DC company staged “grassroots outreach,” set up massive political donations to pass Bill 6: The Wake Up for Thursday, October 14, 2021
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lobbying HB6: Famous national law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP helped pass Bill 6 by organizing lobbying efforts, organizing massive political donations and even helping draft the energy law , reports Jeremy Pelzer. Cabinet members drafted affidavits for the U.S. bankruptcy court seeking the final $ 1.2 million out of $ 68 million in fees and expenses.
Tri-C: Alex Johnson will retire as president of Cuyahoga Community College in June 2022 after nearly a decade in this position, reports Cameron Fields. Johnson became the college’s fourth full-time president in July 2013, leading the college through a period of increased graduation rates, reorganization of programs like nursing, the creative arts, and information technology, as well as the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
Brunner attack: Ohio Republican Party wants Ohio Democratic Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Brunner to recuse herself from lawsuits challenging new GOP-drawn state legislative maps, arguing her history prevents it to examine the matter impartially. Andrew Tobias reports that Republicans are challenging Brunner’s past comments on redistribution and affiliations, including an October 2020 fundraiser to which Eric Holder, who now chairs the National Democratic Redistribution Committee, was a guest.
Washington, DC, the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP organized lobbying efforts and communicated almost daily with FirstEnergy Solutions and consultants on how to respond to “vigorous opposition” from House Bill 6 in an effort to pass the corruption-fueled nuclear bailout bill. How did it not strike the members of the company as out of the ordinary? We are talking about the crude manipulation of the will of the voters on This week in the CLE, cleveland.comhalf-hour daily news podcast.
Vaccine Mandate Bill: A bill on the mandate of the coronavirus vaccine is in full swing, reports Laura Hancock. Bill 435, which would allow employers, K-12 schools and colleges to impose coronavirus vaccine mandates on workers and students, with broad exemptions, continues to be touted by many Republicans as allowing for businesses to make personal decisions about people’s health.
Mcconnell: Ohio’s top Republican candidates for the US Senate largely followed former President Donald Trump. But they were less eager to join Trump in demanding the ouster of Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, reports Andrew Tobias.
Social Security: Millions of older Americans will soon receive a raise. Peter Krouse reports that the Social Security Administration announced on Wednesday that more than 70 million Americans receiving Social Security or Supplementary Security Income benefits will see a 5.9% cost of living increase as of the 30th. December, while more than 64 million will receive social security benefits. see their increase in January. Some people receive both benefits.
BMV: Ohio BMV’s new self-service kiosks would allow drivers to renew and print their vehicle registrations and license plate stickers on-site, helping them bypass the current process of waiting for their arrival by the post office. Andrew Tobias reports that the agency places nine “Ohio BMV Express” kiosks across the state, including one at Medina BMV, the only location in northeast Ohio.
Cleveland Recycling: With less than 10 days to enroll in Cleveland’s opt-in recycling program, about 9,300 households, or about 6% of the city’s 150,000 eligible households, have signed up, reports Peter Krouse. The key to success is having quality recyclers that minimize contamination, which is what makes the city’s program fail.
Stimulus spending: Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s plan to spend $ 26 million of the first installment of the US bailout’s stimulus money on public safety was adopted by the City Council Safety Committee on Wednesday, but not without board members voicing their concerns, reports Robin Goist.
Cuyahoga vaccines: Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish lamented the fact that only 60% of county residents have been vaccinated against COVID during a virtual press conference on Wednesday. Over the past two weeks, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health has offered $ 100 cards to anyone who receives their first injection at one of the council’s community clinics. The county also approved bonuses of $ 100 for employees who show proof of vaccination until Nov. 12. But the incentives don’t seem to drive adoption, Kaitlin Durbin reports.
Suicide rate: An alarming increase in suicide rates among young black girls has emerged during the coronavirus pandemic, experts said at a mental health roundtable hosted by Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and representative of the ‘Illinois Lauren Underwood. Wednesday’s virtual panel discussion focused on rising suicide rates in the United States and how state and national lawmakers can help address mental health issues among young people, Alexis Oatman reports.
Hospital management: Two leadership changes announced Wednesday will result in a new president of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, the current president will lead the Sisters of Charity health system that oversees St. Vincent. Dr. Adnan Tahir will become the new president of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center on January 1st. Janice Murphy will become the new CEO of the healthcare system, also effective January 1, reports Julie Washington.
Maltz Center: A new addition to a Byzantine-style temple belonging to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland has been completed, as part of a multi-year renovation of the nearly century-old building, reports Eric Heisig. Work on the north side of the 120,200-square-foot Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center now includes a 250-seat pre-stage theater, 100-seat theater studio, costume and stage stores, offices from the faculty and a hall with entrances off 105th Street East and Ansel Road.
Police shooting: A lawyer for the family of a 19-year-old man shot dead by an East Cleveland police officer following a car chase said the case is expected to go to a grand jury this month, reports Adam Ferrise.
IRS: A retired Cleveland police officer owes the IRS more than $ 235,000 in taxes on his security company that hired officers on leave for special events. Harry Gant, 71, of Mentor, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to four counts of aiding and assisting in preparing a false tax return, reports John Caniglia. Gant has long been known in Cleveland as the go-to person for the private security of entertainment and sporting events.
Orchestra season: The Cleveland Orchestra has returned home to Severance, ready to give its first performance in the historic hall of Euclid Avenue in over 18 months. Anne Nickoloff reports that the orchestra has an extensive schedule of shows planned at Severance for its upcoming fall, winter and spring seasons, as well as a few touring programs that will take musicians out of the state.
National parks: The peak fall leaf season is fast approaching and there is no better place to see the spectacle of nature than our very own Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The park attracted 2.76 million visitors last year, the highest number in more than a decade. Susan Glaser ranks the 10 most visited national parks.
Cheese steak: Harold Villarosa is challenged to grill a better homemade cheesesteak than the one he delivered in this video from cleveland.com’s sister site, Bon Appetit.
GOAT: The Gold Over America Tour is a team of female gymnasts crisscrossing the country, presenting an exhibition while sending positive messages, especially to young girls. Simone Biles is billed as the star, but every gymnast on the program is an accomplished champion at one level or another. Marc Bona speaks with Jordan Chiles.
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