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The Mandel machine: The appetite of executives can't be understated. And maybe no stream officeholder knows this improved than Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.
One of a biggest knocks opposite a Republican, adult for re-election this fall, is he’s too focused on politics. His opponents have copiousness of inconclusive evidence.
Mandel was thinking about a run for U.S. Senate small months after holding bureau as treasurer. He hired discuss aides with controversial education for pivotal jobs in his office. He spent taxpayer income to mail congratulatory messages to college graduates, even yet he had criticized his Democratic prototype for identical practices.
More recently Mandel has been hosting write city halls in that he fields questions about his work as treasurer. That has drawn a madness of Democrats who see a calls as shameless self-promotion. Then there’s a box of Benjamin Suarez, a vital Mandel donor who is about to go to hearing on charges that he orchestrated a cover of bootleg contributions to Mandel’s catastrophic discuss for Senate in 2012.
Mandel is not indicted of violation any laws. But sovereign prosecutors contend he sent a minute – largely penned by Suarez – to a California state treasurer urging an finish to authorised movement opposite Suarez’s company. Days later, about $100,000 from Suarez employees began issuing into Mandel’s campaign. Mandel competence be called as a declare during a trial.
And now there’s this from Julie Carr Smyth of a Associated Press: Mandel’s Ohio Strong module – another treasurer’s bureau try that has drawn domestic scrutiny – especially honors workers whose bosses present to Republicans, including Mandel:
Campaign financial filings reviewed by a AP uncover Mandel’s re-election discuss perceived donations from executives during 3 of a firms within weeks of their skilled-trades employees being recognized. One executive pronounced his grant was solicited.
The commentary lift questions about either Mandel is regulating a nonmonetary Ohio Strong Award he launched in Mar to prerogative and attract domestic contributors as he faces Democratic State Rep. Connie Pillich this fall.
Mandel told a AP that politics “never” factored into a awards process. He also points mostly to good-government and mercantile initiatives he says his bureau has implemented.
The Kasich watch: Gov. John Kasich on Monday will betray a Holocaust Memorial during a Statehouse. On Thursday, he gave WSYX Channel 6 in Columbus a preview.
“Let’s take John Kasich out of this,” pronounced a Republican governor, who like Mandel is adult for re-election this fall. “This is about something that will be here forever.”
More than 1,500 people are approaching for a noon ceremony, reports Danielle Hess of a Cleveland Jewish News. The designer, Daniel Libeskind, will be on hand.
Still wading by a green-energy discuss in Columbus? Jeremy Pelzer of a Northeast Ohio Media Group has some thoughts on a check frozen renewable appetite standards. Kasich’s advisers have pronounced a administrator will pointer a bill.
Here’s a latest in a domestic conflict of Ohios (so to speak): ProgressOhio, a magnanimous advocacy organization, has a new news criticizing a miss of clarity during JobsOhio, a privatized state mercantile growth organisation Kasich created. Robert Higgs of a Northeast Ohio Media Group has some-more on a ongoing debate.
In a apart JobsOhio matter, Higgs reports that a growth organisation and Kasich administration are staying tight-lipped about either they’ve been approached by Akron’s Goodyear Tire Rubber Co. about building a new plant in Ohio.
The Fitz watch: Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ed FitzGerald wants “a lot” of debates with Kasich, reports Jim Heath of WBNS Channel 10 in Columbus.
One discuss a Cuyahoga County executive is prepared to have involves how best to support drug diagnosis programs. Kasich has talked a lot about assisting those who onslaught with heroin and other addictions, though FitzGerald has questioned a commitment.
On Thursday, he and Democrat David Pepper bloody Kasich and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, whose pursuit Pepper wants. They also called on a state to retreat a process that’s approaching to revoke sovereign appropriation to county play of mental health and obsession services, reports Jackie Borchardt of a Northeast Ohio Media Group.
As Chrissie Thompson of a Cincinnati Enquirer notes, the Kasich administration blames a sovereign supervision for loitering funding.
Finally on a Fitz front, a formula are in from Truth in Numbers, a new fact-checking underline from a Northeast Ohio Media Group and The Plain Dealer. For a initial assignment we looked during FitzGerald’s radio ad, “Not Working.”
National Dems take a pass on Ohio congressional races: Ohio has a integrate of U.S. House contests that should be engaging this year. But for a impulse they’re not engaging enough for a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as Sabrina Eaton of The Plain Dealer explains. Don’t consider a GOP hasn’t noticed.
Jon Husted on a cooking circuit: Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, another Republican adult for re-election this year, headlined a Mahoning County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day cooking in Boardman on Thursday evening.
“It’s choosing year, and things in Ohio are branch for a better,” Husted told a crowd, according to a news from Jeanne Starmack of a Youngstown Vindicator. “We have a good story to tell, and we’re relying on we to tell it.”
Husted faces a plea from Democratic State Sen. Nina Turner of Cleveland.
Why Cleveland? While Youngstown-area Republicans partied Thursday night, during a day a integrate of Youngstown Democrats (including a mayor) and one eccentric were in Cleveland pleading not guilty to crime charges. David Skolnick of a Vindicator looks during why a box is being attempted in Cuyahoga County.