Mike Turner wants groomsman, fellow congressman deposed in divorce hearings

Published: Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 10:43 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 12:16 PM

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner files for divorce

Dayton Congressman Mike Turner wants California Congressman Darrell Issa deposed in his divorce proceedings, according to POLITICO.

Turner filed for divorce from his wife Majida Mourad after a year and a half of marriage.

Issa was a groomsman at the wedding in Dayton in 2015.

POLITICO says Turner gave Issa a letter in the Capitol last week asking him to give a deposition, according to unnamed sources.

We have reached out to Congressman Turner’s office for a response.

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Mourad’s attorney, Sanford Ain, said in a statement to POLITICO Monday that Turner “may have” told “third parties” that she was unfaithful, “thinking it would advantage him in the divorce.” But any claim of infidelity by Mourad “has no basis in fact,” Ain said.

Darrell Issa and Mike Turner. Ap Photo by J Scott Applewhite

“Because it has been raised, Ms. Mourad was never unfaithful to Congressman Turner during the marriage, before or after Congressman Turner filed for divorce. Any allegation of her being unfaithful to Congressman Turner is simply false and defamatory,” Ain said.

POLITICO reports that Mourad and Issa have been friends for 20 years, but there is nothing more to their relationship, according a a source close to Mourad.

“There is no truth whatsoever to these allegations,” Issa said in a statement.

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Turner filed for divorce in May and asked that Mourad be restrained from taking any of their assets, according to a divorce filing made in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.

Congressman Mike Turner(Associated Press)

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“Ms. Turner is guilty of a fraudulent contract,” according to the filing, which does not elaborate on what that means.

Mourad was a registered lobbyist for the liquid natural gas export company Cheniere Energy Inc.

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Take our poll: Would you vote for a levy to pay for school security?

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 10:53 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 10:53 AM

After 17 people died in a high school shooting in Florida, one Ohio mayor wants school leaders to consider using the ballot box to improve school safety. (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
After 17 people died in a high school shooting in Florida, one Ohio mayor wants school leaders to consider using the ballot box to improve school safety. (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

After 17 people died in a high school shooting in Florida, one Ohio mayor wants school leaders to consider using the ballot box to improve school safety.

WOIO-TV reports Streetsboro Mayor Glenn Broska in a Facebook post reacting to last week’s Parkland, Florida, school shooting says the Streetsboro schools should either “find” money to pay for armed security guards or put a small levy on the ballot.

The district is outside of Cleveland.

Broska says at least $500,000 a year is needed to pay for two armed guards at each of the district’s four schools. Broska wrote: “We have to defend our children and it starts with us.”

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The Streetsboro school board says it will consider Broska’s idea and suggested he might consider a city levy to finance increased school security.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Envelope with white powder sent to Sen. Portman’s office

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 5:22 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 5:22 PM


            Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio

Hazmat crews are testing white powder that was on an envelope received at U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s office in Columbus on Friday, according to 10TV .

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Crews were called to 37 West Broad Street in downtown Columbus just before 4.p.m. Friday.

Battalion Chief Steve Martin said the incident remains under investigation at this time.

Channel 10 will continue to update this story as it develops

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Gov. John Kasich wants group to act on gun issues by next week

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 2:15 PM

Gov. Kasich forms group to tackle gun violence in Ohio. Getty Images
Gov. Kasich forms group to tackle gun violence in Ohio. Getty Images

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he is hoping that a group he’s convened to find solutions to gun violence in the state will be able to deliver something by the end of business next week to the Ohio General Assembly.

Kasich, in Washington, D.C. for a meeting of the National Governors Association, declined to lay out what the group is considering, but said they’ve reached agreements on four different issues. The governor’s office declined to disclose the members of the group, but Kasich said they are on both sides of the gun debate.

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Kasich himself said he advocates complete background checks and “the need to have these large magazines” but acknowledged that the committee may go in a different direction. “One of the things I don’t want to do in this process is put my finger so much on the scale that the committee doesn’t have a chance to work,” he said.

He said he’s talked to House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and Senate President Larry Obhof as well as some members to say “this is not going to go away.”

“It’s apparent,” he said. “People are saying something has to be done. And I think that peole are saying do something. When people demand something over and over and over again politicians usually respond.”

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Kasich talks debt, New Hampshire

Kasich also spent time in D.C. where he accepted the Concord Coalition’s “Economic Patriot” Award and led a panel discussion on the nation’s woes.

Kasich, who chaired the House Budget Committee the last time the federal government balanced the budget in 1997, didn’t sound particularly optimistic about the nation’s current spending path.

“The biggest problem with spending is it’s all theoretical and hypothetical,” he said. “Nobody cares.”

He said Republicans and Democrats alike have contributed to the ballooning debt, which he predicts will ultimately have a “dramatic impact” on our economic growth.

“They’re all in the game – all of them,” he said. “Spend money like there’s no tomorrow.”

He also visited the nation’s capital on the same day that Politico reported he was preparing to run for president in 2020. Kasich dismissed the report, saying he told his wife “pay no attention.”

Still, he was more coy at the Concord Coalition event, saying he’d urged Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to run as a Democrat and urging those running in the state to “be real…because the people in New Hampshire are really cool. They smell a fraud.”

“And by the way,” he said, to laughter. “I like New Hampshire a lot.”

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Ohio may crack down on prostitution to fight opioid crisis

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:33 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:33 PM


            Ohio may increase the penalties on people who solicit prostitutes in an effort to fight the state’s opioid crisis.
Ohio may increase the penalties on people who solicit prostitutes in an effort to fight the state’s opioid crisis.

Ohio may increase the penalties on people who solicit prostitutes in an effort to fight the state’s opioid crisis.

A bill proposed would increase the penalty from a third-degree to a first-degree misdemeanor. Those convicted could face up to 180 days in jail. Currently the penalty is up to 60 days.

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The bill was introduced by Rep. Adam Miller, D-Columbus, and Rep. Jim Hughes, R-Upper Arlington.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Democrat Sen. Enda Brown and Republican Sen. Stephanie Kunze plan to sponsor a sister bill that would increase the potential fine for so-called “johns” from $500 to $2,500.

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Brown says drug abuse leaves people vulnerable and susceptible to fueling their addiction any way they can. She says that’s resulted in a rise in prostitution among women suffering from addiction.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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