Brown, Mandel square off in final Senate debate

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 @ 9:10 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 25, 2012 @ 9:10 PM

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Perhaps the best thing that can be said about the final debate between the two candidates for U.S. Senate was that no one called anyone a liar.

But Thursday’s debate between Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, and Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican, was heated, with Mandel basically accusing Brown of robbing the Social Security Trust Fund and Brown schooling Mandel on the basics of being a senator.

“I know this sounds like Washington-speak to Josh, but you have to vote yes or no on issues,” he said at one point when Mandel wouldn’t say whether he opposed or supported a particular measure.

At one point during the debate, one of the questioners asked Mandel to name two things he could reach agreement with Brown on. He couldn’t, instead accusing Brown of using taxpayer money to support nations that harbored terrorists and not supporting energy exploration. Brown, meanwhile, named three examples of bills he’d worked on with Republicans, but also couldn’t come up with an area where he agreed with Mandel.

The two also parried on the auto bailout, which Brown, 59, supported. Brown said he was “proud of his work,” and cited it as a key reason Ohio’s economy has recovered more quickly than the rest of the nation’s.

“My opponent says my vote for the auto rescue – and I assume Sen. Voinovich’s – was un-American. To me, that vote was doing my job to fight for their jobs.”

But Mandel, 35, seemed to indicate he opposed all bailouts. “I’m not a bailout senator,” he said. “There’s no government bailout that I can think of that I would ever support.”

Mandel also said he “has not come out in support” of Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s budget plan, which called for reshaping Medicare.

“I believe it is unfair to change Medicare or Social Security for my grandmother and her generation and my parents and my generation,” he said, before accusing “politicians in Washington” of stealing from the Social Security Trust Fund. “We need to make common sense cuts in other parts of our government in order to fund Social Security and Medicare far into our future.”

He said he’d consider raising the retirement eligibility age for “folks at least my age, probably some who are older,” but not for baby boomers.

Brown, meanwhile, said he wouldn’t raise the retirement age for either program, saying it’s unfair to ask working class people to work until they’re 70.

He said the programs are “reliable and will be reliable for this generation and the next generation.”

“Where did that money go for Social Security?” Mandel replied, while Brown looked quizzical. “What did you do with it?”

The two also sparred on abortion. Mandel was asked about a pledge he’d signed with Cincinnati Right to Life indicating he’d oppose abortion on demand without exception. He said abortion on demand does not include exceptions to protect the life of the mother.

He said he supported laws to encourage adoption, the ban of federal dollars to pay for abortions and abortions in the ninth month. “Sherrod Brown is an extremist on this issue,” Mandel said.

“I trust Ohio women to make their own decisions about their health care,” Brown said.

The debate, which was held at WCET-TV in downtown Cincinnati was moderated by Chuck Todd of NBC and aired live on NBC affiliates throughout the state. It was sponsored by the Ohio NBC Affiliated Television Stations and AARP.

Before the debate, a couple hundred Brown and Mandel supporters rallied outside, with Brown supporters chanting, “Sherrod! Sherrod,” when the first-term senator arrived. Mandel supporters countered by chanting, “Brown kills jobs!” The Brown supporters appeared to outnumber the Mandel supporters, with many wearing T-shirts supporting individual unions.

Dave McCall, a district director for the United Steelworkers, said the group has gathered at previous debates and decided to come last week to “welcome the senator.”

“He’s supported us,” McCall, of Reynoldsburg, said. “He’s done all the right stuff for us, for workers.”

On the other side of the crowd, Adriana Inman of Butler County held up a sign supporting Mandel. “We need someone new.”

John Kasich explains what’s up between Katy Perry and Taylor Swift

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 7:52 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 7:52 PM

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been all over TV lately as he pushes his book ‘Two Paths.’

On Wednesday, he co-hosted The View and offered some thoughts on the feud between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.

“Well it’s shocking everybody,” Kasich said after being asked by Whoopi Goldberg to explain the rivalry. “Don’t ever steal anybody’s dancers, is the message.”

The governor tweeted later that he hopes “these two can Shake It Off ...

Ohio Supreme Court rules juveniles can be sent to adult court

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 11:22 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 5:44 PM

            Ohio Supreme Court
            Laura A. Bischoff

A split Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday that sending older juveniles to adult court when they face serious charges does not violate their constitutional rights.

The decision reverses a ruling by the high court in December 2016.

Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion that an earlier decision failed to consider a clause in the constitution that grants the Ohio General Assembly exclusive authority to define the jurisdiction of common pleas courts.

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Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor dissented, saying that the ruling affords blind deference to the legislature and ignores the requirements of due process. Juvenile court should determine whether the youth is a candidate for rehabilitation before being transferred to adult court.

In 1996, legislators passed a law requiring that 16- and 17-year-old defendants be automatically transferred to adult court when charged with certain offenses.

The 6-1 decision stems from the case of 16-year-old Matthew Aalim, who faced armed robbery charges in Montgomery County in 2013. Aalim’s case was sent to adult court, which denied his request to return the case to juvenile court. As part of a plea deal, Aalim pleaded no contest and was sentenced to concurrent four-year terms.

Montgomery County Prosecutor Matt Heck said this was an “important decision” by the court.

“This ruling only applies to certain juveniles who have committed the most serious crimes such as murder or rape, are of a certain age, or were previously convicted of a most serious offense,” Heck said. “The juvenile justice system is ill equipped to effectively rehabilitate those defendants. Furthermore, the juvenile system can only incarcerate defendants until age 21, when they must be released. In the adult system they can be incarcerated much longer, and once released they can be kept under the jurisdiction and control of the Adult Parole Authority.”

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In December 2016, shortly before her retirement from the supreme court, Justice Judith Lanzinger authored a court decision that said mandatory bindover laws violated the due process rights of juveniles. The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s office asked that the decision be reconsidered.

Ohio, which established juvenile courts in 1937, added a requirement in 1969 that “amenability” hearing to determine if the juvenile is a good candidate for rehabilitation.

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State law says that older juveniles who commit murder, are repeat felony offenders or commit felonies with a firearm are under the jurisdiction of adult court.

“Ohio’s mandatory transfer statute creates a system in which a judge has no right to even inquire into a juvenile’s potential for rehabilitation, let alone weigh it,” O’Connor wrote in her dissent. “Without allowing a judge to conduct any inquiry beyond probable cause or age, there is significant risk of turning a delinquent capable of rehabilitation into a lifelong criminal.”

Aalim, now 19, is serving his sentence in Lebanon Correctional Institution, an adult prison.

Whaley using mayoral campaign funds to raise money for governor race

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 2:32 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 4:32 PM

            Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, a Democrat, announces she is running for Ohio governor in front of a crowd of supporters at Warped Wing Brewery Monday, May 8, 2017. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

Democrat Nan Whaley is using a re-election campaign fund for Dayton mayor that’s not subject to state contribution limits to raise money for her 2018 bid for Ohio governor.

A notice on Whaley’s campaign website informing potential donors that the mayoral fund is able to accept unlimited contributions was taken down Thursday after The Associated Press inquired about it.

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Whaley’s gubernatorial campaign says it is addressing the potentially confusing situation by voluntarily limiting donations from individuals and political action committees to the annual state limit of $12,000.

“Nan is uniquely popular as a mayor and she’s running for the first time in the city’s modern history unopposed — but, since she has announced for governor, we have been voluntarily complying with those (state) campaign requirements,” said spokeswoman Faith Oltman. “We are going to be transparent, open and accountable throughout this campaign.”

Oltman called the reference on the website to the mayoral campaign’s lack of contribution limits “a small oversight.”

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The mayoral fund is the only fund Whaley can operate until the mayor’s race concludes this fall. She will need to convert the fund into a statewide campaign account by February when fundraising will be legally restricted by state campaign finance rules.

Under the law, Whaley will be able to transfer up to $200,000 from the mayoral fund into the gubernatorial fund, said Matt McClellan, a spokesman for the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.

Running for mayor and governor simultaneously puts Whaley in a rare situation for campaign fundraising and spending.

Democrat Jennifer Brunner faced the only somewhat similar conundrum in recent years when she was Ohio’s secretary of state. During the 2010 U.S. Senate race, Brunner’s Senate campaign used $15,000 to buy computers and other equipment that came from her defunct secretary of state campaign.

The question was whether the transaction violated a prohibition against money raised for a state campaign benefiting a federal one — a different question than Whaley would face if she folded money from her mayoral campaign into her gubernatorial campaign.

In Brunner’s case, the Federal Election Commission ultimately threw up its hands, calling the transaction too confusing to render a legal opinion.

Trump, Nixon, Elvis, 2020: John Kasich weighs in before West Palm talk

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 7:05 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 7:05 AM

December 1970: President Richard Nixon and an 18-year-old John Kasich in the Oval Office.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich will speak to a sold-out Forum Club of the Palm Beaches lunch on Friday.

Kasichmania! His Forum Club appearance is a sellout.

Kasich was the last Republican standing against Donald Trump during the 2016 GOP nomination fight.

Now he’s promoting a book called Two Paths: America Divided or United that discusses the “post-truth environment” of 2016 and his thoughts on leadership, “followship” and other topics.

The Palm Beach Post interviewed Kasich this week and got his thoughts on President Trump, his 1970 meeting with Richard Nixon, how close he came to meeting Elvis Presley and his plans for 2020.

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