Gov. Mike DeWine, when mother of potential chipmaker in Ohio, backs bill for industry

Rumblings of the rotunda

Chip on his shoulder: Governor Mike DeWine on Tuesday called on Congress to pass a bill that would allocate $ 53 billion to support the US semiconductor industry. He did so by dodging a question about a major new computer chip factory that is slated for the Columbus area, reports Andrew Tobias.

Divide a positive: Ohio officials and hospital leaders discuss breakdown of daily coronavirus hospitalizations by people occupying beds for COVID-19 and people occupying beds for other conditions that have been tested positive for the virus, reports Laura Hancock. This could add nuance to the numbers and serve as a reminder that asymptomatic people can still pass the disease on to others who could become more seriously ill.

Speed ​​test: Ohio purchased 1.2 million rapid coronavirus antibody tests to distribute free to public libraries and local health departments throughout January, but only 400,000 arrived. Governor Mike DeWine said a nationwide request would likely delay delivery of the tests, Hancock reports.

Jane Train: A Super PAC supporting Jane Timken’s Senate candidacy recently dropped $ 253,000 on political mailings bolstering her candidacy. Ohio Leads, which has spent nearly a million dollars in total, has yet to disclose its donors.

Jane emptying: The Club for Growth Action, an anti-tax group in Washington DC that backs former state treasurer Josh Mandel’s candidacy for the Senate, is spending $ 750,000 on TV and digital ads attacking Timken, Henry Gomez reports for NBC News .

Rand management: Mike Gibbons will appear with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul at an event in the Cincinnati area on Friday, according to Gibbons’ campaign in the US Senate. The event is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in Mainville.

advance team: JD Vance, another Republican Senate candidate, announced a series of town halls this week. He calls it his tour “No BS”, whose hashtag some democrats had fun with it on Twitter Tuesday.

Party time: The Ohio Republican Party opens its review process for approvals for the 2022 election. In a Tuesday letter to candidates, executive director Justin Bis said those seeking approval should apply by Jan.21, and the party will review a screening report for possible approvals at its next meeting on Feb.4. Incumbents like Governor Mike DeWine have a lower approval threshold, requiring a simple majority of committee members, compared to the two-thirds vote required for non-incumbents. For now, the party will only consider supporting state-level candidates, a spokeswoman said.

Threats of January 6: The United States Capitol Complex is much safer than it was after the January 6 riot, but further security improvements are needed to protect members of Congress from threats to their homes and at their workplace, Capitol Hill security officials told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Tuesday. chaired by Democratic Representative of the Niles area, Tim Ryan. The House Sergeant-at-Arms told Walker Ryan that members of the House of Representatives received nearly 9,000 threats last year, almost double the usual annual amount, writes Sabrina Eaton.

Comic relief: U.S. Representative Jim Jordan’s refusal to speak to the Jan. 6 committee of inquiry fueled satirists, including The New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz, who claimed his move “sparked celebrations across the country, as Americans say the hope that the congressman’s abstention from speaking becomes a trend. ” CBS’s Stephen Colbert marked the occasion with references to a controversy over whether Jordan knew about sexual abuse on the Ohio State University wrestling team when he was an assistant coach: Standing, Jim Jordan decided he hadn’t seen anything.

A subpoena for Jordan? A Washington Post review of whether the committee could force Jordan’s testimony via a subpoena concluded it could try, but Jordan would likely take the case to court until after this year’s election, after which the committee would be dismantled if control of the House passed to Republicans. “If the committee feels it is running out of time – or just doesn’t want to deal with the political drama of a congressman’s subpoena – it could ignore talking to these lawmakers altogether and bypass them and try to ” get their phone records. or other related documents, ”he said.

Falsified data: A January 8 tweet from HUD Secretary Marcia Fudgewho said that “the United States is the only major economy in the world where the economy as a whole is stronger now than before the pandemic,” caused consternation online, but a review by MarketWatch confirmed the assertion by the former Ohio congressman. “Yes, the US economy, as measured by gross domestic product, has reached new highs,” the publication said. “In the third quarter, real GDP was a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $ 19.4 trillion. In the fourth quarter of 2019, it stood at $ 19.2 trillion. And, remember, real GDP means it is reduced to account for inflation. “

Give it credit: Democratic US Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio told the Washington Post he was not prepared to give up on trying to include the renewed child tax credit in the “Build Back Better” legislation that was stranded in the Senate over objections from West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin. “There is such interest among Senate Democrats and the public that we are just not going to let this die,” Brown told the publication.

Beatty joins Biden: Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce Beatty of Ohio joined President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their trip to Georgia on Tuesday to discuss the need for the US Senate to change its rules. obstruction so that it can pass voter protection laws. “Given the laws that are passed to stifle the right to vote, I know I’m on the right side of history,” Beatty said in a statement. “Rest assured this is just the start.”

Step by step: In a Monday column, Paul Krugman of the New York Times used Mandel as the poster child for a column the liberal economist wrote about what he calls the “strong connection between support for Bitcoin and the ‘right-wing extremism’. Mandel called the column a “badge of honor”.

School is over : Schools in Hamilton, a district in the Dayton area, announced the school will be closed for a week starting Wednesday due to a staff shortage related to COVID, writes Michael D. Clark for the Hamilton JournalNews. School officials said 170 teachers and classroom teaching assistants were sick on Tuesday. The district has 800 teachers.

Full disclosure

Five groups that lobbied the Ohio House Bill 11, which would require the Ohio attorney general to maintain a database of law enforcement officers who are fired, quit instead of fired, or resign during a ministerial investigation or disciplinary hearing. The Democrat-sponsored bill was introduced on February 2 and has yet to be heard.

1. Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association

2. City of Columbus

3. OhioHealth

4. Cannabis safety first

5. Ohio Municipal League

Moving

Beavercreek Mayor Bob Stone has been elected to the Ohio Mayors Alliance board of directors, replacing Kettering Mayor Don Patterson, who is retiring after 16 years.

Birthdays

State Senator Matt Dolan; Jesse Hathaway, Columbus-based researcher at the Heartland Institute; Benjamin Lynn, legislative assistant to State Representative Lisa Sobecki; Randall Routt, political advisor and communications assistant to the Democrats of the Ohio Senate; Ethan Zucal, Outreach Coordinator for the District of Muskingum Watershed Conservancy

Straight from the source

“Reese understands the future: God, family, #Bitcoin “

-Josh Mandel, former treasurer of the Ohio candidate for the US Senate, to respond to a widely mocked Twitter post by actress Reese Witherspoon on how people will use crypto wallets and avatars in the future.

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