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.
ODP chairman accuses Gov. Kasich of deriding Ohio auto workers
ODP chairman Chris Redfern accused Gov. Kasich of having his facts wrong and not being clear when he reported reps from the Big Three automakers told him Ohio was “non-competitive…non-cooperative…with a “bad attitude” Redfern said Kasich and friends would have let Chrysler and GM fail, but want to court them now that they survived with help from President Obama and former Gov. Ted Strickland.
Pro-union ralliers take on Kasich for anti-union statements
A candlelight rally at City Hall in Cincinnati, part of the annual AFL-CIO King Day celebration, brought together workers and community members who support home-health care and child care providers to protest Gov. John Kasich’s plan to strip away the rights to bargain for a better life they were accorded under former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland. They said Kasich wants to scapegoat working families for the economic crisis and deliver political paybacks to his corporate friends.
New OH SOS tie-breaking vote sends judge race to 6th District Court
Jon Husted, Ohio’s new Republican Secretary of State, voted with Republicans on Hamilton County’s Board of Elections over a dispute involving provisional ballots cast as a result of “pollworker error” in a 23-vote difference judge’s race, sending an appeal to the 6th U.S. District Court of Appeals. A District Court ruling is opposite that of the Ohio Supreme Court.
Ohio Board of Education has 8 new members
Five appointees of Gov. Kasich and three newly elected members joined the 19-member Ohio Board of Education this week. Governor’s appointments: C. Todd Jones, of New Albany; Tess Elshoff, of New Knoxville; Joseph L. Farmer, of Baltimore; Thomas W. Gunlock, of Centerville, and Dennis Shelton, of Delaware. Electeds: Kathleen McGervey, of Avon; Jeffrey Mims, of Dayton, and Debe Terhar, of Cincinnati.
Space finds spot on elections board
Zack Space, defeated for his third term in Congress in November, has found a post-political spot as a member of the Tuscarawas County Board of Elections.
AG DeWine appoints consumer chief
Ohio AG Mike DeWine appointed Sandra L. Lynskey as chief of the Consumer Protection Section. Lynskey previous worked for the state auditor as assistant chief legal counsel. From 1997 to 2005, she was an assistant attorney general in the Consumer Protection Section under former AG Jim Petro.
League of Women Voters chooses interim director
The League of Women Voters of Ohio (LWV-Ohio) appointed Joanna Helon as Interim Executive Director. Ms. Helon will oversee the day-to-day operations of the League of Women Voters of Ohio and the League of Women Voters of Ohio Education Fund over the next several months.
Ohio congressional delegation party line on repeal of health care bill no surprise
Repeal it: Steve Austria, 7th, John Boehner, 8th, Steve Chabot, 1st, Bob Gibbs, 18th, Bill Johnson, Ohio, 6th, Jim Jordan, 4th, Steve LaTourette, 14th, Robert Latta, 5th, Jim Renacci, 16th, Jean Schmidt, 2nd, Steve Stivers, Ohio, 15th, Pat Tiberi, 12th, Michael Turner, 3rd. Don’t repeal it: = Marica Fudge, 11th, Mary Kaptur, 9th, Dennis Kucinich, 10th, Tim Ryan, 17th, Betty Sutton, 13th
Columbus mayor gets nonpaying federal post
Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman was appointed by President Obama to fill a seat on the administration’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. The council meets about four times a year. Coleman will be reimbursed for his travel costs.
Kasich signs executive orders, accepts resignation of Youth Services director
Gov. Kasich on Friday signed three executive orders establishing anti-discrimination, domestic violence and ethics policies. In a surprise, having only appointed her a couple weeks ago to Direct Youth Services, Kasich accepted the resignation of Chris Money for personal health reasons, effective Jan. 24. He also met with staff of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to discuss their shared vision of efficient and effective public service.
Millions more to go for Kasich, state security
The Ohio Department of Public Safety wants $2.9 million for staffing and $100,000 for equipment to pay for security for Gov. Kasich and other dignitaries. The request does not include any physical improvements to the Kasich house. Kasich decided to stay in his private home in Genoa Township instead of moving to the Governor’s residence in Bexley.
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