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Republican gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray speaks at a debate at Cleveland State University, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Cleveland. Rep. Mike DeWine and opponent Democrat Richard Cordray are locked in a close, expensive race to replace Republican Gov. John Kasich, who's term-limited. (David Petkiewicz/Cleveland.com via AP, Pool)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray speaks at a debate at Cleveland State University, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Cleveland. Rep. Mike DeWine and opponent Democrat Richard Cordray are locked in a close, expensive race to replace Republican Gov. John Kasich, who's term-limited. (David Petkiewicz/Cleveland.com via AP, Pool)


Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine speaks at a debate at Cleveland State University, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Cleveland. Rep. Mike DeWine and opponent Democrat Richard Cordray are locked in a close, expensive race to replace Republican Gov. John Kasich, who's term-limited. (David Petkiewicz/Cleveland.com via AP, Pool)


Candidate wants more faceoffs in contested governor’s race

By DAN SEWELL

Associated Press

Tuesday, October 9

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Democratic candidate for Ohio governor wants more debates in the tightly contested race, while his Republican rival said three was enough.

Richard Cordray and Republican rival Mike DeWine had their last scheduled debate Monday night in Cleveland. After talking with people in the Sugar n’ Spice Restaurant in Cincinnati, Cordray said he wants to debate again.

“We have a whole month,” Cordray said Tuesday. “We can have more.”

He cited Toledo and Cincinnati as possible sites for another debate. He and DeWine have also squared off in Dayton and Marietta.

DeWine said the two campaigns had lengthy negotiations about their debate schedule. And while he thought the debates “have been a lot of fun,” he said it’s time to be meeting with voters.

“It’s time to go out and talk to people directly, and listen to the people of this state,” DeWine said in a statement.

The matchup between Cordray, former President Barack Obama’s federal consumer protection chief, and Ohio’s GOP attorney general is one of the nation’s most expensive, closely watched governor’s races. Republican Gov. John Kasich is vacating the job due to term limits.

DeWine narrowly ousted Cordray in the 2010 attorney general election and polls have indicated they are in another close race with early voting beginning Wednesday for the Nov. 6 election.

In their Cleveland debate, DeWine, a former U.S. senator, described himself as a pragmatic problem-solver who’s worked with Democrats, Republicans and independents.

“And the way I’ve done it is to bring people together,” DeWine said.

Cordray said DeWine should have used the power of his office more effectively to protect consumers and to better train police.

The candidates have recently clashed on Issue 1, a November ballot issue aimed at reforming Ohio’s drug laws by reducing the state’s prison population and making millions of new dollars available for drug treatment. Cordray supports the measure, while DeWine and other critics say it would open the door to drug traffickers and ruin the state’s successful drug courts.

Associated Press writer Julie Carr Smyth contributed in Cleveland.

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Sherrod Brown in Your Hometown

Empowering Ohio Women – Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Last week, my office hosted the fourth annual “Women’s Leadership Summit: Together We Rise” at Xavier University, where we joined several southwest Ohio business and community partners to bring together more than 600 women who are lifting up their communities in southwest Ohio and playing leadership roles around the state.

We started the conference in 2015, to bring together women from across Ohio, from all backgrounds, for a day of career and advocacy workshops, inspiring speakers, and making connections with other Ohio women.

One of the sessions this year focused on “change from the bottom up,” and featured women leading local initiatives in Southwest Ohio. These are women creating change in their communities – whether it’s fighting infant mortality, or helping women find their voice after sexual assault and abuse; making sure our schools are preparing children for the jobs of tomorrow, or helping lead the efforts to invest in pre-K education.

Another workshop was led by Women of Cincy, an organization founded last winter to help bring women of all backgrounds and views together. The group interviews Cincinnati women, recording their stories and sharing them on social media, hoping that people might see glimpses of themselves in others.

And for the first time, this year the conference offered free childcare to anyone attending the conference. Millions of Ohio women are balancing motherhood with careers and supporting their families, and too often, the lack of affordable childcare stands in the way of opportunities. We wanted to make sure mothers’ voices were heard at this conference

We’ve seen over the past year the power women can have when they raise their voices, get involved in their communities, and press for change. Record numbers of women are running for office. Women are leading businesses and families and movements across the country. And that’s what this year’s conference was all about – supporting women, and lifting up their voices.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Secretary Husted on Latest Court Victory Concerning APRI Litigation

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has released the following statement in response to today’s ruling on the A. Philip Randolph Institute’s latest attempt to interfere with effective administration of Ohio’s elections. The United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has again ruled in favor of Ohio. The following may be attributed to Secretary Husted:

“For nearly three years now, the A. Philip Randolph Institute and its team of out-of-state activist litigators have tried to undermine Ohio’s election system and compromise election officials’ ability to maintain accurate voter rolls.

“During that same period of time, we have worked in good faith to hear out the institute’s concerns and let the judicial system have the final say. These out-of-state activists have had multiple days in court – and they have lost time and again.

“As multiple federal courts have stated, including in today’s winning decision, Ohio is a national leader in making voting accessible to its residents. Ohio’s process for managing its voter rolls has been upheld by multiple courts – including the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s now time for the plaintiffs to move on and end their attempts to undermine Ohio’s elections.”

OCT. 10, 2018

Rep. Miller announces bill to provide more resources to local economies

Program will help Ohio communities compete on the global market

COLUMBUS—State Rep. Adam Miller (D-Columbus) today announced the introduction of House Bill (HB) 740 , bipartisan legislation with Representative Steven Arndt (R-Port Clinton) that would give port authorities, Community Improvement Corporations (CIC) and Community Development Corporations (CDC) in Ohio the ability to tap into the state’s bonding authority. The state would then provide those proceeds to the port authorities, CICs and CDCs for economic development projects.

“If we want Ohio to lead in economic development, we must give these local entities the power of the state’s bonding authority,” said Miller. “We must do everything we can to support these local political subdivisions and organizations in their efforts to equip communities with the economic tools to bring business to our state. I believe this bipartisan, common-sense legislation would do just that.”

The bill would create the Economic Development Bond Bank that would make loans to port authorities, CICs and CDCs for qualifying economic development projects. This will enable the entities to leverage the state’s financial advantage in the global marketplace. Ohio has a number of loan funds and bank funds, but none are specifically for economic development at the local level.

According to the County Commissioner’s Association of Ohio, the state has more than 50 port authorities. Each is unique to the local economy and activities range from economic development to general community improvement. There are more than 250 economic development CICs and more than 240 CDCs in Ohio.

Forest Canopies Starting to Show Hints of Fall Color

Fall Color Report No. 2 – Oct. 10

COLUMBUS, OH – Due to the warmer than normal temperatures, leaves are slowly starting their autumn color transformation, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). With cooler temperatures forecasted, those colors should soon appear statewide.

“Some fall color is developing slowly in pockets around the state,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester Greg Smith. “Make sure to plan a trip out to one of our many state parks, nature preserves or forests to see the colors of the season – where there are no admission or parking fees. State parks like Burr Oak and Mohican as well as preserves like Conkles Hollow are stunning on a normal day, but when these places are draped with beautiful fall color, the experience is breathtaking.”

As we head into Earth Science Week (Oct. 14-20), the ODNR Division of Geological Survey is hosting a number of hikes and educational events throughout the state. For more information on those events and Earth Science Week, go to bit.ly/earthscienceweek18.

Ohioans should also remember that Ohio is officially in its fall fire season. Ohio law states outdoor debris burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during October and November. For more information on fall fire season in Ohio, go to forestry.ohiodnr.gov/wildfire.

People interested in finding out where to find most eye-catching leaves throughout the upcoming fall color season should check out fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov, Ohio’s official guide to the changing colors. This website includes:

Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure.

Weekly videos from ODNR naturalists highlighting fall color hot spots around the state.

Links to fall activities, scenic road trips, unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks and more.

Fall is a distinctive season in Ohio with an identifiable color palette of reds, oranges and yellows; cooler temperatures; and aromas and tastes of autumn’s harvest from apples to pumpkins. It’s such a fun, vibrant few months to enjoy time with those closest to you that it feels like a holiday — or perhaps a Falliday! To help visitors find those special autumn activities in Ohio, the Office of TourismOhio has created a new landing page, ohio.org/fallidays.

ODNR and TourismOhio encourage people to take fall color photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag #OhioFall18 and #FallidaysinOhio. Follow @ohiodnr and @OhioFindItHere on Twitter, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio. Find it Here. on Facebook and @ohiodnr, @ohstateparks and @ohiogram on Instagram to see more fall color photos.

Ohio State Parks is also having a photo contest this fall. Help us highlight the best of the great outdoors in a variety of categories for a chance to win great prizes! Enter today at ohiostateparksphotocontest.com.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

TourismOhio, operating within the state of Ohio’s Development Services Agency, works to ensure Ohio is positioned as a destination of choice, enriching lives through authentic travel experiences. The branding Ohio. Find It Here. supports Ohio’s $44 billion tourism industry. For more, visit ohio.org.

‘ABSOLUTE MUST-BE-SEEN THEATER’

Ohio Wesleyan to Host Guest Performance of ‘How to Be a Respectable Junkie’ Oct. 27

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University will host one performance Oct. 27 of “How to Be a Respectable Junkie,” written by Greg Vovos and starring Christopher M. Bohan.

The performance will be held at 8 p.m. in the Studio Theatre inside OWU’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The play will conclude with a post-show discussion with the actor, playwright, and members of the Ohio Wesleyan and Delaware communities.

Based on a true story, this guest-artist event provides a humorous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful look at the nation’s opioid crisis and an in-depth look into the troubled soul of a Northeast Ohio man caught in heroin’s deadly grip. The performance contains depictions of drug use and adult language.

Roy Berko of the Cleveland Critics Circle, The American Critics Association, and Dance Critics Association, has proclaimed “How to Be a Respectable Junkie” to be a special evening of theater.

“Superb acting, within the confines of a meaningful script, it grabs and holds the audience’s attention,” Berko states. “This is absolute must-be-seen theater for anyone who goes to be informed, to share in a real experience, to see that there may be light at the end of a tunnel, while observing a master class in acting.”

The performance is presented by OWU’s Department of Theatre & Dance, and is part of the university’s 2018-2019 Sagan National Colloquium, an exploration of “Art and Engagement.”

Tickets are free but required because of limited seating. To reserve tickets, call the box office beginning Oct. 22 at (740) 368-3855.

Learn more about the Sagan National Colloquium at www.owu.edu/snc and more about the Department of Theatre & Dance at www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

Central Ohio student performers showcased at premier state education conference

COLUMBUS — A Columbus City Schools musical group will perform at the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) 2018 Student Achievement Fair in Columbus. The Centennial High School Mixed Ensemble is just one of five groups selected to perform at the fair — a highlight of OSBA’s 63rd annual Capital Conference and Trade Show, which runs Nov. 11-13 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Representing OSBA’s Central Region, the mixed ensemble, under the direction of Pamela Welsh-Huggins, will perform Monday, Nov. 12, from 1:20 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. in the convention center’s Hall B. The Student Achievement Fair features 100 original projects and programs created by Ohio public schools.

More than 9,000 public education stakeholders are expected to attend the Capital Conference. In addition, more than 550 exhibitors will display their goods and services at the Trade Show, the nation’s largest education trade exhibition.

News media are invited to report on the Student Achievement Fair as well as other conference events. Contact Crystal Davis (phone and email listed above) for details on free media registration. For conference details, visit http://conference.ohioschoolboards.org.

In its 63rd year, OSBA leads the way to educational excellence by serving Ohio’s public school board members and the diverse districts they represent through superior service, unwavering advocacy and creative solutions.

CALENDAR LISTING

CAPA presents Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Friday, November 23, 7:30pm

Saturday, November 24, 2pm & 7:30pm

Sunday, November 25, 2pm & 7:30pm

Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)

A Columbus tradition for more than three decades, don’t miss the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his search for the Christmas spirit. CAPA featured organist Clark Wilson will be at the keys of the Ohio’s beloved “Mighty Morton” theatre organ prior to each performance and during intermission, performing seasonal favorites and holiday hits. Tickets are $25-$37.50 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. www.capa.com

Ohio State Bar Association welcomes author and federal Judge Jeffrey Sutton

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Oct. 9 2018) – The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) will present an all-day Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar on the Ohio Constitution and its role in protecting individual rights on Monday, Oct. 15.

The Importance of the Ohio Constitution in Modern Individual Rights Litigation: Two Shots are Better than One will take place at the OSBA (1700 Lake Shore Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43204) with broadcast locations in Cleveland, Fairfield and Perrysburg.

The program will commence at 8:30 a.m. with a welcome and introduction from Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor followed by featured speaker, the Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton, who will present the thesis of his new book, “Fifty-One Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law.”

Sutton is a judge in the United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. He will speak at 8:45 a.m. and his address will place the development of state constitutional law in the context of the recent and future directions of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Following Sutton’s address, the Chief Justice will present the View from the Bench where she will review the importance of state constitutional law and the development of a robust, independent and principled Ohio constitutional jurisprudence.

Attorneys seeking CLE credit may register here: https://www.ohiobar.org/osba-catalog/the-importance-of-the-ohio-constitution-in-modern-individual-rights-litigation6/

Other presentations will include:

Ohio Constitutional Law: View from the Academy (10:45-11:45 a.m.)

Professor Steven H. Steinglass, Dean Emeritus & Professor Emeritus of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, will review the approach of the Supreme Court of Ohio to the state Constitution. His focus will be on individual rights and on the methodology that the Ohio court follows in addressing such issues. He will also review the challenge of developing a robust, independent and principled body of state constitutional jurisprudence.

Criminal Law and the Ohio Constitution (12:45-1:45 p.m.)

This session will review the development of an Ohio constitutional jurisprudence that provides or that arguably can provide greater rights to defendants in criminal cases than are available under the United States Constitution.

Panelists:

Hon. Judith L. French, Justice, Supreme Court of Ohio; Columbus

Prof. Douglas Berman, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; Columbus

Timothy Young, Esq.; Ohio Public Defender; Columbus

Benjamin C. Mizer, Esq.; Jones Day; Columbus/Washington DC (Former State Solicitor of Ohio)

Civil Law and the Ohio Constitution: Home Rule and Individual Rights (1:45-3 p.m.)

This session will review home rule, one of the most heavily litigated and controversial areas of Ohio constitutional law. It will also look at various non-criminal rights-conferring provisions of the Ohio Bill of Rights, including the right to bear arms and takings.

Panelists:

Hon. Patrick F. Fischer, Justice, Supreme Court of Ohio; Columbus

Kathleen M. Trafford, Esq.; Porter Wright Morris & Arthur; Columbus

Alphonse Gerhardstein, Esq.; Gerhardstein & Branch; Cincinnati

Harold Babbit, Esq.; Calfee, Halter & Griswold (retired); Cleveland

Hon. David Gormley, Judge, Delaware County Court of Common Pleas and former State Solicitor of Ohio; Delaware

How to Develop a More Robust Ohio Constitutional Jurisprudence (3:15-4:15 p.m.)

This session assumes that a more robust, independent and principled Ohio constitutional jurisprudence should be developed and focuses on how to develop it.

Panelists:

Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit; Columbus

Larry J. Obhof, President, Ohio Senate; Columbus

Yvette McGee Brown, Esq.; Jones Day; Columbus (former Justice, Supreme Court of Ohio)

Steven H. Steinglass, Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law; Cleveland

Moderator: William Weisenberg Esq.; former Senior Policy Advisor, Ohio State Bar Association; Columbus

About the Ohio State Bar Association

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 26,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.

Ohio Home and Auto Insurance Rates Well Below National Average

COLUMBUS — Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment announced that the average rate changes in 2017 for the top 10 homeowners and private passenger auto insurance groups in Ohio increased 1.5 percent and 4.1 percent, respectively.

“We are fortunate in Ohio to have among the lowest average insurance premiums for homeowners and auto insurance compared to the rest of the country,” Froment said. “Ohio has a robust and competitive insurance market providing consumers many different product options to consider when selecting coverage.”

Ohioans pay an average of $819 (9th lowest) for homeowners insurance and $703 (14th lowest) for auto insurance compared to the national average, according to the most recent data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Ohio’s combined average premiums are $540 below the national averages.

Changes in auto insurance rates can be associated with medical costs, weather-related claims, the number of cars on Ohio roads and repairs costs. Homeowners insurance rates can be impacted by weather-related claims, and building and material costs.

Individual insurance consumers may have experienced rate changes that differ from the average. The Ohio Department of Insurance reviews rates to ensure they comply with Ohio insurance law and that they are actuarially sound.

The top 10 insurance groups represent approximately 75 percent of the market in Ohio.

Ohioans with insurance questions can call the department’s consumer hotline at 1-800-686-1526 and visit www.insurance.ohio.gov for insurance information.

All Voting is Local Announces Text Campaign Alerting People to Register to Vote

Effort reaches the cell phones of more than 450,000 Ohioans

COLUMBUS — All Voting is Local Ohio announced today a text alert campaign to encourage people to register to vote ahead of the state’s Oct. 9 deadline. The effort reaches 456,659 infrequent Ohio voters by text messages sent to their cell phones, encouraging them to check their registration status, update their registration and cast a ballot in the Nov. 6 general election.

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, which upheld Ohio’s aggressive process of removing otherwise eligible voters from registration lists, All Voting is Local seeks to empower Ohioans to be vigilant about their voter registration.

“There’s no question that the key to ensuring a voice in our democracy is to first and foremost be registered to vote,” said Mike Brickner, Ohio State Director for All Voting is Local. “Voters may not realize their registration needs to be updated or that they may not be registered at all. A few clicks can give voters the peace of mind that their voices will be heard in the upcoming election. And what could be easier than doing it all from your cell phone?”

In Ohio, citizens who go six years without voting and fail to respond to address confirmation letters, could be removed from the registration rolls. All Voting is Local’s research shows hundreds of thousands of these infrequent voters could be eligible to cast ballots this November, as long as they verify, and if necessary remedy, their registration. These same voters did not receive Secretary of State Husted’s recent mailing of absentee ballot applications.

The campaign includes two text alerts sent directly to the phones of voters. The first messages were sent the week of October 1, alerting Ohioans to the approaching registration deadline, with a link to the state’s voter registration website.

A second message will be sent the week of October 29, reminding people of the approaching Nov. 6 general election and includes a link to the Ohio website for the national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition, which offers comprehensive information and assistance at all stages of voting — from registration to casting a ballot.

Transcripts of the texts are as follows:

Week of October 1: “Hi this is Jen from All Voting is Local. Election Day is coming up! Is your voter registration up to date? Click here: https://olvr.sos.state.oh.us/to register to vote or update your registration info”

Week of October 29: “Hi this is Jen from All Voting is Local. Voting has started here in Ohio! Have you made a plan to vote? Click here: https://866ourvote.org/state/ohio/for info on where to vote & what you need to bring!”

All Voting is Local fights for the right to vote through a unique combination of data-driven organizing, advocacy and communications. It is a collaborative campaign housed at The Leadership Conference Education Fund, in conjunction with Access Democracy; the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation; the American Constitution Society; the Campaign Legal Center; and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Ohio Farm Bureau, North High Brewing announce centennial beer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) –Ohio’s farmers and craft beer enthusiasts will soon celebrate the release of a new specialty beer. Cover Crop, from North High Brewing, will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ohio Farm Bureau.

Cover Crop is a light-bodied, easy drinking golden ale that is crisp, refreshing and perfect for relaxing after a day of hard work in the office, factory or farm. The name Cover Crop honors the revival of a farming practice that sustains the land and its surrounding environment.

Cover Crop will be released in package and draft beginning in December and be available throughout 2019 wherever North High beer is sold.

Using local ingredients was important for both Ohio Farm Bureau and North High Brewing, which is a member of Farm Bureau. Cover Crop is to be brewed with local malt sourced from Rustic Brew Farm in Marysville, Ohio. Farm owner Matt Cunningham’s family has farmed nearly 100 years growing traditional row crops. They’ve been Farm Bureau members for most of that time. Within the past few years Cunningham added barley and a malting house to diversify the farm and create opportunities for future generations.

“Craft beer fans really appreciate local ingredients,” said Adam Sharp, Ohio Farm Bureau’s executive vice president. “Our partnership with North High Brewing connects us to Ohioans who enjoy knowing all about the products they buy. This is a fun way to celebrate our centennial and build some appreciation of Ohio’s agricultural community.”

Sharp said the name, Cover Crop, is appropriate. “It’s a practice used generations ago to improve the soil and is now coming back as a way to protect water quality,” he said.

“We’re excited and honored to craft Cover Crop with the help of Ohio farmers,” said North High Brewing brewmaster Jason McKibben. Creating a beer with Ohio ingredients is a fitting way to commemorate the Farm Bureau’s anniversary, he added. “It’s a way we can make a definite connection between our customers and Ohioans with the No. 1 industry in Ohio, which is agriculture,” he said. “It’s really just an honor—it adds gravity to what we do.”

The release of Cover Crop is part of a year-long centennial celebration for Ohio Farm Bureau. Other activities include a member only concert by country artist Chase Bryant, barn paintings, and vintage collectables. The centennial celebration officially kicks off at the 2018 annual meeting Dec. 6-7 in Columbus.

Updates on Cover Crop and all aspects of the centennial celebration are at ofbf.org/centennial.

About North High Brewing

North High Brewing was founded in 2011 as Columbus’ first and only Brew on Premises establishment. Realizing the demand for craft beer, North High expanded to a full scale production brewery in 2013. North High currently distributes its award winning beer across the state of Ohio in both draft and package.

About Ohio Farm Bureau

As a grassroots membership organization, Ohio Farm Bureau was founded to ensure the growth of Ohio food and farms. Throughout its 100-year history, Ohio Farm Bureau has impacted agriculture by advocating for reasonable government policy, developing opportunities for young farmers, supporting local food initiatives, and funding efforts to protect the environment, water quality and farmland preservation.

From Steve Dettelbach for Ohio

Career politicians like our opponent Dave Yost have put their wealthy donors over everyday Ohioans time and time again. Take, for instance, Dave’s friend Bill Lager — the founder of the corrupt Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT).

The $30,000 Lager and his friends gave Yost was the best money they ever spent.

For years, Yost signed off on their clean audits and even gave ECOT — the online, for-profit charter school that stole close to $200 million from our public schools — an award for excellence in record keeping!

It was Yost’s job as our Auditor to catch these scammers, but he was too busy cashing ECOT’s max out checks. Now, the press reports the FBI is looking into an an illegal straw donor scheme that allowed Lager to funnel millions in illegal campaign donations to Republicans.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray speaks at a debate at Cleveland State University, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Cleveland. Rep. Mike DeWine and opponent Democrat Richard Cordray are locked in a close, expensive race to replace Republican Gov. John Kasich, who’s term-limited. (David Petkiewicz/Cleveland.com via AP, Pool)
https://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2018/10/web1_121537186-ec891edfd91d47eda2c782ca5cb18c0f.jpgRepublican gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray speaks at a debate at Cleveland State University, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Cleveland. Rep. Mike DeWine and opponent Democrat Richard Cordray are locked in a close, expensive race to replace Republican Gov. John Kasich, who’s term-limited. (David Petkiewicz/Cleveland.com via AP, Pool)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine speaks at a debate at Cleveland State University, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Cleveland. Rep. Mike DeWine and opponent Democrat Richard Cordray are locked in a close, expensive race to replace Republican Gov. John Kasich, who’s term-limited. (David Petkiewicz/Cleveland.com via AP, Pool)
https://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2018/10/web1_121537186-fa7d55ffce4047f08edb0c2e5d83b5c2.jpgRepublican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine speaks at a debate at Cleveland State University, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Cleveland. Rep. Mike DeWine and opponent Democrat Richard Cordray are locked in a close, expensive race to replace Republican Gov. John Kasich, who’s term-limited. (David Petkiewicz/Cleveland.com via AP, Pool)
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