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Why did former Highland Heights mayor Scott Coleman steal more than $160,000 in campaign money from

Why did former Highland Heights mayor Scott Coleman steal more than $160,000 in campaign money from Dave Joyce?

CHARDON - Before February, Scott Coleman was mayor of suburban Highland Heights.

He was a tax manager at Progressive Insurance. He served as campaign treasurer for Republican Congress member Dave Joyce of Bainbridge Township, and Joyce’s predecessor, Steve LaTourette. Friends say he was the kind of guy who did everything for everybody: not just for his family, but also for his friends and for his community.

Today, Coleman is serving a 30-day felony grand theft sentence in jail for embezzling more than $160,000 from Joyce’s campaign. He resigned as mayor, no longer works for Progressive, and is out roughly half his life savings after cutting a check to Joyce’s campaign for the amount he stole, plus what it cost the campaign to investigate Coleman’s wrongdoing and correct its records: $341,983.06.

What went wrong?

A transcript of Coleman’s Oct. 2 sentencing in Geauga County Common Pleas Court obtained by cleveland.com sheds some light on that, but doesn’t fully answer the question. Coleman’s initial sentencing date was moved earlier, and no media were present for it, although his supporters packed the courtroom.

Read more: https://www.cleveland.com/open/2019/10/why-did-former-highland-heights-mayor-scott-coleman-steal-more-than-160000-in-campaign-money-from-dave-joyce.html

Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot's campaign paid his former manager $57K for 'unknown' purposes

Rep. Steve Chabot's (R) campaign isn't sure that $57,000 paid to firms run by his now-former campaign manager was spent on consulting and media buys.

Chabot's campaign paid nearly $52,500 to the Fountain Square Group and $4,500 to Prime Media in July and August for "unknown" purposes, according to campaign finance records filed late Tuesday. The expenses were first reported Wednesday morning by cleveland.com.

Both are consulting firms run by Jamie Schwartz, Chabot's former campaign manager who has worked on the Congressman's campaigns since at least 2002.

Schwartz closed those businesses amid an investigation into more than $100,000 missing from Chabot's campaign.

Read more: https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/elections/2019/10/16/ohio-rep-steve-chabots-campaign-paid-his-former-manager-57-k-unknown-purposes/3996134002/

President Trump to hold rally in Lexington on the eve of the Kentucky election

The night before polls open for the Kentucky general election, President Donald Trump will make a stop in Lexington.

The Trump campaign announced Friday that it will hold a "Keep America Great Rally" at Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

The announcement confirms a report from POLITICO last week that speculated Trump would visit Kentucky before the election to throw support behind Gov. Matt Bevin.

Earlier this week, the president tweeted support for Bevin, saying the governor has "done a wonderful job" and has his "complete and total endorsement."

Read more: https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/2019/10/18/trump-campaign-hold-rally-lexington-before-kentucky-election/4026926002/

They should look to Louisville for guidance since Trump still owes about $9,000 for security costs and get those costs paid upfront.

Ohio State wants lawmakers to ban betting on the Buckeyes

Ohio State doesn’t want you taking Michigan and the points.

The state’s flagship public university and its four-year brethren are asking lawmakers to prohibit betting on football and other collegiate sports as the state moves to authorize sports wagering.

Opponents of permitting bets on college football games and other amateur athletic contests worry it could potentially sully and compromise college athletics.

“The Ohio State University is opposed to collegiate sports wagering in the state of Ohio,” said university spokesman Ben Johnson.

Read more: https://www.dispatch.com/news/20191018/ohio-state-wants-lawmakers-to-ban-betting-on-buckeyes
(Columbus Dispatch)

Economy gives Trump advantage over Democrats in Ohio, pollsters find

Almost unnoticed on the day of last week’s Democratic debate in Westerville was the release of a new Battleground Poll, a bipartisan survey by Republican strategist Ed Goeas of the Tarrance Group and Democrat Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners.

The consensus: President Donald Trump is in trouble. That is, unless...

The pollsters told an Otterbein University audience that Trump loses to a generic Democrat in their survey, his approval ratings are negative overall and on almost every individual topic, and 51% of those surveyed want him impeached.

But Lake warned her fellow Democrats that danger lurks. Voters give Trump good marks for the economy and jobs.

“Until Democrats can offer the American public a bold economic plan and vision that convincingly addresses their pessimism, anxiety and real material insecurity, Trump will remain more competitive than he has a right to be,” she said.

Read more: https://www.dispatch.com/news/20191020/capitol-insider--economy-gives-trump-advantage-over-democrats-in-ohio-pollsters-find
(Columbus Dispatch)

Local congressional candidate says she was harassed by police after Democratic debate

Desiree Tims, who is running for the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Mike Turner in 2020, said she was pulled over after the Democratic Presidential Debate in Westerville Tuesday and harassed by police.

Tims, who is black, tweeted after the debate that she was racially profiled.

Tims said she and her aide were harassed by police and racially profiled after the debate.

Tims and her aide parked in a Kroger parking lot to look for a place to eat after the debate. Immediately after leaving that parking lot Tims said she and her aide were pulled over.

Read more: https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local-govt--politics/local-congressional-candidate-says-she-was-harassed-police-after-dem-debate/GcWa4RUlNs8b6KlobhTnkI/

Toledo Public Schools to discuss safety after football game suspended by gunfire

In the aftermath of a Toledo high school football game halted by gunfire Friday, school officials this week will discuss safety issues — and the fate of the suspended contest.

Talks will include the principals and athletic directors of Woodward and Rogers high schools and Superintendent Romules Durant and his cabinet, said Patty Mazur, Toledo Public Schools spokesman.

The football game was tied 6-6 early in the fourth quarter at Woodward when the field and stands were evacuated to the shelter of the school building. Officials will decide whether play resumes or the tie stands, Ms. Mazur said.

Shots were heard just after 9 p.m., and a police shot spotter device detected gunfire near the North Toledo school in the 600 block of East Central Avenue.

Read more: https://www.toledoblade.com/local/education/2019/10/19/woodward-high-school-football-game-shooting-tps-safety/stories/20191019115

Ryan's campaign struggles to raise money

WARREN — The financial news for U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan on the congressional front isn’t any better than it is for his presidential campaign.

Ryan, D-Howland, reported raising $42,883.03 during the third quarter — the lowest amount of any incumbent member of Congress in Ohio.

It’s one of the lowest fundraising quarters his congressional campaign has had since he first ran for the position in 2002. Also, it comes after he raised just $30,255.83 during the prior quarter, between April and June.

Ryan, a nine-term congressman, spent $41,167.40 during the third quarter, which is July to September.

Read more: https://www.vindy.com/news/local-news/2019/10/ryans-campaign-struggles-to-raise-money/
(Youngstown Vindicator)

Dayton Mayor Endorses Effort To Put Background Checks For Gun Sales On Ohio Ballot

The group that’s collecting petition signatures to ask voters if the state should require universal background checks on gun sales says it plans to move full steam ahead. And the effort is getting a boost from the leader of Dayton where a mass shooting in August left 10 dead, including the gunman.

Last week, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley stood with Gov. Mike DeWine as he laid out his gun reform plan. She said she was not happy that universal background checks are not part of it. Now, Whaley is endorsing the petition drive to put those on the ballot next fall.

“The only answer is stronger limitations on access to guns. 21 other states have already closed the background check loophole. It is time for Ohio to do the same. Research shows universal background checks are among the most effective steps we can take to reduce gun violence.”

Whaley says 90% of Ohioans favor background checks for all gun sales and says without the threat of a referendum, the Republican dominated General Assembly will not pass a bill to require them.

Read more: https://www.statenews.org/post/dayton-mayor-endorses-effort-put-background-checks-gun-sales-ohio-ballot

House Democrats Propose Unemployment Benefits For Striking Workers

A plan is being introduced at the Ohio Statehouse that would not only help union workers in any future strikes, but could also benefit the General Motors workers in their current strike.

House Democrats want to allow striking union workers to receive unemployment compensation and food stamp benefits. Workers on strike do not currently see these benefits because going on strike is considered a decision to voluntarily leave employment.

Rep. Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) and Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) say that's not an accurate reflection of a strike and that the law should be changed.


Sheri Baker has been a United Auto Worker union member for nearly 23 years. She says these benefits, especially for temporary workers, would go a long way.

Read more: https://www.statenews.org/post/house-dems-propose-unemployment-benefits-striking-workers
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