Egg Mitigation: Some of Ohio’s largest employers have pledged to pay travel costs if their employees have to leave the state to have abortions, reports Sean McDonnell. That includes Kroger and Amazon, the third- and fourth-largest employers in the state by number of workers.
House rule: Cuyahoga County Attorney Michael O’Malley and Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein joined a letter signed by about 90 county and district attorneys pledging to avoid charging the people who request or perform abortions. Ohio dramatically limited access to abortion in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a federal judge who overturned an injunction on state law that restricted abortions after fetal heart activity was detected.
All in the family: The family of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is upset over abortion rights. Yost, a Republican, has been a leader in the law to limit abortion rights in Ohio. Her son and daughter-in-law believe women should have the choice of having an abortion or carrying a pregnancy to term, reports Laura Hancock.
Extra Life: Secretary of State Frank LaRose has ordered five county election commissions to accept petitions for six candidates he had previously ordered not to appear on the August 2 legislative election special ballot, reports Seth Richardson. It comes after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the six nominees, all Democrats, should be allowed to appear. As a result, foreign and military voters will receive additional ballots with all listed candidates.
January 6: The Profile of Cincinnati Enquirer’s Sean Scott Bennie and Sandra Parker, two retirees and oath keepers who face charges related to the capitol storming. Bennie, 72, and Sandra, 63, are the oldest in Ohio charged with crimes related to the Jan. 6 incursion and are awaiting trial at their home in Morrow.
Welcome to Miami: The FBI spent $100,000 on a trip to Miami in 2018 as part of its corruption sting operation in Cincinnati, the Kevin Grasha and Sharon Coolidge report from the Cincinnati Enquirer. This was raised during the trial of former Cincinnati City Councilman PG Sittenfeld, although Sittenfeld refused the trip. However, the description matches another former Cincinnati City Council member also on trial for corruption, Jeff Pastor. The trip, according to Sittenfeld’s lawyers, included a private jet, an expensive hotel, a yacht, alcohol, food and a visit to Tootsie’s Cabaret, an upscale strip club.
Bowing out: Ben Leland, grants and contracts specialist at The Ohio State University, announced on Twitter he would end his campaign for the state House of Representatives after being dragged into a district with House Minority Leader Allison Russo. Leland called Russo a friend and mentor and said he would consider running in 2024 when new districts are in place.
Park it: Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz opened Great Council State Park just north of Xenia. It is Ohio’s 76th state park and will house a 12,000 square foot center with exhibits, a theater, a living stream and a gallery. The center is expected to open in 2023.
Appalachia: DeWine is expected to sign House Bill 377 today. The bill would provide $500 million to create the Appalachia Community Grants Program, which funds infrastructure, workforce development projects, schools and community health services.
Home in: Last week, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost a Republican who opposes abortion rightssent posts criticizing the fires and violence at crisis pregnancy centers outside Ohio and the alleged inaction of Democratic United States Attorney General Merrick Garland on them. His goal may be a red herring, as there hasn’t been any violence against the Ohio centers so far. In reality, Yost’s Own Neighborsunhappy with his position, picked up pots and pans and protested outside his Columbus home, chalked a message in his driveway, and set off three smoke bombs.
Five things we learned from May 16 Financial Disclosure Form of State Rep. Dontavius Jarrells, a Democrat from Columbus.
1. Jarrells sole source of income was his statutory salary of $67,493.16.
2. Jarrells’ investments include a retirement fund through the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, a mutual fund through Ohio Deferred Compensation, and shares of Robinhood.
3. At some point in 2021, Jarrells owed over $1,000 to Great Lakes, PNC, Apple, Capital One and Payoff.
4. Jarrells received meals, food and beverages worth over $100 and travel expenses worth $286.20 from the Ohio Chamber of Commerce for his conference SaltFork.
5. Ohio State University gave Jarrells a $45 ticket and $15 food and drink to the Classic for Columbus, a college-vs. historically black universities and colleges in Ohio.
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association presents Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted with its first Champion of Broadband award
Anjuman Ali, a former Associated Press reporter in Cleveland, was named Washington Post Associate Wellness Editor
State Representative Joe Miller
Thomas Dains, Ohio Republican Party Director of Operations
Michael Graham, Legislative Assistant to State Representative Brian Lampton
“Let’s say someone was raped, don’t you know you were raped for 2 months?
-Representing. Warren Davidson, a Republican from Miami County, in an appearance on CNN defend Ohio’s heartbeat bill. Davidson said abortions are allowed under Ohio law, which he called a “compromise.”
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