The potential ballot in November 2014 looks like it might
be a little less crowded now that a group that had opposed a new law to ban
storefront sweepstakes parlors has dropped its fight to place a repeal up for a
The Committee to Protect Ohio jobs wanted to repeal Ohio
House Bill 7, and the group said it had gathered thousands of additional
signatures after falling short of the required number earlier this month.
Ultimately the committee decided not to submit any more to
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
by a Thursday night deadline.
House Bill 7 gives the state Attorney General’s Office
regulatory authority over sweepstakes terminal devices used by internet
sweepstakes cafés, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
office. Cafés are required to obtain a certificate of registration from the
Attorney General’s Office and file monthly reports.
The Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation
also now will have explicit authority to investigate gambling law violations
alleged to occur at internet sweepstakes cafes. DeWine also plans to send
letters to each of the 88 county prosecutors in Ohio on the issue.
Another group called Healthy Ohioans Work aims to have the
Ohio General Assembly approve Medicaid expansion for people who earn up to 138
percent of the federal poverty level. Democrat lawmakers appear to be mostly
united on this issue, but so far leading Republican lawmakers have declined to
support the issue even with Gov. John Kasich
urging them to do so.
It’s a lengthy process to submit the language and
appropriate number of signatures to force the Ohio General Assembly to consider
a proposal, but if the group is successful and state lawmakers don’t act, an
initiative could be part of the November 2014 ballot.
Other possible initiatives that have been mentioned in
publications across the state could include the so-called right to work issue,
legalizing gay marriage and legalizing marijuana either for medicinal purposes
and/or recreational use.
Next year will really be interesting on the statewide
level as the governor’s race will be on the ballot along with most statewide
It’s entirely possible that whatever issues do appear on
the ballot would have a significant impact on how the candidates races go.
To provide just a quick example, Medicaid expansion in
Ohio has proved to be a divisive issue especially between conservatives and
most Democrats. Even some in the Republican Party aren’t unified against
expansion — like Kasich, who supports it and top Republican lawmakers who
In big races that involve statewide issues and candidates,
getting loyal party voters and even independents interested can often mean the
difference for a candidate’s chances of winning and losing. We’ll see how it
Candidates in Lake, Geauga and eastern Cuyahoga counties
who appear on the Nov. 5 ballot may send in listings of endorsements they
receive for the upcoming election via email, fax or standard mail. They will appear
online periodically on The News-Herald’s Northern Ohio Politics blog.
, candidate for Eastlake mayor, will host a
meet and greet event, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 and Oct. 24 at Trader Jacks in
The weekly deadline for information to appear in this
column is each Wednesday at 5 p.m. Email or fax is preferred.
State Rep. John Rogers
hosts fall clambake, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Mentor Beach Park in
Mentor-on-the-Lake. See Rogers or Kip Molenaar
n Matt Jaworski
, candidate for
Wickliffe Council at large, hosts a bowling fundraiser, noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 12
at Wickliffe Lanes. See Jaworski or Matt Gallik
Lake County Commissioner Judy Moran
hosts Oktoberfest 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at American Legion Hall in Willowick. See
or Kevin Malecek
Lake County Recorder Ann M. Radcliffe
hosts spaghetti dinner fundraiser 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Park Road Grill in
Painesville Township. See Terri Conley
Labels: 2014 election, John Kasich, Jon Husted, Mike DeWine