COLUMBUS, Ohio (CGE) – Ohio headline highlights is a weekly Saturday roundup of stories on people, politics and government for the previous work week that caught CGE’s eye but not his pen.
First black woman supreme court justice sworn-in
Yvette McGee Brown, outgoing Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland’s running mate last November, was sworn in Saturday as the first African-American woman justice on the Ohio Supreme Court. Justice Maureen O’Connor, who became the first woman chief justice when she took the oath a day before, sworn in McGee Brown, who becomes only the third black justice in Ohio history.
New Ohio AG Dewine to add Ohio to ‘Obamcare’ lawsuit list
Mike DeWine, a native Ohioan who went from Green County prosecutor to U.S. Senator with other public office stops in between, said that as Ohio’s new Attorney General he will add Ohio to states challenging the federal health care law supported by President Obama and passed by a Democratic-controlled Congress.
Dems aflutter over rumor Taylor will run for senate in 2012
Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor (CPA) seems to have sent Ohio Democrats hearts fluttering with the news, from a GOP aide, that a condition of running with Republican candidate for governor John Kasich is that she would be the party’s candidate to take on incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown in 2012. In addition to being sworn in as Ohio Lt. Gov., Taylor was made director of the state insurance department the next day by her boss, Gov. Kasich.
Kasich takes 3 to meet with Detroit’s Big Three
Ohio Gov. John Kasich took his new development director, Mark Kvamme; University of Toledo President Lloyd Jacobs, and Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee with him Wednesday to meet with Detroit’s Big Three automakers at the North American International Auto Show to ask them: “What do you need?”
Kasich costs for inauguration coming Saturday
Ohio law requires non-profit transition committees – like the Kasich/Taylor New Day Committee Inc. – created by statewide officeholders to detail inauguration contributions and expenses by 4 p.m. Saturday Jan. 15. The costs for Gov. Kasich’s four day celebration will be revealed at that time, a spokesman said.
House GOP members introduce 18 bills to start 129th GA
Among the 18 bills Republican House members introduced last week, one eliminating the estate tax stood out among the rest. Another one would create Gov Kasich’s private, nonprofit economic development corporation, JobsOhio. Topics for other bills included abortions, pit bulls, speeding tickets and tax credits related to employers and workers.
House Dem women choose leaders
Ohio House Women’s Democratic Caucus names leadership team: Chair, Rep. Nancy Garland (D-New Albany), Vice Chair, Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati), Secretary, Rep. Connie Pillich, Treasurer, Rep. Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati), Policy Chair, Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo). The Caucus works to increase and promote the presence of women in government and serves as a strategic force in advancing the quality of life socially, economically and politically for all women.
Kasich payroll figures released
The difference between former Gov. Ted Strickland’s office staff (77) and Gov. John Kasich’s (69) is that the new governor has 8 fewer staffers and will spend $300,000 less. Kasich has hired 43 staffers so far; 26 spots are still vacant.
GOP to run retired Columbus police officer for mayor
Former Columbus Division of Police spokesman and community liaison officer Earl W. Smith will be the GOP’s candidate to run against three-term Democratic incumbent Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman.
Senate picks two replacements
Larry Obhof Jr. of Medina will fill the open seat for the 22nd District, left open when Sen. Bob Gibbs beat Zack Space last November to serve in the U.S. House in Washington. Obhof is an attorney and adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Cliff Hite, a Republican from Findlay, will occupy the 1st District seat left vacant when Gov. Kasich selected Sen. Steve Buehrer of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker
Gov. Kasich is mulling over a report that says Ohio could cash in, to the tune of about $2.5 billion, by selling its liquor-distribution system to a private operator. state oversees distribution to 452 private alcohol vendors and collects the state’s liquor tax, which last year grossed $228.8 million for the state. Of that sum, $167 million went to the general operating budget.
Kasich breaks ground in Cleveland, signs EPA permit in Columbus
Ohio Gov. John Kasich participated in groundbreaking for construction of the new medical mart complex and community center in Cleveland, then headed to Columbus where he joined OEPA Director Scott Nally for the signing of the first permit of the Kasich administration. The permit had languished for 20 months and Director Nally resolved the issue in the first two days on the job.
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