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Mike DeWine has narrow lead in Ohio governor’s race poll: Capitol Letter

September 18, 2018

Mike DeWine has narrow lead in Ohio governor’s race poll: Capitol Letter

Rotunda Rumblings

New poll results: Baldwin Wallace University is releasing a new poll today showing Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine with a slight lead over Democratic former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray in the Ohio governor’s race. And Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is far ahead of U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci in the race for U.S. Senate. Approval of Republican President Donald Trump, meanwhile, is waning. Cleveland.com’s Seth Richardson has a breakdown of all of the results. Senate square-off: Brown and Renacci have agreed to hold a Cleveland debate at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, reports cleveland.com’s Andrew Tobias. The debate, being organized by the nonpartisan Ohio Debate Commission, will take place at the Westfield Insurance studio theater at the Idea Center in Playhouse Square. Cleveland.com/Advance Ohio is a founding member of the commission.

Back to basics: Politico Magazine ran a long piece on Sunday about Democrats’ attempts to erode the GOP’s political dominance in Ohio by focusing on “the traditional Democratic playbook of progressive pocketbook issues.” As Michael Grunwald reports, “labor provides the party’s organizational muscle,” and as Brown has proven his ability to win union support, “lesser-known Ohio Democrats think they can follow his populist path to victory.”

Goody bag: Cleveland.com’s Sabrina Eaton dove into the $147 billion spending package that Congress approved last week and found the goodies for Ohio.

In other congressional action: Eaton has the details on a package of legislation that the U.S. Senate passed Monday to address the nation’s opioid crisis. Sens. Brown and Rob Portman authored key parts of the legislation. The Senate also passed a measure that would make it illegal for insurance companies to keep pharmacists from telling customers how to save money by paying out of pocket instead of going through their insurance companies.  Protect the vote: Are Ohio elections secure? Cleveland.com’s Jackie Borchardt has six reasons why election officials are confident in Ohio’s process.

What’s up, docs? Julie Carr Smyth of the Associated Press reports that a group of physicians is taking issue with the Ohio State Medical Association’s endorsement of DeWine for governor. “In a letter sent Monday, nearly 200 doctors and medical students affiliated with the liberal Physicians Action Network objected to that decision, calling Democrat Richard Cordray the better choice.”

RIP: Roger Beckett, the 44-year-old executive director of the influential Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, died Friday after battling kidney and liver damage from a staph infection, the center announced. Beckett, who became executive director in 2013, “was pivotal in expanding Ashbrook into a national leader in history and civic education,” according to a tribute on the center’s website. In a statement, ex-Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder said, “Roger Beckett’s legacy is profound,” while conservative commentator Bill Kristol remembered Beckett as “a fine man and a strong leader.”

Aftab poll shows Aftab ahead: An internal poll released Monday by 1st Congressional District Democratic nominee Aftab Pureval shows him leading GOP incumbent Steve Chabot 46 percent to 44 percent (Libertarian Dirk Kubala got 4 percent). Any publicly released campaign poll must be taken with a grain of salt, and Pureval’s lead in this one is within the survey’s +/- 4.4 percent margin of error. A memo from pollster GBA Strategies highlights that despite a barrage of attack ads, 37 percent of likely voters polled view Pureval favorably compared with 30 percent unfavorable. (Chabot’s favorable/unfavorable ratings were 32 percent and 41 percent, respectively).

Road trip: U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan has taken his race for House speaker on the road, fundraising for Republicans in Illinois, Texas and New Mexico, according to The Hill’s Melanie Zanona. Jordan is planning to make additional stops in the coming weeks on behalf of candidates in Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Maryland, North Carolina, and Texas.

Jordan’s pitch: As Zanona writes, Jordan’s argument to his fellow House Republicans about why he should be speaker “has centered on how he would overhaul the chamber rules and run the House differently if he were in charge, a message designed to appeal to the wide range of lawmakers who are frustrated with how much power is concentrated at the top.”

Studying the issue: The Ohio Education Association Board of Directors has voted unanimously to endorse Issue 1, which would lessen criminal penalties on some drug crimes and emphasize treatment. The proposed constitutional amendment is on the Nov. 6 ballot. 

Sports execs cheer tax bill: More than 80 sports, business, and civic leaders -- including the owners of the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds -- have sent a letter to Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof urging the “swift passage” of legislation allowing some sales tax revenue from major sporting events to cover locals’ costs of hosting them. Their fear is that House Bill 531, which passed the Ohio House in June, won’t clear the Senate before session ends -- making it too late to help Northeast Ohio’s bid to land the NFL draft in 2019 or 2020. The letter is also indirectly aimed at Gov. John Kasich, who reportedly has reservations about the bill.

Hard-knock life: Volunteers organized by the Republican National Committee and Ohio Republican Party knocked on their one-millionth door of the campaign last weekend during the GOP’s National Day of Action. “The Democrats can’t match our ground game,” said Ohio GOP Chair Jane Timken in a release.

Full Disclosure

Here are five things we learned from the April 6 financial disclosure statement of Dan Foley, the Democrat running against GOP incumbent J. Todd Smith in House District 43.

1. Foley’s only stated income in 2017 was his $87,075 salary as a Montgomery County commissioner. 2. Montgomery County reimbursed him $1,967.30 for travel expenses last year. 3. He accepted at least $100 worth of food and beverages in 2017 from Ohio-based metal products manufacturer Exim Dynamics, civil engineering firm M-E Companies, and Joseph M. Geraghty, a senior director at management consulting firm Conway MacKenzie. 4. His only listed investment was in a public employees’ deferred compensation program. 5. At some point last year, Foley owed more than $1,000 to the River Valley Credit Union.

On The Move

GOP state Rep. Christina Hagan will serve as executive director for MeToo Ohio, the political group that was formed last week to attack U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown over allegations stemming from his divorce in the 1980s. 

The board of Ashland University’s Ashbrook Center has appointed Patrick Maloney, Ashbrook’s COO, as interim executive director of the conservative educational organization following the death of Roger Beckett last week.

Birthdays

Rep. David Leland

Matt McClellan, Ohio secretary of state communications director

Straight From The Source

“He is what Ohio deserves. Not this crazy communist that we should ship off to China and build a wall around him to keep him away.”

– Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News anchor and Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, praising GOP gubernatorial nominee Mike DeWine and apparently disparaging Democratic opponent Richard Cordray during a DeWine fundraiser last Thursday in Salem, Ohio.

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