Rumblings of the rotunda

Pat standing: Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine said he would not recuse himself from a trio of High Court lawsuits, even though his father, Governor Mike DeWine approved the cards. As Andrew Tobias writes, young DeWine has occasionally recused himself from cases involving his father, but argues that the governor does not benefit from the lines and has “much less influence over them” as one of the seven members of the Ohio Redistribution Commission. than it does on state departments. A legal ethics expert said she did not see “much leeway” for DeWine not to recuse himself, given rules that require judges to recuse themselves in cases in which close family members are parties or potential key witnesses.

Passing the torch: The Ohio Redistribution Commission officially has one month to try to pass new congressional cards with bipartisan support, after a deadline expired on Wednesday without Republicans attempting to present a card . As Tobias writes, the responsibility for redistributing Congress will fall to the legislature, with a lower bar for bipartisan support, if the committee does not pass anything by the end of the month.

Here is the judge: President Joe Biden on Thursday appointed three potential judges to sit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Sabrina Eaton reports. The White House has said candidate David Augustin Ruiz will be the court’s first Hispanic judge, if confirmed by the Senate. Charles Esque Fleming would be the court’s second active black judge and the only judge in that court with experience as a public defender. The third candidate, Bridget Meehan Brennan, has served as the interim United States attorney for the Northern District of Ohio since January.

A downward trend? On Thursday, for the first time in 12 weeks, the number of Ohio coronavirus cases per 100,000 population fell, reports Laura Hancock. Nonetheless, Ohio’s transmission rate is still considered high by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Transfer to lodge: A last-minute addition to the state budget this summer included a provision that transfers the Geneva-on-the-Lake lodge from Ashtabula County to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in 2022, Glaser reports. The lodge, which is inside the 698-acre Geneva State Park, is the only one of the nine non-state lodges in Ohio State Park. It has the highest occupancy of any Ohio Park lodge and the most expensive rates, well over $ 200 per night most weekends.

Used vehicles: Lordstown Motors Corp., the politically-prominent electric vehicle startup, is in advanced talks to sell the former General Motors Lordstown plant it owns to a leading Taiwanese company, Bloomberg News reported. As part of the tentative deal, news of which caused Lordstown Motors’ inventory to skyrocket on Thursday, Foxconn Technology Group is reportedly aiming to share space in the plant to build its own electric vehicles. Lordstown Motors faced serious questions about its viability and saw its founder and CEO ousted in June for overestimating preorders. Foxconn faced his own problems following his grandiose promises in Wisconsin.

Rubber check: Akron’s Firestone Polymers LLC has agreed to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and several other federal and state environmental laws at the company’s synthetic rubber manufacturing plant in Sulfur, Louisiana and pay 3.35 million dollars in civil penalties, the US Department of Justice said Thursday. “These regulations will ensure cleaner air for the citizens of Louisiana and the communities near the Firestone plant,” said Deputy Attorney General Todd Kim of the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources division. . “It also upholds the company’s obligation to inform local communities of potential chemical hazards in order to help the state and local efforts to control accidental releases.

Burn the house: When Congress approved a last-minute measure on Thursday to hold government down and provide about $ 28.6 billion in aid to victims of natural disasters, the only Ohio Republicans who joined state Democrats for Supporting him were Mike Turner of Dayton and Anthony Gonzalez of Rocky River. US Senator Rob Portman noted he opposed it because it did not include an amendment he was proposing to more strictly control Afghan refugees entering the country. “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to increase, our economy continues to struggle to rebound and China continues to threaten our economic security, now is not the time to shut down the government,” said a Twitter statement Democratic representative for the Niles area, Tim Ryan.

Well done, we: “Private sector figures who worked with Ohio’s much-criticized unemployment system to curb a massive wave of fraudulent claims defended the state’s anti-fraud efforts in a legislative hearing Thursday,” writes Jeremy Pelzer. Haywood Talcove, president of LexisNexis Risk Solutions (which won a multi-million dollar contract from the state to help fight fraud) told lawmakers Ohio was doing “remarkably well” on other states because it had taken “very quick” action. State Representative Derek Merrin, a Republican from the Toledo area, was skeptical, saying Talcove was “the first person I’ve heard before this committee compliment” the Ohio unemployment system.

Conference call: The U.S. Conference of Mayors ‘fall leaders’ meeting began Thursday in Dayton, with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (group chair and Democratic nominee for governor) welcoming mayors to the event of three days.

Prison population: Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima has 3,513 of the state’s 43,200 inmates. Hancock provides a list of the top 10 prisons by population in Ohio.

buckeye puzzle

Question: What was the last Ohio school to beat Ohio State University in football?

Send your response by e-mail to [email protected]. The first good respondent will be mentioned in next week’s newsletter.

Thanks to everyone who answered last week’s question:

In 1964, this Ohio university organized trainings for hundreds of activists, including Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman, who were murdered shortly after in Mississippi as part of the civil rights Freedom Summer in the Great South. The bonus credit goes to those who came up with the name of the university at the time, as it has since changed.

Reply: The Western College for Women in Oxford organized trainings for around 800 volunteers, according to the article published by the university’s communications department on the 50th anniversary of the event. The training was originally scheduled to take place at the University of Berea in Kentucky, but was moved at the last minute in response to pressure from alumni, according to NPR. The Western College for Women was acquired by the University of Miami in 1974.

State Representative Kyle Koehler, a Republican from Springfield, was the first to provide the correct answer – the University of Miami – along with the school’s original name.


State Representative Sharon Ray, a Republican from Wadsworth, was selected to attend the 26th Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership, a program for Midwestern lawmakers hosted by the Council of State Governments.

Emmalee Cioffi is leaving the office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman to become Director of Communications for Tribevest, a Columbus-based tech startup that is building a platform for family and friends to make investments as a group.


Friday 01/10: PG Sittenfeld, City Councilor of Cincinnati; Pam Wilson, Legislative Assistant to State Representative Dan Troy

Saturday 10/2: Dillon Barto, legislative assistant to State Representative Scott Wiggam; State Senator Vernon Sykes

Sunday 03/10: Edward F. Noyes, 30th Governor of Ohio (1832-1890)

Straight from the Source

“It’s easy to raise your hand and say that fair trade neighborhoods are impossible due to geographic sorting and centuries of segregation and red lines, but they are not. Unfair neighborhoods are a choice, and we can do better.

– John Hagner, Democrat Nan Whaley’s campaign manager for governor, Tweeter after winning a congressional redistribution competition hosted by Fair Districts Ohio.

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