Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator and Democratic 2020 contender, visited Ohio over the weekend, covering three Ohio cities in two days. A Friday stop in Chillicothe focused on college debt and fighting the opioid epidemic, according to the Chillicothe Gazette’s Barrett Lawlis. Warren asked the crowd how many knew someone “who’s been caught in the grips of addictions” or “who’s been lost to addiction,”according to CNN’s Gregg Krieg. Many raised their hands.
She then headed to Columbus, where she was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of about 800 people, according to the Columbus Dispatch’s Darrel Rowland. Spotted in the crowd: Richard Cordray. On Saturday, she appeared before 1,000 people in Cincinnati, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Scott Wartman.
Looking for a second opinion: As expected, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to at least temporarily block a federal court decision that ordered Ohio state lawmakers to draw up new congressional maps for the 2020 election, writes cleveland.com’s Rich Exner. In a filing, Yost asked the Supreme Court to postpone the deadline until after the high court rules on two other gerrymandering cases. If SCOTUS doesn’t intervene, federal judges have set a June 14 deadline for Ohio lawmakers to come up with new maps.
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We’re in the money: Ohio’s April tax revenue numbers are in, and they continue to be stronger than expected. The Office of Budget and Management says tax revenues for April— a month that’s considered significant because of the Tax Day filing deadline — were $414.2 million higher than expected. With the new numbers in the books, Ohio’s tax revenues for the full fiscal year are now tracking $551.1 million ahead of estimates, and $975.2 million ahead of the same point last year.
Pushing the limits: A proposed new bill from Republican state Rep. John Becker that would ban insurance coverage of most abortions in Ohio includes an exception for a medical procedure doctors say doesn’t actually exist, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Jesse Balmert. Becker’s bill would allow for coverage for re-implanting an ectopic pregnancy into the uterus, which the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says can’t be done. “I’m no expert on any of this,” Becker said.
Inside job: Senate Bill 52 might not be law yet, but Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office is already recruiting for the position of chief information security officer. LaRose’s office posted the job listing online, assuming the bill – which puts a “laser focus” on keeping elections safe – will pass the House. The posting notes that “the threats to our nation’s cyber infrastructure, including our elections infrastructure, have never been greater.”
ICYMI: The latest episode of This Week in the CLE, cleveland.com’s news podcast, had plenty of plenty news. Topics of discussion included last week’s announcement that GM hopes to sell its Lordstown plant and the legal travails of the ACLU gerrymandering case.
2020 watch: America First Action, a major pro-Trump Super PAC, has placed Ohio in its top tier of priority states, according to The Daily Caller. Besides Ohio, the others in AFA’s “Big Six” states are Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Ohio’s inclusion on the list is yet another data point in the ongoing discussion over whether the Buckeye State will maintain its historic prominent in future presidential elections.
Chicago Trib weighs in on Heartbeat Bill: Ohio’s recent “Heartbeat” abortion ban is drawing wider attention. In an opinion piece, Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn ties the law’s lack of exceptions for rape victims to recent news reports of an 11-year-old rape victim in Massillon being pregnant. “In arguing the abortion issue, I used to test the zealotry of my anti-choice opponents with a hypothetical question with similar facts, and was often told such a situation was too far-fetched to be probative,”Zorn writes. “But now the hypothetical is real.”
Counterpoint: Christina Hagan, a former Canton-area state representative and unsuccessful 2018 GOP congressional candidate, responded on Twitter on Sunday to someone making a similar argument by saying: “Committing a second evil doesn’t reverse or erase the trauma of the first.”
Continuing the love fest: Republican Speaker Larry Householder and Rep. Emilia Sykes, the Democratic minority leader, have a joint news conference scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today. The two leaders, who have collaborated to pass with bipartisan support a transportation budget and a House budget proposal, will unveil a series of “top priority bills” that will focus on foster care, job training and Ohio water quality, according to a news release from the GOP caucus.
Five things we learned from the May 8 financial disclosure of state Rep. Steve Hambley, a Brunswick Republican:
1. Besides his $60,584 state legislative salary, he made $50,000 to $99,999 from his Ohio Public Employees Retirement System pension.
2. He reported making $1,000 to $9,999 from apparent book sales. (He described this income source as “Stephen D. Hambley, PHD, author/publisher.”)
3. He is a volunteer trustee for the Cliffside Arts Collaborative, a Medina County nonprofit arts organization.
4. At some point last year, he owed at least $1,000 to: Discover Financial Services, The Home Depot, Barclay Card Services, Huntington Bank, US Bank, Third Federal Savings, Fifth Third Bank, Best Buy HSBC and Goodyear Citibank.
5. He reported receiving $4,368 in House travel reimbursements.
On the Move
Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio has been chosen as the next president of the Ohio State Bar Association. Her term as a state bar association officer will begin in July, and her term as president will begin in July 2020.
Ex-Gov. John Kasich
Ryan Stubenrauch, lobbyist and former spokesman for Mike DeWine’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign
Straight From The Source
“Sorry not sorry for showing off our dance moves at the @ewarren event this morning.”
-State Rep. Brigid Kelly, who introduced Warren at her Saturday campaign stop in Cincinnati, commenting on a Twitter video of she and Warren dancing to “Hang on Sloopy” backstage at the event.