Ohio coronavirus cases reach new record high: Capitol Letter

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Contagion: State officials reported over 2,000 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, another record. And unlike in July, when the number of cases was high but hospital admissions remained low, this time hospital admissions are on the rise, reports Laura Hancock.

Don’t make the cut: A team of Politico reporters asked experts to identify states with the best reactions to the coronavirus to date. Ten states made the list – none of which is Ohio, which is not mentioned at all. Compare that to the start of the pandemic, when Governor Mike DeWine has often been called one of the smartest governors at dealing with the disease.

Flatlined: The third poll of probable voters in Ohio released this week showed what has consistently been the case over the past month: the race for the presidency is a hit. As Seth Richardson writes, Quinnipiac University’s poll was virtually unchanged from a poll just before the first presidential debate that showed Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden a percentage point ahead of Republican President Donald Trump, well within the margin of error.

Clapboard Voters: You could believe the professional pollsters … or you could instead rely on an online survey by Ohio-based metal roofing maker Isaiah Industries to ask which candidate is “most likely to help Americans get a good roof or not.” to keep”. their heads for the next four years. ”On Wednesday, Trump led Biden in the very (and we stress, very) unscientific poll attributed by Company CEO Todd Miller to Americans who choose leaders how they want to live. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris “both have asphalt shingles” on their roofs, Miller claims in a press release, while “Trump protected the White House with a strong, US-made metal roof” and have his personal residences like Mar-a-Lago “High-end roofing materials like brick and slate.” Vice President Mike Pence’s official residence “has an old slate and copper roof that fits perfectly into the rock solid and unassuming office.” Perhaps there is such a thing as too much polls.

Another visit: Harris will be in Cleveland on Friday, announced the Biden campaign. According to Tobias, the details are sparse, but it is the latest sign that the Ohio campaign, once considered out of reach for Democrats, is deemed to be won.

Interior design: US Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt says William Perry Pendley is no longer acting director of the Federal Bureau of Land Management, although Pendley recently said otherwise. As reported by Jeremy Pelzer, a federal judge ruled last month that Pendley had illegally served as acting director for more than 400 days without being nominated by President Donald Trump or approved by the US Senate.

Brou-ha-ha: US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette will swing through east Ohio on Friday, first attending an energy roundtable at Youngstown State University, and then visiting the petrochemical complex in Belmont County proposed by PTT Global Chemicals.

You Are the Judge: Research shows that many Ohio voters skip trials, even though the state Supreme Court races could be one of the most momentous of the election. If you would like to learn more about the candidates, you can view them online at a forum organized by the Ohio Debate Commission. The forum can be followed up with a story Hancock wrote summarizing their views on issues such as judicial restraint and activism.

Delay: According to Doug Livingston of the Akron Beacon Journal, Summit County’s election officials left the company they hired to print and mail ballot papers after the company delayed shipping. Meanwhile, the Toledo Democrats Wednesday urged Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose to intervene in Lucas County after Midwest Direct delayed sending out ballots, Toledo Blade’s Ellie Buerk reports.

In Brief: Watch the trailer for the new Hillbilly Elegy movie due out November 24th on Netflix and in some cinemas. The film, which is based on the memoir of the same name by Ohio native JD Vance, is directed by Ron Howard and starring Amy Adams and Glenn Close.

Full disclosure

Here are five things we learned from the January 17th financial disclosure form submitted by Chris Monzel, a Hamilton County Republican running for Ohio House District 28.1. He works as an engineer for General Electric (although he also served as the Hamilton County Commissioner until 2019).

2. His investments include a GE retirement savings plan and a rollover IRA from Fidelity Investments.

3. At some point in 2019, Monzel owed at least $ 1,000 to Honda Financial Services, Chase, Dell Financial Services, Barclays, Citibank, Bank of America, Home Depot, Discover, Christ Hospital, US Bank, WesBanco, and Lowes.

4. He reported that in 2019 he had not received any gifts worth more than $ 75 (or at least $ 25 if given by a lobbyist) from anyone but his family.

5. He stated that he did not own any real estate other than his personal residence.


Drew Cooper, Legislative Advisor to State Representative Rick Carfagna

Seabury Ford, 20th Governor of Ohio (1801-1855)

State Representative Scott Oelslager

Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul Pfeifer

State representative Allison Russo

Straight from the source

“I just feel like they have been let down and the economy has really gone downhill. And I have a feeling that the Democrats believe so strongly in the unions and that the unions, I believe, have failed a lot of Democrats. So I think – I think that’s what caused the turn to the Republican Party in this area. “

– Renee McManus, a 46-year-old school nurse from Trumbull County, is quoted in the Washington Post about the exodus of Democratic voters in the Mahoning Valley over the years.

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