Honda to make electric vehicle batteries in Ohio, with construction of $3.5 billion plant: Capitol Letter

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Electrifying news: Another day, another blockbuster Ohio manufacturing announcement – this time a $4.2 billion commitment from Honda to build a new electric vehicle battery plant in southwestern Ohio and reorganize the automaker’s three existing factories in Ohio to produce parts for electric vehicles. As Jeremy Pelzer reports, it’s still unclear what the state and JobsOhio are offering in incentives to Honda and battery company LG Energy Solutions.

In summary : JD Vance’s evasion of a key abortion question, Tim Ryan’s recycling of a favorite Sherrod Brown line, and a memorable exchange about Ryan’s long congressional career are among Andrew’s takeaways. Tobias during Monday’s US Senate debate in Cleveland. Learn more about them here.

New grass: Bowling Green’s 5th Congressional District GOP Rep. Bob Latta was redesigned to include Lorain County. Before he can represent him in Congress next year, he will have to defeat Democrat Craig Swartz of Upper Sandusky. Sabrina Eaton examines the competition between them and their views on issues such as abortion, inflation, policing, student loan debt and crime.

Split decision: The divorce records of ex-treasurer/former U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel and his ex-wife Ilana were improperly sealed by an Ashland County judge, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a unanimous decision. As Jeremy Pelzer reports, the state High Court unanimously ruled that Ashland County Court of Common Pleas Judge Ronald Forsthoefel failed to explain why he ordered the records be sealed and ordered him to determine which records should be made public.

Reminder fight: The Ohio Supreme Court also ruled on Tuesday that a recall election for the mayor of East Cleveland is permitted under the city’s charter, which governs the recall process. Mayor Brandon King tried to arrest him, saying it violated Cuyahoga County Board of Elections rules. Some residents are unhappy with King’s management, spending, and oversight of the police department and want him removed from his post.

Last minute addition: The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the name of Athens County lawyer and businesswoman Tanya Conrath to appear on the ballot for this year’s general election as a Democratic opponent of the Republican state representative. Jay Edwards. Last month, Secretary of State Frank LaRose shot down an attempt to replace House District 94 Democrats’ initial nominee Rhyan Goodman with Conrath on the grounds that Goodman pulled out before the Aug. 2 primary results. not be certified on August 19. However, the deadline for replacing a legislative candidate in the November ballot was August 15. The court ruled that LaRose’s interpretation of election law “was unnecessary, resulted in legal absurdity, and, moreover, it is contrary to our case law.” Athens County Board of Elections Deputy Director Tony Brooks said Conrath’s name will appear on ballots even if early voting begins on Wednesday, as his office has already made arrangements with election vendors at the should the court rule in favor of Conrath.

Access to changes: Ohio anti-abortion advocates are calling on the legislature to pass a lame duck measure to make it harder to win a proposed constitutional amendment on ballots, reports Rachel Roubein of The Washington Post. This would make it more difficult to pass a planned amendment on abortion rights. Currently, Ohio only needs a simple majority of voters to approve a constitutional amendment. Abortion rights groups in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, Oklahoma, Colorado and Missouri are in early discussions for a proposed amendment.

A bettor: Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb wants to place a bet with New York City Mayor Eric Adams on the Guardians’ upcoming American League playoff series against the New York Yankees. In a message posted on Twitter, he said he was willing to bet a six-pack of Great Lakes Brewing Christmas beers on the Guardians. “What are you saying?” He asked.

federal money: The U.S. Treasury Department announced on Tuesday that it has authorized Ohio to receive up to $182.3 million in funding under a bailout-funded small business credit initiative American. He said the state will use its share of the money for several programs intended to increase lending to small businesses, including in underserved communities in urban and rural Ohio.

All-Pitch Press: The first attack ads from the Ohio Supreme Court races hit the airwaves today. The new ad from the Republican State Leadership Committee’s Judicial Fairness Initiative attacks Democrats Jennifer Brunner, Terri Jamison and Marilyn Zayas. RSLC chairman Dee Duncan said the rulings, which variably involve voting to reduce bail for an accused murder, dismissing evidence as inadmissible and quashing an aggravated murder conviction, show that Democratic candidates are “soft on crime”. The announcement is part of a $2 million campaign by the National Republican Group, which is trying to keep the court in Republican hands as part of its national redistricting goal.

Politicizing children: LGBTQ students in Ohio told The Dispatch’s Michael Lee that they feel targeted by state-level legislation and a school board resolution that would restrict their participation in sports of the gender they identify with, would force schools to weed out kids who talk to them and oppose a Biden administration proposal to force schools to protect them. These statewide actions are also, to some degree, impacting local schools. The local school district of New Albany-Plain requires parents to give an OK if a child wants to use different pronouns.

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Full disclosure

Five things we learned from Roy Klopfenstein’s January 8 financial disclosure. Klopfenstein, a Republican from Paulding County in northwest Ohio, is running against Democrat Magdalene Markward in State House District 82.

1. Klopfenstein is a farmer. He made money last year from three different ventures – his own farming business, Alvin Klopfenstein & Sons Inc. and Golden Oak Farms LLC. He said they were all family farming businesses.

2. He owns property in Paulding and Van Wert counties.

3. He owed at least $1,000 at some point last year to Chase Bank Visa, Barclays Bank Mastercard and Ag Credit.

4. He owns General Electric stock, a Putnam Investments IRA, and a mutual fund.

5. He was previously Paulding County Commissioner and the county reimbursed him $429 in travel expenses last year.


GOP congressional candidate Max Miller of Rocky River has been endorsed by the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada, a union that represents more than 355,000 plumbers and pipe fitters.

SEIU Local 1 has announced its endorsement of Nan Whaley for Governor of Ohio. SEIU Local 1 represents more than 5,000 Ohio real estate service workers, including janitors, security guards, food service workers, among others.


State Representative Thomas West

Straight from the source

“Get out your ballots, for Landry Simmons

Mission Cleveland

can see the picture

We need potentials in the streets to make these children listen

Too much violence, crime increases and we have to kill it.

-Beginning rap lyrics in a song promoting the candidacy of Landry Simmons Jr., a Republican, who is running against State Senator Nickie Antonio, a Democrat from Lakewood, for the 23rd Senate District of the United States State.

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