Ohio GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Renacci Backs Bill to Block Vaccine Mandates

Ohio GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci on Tuesday backed a measure by Ohio lawmakers to block vaccine mandates in the state.

House Bill 218, which was approved by the House of Representatives earlier this month, would provide broad exemptions to any vaccine mandate.

For example, individuals would not have to receive the coronavirus because of religious beliefs, medical conditions, or if they have natural immunity. Schools and employers would also be prohibited from requiring a student or employee to receive a vaccine if it has not been granted full approval by the FDA.

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Ohio GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Renacci to Announce His Lieutenant Governor Pick

Ohio GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci will announce his pick for Lieutenant Governor on Thursday, December 2nd in West Chester Township, according to an emailed press release.

Throughout his campaign, Renacci has portrayed his potential administration as a more conservative alternative to Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted.

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Renacci Urges Ohio Gov. DeWine to Stop Using Taxpayer Funds for ‘Wasteful’ Vaccine Lotteries

Mike DeWine and Jim Renacci

Former congressman and GOP candidate for governor Jim Renacci urged Governor Mike DeWine to stop using taxpayer money to fund “wasteful” vaccine lotteries.

Currently, the state is conducting a lottery-style giveaway called Vax2School, which will distribute $2 million on scholarships to school-aged children who receive the coronavirus vaccine.

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Ohio GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Renacci Encourages State Legislature, Governor DeWine to Take Action Against Vaccine Mandates

Ohio GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci on Thursday encouraged the Ohio State Legislature and Governor Mike DeWine to take against vaccine mandates.

In the statement, Renacci slammed President Joe Biden’s overreaching vaccine mandate, which would require companies with 100 employees or more to mandate the vaccine for their employees.

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Ohio GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Renacci Blasts DeWine Following Manufacturing Plant Closure

Mike DeWine and Jim Renacci

Ohio GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci slammed Governor Mike DeWine, following the closure of a Tenneco shock absorber manufacturing facility.

The closure of the plant in Kettering, which will fully take place by 2023, will impact 648 employees who work at the location, according to WHIO.

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Ohio GOP Gubernatorial Jim Renacci Slams Biden for Considering Shut Down of Enbridge Pipeline

Ohio GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci on Tuesday slammed President Joe Biden for considering a shutdown of the Enbridge pipeline.

In the statement, Renacci, if elected, pledged to take more decisive action to defend the energy source than incumbent Governor Mike DeWine.

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Ohio GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Renacci Calls on Gov. DeWine-Appointed State School Board Members to Resign

Ohio GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci on Friday called on several members of the state school board, appointed by Governor Mike DeWine, to resign.

In his statement, Renacci argued that DeWine and the members of the board are advancing Critical Race Theory (CRT), a controversial topic that has appeared in education curriculum.

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Renacci Reacts to Ohio School Boards Association Cutting Ties with National Counterpart

Former congressman and gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci reacted to the Tuesday morning news that the Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) was severing ties with the National School Board Association (NSBA). 

“Ohio parents and children are suffering because Mike DeWine has done nothing to protect them from the onslaught of unconstitutional COVID mandates and dangerous CRT indoctrination all across the state,” Renacci said in a statement. “Whether it is his Vax-2-School scam or appointing 7 out of 8 members of the Ohio school board who voted to approve CRT in our schools, DeWine’s assault on our children can no longer stand. As your governor, I will never impose any unconstitutional mandates and I will stop CRT from brainwashing our children in the classroom.” 

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Jim Renacci Argues Potential Mask Mandate Will ‘Endanger’ Children in Ohio

Ohio GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci on Friday argued that the continued threat of mask mandates in schools will “endanger” children in Ohio.

According to a report from The Columbus Dispatch, state lawmakers are unlikely to pass legislation that would prevent the state and school districts from implementing a mask mandate.

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Biden Administration Potentially Flying Migrants into Youngstown

The Biden administration has been flying migrants in the dead of night to various locations throughout the United States and potentially to Ohio, according to a new Fox News report.

First uncovered by the New York Post, the federal government has used a charter plane to fly migrants from the U.S. Southern border in an attempt to resettle them in other locations.

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Text Messages Reveal DeWine and Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Nan Whaley Routinely Compliment Job Performance

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R) and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (D), who are both running for governor in 2022, routinely have complimented each other’s job performance, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a report from the Cincinnati Enquirer, DeWine and Whaley exchanged numerous text messages over the past years where they praised each other, while publicly disagreeing.

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Ohio House Bill 435 Does Not Go Far Enough to Protect Against COVID Mandates, Argues GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Renacci

Former congressman and GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci on Thursday argued that Ohio House Bill 435 does not go far enough to protect individuals from COVID-19 mandates.

The legislation, which stalled in the House on Wednesday, would allow workers to receive religious, medical, or natural immunity exemptions for coronavirus vaccine mandates.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Renacci Slams Ohio Gov. DeWine for ‘Refusing to Protect Ohioans’ from COVID Mandates

GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci on Tuesday slammed Governor Mike DeWine for his lack of action against COVID-19 mandates imposed by the federal government.

In the statement, Renacci argued that DeWine, a Republican, has governed the state in a manner that is close to prominent Democratic leaders.

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Renacci Launches Sixth Digital Attack Ad Against Ohio Governor DeWine as Broadcast Strategy Simmers

GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci has launched his sixth digital campaign ad as advisers contemplate when to move the media strategy to television.

Renacci’s latest social media ad continues the campaign’s central theme of state government corruption as it focuses on the Sept. 24 resignation of Dan McCarthy, the legislative affairs director of incumbent Governor Mike DeWine who also will seek the Republican nomination in the May 3 primary.

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McCarthy Resignations Sparks Reaction from Committee for Better Ohio, DeWine Opponent Renacci

A former lobbyist for the FirstEnergy Corp. electric utility at the center of an ongoing federal public corruption scandal has suddenly resigned his post as Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s director of legislative affairs.

Dan McCarthy, who has held the high-profile post since early 2019, submitted his letter of resignation on Sept. 24 effective immediately to the jeers of rival GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci and the Committee for a Better Ohio, a reform-minded conservative grassroots education organization..

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Ohio Gov. DeWine Primary Challenger Jim Renacci Slams New ‘Vax-to-School’ Initiative

Former GOP congressman Jim Renacci, who is challenging Governor Mike DeWine in 2022, on Thursday slammed a new vaccine initiative announced by DeWine, dubbed “Ohio Vax-to-School.”

The new program will award dozens of scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 in a lottery-style giveaway to individuals aged 12-25 who receive the coronavirus vaccine.

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GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Renacci Condemns DeWine’s ‘Silence’ on Critical Race Theory

Former U.S. Representative Jim Renacci, a contender for the Ohio GOP Gubernatorial nomination, condemned current Governor Mike DeWine for “silence” on critical race theory.

The contentious issue, which has led multiple states to ban the teaching of the topic, has been the subject of widespread criticism from elected leaders.

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Ohio GOP Gubernatorial Challenger Renacci Knocks DeWine Decision to Accept Almost 900 Afghan Refugees

Jim Renacci, one of the primary challengers taking on Governor Mike DeWine in 2022, knocked the governor’s decision to accept nearly 900 Afghan refugees.

According to Renacci, the decision from DeWine does not prioritize the needs of citizens throughout the state and proves DeWine is not a “true conservative.”

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Ohio GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Renacci Blasts Gov. DeWine for Supporting Mask Mandates

Ohio GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci on Wednesday blasted Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s support for mask mandates in schools

The statement from Renacci follows Governor Mike DeWine announcing on Tuesday that his administration will make a “direct appeal” to local school districts, encouraging them to implement mask mandates.

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Jim Renacci Slams Ohio Gov. DeWine over Response to Biden Vaccine Mandate

In a Tuesday press release, former congressman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci blasted Gov. Mike DeWine (R) over what Renacci sees as a failure to stand up to the Biden Administration and fight COVID-19 vaccine mandates. 

“We have seen Mike DeWine promise one thing, yet do another, often at the expense of Ohioans – his tepid response to Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate is no different,” Renacci said in the release. “We simply cannot and must not trust Mike DeWine to lead our fight against Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate.”

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Ohio Gov. DeWine Administration Encourages School Districts to Implement Mask Mandates

Governor Mike DeWine announced on Tuesday that his administration will make a “direct appeal” to local school districts, encouraging them to implement mask mandates.

According to DeWine, the move is an attempt to control the increase of positive coronavirus cases throughout the state.

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Ohio GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Renacci Encourages Ohio to ‘Clean Our Own House’ Before Accepting Refugees

Due to President Joe Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal, thousands of refugees will be relocated throughout the United States. 

States across the country will be responsible for accepting some of the possible 95,000 refugees, including in Ohio.

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Calls Biden Vaccine Mandate a ‘Mistake’

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Friday called President Joe Biden’s decision to issue a broad vaccine mandate a “mistake.”

The tweet from DeWine follows Biden’s announcement on Thursday that his administration will require all businesses with more than 100 employees to require COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing, potentially affecting approximately 100 million Americans. 

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Ohio GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Renacci Hits Biden’s Vaccine Mandate, Calling It ‘Unconstitutional’

Ohio GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Renacci on Friday took aim at President Joe Biden’s newly-imposed vaccine mandate.

“The pandemic and shutdown have already killed so many jobs and businesses, now Joe Biden and his new proposed COVID mandate wants to finish off the rest,” Renacci said in a statement.

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Ohio GOP to Fill Three Central Committee Slots; Non-Judicial Endorsements Not on Draft Agenda

The 66-member Ohio Republican Party’s State Central Committee will fill three open seats  during its fall meeting scheduled for Friday, Sept. 10.

But the question remains if the GOP central committee will endorse in the races for Ohio governor, attorney general and other statewide races at this meeting or allow voters in the May primary to sort  out that question question.

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Ohio Politicians Pay Their Respects to Navy Medic Maxton William Soviak Who Died in Kabul Terrorist Attack

U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, OH-9, have reacted with grief and tributes to the Sandusky area Navy hospital corpsman killed on Aug. 26 at the Kabul international airport as the American military continues to withdraw troops and civilians from Afghanistan.

The military named sailor Maxton William Soviak as one of 13 American military personnel killed in two terrorist attacks at a hotel and nearby gate of the Kabul airport where American forces and civilians are getting airlifted out in the wake of the Taliban takeover of the southwestern Asian country.

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Blystone Gubernatorial Campaign ‘Imploding Because Things Aren’t Being Done Right,’ Says Former Co-Campaign Manager; ‘Disrespectful’ Candidate, Disorganization Prompt Staff Departures

Joe Blystone

The campaign of Joe Blystone to take the GOP gubernatorial nomination from incumbent Gov. Mike DeWine has lost at least 15 county and regional leaders and a couple of headquarters staff since early July, many due to a what those leaving describe as a disorganized campaign and a disrespect candidate.

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Renacci Asks Ohio Attorney General, Secretary of State to Investigate Sources of DeWine Campaign Cash

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci has asked Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Secretary of State Frank LaRose to open another line of investigation into the FirstEnergy Corp. public corruption scandal and incumbent GOP Governor Mike DeWine’s re-election campaign.

Renacci transmitted the joint letter to the Republican statewide officeholders Monday late afternoon in the latest attack attempting to more closely tie DeWine and the corruption scheme from the House Bill 6 passed in July 2019. FirstEnergy pushed the legislation  to allow it to tap Ohio electric customers both inside its service territory and that of other investor-owned electric utilities to financially support its two old nuclear power plants located along the Lake Erie shores to the tune of $1.1 billion.

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Ohio Republican Party Has Given DeWine Re-election Campaign $870k Since January 1, Despite Two Announced Gubernatorial Primary Challengers

The Ohio Republican Party (ORP) has given the 2022 re-election campaign of Governor Mike DeWine (R-OH) $870,968 since January 1, 2021, despite the fact that DeWine has two announced primary challengers for the Republican gubernatorial nomination–former Congressman Jim Renacci (R-OH) and Joe Blystone.

Recent filings by the Ohio Republican Party Central Committee State Candidate Fund with the campaign finance division of Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office show the party gave the 2022 re-election campaign of Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted a $500,000 payment on July 30 without the approval of the party’s fiscal review committee or a formal endorsement of the governor’s campaign against rivals for the GOP nomination.

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Renacci Calls for Full Investigation of All Sources of FirstEnergy Contributions to DeWine Campaign, Including Ohio Republican Party

  MEDINA, Ohio – Republican gubernatorial challenger Jim Renacci has asked for a full investigation of the flow of FirstEnergy Corp.’s political contributions into the 2018 campaign of Governor Mike DeWine (R-OH) in the wake of the Akron-based electric utility’s $230 million settlement of public bribery charges with the Department…

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Ohio Gubernatorial Candidate Renacci Calls DeWine ‘Democrat-Like,’ Questions Governor’s Connection to Bribery Scandal

Mike DeWine and Jim Renacci

Former U.S. Representative and Ohio gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci claimed that Ohio’s current governor, Mike DeWine, leads similar to Democratic officials and urged DeWine to explain his connections to the recent bribery scandal that has embroiled numerous leaders in the state.

During the announcement that FirstEnergy, the energy company at the center of a public corruption investigation, was charged federally and agreed to pay a $230 million monetary penalty, DOJ officials explained bribes that were paid to former Speaker Larry Householder and the former chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio — a DeWine appointee.

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GOP Ohio Gubernatorial Candidate Renacci Blasts Gov. DeWine in Expanding FirstEnergy Scandal

Jim Renacci

  COLUMBUS, Ohio – FirstEnergy Corp.’s agreement this week to pay a $230 million fine in the ongoing federal investigation into an Ohio Statehouse bribery scheme has generated more criticism from GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci who is seeking to take the 2022 Republican nomination from incumbent Governor Mike DeWine.…

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GOP Gubernatorial Challengers Blast President’s Cincinnati Visit- Renacci Says Biden ‘Has a Close Friend in Mike DeWine,’ Blystone Says ‘Infrastructure Bill Is a Joke’

  The two challengers to incumbent Governor Mike DeWine’s bid for the GOP nomination in 2022 had harsh words in the aftermath of President Joe Biden’s ‘town hall’ political event in Cincinnati Wednesday night. But it wasn’t just complaints about Biden and his left-of-center agenda. Biden covered familiar territory during…

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Renacci Likens DeWine to Democrat Governors Cuomo, Newsom in Latest Campaign Ad

GOP gubernatorial contender Jim Renacci has stepped up his campaign against incumbent Gov. Mike DeWine in a social media ad likening the governor’s language and actions during the COVID-19 pandemic to prominent Democrat governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsome of California.

The Renacci for Governor campaign’s 30-second ad this week calls DeWine “Democrat DeWine” for the way the incumbent handled the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

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Renacci Encourages DeWine to ‘Come Clean’ on Knowledge of Ohio’s Corruption Scheme

Former U.S. Representative and GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci called on Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to “come clean” to voters on his knowledge of and potential involvement in corruption allegations that have become national news.

“What did DeWine know about the nuclear plant bailout scheme, and when did he know it?” Renacci questioned in his opinion piece published in The Columbus Dispatch.

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Ohio Republican Gubernatorial Primary Challenger Renacci: Ohio Has Fallen Farther Behind Under DeWine

WELLINGTON, Ohio – Republican primary challenger Jim Renacci said he jumped into the gubernatorial race because, after two and a half years under Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio has fallen farther behind.

Renacci spoke with The Ohio Star while attending 45th President Donald Trump’s first rally since leaving the White House in January.

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Ohio Vaccine Lottery Ends with Mixed Results

Ohio has ended its drive to encourage residents to receive the coronavirus vaccine — awarding $1 million prizes to 5 different individuals and additional college scholarships to teenagers. 

The lottery-style giveaway used taxpayer funds to award the prizes and paved the way for many states to follow its example. 

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DeWine to Skip Ohio Trump Rally

As former President Donald J. Trump prepares for a highly-anticipated rally in Ohio this weekend, the state’s top two politicians announced that they will not be in attendance. 

According to several reports, Gov. Mike DeWine (R) has ““has previously scheduled family commitments” that disallow him from attending. Lt. Gov. John Husted (R) will also not attend. He has not given a reason for missing the event.

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GOP Gubernatorial Challenger Renacci Labels DeWine as ‘Ultimate Never-Trumper’

GOP primary challenger Jim Renacci released a new ad on Wednesday labeling Ohio Governor Mike DeWine as the “ultimate Never-Trumper.”

“Mike DeWine is not only the ultimate corrupt political insider, but he’s also the ultimate Never Trumper with a record of undermining President Trump’s America First policies,” Renacci claimed in a statement.

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Primary Challenger Jim Renacci Accuses Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine of ‘Defending’ Violent Protesters

Mike DeWine in a political ad

Jim Renacci, former U.S. Representative and GOP gubernatorial candidate, released an ad on Tuesday, accusing Governor Mike DeWine of defending violent protestors and placing them ahead of small businesses throughout Ohio.

“While mobs and violent protesters were burning our state down, Mike DeWine defended them and did nothing to protect us from their looting and destruction. Instead, he implemented Andrew Cuomo’s playbook and put the mob first at the expense of Ohioans who were being terrorized,” Renacci said in a statement detailing the new ad.

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Former Congressman Jim Renacci Officially Launches Campaign for Ohio Governor

Jim Renacci, former Congressman and successful Ohio businessman, officially launched his campaign for Governor of Ohio in what promises to be a bruising 2022 GOP primary battle against incumbent Mike DeWine.

“This election, we have a choice to make. Do we want to become an economic powerhouse again and attract jobs and opportunity? Or do we keep going down the devastating DeWine route?” Renacci asked in a video explaining his motivation for launching the campaign.

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Exclusive: One-on-One with Ohio Congressman Mulling Bid to Be Ohio’s Next Governor

COLUMBUS, Ohio – U.S. Congressman Warren Davidson (R-OH-08)  said in early March that he was leaning more toward a run for governor than a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2022– that’s if he chooses to surrender his seat in the U.S. Congress.

Davidson won a seat in the U.S. House in 2016, winning his first bid for public office.  He was an underdog that year in a special election called after then-Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner (R-OH-08) announced his resignation.

The Sidney, Ohio native took on a handful of notable elected officials yet ended up winning the 15-person race by eight points to secure the Republican nomination. He went on to win the special general election.  Later in the year he won the traditional general election to keep the seat.

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Majority of Ohio COVID Restrictions Set to End

Many of the restrictions put in place throughout Ohio in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will expire at midnight on Tuesday. Governor Mike DeWine has stated he will not renew the regulations.

However, DeWine has left the door open for some regulations to remain in place in certain settings. Gov. DeWine announced that the decisions to require masks and limit the total capacity of the number of guests or customers will be left up to individual businesses and other organizations.

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Ohio Becomes Latest State to Propose Critical Race Theory Ban

The Ohio legislature has become the latest to propose a law that would ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory to children in public schools. 

House Bill 322 would prohibit the teaching of all of the following, according to the state House’s website: 

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Renacci Blasts DeWine’s Ohio Vaccine Lottery

Former U.S. Representative Jim Renacci blasted Governor Mike DeWine’s vaccine initiative to giveaway $1 million to 5 random, vaccinated Ohioans. 

Renacci’s criticism was fueled by the announcement that New York’s controversial Governor Andrew Cuomo will be following DeWine’s trend. In New York, people who receive a dose of one of the available coronavirus vaccines will be given a free, scratch off lottery ticket. Individuals can win money ranging from $20 to $5 million. 

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Parscale: Ohio Poll Shows Renacci Pummeling DeWine

According to Brad Parscale, the ex-campaign manager to former President Donald J. Trump, at least one poll has Republican and Trump loyalist, former Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH-16), significantly ahead of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R).

Renacci has not officially declared a run for Governor, but Parscale is reported to be advising him. 

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Ohio Gov. DeWine’s Chief of Staff to Step Down

Governor Mike DeWine’s office is experiencing a shake up in his staff. DeWine’s chief of staff, Laurel Dawson is stepping down to assume a different role within his administration. 

The sudden move has prompted Michael Hall, DeWine’s current policy director, to be promoted to the head position.

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DeWine Offers Taxpayer Money for Giveaways to Vaccinated Ohioans

In a state-wide address, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on Wednesday that individuals who get vaccinated will be entered for a chance to win a drawing of $1 million — 5 different winners will be selected. 

DeWine noted that the money to be given away comes from federal Coronavirus Relief funds. 

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Former Trump Campaign Manager Advising Potential GOP Primary Challenger to Gov. Mike DeWine

Brad Parscale, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, is currently advising former Representative Jim Renacci on a potential primary challenge to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, according to a report from NBC News and confirmed by Parscale. 

Parscale said he is serving Renacci in an unpaid role. 

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