Gov. John Kasich makes the case to protect Ohio Medicaid expansion: Capitol Letter
Gov. John Kasich makes the case to protect Ohio Medicaid expansion: Capitol Letter
Rotunda Rumblings A cure-all? New state reports show Medicaid expansion has helped lower the Ohio’s uninsured rate, saved the state millions of dollars and made it possible for unemployed people to overcome health issues to return to work. The report comes as Gov. John Kasich enters the sunset of his eight years as governor, cleveland.com’s Laura Hancock writes.
Thanks, no thanks: Kasich said he will not attend the Ohio GOP’s annual dinner Friday – when President Donald Trump will be speaking. Kasich said he’s spending time with one of his twins before she heads off to college, Hancock reports.
Dual endorsement: The Ohio Society of CPAs endorsed both Republican Jim Renacci and Democrat Sherrod Brown for Senate. Brown, the only Democrat endorsed by the organization this cycle so far, touted the endorsement in a Monday news release but didn’t mention it was a dual endorsement. Renacci’s campaign announced the endorsement Tuesday. “Congressman Renacci was instrumental in crafting tax reform provisions to help drive our nation’s economy and has supported several bills that directly impact the accounting profession, including HB 5377, which enabled the IRS to create an online portal for businesses to e-file Form 1099s,” Ohio CPAs president and CEO Scott Wiley said in a statement.
Sessions in town: Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be in Cleveland Wednesday to talk about the opioid epidemic, reports Eric Heisig of cleveland.com. It’s expected to be his first appearance following the conviction Tuesday of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manfort, and the guilty plea of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to charges related to campaign violations. Sessions was involved in President Trump’s campaign and has recused himself from the ongoing investigation by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.
Vested interest: “Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents and supervisors raised repeated concerns about expired body armor for more than a year before a union grievance was filed this May, public records show,” the Associated Press reveals. Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine “has faced intense pushback” over the issue in his race for governor against Democrat Richard Cordray, the AP reports.
Keep your distance: Kasich is one of “four term-limited Republican governors in swing states” who “have kept a surprising distance between themselves and the nominees picked by their party to replace them, an unusual dissonance that could have long-lasting effects on their states,” the Washington Post’s David Weigel reports. Weigel notes that Kasich has endorsed DeWine for governor, but only after DeWine said he would not reverse the Medicaid expansion that Kasich embraced in Ohio.
Court fight: DeWine went to court Tuesday to try to recover state overpayments to ECOT, the controversial online charter school that’s now closed, The Plain Dealer’s Patrick O’Donnell reports. DeWine vowed to “continue to be aggressive” in getting the public’s money back, but Democrats say he should have acted a long time ago to go after ECOT and its founder, William Lager, who donated generously to Republicans.
Home tour: O’Donnell gives us a look at all of the homes Lager acquired while ECOT collected money from the state. The properties could be at risk if DeWine proves their purchase is tied to illegal contracts.
‘Blockland’ update: Cleveland.com’s Andrew Tobias has the latest on the effort to rebrand Cleveland as a center of blockchain-related research and investment. Leaders hope to have a site picked by later this year for a massive technology campus in the city, Tobias reports. And announcements are expected soon on discussions with state and local officials about using blockchain to record birth and death certificates and title documents.
Feeling blue: Politico focuses on Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot’s tough re-election bid in a story headlined “Once-safe GOP seats threatened by blue wave.” As Politico’s Elena Schneider writes, “He has been outraised — and, some Republicans say, outworked — by Democrat Aftab Pureval, the 35-year-old clerk of courts in Cincinnati’s Hamilton County, who argues that the congressman has lost touch with a diversifying, suburbanizing district changing beneath his feet.”
Oh, that hospital: President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will visit Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus Friday before the president’s appearance at the state GOP’s annual dinner, the Columbus Dispatch’s Randy Ludlow reports. The White House erroneously said Monday that the Trumps would be at “Ohio State University Children’s Hospital.”
Inching up: Republican Troy Balderson has a slightly larger lead over Democrat Danny O’Connor in the 12th Congressional District now that more counties have reported their official totals, reports Jessica Wehrman of the Columbus Dispatch. So far, O’Connor is close, but not enough to force a recount in the Aug. 7 special election.
Five things we learned from the April 9 ethics filing of state Rep. Theresa Gavarone, a Bowling Green Republican.
1. In addition to being paid $67,126 last year as a legislator, Gavarone also earned $10,000 to $25,000 as a bookkeeper for Congressman Bob Latta’s campaign and less than $1,000 as an attorney for the Law Offices of Davies, Ruck & Speweik.
2. She listed four businesses she or her husband are associated with: Lex Loci Corporation, 223 Rentals LLC, Philly Flyers LLC and Howard’s Club H Inc.
3. Gavarone disclosed she was Latta’s campaign treasurer and vice president of Lex Loci, the parent company of Mr. Spots Philly cheesesteak sandwich shop in Bowling Green and Ann Arbor.
4. Gavarone reported $21,475 in travel including $3,300 from her own campaign account, $5,755 from the National Conference of State Legislatures, $5,116 from the Ohio House of Representatives and $3,227 from the State Legislative Leaders Foundation. In an addendum to her filing, she disclosed she visited the Dead Sea and Masada while on a trip to Israel funded by Ohio Jewish Communities in November 2017.
5. She reported receiving gifts worth more than $75 and meals worth more than $100 from the National Conference of State Legislatures, State Legislative Leaders Foundation, Council of State Governments, American Legislative Exchange Council and Ohio Jewish Communities Inc. She also received meals and beverages exceeding $100 from Community Blight Solutions.
On The Move
The first woman Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson and Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, are among six individuals who will be inducted into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame this fall. The honor recognizes individuals who are “pioneers in human and civil rights and who have advanced the goals of equality and inclusion.”
Other inductees this year:
Errol Alexander of Sandusky, a civil rights advocate who fought segregation in Ohio before becoming an internationally known scholar and artist;
Joseph Carter Corbin (1833-1911), a Chillicothe native, advocate for African-American Ohioans and founder of the first college in Arkansas to graduate former slaves and their descendants;
William Powell (1916-2009), a World War II veteran who built, owned and operated East Canton’s Clearview Golf Club, the first African-American owned golf club in the U.S.
Renee Powell of East Canton, one of the first African-American LPGA golfers and current owner of Clearview Golf Club.
Birthdays Rep. Doug Green
Straight From The Source
“In a funny sort of way for the kid that grew up in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, whose father carried mail on his back, it is pretty amusing to me to have a president of the United States attacking me. OK? That doesn’t bother me. It’s kind of -- isn’t that amazing? Should get a merit badge.”
-Gov. John Kasich, talking about President Trump’s dig at his fellow Republican on Twitter.
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