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Experts Say Ohio AG’s Son Would Pose a Conflict if Elected to Ohio Supreme Court
If Pat DeWine, son of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, is elected to the Ohio Supreme Court, he’d have to frequently excuse himself from cases involving the AG’s office, according to an opinion letter provided to Ohio Democrats, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer.
This marks the latest turmoil for DeWine’s campaign.
Earlier in the year, the Ohio State Bar Association, in its annual ratings of judicial candidates, concluded that Pat DeWine is “not recommended’’ but gave a “highly recommended’ rating to his opponent, Judge Cynthia Rice of the 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals.
The Bar Association’s ratings tend to hold sway, especially among voters who don’t know much about court candidates.
Wall Street’s Latest Rip-off: Siphoning Billions from Ohio Retirement Funds
A report released earlier this week shows that hedge funds have underperformed compared to more traditional investments, particularly when the funds’ higher fees are factored in. This comes to the tune of $1.6 billion in potential losses. While losing out on potential earnings, the pension funds are still paying $1.1 billion in fees for the privilege, according to a new report released Monday and reported by the Toledo Blade.
Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper said:
“We are very concerned about hedge-fund billionaires using our deferred wages to enrich themselves while we’re worried about whether we’ll be able to retire with dignity.”
Side note: Ohio’s pension systems fall under the oversight of Treasurer of State Josh Mandel.
Tiberi Booted as Preble County GOP Speaker for Opposing Trump, Replaced by Mandel
Speaking of Josh Mandel, the Treasurer doubled-down on his support for Donald Trump this week. After Preble County Republican Party withdrew its invitation to U.S. Rep Pat Tiberi, Mandel stepped in. He spoke at an event that invited attendees to “Jump on the Trump Train!” and offered donors who gave $250 or more seating at the “Table Trump Train Conductors,” according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Ohio Leads the List with Largest Number of Purged Voters
According to voting rights expert and State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent), since 2011 (when Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted took office), Ohio has purged more voters from its rolls than any other state. Husted’s purge which was repudiated by a federal judge has removed more than two million voters. Many were removed for simply voting infrequently.
Infrequent voters that have been removed from the rolls may cast provisional ballots. On Tuesday, the Ohio Secretary of State released rules making way for those infrequent voters that are homebound to cast a vote-by-mail absentee provisional ballot.
Questions about voting? The League of Women Voters of Ohio has the answers.
Presidential Hopefuls Try Rapper Motivation, Voter Intimidation to Boost Turnout in Battleground Ohio
While fighting for legal remedies and continuing to contact voters daily, Democrats have another not-so-secret weapon: Jay-Z. The superstar recently announced a free concert in Cleveland to encourage voters to support Hillary Clinton. Find out how you can get tickets here. This undoubtedly shows Ohio’s importance in this election, where For Ohio’s Future reported that their coalition has knocked over 1.2 million doors across the state.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, is encouraging his followers to be suspicious of other voters which raises the possibility of voter intimidation.
Following conspiracy theories of a “rigged election,” Ohioans are coming together to ensure that eligible voters have unimpeded access to the polls.
Catherine Turcer of Common Cause Ohio part of Ohio’s Election Protection Team (866-OUR-VOTE) laid out the problem:
“It is worrisome that a presidential candidate would tell voters to go to the polls to look at other people, that they might be doing something wrong.”
And in another strange turn, yesterday at a rally in Toledo, Trump joked about canceling the election.
ProgressOhio Reminds Tribe Fans: Trump Wanted to Buy & Move the Indians
World Series attendees saw an aerial banner flying that said: TRUMP TRIED TO BUY & MOVE THE INDIANS!”
Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Henry Gomez wrote an advance story explaining that the banner references the GOP hopeful’s failed attempt to buy the Cleveland Indians in the 1980s. Trump’s effort received fresh attention this week as the Series approached and as his race with Democrat Hillary Clinton neared the finish line.
“Had the deal gone through, many believed at the time — and still do — that the front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination would have wasted little or no time moving the team to another city, most likely Tampa.”
The #NeverTrumpsTribe hashtag received rave reviews. To see some of the tweets, click here.
Nasty Donald Defends Unwanted Groping if She’s ‘Been Groped Before’
While it’s been a time-consuming task to keep track of the near daily sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump, he reached a new low earlier this week by implying that it may be ok to grab certain women if they’ve “been grabbed before.”
In defense of the Uteri, Progress Ohio’s own Sandy Theis spoke with CNN’s Carol Costello about the presidential race and said:
“The way [Donald Trump] talks about women and has talked about women his entire professional life is frightening. He doesn’t have any respect for them. He thinks the greatest compliment he can give is ‘I would want to date you.’ The guy is a nasty person.’’
PROTECT OUR MOTHER
Corporations Call on GOP Leaders to Lift Energy Standards Freeze, Do Right By Our Mother
This week, the Nature Conservancy and the Environmental Defense Fund released a study they commissioned titled Grounds for Optimism: Options for Empowering Ohio’s Energy Market. The new study demonstrates that Ohio can have energy efficiency and renewable standards without skyrocketing costs for consumers.
Pending legislation both in the Ohio Senate and House would permanently extend the two-year freeze of efficiency and renewable energy standards lawmakers imposed in 2014. Read more at cleveland.com.
Many corporate leaders have changed their earlier positions on renewable energy, and this week nine large national corporations released statements encouraging lawmakers to lift the freeze on renewable energy standards. Dave Stangis, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for the Campbell Soup, released this statement:
“We urge Ohio’s leaders to lift the state’s freeze on the renewable energy and energy efficiency standards. Continuing to undo smart clean energy policies won’t help us build a stronger Ohio for tomorrow.”
We wholeheartedly agree.
ECOT Leading the Way… on School Drop Outs
According to the Columbus Dispatch, last year one in every six high school drop outs in Ohio came from the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT). Up to 3,252 of its students dropped out. More students at ECOT drop out or fail to finish high school within four years than at any other school in the entire nation, The New York Times determined using federal data. ECOT has been under fire for potentially bilking taxpayers out of millions of dollars while failing to ensure students are actually logged-in and learning.
Giving over $1 million to Ohio Republicans since 2010, ECOT founder William Lager is a major donor and player in Ohio politics. According to the Columbus Dispatch, this year is a little different. Lager has only contributed $27,564 in direct state candidate or Ohio Republican Party contributions. His top recipient, state Rep. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell), the chairman of the House Education Committee, who received the maximum $12,532.