Mike DeWine opposes Ohio Issue 1: Capitol Letter
Mike DeWine opposes Ohio Issue 1: Capitol Letter
Rotunda Rumblings Just say no: Mike DeWine and Rep. Robert Sprague, who’s running for Ohio treasurer, are the latest Republicans to come out against Issue 1. The proposed constitutional amendment would lessen some drug penalties and promote addiction treatment, cleveland.com’s Laura Hancock writes. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Corday supports the measure.
Richardson restates support: Sprague’s Democratic opponent Rob Richardson affirmed his support of Issue 1 hours before the DeWine event. Richardson acknowledged the treasurer can’t directly do much about criminal justice reform and civil rights. But he said he would use the statewide position to urge the state pension systems to divest their dollars from private prison corporations. “Civil rights are not only the right thing to do but in our best economic interests,” Richardson said on a phone call with reporters following a news conference touting his ideas.
Billions. With a ‘b’. That’s how many reasons Dan Gilbert might have to sell his stake in Ohio casinos, writes cleveland.com data guru Rich Exner. Gilbert’s three operations in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati have generated $3.1 billion since their founding, and Exner took a look at the history of Gilbert’s involvement in gaming in the state.
Plus a little more: Gilbert can add a little more to that total as well. Exner reports casino and racino gambling revenue was up 8 percent in August.
More money for medical marijuana: The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, which oversees medical marijuana dispensaries and the patient and caregiver registry, got approval Monday to spend an additional $2.49 million as it moves into the regulatory phase of Ohio’s new program. The Controlling Board request brings the total two-year budget for the pharmacy board’s work to more than $4.1 million, expected to be repaid with various licensing fees. The agency plans to hire a handful of employees and has set aside about $1 million to handle dispensary license appeals through 51 requested administrative hearings and, possibly, in court.
Note to Ohio lawmakers or legislative staff: If you share an Uber with a lobbyist, make sure to chip in for the fare from now on. A Joint Legislative Ethics Committee advisory opinion issued Monday states that legislators and staff can only let a lobbyist pay for a trip in a ridesharing vehicle if they reimburse the lobbyist for their portion of the cost within a week. The opinion makes exceptions for lawmakers and staff who are headed to/from a seminar, speaking engagement, or an event held by a national organization to which a state agency or public university pays dues.
Primary concerns: Gabriel Debenedetti, writing for New York Magazine’s Daily Intelligencer, says a 2020 primary challenge to Republican President Donald Trump is growing more likely. The top prospective candidates? Outgoing Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse and -- of course -- outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who will continue his love affair with New Hampshire right after the election with a visit to the same dinner that was seen as the kickoff for John McCain’s 2008 run.
Yes we cannabis: U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce told a conference at the Cannabis Law Institute that he expects the federal government will pass a law deferring to the states on marijuana legalization, according to Leafly, a marijuana trade publication. Congress is likely to pass something even if the Republicans retain control, he said.
Mister Peepers: U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan can now brag to his kids that he’s featured in a Ben Folds song -- though maybe not for the reasons he wants. The Washington Post caught up with Folds, who recorded “Mr. Peepers” -- a satirical song about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and bullying.
Cleveland Ba-rocks: Cordray released more details about the upcoming Cleveland visit for President Barack Obama. The public rally will be Thursday night at a gymnasium on the east side of town.
The election environment: Tom Henry of the Toledo Blade took a closer look at an issue that matters to almost anyone who lives along the north coast of the state -- the health of Lake Erie -- and the gubernatorial candidates’ plans for its survival.
Five things we learned from the May 15 financial statement filed by Sen. Bill Coley, a Liberty Township Republican.
1. Coley reported earning $100,000 or more from his work as an attorney at Cincinnati firm Strauss Troy Co. He earned $67,459 last year for serving in the General Assembly, according to the state budget office. He reported earning less than $1,000 in interest each from a US Bank account, UBS IRA and state tax refund.
2. Coley reported financial interests in two companies: Coley & Associates Co. LPA and Discharge Solutions LLC.
3. He reported 11 investments of more than $1,000 including shares in AK Steel Holding Corp., Piper Jaffrey Cos and US Steel Corp. He reported retirement accounts through the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System and Public Employee Deferred Compensation accounts.
4. Coley reported receiving a $3,887 mileage reimbursement from the Ohio Senate for his travel to the Ohio Statehouse, $138 for travel to the Ohio Chamber of Commerce policy conference at Salt Fork, and $401 for travel through the Opportunity Solutions Project, a nonpartisan organization that works to “expand opportunity and freedom.”
5. He reported receiving gifts worth $75 or more from Bill Leff, Larry Schumacher, Clarion Events Limited (for ICE Totally Gaming Conference registration), Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and Opportunity Solutions Project.
Straight From The Source
“Happiness in life has a lot to do with expectations. If you don’t believe it, talk with Browns and Steelers fans about yesterday’s game.”
-Jon Husted, Ohio secretary of state and Republican lieutenant governor candidate, on Twitter on Monday, following the historic tie in Sunday’s matchup between the two teams.
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