All “three Republican National Committee members from the state sent letters Friday to the RNC waiving the national party’s rule against supporting Republican candidates in contested primaries, approving ‘any and all pre-primary financial assistance and in-kind aid the RNC may choose to provide’ for” state Attorney General Mike DeWine (R). (National Journal)
WHEN YOU COME AT THE PRINCE … At a debate on Wednesday, former state Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill (D) called former CFPB Director Richard Cordray (D) “Prince Richard of the Ohio Democratic Party” and later added “that the process has been rigged in Cordray’s favor. … But O’Neill might have landed a bigger punch when he told Cordray, ‘You’ve got an ‘A’ rating from the NRA.’ Opponents have been circulating a video of a 2010 speech that Cordray gave to a pro-gun rally at the Statehouse. And on the debate stage Wednesday, he didn’t repudiate the group.”
Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D) “was asked about his history of meeting with [Syrian President Bashar al-]Assad, including conducting a Fox News interview with the dictator. … Kucinich responded by saying he’s traveled the world trying to prevent wars, but he didn’t address meeting Assad. And with reporters after the debate, he refused to condemn the Syrian strongman, saying it’s up to Syrians to pick their leaders.” (Columbus Dispatch)
“The candidates agreed on opposing right to work laws, and the need for some sort of tighter gun control laws, though each had a different response to gun violence in schools and cities across the country.” (Toledo Blade)
“Kucinich wants to fully legalize marijuana, a move he said would have positive implications for criminal justice, agriculture and even the state’s ongoing opioid crisis.” (Cleveland.com)
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"Robert S. Mueller III has subpoenaed the Trump Organization to turn over documents, including some related to Russia, according to two people briefed on the matter. The order is the first known time that the special counsel demanded documents directly related to President Trump’s businesses." The subpoena is proof that the investigation will likely drag on "for at least several more months," and also indicates Mueller may be "broadening his investigation to examine the role foreign money may have played in funding Mr. Trump’s political activities."
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