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Sun Oct 14, 2018, 03:58 PM

3rd OpEd endorsement for Cordray(D) Cleveland.com

Source:https://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/10/richard_cordray_for_ohio_gover.html#incart_2box_opinion

"If Ohio is to escape the second-class status that comes of having an undereducated workforce and a legislature with 20th-century thinking, the state's next governor must be able not just to inspire change but also to make it happen.

A mulish General Assembly that's likely to remain Republican-run and largely rural will need to be herded toward 21st-century solutions. And without a budget reset, the state's misplaced spending priorities of recent years chart a negative long-term course.

snip::"Nowhere are their contrasts more apparent than on health care.Cordray argues forcefully for why Medicaid expansion has been good for Ohio, both on economic and human grounds; DeWine suggests he would need to make it "sustainable" via work requirements. Cordray chastises DeWine for not intervening in a Texas lawsuit that seeks to gut core protections in the Affordable Care Act, including on pre-existing conditions, arguing the interests of the many Ohioans at risk of losing their health coverage are on the line. DeWine -- who as attorney general has frequently intervened in multistate lawsuits -- says it's not needed in this case since the key arguments have already been raised"

snip:"Other issues also sharply divide the two men, but what really distinguishes Cordray from DeWine is a willingness to take risks. Cordray wants to challenge convention; DeWine is comfortable with the status quo. Cordray would invest more in basic and higher education and crack down on charter schools that can't account for taxpayer money. DeWine promises transformative spending only on early-childhood education.
But a Republican General Assembly that at times has buffaloed John Kasich would be no less likely to buffalo Mike DeWine. Ohio's next governor must be a foursquare foe of business-as-usual at the Statehouse and a persuasive advocate for fresh approaches to Ohio's persistent problems."



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