Ohio’s nursing home industry demands more money from Ohio legislature: Capitol Letter

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Retirement homes: Ohio House leadership is considering providing additional funding for Ohio’s nursing homes to adjust for inflation, reports Jake Zuckerman. The money would go to an industry that relies heavily on state and federal dollars and includes in its ranks some of the state’s biggest political donors.

border policy: Republicans again dominated Ohio’s elections that year. Beyond Buckeye State’s borders, however, Michigan and Pennsylvania find themselves on a different path. Andrew Tobias takes a look at what’s contributing to the diverse political trends that have shown Ohio, a traditional swing state, to have turned red while its neighbors to the north and east embrace more Democrats.

Heavenly Advice: Dick Celeste was Ohio’s last Democratic governor to win re-election. That was in 1986. Celeste, 85, is optimistic that other Ohio Democrats will be able to repeat his feat, reports Sabrina Eaton. “Democrats need to collect votes in every county in the state,” Celeste said.

3 years: Dustin Byron Thompson, 38, of Columbus, was sentenced to three years in prison for entering the US Capitol on January 6 and stealing a bottle of liquor, a coat rack and a pager belonging to the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms . While many of those involved in the Jan. 6 riots completed pleadings, Thompson turned down an offer and unsuccessfully argued before a federal grand jury that he was merely following orders from former President Donald Trump, reports Jordan Laird of Columbus Dispatch.

Everything is loveā€¦ Opposing Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s proposal to make it more difficult to pass citizen-initiated constitutional amendments is an unlikely alliance: the conservative-leaning American Policy Roundtable joins forces with Innovation Ohio, a progressive group, and the League of Women Voters at, a voting rights group. The American Policy Roundtable says it simply believes in protecting Ohioans’ right to add or remove language from the Ohio Constitution, reports Ohio Public Radio’s Andy Chow.

late bloomer: Ohio’s algal bloom season, which is drawing to a close, was the sixth worst in 20 years of records, reports The Blade’s Tom Henry. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration rated this year’s bloom a 6.8 on a 10-point scale of severity, which is considered moderate. This year’s bloom is unusual because it lasts well into November.

Full Disclosure

Five things we learned from State Representative-elect Anita Somani, a Columbus OB/GYN elected Democrat to the 11th House District of Ohio.

1. She worked at the OhioHealth Physician Group last year.

2. Somani received dividends from Knightsbridge Surgery Center and CLB Restaurants Holding LLC last year.

3. She was paid to lecture for Ohio Family Physicians, Franklin University and Abvie. She was a supervisor for intuitives.

4. She owns real estate on Olentangy River Road in Columbus.

5. She owed at least $1,000 to Volvo Lease, AmericanExpress, Marriott Bonvoy, Southwest, Macy’s, and Amazon last year.

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Donn Parsons, Assistant Republican Counsel for the Ohio Senate

Straight from the source

“Grateful (Ohio) is not an early primary state — too early for even me to see 24er ads.”

-State Senator Jay Hottinger, a Republican from Newark, in a tweet on Friday afternoon on the potential for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to begin airing presidential campaign ads in Iowa.

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