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DeWine Won’t Answer Whether He’ll Debate Taylor

They crossed paths at a breakfast Saturday.

March 5, 2018, 10:19 a.m.

State Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) has yet to indicate whether he will debate Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor (R). DeWine has avoided answering the question directly when asked.

DeWine spokesman Ryan Stubenrauch: “I don’t make those decisions, but we don’t intend to do debate negotiations through the media.”

Taylor: “He knows I win when we have to contrast our records.” (Columbus Dispatch)

GOP BREAKFAST. Some “500 suburban Cincinnati party faithful [munched] on pancakes and sausage on Saturday morning. … The Northeastern Hamilton County Republican Club breakfast attracted nearly all of the GOP’s statewide candidates.”

Taylor “did not trot out her ‘D.C. DeWine’ moniker for her opponent on Saturday, Taylor said she would help build Trump’s wall and shut down sanctuary cities while assailing his record as a former U.S. senator as lacking true conservative credentials. … DeWine never spoke of the primary to come, instead stressing his top campaign issues of job creation, fighting Ohio’s deadly opioid addiction epidemic and bettering Ohio’s schools.” (Columbus Dispatch)

ENDORSEMENT. The Toledo Tea Party endorsed Taylor last week. (release)

RALLY VIDEO. A video has resurfaced of former CFPB Director Richard Cordray (D) speaking at a pro-Second Amendment rally that featured NRA members carrying rifles.

Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D) criticized Cordray for his attendance: “What’s most shocking about this is that even after the school massacre in Parkland, Florida, perpetrated with with an assault weapon, Cordray continues to oppose a ban on such weapons of war in our communities.” (release)

TRAGEDY. State Board of Education member Stephanie Dodd (D), the running mate of Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D), has revealed that her sister died of an overdose in December after years of battling opioid addiction. Dodd said her family’s experience has given her a deeper understanding of the opioid crisis.

Dodd: “Just doing something here or doing something there is not at the end of the day going to be an effective way to end this.” (Columbus Dispatch)

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