Governor Mike DeWine veto 14 sections of the Ohio budget: The Wake Up for Friday, July 2, 2021
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Budget veto: Republican Gov. Mike DeWine issued 14 line vetoes as he signed the $ 74 billion two-year spending bill. Andrew Tobias reports that the governor overturned a budget provision that would have given Ohio legislative leaders the right to intervene in executive lawsuits, which DeWine said “infringes on the separation of powers.” . He also vetoed a section that allegedly waived around $ 100,000 in fines imposed on bars that violate state coronavirus rules and favored a Toledo company that lost a major contract of Medicaid managed care.
Sherwin-Williams: Sherwin-Williams’ new headquarters in downtown Cleveland will feature a 36-story office tower, parking garage, pavilion and walkways that connect the three buildings. Most details are still being worked out, but Eric Heisig reports that the paint giant took concrete action in the process Thursday, making initial public plans and starting the process to seek approvals from the city.
Signed invoices: Candidates for the Ohio Supreme Court and state appeals court will now appear on general election ballots with their party affiliation under legislation signed by Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday . Jeremy Pelzer reports that the governor has also signed a dozen other bills, including measures to overhaul the state’s report card system, ban the over-the-counter sale of cough syrup to minors and prohibit local bans on the use of natural gas.
Neil clark: Lobbyist Neil Clark, who committed suicide in March, has self-published an autobiography. According to the book, he told the FBI that no company “has ever had as many politicians” as FirstEnergy Corp., reports John Caniglia. Clark also described how longtime FirstEnergy supporters Gov. Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted used money from political nonprofits to fill their campaign coffers and protect donors.
This week at CLE: Republican Gov. Mike DeWine issued 14 vetoes on line items as he signed the $ 74 billion two-year spending bill. This includes a slush fund that Republicans wanted to fight against lawsuits, which we are talking about this week in the CLE.
Max Miller: GOP congressional candidate Max Miller may be seeking a congressional seat in northeast Ohio, but property tax records show Miller claims an apartment which he owns in Washington, DC, is his primary residence. Washington records show Miller gets a “homestead deduction” on a two-bedroom apartment he owns on Rhode Island Avenue, Sabrina Eaton reports. The city says that any property that obtains the advantage of homestead “must be the principal residence (domicile) of the owner / applicant”.
JD Vance: The venture capitalist and author of “Hillbilly Elegy” has officially joined the crowded Republican race for the seat of the United States Senate in Ohio vacated by Rob Portman. JD Vance, whose book was widely regarded in 2016 as helping explain Republican Donald Trump’s appeal to struggling white working-class voters, made the announcement Thursday night at steelmaker Middletown Tube Works in his Ohio hometown.
Body camera: Akron now requires its police department to release body camera images to the public within seven days of using lethal force or force that results in serious bodily harm. Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan called the move an innovative step towards greater transparency. The city hopes it will help build trust between the community and its police force, reports Olivia Mitchell.
LGBTQ health: Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday that LGBTQ people in Ohio can find alternative health care providers if the first they go to refuse to treat them, which is allowed under the newly signed budget bill . Laura Hancock reports that DeWine has said he respects the right of medical providers to decide who to treat.
The chief resigns: Sheffield Lake Police Chief Anthony Campo resigned Tuesday following an incident in which he left a “Ku Klux Klan” sign on the desk of a black officer, Kaylee Remington reports. The incident in question, which happened last Friday, was captured on surveillance video inside the department’s reservation area, as Campo walks to an office and places the note on a yellow jacket arranged to resemble the infamous hood and dress synonymous with the American hate group.
Priest pornography: A Catholic priest who served in Strongsville intends to plead guilty to federal charges of child pornography and child exploitation, reports John Caniglia. Reverend Robert McWilliams plans to admit he committed all eight counts in an indictment released last July, which includes two counts of sex trafficking of young people under the age of 18; three counts of sexual exploitation of children; and three charges of child pornography.
City councilor charged: A former Streetsboro city councilor has been charged with child pornography charges which accuse him of sending inappropriate photos to a 13-year-old boy on Snapchat. Cory Shaffer reports that a Cuyahoga County grand jury delivered a two-count indictment against John Ruediger, 42, on Wednesday.
Bitcoin transport: Federal prosecutors said Thursday that bitcoin seized in a fraud case brought authorities $ 19.2 million, the largest forfeiture case in northern Ohio. John Caniglia reports that the seizure came in the case of Mark Simon, a Toledo-area man sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to launder money and transferring false documents from identification.
MetroHealth Dental: MetroHealth opened its family dental clinic in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood on Thursday, the culmination of a multi-year transformation of a site where residents once fought to block construction of a McDonald’s. The Ohio City Family Dentistry, located at the corner of Lorain Avenue and Fulton Road, will serve both adult and pediatric patients, reports Evan MacDonald.
Wonder: Just before WonderStruck Music Festival takes over Lakeland Community College on July 24 and 25, the festival will host a preview on Friday July 23 in the VIP tent on the festival grounds. Anne Nickoloff reports that the concert will also serve as a benefit, with all proceeds supporting Rock Hall’s “Rockin ‘The Schools” programs, especially those that support and educate students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
Origami: Cleveland.com’s sister site Wired challenged origami artist and physicist Robert J. Lang to explain origami to five different people; a child, a teenager, a student, a graduate student and an expert.
Urban farmer: Sage Restaurant Concepts, operator of Urban Farmer in downtown Cleveland, has confirmed that the restaurant will not reopen “in the immediate future.” Marc Bona reports that the company intends to reopen the concept of a farm-to-table steakhouse âwhen the time is rightâ.
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