Summit County GOP leader seeks to defeat Bob Paduchik and lead Ohio Republican Party: Capitol Letter

Family Quarrel: A leadership struggle is breaking out in the Ohio Republican Party, writes Andrew Tobias. State Party Vice Chairman and Summit County Republican Party Chairman Bryan Williams announced Monday that he is challenging Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Paduchik at the GOP meeting of the Status September 9. Paduchik, a longtime Ohio GOP operative, has served as the state party’s chairman since February 2021. Williams cited in part the state party’s controversial decision to endorse Gov. Mike DeWine for re-election during of the May primary on two challengers positioning themselves as conservative alternatives.

Charged issue: State officials on Monday declined to confirm reports that Honda and LG have chosen Ohio as the site for a new electric vehicle battery plant. As Tobias writes, Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted shared a Wall Street Journal report that noted the Ohio connection, with Husted adding that more details were forthcoming. But Governor Mike DeWine soon after issued a statement saying only that his administration was working to convince Honda and LG to build the plant here, and JobsOhio declined to comment directly on the report.

All in writing, all in writing, all in writing: The deadline for submitting written nominations for the November 8 elections passed on Monday. According to the Ohio Secretary of State, four groups of candidates came forward to run for governor and lieutenant governor: Timothy Grady and Dayna Bickley; Craig Patton and Collin Cook; Renea Turner and Adina Pelletier; and Marshall Usher and Shannon Walker. Notably, Usher previously served as campaign spokesperson for Joe Blystone, who unsuccessfully challenged DeWine in the May primary, finishing third. For the US Senate, John Cheng, Matthew R. Esh, Stephen Faris and Shane Hoffman have all run.

Remote: Mayfield, a village in Cuyahoga County where Progressive Corp. established its headquarters, reports a decrease in withheld tax revenue of more than 67%, due to remote working. Sean McDonnell reviewed income taxes in suburban Cuyahoga County and found changes, although many companies did not require workers to return to the office. The post-pandemic fiscal situation is still in flux.

power play: Eaton Corporation, an energy management company that moved its headquarters from Cleveland to Ireland nearly a decade ago, played a devious role in providing a $1.6 billion windfall to a new group nonprofit curator, writes Sabrina Eaton. The New York Times reported that an electronics manufacturing magnate named Barre Seid, who served as president and CEO of a Chicago electrical appliance manufacturing company called Tripp Lite, donated his shares in the company to the nonprofit Marble Freedom Trust, which is controlled by GOP activist Leonard A. Leo. When Eaton bought Tripp Light last year, the nonprofit got the money. The Times described it as one of the most significant contributions ever made to a politically oriented nonprofit and said it would cement Leo’s status as a conservative kingmaker.

The Farm Team: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown met with a group of northeastern Ohio farmers at Patterson Fruit Farm in Chester Township on Monday and predicted the 2023 farm bill would receive the support of 70 to 85 of his colleagues when voting next year. “Agriculture in Ohio is alive and well, and this part of the state probably has the most diverse agriculture, from dairy to maple, from grape growers to Patterson Fruit Farm,” Brown said after the meeting. . Brown, who is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly 50 years, is meeting with farmers across the state to solicit ideas for legislation.

Drug abuse? Without admitting any wrongdoing, Centene settled with Washington, which became the 11th state to settle with the largest Medicaid contractor in the United States over prescription drug costs. The first state to receive a settlement from Centene was Ohio, where the company operates as Buckeye Health Plan. Centene also owned Envolved, a pharmacy middleman, which earned $20 million in 2017 for providing services at a higher rate than other Medicaid managed care providers, reports Marty Schladen of the Ohio Capital Journal.

Gas and let’s go: Even as gas prices have fallen from summer highs, Nan Whaley, the Democrat challenging Gov. Mike DeWine, continues to advocate for a six-month gas tax break of 38.5 cents per state gallon for Ohioans to adjust for inflation. Karen Kasler of Ohio Public Radio covered an infrastructure forum where DeWine, a Republican, touted his administration’s work on expanding broadband access and major highway projects that have been supported by revenue generated from the state gasoline tax increase of 10.5 cents in 2019.

Pending: The University of Toledo is expected to delay renovations to halls of residence due to high interest rates, rising construction costs, and low dormitory occupancy. Jeff Schmucker of The Blade reports that moving forward, university officials would like to see interest fall by 1.5%, construction costs fall by 10-15%, and dorm occupancy return to over 2,000. students.

The mystery continues: Public health officials have yet to identify the source of the rapid outbreak of E. coli that hit Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Indiana. At least 37 people have fallen ill since late July, 10 of whom have been hospitalized. Ohio has had 19 cases, USA Today’s Jordan Mendoza and Titus Wu report.

Five things we learned from Thad Claggett’s May 16 financial disclosure. Claggett defeated incumbent Rep. Mark Frazier in the GOP primary for the House 68 district, northeast of Columbus. He won’t face any Democrats on Nov. 8 and will likely win the seat.

1. He is employed by Claggett & Sons, Inc., a family-owned construction company, as president, earning just under $2 million last year.

2. Claggett is a Managing Member of P3T, Ltd. and Rosewood Property Management, earning $86,000 and $46,000 respectively in 2021.

3. He is a trustee of the Licking County Library and the New Albany Evangelical Free Church. He is a volunteer board member of the Associated Builders and Contractors Central Ohio Chapter and NFIB, a small business organization.

4. He has stocks, mutual funds and a money market account at Edward Jones.

5. He did not report owing anyone or anyone who owed him more than $1,000 last year.

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Michael Donnelly

Former State Representative Stephen Hambley

“The lower your income, the less choice you will have. And it can cause individuals to make the choice to pay too much of a percentage of their income just for rent, which then impacts other parts of their lives and our economy.

-Amy Riegel, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio. A coalition of homeless and housing advocates want state leaders to invest $308 million of federal COVID-19 relief funds in affordable housing, Ohio Public Radio’s Andy Chow reports.

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