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What we learned from Ohio’s feisty Democratic governor debate

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 1:33 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 1:33 PM


            Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Cleveland.
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Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Cleveland.(Jim Otte)

The four men running in the Democratic primary for governor jabbed and sparred for 90-minutes in a debate this week. Here are key things we learned about the candidates and the issues.

1. Dennis Kucinich has met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad multiple times over the past decade as a Congressman and as a FoxNews contributor. As recently as April 2017, Kucinich expressed skepticism that Assad used chemical weapons. That drew a rebuke from state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, who is also running in the primary: “There is no excuse for meeting with a guy who is poisoning kids in his country.” Kucinich defended the meetings, saying he did so in the interest of world peace. “You have to be ready to march into hell for a heavenly cause,” Kucinich said.

2. Richard Cordray is in good standing with the National Rifle Association — for now. The former Ohio attorney general earned an A rating from the NRA in 2010, the last year Cordray was on the ballot in Ohio. Cordray, who campaigned on a pro-gun platform in previous races, said in the debate that he supports tightening gun laws and keeping guns away from criminals, people with mental illness and domestic abusers. Kucinich, who supports an assault weapons ban, criticized Cordray for defending a state law that took away cities’ authority to adopt their own gun control laws. Former Ohio Supreme Court justice Bill O’Neill, another candidate, reminded the debate audience that Cordray was NRA-endorsed when he lost the attorney general’s race to Republican Mike DeWine.

3. Bill O’Neill, who is an attorney and a registered nurse, wants to legalize marijuana and use tax revenue from that to reopen state mental hospitals. Kucinich, who believes marijuana is a path to kicking opioid addiction and pain relief, agreed that pot should be legal and taxed. Cordray said Ohio should only take that step with a statewide vote.

4. Joe Schiavoni, 38, says it’s time for a new generation of leadership that knows how to work with the opposition and when to fight. In the Ohio Senate for nine years, Schiavoni said he knows how to work across the aisle. “This is my life,” he said. “Every time I drive my car from Youngstown to Columbus, I’m thinking about how we can get things done for the people. People don’t want you to just go down there and make arguments and fight with people. They want to see results.”

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The winner of the May 8 Democratic primary will go up against the winner of the GOP primary, either Attorney General Mike DeWine or Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.

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DeWine, who won the endorsement of the Ohio Republican Party, has indicated he won’t debate Taylor before the primary, saying he’s more interested in debating in the fall.

Who are the Democrats running for governor?

Richard Cordray, 58, of Grove City, is the former state treasurer and state attorney general. He quit his job as director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to run for governor. His campaign is focusing on “kitchen table” issues such as wages, consumer protection and jobs. Fun Fact: He is a five-time Jeopardy! champion.

Dennis Kucinich, 71, of Cleveland, has been an on-again, off-again Ohio officeholder for nearly 50 years, starting with his election to Cleveland City Council in 1969. He served in Congress from 1998 to 2012, when Democrat Marcy Kaptur beat him in a primary after his district was eliminated. Fun Fact: Kucinich has met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at least three times.

Bill O’Neill, 70, of Chagrin Falls, is a Vietnam War veteran and former justice on the Ohio Supreme Court. He is running on an anti-abortion, pro-legal marijuana platform and wants to use tax revenue from legal pot to re-open state mental health hospitals. He made headlines last year when he boasted on Facebook about sleeping with 50 women. Fun Fact: He became a registered nurse in 2002, 22 years after he got his law degree.

Joe Schiavoni, 38, of Boardman, is an attorney who has been a state senator from the Mahoning Valley since 2008. Schiavoni is campaigning on reforming charter schools, protecting worker rights, keeping expanded Medicaid and implementing gun control measures. He is also pushing for more reliable internet access in rural Ohio. Fun Fact: As a boxer, he won the Golden Gloves tournament in Youngstown in 1995.

Also appearing on the Democratic primary ballot are Paul Ray of Alliance and Larry Ealy of Dayton. Neither candidate has contacted the Ohio Democratic Party and did not participate in the debate.

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Police: Man shot in head drives to Speedway in Dayton for help

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 10:59 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:15 PM

Man shot in Dayton

A man who was shot in the head tonight drove to a Speedway gas station for help.

The victim was shot through his vehicle’s windshield in the 100 block of Huffman Avenue near Jersey Street. The shooting was reported just before 10 p.m. after the victim drove himself to Speedway, 1556 Huffman Ave., to get help, police said.

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The victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, Dayton police said. His name, age and condition were not immediately available.

Huffman Avenue at South Smithville Road is blocked as police investigate.

Police have not released any suspect information or whether anyone is in custody.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.

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Why leaving a water bottle in your car could be dangerous

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:09 PM

You might not want to leave water bottles in your car, according to officials at the Midwest Fire Department in Oklahoma.
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You might not want to leave water bottles in your car, according to officials at the Midwest Fire Department in Oklahoma.(Art-Of-Photo/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

On scorching summer days, taking a nice cold bottle of water for your drive seems like a natural fit.

But it could lead to startling consequences, firefighters say.

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One Oklahoma fire department and a power company in Idaho recently demonstrated how a partly filled water bottle could magnify the sun’s rays and start a fire.

David Richardson, of the Midwest Fire Department in Oklahoma, told KFOR the sunlight “uses the liquid and the clear material to develop a focused beam, and sure enough, it can actually cause a fire.”

“The sunlight will come through (the bottle) when it’s filled with liquid and act as a magnifying glass as you would with regular optics,” said Richardson.

A test at the fire department, outside a car, showed sunlight going through a water bottle raised the temperature of a piece of paper to 250 degrees, KFOR reported.

Representatives from Idaho Power also showed the same potential problem in a Facebook post in July, with a video showing direct sunlight going through a water bottle leaving smoke and burn marks in car seats before the bottle was removed.

While the risk of fire is relatively small, officials recommend keeping water bottles out of unattended vehicles, KFOR reported.

Read more at KFOR.

 

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The difference between meteorological and astronomical seasons

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:36 PM

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June 1 marked the official start to the summer season based on the meteorological calendar.

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Typically, many think of the first day of summer arriving in late June, usually on or around June 21, but there are major differences when comparing the meteorological and astronomical seasons.

Dating back to the early-to-mid 20th century, meteorologists have set official seasons based on the same date each year. Summer starts June 1, lasting until Aug. 31. Fall runs from Sept. 1 until Nov. 30, followed by winter from Dec.1 through Feb. 28, and finally spring season from March 1 to May 31.

Meteorologists believe that keeping the exact three-month pattern can reflect accurate climatological statistics when comparing year-to-year.

Meanwhile, astronomical seasons are based on the position of the Earth in relation to the sun.

This year, astronomical summer starts June 21, the date of the summer solstice. This date typically varies between June 21 or 22, depending on the solstice.

Astronomical winter also varies between Dec. 21 or 22, the date of the solstice. Spring and fall both depend on the vernal and autumnal equinoxes.

Since it takes 354.24 days for the earth to travel around the sun, an extra day is needed every four years, known as Leap Year. This can cause the dates of solstices and equinoxes to vary.

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That, combined with the fact that the elliptical path of the Earth around the sun can cause the length of the path and seasons to be inconsistent, makes keeping climatological statistics confusing year-to-year.

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After Trump visit, Republicans try to rally behind immigration bill

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:07 PM

President Donald Trump tried on Tuesday evening to push Republicans in the House to pass an immigration reform bill later this week, basically telling GOP lawmakers he would support whatever they could pass, as Republicans struggled to find the votes to do that, and pressed the White House to back off a new policy that separates some illegal immigrant kids from their parents after being picked up at the border.

“The system’s been broken for many years,” the President told reporters at the Capitol before the unusual Tuesday evening gathering.

“The immigration system, it’s been a really bad, bad. system, probably the worst anywhere in the world. And we’re gonna try and see if we can fix it.”

Earlier in the day, the President had told a gathering of business leaders that he would not back off his calls for major changes in U.S. immigration laws.

“When people come up, they have to know they’re never going to get in, or else it’s never going to stop,” Mr. Trump said of the flow of illegal immigration across the southern border with Mexico.

But complicating matters for the President was the recent move to force the separation of children and parents, if the parents were being charged for illegally entering the United States, as that continued to draw stern opposition from GOP lawmakers of all stripes.

“All of us are horrified at the images that we are seeing,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

“We ought to stop separating families,” said Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS). “The Administration disagrees,” as GOP lawmakers said the conflict wasn’t really discussed during the Tuesday night meeting with Mr. Trump.

“We can have strong border security without separating families,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH).

13 GOP Senators signed a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking the Trump Administration to “halt current policies leading to the forced separation of minor children from their parents,” but that missive fell on deaf ears at the White House, as GOP lawmakers scrambled for kind of legislative answer.

House GOP leaders on Tuesday night posted two different immigration bills for possible House votes – one was a more conservative plan backed by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), which was unlikely to get close to a majority; a second was a more moderate bill that lacked the support of conservatives.

It left many unsure what would happen if votes occurred this week on the House floor.

“I’m still working through whether I can vote for the compromise bill,” said Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH), as more conservative lawmakers withheld their support from the only all-GOP plan that has a chance for approval.

Meanwhile, even as Mr. Trump tried to push Republicans to stick together on immigration, he managed to cause some internal GOP pain, as lawmakers said the President – during the closed door meeting with House lawmakers – took a verbal shot at Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), who lost his primary a week ago to a candidate backed by the President.

“Is Mark Sanford here? I just want to congratulate him on running a great race,” the President reportedly said, drawing quiet groans and hisses from some GOP members.

One Republican, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) said later on Twitter, that the jab was uncalled for.

“This was a classless cheap shot,” Amash wrote.

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