Run Ryan, Run: Tim Ryan is making his move.
In a letter to his Democratic House colleagues on Thursday, the Youngstown-area congressman announced he is challenging longtime Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi for her leadership seat, cleveland.com’s Sabrina Eaton writes.
“I have spent countless hours meeting and talking to Members of our Caucus, and the consensus is clear,” Ryan wrote. “What we are doing right now is not working. Under our current leadership, Democrats have been reduced to our smallest congressional minority since 1929. This should indicate to all of us that keeping our leadership team completely unchanged will simply lead to more disappointment in future elections.”
Deep thought: If Tim Ryan runs and wins, both House Democrats and House Republicans will be led by someone named Ryan. (The other is GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan.)
That said: Tim Ryan’s bid to unseat Pelosi is seen as a longshot, Eaton writes. Pelosi typically raises $100 million each two years for Democratic candidates, while Ryan’s campaign committee and affiliated PAC gave just $40,000 during the last two-year cycle.
However, it could help raise his profile for a future statewide run, which it always seems that Ryan is rumored to be considering.
Cleveland.com’s Henry J. Gomez broke it down.
“Is it better to try and fail than to never try at all? For Ryan, given his reputation, the answer might be yes. Even if Ryan loses to Pelosi, don’t count him out for 2018,” Gomez wrote.
Obamacare may remain through 2017: Cleveland.com’s Stephen Koff raised the question Friday — Should people signing up for insurance plans through 2017 be concerned that the Affordable Care Act may not make it that long?
Koff asked the experts and concluded: “It’ll be hard for Congress and Donald Trump, once he assumes the presidency Jan. 20, to change the law in a way that simply upends the contracts before 2017 is through.”
Sounds legit: The newest Parma School Board member boasts some not-so-impressive credentials, according to cleveland.com’s Emily Bamforth.
“The struggling Parma school board has named Tiffin University administrator Michael Lewis as its newest appointee,” Bamforth writes. “On his resume, Lewis lists a doctorate in divinity from Universal Life Church Monastery, an honorary degree listed on the church’s website for $32.99.”
Oh, OK: “The degree was not a factor in Lewis’s appointment, said school board President Karen Dendorfer.”
More weird stuff from the suburbs: A 33-year-old Brook Park councilwoman has been charged with shoplifting from a Target in North Olmsted, writes cleveland.com’s Kaylee Remington.
Julie Ann McCormick is accused of stealing more than $900 in merchandise from the store, according to North Olmsted Detective Sgt. Bob Wagner.
Council President Jim Astorino declined to comment until he had a chance to speak to McCormick.
Political police blotter continues: Cleveland.com’s Adam Ferrise took a closer look at the fall of former Niles Mayor Ralph Infante, who was charged this week in a 56-count corruption indictment.
Trumbull County Republican Party Chairman Randy Law, who saw a Republican presidential candidate win the heavily Democratic Trumbull County for the first time since 1972, knows a political opportunity when he sees one.
“It’s another black eye on the Mahoning Valley,” Law said of Infante, a Democrat. “It’s another reminder that we need new faces and names to clean this up.”
Civics lesson: People lately have had questions about the Electoral College. It must mean something weird happened in the election.
It’s true — Hillary Clinton, who won 1.3 million more votes than Donald Trump, this year is poised to become just the fifth person to win the popular vote, but not the White House. I took a closer look at the history of the Electoral College, and tried to answer any questions you might have.
Ohio Northern University political scientist Rob Alexander summed up the reason for the Electoral College’s longevity: neither Republicans nor Democrats know if changing the system would put them at a disadvantage.
“That uncertainty makes a lot of people uneasy,” Alexander said. “Knowing the rules of the game the way they are now, candidates and campaigns know they can work within that framework.”
He also said — save a new revelation about Trump — the chances of faithless electors dumping Trump in favor of someone else are “very, very minimal.”
Democrats playing nice-ish with Trump? The New York Times’ Jennifer Steinhauer published a revealing story on Thursday that detailed Senate Democrats’ plans on dealing with Donald Trump.
“On infrastructure spending, child tax credits, paid maternity leave and dismantling trade agreements, Democrats are looking for ways they can work with Mr. Trump and force Republican leaders to choose between their new president and their small-government, free-market principles,” Steinhauer writes. “Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, elected Wednesday as the new Democratic minority leader, has spoken with Mr. Trump several times, and Democrats in coming weeks plan to announce populist economic and ethics initiatives they think Mr. Trump might like.”
The story quotes Ryan and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown. It also sheds light on Brown’s two public moves this week — first calling for Trump to follow through on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, and then calling for Trump to rescind his appointment of Breitbart News CEO Steven Bannon to a high-level White House position.
Cleveland police union chief in more hot water: Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, has been suspended for six days without pay, reports Ferrise.
“Loomis ‘shouted vulgarities’ at another officer, a family member,” during an Oct. 16 incident at the police union hall, according to Ferrise. “A second internal charge accusing Loomis of fighting with and injuring the other officer was dismissed, according to city records.”
Loomis said he is appealing the discipline, and added: “This is an off-duty family matter. Out of respect for my daughter and granddaughter I will have no comment regarding the incident between my granddaughter’s father and myself which led to this discipline.”
Loomis is also under internal investigation for appearing at a Donald Trump rally in Akron wearing his dress uniform. A decision on that case has not been made.