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DeWine Finally Launches 2018 Campaign

Connie Pillich backs a public option.

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Zach C. Cohen
June 26, 2017, 9:44 a.m.

State At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Mike DeW­ine (R) “an­nounced his can­did­acy for the GOP nom­in­a­tion for gov­ernor in 2018 at his fam­ily’s an­nu­al ice-cream so­cial at their Greene County homestead” on Sunday. He “stressed that he would work hard every day for Ohioans and fo­cused, in par­tic­u­lar, on tack­ling the state’s opioid ad­dic­tion and death crisis and im­prov­ing K-12 schools.” (Colum­bus Dis­patch)

DeW­ine “‘is the best-known name in the field, clearly the fa­vor­ite in that primary,’ [state Demo­crat­ic Party Chair Dav­id] Pep­per said Fri­day. But, that same ex­per­i­ence will prove a li­ab­il­ity come the statewide races in 2018, which Pep­per por­trays as a ‘change elec­tion.’” (Colum­bus Dis­patch)

Pep­per ad­ded that DeW­ine starts off well-known than any of the Demo­crat­ic can­did­ates. (Hot­line re­port­ing)

CON­NIE CARES. Former state Rep. Con­nie Pil­lich (D) last week “an­nounced a plan to im­ple­ment a ‘pub­lic op­tion’ in the state to en­sure every Ohioan has ac­cess to af­ford­able health care. … Ohio res­id­ents would be able to pur­chase health care from Medi­caid or the state’s health in­sur­ance plan — at levels equal to the states’ cur­rent costs. Be­cause these ‘pub­lic op­tions’ would be pur­chased by con­sumers, they would be im­ple­men­ted with no cost to tax­pay­ers.” (re­lease)

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