Download failed: The Ohio Senate Republicans passed a last-minute amendment to their budget proposal that would ban municipalities from running their own broadband programs, essentially creating a monopoly for the state’s current providers, reports Jeremy Pelzer. Critics criticized the unannounced change as fundamentally eroding competition by giving internet service providers like Charter Spectrum and AT&T broadband infrastructure in the state.
The Dennis system: Not the type to go into hiding after an unsuccessful bid for governor in 2018, former Cleveland Mayor Dennis Kucinich is running for his old post which he last held in 1979, report Robert Higgs and Seth Richardson. Kucinich, a former congressman, said he wanted to focus on increasing crime in the city as well as issues related to poverty.
The Big 6: Kucinich enters an already crowded race with perhaps the most name recognition and plenty of fans, albeit a great deal of baggage as well, as Richardson previously pointed out. But all the top contenders have a lot working for and against them. Either way, Cleveland’s first run for mayor in two decades is likely to get eventful.
Can you repeat that please: Champaign County Representative Jim Jordan announced Monday that he is opening the Campus Free Speech Caucus with Freshman Representative Kat Cammack of Florida and the Young America’s Foundation, whose senior officials include former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Vice President Mike Pence, Sabrina Eaton writes. In a statement released by the youth organization, Jordan said the new caucus “will work with Congress to push back the culture of” revival “cancellation and defend the freedom of Americans everywhere.”
Action on the Autism Bill: The Ohio House health committee is expected to vote tomorrow on the bipartisan bill that would allow medical marijuana for people with the autism spectrum. Representative Juanita Brent said House Bill 60 is necessary because it would provide another drug option for people on the spectrum and including it in the state-sanctioned program would allow people to use it safely.
Power outage: It may be a short drive for Lordstown Motors Corp. given the recent wave of bad news. In the wake of news of the company’s bankruptcy within a year, CEO Steve Burns and CFO Julia Rodriguez both resigned on Monday, according to Associated Press’s Michelle Chapman. Shares of the company followed suit, falling more than 18%.
No service: Another clause in the Senate GOP budget would allow doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies to deny service or payment for medical practices that violate their religious or moral beliefs, report Titus Wu and Jessie Balmert of Columbus Dispatch . Critics have described it as a backdoor way to hide restrictions on abortion and LGBTQ patients in the budget. The Medicare lobby said they opposed the measure.
Latest virus: On Monday, the state identified only 178 new cases of the coronavirus, well below the 21-day moving average of 446, reports Laura Hancock.
Txting n driving: The Ohio State Highway Patrol unveiled a new distracted driver’s dashboard, on distracteddrivingdashboard.ohio.gov, with data dating back to 2016. In addition to using cell phones, Jo Ingles of the Statehouse News Bureau reports that people have had accidents adjusting their radios or caring for children in the back seat.
Drug traffic : Centene, the nation’s largest managed care provider, will pay Ohio $ 88 million to settle a lawsuit over a subsidiary’s drug benefit management program with Ohio Medicaid, reports Darrell Rowland of Dispatch. Pharmacy benefit managers are intermediaries who negotiate the costs of prescription drugs between drug companies and insurers. Medicaid alleged the company wrongly billed Ohio tens of millions of dollars for the service, although the regulations do not require Centene to admit fault. Half of the money will go to the federal government, since Medicaid is a joint state-federal program.
Judge right? Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court Judge Mark Repp faces a year of suspension without pay after the Ohio Professional Conduct Council informed the Ohio Supreme Court of its recommendation on Friday. Complaint against judge alleges Alexzandria Orta was in her courtroom last year, over her boyfriend’s case, when Repp called her multiple times from the bench during an unrelated hearing , suggesting that she was a drug addict – even though she had never been charged with a drug-related offense. He asked her to take a drug test and jailed her for contempt of court for 10 days when she refused. The Supreme Court must now accept or deny the suspension, writes Alexa Scherzinger of the Sandusky Register.
More Marsy’s law: Ohio House bill would further expand the rights afforded to victims of crime through the Constitutional Amendment to the Marsy Act of 2017 by requiring victims to be given a “Marsy Card” to inform them of their rights and provide resources. The bill would also allow victims to obtain free copies of all court documents, among other provisions, writes Jen Balduf of the Dayton Daily News.
Five things we learned from the May 7 financial disclosure of state senator Teresa Fedor, a Democrat from Toledo.
1.She said she received a gift from Gracehaven, who cares for minors who are victims of sex trafficking.
2. The state reimbursed him $ 4,314 for the mileage between his home and Columbus.
3. For investments, Fedor reported pensions with the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and the State Teachers Retirement System. She is also investing in Ohio Deferred Compensation.
4. She did not report any work outside of the Ohio General Assembly.
5. At one point last year, she owed at least $ 1,000 to Macy’s American Express, Ann Taylor, JC Penney, Dillard’s, Discover and the Toledo Metro Federal Credit Union.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who is running for the Democratic nomination for the governorship of Ohio next year, was elected the 79th president of the United States Conference of Mayors on Friday. Whaley was previously vice chairman of the group.
Whaley was endorsed on Tuesday by the 314 Action Fund, a science-focused, Democratic-leaning political action committee. In a statement, Shaughnessy Naughton, the group’s chairwoman, said it was “essential” that Democrats “come together” to support Whaley, whom she called “a smart, fact-driven leader.” It is one of the first national approvals to be made in the Ohio governor’s race in 2022.
Sante Ghetti begins today as Vice President of Investor Relations for the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce. Ghetti most recently worked as Vice President, Government Advocacy for the Greater Cleveland Partnership.
“I rarely vote because I think most politicians are full of s —.”
-Former Columbus TV reporter Tom Sussi, quoted in the Columbus Dispatch, at a fundraiser where he (presumably) asked people to vote for him in his candidacy for Columbus city council. Records have shown that Sussi has only voted once in the past decade, in the November 2020 general election.
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