawmakers are taking to legalizing sports wagering in the state, now that the Supreme Court has cleared the way. Marshall has a few predictions on what will happen next.

Addiction medicine going high-tech: Researchers from across the country – including teams in Ohio – received $200,000 in Ohio Third Frontier grants to develop technologies to combat opioid addiction. Cleveland.com’s Laura Hancock describes the technologies, including apps for addicts and tools to identify hospital patients at risk for addiction.

Hubbub at the City Club: Ohio attorney general hopefuls Steve Dettelbach and Dave Yost have agreed to debate each other next month at the City Club of Cleveland, according to cleveland.com’s Jeremy Pelzer. 

Attack the hackers: A new bill would create a new force in the Ohio National Guard to ward off cyberattacks against local governments, election systems and community partners. Sen. Frank LaRose said he’s sponsoring the measure since the National Guard has been at the forefront of cyber security training for years.  

Right might: “A collection of powerful conservative groups is mounting an aggressive campaign to install Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan as House speaker or minority leader in the next Congress,” Politico’s Rachael Bade writes, citing “a half-dozen sources with direct knowledge of the effort.” But the effort likely won’t succeed, Bade reports, characterizing the Ohio congressman as “a rabble-rouser despised by much of the House Republican Conference.” They need a law for this? At last, bipartisanship! “The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday finally found a principle its members could unite behind: People should not eat dogs and cats.” Eaton sums up the non-controversial voice vote to pass a bill to ban people from knowingly slaughtering a dog or cat for human consumption. Ohio reps from both sides of the aisle signed on as sponsors. Can he swing it? The Daily Beast checks in on the “audacious” campaign of Democrat and former Navy pilot Ken Harbaugh, who is trying to unseat Republican Rep. Bob Gibbs in the solid red 7th Congressional District. The piece, written by Eleanor Clift, poses the question of whether a Democrat can win in a district thatTrump carried by 30 points, but has been adversely affected by his policies.

OSU investigation looks at doctor’s clinic: Richard Strauss, the former Ohio State team doctor accused of sexually assaulting athletes decades ago, used to advertise his off-campus clinic in the campus newspaper, “promising prompt treatment of genital problems, plus a student discount,” the Associated Press reports. 

Full Disclosure

Five things we learned from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s May 15 financial disclosure statement. Brown, a Cleveland Democrat, faces Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci on Nov. 6.  1. For income in 2017, Brown reported $201 to $1,000 in interest from a Huntington Bank money market account with a $50,001 to $100,000 balance. In the U.S. Senate, Brown made $174,000. 2. His wife, former Plain Dealer columnist Connie Schultz, earned more than $1,000 each from Kent State University in salary, Creator’s Syndicate in writing fees and Random House in royalties. 3. Brown is a published author too. He penned “Myths of Free Trade: Why American Trade Policy Has Failed,” and has directed the royalties to go to two charities, Cleveland Jobs with Justice and the anti-poverty group Results. He disclosed he signed an agreement with Kent State University Press that entitles him to 10 percent of net income from the sales of “Congress from the Inside: Observations from the Majority and the Minority,” a book with the latest edition published over 15 years ago.  4. He has a pension with the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, worth $100,001 to $250,000, a joint checking account with his wife with Huntington National Bank with $15,001 to $50,000, checking accounts at Northwest Bank and Congressional Federal Credit Union, each with $1,001 to $15,000. Schultz has $1,001 to $15,000 in a Plain Dealer Credit Union checking account.  5. He reported having two, 15-year mortgages, each for $100,001 to $250,000, with Third Federal Savings and Loan and Franklin American Mortgage Co.

Birthdays

Jim Rhodes, Ohio’s 61st and 63rd governor (1909-2001)

Straight From The Source

“You’re just fun-sized.”

- Alyssa Sarko, office manager for ex-Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, replying to a 2017 email from Rosenberger stating that he looked “weird” in a magazine profile photo. The emails were part of a records dump detailing Rosenberger’s travel while speaker.

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