| browse concepts or read more news
Ohio public-records mediation a smart move for state and its citizens: editorial
Peace at last? A new Ohio mediation option applauded by the editorial board could stop the long, costly battles over public records between citizens and state and local governments. The Ohio legislature deserves a thumbs-up for giving citizens a way to dig into public records without forcing them to dig deep into their pockets.  Under Substitute Senate Bill 321, which passed in June and goes into effect Sept. 28, citizens denied public records by a government entity in Ohio will be able to opt for a $25 mediation process through the Ohio Court of Claims instead of having to file a lawsuit and thereby forcing the government to defend itself in court. Mediation should ensure that more Ohioans are able to take advantage of the state's open records law, which is the hallmark of good, transparent government.  Mediation part of public records bill Currently, citizens denied public records have only one legal remedy: a mandamus action, or a writ, through the courts forcing the government to turn the public records over. But litigation can be a sky-high barrier for many record-seeking citizens who lack the money to hire a lawyer.  Soon, rejected citizens will be able to pay $25 to file a complaint in their county clerk's office for the Ohio Court of Claims, which will then attempt to mediate the problem. About our editorials Editorials express the view of the editorial board of and The Plain Dealer -- the senior leadership and editorial-writing staff. As is traditional, editorials are unsigned and intended to be seen as the voice of the news organization. * Talk about the topic of this editorial in the comments below. * Send a letter to the editor, which will be considered for print publication. * Email general questions or comments about the editorial board to Elizabeth Sullivan, opinion director for // $('.floatingSeries').css({'font-family':'arial,helvetica,sans-serif','font-size':'14px','line-height':'20px','color':'#333333','width':'255px','margin':'10px','margin-right':'0px','float':'right','border-bottom-color':'#dadada','border-bottom-style':'solid','border-bottom-width':'1px','padding-bottom':'2px'});$('.floatingSeries h3').css({'text-transform':'uppercase','color':'#363636','font-size':'30px','line-height':'28px','padding-bottom':'7px','border-bottom-color':'#363636','border-bottom-style':'solid','border-bottom-width':'4px'}); $('.floatingSeries ul').css({'list-style-type':'none','list-style-position':'outside','list-style-image':'none','margin':'0px','padding':'0px'});$('.floatingSeries li').css({'font-family':'arial,helvetica,sans-serif','font-size':'14px','font-weight':'normal','color':'#333333','font-weight':'bold','line-height':'20px','border-top-width':'1px','border-top-style':'solid','border-top-color':'#cccccc','margin':'0px','margin-top':'6px','margin-bottom':'6px','padding':'0px','padding-top':'6px','padding-bottom':'4px','color':'#333333','text-decoration':'none'});$('.floatingSeries a:link').css('color','#333333');$('.floatingSeries h3').css('margin-bottom','2px'); // ]]> If mediation fails, a special master steps in and gives the Court of Claims judge an advisory opinion. The judge can then issue a legally binding decision. That ruling is appealable, but the idea is that most of these disputes will be resolved efficiently within weeks, not months, by an independent, third party. About 28 states already offer mediation as a way to resolve public-records disputes, said Dennis Hetzel, executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association.   Hetzel supports the new Ohio law, as does state Auditor Dave Yost and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Yost and DeWine said they will likely dismantle their programs to mediate public-records disputes. Ideally, there should be no need for mediation or lawsuits. Ohio Revised Code 149.43 has a right-thinking view of how public records should be handled: Public records (with some reasonable exceptions, such as personal information about law-enforcement personnel) should be "promptly prepared and made available for inspection ( or copying) to any person at all reasonable times during regular business hours." And the requester need not even give her or his name. Despite the clarity of Ohio law, it is not unusual for some cities and villages to thumb their noses at it and refuse to turn over consultant contracts, mayor's schedules, public officials' garage-door logs and other documents on the flimsiest excuses.  If public-records mediation works as it should, it will give many citizens an opportunity to pry those records free without costly dramas. That's how it should be. Gray skies during Sunshine Week Have something to say about this topic? Use the comments to share your thoughts, and stay informed when readers reply to your comments by using the Notification Settings just below.
8 points by The Plain Dealer | Law Dispute resolution Mediation Government Ohio Attorney General Judge Sherrod Brown George Voinovich
Ohio colleges field queries from potential ITT transfers
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Some Ohio colleges are fielding queries from potential transfer students left stranded in the midst of their studies when the for-profit chain ITT Technical Institute closed its campuses. The for-profit college closed its more than 130 campuses across 38 states after the U.S. Department of Education ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | University Ohio Democratic Party U.S. state United States State Sherrod Brown George Voinovich
Sen. Warren probes Aetna on Affordable Care Act pullout
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and a handful of fellow Democratic senators are demanding Aetna explain its decision to abandon Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges next year in more than two-thirds of the counties where it now sells the coverage. The senators are sending a letter to Aetna ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Congressional Progressive Caucus Vermont Ohio Sherrod Brown Massachusetts United States Senate Bernie Sanders Ed Markey
State says releasing autopsies in Pike County killings threatens case
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is arguing that releasing the final autopsy reports in the unsolved slayings of eight people from one family would threaten the investigation. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is arguing that releasing the final autopsy reports in the unsolved slayings of eight people from one family would threaten the investigation. A filing by DeWine's office with the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday said the reports contain information known only to investigators and the killers. At issue is a complaint by The Columbus Dispatch before the court alleging the Pike County coroner is improperly withholding the reports. The newspaper wants the court to lift an order requiring that the two sides try to settle the matter. DeWine's office says it still believes a solution could be reached that satisfies both parties. Seven adults and a teenage boy from the Rhoden family were found shot at four homes near Piketon on April 22.
-1 points by The Plain Dealer | Springfield Ohio Sherrod Brown George Voinovich Ohio Attorney General After Dark Horrorfest Ohio A-side and B-side Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
GOP preparing plan to gut CFPB, roll back Wall Street regulations
WASHINGTON - A Republican plan to dismantle Wall Street reform would strip the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of many of its powers, including eliminating its consumer complaint database and scaling back its enforcement powers, according to a five-page memo distributed by Rep. Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the powerful House Financial Services Committee.
3 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | United States House Committee on Financial Services Bank Sherrod Brown Law enforcement agency Democratic Party Law enforcement agency powers Consumer protection Federal Bureau of Investigation
Atkins: 1 Dem joins unanimous GOP support for new AG
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions won confirmation as U.S. attorney general last night on a largely party-line vote after a lengthy Senate floor protest by Democrats blasting his record on civil rights and arguing that he will serve as a rubber stamp for the views and policies of President Trump.The Senate confirmed Sessions 52-47, with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joining Republicans’ unanimous support of their colleague from Alabama. Sessions voted “present” on his own nomination.
17 points by Boston Herald | United States Senate Mitch McConnell Democratic Party Party leaders of the United States Senate Coretta Scott King Sherrod Brown Martin Luther King Jr. Alabama
Sen. Rob Portman targeted by ad to fight Trump Treasury nominee Steve Mnuchin
Steve Mnuchin is up for a vote to be President Donald Trump's Treasury secretary. Opponents are targeting U.S. Sen. Rob Portman's vote on Mnuchin with a TV commercial campaign. Watch video WASHINGTON - Groups that oppose financier Steve Mnuchin's bid to become President Donald Trump's Treasury secretary launched a television ad campaign in Ohio on Tuesday meant to pressure U.S. Sen. Rob Portman to vote against his nomination. The ad - which is also running in other states - features an Oregon woman named Lisa Fraser describing how One West, a financial institution Mnuchin ran, foreclosed on her house after her husband became ill with cancer. "Steve Mnuchin ran the bank that committed fraud and took our home and now Donald Trump has nominated him to run our economy as Treasury Secretary," the ad says. "We can't let that happen." BREAKING: Donald Trump's treasury pick Mnuchin misled Senate on foreclosures, Ohio cases show - Columbus Dispatch -- Darrel Rowland (@darreldrowland) January 29, 2017 Mnuchin's bank foreclosed on thousands of Ohio homeowners, using a questionable practice called "robo-signing," in which foreclosure documents were signed without the scrutiny required by law, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Mnuchin falsely told a Senate committee his bank didn't engage in the practice. Mnuchin has also promised to try rolling back parts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act bill that cracked down on abuses by banks. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee and the Communications Workers of America are fighting Mnuchin with ads on MSNBC, CNN and Fox News in Portman's hometown of Cincinnati. The organizations are spending "six figures" to run the ads in Ohio, as well as Maine, Alaska, Nevada and Washington D.C., said spokeswoman Kaitlin Sweeney. Portman last week cast a Senate Finance Committee vote to approve Mnuchin's nomination, issuing a statement that said Mnuchin promised Portman he'd work to "reform our broken tax code and crack down on unfair imports, and I look forward to working with him to accomplish those goals." Sen. Sherrod Brown, other Democrats halt vote on Trump nominees Steve Mnuchin, Tom Price "Our economy needs a shot in the arm," the Ohio Republican added. "Too many Ohio families today are dealing with the middle-class squeeze, stuck with stagnant wages and higher expenses, including the skyrocketing costs of ObamaCare. We can do better." Ohio's Democratic Senator, Sherrod Brown, opposes Mnuchin's nomination. "Mr. Mnuchin's bank hurt good, hardworking people in Ohio and around the country, and the least those people deserve is honest answers," said a statement from Brown. "If nominees can't be trusted to tell the truth to Congress, they cannot be trusted with the healthcare, taxes and retirement security of hardworking Americans."
6 points by The Plain Dealer | United States Senate Ohio Democratic Party Donald Trump Sherrod Brown Members of the United States House of Representatives from Ohio Progressive Change Campaign Committee Candidate
Civil rights attorney gets a call from Josh Mandel days after trashing him on Twitter
Coincidence or confrontation? A Josh Mandel spokesman says Aimee Gilman's tweets had nothing to do with the state treasurer's outreach. But Gilman is skeptical. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Aimee Gilman was at the Women's March in Washington, D.C. last month when she decided to send a message to Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel. The Lyndhurst civil rights attorney logged into her Twitter account, dormant since last summer, and unleashed a series of blasts. "Josh Mandel does NOT support rights for people with disabilities," read the first, accompanied by a #stopjoshmandel hashtag. "Think about that." #stopjoshmandel Josh Mandel does NOT support rights for people with disabilities. Think about that. -- Aimee Gilman (@AimeeGilman) January 22, 2017 That was Saturday. On Tuesday -- three days and a half-dozen anti-Mandel missives later -- Gilman picked up the phone at her law firm and was surprised to hear Mandel's voice on the other end. Mandel made no mention of Gilman's tweets. But he launched into a sales pitch for the STABLE investment program his office administers for disabled Ohioans and their families. "He calls me up, and he starts going on and on about how he's calling me so I can spread the word about STABLE accounts," Gilman told in a telephone interview. A Mandel spokesman said Gilman's tweets did not prompt the call, which he ascribed to routine business. Gilman has trouble believing it was a coincidence. She said she told Mandel that he would "have to allow me a healthy dose of skepticism about the real reason" for his outreach. "This would strain the bounds of credulity," she said. "This guy couldn't help himself." As of Monday morning, Gilman had 28 followers on Twitter. Mandel had more than 12,500 at his @JoshMandelOhio account, which Gilman has tagged frequently in tweets since the call. Mandel, a Republican, is running for Senate in 2018. Gilman's tweets establish her as critical of the GOP and supportive of Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, whom Mandel hopes to unseat. She is particularly piqued by Mandel's backing of Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions. Most of Gilman's tweets since Jan. 21 have targeted Mandel. Others have slammed President Donald Trump, whose anti-establishment message Mandel is attempting to channel. "Josh called me to try and change my mind," Gilman wrote on the day of the call. "Nice try." #stopjoshmandel Josh called me to try and change my mind. Nice try -- Aimee Gilman (@AimeeGilman) January 25, 2017 The STABLE program allows participants to set aside up to $14,000 a year to pay for college, housing and disability-related expenses. Mandel promoted the accounts in televised public service announcements that he appeared in alongside Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer. Mandel's office has spent about $1.8 million on the ad, which hasn't aired since early December. Gilman, who said she also reached out to Mandel's office via email and phone before his Jan. 24 call, has agreed to meet at her office with the STABLE director later this month. "Nearly every day Treasurer Mandel is having conversations about STABLE with people in the disabilities community and those who serve and fight for individuals with disabilities," Mandel spokesman Chris Berry wrote in an email. "Aimee must have been one of those people." Told Gilman was skeptical about Mandel's reason for calling, Berry replied: "He called Aimee because someone saw her firm website and she seemed to be someone who could help spread the word about STABLE to the disabilities community. It had nothing to do with her social media or her email. I asked Josh and he didn't even know what email you're talking about. "I have no idea who this Aimee is and I'm sorry she's skeptical," Berry continued in his emailed response. "All we're trying to do with STABLE is help people with disabilities but obviously this person has some black helicopter conspiracy theories flying around." reporter Andrew J. Tobias contributed to this story.
229 points by The Plain Dealer | Twitter Ohio Disability Urban Meyer Donald Trump Sherrod Brown Conspiracy theory
Marsy's Law, Ohio crime victims ballot initiative, clears first hurdle
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Friday certified Marsy's Law for Ohio, a proposed constitutional amendment that would strengthen rights for crime victims. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A proposed amendment updating Ohio's crime victims' rights has cleared the initial hurdle on its way to the ballot box. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Friday certified the group's petition summary as a "fair and truthful" summary of the proposed constitutional amendment. The amendment, called "Marsy's Law" by supporters, would replace the 1994 Ohio Victims' Rights Amendment. Next, the Ohio Ballot Board will decide within the next 10 days whether the proposal contains one or multiple amendments. Then the petitioners need to collect at least 305,591 signatures of registered Ohio voters -- meeting a minimum number in 44 of Ohio's 88 counties -- to qualify for the ballot. The deadline for the November ballot is July 5. The proposed Marsy's Law for Ohio outlines 10 rights of crime victims, including the right to: be treated with respect, fairness and dignity throughout the criminal justice process; be notified of all public proceedings involving the offense and the right to be present at all proceedings; receive reasonable protection from the accused or any person acting on his or her behalf; be notified of any release or escape of the accused; have a prompt conclusion of the case, without unreasonable delay; The amendment explicitly states victims can assert these rights in court and, if denied, file an appeal. Mobile readers, click here to read the proposed amendment. // DV.load("", { width: 600, height: 800, sidebar: false, text: false, container: "#DV-viewer-3409658-OHMarsysLaw-SummaryPetition-FINAL-2" }); // ]]>
140 points by The Plain Dealer | United States Constitution Law Proposal Ohio Attorney General Sherrod Brown Proposals Human rights Springfield Ohio
Liberals have no case against Neil Gorsuch
Liberals have at their disposal three kinds of arguments against confirming Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
23 points by The Denver Post | Supreme Court of the United States Democratic Party Barack Obama Law United States Constitution Harvard Law School Sherrod Brown George W. Bush
Watchdog agency appeals ruling that would allow Trump to fire director
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Friday appealed a recent court ruling that could allow President-elect Donald Trump, once he takes office in January, to replace the watchdog agency’s embattled director. In a case brought against the CFPB by mortgage lender PHH, a federal appellate court...
10 points by Los Angeles Times | Appeal United States Democratic Party President of the United States Supreme Court of the United States Sherrod Brown United States Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs Barack Obama
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill considers 2018 gubernatorial run
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill said Friday he is thinking about running for governor in 2018. COLUMBUS, Ohio-- Democratic Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill said Friday he is thinking about running for governor in 2018.     Bill O'Neill File photo  The 69-year-old Chagrin Falls resident said he's been mulling the idea and talking with party activists, though he hasn't made a final decision. O'Neill said he would be required to resign from the court if he does file petitions to run for governor. O'Neill said he was planning to retire from politics until last week's general election, when Democrats in Ohio suffered massive defeats.   "Problem is, I haven't seen anything that vaguely resembles the person who can recapture the soul of the Ohio Democratic Party," he said. O'Neill is the only Democrat on the state's high court and one of only two Ohio Democrats to hold statewide office (the other being U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Cleveland). He can't seek another Supreme Court term in 2018 because Ohio's mandatory judicial retirement age is 70. Working in O'Neill's favor is that Democrats have a comparatively thin list of potential candidates to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. John Kasich. Other Democrats being discussed for the job include U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, former state Rep. Connie Pillich, former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, and former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, who heads the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. O'Neill said he would not run if either Cordray or former Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner enter the gubernatorial race. O'Neill has some statewide name ID from being elected to the Supreme Court in 2012 and - to a lesser extent - congressional runs in 2008 and 2010. But he would need to raise a large amount of money to compete with the winner of the GOP primary, which is expected to include heavy-hitters such as Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted, and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. O'Neill also alienated Ohio Democratic leaders last year when he urged Democrats to leave the party after the state party endorsed Ted Strickland for U.S. Senate over primary challenger PG Sittenfeld. As a justice, O'Neill has been somewhat of a maverick. In 2012, he upset incumbent Republican Justice Robert Cupp despite refusing to accept a dime in campaign contributions. He has dissented in every death-penalty case that has come before the Supreme Court because of his belief that capital punishment is unconstitutional.
503 points by The Plain Dealer | Democratic Party Ohio United States Supreme Court of the United States George W. Bush Sherrod Brown President of the United States United States Senate
Richard Cordray's allies are encouraging him to come back to Ohio and run for governor
Cordray himself must refrain from partisan politics because of his federal job running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But one Democratic source confirmed that the new Twitter account is the work of his supporters. And State Rep. David Leland of the Columbus area, told Friday that he "would be happy to help" a Cordray campaign. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Richard Cordray won't talk about it. More precisely, he can't talk about it. But allies of the former Ohio attorney general are increasing their activity on his behalf with one goal in mind: Making him the Democratic frontrunner for governor in 2018. The latest sign came Friday with the launch of @RichCordrayOH on Twitter. "Hello Ohio!" reads the social media account's first message. Cordray himself must refrain from partisan politics because of his federal job running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But one Democratic source confirmed that the new Twitter account is the work of his supporters. And State Rep. David Leland of the Columbus area, told Friday that he "would be happy to help" a Cordray campaign. "I would strongly encourage Rich to run for governor of Ohio," said Leland, a former Ohio Democratic Party chairman. "I think far and away he would be the strongest candidate." But Leland also said he is not involved with any early Cordray efforts, which also included loyalists promoting him over the summer as a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton. "I don't think there's anything official," Leland said. Related: Ohio Democrats remain in a 2018 holding pattern The future of Cordray's consumer-finance watchdog agency and his role with it is unclear after last week's election of Republican Donald Trump as president. Cordray's term as director does not expire until mid-2018, by which time it would be too late to compete in that year's gubernatorial race. But Trump might have the discretion to remove Cordray, under a recent appeals court ruling that appeared to strike at the director's independent authority. Or Cordray could choose to resign early, worried that a GOP administration would cramp his style. One thing is certain. If Cordray wants to run for governor, he needs to leave the agency soon to begin raising money and hiring a staff. Several other Democrats are eyeing the race, including Connie Pillich, a former state lawmaker from the Cincinnati area, and Boardman's Joe Schiavoni, the Democratic leader in the Ohio Senate. U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of the Youngstown area is also a possibility if his challenge to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fails. Many Democrats believe Cordray and Ryan are the top options, with Cordray offering the strength of someone who already has won statewide (though he has lost more than he has won). Cordray's work as the finance industry's top cop also might be a selling point at a time when Democrats are eager to tap into the populist sentiment Trump rode to the White House. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's leading champion was Elizabeth Warren, the liberal Massachusetts senator who now is one of the Democratic Party's biggest stars. "This summer I was at an event with Elizabeth Warren in Columbus - a fundraising event," Leland recalled Friday. "It had absolutely nothing to do with Rich. In the middle of it, she spent five minutes talking about what a great person Rich Cordray was. It was unsolicited. "What that told me," Leland continued, "is that Rich not only has contacts in the state of Ohio to be successful, but he also has the ability to have contacts and resources outside Ohio." The Republican competition for governor - a wide-open race with Gov. John Kasich facing term limits - is shaping up to be a battle featuring Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and possibly U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth. DeWine unseated Cordray six years ago by a narrow margin.
1047 points by The Plain Dealer | Ohio Democratic Party Republican Party George W. Bush Sherrod Brown Ohio Attorney General George Voinovich Kentucky
Reince Priebus has an Ohio problem: Ohio Politics Roundup
As RNC Chair Reince Priebus continues to tick off top Ohio Republicans, Donald Trump is winning over the GOP rank and file in the state. Today's Ohio Politics Roundup is brought to you by Jeremy Pelzer. As RNC Chair Reince Priebus continues to tick off top Ohio Republicans, Donald Trump is winning over the GOP rank and file in the state. Sheldon Adelson belatedly helped Cleveland's RNC host committee close a $6 million fundraising gap. And John Boehner lands another private-sector job. Today's Ohio Politics Roundup is brought to you by Jeremy Pelzer.     Reince Priebus' Ohio troubles: Reince Priebus "has an Ohio problem," writes's Henry J. Gomez, after the Republican National Committee chair slighted state party chair Matt Borges and angered Gov. John Kasich - most recently by warning that Kasich's refusal to endorse Donald Trump could trigger party penalties if Kasich runs for president again. "The Priebus problem, at the moment, is not a Trump problem," Gomez notes. But he notes it's not good to have national and Ohio Republicans fighting in a presidential election year. And more specifically, Priebus can't afford to upset Borges, who has helped Trump get his bearings in Ohio and has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Priebus. Will the chair yield for a question? Gomez wasn't able to get a hold of Priebus, but he listed a number of hard-hitting questions he hoped to ask the RNC chair, including why it's OK to "meddle in Kasich's affairs" even though Priebus has "largely tolerated Trump's racially charged rhetoric and other inflammatory remarks." "As RNC chairman, why haven't you stepped in more forcefully to condemn the language Trump is using?" Gomez asked. "Do you not see it as your responsibility to stand up for decency?" More shade thrown Kasich's way: Priebus isn't the only Republican leader who has a problem with Kasich's refusal to back Trump. U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security Chair Mike McCaul of Texas told LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham that a "high price should be paid" by Kasich and fellow presidential hopeful Ted Cruz for not supporting the GOP nominee. "The Supreme Court is at stake, and you got people like John Kasich who's trying to skew Ohio, and others really just because they want to -- I think they just really want to get attention," McCaul said. "And it's not good for the country at the end of the day, you know?" Meanwhile, Trump's winning over Ohio GOP voters: While the Kasich-Trump feud continues, "rank-and-file Ohio Republicans have forged their own tenuous truce with their nominee," writes Politico's Katie Glueck and Kyle Cheney. "Strategists and activists in the state say many of those center-right voters are now coming on board for Trump in increasing numbers -- even if reluctantly -- despite Kasich's ongoing feud with the nominee." Borges plays peacemaker: Borges told Politico he didn't think the dispute with Kasich would blunt Trump's recent progress in the state. But even so, he said he's repeatedly - and successfully - urged Trump in person to avoid an open war with Kasich. Borges: "It makes no sense to pick a fight with the most popular elected official."  Adelson helps close RNC money gap: Cleveland's "nonpartisan host committee for the 2016 Republican National Convention exceeded its $64 million fundraising goal, despite being about $6 million short the week of the event,"'s Andrew J. Tobias reports. The $65.7 million in cash and in-kind contributions raised by the host committee includes a $1.5 million donation on Aug. 24 from top GOP donor Sheldon Adelson, whom Host Committee leader David Gilbert had asked to close the $6 million shortfall. Gilbert landed in hot water when it was discovered his solicitation letter to Adelson contained inaccurate information. Brown blasts Wells Fargo CEO: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown on Tuesday joined other members of the Senate Banking Committee in laying into Wells Fargo chairman and CEO John Stumpf after his bank used thousands of customers' personal information to open unauthorized bank and credit card accounts,'s Stephen Koff writes. Brown told Stumpf during the committee hearing that Wells Fargo also "has been downright hostile to aggrieved customers" by using a legal escape hatch to avoid lawsuits. Boehner lands K Street gig: Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has joined Cleveland-based law firm and lobbying powerhouse Squire Patton Boggs as a strategic adviser on global business development,'s Sabrina Eaton reports. The announcement comes less than a week after Boehner joined the board of tobacco giant Reynolds American.  Portman en espanol: U.S. Sen. Rob Portman's latest TV ad is a rarity in Ohio politics - it's completely in Spanish. In the ad, titled "Mi prioridad" ("My priority"), Portman (who's fluent in Spanish) says his priority is "to create better jobs." The Republican's campaign is spending $250,000 to air the ad on Spanish-language stations in the state. Hispanics aren't a large voting bloc in Ohio: they made up only 2.3 percent of the state's eligible voters in 2014. But as the Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe notes, the ad reinforces Portman's electability, shows Portman is increasingly confident of victory, and is a "bright spot" as Republicans struggle to win over Latino voters. Dredging up another lawsuit: "The Ohio Attorney General's Office on Monday filed a new lawsuit asking a federal judge to order the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the Cleveland Harbor and Cuyahoga River shipping channel this year, after the judge refused their request on technical grounds,"'s Eric Heisig reports. "The latest lawsuit's demands are similar to those" brought in the AG's 2015 lawsuit, which a federal judge ruled couldn't be used to force the Army Corps to dredge this year. Lawmaker urges parents to destroy toy guns: Ohio Sen. Cecil Thomas is asking parents to get rid of real-looking toy guns after Columbus police last week fatally shot Tyre King, a 13-year-old carrying a BB gun,'s Jackie Borchardt reports. "Children do not understand the danger these imitation weapons pose," said Thomas, a Cincinnati Democrat and an ex-cop. From the House to the Chamber: State Rep. Jeff McClain, an Upper Sandusky Republican, will resign from the legislature on Oct. 2 to become director of tax and economic policy for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Speaker Cliff Rosenberger announced in a news release. McClain, a former chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, is term-limited this year. Get Battleground Briefing, our FREE politics newsletter, delivered to your inbox: Sign up here. Tips or links? Send here. Follow along on Twitter: @JPelzer
6 points by The Plain Dealer | Republican National Committee Republican Party Ohio Wells Fargo Sherrod Brown United States Senate Ohio Republicans John Boehner
Wells Fargo CEO kind of apologizes to customers
CEO John Stumpf says sorry to Congress but vows scandal wasn't an 'orchestrated' scheme.         
-1 points by Arizona Republic | Wells Fargo Bob Corker John Stumpf Sherrod Brown
Are other banks committing Wells Fargo's sin? Regulator is checking
Wells Fargo updates: Elizabeth Warren rips into CEO's 'gutless leadership' Sept. 20, 2016, 11:59 a.m. Wells Fargo Chief Executive John Stumpf testified today before the Senate Banking Committee, which grilled him on the bank's admission that employees created some 2 million fake accounts to meet...
37 points by Los Angeles Times | Wells Fargo Sherrod Brown United States Senate Los Angeles Class action Bank United States Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs Sentence
Wells Fargo CEO: 'Sorry' but it wasn't a 'scheme'
CEO John Stumpf will apologize to Congress but vow scandal wasn't 'orchestrated.'        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Wells Fargo Bob Corker Sherrod Brown United States Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs Want Management Los Angeles Bank
Wells Fargo live updates: CEO to testify on Capitol Hill about bogus accounts
Wells Fargo live updates: CEO to testify on Capitol Hill about bogus accounts Sept. 20, 2016, 6:54 a.m. Wells Fargo Chief Executive John Stumpf is to appear this morning before the Senate Banking Committee, which is expected to grill him on the bank's admission that employees created some 2 million...
425 points by Los Angeles Times | Bank United States Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs David Vitter United States Senate Sherrod Brown Chuck Schumer United States Senate Banking Subcommittee on Housing Transportation and Community Development Richard Shelby
The senators grilling Wells Fargo's chief executive are primed to be tough
Wells Fargo live updates: CEO to testify on Capitol Hill about bogus accounts Sept. 20, 2016, 6:54 a.m. Wells Fargo Chief Executive John Stumpf is to appear this morning before the Senate Banking Committee, which is expected to grill him on the bank's admission that employees created some 2 million...
2 points by Los Angeles Times | United States Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs United States Senate David Vitter United States Senate Banking Subcommittee on Housing Transportation and Community Development Chuck Schumer Sherrod Brown Bank Richard Shelby
Democratic senators want hearings on Wells Fargo's aggressive sales tactics
Five Democratic senators on Monday called for hearings into the aggressive sales tactics by Wells Fargo & Co. employees that led to a $185-million settlement package with federal and state regulators last week. “The magnitude of this situation warrants a thorough and comprehensive review,” the...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | United States Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs Wells Fargo Sherrod Brown Richard Shelby Bank United States Senate Banking Subcommittee on Housing Transportation and Community Development Jeff Merkley Los Angeles