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Cabinet Building: Several Ohioans could make solid candidates for President-elect Joe Biden's cabinet. But, as Seth Richardson reports, practical restrictions could prevent some of them from being nominated. Richardson explores some of the possibilities as well as the political difficulties inherent in the decisions.

Secretary Fudge? US Representative Marcia Fudge argues that agriculture is more of an urban problem than many people believe. Years of overseeing national food and nutrition programs as chairman of a home farming subcommittee make her a "natural fit" for running the US Department of Agriculture when Biden takes over as president, says Sabrina Eaton. "We need to evaluate what we did, why we keep doing it, and what things need to be changed when they need to be changed," said Fudge.

Another HB6 lawsuit: Attorney General Dave Yost will go to court again on scandal-riddled House Bill 6 – this time to seek an injunction to halt the collection and payment of fees to interest payers to power two nuclear power plants in North Ohio to be saved from next January. As Jeremy Pelzer reports, Yost argues in the lawsuit that the court must act quickly as Ohio law does not allow a refund if the fee is collected.

Named: Ohio State University law professor Edward Foley is looking ahead to a 2019 article imagining President Donald Trump contested the presidential election on allegations of widespread postal voting fraud. Foley, who had previously coined the term "blue shift" to describe the democratic tendency of late-arriving postal and postal votes, envisaged a possible constitutional crisis in his scenario. But as Andrew Tobias notes, he recently wrote that political and legal factors will prevent Trump from successfully reversing the results.

Exit strategy: Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, the Columbus-based law firm that is representing Trump on his cases to overturn the Pennsylvania election results, pulled out of a federal lawsuit filed just last week on behalf of Trump, David Enrich of the New York Times, Rachel Abrams and Jessica Silver-Greenberg report. The announcement comes shortly after a Times story about internal conflict at Porter Wright as well as Cleveland-based Jones Day about her role in representing Trump in an effort to undo Biden's victory.

We'll touch: It wasn't just the state of Ohio that lost its losing streak in the election of the eventual winner of the presidency. As John McCormick of the Wall Street Journal writes, 19 counties served as Bellwether in their preferred election as president from 1980 to 2016. Only one of them, Clallam County in Washington, chose Biden in 2020.

Numbers still high: On Friday, the state had 8,071 new coronavirus cases, another record. On Saturday it was 7,715 and on Sunday 7,853. Governor Mike DeWine's newly issued Mask Order with an enforcement task force goes into effect today. You can read it here.

Time travel: the pandemic cost our lives this year. Cameron Fields has a schedule that sets everything from the first three cases in Ohio on March 9th to the current spike where we see about 8,000 cases every day.

Show Us Your Supply: The Ohio Court of Claims last week ordered the Ohio Department of Health to publish daily data on hospitals' PPE supplies, headcount, and adult and pediatric beds. The case stems from a lawsuit filed by Eye on Ohio, the investigative journalist outfit that tried to get the information in March but the department declined, saying it was protected from public disclosure because it could be used by terrorists, Laura Hancock reports that what the court is used to have not bought.

Damage Adjustment: New Ohio jobless claims rose to their highest level in 3 1/2 months last week, Pelzer reports, as the number of coronavirus cases in the state soars. However, continued unemployment claims fell for the seventh consecutive week last week.

Anti-Death Penalty Push: A number of opponents of the death penalty held an online press conference Friday to urge state lawmakers to pass laws during the Lame Duck session either to abolish the death penalty in Ohio or to put restrictions on it Application. The death penalty, Ohioans to stop executions, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio touted, among other things, Senate Draft 296, which would completely abolish the death penalty, and Senate Draft 54, which would ban the executions of the critically ill.

Union Boss: The North Shore AFL-CIO, the umbrella organization for most of the organized labor in the Cleveland area, picked a new leader this week. According to Tobias, Dan O’Malley, the group’s campaign leader for the past five years, will replace retired Executive Secretary Harriet Applegate, who had headed the North Shore since 2007.

I'm just a bill: the former treasurer of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow – the former online charter school accused of getting the state out of hundreds of millions of dollars – agreed to help the state in his case against the ECOT founder To support Bill Lager, reports Catherine Candisky of Columbus Dispatch. The lawsuit filed by Yost aims to reclaim more than $ 200 million from warehouse.

Five Things We Learned from the Form of Financial Data Disclosure by Senator Sandra Williams, a Cleveland Democrat, on May 13th.

1. Her sole source of income was her legal salary of $ 73,362.28.

2. Their investments include a mutual fund through Ohio Deferred Compensation and a retirement fund through the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.

3. Sometime in 2019, Williams owed the Credit Union of Ohio, Chrysler Capital, Third Federal Savings and Loan, Federal Loan Servicing Center, Capital One, Sam & # 39; s Club, Ann Taylor, Dillard & # 39; s and the Home Shopping Network more than $ 1,000.

4. Williams has received travel expenses of $ 5,656.56 from the state, $ 1,000 from Women in Legislative Leadership, and $ 812.68 from the National Conference of State Legislators.

5. The Greater Cleveland Partnership gave Williams a ticket to receive her officials worth $ 225, while the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission gave her entry to the MLB All-Star Reception worth $ 58.

The Ohio Library Council presented the Andrew Carnegie Award to Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof last week. Obhof, who received the award at his local library in Medina County, was instrumental in securing funding for the public library in the final state budget and sought to raise CARES Act funds of $ 18.3 million, so that libraries can continue to provide services and operate safely during the pandemic, said Michelle Francis, the group's executive director.

Allison Cole, Legal Counsel to Rep. Catherine Ingram

Jonathan Fausey, Legal Adviser to Ohio House Majority Leader Bill Seitz

"We have health care workers who have run a marathon, and now we are asking them to run another marathon. So when I talk to the people of Ohio about wearing masks, when I talk about these social events low, too hold on, be careful, it's for these health workers. We have to protect them. We have to do everything we can to help them. "

-Gov. Mike DeWine in a Sunday interview with Jake Tapper on CNN's State of the Union.

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