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Kent State University president responds to Michigan Republican’s ‘abhorrent’ tweet: Ohio Politics Roundup
Updated on February 6, 2017 at 10:05 AM Posted on February 6, 2017 at 6:20 AM
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Kent State University President Beverly Warren responded to a tweet from an obscure Michigan County GOP official over the weekend. (Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer)
The Internet has a way of bringing people together in ways you’d never expect. Over the weekend, Kent State University President Beverly Warren had occasion to forcefully respond to what she deemed “abhorrent” statements from an obscure Michigan Republican Party official. Read more in today’s Ohio Politics Roundup, brought to you today by Andrew J. Tobias.
The backstory: On Thursday, Marquette County Republican Party secretary Dan Adamini fired off a couple social media posts, according to MLive’s Benjamin Raven :
One of them, posted to Twitter: “Violent protesters who shut down free speech? Time for another Kent State perhaps. One bullet stops a lot of thuggery.”
The posts attracted media and social media attention after they caught the attention of the Michigan Democratic Party. As a quick reminder, four KSU students were killed and nine wounded on May 4, 1970 after an Ohio National Guard unit opened fire on an anti-Vietnam War protest.
Where’s Marquette County? It’s in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, bordering Lake Superior. It has 67,000 people, and is home to Northern Michigan University and the Superior Dome. allegedly the world’s largest wooden dome.
Kent State responds: “ This is an abhorrent and painful use of our tragedy and has no place in healing the divide in America. We will respond,” Warren wrote on Twitter on Saturday morning .
This is an abhorrent and painful use of our tragedy and has no place in healing the divide in America. We will respond https://t.co/mTpc0Tjqzx
In a subsequent statement, the university said Adamini’s post “is in poor taste and trivializes a loss of life that still pains the Kent State community today.”
Adamini responds: After deleting the posts, he posted on Twitter: “Taking a lot of heat for a very poorly worded tweet yesterday. Sorry folks, the intent was to try to stop the violence, not encourage more.”
Cleveland Clinic doctor still in limbo: “A Sudanese Cleveland Clinic doctor is still not able to return to the U.S. even though a federal appeals court has continued a temporary restraining order against the Trump administration’s travel ban,” writes cleveland.com’s Jane Morice.
That’s because Dr. Suha Abushamma, a 26-year-old internal medicine resident at the Clinic who is a Sudanese citizen, surrendered her work visa while she was detained at a New York City airport while trying to return from Saudi Arabia.
Abushamma has sued, saying she was coerced into signing the forms.
For your radar: Abushamma’s case could end up being the center of a broad challenge to Trump’s immigration order, writes the New York Times’ Adam Alan Feuer .
Have you Herd? Ohio Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown have recommended a new U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, cleveland.com’s Eric Heisig writes .
The man of the hour is Justin Herdman, a 41 year-old partner at the Jones Day law firm, U.S. Air Force judge’s advocate, and former assistant U.S. attorney.
Herdman would replace current U.S. Attorney Carole Rendon, who was appointed by President Barack Obama.
The upshot? “One could set the stage for a potential end to Richard Cordray’s job as the top consumer-finance cop. Although that outcome is not certain, the White House did not rule it or any other changes out.”
Cordray, a former Ohio attorney general, is on the A-list of potential Democratic gubernatorial candidates in 2018. He is barred from engaging in politics while holding his role as director of the U.S. Consumer Protection Financial Bureau. However, if Trump were to successfully can him, Cordray would be free to return to the Ohio political scene (and as cleveland.com’s Henry J. Gomez previously has written, he would have a potentially potent campaign story to tell .)
Immigration protests: Hundreds of people marched through downtown Cleveland on Friday in opposition to Trump’s executive order, cleveland.com’s Courntey Astolfi writes
“The protest began at 4 p.m. in Ohio City’s Market Square and made its way across the Detroit-Superior Bridge. Marchers stopped at the Carl B. Stokes U.S. Courthouse before reaching their final destination of Cleveland City Hall, where organizers spoke out against Trump’s immigration order and called for Cleveland to become a sanctuary city.”
Hope this helps: Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s budget includes a consolation prize for public transit agencies that stand to lose a significant amount of funding as a result of a change in how the state will tax managed care organizations administering Medicaid plans, cleveland.com’s Jackie Borchardt writes .
One agency, Greater Cleveland RTA will get $20 million to help cope, part of an overall $207 million state package for transit agencies affected by the change.
Kirt Conrad, president of the Ohio Public Transit Association, said the one-time aid is helpful but transit authorities were facing budget crunches before the tax was eliminated.
DeVos might have little impact on Ohio education policy: “ Despite all the furor over Betsy DeVos. Trump’s nominee to be U.S. secretary of education, she might make less of a difference for Ohio schools than you think,” writes The Plain Dealer’s Patrick O’Donnell .
That’s because Ohio already embraces charter schools, for which DeVos is a major advocate.
O’Donnell quotes State Rep. Andrew Brenner, a top Ohio Republican on education issues: “”I can see her pushing even more power back to the states,” Brenner said.”
Husted works the rubber-chicken circuit: Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted spoke to the Canton Rotary Club on Friday. The Canton Repository’s Robert Wang has all the juicy details.
Predictably, Husted would not rule out that he’s running for governor in 2018.
“The election for governor is well over 18 months away. But I am very interested in serving the people of Ohio. And I will announce those plans sometime in the future,” Husted said.