Backchain blockchain : A group of parliamentarians and corporate executives of the House GOP met on Thursday to solicit the benefits of the blockchain and urge more technology support. Jackie Borchardt of Cleveland.com reports that lawmakers are still in the early stages of deciding how blockchain can be used in government, how to keep birth certificates and other vital statistics.
Leneghan loses again : Thursday, the Supreme Court of Ohio rejected Melanie Leneghan's long attempt to overthrow the close victory of the 12th Troy Balderson GOP District Congress on her in May. As Jeremy Pelzer of cleveland.com reports, Leneghan said the elections should be handed to her because Muskingum County election officials prematurely opened some ballot boxes, but the court found that they had not provided evidence that the count of the votes had changed. The ruling is not surprising, given that Balderson has already run (and is likely to officially win) the special election of 7 August for the seat in Central Ohio.
Whoops : The Muskingum County Election Council met Thursday accepting three twelfth absentee votes for the district's special elections that were neglected in counting the initial votes because they were mistakenly left in a niche. "They were on a shelf too high to be seen by anyone," director of the board of directors Tim Thompson told cleveland.com. "I got them on Tuesday – I'm a little taller than the rest of [the staff]." Although two of the votes were for Democrat Danny O Connor (third was for Balderson), Balderson still won the county by over 4,000 votes.
Joe-mentum: The promising Democratic governor Rich Cordray gets a financial boost from Joe Biden. The former vice president is scheduled to attend an afternoon coffee and conversation with Cordray on September 6 in New York City. Tickets go up to $ 10,000 one, according to Columbus Dispatch Randy Ludlow .
Prison savings: A new Ohio study on Ohio policies has saved about $ 136 million annually redirect these funds to drug addiction and services for victims of offense. The liberal-hanging think tank is a member of the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, which is supporting the November runoff measure also known as the Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Amendment. The amendment should reclassify drug possession offenses as minor offenses, which according to the study would reduce the overcrowded prisons of Ohio of about 10,000 prisoners in the year.
Renacci becomes social: In a series of Facebook ads earlier this month, representative Jim Renacci promoted his vote for a popular child health insurance plan, writes Andrew Tobias of Cleveland .com. The purchase, which costs Renacci's office between $ 10,100 and $ 20,500, could be the largest purchase of Facebook by any member of the Ohio House since at least 2016. (As a side note, the story makes use of a new Facebook tool that shares financial and targeting information for all political ads on the site.)
Aftab sued: Aftab Pureval, the clerk in the Hamilton County Court and candidate for the Democratic Congress, was sued by a former employee, according to WXIX. The former employee, Brittney Heitman, states that Pureval broke a non-disclosure agreement describing his efforts to free the courthouse from political patronage after being elected. Pureval is a demanding Rep. Rep. Steve Chabot.
Batter up: Pureval published a new campy advertisement this week – "Slugger" – with himself on the softball diamond. Meanwhile, the Republicans cried for his apparent faux paux fashion – Pureval wore jeans with his baseball shirt.
Dave has downgraded: Kyle Kondik of the Crystal Sphere on Saturday has reduced the likelihood of re-election of US Rep. Dave Joyce, shifting his assessment of the fourteenth edition of the Ohio Congress from "Likely Republican" to "Leans Republican ". Kondik said that "a potential suburban uprising against Trump in this district is a challenge for Joyce", who is running for a fourth term against Democrat Betsy Rader.
Five things we learned from the Andrew Brenner statement. The Delaware County Republican is looking for a seat in the Ohio Senate.
1. Brenner said he earned $ 1,000 to $ 9999 as an agent at the Brenner Insurance Group last year. He earned $ 73,111 as a legislator. It has grossed $ 10,000 to $ 24,999 of rental income from a property in the city of Delaware.
2. He is a trustee with Sunbury-Galena Rotary and co-owner of Cedar Grove Properties LLC.
3. It was at least $ 1,000 at some time in 2017 at Discover Card, Ford Credit, America's Serving Company, Clark Schaefer Hackett CPA, Nelnet Student Loan Servicing, Chase, Bank of America, Verizon Wireless, Chase Credit Card Services and Comenity Capital Services. His campaign committee owed him at least $ 1,000 in 2017.
4. The state reimbursed $ 1,036.26 in mileage between home and Columbus. His campaign committee reimbursed him $ 1,444.78. The Ohio Chamber of Commerce took up $ 138.01 at the Salt Fork Conference. The Foundation for Excellence in Education, founded by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, paid trips worth $ 554.70 last year and reimbursed $ 370 for travel of 2016.
5. Brenner, chair of the house education commission, received a $ 49 ticket for a charity dance by Zaner-Bloser, which publishes handwriting programs. He received a $ 22 meal at a School Choice Ohio Inc. reception. The city of Dublin gave him free entry and admission to a reception for his Dublin Irish Festival, worth $ 50 The non-profit organization Alvis Inc. for addiction treatment and Columbus paid his $ 50 for his lunch.
Friday 24 August: State Representative Nino Vitale
Saturday 25 August: State Secretary Jon Husted
Sunday 26 August: State Senator Frank Hoagland and State Representative Scott Wiggam
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