“[T]he Ohio AFL-CIO, the umbrella organization representing some 600,000 union members,” endorsed former CFPB Director Richard Cordray (D) on Tuesday, praising his “proven record of standing up against a rigged system that makes it harder for working people to get ahead.” (Toledo Blade)
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) endorsed Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor (R) on Tuesday, calling her the “conservative champion that Ohio needs. … Mary has fought to defend the Constitution, even when she had to stand against Republican leaders and Governors in her own state to do so.” (release)
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) also endorsed Taylor on Wednesday, referring to her and her running mate as “the clear conservative choice for voters in this Republican primary” for their opposition to abortion rights and support for gun rights.
A TRULY REMARKABLE DECISION. “In a fundraising letter that calls him ‘a truly remarkable man of God,’” former state Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill (D) “is staking out his position as an anti-abortion candidate in the Democratic primary. … He acknowledges that he’s ‘a man who will never have to make an abortion decision,’ and on the Supreme Court, he held that some Ohio abortion laws place an undue burden on a woman’s right to an abortion. He explains that, as a state Supreme Court justice, he was bound by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that says women have a constitutional guarantee of access to abortion. But that doesn’t mean that O’Neill agrees with the ruling. ‘I think it’s wrongly decided, there’s no question,’ he said.”
In comparison, the rest of the major Democrats in the race support abortion rights. (Columbus Dispatch)
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"House Budget Chairman Steve Womack’s fiscal 2019 budget resolution charts a path to balancing the budget in nine years through a combination of steep cuts in mandatory spending programs, freezing nondefense discretionary spending and banking on robust economic growth, according to a summary. Under the draft fiscal blueprint, which will be marked up in committee Wednesday and Thursday, the deficit would be reduced by $8.1 trillion over 10 years compared to current law or policy. The budget would produce a surplus of $26 billion in 2027 if all of the assumed policies were enacted, growing to $142 billion in 2028. The plan includes reconciliation instructions requiring $302 billion in savings over 10 years."
Manuel Padilla, the Border Patrol chief for the Rio Grande Valley, expressed his desire to CBS News for action to be taken to address family separation at the border. Separations have spiked under the Trump Administration's "zero-tolerance" policy. "We created this situation by not doing anything," Padilla said, arguing that previous immigration policy had created a "vacuum" for other families to attempt to cross the border.