COLUMBUS, Ohio (CGE) – Ohio headline highlights is a weekly Saturday roundup of stories on people, politics and government for the previous work week, that while they did not receive individual coverage are newsworthy nonetheless.
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Minority Leader Budish names McCarthy Chief of Staff
Keary McCarthy, who served as director of communications to former Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish, was named Chief-of-Staff to now-Minority Leader Budish, who lost his gavel after Republicans won November elections
Boyce bows out of Columbus council race
Kevin Boyce, the former Democratic State Treasurer who lost his state office to Republican and Marine-veteran Josh Mandel in November’s election, said it was his decision to spend more time with his family that caused him to bow out from being selected to fill an open council seat.
Outgoing SOS sends three cases to incoming AG
Incoming Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine will have three new cases to deal with, courtesy of outgoing Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, who in her last week on the job referred cases involving LetOhioVote.org and its refusal to disclose funding sources related to its campaign to stop Gov. Strickland from installing slot machines at racetracks, a Stark County McDonald’s franchisee who allegedly advised his employees to vote for John Kasich and a first-time voter who voted by absentee ballot in two counties.
Senate leadership posts filled
In Opening Day Ceremonies Monday, the Ohio Senate has it majority caucus leaders: Sen. Tom Niehaus, R-New Richmond, becomes Senate President; Sen. Keith Faber, R-Celina, is President Pro Tempore; Sen. Jimmy Stewart, R-Albany, is Majority Floor Leader; Sen. Shannon Jones, R-Clearcreek Twp., as Majority Whip. Senate Democrats, only 10 in number and led by Capri Cafaro, cannot stop the Republican majority from doing anything it wants.
Ginther elected president of Columbus City Council
The new president of Columbus City Council, having won the votes of all Democratic members of council, is Andrew Ginther, who came to council from the Columbus school board in 2007 and who chaired the Finance & Economic Development, Public Safety, and Utilities committees of the seven-member legislative body.
Hollington picked for 98th House District Appointment
A five-person panel of House Republicans has unanimously recommended former State Representative Richard Hollington to be re-appointed to the seat for the 129th General Assembly. Hollington, a Harvard Law School graduate, previously served in the House 1967 to 1970 and during the 2010 legislative session. A senior partner in the Cleveland Law Firm of Baker Hostetler LLP, he is also the finance director for the Village of Hunting Valley.
McDonald’s owner to pay fine for advising workers to vote Republican
Paul Siegfried, the owner of multiple McDonald’s restaurants in Stark County, whose case of influencing his employees to vote for Republican candidates last fall was sent to the Ohio Attorney General by Ohio’s outgoing secretary of state, said he will pay the $1,000 fine for violating the state’s corrupt practices law.
GOP ready to extend DeWine’s contract 2 years
Kevin Dewine, second cousin to incoming Ohio AG Mike Dewine and leader of the GOP when it captured all statewide offices and won enough seats to take back the House from Democrats, is poised to have his contract renewed by the 66 members of the GOP’s central committee who will be in Columbus this weekend to attend inaugural events leading up to the swearing-in of John Kasich as Ohio governor.
Strickland executive order bans exotic pets
As a result of an executive order by outgoing Gov. Ted Strickland, Ohio, one of about 10 states with few rules regulating private ownership of dangerous exotics animals, private citizens will be banned from acquiring certain dangerous wild animals as pets and current owners of such creatures must now register the animals and microchip them.
Education creates Office of Communications and Outreach
Leading the combination of all communications and public relations at the Ohio Dept. of Education will be Akron-native Mike Sponhour, who relocated from South Carolina, where he was the Director of Public Affairs for the South Carolina Budget and Control Board.
Clooney’s “Ides of March” film wins tax incentives as Ohio film agency staff resign
George Clooney, whose film “Ides of March” is schedule to shoot in Cincinnati in February and March, go tax credits from The Ohio Film Office as the last business done by the agency’s staff, who all resigned Friday, according to a report that said Gov.-elect John Kasich forced them to.
Defense spending decision could cost Ohio 10,000 jobs
The Defense Department announced Thursday that it will cancel production of a new amphibious-assault vehicle for the Marine Corps, a decision that over the next six to seven years could imperils 10,000 jobs and a potential $2 billion economic impact in Ohio through the manufacturer General Dynamics Corp. Members of Ohio’s congressional delegation are urging that the prototype testing and evaluation of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle be completed.
The Chinese are coming, the Chinese are coming – to Toledo
Rumors abound over whether Chinese investors have negotiated a deal with Toledo Mayor Bell to buy The Docks, the Marina District, and the downtown Imagination Station science center. Toledo City Councilmen and an area restaurateur made the claim, but a city spokesman denied the property has been sold. Mayor Mike Bell, it was noted, led an economic development excursion to China.
State decision: Toledo violated collective bargaining law
The Toledo Blade reported that the State Employment Relations Board Thursday found probable cause that the city of Toledo violated Ohio’s collective bargaining laws by voting twice in August to reject a fact finder’s report, and then again in September, by imposing a new contract upon unionized city refuse and sewer plant workers.
Former Congressman Space says lobbying “not me”
Zack Space, a two-term Democratic congressman who represented Ohio’s 18th District, told CGE Friday that being a lobbyist, following his defeat by Republican newcomer Bob Gibbs, wasn’t what he wanted to do. Space, who gathered with a table of other men at The Wine Guy in Gahanna, said he hadn’t found what he wanted to do, and hadn’t given much though to again challenging Gibbs in 2012.
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