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Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 5:19 PM
Updated: Friday, December 01, 2017 @ 4:20 PM
DAYTON — Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer is running for the 40th Ohio House seat now held by term-limited state Rep. Mike Henne, R-Clayton, but plans to remain sheriff throughout the 2018 campaign.
House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger introduced and endorsed Plummer at a Dayton Country Club press conference Friday morning, saying the Republican sheriff’s experience gives him valuable insight on the opioid crisis.
“I can’t remember the last time we had a sheriff coming to the general assembly,” said Rosenberger, R-Clarksville.
Plummer’s term ends in December 2020 and the Montgomery County Republican Party Central Committee would select his successor if Plummer wins the statehouse seat. Plummer said if he wins he wants Chief Deputy Rob Streck to take over as sheriff.
“I’d be glad and proud to be the sheriff of Montgomery County,” Streck said in an interview after the press conference.
At this point Plummer is the only declared Republican candidate for the 40th district seat, which includes Huber Heights, Englewood, Riverside, Butler Twp. Clay Twp. and parts of Dayton and Clayton.
Former Dayton School Board member Adil Baguirov had previously announced he was running as a Republican for the seat but now says he will not.
“I’ve met with Sheriff Plummer and decided to endorse him. So I’m not going to run for this position,” said Baguirov.
Mark Owens, chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Party, said Don Shaffer of Montgomery County has taken out petitions to run for Henne’s seat. Shaffer could not be reached for comment.
Plummer is also chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party and plans to remain in that job.
He said his focus in the Statehouse would be battling the opioid crisis and trying to stop the unfunded mandates from the state that make it difficult for counties to provide services.
Plummer, who as sheriff runs the county jail, has been faced with multiple lawsuits over allegations of mistreatment of prisoners. Asked about that, Plummer said, “people make mistakes. None of us are perfect.”
He said he has “an outdated jail that’s overcrowded, 30 percent of the people are suffering from mental illnesses, 50 percent of the people are on drugs” and he has too few staff to manage the jail. He said it is more evidence of the need for better funding for law enforcement.
Plummer, 53, has been sheriff since he was appointed in to take over for former Sheriff Dave Vore, who retired in July 2008. Plummer was elected that November and has served ever since.
He began his career as a corrections officer in the jail 30 years ago and rose through the ranks to become Vore’s chief deputy.
“I love my job. I have the best job in the world,” Plummer said. “(But) after 30 years it can take a toll on you.”
Rosenberger said the 40th District is one of more than 20 seats he’s recruiting candidates to fill as term limits take out a relatively large number of house members in 2018.
“Yes, it’s going to be a pretty large class of a turnover for the Ohio House,” Rosenberger said. “I’m trying to go out and support good candidates that I think will bring the right kind of quality of experience to the general assembly.”
Other stories by Lynn Hulsey
Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 1:19 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 1:19 PM
WASHINGTON — A new survey shows Ohio voters oppose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union while they are equally divided on tariffs on Chinese goods if those duties raise the cost of consumer goods.
The poll, released Thursday by Quinnipiac University, suggest Ohio voters are more wary of tariffs and protectionist policies by the federal government than many political analysts believe.
By a difference of 45 percent to 35 percent, Ohio voters oppose the new 25 percent tariff on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imposed last month by President Donald Trump.
That opposition increases to 57 percent if the steel and aluminum tariffs lead to higher prices. Economists have argued that tariffs on steel and aluminum will raise the price of a broad array of consumer products from cars, trucks, and washing machines.
“Despite Ohio’s reputation as a blue-collar bastion, Buckeye state voters overall are not supportive of increasing tariffs on steel and aluminum imported into the United States from foreign lands,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll.
The polls shows 55 percent of Ohio voters favor tariffs on Chinese imports, but when asked if they would back those tariffs “raised the costs of goods that you buy,” support plummets to 46 percent while 46 percent would oppose the tariffs.
The poll of 1,082 Ohio voters was conducted by landline telephones and cell phones from June 7 through Tuesday. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percent.
The poll also showed that 76 percent of Ohio voters favor allowing undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to remain while 51 percent of voters want to retain the 2010 health law known as Obamacare.
Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 5:24 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 5:24 PM
— Gov. John Kasich has a good approval rating with one political party in Ohio, just not his own.
A new Quinnipiac University poll reports that that Gov. John Kasich has a 52 percent job approval rating overall and he’s more popular among Democrats than his fellow Republicans who are evenly divided over the governor.
Fifty-seven percent of Democrats give Kasich the thumbs up and 52 percent of them would like to see Kasich make another run for president in 2020.
Meanwhile, nearly three in four Republicans say they don’t want him to run for president in 2020.
Kasich was the last Republican candidate to drop out of the race against Donald Trump in the Republican primary in 2016.
Rumors have swirled since that Kasich may run again as a Republican in 2020. Kasich says he is unlikely to challenge President Trump as an independent, but hasn’t ruled it out.
It’s unlikely, but when you have options on the table, all options are on the table, right?” Kasich said in an interview with CNN.
The Quinnipiac poll was conducted June 7 to June 12, contacted 1,082 Ohio voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.
Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 2:32 PM
— Two new polls out show U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown with a big lead over his Republican challenger Congressman Jim Renacci.
Brown is running for a third term in the U.S. Senate this November.
Quinnipiac pollsters said Brown holds a 51-34 percent lead over U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, in the senate race.
Brown has a 55 percent job approval rating, the poll said. Meanwhile, half of Ohio voters say they don’t know enough about Renacci to form an opinion.
The Quinnipiac poll focused on registered voters, but a poll out yesterday of likely voters showed a similar trend.
Brown was up over Renacci 53.4 percent to 36.6 percent in the Cincinnati Enquirer/Suffolk University poll.
This year’s race for the Ohio Senate seat has started aggressively, with Brown trying to define Renacci, as early as last month with dual ads, aired just days after Renacci won his primary.
Renacci has hit Brown back with an ad of his own.
Renacci told Dayton Daily News editors in an interview Monday that he will not let his opponent define him.
On Monday, Renacci was heralding an America First poll that he said shows the Senate race is a close one. The poll shows Brown leading Renacci by 4 points, within the poll’s margin of error, Renacci tweeted.
“The fact that he talks more about polls than the issues important to Ohio workers is a good example that Congressman Renacci only looks out for himself,” said Preston Maddock, communication director for the Brown campaign.Tweets by Ohio_Politics
Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 1:30 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 4:36 PM
WASHINGTON — Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan expressed alarm at President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel planned military exercises between the United States and its South Korean allies.
Trump, whose announcement Tuesday apparently caught South Korean officials and the U.S. military by surprise, made the pledge at a news conference after his historic summit in Singapore with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un, who said he was committed to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.
Kasich, a Republican who ran for the presidency in 2016 and may do so again in 2020, said the move to cancel the military exercises “blindsided our principal ally in the region and some of our own military commanders.”
“Americans welcome the fact that President Trump has begun discussions with” with Kim, Kasich said. “But we must remain vigilant.”
Ryan, a Niles Democrat who has emerged as one of Ohio’s strongest Trump critics, complained about the “compulsive assurance from” Trump to suspend the exercises, saying “this concession from Trump to North Korea is deeply concerning,” and adding that Trump “would do well to remember who our friends really are.”
“Regrettably, it seems that we have nothing today to show for our efforts other than a toothless statement and the same promises that the North Korean regime has already given and broken many times over to previous presidents,” Ryan said.
I am cautiously optimistic that this summit was a step towards making the world safer. However, I continue to remain skeptical about Kim Jong Un’s commitment to denuclearization. The U.S. and our allies must work together to verify any action taken by North Korea.— US Rep. Mike Turner (@RepMikeTurner) June 12, 2018
In a conference call with reporters, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said “the exercises with South Korea are important. I don't think we should give them up without being sure they are meeting the requirements they've agreed to.”
At his news conference in Singapore, Trump said ending the exercises “will save us a tremendous amount of money,” and said he “like to be able” to remove the 32,000 U.S. troops in South Korea, although he said “that’s not part of the equation right now.”
Ohio lawmakers praised the willingness of Trump and Kim to talk directly, but also sprinkled their reactions with words such as “skeptical” and remaining “vigilant” when dealing with Pyongyang and its nuclear weapons arsenal.
Portman said in a statement he remains “skeptical but hopeful” the summit will “translate into meaningful progress” in convincing Pyongyang to eliminate its nuclear weapons program.
But Portman said in the past, North Korea has “used talks to stall while continuing its nuclear and missile programs, and empty promises cannot buy any more time.”
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said “we’ve heard empty promises from the North Koreans before, so we must continue to hold them accountable with tough sanctions until we see proof the North Koreans are taking real steps to dismantle their nuclear weapons program.”
Senate Republican candidate Jim Renacci, who is challenging Brown in the November election, praised Trump for holding the summit, but said, “This is just the beginning of negotiations, and we must never waiver on our demand for the 100 percent, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.”
Kasich, Portman and Brown all cited the tragic death of Otto Warmbier of Wyoming, Ohio, who died in Cincinnati last year shortly after being released by North Korea where had been held in prison for more than a year. Portman Tuesday described the Kim regime as “evil.”
Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, said after the summit that he is “cautiously optimistic” about the outcome, saying the summit could be a step toward making the world safer. But, he wrote in a tweet: “I continue to remain skeptical about Kim Jong Un’s commitment to denuclearization. The U.S. and our allies must work together to verify any action taken by North Korea.”
By contrast, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, was more upbeat, tweeting “congratulations” to Trump and adding “this is an important step towards greater peace and prosperity for the whole word.”
Impact on November election
How important is this for voters in the upcoming mid-term elections? Depends on which voter, said Donna Schlagheck, former political science chair at Wright State University.
“The Trump base, they are going to love this. And they are going to love this because they will willfully chose to be ignorant of the significant details. He looked great. They had a summit Handshakes were made. History was made,” she said.
However, polls show that a majority of Americas support Trump’s meeting with Kim following news that Pyongyang had successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead and was considering a plan to fire missiles at Guam.
Schlagheck thinks voters better understood the weight of the G7 summit, held in Canada just before the North Korea summit, where Trump and his advisers made headlines for lashing out at the leaders of other large industrialized nations and longtime U.S. allies.
“Quebec City probably speaks most to voters. Jobs. Tariffs,” she said.
Tony Hall, retired longtime congressman from the Dayton area, has visited North Korea seven times and used that experience to help free a Dayton area man Jeffrey Fowle who was jailed in North Korea four years ago for leaving a bible in a public place.
Hall said at this point, it’s hard to tell what the details of the agreement will be, but he thinks the summit is “a very, very good step.”
“Anytime you have a peace agreement. There’s nothing bad about that,” Hall said.
Since retiring from Congress in 2002, Hall has focused on hunger issues and said one of his top concerns is that so many of the North Koreans are starving and in need of assistance.